Ammonium Nitrate Medical Grade

Healthcare applications demand high-quality pure products. Ammonium Nitrate is a key component in gas used for anesthetics in surgery and dentistry. Yara has specially developed a medical grade Ammonium Nitrate for gas producers.

Most ammonium nitrate does not meet the quality required for surgical applications, for pharmaceutical use (propellant) or for dental use (dental surgery).  

But as a leading manufacturer of nitrates in the world, Yara has developed a product specifically tailored to the needs of healthcare professionals.  

Uses in the healthcare sector 

Ammonium Nitrate is a key component in the production of nitrous oxide (also known as Dinitrogen moNOxide, N₂O or laughing gas) for healthcare use. Nitrous oxide is used in the health sector around the world as: 

  • Analgesic in surgery and dentistry 
  • Anesthetics in surgery and dentistry 
  • Used as a propellant for drugs packaged in aerosols 
Giuseppe Cilluffo
Giuseppe Cilluffo
Global Product Manager Medical & Electronics

Why choose Yara for high-purity Ammonium Nitrate?

Guaranteed purity

Guaranteed purity

Whether you are a gas supplier or a hospital, you want to be sure of the origin and purity of the product you use. 99.99% pure, Yara’s Ammonium Nitrate Medical Grade meets expectations of the entire value chain in terms of purity, including: 

  • The gas company that transforms Ammonium Nitrate Medical Grade into nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
  • The hospital that uses gas as an analgesic in surgical operations.
  • The pharmaceutical company that uses gas as a propellant for drugs.
  • The patient who inhales the gas before an operation and expects therefore an efficient and high-purity product.

Security of supply

Security of supply

Ammonium Nitrate Medical Grade for our gas industry customers is produced in a number of plants across Europe to ensure continuing supply to our customers worldwide. 

Our comprehensive logistics network around the world ensures reliable delivery when you need it. This means our gas industry customers can be sure of supplying their medical customers reliably too. 

Solid AN Medical Grade option available

Solid AN Medical Grade option available

Solid Ammonium Nitrate is an economical solution and easy to transport. 

Our factory in Rostock (Germany) produces solid Ammonium Nitrate Medical Grade ideally suited for the manufacture of nitrous oxide internationally – including in Asia, Africa and the Americas.  

Given its high level of purity, solid Ammonium Nitrate produced in the Rostock plant, is ideally suited for use in surgical, dental and pharmaceutical industries.  

Trusted by major brands

Trusted by major brands

Yara provides you with ammonium nitrate you can trust thanks to over 100 years of expertise in the nitrogen chemicals industry. This is why major industrial gas companies have chosen Yara’s Ammonium Nitrate for the manufacture of their medical nitrous oxide.  

Yara provides its customers with Ammonium Nitrate Medical Grade in 40 countries around the world.

Safety dos and don'ts for handling and storing

Ammonium Nitrate Medical Grade is not dangerous to handle and cannot ignite or explode spontaneously. If Ammonium Nitrate is exposed to a source of heat or fire, it will decompose and emit toxic fumes. 

Ammonium Nitrate can be stored and used safely if the safety instructions are followed.

Dos Don'ts
  • Always keep a record of what is in storage and have storage instructions readily available.
  • Train workers in safe handling and emergencies.
  • Use first in, first out product movement.
  • Ensure good housekeeping practices.
  • Free access to emergency equipment and escape ways.
  • Get manager's approval for maintenance work, and follow correct procedures.
  • Use only approved electrical equipment.
  • Use safety warning symbols.
  • Label Ammonium Nitrate bags and bins correctly.
  • Make safety inspections regularly.
  • Prevent entry for unauthorized persons.
  • Forbid smoking or use of open fire.
  • Prohibit gas bottles, oil drums and oil tanks, or fuel filling stations in the vicinity of Ammonium Nitrate.
  • Don't use hot wire lamps. Use fluorescence type lamps avoiding contact with Ammonium Nitrate.
  • Don't allow heat sources in contact with Ammonium Nitrate. No hot work unless authorised and done under strict control.
  • Prevent contamination of Ammonium Nitrate with combustible and organic materials, oil and grease, acids and alkalis.
  • Don't use sawdust for drying wet floors, use inert material instead.

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