VBS Atraumatic Adult Lumbar Puncture Tray

VBS Atraumatic Adult Lumbar Puncture Tray (pack of 10) VBS-18520 (LP Tray)

American Academy of Neurology recommends using atraumatic needle to help reduce post lumbar puncture headaches. Atraumatic needles have also been shown to reduce overall healthcare costs when compared against traditional cutting needle. Our Lumbar Puncture Tray or LP Tray is top of the line and meets all industry standards!

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(Cat# VBS-18520)

American Academy of Neurology recommends using atraumatic needle to help reduce post lumbar puncture headaches. Atraumatic needles have also been shown to reduce overall healthcare costs when compared against traditional cutting needle.

The VBS Adult Lumbar Puncture (LP) Tray was designed for neurologists by neurologists that regularly performs the procedure for Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) collection. As such, careful consideration was put forth into designing a tray that not only included the best components for performing the procedure but also took into account how those components were organized. Our goal was to produce a tray that was safe and effective for the patient and easy for the physicians and nurses to work with.

What makes this tray unique is the inclusion of a 24G atraumatic sprotte needle, low protein binding polypropylene tubes, and our proprietary ViveST® dry collection and transport tubes. Atraumatic needles are recommended for use in LP procedures by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Studies have shown that the use of the non-cutting needles is a benefit to the patient as they reduce the risk of post LP adverse advents such as post lumbar puncture headaches (PLPH)1. They have also been shown to reduce health care costs associated with LPs by reducing the number of post procedure follow up physician visits2. The addition of polypropylene specimen tubes is specific for use in downstream Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) biomarker testing in research and clinical settings. Many studies have shown the low protein binding characteristics of polypropylene is advantageous and necessary for downstream testing for markers such as B-Amyloid (1-42 and 1-40), Tau, and p-Tau3. Those same studies also demonstrated that the use of other tube types can lead to inaccurate measurement of the biomarkers. Inclusion of these tubes in our tray will aid in the overall efforts to try and standardize CSF collection for AD biomarker testing. Finally, completely unique to this LP tray, is the inclusion of our ViveST® dry collection and transport tube. CSF collected from a lumbar puncture can be added to our proprietary matrix where it is dried and stabilized for ambient storage, transport, and testing at a later time. Initial testing has shown this to be an effective way for measuring HIV and AD biomarkers in CSF; however, additional studies are needed to further confirm the intended use.

The VBS Adult Lumbar Puncture Tray is the first and only tray to combine these specific components into one product. Patients will benefit from fewer post LP complications and doctor visits while healthcare professionals will benefit from operational and cost efficiencies as a result of having all necessary and recommended LP components in one tray. Please contact us if you have questions or an interest in receiving a sample.

1 Armon, C., Evans, RW. Addendum to assessment: Prevention of post-lumbar puncture headaches: Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. August 2005,65(4):510-512.

2 Tung CE, So YT, Lansberg MG. Cost comparison between the atraumatic and cutting lumbar puncture needles. Neurology 2012;78:109-13.

3 Vanderstichele H, Bibl M, Engelborghs S, Le Bastard N, Lewczuk P, Molinuevo JL, Parnetti L, Perret-Liaudet A, Shaw LM, Teunissen C, Wouters D, Blennow K. Standardization of preanalytical aspects of cerebrospinal fluid biomarker testing for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis: a consensus paper from the Alzheimer’s Biomarkers Standardization Initiative. Alzheimers Dement. 2012;8:65–73.