The client has an external ear infection. What nursing intervention is a priority in order to prevent complications?


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- Use antibiotic drops as prescribed.

- Apply ice to the ear.

- Flush out the ear with sterile saline.

- Tilt the head toward the side of the unaffected ear.


The priority nursing intervention in external otitis is to use the antibiotic drops as prescribed. Heat should be applied and the ear irrigated with solution that does not have to be sterile. In irrigation, the head should be tilted toward the side of the affected ear to facilitate drainage.

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