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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Oxygen by Nasal Cannula



My husband has IPF and is on 6 lpm oxygen. What is the highest lpm that your body can utilize with a nasal cannula and what are the options when this is no longer enough?


The maximum oxygen that can run through a nasal cannula is usually about 6 liters. There are some high flow nasal cannulas available that your oxygen company can provide that can go a bit higher. However, over 6 liters, we usually change to a face mask that can go to higher flows of oxygen.

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James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University