Oxygen Administration

- Oxygen source (Wall outlet: White [CI-G], Green, [...], oxygen tank or cylinder, portable oxygen tank
- Oxygen gauge with Flow meter
- Appropriate oxygen delivery system (nasal cannula, simple oxygen mask or non rebreather mask)
- stethoscope
- pulse oximeter and probe (if necessary)
- oxygen guard (if oxygen tank is used)

What to do:

  1. Verify the practitioner’s order for oxygen therapy
  2. Confirm the patient’s identity (Name and birthday)
  3. Explain the procedure to the patient, and let him know why he needs oxygen
  4. Do hand hygiene
  5. Gather the needed equipment
  6. Select the most appropriate oxygen delivery device based on the order and the patient’s status.
  7. Assess the patient’s condition, baseline vital signs, and breath sounds, and ensure a patent airway.
  8. Check the patient’s room to ensure safety for administration
  9. Place and Oxygen Precaution sign above the patient’s head and on the door.
  10. Put on personal protective equipment, as needed.
  11. Place the oxygen delivery device securely on the patient, ensuring proper fit.
  12. Adjust the oxygen flow rate as ordered.
  13. Monitor the patient’s response using a pulse oximetry.
  14. if the practitioner has ordered an ABG analysis, check values after allowing sufficient time for the patient’s oxygenation to return to a steady state.
  15. Assess the patient frequently for signs of hypoxia.
  16. Observe skin integrity
  17. Remove and discard your PPE if worn
  18. Do hand hygiene
  19. Clean and disinfect your stethoscope using a disinfectant pad
  20. Do hand hygiene.
  21. Document the procedure.