What are the advantages of intra-articular anesthetic injection in the reduction of shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Potential advantages of intra-articular anesthetic injection include the following [25, 26, 27] :

  • Drainage of hemarthrosis
  • Elimination of the need for IV access
  • Reduction of the risks of respiratory depression and cardiac compromise
  • Staff involvement for monitoring
  • Shorter emergency department (ED) stay
  • Reduced cost

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