Breaking your arm will certainly keep you out of most athletic activities. Added to that list is swimming, and taking baths or showers with a cast on your arm is cumbersome, inconvenient and awkward. In order to do a simple task, like taking a shower, special needs must to be taken to waterproof your cast. There are two different types of casts: plaster and fibreglass. If a plaster cast were to get wet, it would simply fall apart and be destroyed. A fibreglass cast would not fall apart, but the padding underneath will get wet and can rot if not taken care of.
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Things you need
- Saran wrap
- Plastic bag
- Latex gloves
Begin by wrapping the cast in the saran wrap, starting at the top of the cast.
Apply several layers of the saran wrap before descending down the cast. Tuck the saran wrap into the cast at the top.
Continue wrapping the cast down the arm, remembering to pull the saran wrap tightly.
Wrap the saran wrap around the wrist and fingers. Poke a hole through the wrap to allow the thumb to come through. Tear a larger hole through the wrap so all four fingers can fit through, and tuck the wrap into the cast.
Wrap the saran wrap upwards after fitting the fingers through. Wrap all the up the cast, again tucking the wrap into the top of the cast.
Fit a plastic bag over the cast. Similar to the saran wrap, poke holes to fit fingers through and tuck the bag into the cast.
Put a latex glove on to the hand over the cast. This will allow you to use your hand freely in water.
Tips and warnings
- If the bag is slightly loose, slide to rubber bands (top and bottom) on to the cast to hold the bag in place.
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