Medical Carbon Dioxide

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As a gas, medical carbon dioxide is a respiratory stimulant and is used together with medical oxygen to stimulate breathing response.

As a solid (also called dry ice), carbon dioxide may be used:

  • In tissue freezing techniques
  • For assessment of tooth sensitivity

We offer medical carbon dioxide in a variety of cylinders sizes to meet the needs of your facility.

Item NumberItem Capacity
'CH' Cylinder
Carbon Dioxide Product Information
IndicationsAs an anaesthetic supplement in various clinical circumstances to maintain optimum blood carbon levels, facilitate blind intubation and rapidly increase depth of anaesthesia with volatile agents. As a respiratory stimulant after apnoea of after relief of chronic respiratory obstruction. To prevent hypocapnia during hyperventilation. Use in clinical and physiological investigations including use as insufflation gas.
ContraindicationCarbon dioxide should not be used in acidosis, in respiratory obstruction and during resuscitation
Method of Administration For respiratory use at concentrations of 5% or less, except for certain investigations where concentration may exceed 5%. Also 100% carbon dioxide may be used for insufflation.
Adverse Effects (extract) Cardiac dysrhythmias have been reported in patients undergoing laparoscopy as a result of high blood carbon dioxide levels. Cardiac arrest due to gas embolism has been reported.
Interactions with other Medicines Carbon dioxide interacts with anaesthetic agents when the concentration is raised and gives rise to cardiac dysrhythmias. It also interacts with adrenergic substances (e.g. adrenaline). Carbon dioxide, by altering pH, influences uptake, distribution and action of many drugs including neuromuscular blocking agents and hypotensive agents.
Product Information Please review Product Information before prescribing. Available from Air Liquide Healthcare or downloaded from the TGA Public Information website eBS

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Resources

  • Safety Data Sheet: Carbon Dioxide (Compressed)

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