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153.26 USE OF NITROUS OXIDE.

A podiatrist may use an oxygen-nitrous oxide mixture for sedation or analgesia only under the following conditions:

(1) the patient is not rendered unconscious;

(2) the nitrous oxide concentration is 70 percent of the mixture or less;

(3) the oxygen-nitrous oxide mixture is administered only by nasal inhalator equipped with scavenging system;

(4) an individual other than the attending podiatrist monitors the equipment and the patient during the administration of oxygen-nitrous oxide sedation and is medically directed and supervised by the podiatrist;

(5) the podiatrist and the individual referred to in clause (4) have successfully completed, after December 31, 1986, a course in nitrous oxide sedation approved by a school of podiatric medicine;

(6) the podiatrist and the individual referred to in clause (4) have completed, after December 31, 1986, a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

(7) oxygen-nitrous oxide is not used in conjunction with any other analgesic or sedative; and

(8) the machine used for administering the oxygen-nitrous oxide mixture includes:

(i) an automatic shutoff valve in the event the oxygen concentration is less than three liters per minute;

(ii) an immediately available oxygen flush capability utilizing a positive pressure mask for pure oxygen delivery;

(iii) an automatic control over maximum nitrous oxide concentration which prevents oxygen concentration from falling below 30 percent of the mixture when nitrous oxide flow is maximal; and

(iv) color-coded valves, tanks, and knobs, and pin index and diameter index safety systems.

History:

1990 c 540 s 2