SINGLE USE NON-REUSABLE RETRACTABLE SYRINGE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 19429
Amount: $599,753.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Checkmate Engineering
622 South Mill Street, Lewisville, TX, 75057
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas J Shaw
 (214) 221-8736
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A JUNE 1991 ESTIMATE SHOWS THAT MAGNITUDE OF THE AMERICAN AIDS CRISIS TO BE 115,984 DEAD, 182,834 SUFFERING WITH AIDS, AND 1 MILLION HIV POSITIVE (CDC). INTRAVENOUS (IV) DRUG USERS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS MAJOR VECTORS FOR THE SPREAD OF AIDS IN THE GENERAL POPULATION BECAUSE OF SHARING AND RE-USE OF HYPODERMIC NEEDLES. WITH NO VACCINE IN SIGHT AND RE-EDUCATION LONG AND SOMETIMES INEFFECTIVE, A TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION TO DISCOURAGE NEEDLE-SHARING IS IMPERATIVE. ONE SUCHSOLUTION IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPETITIVELY PRICED, SINGLE-USE AUTOMATICALLY AND PERMANENTLY RETRACTING SYRINGE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO BUILD WORKING PROTOTYPES OF AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO THE RETRACTION FUNCTION. A PATENT SEARCH MADE DURING THE PATENT APPLICATION PROCESS SHOWS THAT THE DEVICE TO BE THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND. THE UNIQUE LOCATION OF THE RETRACTION SPRING PRODUCES A RETRACTION FORCE THREE HUNDRED PERCENT GREATER THAT OTHER PATENTS WHILE TREMENDOUSLY ENHANCING RELIABILITY AND LOWERING COST. EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF MATERIAL/SCIENCE AND MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING, WHO HAVE EVALUATED THIS CONCEPT, HAVE UNANIMOUSLY CONCLUDED THAT THE APPROACH IS FEASIBLE. THEY HAVE ALSO CONCLUDED THAT DEVICE DESIGNNGS UTILIZING LESSOR AMOUNTS OF SPRING ENERGY ARE UNLIKELY TO PROVE REALIABLE. THIS PROJECT FULLY ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM OF DESIGN, MATERIALS SELECTION FOR RELIABILITY, COST AND MANUFACTURABILITY.

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