How AquaCast® Liner Helps Patients Stay Home & Stay Safe
In the current environment, patients are being encouraged to stay away from doctors’ offices unless a visit is absolutely necessary. Even though healthcare waiting rooms are typically clean environments, the proximity to other patients means that visitors are still more exposed to risk than they would be at home. AquaCast Liner helps patients avoid contracting COVID-19 and other infectious illnesses by increasing the ease of handwashing and reducing the need for recasting. Learn more about the benefits of our waterproof casting materials below.
A great benefit of waterproof cast liners is that they allow patients to wash their hands more frequently, and more thoroughly, than they would with a traditional cast with a cotton or synthetic cast liner. We don’t need to tell you that increased handwashing can highly reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and other diseases! By offering your patients a waterproof cast, you are not only helping to make the recovery process easier; you are also increasing the level of safety from communicable diseases, too.
If[BC1] a traditional cotton or synthetic padded cast becomes wet, it will likely stay wet for an extended period of time, forcing the patient to return to a medical treatment facility for recasting. As we mentioned above, this exposes the patient to more risk, as public waiting rooms have a higher potential for disease transmission than private homes. Recasting is also typically expensive, and some healthcare insurers do not cover it, creating an additional cost for the medical facility.
If the patient is able to wear a fiberglass cast with a waterproof cast liner underneath it, however, the necessitation of a recast is significantly reduced. The waterproof cast liner and fiberglass over-layer will not hold water. With summer days fast approaching, this becomes all the more important as patients spend more time at the beach, pool, lake or ocean. With an AquaCast waterproof cast liner, an accidental fall into a pool is not a problem, and your patient can stay home and stay healthy!
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AquaCast Liner produces the highest-quality, most cost effective waterproof cast material available in today’s healthcare market. Our waterproof cast liner products help patients wash their hands, shower, bathe, and even swim (doctor permitting) as they recover. To learn more about waterproof casts and their benefits, or place an order for our products, please contact us here!
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Study Shows AquaCast Improves Skin Health in Patients
We often say that patients with AquaCast® waterproof cast liners have good or excellent skin health when the cast is removed, but is there any research to back up that claim? The answer is: Yes! Researchers at Towson Orthopaedic Associates applied AquaCast® waterproof cast liners on patients recovering from bone fractures. They found that, of the of 72 participants, 71 had average or better skin health after the removal of the cast as evaluated by the clinician removing the cast. Even better, 71 out of 72 trial patients reported that they would recommend AquaCast® waterproof cast liners to others! Learn more about the study and its findings below.
What are the Issues with Non-Waterproof Casts?
Non-waterproof plaster or fiberglass casts, which use cotton linings, limit patient activities such as swimming, showering, and bathing. This often results in poor hygiene, increased odor, and itchiness and discomfort under the cast, particularly in pediatric and adolescent patients.
What is AquaCast Liner?
AquaCast waterproof cast material is made from ePTFE, or Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene, a non-absorbent, highly breathable material developed in the late 1960s. This material contains billions of tiny pores which are larger than water vapor molecules, but smaller than liquid water droplets. This technology allows the AquaCast waterproof liner to remain dry while the wearer’s skin gets wet. After the patient bathes, showers, or swims, water drains quickly from the ends of the cast, and the patient’s body temperature causes remaining moisture to evaporate through the liner and overlying fiberglass cast tape. Cotton cast liners, by contrast, absorb and hold the moisture next to the skin for extended periods of time, which can result in skin complications or poor skin health.
To test whether the use of a waterproof cast liner improves skin health in wearers, researchers applied short-arm, long-arm, and short-leg casts to seventy-two patients, aged 24 months to 64 years. An AquaCast waterproof cast liner was placed beneath fiberglass casting tape. Patients or their parents were instructed to rinse the cast with clean water after sports practice or swimming, and to dry the cast thoroughly before going to bed. At the time of cast removal, the patient or parent completed a survey measuring:
In addition, skin integrity was evaluated by an orthopedic technologist or physician at the time of cast removal and rated as excellent, good, average, or poor.
Study Results & Conclusions
During the one-year study period, 71 out of 72 patients (98.6%) wearing an AquaCast waterproof liner were noted by an orthopedic technologist to have Average, Good or Excellent skin quality. Only 1 patient was noted to have poor skin quality, but the orthopedic technologist noted that that the cast had not been properly rinsed during the immobilization period. In addition, the majority of patients (52.8%) reported that it took only 1-2 hours for their cast to dry, and 38.9% reported it took one hour or less to dry. Only 6.9% of patients reported it taking more than 2 hours to dry.
