MAQUET‘s futuristic-looking, advanced FLOW-i anesthesia system has been given 510(k) marketing clearance by the FDA. The approval applies to C20, C30 and C40 models of the system, according to the company. The anesthesia machine, in addition to advanced monitoring and respiratory controls, features the company’s proprietary MAQUET VOLUME REFLECTOR (VR), a re-breathing device that allows partial re-circulation of exhaled gases, hence it can save a buck or two on vapors in a busy anesthesia department.
From the product brochure and press release:
Based on the core technology of the MAQUET SERVO ventilator series, FLOW-i is able to maintain constant gas flow despite increasing airway pressure, provide high flow rates quickly, allow quick and easy triggering and keep PEEP constant and accurate. In short, FLOW-i delivers all the ventilatory advantages you would expect from a system born of the SERVO platform, while allowing you to maintain optimal anesthetic parameters.
FLOW-i takes advantage of a MAQUET innovation called the MAQUET VOLUME REFLECTOR® (VR). The VR is a re-breathing device that allows partial re-breathing of exhaled gases. In low fresh gas flow settings and in the eventual case of leaks, the circuit will never be empty – ensuring ventilation will remain uninterrupted regardless of surgical constraints, changing conditions or patient position. The VR is oxygen-driven by design. If there are leaks, the circuit is saturated with oxygen, minimizing the risk of a potentially dangerous hypoxic mixture.
C20 with extra storage, C30 that can be adjusted by height and the C40 which is a ceiling pendant. All models feature flexible, tiltable screen positioning allowing for maximized screen visibility. Due to smart and ergonomic design, all models are safe, easy to maneuver and position, as well as easy to clean.
- FLOW-i enables enhanced mechanical ventilator capabilities and anesthesia delivery from the same unit – setting new standards in anesthesia
- FLOW-i enables power to perform on demand
- FLOW-i enables an optimized workflow that makes it easy to work with
- FLOW-i enables flexible configurations according to individual needs
Product page: MAQUET FLOW-I …
Press release: MAQUET CRITICAL CARE RECEIVES 510(k) CLEARANCE FOR ITS
FLOW-i ANESTHESIA DELIVERY SYSTEM… (.pdf)