1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email

Discuss in my forum

How Often Should I Change My Nasal Cannula?

By

Updated December 02, 2009

Question: How Often Should I Change My Nasal Cannula?
Answer: Because of the nature of where the prongs of the nasal cannula sit (in the nares), they get soiled quite regularly. While there is little clinical evidence supporting the claim that a soiled nasal cannula can lead to lung infections like pneumonia, the American Lung Association recommends changing your nasal cannula fairly often, especially when the prongs become soiled or uncomfortable. The term "fairly often," however, is quite subjective, and what one person believes to be "fairly often" can differ greatly from another. That said, most manufacturers advise that patients change their nasal cannulas once a week.

Facts About Oxygen Therapy

Oxyview Oxygen Therapy Glasses

  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. COPD
  4. COPD 101
  5. FAQ
  6. Nasal Cannula - How Often Should You Change a Nasal Cannula

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.