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McMurray Medical Receives Prestigious ANA Innovation Award
Minneapolis — March 9, 2023 — McMurray Medical has been selected as the winner of the American Nurses Association 2023 “nurse-led team” Innovation Award. Roxanne McMurray, CRNA, DNP, APRN, received the award for the device she invented, the McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA). Read full press release
The Plan B CRNA Podcast Provider Spotlight- Keep Patients Breathing with the McMurray Enhanced Airway by Roxanne McMurray
Bobby Jones, Episode 101, February 21, 2022
Maintaining a patent airway for patients is critically important. While patient populations have changed significantly over the decades, airway management tools have not. Learn more about important new options in keeping patients breathing at a moment’s notice in this podcast.
Breakthrough McMurray Medical Airway Management Device Named 2021 EMS World Innovation Awards Winner
St. Paul, Minn. — December 6, 2021 — The McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA), the first distal pharyngeal airway (DPA), has been named a 2021 EMS World Innovation Awards winner. Read full press release
Keeping Pace with Change
Outpatient Surgery Magazine, January 2021, pg 62-63.
Roxanne McMurray, DPN, APRN, CRNA and founder of McMurray Medical shares important considerations for outpatient providers, including the need for improved airway management. Read full article
Peer Reviewed Articles and Abstracts
The Right Tool for the Job: Introducing the Distal Pharyngeal Airway (DPA)
The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) Sensor. Fall 2023.
Anesthesia airway management is a crucial component of modern medical practice, enabling the safe and effective administration of anesthesia during surgeries and other medical procedures. In recent years, an aging population with a higher rate of obesity has made patients with a “difficult airway” more common than in the past. While it is possible to address a difficult airway by using external maneuvers, this creates risk for the patient and limits the medical staff. It is far better to have airway devices on hand that are specifically designed to address the problem of distal pharyngeal collapse. A range of such devices is discussed in this paper.
Sudden Hypoxemia in GI Procedure Relieved by a New Distal Pharyngeal Airway (DPA): Case Report
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) Articles Between Issues, July 16, 2023.
Airway management challenges such as upper airway obstruction and hypoxemia occur frequently in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopies. Closed claims analyses indicate that GI endoscopy cases are associated with the highest number of malpractice claims for anesthesia providers, highlighting the need for upper airway patency and oxygenation improvements. The Distal Pharyngeal Airway can be placed alongside an EGD endoscope to relieve distal pharyngeal airway obstruction and facilitate effective airway management under sedation.
Current Concepts in the Management of the Difficult Airway
Anesthesiology News, June 2023, Vol. 20, No. 1, pg 26, Table 7, Ventilation on Oxygenation.
McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA) - An easy-to-use distal pharyngeal airway (DPA) device that is flexible like a nasal airway but designed for oral use. Opens the obstructed airway beyond the tongue. Soft, flexible tubing with a cushioned bite block that is placed between the molars. With the 15-mm connector, the MEA can attach to an anesthesia circuit or manual resuscitator to allow continuous oxygenation during intubation or intraoral ventilation to ease poor positive pressure mask ventilation.
Introducing the First Distal Pharyngeal Airway
A & A Practice, June 2023, Vol. 17, No. 6. DOI: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001691
Airway obstruction during anesthesia is a common occurrence with potentially serious outcomes. Increasingly, patients are older, heavier, and more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea—all heightened risk factors for airway complications. These patients undergo procedures where distal pharyngeal tissues can relax, obstructing the airway. As a result, there is a need for airway devices that can stent open distal pharyngeal tissues to maintain adequate ventilation. To physically address this problem, the new distal pharyngeal airway (DPA) prevents airway obstruction and enables providers to maintain ventilation.
New Distal Pharyngeal Airway Contributes to Improved Patient Care and Outcomes: 2 Case Reports
Anesthesiology News, March 2022 , pg 8-9
Most Airway Management for anesthesia providers and airway experts is routine, predictable uneventful and straightforward. However, when a challenging airway occurs in a clinical situation it... Read full article
A Provider Satisfaction Survey
McMurray R, Gordon L. A Survey of Provider Satisfaction of a New, Flexible Extended-Length Pharyngeal Airway to Relieve Upper Airway Obstruction during Deep Sedation. Enliven: J Anesthesiol Crit Care Med. 2021;8(2):002.
MEA use-assessment survey study involved 54 anesthesia providers from 15 U.S. surgery locations. Providers were instructed on MEA use and trialed the airway in adult patients experiencing an upper airway obstruction under deep sedation/MAC. Results include:
100% successful in establishing and maintaining a patent airway (n=86)
93% of respondents agreed that the MEA was easy to place
98% allowed for a “hands-off approach"
86% would improve airway management practice and patient outcomes