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Nitrous oxide in emergency medicine

O'Sullivan, �omhar; Benger, Jonathan


�omhar O'Sullivan

Jonathan Benger


Safe and predictable analgesia is required for the potentially painful or uncomfortable procedures often undertaken in an emergency department. The characteristics of an ideal analgesic agent are safety, predictability, non-invasive delivery, freedom from side effects, simplicity of use, and a rapid onset and offset. Newer approaches have threatened the widespread use of nitrous oxide, but despite its long history this simple gas still has much to offer.


O'Sullivan, Í., & Benger, J. (2003). Nitrous oxide in emergency medicine. Emergency Medicine Journal, 20(3), 214-217.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Sep 1, 2003
Deposit Date Jan 21, 2010
Journal Emergency Medicine Journal
Print ISSN 1472-0205
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 214-217
Keywords nitrous oxide, emergency medicine
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