Cast immobilization remains the most commonly employed method in the treatment of distal radius fractures. In an effort to test a new shrinkable polymer-coated casting material (QuickCast®), a prospective randomized study was performed on 30 consecutive distal radius fractures. Fractures were divided into three groups based on the severity of fracture and treated with either a conventional short-arm fibreglass tape cast or a QuickCast®. Results showed no significant differences in minor cast complications or maintenance of fracture reduction between conventional fibreglass tape and the QuickCast® material. The shrinkable QuickCast®, however, resulted in an average of one less cast change in all groups. This reduction in time and labour must be weighed against the slightly increased cost of the QuickCast® immobilizer.
Cohen, M. S., & Frillman, T. (1997). Distal radius fractures: A prospective randomized comparison of fibreglass tape with QuickCast®. Injury, 28(4), 305–309. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0020-1383(96)00201-X