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Oct 5, 2021

Oxygen demand up at KHMH

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has had to install an interim oxygen distribution system due to the high demand for oxygen by intensive care patients in  the COVID 19 Unit. The hospital’s main delivery system has been in existence for the past decade. It is a storage and delivery system that supplies oxygen to over two hundred patients throughout the facility. The advent of COVID led to the creation of the COVID Unit, which became an extension of that main delivery system. But, with the Unit operating above capacity for more than three weeks, KHMHA had to modify its system to facilitate patients demand. The Acting CEO at the hospital explained.

 

Timothy Seguro

Timothy Seguro, Acting CEO, KHMHA

“Based on that twenty three bed capacity which we have been surpassing for the past three and a half weeks, the demand or the drawn down on that oxygen has become strenuous for that system, so we basically had to make adaptations to facilitate or to grow along with the patient demand.”

 

Paul Lopez

“So, basically you are saying because of an increase in patients over an extended period, or because of being at capacity over an extended period, the demand has increased on oxygen?”

 

Timothy Seguro

“Yes, and it is the demand overall. However what has created a strain is the number of intensive care patients that are connected to these high flow machines. These machines are being asked to deliver oxygen at a rate of up to eighty litters per minute. That is a very high flow of oxygen. It is not a shortage of oxygen, but the distribution system has become inadequate and we had to modify? It means that we had to put a starter distribution range, or decrease the distribution range. So, it meant that we had to bring those liquid tanks in the hospital in a designated area, apart from where the patient care takes place, but closer to the patient so that the travel time for the oxygen or the restrictions is not as much as before.”

 

Paul Lopez

“Is this as a direct result of the impact of this COVID variant?”

 

Timothy Seguro

“I would not be able to get into any answer or detail on that part of it. Technically speaking, I have seen the demand gone from five or six intensive care patient, to now running up to ten or twelve. Putting five six patients on ventilator, alongside seven or eight patient with high flow. That oxygen demand is immense on the system. So, that is the reason for the modification.”


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