Cork Emergency Departments
Contact the CUH Plaster Room [(021)4546400 x2445] immediately if you experience any of the following
- The toes or fingers become blue or swollen or you are unable to move the limb
- The limbs become painful
- You feel “pins and needles” or numbness
- Any blister like pain
- Discharge or wetness under the cast or an offensive smell
- If you drop any object under the cast
Dos and Don'ts
- Do allow the cast to dry naturally and leave it uncovered for 48 hours if Plaster of Paris and 1 hour if synthetic.
- Do keep the joints that are not in plaster moving – especially the fingers and toes.
- Do elevate (keep raised) your limb.
- Don’t let the limb hang down.
- Don’t get the plaster wet.
- Don’t walk on a leg plaster until you have been told to so.
- Don’t put anything under the plaster to scratch your skin, as you could tear your skin and cause an infection.
- Don’t not sit close to the fire.
- If the cast becomes cracked, soft or loose please contact the Unit / Hospital / Care provider that applied the cast.
|If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:||MUH (021) 4271971||M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900||CUH (021) 4920200||LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506||Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900|