BOC has impressed a Sheffield hospital so much with its ENTONOX delivery systems that it has now been asked to extend its services to other departments.

When the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit (O&G) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust (STH) was replacing its existing ENTONOX® delivery systems, it chose BOC’s range, with its extremely lightweight cylinders and specially designed demand valves.

The performance of the BOC system has persuaded the hospital to extend its use to patients in the Urology unit with other hospital departments also considering it as an option.

Sue Arnold, Healthcare Governance Coordinator for Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Neonatology and Urology at the Trust said, “The BOC system is more comfortable and easier for patients to use. It also has lower maintenance requirement, which makes it good value for money.”

ENTONOX® is a ready to use medical gas mixture consisting of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen for use in all situations where analgesia and sedation with rapid onset and offset is sought – it is widely used in childbirth.

STH O&G uses ENTONOX® both in the wards, where it is supplied through the hospital’s pipelines, and in the community.

When used in the community the ultra-lightweight cylinders with integral valves are ideal, they have to be easy to move and handle.

In both hospital and community situations, women breathe the mixture through BOC’s demand valves, specially designed and manufactured by BPR Carnet®; when these were first trialed in the maternity unit they proved an instant success.

Arnold added, “We have not had a single unit needing to be repaired in the first four months of the contract - that is a marked improvement on the previous system.”

In the home environment, too, the Trust has noticed a significant difference, Arnold said, “The BOC ultra-lightweight cylinders have integral regulators, so our staff do not have to change these when replacing cylinders – they just deliver the new ones and collect the empty ones.”

“Women find them easier and more comfortable to use. They are easier for our staff to administer and with fewer repairs – indeed none so far – our Bio-Medical Engineering Department can focus on other issues. It’s been a win-win situation.”

Arnold has been so pleased with the system she has entered it into the NHS regional Innovation Competition.