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Study Shows Nitrous Oxide Decreases Pain for Women in Labor at Any Altitude

CU College of Nursing study is first to evaluate pain relief gas at sea level and high altitudes

Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date October 13, 2021

AURORA, Colo. (October 6, 2021) – A notable study compared nitrous oxide use for pain relief during labor at institutions located at sea level versus high altitude. To date, no other publication has evaluated the impact of altitude when administering nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor. The study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, with obstetric anesthesiologist, Cristina Wood, MD as lead author, found the gas is safe to use for pain and relaxation for women in labor whether they live in Florida or Colorado.

Read full press release: Nitrous Oxide Labor PR 100621

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