A 42-year-old member asked:
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tell me the difference between the plastic thing they put in your nose, an oxygen mask, and a breathing tube?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Levels of help: Each can be used to give a person oxygen. The prongs in the nose are nasal cannula, the mask delivers a higher concentration or oxygen and the breathing tube does the highest. That last intervention, called intubation, is also a way to completely breathe for a person. The intensity of the patient's need determines which is appropriate for a given case.
Answered on Oct 10, 2013

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