A nightmare every 3am: As oxygen vanishes, GMC patients gasp

The clock had barely crossed 3am when the bedside monitors at Goa Medical College’s wards 113 and 145 began beeping insistently. Underneath the clock, the ward’s oxygen gauge showed that the pressure in the O2 high flow central line had plummeted to 0.5psi. As Covid-19 patients started convulsing and gasping for air, their relatives raised an alarm, sent messages to volunteer groups, and even dispatched SOS messages on social media.