What items need to be included in a spinal or lumbar puncture (LP) tray?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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A spinal or lumbar puncture tray (see the image below) should include the following items:

  • Sterile dressing

  • Sterile gloves

  • Sterile drape

  • Antiseptic solution with skin swabs

  • Lidocaine 1% without epinephrine

  • Syringe, 3 mL

  • Needles, 20 and 25 gauge

  • Spinal needles, 20 and 22 gauge

  • Three-way stopcock

  • Manometer

  • Four plastic test tubes, numbered 1-4, with caps

  • Syringe, 10 mL (optional)

    Lumbar puncture disposable tray. Image courtesy of Lumbar puncture disposable tray. Image courtesy of Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD.

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