Tip of the Week: Casting material – what to get and where

The best plaster casting material I have found that anyone can purchase online is the brand Gypsona, available through Amazon and elsewhere.  For adult-size arm splints and casts, 3″ plaster rolls...

The best plaster casting material I have found that anyone can purchase online is the brand Gypsona, available through Amazon and elsewhere.  For adult-size arm splints and casts, 3″ plaster rolls are appropriate.  For adult-size leg splints and casts, 4″ rolls are needed. 

For children, these larger rolls can be cut to yield the correct width.  Generally speaking, the appropriate roll-width is approximately equal to the width of the palm; for legs the width should be a little more than the widest part of the foot.   You will also need to purchase cast padding (synthetic is less expensive than cotton) and 3″ and/or 4″ stockinette. 

When buying online you generally will have to buy in bulk, that is, a case of 12 rolls at a time.  At my Survival Medicine classes I offer them individually.   (I may begin offering these supplies on this site, so check back soon.)

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