Analgesic Gases and Oxygen Provider Level 2 (VTQ)

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What is Nitronox and Entonox

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Now we are going to have a look at Entonox or Nitronox. It's an odourless, colourless gas, it's made up of two parts, 50% oxygen, 50% Nitrogen Oxide. It's used for mild to severe pain, it is a self-administered drug and its drug code is N00. It comes in a cylinder, which is white and blue, which denotes it from oxygen itself. So always check the colour of the cylinder and what the cylinder says on the side before administration.

It's very difficult to mix the two up because the giving sets are different and not compatible. They will not work on each other, so you can not actually give oxygen with a Nitronox or Entonox giving set. It's used from mild to severe pain, pregnancy, trauma, chest pain, basically where a patient needs pain relief, it's an easy, quick, self-administered analgesic to reduce pain. Even whilst we are working to develop or to draw up a more appropriate or a stronger painkiller, Nitrous Oxide or Entonox works very efficiently. Because it's made up of two particles of two different gases, those gases do have a tendency to separate in the cylinder. If the cylinder is to be used, especially in cold weather, or winter periods, the two gases separate inside the bottle, so before usage, the bottle must be inverted, tipped a number of times just to mix the gases inside the bottle before we administrate it to the patient.