The Lifebox Initiative continues to be well supported by the ASA membership and leadership. Nearly $200,000 has been raised to date, and the donations continue online, at the annual meeting and at other specialty and state society meetings around the country. But the donation of the pulse oximeter is only the first step in improving patient safety in low-income countries. Education, training and monitoring outcomes are essential to this process.

At Lifebox’s request, the ASA Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach will launch its commitment to Central America. This commitment includes providing donations to meet the pulse oximeter gap in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, and thereafter providing the in-country education and training and delivery of units to responsible providers and hospitals. In 2013, this effort will begin in Nicaragua with the delivery of more than 87 pulse oximeters by a team of five volunteers who will...

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