Nitrous Oxide 

General

Nitrous oxide is an anesthetic. Mixed with oxygen, it is also used as an antalgic (which attenuates the feeling of pain). It is used for the management of pain related to short but painful medical treatments (spinal taps, fractures, sutures, etc.), for anxiety management in patients who fear dental treatments and for the discomfort associated with childbearing. It is also an adjuvant of balanced anesthesia for surgical interventions, enabling reduced doses of other drugs and facilitating their post-operatory elimination.

Material Safety Data Sheets

WHMIS (Canada) ClassificationClass A: Compressed Gas
Class C: Oxidizing Material
Class D-2A Material causing other toxic effects (Very toxic)
UN NumberUN Number: UN1070 (gas) ;
UN2201 (liquid refrigerated)
Color Code Cylinder ShroudMedical Blue
HazardsMajor Hazards:
Supports Combustion
and Suffocation
Toxicity50ppm
Flammability limits in air (STP conditions)Strong oxidizer

Safety

Know all of the hazards (fire/explosion, health, chemical reactivity, corrosivity, toxicity, pressure) of the materials you work with. Read the MSDSs and labels for all of the materials you work with and check the label, not the cylinder color, to identify the gas. Only discharge compressed gases safely using devices, such as pressure regulators, approved for the particular gas. Follow your employers occupational health & safety guidelines.

Regulatory

We comply with Health Canada Regulations and hold a Drug Identification # for this gas ( DIN # 00572845)

Ordering Information & Technical Details

West Care Medical has an extensive selection of cylinder sizes and materials (aluminum and steel) to help our customers attain their objectives with total satisfaction. Please contact us at 1-888-540-8288.

Bulk Nitrous Oxide Systems

Nitrous Oxide systems typically have the reserve supply and the dual line controls located inside the facility. The control panel is set up to regulate the incoming pressure from the main and reserve supply sources and reduce it to the customer’s houseline requirement. This is typically between 45 and 55 psig for hospitals.