Patents Examined by Clinton Ostrup
  • Patent number: 7703457
    Abstract: A nasal mask assembly that includes a seal member defined from a unitary piece of elastomeric material. The seal member defines a nose receiving cavity and has a first end portion and a second end portion generally opposite the first end portion. A first opening in the first end portion allows at least a portion of a nose to enter the nose receiving cavity such that the nares of the patient communicate with the nose receiving cavity. The seal member includes a neck portion defined in the second end portion and a second opening defined in the neck portion in communication with the nose receiving cavity. A reinforcement area is provided on the side walls of the seal member. The reinforcement area comprises a saddle shaped contoured area on each side of the seal member. Each saddle shaped area has an upper and a lower protrusion portion for providing supporting contact with the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Respironics, Inc
    Inventors: Shari S Barnett, Joseph M Miceli, Jr., Peter Ho, Kristine K Sabo
  • Patent number: 7694682
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laryngeal mask (1) comprising at least one airway tube (2) and a mask portion (3), which mask portion (3) comprises a top face (4) and a bottom face (5), said bottom face (5) comprising a lumen (6) that communicates with the tube (2) interior (7), and said top face (4) comprising a closed transition face (8), and said mask portion (3) being at least on the bottom face in the periphery delimited by an inflatable cuff (9), and said mask portion (3) comprising a joint throughout the entire internal circumference of the cuff (9), facing towards the lumen (6) and for providing a closed cuff. Hereby a product is provided which is formed integrally with regard to mask portion and airway tube portion thereby eliminating the risk that the two parts are separated in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Lasse Petersen, Peer Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 7681570
    Abstract: A spray or injection device that includes a casing or a pusher that includes at least one tab configured to move radially between a first radial position in which the tab does not impede the movement of the pusher with respect to the casing, and a second radial position in which the tab opposes movement of the pusher. The tab includes an opening. The pusher or the casing, respectively, includes at least one ramp-shaped projection configured to bring the tab into the second radial position then to penetrate the opening thereby allowing the tab to return to the first radial position. The pusher or the casing, respectively, further includes at least one stop region against which the tab abuts when the tab is brought into the second radial position by the projection. The stop region occurring just before the projection being opposite the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Lionel Vedrine, Frederic Perot, Laurent Barrelle
  • Patent number: 7677244
    Abstract: Breathing apparatus for medicating an airstream, compring a breathing apparatus (139), a medication chamber (138) adapted to store and discharge a therapeutic agent, a delivery pathway (141) between the chamber (138) and an intake air pathway and releasing means (145) for selectively discharging the therapeutic agent from the chamber (138) into the intake air pathway. The apparatus is particularly suited for scuba diving, snorkels, gas masks and filters. The invention is suitable for asthma sufferers but also extends to other respiratory diseases. Also claimed are a medication chamber for use in medicating an airstream and a method of medicating an airstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Medi-Stream Pty Ltd
    Inventors: David Peter Wharton, Ben Huber
  • Patent number: 7661428
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining leak and respiratory airflow are disclosed. A pressure sensor (34) and a differential pressure sensor (32) have connection with a pneumotach (24) to derive instantaneous mask pressure and airflow respectively. A microcontroller (38) estimates a non-linear conductance of any leak path occurring at a mask (12) as being the low pass filtered instantaneous airflow divided by the low pass filtered square root of the instantaneous pressure. The instantaneous leak flow is then the conductance multiplied by the square root of the instantaneous pressure, and the respiratory airflow is calculated as being the instantaneous airflow minus the instantaneous leak flow. The time constants for the low pass filtering performed by the microcontroller (38) can be dynamically adjusted dependent upon sudden changes in the instantaneous leak flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Resmed Limited
    Inventor: Michael Berthon-Jones
  • Patent number: 7654261
    Abstract: A computerized, mobile respiratory therapy medication dispensing device, apparatus, system, and method having a mobile housing having a plurality of different size drawers for storing and transporting respiratory therapy medication, devices, and supplies. The housing mounted on a plurality of wheels has a biometric sensor, such as a magnetic badge reader for security, a pulse oximeter mounted in the cabinet for patient monitoring, a computer system mounted on the cabinet including a central processing unit, a transmitter and receiver system responsive to the central processing unit for transmitting and receiving data, the transmitter and receiver system capable of transmitting and receiving data through radio frequency signals, a display responsive to the central processing unit for displaying data, and an input device for inputting data into the computer system, and a rechargeable energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Ann-Maree Rockhold
  • Patent number: 7654971
