Committed to Saving Lives

Through our National Science Foundation grant, Avidhrt is focuced on research to improve the health and safety of our emergency response professionals – particularly our brave firefighters

It's Time

Over one million firefighters in the United States provide vital, yet dangerous, public safety services, the risks of fighting fires are well known, but few appreciate the devastaing burden of cardiac mortality among firefighters.

40%

Suddden cardiac death accounts for more than 40% of on-duty fatalities

In 98% of these deaths, stress and

over-exertion are identified as the cause

And that on-duty firefighters are twice as likely to suffer CVD-related fatalities compared to all CVD-associated deaths in the United States

What's at Risk

The Solution

Avidhrt First Responders Safety Platform

Along with our partners at Colorado State University, we are developing the AFRS platform as a wearable  monitoring system that is both affordable and practical. The AFRS platform can be used to detect changes in heart rate, heart rhythm, skin and environmental temperature, oxygenation, position  and location. Our research is focused on using this real time data to guide firefighters duration of exposure, timing of active cooling and rehydration.

The Solution
AFRS Platform
On Duty
Firefighters

On-duty firefighters will wear a reusable smart patch, linked via LORA, wifi and 5G, designed to monitor ECG, spO2, core body temperature, environmental temperature, location and fall detection.

Mobile and Web
Applications

On site monitoring via multiple communication protocols.

Machine Learning

Capable of combining multiple data streams create a risk model to guide on-site safety decisions.

Clinical Network

Capable of detecting electrocardiogram
(EKG) changes suggestive of arrhythmias and ischemia.

The Impact

Until now, on-site firefighter monitoring programs have been cost-prohibitive. Predictive diagnostics have long been restricted to expensive clinical settings. Wearables compliant with fire services equipment standards and guidelines have been too costly, especially given the fiscal restraints of municipalities and volunteer departments.

 

The AFRS platform has the potential to reduce the monetary and social costs of firefighter mortality and morbidity and address the need for a technology that reduces rates of cardiac events among firefighters.

The AFRS platform research and development is made possible by America’s Seed Fund, the National Science

Foundation SBIR Phase I and II grants. We are thankful for the NSF (https://seedfund.nsf.gov) and our research

collaborators at Colorado State University.

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