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Use of Entonox in the Ambulance Service

Br Med J 1970; 2 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5700.41 (Published 04 April 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;2:41
  1. Peter J. F. Baskett,
  2. Allan Withnell

    Abstract

    An analgesic mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (Entonox) has been used in nine ambulances in Gloucestershire for self-administration by patients in severe pain. Over a period of three and a half months 66 patients have been treated. In all cases the pain was wholly or partially relieved, and in no instance was the patient's condition worsened. No undesirable side-effects attributable to Entonox were produced. It is recommended that other ambulance authorities should consider the use of Entonox in this context.

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