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"Canberra Hospital -My reaction to a waterproof cast"

About: Canberra Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I had a backslab on my right arm replaced with a waterproof cast. The nurse did outline a few issues with waterproof casts including not using creams etc and said I would get an information sheet. Unfortunately I was not given an information sheet and it was not made clear to me that the nurse didn’t just mean "don't put creams inside the cast". Using my right hand to apply a hydrocortisone cream to my body every day and then washing my hands caused the cream to get washed inside the cast and my hand and arm blistered badly after about 4 days.

I think patients need to get an information sheet and also it needs to be made clear that if you want to have a waterproof cast on your arm you should not only avoid putting creams inside it but also do not use that hand to apply creams or apply creams above or below the cast.

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