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AR61 Ear care in the community: irrigation training essentials for nurses

Course summary

This hands-on workshop provides practitioners with the foundations for safe confident practice when dealing with patients who present with minor ear problems. It covers essential theory and clinical skills including ear irrigation and otoscopy.

Who should attend?

Nurse Practitioners
Practice Nurses
Occupational Health Nurses
District Nurses
General Nurses


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
1 day(s) 7 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Review basic ear anatomy and physiology.
  • Discuss the importance of preventative care and patient health promotion
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal ear presentations
  • Show safe and competent use of basic aural care instruments for aural toilet, the removal of wax and ear irrigation
  • Be aware of risks and complications of the above procedures.
  • Practice documentation of findings.
  • Discuss legal and professional accountability.

Course programme

  • Ear anatomy and physiology
  • Sound ear care: prevention and promotion
  • The normal ear: lets take a look
  • -Slides and discussion
  • -Otoscopy, theory, safe handling, demonstration and practice
  • Recognising common problems; including earwax impaction, foreign bodies, infection and perforation.
  • Ear irrigation review, risk assessment and potential complications
  • Demonstration and practice
  • -Otoscopy revisited
  • -Irrigation
  • -Aural Toilet
  • Documentation
  • Legal issues and professional accountability

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