Assistive Positioning Device for Lumbar Punctures in Infants
Student Team: LUMBARJacks
Dr. Carol Kao, MD Emory University Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Lumbar punctures (LPs) are useful for ruling out various pathologies in the central nervous system through testing of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Any infant that comes to the emergency room with a fever of unexplained origin receives an LP, due to the fact that they are unable to communicate their symptoms. However, out of the total lumbar punctures performed annually on infants in the United States, 26% are unsuccessful. Due to the frequent usage of LPs in infants in conjunction with the significantly high rate of failure, there is a need for a new engineered product that can improve the success rate of landmark-based LPs in infants.
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