Raipur, 25 July. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur is all set to set up the largest Oxygen plant in any hospital in Chhattisgarh. The new facility will enable AIIMS to meet the emergency requirement of oxygen in the future, especially if there is any third wave of COVID-19. AIIMS also installed and started using 30 high-end ventilators in different ICUs for COVID and non-COVID patients.
AIIMS already has its dedicated oxygen plant with 30,000 liters per minute capacity. It is a primary source of oxygen supply in different wards. Apart from it, a 98 cylinder bank is working as a secondary source of oxygen supply. With the help of PM Care Funds, AIIMS has installed another PSA plant on the Campus. The plant is based on the Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) technique and will work as a tertiary source of oxygen. The plant has been installed with the help of DRDO and NHAI.
AIIMS Director, Prof. (Dr.) Nitin M. Nagarkar said that AIIMS-R utilized around 5000 liters per minute capacity during the peak of COVID cases. ‘The plant has been installed in mission mode approach within a very short period. This will add to the existing capacity of the oxygen generation plant. We are hopeful that new capacity will be sufficient to deal with the expected influx of COVID patients during the third wave if any, he said.
The new plant will absorb the oxygen from the air and supply it to different wards through the existing network of oxygen supply pipelines. The plant is one of the largest PSA plants in the State. AIIMS also received 30 high-end Hamilton ventilators from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. All ventilators have been installed in different ICUs. Now, AIIMS has 155 ventilators for severe patients.