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Wilderness Environ Med. 2003 Fall;14(3):167-8.

Cast adrift: Gortex cast liners allow greater patient activity.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesia, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.


Extremity fractures are a common injury, with nearly 1.5 million cases reported in the United States in 1998. Treatment often involves lengthy periods of immobilization. This report outlines the use of a Gortex cast liner by a subject who was able to engage in swimming and scuba diving during the healing process. We report that a Gortex cast liner may be considered for an active patient who is keen to return to limited activities during fracture healing. Apparently because of a lack of knowledge of their existence, physicians currently are underutilizing this method of casting in active patients. The use of Gortex liners elsewhere has been reported to have higher patient and physician satisfaction in both use and performance, with no reported detrimental effects on outcome.

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