Anesthesia Under Fire

Providing Patient Care in Ukraine Today

In partnership with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Ukrainian Society of Anesthesiologists (AAU), Lifebox hosted an event to hear the experiences of anesthesiologists providing patient care in Ukraine today – raising awareness and building solidarity with our anesthesia colleagues in Ukraine. Colleagues from Ukraine shared firsthand accounts of what it is like to provide care during war.

"Only yesterday we survived a missile strike on a civilian facility where 7 people died, including a child. We're providing care for these patients now."
Prof. Natalia Matolinets, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University

"I work in a hospital in Kiev. It has a trauma center. Some days we have nine to ten bombings and have to run to underground for safety. It's very difficult. We can't treat all patients on the ground for safety. It was terrible around our hospital."
Prof. Sergii Dubrov, Chief of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, National O. Bogomolets Medical University, President, Ukrainian Society of Anesthesiologists
"It's very difficult for me. I can see my children for only half an hour or an hour a day, especially my little daughter. Everybody should understand us. As anesthesiologists, this is a difficult time for us."
Prof. Andrew Semenenko, Director, University Clinic of Vinnytsya National Pirohov Memorial University, Professor, Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

Lifebox is working with its network of partners to distribute pulse oximeters to healthcare providers in Ukraine.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is raising funds to provide financial aid and resources for the victims in Ukraine, with a focus on medical and anesthesiology-related supplies and team support. You can make a donation to this fundraiser here.


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