Inadvertent Internal Skin Burn Caused by Radiofrequency Electrodes During Ablation Procedures

Myth: During radiofrequency ablation procedures, inadvertent skin burns occur only due to improper positioning of the electrical dispersion pad. They are not caused by radiofrequency electrodes since the lesions produced by electrodes cannot reach the overlying skin. Learn about the facts surrounding this myth and the best practices to support safe performance of interventional pain procedures in your practice.

Each participant will read the FactFinder and will answer post-test questions to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Zachary L. McCormick, MD; Jaymin Patel MD; and Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH on behalf of the Spine Intervention Society’s Patient Safety Committee

Materials presented in this activity have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. We reserve all rights to such material.

Educational Objectives 
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures
  • Cite the evidentiary basis for risk mitigation strategies in the safe performance of interventional pain procedures

Author Disclosures Information
Zachary L. McCormick, MD
Nothing to disclose

Jaymin Patel MD
Nothing to disclose

Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

Zachary L. McCormick, MD
Grant support: SIS, Foundation of PM&R, Midwest Pain Society
Position in physician society/association:
American Academy of Pain Medicine

Jaymin Patel MD
Consultant: Professional Disability Associates

Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

Accreditation Statement
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
SIS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Activity Release: 10/14/2019
Date of Activity Expiration: 10/13/2022

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