AirStraw uses the concept of Non-Invasive Ventilation with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (NIV-CPAP), which applies mild air pressure on a continuous basis. It keeps the airways continuously open in people who are able to breathe on their own, but need help keeping their airway unobstructed.
In March 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) suggested that CPAP devices may be used to support patients affect by Covid-19, however they recommended additional filtration to minimize the risk of infectious transmission.
AirStraw is designed to be rapidly deployed in areas or scenarios where the availability of critical medical infrastructure is limited, for example in mobile hospitals. It runs on widely available D Cell or IEC R20 batteries and is able to operate for up to 24 hours before the batteries need to be changed or recharged. It comes with a state of the art air filtration and humidification system, including a tank for sterile water.
Product Design and its Advantages
Due to the innovative design, the production costs of the AirStraw are much lower than for comparable ventilators. Therefore mass production is possible at a fast rate and cost effective. AirStraw is the perfect device to be deployed on a broad basis against COVID-19 worldwide.
To be easily deployed in different szenarios with limited infrastructure, AirStraw deliberately relies on battery operation only, which delivers enough power to constantly run the ventilator for up to 24 hours before charching or changing of the batteries.
Non-Invasive Continuous Positive Airway Pressure has proven to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. One of the main problems is scarce availability of ventilators for large parts of the population. AirStraw is designed to be used early on to positively affect recovery times.
The small dimensions and cylindrical shape of the AirStraw makes it possible to easily ship huge amounts of devices worldwide. The individual packages include the required batteries, tube and nose piece. AirStraw comes ready to use.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does the AirStraw cost?
149 US-Dollar per AirStraw.
Can the AirStraw be used at home?
Yes. AirStraw is easy to use and works similar to known CPAP devices which are typically used for people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea.
What distinguishes the AirStraw from existing CPAP products on the market?
AirStraw is a minimalist version of existing CPAP devices and is designed for production in huge quantities to make it quick available for thousands of people worldwide.
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