The nurse is caring for a patient with asthma and is instructing the patient on the proper use of a spacer device. Which of the following statements by the patient indicates the need for further instruction?

"I can use my medication half as often."

Explanation

•A spacer may eventually lead to a decreased need or reduction in dosage or frequency, but this outcome is not instantaneous. The patient should never alter the dosage or frequency without first consulting the physician.

•Spacers reduce the risk of yeast infections because the droplets are not deposited in the mouth.

•The spacer allows for even distribution of the medication and reduces the coordination required for inhalers without a spacer.

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