Patents Examined by Eric Bryant
  • Patent number: 9889265
    Abstract: An airway manifold includes a manifold body having an upper body portion and a lower body portion. The body portions are engaged such that the upper body portion is rotatable relative to the lower body portion, whereby a generally hollow interior space is defined. The lower body portion has a port open to the interior space, and the upper body portion includes a plurality of ports open to the interior space. A first upper body port is axially alignable with the lower body port to define a substantially linear passageway therebetween when the upper body portion is at a first rotatable position relative to the lower body portion. A second upper body port is axially alignable with the lower body port to define a substantially linear passageway therebetween when the upper body portion is at a second rotatable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Fischer, Jr., George A. Arndt
  • Patent number: 9844636
    Abstract: A pressure support device such as a CPAP machine, is provided, which includes a housing, and a controller enclosed by the housing. The controller operates the CPAP machine independently or in combination with an accessory such as, for example and without limitation, a humidifier. A user interface is operably coupled to the controller and includes a primary display, a secondary display and a single control. The single control is operable in a first mode of operation to adjust operating parameters of the CPAP machine, and in a second mode of operation to adjust operating parameters of the humidifier. The secondary display preferably comprises a dead front, which is operational (e.g., without limitation, visible) only in the second mode of operation. A method of operating a pressure support device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Paul Denis McGroary, Michele Marut, Joshua Mark Greenberg, Hugh M. Dunn, Mike Daikubara, Kenneth E. Cole, Timothy James Dixon
  • Patent number: 9808377
    Abstract: A fluid extraction or filtration device for removing fluid from a body, the device comprising an array of microneedles for contacting fluid in said body and an absorbent gel matrix in fluid communication with said array of microneedles. There is further provided a combined fluid extraction and sampling device and methods employing the device(s), for example in determining the level of a target species in a sample of fluid, transdermal dialysis and renal replacement therapy. There is further provided an absorbent gel matrix for use in the treatment of uraemia and a haemodialysis filter comprising an absorbent gel matrix. Use of such a matrix is described in the context of methods including haemodialysis, transdermal dialysis and gastrointestinal dialysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Renephra Limited
    Inventors: Sandip Mitra, Paul Ernest Charles Brenchley, Rein Vincent Ulijn
  • Patent number: 9764107
    Abstract: A cradle style cushion includes a central sealing body portion including a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall and a bottom wall. The top wall includes a central sealing surface, a first stabilizing surface and a second stabilizing surface, the first and second stabilizing surfaces each extending upwardly and outwardly with respect to the central sealing surface and a top edge of the front wall and being structured to wrap around and engage an outside of the nostrils when the patient interface device is donned by the patient, wherein the first stabilizing surface includes a first front side edge portion and the second stabilizing surface includes a second front side edge portion, and wherein the top edge of the front wall, the first front side edge portion and the second front side edge portion together define a front opening of the central sealing body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jonathan Sayer Grashow, Robert O'Grady
  • Patent number: 9757528
    Abstract: Novel nebulizers and methods are provided for a nebulizer including a dialable negative pressure threshold valve that actuates in response to different negative pressures corresponding to different negative pressure threshold settings of actuation of the valve to influence inhalation effort, aerosol entrainment, and aerosol delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Darren Rubin
  • Patent number: 9750915
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a device is disclosed. The device includes a nasal cannula having prongs to supply air and covers inserted over the prongs to prevent discomfort during use of the nasal cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: David A. Opperman, Robert Witkow
  • Patent number: 9717871
    Abstract: A cushion member (12, 12?, 12?) for a patient interface device (4) that includes a main body portion (34) including a plurality of chambers (48) and a self-sealing cap portion (36) coupled to the main body portion. The cap portion covers each of the chambers and forms a plurality of membrane members (52), with each membrane member being positioned over and sealing a respective one of the chambers. The cap portion is made of a self-sealing material such that that each of the membrane members is structured to self-seal responsive to having a needle inserted through and pulled out of the membrane member. Also, an apparatus and a method for selectively adjusting the internal pressure of the chambers of such a cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Robert William Baiko, Daniel James Miller, Alicia Marie Zack
  • Patent number: 9707371
