Common Procedures in the Intensive Care Unit: Thoracentesis, Lumbar Puncture, Paracentesis, and Pericardiocentesis

  • Vadim Leyenson


Several general conditions should be fulfilled before performing any type of invasive procedure. First, the benefits and nature of the procedure and possible complications should be explained in full to the patient and their family member. An informed consent, preferably written, should always be obtained before performing any procedure.


Lumbar Puncture Ascitic Fluid Pleural Fluid Pleural Space Epidural Abscess 
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