Patents Examined by Kari Petrik
  • Patent number: 9801771
    Abstract: A limb holder comprising: a mounting bracket for attachment to a surgical table; a mounting element comprising a spheroidal surface for attachment to said mounting bracket; a clamping assembly for providing a clamping engagement about said spheroidal surface of said mounting element, said clamping assembly comprising an upper jaw and a lower jaw, wherein said upper jaw and said lower jaw are biased towards one another so as to provide said clamping engagement about said sphereoidal surface of said mounting element; a limb support element mounted to said clamping assembly via a support rod; and a release mechanism mounted to said support rod and connected to said clamping assembly for selectively releasing said clamping engagement of said clamping assembly about said sphereoidal surface of said mounting element, whereby to allow said limb support element to be repositioned relative to said mounting element and hence repositioned relative to the surgical table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Peter E. Schuerch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9723881
    Abstract: A protective device for protecting the face and/or head of an individual receiving medical treatment in a face upward position includes a face portion having an exterior surface, an interior surface, and an aperture extending from the exterior surface to the interior surface, and includes a pair of opposed flexible side portions extending outwardly from the face portion. The face portion is configured to be positioned about the face of an individual with at least a portion of the individual's face exposed by the aperture, and the side portions are configured to be wrapped around and completely surround the head of the individual whereby the individual's head is supported on at least one of the side portions when the individual is receiving medical treatment in a face upward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: April Surgical Products, LLC
    Inventor: Kristin C. Bauman
  • Patent number: 9693890
    Abstract: An intrauterine device includes a central support member, first and second internal flexures and first and second external flexures. The first and second internal flexures each include a first section having a first stiffness, a second section having a second stiffness, and third section having a third stiffness, wherein the second stiffness is more flexible than the first and third stiffness and wherein the first section of each internal flexure is coupled to the central support member. The first and second external flexures are coupled to the central support member and coupled to the third sections of the first and second internal flexures, the first and second external flexures in combination with the first and second internal flexures being configured to extend from a collapsed position parallel to the central support member to a deployed position flexing away from the central support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Kochem, Daniel A. Beaudet
  • Patent number: 9642978
    Abstract: Mask system includes frame, cushion, cushion clip, swivel elbow, headgear and/or headgear clips configured for use in a clinical or hospital environment. One or more components of the mask system configured to promote single patient use, for example, by providing an age indicator and/or preventing disassembly and/or cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Ging, David John Worboys, Gregory Scott Smart, Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana, John Michael Snow, Philip Thomas Stallard
  • Patent number: 9636268
    Abstract: An articulating surgical armrest further includes two (2) elongated plates and a pivot hinge. A distal end of a first plate is pivotally attached to a distal end of a second plate. The plates are attached to form one (1) elongated structure in the same plane. A user rests their arm on the rest and articulates the first plate to provide range of motion for the user's arm while maintaining a muscular relaxed state in that arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Darlene Bedillion
  • Patent number: 9629680
    Abstract: A sterile surgical drape for protecting a robotic surgical system includes an oblong drape of a clear flexible plastic material, which unfolds from a compact packet. From the proximal side of the main panel of the drape there project two pocket flaps, which are separated by a medial trough. The two pocket flaps are configured to slip over one another and together enclose the top of the control tower in an overlapping fashion, such that the robotic manipulator arms extend on either side of the main panel, while the camera/endoscope arm extends through the medial trough. The open ends of the pocket flaps are folded over to form cuffs, wherein a nurse can insert his/her hand to draw the flap over the top of the tower without touching non-sterile surfaces. The unfolding of the main panel is controlled by adhesive tabs or tear strips, so that the bottom of the panel does not engage the cart's wheels or the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Marilyn Winer
  • Patent number: 9615892
    Abstract: Surgical drapes having opposing first and second primary surfaces with fixably attachable patches to provide ports through which cables or tools can be inserted without compromising a sterile field. The patches may be earlier affixed to the surgical drape or the patch may be affixed in situ by a clinician to the drape prior to a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Peter Piferi, Carol Barbre
  • Patent number: 9615975
    Abstract: A method for applying pressure to skin with a dressing. The method including: adhering at least a portion of the dressing to the skin; and subsequent to the adhering, changing the shape of the dressing by removing a restraint which restrains an elastic member associated with the dressing into a first shape. Where the removing of the restraint from restraining the elastic member moves the elastic member towards an unrestrained second shape to one or more of elongate or reduce a dimension of the dressing to apply a pressure to corresponding portions of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Thomas Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9610189
    Abstract: A device in connection with sleep apnoea, includes a dental splint (1) designed to engage with the jaws of the user in the position of use of the device and the device moreover includes elements (10, 11) for delivering air to the nostrils of the user from an external air source and a holder element (3) for supporting the elements (10, 11) for the delivery of air, the holder element (3) being connected to the dental splint (1). The holder element (3) is connected to the dental splint (1) by way of elements (7, 9) for adjusting the distance between the dental splint (1) and the holder element (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: HEINBERGER AB
    Inventor: John Heinonen
  • Patent number: 9610187
    Abstract: A topical proprioceptive tube and method of use for enhancing performance, reducing the risk of knee injury, or both. The tube includes a flexible sleeve having at least: a hamstring buttress, a knee buttress, or both, wherein the hamstring buttress and the knee buttress are configured to be coupled to the interior of the flexible sleeve such that the hamstring buttress applies pressure to at least a portion of one of the subject's hamstring muscles and the knee buttress applies pressure to at least a portion of the subject's Vastus Medialis Obliquus (VMO) when worn by the subject to provide the desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Topical Gear, LLC
