Patents Examined by Dinnatia Doster-Greene
  • Patent number: 7258676
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to compression devices and, more particularly to a method using air flow to close the exhaust valve in each sleeve, allows air to fill the sleeve to a pretuned pressure, and finally deflating the sleeve by letting the air flow through the outlet valve. This creates a pressure gradient and a pneumatic cycle means that facilitates the massaging movement on the limb towards direction of the heart. The magnetic force in valves is uniquely adapted for controlling low-pressure compression. A magnetically adjustable valve is adapted for use in a compression device to control and regulate low to very low pressures and comprising of a movable magnetic part and a metal part, defining an air gap there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: C-Boot Ltd
    Inventors: Noam A. Calderon, Amit Ben Dror
  • Patent number: 7207993
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for repairing the femur. A connector is provided having a claw-like member to engage with the greater trochanter. Along the body of the connector are a plurality of cable apertures and cable screws to receive and engage with cables that loop around the femur. Along the inferior end of the connector are bone screw slots and bone screws engaging the connector with the femur. The bone screws provide added support to the re-attached greater trochanter and provide support for periprosthetic fractures. The connector may be used to re-attach the greater trochanter by impacting a connector onto the greater trochanter, positioning the greater trochanter onto the femur, passing cables around the femur and through the connector, tensioning the cables to provide engagement between the greater trochanter and the femur, and attaching the connector to the femur using at least one bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Baldwin, Thomas S. Kilpela, Burns O. Severson
  • Patent number: 7201751
    Abstract: A supplemental spine fixation device and method is used in association with a primary spine fixation device. The supplemental spine fixation device includes a guide and spacer for distracting apart adjacent spinous processes and the device has hook members which hook about the first and second spinous processes. With the spinous processes distracted and the hook members about the spinous processes, the hook members can be rigidly secured to a hub in order to rigidly affix the spinous processes about the spacer. The rigidity between the spinous processes assures that the vertebral bodies will be held rigidly in place in order to promote bone growth and fusion. Further additional freedom of movement between the spacer and hub is accomplished with the spacer being pivotably mounted relative to the hub. The hooks have a tissue distracting lead-in guide for allowing the hooks to be easily urged between spinous processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 7137390
    Abstract: A filter assembly for use in sidestream gas sampling assembly. The filter assembly of the present invention includes a hydrophilic liner lining the inner perimeter of a housing for wicking moisture from the gases to be monitored prior to the gases reaching a sensing mechanism. The filter further includes a hydrophobic member positioned downstream of the hydrophilic liner. The hydrophobic disk acts as a second line of defense against moisture reaching the sensing mechanism. In one embodiment, the filter further include an absorbent layer positioned between the cylindrical housing and the hydrophilic layer to aid in wicking moisture from the gas stream. In a further embodiment, the hydrophobic disk is eliminated and the hydrophilic member is situated such that gas entering the filter assembly must pass through at least a portion the hydrophilic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC.
