a) Verify patient is off-loading properly.
b) Ask the patient to unscrew the tubing from the luer lock at the top of the device. If the red light goes off and the green light returns, this tells you that the source of the blockage is somewhere within the tubing.
c) Ask the patient to re-connect the tubing to the device and turn the device off and then back on. Explain that the device will recalibrate and provide a puff of oxygen (purge) that may help clear the obstruction. If these steps do not work, then tell the patient to change their dressing.
d) If using an adhesive OxySpur Dressing, try using a non-adhesive version (a tightly sealed dressing can cause a blockage).
e) If all fails, turn the device off and call provider as soon as possible – the next business day is ok.
f) It’s not an emergency! The patient is still receiving a standard of care: moist wound therapy