Tuesday, May 29, 2007

An Idea - Inflatable Cast and Splint

Over the weekend, while watching one of the Battlestar Galactica episodes, where one of the soldier had a broken leg, it came across to me that it would be a good idea to use inflated plastic/fabric/related materials as a cast or splint for broken legs or arm.

So I did some research on the Internet and found that no one has had this idea of making an inflatable cast or splint yet, which could mean a few things. Either, this is a stupid idea or that googling around and considering it research is not enough... LOL. Almost all the articles I found were about plaster or fiber glass cast. There were a few companies that manufacture casting tapes, pretty cool but tedious to apply.

Anyways, just to take the idea further on inflatable cast. I think that an inflatable cast would be easy to apply and very portable. Depending on the materials and internal lining, the inflatable cast can be very rigid and sturdy.

They would be re-usable. They are light and does not hinder a patient's movement as compared to a plaster cast or a fibre glass cast. The doctor could easily remove the cast to examine how the patient's bone is healing.

I would imagine that a lot of prototyping and research need to be done in order for inflatable casting to be viable and later to go into production.

I cannot think of any problem that cannot be solved by good and innovative design.

Can some one tell me the "con" of an inflatable cast? If not would you like to invest in this venture? LOL...

Originally posted - 26 Apr · Thu 2007


Jack Hii said...

Con? If plastic is used as the material, there could be a problem as it does not allow the skin to "breathe". Maybe allow perforations at regular intervals spreading out on the cast? Something to think about.

Jack Hii said...

Here are a few patents on this:

- Adjustable pressure cast for orthopedic injuries Albert D. Davis


mysticfireexotics said...

I had the same thoughts , we go quading and I felt that a inflatable cast In say a couple of sizes for legs or arms just to get you out of the bush and to a hospital . I broke my arm one year and the hour it Took to get back to a road was hard enough. a inflatable cast holding the arm and applying pressure to ease pain would have been so welcome

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