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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 156-162

A magical journey into knowledge creation in emergency difficult airway access: Reaching out to the masses, changing the world for all time

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, St. John's Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Arumugam Ramesh
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, St John's Medical College Hospital, Koramangala, Bengaluru - 560 034, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/arwy.arwy_59_21

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This article concludes a four-article series intended to ignite the minds of readers and empower them to create new knowledge in the context of 'emergency difficult airway access.' The first three articles described the process of knowledge creation in a clinical context where the anaesthesiologist is faced with a difficult airway in a medically underserved area. The utility of an educational app, the 'Research Genie (RG),' available on Google Play Store and App Store, to define and design a research study (knowledge creation) was explained. This article concludes the series with educating the reader in creating innovations based on the new knowledge. The steps of creating the product, process, position, and paradigm innovations are explained simply and comprehensively. Innovation jargon has been demystified for medical professionals to grasp the basis of intellectual property (IP). Various categories of IP, namely patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, layout design of integrated circuits and plant variety protection have been described in an easily understandable format. The biodesign process of Stanford University has been adapted to elucidate the technique of designing medical devices. Identify-Invent-Implement is the framework followed in the Stanford model. The method to frame a needs statement in the strategic focus area of difficult airway access is explained for the reader to begin the process of innovation. Biodesign concepts such as decision tree analysis, business models, stakeholder analysis, financial planning, regulatory and reimbursement basics have been described. The reader is introduced to medical device rules (2017) that govern biomedical innovations in India. The 'RG' bids adieu to the readers with an invitation to create swaraj (freedom) for everyone in the world from economic, social and administrative constraints so that healthcare is affordable and accessible for all.

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