b. Approach and identify the patient. Explain the procedure.
c. Inspect the eyes for discharge or crusting, and cleanse the eyes.
d. Instruct the patient to close both eyes.
e. Place the patch gently over the affected eye. (If ordered by the physician,
place a patch over the other eye as well. The physician will often prescribe a dressing
for both eyes in order to help immobilize the affected eye.)
f. If the eye patches are not a self-adherent style, secure the patches in place
with several pieces of hypoallergenic tape.
g. Provide for the patient's comfort and place the call bell within reach.
h. Remove supplies from the bedside and store or discard as appropriate.
Record the procedure in the patient's clinical record.
1-16. INSTILLING EAR DROPS
a. Review the patient's clinical record to verify the physician's order.
b. Wash your hands and assemble the necessary equipment.
Cotton balls and gauze squares.
Normal saline solution.
c. Approach and identify the patient.
d. Explain the procedure to the patient. Instruct him that it will be necessary to
lie still for 10-15 minutes after the procedure.
e. Place the patient in a supine position with the head turned toward the
f. If necessary, cleanse the external ear with the saline and cotton balls or