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.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 1, 2012
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