Mock drills at two hospitals to check COVID-readiness
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Mock drills at two hospitals to check COVID-readiness

December 28, 2022

Mysore/Mysuru: Following a directive from the Union Health Ministry to ascertain preparedness in case of a resurgence in Coronavirus cases, two hospitals in Mysuru conducted a mock drill yesterday.

A global surge in Coronavirus cases, particularly in China, provoked authorities to assess the preparedness and to evaluate COVID hospitals. The drill was conducted at the Trauma Care Centre and Princess Krishnajammanni Super-Speciality Hospital on the PKTB campus on KRS Road.

During the killer second wave, these two hospitals treated patients along with the dedicated COVID Hospital on KRS Road (now District Hospital). It may be recalled here that Trauma Care Centre and the Super-Speciality Hospital were readied during the second wave with assistance from private hospitals, donors and philanthropists. Several mega industries too contributed under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds.

Yesterday, a team led by Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) Dean and Director Dr. K.R. Dakshayani visited the hospitals taking stock of bed availability, supplies of medicines and equipment like ventilators and reviewed human resources.

COVID infrastructure

“It is important that the entire COVID infrastructure in terms of equipment, processes and human resources are at a state of operational readiness. We are prepared to combat the pandemic in case of any surge in numbers. Our staff too are geared up to handle the situation”, she told reporters.

The focus of the exercise was largely to derive a geographically representative availability of health facilities such as bed capacity, including isolation beds, oxygen-supported isolation beds, ICU beds and ventilator-supported beds.

Also tested was the availability of human resources — doctors, nurses, paramedics, AYUSH doctors and other frontline workers — and medical oxygen supplies, including oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, PSA (pressure swing action) plants, liquid medical oxygen storage tanks, and medical gas pipeline system.

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Oxygen supply/availability

As part of the mock drill, the oxygen supply situation too was assessed. The K.R. Hospital has a 13 KL Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) plant while the Trauma Care Centre and the PKTB Sanatorium campus have 13 KL and 6 KL liquid oxygen plants.

There is also a PSA plant with jumbo oxygen cylinders for use in emergencies. Mysuru has become self-reliant in oxygen production now with the establishment of oxygen-generation plants. Earlier, the district entirely depended on cylinders supplied from other districts.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Mock drills at two hospitals to check COVID-readiness”

  1. Ravi.G says:

    City and state police investigating agencies units also needs to be aggressive and look out for people who are trying to spread the rumors that covid has spread a lot more but government is suppressing the truth. Simililar techniques worked last time news channels and whatsapp messages were used to create panic and the criminals reserved beds for fake patients and oxygen was diverted from reaching the hospitals creating scarcity and panic and was patients had to buy them in black market. Similar techniques created havoc in Delhi and the mastermind was Amanathullah khan a politician.
    I can see a similar trend if you read the comments section of many news papers including SOM. Whatever seriously the city and state trying to prepare, these criminals started claiming that Covid is already spread and trying to push the panic button.
    The solution is simple. Investigate any fake bed reservations or complaints of oxygen shortage and eliminate the culprits and declare them as covid victims. The end result will be that the city will get rid of some criminals too because of covid.

  2. Gusto says:

    Hey Ravi
    You must be the stupidest person available who can post such nonsense.
    The Union Health Minsitry will not issue such a directive, unless they have the data that Covid-19 cases are increasing. The Hospital will not produce such a drill unless, they too know that cases are multiplying.
    The last time in 2021, your PM was hiding for months growing a long white beard, and his government , the state government and the district officials, all neglected to check oxygen supplies.
    Your one cell brain cannot understand how the clinical oxygen works, and hence your demented brain thinks, the lack of oxygen supplies in2021, was because of criminals who hoarded them! What a blithering idiot, you are! Becausw, how come the VIP patients could get the Oxygen and ordinary patients could not , in the SAME HOSPITAL, AND HENCE ALLOWED TO DIE?
    The absence of your PM, who normally widely present to give pep talks, should indicate that he is again , shall we say, preparing to go into hibernation in the AIIMS, special unit, if the Covid-19 infections spreads again.

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