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


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

Incorrect options:

• The cast should not rest on hard surfaces. Use the palms of the hands to reposition the casted extremity until completely dry to minimize pressure points and dents.

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

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

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