cast care — taking it off

And here is how a cast is taken off….

When the casts come back to us, they usually look a little more dirty then they were when the were first put on. To remove a cast, a special cast saw is used to cut just the fiberglass. Cast saws make a lot of noise because they are attached to a vacumn cleaner that sucks up all of the fiberglass dust, but they have been specially designed so that they won’t cut the skin underneath. However, they do vibrate a lot, and the vibration can be a bit unsettling.

Once the cast has been cut in half down either side of the cast, a pair of spreaders is used to split the two halves further apart. The cast is then pulled off, and the remaining cast padding is cut off with a pair of scissors.

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