What is included in the patient prep for shoulder arthrocentesis?

Updated: Dec 10, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The injection site should be inspected, palpated, and sterilized. If the site is incorrect, sterilization should be repeated at the new injection site.  The site should not be touched after sterilization. Because the site has been sterilized, sterile gloves are not required.  Although ethyl chloride spray is labeled as nonsterile, it has been found to maintain the sterility of injection sites. [7]


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