Patents Assigned to Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20110030034
    Abstract: A medical supply station is disclosed. The medical supply station includes a securable compartment configured to hold medical supplies, and a controller. The controller is responsive to access information and is configured to selectively permit access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is authorized for access, and restrict access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is not authorized for access. The medical supply station also includes a critical access module configured to, upon actuation, bypass the access information required by the controller and permit substantially immediate access to the securable compartment. The medical supply station further includes an image capturing device, coupled to the critical access module, configured to capture at least one image of an area proximal to the medical supply station in response to actuation of the critical access module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC.
    Inventor: Graham ROSS
  • Publication number: 20110012491
    Abstract: A drawer that includes a container and an activation member is disclosed. The container includes a receptacle and a lid. The lid moves between an open position allowing access to the receptacle and a closed position restricting access to the receptacle. The container further includes a fastener, coupled to the lid, to fasten the lid to the receptacle when the lid is in the closed position. The activation member moves radially around a longest axis of the activation member, and includes an actuator. When the activation member is rotated in a first direction, the actuator is placed into a first orientation relative to the fastener. When the activation member is rotated in a second direction opposite the first direction, the actuator is placed into a second orientation relative to the fastener such that the actuator actuates the fastener to cause the lid to move into the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC.
    Inventor: Michael RAHILLY
  • Publication number: 20110016026
    Abstract: A system for tracking the quantity of an item is disclosed. The system includes a portable terminal, a client, and a cabinet. The portable terminal is configured to receive information indicating a change in the quantity of the item in a container. The portable terminal includes a unique identifier, an input device configured to be actuated to indicate the change in the quantity of the item in the container, and a transceiver configured to transmit the information indicating. The client is configured to associate the portable terminal with the item based on the unique identifier, and includes a transceiver configured to receive and transmit the information. The cabinet includes the container and a controller configured to change a value indicating a quantity of the item based on the information transmitted from the client. A method for tracking the quantity of an item is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Godlewski
  • Publication number: 20100327001
    Abstract: A weight-based dispensing system is disclosed. The system includes a platform and a container, coupled to the platform, including a lid configured to move between a closed state restricting access to items in the container and an open state allowing access to the items in the container. The system also includes at least two weight sensors, wherein each of the weight sensors is coupled to the platform and is configured to determine a change in weight on the platform, and a controller configured to determine a change in the number of items in the container based on the state of the lid and the change in weight on the platform. A method for dispensing items is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Godlewski
  • Publication number: 20100308704
    Abstract: A drawer that includes a container and a slide assembly is disclosed. The container includes a receptacle and a lid. The slide assembly includes a slider configured to move laterally along a longest axis of the slider, and an actuator, coupled to the slider, having a detent contact area. When the slider is moved in a first direction along the axis, the actuator is placed into a first orientation, relative to a latch, in which the detent contact area of the actuator is configured to engage the detent of a latch. When the actuator is coupled with the detent of the latch and the slider is moved in a second direction opposite the first direction, the actuator is placed into a second orientation, relative to the latch, in which the actuator actuates the latch, thereby decoupling a fastener from the latch and placing a lid in an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC.
    Inventor: Michael RAHILLY
  • Publication number: 20100256800
    Abstract: Storage systems for inventory control are disclosed. The storage systems includes a vertical storage structure having a plurality of vertically-stacked pockets. Each vertically-stacked pocket can be configured to be separately openable for providing user access to contents of the vertically-stacked pocket. The vertical storage structure can be a vertical sliding-type door, a hinged-type door, or a wall-mounted cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: David Heffron
  • Publication number: 20100235179
    Abstract: Storing of medical supplies is performed according to rules promoting safety and ergonomics. The physical arrangement of medical supplies within a storage unit is analyzed. An inventory of medical supplies to be stored in the storage unit is established. A new physical arrangement of medical supplies within the storage unit is determined based on the rules for storing medical supplies and the inventory. The storage unit is configured according to the new physical arrangement. The physical locations within the storage unit where each of the medical supplies is to be stored are indicated. The medical supplies are stored in the indicated locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC.
