Role of Oxygenation Devices in Alleviating the Oxygen Crisis in India

Deepshikha Batheja , Vinith Kurian, Sharon Buteau, Neetha Joy, Ajay Nair

August 2023

There has been an unprecedented increase in global demand for medical oxygen equipment to solve the acute oxygen shortages caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection. The study aims to assess the value of improved access and use of Oxygen Concentrators (OCs) and cylinders during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. This evaluation is relevant to strengthening health systems in many resource-constrained Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) settings.

This article presents findings from assessing the utility and barriers to access and use of OCs and cylinders in the COVID-19 pandemic in the Indian setting during a global emergency. The analysis focuses on short-term and long-term outcomes to explore how donated medical equipment such as oxygenation devices can be used and maintained effectively to achieve a longer life. Such an evaluation is essential to make policy-level changes that can help strengthen the health system to tackle and prevent similar crises in the future in resource-constrained LMIC settings.


Journal Article

Thematic Area

Health Systems and Quality of Life