Covidien wanted a slimmer, sleeker successor to their 840 ventilator. The primary goal was to enhance safety by creating the ideal RT user experience consisting of an intuitive design with easy interactions. Advanced synchrony tools help clinicians set the ventilator to adapt to their patients’ unique needs and help provide the appropriate level of support throughout the breath.
The team began by conducting design research to study how respiratory therapists, nurses and biomedical technicians used the 840 ventilator and its competitors’ ventilators in multiple hospital settings. We also gathered insights from the company’s sales, marketing and R&D teams. This was a huge ongoing project the entire time I was at MFD (3.5yrs) and I learned a lot about designing and developing complex medical devices. The Puritan Bennett 980 ventilator launched in early 2014 after earning clearance from regulatory agencies in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada.

Benjamin Pritz
Sr. Industrial Designer Santa Cruz, CA