Department of Anesthesiology Project Aids Patient Safety Around the World

A resident driven project in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida will enable pulse-oximetry to improve patient safety in operating rooms around the world that don’t currently have access to this important patient safety technology.  Dr. Sephalie Patel, currently a PGY-4 resident in Anesthesiology, enlisted the aid of her parents (directors of the Wise Foundation) and issued a challenge grant to the department.  If every faculty member would donate $250 to purchase a “Lifebox” pulse oximeter and every resident donate some amount of money toward the purchase of a Lifebox, the Wise Foundation would donate sufficient money to enable each resident’s contribution to purchase a Lifebox.  This picture shows a check covering the purchase of 135 Lifeboxes for distribution throughout the third world being given to Atul Gawande, MD by incoming American Society of Anesthesiologists President Jerry Cohen (a faculty member here at UF).  Dr. Patel and Dr. Kiki Nin (PGY-3) resident organized bake sales and a party to encourage resident donation.  Administrative staff assisted as well by contributing and organizing bake sales.  Congratulations to the Department of Anesthesiology for showing that they care about patient safety all around the world.  Thanks to all of you and especially to the Wise Foundation for their extraordinary generosity.