In the comment section, patients noted that AquaCast Liner allowed them to continue their daily activities without inconvenience, and decreased odor and itchiness. Overall, 71 out of 72 patients would recommend AquaCast Liner to others! Taking all of these results into consideration, researchers concluded that AquaCast Liner is proving to have great satisfaction for both patients & cast technologists.
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AquaCast Liner produces the highest-quality waterproof cast material available in today’s healthcare market. To learn more about waterproof casts and their benefits, or place an order for our products, contact us today!
No one wants a broken bone. However, you can make the most out of your recovery by getting a fiberglass cast from your doctor. This cast is lightweight, is available in many different colors, and doesn’t lose its shape if it gets wet. Fiberglass casts are frequently used instead of plaster casts for these reasons. Plaster casts are still used nowadays, but only in certain circumstances due to the incredible benefits that fiberglass provides.
How Is This Cast Made?
The injured body part (wrist, ankle, etc.) will first be covered with a stockinette, very similar to wearing a sock. It is then wrapped in a layer of cast padding, which can consist of a soft cotton or cotton-like synthetic material. This padding helps reduce the discomfort of wearing the cast by creating a soft layer between the skin and the hard outer cast material. After that, the fiberglass tape, which has been soaked in water, will be wrapped around the inner padded layer to create a protective and supportive outer shell. The fiberglass resin will harden quickly and limit the motion of the injured area.
What Is The Difference Between A Plaster Cast And A Fiberglass Cast?
Fiberglass casts are much lighter. They also come in different colors whereas a plaster cast only comes in white. Additionally, a plaster cast must be kept dry. Water will damage a plaster cast by allowing it to soften.
Is Fiberglass Waterproof?
The outer fiberglass cast tape is waterproof, but the traditional inside cast padding and stockinette is not. For that reason, a traditional fiberglass cast needs to be kept dry. However, you can get a cast with waterproof padding instead of one with cotton padding. A waterproof liner allows you to bathe, shower or swim without damaging it or using a cumbersome cast protector. For these reasons, it is more convenient to wear a cast that has a waterproof lining. Waterproof casts are ideal for most everyone: children, athletes, geriatric patients who live alone, and adults who use their hands for work.
When Is a Fiberglass Cast Used?
Fiberglass casts can be used to hold broken bones in place until they heal, protect a limb after recent surgery, or immobilize a joint for other reasons if it is felt necessary by your doctor.
Fiberglass casts are being used much more frequently nowadays given the numerous benefits that fiberglass has over plaster. These casts come in many colors, are lightweight, and make it more convenient for patients to deal with a broken bone. Waterproof casts increase people’s ability to continue with their normal routine. Talk to your orthopaedic provider about getting a fiberglass waterproof cast.
There are two things you can get very tired of when you are wearing a cast: people asking what happened and having to wrap the cast in plastic every time you shower. There is not much that medical innovation can do about the first problem, but there are now waterproof casts.
What Is a Waterproof Cast?A cast is made up of a soft lining and a hard shell. Traditional casts were made of plaster and lined with cotton. Both materials could be ruined if they became wet.
What is a waterproof cast made of?
Today’s cast are often made with a fiberglass outer shell, which does not absorb water. Until recently, however, they were still lined with cotton. There are now newer synthetic materials that can replace the cotton and make the entire cast water-proof. These casts can be worn in the shower, tub, or swimming pool with no additional protection from the water.
Pros and Cons of Waterproof Casts
Are Waterproof Casts for Kids an Option?
While it is normally physician preference, there is typically no reason a child cannot have a waterproof cast if the doctor approves.
These casts make the healing process much easier for children since they do not have to be so careful about getting the casts wet. Waterproof casts perform best when they are rinsed out with forceful stream of water, particularly when coming out of pool. Make certain to rinse out soap after a bath or shower.
If you have questions about whether a waterproof cast is right for you or your child, give us a call today. We are always happy to discuss your options and help you ask the right questions to your doctor about your broken bones and the types of casting they provide.
Most standard casts consist of two parts: a fiberglass covering and cotton padding underneath. The fiberglass is water resistant and won’t fall apart if it gets wet. The cotton padding inside, however, must be kept dry. Knowing how to waterproof a cast can come in handy when you want to take a shower or go swimming with a cast and here are three ways you can do it on your own as explained by our team here at AquaCast Liner.
