Scotland’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in India
Scotland is sending life-saving oxygen and ventilation equipment to India as part of a UK-wide effort to support it in its fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following an initial offer of various types of equipment, the Indian High Commission has accepted 100 oxygen concentrators and 40 continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilators.
The Indian Government urgently requires these units as its healthcare system is under extreme pressure. The devices can be used in hospitals, ICU wards or other locations and are ideally suited to treat COVID-19 patients when there are constraints on medical gas infrastructure supply.
Oxygen concentrators are machines that take in room air (made up of oxygen, nitrogen and a small amount of carbon dioxide). It removes the nitrogen from the air by passing it through special filters to create oxygen that can be delivered to patients through tubing.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a type of non-invasive ventilation that keeps the airways open and aids oxygenation. It is simpler to use with patients as it uses a mask to ventilate as opposed to ICU invasive ventilation where the patient has a tube inserted into their airways which is then connected to a ICU ventilator.
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