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Related to external fixation: internal fixation
fixation of fractured bones by splints, plastic dressings, or transfixion pins.
a method of holding together the fragments of a fractured bone by using transfixing metal pins through the fragments and a compression device attached to the pins outside the skin surface. Nursing care includes regular cleansing of the skin around the pins and, in certain cases, application of antibiotic solutions or ointments. The pins are removed in a later procedure when the fracture is healed. Compare internal fixation.
external fixationOrthopedics Open reduction, stabilization and use of external fixators to manage fracture bone fragments Indications Open fracture with massive soft tissue damage; instant fixation in polytrauma; fractures with deficient bone stock, infection IF devices Fracture fixation, radius, tibia, pelvis, bone lengthening, Ilizarov device Complications Pin loosening and/or infection. Cf Internal fixation.
ex·ter·nal fix·a·tion(eks-tĕr'năl fik-sā'shŭn)
Fixation of fractured bones by splints, plastic dressings, or transfixion pins.