RESIDENTIAL SWIMMING POOL CHILD PROTECTIVE SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Amount:
$438,991.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1990
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
8142
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Comsis Corp.
8737 Colesville Rd Ste 1100, Bldg 1200, Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DROWNING IS A LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH TO CHILDREN UNDER FIVE; TWO-THIRDS OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR IN HOME SWIMMING POOLS. TWO RECENT MAJOR REPORTS (SEDNEY ET AL., 1987; PRESENT, 1987) HAVE FURTHERED UNDERSTANDING OF THE SAFETY PROBLEM. TYPICAL ACCIDENT SCENARIOS ARE POTENTIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO A VARIETY OF SAFETY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES, BOTH IN HARDWARE AND BEHAVIORALLY. NO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE DEVICES OR TECHNIQUES ADEQUATELY INSURE SAFETY. IDEAS OR PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN PROMOTED SUFFER LIMITATIONS AND SERIOUS QUESTIONS. HARDWARE DESIGN RELATED TO POOL SAFETY (E.G., GATES, LATCHES, ALARMS, COVERS) OFTEN DISREGARDS CHILD BEHAVIOR AND ABILITIES, OR ADULT USE/MIS-USE. THIS PROPOSAL AIMS TO REDUCE POOL DROWNINGS AND NEAR-DROWNINGS BY DEVELOPING AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM OF SAFETY MEASURES. AS A SYSTEM, IT WILL PROVIDE REDUNDANT LAYERS OF PROTECTION. SYSTEM COMPONENTS WILL BE SELECTED OR DESIGNED TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ABILITIES AND BEHAVIOR OF BOTHCHILDREN AND ADULT USERS. PHASE 1 WILL CRITICALLY REVIEW AND ASSESS KNOWLEDGE, STRATEGIES, AND HARDWARE RELATED TO THE PROBLEM. IT WILL DEVELOP ALTERNATIVE PROTECTIVE SYSTEM STRATEGIES, AND IDENTIFY KEY RESEARCH NEEDS. RESEARCH STUDY PLANS WILL BE DEVELOPED AND SOME PILOTING WILL BE DONE. PHASE 2 WILL INVOLVE EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND EVALUATION TO DEVELOP THE FINAL POOL PROTECTIVE SYSTEM.

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