I hereby authorize Brett Kotlus M.D. and staff to provide me with Nitrous Oxide through the PRO-NOX system for the purpose of pain and anxiety control during my procedure.
PRO-NOX is a self-administered (under the supervision of medically trained staff), quick onset, fixed 50% nitrous and 50% oxygen pain management system with short duration of effect. It is generally metabolized and “out of your system” (you are back to normal) within minutes of discontinuing, and therefore you are able to regain complete mental and physical function quickly and drive home.
The risks and benefits of inhaled nitrous oxide for pain and anxiety control have been explained to me as have alternative forms of pain control options. Although no complications have been reported with this device and type of analgesia, the risks could include headache, euphoria, decreased mental and physical awareness and control, device malfunction (never reported) and potential overdose, failure of effect, and other unforeseen problems. We have never seen any of these problems but are required to disclose them.
I understand that some possible side effects of nitrous oxide include: dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, and unsteadiness. I understand that I should wait 10 minutes after the last use of nitrous oxide before driving a car or operating any type of machinery.
I understand that using nitrous oxide may make me unsteady and that if need to get off the procedure table, I will do so only with assistance.
I agree to hold the mouthpiece and inhale the nitrous oxide/oxygen gas mix without assistance from others and only as needed through the procedure to maintain my comfort level.
I understand that nitrous oxide has been safely used throughout the world for pain and anxiety management for many decades, and continues to be used worldwide today. I also understand that the risks for nitrous oxide use are the same risks that exist for virtually all other pain-relieving medications that I may choose to use during my procedure.
I understand, agree to the above, and wish to use the PRO-NOX nitrous oxide system during my procedure and consent to the self-administration of the gas provided to me by the medical director and their medically trained staff members.
I understand from Brett Kotlus M.D. and staff that there are several contraindications for use of Nitrous Oxide through the PRO-NOX system. They are listed below.
- Hypersensitivity to nitrous oxide mixtures
- Head injuries with impaired consciousness
- Maxillofacial injuries
- Artificial, traumatic or spontaneous pneumothorax
- Air embolism
- Middle ear occlusion, ear infection
- Eye Surgery with intra-ocular gas injection within the last 6 weeks
- Decompression sickness
- Severe abdominal distension secondary to intra-abdominal air / intestinal obstruction
- Inability to follow directions
- Inability to hold own delivery device (mouthpiece or mask)
I acknowledge that I do not have any of these conditions and consent to the use of Pro-Nox for my procedure today and in the future.