Pseudomonas otitis: what nurses need to know — frequently asked questions

Sue Paterson
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Ear disease is a common problem in primary care practice. A clear understanding of the underlying causes of disease, the need to recognise and treat infection effectively and reverse chronic change to the canal, are key to resolving disease and preventing recurrence. Although nurse's are not in a position to diagnose Pseudomonas infection in practice, it is important that they are aware of the aggressive, multiply resistant nature of the infection and the typical presenting signs of the disease. They can play an important role in the management of all otic disease but especially in Pseudomonas infection where owner compliance is often key to a successful outcome. Their input may be through a knowledge of taking and interpreting otic cytology or by giving advice to owners on the most effective way they can treat their pets through gentle cleaning and sympathetic choice of ear products.

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