The Types of Medical Gas Used in Hospitals

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While it cannot be argued that it is the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who deserve credit when a life is saved, they wouldn’t be able to do what they do in many cases without the different types of medical gas that are used every day in patient rooms, operating rooms, treatment rooms, and recovery areas of a hospital.

The Types of Medical Gas Used in Hospitals

Here are some of the various types of medical gas and their vital roles:

  • Oxygen- Human beings need to have sufficient oxygen in their blood for their organs to work properly. If a patient’s oxygen levels dip for one reason or another, they are given medical oxygen to raise their oxygen levels.
  • Nitrogen- The most common use for nitrogen in a hospital is to power surgical equipment, but it is also used during for various dermatology and cryosurgery procedures.
  • Nitrous Oxide- While you might recognize this as a medical gas used for dental procedures, it is used as an anesthetic or analgesic for other procedures as well.
  • Carbon dioxide- The primary use for this medical gas is to inflate or suspend tissues during laser, abdominal, and thoracic surgeries.
  • Helium- Helium is used for patients and also equipment. The liquid form of helium is used in MRI machines. The medical gas form is used primarily for dealing with upper airway obstructions.

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