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A patient with emphysema is receiving discharge instructions regarding home oxygen use via nasal cannula. Which of the following statements should the nurse include?

Explanation

•Smoking near oxygen equipment is dangerous due to the risk of fire. The patient should be educated not to smoke or be around others who are smoking, especially while oxygen is in use.

•The flow rate on a nasal cannula should be administered as ordered and never over 2L/minute at home, or up to 6L/min under medical supervision in an acute-on-chronic exacerbation.  

•Oxygen should be left on during meals.

•Inhalation should be done through the nose.

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