Fitbit launches Fitbit Flow: Low-cost, mechanical ventilator for COVID-19 patients
Fitbit Flow, a ventilator launched by Fitbit, as an answer to the medical challenges faced during the COVID-19 crisis. The lack of conventional ventilators compelled Fitbit to engineer a low-cost and easy-to-use automatic resuscitator designed especially for emergency ventilation.
This ventilator isn’t designed to take the place of the conventional ventilators, but to act as a support system for someone who needs mechanical ventilation when a conventional ventilator isn’t available.
Fitbit Flow has already received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during the pandemic.
The Fitbit Flow is built on standard resuscitator bags and comes with sophisticated sensors, alarms and instruments. All these work together to support monitoring of the oxygen supply and automated compressions to the patient, as explained by the manufacturer.
The Fitbit Flow is very easy to use and doesn’t require trained professionals to operate. It is made from laser cut aluminium and is compact in size. The mechanical ventilator can sit on a table top or a stand with wheels for ease in mobility. The stand is big enough to support various sizes of oxygen tanks. The hardware also includes a clear viewing window to help doctors observe the automated pumping from a distance.
The Fitbit team is working on improving the mechanical ventilator by including a high-resolution add-on display, for viewing the system’s pressure waveforms and status.