Surgical quality improvement in low-income environments: sustaining, adapting and scaling the Lifebox Clean Cut program (CHESA Grand Rounds)

7:00 am PDT (UTC-7)

Join UCSF’s Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia (CHESA) for a Grand Rounds featuring Lifebox.

Simulcast in English, Spanish, and French


Surgical site infections (SSIs) occur after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. SSIs are the leading hospital acquired infection in low- and middle-income countries and can lead to serious complications.

Reducing surgical site infections is one of Lifebox’s three core pillars of Safer Surgery. Clean Cut – based on the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist – is a three-to-six-month program that works to strengthen a hospital’s perioperative infection prevention practices and save lives.

Join CHESA as we host the Lifebox team in Grand Rounds to discuss the development, implementation, and scale of Clean Cut across surgical subspecialties and geographies. CHESA Director Dr. Doruk Ozgediz will host this Grand Rounds along with UCSF MS4 Ruth Laverde. 

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  • Dr. Sedera Arimino, General Surgeon, Regional Hospital of Reference of Vakinankaratra, Antsirabe, Madagascar
  • Dr. Samuel Negash, Resident in Pediatric Surgery, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Tihitena Negussie, Global Clinical Director, Lifebox. Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Consultant General and Pediatric Surgeon, Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
  • Dr. Nichole Starr, Resident in General Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, United States
  • Dr. Tom Weiser, general and trauma surgeon, a surgical intensivist, and an Associate Professor of Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, United States. Consulting Medical Officer, Lifebox

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