Location: United States
The waterproof, breathable cast is easy to clean and is less bulky than traditional casts.
Anyone who has worn a traditional cast knows how much they can make life challenging – It’s difficult to scratch itches, they don’t ‘breathe’ well and can start to smell. Because they can’t get wet, showering can be annoying, and the rehab process can take longer due to restricted movements.
There have been recent advancements in casts to make them less of a burden, such as this 3D printed cast. Chicago-based startup Cast21 has an innovative approach with its resin-filled, waterproof design.
Cast21 uses a latex-free mesh sleeve that is placed on the patient’s arm and moulded to exact requirements needed to help the fracture heal. The next step is to fill with a liquid resin. The resin hardens in 10 minutes and holds the bone in place until it’s time for the cast to come off after the patient has healed.
The large gaps in the mesh design make the cast extremely breathable, and this helps prevent itches. It’s entirely waterproof so the patient can swim and shower as they normally would. Unlike the traditional method of using plaster of Paris, Cast21s’ design is effortless to clean and doesn’t retain odour. At the time of removal, it can be cut away rather than the need for an electrical saw.
The casts are available in a variety of colours and patterns so can be personalised to preference.