1. Purchase a Cast Cover
Cast covers fit over the cast and fasten with a watertight seal. They usually take the form of a long plastic sleeve that can slide over an arm or leg cast. The opening has a plastic gasket that fits tightly against the skin to keep water out. Some covers include a pump to suck out air from inside the cover. They are completely waterproof and make it possible to go swimming with a cast. Most cast covers are reusable. They can be purchased in a drug store or online.
We recommend you keep an eye on the seal if you are active or swimming to make sure the it is tight and you do not see any water entering the cover. If you do, then we suggest you quit swimming immediately to check the cover seal and make sure no water has come in contact with the cast padding.
2. Use Plastic Bag & Tape
Plastic bags and tape are not as handy as a cast cover, but will work to keep your cast dry, for the most part. Slide a small garbage bag, a plastic newspaper bag or a grocery bag over the cast. Seal the opening with a thick rubber band or some tape or both. This method is not as reliable as a cast cover and is not meant to be a full proof way to keep water out, but it will work for taking a shower or if you are caught out in the rain.
3. Cover with Plastic Wrap
This is the least secure method, but it can do the job in a pinch. Wrap the plastic wrap tightly around the cast in overlapping layers. Make sure the ends above and below the cast are completely sealed. It’s a good idea to use tape to help hold it in place and we strongly recommend that you do not submerge the wrapped cast in water, as this type of wrap is likely to leak.
Alternative Physician Recommended Cast Waterproofing Solution
You can also ask your physician for a waterproof cast in the first place. Waterproof casts combine the traditional fiberglass shell with a waterproof cast padding liner instead of the usual cotton liner. You can wear these waterproof casts in the shower or swimming or out playing sports and they won’t be damaged due to moisture.
If you would like more information or help about how to waterproof a cast, contact AquaCast Liner today.
Breaking a bone can be an exceedingly painful condition. The physical toll can be tremendous, but what’s often overlooked is the emotional pain associated with a broken bone.
People who are injured often feel sad, depressed, or even angry after their injury — and most of the time, they can’t explain why.
This is attributed to broken bone depression.
It’s a common result of the body’s suppression of certain hormonal systems while healing, but it isn’t fun and here are a few ways to alleviate it.
Not all exercises may be possible with a broken bone, and any attempt should be done carefully so that you don’t aggravate the injury further. However, exercise can be great for boosting your mood and helping your body get the physical exertion it requires while you’re healing. You can do low-impact exercises like swimming, even with a cast on! Waterproof cast liners allow your cast to get wet while swimming or showering. There’s no need to stay immobile the entire time. If you want to get out there and have fun, get waterproof cast liners as soon as the injury occurs.
2. Pamper Yourself
It’s important to treat yourself with a bit more care than normal, especially while recovering from a broken bone. Get a book you’ve been interested in, go see a movie you’ve had your eye on, and make sure you have comfortable cast padding. Keeping yourself comfy is absolutely necessary for recovering — and it helps fight the depression, too.
3. Seek Out a Support Group
Sometimes online support groups can be just the trick. Online, you can remain completely anonymous, giving you the freedom to divulge any fears you may have in regard to your recovery. Make use of these outlets. If you’re scared or concerned about something, but you don’t want to admit it to someone in person, go online. There are numerous sources designed specifically for your situation.
Broken bone depression is unpleasant and may seem like it will never end, but hold steady; you’ll recover and be back to your normal self in no time. Until then, make use of these three tips to keep your spirits high while recovering.
When you break a limb, it’s important to have a cast to immobilize the injury so that the bones can properly heal. However, wearing a cast can be challenging. Having access to a waterproof cast so that you can live as normal a life as possible while you recuperate is of great benefit. A waterproof cast is important so that you can bathe and even swim. You can keep up with your daily hygiene necessities by using the proper cast care. Here are the best tips for waterproof cast care and maintenance.
In general, most casts aren’t waterproof. However, if you choose a waterproof padding, your cast becomes waterproof if used in conjunction with a fiberglass outer shell. The liner is a padding that includes billions of microscopic pores that are small enough to block water from getting to the cast but large enough to allow water vapor to pass through it. However, you have to make sure to use these practices so that your cast can last for as long as you need it.
