Davenport SAF-T Systems is committed to developing, testing and bringing the SAF-T VEST to market because injuries from falls are a public health crisis. Fall injuries should no longer be considered an inevitable consequence of getting older. As a society, we need to continue working to prevent falls from occurring. But our efforts should not stop there. It’s time to introduce a technology that will protect loved ones, preserve active lifestyles and extend independent living.

Call for investors: Pre-seed round OPEN

On January 16, 2024, Davenport SAF-T Systems opened a $500,000 pre-seed round to support further prototyping, testing and engineering modifications. In 2025, we plan to initiate pilot studies to assess SAF-T VEST performance and safety over three, six and 12 months. An equity round will be needed to enable our commercial launch. Contact Ryan Davenport ([email protected]) for more information.

The SAF-T VEST will provide peace of mind and reduce the suffering and heartache associated with a serious fall injury. This is our mission.

Dr. Davenport discusses the concept for the SAF-T VEST

The case for the SAF-T VEST

According to the CDC, every second of every day an older adult suffers a fall in the U.S. Falls are the leading cause of injury and injury deaths in this age group as well. Davenport SAF-T Systems, led by Jay A. Davenport, M.D, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, designed a patented, wearable tech solution to reduce devastating injuries from falls. Because when an older adult falls, there can be life-changing consequences. It could mean a long, difficult recovery, or the beginning of a steady physical decline. Familiar and enjoyable routines are disrupted. Independent living may no longer be possible. It’s critically important to bring the SAF-T VEST to market, to reduce injuries from falls and to protect a senior’s active, independent lifestyle.

According to the CDC, more than 1 in 4 adults falls each year, but less
than half tell their doctor. [Illustration by Dan O’Leary]

The SAF-T VEST is a novel solution to the problem of fall injuries, because it relies on readily-available components. Airbags are proven lifesavers in automobiles, and they are already being used in personal crash protection systems for certain high-speed activities. By providing 360-degree fall protection from the hips to the head, the SAF-T VEST is an insurance policy, keeping you safe while you stay active and on your feet.

As the U.S. population continues to age, the SAF-T VEST represents an important advance over the few fall protection systems available today, which are designed to protect only the hips. The SAF-T VEST will have a transformational effect helping seniors remain independent and physically active for longer and later in life. Preventing 100% of falls may never be possible. Protection from fall injuries, however, is within our reach.