Woodcast is the next logical step in casting and splinting.
The next logical step in the evolution of casting materials is non-toxic, anti-bacterial, faster to apply, can be remolded and is only made from two ingredients.
This innovative solution is being increasingly adopted by medical professionals who are already seeing the benefits of this modern material. Made from aspen woodchips and a biodegradable polymer, Woodcast is the eco-friendly alternative to traditional casting, splinting and bracing materials.
Woodcast is saving hospitals money by increasing throughput in casting rooms and emergency departments and reducing waste. This newer method of injury immobilization is being adopted by emergency rooms, orthopedic departments, podiatrists as well as veterinary clinics.
All that is required from a facility that wants to use Woodcast is some training, electricity and space for heating. Let’s have a look at how Woodcast is providing treatment to not only injuries, but problems faced by hospitals, and the planet as a whole.
Woodcast is faster and easier to apply than other materials currently used. Using pre-cut splints allows for 60% faster throughput when applying to arms. Further value is added for operators by the lack of need for messy water and time-consuming clean-up.
What sets Woodcast apart is the ability to perform bedside splinting. As it only requires electricity in order to heat the mold, it is far more portable than conventional systems, freeing up time and bottlenecks in casting rooms. How Woodcast uses heat to be applied also allows it to be remolded, saving time and money in wasted materials.
Another feature of Woodcast is its ability to be x-rayed. As the woodchips and biopolymer are x-ray transparent, further savings are to be had in staffing hours and ultimately operating costs. 96% of hospitals that try Woodcast have decided to continue its use, as it increases both provider and patient satisfaction.
For veterinary patients the lack of toxins, including isocyanates, latex and phthalates means that should animals be tempted to chew on their casts or splints, they would not be poisoned.
The clinical results and the cost of Woodcast are both similar to those of other synthetic casting materials however, Woodcast is the only one with no health hazards associated.
These facts, coupled with the anti-bacterial nature of the aspen chips give Woodcast a serious edge in patient satisfaction. Lower toxins and less bacteria make Woodcast a perfect fit for patients, as well as providers.
While these direct benefits to patients make our product an ideal alternative, some indirect benefits are sure to benefit patients as well. With casting rooms increasing their throughput capacity, wait times are sure to be reduced. Less time spent waiting with an unsupported injury can improve patient comfort dramatically and even prevent further injury in some cases.
Medical waste is a problem that has been increasingly gaining attention as an unintentional drawback of the health care industry. With the United States alone producing more than 5.9 million tons of waste annually, clearly, anything that can be done, must be done.
Reducing offcuts, remolds and x rays ensures that departments reduce their wastage. The biodegradable nature of the material keeps further tonnage out of the landfill for the same price as other casting materials. Woodcast is a superior option for healthcare providers, easier on patients and is better for the planet.
Interested in trying out Woodcast? With our supportive onboarding process and risk-free trial period, we make it easy to make the better choice for your clinic or hospital and more importantly, your patients. Schedule a demo online, or give us a call to switch to the sustainable casting solution.