How City Got Breather: Yr Before 2nd Wave, BMC Set Up O2 Team
The Times of India Mumbai|May 07, 2021
Much interest has been generated on the ‘Mumbai Model’ of oxygen management after recent observations by the Supreme Court. I wonder what could make a management method unique and get its own name when the ingredients at hand seem to be common among cities. The success of the Mumbai Model can be attributed to centralization of certain aspects and decentralization of the services aspect.
P Velrasu

Understanding the requirements for Mumbai and microplanning was essential for successful oxygen management in this megacity. Efficiently doing so in a pandemic involves many aspects, including resource and inventory mapping, generating storage capacities, and proper supply chain management.

The BMC started with resource mapping and inventory accounting in May 2020 following oxygen difficulties in one of our hospitals within three months of the Covid outbreak in Mumbai. Our ‘Oxygen Team’ was asked to visit every hospital and compile data on storage capacity, supply method, suppliers’ names and supply periodicity. We accounted for much increased oxygen demand during the pandemic and expected the number of ICU and oxygenated beds to go up.

The next step was to increase storage capacities by installing additional cryogenic tankers in civic hospitals. The work was completed within 40 days. Underutilized during the first Covid wave, the tanks took the load during the second Covid wave very effectively.

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