Patents Examined by Catherine Serke
  • Patent number: 6849069
    Abstract: A ureteral stent for assisting movement of urine along a patient's ureter and into the patient's bladder. The stent includes an elongated tubular segment extending toward the bladder from a kidney end region for placement in the renal cavity to a bladder end region. A central lumen connects at least one opening at the first end region to at least one opening in the bladder end region. Thin flexible tail(s) are attached to the bladder end region of the tubular segment at a point outside the bladder so as to receive urine from the opening in the bladder end region of the tubular segment and to transport urine from there across the ureter/bladder junction and into the bladder. The tails include an elongated external urine-transport surface sized and configured to transport urine along the ureter. The urine transporting surface(s) are sized and configured to extend along at least part of the ureter, across the ureter/bladder junction, and from there into the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Boston Scientitfic Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph V. Clayman, Alyssa J. Dassa, Christopher Fishbein, Douglas E. Godshall, Willet F. Whitmore, III
  • Patent number: 6796968
    Abstract: A retractable and extendable medical needle protective shield which provides opportunity for accessing and reaccessing a medical needle and associated sharpened needle tip and recovering the needle and tip for safety between accesses. The shield includes a needle guide which assures the needle tip is untouched by any part of the shield as the shield is displaced to cover and uncover the needle. A releasible latch is provided to guard against inadvertent removal of the protective shield between accesses. An unreleasible latch is also provided to secure the shield relative to the latch preparatory to final disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: F. Mark Ferguson, Mark Nelson, David L. Thorne, Gale Thorne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6796976
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for access to the inside of a body includes a transparent sheath with a radiopaque marking and fastener for securing a guidewire or catheter. The transparent sheath permits objects located within and near the sheath to be visualized with an external imaging system. Objects located near the sheath can also be observed with an imaging device disposed inside the sheath. The radiopaque marker permits accurate positioning of the sheath in the body. The sheath can be inserted into the body over an interventional device. A fastener prevents migration of a guidewire or catheter during the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yem Chin, Clifford M. Liu, Benjamin J. Bottcher, John B. Adams
  • Patent number: 6743194
    Abstract: A multi-compartment syringe for storing two or more substances in separate compartments comprises a tubular body having an opening at each end and a plunger. The body has two or more compartments defined along its length, where each compartment has a successively larger diameter. The plunger has a plunger head at one end that partitions the first and second compartments and one or more bungs, slidable along the plunger's shaft, for partitioning each of the other compartments. The plunger head and the bungs can be unsealed to establish a flow communication between the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventors: Igal Sharon, Yohanan Maggeni
  • Patent number: 6719774
    Abstract: Methods for forming low profile balloons for use with a catheter by providing a polymeric tube, removing material from the outer surface of the polymeric tube around at least one of its end portions, and inflating a region of the polymeric tube between the two end portions to form the balloon. Low profile balloons having end portions with an outer diameter below 30 mils are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chicheng Wang
  • Patent number: 6695810
    Abstract: A medical device system and method allows an arterial bypass graft to be proximally anastomosed to an aorta during a beating heart procedure without substantial loss of blood by use of an endolumenal aorta isolation assembly provided along the distal end portion of an elongate catheter body. The aorta isolation assembly includes proximal and distal portions that are separated by an isolation region and that are adjustable to first and second extended positions, respectively, which are adapted to circumferentially engage the aortic wall and isolate upstream and downstream aspects of an exterior space between the elongate body and the aortic wall. The intermediate region is adapted to be positioned along the proximal anastomosis site such that the distal and proximal portions when adjusted to the first and second extended positions circumferentially engage the aortic wall on upstream and downstream sides of the proximal anastomosis site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Advanced Interventional Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Peacock, III, Frederick Gotha, Jeffrey S. Kadan, Ronald Coleman
  • Patent number: 6692470
    Abstract: A single-use hypodermic syringe having a syringe barrel with distal and proximal ends. The syringe barrel includes a flange at the proximal end thereof and a luer locking collar at the distal end thereof. A needle assembly is removably coupled to the distal end of the syringe barrel. The needle assembly includes a hub and a needle extending from a distal end of the hub. A plunger is telescopically positionable within the barrel. A tubular shield is disposed around the syringe barrel such that the syringe barrel can be moved relative thereto. The shield includes locking prongs extending proximally therefrom, and a spring for moving the syringe barrel from an unused position, where the shield allows exposure of the needle assembly, into a used position where the shield covers the needle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Medi-Hut Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Sanpietro
