Just like Dyson andNASA
[https://in.mashable.com/tech/13447/nasa-developed-a-ventilator-to-treat-covid-19-patients] before it, Fitbit has now designed a ventilator in response to the coronavirus
Unveiled on Wednesday [https://blog.fitbit.com/fitbit-flow/], the Fitbit Flow is
an ?easy-to-use, and low-cost? emergency ventilator designed in consultation
with healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients. Based on manual resuscitator
bags used by paramedics, the ventilator features various sensors to help monitor
patients, and allows the pressure and volume of oxygen delivery to be
controlled. The Fitbit Flow also has a clear window through which healthcare
workers can view the automated resuscitator bag being pumped.
It isn?t a long-term solution ? conventional ventilators are still sorely
needed. Instead, the Fitbit Flow is intended to act as a temporary stopgap
keeping patients alive until they can be put on a standard machine.
?We know from some conversations that physicians are already trying to work out
the ethics in deciding who gets the ventilator and who doesn?t, due to shortage
of supply,? said Dr. Tony Faranesh, a Fitbit research scientist who helped
develop the ventilator. ?The goal here is to support life in the event that
one?s not available until one might become available.?
The FDA has already authorised the Fitbit Flow for emergency use during the
pandemic where conventional ventilators aren?t available.
Fitbit has stated it intends to use its existing infrastructure to quickly
manufacture ?large volumes? of these devices. The company hasno plans to
continue manufacturing ventilators
[https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/15/fitbit-plans-to-make-emergency-ventilators-for-covid-19.html] after the current health crisis passes though ? this is only a temporary shift
?COVID-19 has challenged all of us to push the boundaries of innovation and
creativity, and use everything at our disposal to more rapidly develop products
that support patients and the healthcare systems caring for them,? said Fitbit
CEO James Park.
?We saw an opportunity to rally our expertise in advanced sensor development,
manufacturing, and our global supply chain to address the critical and ongoing
need for emergency ventilators and help make a difference in the fight against
this global virus.?
Though governments around the world are beginning toease lockdown restrictions
[https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/blog/2020-06-02-coronavirus-news-n1221816] , the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing. As of Wednesday, theWorld Health
Organisation [https://covid19.who.int/]reports approximately 6.3 million
confirmed cases globally, including 380,000 deaths. The U.S. continues to
account for the largest proportion of these numbers, with around 1.8 million
cases and 105,000 deaths, and thousands more continue to be diagnosed daily.
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