New Methods to Monitor Health Status and Clinical Laboratory Data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-C-0240
Agency Tracking Number: O2-0949
Amount: $1,215,414.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-H01
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 8175, Charlottesville, VA, -
DUNS: 942413162
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Gerdt
 Principal Investigator
 (434) 296-7000
Business Contact
 David Gerdt
Title: President
Phone: (434) 296-7000
Research Institution
CareTaker is a small, battery powered, light, inexpensive, portable physiological monitor that records central blood pressure, beat by beat. It is comfortable, fits in the palm of the hand, may be worn continuously for days, remembers extracted parameters, has Bluetooth capability and interfaces with other Bluetooth devices including oximeters. Heart rate is recorded nearly as accurately as ECG allowing for computation of HRV. Most importantly, CareTaker has a shown great sensitivity in lower body negative pressure chamber; its T13 parameter is equivalent to blood volume. This proposal will verify long term accuracy using arterial catheters, show through blood donations that small amounts of hemorrhaging can be detected, and verify that its technology can detect dehydration and perhaps hypoxia. CareTaker is ideally suited for replacement of arterial catheters and has many applications in clinics and in the home. It is a new device based on the theory of reflections in the arterial tree and is leading to new insights and uses in medicine.

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