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The low solubility of nitrous oxide in biological tissue and fluid means, in clinical practice, that medicinal nitrous oxide/oxygen mixtures provide rapid pain relief and elimination of the gas from the lungs. A further safety feature is the composition of an inhaled mixture product consisting in a mixture of 50% nitrous oxide and oxygen to prevent hypoxia during administration.
Medicinal nitrous oxide/oxygen mixtures can be administered by inhalation through face or nose masks or mouthpieces. Because medicinal nitrous oxide/oxygen mixtures are administered by inhalation and therefore are non-invasive, there is no need to insert a cannula or set up an intravenous line. This means that analgesia/sedation does not need to be administered by a specialist anaesthetist but can be administered by trained staff such as paramedics, nurses and midwives.
For detailed information about contraindications, special warnings or precautions of use, please contact your local Linde branch.