http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/news/Castle-Hill-hospital-worker-suspended-laughing-gas-abuse/article-1491641-detail/article.html DONT DO IT FOLKS - it ain't worth it! A HOSPITAL worker was found lying unconscious in a pool of his own urine after spending two days inhaling nitrous oxide. Jason Warner was on call at Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, when he repeatedly abused the drug â also known as laughing gas â which is used to anaesthetise patients. A hearing in London was told Mr Warner, a former medic in the Armed Forces, took the drug when he could have been called to assist in life-saving operations. As reported on the Mail's website yesterday, the Health Professionals Council â a health professions regulator â was told he had resorted to abusing the gas to deal with personal problems. Sophie Kemp, for the council, said Mr Warner, an operating department practitioner (ODP) at the hospital since February 2007, was on duty over the weekend of July 26 and 27 last year. After finishing his scheduled work at 2pm on the Saturday, he went into the cardiothoracic theatre at the hospital to abuse the gas, the council heard. It was not until Monday morning that a fellow ODP, Jackie Crow, discovered Mr Warner unconscious and "in a pool of his own urine in the theatre, with anaesthetics circuitry held to his mouth". "She saw him propped against the wall with the nitrous oxide against his mouth or nose," said Ms Kemp. "She pulled the circuitry off and, at that point, she could smell the gas." She and a male colleague helped him to the men's toilets to change into a fresh surgery gown before being admitted to A&E. Mr Warner later told hospital investigators he recognised he was developing an addiction to nitrous oxide. "He admitted it gave him a feeling of euphoria and he had experienced hallucinations during the course of that experience," Ms Kemp said. "It appears he was fully aware of what he was doing and had his own strategy for dealing with the on-call situation. "If caught on call having abused the gas, he would flush it out using 100 per cent oxygen. The panel may consider this suggests significant planning." Mr Warner admitted to abusing the gas five or six times over the previous month, although he said it had always been after work and he had not previously done so while on call. Lesley Gratrix, then service manager for theatres at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Castle Hill, said Mr Warner was on 24-hour call to assist an anaesthetist in case of an emergency operation. The hearing was told that, had an emergency taken place, he was the only ODP on call. Mr Warner said: "That event I found a life-changing experience, because I realised at that time I needed help. I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. "While I appreciate the realistic outcome of my actions could be catastrophic to me, I feel my coping strategies are now good. "I know in myself I can work in the vicinity of nitrous oxide and I will never abuse it again." Mr Warner "absolutely" accepted the allegations of misconduct and that his use of the gas constituted a risk to patients and brought his profession into disrepute. He said: "The first time I did it [took the drug at work], I thought after, 'What the hell am I doing?' "But the more I went downhill personally, the less I regarded the risk to the patients." He also told the panel he felt isolated at work after hearing a rumour he had been "helping myself" to controlled drugs. Mr Warner was dismissed by the hospital in November last year and has since worked as health care assistant for an agency. Amanda Hart, representing Mr Warner, told the hearing he had a history of "relatively minor substance abuse", including cannabis and other recreational drugs, and "a couple of incidents of alcohol abuse". She said Mr Warner had "rehabilitated himself in relation to the incident" and was "unlikely to go back to substance or drink abuse". She said the events had been a "huge wake-up call", adding: "This is not a sudden change of heart, but a long road that he has travelled and no doubt will continue to travel for the rest of his life." The panel chairman, Ian Griffiths, said, although Mr Warner was a man of previous good character, his misconduct had put patients at risk and he would be barred from practising for a year.