Nitrous oxide no laughing matter

There is a place for nitrous oxide in clinical practice, says a special taskforce set up to assess its safety and efficacy.

“In perioperative anaesthesia management, there are no arguments to state that the use of N2O should be abandoned,” says a consensus statement by the the European Society of Anaesthesiology taskforce.

Similarly, there is a place for N2O in procedural analgesia and sedation for both adults and children.

It says N2O does not increase the risk of surgical site infection, postoperative myocardial infarction or cancer recurrence.