The client has otitis media. Nursing interventions to reduce the risk of chronic otitis media include the following. Select all that apply.

 

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- Irrigate the ear daily.

- Administer prescribed antibiotics.

- Talk softly to the client.

- Use Q-tips to collect drainage.

- Position on the affected side to allow for drainage.

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For otitis media, the nurse should administer prescribed antibiotics and position the client on the affected side to allow for drainage. The ear should not be irrigated and Q-tips should not be used. Talking softly to the client or covering the ears in cold weather will not help.

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