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Fitbit Designed an Emergency Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients When Standard Machines Aren’t Available

Fitbit Designed an Emergency Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients When Standard Machines Aren’t Available

To help COVID-19 patients fighting for their lives, Fitbit engineers and researchers consulted with healthcare workers to design an emergency ventilator called the Fitbit Flow. It’s a simplified and cost-effective version based on manual resuscitator bags used by paramedics. The Fitbit Flow has multiple patient-monitoring sensors that control the pressure and volume of the oxygen being delivered.

Built from laser-cut aluminum, the Fitbit Flow has a clear window where healthcare workers can view the pumping of the automated resuscitator bag from a distance. The emergency ventilator can be used on a tabletop or with a stand for mobility. The modular stand can fit an array of O2 tanks.



Fitbit Flow was inspired by the MIT E-Vent Design Toolbox accompanied by the valuable insight of clinicians from Oregon Health and Science Hospital and the Mass General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation. Fitbit points out that while this is a makeshift solution, it may keep patients alive until they can be put on a conventional ventilator.

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