Nitrous Oxide for the Management of Labor Pain: A Systematic Review

  title={Nitrous Oxide for the Management of Labor Pain: A Systematic Review},
  author={Frances E. Likis and Jeffrey Campbell Andrews and Michelle R. Collins and Rashonda M Lewis and Jeffrey J Seroogy and Sarah A. Starr and Rachel R. Walden and Melissa McPheeters},
  journal={Anesthesia \& Analgesia},
BACKGROUND:We systematically reviewed evidence addressing the effectiveness of nitrous oxide for the management of labor pain, the influence of nitrous oxide on women’s satisfaction with their birth experience and labor pain management, and adverse effects associated with nitrous oxide for labor pain management. METHODS:We searched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) databases for articles published in English. The study population included… 

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