Few things are as tough as caring for a child with a hip or shoulder injury. Not only do you have to watch your child suffer pain and discomfort, but you also must face the challenge of keeping the area clean, hygienic, and odor-free. This can be quite difficult, as most casts cannot be washed without retaining some water.
Fortunately, AquaCast’s Hipster Pantaloon Liners can help make it easier. These one-piece waterproof cast liners use expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) material to create a breathable barrier between the skin and cast padding commonly used in hip and shoulder spica casts. Our Hipster Pantaloon Liners are now available in both adult and pediatric sizes, with a new, patent-pending design that makes application easier and improves wearer comfort.
If you have already purchased one of our waterproof cast liners for kids, below are application instructions for your healthcare provider.
First, unfold the AquaCast Hipster Protective Liner by holding the corner and lifting it. Use both hands to roll up the material that begins at the torso and continues down one leg. Slip the patient’s foot through the opening that is created. Repeat this process for the other leg.
Extend the liner down the legs and over the chest, leaving sufficient material to create cuffs. Align the perineal opening on the Hipster liner to the perineal area on the patient. Do not worry about folds or wrinkles; the product is intended to be loose-fitting.
Place the patient on the spica table. Place an abdominal towel under the Hipster as you normally would prior to applying any hip spica cast. Apply the cast padding, either traditional or AquaCast Liner rolls, over the Hipster Protective Liner. Once again, allow sufficient material to create cuffs at the torso and legs.
Apply fiberglass casting tape (or plaster) over the cast padding. Cut out the perineal opening with a cast saw (or leave open with fiberglass application techniques). Again, take care to leave sufficient Hipster and cast padding to create cuffs.
Use the casting material to create cuffs at all cast ends. Make sure that the cuffs seal in the perineal area, in order to protect the underlying padding.
Once the cast has dried, petal the perineal opening with waterproof surgical tape to reinforce the seal and protect the padding.
If you have more questions about AquaCast® or our line of waterproof cast liner products, please contact us today!