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Warsaw. The new oxygen installation at the South Hospital is ready. Tests are ongoing

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Works related to the construction of a new oxygen installation in the Southern Hospital have been completed. On Saturday, the facility is to resume admitting patients. First, however, the new installation must pass the necessary tests.

The vice-president of Warsaw, Renata Kaznowska, announced on Friday evening that the works related to the construction of an additional oxygen installation in the Southern Hospital were completed. “By measuring the oxygen pressure and the tightness of the installation, we completed a two-week long operation of building an additional oxygen installation in the Southern Hospital,” Kaznowska said on Twitter. She also announced that the facility will start accepting new patients on Saturday.

Before noon, the new installation was still undergoing the necessary tests. – Testing of the new oxygen system is ongoing, which is a must before admissions can be resumed. We are waiting for information from the hospital regarding the resumption of admissions. The most important thing is the safety of patients – Marzena Wojewódzka from the press office of the capital city hall told us.

Breakdown at the South Hospital

As previously reported by the capital city hall, on Sunday, October 24, the record number of admitted patients was broken at the Southern Hospital – 270 people were hospitalized at that time. All treated patients required oxygen therapy at various levels, including connection to hi-flow devices (high-flow oxygen therapy device) and ventilators. Due to the simultaneous huge uptake of oxygen supplied to hospitalized patients in the South Hospital, the oxygen network was overloaded more than twice and its components were damaged. Therefore, admission of new patients has been suspended. The City Hall emphasized that without the construction of a new, independent oxygen installation, it would not be possible to return to full occupancy of the facility.

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The Southern Hospital – as Warsaw authorities emphasize – was designed as a multi-profile medical facility, not a covid hospital, where it is necessary to connect almost 300 patients to oxygen at the same time.

Main photo source: Artur Węgrzynowicz / tvnwarszawa.pl

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