“The number of non-COVID patients has gone down. Only those who require emergency treatments are coming to hospitals. When there is an oxygen situation, it affects the entire hospital. However, the oxygen dependency is quite low for the non-COVID patients than the patients in the COVID area,” she stated.
Dr Umar Zahoor, head of the emergency division on the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, stated they cease the provision of oxygen to patients who can survive with out the life-saving gasoline for a number of hours in such a disaster state of affairs.
“From COVID to myocardial infarction, brain stroke — everybody in a real emergency needs oxygen. There might be deaths due to non-availability of oxygen. There are patients who require less oxygen, so we have stopped the supply to those who can survive. If they have an oxygen saturation level of 88-90 per cent without oxygen support and it goes up to 98 with oxygen support, we give them a break. We have to give them the break to see if the lungs can be supportive,” he stated.
The hospital has 170 COVID patients and 30 non-COVID patients and virtually 90 per cent of the patients are on oxygen support.
Alisha Gandhi of the Gandhi Hospital stated they’ve a 60:40 ratio of COVID and non-COVID patients. She stated giving oxygen is one line of remedy and when a disaster arises, the medical workers go for different strains of remedy.