Analgesic Gases and Oxygen Provider Level 2 (VTQ)

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How much analgesic gas should be given

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Entonox is a drug, but it's a drug that is a little bit unique in the world of drugs, it's a drug that is self-administered, so the patient gives it to themselves and they monitor and dose themselves. It can be given to children as well as adults, as long as the child can actively use the equipment to give the dosage correctly, then it's perfectly safe to give to children. The reason it's safe is because when you self-administer this drug, as it starts to work, and the effect of the drug is to make you sleepy, drowsy and to take the pain away. And the more drowsy you get, the less you take on board and eventually the hand tends to fall away from the mouth, you stop administrating it yourself and the drug starts to wear off and your conscious levels come back. 

So it is a self-administered drug, safe to be given to adults and children, as long as they can operate it and as long as they can use the actual giving set, it's safe to use. The one thing we have to be aware of is the giving set has a priming button which we will look into later in the course, the priming button must never be used to administer it. It must always be self-administered.