There are numerous techniques that we can use to improve our likelihood of success in performing a lumbar puncture. There is one that has a bit of nuance to it that I thought would be an excellent theme for my latest Why We Do What We Do post. So, without further ado, let’s talk about early stylet removal. I’m also partial to it given that it has been nicknamed “The Cincinnati Method” (even though it was well before my time). The original citation FYI – Bonadio WA. Interpreting the traumatic lumbar puncture. Contemp Pediatr Res Q. 1992;1:23–32. Good luck finding a pdf.