Quotes about the Global Capnography Project (GCAP)

Dr Sarah Hodges from Kampala, Uganda said:

“I have practised anaesthesia for many years in a number of remote locations initially without any kind of monitoring except a precordial stethoscope and a finger on the pulse. Then pulse oximeters became more widely available and improved our level of care but now having used capnography continuously for a number of years I have appreciated how much it adds not just to the safety of care but also to teaching non-physician anaesthetists. I am certain they have a much better understanding of their patients’ respiratory physiology. It has enhanced their comprehension of different respiratory complications and their management and I am certain it has saved many lives. I feel quite naked without capnography now.”

Prof Ellen O’Sullivan from GCAP Team, said:

“We believe that this is one of the most important projects in anaesthesia safety in the last decade. Our research clearly shows that lives are at risk in low-income countries due to an absence of a simple method of monitoring breathing, called capnography. This is despite international standards recommending its use. We are calling for the development of an international project to make global capnography to become a reality, so that like pulse oximetry, it can be included the World Health Organisation (WHO) surgical safety checklist to help improve patient safety worldwide All relevant organisations should consider taking this forward.”

 Dr Delia Mabedi from Zomba Hospital, Malawi commented:

“These results show that capnography is desparetately needed to help save patients’ lives in our operating theatres and ICUs. We found the equipment robust and easy to use. We plead with the international anaesthesia community to support the dissemination of the GCAP project throughout Malawi and other sub-Saharan African countries.”

Vafa Jamali, senior vice president and president of Respiratory, Gastrointestinal and Informatics, which is part of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group at Medtronic commented:

“Medtronic is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the GCAP project that demonstrated the major clinical benefits of monitoring patients breathing with capnography. We look forward to working with the clinical community to address the global need for this technology and to keep patients safe worldwide.”

Dr David Whitaker from the GCAP team said:

“In January 2018 the NHS made not using capnography to prevent undetected oesophageal intubation a Never Event but even today 70,000 operating theatres around the world still do not have it”.

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