Patents Examined by Kendra D. Carter
  • Patent number: 10894140
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention can enable high concentration NO to be delivered into ventilator breathing circuits, via a diffusing device, without generating undesirably large amounts of NO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Hospital Products IP Unlimited Company
    Inventors: John C. Falligant, Craig R. Tolmie
  • Patent number: 10888684
    Abstract: A sleep apnea device with bleed for exhaling including a peripheral wall formed with an interior through passage formed with a proximally facing seat, bleed passages in the wall bypassing the seat and a ball to close against the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Eliezer Nussbaum, Carl Kramer
  • Patent number: 10888722
    Abstract: A filter mask comprising a base plate having a first opening and a second opening, a mouth piece having a first end and second end wherein the first end of the mouth piece is attached to first opening of the base plate, a unidirectional exhaust port attached to the second opening of the base plate, a filter fitted to the base plate, wherein the first opening and the second opening are covered by the filter, a filter lock detachably engaged with the base plate wherein the filter is secured to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Russell Klimpel
  • Patent number: 10888675
    Abstract: An inhaler including a magazine having capsules, a mouthpiece and a cover associated with the mouthpiece, where the cover is radially movable and pivotable for open or closing of the mouthpiece, by pivoting the cover the magazine is conveyed from one capsule to the next capsule, and by radial movement of the cover a capsule is moved in a radial direction into a discharge position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Holger Holakovsky, Jens Besseler, Jessica Frentzel-Beyme, Frank Herrmann, Markus Kaemper
  • Patent number: 10881574
    Abstract: An assistance apparatus includes first to eighth wires that couple an upper body belt to be worn on an upper body of a user to a first knee belt and a second knee belt to be worn above a left knee and a right knee of the user, respectively, and a motor. In a case of assisting the user in moving to turn left, the motor generates a tension larger than or equal to a first threshold in each of the second wire, the third wire, and the fourth wire at an identical timing in a swing phase of a left leg of the user, and generates a tension larger than or equal to the first threshold in each of the fifth wire, the sixth wire, and the eighth wire at an identical timing in a swing phase of a right leg of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Kenta Murakami, Stephen John, Mayumi Komatsu, Shinobu Adachi
  • Patent number: 10870015
    Abstract: A therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly is provided for insertion into a patient's trachea to ventilate, to maintain patency of the patient's airway, and to deliver therapeutic electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to the patient. The therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly has an endotracheal tube and an EMR delivery system. The EMR delivery system has an EMR source for emitting non-ultraviolet, therapeutic EMR having intensity sufficient to activate desired therapeutic properties within the patient and an EMR conduction line conducive to the propagation of EMR from the EMR source along the endotracheal tube. The EMR conduction line is removably insertable into the endotracheal tube. The therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly may be custom made or may be constructed by retrofitting a removably insertable EMR delivery system to an existing endotracheal tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Mitchell D. Barneck, Nathaniel L. Rhodes, Martin de la Presa, Arash E. Poursaid
  • Patent number: 10869980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for inserting a tracheostomy tube, comprising a guide element and a dilator, wherein the guide element has a shield, wherein, according to the invention, the guide element has a first securing means and the dilator has a corresponding second securing means, whereby the guide element can be detachably connected by positive locking to the dilator in a position in which a distal end of the dilator is engaged with an inner surface of the shield when the latter is in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Ralf Schnell
  • Patent number: 10857312
    Abstract: Described is a dry powder inhaler for inhalation of a dry powder composition. The inhaler includes an external housing that defines an internal passage. The inhaler also includes a mouthpiece, a compartment for holding a dry powder capsule or powder reservoir, and a powder fluidization and deagglomeration apparatus for directing airflow to the dry powder to generate airborne powder particles within the internal passage. When a user inhales through the mouthpiece, a first airflow pattern is generated that has a first airflow resistance, during which the fluidization and deagglomeration apparatus generates airborne dry powder particles within the internal passage. Upon reaching a threshold negative pressure value within the internal passage of the inhaler, a second airflow pattern is generated having a second airflow resistance that is lower than the first airflow resistance, which pulls the airborne dry powder into the user's lungs during the inhalation. Embodiments of elastomeric valves are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Alex Stenzler, Steve Han, Arthur Slutsky, Steven Ellis, Noe Zamel, William Alston
