The Aspect Medical Systems A-2000 Monitor, which anesthesiologists use to measure patient consciousness, is the winner of the new annual Design & Business Catalyst Award. Sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America and BusinessWeek, the Catalyst award is given in recognition of the business success of IDEA winners.
Design Continuum researched the behavior of nurses and doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital to design a small, easy-to-use monitor that tracks the effects of anesthesia on the brain. The device, which weighs three pounds, warns if patients are about to regain consciousness and allows for more precise--and often lower--doses of anesthetics.
The monitor won a bronze IDEA in 1999, and its marketplace success was a key factor in Aspect Medical Systems' decision to go public in January, 2000, when financing was beginning to get tight.