  • Patent number: 6685691
    Abstract: Foil bags are used as a primary packaging for liquids, the bags permitting the liquid to be taken therefrom without the application of a considerable amount of force. A container is provided for a medicinal liquid, the container being gas-tight and liquid-tight so that it is storable over many months. The container includes a collapsible foil bag on which a flange, which is stable in respect of shape, is disposed. The flange is designed for fitting onto a discharge connection member. The container can be disposed in a casing which is stable in respect of shape. The medicinal liquid does not come into contact with air and is protected from the effect of light. The medicinal liquid may be dispensed from the foil bag in many partial quantities over a prolonged period of time, with a respective partial amount thereof being converted into an aerosol by means of an atomizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Freund, Dieter Hochrainer, Heinrich Kladders, Bernd Zierenberg, Joachim Eicher, Johannes Geser, Martin Essing, Holger Reinecke
  • Patent number: 6682508
    Abstract: A central nervous system (CNS) catheter assembly (20) adapted for use as a ventriculostomy catheter and a spinal catheter includes a catheter body (28) defining at least one lumen (30) therethrough having a drug delivery branch (22) and a monitoring/sensing branch (24). The drug delivery branch (22) and the monitoring/sensing second branch (24) are in fluid communication with the lumen (30). The assembly further includes a filter assembly (36) disposed in fluid communication with the drug delivery branch (22) and a valve assembly (54) disposed in fluid communication with the monitoring/sensing branch (24). Also in accordance with the present invention, there is provided a temperature control system (170) for use in controlling the temperature of a location within the central nervous system such as the brain or the spinal cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: UAB Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jay M. Meythaler, Jean Peduzzi, Landon C. Miller
  • Patent number: 6682510
    Abstract: The present invention is a passively shieldable blood collection set. The blood collection set includes a needle cannula, a hub mounted to the needle cannula and a tip guard slidably movable along the needle cannula. The tip guard can be slid into a distal position where the tip of the needle cannula is safely shielded. A collapsible guard drive is mounted to the hub and includes a pair of collapsible leaves extending from the hub to the tip guard. The leaves have a length that enable the tip guard to move into shielding engagement around the tip of the needle cannula, while preventing complete removal of the tip guard from the needle cannula. The leaves are resiliently deformable and can be collapsed onto themselves and onto the hub. The leaves can be retained in their collapsed condition by a packaging cover and subsequently by the grip of a medical practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Volker Niermann
  • Patent number: 6682520
    Abstract: Devices, compositions, and methods for achieving non-surgical lung volume reduction (e.g., bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR)) are described. BLVR can be carried out by collapsing a region of the lung, adhering one portion of the collapsed region to another, and promoting fibrosis in or around the adherent tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Bistech, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward P. Ingenito
  • Patent number: 6676650
    Abstract: A perfusion cannula for treating a patient. The, cannula includes a hollow tube adapted for insertion into a vessel of the patient and adapted for fluid flow. The tube has a proximal end. The tube has a primary hole disposed in proximity to the proximal end for release of fluid from the tube and at least a first perfusion hole disposed in the tube wall for release of fluid from the tube. The cannula includes a widener extending from the outer surface of the tube and effectively extending the outer diameter of the tube. The inner diameter of the tube is smooth and continuous and has a circular, cross-section throughout. The widener is in spaced relation from the proximal end and in proximity to and in operational relation with the first perfusion hole wherein fluid in able to escape from the first perfusion hole without obstruction by the vessel wall when the tube is in the vessel wall. A perfusion cannula for treating a patient having at least a first ridge. A system for treating a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: CardiacAssist, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Magovern, Wayne P. Griffin, Richard Davis
  • Patent number: 6673042
    Abstract: The cannula of the present invention is useful for standard gravity drainage or vacuum assisted/suction drainage. The cannula of the present invention has a flexible shaft composed of a tubular body and an expandable scaffolding. The expandable scaffolding has a contracted position, facilitating insertion into a vessel and an expanded condition configured to allow optimal drainage in a vessel. The cannula is inserted into a vessel and navigated into an operative position within the patient's venous system. Once the cannula is in the proper position, the scaffolding is expanded either through passive, active, mechanic, hydraulic, pneumatic, thermal or electrical actuation. The cannula of the present invention is capable of expanding a collapsed vein to its normal diameter and/or capable of supporting the vein when suction is applied to the cannula to help increase fluid flow through the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventors: Wilfred J. Samson, Brady Esch, Michael J. Lee, Janine Robinson
  • Patent number: 6673053
