Fitbit said the Flow is based on standard paramedic resurrection bags, but also features automated tools, sensors and alarms to support patients monitoring. In the hope of enabling the Flow to be effective and simple to use, the company consulted medical personnel and professionals from Oregon Health & Science University and Brigham Mass General Center.
The Fitbit ventilator is intended as a low-cost option to other emergency ventilators. The company plans to sell its ventilators for less than $5000, much lower than other conventional ventilators that can cost up to $25,000.
"The number of ventilators in the United Nations is currently estimated to vary from 60,000 to 160,000," Fitbit said, citing a paper published in April in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Whatever the estimates we use, in the coming months there will not be enough ventilators for COVID-19 patients."
Fitbit has stated that it is discussing the current domestic emergency ventilator needs together with U.S. state and federal agencies and other global relief organisations.
Fitbit is a non-medical enterprise that develops ventilators throughout the pandemic. The prototype of Tesla ventilators was unveiled, and in 10 days in March Dyson worked to develop a ventilator. At the end of April, NASA engineers received FDA emergency certification for their ventilators.
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