Matching the design of anesthesia life-support equipment with environmental challenges

Onyebuchi Ogbuagu, Adaora Chima, Rahul Koka, Benjamin Lee, Eric Jackson, Michael Rosen, Michael Koroma, John Sampson

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

Surgery is an essential component of health systems. Anesthesia is a necessity for the delivery of safe and effective surgical care. In emerging healthcare systems, anesthesia providers are often the only providers of life support, with the anesthesia machine being the tool most often used for this purpose. The use of anesthesia machines that are not designed to match existing constraints in low-resource environment places patients in these locations at risk of suffering cardiac or brain damage from anoxia and hypercapnia, awakening during surgery, or acquiring infectious diseases. These risks can be mitigated with appropriately designed equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventAppropriate Healthcare Technologies for Low Resource Settings, AHT 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 17 2014Sep 18 2014

Other

OtherAppropriate Healthcare Technologies for Low Resource Settings, AHT 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period9/17/149/18/14

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Anesthesia
  • Life-support
  • Safety
  • Sierra Leone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Ogbuagu, O., Chima, A., Koka, R., Lee, B., Jackson, E., Rosen, M., Koroma, M., & Sampson, J. (2014). Matching the design of anesthesia life-support equipment with environmental challenges. Paper presented at Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Low Resource Settings, AHT 2014, London, United Kingdom.