Pulse Oximeters and the COVID19 Pandemic

Oxygen saturation has become an indispensable tool to ensure safety in operating rooms and to triage patients.  In the COVID19 pandemic, pulse oximeters have become especially relevant in helping doctors stratify which patients have dangerously low levels of oxygen. It is the standard to determine if patients need oxygen supplementation and when more serious interventions, like intubation and ventilation, is needed.

Around the world, tens of thousands of operating rooms are missing this life saving device. Limited access in low-resource healthcare systems put millions of lives at risk. Lifebox® is a is working to change this reality by increasing access to pulse oximetry.

You can read more about the invention, adoption, and innovation in pulse oximetry here:

https://www.thespec.com/opinion/contributors/2020/06/11/pulse-oximetry-the-story-behind-the-medical-finger-clip.html

Betty Zhang (medical student, McMaster)

 

COVID-19 in Africa

Dr. Sonia Akrimi

Director- Zambia Anaesthesia Development Program
Trustee- Global Anaesthesia Development Project

If a peak in cases like we have seen in North America and Europe occur, the impact of COVID-19 in Africa is likely to be devastating.  In addition to worries about a surge in critically unwell patients, deaths and morbidity directly resulting from a reduction in essential services will increase.

In response to this, CASIEF are working with the Global Anaesthesia Development Project to support anaesthesia providers in low and middle-income countries in their response to COVID-19, aiming to reduce the negative impact on progress made in the development of perioperative capacity and safety in past years.

A critical part of this work is keeping anaesthesia providers safe through appropriate PPE.  By supporting the work of the Global Anaesthesia Development Project, CASIEF have been able to support a significant increase in PPE provision for anaesthesia providers in Ethiopia, including sourcing 1,000 N95 masks.  We are working with GADP to source more masks and to work with local traders to make use of innovative solutions for PPE, for example locally produced face shields and other filtering face masks.

We are aiming to make sure that our anaesthesia provider partners feel confident they can care for patients with the correct protective equipment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, with so many anaesthesia providers in need of our support, there remains a long way to go.

You can help by supporting the Global Anaesthesia Development Project’s fundraising campaign in which funds are being raised for anaesthesia providers in both of GADP’s partner countries, Ethiopia and Zambia.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/personalprotectiveequipment

This money will go directly towards sourcing more N95 masks and increasing local production of masks, face shields and surgical gowns in both countries.

For further information about the GADP response to COVID-19, please see https://gadppartnerships.com/ or email Sonia Akrimi (sakrimi@doctors.org.uk).

 

 

 

Anesthesiologist needed in Eldoret, Kenya

The University of Alberta Division of Otolaryngology and Office of Global Surgery are seeking the assistance of an Anesthesiologist to join in a surgical partnership with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya. This would involve administering a one-day advanced Airway course, as well as involvement in some of the rest of a 10 day series of workshops.

The full letter describing the opportunity is available here:  AnesthesiologistForMTRH_Oct2019.

CASIEF Board – Resident Position

Are you an anesthesia trainee interested in global health? In improving access to safe surgery for the nearly 5 billion people who currently lack access?

Is so, consider applying to be a resident member on the Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society International Education Foundation Board of Trustees! We are now seeking one resident member to join our Board of collaborative and inspiring experts from across the country. Your role will be to help represent the trainee voice, help to grow our network of like-minded residents and fellows, and find new ways to spread the word about the important work we do. 

Find out more here (PDF).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line at resident@casief.ca.

CASIEF workshop at CAS 2019

How to Get Involved in Global Health
2019 CAS Annual Meeting

Location​: Calgary Telus Convention Center
Section​: CASIEF
Date​: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time​: 10:00-11:30
Location​: Calgary Telus Convention Center
To register: ​Go to ​casconference.ca​, or click ​here.
Description: This workshop is intended for people who may not have any global health/overseas practice, or may already be doing some but are interested in other options. It will be an interactive workshop session, with an expert panel and lots of opportunities to ask questions.

More information, including panelists, in the promo poster (PDF).