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WFSA Announces Winner of 2018 WFSA-Fresenius-Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) is proud to announce the winner of the 2018 WFSA-Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards as RevoCap: A Revolution in Global Capnography, an innovation presented by Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Dr Michael Lipnick.

Maziar Mohsen Nourian, a medical student at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and Dr Michael Lipnick, an assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Anaesthesia Division of Global Health Equity have been awarded the 2018 Innovation Award for the creation of an affordable and context-appropriate capnography device for use in low and middle income countries.

Started and led by Maziar Nourian, a medical student, and Patrick Kolbay, an engineering PhD student at the University of Utah with the counsel and support of faculty members within the department of Anaesthesiology, RevoCap is an innovation to help provide safer anaesthesia in Low and Middle Income countries. The University of Utah and UCSF are collaborating to help understand the gap in access to capnography worldwide and the potential impact of increasing access to capnography through the development of lower cost and context appropriate devices.

Michael and Maziar write:

“There have been multiple calls to action for universal access to capnography in order to improve patient safety in resource-constrained countries, yet reliable and affordable capnography monitors for these settings are still not available. We have created a prototype of a low-cost capnography device (RevoCap)...using commonly available components. The simple design is affordable and context-appropriate for LMICs.”

As award winners, Michael and Maziar will receive a grant of $25,000 to develop, test and refine the RevoCap prototype and will be able to access input, mentorship and feedback from WFSA and Fresenius Kabi specialists. Additionally, they will be offered the opportunity to have a short promotional film made about the innovation and will receive an invitation to attend the World Congress of Anaesthesia (WCA) in Prague 2020 to contribute to the scientific programme.

The WFSA would like to take this opportunity to send a huge congratulations to Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Dr Michael Lipnick. We look forward to working with them both in their development of RevoCap which has the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide.

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