Plaster bandage - Definition

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The plaster bandage, commonly referred to as a cast, consists of a fabric strip covered in plaster. It is used to immobilize a broken limb during the time of healing. The strip is soaked in warm water and then wrapped around the area to be immobilized. The plaster bandage adapts to the shape of the limb and dries quickly. Plaster bandages are gradually being replaced by strips covered in resin, which is less sensitive to water and has the same protective properties while having the advantage of being lighter than plaster bandages.