Do you work in a low-resource setting, or support organisations that do?
Our pulse oximeter is specially designed for challenging environments, and can be purchased directly for hospitals or projects on approval from Lifebox.
The Lifebox pulse oximeter is manufactured by Acare Technology Co. Ltd., a company based in Taiwan specializing in the manufacture of monitoring and other anaesthesia devices. Acare was awarded the contract to produce the Lifebox pulse oximeter after winning a global tender issued by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) to find the ideal low-resource setting pulse oximeter. Lifebox currently has a frame contract in place with Acare to produce our oximeter.
The Lifebox pulse oximeter meets all World Health Organization and WFSA standards for an oximeter that is suitable and sustainable for use in austere, under-resourced environments: It is durable, able to survive severe voltage fluctuations when plugged into electric mains, but also equipped with a long-lasting battery for when the electricity goes out altogether. It is easy to use, and relatively inexpensive.
The 17,000+ Lifebox pulse oximeters currently in the field in over 100 countries have been distributed through partnerships with international surgical non-governmental organizations (including Mercy Ships and Smile Train) and via national anesthesia societies and local facilities which have worked with us to assess pulse oximetry needs in the OR and postoperative environments, to raise funds, and set up training and distribution programs. The Lifebox pulse oximeter is also available for direct purchase by individuals, hospitals, and organizations for their use in low- and middle-income countries. This is at the same cost per package (oximeter, 2 probes, rechargeable battery and education materials on CD Rom) as that paid by Lifebox for donated oximeters.
Each package contains:
|universal probe suitable for ages 3 months +|
|multi-language education DVD, also available online|
Some useful notes on:
|customs clearance||Cost of delivery is included, but customs charges are not. Customs clearance must be arranged by the recipient before shipping, as Lifebox cannot be responsible.|
|power surges||The power transformer meets surge: EN61000-4-5 +- 1KV line to line and +- 2KV line to ground on input power lines. At this level there is no damage or performance degradation to the adapter. If power surges exceed these values then a separate surge protector should be used. If electricity is interrupted during charging, the charging will continue normally when electricity is restored.|
|warranty||Each oximeter device is under warranty for 2 years; each probe for 1 year. To reclaim, the recipient must return the defective unit to Acare at the recipient’s expense. Delivery address can be found in the manual that accompanies the oximeter. Acare will replace the unit (provided the fault is not due to abuse e.g. excessive force, submerged in water) and send it to the recipient at Acare’s expense.|
|manufacturer||The Lifebox oximeter is manufacturered by Acare Technology Co. Ltd|
|specifications||The Lifebox oximeter meets specifications developed by experts at the WFSA and WHO for the ideal monitor in a low-resource setting. Original specifications can be downloaded here, and the 2017 draft specifications are here.|
|troubleshooting||If you have questions or problems with a Lifebox oximeter, download and run through our troubleshooting guide here.|