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CAST WEARERS CAN FINALLY 'GET IT WET' THANKS TO GORE(TM) CAST LINER

 Innovative Cast Lining Allows Fracture Patients to Bathe,
 Shower and Swim While Wearing a Fiberglass Cast
 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, cast wearers everywhere are being encouraged to get their fiberglass casts wet and pursue physician-approved day-to-day activities, thanks to the innovative Cast Liner developed by W.L. Gore & Associates.
 The same polymer used to make GORE-TEX(R) fabric ski clothes and hiking suits waterproof and breathable is now being used in the GORE Cast Liner, allowing patients to bathe, shower or even swim while wearing a fiberglass cast. With GORE Cast Liner, when the cast gets wet most of the water quickly drains out of the cast opening. Any remaining moisture evaporates and passes through both the soft, quilted Cast Liner and the cast itself. The result: a clean cast and a contented cast wearer.
 "Although Cast Liner has only been available to patients on a limited basis until now, in a recent clinical study of more than 1,800 patients, 97 percent of those who had used the product recommended it," said Robin Bequet-Sharber of W.L. Gore & Associates. "Health care professionals participating in the study noted improved patient satisfaction with Cast Liner. They reported that 90 percent of patients had `good to excellent' skin condition when casts were removed."
 In addition to allowing patients to shower, swim, exercise, wash dishes and pursue other daily routines, Cast Liner also permits patients to begin hydrotherapy treatment while still wearing a cast.
 "The response to Cast Liner from both patients and health care professionals has been overwhelmingly positive," said Bequet-Sharber. "Patients say they like the freedom and convenience of having a cast they can get wet, while physicians appreciate being able to supply a basic care product that helps ensure happier, more satisfied patients."
 Available through orthopaedic surgeons nationwide, GORE Cast Liner is usually covered by insurance and is appropriate for many patients with stable fractures. Patients should ask their doctor if they are a candidate for Cast Liner.
 W.L. Gore & Associates has pioneered the use of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (e-PTFE), or stretched Teflon(R), to manufacture electronics, GORE-TEX fabrics, and a wide range of industrial and medical products. The company's medical products division is based in Flagstaff.
 GORE and GORE-TEX are trademarks of W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Angelo Mattalino, an orthopaedic surgeon in Phoenix, is available for local interviews. Contact Rogers & Associates to arrange interviews./
 /CONTACT: Laura Segall or Roberta Silverman of Rogers & Associates, 310-552-6922, for W.L. Gore & Associates/


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