Oxygen Administration

Oxygen Administration

Duration: Stand-alone course – 1-2 hours; Combined with BLS – 1 hour

Oxygen therapy is the administration of oxygen as a medical intervention, which can be for a variety of purposes in both chronic and acute patient care. Normal air is composed of 20.95% oxygen by volume. It is essential for cell metabolism, and in turn, tissue oxygenation is essential for all normal physiological functions.

Blood and tissue that is saturated in oxygen can be helpful, or damaging, depending on the circumstances. Therefore, it is imperative to have the proper training on how and when to administer oxygen in a pre-hospital setting.

Oxygen is widely used in emergency medicine, both in hospital and by emergency medical services, or those giving advanced first aid. In the pre-hospital environment, high flow oxygen is definitively indicated for use in resuscitation, major trauma, anaphylaxis, major hemorrhage, shock, active convulsions and hypothermia.

This 1-2 hour oxygen administration course is designed to foster and develop a professional, willing and co-operative attitude towards safe use of this life saving tool.

Oxygen Administration course teaches how to operate various oxygen devices as well as to respond and treat respiratory emergencies or in other words designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to correctly identify when it is necessary to administer supplemental oxygen. Participants will learn how to properly and safely handle and assemble the equipment and how to correctly deliver supplemental oxygen through the appropriate delivery device. Course can also be combined with Basic Life Support.


In-facility and health care providers (nursing, care aides, dental industry, medical offices etc.), pre-hospital care groups (fire departments, rescue teams, sports therapists, lifeguards, SCUBA divers, ski patrol, etc.).

Again, the course is for those who are required to use oxygen in the workplace including lifeguards, emergency medical services (EMS) professionals, etc.


Oxygen Administration Course


Red Cross Oxygen Administration Instructor, Emergency Care Instructor, Advanced Emergency Care Instructor, or Emergency Care Instructor Trainer




  • Successfully demonstrate all course skill competencies
  • Minimum 75% mark for written, closed book, knowledge evaluation
  • Attend and participate in 100% of the course



3-year certification in Oxygen Therapy (digital certificate issued upon successful completion)


No re-certification available for this course.

Course Content

  1. Pulse oximetry
  2. Supplemental oxygen
  3. Oxygen cylinders
  4. Oxygen regulators
  5. Oxygen delivery devices
  6. Administering oxygen



We highly recommend this course for Medical office assistants, Personal support workers, paramedical staff or any person related with health care industry. It gives you a benefit for one of the bed side and emergency procedures.

Take-Home Materials

  • Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support Field Guide