Soteria Global Alliance
The Soteria Global Alliance’s mission is to provide relevant, appropriate, affordable and sustainable solutions to improve anesthesia and perioperative care in austere environments. Led by Executive Director John Sampson, MD and consisting of Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Faculty members Benjamin Lee, MD, MPH, Rahul Koka, MD, Tina Tran, MD, and Eric Jackson, MD, MBA and human factors expert Michael Rosen, Soteria has been focused on two funded projects – one involving the use of the Universal Anesthesia Machine in Sierra Leone and the other focusing on educating and implementing universal precaution infection control practices in Abuja Nigeria and Northern Ghana.
Soteria recently received a grant from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund to utilize rapid cycle deliberate practice and simulation education in two teaching hospitals in Abuja Nigeria and one teaching hospital in Northern Ghana. ACCM Research Coordinator, Adaora Chima, three infection control nurse, and one simulation center administrator traveled to these hospitals to deliver the education. In the next phase of the project this fall, the team will evaluate how well these trained hospitals in turn taught secondary hospitals in their respective countries by measuring learning retention at those secondary sites. As part of their work, the team has been updating a blog that you can access here and here.
In addition to infection control education, the Soteria Global Alliance has also delivered a project that evaluated the usability, safety, durability and impact of the use of the Universal Anesthesia Machine in two tertiary care hospitals in Sierra Leone. After learning that many hospitals receiving support for anesthesia machines purchased state-of-the-art machines that were not useable in the current hospital environments due to lack of stable electricity or compressed oxygen, Soteria received funding to purchase and provide the necessary training and education for the Universal Anesthesia Machine, which can operate at a fraction of the cost during temporary power failures and using an oxygen concentrator or room air. This work was recently highlighted by NPR here and here.