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Safe Surgery

Safe surgery helps save lives, relieves disability, and prevents death from neglected common conditions. However, 5 billion people worldwide, most of whom live in resource-poor settings, cannot access safe, affordable surgery and anesthesia care when needed. A large number of anesthesia providers in low-resource settings lack sufficient equipment and training to monitor blood oxygen levels through pulse oximetry.

Americares is committed to advancing safe surgical care. Through our Safe Surgery Initiative, we will donate pulse oximeters, surgical instrument sets and surgical safety checklists to qualified recipients.

These items must be left with in-country partners at your destination medical facility so they can be used year-round, regardless of the presence of a visiting medical team.

Pulse Oximeters

You will receive the CMI pulse oximeter:


We will donate units and probes to be left with your in-country partner, if you:

  • Have assessed oximetry needs in the OR and recovery area of your partner facility.
  • Can provide training on their use in addition to your patient care responsibilities.
  • Can provide an in-country contact at the facility accepting responsibility for the units.

Surgical Instrument Sets

Contents of sets may vary based on availability of instruments. Updated 3.23.2023.

Contents of Basic Surgical Instrument Sets   

1Yankauer Suction Tube Economy SS 27cm/11”
1Scalpel Handle No. 3 Graduated Scale
1Operating Scss Sharp/Blunt Str 14.5cm/5.5”
1Mayo Sccs Cvd 14cm/5.5″
1Mayo Scss Cvd 17cm/6.75″
1Metzenbaum Scss Cvd 18cm/7”
1Dressing Forceps 14cm/5.5”
4Halsted Mosq Fcps Str 12.5cm/4.75”
4Halsted Mosq Fcps Cvd 12cm/4.75”
4Kelly Forceps Curved 5.5″
6Backhaus Towel Clamp 9cm/3.5”
1Foerster Sponge Fcps Serr Str 25cm/9.5”
2Senn-Miller Retractor Sharp 17cm/6.75”
2Volkmann Retractor Blunt 3 Tooth 21.5cm/8.5”
1Probe with eye D. 2mm 14.5cm/5.5”
1Grooved Director Buttoned 14.5cm/5.5”
1Baumgartner Needle Holder 14cm/5.5”
1Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder 15cm/6”
1Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder 18cm/7”
1Frazier Suction Tube 19cm 30 9Fr
2Schnidt Tonsil Forceps Cvd Open 19cm/7.5”
2Allis Tissue Forceps 4x5T 15cm/6”

Contents of C-Section Instrument Sets

1Operating Scss Sharp/Blunt Str 14.5cm/5.5”
4Foerster Sponge Fcps Serr Str 25cm/9.5″
6Tissue Forceps 1x2T 20cm/8”
1Dressing Forceps 20cm/8”
1Rochester-Pean Fcps Str 16cm/6.25”
1Scalpel Handle No.3 Graduated
1Mayo Scss Str 23cm/9″
1Heaney Needle Holder Cvd  21cm/8.25”
1Jackson Vaginal Specula 90x38mm Fig.2
1Allis Tissue Forceps 5x6T 19cm/7.5″
1Delee Universal Retractor 23.5cm/9.25”
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Container of Surgical Instruments, forceps and others.

We will donate surgical instrument sets to be left with your in-country partner, if you:

  • Are a physician
  • Have assessed the instrument set needs of your partner facility.
  • Can confirm that your partner facility staff processes (clean, disinfect, sterilizes) its surgical equipment.
  • Can provide an in-country contact at the facility accepting responsibility for the units.

Surgical Safety Checklist

Laminated checklists are made available to surgical partners through the online application. Also included is a whiteboard marker and velcro for mounting.

Paper checklists: English Spanish French


Here is a list of the most essential training materials in pulse oximetry and the Surgical Safety Checklist provided by CMI, the WHO and Americares. Feel free to print them out and take them on your trip to help with training your in-country partner.|

About the unit:

CMI User Guide

Pulse Oximeter manuals and tutorials:

Surgical Safety Checklist:

  • Americares Surgical Safety Checklist – English
  • Americares Surgical Safety Checklist – French
  • Americares Surgical Safety Checklist – Spanish

Training materials for WHO Surgical Safety Checklist: