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Self Abrading Rapidly Applied (SARA) Electrode

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R44NS053116-02A1
Agency Tracking Number: R44NS053116
Amount: $1,041,520.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NINDS
Solicitation Number: PA10-050
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 557510625
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (216) 791-6720
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The intent of our Phase II SBIR proposal is to refine the development of a new class of electroencephalogram (EEG) electrode that can be rapidly applied with technical ease, minimize the amount of EEG procedural supplies, translating into significant time savings for the technologist and increase patient comfort. Our proposed self-abrading, rapidly-applied (SARA) electrode is a medical sensor that contains all of the necessary materials to prepare the skin, adhere the electrode to the scalp, and conduct the signal with a simple three-step application: technician parts the hair, removes the electrode from the backing, rubs and presses the electrode onto the scalp. The self-abrading, rapidly-applied (SARA) EEG electrodeis designed to exceed the standards set by the traditional gold cup electrode by: reducing EEG technician time through the elimination of several standard procedural steps, eliminating the need for post- test electrode cleaning, minimizing the amount of procedural supplies, creating a softer interface with the patient's skin, minimizing healthcare associated infections by using a single-use electrode, decreasing EEG costs by providing more cost efficient procedure, designing an electrode that is easily andrapidly applied for emergency department applications, using radiotranslucent materials for compatibility with other diagnostic tools such as MRI, and decreasing the environmental footprint of the device by choosing recyclable materials. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: A new class of electroencephalogram (EEG) electrode is being developed which is self- abrading and rapidly-applied. This new electrode can decrease costs by providing more efficient procedure for the technologist while increasing patientcomfort.

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