FALL PREVENTION SYSTEM FOR THE AGED

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1345
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 12696, Triangle Park, NC, 27709
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David P. Colvin
 President
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Research Institution
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Abstract
IN RESPONSE TO THE SBIR SOLICITATION FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING, IT IS HEREIN PROPOSED TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP A SATISFACTORY MOBILE SYSTEM TO SAFELY RESTRAIN AND PREVENT A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS FALL TO AN AGED OR HANDICAPPED INDIVIDUAL. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT SUCH A DEVELOPMENT COULD EXTEND AND COMPLIMENT NURSING HOME STAFF UTILIZATION, REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS DUE TO SUCH INJURY, IMPROVE PATIENT LOCOMOTION AND EXERCISE, AND PROMOTE THEIR SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE AND CONFIDENCE. THE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY OF THE SYSTEM MAY ONE DAY PERMIT ITS EXTENSION INTO THE HOME AS WELL AS HOSPITALS AND OTHER CHRONIC CARE CENTERS. THIS EFFORT WOULD BE BUILT UPON KNOWLEDGE GAINED OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PASSIVE MOBILE RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR A LOCAL NURSING HOME. IN THAT SYSTEM, A PATIENT CAN BE TETHERED TO A MOBILE REEL SYSTEM ATTACHED TO A MONORAIL ON THE CEILING AND THE REEL CAN APPLY A VARIABLE BRAKING FORCE TO PREVENT A FALL. THIS PROPOSED EFFORT WOULD ENCOMPASS THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ACTIVE MOBILE RESTRAINING SYSTEM WHICH SHOULD HAVE BOTH GREATER CAPABILITY AND APPLICATION. SUCH A SYSTEM WOULD UTILIZE MICROELECTRONICS TO OPTIMALLY POSITION THE RESTRAINING REEL FOR SUPPORT WHILE WALKING AND CONTROL DURING ACCIDENTAL FALLS.

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