Figure 4-9. Insertion of anterior-posterior nasal pack (concluded).
External splint. Follow this procedure to splint a nose:
(a) Place one or two thicknesses of soft cotton roll over the nose.
(b) Cut four thicknesses of fast-setting ordinary plaster of Paris. (The
plaster of Paris will relieve the pressure over the inner canthus of each eye.)
(c) Gently mold the wet plaster to the shape of the glabella (smooth
area of frontal bone between the eyebrows) and the nasal bones.
(d) Turn the edges of the cotton upward to protect the skin from the
edges of the plaster.
Two small plaster strips may be placed along each side of the nose
for extra strength.
(f) Using your fingers, hold the plaster in position against the bridge of
the nose until the plaster becomes firm.
(g) Secure the plaster splint to the cheeks and the forehead with
(h) Place removable gauze lightly taped across the end of the nose to
control secretions from nasal packing.
Leave the splint in place for about five days.