Together to Liberia

Read all about it!  Read all about it!  Two teams of anaesthetists working in Liberia join forces to provide training for over 50 nurse anaesthetists!


When news from Liberia goes international, the stories aren’t often positive.  We think that’s because they’re reporting the wrong ones.  There are plenty of positive readallaboutits if you allow for stories that matter more than they shock.

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Like the recent anaesthetic conferences held in Phebe Hospital, Bong County and JFK Hospital, Monrovia.

Two U.K. groups  we’ve worked with before – Mothers of Africa, who took Lifebox to Liberia last year and the ACTS team, who’ve delivered oximeters and training in Togo,  Gambia and Guinea – flew out to West Africa where they worked together to deliver pulse oximeters, paedaitric probes and training to nurse anaesthetists working in some of the most challenging hospital conditions in the world.

Everyone did a fantastic job!

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Safe anaesthesia in Liberia is a challenge.  An overworked and ageing cadre of two dozen nurse anaesthetists is responsible for the sedation and pain management of – readallaboutit – 3.5 million people.

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But they’re doing incredible work.  The visiting teams were delighted to see, on a visit to Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, the head anaesthetist produce a completed Lifebox logbook.

Turning the well-thumbed pages it’s clear that the oximeter, which was donated last year, is not only regularly used, it’s intelligently used and integrated into the safer practice of anaesthesia.

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Page after page of patients who were safely monitored during their surgery, who were given a chance to get off the table with their life back under control.

An additional 26 pulse oximeters were distributed alongside training as part of this trip.  Each one will make a difference to thousands of patient lives in the coming years.

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But the team identified the need for further donations still.  There’s the news.  Now we’ve read it.  What are we going to do about it?