    Abstract: A massage device includes a frame including a top board, a support plate, and a forward support; a drive unit including a rod interconnected a motor driven flywheel and a transverse bar in the support, and a pivotal arm having a lower end pivotably connected to the bar; a feet massage unit including a forward brace plate releasably secured to an upper portion of the arm; and a calf massage unit mounted on the board. Resting the calves on rollers of the calf massage unit, contacting bottoms of the feet with rollers of the feet massage unit, resting the ankles on the support plate, and powering on the drive unit will rotate the rollers to massage the calves and the bottoms of the feet and relieve pain on nerve centers in the parts of the legs below the knees with the foot massage unit reciprocated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Chun-Chien Yu
  • Patent number: 7634995
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a nebula or aerosol to a patient. In one aspect, a nebulizer is pressure sensitive so that nebulization is coordinated with a breathing cycle of the patient. The nebulizer includes a movable gas diverter that diverts pressurized gas across a liquid outlet. The diverter is moved in response to the patient's breathing cycle. In one aspect, a biasing member moves the diverter. According to another aspect of the nebulizer, an annular liquid orifice disperses an aerosol in a radial direction in response to a pressurized gas flow from an orifice located concentrically thereto. Multiple liquid orifices may be provided. In a further aspect of the nebulizer, a reservoir includes an upper, wide portion and a lower narrow portion to apply relatively uniform pressure at a liquid orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Jerry R. Grychowski, George Baran, Martin P. Foley
  • Patent number: 7628152
    Abstract: A breathing regulator having a non-linear positive pressure spring is provided for use in an air supplied respirator. The regulator includes a housing formed from a regulator body and a cover sub-assembly, a diaphragm assembly, and the non-linear spring. The spring holds the diaphragm assembly closed and resists the force applied by air pressure during exhalation by the user, but collapses once a sufficient amount of force has been applied, thereby permitting the user to exhale freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: STI Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Jason M. Patterson, Samuel C. Shomstein
  • Patent number: 7624732
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for regulating the pressure within an aircraft flight crew area during and/or after a decompression event. For example, an aircraft may include a flight crew area, at least one pressure sensor for detecting the pressure of the atmosphere within the flight crew area, and at least one regulated decompression panel that is operatively associated with the pressure sensor, for regulating the pressure within the flight crew area during and/or after a decompression event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bradley J. Mitchell, Trevor M. Laib
  • Patent number: 7621273
    Abstract: An indicating device suitable for indicating the number of dosages of a substance that have been dispensed from or remain in a container includes at least one first indicator member incrementally moveable to a plurality of positions and a second indicator member moveable in response to a predetermined number of movements of the at least one first indicator member. The at least one first indicator member includes primary dosage indicia adapted to indicate the number of dosages of substance that have been dispensed from or remain in the container. The second indicator member includes secondary dosage indicia adapted to indicate that less than a minimum predetermined number of dosages of substance remain in the container. In one preferred embodiment, the primary dosage indicia are configured as numerical indicia and the secondary dosage indicia are configured as color indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Robert Morton, Winston Z. Lu
  • Patent number: 7621883
    Abstract: The invention is a slide lock for adjusting static progressive splints having a housing, a glide member, and a wheel whereby a monofilament can pass through the housing and be securely held in place by using the glide to force the wheel toward the floor of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Patterson Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Duren, Darren Hamm
  • Patent number: 7621274
    Abstract: A nasal mask of the type for delivering gas for example to ease or assist the breathing process includes a shell and a cushion connected with the shell. The shell has a side wall and a retaining ring disposed inside the side wall. The side wall and the retaining ring define a gap extending around the shell. The cushion has a side wall with an outer peripheral edge portion including a tongue extending around the cushion. The tongue of the cushion is received in the gap in the shell to secure the cushion to the shell. Various straps assemblies and forehead adjusters for nasal masks are also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas B. Sprinkle, Mary B Whitesel, Mark E. Rosenkranz, Neal Joseph Curran, Valentine A. Hodos
  • Patent number: 7617826
    Abstract: Fluid regulators provide a fluid to a cannula for use by a person. Fluid conservers also a fluid to a cannula for use by a person. A fluid conserver may be operational in a continuous flow mode of operation and an intermittent flow mode of operation. The selection of either the continuous flow mode of operation and the intermittent flow mode of operation may be based on a position of a flow selector. A home fill device may operate with a fluid conserver and may include an oxygen concentrator which provides a source of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Ameriflo, Inc.
