How should drapes be placed during a lumbar puncture (LP)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Place a sterile drape below the patient and a fenestrated drape on the patient (see the video below). Most spinal trays contain fenestrated drapes with an adhesive tape that keeps the drape in place.

Drape application. Video courtesy of Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD.

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