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VOLUME 26 , ISSUE 8 ( August, 2022 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Oxygen Cylinder Fire during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bharat Paliwal, Nikhil Kothari, Anamika Purohit

Keywords : Coronavirus disease-2019 infection, Disinfection, Fire, Intensive care unit, Oxygen

Citation Information : Paliwal B, Kothari N, Purohit A. Oxygen Cylinder Fire during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (8):974-975.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24287

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-07-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Abstract

The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in the massive utilization of oxygen cylinders during the treatment of patients. This rapid turnover has necessitated their frequent replacements. Infection control measures have encouraged the use of alcohol-based sanitizers. Over-enthusiastic or inappropriate use of these solutions may increase the risk of fire. We report an unfortunate incident of accidental fire arising out from the integration of fuel, a source of ignition, and oxygen. We also discuss the proper practices to minimize such mishaps.


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