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Innovation awards

Innovation awards

Every year the Association offers the Award for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain.

The award recognises the importance of innovation in healthcare for the benefit of patient safety, patient care and improvements in the hospital workplace.

Entries for the 2021 Award for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain has now closed, winners will be announced at WSM 2021.

The innovation award for 2021 is kindly sponsored by:

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The aims of the Association award for innovation are:

  1. To promote innovation in anaesthesia and intensive care
  2. To help individuals in their product development journey 'from concept to the finished product'
  3. To facilitate introduction to the medical equipment manufacturers or relevant organisation
  4. To facilitate testing of new equipment or an idea
  5. To facilitate marketing of a new product or an idea

Previous winners


The winner of the 2020 award for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain was Dr Sebastian Brown, Co-Founder and Research Director of  SageTech Automated Extraction Machine

 A unique process to capture, extract and purify inhalational anaesthetics such that they can be placed back on the market under licence. This will create the first ever circular economy for a pharmaceutical product in the UK. SageTech’s technology will reduce both the cost and the environmental pollution of anaesthesia.

You can find more details in the press release.


MyPreOp: online patient owned preop assessment  

Developed by Dr Paul Upton, CEO of Ultramed Ltd.

MyPreOp is an online preoperative assessment programme. When the patient is told they need an operation they are given access to create an account. They enter their information into MyPreOp and then share their information with their health care provider. Patients own their account and choose to share their information. Clinicians do not have access the account. This empowers patients and engages them in their care. If they need a further procedure they log back in, confirm their data is current and share it. This is the basis of a Personal Health Record.


Little Journey app: a novel virtual reality preparatory tool for children undergoing ambulatory surgery

Developed by Dr Chris Evans (University College London), Ramani Moonesinghe (University College Hospital), and Flora Roumpani (University College London)

Each year, over 500,000 children undergo planned day-case surgery in the UK. Around three-quarters of these children experience anxiety before surgery, linked with short-term distress and longer-term problems such as separation anxiety, nightmares and bedwetting.

As a potential solution, Dr Evans and his colleagues developed Little Journey, an interactive, smartphone app that uses virtual reality (VR) to prepare children aged 3-12 years old for their operation - all from the comfort and safety of their home.

Using a low-cost virtual reality headset, children can explore in 3D the ward, anaesthetic and recovery rooms they'll actually visit on the day of their operation.

They can select age-tailored animated staff characters to tell them about the hospital, and introduce them to the pieces of equipment they'll see in each area - familiarising and desensitising them to the hospital, so it's all less scary on the day.

The app is free to download from the Apple and Google Play stores, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. With no ongoing hosting or maintenance costs, this sustainable solution is an exciting tool for every anaesthetist's anxiety management arsenal. The 2018 award was presented at the Association's Winter Scientific Meeting.


An oxygen reservoir for use in difficult environments by Robert Neighbour and Roger Eltringham (a team from Diamedica (UK) Ltd, assisted by the charity Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide). Read more about the oxygen reservoir in the May 2017 edition of Anaesthesia News.


Relax Anaesthetics by Dr Peter Brooks, Consultant Anaesthetist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Read an update on Relax Anaesthetics in the May 2017 edition of Anaesthesia News.


The Non Injectable Arterial Connector (NIC) by Dr Maryanne Mariyaselvam. Read about NIC in the May 2017 edition of Anaesthesia News.


SAFIRA - Safe Injection System for Regional Anaesthesia by Dr Emad Fawzy.


The Mobile Capnograph' by Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide.


Air-Free Drip Chamber' by Dr James Limb and 'Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anaesthesia with an Optimised Ultrasound Transducer' by Dr Graeme McLeod.

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