So I see bubbles behind the tympanic membrane... that means there is fluid in the middle ear. But that doesn't necessarily mean an ear infection...
Or I see redness in the ear canal, close to the tympanic membrane...
1. How do you document the above 2 situations? (we never learned this in nursing school)
"Fluid noted to middle ear"?
"Redness noted in ear canal"?
(neither sound right)
2. Do you automatically send home for either (or both) of the above situations? Or do you just call parents to keep an eye on it?
HELP! This otoscope/ ear assessment/ documentation is all new to me.
Thank you for your help!