ENTONOX® is exclusively used for the relief of pain and is a mixture of 50:50 nitrous oxide and oxygen premixed in the cylinder ready for use. It is used as an analgesic for the relief of acute pain, especially during short term procedures where there is a benefit of fast onset and offset for pain relief.
Traditionally ENTONOX was primarily used for pain relief during childbirth. Today ENTONOX is fast becoming an established analgesic of choice being used for a variety of painful procedures within many hospital departments.
Other areas where ENTONOX is used include,
Acute trauma including, lacerations, broken bones etc
Procedures and assessments involving pain such as, wound dressing and debridement, suturing, colon and sigmoidoscopy, cannulisation etc.
ENTONOX is particularly useful in short term procedures in the out-patient setting, where the patient may wish to drive shortly after the procedure.
This analgesic mixture is administered to the patient through a mouth piece or face mask. Gas flow is normally controlled by a demand-valve which is activated by the patient’s inspired breath. The necessary equipment is easy to handle and does not restrict patient mobility.
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ENTONOX and pain management
Key features of ENTONOX include:
Predictable and reliable analgesia
Rapid onset and offset, which can lead to savings through reduced treatment time and increased patient turnaround
Easy, self-regulated administration
This brings obvious benefits for patients, healthcare professionals and providers.