Eight patients die as Delhi’s Batra Hospital runs out of oxygen

Eight patients, including a doctor, died at Batra Hospital, a private hospital in the city on Saturday afternoon due to "oxygen shortage and not receiving oxygen on time".

Dr. Sudhanshu Bankata, Executive Director of Batra Hospital said, "We ran out of LMO (Liquid Medical Oxygen) at 12:15 p.m. and we received LMO supply at 1:35 p.m. In between we had some oxygen cylinders, but they cannot support ventilators. Eight people died due to shortage of oxygen and we not receiving oxygen on time."

Six of the eight patients were admitted in the ICU.

"Not getting oxygen can lead to complications for the patients in the future also. Once the patient destabilise, death can happen later also," he said. 

Dr. Bankata had said at 12:15 pm that the oxygen situation was "extremely critical" and the hospital is not being able to "support ventilated patients".

Around 1 pm, he said in a video statement, "We have just run out of oxygen. Currently we are surviving on some oxygen cylinders, but that will also run out over the next 10 minutes."

The hospital has a total of 307 COVID-19 patients, the doctor said.

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