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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 171-181

Oxygen Sources and delivery devices: Essentials during COVID-19


1 Department of Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Critical Care Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
4 Former Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesia, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Souvik Chaudhuri
Associate Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka State
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_63_21

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The coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) is an ongoing pandemic which is known to predominantly affect the respiratory system. Oxygen (O2) therapy has a profound role in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The pandemic has drawn special attention to ensure uninterrupted O2 supply to all hospitals, especially those catering to COVID-19 patients. During the pandemic, a rational use of O2 therapy is essential. This includes optimal supplemental O2 therapy, careful monitoring of patients, and escalation as well as de-escalation of O2 therapy when indicated. We summarize the various sources of O2 to health-care establishments and various O2 delivery devices which are of paramount importance to ensure seamless O2 supply in the pandemic scenario.


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