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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

New ventilators ‘ineffective’ in treating critical patients

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 28

To fight the Covid pandemic, Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) here has received 25 ventilators, while the Civil Hospital has received five under the PM Cares Fund.

Even before the installation of the machines, questions are being raised on their effectiveness. Sources say 10 of the ventilators are of basic nature and may turn out to be “ineffective” in treating critical Covid patients, while the remaining machines are no better. Reason: the machines require humidifiers and other equipment to function. The additional equipment costs about Rs 1 lakh.

A humidifier with a ventilator can make a positive difference to the oxygen therapy facility which saves Covid patients from going on invasive ventilatory support. It is life saving in many cases.

“Of the 30 ventilators, 20 have the high flow of oxygen therapy facility to save Covid patients from going on invasive ventilatory support. But the facility will be available in conjunction with humidifiers and other necessary equipment,” a senior doctor at the KCGMC said.

Another senior doctor said the same model of ventilators had been delivered to other government hospitals and medical colleges.

In Chandigarh, a team of experts reportedly raised questions over the quality of the ventilators in treating critical Covid patients.

“Of the 30 ventilators, 10 are basic ventilators, which are ineffective in treating Covid patients,” a senior doctor said.

The KCGMC Director, Dr Jagdish Dureja, however, said it was early to comment on the efficiency of the ventilators. “The efficiency of the ventilators will be determined once these are installed and put into operation. The state government has ordered more ventilators for the ICU.”

from The Tribune

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