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

 Innovative Cast Padding Exhibited at American Academy
 of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting Opening Today in San Francisco
 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Orthopedic surgeons and health care professionals now gathered in San Francisco for the 60th annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) will be hearing about an innovative product that enables cast wearers everywhere to get their fiberglass casts wet and pursue physician- approved day-to-day activities. Cast Liner, a unique cast padding developed by W.L. Gore & Associates, goes on exhibit today for the start of the AAOS meeting at the Moscone Center Convention Center.
 The same polymer used to make Gore-Tex ski clothes and hiking suits breathable and waterproof is now 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, dry cast and a contented cast wearer.
 "Although Cast Liner has only been available 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 and less odor with Cast Liner. More than 90 percent judged their patients' skin condition to be good to excellent' when the cast was 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 of having a cast they can get wet."
 Gore Cast Liner is available through orthopedic surgeons nationwide and is appropriate for many patients with stable fractures.
 W.L. Gore & Associates has pioneered the expanded use of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), or Teflon, 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, Ariz.
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 /CONTACT: Laura Segall or Roberta Silverman of Rogers & Associates, 310-552-6922, for W.L. Gore & Associates/


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