Waterproof cast covers enhance your patients’ quality of life by enabling them to bathe, shower and swim without having to worry about the risk of infection. The cast covers will protect their casts, bandages and wounds.
This category also includes covers for patients who have an ostomy (a surgical opening to facilitate discharge of bodily waste). You will also find waterproof covers for patients wearing PICC lines or prosthetic limbs..
Casts are used to hold broken bones (such as a fractured arm) in the correct place while they heal. Traditionally, they were made from plaster but modern ones are more likely to be made from fibreglass and to have a cotton layer underneath for skin protection and wearing comfort. Waterproof casts have a fibreglass outer layer just as normal modern casts do. However, they use a liner underneath instead of a cotton layer.
Disadvantages Of Waterproof Casts
Waterproof casts, however, cannot be put on right after the injury is incurred. The patient normally has to wait for about 12 weeks with a normal cast and then switch to a waterproof one.
Another disadvantage of waterproof casts lies in the fact that special training is required to put them on properly. This expertise is not available at all health care facilities.
Additionally, they are not for use if the patient has had surgery on his/her broken bone or if there is an open wound near the fracture.
The drawbacks associated with waterproof casts have led to the increasing use of waterproof covers for normal casts.
Waterproof Cast Covers
Waterproof cast covers are an alternative choice to waterproof casts. You can use a normal cast for your broken limb and simply wear a waterproof cast cover for showering, bathing or swimming.
The cast covers offered for sale on this site are made from surgical latex and generally employ vacuum seals to keep the target area free from infection.
The advantages of using waterproof cast covers are:
You can shower, swim or bathe without extensive preparation time;
No special expertise is needed to put on a waterproof cover;
They can be easily reused as many times as needed;
They can be used even if the patient has had surgery or has an open wound;
There is no need to wait after the injury is incurred before you start wearing a cover. You can start wearing a waterproof cast cover right away
They are usually far cheaper than a waterproof cast (unless the waterproof cast is covered by insurance).
In addition to thes above advantages,waterproof protectors are also useful to those undergoing hydrotherapy right after surgery. For these individuals, the protectors will keep their surgical wounds free from infection and promote the chances of a full recovery.
Disadvantages of using waterproof cast covers include the following:
Care must be taken to determine the correct size. If the size isn’t correct, the cast underneath the cover may get wet;
If the cast develops a hole or the vacuum seal isn’t perfect, water may seep through to the cast underneath. Care must be taken to ensure that the cover isn’t damaged in a way that may compromise the protection it offers.
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