Expert committee finds excess use of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients in Karnataka

South India

Amid surge in demand for oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients in Karnataka, the clinical expert committee has found that there is non-judicious and excessive use of oxygen therapy without proper monitoring. 


The revelation is part of a circular released by the Health Department.

“Excessive use besides having deleterious health effects is resulting in the wastage of precious resources leading to a shortage of the commodity and waste of money. The Clinical Expert Committee has considered it necessary to issue guidelines for judicious use of oxygen,” the circular read.

Meanwhile, Karnataka government on Friday issued guidelines for the usage of oxygen after an expert committee ruled that there was excessive use of oxygen as a treatment for COVID-19 patients.

In a letter issued yesterday, Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, said:

“There is an unprecedented surge in the demand of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients.The clinical expert committee has conducted an analysis of the usage of oxygen”.

"Excessive usage, besides having deleterious health effects, is resulting in the wastage of a precious resource leading to a shortage of the commodity and waste of money," the letter added. 

In Karnataka 7,571 new COVID-19 cases were reported during the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 2,64,546.

Meanwhile, 6,561 COVID patients recovered from the disease from various hospitals in the State and the total recovery has gone up to 1,76,942.  

As many as 93 people lost their life during this period and the total number of death toll has risen to 4,522. 

Meanwhile, 83,066 active COVID patients are under treatment in the State among them 698 are in ICU.

With inputs from Agency

Imame credit: Bllomberg Quint

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