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FAQs On Oxygen Concentrator Nasal Cannulas 

What is an Oxygen Nasal Cannula?

Oxygen nasal cannulas are medical devices that consist of a small, soft plastic tube with two prongs on one end. Nasal cannulas for oxygen therapy provide supplemental oxygen to patients who need efficient oxygen treatment. The lightweight, soft tubing starts from the nose and conveniently and firmly hooks with ease around the patient's ears, while the other end of the tube connects directly to an oxygen concentrator. We have a variety of different oxygen nasal cannulas for sale.

Patients who require low flow should use a nasal cannula oxygen concentration of 3-6 liters per minute with oxygen nasal cannulas, which are designed for comfort.

Nasal Cannula for High Flow Oxygen Therapy is designed for patients who require oxygen flow rates over 6 liters per minute.

What Are The Uses Of Nasal Cannulas For Oxygen?

If you're having problems breathing or don't have enough oxygen in your blood, your doctor may suggest a nasal cannula. You could use a nasal cannula for the following reasons:

  • Failure of the respiratory system
  • COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Sleep Apnea (sleep deprivation)
  • Lung collapse
  • Pneumonia
  • COVID-19
  • Intubation
  • Extubation
  • Breathing problems in general

What Percentage of Oxygen Does a Nasal Cannula Provide?

The nasal cannula mixes with the oxygen that is present in the room and it is a low flow system. With a flow rate of 1-6 liters per minutes, it produces inspired air between 24% to 44%. Flow rates above 4 liters per minutes can cause irritation, discomfort, and bleeding, so adding humidification to the therapy is necessary.

What Are The Advantages Of An Oxygen Nasal Cannula?

  • Nasal prongs allow patients in need of oxygen to easily eat, speak, and use their mouths while receiving oxygen therapy
  • It is one of the safest and simplest ways to deliver oxygen
  • Nasal cannulas are especially used to deliver low doses of oxygen
  • Nasal cannulas use humidifiers since they can dry the mucus membranes of the nose
  • Nasal cannulas are designed to prevent slipping from around the ears

How To Change The Nasal Cannulas For Oxygen?

Nasal cannulas should be replaced approximately every 30-90 days. With proper maintenance and cleaning, they may last up to 90 days. It is a good idea to change your oxygen therapy nasal cannula if you have been ill or feel like you may be getting ill to prevent bacteria contamination. Make sure to keep extra supplies on hand so you can switch the cannula. Make a note to restock nasal cannula replacements before you run out. Follow your physician’s directions as to how often your nasal cannula should be changed and the proper treatment and maintenance of your devices.

How To Put on Oxygen Nasal Cannula?

The prongs of the nasal cannula should be inserted into the nostrils. The prongs will comfortably sit in the place if they are the right size for the user. Then the user will have to the put the tubes behind their ears by lifting them. The user will have to make sure that the tubes are tightly fitted enough behind the ears so that the prongs do not comes out of the nostrils while sleeping or moving around. And finally, pull up the tube sliders to give a comfortable fitting.

How To Breath With A Nasal Cannula?

Nasal cannulas consist of two prongs that come out from the center of a replaceable tube that can be inserted into the nostrils. They help patients to breathe through both their mouth and nose. Nasal cannulas are available for all age groups and can be used, per requirements, for short-term and long-term use.

How To Clean Oxygen Nasal Cannula Tubing?

  • With regular washing and proper care, you can improve the life of your cannula. Failing to properly clean it will cause bacteria buildup which can cause infection.
  • Use alcohol wipes to clean your nasal cannula for oxygen concentrators after every use. If you are heavily dependent on oxygen, make sure to disinfect the cannula a minimum of once or twice each day (or more if you're congested). Patients with respiratory conditions like COPD need to pay extra attention to this as they are more prone to getting sick.
  • Use a mixture of warm water and a little amount of white vinegar and dish soap. This will deeply clean the cannula as white vinegar is considered to be a decent bacteria killer and it doesn't harm the tubing material.
  • Make sure there is no soap and bacteria on the cannula by washing it thoroughly and then rinsing it in cold water. Let them air dry away from direct sunlight before using it again.

How High Can Oxygen Be on Nasal Cannula?

High-flow nasal cannula gives heated and humidified oxygen flow in the nostrils. The high-flow nasal cannulas can supply up to 60 liters per minute of oxygen. Low-flow nasal cannulas can deliver oxygen flow only up to  4 to 6 liters per minute.

How To Keep The Nasal Cannulas In Place While Sleeping?

There is a tape available called “Hy-Tape” also known as “pink tape”. It has a zinc-oxides-based adhesive. This adhesive is latex-free, gentle and soothing on skin. This tape is strong enough to hold the nasal cannula in place while sleeping.

How To Make A Nasal Cannula More Comfortable?

To make the nasal cannula more comfortable, use a small amount of water-based lubricants at the end of the prongs. A saline nasal spray can also be used daily to keep the nasal passages comfortable and moist. Nasal cannulas can become dry during the winter causing discomfort during use.

Where Can I Buy Cannulas For Oxygen?

At The Oxygen Concentrator Supplies Shop, we carry a wide selection of oxygen concentrator nasal cannulas for sale including both Low Flow and High Flow cannulas and cannulas designed for conserving oxygen on pulse dose or with reservoirs.

Make your oxygen therapy hassle-free and convenient with one of our oxygen nasal cannulas. If you are unsure about what product meets your needs or have any questions, contact us today so we can assist in reviewing your options. Call us at 888-941-1688.