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CapnoWeek: Closing the Global Capnography Gap

On the 24 – 29 June, join Lifebox, Smile Train and WFSA with the aim of ensuring that every anesthesia provider, no matter where they work, is equipped with this essential anesthesia monitoring device.

Lifebox, Smile Train and WFSA are bringing you an action packed week of online capnography content.

Together, we’re urging health care systems and equipment standard guidelines, including those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) globally, to include a capnograph as an essential anesthesia monitor for safer surgery.

What is the Global Capnography Gap? 

Capnography has been a staple in operating rooms in high-income countries for more than three decades. Its introduction in the United States in 1991 led to a dramatic decline in anesthesia-related complications and deaths. Yet, capnography remains largely unavailable across most low-resource-setting operating rooms, with research showing there is often a 100% gap between the need for capnography and its availability in low-income countries. What this means for anesthesia providers having to work without this device.

What is the Smile Train-Lifebox Capnograph? 

The Smile Train-Lifebox Capnograph is an affordable, user-friendly, high-quality device with sturdy construction and long battery life. The device meets robust specifications for the monitoring of both pediatric patients and use in low-resource settings. Launched by Smile Train and Lifebox in 2023, the two organizations are working to equip low-resource setting operating rooms with this essential device.

If you want to hear more, listen to the BBC World Service feature on Lifebox and Smile Train’s capnography work.

How can I get involved?