    Abstract: A ventilator includes a compressor, a storage vessel, a valve assembly communicating with the compressor, the storage vessel, and an inhalation line. A controller directs the valve assembly between a storage configuration where ventilation gas is delivered from the compressor into the storage vessel, and a delivery configuration where ventilation gas is delivered from the storage vessel to the inhalation line. The controller is coupled to a pressure sensor for detecting a first pressure within the storage vessel when the valve assembly is directed to the delivery configuration, and detecting subsequent pressure while ventilation gas is delivered from the storage vessel to the inhalation line, the controller determining the volume of ventilation gas delivered to the patient based at least in part on the difference between the first pressure and the subsequent pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University
    Inventors: Matthew John Callaghan, William Bishop, Lawrence Edward Miller, Francois Brahic
  • Patent number: 9616187
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device, with which one is to prevent a patient who breathes on Ms own and who desires a lower CO2-partial-pressure than is achieved by the set Ventilation from tiring. It comprises the following means for the regulation of a changing intensity of a mechanical Ventilation: • means for determining a target frequency RRsp, • means for determining a spontaneous frequency RRspont • means for comparing the spontaneous frequency RRspont with the target frequency RRsp. wherein adapting a Ventilation target value (% MinVol, V?gAsp) on account of the result of the comparison of the spontaneous frequency RRspont with the target frequency RRsp and • means for adapting the parameters determining the intensity of the Ventilation, on account of the Ventilation target value (% MinVol, V?gAsp). This so-called pump support System (PSS) is activated (PSS on) when the patient breathes in an adequately spontaneous manner (Criterion 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HAMILTON MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Josef Brunner, Marc Wysocki, Thomas Laubscher
  • Patent number: 9615976
    Abstract: A method for closing a puncture wound on skin. The method including: adhering a first surface of a first member having an unrestrained shape to the skin and over the puncture; and subsequent to the adhering, removing a second member for restraining the first member in a restrained shape from the first member. Where at least a normal force is applied to the puncture wound due to the removal of the second member from the first member which causes the first member to change towards the unrestrained shape. The removing can further cause a force substantially perpendicular to the normal force which tends to close the puncture wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Spinelli, Jahangir S Rastegar
  • Patent number: 9604020
    Abstract: The anesthesia systems have an integrated, extendable clinical center and clinician/anesthesia office that accommodates for a physical separation of clinical and clerical functions. The anesthesia system includes an alarm reversion system which enables a predefined alarm limit to be set and then to be automatically reverted back to an alarm limit existing just before the predefined alarm limit was set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Spacelabs Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Tobia, Andrew Levi, Gary Choncholas, Bruce Dammann, Erik J. Bluemner, Ben Schoepke, Patrick Flanagan, Lee Dalgety, Cory Boudreau, Sheldon Roberts, Dorian Lust
  • Patent number: 9597470
    Abstract: An airway manifold includes a manifold body having an upper body portion and a lower body portion. The body portions are engaged such that the upper body portion is rotatable relative to the lower body portion, whereby a generally hollow interior space is defined. The lower body portion has a port open to the interior space, and the upper body portion includes a plurality of ports open to the interior space. A first upper body port is axially alignable with the lower body port to define a substantially linear passageway therebetween when the upper body portion is at a first rotatable position relative to the lower body portion. A second upper body port is axially alignable with the lower body port to define a substantially linear passageway therebetween when the upper body portion is at a second rotatable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Fischer, Jr., George A. Arndt
  • Patent number: 9597428
    Abstract: A body waste collecting device includes a collecting pouch and an adhesive wafer for attachment to the body. The adhesive wafer includes a backing layer, a first adhesive and a second adhesive. The second adhesive includes a polar plasticizing oil or a combination of polar plasticizing oils in the content of above 10% (w/w) of the second adhesive, and at least one polar polyethylene copolymer, where the content of the polyethylene copolymer is 10-50% (w/w) of the second adhesive, and the polyethylene copolymer has a melt flow index below 2 g/10 min (190° C./21.1N).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Esben Stroebech, Anders Bach, Hasse Buus
  • Patent number: 9566400
