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Pediatric Lumbar Puncture Trainer

This model of the pediatric lumbar puncture trainer, manufactured by Kyoto-Kagaku, represents a 7-10 month old infant and is designed to facilitate practice of the lumbar puncture procedure.

Key Features:

  • Skin preparation
  • Patient positioning
  • Palpation of landmarks
  • Sterilization and local anesthesia
  • Needle positioning and insertion
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection and pressure measurement


The LumbarPunctureBaby®, manufactured by Simulab Corporation, represents a two week old, anatomically correct baby that can be positioned either lateral or decubitus. The replaceable tissue has L3 – L5 vertebrae with a partial sacrum and the gluteal crest. Each tissue includes a spinal cord filled with simulated CSF and the epidural venous plexus filled with simulated blood.

Skill Development:

  • LumbarPunctureBabyUse of the lateral decubitus and sitting positions for pediatric lumbar puncture
  • Palpate external landmarks
  • Proper technique for lumbar puncture (spinal tap) procedure on an infant


  • Anatomically correct two week old infant with flexible body form
  • Ultrasound compatible
  • Visible and palpable landmarks include umbilicus, gluteal fold, iliac crest and vertebrae
  • Insertion sites include L3-L4 and L4-L5
  • Simulator can be positioned then flexed in the lateral decubitis or sitting position
  • Flexible body form adds realism when flexing the infant – simulating moving the interspinous process from a neutral to open position
  • Accurate needle placement allows for positive response and collection of simulated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
  • Simulated epidural venous plexus and bony spinous process provides user with feedback for improper needle placement