Care - "An Ounce of Prevention..."
Cleaning the pin sites is
perhaps the most tedious, yet important part of wearing a halo. What you
do with the pins now, and how you keep them clean will determine the amount
of scaring once the halo is removed. It is easiest if somebody else does
it for you, but you can do it yourself using a couple of mirrors.
There are many different theories and
methods for properly cleaning the four pin sites on a halo. Here are some tips
from experienced HaloVeterans:
HONEY is the single best
way to prevent any infection and keep the pin sites from inflaming. If
you can get some fresh, local, non-pasteurized honey, this will keep any infection away and
help the pin sites to heal quickly while reducing scaring. Also, if you
have a neck or other incision that is healing, put some honey on that as
well covered by a cotton square. It may be a little sticky, but it is well
worth the effort.
I was having a tough
time with the scar on my neck and the pin sites becoming infected, until
we read an article in the newspaper about the "healing powers of honey".
This article just so happened to be on the back side of the newspaper article
for the rescue helicopter pilots the day I was injured. It never ceases
to amaze me how God works. The answer was there the entire time staring
us in the face, all we had to do was look.
Medical Grade 100% Saline solution
Q-Tips to work the
best since they are more precise and leave less cotton behind.
50% hydrogen peroxide / 50%
Be careful about using
hydrogen peroxide since it can lead to scaring once the halo is removed.
Honey still works the best for this, and reduces scaring at the same time.
You can use a combination of cotton squares and cotton swabs to clean the pin sites.
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