Plaster of Paris and Other Fracture Immobilisations

Publication date 3 March 2021 Category
  • Rehabilitation
  • Fractures
  • Immobilisation
  • Traction
Publishing organisation International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The ICRC’s physical rehabilitation unit has designed a course for physiotherapists in using plaster of Paris (POP) and limb traction. Physiotherapists who work in ICRC hospital programmes are in charge of making POP casts and take part in the follow-up for the treatments concerned. In conjunction with the surgeons and hospital staff, the physiotherapists usually run the cast room. After surgeons fix tractions, physiotherapists also help, together with the nursing team, to manage the patients under traction and ensure proper setting of the traction.