ED Pathway for the Evaluation/Treatment of the Child with Suspected Septic Arthritis

MD/CRNP/RN Assessment, Bedside Procedures

General

IV and Laboratory Studies

IV Fluids

Preparation for Joint Aspiration

Synovial Fluid Studies (use ED Order Set)

SEND SYNOVIAL FLUID SPECIMENS IN A LABELED STERILE URINE CUP
DO NOT use a blood culture bottle, syringe, or sterile tube