Covid-19: BMC frames procedure to prevent oxygen-related emergencies

by Web Desk | Published: 23-04-2021

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Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the use and maintenance of oxygen in Covid-19 hospitals in Mumbai due to lack of oxygen.  BMC said the new SOP was issued to prevent oxygen shortages in the city.


According to the new guidelines, the chief engineers of BMC's mechanical and electrical (M&E) departments will prepare a data sheet with ward - wise details of all private Covid - 19 hospitals, their oxygen suppliers and the cylinders in their possession. BMC said the information will be made available in BMC's ward wards and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hospitals must raise the demand for oxygen from suppliers at least 24 hours before their stocks run out. 


If there is no supply even within 16 hours of the request, the hospital ward control room should be notified.  Officers in the ward control room will follow the supplier and make sure the delivery is on time.  If oxygen is not delivered within 2 hours, officials will notify the FDA control room,”the new SOP said. Deputy Municipal (Special) Commissioner Sanjog Kabre, Chief Engineer Krishna Parekar, Executive Engineer Sanjay Shinde, Medical Officer.


These officials were tasked with ensuring that all hospitals comply with the new guidelines. The SOP says that if oxygen cannot be obtained from the suppliers, the ward control room authorities will coordinate with the nodal officers assigned for the supply of oxygen and provide oxygen to the hospitals in need. The procedure also contains detailed information on what to do if the supplier fails to deliver the oxygen well within the stipulated time. The government has asked all ward offices, health departments and hospitals to strictly adhere to these procedures. Officers in ward control rooms will contact hospitals and keep a tab on oxygen supply and use.  

Officials have been asked to contact all the assistant municipal commissioners in the wards and the hospitals in their wards,”the SOP said.  BMC has issued new guidelines following two major incidents in which hospitals had to transfer patients to other hospitals due to lack of oxygen.  Earlier this week, BMC had to deliver oxygen to a hospital in Ghatkopar, and other Covid-19 patients were transferred from six civilian hospitals due to supply problems to other hospitals.