Complications of transcutaneous metal devices

Complications of transcutaneous metal devices A high incidence of associated infection with the use of transcutaneous metal devices has been widely reported. The aims of this study were: (1) to record the incidence of pin site infection in a Plastic Surgery department, (2) to compare the infection rate in our department with published literature and (3) to identify factors that contribute to infection. A prospective cohort study was performed including all patients presenting to the plastic surgery unit with any type of transcutaneous metal in situ over a 3-month period. Patients and staff were questioned on wound hygiene and whether they had been provided with specific protocols. Our study revealed an infection rate of 24%. Patients and staff were not aware of preventive protocols. From this study, the following conclusions are made: (1) pin site infection is a major problem, and no consensus has been reached on the best way to manage pin sites, (2) there is variable knowledge of pin-site care, (3) there is a need for a clearer definition of pin-site infection and a standardised system of assessment, classification and treatment and (4) there is a need for more innovative technology in pin-site manufacture as studies reveal that the type of material used in the pins does affect infection rates. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Complications of transcutaneous metal devices

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-011-0642-6
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Abstract

A high incidence of associated infection with the use of transcutaneous metal devices has been widely reported. The aims of this study were: (1) to record the incidence of pin site infection in a Plastic Surgery department, (2) to compare the infection rate in our department with published literature and (3) to identify factors that contribute to infection. A prospective cohort study was performed including all patients presenting to the plastic surgery unit with any type of transcutaneous metal in situ over a 3-month period. Patients and staff were questioned on wound hygiene and whether they had been provided with specific protocols. Our study revealed an infection rate of 24%. Patients and staff were not aware of preventive protocols. From this study, the following conclusions are made: (1) pin site infection is a major problem, and no consensus has been reached on the best way to manage pin sites, (2) there is variable knowledge of pin-site care, (3) there is a need for a clearer definition of pin-site infection and a standardised system of assessment, classification and treatment and (4) there is a need for more innovative technology in pin-site manufacture as studies reveal that the type of material used in the pins does affect infection rates.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 2012

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