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Automated Tourniquet

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0377
Agency Tracking Number: F19C-010-0046
Amount: $25,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19C-T010
Solicitation Number: 19.C
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-12
Small Business Information
West Falmouth, MA 02574
United States
DUNS: 081139713
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 R Wayne Dudding
 (412) 765-9695
Business Contact
 Ralph Dudding
Phone: (412) 765-9695
Research Institution
 University of Pittsburgh
 Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar
4200 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

 (412) 624-9835
 Nonprofit College or University

OLGS is developing an automated tourniquet system. It is an intuitive device that works with the push of a button. The user only need to know 'high-and-tight' and push the button for the tourniquet to be effective. It contains a band with wires embedded that is tightened by a motor-driven spool. It also contains a micro-controller unit with integrated sensors to ensure limb occlusion pressure is achieved with minimal risk of nerve damage from over-tightening. Discussions with PJ's have already informed some design characteristics to make the device easier to operate. The device will be integrated into the ejector seat of combat aircraft and the first aid bags aboard cargo aircraft, with the end user being survivors of downed aircraft. Eventually all Battlefield Airmen, as well as all Joint Battlefield Forces can benefit from the availability of an easy-to-use tourniquet. We currently have a TRL 4-5 device, and have the hardware, firmware, and mechanical design for a functional prototype that will be TRL 6 (demonstrated ability to achieve limb occlusion pressure) by the end of this Phase I proposal with the assistance of the University of Pittsburgh.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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