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DDU Hospital enhancing oxygen plant capacity

In view of the anticipated third Covid wave, the capacity of the PSA oxygen plant at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital (DDU) here is being enhanced.

“An additional plant of the capacity of 800 litre per minute (LMP) will be installed soon on the hospital premises. At the moment, we have an oxygen plant of 300 LMP. With the additional plant, the capacity will go up to 1,100 LPM,” said DDU MS Dr Ravinder Mokta.

“We have already completed civil and electrical work for the new plant. We are expecting the plant to be installed by mid-September,” said Dr Mokta. With this additional capacity, the hospital’s dependence on oxygen cylinders that are filled in Mandi will reduce significantly. “We will be in a position to supply interrupted oxygen to 60-70 beds after the new plant becomes functional,” said Dr Mokta.

Even though the hospital had 300 LPM plant during the second wave, it was found to be insufficient when the hospital was flooded with patients. The hospital laid out more than 130 beds during the peak of the second wave even though its actual bed capacity was around 90.

“We are planning to enhance the number of beds having piped oxygen connection by around 25-30 beds. We had 90 beds with piped oxygen, we are planning to enhance it to around 115-120 beds,” said Dr Mokta. “Also, we have installed a 10×10 manifold system in addition to the existing 8×8 system,” he said. The Tribune