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New Guidelines for Optimal Use of O2

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Awareness boards mentioning “Do not waste oxygen” must be prominently displayed in wards.

‘In zone 1 patient, who don’t require oxygen has to be admitted; in zone two patients with 1 to 5 liters of oxygen requirement are admitted; and in zone three, patients with 6 to 10 liters of oxygen to be injured; in zone four patients who require 11 to 15 liters of oxygen are injured; and in zone five patients who need 15 liters of oxygen be injured. ‘

High flow nasal cannula devise which consumes enormous amount of oxygen must be used only in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and oxygen can be turned off when not in use.

Attendants are to be discouraged from entering the wards and taking the oxygen flow, according to the guidelines which also stressed on the importance of medical professionals to be custodians of managing oxygen levels.

Across Tamil Nadu, people are witnessing huge lines of ambulances with patients who require oxygen administration and who don’t get oxygen beds. Several NGOs and industries have joined hands together to provide oxygen in novel measures like “Oxygen Pandal” and “Oxygen Buses” to help people get oxygen even before being treated in hospitals.

Source: IANS

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