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Redesigned for today

The McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA) is designed to comfortably and safely maintain a patient’s airway. This was created by an anesthesia professional to address the gaps with current airway devices.

McMurray medical wins

the 2023 ANA Innovation
“Nurse-led Team” Award!

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McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA)


The MEA is an innovative distal pharyngeal airway (DPA) designed to help improve safety, outcomes, provider satisfaction and reduce healthcare costs. 

  • Fast and easy to use

  • Effectively maintains airway

  • Relieves difficult mask ventilation 

  • Secure placement 

  • EGD bite block-compatible 

Oral airways have not been significantly redesigned in nearly 100 years. The MEA is designed specifically to eliminate issues associated with traditional airway usage.

How it works

How it works


Increases Patient Comfort

  • Flexible material helps to eliminate sore, scratchy throats 

  • The MEA is longer, softer, and smaller in diameter compared to traditional oral airways

  • Decreases the need for a chin lift or jaw thrust, reducing postoperative chin and jaw discomfort

  • Helps increase ability to breathe with ease by eliminating upper airway obstruction

  • Elongated shock-absorbing bite block shifts the bite to the molars, decreasing risk of dental damage 


Helps Reduces Airway Risks

  • Provides a patent airway to improve patient oxygen saturation 

  • By using the optional 15 mm connector with the anesthesia circuit, the longer airway delivers oxygen closer to the lungs and away from the surgical area, reducing fire risk

  • Large flange reduces risk of the airway dislodging

  • Easy to place alongside an upper endoscopy bite block

  • Attaches to anesthesia
    circuit or bag valve mask
    (BVM) to deliver apneic or
    passive oxygenation
    during intubation


Improves Provider Satisfaction

  • Easy to insert, with no need for lubricant or tongue depressor

  • Decreases the need for a chin lift or jaw thrust, keeping providers' hands free for other tasks​

  • Offers an alternative method to improving oxygen saturation during routine or difficult mask ventilation

  • Supplied in individual small pouches for easy and convenient stocking and use

The McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA) Difference

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The MEA Difference
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