Fitbit Flow COVID-19 ventilator receives expedited regulatory approval

Fitbit’s Flow ventilator has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The authorization was expedited in order to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

To remind you, Fitbit has launched a low-cost emergency ventilator called Flow, which is a bit of a diversion from wearables. This was due to a lack of conventional ventilators for patients suffering from severe COVID-19 instances. The company immediately developed a product using its internal sensor development capabilities. The design was influenced by the MIT EVent Design Toolbox and is based on Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation System requirements.

The San Francisco-based company says it does not yet have any customers lined up, but it is in talks with state and federal agencies in the United States. The automatic resuscitation unit is expected to be deployed soon to aid groups not only in the United States but around the world. Fitbit has the capacity to manufacture millions of such devices each year, which should help alleviate the hospital ventilator shortage.

“COVID-19 has challenged all of us to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, and to use everything at our disposal to produce products that help patients and the health care systems that care for them as quickly as possible,” stated James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

“We saw an opportunity to bring together our expertise in advanced sensor research, manufacturing, and our global supply chain to answer the crucial and ongoing need for ventilators and contribute to the global fight against this virus.”

Fitbit Flow COVID-19 ventilator receives expedited regulatory approval

The ventilator is intended for use in situations where a standard commercial ventilator is not accessible. It is intended to be simple to use, which should decrease the pressure on specialized personnel who operate such equipment. According to Fitbit, there are similar emergency ventilators on the market, but none provide all of the functions of its gadget at the same low price.

Because the number of COVID-19 cases appears to be decreasing, the business may be a little late with its ventilator. However, there is a substantial probability of a second wave in a few months, in which case Fitbit Flow might be really useful.

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