The "Management of Ear Wax Training" course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assess, manage, and provide safe and appropriate treatment for individuals with earwax buildup (cerumen impaction). This course is relevant for nurses, audiologists, medical practitioners, and other healthcare providers who encounter patients with earwax-related issues.
- 2 days (12 hours) for new learners.
- 1 day (6 hours) for experienced learners.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Learn about the causes, symptoms, and risk factors associated with earwax impaction.
- Learn various techniques for earwax removal, including irrigation, manual removal, and instrumentation.
- Recognise potential complications and adverse events that may arise during or after earwax removal.
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear: Understand the structure and functions of the ear, including the ear canal and the role of earwax. Recognise normal variations in earwax composition.
- Earwax Impaction: Learn about the causes, symptoms, and risk factors associated with earwax impaction. Understand the potential complications of untreated earwax build-up.
- Assessment and Diagnosis: Develop skills in assessing individuals for earwax impaction using otoscopy and patient history. Understand the importance of differentiating earwax impaction from other ear-related conditions.
- Earwax Removal Techniques: Learn various techniques for earwax removal, including irrigation, manual removal, and instrumentation. Understand the indications, contraindications, and limitations of each technique.
- Patient Preparation and Communication: Understand how to prepare patients for earwax removal procedures. Develop effective communication skills to explain the procedure, set expectations, and address concerns.
- Infection Control and Safety: Learn about infection control measures and techniques to ensure the safety of patients during earwax removal procedures. Understand the importance of maintaining aseptic conditions.
- Practice Sessions: Engage in hands-on practice sessions to demonstrate earwax removal techniques using simulation models or task trainers.
- Complications and Aftercare: Recognise potential complications and adverse events that may arise during or after earwax removal. Learn about appropriate aftercare instructions and patient education.
- Legal and Ethical Considerations: Understand the legal and ethical aspects of earwax removal procedures, including consent and documentation.
- Course materials and resources for reference: Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance, validating their training in the management of earwax and their ability to perform safe and effective earwax removal using water irrigation and micro-suction techniques.
Participants' understanding of earwax management principles and their ability to perform safe and effective earwax removal procedures will be assessed through practical demonstrations, simulated scenarios, and discussions.