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Nitrous Oxide During Labor: Maternal Satisfaction Does Not Depend Exclusively on Analgesic Effectiveness

This study sought to compare the relationship between analgesic effectiveness and patient satisfaction with analgesia in women who delivered vaginally using nitrous oxide, neuraxial analgesia (epidural or combined spinal-epidural CSE), or both (neuraxial after a trial of nitrous oxide). “

    Patients who received nitrous oxide alone were as likely to express satisfaction with anesthesia care

as those who received neuraxial analgesia, even through they were less likely to report excellent analgesia. Although pain relief contributes to the satisfaction with labor analgesia care, our results suggest that analgesia is not the only contributor to maternal satisfaction.” Read the full study here. Study by Michael G. Richardson, MD, Brandon M. Lopez. MD, Curtis L. Baysinger, MD, Matthew S. Shotwell, PhD., and David H. Chestnut, MD from the department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Pain, Pain Relief, Satisfaction and Excellence in Obstetric Anesthesia: A Surprisingly Complex Relationship

It has been stated that “In an era that is increasingly focused on patient-centered care, clinicians seek to understand the ways in which they can effect positive change in the patient’s experiences and outcomes. This is now recognized among the key skills of ‘excellent anesthesiologists'”. As part of a large academic medical center that used a large data set to examine the effectiveness and satisfaction – it was found that among those women who desired to use nitrous oxide, and actually did use it throughout labor and delivery, almost all were highly satisfied, despite only minimum, or in some cases nonexistent, analgesic effectiveness. Read the full editorial here by William Camann, MD, Department of Obstetric Anesthesiology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA.

Laughing gas in labor at Legacy ~ Legacy Salmon Creek offers nitrous oxide to women having babies for pain relief in lieu of other drugs

Women in labor at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center can now find some relief from an unexpected source: laughing gas. Last month, Legacy’s family birth center became the first in Southwest Washington to offer nitrous oxide to pregnant women in labor at the hospital. The nitrous oxide — which is a 50-50 mix with oxygen — can be used from the time the woman is admitted until the baby is born without any negative effects to mom or baby, said Shelora Mangan, clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Salmon Creek. Read more here.

Debridement and Autologous Lipotransfer for Chronic Ulceration of the Diabetic Foot and Lower Limb Improved Wound Healing

“Debridement & Autologous Lipotransfer for Chronic Ulceration of the Diabetic Foot and Lower Limb Improves Wound Healing” study led by Dr. Tilman Stasch examined the results from 26 patients with non-healing wounds that were treated with lipotransfer in addition to debridement. The conclusion is that Autologous fat grafts are able to achieve wound healing in non-healing ulcers of the lower limbs. Read the full study here.

UT Medical Center using Nitrous (Pro-Nox) to help moms get through labor!

“A pain management method that’s more than 100 years old is again becoming a popular choice among women in labor. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, was popular in the 1960’s before the days of epidurals and IV medication.” Read more Here!

The PRO-NOX™ is a pneumatically driven gas system designed to deliver a 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide mixture to adult and pediatric patients for the relief of pain and anxiety in a medical setting.  Learn More Here!

Laughing Through Childbirth: Hospitals Offer Nitrous Oxide To Ease Labor Pains

Ask almost any woman who has experienced labor and delivery and she will likely tell you that despite its purpose it’s no laughing matter.

Now several hospitals in Connecticut hope to reduce some of the painful aspects of childbirth, at least the perception of it, by offering women the option of using a little nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas) to help take the edge off labor pain. Read the full article here.

Daughter Can’t Explain Weight Gain, Then a Doctor Looks at Her Legs to Make Diagnosis of Lipedema

Read about how Emily Bartley was humiliated as a young girl with unexplainable weight gain mainly in her legs, until she met Dr. David Amron who diagnosed her with Lipedema. Lipedema is a fat disorder disease affecting millions of women (and some men) and is a genetic disorder that causes fat to be stored excessively in the legs and sometime arms. Read the full article and view the video here.