Niger is one of the World's poorest countries and bears a tremendous health burden with limited resources. The risks of surgery and anesthesia are high. I knew from my volunteer experiences that anesthetists, even at the 1000 bed National Hospital, rarely had the benefit of using audible pulse oximetry for their patients. It was very gratifying to me to be able to earmark my donation to Lifebox for a pulse oximeter for one of my anesthesia colleagues in Niger.
Within a month of my contribution, Dr. Maman Sani Chaibou was delighted to send me a photo using the lifebox pulse ox device on an ICU patient, who would have had no post op monitoring without it.
Thanks to the AANA for designating this charity that connects us to our global anesthesia colleagues while improving patient safety by closing the pulse oximetry gap.
Janet Dewan, CRNA, MS, Chair FY2013, AANA Health and Wellness Committee