Airway ShieldTM

The world’s first device that facilitates endotracheal intubation while protecting the patient and the clinician

Disruptive concept, smart design, revolutionary technology

Endotracheal Intubation

A Critical Life-Saving Procedure

+100

Million

Intubations Per Year

The 3rd most performed medical procedure in all hospitals worldwide.  It allows mechanical ventilation, which enables anaesthesia for surgery and emergency treatment of critically ill patients.

1/3

of the medico-legal complaints related to Anesthesia are due to Dental Trauma

Dental injury is the most common complication of laryngoscopy. Trauma to patient’s oral mucosa and teeth during intubation is a minor but frequent problem.

45%

of Intubations in critically ill patients end in Severe Complications

Hypoxaemia, haemodynamic instability, cardiac arrest, and even death make ETI a high-risk procedure for patients. Furthermore, 12% of emergency intubations fail.

10%

of clinicians got Infected when involved in the intubation of a COVID19 patient

In addition, ETI is a highly skilled technique, performed not only in operating theatres by anaesthetists, but also in intensive care and emergency departments, and in pre-hospital settings by less trained staff.

The Airway ShieldTM

Making ETI easier, faster and safer

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The sealed “Central Opening” allows the laryngoscope blade and endotracheal tube to pass through, while minimizing the spread of aerosols and droplets.
The ‘Shield’ covers the patient’s mouth and protects the operator from the risk of infection.
The sealed “Lateral Openings” allow the aspiration of secretions and/or aerosols.
The “Guiding-Channel” facilitates intubation by directing the endotracheal tube into the trachea. Its “Reinforced Area” also protects the teeth during intubation.
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How it works

The Airway ShieldTM stabilizes the airway, keeping the mouth open, and guides the endotracheal tube (ETT), which easily follows the direction set by the laryngoscope blade towards the vocal cords

1. PLACING THE AIRWAY SHIELDTM
Carefully following the palate, the device is introduced into the mouth until the “shield” covers it completely.

2. INTUBATION
As in a standard intubation, videolaryngoscopy is performed and, once we have the view of the glottis in the center of the screen, the ETT is slided.

3. REMOVING THE AIRWAY SHIELDTM
Once the ETT is correctly placed and the ventilator is connected, the device is peeled away from the midline and removed.

The benefits

The Airway ShieldTM increases intubation success and reduces associated complications

Guided intubation

Reducing intubation time by almost 50% 1.

Patient protection

Protects patient’s teeth and mucosa, the most frequent intubation-related injuries.

Clinician protection

Protects clinicians from infection by decreasing the spread of aerosols and droplets by up to 95% 2.

Easy to use

Minimal training required.

 Portable

Available and ready to use in any circumstance.

Low-cost

Simple solution to a complex problem.

Disruptive technology

Revolutionary yet simple design.

Patented

Design and method protected by an international patent.

Testimonials

What the experts have to say about our device

Simple, intuitive and easy to use. This device facilitates intubation and provides safety to the professional against the generation of aerosols.

Ana MendigurenAnaesthesiologist, University Hospital Araba

A barrier that can be crucial in the professional protection.

Mikel BibankoAnaesthesiologist, University Hospital Araba

A breakthrough in the field of security combined with easy to use technology, even for those with little experience.

Jon RenteriaSecond-Year Resident in Anaesthesiology, University Hospital Araba

Device easy to use, comfortable to place and facilitates ventilation and intubation, using laryngoscope as well as videolaryngoscope. And at the same time protects you against aerosols.

Fidel de CelisAnaesthesiologist, University Hospital Araba

Meet the team

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Founder and CEO

Dr. Julio Alonso

Dr. Julio Alonso is the clinical expert of the team and the inventor of the Airway Shield device. He is an Intensive Care specialist who identified the clinical need, thus initiating the Airway Shield project. He leads the team and is responsible of medical coordination and overall business strategy of the company.
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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Pablo Kaperotxipi

Pablo Kaperotxipi, with strong experience in business and commercialization, is involved in the development of the commercialization plan and execution of the business plan.
He oversees all operations, manages the team and provides expertise in quality and logistics.
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Clinical Research & Medical Communication

Laura González

Laura González, PhD in Pharmacy and specialized in Clinical Research, is the responsible of scientific research, medical writing and communication, coordination of the validation studies and liaising with Key Opinion Leaders.
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Biomedical Engineering

Fernando Fernández

Fernando Fernández, Biomedical Engineer with experience in MedTech projects and Artificial Intelligence, is dedicated to the research and development part, mainly focused on the Software development. He is also the specialist in the use of design softwares.
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Business Development Director

Joanne Zuo

Joanne Zuo is specialised in technology transition and commercialization. She is responsible for go-to-market strategy and global commercialization collaborations.
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Business Management

Nieves Espinosa

Nieves Espinosa has a strong background in corporate journalism, and thus she is specialised in communication strategy with hospitals and KOLs.

Timeline

IDEA

International Patent Filed (PCT)
1st Manufacturing partner contract (manual mold)
1st crowdfunding completed in 24 hours
CE Mark Obtained
Publication of the 1st preclinical study in an international medical journal
Obtained “Safer Technology” designation by the FDA
1st Human Trial started
1st distribution contract with palex medical
2nd manufacturing partner contract (automatic mold)
Commercialization started in Spain and Portugal
2nd Crowdfunding Completed In 10 Days

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