Post Mortem

Concerns on medical oxygen supply system

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/31/2019 12:48:37 PM IST

 The significance of oxygen remains unequivocal since its inception. Sturdy layers of atmosphere, that wraps the face of earth, constitutes of several gases which represents the dynamic nature of earth. 21% of Oxygen (O2) present in the air renders an indispensable source for so many forms of organisms oriented from a metabolic process. Oxygen is a gas that exhibits intense reducing behavior and indicates exceptional degree of friendliness to associate with different molecules in atmosphere, which influence the survival story of entire flora and fauna.

Nevertheless, it’s imperative potential to naturally emerge on its own, clouds the crux of its importance and rip the principles of preservation, conservation and protection of the most manipulative gas in atmosphere. Oxygen consumption vary from the state of condition, to the degree of requirement and the paradigm shift, in more critical accumulation, is primarily intrigued by miscarriage human spills daily for circumstantial satisfaction. 

Global warming is constantly rising and greenhouse gases shrinks oxygen space and compromise with our breathing habits. Intrusion in healthy habitat of oxygen realm creates immediate repercussions on existing species and its ecosystem.  

These causes concerns to those who notice these threats! Yet, fails to pay attention to these seen and unseen phenomenon. The domain relies on individual capacity to create awareness and wake the watchdog, to the least.

The context of global concern on oxygen disparity, at different level, also represents spellbinding image on how Medical Oxygen Supply System at different health institution functions. Healthcare Sector consumes colossal amount of generated oxygen on daily basis, depending on the standard of demands. 

The requirement for medically prescribed oxygen surpasses the availability of oxygen for medical use in the North-eastern States. The reason being, remaining States, except Assam, is cajoled by the pretext of irrational factors on grounds of incompetence to generate medical oxygen. Unfortunately, every North-eastern States are required to travel from different directions of geographic demarcations to fetch their share for respective use. This tradition of dependency, regardless of multiple possibilities in technologies and innovations, have to be looked up with serious prospect in terms of patient friendly products and unnecessary financial losses. The nature of being self-sufficient is paralyzed with pseudo-dogmas on certain grounds of inadequacy at different level. Since 1980s, Medical Oxygen generators have been in use on-premises all over the world and offer hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities a reliable, uninterrupted source of Oxygen. Biomedical staffs no longer have to worry about constantly ordering cylinders or their liquid tanks going empty. The best part of producing oxygen on-premises helps the hospital tremendously in the long run. 

The next questions comes in mind, is the oxygen produced on-site pure and same as the Cylinder Oxygen? The technology used by Oxygen Generator is PSA (Pressure Swing Absorption) technology. It’s been in use since 1970s and is a very matured and established technology qualifying all the standards assigned by the World Health Organization.

Are there any commercial benefits of Oxygen Generator in Hospitals?  In most cases, the simplest answer would be, Yes. Barring large cities with abundant cylinder suppliers, the cylinder costs are quite exorbitant which could drain any medical facilities or hospital’s finances on monthly basis. Furthermore, to avoid having the cylinders go empty in the middle of the night, operators don’t usually wait for cylinders to get empty before changing them prior to night shifts. This means, the unused oxygen is returned to the merchant though it’s been paid for. Besides commercial benefits, what are the other benefits?

 Safety: Oxygen generator produces gas at a very low pressure and also keeps a small amount of backup in certified storage tanks. Hence, the risk of oxygen combustion is minimized. 

Space: Oxygen generator take up very little space. 

Administrative burden reduction: Cylinders requires constant reordering. Once it’s received, they need to be weighed and quantities verified. All of these administrative burdens are eliminated with on-site oxygen generator.

Nagaland has around 130 primary health centers, 28 community health center and 11 district hospitals which requires an urgent concern relating Medical Oxygen Supply System. It’s time we do away with stiff and rigid systems, with the help of advanced technologies, to promote flexibility in health care curriculum and embrace the speed of good life saving medical oxygen plants in our hospitals and relent revenue wastage from future dependence.

Kivika T Awomi

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