A nifty trick for bone marrow aspiration

For those of you familiar with the technique of harvesting bone marrow you will almost certainly have come across this problem once or twice… Once you have located the site for aspiration and marked it, sometimes you hit a problem when your marker is either scrubbed off or you can’t find the position of the local anaesthetic or your stab incision. We have recently come up with a new technique to help with this. Once the site for aspiration is located, place a staple at the point from which you will aspirate. Of course with the staple in place you can scrub over it, place the local anaesthetic and the stab incision next to the staple and also take the aspiration from next to the staple without the frustration of losing your initial point of entry. It’s made the whole process a lot easier and there is far less risk of you missing the sternebrae.

Staple-gun
Using a staple gun to insert a staple to mark the site for aspiration
It's not a great picture but it shows the  staple and the stab incision
It’s not a great picture but it shows the staple and the stab incision
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