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UCAST FAQ

What is UCAST meant for?

UCAST is designed for treating fractures or other conditions requiring immobilization.

Who is UCAST designed for?

UCAST is designed for hospitals, primary care units, hand therapy clinics and first aid or EMS services.

What does the product contain?

One package contains everything needed for making one cast, including the splint, the cohesive padded fabric wrap, two-sided tape and instructions.

What is the procedure for applying UCAST? 

Once heated for approximately two minutes in the recommended heater or thermal bath, the splint is applied on the fabric. The product is applied to the extremity. The caregiver molds and shapes the product comfortably and precisely to the patent. After a few minutes, the material begins to cool and becomes rigid; tension is adjusted for final fit. 

How long does it stay warm and pliable? 

UCAST will remain pliable for approximately 2-4 minutes depending on the product. The total time it takes to apply is greatly reduced compared to other products. This leaves time to make adjustments as it hardens.

Is it waterproof? 

UCAST is not waterproof and it is not recommended to bath or swim with it, only if the physician allows the patient to remove the brace. If not, the patient cannot get the brace and skin wet. It is imperative that the inside of the brace and patient’s skin are completely dry after swimming or bathing.

If the patient goes swimming or takes a shower, how will the patient avoid skin issues? 

If the patient has been given permission to remove the brace, wash the skin correctly and dry it up before applying the UCAST back.

Is there natural rubber latex or other potentially allergic or skin sensitive materials? 

UCAST is a totally latex-free and allergen-free product. UCAST does not contain any toxins.

How tight does the brace need to be for proper stabilization?

Ucast is meant to be worn under light pressure and not too tight to the skin. A little wiggle room inside the Ucast promotes air circulation and helps maintain dry healthy skin. An over-tightened brace creates “shear” or pressure on the skin during motion, and can result in irritation, rash, odor and skin issues. Be sure a finger can easily be inserted between the brace and skin.

What if I want to initially mold the Ucast in a little volar tilt or cock-up position? 

Molding the Ucast in a little volar tilt (flexion) or a cock-up position is very common. The desired molding position is determined by the nature of the injury. After a period of time, the Ucast may be removed, re-heated, and re-molded in a neutral position.

Can Ucast be re-heated or re-molded? 

Ucast products can be reheated multiple times. This allows for simple remolding, if the original application is not correct or if at a later date adjustments are required to account for anatomical changes, as healing progresses.

Is Ucast Radiolucent?

Ucast is radiolucent allowing for visualization of new callus/bone formation or at the fracture site. Often plaster or fiberglass casts need to be removed in order to see the subtle signs of fracture healing. Removal and replacement is not necessary with Ucast. 

Is Ucast trimmable and if so, how do you trim or cut it? 

The Ucast splint and sheet material can be trimmed or cut with a scissors or shears. It is easier to cut while the material is warm but can be trimmed cold as well. The edges remain smooth and are not as abrasive or sharp as fiberglass and other materials. 

How can I prevent a non-compliant patient from removing the brace?

The pack includes two-sided, strong tape that you can apply to the brace ends.

Can the patient figure out how to remove the Ucast brace?

A non-compliant patient will remove almost any cast or brace that is applied. They typically remove the brace because it was uncomfortable, too tight, too warm, itchy, or any other annoying reason. With the Ucast, the removal typically does not destroy the brace. When the patient experiences pain, he simply re-applies the brace, and tightens it to a comfortable level. 

How durable are the braces? Can athletes wear them? 

The Ucast braces are durable enough to last at least eight weeks under normal wear and tear conditions. Fractures heal anywhere from four to eight weeks, depending on the type of fracture, and the age and condition of the patient. Note: normal conditions do not include manual labor, farming, or competitive sports. 

Is Ucast hard to keep clean? 

The braces are easy to keep clean and help maintain healthy skin and reduce odor and skin issues. Loosen or remove the brace as instructed by physician. Wipe inside and outside of the Ucast and and wash skin with antimicrobial soap and water. 

Can Ucast burn the skin, especially of children and older patients? 

No, the sheet/padding inner layer effectively insulates the skin from the Woodcast material. This sheet serves two purposes: it insulates the skin from the warmer Woodcast splin and allows the Woodcast to retain heat longer so that it cools gradually and has the proper working time. Ucast is dry and comfortable when applying to the patient.