When applying a nasal cannula, the curved part that goes in the nose, are the holes turned up towards bridge of nose, or down? I've seen several different nurses/aides do it both ways. I was wondering if there is a correct way to have the holes facing to deliver the oxygen effectivley.
Oct 18, '09
by Whispera, CNS
When I was in nursing school, we were taught that if someone had a clogged nose, we should put the NC on the upper lip, with the prong things kind of wrapped around the top of the lip so air would go into the mouth rather than into the nares. Otherwise, the prongs go down, into the nares, or you're drying out the up-side of the nares rather than sending the oxygen into the respiratory system.
Last edit by Whispera on Oct 18, '09