DR Ross Wines, of Bundoora, Vic, notes that some of the backslab plasters he applies are bent or cracked even before the patient leaves the surgery, especially if it is a child who won’t keep still.
The wet plaster can be microwaved for one to
three minutes, and then cooled before being used.
Dr Wines holds the wet plaster on the limb for only a couple of minutes, until it is firm enough to remove without altering shape. He then puts it in a microwave oven on high for one to three minutes (depending on the wattage). This dries it out effectively and the patient is off home in a jiffy. Just make sure the plaster has cooled enough to avoid a burn!
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