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Tubing (oxygen), per foot

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Tubing (oxygen), per foot
Common Name(s): Oxygen Tubing
Technical/Medical Term: Oxygen Supply Tubing


Oxygen tubing is a flexible plastic tube that delivers oxygen from a stationary oxygen source, such as a concentrator or tank, to the patient. This tubing ensures continuous and effective oxygen supply to individuals needing supplemental oxygen for various health conditions.


Oxygen tubing is used to deliver supplemental oxygen to patients with respiratory conditions or insufficient blood oxygen levels. The primary goal is to maintain adequate oxygen saturation in the blood to support bodily functions and improve quality of life.


  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Any acute or chronic condition causing hypoxemia


There are no special preparations needed for using oxygen tubing. Patients should ensure their oxygen source is functional and follow their healthcare provider's instructions on the appropriate oxygen flow rate.

Procedure Description

  1. Choose the Length: Select the appropriate length of oxygen tubing based on the patient's mobility needs.
  2. Connect to Source: Attach one end of the tubing to the oxygen source.
  3. Secure to Cannula: Attach the other end to the nasal cannula or mask.
  4. Adjust Flow: Turn on the oxygen supply and adjust the flow rate as prescribed.
  5. Check for Issues: Ensure there are no kinks, blockages, or disconnections in the tubing.


The process of connecting and adjusting oxygen tubing typically takes only a few minutes.


This can be done at home, in a hospital, or an outpatient clinic, depending on the patient's condition and level of care required.


Generally, no specialized medical personnel are needed to connect and use oxygen tubing, although respiratory therapists may assist in clinical settings.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Dryness or irritation in the nasal passages.
  • Rare Risks: Potential for nosocomial infections if not properly maintained.
  • Complications Management: Regular cleaning and replacing of tubing, using humidifiers if dryness occurs.


  • Immediate improvement in oxygen saturation.
  • Enhanced energy levels and reduced shortness of breath.
  • Improved quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.


There is no recovery period required; patients can continue their daily activities while using oxygen tubing. Follow-up with healthcare provider as recommended to monitor oxygen levels and equipment.


  • Other Options: Portable oxygen concentrators, liquid oxygen systems, or oxygen cylinders.
  • Pros and Cons: Alternatives may vary in terms of portability, duration of oxygen supply, and cost. Oxygen concentrators are usually more portable but can be less efficient than direct cylinder oxygen supply.

Patient Experience

Patients generally experience comfort and ease of breathing with supplemental oxygen. Initial discomfort while adjusting the nasal cannula or mask may occur. Pain management and comfort measures include using water-based lubricants for nasal dryness and regular replacement of tubing for hygiene and comfort.

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