Continuous BP monitor for dialysis applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HL087476-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: HL087476
Amount: $99,634.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
EMPIRICAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION, BOX 8175, 3046A BERKMAR DRIVE, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, 22906
DUNS: 942413162
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 MARTIN BARUCH
 (434) 296-7000
 MCBARUCH@comcast.NET
Business Contact
 DAVID GERDT
Phone: (434) 296-7000
Email: davidetc@firstva.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The need for the continuous monitoring of blood pressure in patients undergoing dialysis is steadily increasing. While the population undergoing dialysis, presently at about 400k in the US, is growing along with the global growth in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, the general health of the dialysis population is declining as increasingly sicker patients undergo the very invasive procedure. In response ETC proposes to develop and test a wireless wrist-worn continuous blood pressure monitor that will permit the centralized monitoring of patients undergoing dialysis. The device is non-occlusive and utilizes a novel physical model of the radial pulse to determine BP via pulse analysis. The compact design of the device makes patient mobility and wireless connectivity possible. The device's effectiveness in comparison to gold standards will be tested in a clinical study involving 95 normotensive subjects as well as dialysis and kidney transplant patients.

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