Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Guidance for Lumbar Puncture

Camilo N. Rodríguez, Tiffany Fong

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Ultrasound guidance is considered to be a best practice for many ICU procedures. While less commonly used to assist with lumbar puncture, certain patients, particularly those with poorly palpable lumbar landmarks or failed attempts, can benefit from anatomical localization with ultrasound. Use of bedside ultrasound to identify an ideal location for needle entry may prevent repeated attempts and reduce procedural complications. A simplified two-step ultrasound approach that maps the correct lumbar interspinous space and the true anatomic midline can make a blind procedure safer and more successful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurosonology in Critical Care
Subtitle of host publicationMonitoring the Neurological Impact of the Critical Pathology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030814199
ISBN (Print)9783030814182
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Imaging
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Point-of-care
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guidance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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