Patents Examined by Amanda Flynn
  • Patent number: 7008389
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for stabilizing a fractured pelvis in an emergency using a sling having a buckle designed to automatically lock the circumference of the sling at a tension level that has been predetermined to be effective for stabilizing a fractured pelvis without excessive or potentially damaging compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Medical Health Center
    Inventors: James C. Krieg, William B. Long, Steven M. Madey, Michael Bottlang
  • Patent number: 6948491
    Abstract: A feed system for an aerosolizer utilizes an ampoule containing a liquid and includes a housing having an ampoule region into which the ampoule is held, and a liquid receiving region that is adapted to receive liquid dispensed from the ampoule. An interface is used to couple the liquid receiving region to an aerosol generator, whereby liquid from the liquid receiving region is permitted to flow to the aerosol generator for aerosolization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Aerogen, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Loeffler, David Rapp, Victor Briones, Ralf Bitdinger, Michael Klimowicz
  • Patent number: 6910232
    Abstract: A toilet tank flushing system including a ballcock valve for maintaining a storage level of water in the tank, a tank valve to release stored water on demand, and a linkage system which requires a reduced physical effort to initiate flushing. A hollow, open-ended closure for the tank valve enables a large cross-section area of discharge port to be used, and which can pass bowl refill water during the flushing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Bruce A. Antunez
  • Patent number: 6910480
    Abstract: An improved ventilator which delivers ventilatory support that is synchronized with the phase of the patient's respiratory efforts and guarantees a targeted minimum ventilation. Improved synchronization is achieved through an instantaneous respiratory phase determination process based upon measured respiratory airflow as well as measured respiratory effort using an effort sensor accessory, preferably a suprasternal notch sensor. The ventilator processes a respiratory airflow signal, a respiratory effort signal and their respective rates of change to determine a phase using standard fuzzy logic methods. A calculated pressure amplitude is adjusted based upon the calculated phase and a smooth pressure waveform template to deliver synchronized ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: ResMed Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Berthon-Jones
  • Patent number: 6907621
    Abstract: A mechanism for raising and lowering a toilet seat in response to actuation of foot pedals. An actuation cylinder with a contained piston is connected between the toilet bowl and the toilet seat. Water from the supply line for the toilet is routed to the actuator cylinder when a seat up pedal is depressed and causes the piston to extend out of the actuation cylinder and raise the seat. Operation of a flush pedal causes the water within the actuation cylinder to drain so that the toilet seat lowers. A mechanical linkage from the flush pedal to the flush mechanism of the toilet links toilet flushing to the seat lowering action, ensuring that the seat is lowered after each flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Robert W. Stemen
  • Patent number: 6895960
    Abstract: A modular respirator system has interchangeable facial lenses and body seals such as a full facepiece seal or a hood. A method of conversion from a full facepiece respirator to a hood respirator, or vice versa, is also disclosed. In one embodiment, lens conversion is accomplished without changing the type of body seal. In another embodiment, a breathable gas delivery conduit is connected to the facial lens and interchanged between the body seals together with the facial lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Fabin
  • Patent number: 6886557
    Abstract: An inhalation device configured to programmably emit small droplets of multiple components in which quantities of the multiple components can vary with each successive activation of the inhalation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Winthrop D. Childers, David Tyvoll
  • Patent number: 6868564
    Abstract: A sanitary appliance for use, for example, as a kitchen water control and temperature mixing valve, has a base part which is fixed to a plate and a housing surrounding the base part. The base part receives all functional parts of the appliance but is not visible from the outside. A receiving area for a mixer cartridge is provided in the base part, in addition to a bottom for feed pipes and optionally drainpipes. The mixer cartridge and the feed pipes are connected by a mechanism of an interchangeable intermediate element. The appliance can be adapted to various operational modes and mixer cartridges by replacing the intermediate element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Ginter, Alessio Orlandi, Patrik Riester
  • Patent number: 6857428
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a method of forming a custom fitted mask includes transitioning a mask blank including a thin sheet of deformable material from a non-deformable state into a deformable state. The mask blank is applied against at least a portion of a user's face surrounding the user's nostrils while the mask blank is in the deformable state. The mask blank is deformed against the portion of the user's face to cause the mask blank to conform substantially optimally to the user's unique bone structure and facial features, the mask blank once conformed substantially optimally to the user's unique bone structure and facial features becoming the custom fitted mask. The custom fitted mask is allowed to transition from the deformable state into the non-deformable state for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: W. Keith Thornton
  • Patent number: 6848637
    Abstract: A hydrotherapy jet is disclosed which has a jet body with a water inlet to allow water to flow into it. An eyeball with one or more outlets is mounted to the body to allow water to flow out of the body through the outlets. The flow of water through the outlets causes the eyeball to rotate. A retaining pin is mounted within the jet body to hold the eyeball to the body, with the eyeball rotating around said pin. A system for providing a hydrotherapy jet to reservoir of water is also disclosed and includes a reservoir shell capable of holding water with a plurality of hydrotherapy jets according to the invention that are mounted around the reservoir shell. A water pump system circulates water from the reservoir to said jets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Waterway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Holtsnider
  • Patent number: 6839919
    Abstract: A curvilinear spa frame apparatus and method that provides support to a curvilinear spa shell design, including a frame comprising a top curvilinear rail, a bottom curvilinear rail, and one or more box sections aligned to be within the confines of the curvilinear spa shell providing stiffness for the completed frame. The box sections can include sheets that align with corresponding notches in the curvilinear spa frame increasing rigidity and facilitating alignment of the spa frame components during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Dimension One Spas
    Inventors: Angelo Vito Pugliese, Jr., Victor Lee Walker, Brent Mark Hutchings
  • Patent number: 6837862
