Student Nurse Laura

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Posted by Laura on November 15, 2010

OM – Otitis Media: inflammation of middle ear w/o reference to etiology or pathogenesis

AOM – Acute Otitis Media: above w/ rapid onset of s/s: fever, ear pain

Otalgia – ear pain

OME – Otitis Media with Effusion: fluid in middle ear space w/o symptoms of acute infection

COME – Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion: middle ear effusion persisting > 3 months

Otorrhea – purulent discharge

1st line medication: PO amoxicillin

2nd line medicaiton: amoxicillin-clavulanate; azithoromycin and cephalosporins: cefdinir, cefuroxime, and cefpodoxime.

3rd line medication: ceftriaxone – painful at IM site

Antihistamines & decongestants are not recommended.

Antibiotic ear drops have no value in Tx AOM

(Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing)

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