Abstract: An improved emergency code cart (100) is provided. The cart contains a number of drawers (130), each containing medications (305, 310) and instruments (315) required for a particular code algorithm. The contents of each drawer are organized according to ACLS (American Cardiac Life Support) or other guidelines. The cart also contains a computer (175) which is programmed with ACLS algorithms or other guidelines which are the current standard of emergency patient care. The cart's computer monitors the patient's EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and other indicators, providing diagnostic information to the medical personnel in the code team. Upon select of a code algorithm, the computer provides prompts according to the algorithm, issues alarms when the algorithm is not followed, provides automatic synchronized cardioversion, prints an EKG rhythm strip, and documents all activities occurring in a code, including withdrawal, replacement, and use of medication and instruments.
Abstract: A spinal stabilization rod fastener is comprised of a U-shaped bracket with a slot for receiving a spinal stabilization rod. A cavity is arranged on an interior of each arm. Inverted trapezoidal shaped lips are respectively attached to outer edges of the cavities adjacent an outer end of the slot, and directed towards an inner end of the slot. An oval bridge is arranged to be connected across the arms inside the cavities. Arcuate rims are provided on an upper surface of the bridge at the longitudinal ends. The bridge is installed by aligning it longitudinally with the slot, positioning it between the cavities, and rotating it to position its longitudinal ends in the cavities and its rims behind the lips. Rectangular slots on opposite sides of the circumference of the screw hole of the bridge allows use a flat screw driver or a suitably shaped driving tool for rotational insertion of the bridge.
Abstract: A writing instrument is comprised of an elongated body with a writing point at the lower end, and an upper end for supporting the base of the index finger. Arcuate arms extending up from the upper end of the body are arranged for being positioned on the sides of the index finger. A concave front groove is arranged along the front side of the body for cradling the tip of the index finger. Concave side grooves are arranged along the sides of the body for cradling the tips of the thumb and middle finger. Forwardly protruding ears are arranged between the front and respective sides for being pinched between the index finger and the thumb, and between the index finger and the middle finger. A knob on the rear of the body is movable for retracting or extending a cap to expose or cover the writing point.
Abstract: A rebar hanger is arranged for suspending rebars within a concrete form prior to pouring concrete. It is comprised of a downwardly directed form hook for hooking on top of a concrete form. A first rebar hook extends away from the lower end of an inner section of the form hook. The first rebar hook has a first downward dip for supporting a first rebar, and an upwardly directed and recurved distal end. A brace extends from the recurved distal end of the first rebar hook downwardly and outwardly toward an inner side of the concrete form. An inner end of the brace is positioned against the inner side of the form substantially below a position of the first hook. A second rebar hook extends downwardly and inwardly from the inner end of the brace. The second rebar hook has a second downward dip for supporting a second rebar.
Abstract: The present breathing valve is comprised of a hollow tubular housing sized to fit snugly inside a nostril. The housing is provided with an external thread for screwing into the nostril. A turning tool is provided for screwing and unscrewing the housing by engaging the interior of the housing. An air flow restricting device is provided within the housing. In one embodiment, the restricting device is comprised of a constricted passage for reducing air flow and increasing air pressure within the respiratory system of the user. Oxygen absorption is improved enough by the increased air pressure to eliminate the need for supplemental oxygen for people at high altitudes, and for people with respiratory problems. In a second embodiment, the restricting device is comprised of a movable restricting device which is moved to an open position during inhale to allow free passage of air.
Abstract: A medal mounting device is comprised of an elongated support bar with first and second recurved ends. First and second pins are respectively attached to the recurved ends. Spring clips are detachably attached to the pins. A first end of a springy, forwardly bowed clamping bar is hinged to the first recurved end and positioned behind the support bar. To use, the support bar is positioned through the looped ribbons of a plurality of medals. The clamping bar is pressed against the back of the ribbons, and its free second end tucked under the second recurved end of the support bar to clamp the ribbons in position. In another embodiment, the clamping bar is separate from the support bar. In yet another embodiment, the mounting device is comprised of a T-shaped pin inserted through the ribbon of a medal.
Abstract: The present headwear with eye protector is comprised of a helmet with slots on either side. The slots may be fixed to the helmet, or provided in housings hinged to the helmet. An eyewear is attached to the slots. The eyewear is comprised of a pair of lenses hinged to respective arms that slide into the slots. A pair of connectors attached to the inner ends of the lenses releasably connect the lenses together. The lenses are removable from the eyes by separating their inner ends, and pivoting them away without detaching them from the helmet. The lenses are adjustable fore and aft by sliding the arms within the slots, and are adjustable up and down by tilting the housings. Additional slots may be provided on the housing in a vertical column for further adjusting the height of the lenses.
Abstract: A heating device for heating biological specimens is comprised of an electric pressure cooker with a pressure gauge, and a temperature sensor connected to a controller with a temperature display and a temperature alert. The controller is arranged to heat the specimen at a selectable temperature for a selectable time period. The quality control process is comprised of placing in the cooker a heat sensitive pH indicating retrieval solution, and a heat and pressure sensitive steam strip. When the set temperature has been reached, the actual temperature and pressure are recorded. When the cooker is opened after heating, the pH indicating solution is checked for color change that indicates a pH change, and the steam strip is checked for color change that indicates predetermined temperature and pressure levels have been reached.
