Lumbar Puncture

  • Skill Level
  • Lectures
    1 Video
  • Enrolled
    63 students
  • Sample Certificate

What you'll learn

Lumbar puncture is often a common procedure in an emergency to obtain any information about abnormalities in Cerebrospinal fluid. It is an important diagnostic tool for a variety of infectious and non-infectious neurological conditions. A lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap) is used to collect and assess the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

The most common conditions which require lumbar puncture in the emergency department include meningitis, neurologic diseases, or effects of systemic disease on the brain and spinal fluid. A lumbar puncture is also used as an access method for purposes such as spinal anesthesia, the introduction of radiopaque contrast media (e.g., myelography), and administration of corticosteroids, antibiotics, and chemotherapeutic agents.

The normal values of CSF are standardized and these values are usually reviewed by a health care professional for any correlation with the clinical condition. Lumbar puncture should be performed under strict specialist guidance and can only be done after a thorough neurological examination. It should not delay the potential treatment of emergency conditions like antibiotic usage, steroids, medications, etc. Lumbar puncture is a safe procedure with some minor and major complications like headache, infection, bleeding, cerebral herniation, as well as minor neurologic symptoms, such as radicular pain or numbness.

Knowledge of the indications and contraindications for lumbar punctures, conditions which require lumbar puncture, normal values of CSF, procedure, and its practical difficulties, complications are necessary to promptly treat and manage a patient with neurological conditions in an emergency department.

Therefore this course is designed to explain the detailed procedure of lumbar puncture including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers a clinical scenario that tests your ability to perform a lumbar puncture.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • Life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Pre-procedure considerations related to a lumbar puncture
  • To visualize the anatomy of the spine
  • How to infiltrate local anesthesia into the skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • To practice and perfect your skills inserting the spinal needle and obtaining cerebrospinal fluid for analysis

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