What should your first intervention be if a resident who uses routine oxygen develops a red area under his nose?
A. Clean the area well and apply Vaseline twice a day for three days B. Put a small amount of baby oil on the red area to sooth the area C. Clean the area twice a day with rubbing alcohol D. None of the above
D is the answer to this question but it will be vital to keep the area moisturized in order to prevent the area from getting red further, you can always make some adjustments to the item used to provide the oxygen to the patient.
It will also be helpful if the patient will tell if the item used to administer the oxygen is already painful or uncomfortable so that necessary adjustments will be made. Patients who need to be supplied with oxygen may need this in order to breathe better especially if they have a respiratory condition. Cleaning the area twice with rubbing alcohol may be a bit painful for the patient.