For patients comfort

  • The mouth and nose may feel dry when on oxygen. The patient may need help to keep their nose and mouth healthy. Encourage good hydration, drink at least 6 to 8 cups of water or juice a day (unless contraindicated for example, on a fluid restriction).
  • Stay active with oxygen. Encourage regular stands and short walks when appropriate. Portable oxygen cylinders are available. This will be considered at the time of the oxygen assessment. Most people with oxygen can maintain activities they enjoy.
  • Some patients get sore ears when using a nasal cannula. Adjust the position of the tubing behind the ears. Padding and an aqueous cream may help.
  • Check if the patient can manage short tasks without their oxygen, for example showering.
  • Anyone near the patient must not  smoke or use E-cigarettes. 
  • Take extra care with the position of tubing so that it is not a trip hazard for the person or others around them. Ensure the tubing is not squashed or bent.
  • If the patient is at home they can get a free fire safety check and free smoke alarm fitting anywhere in Scotland at a time to suit them by calling 0800 0731 999 or visit Scottish Fire and Rescue: Home Fire Safety Visit
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For more information about travel and oxygen see My Lungs My Life: Oxygen therapy: Holiday and travel