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


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.


Emollient Moisturizing Oxygen therapy Safety Vaseline 




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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

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