McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA)

This is my first blog entry at SONSIEL a friend encouraged me to investigate SONSIEl resources for entrepreneurial support. Last week I joined the virtual meeting. I am impressed with the community and support that SONSIEL offers. I am happy to say I am now a SONSIEL member. 

Let me introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my passion.


My name is Roxanne McMurray, and I passionate about improving healthcare through innovation, specifically airway management. I co-founded McMurray Medical in 2016. I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in the anesthesia program and provide anesthesia in an ambulatory center. I have been an RN for 34 years and have been providing anesthesia for over 25 years. Being a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) has provided me insight into needed tools to enhance patient outcomes, improve practice, and decrease operational costs. 


McMurray Medical was founded based on my desire to bring a novel and much needed a modern solution to airway management. Existing airway devices have shortcomings and reveal adverse effects leading to emerging workarounds for airway management. Workarounds provide opportunities for innovation. I saw a need for an airway device that could sufficiently open the upper obstructed airway to improve patient outcomes. New solutions for airway management are surfacing; however, an upfront investment is typically needed to make these solutions viable along with multiple steps to place the device before these devices can open the obstructed airway. 


The goal for the McMurray Enhanced Airway (MEA) is to provide an easy, simple, fast, and effective solution to establish a patent upper airway to improve patient outcomes. To use this multifunction MEA airway device, open, place, and go. The MEA length providers a “hands-off’ approach freeing up providers’ hands to tend to other tasks and provide social distancing. While the MEA 15 mm connector allows for attachment to a manual resuscitator or anesthesia circuit to provide intraoral ventilation. Mask ventilation can be a significant challenge, especially with obese, edentulous, or bearded patients. Intraoral ventilation avoids the variables associated with difficult mask fit to create a tight seal and challenging mask ventilation.


I am excited to share with you that the MEA also has an application during the COVID Era. The MEA can be used to improve provider and patient safety by promoting social distancing and by minimizing airway interventions that lead to aerosol generation, which increases the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19.


I am excited how the McMurray Enhanced Airway can quickly and effectively improve breathing, an essential part of life. I know I can make it, that it works well, people love it, and now I need to get it into the hospital systems. This is where I need help. Please provide advice and let me know if you have any questions or comments for me.