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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