How do you set up a high flow nasal cannula?

Do the prongs of a nasal cannula go up or down?

Turn the cannula so the prongs are curved downward.

Most cannulae today have curved prongs so they fit more naturally inside the nostrils. Hold the cannula so the prongs are pointing up toward the ceiling and curve down toward you.

How much oxygen flow should you set for a patient on a nasal cannula?

Flow rates of 1-4 litres per minute are used with nasal cannulas, equating to a concentration of approximately 24-40% oxygen. Flow rates of up to 6 litres can be given but this will often cause nasal dryness and can be uncomfortable for patients (British Thoracic Society, 2008).

What is the most comfortable nasal cannula?

7′ Super Comfy Cannula from Thompson Engineering. This cannula is Latex Free and has been rated one of the Most Comfortable Nasal Cannulas. View all Nasal Cannulas.


Manufacturer Thompson Engineering
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How do you keep a nasal cannula in place while sleeping?

Tighten the little piece of plastic which usually tightens under his chin and tighten at the base of his skull. Just make sure he is alert enough that when he’s sleeping that he rotates with the tubing. If not alert run tubing in the back of his night shirt, to prevent getting it aroung his neck while sleeping.

How do you use high flow oxygen?

You will be fitted with high flow nasal prongs which are soft. The nasal prongs will be placed inside your nostrils, then secured with an elastic string which goes around behind your head. The high flow oxygen will be delivered through your nose. The oxygen will feel warm and create a full feeling in your lungs.

How many liters of oxygen do you need for a Venturi mask?

Venturi system masks can deliver between 24% and 60% oxygen, depending on the connector used.


Venturi connector (colour) Flow rate (l/min) Percentage oxygen
White 4 28
Yellow 8 35
Red 10 40
Green 15 60

How many Litres is high flow oxygen?

High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) therapy is an oxygen supply system capable of delivering up to 100% humidified and heated oxygen at a flow rate of up to 60 liters per minute.

Should I turn my oxygen up at night?

Nocturnal supplemental oxygen therapy should be used as part of continuous oxygen therapy in those with hypoxemia during sleep and wake. Ongoing trials may help to address whether nocturnal supplemental oxygen should be used in those with only desaturation during sleep.

How do you comfortably use a nasal cannula?

The nasal prongs into your nose with the tab facing down wrap. The tubing around the ears. And then tighten the slide underneath the chin this is the method we recommend at mountain-high.

Can you leave oxygen on all night?

He explained that if you are using 6 liters per minute (lpm) or more of supplemental oxygen you can wear a closed oxygen mask at night or during the day to improve your breathing. The use of an oxygen mask requires a prescription from your doctor.

What is the best sleeping position for your lungs?

Lie on your side with a pillow between your legs and your head elevated with pillows. Keep your back straight. Lie on your back with your head elevated and your knees bent, with a pillow under your knees. Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/14/2018.

What is the difference between green and clear oxygen tubing?

Most people use standard clear tubing, which is easy for those with eyesight that is not optimal to miss. While transparent tubing blends in with the area it is placed in, the green distinction is usually apparent to anyone who may trip, drastically reducing this from happening.

What is the difference between oxygen mask and nasal cannula?

A nasal cannula is a flexible tube with two prongs that go inside the patient’s nostrils, while a portable oxygen mask is a plastic, rubber or silicone mask that covers the nose and mouth. There are several different kinds of oxygen masks, depending on what the patient needs.

What are the disadvantages of nasal cannula?

Several drawbacks are associated with these devices, which may limit efficacy and tolerance of oxygen delivery. Usually, oxygen is not humidified at low flow, and complaints, especially dry nose, dry throat, and nasal pain, are common.

How do you prevent skin breakdown from nasal cannula?


  1. choosing the correct size medical device to fit the patient.
  2. cushioning and protecting the skin with dressings in high-risk areas (nasal bridge, rim of device)
  3. removing or moving devices, when possible, to assess skin at least daily.
  4. avoiding device placement over sites of prior or existing PIs.

How is 15 liters of oxygen delivered?

PATIENTS WITH REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCED RESPIRATORY SUPPORT Once oxygen requirements start to increase over 6 to 15 L/min or breathing becomes labored, options are high-flow oxygen via nasal cannulae (HFNC) and oxygen delivered via a noninvasive ventilation (NIV) device.

At what oxygen level are you put on a ventilator?

When oxygen levels become low (oxygen saturation < 85%), patients are usually intubated and placed on mechanical ventilation. For those patients, ventilators can be the difference between life and death.

What is the best flow rate of oxygen for a patient with Covid?

i. Oxygen is a life-saving essential drug. The target Oxygen saturation should be between 92% to 96% for the hospitalized Covid – 19 patients. Once this level is achieved, the flow of oxygen may not be increased as it may not provide any additional benefit to the patient.