Abstract: In a bilateral bite block, a broad upper component extends bilaterally between a front end and a back end for overlying a person's tongue and at least some of the person's lower molars and for underlying at least some of the person's upper molars. Molar blocks extend downward from both sides of the broad upper component and are disposed for contacting the person's lower molars. A groove is disposed within a top surface of a handle and the broad upper component for receiving an endotracheal tube. An aperture is disposed within the groove in the broad upper component for grasping a received endotracheal tube that can extend within the groove from the handle to beyond the back end of the upper component so that a received endotracheal tube that extends within the groove can contact the person's tongue and thereby enhance the grasp of the endotracheal tube.
Abstract: Apparatus that allows at least one feature of a patient's face to be observed while the patient is in a prone position includes a facial cushion, a video camera and a monitor. The facial cushion provides cranial support for a patient in a prone position during a medical procedure. The cushion has a frontal aperture that is dimensioned so that the facial feature of a patient wearing the facial cushion and in a prone position are visible through the at least one aperture. The video camera has a lens disposed for providing a sequence of video signals representing sequential images of the facial features that are visible through the frontal aperture. The monitor is coupled to the video camera for enabling the images of the at least one facial feature to be monitored. The images are monitored by a video monitor and/or a computer.
Abstract: Apparatus that allows at least one feature of a patient's face to be observed while the patient is in a prone position includes a facial cushion, a video camera and a monitor. A self supporting facial cushion provides cranial support for a patient in a prone position during a medical procedure. The cushion has a frontal aperture that is dimensioned so that the facial feature of a patient wearing the facial cushion and in a prone position are visible through the at least one aperture. A portion of the facial cushion that contacts a supporting surface when the facial cushion is self supported defines a tunnel through which at least the lens of the video camera can be inserted for movement from outside the facial cushion to a position beneath the patient's face.
Abstract: Apparatus for supporting a person's head in a selected position includes a flexible shaft that will maintain its shape when reconfigured for enabling a person's head to be supported in a selected position and a first coupler attached to one end of the shaft for coupling a replaceable chinrest to the one end of the shaft in a releasable restraining engagement. The first coupler includes a protuberance that is shaped for fitting within a cavity of the replaceable chinrest. The first coupler is rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the shaft. A second coupler is attached to the other end of the shaft for coupling a replaceable support base to the other end of the shaft in a releasable restraining engagement. The second coupler includes a protuberance having a shape that is functionally equivalent to the shape of the protuberance of the first coupler.
Abstract: A protective eye guard includes a flexible facial mask, a pair of eye covers, a sponge-like material and a layer of shielding material. The facial mask is configured and sized to overlay the portion of a patient's face surrounding the eyes and has a pair of openings overlying the eyes. The eye covers overlie the openings in the facial mask. Within the openings, a pair of enclosed chambers overlying the patient's eyes are defined beneath the respective eye covers. The sponge-like material is disposed in each chamber for absorbing a liquid that disperses and absorbs the energy of a laser beam. The layer of shielding material is an aluminum foil, which is disposed beneath the sponge-like material and overlies the openings for shielding the patient's eyes from the liquid and for also further shielding the patient's eyes from said laser beam.
Abstract: A support for the head of a patient lying in a generally prone position. The support features a tray adapted for support on an underlying operating table surface. A plurality of pins projecting from an engagement with the tray are positioned to engage and suspend either a cushion directly or a cushion engaged in a casing. The pins may be adjusted to raise or lower the engaged cushion or casing. A mirror is also provided to view a patient's eyes through slots in the cushion and casing engaged over a patient's face.
September 29, 2004
Date of Patent:
September 23, 2008
William Mazzei, Gregory P. Jordan, An B. Vu
Abstract: A protective helmet apparatus of modular construction to be worn by anesthetized patients for facial support during surgery. The helmet apparatus is assembled using one of a plurality of interchangeable, substantially transparent helmet casings, which are removably attachable to a plurality of dismountable facial cushions providing even support to the facial surface of a patient. The removable facial cushions are dimensioned on and interior surface to accommodate different sized facial structures of different patients to yield maximum pressure diffusion on the face and chin of the patient and are replaceable when worn. The exterior surface of the facial cushions are dimensioned for cooperative engagement with the interior surface of the helmet casing. A plurality of different facial cushions and helmet casings are modular in design and dimension to be interchangeable with each other thus providing accommodate the broad differences in facial structure and size of patients using them for surgery.
April 9, 2000
Date of Patent:
December 10, 2002
William Mazzei, Gregory P. Jordan, An P. Vu