Abstract: An infant cushion and cover combination including an integrated blanket and a cushion placed inside of a fabric cover. The fabric cover includes a blanket which is closable over the top of the fabric cover. With the blanket closed, an infant may be positioned between the top of the fabric cover and the blanket. The cushion has elevated edges that prevent an infant from rolling off the cushion. The cushion may be removed from the fabric cover and is then usable as a diaper changing pad with the moisture resistant cover in place over the cushion.
Abstract: A baseball board game comprising three game boards, two of which represent offensive and defensive players, the third of which represents the field of play. The field of play board is generally in the shape of a baseball diamond, but is divided into vertical and horizontal polar coordinates. The field of play also has zones upon it to account for scoring, balls, strikes and player positioning. A ball shaped marker is used to designate the position of the ball on the field and player markers designate the position of players on the field. The game may be played with either specially marked dice and one player board or with the use of the two player boards. Each of the player boards can be interchangeably used as the offensive or defensive team. Each player board illustrates a zone for an air or ground ball, a six by six coordinate system for placement of a hit ball, a bad ball zone and a stolen base zone.
Abstract: A container for storing a disc comprising a planar surface having a recessed receptacle therein, a first retention means comprising at least one lip projecting from the planar surface over the recess, and a second retention means comprising a pivotable lip attached to a button, the button being attached to a flexible tab, which in turn is attached to the planar surface. When the button is depressed, the moveable lip lifts away allowing the insertion or removal of a disc from the storage container.
Abstract: A nasal ventilation system comprising a tube terminating in a pair of nasal inserts. Each insert tapers at its end and has a soft membrane covering the tapered end for wearer comfort. A washer positioned below the membrane provides a positive seal with the nostril and prevents gas leakage by resting on the support bar. A support bar having slots which can accommodate the nasal inserts also permits lateral movement of the inserts for positioning of the inserts within the nostrils. An adjustable harness system is removably secured to the wearer.
Abstract: Surgical retraction apparatus having a retractor blade with a curved blade and a quick release mechanism. The blade has a complex curved shape and notches on the sides to reduce tissue damage during retraction. Blades can be removed from a rack and pinion mechanism by sliding the bushing of the blade over the rack arm.
November 15, 1993
Date of Patent:
April 30, 1996
Darrell D. O'Neal, Robert J. Schiess, III
Abstract: A sheath introducer for a catheterization or similar procedure comprises a body having a upper portion and a lower portion, the lower portion being angled with respect to the upper portion; a curved tapering channel extending through the upper and lower portions; a cannula with a tapered distal end extending at an angle with respect to the upper portion a hemostatic valve having an access port and a fluid tight slit opening and seated within the upper portion and maintained by a cap; and an angled sideport in fluid communication with the channel. Optionally, a wiper flange extends inward within the valve access port which provide an additional fluid tight seal when a catheter is slidingly inserted, removed or maintained within the valve. A dilator can be adapted for use with the introducer by having a bend in the tube portion of the dilator.
April 21, 1994
Date of Patent:
April 23, 1996
Richard A. Hillstead, Joseph B. Muhlestein
Abstract: A fluid control valve assembly including a first tube member, a second tube member and a cylindrical valve element. The first tube member has a narrower diameter passageway connected by a transitional surface to a wider diameter passageway. The narrower passageway acts as a secondary valve sealing surface and the transitional surface acts as a primary valve sealing surface. The valve element includes a primary valve sealing shoulder which forms a seal when in contact with the primary sealing surface of the first tube member; at least one secondary sealing flange which deformingly engages the wall of the narrower passageway; and a plurality of elastomeric bands extending from the base of the valve element. The bands are looped around posts extending upward from the inner wall of the second tube member when the valve assembly is assembled. The elastic bands maintain the valve element in a compressively engaged sealing relationship with the transitional surface of the first tube member.
Abstract: A refrigerated shipping container is disclosed. The container has a rigid support structure surrounding the walls thereof. The floor, roof, endwall, door assemblies and sidewalls are made from a light, non-metal, highly insulative material. These components generally comprise two relatively thin sheets of the insulative material separated by support channels. The cavities between the sheets are filled with foam insulation. Reinforcing rods may also be utilized to pre-load the structure before packing the cargo in the container. The walls, floor, door assemblies, and roof are assembled on the metal structure such that no support surface of the structure extends from inside the container to the outside.
Abstract: A hollow, elongated shaft (20) containing a layer of porous material (30) that is capable of retaining moisture is designed to fit within the airway (13) of the mouthpiece (11) of a closed respiratory system to receive water vapor from expired air and allow the water vapor to be taken up by inspired air.
Abstract: Apparatus and method for performing multiple level sortation operations upon a number of randomly ordered garments. The garments are identified by unique identification data, which can be scanned and entered into a computer. The computer remembers the order in which garment identification data has been. The garments are then transferred in their entered order to a first sortation assembly in which a rotating wheel assembly accepts and selectively releases garments during indexed rotation of the wheel at one of a number of stop points. Each stop point has associated with it a receiving rail, where each rail represents a different group within a first sortation level. The computer recognizes which receiving rail is the correct rail for each garment according to the first sortation criteria and signals the release of the garment at the correct stop point. The garments collected on each receiving rail comprise a group of first sorted garments according to the first sortation criteria.