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Care of pin sites

Angie Bell Practice development nurse and clinical educator, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland
Maria Leader Practice development nurse, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland
Hilary Lloyd Principal lecturer in nursing, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland

External fixation is a key component in orthopaedic management. However, the use of metal pins or wires may result in complications, such as pin site infections. To prevent infections pin site care must include effective assessment, monitoring and cleaning of the pin site. Differing methods of pin site management in clinical practice have resulted in inconsistencies in the literature relating to best practice. This article explores some of the variations in pin site care.

Correspondence angie.bell@chs.northy.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 33,44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.04.22.33.44.c6466

Published in print: 23 April 2008

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review