Coronavirus: lung infection increases oxygen consumption by two-fold
In Uttar Pradesh, the oxygen demand has increased by one to two and a half times due to continuous increase in the number of coronavirus patients and infections in their lungs and difficulty in breathing. Oxygen consumption is increasing due to the practice of putting more patients on ventilators and reducing mortality. At the same time, the use of high flow nozzle candula machine in place of ventilator has reduced mortality, although the consumption of oxygen is increasing. It consumes 50 to 60 liters of oxygen per minute.
The number of coronavirus patients in the state has reached beyond three lakh 30 thousand. On an average, 6,500 to 7,000 new patients are coming to the state every day. Among these, more serious patients are getting lung infections. State's Additional Chief Secretary Medical Education Dr. Rajneesh Dubey informed that more and more infected people are being put on ventilators to protect the lives of patients. The oxygen which was being consumed on August 1 has now been increased by one and a half times. One of the main reasons for this is the high flow nozzle candula machine.Through this, the death rate has been reduced from 1.44 to 1.42, which is the lowest in the country.
Where 3000 to 3500 cylinders were required daily in Lucknow, now 1500 more cylinders are being installed everyday. According to Drug Inspector Brijesh Kumar of Food and Drug Administration Department, serious patients of covid19 have increased. This has also led to an increase in oxygen consumption. The same situation is there in Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Prayagraj. Even in these districts, consumption of oxygen in covid19 hospitals has increased with increasing number of patients, but despite this there is no such thing as oxygen shortage.