Patents Examined by Henry S. Layton
  • Patent number: 4064880
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sanitary tubular napkin for male hygiene; and is directed to urinal or toilet-towl disposable napkins that comprise an absorbent material. The disclosed napkins are formed into a set of napkins that are joined together; and the set of napkins is placed in a dispenser. A separating means permits the removal of one napkin, and positions the subsequent napkin in a position for subsequent removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1977
    Inventor: Dexter J. Logan
  • Patent number: 4064873
    Abstract: An improved tongue blade that may be used with frames of conventional design and forming part of a mouth gag, said blade having a handle portion that connects with a frame and a tongue-engaging portion that extends from said handle portion at an obtuse angle of between and, said blade providing an improved exposure of the tonsils for surgical removal. The improved exposure is uniquely attained in the lower pole for more complete removal of the tonsil, and easier access to bleeding vessels for quicker ligation of bleeders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1977
    Inventor: Rudolph E. Swenson
  • Patent number: 4062360
    Abstract: An atraumatic method and apparatus for the removal of fluid from a surgical field having a fluid valve which is opened and closed responsive to the pressure about the fluid valve and a vacuum valve which is also opened and closed in response to the pressure about the fluid valve, and when opened, causes fluid to be passed through the fluid valve. In one embodiment, the fluid valve is made of collapsible tubing, flattened at its midsection so as to be normally closed, and connecting a fluid inlet and fluid outlet of a fluid removal housing. The fluid removal housing is further provided with a control port which may be opened or closed manually, and a connection to a vacuum source through the vacuum valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1977
    Assignee: Bentley Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Bentley
  • Patent number: 4061135
    Abstract: A binocular endoscope for diagnostic work, medical treatment and surgical procedures providing depth perception in the image of an object viewed. Image transmittal from the viewed object to the viewing station is through a non-distorting, high resolution, optical system utilizing long path length lens means. Selectable field viewing through of continuous rotation, with preservation with image conformity, is achieved through the use of a dove prism in combination with mechanical linkage to compensate for rotation effects. The apparatus also includes field illumination means, fluid input and exhaust channels and a manipulable surgical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Assignee: Jerrold Widran
    Inventors: Jerrold Widran, Stuart A. Solin
  • Patent number: 4058123
    Abstract: A self-contained, combined irrigator and evacuator for closed wounds comprising a housing divided into two sections by a biased divider so that movement of the divider in one direction causes pumping of fluid from one section to a patient for wound irrigation while simultaneously effecting evacuation of fluid from the wound site and collection of the evacuated fluid in the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Edwin A. May
  • Patent number: 4057062
    Abstract: A urinary device that includes an elongated length of flexible and telescopical tubing adapted to communicate between the collection bag and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1977
    Inventor: Geraldine Lavigne
  • Patent number: 4056101
    Abstract: A closed blood collection system is provided which reduces the amount of tissue thromboplastin that is mixed with the collected blood. The system includes a secondary blood receptacle for collecting an initial volume of blood, up to 5 ml, prior to collection of the remainder of the blood in a main container with anti-coagulant. Means are provided for directing the initial volume of blood into the secondary blood receptacle and for directing the blood subsequently collected into the main blood container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1977
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich C. Geissler, William J. Stith
  • Patent number: 4055179
    Abstract: A two-piece valve including a first tubular member having a flow passageway therethrough with a tapered valve seat formed at one end of the flow passageway. A second tubular member is provided having a flow passageway therethrough and a valve element mounted in the flow passageway on the axis thereof. The first and second tubular members are slidably telescopically engaged with each other with one end of the first tubular member slidably positioned inside one end of the second tubular member. The valve element of said second tubular member has a tapered valve surface formed thereon adapted to move into and out of sealing engagement with the tapered valve seat of the first tubular member when the tubular members are telescoped axially one inside the other. The taper angles of the valve element and seat are in the "self-holding" category so that when the valve element is firmly seated in the valve seat the parts will be retained in mating engagement without any additional retaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Assignee: Plastronics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Gordon Manschot, Byron L. Mather
  • Patent number: 4054128
    Abstract: The disclosure herein describes a carrier adapted to receive observation and/or manipulation instruments; the carrier consists of a train of articulated segments whose angular displacement is controlled by a series of magnetic clutches; the leading segment is guided from the carrier's proximal end, and the guide angle is repeated automatically at the articulations of all following segments; a central channel in each segment accepts instruments for observation and manipulation. One advantageous application of the present carrier is its use as an endoscope for inspecting a hollow portion in a living body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Assignee: Universite de Sherbrooke
    Inventors: Wolf D. Seufert, France M. Bessette
  • Patent number: 4054142
    Abstract: An improved method for attaching to the external urinary organ of a male patient a portable urinary system characterized by a urinal bag adapted to be attached to the patient's leg, a rubber sheath for receiving the patient's urinary organ, and a flexible conduit extended between the sheath and the bag including the steps of inserting a patient's organ into a rubber sheath connectable to a flexible conduit, applying to the external surface of the sheath at least one circumscribing layer of surgical dressing, applying to the layer of surgical dressing a circumscribing nonadhesive elastic band and releasably connecting the opposite ends of the band employing a Velcro fastener, connecting the urinal bag to the patient's leg employing a pair of elastomeric bands and connecting the conduit between the sheath and the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Inventor: Dorothy M. Teeter
  • Patent number: 4052980
