Wood-based casts are non-toxic, ecological and easy to mould

Regardless of age, we can all have accidents that require a limb to be treated with casting and/or orthoses. Slips, rear-end collisions and other accidents causing fractures are increasing with urbanisation. In addition, the ageing population means the risk of bone fractures is increasing.

Today, people are highly aware of their options and want products and services that reflect their values and ways of thinking. The use of the Earth’s dwindling resources is considered to be unnecessary. Instead, people want to invest in renewable natural resources and the recycling of materials. People are interested in information about options that are better for their health and the environment, and they want to have a say about their choices.

Woodcast is a completely non-toxic, perfectly mouldable and remouldable cast material suitable for all kinds of casting work. It is manufactured from clean wood and biodegradable plastic and can be moulded without water or rubber gloves. Cast Technicians no longer need to be exposed to toxic chemicals or the risk of occupational asthma. In addition, they no longer need to use gloves, masks and ventilation hoods or other equipment that increases costs and reduces user-friendliness.

How it works in practice

The board-like material is heated to approximately 65 °C to make it pliable. When the material cools down again, it becomes hard and durable. The cast can be fine-tuned by reheating it an unlimited number of times in order to fully customise it to fit the patient.

Woodcast is thin, light and breathable, which makes it comfortable for the patient. This is particularly important for children and elderly people, who have more sensitive skin. Traditional casts can feel heavy and sweaty. Woodcast is also X-ray transparent.

Financial opportunities and broader social significance

In addition to being a sensible option for patients, healthcare staff and the environment, Woodcast is a cost-effective solution for hospitals. Any excess material can be saved for next time, and a moulded cast can be washed and remoulded if necessary, if the swelling in the injured limb subsides, for example. Making a cast with Woodcast is quick, and no cleaning is needed afterwards. This reduces the need for material as well as working hours. Used casts can be efficiently disposed of as waste-to-energy or biodegradable waste.

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