    Abstract: A nebulizer with a negative pressure structure includes a nebulization body, a carrying cavity, a nebulizing element and a negative pressure generating element. The carrying cavity is provided for carrying a nebulized liquid and has a through hole. The nebulizing element is installed at the through hole and includes a piezoelectric driving unit and a nebulizing plate disposed on a side of the piezoelectric driving unit. The negative pressure generating element is formed on the carrying cavity and provided for changing the volume of the carrying cavity or removing air from the carrying cavity to reduce the air pressure in the carrying cavity, so as to nebulize a liquid of low surface tension or high viscosity effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MICRO BASE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shu-Pin Hsieh, Tun-Ying Fang, Mei-Hui Huang, Yu-Ju Su, Chin-Jung Chang, Yu-De Su
  • Patent number: 9561326
    Abstract: A coupling device for transferring substances, in particular medical substances, is disclosed. The coupling device can be used for transferring medical substances between a patient and an infusion bag containing the medical substances. In one or more embodiments, the coupling device may include a piercing member for connection to a medical device such as the infusion bag. A piercing member for a coupling device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Alexander Cederschiöld, Tobias Rosenquist
  • Patent number: 9532600
    Abstract: In a method for controlling at least one electric heating element of an electrically heated aerosol generating system for heating an aerosol-forming substrate, the electrically heated aerosol generating system includes a sensor for detecting airflow indicative of a user taking a puff having an airflow duration, and the method includes increasing heating power for at least one heating element from zero to power p1 when the sensor detects that the airflow rate has increased to a first threshold, maintaining the heating power at a power p1 for at least some of the airflow duration, and decreasing the heating power for the at least one heating element from power p1 to zero when the sensor detects that the airflow rate has decreased to a second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Thorens, Jean-Marc Flick, Olivier Yves Cochand, Flavien Dubief
  • Patent number: 9526854
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering a flow of gas to an airway of a patient (54). The system includes a gas flow generator (52) and a patient circuit (56) comprising a conduit (100) that communicates the flow of gas to a patient. A sensor (62) is configured to measure a rate of the flow gas and generate flow signals based on the measured rate of flow. A controller (64) is operatively connected with the gas flow generator (52) and the sensor (62) and is configured to control a pressure of the flow of gas provided to the patient. The controller (64) receives the flow signals from the sensor (62), determines a rate of change in the flow of the gas, and modifies or compensates the pressure of the flow of gas provided to the patient if the rate of change in the flow of gas provided to the patient exceeds a threshold amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Benjamin Irwin Shelly, Pooja Chatterjee, Peter Douglas Hill
  • Patent number: 9517316
    Abstract: A flexible transparent multiple use face mask that encloses a user's face allowing the user's airway to be ventilated that includes a transparent flexible airway mask that encloses and ventilates a user's airway, an airway adaptor that directs a quantity of ventilation to the transparent flexible airway mask, a manual resuscitation bag valve that receives the airway adaptor and controls the quantity of ventilation directed to the transparent flexible airway mask and a manual resuscitation bag that produces the quantity of ventilation transmitted through the airway adaptor to the transparent flexible airway mask. The multiple-use airway mask can also be turned inside out and be used in combination with an endotracheal tube or a tracheotomy tube and also includes an attachment strap to prevent losing the transparent flexible airway mask as an added safety measure to keep the mask and bag connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventors: Roscoe C Peace, Gaspare Leo
  • Patent number: 9504279
    Abstract: An atomizing nozzle of an electronic atomizing inhalator is provided. The inhalator includes a casing body, a closure wall at the opening of the front end of the casing body, a gas-outlet aperture on the closure wall, and a rear closure provided at the opening of the rear end of the casing body. A gas-inlet aperture is in the rear closure. A liquid-container and heater are provided in the cavity formed by the casing body, the closure wall and the rear closure. An airflow-passage connecting to the gas-outlet aperture is provided between the casing body and the liquid-container. A liquid-guiding device closes the liquid-container at the opening of the liquid-container. No liquid-storage medium is provided in the liquid-container. A connection-passage for connecting the airflow-passage and the gas-inlet aperture is provided between the liquid-guiding device and the rear closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SMOORE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Zhiping Chen
  • Patent number: 9486599
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlled delivery of a flow of breathing gas to the respiratory tracts of a user includes a blower unit adapted to provide a gas flow, a nasal cannula with first and second outlets, and first and second gas paths connecting the blower unit to the first and second outlets, respectively. The Characteristics of the gas flow through each outlet can be controlled, sensed and/or adjusted independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ResMed R&D Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Schaetzl