LIFT-SUPPORT/FALLS-INTERVENTION SYSTEM FOR THE ELDERLY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,894.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
13597
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Triangle Research & Developmnt
Po Box 12696, Res Triangle Pk, NC, 27709
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David P Colvin
(919) 781-8148
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE PHASE I PROGRAM WILL DETERMINE THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITYAND NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS TO DEVELOP A CEILING-MOUNTED, BATTERY-POWERED, MOBILE PATIENT LIFE-SUPPORT AND FALLS-INTERVENTION SYSTEM. THIS ACTIVE SYSTEM WILL PRESERVETHE INHERENT SAFETY FEATURES OF THE PASSIVE FALL-SAFE FALLS-INTERVENTION SYSTEM ALREADY BEING DEVELOPED. ALTHOUGHDIRECTED TOWARD ELDERLY POPULATIONS, THIS NEW SYSTEM WOULD ALSO HAVE SIGNIFICANT APPLICATIONS TO REHABILITATION POPULATIONS. THE PASSIVE FALL-SAFE SYSTEM HAS THE CAPABILITY FOR REDUCINGTHE ENERGY FOR IMPACT AND POTENTIAL INJURY DURING ACCIDENTALFALLS BY MORE THAN 95 PERCENT. THIS NEW PHASE I EFFORT WOULD BE A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THE EARLIER PROGRAM. A PROTOTYPE SYSTEM WILL BE DESIGNED, FABRICATED, AND TESTED TO DETERMINE ITS PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THIS ACTIVE, MOBILE FALL-SAFE DEVICE WILL UTILIZE THE SAME OVERHEAD TRACK AND SUPPORT GARMENTS AND WILL PRESERVE THE INHERENT FAIL-SAFE FEATURES THAT WERE DEVELOPED EARLIER FOR THE PASSIVE DEVICE. IF SUCCESSFUL, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS ACTIVE SYSTEM WOULD EXTEND THE APPLICATION OF THE FALL-SAFE SYSTEM TO ELDERLY PATIENTS' ROOMS AND DAILY CARE OF REHABILITATION POPULATIONS, PROVIDE FOR SAFER PATIENT LIFTING AND CARE, ANDREDUCE NURSING ATTENDANT INJURY.

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