    Abstract: A surgical retractor instrument having a first pair of fingers of small diameter fixed to one end of a handle and extending therefrom in essentially parallel relation in a lateral direction, the fingers being joined at their extremities to form an open loop. A second pair of fingers, also of small diameter, pivotally secured to the handle near the first pair of fingers and extending in the same general direction as the first pair of fingers, the extremities of the second pair of fingers terminating in closed loops, the loops of the second pair of fingers being movable between a retracted contiguous position within the open loop joining the first pair of fingers and an extended position forming with the open loop the apeces of a triangle. The second pair of fingers being spring biased to the contiguous position and movable by a lever extending along the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1977
    Assignee: Guenter A. Grams
    Inventors: Guenter A. Grams, Frederick M. Grazer
  • Patent number: 4052987
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for aspiration of the operative site during open site surgery having automatic controls for responsively venting the aspiration system to atmosphere under certain conditions and for overriding the venting as desired comprising a continuously operating pump for providing suction, an aspiration line connected to the pump, a venting valve and, an aspiration valve in the aspiration line, a vacuum pressure responsive switch connected between the aspiration valve and the pump and a control system embodying activation switches and logic for controlling the operation of the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1977
    Assignee: Cavitron Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Wuchinich, Alan Broadwin
  • Patent number: 4051852
    Abstract: A device for aspirating body fluids comprising, a valve assembly having a first port to receive body fluids, a second port for passage of the body fluids from the valve assembly, and a passageway communicating between the first and second ports. The valve assembly has one-way valve means associated with the passageway to permit passage of body fluids from the first port to the second port and prevent passage of body fluids from the second port to the first port. The device has port means communicating with the passageway intermediate the valve means and first port, with the port means being normally closed to prevent contamination of the device, and being openable to permit passage of fluid through the port means to the first port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1977
    Assignee: The Kendall Company
    Inventor: Frank K. Villari
  • Patent number: 4051844
    Abstract: A neurosurgical scalp retractor for use in surgical operations within the skull, the retractor comprising an elongated frame, a first connector member at one end of the frame for attachment to the scalp, an extensible member connected to the frame, a releasable lock for fixing the extensible member in a desired position, and a second connector member disposed at a free end of the extensible member for attachment to an operating table drape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1977
    Assignee: Medico Developments, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Chiulli
  • Patent number: 4048988
    Abstract: This relates to a shutter for a rectoscope, comprising a bolt insertable into the anterior terminal cross section of the rectoscope tube, and a terminal part rigidly connected to the bolt, arranged at a distance corresponding approximately with the length of the rectoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1977
    Assignee: Richard Wolf GmbH
    Inventor: Eberhard Regenbogen
  • Patent number: 4048987
    Abstract: A surgical aid for retaining displaced material in a surgical site in its displaced position. The aid consists of a wire core of aluminum or aluminum alloy or stainless steel and a covering of a suitable elastomer, such as dimethyl polysiloxane polymer, organo-metallically bonded or otherwise contiguous thereto. The aid is malleable, non-toxic and compatible with cell metabolism. It can be clamped to a retractor frame fixed relative to a surgical site and has major advantages over the use of sponges, towels and other surgical aids now in use. The aid has a body portion and a handle portion which can be held by an assistant or clamped to the frame, allowing the assistant to assume a more productive role in the operation or dispensing with him completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1974
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1977
    Inventor: James Kevin Hurson
  • Patent number: 4043323
    Abstract: A medical instrument such as forceps attached to an endoscope, wherein a base member is provided at the base end of the forceps; a slider connected by wire to a movable head fitted to the tip of the forceps is slidably mounted on a base member provided at the base end of the forceps; a bore formed in the slider contains a pawl, and a spring and stem both cooperating in urging the pawl for engagement with toothed portions formed on the base member; when the knob portion of the stem projecting outward from the bore is depressed, then the pawl is disengaged from the toothed portions and as the result, the knob portion is so actuated as to tilt the stem sideways for latching, thereby keeping the pawl in a disengaged position, and allowing the slider freely to slide over the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1977
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Komiya
  • Patent number: 4041937
    Abstract: A tongue blade having a pressure pad for firmly depressing and holding a patient's tongue. The blade includes an attachable bite guard for protecting the patient's teeth and for maintaining a clear air passageway through the patient's mouth. A depth guide prevents overinsertion of the blade. In a modified embodiment the pressure pad is premoistened with an antiseptic solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1977
    Inventor: Marcellina Diaz
  • Patent number: 4040413
    Abstract: One or more inflatable balloons are provided on the outer surface of the tube of an endoscope which encloses the fiber optical light transmitting bundle. When only one balloon is provided, the balloon is provided on one side of the tube near the end thereof to enlarge the space within a body cavity in one direction and the flexible part of the tube may be bent in said direction. When moe than one balloon is provided, one of the balloons is selectively inflated to enlarge the space within the body cavity in the desired direction. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the balloons are located at equal intervals around the tube. In another embodiment of the invention, an outer sleeve is provided around the tube with balloons on the outer face thereof and is made slidable with respect to the tube. The outer sleeve and the tube are inserted into the body cavity alternately by alternately inflating the balloons on the outer sleeve and those on the tube to facilitate the insertion thereof into the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1977
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Optical Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Susumu Ohshiro
  • Patent number: RE29453
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a drainage bag for the human body especially usable for patients who have undergone a colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy or the like. The bag has a cloth backing, a special contour to fit the body and enable to be supported by standard type of underwear having elastic leg bands, and an unobstructed reclosable opening for easy draining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Assignee: Marsan Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Rosemary B. Weddle