The Department of Health hopes to make Entonox technology available in government hospitals to reduce cesarian deliveries and increase normal deliveries. It has been decided to undertake this technology to reduce pains during delivery as a pilot project at King Koti Hospital in Hyderabad. The health department also brought in the necessary equipment and gas cylinders.
Arrangements are being made to bring these into use within a day or two. If successful here, it will be made available in all government hospitals across the state, health officials say. Gynecologists say the technology is currently only available in a few major hospitals across the country. Entonox is a gas made up of a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. That is why it is called Entonox Technology. The gas contains equal amounts of oxygen and nitrous oxide.
Pregnant women are told to inhale this gas through a mask or mouthpiece during Labour pains. It starts working within 15 to 20 seconds of being inhaled. Relieves pain for one to two to five minutes. If the pregnant woman inhales the gas again when the pain comes again, another 5 minutes of relief will follow. It is enough to inhale and exhale once in a while when there is a contraction. That is why the pregnant woman is given the option of deciding when and how much gas to inhale. Doctors say that this gas works as a pain killer and anesthetic. And there are no side effects for mother and baby. This will be a very effective way to reduce cesarian deliveries.