Oxygen Tank Information

Important: NOT ALL AIRLINES PROVIDE IN-FLIGHT SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN: Southwest Airlines, Reno Air and America West, etc, do not provide oxygen.

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Table of suggested liter flow range for various oxygen masks:

Device Flow FIO2 Range Appropriate Use
Nasal Cannula 1/4-8 LPM 22-45% Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) patients
Transtracheal Catheter 1/4-4 LPM 22-45% Patients who don't accept cannulas, high flow requirements
Reservoir Cannula 1/4-4 LPM 22-35% LTOT patients
Simple Mask 6-12 LPM 35-50% Acute short-term therapy requiring moderate FIO2
Reservoir Mask 6-10 LPM 35-60% Emergencies, acute hypoxemia, moderate FIO2
Nonrebreather Mask 10-15 LPM 80-100% Emergencies, respiratory failure
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