US Doctor Solves the Problem of DRC’s Crying Rooms

July 2, 2015
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Dr. Salmon describes how implementing regional anesthesia as well as other existing technologies in countries in Africa helped to silence what was known as the “Crying Rooms”

Dr. Pat Salber (@docweighsin) interviews Margaret Salmon, MD in South San Francisco, CA at the Health Tech Forum’s 2015 Innovation Conference themed the “Common Good.” They talked about Margaret’s work—in particular her project in pain management (both chronic and acute pain)—in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other countries in Africa to eliminate what was known as the “Crying Rooms.” Crying Rooms were the places in medical facilities where procedures were performed without anesthesia. Thus, the rooms were filled with the sounds of people crying out in pain. Ouch! Just imagine being operated on without anesthesia.

Margaret also spoke of her involvement as the director in an organization called ITTea (Innovations in Technology Transfer for Enhanced Affordability). What they do, she describes, is use existing technology as well as some innovations and apply it in hard to work places, like DRC, to fix health care problems.

Listen as Dr. Salmon describes how implementing not only regional anesthesia but other existing technologies in these countries helped to silence the crying rooms.

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