Officials at Maastricht University’s teaching hospital have confirmed that a power outage in April caused the deaths of two patients when a machine providing additional oxygen to coronavirus patients on a tiny ward stopped working. The power outage, which affected one ward with four patients, went unnoticed for nearly an hour, and because the outage was so localized, the emergency power supply did not kick in. Although the machinery sounded an alarm when it went off, the door was closed as part of the coronavirus precautions, so no one could hear it. Surveillance cameras captured images but did not record sound.
Two patients, aged 67 and 76, died of complications after the machinery stopped working. The other two did not experience any serious problems.