Sadly for Irish fans and for the man himself, Robbie Henshaw appeared to do serious damage to his shoulder in the act of scoring a try in Ireland’s comfortable win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium.
After being treated on the pitch the Irish centre walked off, clutching his damaged arm in a makeshift sling. Henshaw could be seen inhaling some kind of substance from a pipe as he exited the pitch.
While for medical professionals it needs no explaining, for others sitting at home it was a point of discussion.
While commentator Martin Gillingham erroneously suggested it was oxygen, it was in fact a substance called methoxyflurane, which goes under the brand name of Penthrox.
Penthrox is an inhalational anaesthetic, which basically means it’s a breathable pain reliever, which is used to relieve acute pain at short notice. Many who have broken bones on a rugby pitch will have felt, or rather not felt, it’s anaesthetic effect.
A number of medics were quick to point it out on Twitter, including paramedic Ash Brownett.
6 nations Irish medical team using Penthrox (methoxyflurane) for Henshaw’s shoulder injury.
Such a shame we no longer have this drug in my service. More of a problem for our non qualified staff only having access to tablet and entonox for analgesia #penthrox #analgesia #6nations pic.twitter.com/32We954kZT
— Ash Brownett (@AshBrownett) February 10, 2018
The Ireland team continue to await news regarding Henshaw’s condition. He will be scanned today.
“We’ll know post a scan tomorrow [Sunday],” said Schmidt in a news conference. “We’ve got a scan booked for him.
“He looked in a fair bit of discomfort coming off. He’s a lot more comfortable now, which is promising, but what’s not promising is the degree of discomfort he was in.
“We’ll have an update hopefully later once he’s had that scan.”
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