Dr John Hyndman

Specialist anaesthetist, HYVAN

Whilst working as a volunteer anaesthetist in developing countries, John recognized that the anaesthetic equipment was unsatisfactory. The high technology equipment used in the developed world was not appropriate for developing countries. What was needed was an affordable, high quality, ultra-reliable anaesthetic machine that could be serviced in hospital workshops. It had to be simple to use and robust.  In 2003 John Hyndman and Ivan Batistich decided to design and build such a machine.  Twelve years and four prototypes later they are finally satisfied that they have achieved their objective (The HYVAN).  In 2016 the HYVAN was awarded the WFSA inaugural innovation prize.