Halo, Gardner-Wells Tongs
- Shampoo hair daily, if needed, or at least every other day using regular shampoo or alternate with Phisoderm to reduce bacteria.
- Check head position. If there is head movement around the pins, a nurse should be notified.
- Using sterile swabs with a solution of half hydrogen peroxide and half normal saline, pull back skin around the pins and clean thoroughly two times a day (use approximately 1 teaspoonful (5cc) of the normal saline and hydrogen peroxide solution).
- Carry out routine skin care if in a cast or brace.
NOTE: A non-sterile solution of normal saline can be prepared by boiling 1 quart of water with 1 tablespoon of salt.
If you need to reach the orthopaedic nurse before 4 pm Monday through Friday, call 513-636-4567. After 4 pm and during weekends and holidays, call 513-636-4200 and ask that the orthopaedic resident on call be paged.