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If you soak a fiber glass cast can you unravel it thereby removing it?  

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kimbros | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2010 at 7:07 AM via web

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If you soak a fiber glass cast can you unravel it thereby removing it?

 

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 21, 2010 at 7:18 AM (Answer #1)

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I do not recommend soaking the cast as it will just get sticky and uncomfortable inside.  Fiber glass does not unravel when soaked. 

I once had to get my cast off my leg.  I had to use a dremel with a tiny rounded saw blade.  The cast has some cotton underneath.  However, if you are not careful you can go in too far.

Casts have to be cut off.  If you can not get to the physician, I suggest that you wait until you can.  it is far better to keep the cast on too long than take it off and not have the break heals.  A physician may want to x-ray the bone to ensure proper healing.

My best advice:  Wait and see your doctor.

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 5, 2015 at 6:40 PM (Answer #2)

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Usually, the fiberglass cast is waterproof and it cannot be soaked to be removed. The only thing that can be soaked is the layer which is in contact with your skin that is called cast padding and whose role is to prevent the skin irritations caused by the fiberglass or plaster. If the inner layer, under the fiberglass shell, remains wet for a long time it can cause skin's infections and mold development.

The fiberglass removal is done by the healthcare provides with the help of an electrical small size saw which vibrates and it breaks through the fiberglass without injuring the skin.

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psyproffie | College Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted January 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM (Answer #3)

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It is recommended that a medical professional remove a cast as first the cast may not be ready to come off and secondly you may hurt yourself in the process requiring more medical attention.  As plaster is more water resistant than a plaster cast it is not recommended that you try to soak it off with water as this will not work. If you do intend to remove the cast by yourself you will need the following items:

A second person

A pair of tin snipes

Scissors

In order to remove the cast you will want to lay the extremity on a flat surface and the secondary person will want to use the tin snipes to cut from one open end of the cast to the other, being careful not to cut the skin.  You can then spilt the cast with your hands and remove it.

After you have cut through the fiberglass you will see cotton padding, use the scissors to cut the cotton padding off.

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