Kijabe hospital is a missionary hospital near Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Mark Newton, Professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt, has worked at Kijabe for over 15 years. This year, Dr. Joseph Schlesinger, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt, brought the ExSpiron 1Xi to Kijabe Hospital as part of a continued emphasis on improving monitoring and patient safety with limited resources. Kijabe is an important training site for surgery, anesthesia, and medicine for health care workers in east Africa.
The ExSpiron 1Xi was used creatively to wean a tracheostomy patient off mechanical ventilation, to titrate comfort care drugs effectively, and to safely extubate in the case of neuromuscular dysfunction.