Pune: Sassoon General Hospital has demanded express feeder from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) to avoid damage to sophisticated equipment such as ventilators and incubators, which are vulnerable to severe fluctuations in voltage. Such problems can lead to further inconvenience to patients who need constant medical assistance from these devices.
Recently, a newborn baby girl suffered 80 to 90 per cent burn injuries when the warmer machine had a blast due to short circuit on September 26. The girl succumbed to her injuries on September 28.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dean of BJ General Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) Dr Ajay Chandanwale said that the request for express feeder has been made
repeatedly with MSEDCL for the last six years.
“The hospital has sophisticated machinery varying from an MRI machine to incubators. For such machines, a minor fluctuation in voltage can cause severe damage to them, affecting the patients directly,” said Chandanwale.
He further added that there are currently seven generators at the hospital, however, voltage fluctuation can cause severe damage to the machinery. “There are operation theatres and other facilities in the hospital, which require an uninterrupted supply of electricity as well as no voltage fluctuation. Our demand has been pending with the authority from past six years. This issue has to be resolved soon,” said Chandanwale.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Prakash Marathe, President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) of the Pune chapter, said that voltage fluctuation can cause severe damage to the machines.
“Every electronic device suffers damage and medical equipment is no different. Calibrating these devices can prevent any unfortunate event. However, avoiding voltage fluctuation is even better to avert any such incidents and safeguard the patients’ life as well,” said Marathe.
When contacted, officials from MSEDCL have confirmed that they have received a proposal from Sassoon General Hospital stating that they want the existing feeders to be converted to express feeders.
Executive Engineer MR Yelpale informed that this proposal is being considered and soon all feeders supplying electricity to Sassoon General Hospital would be converted to express feeders.
† Every year, Sassoon Hospital witnesses over seven lakh patients, out of which over 70,000 are admitted.
† Without a break, around 29 surgeries are carried out at SGH. And around 180 surgeries are done on an average. It has 61 ventilators for the patients.