The Vita Q anaesthesia 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 anaesthesia machines use anaesthetic that is blown out by the patient and therefore lost. This results in the usage of low-cost anaesthesia gasses instead of for instance the more expensive Xenon gas.
The Modular Therapy Station, VitaQ breaks new grounds, with a protective Anaesthesia & Sedation System: a module using Xenon as an anaesthetic (O2 and Xe as carrier gas) or as an organ protector. With a closed gas system that is able to recycle the anaesthetic gas. This solution causes a paradigm shift in the field of anaesthesia and resuscitation.
To be anaesthetized 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 anaesthetists, 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.
A powerful special filter effectively prevents the release of volatile anaesthetics into the environment, thus protecting the user. At the same time, the quantitative system has enabled a minimal consumption of volatile anaesthetics, 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.