Medical Surgical Oxygen Delivery & Hypoxemia #5

Question

The nurse is preparing a client for discharge and educating her on supplemental oxygen safety. Which statement by the client indicates additional teaching is needed?

Answers

  1. “I will not smoke in the same room as my oxygen tank.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct. The client should not smoke near the oxygen concentrator. Oxygen tanks are combustible and should be kept away from gas stoves, fireplaces, candles, and other sources of open flames.

  2. “I will use vaseline to lubricate my dry nasal passages”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because oil, grease, and petroleum jelly are flammable and will burn readily in the presence of oxygen. Avoid these types of lubrication on the face, upper chest, or in the nasal passages. If rehydration of dry skin or mucous membranes are needed, use cocoa butter or aloe vera, or water-based products.

  3. “I will not do my nails while using my oxygen.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because acetone in nail polish remover and nail polish are flammable. Oxygen does not burn but will combust. Anything that can burn, will burn faster in an oxygen rich environment.

  4. “I will not use my hair dryer while using my oxygen.”
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because using a hairdryer can produce intense heat. Anything that can produce sparks during operation should be avoided.

Overview

Oxygen is combustible. Therefore, client education on supplemental oxygen safety is paramount.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Oxygen is combustible. Therefore, client education on supplemental oxygen safety is of the greatest importance. There should be no smoking near the oxygen concentrator. Oxygen tanks are combustible and should be kept away from gas stoves, fireplaces, candles, and other sources of open flames. Oil, grease, and petroleum jelly are flammable and will burn readily in the presence of oxygen. Avoid these types of lubrication on the face, upper chest, or in the nasal passages. Anything that can produce sparks during operation should be avoided.

Test Taking Tip

Understand supplemental oxygen safety.

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