The client is being instructed on how to use a metered dose inhaler. What should the nurse tell the patient to do?


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- Activate the canister at the beginning of a slow deep breath

- Hold the breath for three seconds after using the inhaler

- Take a quick breath when activating the canister

- Place the canister six inches in front of an open mouth


The canister should be in the mouth or a maximum of 2 inches in front of the mouth. A fast breath is not indicated. It should be activated at the beginning of a slow deep breath with holding of the breath for at least 5 seconds after the medication is administered.

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