Figure 6-5. Emesis basin position.
Irrigate the patient's ear.
(1) Place the tip of the irrigating syringe just inside the meatus of the ear,
with the tip directed toward the roof of the ear canal (see figure 6-6).
Depress the bulb or plunger on the irrigating syringe.
Never completely block the ear canal with the syringe. If space is not left
around the syringe tip, the solution will not be able to return, and undue
pressure in the canal will result.
(a) Direct a slow, steady stream of irrigating solution against the roof of
the ear canal (see figure 6-7).
(b) Use no more than 500cc of irrigating solution unless ordered.
m. Repeat steps h through l until the irrigating solution returns free of wax
or debris, and until the prescribed amount of solution has been used.
Remove the emesis basin and dry the external ear.
o. Tell the Patient to tilt his head. The patient should lean toward the
affected side for a few minutes to allow any remaining solution to drain out of the ear
and to dry the external ear.