A major responsibility that you perform once you are home is making sure the pin sites are cleaned every day.
Step 1: Wash your hands thoroughly. Prepare the things you need for cleaning the pin sites, which consist of:
- A cleaning solution made of one-half peroxide and one-half saline
- A disposable cup to hold the cleaning solution
- Cotton swabs
- A bag for getting rid of all waste material
Step 2: Gently massage the skin around each pin with the tips of your fingers, to make sure that the skin around the pin site is free to move slightly. This helps bring any drainage to the surface of the skin where it can be cleaned away, reducing the risk of infection.
Step 3: Dip your cotton swab briefly in the cleaning solution. Clean in a circular motion all around the first pin site, making sure to remove any crusting. Use a new cotton swab until the site is completely clean. Dry the pin site with a dry cotton swab. Repeat this process for every pin site, using a clean cotton swab for every pin. It is important to use a different cotton swab for each pin site because this helps to reduce the chance of spreading an infection from one pin site to another.