You are educating your patient who had a tracheostomy placed yesterday about the need for humidified oxygen. Which statement by the patient reflects appropriate education was provided?

 

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Correct

- "I'll make sure the opening in this tubing is facing my trach to prevent mucous from getting plugged up."

- "I'll use the oxygen when I feel short of breath."

- "I need this oxygen because my oxygen saturation was low."

- "I will need this oxygen the rest of my life."

Rationale

Humidified oxygen is provided to prevent mucous plugs from forming, and to keep secretions thin. He/she will not necessarily need it for the rest of his or her life. It is not given for a low O2, but preventing mucus plugs, and it should be used continously, not whenever he or she feels like they need it.

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