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Shortage of anaesthetic gas at UHWI being addressed, says health ministry

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 3:56 PM

The Ministry of Health says the shortage of the anaesthetic gas, nitrous oxide, at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) should be alleviated by tomorrow.

Nitrous oxide produces a light anaesthesia on its own that is frequently added to an IV anaesthetic or another inhalational anaesthetic.

It can reduce the dose requirement for other drugs.

In the case of dental procedures, it may only be added to a local anaesthetic.

The health ministry says the UHWI has been receiving assistance with supplies of the gas from the Kingston Public Hospital.

The ministry says it has been informed that the UHWI's supplier has the product on the island and will start distribution between today and tomorrow.

The health ministry says there is no wide-scale shortage of nitrous oxide at the island’s public hospitals.

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