Advertisement

International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 1032–1034 | Cite as

Safety in the use of vaseline during oxygen therapy: the pharmacist’s perspective

  • Tiene BautersEmail author
  • Guy Van Schandevyl
  • Geneviève Laureys
Commentary

Abstract

The justification of the combination of vaseline and oxygen has been subject for discussion in many hospitals. Due to the lack of evidence based data in literature, we have provided recommendations from a pharmacist’s perspective. The use of petroleum-based products should be avoided when handling patients under oxygen therapy. Whenever a skin moisturizer is needed for lubrication or rehydration of dry nasal passages, the lips or nose when breathing oxygen, consider the use of oil-in water creams or water-based products.

Keywords

Emollient Moisturizing Oxygen therapy Safety Vaseline 

Notes

Funding

None.

Conflicts of interest

None.

References

  1. 1.
    Parfitt K, Martindale W. Soft Paraffin Martindale: the complete drug reference. 18th ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 1999.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Petrolatum. In: International Programme on Chemical Safety. http://www.inchem.org/documents/icsc/icsc/eics1440.htm Accessed 13 March 2016.
  3. 3.
    Peacock AJ. ABC of oxygen: oxygen at high altitude. BMJ. 1998;317(7165):1063–6.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Parfitt K, Martindale W. Oxygen. Martindale: the complete drug reference. 18th ed. London, UK: Pharmaceutical Press; 1999.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Safety Principles of High Pressure Oxygen Systems. In: European Industrial Gases Association. www.eiga.eu. Accessed 29 Feb 2016.
  6. 6.
    Medical oxygen systems for homecare supply. In: European Industrial Gases Association. www.eiga.eu. Accessed 29 Feb 2016.
  7. 7.
    Beeson H, Smith S. In: Safe use of oxygen and oxygen systems: handbook for design, operation, and maintenance. 2nd ed. ASTM International, USA; 2007.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
  9. 9.
    Supplemental Oxygen. In: American Lung Association. http://www.lung.org/. Accessed 15 March 2016.
  10. 10.
    Bascom R, et al. Inhalation injury related to use of petrolatum-based hair grease. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1984;5:327–30.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Woodrow P. Petroleum jelly myth. Nurs Older People. 2004;16(6):41.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Howder J. Clarification. Nursing. 2003;33(3):10.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Galligan CJ, Markkanen PK, Fantasia LM, Gore RJ, Sama SR, Quinn MM. A growing fire hazard concern in communities: home oxygen therapy and continued smoking habits. New Solut. 2015;24(4):535–54.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Winslow E. Dispelling the Petroleum Jelly Myth. Am J Nurs. 1998;11:16–8.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell TransplantationGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Hematology and OncologyHôpital Universiaire des Enfants Reine Fabiola - Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)BrusselsBelgium

Personalised recommendations