Irrigate the Ear and Instill Ear Medication

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What you'll learn

Ear instillation is one of the common procedures which is generally performed to remove impacted cerumen from the auditory canal, to improve impaired hearing caused by ear wax, to remove the purulent discharge or a foreign body, and to instill medication into the auditory canal. This doesn’t require any sophisticated equipment except for the medication or irrigating solutions. This procedure is generally practiced in the outpatient department as patients mainly complain of hearing problems due to blockage of the auditory canal by cerumen. read more »»

This requires a trained medical assistant or a physician to correctly guide or perform respectively the procedure while performing. As this procedure seems to be a common procedure in OPD, knowledge on how to perform this, medications or irrigating solutions used, indications, anatomical landmarks, how depth should we irrigate should be well known by health care professionals. As a nurse or medical assistant in a doctor’s office, you may be asked to assist with ear irrigation to remove excess cerumen or foreign materials from the ear, and to instill ear medication.

This module provides a detailed overview of how to prepare for and perform irrigation of the patient’s ear and instill ear medication. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers two scenarios that test your ability to irrigate the ear and instill drops of medication into the ear. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • Life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Pre-procedure and post-procedure considerations
  • How to perform safe and correct ear irrigation
  • To visualize the key anatomical structures of the inner and outer ear, and the differences between the straightening of the external ear canal in adults and children
  • How to prepare for and perform safe and correct ear irrigation
  • How to prepare for and instill medication safely into a patient’s ear
  • How to apply drug administration safety guidelines
  • Correct recording and reporting procedures

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