Ultra-Compact, Lightweight Battlefield Splint

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,996.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAMD17-03-C-003
Award Id:
63088
Agency Tracking Number:
A022-0508
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC. (Currently TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, AUSTIN, INC.)
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
George Hansen
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
ghansen@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Novel ultra-lightweight composite materials are proposed to serve as a cast/splint system for use in battlefield scenarios by combat medics on injured soldiers. Texas Research Institute-Austin's extremely low-density composite has a very highstrength-to-weight ratio and possesses mechanical properties that far surpass those of currently used casting/splint systems. These composites will result in a weight and volume-savings of approximately 70% in comparison to air splints and plaster ofparis bandages now in use. This new technology will be in a sealed pack and easy to use by the attending medic with no mess or disposable pieces. The composite is fast-curing in order to minimize delays in the mission. The construction of the cast/splintwill be such that comfort for the wounded is maximized while the material is orthopedically supportive enough to allow the injured to proceed unaided by fellow soldiers. TRI/Austin's team for the Phase I effort will include experts in medical devicedevelopment (including FDA approval) and commercialization, specialists in composite materials for structural applications, a biomechanical engineer, and an orthopedic surgeon to provide consultation on development. The marketplace for this innovativetechnology includes hospitals, EMS personnel, orthopedic physicians, and others who deal in emergency medical care. The lightweight composite casting/splinting system will find value with Army medical personnel by reducing the weight and volume of thecurrently used system while exhibiting a strength and flexibility of use that meets or exceeds the existing standard. Such a system will also find utility in the private sector, as a no-mess, lightweight cast/splint device will be easy to use by medicalpersonnel and allow patients better mobility with greater comfort.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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