t’s code red in Delhi. Hospitals are shifting patients with respiratory problems to intensive care units (ICUs) by the dozen because the air in the general wards poses danger to their lives.
So, now that ICUs are chock-ablock with lung patients, the new ones coming in are being sent back home with prescriptions for life-saving equipment – the costs of which have spiralled along with the toxicity in the Capital’s air, Mail Today has found.
Earlier, patients with existing respiratory illnesses were managed with medicines. Now, the situation is scary – they all need ICU admission.”Doctors are forced to ask patients to create hospital-like settings at home.
Another setback is that the prices of BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machines, oxygen cylinders, nebulisers, face masks and air purifiers have shot up by at least 50 per cent,” admitted a doctor at a top government hospital.