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AIRBAG PROTECTIVE GARMENTS FOR FALL INTERVENTION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
11044
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11044
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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Triangle Research and Development Corporation
PO Box 12696 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-0269
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: AIRBAG PROTECTIVE GARMENTS FOR FALL INTERVENTION
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

PHASE I RESEARCH WILL DETERMINE THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTECTIVE GARMENT SYSTEM THAT COULD PROVIDE A NEW MEASURE OF PROTECTION FOR THE ELDERLY BY SENSING A FALL IN SUFFICIENT TIME TO INFLATE STRATEGICALLY PLACED AIRBAGS AND CUSHION THE BODY AGAINST INJURIOUS IMPACT. BASED UPON PRELIMINARY TESTING AND SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN AIRBAG TECHNOLOGIES, IT IS BELIEVED THAT SUCH A SYSTEM CAN BE SATISFACTORILY DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED, AND WOULD COMPLEMENT OTHER EFFORTS ALREADY UNDERWAY. DURING THIS PROJECT, BOTH THE SENSING AND IMPACT PROBLEMS WILL BE BETTER DEFINED THROUGH EXPERIMENTAL TESTING. STRATEGIC SUBSYSTEMS FOR FALL SENSING, VALVING AND PRESSURIZATION, AIRBAG SIZING AND LOCATION, AND AN INITIAL GARMENT WILL BE PROTOTYPED AND TESTED WITH AN INSTRUMENTED ANTHROPOMORPHIC DUMMY. IF SUCCESSFUL, THIS SYSTEM COULD POTENTIALLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BROKEN HIPS AND OTHER INJURIES RESULTING FROM FALLS, PARTICULARLY FOR THE ELDERLY. IT MAY ALSO HAVE APPLICATION TO SPECIFIC FALL-SENSITIVE OCCUPATIONAL AND SPORTS AREAS. FOR AGING POPULATIONS, THE SYSTEM COULD POTENTIALLY REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS DUE TO SUCH INJURY, ENCOURAGE PATIENT LOCOMOTION AND EXERCISE, AND IMPROVE THEIR SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE AND CONFIDENCE.

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Triangle Research & Developmnt
Box 12696 Resrch Triangle Pk, NC 27709

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