Tiruchi Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital has recently installed a new 350-litre Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plant. While this plant will be able to supply oxygen for up to 150 beds, civil work to install two more such plants are underway, said the hospital.
The PSA plant, a special oxygen production unit, will augment the oxygen capacity at the hospital. Similar plants have been installed at Perambalur District Headquarters Hospital and Nagapattinam District Headquarters Hospital.
This plant, erected near the Ophthalmology Department, has been donated by a business establishment in Coimbatore and costs around ₹50 lakh, a hospital official said. It will provide oxygen to the two adjacent blocks.
Meanwhile, work to install a 1,000-litre capacity PSA plant to supply oxygen to 600 beds at the Super Speciality Block is also underway. “Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is manufacturing this plant,” the doctor said.
A third plant, also of 350-litre capacity, will come up next to the Maternity and Labour ward. The hospital is also creating a triage centre wherein patients’ vitals can be checked immediately, following which they can be sent to designated wards. Civil work for it, including constructing a temporary shed, is underway.
“During the peak of the second wave, we had to call up doctors in charge at various wards to check for the vacancy of beds, and patients had to wait till then. In this triage ward, they will get a bed, and even get oxygen from the PSA plant while waiting to get admitted in the ward,” he said. In case the number of cases does not increase to that level, it can be utilised as a post-COVID Care Centre, he added.