    Abstract: The Breakaway Leg Sling is provided for use with a walker or crutches and suspends a single leg in a below-the-knee cast, shoe, or bandaged foot in a rearward, elevated position and assists the patient with weight avoidance on the suspended leg. The apparatus is prepared for use from a safe sitting position, and the leg is placed into its suspended position during the natural motion of standing. If needed, the apparatus includes a breakaway safety fastener that disengages at an effective, pre-determined force using the muscles of the suspended leg thereby providing the patient with immediate use of the suspended leg to regain balance and prevent a potential fall. If disengaged, the safety fastener is easily restored to operational use. The Breakaway Leg Sling is comprised of a torso harness device, a detachable foot cradle device, a load strap used to engage the torso harness to the foot cradle device, and the breakaway safety fastener incorporated into the length of the load strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: John Allen Driver, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6837873
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming a one-piece introducer in which at least one finger tab is formed at one end of a tube. The apparatus is formed from a molton polymer fed into the cavity of a mold. The cavity of the mold has a portion that forms a tube and a portion that forms a tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Medex, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Polley, Fidelis C. Onwumere
  • Patent number: 6834816
    Abstract: A selected range arc settable spray nozzle with pre-set table precipitation rate in which the arc of coverage adjustment is coupled to an upstream flow throttling valve. As the arc of coverage is adjusted, the opening of the upstream flow throttling valve is proportionally adjusted to maintain the precipitation rate substantially constant independent of arc of coverage adjustments. Upstream flow throttling achieved by use of pre-selected number of larger slots for desired flow whose opening area is varied as the arc is being set. The precipitation rate is set by adjusting the throttling valve to provide the desired flow rate for the maximum arc of coverage setting. A pressure compensating valve may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Carl L. C. Kah, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6827696
    Abstract: An ankle-foot orthosis comprising a generally L-shaped member including a lower leg support having a U-shaped cross section, a U-shaped heel support portion and a foot support portion. The lower leg support portion partially embraces the rearward side of the lower leg of the patient while the heel support portion embraces a portion of the patient's heel. A total contact ankle support having an upper end, a lower end and opposite sides is pivotally secured, at the lower ends thereof, to the opposite sides of the heel support portion with the ankle support being movable between open and closed positions. The ankle support may be moved to its open position to enable the patient to easily don the orthosis. A first connector, retainer or strap extends between the opposite sides of the lower leg portion, above the ankle support, to maintain the patient's leg therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Mark T. Maguire
  • Patent number: 6824523
    Abstract: An assembly for an orthosis includes a flexure unit for joining two parts of the orthosis, such as a foot shell and an ankle or leg shell. One end portion of the flexure unit is supported on a housing that permits angular adjustment of the end portion of the flexure unit relative to the section of the orthosis on which the end portion is mounted. The angular adjustment is accomplished by utilizing a positive drive between a base portion and a housing that traps the end portion of the flexure in position on the base. This permits varying the assisting force, for example, toe lift, of the flexure unit between orthosis shell parts when the orthosis is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Martin Carlson
  • Patent number: 6823535
    Abstract: A tankless western-style flush toilet having a western-style toilet body and a toilet washing device configured to wash the western-style toilet body with water, the toilet washing device including an open/close valve configured to be directly connected to a city water service pipe to supply water from outside and configured to spout water by being opened and closed electrically. The toilet washing device includes a control portion configured to ensure at least two periods of releasing times of the open/close valve, and a mechanism for switching the control portion in accordance with a pressure of city water in the city water service pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: INAX Corporation
    Inventors: Katsunori Tomita, Kenichi Ito, Koji Miwa, Shingo Morikawa, Yasuhiro Shirai, Masataka Mizutani, Shoichi Nakamura, Hideya Koike, Hidefumi Toyoshi, Atsushi Itoh
  • Patent number: 6820288
    Abstract: A portable toilet, suitable in disasters, leisure activities, and others. The portable toilet includes a pail and a seat structure detachably mounted at the opening of the pail. The seat structure has a base, a seat and a cover. A metal ring band is detachably mounted to the pail with a fastener. Parallel metal stays protrude horizontally from the outer surface of the metal band ring. A hand grip is formed of an U-shaped metal pipe. The lower ends of each U-shaped metal pipe are securely fixed to ends of each parallel metal stay. The metal band ring of the hand grip is tightly banded around the pail with the fastener. The pipes stand upward from the right and left sides of the pail. When the user sits down on the seat or gets off therefrom, the user is supported with the hands holding the hand grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Fein Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Suitsu
  • Patent number: 6813787
    Abstract: A shower device made of lightweight, easily assembled parts that can be adapted to a water source for hand-held or stationary water delivery at varying heights of water distribution. This sort of water delivery device enables one with compromised height, e.g, a handicapped person, to enjoy the full extent of water delivery during a shower, as well as allowing multiple head shower capability in a single head installation. The shower system is a kit comprising parts that are coded in a particular fashion to provide error-free assembly instruction by sight (such as color, numbers, alphabet, etc.) or touch (i.e., Braille or other forms of tactile identification).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Maury Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 6813785
    Abstract: A storage container for a toilet plunger. Two asymmetrical opposing clamshell doors form the base and lid of the container and are hinged together at the top of the container. When not in use the plunger head is held within the container with the plunger handle sticking up through a aperture in the top of the container. When the plunger is needed, the base and lid of the container are opened and spread across the toilet seat. The base and lid now protect the user from splashes that may occur due to their plunging of their toilet. The container automatically closes around the plunger head upon raising the plunger from the toilet, thus containing any water on the plunger within the container. Any water so trapped can evaporate through an evaporation slot in the container wall. Two sizes of container are taught, to accommodate every type of plunger made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: William N. Baker