Explains the Procedures
1. Explains procedure including:
a. Definition and purpose of an external fixator device
b. Importance of pin site care
c. Frequency of pin site care needed
d. Supplies needed for pin site care
e. Care while showering with pin site and care hygiene care.
f. When to notify the provider.
2. Educates nurses on equipment and supplies needed for pin site care:
a. Normal saline
b. Explains the rationale for cleaning solution(s) and treatments used in pin site care & includes references in APA format c. Cotton-tipped applicators
d. Disposable cup
3. Explains steps of pin site care for a nursing in-service:
a. Dip a cotton swap in normal saline
b. Use the cotton-tipped applicator to clean one pin site at a time, use a new cotton-tipped applicator for each pin site.
c. Swab in a circular motion, always starting at the pin site and moving outward from the pin.
d. Remove any crust which may have formed. Change cotton-tipped applicator as often as necessary.
e. After all, drainage is removed; dry the pin site with a new cotton-tipped swab.
4. Creates a tool to evaluate the learning of content taught (e.g., create an activity, and have nurses do return demonstration, create pre and post quiz). Be creative; the objective is to evaluate the learner.
a. Pin Total Points Earned 10