oxygen and vaseline

  1. 0 Ok. I have heard that vaseline or carmex being used on the patients lips or nose that is using oxygen can be combustable. Is is true. and if so is is evidenced based practice not to use it. And finally if it is combustable and dangerous, is there an alternative?
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  4. Visit  Virgo_RN profile page
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    I'd be interested in knowing what evidence there is to support this as well.
  5. Visit  truern profile page
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    Well, vaseline IS a petroleum-based product.....

    I had a patient once that was on home O2 and SMOKED!! She had scars all around her mouth and nose
  6. Visit  twinkerrs profile page
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    any petroleum based product has the possiblity of being combustible. Any product that is petroleum free is fine for you to use on a patient on oxygen. I couldnt find anything but this link, http://www.ltotnet.org/resources_pat...gen_users.html
    but it also states this in my textbook Kozier and Erbs Fundamentals of Nursing.
  7. Visit  Boog'sCRRN246 profile page
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    I don't know about it being combustable in the sense of a huge explosion, but I have seen patients on oxygen and using vaseline have a reddened appearance around their nostrils. Almost like a sunburn. We provide water-based lubricants if the patient experiences dryness.
  8. Visit  southernbeegirl profile page
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    water based lubricants should be used due to risk of aspiration. ive heard people say there is a risk of combustion. we asked a doc about this recently at work and he said it was just a myth. but pts on o2 should only use the water based lubes in their nostrils due to the aspiration risk.
  9. Visit  hypocaffeinemia profile page
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    Vasoline: hydrocarbon (reaaally good fuel)
    Oxygen: oxidizer

    That's two corners of the fire triangle right there.
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  10. Visit  Virgo_RN profile page
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    Still waiting for the evidence.....
  11. Visit  hypocaffeinemia profile page
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    Quote from Boog'sGirl724
    I don't know about it being combustable in the sense of a huge explosion...
    Combustion doesn't equal explosion.
  12. Visit  hypocaffeinemia profile page
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    Quote from Virgo_RN
    Still waiting for the evidence.....
    The evidence?

    It's basic chemistry.

    oxidizing agent + fuel source = exothermic output (aka fire). A simple combustion reaction.
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  13. Visit  Virgo_RN profile page
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    Quote from hypocaffeinemia
    The evidence?

    It's basic chemistry.

    oxidizing agent + fuel source = exothermic output (aka fire). A simple combustion reaction.
    Your equation is missing the spark. What I'm looking for is evidence that vaseline in the presence of oxygen will spontaneously combust.
  14. Visit  hypocaffeinemia profile page
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    Quote from Virgo_RN
    Your equation is missing the spark. What I'm looking for is evidence that vaseline in the presence of oxygen will spontaneously combust.
    I don't think anybody made the claim it would spontaneously combust. That doesn't mean the practice is safe.

    A fine mist of gasoline vapor in a mix of 21% oxygen won't spontaneously combust either, for contrast's sake.
  15. Visit  Tait profile page
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    I believe the spark can be static electricity from what I am reading.

    Tait


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