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Logo of procrsmedFormerly medchtJournal of the Royal Society of MedicineProceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine
 
Proc R Soc Med. 1937 May; 30(7): 891–894.
PMCID: PMC2075890

Vinyl Ether for Dental Anæsthesia

(Section of Odontology)

Abstract

Properties: Vinyl ether, CH2:CH2:O:CH2:CH2, a volatile liquid. Lipoidsoluble but highly inflammable.

Toxicity.—Has little effect on liver function; overdoses produce respiratory paralysis, but not cardiac paralysis.

Indications.—Replaces ethyl chloride for short operations, and can be added to gas and oxygen instead of ether or chloroform. Is a safe and portable anæsthetic for the general practitioner.

Administration.—Open method convenient, but not very satisfactory, a closed method produces better anæsthesia. Special inhaler described and illustrated.

Vinyl ether is obtainable in ampoules of 3 c.c., a sufficient quantity for the average case.

Induction is rapid; signs of anæsthesia described. Patient's colour remains excellent.

Apparatus required when vinyl ether is to be added to gas-and-oxygen.

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