    Inventor: William D. Bue, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9592078
    Abstract: A fornix manipulator includes a collar and stabilizer. The collar has a first end and a second end, the second end having an opening and diameter greater than the first end and the first end having an opening to receive a cervix into the collar. The stabilizer has a base portion defining a guide hole and a plurality of prongs extending from the base portion to contact the first end of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Prabhat K. Ahluwalia
  • Patent number: 9572942
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apertured hydrogel that is used in connection with an insertion device to provide comfort at the site of entry into the skin. In one embodiment, the hydrogel contains antimicrobial properties to help inhibit microbial growth at the site of insertion of the device into the skin. In the invention the apertured hydrogel is provided with a medical dressing and comprises a hydrogel having an upper surface and a lower surface, a film covering the upper surface of the hydrogel, a base sheet releasably covering to the lower surface of the hydrogel, an aperture in the film and hydrogel from the upper surface to the lower surface of the hydrogel, wherein the base sheet extends beyond the hydrogel to form a tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Deena M. Conrad-Vlasak, Steven B. Heinecke
  • Patent number: 9572703
    Abstract: An orthotic sock for treatment of an orthopedic condition is formed from a resilient material and has means for restricting movement of a wearer's foot in one or more predetermined directions and/or means for assisting movement of a wearer's foot in one or more predetermined directions. An opening is defined through a posterior leg portion of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Martin Matthews
  • Patent number: 9554944
    Abstract: Methods and devices for dressing a wound are disclosed. One such dressing includes a layer of spaced protrusions, each protrusion shaped to receive medication for treating a wound and a plurality of holes defined in the layer, the holes configured to allow evaporation of exudate from the wound. Another such dressing includes multiple layers, each layer sandwiched over the next and including spaced protrusions, with alternate layers comprising absorptive materials. The alternate layers of absorptive materials can communicate via holes in the non-absorptive layers to allow exudate to travel from between the absorptive layers and away from the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Alessandro Barberio
  • Patent number: 9549837
    Abstract: A brace has a plurality of elongated beams that extend in parallel along the length of the brace. The adjacent beams are coupled to posts that extend around the circumference of the brace in a staggered pattern and hold the beams in place around the brace. The beams and posts define a plurality of elongated fenestrations. The configuration of the beams and fenestrations allow the brace to be strong in compression and bending and also provide elastic radial expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Summit, Kenneth B Trauner
  • Patent number: 9545330
    Abstract: An intraoral orthosis including a first shell and a second shell. The shells are connected together by an adjustable connection device, the adjustable connection device including two notched tabs that are arranged respectively on either side of one of the shells, each notched tab co-operating in adjustable manner with a respective adjustment housing, arranged correspondingly on either side of the other of the shells, the adjustment housings being molded integrally with the other shell, each adjustment housing being connected to the other shell by a foldable support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: BLUESOM
    Inventors: Boris Petelle, Bernard Fleury
  • Patent number: 9532842
    Abstract: A medical positioning apparatus for positioning and holding an object, including: a telescopic member; a support member for receiving the object; a base member securable to a base; a first and a second joint mechanism movably securing the telescopic member to the support member and the base member and each having at least two rotational degrees of freedom; a locking device operatively connected to the joint mechanisms and the telescopic member, the locking device operable between a locked position in which the configuration of the positioning apparatus is fixed, and a released position in which the configuration of the positioning apparatus may be changed, the locking device being passively biased in the locked position; and a lock activation device to unlock the locking device in order to change the configuration of the positioning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvette, Charles Sévigny
  • Patent number: 9532915
    Abstract: A migraine helmet includes a hollow, spherical shell having an exterior surface, an interior surface that defines a head cavity, a face opening and a neck opening. On the interior surface of the shell are multiple, motorized massaging units positioned to engage a wearer's temples and the nape of the neck. A pair of gel packs are removably attached to the interior surface of the shell for cooling the head to further ease painful symptoms associated with migraine headaches. A separable chin strap depends from each of two lower edges of the shell for securing the helmet to the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Michelle McKinney
  • Patent number: 9526651
    Abstract: A lower leg supporter supports a gastrocnemius muscle from upper, lower, left, and right sides without interfering with movement of an Achilles tendon and which can suppress excessive vibration or deformation of such muscle to reduce a wearer's fatigue. The lower leg supporter includes a first anchor section that secures a tubular knitted fabric to a below-knee part, a second anchor section that secures the tubular knitted fabric to an above-ankle part, and an X-shaped gastrocnemius muscle support section located at a joining part of such muscle and an Achilles tendon on the back surface side of the tubular knitted fabric. Two ends of the X-shaped knitted fabric are joined to the first anchor section to support the gastrocnemius muscle. The other two ends of the X-shaped knitted fabric are joined to the second anchor section, and extend to both edges of the Achilles tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KOWA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Kozasa, Hidefumi Koga
  • Patent number: 9517163
    Abstract: A pre-stressed pressure device for treating a wound or reduce scarring of a skin of a patient includes a substrate assembly having a first surface, a pressure member having a curve in a central portion, the pressure member being secured to the substrate assembly; a treatment device for exerting a pressure on the wound or the scarring, the treatment device being connected to a first area of the first surface; and an adhesive for applying the pressure bandage to the skin, the adhesive being disposed on a second area of the first surface, the first and second areas being non-overlapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventors: Boris Goldman, Eric Kitain, Robert Koorn, Vladimir Koltchine