What are the final steps of 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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Replace the stylet, and remove the needle (see the video below). Clean off the skin preparation solution. Apply a sterile dressing, and place the patient in the supine position.

Spinal needle removal. Video courtesy of Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD.

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