Resident Review  |   March 2015
Second Annual National Lifebox Challenge 2014-15
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Education / CPD / Respiratory System / Resident Review
Resident Review   |   March 2015
Second Annual National Lifebox Challenge 2014-15
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 52-53.
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 52-53.
Imagine performing an anesthetic without a monitor. Which agents would you use? How would you gauge your patient’s anesthetic depth and hemodynamic stability? Now imagine the same scenario without a pulse oximeter.
Every year, 31 million operations are performed in the developing world without pulse oximetry, a tool considered the international standard since 2009. That’s the equivalent of one surgery taking place without a pulse oximeter every second of every day. The anesthesia-related mortality in these settings may be as much as a thousand times greater than what we experience when practicing anesthesia in the developed world. The magnitude of this problem seems abstract and large, but a concrete solution is in sight. The Lifebox Foundation estimates that this disparity can be eliminated through the donation of 70,000 pulse oximeters.
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