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Nurs Stand. 2008 Apr 23-29;22(33):44-8.

Care of pin sites.

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  • 1City 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.

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