Nitrous Oxide 101: Guidelines for Hospital Operations

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Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an essential medical gas used in a variety of healthcare settings. It is otherwise known as “laughing gas” thanks to its ability to manage patient’s pain without fully allowing them to lose consciousness. Nitrous oxide is odorless, colorless, and is suitable for a broad age range.

Nitrous Oxide 101: Guidelines for Hospital Operations

Since it is used for an array of procedures and for patients young and old, following these nitrous oxide guidelines is paramount:

  • Staff education and training. Comprehensive education for medical staff is essential to ensuring the appropriate use of nitrous oxide. Healthcare personnel should be trained in how to properly administer nitrous oxide, along with its potential risks. They should also be confident in how to respond in an emergency to ensure patient safety.
  • Routine maintenance. Hospitals should regularly inspect nitrous oxide equipment to reduce the risk of breakdowns and sudden issues. Inspections should include checking for damaged pipe and malfunctioning pressure regulators.
  • Level and pressure monitoring. Like all medical gases, nitrous oxide should be carefully monitored to prevent overconsumption by patients. Properly using monitoring devices can help ensure patient safety, but they should still be checked routinely to ensure accurate performance.
  • Waste management. Hospitals must have scavenging systems that expel excess nitrous oxide from the environment. Proper waste gas management is essential for all involved in a medical procedure.

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