COVID-19: Understanding the distinction between oxygen concentrator and oxygen cylinder

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It has been a yr because the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, however at this level, the nation is experiencing the worst section which accounts for the second wave. With over 4 lakh instances being reported every day over the previous few days, the second wave has hit India like a storm.

“Whereas greater than 1.36 crore individuals have recovered, over 24 lakh persons are nonetheless struggling, with a few of them getting therapy on the hospitals, whereas some are underneath house isolation,” shared Dr Tushar Tayal, division of inside medication, CK Birla Hospital, Gurgaon.

There was an elevated demand for oxygen due to a spike within the variety of extreme COVID-19 instances. Whereas a big inhabitants is queuing up outdoors hospital premises, there are a number of sufferers who’re getting themselves handled at house, respiration with the assistance of oxygen concentrators and cylinders.

“Concentrators work like an oxygen cylinder, supplying oxygen by way of using masks or nasal tubes. Nevertheless, cylinders want refilling, whereas oxygen concentrators can work 24×7 utilizing electrical energy,” defined Dr Tayal.

There are two kinds of oxygen concentrators. These are particularly steady circulate and pulse. Whereas a steady circulate oxygen concentrator offers the identical circulate of oxygen in a minute till it’s been turned off, pulse dose identifies the affected person’s respiration sample and provides out oxygen when it detects inhalation.

“Oxygen concentrators are moveable and easy-to-carry options to large cylinders,” added the physician. Nevertheless, one must take be aware that the concentrators will not be the best choice for these affected by extreme comorbidities and issues as a result of they’ll solely present 5-10 litres of oxygen per minute, which will not be sufficient for sufferers who’ve extreme issues.

“Oxygen assist could be initiated both with an oxygen cylinder or oxygen concentrator when the oxygen saturation drops under 92 per cent” stated Dr Tayal.

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Nevertheless, in case of worsening medical situation with fall in saturation regardless of oxygen assist, the affected person ought to be instantly hospitalised, he stated.

Tricks to be rigorously adopted to make sure security:

*Proceed to put on masks correctly

*Keep away from crowded locations

*Keep away from badly ventilated or closed areas

*Keep hand hygiene. Often use sanitiser and/or cleaning soap and water

*Keep away from touching eyes, mouth, nostril with unwashed fingers

*Observe correct social distancing norms

*Often clear and disinfect ceaselessly touched surfaces

*Search psychological assist for stress or nervousness

It’s endorsed and inspired that eligible individuals should get themselves vaccinated as quickly as attainable and in case of any doubts, please attain out to a medical skilled.

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