    Inventors: James A Voege, Matthew G Thie, David A Ferrer
  • Patent number: 7610913
    Abstract: A fluid impermeable interface between a polymer hood and an elastomeric neck dam includes a film composite material having a fluid impermeable outer surface and a fibrous backing inner surface. At least one fiber-free fluid barrier channel is formed in the fibrous backing inner surface. An adhesive disposed within the at least one fiber-free fluid barrier channel bonds the elastomeric neck dam to the fibrous backing inner surface, forming a mechanical bond and a fluid barrier between the fibrous backing inner surface and the elastomeric neck dam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: TMR-E, LLC
    Inventor: Todd A Resnick
  • Patent number: 7597102
    Abstract: An indicating device suitable for indicating the number of metered dosages that have been dispensed from or remain in a container including a base member, a cap member moveably connected to the base member, an indicator member rotatably mounted to one of the cap member and base member and a drive member. The indicator member comprises a first stop member, and the drive member comprises a second stop member. The first stop member engages the second stop member as the indicator is moved to the final position. The engagement between the first and second stop members prevents the drive member from being rotated about the second axis. In another preferred embodiment, an inhalation device for dispensing metered dosages of medicaments from a container includes a container having a predetermined number of metered doses and the indicating device. A method for indicating the number of metered dosages of medicaments dispensed from or remaining in the container is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Peter Mykola Scarrott, James Nick Schmidt, Jerry R. Grychowski, Martin P. Foley
  • Patent number: 7588031
    Abstract: A pressure support system has a motor, a switching element that supplies power to motor windings, and a blower coupled to the motor. Rotation of the blower elevates a pressure of fluid in a patient circuit coupled to an outlet of the blower. A rotational speed controller maintains the motor at a set rotational speed corresponding to a selected pressure for the fluid in the patient circuit. The rotational speed of the motor is maintained by a switching signal provided by a rotational speed controller to the switching element to control the actuation of the switching element. A fluid parameter monitoring portion monitors a parameter associated with the flow of fluid in the patient circuit, such as the magnitude, direction, or volume, based on a characteristic, such as duty cycle, of the switching signal, or based on a characteristic of a control signal that is used to generate the switching signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Ric Investments, LLC
    Inventors: William A Truschel, Patrick W Truitt, Winslow K Duff
  • Patent number: 7584755
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying pressure to a body part comprising: a first sleeve comprising a multiplicity of pressure-applying resilient protrusions configured to apply a therapeutic pressure to a surface of the body part of a patient; and a second sleeve slidably received over the first sleeve, the second sleeve configured to apply a pressure to the first sleeve, thereby increasing the therapeutic pressure applied by the first sleeve on the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Tony Reid
  • Patent number: 7581541
    Abstract: A multilumen tracheal tube or catheter is disclosed. The tube has a plurality of suction lumens, each having a suction port. A rotatable suction port collar is provided. The suction port collar has an inlet and an outlet. The collar overlaps each suction port and is capable of selectively occluding a number of the suction ports while enabling unimpeded passage between a remainder of the ports and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Madsen, Scott M. Teixeira
  • Patent number: 7578797
    Abstract: A seating system for providing spinal motion and support. The system comprising a substantially static structure adjacent to the back of a user, a moving apparatus supplying a motive force, wherein the moving apparatus is adjacent to the buttocks and thighs of the user and is powered by the lower extremities of the user, a force applying structure disposed between the static structure and the back of the user, the force applying apparatus including a back engaging surface for increasing and decreasing a force applied to the back of the user in response to the supplied motive force, and a structure for locking the moving apparatus in place. Various embodiments of moving apparatus, force applying structure, and locking and/or motion limiting structure are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: Rowland G. Hazard