Oxygen Delivery Devices in COVID-19 – ICST

Oxygen Delivery Devices in COVID-19

Tutorial presented by Dr Simon Barry, Respiratory Consultant and National Respiratory Clinical Lead.


Patients with COVID-19 who end up on a COVID-19 Ward generally present with oxygenation failure, and therefore oxygen therapy is important in the supportive care of these patients. A quick reference guide for administering oxygen to patients with COVID-19 has been has been developed to guide safe and effective use of oxygen delivery devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is based on safety and efficacy of treating oxygen failure and preserving oxygen supplies.

Suitable devices:

  • Nasal cannulae (2-4 litres/minute)
  • Hudson face mask (4-10 litres/minute)
  • Non-rebreather mask (10-15 litres/minute)
  • CPAP with entrained oxygen (15 litres/minute)
  • Respiflo system (up to 98% FiO2)
  • High flow nasal oxygen therapy
  • CPAP with humidification

May be suitable:

  • Venturi mask (May be suitable in patients who need tight control on their FiO2 (e.g. COPD)
  • Nebuliser (May be suitable in some patients with underlying lung disease (particularly asthma)
  • Oxygen humidifiers

Last updated: 10/02/2021

Oxygen Delivery Devices in COVID-19

Tutorial presented by Dr Simon Barry, Respiratory Consultant and National Respiratory Clinical Lead.


Patients with COVID-19 who end up on a COVID-19 Ward generally present with oxygenation failure, and therefore oxygen therapy is important in the supportive care of these patients. A quick reference guide for administering oxygen to patients with COVID-19 has been has been developed to guide safe and effective use of oxygen delivery devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is based on safety and efficacy of treating oxygen failure and preserving oxygen supplies.

Suitable devices:

  • Nasal cannulae (2-4 litres/minute)
  • Hudson face mask (4-10 litres/minute)
  • Non-rebreather mask (10-15 litres/minute)
  • CPAP with entrained oxygen (15 litres/minute)
  • Respiflo system (up to 98% FiO2)
  • High flow nasal oxygen therapy
  • CPAP with humidification

May be suitable:

  • Venturi mask (May be suitable in patients who need tight control on their FiO2 (e.g. COPD)
  • Nebuliser (May be suitable in some patients with underlying lung disease (particularly asthma)
  • Oxygen humidifiers

Last updated: 10/02/2021

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Modes of Oxygen Delivery in COVID-19

A quick reference guide for administering oxygen to patients with COVID-19. This resource has been developed to guide safe and effective use of oxygen delivery devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is based on safety and efficacy of treating oxygen failure and preserving oxygen supplies. Colour printed and laminated copies of these posters have been delivered to all hospitals across Wales.

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