10 minutes

Foundation doctors,Medical Students

Quick tips: Inpatient oxygen therapy - a practical guide

Learn more about the main types of oxygen delivery device and their indications in this short video module, which includes top tips on how to safely prescribe oxygen for hospital inpatients.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you will:

  • Know the indications for some commonly used oxygen delivery devices (nasal cannulae, simple face masks, venturi masks, and non re-breathing bag and masks)
  • Understand how to administer oxygen to patients using these oxygen delivery devices from a practical point of view, including recommended flow-rates for each device
  • Understand which patients are at risk of retaining carbon dioxide due to treatment with oxygen
  • Appreciate some key dangers associated with oxygen therapy, and how to avoid them.

Alert! Consider coronavirus disease 2019 in any patient with symptoms including cough, fever, dyspnoea, myalgia, and fatigue; take infection control precautions and follow local guidelines. This module has not been updated to include specific information on COVID-19.


Tapas Mukherjee

Peer reviewed by:

Ronan O’Driscoll

Release date

25 Aug 2015

Editorially reviewed date

30 Oct 2019


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
ASCOFAME 0:10 hours BMJ Learning has assigned 10 minutes of CPD/CME credit to this module. BMJ Learning modules are being certified for ASCOFAME VIRTUAL (Colombia).
Austrian Academy of Physicians 0:10 hours BMJ Learning modules have been certified for DFP Punkte. DFP Punkte are accepted in Austria
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module
Karnataka Medical Council 0:10 hours Karnataka Medical Council (KMC) has assigned 10 minutes of CPD/CME credit to this module.
Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization 0:10 hours Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) of the Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait is the authority responsible for organising all aspects of postgraduate training of medical practitioners and other health professionals in Kuwait. Users within Kuwait can claim 10 minutes credit of learning completed
Oman Medical Specialty Board 0.25 credits The Oman Medical Specialty Board accredits this module for 0.25 credit points under Category II
Royal Australasian College of Physicians 0:10 hours The RACP does not accredit CPD activities, but MyCPD Program guidelines state that fellows can claim a maximum of 50 credits per year for online learning under 'Category 6 - Other Learning Activities'.
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 0:10 hours RNZCGP endorses the British Medical Journal online CME programmes
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