Nectar Product Development

BDR-19™ Critical-Care Ventilator

Background and Challenges

The BDR-19™ Critical-Care Ventilator is an easy to use, mass produced, full featured critical care ventilator that was created as a response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. It required the Nectar team to dive into an unforeseen remote work environment while navigating tight timelines and extreme supply chain challenges.

The unmet need that hospitals around the country were facing called for ventilators that are both easy to train on and mass producible with easily sourced components, something that would typically take years to develop. Nectar rose to the challenge, delivering an FDA approved ventilator created with locally sourced components within 10 months of the project start date.

BDR-19™ Critical-Care Ventilator

Leveraging Our Resources to Help Patients Breathe Easier

While continuing to develop other projects on schedule, Nectar’s team recognized that lives were being lost as a result of ventilator shortages. With daily interdisciplinary meetings, agile methodology, and a commitment to our company values, we worked with engineers, designers, and clinicians to ensure that these ventilators would be available to save lives as soon as possible.

We leveraged our team’s experience with medical and critical care devices, our existing presence within the supply chain, and our ISO 13485:2016 QMS Certification to take the BDR-19™ Critical-Care Ventilator to hospitals around the world.


Overcoming Unique Production Challenges with Local Resources

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Undertaking a usability assessment at to guarantee the utmost level of safety.

Prior to launching a medical product into the market, it is crucial to ensure the device is both safe and user-friendly, as inadequate usability can potentially result in loss of life. To collect feedback on the design and validate its ease of use, we conducted a usability study with nurses and respiratory therapists at a partner hospital

The participants in this study were given a short video tutorial on how to operate the device before being given a variety of tasks to complete by the facilitator. This enabled Nectar to test the critical tasks associated with the use of the device and ensure the device was safe and easy to operate without mistakes. After synthesizing the results of the study it was determined that the BDR-19 was safe and easy to use.

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The BDR-19™ Critical-Care Ventilator is affordable, mass producible, and simple for clinicians to use.