Largest ventilator manufacturers in brand reach, top-of-the-mind, distribution network and after-sales.
Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the global economy and wreck havoc to millions of family lives.
Is your local officials scrambling about ventilators. We have gathered the list of ventilator manufacturers around the world. Tell your government officials that ventilator manufacturers are ramping up their production.
These ventilator manufacturers have significantly increased their capacity from 30% to 100%. Event Dyson, a vacuum cleaner from UK reconfigured their manufacturing product line in just 10 days and began their production of ventilators (we did not included Dyson in the list of ventilator manufacturers because this was only a special project).
These are the top 10 ventilator manufacturers in the world
1. Philips Healthcare (Netherlands)
Koninklijke Philips N.V. (literally Royal Philips, stylized as PHILIPS) is a Dutch multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Amsterdam, formerly one of the largest electronics companies in the world, currently focused in the area of health technology, with other divisions being successfully divested.
Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. The company leverage advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. With offices around the world, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care.
2. ResMed Inc. (U.S.)
Mick Farrell, CEO of ResMed said in a statement, “As a global leader in respiratory medicine, ResMed stands with the world in the face of the latest coronavirus disease COVID-19 and is ready to help mitigate its effects, helping people breathe while their immune system fights this virus. More than 7,500 ResMedians are working in over 140 countries for this purpose. We are working with governments, health authorities, hospitals, physicians, and patients worldwide to assess their needs, and to deliver the ventilation therapy that is essential to treat the respiratory complications of COVID-19. Our primary focus is to maximize the availability of ResMed ventilators and other respiratory support devices for the patients that need them most.
ResMed is taking every measure possible worldwide to maximize the production of ventilators, masks, and other respiratory devices. We are looking to double or triple the output of ventilators, and scale up ventilation mask production more than tenfold. Our team is also taking precautions such as a work-from-home policy for all employees who can do that, social distancing, and ensuring world-class quality, safety, good manufacturing practices, and top-level hygiene procedures at our manufacturing, service, and distribution centers to help ensure quality, safety, and business continuity.”
3. Medtronic plc (Ireland)
Medtronic plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 90,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in more than 150 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take health care
4. Vyaire, Formerly Becton Dickinson (U.S.)
Vyaire offiicial statement to the medical community: “The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and associated severe acute respiratory syndrome has prompted all of us to plan and work in new ways. At Vyaire, our goal is to ensure our global suppliers, distributors, customers and colleagues have the products and information needed to address this global health crisis. We want to provide information that communicates our proactive planning and risk mitigation activities to reduce risk of stock out and to ensure consistent access to our products.”
BD no longer manufactures or sells ventilators. In 2018, BD fully divested its Respiratory business to funds advised by Apax Partners. In 2016, the two companies announced BD’s respiratory business would be spun off as a joint venture, forming a separate company called Vyaire Medical.
5. Getinge Group (Sweden)
Mechanical ventilation – the most used short-term life support technique worldwide for patients that cannot breathe on their own – is a key component in the ongoing fight against the new coronavirus COVID-19. Already since the early 1970’s, Getinge has provided the global medical community with state-of-the-art solutions for ventilation in critical care.
6. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of products and systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, surgery and the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The company’s products are sold in over 120 countries worldwide.
7. Dräger Group (Germany)
Official statement of the company: “The global spread of coronavirus is a concern for us at Dräger too. Our primary aim is to maintain business operations and fulfill our social obligations to provide for the public. We are seeing a significant worldwide increase in demand for our ventilators and personal protective equipment. At the same time, we have a duty of care to ensure our employees are properly protected. We are doing everything we can to maintain the global supply of products and services to our customers, even in these challenging circumstances. Please appreciate that in this exceptional situation our procedures may have to be modified to some extent, and response times may become longer. We would particularly like to thank all those who are working to safeguard our social infrastructure in these challenging times.”
8. Smiths Group plc (U.K.)
Smiths Medical’s Pneupac® transport ventilators are trusted by first-responders, paramedics and emergency medicine physicians worldwide. Pneupac® ventilators are manufactured to the industry highest standards of quality, reliability and durability, and they are backed with comprehensive service and support programs designed to maintain peak operation.
9. Hamilton Medical AG (Switzerland)
Hamilton Medical provides intelligent ventilation solutions for all patients and situations. The company official statement: “Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the demands on you are growing exponentially… In this time of crisis, we are committed to helping you rise to this challenge. In this regard, we have increased our production capacity by 50% compared to last year and are aiming to double our production capacity by the end of April.”
10. GE Healthcare (U.S.)
GE Healthcare official statement: “As the world navigates the unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we at GE Healthcare support healthcare providers, partners, communities, and patients around the world in addressing it. We are inspired every day by their acts of courage and compassion and by the commitment of our own employees in supporting them. We are honored to serve alongside the many who are working hard to deliver swift, efficient, and quality care in this time of need.”
Why Ventilator is important?
Here’s a clear description of Getinge regarding ventilators. “Modern ventilators can effectively take over the patient’s breathing function. Mechanical ventilation does not heal the patient but enables him or her to remain stable during treatment, while the underlying process necessitating mechanical ventilation is resolving.
The respiratory support can be adapted to physiological needs in order to protect the patient from worsened lung injury, respiratory muscle dysfunction, and lung infection. As soon as clinically indicated there should also be a transition to spontaneous breathing to minimize risk of increased morbidity and mortality. Weaning is the process of removing the patient from mechanical ventilation where optimization of patient-ventilator synchrony is of outmost importance.
Mechanical ventilators are very advanced devices; carefully designed to be effectively operated by trained clinicians in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) under stressful conditions.”
This is how a ventilator works
According to Getinge, “mechanical ventilation can either be invasive, via a tube in the airways, or non-invasive through a face mask or nasal prongs. It also differs from how we breathe on our own.
During natural breathing, the diaphragm as the main respiratory muscle contracts, and the chest-wall expands. This creates a negative pressure that pull air into the lungs. When the respiratory center orders the breathing muscles to relax, the air leaves the lungs passively.
A ventilator is designed to deliver a mechanical breath to the lungs until it reaches a user-selected criterion, which can be based on time, flow, volume or the patient´s own neural respiratory activity. Once the lungs have been filled as intended, the inspiration stops, and expiration starts.
Using a mask is generally preferred as it maintains the body’s natural barrier for getting infections into the lungs. However, in many cases the patient’s condition will require intubation, for example when it comes to severe lung injury or disease.
For patients with severe impairment of oxygenation (e.g. ARDS), it is important to use a ventilation strategy that has the potential to improve patient outcomes and optimize the benefit-to-cost ratio for lungs, heart and the respiratory muscles. An example of such a strategy is the assessment of lung recruitability, in order to choose ventilator settings that regains lost effective lung volume and at the same time does not cause over-stretching of alveoli, the small cells in the lungs responsible for gas exchange.”
Do you know other ventilator manufacturers that should be included in the list, let us know. Again, these are list of global ventilator manufacturers with exceptional brand story, wide reach, top of the mind and global after sales service.
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