Guatemala

I was very happy to report that every device donated was fully functional and being used in locations where the need was greatest.  It was thrilling to hear their stories and to see examples of improved perioperative patient care both with the initiation of the checklist and donated oximeters. 

– Dr Brian O’Gara

043-useGuatemala has a network of 44 public hospitals, a devoted anaesthesia community, and a troubling lack of essential monitoring equipment for them to keep their patients safe.  We’ve been working with colleagues across the USA to raise funds to change this.

More than $35,000 so far has translated into 140 oximeters for public hospital ORs, with training and distribution taking place in November 2013, and follow up several months later.  Equipment makes an immediate change, but partnerships always have one eye on the future – thanks to joint work between the faculty from the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Asociacion Guatemalteca de Anestesiología Reanimación y Tratamiento del Dolor, safer surgery is a long-term prospect.

Particular thanks to the Society of Academic Anesthesia Associations, led by past President Professor Berend Mets, and to 2014’s President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Professor Jane C K Fitch.

Follow the training and later visits in historic real time, over at Lifebox Journeys here!

ASA team with  Dr Marco Vinicio Arevalo, the Vice Minister of Hospitals in the Ministry of Health for Guatemala

ASA team with Dr Marco Vinicio Arevalo, the Vice Minister of Hospitals in the Ministry of Health for Guatemala