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Volume 14/Issue 6, November 2018

Champagne and bloody taps: can we improve the success rate of neonatal lumbar punctures?

Marshall A., Sadarangani M., Scrivens A., Williams R. et al


Neonatal lumbar puncture is an essential and common procedure. Its relatively high failure rate can have a significant impact on patients, parents, clinical teams and healthcare resources. NeoCLEAR is a large randomised controlled trial investigating whether success rates are affected by positioning, or timing of stylet removal. If successful, this trial may contribute to the future of neonatal care by reducing the need for repeat lumbar punctures, avoiding prolonged antibiotic courses and minimising postnatal hospital stays.

Marshall A., Sadarangani M., Scrivens A., Williams R. et alChampagne and bloody taps: can we improve the success rate of neonatal lumbar punctures? Infant 2018;14(6): 224-26.
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