Nicaragua

I got a glimpse of a Lifebox in use during an operation.  The oximeter was placed on the anesthesia machine behind the head of the patient in the usual fashion, but there was something else that was very noticeable.  The Lifebox oximeter had come to rest in between 2 other pulse oximeters in that operating room that had long since been functional.  

Dr Brian O’Gara

NicaraguaDuring 2012 and 2013 colleagues across the USA raised funds to provide oximeters for Nicaraguan public hospital ORs. This project has been in collaboration with the California Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Global Humanitarian Outreach Committee.

Training and distribution took place across Nicaragua during November 2013 in collaboration with the national society of anaesthesia, the Associación Nicaragüense de Anestesiología y Reanimación and – and the dedication, the professionalism, the heart and the story of the project is a beautiful read here.

Nicaragua_equipment graveyard

The ‘equipment graveyard’ in a Nicaraguan hospital