"Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain" A Patient Information Sheet Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • DeLeon, Kathryn Megan
    • Affiliation: School of Nursing
  • In recent years, more hospitals nationally are offering nitrous oxide as an option to relieve labor pain. Due to a history of limited use of nitrous oxide in the United States, pregnant women may be less informed regarding this option, creating a need for better availability of educational material on this topic. During my Maternal-Newborn clinical rotation I cared for a woman in active labor who desired to use nitrous oxide for pain relief. The patient was provided with educational material to read prior to the use of the gas. She encountered difficulty processing the information while in active labor and remained confused during the administration process. My concern upon witnessing the patient’s struggle fueled a desire to improve the experiences of future patients seeking to use nitrous oxide. I recognized that a simple, bulleted, organized, and concise sheet providing background information, step-by-step instructions for use, and safety considerations may aid women in using this form of labor analgesia. Information gathered from a literature review on nitrous oxide for labor pain and patient education was used to create a written information sheet designed to increase health literacy for those planning to give birth in a hospital in the Southeastern United States. The purpose of the product “Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain” is to provide a quality educational tool to empower laboring women to make informed decisions, resulting in greater patient autonomy and satisfaction with care.
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  • Dix, Dusty
  • Bachelor of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 30 p.

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