Patents Examined by Danton DeMille
  • Patent number: 8062239
    Abstract: A system for performing chest compression for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. The system includes a motor, drive spool and associated couplings which allow for controlling and limiting the movement of the compressing mechanism and includes a control system for controlling the operation and interaction of the various components to provide for optimal automatic operation of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: ZOLL Circulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren R. Sherman, Kenneth H. Mollenauer
  • Patent number: 8057413
    Abstract: A foot water-spouting device includes a foot-front water spouting section for spouting water toward the front side of a user's foot and a water-spouting section direction moving mechanism for reciprocating the destination of water spouting of the foot-front water spouting section along a longitudinal direction of the foot. A plurality of spouts may be arranged side-by-side in the foot instep width direction for each of the right and left feet. The pressure of water spouting at a water arrival point may be changed based on or the water spouting amount may be changed based on movement of the water arrival point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumiko Katsukawa, Takahiro Suzuki, Hirotomo Suyama, Yasuo Hamada
  • Patent number: 8057410
    Abstract: The lower extremity exoskeleton comprises two leg supports connectable to person's lower limbs and configured to rest on the ground during their stance phase. Each leg support comprises a thigh link and a shank link; a knee joint configured to allow flexion and extension between the shank link and the thigh link. The lower extremity exoskeleton further comprises an exoskeleton trunk connectable to the person'supper body. The exoskeleton trunk is connectable to the thigh links of the leg supports allowing for the flexion and extension between the leg supports and the exoskeleton trunk. Two torque generators are coupled to each of the knee joints. A power unit, capable of providing power, is coupled to the torque generators. In operation when a leg support is in a stance phase and climbing a slope or stairs, the power unit injects power into the respective torque generator thereby extending the respective knee angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Russdon Angold, Nathan H. Harding, Homayoon Kazerooni
  • Patent number: 8042537
    Abstract: A method of employing a pressure generating system that provides a pressure therapy to the pulmonary system of a patient and to enable the patient to interact with the pressure support system, for example, to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment provided by the pressure support system. The interactive system includes an output device that provides first information to the patient, an input device that allows the patient to provide second information that is based on the first information and a control unit that controls the operation of the output device to present the first information and collection of the second information via the input device. In a further embodiment, the operation of the pressure generating system is controlled based on the second information provided by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Mechlenburg, Mark C. Estes, William H. Broadley, J. Raymond Pujol
  • Patent number: 8043239
    Abstract: A method and system for treating a patient having an acute myocardial infarction. Such system may comprise at least one tank having a pressurized gas contained therein, at least one housing having a shell and being adapted to at least partially surround a body segment of the patient, a hose/valve device for supplying the compressed gas from the tank to the housing; and a control device for controlling the flow of compressed gas from the tank to the housing in accordance with cardiac systole and cardiac diastolic of the patient to vary the pressure in synchronization with the patient's heart function. The system may be arranged within a moving vehicle, such as an ambulance, an airplane, or a ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: PPTT, LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir Rastegar, Harry Soroff
  • Patent number: 8043243
    Abstract: Disclosed is a knee brace that incorporates hinges that allow the brace to pivot simultaneously about a flexion-extension axis and a longitudinal rotation axis as the brace flexes and/or extends. The hinges include a medial hinge and a lateral hinge. The medial hinge defines a medial pivot axis and the lateral hinge defines a lateral pivot axis. The medial pivot axis does not coincide with the lateral pivot axis, and neither axis coincides with the flexion-extension axis. Calf portions of each hinge are pivotable with respect to their respective uprights about an axis that is substantially parallel to the longitudinal rotation axis. The pivotability of the calf portions with respect to the calf frame eliminates stresses that would otherwise develop in the hinges as the brace flexes and/or extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Nathanson, Richard E. Gildersleeve
  • Patent number: 8043238
