Low-Cost, US Made Bi-Level Machine for Non-Invasive Respiratory Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

nhalebi-level positive air pressure device

Nanotronics announced that it has developed and designed nHale™, a bi-level positive air pressure device to support spontaneously breathing adults weighing over 30 kg. The device has obtained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to assist patients suffering from COVID-19 disease in traditional healthcare facilities as well as spaces converted for the care of large numbers of COVID-19 patients. It is a noninvasive approach designed to be used in non-life-threatening situations, where a patient is in need of breathing assistance but is not in need of invasive ventilatory support based on standard medical protocols.

In response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Emergency Order, Nanotronics used their status as an essential company, applying advanced AI, Intelligent Factory Control (IFC), and sophisticated engineering, to create nHale™. During development and testing, Nanotronics consulted with Northwell Hospital emergency medical physicians on the front lines of the most affected area of COVID-19, to ensure the product met the needs of practitioners.

“I was fortunate enough to use a Bi-level machine that provided me with respiratory support after having tested positive for COVID-19,” said Nanotronics CEO and co-founder, Matthew Putman. “Not everyone has that option simply because of accessibility, which to me is unacceptable, and why I feel great about bringing an affordable, human-centered Bi-level device to the people that need it most.”

Nanotronics applied deep in-house expertise to build a machine that is easily manufactured at scale, as well as at reduced cost, to increase accessibility for all Americans. The nHale™ device is designed for comfort and ease-of-use with the simplicity of one button. The machine is for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, such as emergency care spaces for COVID-19 patients, prison infirmaries, and nursing care facilities.

National Institute of Health (NIH) COVID-19 treatment guidelines state that noninvasive positive pressure ventilation, such as the nHale™ Bi-level device, is recommended where high-flow nasal cannula oxygen is not available and endotracheal intubation is not indicated.

In addition to distributing the nHale™ to hospitals, Nanotronics will donate a number of machines to healthcare facilities that traditionally serve communities of color and are disproportionally affected by COVID-19. As a partner in START-UP NY with City University of New York, Nanotronics will consult with educational leaders at Medgar Evers College as well as Shaka Senghor, Founder of Redeemed Sole, to determine where nHale™ is most needed within communities of color.

Source: Nanotronics

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