Technology Fitbit's COVID-19 ventilator gets emergency FDA approval

01:17  04 june  2020
01:17  04 june  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Fitbit hopes to make ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic

  Fitbit hopes to make ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic Fitbit wants to join the host of companies making ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Company chief James Park told CNBC in an interview that Fitbit is shifting its production to make the potentially life-saving equipment, with plans to submit its technology to the FDA in the days ahead. And yes, the activity tracker brand is aware that it’s relatively late. Park said Fitbit would adjust its production to meet demand, whether the virus is (hopefully) fading away or begins a second wave as the world reopens.

Fitbit is working on emergency ventilators for Covid - 19 patients. The company' s CEO James Park didn't disclose a price point, but intends for In the U. S ., hospitals in some states experienced severe ventilator shortages in March as hospitals rushed to treat the first waves of Covid - 19 patients with

Coronavirus Disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) Emergency Use Authorizations for Medical Devices. For Ventilator EUA: The interactive review template, which can be used to provide information to FDA , to support inclusion of an eligible product under the Ventilator EUA is available: Ventilator EUA

Fitbit is one step closer to putting its Flow ventilator into use during the pandemic. The FDA has given Fitbit an Emergency Use Authorization for the Flow to help with severe COVID-19 cases. It still doesn’t have customers lined up, but it’s “in talks” with US government agencies to gauge needs and hopes to work with aid organizations worldwide.

Fitbit Flow ventilator Fitbit Flow ventilator

The Flow is pitched as a blend of advanced sensors and alerts with a simple-to-use interface that won’t require specialized operators. It also meets the “same lower price range” as other emergency ventilators, Fitbit said. The company is betting that its production advantages in making activity trackers will give it an edge.

While this could prove helpful, there are a number of obstacles before Fitbit might put these into use. Aside from needing to secure customers, Fitbit is relatively late. It’s not clear how much demand there will be for another ventilator manufacturer, whether or not there is a second wave of COVID-19 cases. The evolving understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus might also reduce demand for ventilators as researchers focus on other ways of saving patients. The Flow could prove important, but only if the circumstances are right.

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