Administering Ear Medication

Medical Equipments:

  • Medication Administration Record (MAR)
  • Cotton-tipped Applicator
  • Cotton Balls
  • Medications
  • Non-sterile gloves
  • Tissue

Nursing Procedures:
  1. Determine the allergies for any medication
  2. Check the written order on MAR
  3. Wash hand
  4. Calculate the dose
  5. Identify patient’s armband
  6. Explain the procedure to the patient
  7. Place patient in a side lying position with the affected ear facing up
  8. Don non-sterile gloves
  9. Straighten the ear canal by pulling the pinna down and back for children or upward and outward for adults
  10. The drops are instilled into the ear canal by holding the dropper at least ½ inch above the ear canal
  11. Instruct patient to maintain the position for 2-3 minutes
  12. Place a cotton ball n the outermost part of the canal
  13. Wash hand
  14. Record the drug, number of drops, time administered, and medication on MAR


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