New Methods to Monitor Health Status and Clinical Laboratory Data

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0146
Award Id:
91281
Agency Tracking Number:
O082-H01-3103
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 8175, Charlottesville, VA, 22906
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
942413162
Principal Investigator:
David Gerdt
Principal Investigator
(434) 296-7000
davidetc@firstva.com
Business Contact:
David Gerdt
President
(434) 296-7000
davidetc@firstva.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Empirical proposes to further develop and clinically validate a complete solution for a rugged, multi-parameter, vital signs monitor. The device, CareTaker, fits inside the palm like a small hockey puck and attaches to a small finger cuff. Once calibrated with a conventional sphygmomanometer, CareTaker will continuously monitor beat by beat blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and hemorrhaging for 100 hours on a battery charge. Two temperature sensors and a provision for an oximeter will be added to the hardware. The software will be embedded into a new processor within the device. Communicating with CareTaker is via Bluetooth to PDAs, PCs, or smart phones. Charts representing trends in physiological parameters may be uploaded. Notes may be added to the virtual chart that will follow the patient to hospitals and home. An LCD is available for radio free use. One proposed clinical investigation will use CareTaker on patients in a MICU who have an arterial catheter. This will verify the ability of CareTaker to accurately track changing blood pressure. Another clinical investigation will use blood donors who effectively hemorrhage a pint of blood. This will verify that CareTaker can effectively monitor bleeding, whether internal, external, or under a bandage.

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