High flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Devices have been donated by Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway on behalf of SCRSA to Dr. Prasanna Kumar, Principal Chief Medical Director (PCMD), South Central Railway. These units are very useful for treating COVID patients suffering with respiratory infection. South Central Railway Sports Association (SCRSA) has donated 04 such equipments for the use of COVID treatment at Central Hospital, Lallaguda.
A 110-beds capacity special COVID Ward has been setup at Central Railway Hospital, Lallaguda with necessary infrastructure for treating both serving & retired railway employees and their dependents. Necessary treatment has been started for Corona patients having mild/very mild symptoms based on the advisory by the State Government. While the Hospital already had provision of ventilators for providing oxygen for COVID patients with respiratory infection, it was felt that the High flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Devices will further strengthen the facilities at the Hospital.
Accordingly, the South Central Railway Sports Association (SCRSA) took the initiative of procuring four units of these equipment and have donated them to the Central Hospital, Lallaguda. These units are useful in early treatment of COVID patients who require regular flow of oxygen.
The main features &benefits of the device are as under-
· High Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Therapy is carried out using an oxygen blender, active humidifier, single heated tube and nasal cannula.
· This equipment is compatible for the usage in ICU and also in emergency wards.
· It works with single system for treating infants, pediatric and adult patients.
· It comes with inbuilt flow generator capable of delivering oxygen flow in the range of 2 to 25 litres of oxygen in pediatric mode and 10 to 60 litres in adult mode.
· It comes with an inbuilt air/oxygen blender and inbuilt air source without any need for external compressor.
On this occasion, Shri Gajanan Mallya, GM, SCR & Chief Patron, SCRSA stated that the initiative taken by SCRSA is highly appreciable and comes at an appropriate time in strengthening our medical infrastructure. He added that the device can be easily operated and will be very much useful in early treatment of respiratory infection cases. Shri B.B. Singh, Additional General Manager, SCR, Shri J.K. Jain, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer & President, SCRSA and Shri N.S.R. Prasad, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad and other officers have also participated in the occasion duly taking the necessary precautions like wearing of masks, physical distancing etc.