Open Minds 2013 Team: MAID (Magnetically Assisted Intubation Device)

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Airway stabilization is one of the most important steps in emergency care. Whenever an individual’s ability to breathe is compromised, long-term brain damage can occur in as little as six minutes. This team created a device that allows medical professionals to perform safe, easy, and fast intubations. Intubation is magnet-assisted: a system of magnets both outside of the neck and within the endotracheal tube helps the professional visualize the airway and enter the trachea without the need of a laryngoscope. The device is easily integrated with current intubation equipment and can be removed to allow for an MRI or similar test to be performed.

MAID also took Third Prize in the 2012 BMEIdea competition.

Watch their video: