05.01.2011 15:08 By: Jen Gow

Usability Tests in Uganda

Category: Anesthesia

Phone Oximeter prototype at Mulago Hospital, Uganda

Following successful usability trials here at BCCH and at Vancouver General Hospital, members of the PART and ECEM travelled to Africa this September to test the usability of the first Phone Oximeter prototype at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Composed of a pulse oximeter sensor and module connected to a mobile phone, the highly portable, battery-powered Phone Oximeter can convey the quality and trend of physiological data over time through an intuitive display.

This seed project, which has been funded by a UBC Martha Piper Research Award, has demonstrated the potential for enhanced delivery of information from a pulse oximeter to improve the safety of anesthesia care throughout the developing world.

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