    Inventors: Patricia Kienle, Cynthia Yamaga, Thomas Utech, Mary Zeringue, Jonathan Zimmerman, Alisa Goetz
  • Patent number: 7724147
    Abstract: A medical notification apparatus and method for use with a preexisting healthcare facility nurse call system are disclosed. The apparatus sends a message signal to the healthcare facility call system when the apparatus receives and identifies an acoustic signal indicative of a medical device alarm or other parameter. The apparatus comprises an acoustic sensor, a signal processing unit, and an interface unit. A band pass filter, timing gate, and a processor are configured in one embodiment to process the received acoustic signal to identify an acoustic alarm. A memory device may be used to store a set of identification criteria for identifying a variety of acoustic alarms, and to store a set of message signals. The sent message signal is selected from among the stored set of message signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Houston Brown
  • Publication number: 20100082458
    Abstract: An adaptive critical low level management system is described. In some embodiments, the system includes a configuration module configured to receive a service level setting and a storage module configured to receive usage information for at least one inventory of at least one type of medical item. The system also includes a processor configured to adaptively determine a critical low level based on the usage information and the service level setting, and an analysis module configured to determine when the critical low level has been reached by the at least one inventory of the at least one type of medical item, and to produce an output indication that the critical low level has been reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Phillip GODLEWSKI
  • Publication number: 20100023342
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for identification of complications by identifying physiological changes associated with these complications that are reflected in laboratory results. In some embodiments, systems and methods are described for identifying trends in the laboratory data over time and associating those trends with degrees of risk or complication factors that are established through retroactive analysis of similar laboratory data across a plurality of care facilities or patient groups. In some embodiments, a benchmark may be established, based on laboratory results, against which care facilities can retrospectively compare patient outcomes within their own facility or among various patient groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Johannes, Robert Darin
  • Patent number: 7645274
    Abstract: A self-sealing male Luer connector attaches to any standard female Luer valve to open a flow channel between the two. The self-sealing male Luer connector includes a rigid housing having a distal end with a rigid male Luer connector and a proximal end at which a proximal seal is formed. The distal end of the housing includes a valve seat. Located within the housing is a resilient biasing member that biases an actuator into contact with the valve seat to prevent fluid flow through the male connector. Upon engagement with a female connector, the actuator is moved in the proximal direction to open the distal valve and then the proximal seal. A partial vacuum is formed within the male connector upon disengagement with the female connector that draws any fluids on the external surface of the distal end of the male Luer connector into the male tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Whitley
  • Publication number: 20100004634
    Abstract: A self-sealing male Luer connector attaches to any standard female Luer valve to open a flow channel between the two. The self-sealing male Luer connector includes a rigid housing having a distal end with a rigid male Luer connector and a proximal end at which a proximal seal is formed. The distal end of the housing includes a valve seat. Located within the housing is a resilient biasing member that biases an actuator into contact with the valve seat to prevent fluid flow through the male connector. Upon engagement with a female connector, the actuator is moved in the proximal direction to open the distal valve and then the proximal seal. A partial vacuum is formed within the male connector upon disengagement with the female connector that draws any fluids on the external surface of the distal end of the male Luer connector into the male tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Whitley
  • Publication number: 20090318858
    Abstract: An optical flow sensor is provided, including a heater configured to heat an aliquot of fluid in an adjacent fluid-delivery channel and a sensor disposed adjacent to the fluid-delivery channel downstream from the heater. The sensor is configured to illuminate fluid in the fluid-delivery channel, to collect reflected light from the illuminated fluid, and to determine when the heated aliquot passes the sensor based upon an amount of the reflected light. A method for determining a flow rate of a fluid is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul DEWEY
  • Publication number: 20090224638
    Abstract: A medication cabinet that includes at least one drawer, a drive mechanism, and a drawer latching mechanism, is disclosed. The drawer includes a slider, and a container that includes a receptacle and a lid that moves between an open position and a closed position. The container also includes a fastener to fasten the lid to the receptacle. The slider maintains the lid in the closed position when at least a portion of the wall is coupled with the fastener, and actuates the lid from the closed position to the open position when the fastener passes through an opening in the wall. The drive mechanism controls longitudinal movement of the slider, and is mounted to the chassis, allowing the drawer to be free of electrical connections with the chassis. When the drive mechanism is not used to move the lid into the open position, longitudinal movement of the slider is inhibited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Dean Weber
