How is the patient prepped for a dorsal penile nerve block?

Updated: May 21, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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After obtaining informed consent from the patient, the healthcare professional should follow these steps:

  • Have the patient lay supine on a gurney with his genitalia exposed.

  • Clean gross debris.

  • Apply a generous amount of povidone iodine solution to the penis and scrotum.

    • Soak a 4 x 4 gauze pad in povidone iodine solution.

    • Clean the glans and shaft in a circular motion.

    • Repeat this step at least 2 more times.

  • Create a sterile field by placing drapes between the scrotum and the shaft, above the shaft, and on either side.

  • Administer parenteral analgesia with or without sedation.

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