Ross Wark Medical Ltd has designed and developed the Casterpillar to overcome many of the well recognised problems associated with the current cast saws.
1) Cast-saw abrasions or burns
Cast-saw burns; evaluation of skin, cast and blade temperatures generated during cast removal. Shuler; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) 2008 Dec;90(12):2626-30.
Oscillating saw injuries during removal of plaster. Ansari; European Journal of Emergency Medicine 1998 Mar;5(1):37-9.
Cast-saw burns: comparison of technique versus material versus saws. Killian; Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics 1999 Sept-Oct; 19(5):683-7.
2) Anxiety reaction in children
Anxiety reaction in children during removal of their plaster cast with a saw. Katz; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British) 2001 Apr:83B(3); 388-90
Effectiveness of ear protection in reducing anxiety during cast removal in children. Carmichael; American Journal of Orthopaedics 2005 Jan;34(1):43-46
3) Noise exposure
Noise exposure in orthopaedic practice: potential health risk. Ullah; Journal of Laryngology & Otology June 2004, Vol118:413-416
Noise levels of orthopaedic instruments and their potential health risks. Holmes; Orthopedics 1996 Jan; 19(1):35-7
4) Dust emission
Dust emission during cutting of polyurethane-impregnated bandages. Wytch; Prosthetics and Orthotics International 1988 Dec;12(3):155-160
5) Vibration exposure
Hand-arm vibration at work: a brief guide. Health and safety Executive 2012
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