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9% HELIM/35% OXYGEN/NITROGEN MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE

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9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen
Medical Gas Mixture
Medicinal gas, compressed
Package Leaflet: Information for the User
2. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE USE
9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen
Medical Gas Mixture
Helium 9%, Oxygen 35%, Nitrogen 56%
Medicinal gas, compressed

This medicinal gas mixture is only given to you in a
hospital or clinic under the supervision of a healthcare
professional. Ensure that your healthcare professional is
aware of any medical conditions that you may have.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
using this medicine.
- Keep this leaflet as you may need to read it again.
- If you have further questions, ask your healthcare
professional (doctor, nurse or pharmacist).
- This medicine has been prescribed for you.
- Do not pass it on to others as it may harm them, even
if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If any of the side effects become serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your healthcare professional immediately.

Take special care when using this medicinal gas mixture
if:

This leaflet gives you information about:
1. What is 9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen Medical
Gas Mixture and what is it used for
2. Things to consider before use
3. How to use 9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen Medical
Gas Mixture
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further Information

• you have accidentally taken Paraquat (a type of
weed killer), advise your healthcare professional
before using this medicinal gas mixture, as there is a
possibility of toxic effects to the lungs
Taking other medicines
If you have been taking or prescribed Bleomycin
(to treat cancer) Amiodarone (to treat an irregular
heartbeat) or Nitrofurantoin and similar antibiotics (to treat
infection), advise your healthcare professional before
using this medicinal gas mixture, as there is a possibility of
toxic effects to the lungs.
Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
This medicinal gas mixture will not affect you or your
baby if used during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding.
Driving and using machines

You may drive and use machines after using this
medicinal gas mixture providing that your healthcare
1. WHAT IS 9% HELIUM/35% OXYGEN/NITROGEN MEDICAL professional considers that your are both fit and capable.
GAS MIXTURE AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR
9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen Medical Gas Mixture
is a medicinal gas mixture, supplied in cylinders filled to
a high pressure.
This medicinal gas mixture is used for testing the
performance of your lungs and is only used in hospital in
conjunction with specialised lung function testing
equipment
The gas mixture helps to check if your lungs are working
properly.

3. HOW TO USE 9% HELIUM/35% OXYGEN/NITROGEN
MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE
Instructions for use
Your healthcare professional will ensure that this
medicinal gas mixture is suitable for your use and that the
equipment has been set up correctly so that you receive
the right amount of gas.
When you are given this medicinal gas mixture it will be
supplied via a facemask or a mouthpiece with a nose
clip placed over your nose.
If you have any further questions on how this product is
used, ask your healthcare professional.

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9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen Medical Gas Mixture Medicinal gas, compressed Package Leaflet: Information for the User

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The shoulder of the cylinders are colour coded light blue.
The body is colour coded light green.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
There are no side effects with this medicinal gas mixture
when used for the short duration of your lung function
test.
However, should you experience any undesirable effects
during or after administration of this medicinal gas
mixture, contact your healthcare professional
immediately.
5. HOW TO STORE

Shoulder of cylinders
viewed from above

Body of cylinder types
viewed from the side

Expiry date
This medicinal gas mixture should not be used after the
expiry date stated on the batch label on the cylinder.

This medicinal gas mixture should be used in strict rotation so
that cylinders with the earliest filling date are used first.
All cylinders require separate pressure regulators to be
fitted to the cylinder valves before use.
Cylinder storage
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Cylinders should be securely stored, in a well ventilated,
BOC Ltd
dry and clean area, away from oils, greases, flammable
The Priestley Centre
materials and sources of extreme temperature.
10 Priestley Road
The healthcare professional in the hospital or clinic will be
responsible for making sure the cylinders are stored correctly The Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
DO NOT SMOKE or have a naked flame near your
GU2 7XY
cylinder. The oxygen within the mixture will make
a flame burn much more violently.
Tel 0800 111333
NEVER use oil based moisturising creams with your
This leaflet was last approved in
cylinder equipment.
03/2012
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What this medicinal gas mixture contains
Your cylinder contains a compressed medical gas mixture
made up of 9% Helium, 35% Oxygen and 56% Nitrogen.
There are no other ingredients.
Medicinal gas mixture cylinders
This medicinal gas mixture is supplied in the following
size cylinders:
Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

AV

1310

L

6550

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