3 Common Types Of Med Gas

Posted on: 14 October 2019

If you are new to a working at a medical facility then you may not be familiar with all of the tools and supplies that are around you. One of the supplies that doctors' offices and hospitals have on hand is med gas or medical gas. But what exactly is med gas and what is it used for? This article will go over a few of the most common types of med gas and what you need to know about it. Are you ready to learn a little bit more? If so, then read on.

What Kinds of Med Gas Are There? 

The most common types of med gas that you will see inside of a hospital or clinic include the following: 

  1. Oxygen. When a person isn't able to get enough oxygen into their body naturally, they will be hooked up to an oxygen tank that will deliver oxygen into their nose and through their lungs. This type of med gas is life-saving, and hospitals have to keep it in stock at all times so that they can accommodate patients with breathing issues. 
  2. Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is something that a lot of patients are familiar with at the dentist because it's used while a cavity is filled. However, this type of med gas is most commonly used inside of hospitals. This type of med gas is great because it helps alleviate pain and discomfort in patients who are undergoing a surgery or procedure. Plus, the great thing about nitrous oxide is that it allows patients to be in a sort of anesthetic state without being under general anesthesia which sometimes has its own health risks. 
  3. Liquid Nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen is used in hospitals in procedures like cryotherapy and to help store cells and tissues. During a procedure like cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze parts of the skin to kill off those cells. For instance, in patients who have a precancerous mole, liquid nitrogen may be used to freeze it off. 

These are three different types of medical gas that are used in hospitals and clinics around you. By understanding what they are used for, it can make you a better hospital worker and can help you assist doctors and nurses a little bit better as well. Just remember that much like any other medical supply, only medical professionals should be handling and administering med gas