This is an example of the instructions that should be given
to patients after a cast is applied. Instruction sheets are available
in each emergency department.
Your cast takes 1 to 3 days to dry.
While you are in bed, keep the injured arm
up on a pillow.
The hand should be higher than the rest of the body.
When you are out of bed keep the injured arm in a sling with
your fingers higher than your elbow.
Move your fingers for several minutes every half hour.