The German company Fritz Stephan GmbH is a market leader and innovator when it comes to respirators for premature babies and new-borns in intensive care. It is a delicate task, because their physiology is very different compared to that of adults: The lungs are not fully developed and therefore very stiff, so the airflow has to be regulated carefully to avoid damaging the lungs.  Oxygen is vital for every living being and providing patients who have breathing problems with the right amount of oxygen is already difficult under normal circumstances, but more so when it comes to tiny babies. Not enough oxygen in the blood is of course dangerous, but so is giving too much oxygen as it could, for example, lead to retinopathy of prematurity, the scarring or detachment of the retina.

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