Surgery

Climate change: Is it time to say goodbye to inhaled anesthesia?

A review presented at this year's Euroanesthesia Congress will address the environmental impact of inhaled anesthetic agents and how we can and should manage without them—or at least massively reduce their use. The presentation ...

Medications

The struggle to define psychedelics

Psychoactive drugs include all manner of hallucinogens, deliriants, hypnotics and psychedelics. But what is a psychedelic, really? Insofar as many in the field are now moving toward bringing new molecules with presumably ...

Biomedical technology

Making anesthesia more eco-friendly

Used anesthetic gases can be simply and safely captured and recycled into new anesthetics, suggests new research being presented at Euroanaesthesia, the annual meeting of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive ...

Medications

Pain-relief drug delivers choices for mothers in labour

Choice and control are important factors for ensuring a positive childbirth experience, yet until recently, little was known about the impact of alternative administrations of fentanyl—one of the pain relief drugs used ...

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Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as happy gas or laughing gas, is a chemical compound with the chemical formula N2O. At room temperature, it is a colorless non-flammable gas, with a pleasant, slightly sweet odor and taste. It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anesthetic and analgesic effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it, a property that has led to its recreational use as an inhalant drug. It is also used as an oxidizer in rocketry and in motor racing to increase the power output of engines. It is often created in bushfires[citation needed].

Nitrous oxide reacts with ozone and is the main naturally occurring regulator of stratospheric ozone. Nitrous oxide is also a major greenhouse gas. Considered over a 100 year period, it has 298 times more impact per unit weight than carbon dioxide.

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