WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A startup company just designed a lightweight and waterproof arm cast that can serve as an alternative to some traditional medical devices.
- The product is also designed so doctors can easily remove it with clinical shears instead of using a saw.
- Cast 21 engineers also claimed that the revolutionary cast can be put on in 3 minutes and removed under 10 minutes.
Breaking or fracturing a limb doesn’t have to be a huge inconvenience, says a startup company that developed a waterproof arm cast that looks like something out of a futuristic movie.
Designed by Cast 21 engineers, it is light, breathable and completely free of the annoying itchy sensation caused by plaster casts. It allows you to go about your daily activities like swimming, bathing and exercising while going through the healing process. It can also be worn easily in as little as 3 minutes and taken off in less than 10.
“We have this radical notion that you can enjoy your healing experience. You don’t need to be restrained from daily activities,” Veronica Hogg, the company’s VP of engineering told the Daily Mail.
The company has also designed a simpler way of removing the arm cast. Instead of making use of a cast saw, Hogg told Good News Network that “a physician can take clinical shears, snip through the tabs and pull it open easily” which makes the healing process far more pleasant for the patient.
According to the makers, once the cast is wrapped around a person’s arm, a liquid pack in the device fills with water then turns into a malleable gel. The product is then molded to fit a patient’s limb until it completely hardens. This design is what Cast 21 hopes to apply to the other areas of the body.
“Right now, we are past the prototype stage and have a fully functioning model in place for the forearm. We hope that this technology can span across the entire body. We are looking forward to having a lower limb model for ankle fractures soon,” said Hogg.