    Inventors: Brian M Fudge, John A Triunfo, Jr., David R Rich
  • Patent number: 7137395
    Abstract: A balloon catheter device that provides radial delivery of visible or near-infrared radiation. The radial delivery of visible or near-infrared radiation to the pulmonary vein is particularly effective in creating transmural, continuous, and circumferential lesions in the pulmonary vein. Creation of these lesions electrically isolates the pulmonary veins from the left atrium of the heart and, thus is a particularly suitable method for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Nathaniel M. Fried, Henry R. Halperin, Ronald D. Berger, Albert C. Lardo, Arkadiy Tsitlik
  • Patent number: 7134435
    Abstract: Described are sleeping apparatus and related methods that involve a motion-limiting member, a therapeutic device, or both, positioned at the lumbar spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventor: Ruel W. Scott
  • Patent number: 7112713
    Abstract: A dressing designed in consideration of Teorell-Meyer gradients is described. This dressing delivers, either individually, or seriatim, pharmaceutically effective amounts of drugs and therapeutic ions to a wound site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Gelsus Research and Consulting, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A Sceusa
  • Patent number: 7093594
    Abstract: A dosing device comprising a dispenser (26) for dispensing a dose material and a dose actuation mechanism (44) is provided. The dose actuation mechanism (44) comprises a number of integrally hinged links (52, 54, 55) which are connected to each other at hinging points. A deflectable tongue (157), moveable in response to air flow from inhalation by a patient is attached to a first link (52), to move the first link in response to air flow, movement of the first link being transferred to a second link (54) to cause actuation of the dispenser. The first link rests at an over center, or stable, position prior to operation, and moves under center during operation of the device to trigger movement of the second link. The dose actuation mechanism is a one-piece moulding from plastics material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Pfizer Limited
    Inventors: Nigel Harrison, Daniel Godfrey
  • Patent number: 7091394
    Abstract: A wound dressing for application to a protruding part of a joint of the body, in particular the heel. The dressing includes an elongated first part for placing on one side of the protruding joint part, and a second part for placing on another side of the joint, and two ear parts extending laterally from the second part. At least the central parts of the first part, the second part and the ear parts of the dressing are covered with an absorbent element. A portion of each laterally extending ear part between its outermost lateral point and a longitudinal tip of the second part is concave to facilitate wrapping of the ear parts around the heel without overlapping of the absorbent element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Mette Irene Kolte, Anne Mette Wolsing, Jeppe Stigsen, Jette Kvisgaard
  • Patent number: 7081101
    Abstract: A shoulder complex and upper arm injury reduction system having a torso fitting part, an upper arm wrap part, and at least one movement control strap constructed of non-stretchable material. The movement control straps are strategically anchored on the system to control posterior, anterior, and multidirectional movement of the upper arm wrap part relative to the torso fitting part. The straps are length adjustable to control the amount of movement of the upper arm wrap part relative to the torso fitting part, and prevent separation of the upper arm wrap part from the torso fitting part beyond the strap length. The system includes a control strap that extends from the shoulder capping region to a strap mounting location below or above the shoulder capping region. The strap is length adjustable to allow tension to be placed on the strap and to produce traction between the shoulder strapping region and the strap mounting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas M. Sawa
  • Patent number: 7080642
    Abstract: A refillable medical device comprising a base unit (4) adapted to be engaged with a refill unit (2), the device comprising means for counting the number of different refill units which are engaged with the base unit (4). The device may be in the form of a dry powder or pressurised aerosol inhaler, needleless injector, intravenous drip system etc. The device may comprise means to disable the device after a predetermined number of refill units have been used with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Peter D. Hodson, Philip M. Dunn
  • Patent number: 7069932
    Abstract: A patient interface having a forehead support adjustably. The forehead support assembly includes a support arm that is adjustably mounted to the mask shell, thereby allowing the adjustment of the distance between the forehead support bracket and the mask shell in order to adjust for patient's of different sizes. A forehead support bracket is pivotally connected to the support arm. The pivoting forehead support bracket is self-aligning to allow the forehead pad to remain parallel to the patient's forehead at all times, thus enhancing comfort and stability. The forehead support bracket is removable from the support arm, allowing the headgear (with support bracket attached) to be donned separately from the mask and support arm. The forehead support bracket in one embodiment has a forehead pad formed from the headgear itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC.
