For many hospitals in rural parts of the developing world, electricity is unreliable at best. In the course of one day there can be brownouts and power spikes. Electricity may cut off for hours or even days at a time, without any warning.
If this happens during surgery or forces surgeons to postpone operations — and it does — it will often cost people their lives.
But an innovative device called the Universal Anesthesia Machine (UAM), from nonprofit medical device company Gradian Health Systems, allows health workers in countries like Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Zambia to deliver anesthesia without any electricity, and helps save patients' lives in the process. Read more...More about Health, Social Good, Social Good Summit, Hospitals, and Developing World