Risks of Precipitate Formation When Combining Corticosteroids with Local Anesthetic for Use During Interventional Pain Procedures

Myth: Corticosteroids can be mixed with local anesthetics for injection during interventional spine procedures without concern for adverse consequences due to the interactions between two agents combined for injection. 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.

Wade King MMedSc MMed; Zachary L. McCormick, 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
Wade King, MMedSc MMed
Nothing to disclose

Zachary L. McCormick, MD
Nothing to disclose

Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

Wade King, MMedSc MMed
Position in physician society/association: Medical Advisory Committee, Mayo Private Hospital, Taree, Australia 
Author: Bonica's Pain Management

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

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: 
Date of Activity Expiration: 10/24/2022

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