Autonomous Airway Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0078
Agency Tracking Number: A083-172-0085
Amount: $69,857.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-172
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Goldie
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
 JGoldie@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Development of a portable robotic system is proposed that will perform endotracheal intubation of the trauma patient. A specialized robot will work in concert with field medics or other robots to perform endotracheal intubation at the point of injury, allowing establishment of a secure airway within the critical first few minutes after an injury is sustained. Both semi-autonomous and autonomous operation will be considered. Phase I will be a design tradeoff study, addressing the key technical challenges of the robotic system: initial placement and oral insertion, guidance and navigation, control and steering, passage through the vocal cords to the trachea, verification of tracheal placement, and deployment in extreme environmental conditions. In addition, methods for robotic approach and placement on the patient (from a designated start position) will also be considered, a requirement for autonomous operation. The project team consisting of engineers and physicians will (1) define and document user requirements of the robotic intubation system, (2) identify candidate designs for addressing each of the key technical challenges, (3) perform a design tradeoff study to determine the relative pros and cons of the candidate designs, and (4) document a recommended design for prototype fabrication, test and demonstration in Phase II.

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