“The great thing about these pulse oximeters is that they are portable, so in case we see that the patients vital signs are deteriorating we can get the oximeter and check.”
– Nurse Anaesthetist, Tanzania
Ask an age-appropriate doctor in the Europe or North America and they’ll tell you that’s how it used to be when pulse oximeters were first introduced in the 1980s. Anaesthetists would race into work, review patients, and stake their claim for who was more vulnerable, who was more deserving of the oximeter.
As though some people deserve safer surgery more than others.
Our colleagues in low-resource settings know that’s not true – and so do we.
Lifebox® is working to provide more oximeters every year, and to train more people in safer surgical practice. Thanks to support from generous donors such as the Portishead Rotary Club, we’ve been able to distribute pulse oximeters to a number of facilities – from teaching hospitals to the most rural clinics where surgery is taking place.