Ear Infection (Outer Ear) Nursing Care Plan



Ref: CP059

Ear Infection (Outer Ear) Nursing Care Plan

An ear infection is generally caused by a bacterial infection of the skin of the canal, although occasionally it may be due to a fungus or yeast. The skin can become so swollen that the ear canal closes, causing temporary deafness, and there can be a scanty discharge from the ear.

It occurs commonly in people who suffer from skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, but also in people with narrow ear canals or who swim a great deal. It can affect both ears and often keeps recurring, especially if a resident is rundown or stressed.

Treatment for outer ear infections is generally in the form of antibiotic eardrops, which are instilled into the ear canal for at least a week. Sometimes antibiotics by mouth will also be necessary. In severe cases referral to an ear nose and throat specialist is both necessary and appropriate for cleaning of the ear canal and for more intensive treatment. An ear infection can be extremely painful with the result that sleep may be difficult.

The Care plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred Care Plan.

Ear Infection Nursing Care Plan Features:

Identifies the symptoms

Plans the treatment of the ear infection



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