Nurses' performance of inhalation technique with metered-dose inhaler plus spacer device

T. H. Self, T. M. Kelso, Kristopher Arheart, J. H. Morgan, G. U. Meduri

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OBJECTIVE: To determine if nurses could correctly use a metered-dose inhaler plus spacer (MDI-spacer) device after a brief description and demonstration of proper use by a clinical pharmacist. DESIGN: Pretest, educational intervention, posttest. SETTING: University hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-three nurses. INTERVENTIONS: Nurses were asked to use the MDI-spacer (Aerochamber) and were scored using a nine-point checklist (pretest). Educational intervention by the clinical pharmacist consisted of a five-minute discussion and correct demonstration of the device. Nurses were then asked to use the device again (posttest). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pre- and posttest scores. RESULTS: Total scores were improved after the educational intervention (66 percent pretest vs. 88 percent posttest, p=0.0001). In an item analysis, four of the nine steps had improved significantly. CONCLUSIONS: A brief discussion and demonstration of correct use of MDI-spacers is effective in improving nurses' skill in using the device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-187
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Volume27
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Self, T. H., Kelso, T. M., Arheart, K., Morgan, J. H., & Meduri, G. U. (1993). Nurses' performance of inhalation technique with metered-dose inhaler plus spacer device. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 27(2), 185-187.

Nurses' performance of inhalation technique with metered-dose inhaler plus spacer device. / Self, T. H.; Kelso, T. M.; Arheart, Kristopher; Morgan, J. H.; Meduri, G. U.

In: Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Vol. 27, No. 2, 01.01.1993, p. 185-187.

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Self, TH, Kelso, TM, Arheart, K, Morgan, JH & Meduri, GU 1993, 'Nurses' performance of inhalation technique with metered-dose inhaler plus spacer device', Annals of Pharmacotherapy, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 185-187.
Self TH, Kelso TM, Arheart K, Morgan JH, Meduri GU. Nurses' performance of inhalation technique with metered-dose inhaler plus spacer device. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 1993 Jan 1;27(2):185-187.
Self, T. H. ; Kelso, T. M. ; Arheart, Kristopher ; Morgan, J. H. ; Meduri, G. U. / Nurses' performance of inhalation technique with metered-dose inhaler plus spacer device. In: Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 1993 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 185-187.
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