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
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3244
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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James W. Dickey, Jr., M.d., P.
100 S.e. 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JAMES W. DICKEY, JR.
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (305) 522-6268
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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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