Inhaled medicinal nitrous oxide/oxygen mixtures can be used in any situation that requires analgesia/sedation with a fast onset and offset, including emergency care. The low solubility of nitrous oxide in biological tissue and fluid means that medicinal nitrous oxide/oxygen mixtures result in rapid pain relief and elimination of the gas from the lungs. A further safety feature is the composition of an inhaled mixture of 50% nitrous oxide and oxygen to prevent hypoxia during administration.
Medicinal nitrous oxide/oxygen mixtures are administered by inhalation, so there is no need to insert a cannula or set up an intravenous line. This means that this form of analgesia/sedation does not need to be administered by specialist anaesthetist, but can be administered by trained staff including paramedics.
For detailed information about contraindications, special warnings, or precautions of use, please contact Linde Healthcare [link].