#MyLifesavingOximeter: ‘A Pulse Oximeter is a Lifesaver’ in Assam, India

 

Dr. Giri holds a Lifebox pulse oximeter and stands with his colleagues.

Dr. Giri holds a Lifebox pulse oximeter and stands with his colleagues.

Dr. Surajit Giri is a consultant anesthesiologist from Assam, India. A Lifebox champion, Dr. Giri organized the first ever Lifebox workshop in India — distributing 60 pulse oximeters to anesthesia providers across Assam.

He told us: “The Lifebox pulse oximeters will increase the safety of post-surgical patients in Assam, and it increases the security and confidence of anesthetists to join rural services who usually do not because of poor infrastructure and lack of machines.”

We asked Dr. Giri about how he uses his Lifebox pulse oximeter, and he recounted a story of a neonate he was once monitoring.

“With the Lifebox pulse oximeter, we found that the baby was suffering a secondary apnea. We immediately intubated the trachea and ventilated it. Then, everything was fine. The pulse oximeter helped me save that neonate. They are probably now around one and a half years old and are very much healthy.

So to me, a pulse oximeter is a lifesaver.

Dr. Giri, left, and a colleague hold the box of a Lifebox pulse oximeter.

Dr. Giri and a colleague hold the box of a Lifebox pulse oximeter during Lifebox’s initial pulse oximeter work in India, thanks to support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Dr. Giri describes to Lifebox the many ways that pulse oximeters are used. Normally, the pulse oximeters are used for anesthesia purposes. However, Dr. Giri told us that they have often proven vital for a certain group of patients: snake bite victims.

Suppose in the middle of the night, a snake bite victim comes here and then we need to infuse antivenom. Then our sisters and our doctors use this pulse oximeter to monitor the SPO2 as well as the heart rate.”

Throughout India and the rest of the world, there are still operating rooms lacking this essential monitoring device. That is why we need you to chip in and make sure anesthesia providers can safely care for their patients like Dr. Giri. Make a donation to Lifebox so that we can put more oximeters where they are needed.

Click here for resources on pulse oximetry use during COVID-19.