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Pulse oximetry (scarcity)


Over the past eight years, Lifebox has distributed 1108 devices in Ethiopia, typically directly to anaesthesia providers; nearly half of those surveyed had received one, and of 140 devices that were identified during the survey work, 123 were still in use up to 7 years later (nine were reported as missing and eight reported as malfunctioning). These were typically owned by the providers themselves and were thus not available for flexible clinical use.

Despite its durability and usefulness in clinical care, there were very few generally available portable pulse oximeters that could move to areas of a hospital as needed, whether to recovery rooms, intensive care, emergency units, or even point-of-care screening and triage areas.