Optiflow™ Junior Wins Design Awards for Innovation

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare was recently recognised for Optiflow Junior, its new nasal cannula designed specifically for infant and pediatric patients, with a silver award at the prestigious Medical Design Excellence Awards. The award was presented in Philadelphia and is further recognition of the company’s customer-led design processes.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) are the medical technology industry’s premier global awards and are judged by a multidisciplinary panel of independent jurors comprised of a balance of clinicians, engineers, and designers. Since 1998 the MDEA’s have been recognising significant advances in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare.
In winning at the MDEA’s, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare join an illustrious group of medical device manufacturers. Previous winners include GE Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson and 3M Healthcare.  This success for Optiflow Junior follows earlier design recognition at the iF (European), Red Dot (European) and Best Awards (New Zealand).

Optiflow Junior was first released to market in March 2012 following years of
engineering and development which included significant in-hospital customer research. Itis a high performance product that responds to requirements from parents, nurses and doctors - flow delivered through soft anatomical prongs, ease of use with a patented Wigglepad system which enables easy re-application, adjustment and maintenance, and longer circuits and a clothing clip that enables improved mother child bonding and feeding. The result is a cannula that is loved by clinicians, parents and babies.
“This award assesses the clinical impact of a product, and is therefore a measure of the product’s 
ability to meet the needs of doctors, nurses and other medical decision makers. It is also an indicator of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s innovation when compared against the world’s largest medical device manufacturers and reflects our continued investment in R&D” commented Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s Senior Vice President of Products & Technology, Mr Lewis Gradon.

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Optiflow Junior is a simple and effective means of delivering oxygen to infants in respiratory distress.  It provides a revolutionary bridge between low-flow oxygen therapy and CPAP therapy by combining an anatomically contoured nasal cannula with comfortable humidified flow.

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