Nurse Anesthetist Wins ANA Innovation Honors With First-of-its-Kind Airway Tool

Nurse Anesthetist Wins ANA Innovation Honors With First-of-its-Kind Airway Tool

Inventor saw a gap in available and effective airway management tools for patients who suffer breathing complications. A nurse anesthetist who leads a team that developed a device she invented, the McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA), is the Nurse-led Team Award winner of the 2023 ANA Innovation Awards given by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The ANA Innovation Awards highlight, recognize, and celebrate exemplary nurse innovators who improve patient safety and health outcomes. The award includes a $50,000 prize earmarked for further product advancements. Roxanne McMurray, DNP, APRN, CRNA, and her team with McMurray Medical, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, developed the breathing tool to maintain adequate ventilation for surgery or other medical procedures.

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Roxanne McMurray, a nurse anesthetist, led a team in creating the McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA), a device that fills a gap in airway management tools for patients with breathing complications. The ANA recognized McMurray and her team with the Nurse-led Team Award in the 2023 ANA Innovation Awards, which includes a $50,000 grant for further product advancements. The MEA from McMurray Medical improves ventilation during medical procedures and surgery.


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