Lifebox COVID-19 Update: Special Global Brief

17 April 2020

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Lifebox works to improve the safety of surgery and anesthesia in low and middle-income countries. Our partners are now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Lifebox is rapidly refocusing our relevant tools and training materials to help support them.

Guidelines on Perioperative Preparedness During COVID-19 Published

Lifebox and partners from across Sub Saharan Africa published guidance on preparing the surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia ecosystem for COVID-19 in Annals of Surgery. The major challenge will be maintaining provision of essential surgery and care while preserving precious resources, minimizing exposure of health care workers, and preventing transmission. Click below to read the article.

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Lifebox and ALIMA Develop COVID-19 Decision Tool

Lifebox collaborated with ALIMA to create a decision-making tool for using a pulse oximeter to help clinicians determine when oxygen support is needed for suspected COVID-19 patients. Click below to read and download the tool. Lifebox’s medical team is compiling a curated list of COVID-19-related resources covering ethics, infection control, research, and clinical guidelines. Click below to see the list.

triage tool

covid-19 resources

Join a Virtual Grand Rounds
Join global experts in a virtual grand rounds: a discussion on the role and management of surgical systems in Sub-Saharan Africa amidst this unprecedented crisis.
Join us on April 21, 2020 at 3 PM GMT & Dakar / 4 PM Lagos & London / 5 PM Harare & Kigali / 6 PM Addis & Nairobi.

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Lifebox Interviews Partners on COVID-19

Lifebox is connecting with our clinical partners around the world to hear how their communities are facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Lifebox CMO Dr. Tom Weiser and Dr. Abebe Bekele, Dean of the School of Medicine of the University of Global Health Equity spoke about preparing for COVID-19 in Rwanda and Ethiopia. All interviews can be watched or read by clicking below.

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Additional Pulse Oximeter Resources

Lifebox has video resources available on how to use and clean a Lifebox pulse oximeter—click below to view them.





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