The nurse is caring for a 15-month-old with acute otitis media that is having a myringotomy done. What is the purpose of this procedure?


•When a middle ear infection does not respond to conservative management, a myringotomy is performed to promote drainage from the ear.

•A myringotomy is a surgical procedure of the eardrum or tympanic membrane. The procedure is performed by making a small incision through the layers of tympanic membrane. This surgical procedure allows the release of pressure caused by excessive fluid build-up.

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