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‘Giggle Gas’ is no longer a laughing matter. Two hospital departments in Oslo are to ban Nitrous Oxide gas over fears of spontaneous abortion in pregnant women. Although there are no actual documented events in Norway, maternity staff at two Ullevål and Oslo University Hospitals will be banning what is otherwise known as ‘laughing gas’ from the autumn.   Marit Heiberg in the Norwegian Association of Midwives (Jordmorforening) tells VG that removing a potential source will rule out the one possible spontaneous abortion cause.

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‘Giggle Gas’ is no longer a laughing matter

Published on Monday, 11th July, 2011 at 11:33 under the news category, by Alison Kennedy.
Last Updated on 11th July 2011 at 11:52.

Two hospital departments in Oslo are to ban Nitrous Oxide gas over fears of spontaneous abortion in pregnant women.

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Although there are no actual documented events in Norway, maternity staff at two Ullevål and Oslo University Hospitals will be banning what is otherwise known as ‘laughing gas’ from the autumn.  

Marit Heiberg in the Norwegian Association of Midwives (Jordmorforening) tells VG that removing a potential source will rule out the one possible spontaneous abortion cause.

Head of section at Oslo University Hospital, Bente Rønnes, states studies have shown there is a risk, however, saying, “We are unable to hold concentrations of gas in the room below a poisonous level, and have been given clear recommendations by our health and saftey department to stop using it.

“We cannot risk it [spontaneous abortions] happening to midwives and paediatric nurses,” she continues.

The decision by staff at both hospitals will bring them in line with colleagues working at Bergen’s Haukeland University Hospital, which stopped using Nitrous Oxide in 2002. 9,500 Oslo women give birth at two facilities annually.

Nitrous Oxide can also used for rocket motors, internal combustion engines, and as an aerosol propellant.



Published on Monday, 11th July, 2011 at 11:33 under the news category, by Alison Kennedy.
Last updated on 11th July 2011 at 11:52.

This post has the following tags: nitrousoxide, laughinggas, pregnancyandbirth, spontaneousabortions.





  
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