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Portable Trauma Patient Warming Blanket and Heat Source

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Rocky Research
1598 Foothill Dr PO Box 61800 Boulder City, NV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Portable Trauma Patient Warming Blanket and Heat Source
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0281
Award Amount: $69,960.00


Prevention and treatment of hypothermia during casualty transport is a major concern during military operations. Warming blankets are available at some field surgical centers, but nothing is currently available during air transport. Proposed is a rechargeable portable warming blanket system comprising a thermal energy storage module and blanket. The device will operate from electrical power sources when available, and can operate without external power for up to 2 hours. The blanket and TES unit will be designed for easy movement with patient, and will provide uninterrupted warming while waiting for transportation, during transport, and waiting for treatment. Thermal energy storage will be based on absorption of a refrigerant by a solid absorbent. This technology provides the highest heat energy storage density of all known heat storage media, is quickly and easily recharged from any electrical power source, has virtually infinite recharge cycle life, and no standby losses once the TES system is charged. Heat will be transferred from the thermal energy storage module to the blanket using liquid and a small battery-powered circulation pump. Small tubes will be woven into the blanket for liquid circulation.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Sarkisian
Director of Engineering

Business Contact:

Uwe Rockenfeller
Small Business Information at Submission:

1598 Foothill Dr, PO Box 61800 Boulder City, NV 89006

EIN/Tax ID: 880217562
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Nevada
Trauma Institute, 2040 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Contact: G. T. Shires
Contact Phone: (702) 671-2338
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university