World-first respiratory monitor now in clinical use, thanks to Ignite Ideas funding


PEMDx is a recent recipient of Round 9 of the Ignite Ideas Fund where they received $100,000 to commercialise their Flow-Bag Oxygen Respiratory Indicator.  

This world-first respiratory monitor helps health care staff conduct respiratory assessments. The bag can be fitted to any standard oxygen mask, and it inflates and deflates as a patient breathes.  

It is a low cost, disposable alternative when it’s not possible to use traditional monitoring machines, such as in recovery, the emergency department and ward areas.  

PEMDx founders Dr Phillip Melksham, Dr Mariam Rowe and Dylan Rowe (pictured) said their team had dedicated the last three years to developing patient safety solutions, including improving patient respiratory monitoring.  

“After exploring over 50 potential solutions and enlisting the assistance and advice of over 100 Queensland doctors and nurses, the Flow-Bag Oxygen Mask Respiratory Indicator was developed,” they said. 

“The Ignite Ideas funding is pivotal in enabling the launch of this world first respiratory monitor into Queensland and Australian health facilities.” 

Since PEMDx received their funding, the Flow-Bag Oxygen Mask Respiratory Indicator is now in clinical use across multiple hospitals in Brisbane.  

Director and Co-founder Dylan Rowe said, “Our early adopters have noted significant benefits including reduced cognitive load during patient care, and rapid identification of patient's respiratory state.” 

Find out more about our Ignite Ideas Fund and how we’re supporting Queensland’s innovative businesses to scale and commercialise their products and services.  

Last updated 24 Mar, 2023
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