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Kirschner wires are commonly used in plastic surgery. What to do with the protruding cut end of a Kirschner wire is the question. Left unattended, the sharp cut end can cause trauma (even ocular injury) and can tear clothing.
A simple and effective way to deal with the problem is as follows:
The protruding end can be cut to 5 mm or so and a plastic bead can be threaded on it and fixed with a drop of superglue (Fevikwik) rendering it safe [Figure 1]. It does not catch on clothing. The method is routinely used on all K wires at our centre and is very successful. A variety of beads are used depending on the thickness of K wire used, including those wires used in conjunction with external fixators.
An added advantage is that removal of the K wire is easy. The bead is grasped by hand and twisted and the wire is removed easily. No instrument is required. The bead remains firmly adherent to the pin during removal.