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External Fixation Device for a Child

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about an external fixation device?

An external fixation device has a metal frame. The frame may go around the limb (arm or leg) or it may go along one side of the limb. The frame is held in place by pins and wires. The pins and wires are put through the skin and attach to bone. The device is used when your child has a complex break or a bone deformity. The device is put in place during surgery.

External Fixation Device

What do I need to know about site care?

Site care while your child has the device in place is important. Pin sites are where the pins or wires enter the skin. Germs can get into your child's body through the pin sites and cause infection. Care includes cleaning the sites and looking for infection. Your child's healthcare provider will teach you and your child how to clean the sites. He or she will tell you how many times in a day to do the cleaning and check for infection.

How do I clean my child's pin sites?

Follow the specific instructions from your child's healthcare provider.

How do I keep my child comfortable?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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