ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSOR FOR ALCOHOL IN BREATH

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$309,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
1561
Agency Tracking Number:
1561
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 600, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02532
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Myles A. Alexander
President
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS RESEARCH EXPLORES THE FEASIBILITY OF USING A NOVEL ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSOR FOR MONITORING THE ALCOHOL CONTENT IN BREATH. SUCCESSFUL DEMONSTRATION DURING THE PHASE I PROGRAM OF THE PROPOSED SENSOR'S RESPONSE, PRECISION, ACCURACY, DETECTIVITY, LIFE AND TOLERANCE TO INTERFERENCES WOULD LEAD TO A PHASE II PROGRAM TO DEVELOP A COMPUTERIZED INSTRUMENT FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF ALCOHOL TREATMENT COMPLIANCE. THE PROPOSED PHASE II INSTRUMENT WOULD UTILIZE THE SENSOR DEVELOPED IN PHASE I AND WOULD BE CAPABLE OF THREE FUNCTIONS. THE PATIENT WOULD COMMUNICATE WITH THE MICROPROCESSER VIA A MICROPHONE AND A LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY. THE MICROPHONE WOULD ALSO CONTAIN THE ALCOHOL SENSOR SO THAT THE IDENTITY OF THE USER AS WELL AS HIS BREATH ALCOHOL LEVEL COULD BE SIMULTANEOUSLY MEASURED. THE PATIENT WOULD BE ASKED TO PLAY GAMES AND HIS SPEED AND ACCURACY MONITORED. THESE DATA ALONG WITH THE TIME AND DAY WOULD BE STORED ON TAPE FOR LATER COMPUTER ANALYSES BY THE PHYSICIAN'S COMPUTER. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH LIES IN THE FACT THAT ONLY THE LACK OF A PORTABLE, SENSITIVE, RAPIDLY RESPONDING AND INEXPENSIVE ALCOHOL SENSOR PREVENTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WIDE RANGE OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING A HAND HELD ETHANOL DETECTOR FOR POLICE INSPECTIONS, A VIDEO GAME TO CHECK IMPAIRMENT AS WELL AS BREATH ALCOHOL LEVEL, SYSTEMS FOR PREVENTING THE OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, AS WELL AS INSTRUMENTS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH INTO ALCOHOL ABUSE AND TREATMENT.

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