Let’s Review Lumbar Punctures: Episode 289
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A lumbar puncture is a procedure that involves the insertion of a needle into the space between two lumbar vertebrae to obtain a sample of CSF for evaluation.
In this episode you’ll learn about the nursing implications for a patient undergoing a lumbar puncture, including:
- What conditions lumbar punctures are most often used to diagnose
- The normal qualities of CSF
- How a lumbar puncture is performed
- Contraindications for lumbar puncture
- Common and serious complications of lumbar puncture
- Preparing the patient for lumbar puncture
- Caring for the patient after the procedure
- Key things to teach the patient/family
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