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Development of a non-invasive and portable tissue viability measurement and intelligent actuation system for the prevention and early detection of Pressure Ulcer risk at Tetraplegic SCI users

Objective

Wheelchair users (over 5 Million) are prone to develop Pressure Ulcers (PU), especially Tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injury (T-SCI, 114.000) as they do not dispose of the natural mechanisms for prevention. T-SCI lack of pain perception, motor control, reduced tissue viability and alterations on the ANS affecting basal tissue status and response (hyperemia).
Suffering a PU affects negatively health, needing additional surgical interventions or longer recovery times, constituting even a deadly threat due infections; derive in social exclusion due to odours and pain; and reduce the time being able to spend sitting limiting independent living, leading all to a reduction of Quality of Life.
Treating PUs cost €20 Billions per year to the EU Public Health System. Although, PU prognosis is excellent at early stages being 95% preventable, current solutions are not being effective as they rely on pressure reduction instead of tissue viability, do not consider user state, characteristics and context, and do not optimal combine current strategies.
PUMA project aims to develop a novel portable and non-invasive system to prevent and early detect the risk of PU and reverts its onset, based on the control and improvement of tissue viability. Based on Real-time PU risk assessment, a combination of dynamic repositioning systems and Functional Electrical Stimulation will be optimally integrated, preserving tissue viability as well as increasing the resistance to PU development.
As a result, the SMEs will strengthen their competitive position facing foreign competition, achieving a cumulative benefits of €24 Million 5 years post-project. PUMA project will count with the collaboration of RTDs on biomechanics, smart textiles and mechatronics; and the support of prescribers, distributors, retailers, T-SCI sufferers and relatives and health care professionals defining needs and requirements as well as product validation, ensuring to fulfil the expectations of end-users and market stakeholders.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

QIMOVA AS
Address
Lille Havdrupvej 5 Gi Havdrup
4622 Havdrup
Denmark
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 606 279
Administrative Contact
Henrik Grauslund (Mr.)

Participants (7)

BERKEL BIKE BVBERKELBIKE PROMEKEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 201 916
Address
Nieuwstraat 37
5271 AC Sint Michielsgestel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rik Berkelmans (Mr.)
SENSING TEX SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 189 102
Address
Passeig Fabra I Puig 474
08042 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Ridao Granado (Mr.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 11 157
Address
Camino De Vera Edificio 9C Universidad Politecnica De Valencia
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ricard Barberà (Mr.)
OSAUHING EESTI INNOVATSIOONI INSTITUUT
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 7 407
Address
Sepapaja 6
11415 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lauri Nirgi (Mr.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 7 875
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guy Buyle (Dr.)
FUNDACION HOSPITAL NACIONAL DE PARAPLEJICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 21 599
Address
Carretera De La Peraleda S/n
45071 Toledo
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Angel Gil Agudo (Dr.)
ILUNION SALUD SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 665
Address
Don Ramon De La Cruz 38
28001 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Carlos Chicote (Mrs.)