Air Liquide and Carburos Metálicos have supplied medical gases to a new emergency field hospital at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid, Spanish media reports.

According to redacciòn médica, Air Liquide and Carburos Metálicos collaborated on the installation of oxygen circuits to serve coronavirus patients at the hospital.

Last Friday, the Community of Madrid reported that the facility would be equipped with a total of 5,500 hospital beds to help shelter the growing number of infected patients. 

Julio de la Rosa, Director of Market Access and Institutional Relations at Air Liquide, has said that more than 300 workers from both companies participated in the project.

“As of today, the Ifema field hospital is operational with 1,600 patient care posts, equipped with oxygen intakes, air intakes and vacuum intakes, plus 64 ICUs enabled,” Rosa said.

Air Liquide and Carburos Metálicos have guaranteed the oxygen supply at the hospital with the installation of a 50,000-litre tank and a 16,000-litre reserve.

“A work of this nature in such a short period of time is impressive,” said Javier Godoy, Director of Carburos Metálicos.

“We are used to making installations of these magnitudes, but in a longer time.”

The work achieved by the two industrial gas companies, along with hospital engineers, was coordinated by Juan José Pérez Blanco, Operational Director at the Ifema hospital.

“Our work with hospital engineers is always excellent, thanks to the coordination we have with this professional group,” Godoy continued.

“Engineers and companies are at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus. We provide a fundamental element against this disease, such as oxygen.”