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Most Popular Oxygen Cannulas of 2019

With the increased levels of pollution in the air, respiratory problems are one of the raging issues in the medical world. Millions around the world are affected by some of the smallest to the biggest respiratory issues. Basic breathing problems can turn into nightmares for some people. Allergies are a common thing that can also affect normalized breathing. For such people, supplemental oxygen has to be provided so that no other complications can take place.

What are Oxygen Cannulas?

Oxygen cannulas are tube-like devices that supply supplementary oxygen from a source to the patient. The ends of the cannula are placed in the nostrils through which oxygen is delivered. Hence, these cannulas are also known as nasal cannulas.

When does one need a Nasal Cannula?

There are a number of conditions in which a person might lose the ability to breathe normally and need a comfortable nasal cannula to obtain supplementary oxygen.

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism

Types of Nasal Cannulas

Different types of oxygen cannulas are categorized on the basis of prong shapes. Prongs are small tube openings inserted into the nostrils.

1. Curved Prong Cannula

They are curved in the shape and fit perfectly into the nostrils. They are designed keeping in mind anatomy of the nose. Medline Soft Touch Nasal Oxygen Cannula is one of the best nasal cannula with curved prongs.

Medline Soft Touch Nasal Oxygen Cannula

2. Flared Prong Cannula

They slowly broaden towards the opening end and are specifically designed to slow down the flow of oxygen. One of the popular flared prong cannula is CareFusion AirLife Flared-Tip Nasal Cannula.

Medline Soft Touch Nasal Oxygen Cannula

3. Curved and Flared Prong Cannula

They are a combination of the above two and one of the most commonly used oxygen cannula types. CareFusion AirLife Nasal Cannula is one such combination. 

Medline Soft Touch Nasal Oxygen Cannula

4. Straight Prong Cannula

The openings of this cannula are straight and designed to reach further up into the nasal passage. Precision Medical EasyPulse Oxygen Cannula is a straight prong cannula.

Medline Soft Touch Nasal Oxygen Cannula

Benefits of using Oxygen Cannulas

Improved breathing is one of the major benefits of using oxygen cannulas. Improved oxygen levels mean better breathing and normal health resulting in:

  • Increased agility and activeness
  • Better sleep
  • Longer lifespan
  • Better health

Which Oxygen Cannula Should You Choose?

Choosing the right and comfortable oxygen cannula is an important step towards ensuring a safe and healthy oxygen therapy process. The shape, size, and material of the cannula are paramount while making sure that there are no complications or mishaps in the process. We have listed our top-selling oxygen cannulas and accessories here. Take a look:

Salter Style 1600 Series Adult Clear Nasal Oxygen Cannula
Salter Style 1600 Series Adult Clear Nasal Oxygen Cannula

1. Salter Style 1600 Series Nasal Oxygen Cannula

It is a one piece anatomical design that ensures maximum patient comfort. It has an over-the-ear placement thus securely positioning the cannula on the patient. Salter Style 1600 Series Nasal Oxygen Cannula allows the patient to move their head and their arms freely without worrying about displacing the cannula or dropping it.

Benefits of Salter Style Nasal Cannula

  • The curved nasal prongs fit perfectly and provide comfort.
  • The tubing is curved in such a way that it places itself perfectly over the upper lip.
  • The design of the tube eliminates the use of ridges or flaps that usually cause irritation.
  • It has a 3-channel safety tubing that ensures an uninterrupted supply of oxygen.
     
Salter Style Adult Micro Nasal Cannula
Salter Style Adult Micro Nasal Cannula

2. Salter Style Adult Micro Nasal Cannula

It has a micro size that allows the cannula to be less visible on the face. Salter Style Micro Nasal Cannula helps increasing patient confidence and compliance. The over the ear design cancels out the use of ridges and flaps that usually cause irritation. It is a one-piece, single sided nasal cannula and thus does not require any kind of assembly. It is apt for uses where the flow is approximately 3 LPM .

Benefits of Salter Style Adult Nasal Cannula

  • The material used in its build is soft and hence is very comfortable to use.
  • It has curved and tapered nasal prongs that fit perfectly inside the nostrils.
  • The transparent like feature makes its minimally visible during use.
  • The material is lightweight hence does not put any pressure on the nose or the ears.
  • It has a three-channel tubing system to make sure you have an uninterrupted supply of oxygen.

Precautions while using Adult Cannula

  • Do not sterilize or reuse the cannula.
  • There should not be any kind of contamination while using the cannula.
  • Do not turn or twink the cannula according to your wish as it might obstruct oxygen supply.
  • Do not let children near any oxygen system or cannula without adult supervision.
     
Salter Style Children Nasal Cannula
Salter Style Children Nasal Cannula

3. Salter Style Children Nasal Cannula

Specifically designed for pediatric use, Salter Style Children Nasal Cannula is made of soft plastic and is lightweight so as to minimize any kind of discomfort or pressure on the ears. Children often get irritated by medical equipments but this cannula is very comfortable to the skin thus making it perfect for use with children. It is a one piece cannula thus eliminating the need for any assembly. There are no ridges or flaps that could cause any kind of irritation.

Benefits of Salter Style Children Nasal Cannula

  • It is designed for use at almost all places, both indoors and outdoors.
  • It is an over-the-ear cannula thus ensuring that it doesn’t slip and get displaced.
  • The prongs are curved, tapered, and smaller for easy insertion into the nostrils of children.
  • It fits perfectly over the upper lip thus preventing slipping.

Precaution while using Children Cannula

  • Nothing should be placed on the cannula or the supplying canister as it might obstruct the nasal cannula flow rate.
  • Children should not be allowed to use it without adult supervision.
  • Do not use any kind of lubricant on the prongs as they might cause irritation in the nose.
  • Always keep the cannula clean but do not sterilize the cannula.
     
Salter Oxygen Tubing Swivel Connector - Male To Male
Salter Oxygen Tubing Swivel Connector

4. Salter Oxygen Tubing Swivel Connector - Male To Male

An important component of a regular oxygen cannula, it is completely leak proof thus ensuring that the complete amount of oxygen reaches the patient. Salter Oxygen Tubing Swivel Connector can rotate a complete 360° thus reducing the chances of twisting, turning, or twinking the cannula. It is the lock of safety while using a cannula and is highly convenient to use.

Benefits of Salter Oxygen Tubing Connector

  • It has leak free coupling to make sure that no oxygen is wasted.
  • The tips are perfectly shaped to support regular sized cannulas.
  • It is strong and lightweight thus making it the perfect choice.
  • It has gentle and blunt angles thus eliminating the chances of injuries.
  • It is ribbed on all ends to help gripping it better.
  • It is completely latex free.

Risks associated with Oxygen Cannulas

Usually they are risk free, but carelessness during use might result in a number of problems.

  • Nasal dryness
  • Lung damage
  • Damage to the eyes
  • Oxygen toxicity


Oxygen cannulas are one of the most important parts of all oxygen delivery systems. They are easy to use and can be easily cleaned. The right kind of cannula can help improvise and increase oxygen levels thus resulting in better health. Choosing the right kind of oxygen cannula should be one of the first steps while deciding what device or tools one should buy for supplying or using supplementary oxygen. They are the delivery tools of the oxygen and the wrong kind of cannula might cause loss of oxygen, or further complications during therapy.

 

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