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical device for insertion into the body wherein said device has at least one surface which periodically comes into contact with a second surface, the first surface comprising a lubricious hydrophilic coating disposed thereon, said hydrophilic coating further comprising at least one antiblock agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lixiao Wang, Irina Nazarova
  • Patent number: 6666844
    Abstract: A pericardiocentesis apparatus and method for accessing the pericardial space. The invention consists of inserting a percutaneous tube whose tip has a hole which is positioned over and contacts the anterior pericardium. Introducing a vacuum within said tube forms a pericardial bleb within that hole. A guided needle within the tube is advanced to puncture the pericardial bleb while avoiding contact with the epicardium. A hollow filament or electrocardial lead or flexible guide wire within said needle can then be advanced into said pericardial cavity. The guide wire may be used to guide a intrapericardial catheter into the pericardial space for injection or infusion of selected therapeutic agents into the pericardial space to treat various heart and blood vessel diseases. Controlled drug release material(s) can be injected through said needle for the slow and/or sustained delivery of said therapeutic agents into said pericardial cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen R. Igo, James W. Meador, Ruben Trono
  • Patent number: 6663587
    Abstract: Inner and outer shield parts of a breastshield are joined to form an enclosure defining a pressurizable chamber. The inner shield part has at least a portion thereof movable relative to the outer shield part when the chamber is subject to a negative or a positive pressure. A first pressure port is in communication respectively with the chamber for connection with a fluid pressure source of a first pressure. A second pressure port is in communication with the interior for connection with a pressure source of a second pressure. The breastshield is thus capable of being subjected to two different pressures, such as a positive pressure to move (expand) the chamber into the interior, so as to compress or massage the nipple/breast, and a negative pressure in the interior to draw the nipple/breast further therein for the expression of milk. The pressures can be independently controlled, and may furthermore alternate being negative and positive through the same pressure port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Brian H. Silver, Russ Schweizer
  • Patent number: 6663590
    Abstract: Vascular access systems and devices for facilitating repeated access to a blood vessel for the external treatment of blood, such as dialysis, and in intra-venous administration of medicines, such as heparin, for extended periods of time. The vascular access systems comprise an anastomosis graft vessel, an occlusal balloon, and a port device for accessing the occlusal balloon. Occlusal balloons can be nonpermeable or permeable to drive an osmotic gradient and to deliver agents, such as heparin, into the blood stream. In addition, occlusal balloons can adopt a distended and a collapsed configuration, the latter allowing for blood flow through the anastomosis graft vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Integrated Vascular Interventional Technologies, L.C. (IVIT, LC)
    Inventor: Duane D. Blatter
  • Patent number: 6663595
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved medical introducer devices which incorporate a single or multi-layer PTFE peelable sheath. Devices of the present invention are suitable for use in inserting an ancilliary medical device, e.g., a catheter, guide wire and the like, into a patient. Methods of the present invention also are disclosed which employ a precision sintering process in order to produce sheaths having excellent tear properties and optimal peelability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: TFX Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Dwight Spohn, Dean David Dinsmore
  • Patent number: 6659982
    Abstract: An infusion pump includes a plurality of projections configured so that they enter the subcutaneous region of the patients skin and provides a painless means of creating a breach in the stratum corneum which is sealed against leakage by the skin surrounding each projection and provides a flow path for either a basal and bolus injection of medication. The pump includes a drug reservoir containing a drug. The pump includes a microactuator and includes a housing having a foundation or lid which opens and closes so that the medication container can be inserted and supported in a delivery mode position. A micro actuator is used to advance either a roller or a piston in communication with the medication container. Attached to the micro-actuator is a device that is mounted for movement along the access of the medication container. The device indexes along the medication container that is used to dispense the medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Sterling Medivations, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Douglas, Robert Hugo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6656153
    Abstract: A balloon catheter of the present invention has an outer tube having a first lumen inside it. At the distal end of the outer tube is connected the proximal end of the balloon portion so that a balloon space is formed inside it, the distal end of the balloon portion is joined to a cylindrical front tip portion, and pressurized fluid is introduced into and released from the balloon space through the first lumen of the outer tube so as to make the balloon portion expand or contract. Inside the first lumen of the outer tube is arranged an inner tube having a second lumen freely slidable in the axial direction. The distal end of the inner tube projects out from the distal end of the outer tube and is detachably attached to the front tip portion. The balloon catheter of the present invention may have a guidewire detachably attached to the front tip portion rather than providing the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Nippon Zeon Co., LTD
    Inventors: Kouichi Sakai, Tetsuo Toyokawa, Takahiro Iida