Award for King’s Lynn hospital doctor

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An innovative doctor from Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been presented with an award.

Dr Maryanne Mariyaselvam won the annual prize for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain.

Dr Mariyaselvam was honoured for developing the Non Injectable Arterial Connector to improve the safety of arterial lines, a thin catheter inserted into an artery.

The award was given by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) at its winter scientific meeting in London. It was presented by the association president, Dr Andrew Hartle.

Dr Mariyaselvam’s innovation would be the only device of its kind available on the market to promote arterial line safety.

Winning the award will allow the product to be showcased before medical equipment manufacturers including award sponsors Intersurgical, 3M Healthcare and Fannin, and will help with funds towards testing and marketing.

Dr Mariyaselvam is delighted with the award.

She said: “It is fantastic to be nominated for the AAGBI Innovation Prize as it highlights the work being done by the Kings Lynn Institute of Patient Safety (KLIPS) and will help to improve not only arterial line safety, but also the adoption of patient safety devices in the NHS.”