Löwenstein Medical vitaQ

/ Product design & engineering

STEP BEYOND THE FUTURE

THE CHALLENGE

The Vita Q anesthesia machine is a disruptive innovation in a market focused on incremental improvements instead of new product innovations. The product is based on the closed lung device system, originally discovered by Waters and Erdmann. Standard anesthesia machines use anesthetic that is blown out by the patient and therefore lost. This results in the usage of low-cost anesthesia gasses instead of for instance the more expensive Xenon gas.

The Modular Therapy Station, VitaQ breaks new grounds, with a protective Anesthesia & Sedation System: a module using Xenon as an anesthetic (O2 and Xe as carrier gas) or as an organ protector. With a closed gas system that is able to recycle the anesthetic gas. This solution causes a paradigm shifting the field of anesthesia and resuscitation.

THE SOLUTION

To be anesthetized before an operation is an impactful experience for every patient and an important task for medical personal. The start of this design project was extensive design research with patients and anesthetists, developing a new patient experience and work flow. An integrated approach on design, mechanical engineering and technology development in close cooperation with AlcmAir, Technobis and Relitech resulted in this market breakthrough.

The focus on people has been the driving force and innovation engine for this project. Resulting in the design and engineering of a complete new mechanical gas system, user interface and product housing. Protection of the environment was important during the development.

TURNKEY ANESTHESIA INNOVATION

A powerful special filter effectively prevents the release of volatile anesthetics into the environment, thus protecting the user. At the same time, the quantitative system has enabled a minimal consumption of volatile anesthetics, saving medicine costs. REGGS is responsible for the complete design and engineering of the VitaQ product and user interface. Furthermore our engineering team, engineered the gas-valve system called the circle.

 

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