Our equipment is used to destruct nitrous oxide in a climate-smart, energy-efficient way, primarily in the healthcare sector.
AREAS OF USE
Our equipment reduces environmental impact on the environment, both inside and outside the workplace. Nitrous oxide is commonly used in the healthcare sector for pain relief or as a light sedative in many care situations where light to moderate pain occurs. Moreover, nitrous oxide is easy to use, with marginal side-effects. The analgesic effect disappears quickly after cessation of use, allowing patients to quickly return to normal, and eliminating the need for costly and time consuming periods of recovery, as is the case with several other anaesthesia methods.
In addition to providing a numbing effect, the use of nitrous oxide is also used as an anxiolytic for anxiety relief and is recommended for anxiety management for children and teenagers. Our products are used to advantage in midwifery, dental care and for procedural pain management, which includes usage at paediatric wards, women’s clinics, emergency rooms and healthcare centres.
Nitrous oxide can be used throughout the child labour process, providing additional security for the mother in knowing that pain relief is available immediately as pain arises. The method is advantageous in that it is simple to administer, providing rapid pain relief, and its effects disappear within minutes of cessation of use. The level of nitrous oxide usage can therefore be optimally adjusted to the patient’s needs.
According to Swedish Work Environment Authority inspector Barbro Nilsson, occupational exposure to nitrous oxide may pose a health risk. Indeed, pregnancy disorders and lower fertility were noted in midwives exposed to nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide can also affect the nervous system and the liver, with symptoms including numbness and tingling in the limbs and loss of sensation and balance difficulties. Therefore, it is crucial that an effective system for the collection and destruction of nitrous oxide is used.
”As a midwife it is good to have access to nitrous oxide, an easy-to-administer, readily available pain relief that does not require any preparation and patients can control the amount administered themselves.”
Maternity wards can also benefit from MedClair’s centrally installed nitrous oxide destruction facility that can extract and destruct nitrous oxide emissions from up to 16 delivery rooms. Therefore, a normal delivery department at a hospital, for example, only needs one centrally installed unit. Additional capacity can be added through complementary devices.
The extraction and destruction of nitrous oxide is important from the perspective of the environment both inside and outside the workplace. Our face mask solution, with a unique valve, collects nitrous oxide from exhaled air in a safe, user-friendly way. The device’s high purification capacity facilitates a good working environment for staff and minimal impact on the external environment.
The valve works in such a way that when the patient wants to self-administer nitrous oxide he or she simply presses on the large, intuitive button which then turns blue to show that nitrous oxide is being supplied. When nitrous oxide is no longer desired, the patient then releases the button and the supply of nitrous oxide thereby ceases immediately and room air flows into the mask. The patient keeps the mask on until the blue visual indicator turns off after about 30 seconds, allowing any nitrous oxide in the patient’s lungs to be exhaled and collected by the system. The patient may then remove the mask without damaging the working environment for staff.
Dental patients who for various reasons only accept dental treatment under local anaesthesia can be given nitrous oxide, which has an analgesic and calming effect, and reduces fear. Nitrous oxide for pain relief in dental treatment is considered safer, causes less complications and is cheaper than local anaesthesia. The effects of nitrous oxide have a rapid onset and short duration after cessation of use.
Administering nitrous oxide to children who fear the dentist makes them less anxious than children who are administered general anaesthesia. In Sweden, dental treatment under general anaesthetics requires access to anaesthesia equipment, anaesthesia staff, supervision staff and sometimes even a hospital bed.
Pain relief with nitrous oxide can, however, be administered by dentists themselves following supplementary training. No further post-op monitoring is needed with the nitrous oxide method because the patient is awake during the entire treatment. Another positive effect of being awake during the treatment is that the patient will get used to dental care and be less fearful.
For dental practices, MedClair’s mobile destruction unit (MDU) is usually recommended. This is a complete solution that administers the nitrous oxide to the patient, while also collecting and destructing residual nitrous oxide from exhaled air. MDUs can easily be moved between treatment rooms and function quietly, reliably and with high efficiency. The MDUs can be supplied with a mixing unit (titration unit) to facilitate different nitrous oxide concentrations, where varied treatment levels are required.
For larger dental facilities that use nitrous oxide on a continuous basis we recommend our centrally installed destruction unit with the capacity to manage nitrous oxide emissions from up to 16 treatment rooms. Thanks to our unique low-flow technique, this centralized unit is almost silent during use as the extraction of nitrous oxide from the patient’s exhaled air is done under low pressure.
Nitrous oxide is used to provide pain relief or as a light sedative in minor medical procedures and has a rapid effect, which quickly subsides when the supply ends. It is commonly used to treat procedural pain in emergency rooms, paediatric wards, healthcare centres and other clinics where minimal follow up care is desired.
“The use of nitrous oxide to treat pain from minor medical procedures such as lumbar punctures, venous access, diversions, blood work and joint injections has demonstrated a significant decrease in the perception of pain, with a considerably shorter period of recovery. Children who were given nitrous oxide also showed less anxiety and fear during the procedure.” [Excerpt from information from the Swedish Medical Products Association 3:2014]
MedClair’s mobile destruction unit (MDU) is recommended for the destruction of nitrous oxide in conjunction with procedural pain. This unit is a complete solution for administering nitrous oxide to the patient and collecting residual nitrous oxide in exhaled air and destroying it. MDUs can easily be moved between treatment rooms and function quietly, reliably and with high efficacy. The MDUs can be supplied with a mixing unit (titration unit) to facilitate different nitrous oxide concentrations, where varied treatment levels are required.