Abstract: The present medical tube holder is comprised of a base member, a pair of strap anchors pivotally attached to opposite ends of the base member, a strap connected between the strap anchors, and a clip movably attached to the base member. The ends of the base member are curved upwardly to align with the top of the ears. The strap anchors are pivoted to self-adjust to individual patients. The strap has a cotton inner side for comfort, and hook-and-loop ends for adjusting its length. A bracket behind the clip is engaged on the base member to allow the clip to slide side-to-side along the base member for alignment with either nostril.
April 23, 2001
Date of Patent:
June 17, 2003
Salvatore A. Taormina, Anthony M. Taormina
Abstract: A prosthetic foot is comprised of a springy internal frame embedded in a resilient foot-shaped outer body. The frame is in the shape of a modified trapezoid, wherein the shorter top member and the longer bottom member are connected by a generally vertical back member, and a substantially oblique front member. A toe member extends from the bottom member into a toe portion of the outer body. A solid carbon fiber layer is embedded in the frame for strength and elasticity. A break is provided between the lower end of the front member and the bottom member to enable the toe portion of the foot to flex laterally. A flexible cord is connected across the break to prevent the front and bottom portions of the frame from separating when the foot kicks an obstacle.
Abstract: A picture frame is comprised of a frame with open opposite sides for displaying pictures on both sides. Partitions in the frame define slots that receive picture holders. Entrances to the slots are arranged on one edge of the frame. Each picture holder is comprised of two transparent sheets joined along three edges. An open edge is arranged for receiving a picture. Offset notches along the partitions between the slots enable the holders to be grabbed more easily. A pin is inserted through tabs projecting from the partitions for locking in the holders. The frame is pivoted on a base, so that the frame can be pivoted back when reversed. A slidable arm is attached to the base, and is slid toward the side that the frame is tilted to improve stability.
Abstract: A pair of disposable boxer shorts is comprised of a back panel, a right front panel, and a left front panel made of a strong tissue paper. The back panel has a crotch between leg portions. Each front panel has a leg portion with a half crotch along an inside edge. The shorts are made by folding down and securing the top edges of all the panels, folding and pressing the inside edge of the left front panel, joining the lower portions of the inner edges of the left and right panels with a seam to form a fly above the seam, securing the edges of the half crotches on the front panels to the corresponding edges of the crotch on the back panel, attaching the front panels to the back panel at the sides, and attaching adhesive strips to the front panels at the waist.
Abstract: A self-locking hinge is comprised of a housing with spaced side walls, and a cogged wheel positioned between the side walls. A pair of slots are respectively positioned on the interior surfaces of the side walls. A stop is connected between the side walls in alignment with the slots. An axle positioned through a center of the cogged wheel has opposite ends positioned in the slots. The cogged wheel is secured in position when it is biased against the stop by springs positioned in the slots and engaged against the ends of the axle. The cogged wheel is pivotable when it is pushed away from the stop against the springs, and is automatically biased against the stop and secured in position when it is released.
Abstract: The present throwing toy is comprised of a sticky elastomer shell around a liquid core. The shell is comprised of a thermoplastic rubber mixed with a petroleum based oil in a ratio that produces an extremely soft shell. The core is comprised of clarified water. When the toy is thrown against a wall, it greatly flattens to produce a splash effect, sticks to the wall temporarily, slowly reforms into its original shape as it drips down the wall, and falls off the wall.
Abstract: The present sliding door stop is positioned within the header of a sliding door frame. It is comprised of first and second arms connected by a connecting member. First and second bumper surfaces on the inner and outer edges of the first arm are respectively positioned over first and second tracks in the header. A third bumper surface on the inner edge of the second arm is also positioned over the first track. The arms are positioned around the outer roller assembly of a first sliding door which is hung on the first track, so that the stop is slaved to the movement of the door. The maximum possible overlap between the doors is limited by the first arm when the roller assembly of the first door is engaged against the first bumper surface, and the roller assembly of a second door is engaged against the second bumper surface.
Abstract: A finger ring shim is comprised of a member for being wedged between a loose ring and a finger. A groove on the member is arranged for cradling the ring. The groove has a width which is selected to receive a ring of a particular thickness. The member has a shim thickness which is selected to match a gap size between the ring and the finger. A tool for determining the proper groove width and shim thickness is comprised of an elongated and tapered sheet with a scale along an edge, and slots of graduated widths. The sheet is inserted between a finger and a ring until it is snug. The point on the scale under the ring is correlated with a suitable shim thickness, and the smallest slot which the ring can fit into shows the suitable groove width.
Abstract: A barrel nut for securing furniture panels is comprised of a cylindrical body with an external thread extending between its opposite ends. The cylindrical body is arranged for being positioned in a snug fitting hole in a furniture panel. A transverse hole is positioned completely through the cylindrical body and has an internal thread extending between its opposite ends. The transverse hole is arranged for receiving a bolt extending from an adjacent furniture panel. A tool socket is arranged at an outer end of the cylindrical body for receiving a turning tool which can screw the cylindrical body into the snug fitting hole. An alignment mark aligned with the transverse hole is provided on the outer end of the cylindrical body to indicate the position of the transverse hole for facilitating alignment with the bolt.