Lumbar Puncture

Goals and Objectives


  • Resident will be comfortable performing a lumbar puncture


For the lumbar puncture procedure, resident will be able to:

  • Describe indications and contraindications
  • Describe complications and their treatment
  • List and describe the required equipment
  • Describe and demonstrate proper insertion sites using anatomic landmarks
  • List and describe the steps involved
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly perform each step of the procedure independently
Page Author: Eric Shappell
Page Created: June 29, 2015
Peer Reviewer: Edward Lew
Peer Review Date: August 30, 2016
Last Modified: March 2, 2017