A cast for a broken bone is sometimes a necessary evil. Although a cast can greatly speed up the healing process, its design generally does not allow for good air circulation. Sooner or later skin irritation and unbearable itching will occur. Traditional cast paddings or cast liners are made of cotton and become soiled from sweat ,body oils and dead skin. New advances in waterproof casts use special cast liners to reduce and alleviate this problem.
Why does it itch so badly?
One common culprit of itchy skin beneath a cast is swelling. This is actually a normal reaction but can be very uncomfortable. To help with swelling, try keeping the broken limb elevated above the heart as often as possible. You can also try icing the area several times a day, taking care not to let melted ice dampen the cast.
Other causes of itching inside of your cast are dead, flaky skin cells. Under normal circumstances, the outer-layer of dead skin cells would be brushed off during the day or washed off in the shower. When the dead skin is trapped underneath a cast, these dried-up cells have nowhere to go and can become a source of irritation.
How do I safely relieve the itching?
The first thing you should know is that it’s never a good idea to insert any object into a cast. The smallest abrasion on the skin inside of a cast can easily lead to infections and other medical complications. A better solution is to blow cool air from a hair dryer into the cast. This should provide much needed airflow to help cool and dry the skin under the cast. You can also try placing an icepack on the cast to help calm the itch.
The best overall option for itchy skin in a cast is to wear a waterproof cast. This style of cast uses a breathable, water-resistant cast padding that allows you to sweat, bathe and swim without complications or the use of a cast protector. It’s a great way to keep the affected area clean and odor-free while allowing you to maintain an active lifestyle.
Wearing a cast can pose as an obstacle for even the most common daily tasks and anyone who has needed a cast for a broken bone understands how much of a nuisance they can really be.
One of the most difficult tasks is keeping the cast dry, if you opted out of getting a waterproof cast. From swimming to showering or walking in the rain to even sweating, there are many potential situations where a cast can get wet and you have to mindful of your situations. In addition to ruining a cast, water can also bring about unwanted odors that can be quite unpleasant to those around you. If your non waterproof cast padding or lining gets wet, please consult your physician immediately.
From all of us at AquaCast Liner, we would like to share three ways to ensure your cast stays as dry as possible, no matter what you are doing.
1. Ask Your Doctor for a Protective Waterproof Cast Liner
A majority of casts today are made with fiberglass shell. This sturdy material protects the broken limb from further damage and helps to prevent movement as bones heal. While the fiberglass itself is water resistant, the cast padding underneath is not. When this material gets wet, it is very hard to dry out, even all the hairdryers in the world sometimes can’t help.
While you are having your cast constructed by the doctor, you can request to have a waterproof cast lining put in between the fiberglass exterior and your skin. This waterproof liner will enable you to shower, bathe, wash hands while also allowing for improved airflow and dry time, thus decreasing potential future problems as your bone heals.
2. Invest in Cast Covers
Perhaps the most cost effective method for keeping your cast dry is to invest in a cast cover. There are cast cover products designed specifically for particular limbs. For example, some cast covers are designed for arms while others are designed for legs. These covers look like large bags that are placed over the cast acting much like a poncho. Many of these covers also come with pumps that allow patients to suck out all of the air in the bag creating a tighter seal, resulting in an effectively waterproof cast.
We would like to point out that not all cast covers are 100% effective at keeping water out. For instance, if some cast covers are submerged in water when taking a bath or swimming, water has a chance to enter. The same would apply for taking a shower with constant water raining down on the cover. We recommend you be careful and check to make sure your seal is tight, but not so tight as to inhibit your circulation to the extremity.
3. Use Homemade Materials
For some people, cast covers and waterproof liners may not be an option and when it comes to an emergency situation, you may not have the time to buy these products. In these moments, several homemade materials can be used as protection to help waterproof your cast. The most obvious of these alternatives is the good-old trash bag. Often used as makeshift plastic wraps, these bags can be easily placed and secured around all forms of casts using tape or rubberbands. Again, we advise being mindful of your circulation and to not have the seal be too tight.
Additionally, we have heard of patients getting creative with plastic wrap used mainly for food preservation to help waterproof a cast. Pretty clever, but understand these homemade cast covers are not 100% water resistant and if you should have any issues, contact your physician right away if you smell something odd, a rash develops, or the cast padding is damaged or discolored.
Keeping your cast dry can be difficult without the proper materials, but we hope our tips help you make the best decision for your given circumstances if you are dealing with a broken bone now, or ever have to go through the unfortunate process of healing a fractured bone.