There are many oxygen delivery devices. Your job is to know the safety aspects of each device, the liter per minute limits, and the indications for use. There are other pieces to oxygen delivery including flow rate adjustment, humidification, safety precautions, and documentation. Based on the introduction by faculty in the classroom and skill lab practice, what do you know about oxygenation? Test your knowledge in the next section.
Here is a quick review of the devices and their recommended liters per minute:
nasal cannula - 1-6 lpm
simple face mask - 6-10 lpm
venturi mask - 8-15 lpm, depending on the percentage setting
non-rebreather mask - 15 lpm
trach mask - up to 15 lpm and humidified, usually with a percentage set by a respiratory therapist