Syringe Swap Speeds Steroid Injections

February 10, 2010

To save time and minimize pain and tissue trauma when injecting a joint or soft tissue with a corticosteroid, use a single needle and 2 screw-on syringes. Fill the first syringe with lidocaine and the second with the corticosteroid, then lightly but securely attach the first syringe to the needle. After inserting the needle and achieving local analgesia in the desired location, simply leave the needle in place and, while holding it firmly, switch the syringes; then inject the corticosteroid.

To save time and minimize pain and tissue trauma when injecting a joint or soft tissue with a corticosteroid, use a single needle and 2 screw-on syringes. Fill the first syringe with lidocaine and the second with the corticosteroid, then lightly but securely attach the first syringe to the needle. After inserting the needle and achieving local analgesia in the desired location, simply leave the needle in place and, while holding it firmly, switch the syringes; then inject the corticosteroid.

-- Brian Rekus, MD
         Springfield, Mo

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