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At least 6.9 lakh patients, including 1 lakh ICU cases, may need oxygen; numbers may go up | India News


BENGALURU: As SOS continues to say about the shortage of oxygen in hospitals across cities, towns and districts across the country, estimates based on the Centre’s plan for the Oxygen Show, to date, could be around 9.9 lakh patients across India. The need for oxygen, including more than 1 million who may need treatment in the ICU.
While all of this does not require an oxygen bed at the same time, experts say it is prudent to plan to supply oxygen oxygen accounts for the upper limit. The Center and the states are conducting mapping exercises to determine the need for oxygen, while cases of states reporting inadequate allocation in the last fortnight have become commonplace.
According to the center, for estimating the required oxygen supply, Strong Group-1 (EG-1) classifies patients into three categories:% 0% of cases that are mild and do not require oxygen; 17% of cases are moderate and can be managed on a non-ICU bed and 3% of cases are severe ICU cases.
For some, the oxygen requirement may be below 10 liters per minute (LPM), while for others it may be 20LPM or more, but in 20% of active cases everyone needs oxygen. Counting people ( See graphic) Oxygen requirement is based on Egg-1 formula till the end of May 3 while there were more than 34 34..4 lakh active cases in India.
The number of people in need of oxygen may be more or less the same, as the situation is dynamic depending on a number of variables, including how poor home monitoring of cases is in many cities or delays in medical intervention due to lack of healthcare infrastructure which worsens mild to moderate cases. There are other unaccountable factors as well.
The Center said: “Based on this classification, the oxygen requirement of the states is being calculated on the basis of active cases, which is about 8,462 MT. Based on the trend of active cases, a “double rate of cases” is calculated for each state, indicating that the number of possible days of covid cases is doubled. The number of active cases is estimated based on the doubling rate and the oxygen requirement is calculated. These estimates change daily based on real-time changes. ”
Given the dynamic situation, this number could increase, for example: As of May 3, there were already 12 states with more than 1 lakh active cases – Maharashtra (6.5 lakh) and Karnataka (4.4 lakh) had the highest number of active cases – and another seven There were over 40,000 active cases in the states, of which more than 3,000,000 are reported.
While cases in Maharashtra and a few more states have begun to decline marginally, lower recovery rates during a massive boom – meaning it will take at least 14 to 21 days for the active case load to subside. By comparison, states like Karnataka and others have seen a significant increase in their active caseloads, which could offset the decline in Maharashtra.

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