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

Do not smoke or be around others who smoke.

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.

•Oxygen should be left on during meals. Oxygen flow rates may be adjusted for activity, but this would be explicitly prescribed (example: 1 LPM at rest and 2 LPM with walking).

•Inhalation should be done through the nose with a nasal cannula.

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