Care and considerations of child with simple nasal prongs: If the required flow rate exceeds those as recommended above this may result in nasal discomfort and irritation of the mucous membranes.
Therefore, humidification of nasal prong oxygen therapy is recommended.
Follow the instructions in the disinfection kit manual: For routine cleaning instructions please refer to the following link: RCH Equipment Cleaning Table Prepared by Infection Prevention and Control Team Click to view the delivery mode quick reference table This system is simple and convenient to use.
It allows the oxygen therapy to continue during feeding/eating and the re-breathing of CO isn't a potential complication.
Note: Some flow meters may deliver greater than the maximum flow indicated on the flow meter if the ball is set above the highest amount. Oxygen delivery method selected depends on: Note: In most low flow systems the flow is usually titrated (on the oxygen flow meter) and recorded in litres per minute (LPM).
To ensure the patient is able to entrain room air around the nasal prongs and a complete seal is not created the prong size should be approximately half the diameter of the nares.Select the appropriate size nasal prong for the patient's age and size.For nasal prong oxygen without humidification a maximum flow of: With the above flow rates humidification is not usually required.Rationale: RCH predominantly uses the Fisher & Paykel MR850 Humidifier & AIRVO 2 Humidifier.Please consult user manuals for any other models in use.
See guide below for recommended patient sizing and flow rates.