Melissa Straub – Columbia University Resident

Straub Photo Name: Melissa Straub 

Event: online fundraiser 

Amount raised: $566


The Columbia University Anesthesiology Residency class recently made generous donations to support our safer anaesthesia work around the world. We caught up lead organiser and Lifebox advocate, Melissa Straub to learn more.

What motivated you to support Lifebox? 

I first heard about Lifebox from a faculty member and as I discovered more about its mission, I learned more about the staggering problems worldwide with a lack of basic anesthetic monitoring. Pulse oximetry is a tool I use every day in my practice as a resident physician to safely provide anesthesia. I wholeheartedly support Lifebox’s work to provide standard monitors and training to resource poor settings around the world.

What have you gained from this experience?

The Lifebox Fundraiser has helped the CA-1 Columbia University Anesthesiology Residency Class come together during the holidays and give to communities worldwide to provide safer perioperative care. It can be easy to forget how fortunate we are as residents to have so many essential pieces of equipment right at our fingertips. We believe that all anesthesia providers should have access to these tools so that they may provide high quality patient care. It has been such a heart-warming experience to see the generosity from our class and our community.

Why is it important for residents to support safer anaesthesia around the world?

Anesthesia providers are in a unique position where patients entrust them to provide care while they are most vulnerable in the perioperative setting. It is our obligation as physicians to advocate for our patients and look for opportunities to support safer anesthesia worldwide.

What does safer anaesthesia mean to you?

Safer anesthesia means better access to basic patient monitoring in all settings where anesthesia is provided. As physicians, we are motivated to help our patients in any way we can, including advocating for patient safety. We have an obligation to use our training and knowledge to the best of our abilities to provide the highest quality of patient care. Improved monitoring can help providers anticipate and respond to physiologic changes during surgical procedures to minimize preventable risks associated with anesthesia.