Wearable brand Fitbit has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator called “Fitbit Flow”.
This ventilator makes for challenges faced by the medical industry to fight the COVID-19 crisis.
The lack of enough conventional ventilators compelled Fitbit to engineer an easy-to-use and low-cost automatic resuscitator designed for emergency ventilation.
This ventilator has received EUA from the FDA for use during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Fitbit Flow looks to act a temporary ventilator for those in immediate need. A ventilator, for those unaware, is essentially a machine that helps people breathe when they can’t breathe on their own. The machine forces oxygen into the lungs of the patient and aids to get rid of the carbon dioxide.
The Fitbit Flow, the wearable manufacturer explains, is built on standard resuscitator bags and comes with sophisticated instruments, sensors, and alarms.
All of these work together to support patient monitoring of oxygen supply and automated compressions with controlled delivery of volume or pressure.
Fitbit Flow is easy to use and doesn’t require trained professionals to operate.The mechanical ventilator is compact in size, and made from laser cut aluminium. The Fitbit Flow can sit on a table top or a stand with wheels for ease in mobility. This stand is big enough to fit various sizes of oxygen tanks. The Fitbit Flow hardware includes a clear viewing window for doctors to observe the automated pumping from a distance.
The team at Fitbit is working on improving the Fitbit Flow by including a high-resolution add-on display; for viewing the system’s status and pressure waveforms.
The company is in talks with state and federal agencies to understand current domestic needs for emergency ventilators and plans to work with U.S. and global aid organisations.