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Chest. 1992 Jan;101(1):31-3.

Incorrect use of metered dose inhalers by medical personnel.

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Department of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport.


We administered a questionnaire and observed usage of a placebo metered dose inhaler (MDI) among 35 physicians, 14 nurses, and 12 respiratory therapists. Ninety-two percent of the respiratory therapists performed at least four of seven steps correctly, compared with 65 percent of house staff physicians, 57 percent of nurses, and 50 percent of nonpulmonary faculty. Most participants followed package insert instructions, while only 18 percent followed recent recommendations for proper MDI use. We conclude that (1) medical personnel should have additional instruction in proper MDI usage and (2) respiratory therapists and nurses can play a prominent role in instructing patients in their proper use.

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