Summer is coming. That means that long hot days by the pool might be part of your plans. Being by the pool isn’t as much fun if you can’t go in the water but if you have a broken arm or leg, or if you have had surgery on a limb, or if you have a PICC line, you know that keeping that wound or cast protected from water is a challenge.
This type of injury can be a temporary life altering process. You have to make a lot of changes in your daily habits such as having a shower or a little bit of fun in the pool. You might be thinking old school and you’re ready to grab a trash bag and a couple of rubber bands to keep the affected area dry. That works in a pinch, but it is a poor solution and doesn’t guarantee that water isn’t going to find a way to ruin your day.
Don’t worry, there are a few solutions. At Gateway Medical Equipment, we’ve got a couple of brand name products that can let you get out for some fun around the pool or just let you have a well deserved shower while still protecting your cast or injury site. Let’s take a look at the options.
These cast covers are durable and reusable, but not in the same category as the offerings from DryPro. If you need a cost-effective way to protect a site for bathing and hygiene purposes, in the short-term these may be the right option for you.
I have used Dry Pro’s products a couple of times. It’s not that I’m accident prone but a hand injury and an Achilles tendon injury meant that I had the opportunity to try a number of products to keep casts dry.
From my experience I can tell you Dry Pro cast protectors are fabulous and, in my opinion, work the best.
Both of my injuries occurred in the winter so I did not try these out while swimming. In the shower and while playing with my rubber ducky in the bath, they worked without problems. Basically, the cover is just a rubber sleeve that you stick your arm or leg into and then with the use of a small attached bulb, you pump out the air inside and it seals tight for waterproof protection. As I say, this seals tight and it’s not something you want to leave on for more than half an hour or so. When you are finished with your water fun, just slip a finger inside the top edge of the rubber sleeve and break the seal and slide the protector off. It does take some effort to get this protector on over a bulky cast but you’ll hardly break a sweat doing it.
Mike M., Purchasing Manager
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