  • Publication number: 20090204254
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling removal of one or more receptacles from a receptacle tray are described herein, in which a removal indicator indicates which of the one or more receptacles to remove. Thereafter, the indicated one or more receptacles may be manually removed from the receptacle tray using a gripping mechanism. The receptacles are secured in the tray with two or more tangs protruding from a front face of the receptacle closest to a connector interface. The two or more tangs fit into respective mating units in the receptacle tray, and one or more protrusions toward the rear of the receptacle, with respect to the two or more tangs, mate with respective mating units in the receptacle tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Weber
  • Publication number: 20090188311
    Abstract: A syringe imaging system for a syringe infusion pump is provided. The system comprises an imaging device configured to capture one or more images of a syringe, and a processor, which is configured to determine, based on the one or more captured images, an internal diameter of the syringe and a distance between a bung and a bottom of the syringe, and to calculate a remaining volume of the syringe based upon the determined internal diameter and distance. A syringe infusion pump is also provided. The pump comprises a housing having a bracket configured to receive a syringe, a syringe driver configured to actuate a plunger of the syringe, an imaging device configured to capture one or more images of the syringe, and a processor. The processor is configured to determine, based on the one or more captured images, an internal diameter of the syringe and a distance between a bung and a bottom of the syringe, and to calculate a remaining volume of the syringe based upon the determined internal diameter and distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Cadieux, Matthew Gerald Morris
  • Patent number: 7561986
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring changes in the pressure of a fluid line upstream of an infusion pump to determine when a fluid container has emptied, and to provide a signal indicating that the container needs replacement or replenishment. The difference between averaged pressures over separate time periods is monitored to determine when the fluid container is empty. The system and method are applicable to primary and secondary fluid container setups and can detect the point where the secondary has been emptied and the primary flow has resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Vanderveen, Robert D. Butterfield
  • Patent number: 7553291
    Abstract: A modular patient care system having a central management unit module and one or more detachable functional units is described. Using unique mechanical and electrical features, the modular patient care system is capable of flexibly, bilaterally, and safely providing electrical power from the central management unit to the attached functional units, with exposed power leads of end units being electrically isolated for safety and security. Functional units are capable of detecting the presence of other functional units more distant from the central management unit for passing power to those units, and for otherwise electrically isolating exposed power leads when no further units are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Duffy, Lon M. Severe, Edward M. Richards, Shawn W. DeKalb, James P. Stewart, Dale Coleman, Timothy Vanderveen
  • Patent number: 7543516
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically aligning the threads of a lead screw with the threads of a screw drive mechanism, the screw drive mechanism operating to translate the rotational motion of the lead screw into linear motion to expel the contents of a mounted syringe. The system comprises a driver position sensor for determining the position of the screw drive mechanism along the lead screw and a processor for receiving position signals from the driver position sensor, for determining a requisite rotation of the lead screw to ensure alignment of the two sets of threads, and for effectuating the requisite rotation of the lead screw to achieve that alignment. An automatic calibration routine is included that checks for variances in calibration of the system and if found, updates a conversion factor to restore accuracy. Various sensors are used to monitor the operation of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Cardinal Health 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Siefert
  • Publication number: 20090134997
    Abstract: A method of sensing dispensation of a product from a storage device having an antenna is provided. The method comprises providing a product with a wireless tag within a service area of the antenna, establishing wireless communication between the wireless tag and the antenna, monitoring the wireless communication, and determining, responsive to the monitoring, when the wireless communication has ceased to establish when the product has been dispensed from the storage device. A dispensation-sensing system is also provided. The system comprises a securable storage area, an antenna operable to receive and transmit signals within the securable storage area, and a processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: CARDINAL HEALTH 303, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Phillip Godlewski