Oxygen for First Aid

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Oxygen Administration in Emergency Care

Benefits of Oxygen in Emergencies

Oxygen therapy is crucial in various medical scenarios such as shock or heart attacks. Enhancing oxygen concentration in the body significantly boosts the odds of survival, especially during CPR.

Oxygen Safety and the Fire Triangle

Caution: Oxygen is a key component of the Fire Triangle, implying a risk of fire. Mitigate this by maintaining equipment properly and ensuring secure storage.

Transporting Oxygen Safely

When transporting oxygen in a vehicle, display a sign indicating its presence. This ensures emergency services are aware in case of an accident.

Storing Oxygen Tanks

Store oxygen tanks upright to prevent damage. Use the carry handle for safe handling.

Operating the Oxygen Tank

  • Regulator and Gauge: The regulator manages oxygen flow, and the gauge indicates remaining oxygen.
  • Valve Operation: Open the valve gently to start the flow, avoiding forceful handling.

Utilising Non-rebreather Masks

Non-rebreather masks, suitable for conscious or unconscious breathing patients, provide nearly 100% oxygen. Communicate clearly with the patient to ease discomfort and ensure effective usage.

Contraindications and Cautions

In certain conditions like COPD, administering pure oxygen can be detrimental. Always assess the patient's medical history before oxygen therapy.

Post-Use Procedures

After emergency services take over, responsibly pack away the equipment. Safely dispose of the mask, turn off and store the tank, or arrange for its refill.


Oxygen therapy is a potent tool in emergency care. Its proper usage, combined with safety and maintenance protocols, can save lives while minimizing risks.