Graphic Displays to Support Treatment of Medical Emergencies

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS9-03047
Agency Tracking Number: 010009
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3090 East 3300 South, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT, 84109
DUNS: 808354401
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dwayne Westenskow
 Vice President
 (801) 581-2478
 drw@ee.utah.edu
Business Contact
 Joseph Orr
Title: President
Phone: (801) 484-3820
Email: jorr@abl.med.utah.edu
Research Institution
 University of Utah
 Vicent Bogdanski
 1471 Federal Way
Salt Lake City,, UT, 84102
 (801) 581-3008
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We plan to develop and refine a device (Basic Life Support System, BLSS) and a just-in-time training procedure for a flight crewmember who must administer cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In Phase I, we developed a computerized graphical display for CPR procedures. Volunteers using the display removed an airway obstruction and stabilized the patient in 10.9 minutes compared to 13.8 minutes for those who used the current NASA paper protocol. The number of errors was reduced by 42%. These differences significantly increase the survival rates for the patient. The goal of Phase II is to develop and refine the BLSS with an animated graphical display of instructions so that an individual without medical training can effectively resuscitate a patient. The BLSS will include an automatic external defibrillator, a CPR mask, and an oxygen supply. Sensors will provide feedback to inform the user of potential problems. The treatment protocol will automatically guide the user through the CPR algorithm and provide just-in-time training. Phase II studies will assess whether novice responders benefit from using the BLSS and evaluate if novices using the system will be as effective at resuscitating a patient, as are responders with basic life support and AED training.

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