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Development of the JoRT Platform for Realistic Joint Reduction Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH19C0052
Agency Tracking Number: H2-0414
Amount: $993,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA173-002
Solicitation Number: 2017.3
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-11-16
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW, Roanoke, VA, 24011
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Christopher Tison
 (434) 220-2518
Business Contact
 Ms. Maggie Hudson
Phone: (434) 483-4254
Research Institution
Joint reduction is a key skill and is a core competency for orthopedic surgeons deploying as part of a trauma team.Current training options are limited to classroom instruction on uninjured persons due to lack of a suitable training simulator. The first true reduction performed by medical providers is on actual patients. This method of instruction prevents the trainee from developing the comfort and necessary cognitive and psychomotor skills associated with the reduction. Luna Innovations and its partners at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics are therefore developing a low-cost joint reduction task trainer that will enable more effective training for both military and civilian care givers. This technology is known as the JoRT platform and provides realistic anatomy and reduction forces while being fabricated with low-cost materials and production techniques; resulting in realistic, but affordable, training. During Phase I, Luna developed a shoulder reduction training platform compatible with the Milch reduction technique, and utilized a bioinformed design process integrated with computational modeling to ensure accurate reduction forces and motions. Sensors were integrated to provide training feedback, and plans for a finger and elbow joint reduction platform were finalized.

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