PROLONGED SITTING OR BED REST LEADS TO DEPENDENT EDEMA AND VENOUS STASIS, OFTEN PROGRESSING TO DEBILITATING ILLNESS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3244
Agency Tracking Number:
3244
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 S.e. 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JAMES W. DICKEY, JR.
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(305) 522-6268
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
PROLONGED SITTING OR BED REST LEADS TO DEPENDENT EDEMA AND VENOUS STASIS, OFTEN PROGRESSING TO DEBILITATING ILLNESS. DISCOMFORT AND PATHOLOGY ARE PREVENTED BY REGULAR PERIODIC ANKLE FLEXING. A NEW INVENTION ACCOMPLISHES THIS PURPOSE COMFORTABLY, CONVENIENTLY, AND ECONOMICALLY. IT ENSURES COMPLIANCE THROUGH A PEDAL MECHANISM WHOSE APPROPRIATE MOTION ELICITS AN ELECTRICAL SIGNAL REPRESENTING ADEQUATE FLEXING MOTION (STROKE) AND AN ELECTRONIC MODULE COUNTING UP THESE STROKES AND DEDUCTING STROKES AT A PRESET RATE. THESE PROCESSES ARE COMBINED WITH AN AUDIBLE SIGNAL WARNING THE USER WHEN A PRESCRIBED AN ADJUSTABLE PROTOTYPE INCLUDING A COMPUTER IS COLLECTING DESIGN PARAMETERS ON HUMAN SUBJECTS. THE PHASE I PROJECT WILL BE FOR ENGINEERING A MINIATURE ELECTRONIC MODULE WITH FIXED PARAMETERS AND PEDAL MODULES FOR 4 DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS: BED-FAST PATIENTS; WHEELCHAIR PEDALS REPLACEMENT; SITTING AT DESK OR TV; PLANE OR CAR TRAVEL. AN AUTOMATIC ANGLE-ADJUSTING FOOTREST IS FORMED BY THE SPECIAL PEDAL MECHANISM, FURTHER ENCOURAGING USE. EFFECTIVE DESIGN IN PHASE I WILL ENSURE ECONOMICAL PRODUCTION AND THEREBY WIDESPREAD USE TO PREVENT AN ILLNESS AFFECTING 25% OF THE POPULATION. IT WILL OFFER THE PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH CARE WITH COMFORT, CONVENIENCE, AND ECONOMY.

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