Medical nitrous oxide (N2O) is used as an anaesthetic and analgesic agent. It acts synergistically when combined with other inhaled or intravenous anaesthetic agents and has little effect on respiration and circulation during anaesthesia.
Medical nitrous oxide’s rapid ‘wash-in’ (uptake) and ‘wash-out’ (fast elimination) together with its ability to maintain spontaneous respiration allow faster emergence when used with a modern inhaled anaesthetic than when the anaesthetic is used alone.
BOC can meet the nitrous oxide needs of any healthcare facility.
ENTONOX medical nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture
The ENTONOX 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen (N2O/O2)mixture provides the rapid pain relieving properties of nitrous oxide with the added benefit of oxygen, reducing the risk of unconsciousness. It is a widely used analgesic for acute, short-term pain relief in a diverse range of clinical situations, from painful procedures to childbirth.
ENTONOX can be administered by inhalation through face and nose masks or mouthpieces. Gas flow can be controlled by a demand-valve activated by the patient’s inspired breath. The equipment is designed to be portable and easy to use both inside and outside the hospital.
Because ENTONOX is administered by inhalation and therefore is non-invasive, there is no need to insert a cannula or set up an intravenous line. This means that analgesia and sedation with ENTONOX doesn’t have to be administered by a specialist anaesthetist and can be used and set up by trained and authorised staff such as paramedics and nurses.
All ENTONOX equipment is designed to be portable and easy to use both inside and outside the hospital.