Aspiration of Olecranon Bursa Periprocedural Care

Updated: Mar 14, 2022
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Periprocedural Care


Equipment used in aspirating the olecranon bursa includes the following:

  • Antiseptic solution
  • Gauze pack, 4 × 4 in. (10 × 10 cm)
  • Sterile drapes
  • Sterile gloves
  • Lidocaine 1%
  • Syringes, 10 mL (2)
  • Needles, 18 gauge (2)
  • Needle, 25 gauge
  • Adhesive bandage

Patient Preparation


Anesthesia is achieved with inject of a local anesthetic (see Technique). For more information, see Local Anesthetic Agents, Infiltrative Administration.


Position the patient sitting upright on a stretcher. Rest the affected arm on a side table with the elbow flexed 90º (see the image below).

Olecranon bursitis. Olecranon bursitis.