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May 25, 1957


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Cooper Hospital Camden, N. J.

JAMA. 1957;164(4):487. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040127029

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To the Editor:—  During the course of routine fracture care in a large clinic one is impressed with the high rate of destruction of plaster casts, especially by children. A good number of the casts disintegrate under the strain of the writings, carvings, and washings to which they are subject. The frequent wettings of casts during the routine of living reduce many to the point where they resemble a soft rubber bandage. Not infrequently, reapplication of casts is required. More rarely, position of fractures is lost by failure of weakened plaster to maintain immobilization.It has been found that the external spraying of casts with Krylon plastic reduces these problems. This Dupont plastic spray is dispensed in pressure cans and may be purchased at most paint or hardware stores for about $1.50. The spray may be applied immediately without waiting for the cast to dry. One or two light applications

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