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Lifebox 2022 Annual Report

The 2022 annual report covers Lifebox's work improving anesthesia safety, surgical teamwork, and infection reduction


Road traffic accidents in Uganda are frequent and brutal.  Two years ago, the anaesthesia community at Mulago Regional Referral Hospital, the largest in the country, lost several of its own when a minibus carrying anaesthetic SHOs to…

Anaesthesia in Uganda

Anaesthesia providers in Uganda lack access to almost everything that we take for granted in developed world practice: basic drugs, monitoring equipment, support staff, continuous learning. And every week they treat a nightmare caseload: ruptured uteruses, road traffic…

ASA launches campaign for Lifebox

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has launched a campaign to raise donations for Lifebox. The campaign will help us provide pulse oximetry for thousands of people undergoing surgery in low-resource settings. Visit the Global…

Anaesthesia training in Uganda

Lifebox colleagues spent two weeks in Uganda from 26 June 2011, providing training on obstetrics, safe anaesthesia and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. A number of workshops were delivered at Mbarara University of Science and Technology under the direction of the…

"Let me say, She was Holding her Breath"

This is Samuel Akolgo, a nurse anaesthetist at the Sandema District Hospital in the Upper East Region of Ghana. He received one of the Lifebox pulse oximeters donated earlier this year through the partnership between Ghana Health…

Lifebox and Smile Train

The steady beep of the pulse oximeter is the hushed voice of the patient on the operating table.  The team listens: surgeon, anaesthesia provider, and nurse know all is well. The same goes for the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist –…

Lifebox gets a visit

In the words of a colleague: ‘She doesn’t call a spade a spade; she calls it a shovel.’ A long-time Lifebox supporter, Dr Jacob paid us a visit in London this week.  We couldn’t resist the chance…

Improving obstetric anaesthesia

Lifebox was recently featured on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 when Dr Isabeau Walker highlighted the need to improve obstetric anaesthesia safety around the world. For more information or to listen again, click here.

Lifebox on Twitter

Don’t forget to take a look at our Lifebox Twitter feed: @safersurgery. We are tweeting about healthcare developments around the world, from free maternal care in Sierra Leone to new developments in patient safety research. Follow us…

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