Nasal cannula

A nasal cannula is a flexible plastic tube that has a set of two prongs that can be placed in the nostrils. The tube is connected to an oxygen source.

Oxygen passes through the tube, through the openings in the prongs, and into the nostrils.

Last Updated: May 11, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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