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Irrigate the Ear and Instill Ear Medication

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This module provides a detailed overview of how to prepare for and perform irrigation of the patient’s ear and instill ear medication.

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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 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.

You’ll learn

  • relevant medical terminology
  • 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
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Position the patient
Step 2.1 - Ear irrigation
Step 2.2 - Medication instillation
Step 3 - Irrigate the ear
Step 3.1 - Prepare the ear for irrigation
Step 3.2 - Irrigate the ear
Step 4 - Instill ear medication
Step 4.1 - Prepare the medication for ear instillation
Step 4.2 - Instill the medication
Step 5 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for irrigating patient's ears and instilling medication.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for ear irrigation and for instillation of medication into an ear.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform safe ear irrigation.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to instill medication safely into a patient's ear.
  • Understand and apply drug administration safety guidelines (seven rights).
  • Describe and demonstrate correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

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  • a quiz
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