    Inventors: Jason P Eaton, Richard J Lordo, Lance Busch, Peter Ho
  • Patent number: 7059323
    Abstract: An incubator for premature and newborn patients is provided with a heater (6), and a fresh air flow (13) fed in with oxygen metering, characterized in that the incubator has an electrically operated oxygen concentrator (12), and an oxygen sensor (5) for measuring the oxygen concentration in the incubator, wherein the oxygen metering device (7) meters the oxygen released by the oxygen concentrator (12) into the fresh air flow (13) fed into the incubator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Dräger Medical AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Götz Kullik, Jochim Koch, Jörg-Uwe Meyer
  • Patent number: 7059332
    Abstract: A method of correcting parafunctional behavior of the mandibular complex by engaging in a vertical measurement of the mouth followed by stretching open the mouth even further at least once followed by inserting an anti-occluding device between the teeth and retaining it there for a pre-determined period of time then removing it and stretching the mouth wide open at least once. This method also may entail placing the tongue on the roof of the mouth [defined as the N-position] and keeping it there while opening and closing the mouth several times after which the mouth is opened to its maximum extent and then closed until the lips touch but the teeth do not touch. This position and the N-position are maintained for as long as possible and performed several times daily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Bradley A. Eli
  • Patent number: 7048753
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to crystalline copolymers of l-lactide and a minor portion of a cyclic monomer, preferably ?-caprolactone or trimethylene carbonate or both. The present copolymers have a melting temperature of at least 150° C. and a crystallinity of at least 20%. Preferred are high molecular weight copolymers having an inherent viscosity of at least 1.1 dl/g. A variety of surgical constructs may be formed from the present copolymers. Disclosed are coated surgical constructs including sutures made of multifilament yarns of the present copolymers and coated with nitrogenous copolyesters which will bioabsorb in less than three years and will maintain at least 50% of their initial strength three weeks post-operatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Poly-Med, Inc.
    Inventor: Shalaby W. Shalaby
  • Patent number: 7041073
    Abstract: A cervical collar comprising an inner and an outer region, a spinal support region, an occipital support region and a neck support region, said spinal support region including upper edges, lower edges, and side edges, a fastening strap affixed to said upper edge of spinal support region, a bridge member connecting occipital support region with spinal support region, said bridge member adapted to fold with a hinging means, said occipital support region including an upper edge, lower edges, a side edge, and anchoring strap affixed to said side edge, said neck support region including an upper edge, a side edge, and a sternum edge, said upper edge affixed with cooperating hooks, a dual adjustment system located on neck support region including tabs, female members, locking teeth, windows and bars, said tab affixed with said pawl, said pawl to engageably fit said locking teeth, said inner region comprising foam adhesively affixed to plastic, said inner region including a mandible support on neck support region, s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Martin Rizo Patron
  • Patent number: 7036926
    Abstract: A shelter frame kit is adapted for detachably mounting in front of a primary spectacle frame wherein the shelter frame kit for supporting two auxiliary lenses includes a bridge extended between the two auxiliary lenses, two shelter arms having two pivot hinges affixed on upper sides of the two auxiliary lenses respectively, and two interlocking device provided at two ends of the two shelter arms respectively for interlocking with two rim lockers of the primary spectacle frame such that the auxiliary lenses are adapted for pivotally folding from a closed position to an open position, wherein in the closed position of the shelter frame kit, the two auxiliary lenses are respectively positioned in front of two lenses of the primary spectacle frame, and in the opened position of the shelter frame kit, the two auxiliary lenses are 180-degree flipped over the two lenses of the primary spectacle frame respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Tony Xin Xiao
  • Patent number: 7032589
    Abstract: A portable ventilator for providing an air-recipient with compulsory respiration is provided with an outlet manifold and a single-expansion-chamber muffler configured so that airflow through an inhale outlet port of the muffler is pulse-free and a transmission loss, defined as the ratio of sound power generated by the at least one compressor and incident on the muffler to the sound power transmitted by the muffler, is sufficient to deaden the sound power of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Charles W. Kerechanin, II, Dexter G. Smith, Jennifer A. Nix, Protagoras N. Cutchis
  • Patent number: 7033332
    Abstract: A wrist support brace for patients with contractured wrists utilizes an adjustable strap to physically force the contractured wrist into a non-contractured position, thereby allowing the wrist to heal in a normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Busuttil
  • Patent number: 7028688
    Abstract: A chemical-biological protective mask having a weight distribution that imparts a balanced center-of-gravity to the wearer of the mask, and is adaptable for different operational requirements by adjusting or altering the air flow through the mask. The protective mask includes a head covering to fully cover the wearer's head including a hood, a face piece having a visor contoured to the wearer's face, ducting within the mask connected to a filtering system mounted at the rear of the head covering and a purge airflow through the hood. Additional side or front mounted filters can be added to provide either parallel or series filtration with the rear mounted filters. A blower system may also be used to impart an airflow into the mask and improve breathing resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Corey M. Grove, Stephen E. Chase