Pin/wire site infections are common with the use of external fixators. Nearly all patients will experience several pin/wire site infections throughout the course of treatment. The severity of infection will determine treatment. The following guidelines outline the grading and appearance of sites and the appropriate action to take. Communication with the clinic is extremely important if you have questions regarding the signs of infection.
Pin/wire sites are clear of any
Area around a site is red and tender with a colorless, watery or clear yellow drainage.
Area around the site is painful, red and swollen with a purulent (thick, colored) drainage.
Deep redness/severe discomfort at sites indicating a serious infection (an X-ray shows early signs of bone infection). Fever and purulent drainage may be present.
All of the above including deep bone infection.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.