|Name: Dr Jeffry Brand
Occupation: Retired Anaesthesiologist
“I want to show the effect of the Lifebox programme in improving patient safety, both in anaesthesia and surgery.”
What motivated you to join the Lifebox Speakers Bureau?
I’ve always been interested in global health issues, especially as they pertain to anaesthesia. I did attend a global outreach meeting in Boston about a year ago at which I gained a greater understanding of the challenges the anesthesia community faces in narrowing the gap in care between high and middle to low income countries; I feel the Lifebox program of both providing pulse oximeters and promoting safe anaesthesia practices through education is a great way to begin to improve operating room safety.
What do you hope to achieve in this role?
I want to increase awareness of the gaps in patient safety and mortality rates between different countries as compared to high income countries such as the US and/or the UK. I also want to show the effect of the Lifebox programme in improving patient safety, both in anaesthesia and surgery. Perhaps I can persuade some in the audience to donate a pulse oximeter!
How do you prepare for a speaking engagement?
I review the scripts and slides that Lifebox sent me.
What do you most enjoy about this role?
Seeing the audience engage in what I’m presenting and I really enjoy answering questions.
What does safe anaesthesia mean to you?
Safe quality surgery should ideally be available to everyone; unfortunately this is not the case at this time. As the number of surgical cases increases, so do the discrepancies. It is urgent that the worldwide medical community address the reasons behind lack of access. By promoting Lifebox through participating in the Speakers Bureau, I hope in a small way to shrink existing discrepancies in anaesthesia and surgical care.