Airway ShieldTM

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

Disruptive concept, smart design, revolutionary technology.

Endotracheal Intubation: A Critical Life-Saving Procedure

Endotracheal Intubation (ETI) is the 3rd most performed medical procedure in all hospitals worldwide, with more than 100 million intubations per year.

It allows artificial ventilation, which enables anaesthesia for surgery and emergency treatment of critically ill patients.

However, ETI is a high-risk procedure for patients and clinicians, with a high complication rate. 45% of intubations in critically ill patients result in severe complications (severe hypoxaemia, haemodynamic instability, cardiac arrest, and even death).

In addition, 12% of emergency intubations fail and 10% of clinicians involved in the intubation of a patient with COVID-19 become infected during the procedure.

Trauma to patient’s oral mucosa and teeth during intubation is a minor but frequent problem, with dental trauma being the leading cause of complaints in Anaesthesia, accounting for up to 33% of all incidents.

Furthermore, 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

An innovative low-cost and safe solution for minimizing risks of ETI procedure.

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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 “Lateral Openings” allow the aspiration of secretions and/or aerosols.
The “Guiding-Channel” facilitates intubation by directing the endotracheal tube into the trachea.

How it works

The Airway ShieldTM stabilizes the airway, keeping the mouth open, and guides the endotracheal tube, which easily follows the direction set by the laryngoscope blade.

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Placing the Airway ShieldTM

Carefully following the palate, the device is introduced into the mouth until the shield is covering the mouth of the patient. The shield protects the operators from droplets and aerosols.

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Intubation

Like in a standard intubation, the video-laryngoscope is introduced first to obtain the view of the larynx, and then the ETT is introduced. The guiding channel of the device guides the ETT following the blade of the laryngoscope towards the larynx.

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Removing the Airway ShieldTM

Once the ETT is in place and the ventilator is connected, the Airway ShieldTM is peeled away from the midline and removed. The exposure to aerosols and droplets has been minimized.

The benefits

The Airway ShieldTM is a cost-effective, safe, and innovative solution that protects the patient and the clinicians during endotracheal intubation, facilitating the procedure. 

Endotracheal tube guide

Facilitating the intubation procedure.

Patient Safety

Protects patient´s teeth and mucosa.

Operator Protection

Protects clinicians from the risk of infection, reducing the spread of aerosols and droplets.

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

Dr. Julio Alonso

Founder and CEO

Pablo Kaperotxipi

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Laura González

Clinical Research & Medical Communication

Fernando Fernández

Biomedical Engineering

Joanne Zuo

Business Development Director

Nieves Espinosa

Business Management

Timeline

Our product roadmap with milestones from the conceptualization phase in April-May 2020 to our commercial launch in December 2023.

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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Get in touch

Spain

Calle Moctezuma 3, 1B Santander.
39003 Cantabria. Spain

Calle Cifuentes 5, Madrid.
28021 Madrid. Spain

+34 628 548 421
info@airwayshield.com

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