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Responder Wireless Physiological Monitoring Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC080012
Agency Tracking Number: 711060
Amount: $99,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5764 Pacific Center Blvd. Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Matthews
 (858) 373-0832
Business Contact
 Gayle Guy
Title: Proposal Manager
Phone: (858) 348-0293
Research Institution

The primary cause of mortality in firefighters is cardiovascular disease, which accounts for 45% of fatalities among personnel on duty. Although physiological monitoring devices have existed for decades, their use on subjects during strenuous activities (such as firefighting) has been significantly limited due to excessive signal artifacts and extremely low user compliance arising from the invasive nature of the technologies. QUASAR has spent the past five years developing truly noninvasive, field-deployable sensor technologies and wireless data acquisition systems that address both of these issues.

We propose a system for monitoring on-duty firefighters, in which QUASARs noninvasive ECG sensors are incorporated into an item of firefighter clothing. The sensors are combined with QUASARs miniature, ultra-low power wireless data acquisition systems to form a Body Area Network. A flexible, modular approach enables additional sensor technologies to be incorporated according to the differing needs of other emergency responder operational environments (CBRN).

The system will perform real-time ECG monitoring and communicate wirelessly with the Command Post on the cardiac status of the firefighter. Alerts are generated according to the level of cardiac strain for a firefighter or the presence of dangerous arrhythmias, indicating increasing levels of risk of an immediate cardiovascular incident.

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