The physician just applied a cast to a 6-year-old with a broken leg. Which of the following should the nurse do first?

Clean the surrounding skin before the cast dries


•The skin surrounding the cast should be cleaned before the material dries to the skin.

•The cast should not rest on hard surfaces.

•Instructing the patient on proper cast care should be completed, but is not the top priority at this time.

•Disposing of trash is a low priority and can wait.

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