Why choose Aircast Ankle Cryo/Cuff?
- Aircast Ankle Cryo helps to reduce swelling and pain
- Anatomic cuff design for complete coverage of affected area
- Measured compression for patient comfort
- Detachable cooler allows for uninterrupted treatment
- Ideal for: Acute sprains, trauma, post-op, and rehabilitation
Aircast Ankle Cryo Cuff User Manual
What to buy with Aircast Cuff
How to apply Aircast Cryo Cuff?
- Prepare Cooler: Connect blue tube to cooler. Add water to line inside cooler, then add ice to top of cooler. Lay the insulation disk on top of ice. Attach cooler lid snugly. Allow 5 minutes with occasional shaking to chill water.
- Apply The Empty Cuff: Close bottom flaps under foot. Place foot in cuff with heel against back of cuff. If necessary, adjust cuff width by repositioning bottom flaps. Wrap foot cover around foot and secure with straps. Wrap ankle cover around ankle and secure strap.
- Fill Cuff: Connect blue tube to the cuff, listen for a click/snap. When using the Gravity Cryo/Cuff (non-motorized), open air vent on cooler lid and raise cooler no more than 15 inches (38 cm) above the cuff. (If the cooler is raised more than 15 inches (38 cm), the cuff will increase in volume and weight.) Hold raised cooler for about 30 seconds while cuff fills. Close air vent on cooler lid. The cooler can now be disconnected from cuff by pressing the metal tab on the quick-disconnect while cooler is raised.
- Rechill Water: Reconnect the blue tube to cuff, lower the cooler below cuff, and the warmed water will drain from the cuff into the cooler. Allow a minute or two for the water to mix with the ice and rechill. Be sure to check your skin condition. Then raise the cooler and repeat the filling process.
How to clean Cuff?
- After use, completely drain water from cuff, tube, and cooler. (To drain tube, elevate tube while pressing tip of quick-disconnect.)
- Store cooler with top off to allow drying.
- Periodically clean cuff, tube, and cooler using a few ounces of liquid soap added to hot water in cooler.
- Recycle soap/water mixture between cooler and cuff a few times, then repeat with warm water only.
- Rinse completely
Cryotherapy should not be used on persons with Raynaud’s or other vasospastic diseases, cold hypersensitivity, decreased skin sensitivity, compromised local circulation, diabetics, sickle-cell anemia, arteriosclerosis, cryoglobulinemia, hypercoagulable clotting disorders, or other peripheral vascular diseases causing ischemia or poor local circulation, local tissue infection, cold allergy, cold hypersensitivity, previous cold injury and paroxysmal cold haemoglobinuria.
Warnings and Cautions:
- This device can be cold enough to cause serious injury, including tissue necrosis. You must be able to check your skin condition under the Cuff (DO NOT use if you cannot check your skin condition frequently). People are sensitive to cold in diverse ways and may react differently to cold treatment.
- Check for increased pain, burning, numbness, tingling, increased redness, discoloration, itching, increased swelling, blisters, welts, irritation or other changes in skin condition under the Cuff or around the treatment area. If you experience any of these conditions, immediately discontinue use of the device and contact your physician.
- Patient skin condition checks must occur every 1~2 hours on a routine basis. Caution must be taken by routinely monitoring the patient during use on children, elderly, incapacitated patients, severe cardiovascular diseases, those with decreased skin sensitivity or circulation due to poor nutrition, medications (e.g. beta blocker or epinephrine, narcotics), tobacco and alcohol use. If such monitoring is to occur outside the presence of the licensed healthcare professional, he or she must ensure that the patient or patient caretaker understands how such monitoring is to be conducted.
- It is recommended that at least 20 minutes of cessation should be encouraged between 2 hour long cryotherapy sessions.
- When applying the device wrap to the skin, apply a barrier (e.g. cloth or bandage) between the wrap and your skin, and do not wrap it around the area tightly. No part of the wrap should touch the skin for any period of time.
- Check for moisture. If moisture is present on the Cuff, immediately discontinue use of the device.
- Do not use an elastic wrap in conjunction with the Cryo/Cuff.
- Dressings used under the Cryo/Cuff should be applied lightly.
- When filling the Cryo/Cuff, do not raise the cooler higher than 15 inches (38 cm) above the cuff to avoid excessive pressure.
- Reduce pressure with any sense of discomfort, numbness or tingling of the limb.
- The Cryo/Cuff is designed for single patient use only and may be used on the same patient for the length of treatment.
- The device should be cleaned if it is used on the same patient for an extended period of time.
- Keep small parts and packaging materials away from small children and animals. These items pose a risk for suffocation or strangulation
- It could be unsafe to use accessories, detachable parts and materials, or interconnect to other equipment not described in these instructions, or otherwise modified equipment.