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Cna's and o2 tanks.


Hey everyone, I recently started working at a Nursing home again. it's been a while now so I need to refresh myself on some things so I don't get in trouble by any of the nurses. My question is, can Cna's remove o2 from patients when changing them? for example lets say they need a new shirt, the o2 nc is in the way can we take it off and then put it back on, or are we required to grab the nurse to do so? I see aids doing this all the time, just not sure if it's correct. sorry if posted in wrong section.

I would assume you can, since CNA's can swap out o2 tanks in my state. IL.

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

Yes, you can remove it while doing cares. They can survive without it for a couple minutes but I always try to do things quickly after removing the cannula

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

In my facility CNAs are allowed to do this. It's best to keep the time with out oxygen to a minimum. If I have any questions about O2 use and a particular patient I'll check with their nurse first.