Ear Irrigation

Ear Irrigation

Irrigating the ear involves washing the external auditory canal with a stream of solution to clean the canal of discharges, soften and remove impacted cerumen, or dislodge a foreign body. Sometimes, irrigation aims to relieve localized inflammation and discomfort. The procedure must be performed carefully so that it doesn’t cause discomfort or vertigo, or increase the risk of otitis externa. Because irrigation may contaminate the middle ear if the tympanic membrane is ruptured, an otoscopic examination always precedes ear irrigation.

Preparation of Equipment

Select the appropriate syringe, and obtain the prescribed irrigant. Put the container of irrigant into the large basin filled with hot water to warm the solution to body temperature: 98.6°F (37°C). Avoid extreme temperature changes because they can affect inner ear fluids, causing nausea and dizziness.

Test the temperature of the solution by sprinkling a few drops on your inner wrist. Inspect equipment for breaks or cracks.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Ear Irrigation

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