IBT of Miami responds to COVID-driven need for oxygen at South American hospitals
By: IBT Group
The new plant produces an average of 48 oxygen tanks of 10m3 a day to reinforce the existing oxygen supply at the Alberto Barton and Guillermo Kaelin Hospital Complexes, both constructed and managed by a consortium led by IBT of Miami. The plant will also supply oxygen canisters for wheelchair-bound patients.
"The COVID-19 pandemic drove additional demand for oxygen to six times the normal daily usage at both hospitals. We are responsible for our patients and took immediate action to overcome the serious shortage when medicinal oxygen companies were unable to fill the void," said Daniel Toledano, managing director and chief operating officer of IBT.
The disease is sweeping through Peru, which has one of the highest mortality rates in the world. About 15 percent of people with COVID-19 require oxygen support, and access to oxygen can determine who will survive the disease. The additional oxygen produced at the plant built by IBT allows both hospital complexes to meet the oxygen needs of their patients.
IBT invested more than $200,000 to construct the building, purchase the corresponding equipment, and train technicians, all within strict national and international quality standards that ensure the purity of the oxygen and safety of the operations.
"We are grateful to have met the challenge to generate portable oxygen for the benefit of the patients who are treated with us. We imported the equipment to Lima then implemented a multidisciplinary operation, maintenance and logistics plan for maximum performance, availability and timely distribution of a quality product to each of the hospital complexes," Toledano said.
IBT is a business group specialized in the development of public works, implementation of construction projects and equipment for public institutions. Its comprehensive solutions range from engineering, studies, design and construction, to the sale, delivery and installation of equipment with subsequent training, maintenance and operation. More than 30 years of global experience in the construction world supports the solidity and technical knowledge of IBT, allowing the company to offer the highest quality standards for each project, contribute to development and progress, and respect the environment in a framework of constant innovation. Its headquarters is in Miami in addition to permanent local offices on four continents. The group's staff comprises more than 4,500 employees. For more information, visit www.ibtgroup.com