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Fisher & Paykel Healthcare | 50 Years of Care 1969 - 2019

A world of care

We continually strive to solve real-life problems so millions of patients can live healthier, longer, and more productive lives. This year we celebrate 50 years of delivering care, and look ahead to a bright and caring future.

50 years of care

50 years of care

Our first heated humidifier began in one city with three people, a can-do attitude and a prototype humidifier made from a modest fruit preserving jar. In the last 50 years, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has grown from one city to multiple countries, and that can-do attitude of our founders remains alive today. Our business brings talented people together to solve problems so that millions of patients can have healthier, more restful, productive lives.

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50 years of thanks

2019 is about celebrating our people, thanking our customers, and acknowledging the impact we’ve had on the world. Over the past 50 years, we’ve worked with thousands of healthcare professionals around the world - including doctors, respiratory therapists, and nurses - to improve care and outcomes. Their clinical input is critical to our success. They inform us, challenge us, and validate what we do. At this, our golden 50-year milestone, we give thanks to these clinicians.
Man and woman look at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Optiflow cannula
We know that when people come together with a can-do attitude, care happens. Lives change.
Nurse and child reading in hospital bed with F&P Airvo in background
In this, our 50th year, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare products will help millions of patients in more than 120 countries.
Spence and Melville Humidifier

Let’s step back in time

Our business was built on a vision to imitate the body’s natural humidification process. See how it all started with this historical footage of some of the earliest efforts to improve care and outcomes with the first heated humidification system.

Broadening the benefits

Humidity is crucial to respiratory health and well-being. Our focus on this fundamental belief has seen us expand our portfolio of unique and patented humidification technologies across multiple applications in hospitals and homes around the world. Whether it’s the delicate lungs of a premature newborn baby or the tender lungs of an ageing grandparent, we’ve crafted humidification technologies to support their specific respiratory needs.

Baby on Optiflow Junior with F&P 950 in the background
Older woman on nasal highflow therapy smiling at nurse and doctor

Bringing humidification into sleep apnea treatment

In 1981 a new form of ventilation was created to treat patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious and life-threatening condition where the upper airway collapses during sleep. This treatment was known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) where room air delivered via a sealed facial mask keeps the upper airway open. Cold, dry room air can be uncomfortable and make therapy hard to tolerate1, but heated humidification has now become an important addition to OSA treatment in reducing unnecessary dryness and congestion.2,3

Man sleeps wearing an Eson2 Nasal Sleep Apnea Mask with F&P Sleepstyle on the bedside table

Beyond respiratory care

In the early 2000s, with an aspiration to improve care to more patients through humidification, we identified an area outside respiratory care which could benefit from our technology – surgery.

The internal surfaces of our body are warm and moist. Surgical interventions can disrupt this natural physiological balance. It has been demonstrated that delivering warm, humidified gas during laparoscopic and open surgery can reduce cellular desiccation4,5 and evaporative cooling.6,7 This has been shown to subsequently reduce the risk of postoperative complications and their associated costs.8

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