“Can I ask your advice doctor?” the recovery nurse asked. “How do you wake up patients who have not recovered from their anaesthetic after one or two days. What do you suggest?”

My heart sank; all of the drugs we were using for anaesthesia should have cleared within hours, and a patient who was still asleep after two days was more likely to have suffered some other untoward event. After a few months of working here, I had a near certain guess as to the cause.

– Dr Tom Bashford

AAGBI donation, Black Lion, Addis_2011_Ethiopia_chain of hope (11)_oximetry patientIn Ethiopia we’re working with a range of partners – from the cleft surgery charity Operation Smile, to the Clinton Health Access Initiative/Yale University and the national anaesthesia society – to deliver training and distribute our equipment.

More than 180 oximeters have been put in the hands of providers who need them, thanks to support from a number of generous donors.  But Ethiopia is a big country, and we know that there’s urgent need for more.  Until every patient is monitored, families and healthcare providers will continue to face the horror of a loved one who never quite wakes up.

For more information about our work in Ethiopia, check out this long and winding road, or the British Medical Journal blog by Tom here.

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