Research Article| Volume 11, ISSUE 1, P45-48, January 1998

Download started.


Comparison study of quickcast versus a traditional thermoplastic in the fabrication of a resting hand splint

      This paper is only available as a PDF. To read, Please Download here.


      Therapists are frequently presented with new splinting material promising better and faster results. Managed care and cost containment make it important to evaluate the splinting materials used in the fabrication process. A new precut splint, QuickCast™, is made from a fiberglass material that becomes pliable from the heat of a standard household hair dryer. Graduate occupational therapy students participated in timed trials fabricating resting hand splints with QuickCast and Eze-form® brands of thermoplastic. Second-year occupational therapy students chosen as splint makers answered a questionnaire measuring fit, edges, strap application, aesthetics, safety, and ease of positioning. First-year students who had no neurologic or orthopedic involvement in the upper extremities participated as clients. They answered a questionnaire on comfort, weight, and aesthetics of the splint and the safety and comfort of the splinting process. Analysis of timed trials revealed no significant difference in the time required to fabricate the QuickCast precut thermoplastic and the sheet thermoplastic splints. From the questionnaire, the thermoplastic splint was rated safer than the QuickCast material by splint makers. Further studies are suggested for comparing time and cost effectiveness between commercially available splinting materials.
      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'


      Subscribe to Journal of Hand Therapy
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


        • Tenney CG
        • Lisak JM
        Atlas of Hand Splinting. Little, Brown, Boston1986
        • Krajnik SR
        • Bridle MJ
        Hand splinting in quadriplegia: current practice.
        Am J Occup Ther. 1992; 46: 149-156
        • Fess EE
        Hand Splinting Principles and Methods. C.V. Mosby, St. Louis, MO1981
        • Yarkony GM
        • Bass LM
        • Kennan V
        • Meyer A
        Contractures complicating spinal cord injury.
        Paraplegia. 1985; 23: 265-271
        • Ross J
        Concepts and current trends in hand splinting.
        Occup Ther Health Care. 1987; 4: 53-68
        • Swan D
        Low temperature hand splinting with thermoplastic material.
        Physiotherapy. 1984; 9: 341-345
        • Pedretti LW
        Occupational therapy: practice skill for physical dysfunction. 4th ed. C.V. Mosby, St. Louis, MO1996
        • Bunnell S
        Surgery of the Hand. J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, PA1944
        • Byron PM
        Splinting materials.
        J Hand Ther. 1995; 8: 38-40
        • Collins LF
        Splinting survey result.
        OT Prac. 1996; 10: 42-44