Unique Protective Barrier for Incontinence

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1 R43 AG12881-01,
Agency Tracking Number: 29063
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
737 Isom Road, San Antonio, TX, 78216
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Debra Krieg
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
Chronic bladder and bowel incontinence are a major clinical problem among the aged. Skin break downwhen the highly corrosive urine or liquid stool remains on the skin. Skin irritation such as perineaminutes of initial exposure to caustic substances, and certainly over time with repeated or prolongethe skin, primarily candidiasis occurs in the moist warm parts of the body. Management of incontinenfinancially, costing two and one-half times that of continent patient care. Managing incontinence isrequiring constant care by the care-giver and/or family to maintain skin integrity. We are developinproduct that will protect the patient's skin from abrasion and fungal infection by providing a thiswill eliminate constant wear on the underlying skin while protecting it from moisture. Phase I studievaluate and characterize prototype formulations in terms of physical, handling, and antifungal proptests will also be performed. The protective film will improve dryness, maintain skin integrity, proreduce the frequency of pressure ulcers, and lower risk of secondary infection.

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