    Abstract: Two plastic sheets are selectively joined to create parallel air cells with connecting passageways at alternate ends. The sheets form a mattress for full body, back or leg massages. An air pumped reservoir supplies air flow to a fluidic switch. Air from a right arm pushes air to a left leg and sequentially fills a first cell. Alternating passageways at opposite ends of cells sequentially fill the cells. After the last cell is filled, air flowing out from the last cell through a right arm of the switch pushes the supplied air flow to a right leg of the switch for exhaust, emptying the cells. The cycle repeats automatically, sequentially filling the cells and pushing blood toward the heart and then emptying the cells then sequentially filling the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventors: Raymond M. Tamura, Shigeo Natori
  • Patent number: 8042544
    Abstract: Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) may be prevented in a patient, or its occurrence reduced in a population of patients, by disposing in a patient airway an anti-VAP device or an anti-VAP material. By reducing the problem of bacterial-containing secretions that otherwise build up in the airway of the intubated patient, VAP can be prevented from occurring in intubated patients, such as patients intubated with an endotracheal tube (ETT) or a nasogastric tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Inventors: Kevin R. Ward, Curtis N. Sessler, Mary Jo Grap, Laurence J. Dinardo, Bruce D. Spiess, Rao R. Ivatury, Cindy Munro
  • Patent number: 8038633
    Abstract: An air pulse generator for providing high frequency chest wall oscillation therapy to a patient is provided. The air pulse generator has a housing and first and second diaphragms supported in the housing. The air pulse generator further has a crankshaft assembly coupled to the first and second diaphragms to reciprocally move the diaphragms back and forth to produce oscillating pressure pulses. The crank shaft assembly includes a motor with an output shaft that rotates about a first axis, a flywheel mounted on the shaft to rotate therewith, a first member coupled to the first diaphragm and pinned to the flywheel by a first stub shaft that is offset from the first axis, a second member coupled to the second diaphragm, and a cam interposed between the first member and the second member. The first member is pinned to the cam by the first stub shaft and the second member is pinned to the cam by a second stub shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Van Brunt, John A. Kivisto, Donald J. Gagne
  • Patent number: 8020555
    Abstract: Described is a method and system providing therapeutic positive airway pressure to a particular area of patient's airways. The system may include a flow generator and a processing arrangement. The flow generator supplies an airflow to an airway of the patient. The processing arrangement is connected to the flow generator to control a supply pressure at which the airflow is generated by the flow generator. The processing arrangement continuously adjusts the supply pressure to maintain a pressure in a predetermined portion of the patent's airway substantially constant. The predetermined portion of the patient's airway includes a collapsible portion of an upper airway of the patient. The processing arrangement also controls the supply pressure to maintain the pressure in the collapsible portion of the patient's airway at a value at least as great as a tissue pressure below which the collapsible portion collapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventor: David M. Rapoport
  • Patent number: 8011366
    Abstract: A method for acclimating a CPAP therapy patient to a prescribed pressure while the patient falls asleep. During an initial startup period, the CPAP apparatus applies a therapeutic IPAP pressure to the patient's airway and a lower initial EPAP pressure to the patient's airway. The EPAP pressure is ramped up to the IPAP pressure over a sufficient time for the patient to fall asleep. In a modified embodiment, both the initial IPAP pressure and the initial EPAP pressure are less than the prescribed therapeutic pressure. The IPAP and EPAP pressures are then independently ramped up to the prescribed therapeutic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: DeVilbiss Healthcare LLC
    Inventor: Michael B. Knepper
  • Patent number: 8012110
    Abstract: An angular adjusting mechanism for use in a massage device of a massage machine comprises a frame including a swing seat axially disposed thereon for pivotally rotating the angle and including upper and lower massage rollers provided thereon, and between the frame and the swing seat being defined with an angular adjusting mechanism, wherein the angular adjusting mechanism includes a bush axially fixed on the frame, the swing seat includes a driver attached thereon for urging the rotation of a screw, and another end of the screw screws with the bush; thereby during the rotation of the screw, the screw may vertically displace along the bush and actuate the swing seat to axially rotate along the frame for adjusting the swing angle and increasing the support strength of the upper and lower massage rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Ko-Po Chen
  • Patent number: 8012108
    Abstract: The application is directed to devices and methods useful for expanding the range of motion of joints based on principles of stress relaxation and creep. Expanded range of motion is achieved by placing body parts near the joint in positions that stretch tissue around the joint. Even when the device is in any one position, it can impart forces on the body members to urge them to stretch surrounding tissue even further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Bonutti, Glen A. Phillips, Justin E. Beyers
  • Patent number: 8012111
