The WHO Global Pulse Oximetry Project
The WHO's Safe Surgery Checklist is simple and can be completed in under 2 minutes, but there is one component that is not currently achievable in every operating room in the world - pulse oximetry. The goal of the WHO's Global Pulse Oximetry Project is to improve the quality of anaesthesia care throughout the world by providing affordable, robust pulse oximetry devices for every operating room in the developing world that does not have one. We will also develop a training program to improve provider response to hypoxemia.
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The Global Pulse Oximetry First International Consultation Meeting took place at the World Health Organization in Geneva from 29-30 October 2008 and was chaired by Dr Atul Gawande. For more information on the consultation meeting please see the materials below:
- Summary Notes
- Participant List
The Background document outlines the history of pulse oximetry as a standard of care, current barriers, and the differences in provider expertise in various hospital settings.