The principles of caring for patients with Ilizarov external fixation
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The principles of caring for patients with Ilizarov external fixation

Julie Santy Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The University of Hull
Maria Vincent Clinical nurse specialist, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
Beverley Duffield Senior sister, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds

External fixation is an important aspect of complex fracture management. Ilizarov fixation is a specialised type of external fixator consisting of numerous wires that penetrate the limb and are attached to a circular metal frame. Ilizarov fixation is used for fracture fixation and stabilisation, limb reconstruction, deformity correction and limb lengthening. The external fixator can be in place for many months and patients will need to adapt to the device and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of pin site care. Psychosocial issues also need to be considered.

Correspondence J.Santy@hull.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 23, 26,50-55. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.03.23.26.50.c6835

Published in print: 05 March 2009

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