Lifebox is a not-for-profit organization saving lives by improving the safety and quality of surgical care in low-resource countries. We are doing it with a straightforward first step: Ensuring that every operating room in the world has a simple, essential device that can save tens of thousands of lives – an oxygen monitor.
More than half the hospital operating rooms in low-income countries lack an oxygen monitor (also known as a pulse oximeter), crucial for helping front line clinicians prevent fatal oxygen starvation in patients during anaesthesia. Millions of people undergo surgery without this basic safety measure because they have no choice. They need surgery for bleeding and broken bones after a road traffic accident, for appendicitis and strangulating hernias, for emergency caesarean sections. Lifebox works to make sure these hospitals get access to this vital equipment.
On this blog we’ll share stories from the field, feedback from Lifebox users and other uplifting stuff related to safer surgery and anaesthesia.