AIRBAG PROTECTIVE GARMENTS FOR FALL INTERVENTION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
11044
Agency Tracking Number:
11044
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Box 12696, Resrch Triangle Pk, NC, 27709
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
PHASE I RESEARCH WILL DETERMINE THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTECTIVE GARMENT SYSTEM THAT COULD PROVIDE A NEW MEASURE OF PROTECTION FOR THE ELDERLY BY SENSING A FALL IN SUFFICIENT TIME TO INFLATE STRATEGICALLY PLACED AIRBAGS AND CUSHION THE BODY AGAINST INJURIOUS IMPACT. BASED UPON PRELIMINARY TESTING AND SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN AIRBAG TECHNOLOGIES, IT IS BELIEVED THAT SUCH A SYSTEM CAN BE SATISFACTORILY DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED, AND WOULD COMPLEMENT OTHER EFFORTS ALREADY UNDERWAY. DURING THIS PROJECT, BOTH THE SENSING AND IMPACT PROBLEMS WILL BE BETTER DEFINED THROUGH EXPERIMENTAL TESTING. STRATEGIC SUBSYSTEMS FOR FALL SENSING, VALVING AND PRESSURIZATION, AIRBAG SIZING AND LOCATION, AND AN INITIAL GARMENT WILL BE PROTOTYPED AND TESTED WITH AN INSTRUMENTED ANTHROPOMORPHIC DUMMY. IF SUCCESSFUL, THIS SYSTEM COULD POTENTIALLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BROKEN HIPS AND OTHER INJURIES RESULTING FROM FALLS, PARTICULARLY FOR THE ELDERLY. IT MAY ALSO HAVE APPLICATION TO SPECIFIC FALL-SENSITIVE OCCUPATIONAL AND SPORTS AREAS. FOR AGING POPULATIONS, THE SYSTEM COULD POTENTIALLY REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS DUE TO SUCH INJURY, ENCOURAGE PATIENT LOCOMOTION AND EXERCISE, AND IMPROVE THEIR SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE AND CONFIDENCE.

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