    Abstract: An oral hygiene device for use with a sink having hot and cold water lines includes a storage mount and a housing removably coupled thereto. The housing includes hot and cold water inputs and an outlet. The housing also includes first and second channels coupling the inputs to the outlet. The device includes piping tees and flexible tubing for connection to a sink's water lines. The device includes adjustable temperature valves in the first and second channels, respectively, for regulating amounts of hot and cold water passing through the channels. An adjustable volume valve is included for determining a volume of water exiting the outlet. The storage mount may be installed on a sink adjacent the faucet so that the oral hygiene device is a permanent fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: J. Byron Alexander
  • Patent number: 8007451
    Abstract: The invention regards a resuscitation system having a chest compression device to repeatedly compress the chest of a patient and thereafter cause or allow the chest to expand. The device includes an electric motor connected to a compression element. A controller is coupled to the electric motor and causes the motor to actuate the compression element according to a predetermined profile. The controller is further operable to draw the compression element away from a patient's chest upon detecting a malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Laerdal Medical AS
    Inventors: Jostein Håvardsholm, Helge Fossan, Øystein Strømsnes
  • Patent number: 7998096
    Abstract: The PARAPLEGIC CONTROLLED, CONCEALED MECHANIZED WALKING DEVICE is a thoracic/abdominal harness worn under the clothes, concealed from view, with two Motorized Gait Mechanisms with leg appendages on them, a right and a left, that with the aid of crutches with controls on the handles, that control the motorized gait mechanisms, will enable paraplegics and other types of patients with leg paralysis to stand up and walk. It will improve the quality of their lives, enable them to look and appear normal among their peers, help them maintain a high level of self-esteem and assist them in leading a more active and interesting life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Eric J. Skoog
  • Patent number: 7988650
    Abstract: A massage device includes a handle engaged to a driving unit having a rotatable output shaft for driving an actuation unit which produces a spiral wave form action in a longitudinal direction is disclosed. The actuation unit includes an arrangement of bearing plates engaged to one another and mounted on the rotatable output shaft. Each of the bearing plates is engaged to a respective rotary ring in a manner that permits a rotating action by the bearing plates while the rotary rings have a slipping action relative to the output shaft in order to produce the spiral wave form action by the massage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Nanma Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Simon Siu Man Nan
  • Patent number: 7967765
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and methods of securing an orthopedic brace on a wearer such that the brace is unlikely to migrate. In preferred embodiments, the apparatus includes a band that extends entirely around the wearer, making contact with the entire circumference of the wearer. In certain embodiments, a strap secured to the brace threads through loops on the band, thereby operably connecting the brace and the band. In certain other embodiments, the apparatus further includes a belt that overlaps the band. Suspenders operably connect the brace to the band/belt. Because the band makes contact with the entire circumference of the wearer, the apparatus comfortably secures the brace to the wearer while effectively preventing migration of the brace and without hindering the intended function of the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy J. Nathanson
  • Patent number: 7955283
    Abstract: Safety mechanisms for compression belt cartridges used in chest compression devices. The safety mechanisms include a breakable link, liner socks, belt guards and a rapid-release connector. The breakable link ensures that unsafe belt tension will not occur. The liner socks protect the patient from friction and contain the breakable link. The belt guards protect foreign objects from entering the belt drive platform. The rapid-release connector allows the belt to be removed safely even during compressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Zoll Circulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob H. Katz, Timothy R. Dalbec, Gregory W. Hall
  • Patent number: 7955294
    Abstract: A method and corresponding device are described for combating microbes and infections by delivering intermittent high doses of nitric oxide to a mammal for a period of time and which cycles between high and low concentration of nitric oxide gas. The high concentration of nitric oxide is preferably delivered intermittently for brief periods of time that are interspersed with periods of time with either no nitric oxide delivery or lower concentrations of nitric oxide. The method is advantageous because at higher concentration, nitric oxide gas overwhelms the defense mechanism of pathogens that use the mammalian body to replenish their thiol defense system. A lower dose or concentration of nitric oxide gas delivered in between the bursts of high concentration nitric oxide maintains nitrosative stress pressure on the pathogens and also reduces the risk of toxicity of nitric oxide gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignees: Sensormedics Corporation, Pulmonox Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Stenzler, Christopher C. Miller, Bevin B. McMullin