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Project TitleNaloxone Autoinjector
Track Code2017-038
Short Description

A non-reusable, wearable naloxone intramuscular auto-injector that activates, alarms, and fires when the user is detected to have become apneic or not breathing.

Abstract

The invention consists of three separate components that may be housed in a small, square-shaped plastic housing that is attached to the user by either an elastic strap, a large adhesive or a clip. A needle and a small, sterile syringe will be contained in the plastic housing. The autoinjector will have the ability to inject increasing doses of naloxone if the device senses no increase in respiratory rate after firing.  Another feature would be that when the device detects a low respiratory rate, it will activate an audible alarm within the housing and, if necessary, alert medical response when the autoinjector is discharged.

 
Tagsnaloxone, Opioid, medical device, autoinjector
 
Posted DateAug 18, 2017 11:31 AM

Researcher

Name
Daniel Barkhuff
Justin Baca

Manager

Name
Jovan Heusser

Background

Opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Naloxone is a drug used to treat narcotic overdoses in an emergency situation by blocking or reversing the effects associated with opioid medication. It can also be used to assist in diagnosing whether a person has overdosed on an opioid. Because naloxone has a strong effect on the user, it can cause impairment in thinking or reactions, and when used during an emergency, it is necessary to use it with the correct dosage. Currently, the injection may be given by a healthcare provider, emergency medical provider, or a family member/caregiver who is trained to properly give a naloxone injection. There is a current need for a device that can monitor a patient and administer naloxone, when needed, in the event that there is no professional around to provide the injection.

Technology Description

Researchers at the University of New Mexico have developed a non-reusable, wearable naloxone intramuscular auto-injector that activates, alarms, and fires when the user is detected to have become apneic or not breathing. The invention consists of three separate components that may be housed in a small, square-shaped plastic housing that is attached to the user by either an elastic strap, a large adhesive or a clip. A needle and a small, sterile syringe will be contained in the plastic housing. The autoinjector will have the ability to inject increasing doses of naloxone if the device senses no increase in respiratory rate after firing.  Another feature would be that when the device detects a low respiratory rate, it will activate an audible alarm within the housing and, if necessary, alert medical response when the autoinjector is discharged.

Advantages/Applications

  • Device can counteract an opioid overdose or can be used to detect sleep apnea
  • Drug, medication or treatment is automatically injected without the need for any interaction or decision by user
  • Includes an alarm system when low respiratory rate is detected
  • Includes a control mechanism that may alert medical response by calling 911, contacting a monitoring service, or designated caretaker
  • Applications in monitoring devices, medication dosing devices, and autoinjectors

INQUIRES

STC has filed intellectual property on this exciting new technology and is currently exploring commercialization options. If you are interested in information about this or other technologies, please contact Arlene Mirabal at amirabal@stc.unm.edu or 505-272-7886.