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PAH Ortho team plastering the ‘great out west’

10 June 2021

Princess Alexandra Hospital Orthopaedics Department have partnered with Mt Isa Hospital to deliver a plastering workshop for local clinicians to ensure the correct products and techniques are used when plastering limbs.

The PA Hospital’s connection through the Mt Isa Orthopaedic Telehealth Clinics had identified a need for renewed training to ensure all staff were applying the current protocol.

“In April, Dr John North and I travelled to Mt Isa to run a week of workshops for the student doctors, interns, PHO’s, nurse practitioners and wardies who are on the frontline of care for the community when a limb fracture occurs,” said PA Hospital Endorsed Enrolled Nurse Advanced Skill Plaster Technician, Sharyn Underwood.

“A total of 30 staff from Mt Isa Hospital over the course of the week were instructed in the correct methods and use of plasters, and applications including colles, trauma slab and scaphoid casts.”

Medical supplier Lohmann & Rauscher also sent representative, Robyn Home, to ensure clinicians understood the appropriate materials and their use.

“The workshops also enabled us to troubleshoot with the wonderful nurse practitioners servicing the remote communities of Julia Creek and Cloncurry who have little access to the correct products,” Sharyn said.

She attests the ‘great out-west’ can be a harsh reality with limited access to water or even a plaster saw much of the time.

“These committed nurses are truly dedicated to better patient outcomes and bridging the knowledge gap has never been more important,” said Sharyn.

The workshops that came from this plastering partnership were very well received, ensuring patients in regional areas receive the contemporary orthopaedic care close to home.

Last updated 10 June 2021
Last reviewed 10 June 2021

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