Pin site care for preventing infections associated with external bone fixators and pins

Added October 18, 2016

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There is insufficient evidence to be able to identify a strategy of pin site care that minimises infection rates.

Metal pins are used to apply skeletal traction or external fixation devices in the management of orthopaedic fractures. These percutaneous pins protrude through the skin, and the way in which they are treated after insertion may affect the incidence of pin site infection. This review set out to assess the effect on infection rates of different methods of cleansing and dressing orthopaedic percutaneous pin sites.