Advisory on Oxygen Concentrators from CDSCO

COVID-19 case management in Home Settings

How to spot a good oxygen concentrator ?

Oxygen concentrators with a flow capacity of less than five litres per minute are “not suitable” for COVID-19 patients on home care and should not be used, India’s drug regulator , CDSCO said . Sellers should not push such devices using “misleading label” amid the coronavirus second wave.

The advisory by CDSCO aims at educating the people about minimum standards of oxygen concentrators for COVID-19 case management, especially for use in home settings.

At present , market has various models of oxygen concentrators, with different capacities of continuous flow (1 to 10 litres/minute) and widely varying concentration of oxygen, are being marketed . The health ministry has from time to time advised that oxygen concentrators with flow capacity of five litre per minute or more and delivering oxygen with concentration of 90 per cent or more are suitable for management of COVID-19 patients at COVID Care Centres, Dedicated COVID Health Centres and in home settings. The World Health Organisation has also prescribed these norms for oxygen concentrators.

Many people are not aware about these minimum parameters of oxygen concentrators and therefore may be using the concentrators that are not suitable for COVID-19 case management. This advisory is issued to inform people about minimum standards of oxygen concentrators for COVID-19 case management, for use especially in home settings.

CDSCO has further advised that oxygen concentrators must be purchased with consumables required to operate, user care instructions and protocols including guidance for replacement of accessories and consumable and safe decontamination of reusable parts, indicating if they are generic or brand related, the advisory said.

CDSCO has strongly advised that all sellers must prominently display the following information for each model of oxygen concentrator for sale

  • continuous flow capacity in litres per minute
  • the percentage of oxygen that a concentrator generates and
  • the maximum retail price.

Download the full advisory here for more information

Oxygen Crisis for Covid Patients

Online Discussion on May 10th 2021 from 4 – 5 30 pm

Can industry offer support to hospitals , to tide over the oxygen crisis , by creating additional manufacturing capacities ?

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About the Program
2nd wave of covid 19 is hitting all stakeholders at market place very hard – be it the communities, health workers, covid warriors, govt workers, industry workers etc. Pandemic is not relenting and affecting all in multiple directions
wave after wave. Impact of 2nd wave is so severe and high that health sector is struggling with supply chain gaps.

Session will address the following FAQs :
– Do covid positive patients need Oxygen ?
– Do they need oxygen supply at home or in a Hospital environment ?
– What solutions are offered for oxygen supply , at the moment, in the market ?
– Whether Hospitals need more concentrators or liquid oxygen supply or refill cylinders? what is their immediate need ? Why the demand for concentrators is very high ?
– What do hospitals need , as immediate priority solution from industry, to meet oxygen crisis ?
– Can Industry help hospitals to tide over the crisis by creating some manufacturing capabilities , if needed ?
– Do we have enough mfrers or suppliers for these mkt needs ?
– Are we importing products like Oxygen concentrators ,which come under Medical Devices ?

Program Agenda

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