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Definition of Terms
Pin Site Care Dressings
Ongoing Assessment and Care
Discharge planning/Education Needs
Pin site care is a dressing procedure used to reduce the incidence of infection in patients undergoing treatment with an external fixator. External fixation is used for limb lengthening correction of deformity or to treat complex fractures of the limb. The patient requires preparation for the procedure, as many children can find this procedure distressing. A positive early experience can contribute to a smooth transition and successful subsequent dressings at home. This guideline aims to simplify the process by providing a guide for the clinician to easily complete this task with confidence. There is little concrete evidence in the literature to inform practice, however many similar processes have slowly been adopted in many centres around Australia and indeed the world.
Family able to purchase dressing stock from RCH's Equipment Distribution Centre. If unable to purchase, refer to Social Work. These must be purchased prior to patient discharge
Evidence table: Pin Site Care Evidence Table
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The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Cheryl Dingy, Nurse Co-ordinator Limb Reconstruction, Orthopaedic department, and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated January 2021.