Working as a self-employed orthopaedic practitioner, it is rare that I get the opportunity to thoroughly test a new product or trial new techniques. I have been afforded just such an opportunity through the kind offices of the unit manager where I am contracted. I have recently been working with a splinting product known as Woodcast. During the last few weeks I have been using the product and it has proven to be a novel solution for many potentially difficult casting situations. These pages will document some of that recent usage with illustrations and commentary.
Disclaimer: I am not an employee of the company that manufactures and markets Woodcast. I do not sell the product nor do I receive any commission payments. I have not and will not receive benefits of any description from the Woodcast company. I was not asked to write these pages; which I have written to reflect my own observations, thoughts and opinions. These pages are offered as information to the wider orthopaedic community and to inform my orthopaedic practitioner colleagues about Woodcast.
The splinting material is made from wood and biodegradable plastic. The Woodcast website describes the product thus: Woodcast is a completely non-toxic and perfectly mouldable & remouldable cast material suitable for all casting work. It is manufactured from clean wood and biodegradable plastic and can be moulded without water or rubber gloves.
Article by Jeff Cable. Freelance Cast Technician. Bricolage. See http://jna.org.uk