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CCFP Exam Cast & Splint Study Guide

Updated: Mar 20

Someone cupping their ear showing that their hearing is poor. There is also a red colour effect around the ear showing there is a problem.

"Essential Casts & Splints for the CCFP Exam" is an informative guide designed for medical professionals preparing for the CCFP (Certification in the College of Family Physicians) exam.


It provides detailed instructions and insights on various types of casts and splints, crucial for treating different kinds of fractures and injuries.

The Essential Casts & Splints study resource is provided FREE of charge to all attendees of The Review Course in Family Medicine.

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Five tips for making casts & splints

Want to be more confident in cast creation? Here are 5 tips I wish I knew when starting out in practice:

1.⁠Prevent pressure points

For example, when making a long leg cast, be careful to not press on the heel while keeping the foot at 90° while the cast is setting: this can lead to a pressure point leading to a pressure injury.

2.⁠ ⁠Negate neurapraxia

Casts can create pinch points and our Cast & Splint resource highlights these, such as a short leg cast that ends at the fibular neck can create a fibular neck injury.

3.⁠ ⁠Immobilize the joint above & below

Though you'll find different attendings vary in their choices (e.g. circumferential cast vs. splint, or back slab vs. walker boot), there are some principles most agre on including that the joint above & below a fracture should be immobilized by your splint.

4.⁠ ⁠Consider a course

The CASTED course is a great opportunity to spend several hours learning how and why to make splints. (They have not sponsored us for this endorsement – we just loved the event!)

5.⁠ ⁠Practice, practice, practice

Show up to your ER rotation a few minutes early or (if you want to stand out) stay a few minutes late, and ask one of the attending physicians if you can put a splint on them just for practice.

Liked these tips? Our brand new Cast & Splint reference resource is full of them, and it is provided FREE to all who attend The Review Course starting in 2024! At The Review Course we cover tips & tricks for trauma, while covering all 105 topics for the CCFP exam in one weekend.



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