A new report by Smile Train-Lifebox on pulse oximetry in low-and middle-income countries
A pulse oximeter is an essential piece of monitoring equipment that keeps patients safe during and after surgery, by measuring the oxygen levels in a person’s blood. Pulse oximeters are a minimum standard of safe anesthesia, and yet thousands of operating and recovery beds in low-resource settings still lack this critical device.
The Lifebox-Smile Train pulse oximeter is a low-cost, high-quality device designed for use in low-resource environments. Since 2011, Lifebox has distributed 33,400 pulse oximeters – alongside training – to healthcare providers around the world to improve anesthesia safety. Over the next three years, we plan to distribute 11,000 Lifebox-Smile Train pulse oximeters to facilities in more than 20 countries to make surgery safer for 14 million patients.
The Lifebox-Smile Train pulse oximeter can be purchased directly from Lifebox. Lifebox also donates pulse oximeters thanks to the generosity of our donors. Please email Lifebox at [email protected].