Kirschner (K) wire fixation of upper limb fractures is a common procedure in all trauma and orthopaedic departments. There appears to be little national consensus with regards use of antibiotic prophylaxis, or how long to leave the wires in situ, and infection rate, in these patients.
This simple survey comprises 8 questions and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
It will provide a snapshot of current practice amongst
BOA members nationally, and stimulate much needed research into this common procedure with little supporting scientific evidence.
I would be most grateful for your time in undertaking this survey.
Mr Oliver J Pearce
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon,
Milton Keynes Foundation Trust.