Ventilators to be used instead of HFNO to reduce oxygen demand: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

Ventilators to be used instead of HFNO to reduce oxygen demand: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*
   

*Ventilators to be used instead of HFNO to reduce oxygen demand: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

*CCTVs to be installed in all Covid hospitals*

*Bengaluru, May 11, Tuesday*

To reduce the increasing demand of oxygen, ventilators will be used instead of HFNO, said Health and Medical Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.

Speaking to media after chairing a VC with DHOs, District Surgeons, Deans and Director of Medical Colleges and Super Speciality Hospitals in all districts, Minister said that patients with moderate symptoms need about 20-60 litres of oxygen per minute. So we have to find ways to reduce dependence on oxygen and hence we are trying to utilize NIV ventilators as an alternative which is more effective. This will reduce the oxygen demand by 80% and all patients in HFNO will be be shifted to ventilator beds, explained the Minister.

As a result of continuous efforts to ramp up health infrastructure, since last 6-8 months, 50 oxygenated beds have been set up in every Taluk Hospital. We also have about 6 ventilators in each Talk Hospital. However due to lack of specialist manpower, oxygen is being used inspite of availability of ventilators. To address this issue we are recruiting anaesthetists, doctors on contract basis. All Covid hospitals have been asked to install CCTV cameras within a week. This will help remote monitoring and also ensure efficient use of beds, Minister said 

Fatality rate is high in some districts and we are finding out reasons for this. Early detection and treatment is the key to recovery and prevent causalities. The positivity rate in state is 33.09% and our aim is to bring it down to 5%, he added.