  • Patent number: 10857397
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a connector for a powered air-purifying respirator (“PAPR”). A powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) connector may comprise a tab extending from the PAPR connector, wherein the tab is positioned to contact an inner surface of a housing; and a flange extending from the PAPR connector, wherein the flange is configured to receive an attachment mechanism, wherein the attachment mechanism is configured to attach the PAPR connector to the housing; wherein the PAPR connector is rotatable within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Devendra Sharma, Bharat Bhushan Arora, Durgam Gangadhar
  • Patent number: 10857321
    Abstract: A filter device includes a distal housing comprising a distal inner port and a distal outer port; a proximal housing comprising a proximal inner port and a proximal outer port, the proximal housing being sealingly affixed to the distal housing to form an inspiratory pathway between the distal inner port and the proximal inner port and to form an expiratory pathway between the distal outer port and the proximal outer port that is fluidly sealed from the inspiratory pathway, the inspiratory pathway being laterally adjacent the expiratory pathway; and a first filter in the inspiratory pathway or in the expiratory pathway to filter gases flowing through the inspiratory pathway or the expiratory pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Kevin Winkler, Yun Siung Tony Yeh, Patrick Coleman, Charles Rosebrock, Thomas W. McGrail, Natasha Reynolds, Brian Gerster, Kleve Heavin, Jakob Koch
  • Patent number: 10857310
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mixing channel for an inhalation device, and in particular to a mixing channel with improved injection and mixing properties for injecting and mixing a liquid drug into an air flow streaming in the mixing channel, thereby producing an aerosol to be inhaled by a patient. One aspect of the invention relates to a mixing channel for an inhalation device, comprising an inlet opening, an outlet opening, and an injection zone located between the inlet opening and the outlet opening, wherein the injection zone has a longitudinal center axis, wherein the injection zone comprises (a) a built-in nebulizer, or (b) a detachable nebulizer, or (c) a member adapted to receive a detachable nebulizer, wherein the effective cross sectional area of the mixing channel in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal center axis is smaller in the injection zone than upstream of the injection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: VECTURA GMBH
    Inventors: Bernhard Muellinger, Martin Huber, Tobias Kolb, Monika Hartmann
  • Patent number: 10842705
    Abstract: The described knee rehabilitation device can include any suitable component. In some implementations, however, it includes a sitting surface that is configured to support a user; a knee arm that comprises a leg coupling mechanism, that is pivotally coupled to the rehabilitation device, and that is configured to pivot through a range of motion; and a drive mechanism that is configured to force the knee arm through the range of motion. In some cases, the drive mechanism includes a first hard stop that prevents the knee arm from extending past a first set point, and the drive mechanism further includes a second hard stop that prevents the knee arm from being retracted past a second set point. In some cases, the device is further configured to be programmed to electronically limit the knee arm's range of motion. Other implementations are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dynatronics Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Sampson, John William Dyke, Scott Russell Mabey, Mosiah Troy Smalley, Christopher Edwin Spencer
  • Patent number: 10828233
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus, a method, and/or a system of targeted myofascial release through use of a rolling track. In one or more embodiments, an apparatus for targeted myofascial release of a human body, muscles, and fascia includes a rolling track with one or more supports forming a support contour permitting a ball to roll along the rolling track while the body exerts force against the ball. The support contour transitions into a rolling surface so the ball can be guided out of the rolling track to the rolling surface and then guided back in. A friction means such as a lip and/or friction surface retains the ball in the rolling track. The rolling track is securable relative to the rolling surface via a mount. The adjustment track may have two or more adjustment positions for repositioning along the rolling surface and/or a pivot to adjust a track orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Kristin Jamieson
  • Patent number: 10832594
    Abstract: A system for assisting a rescuer in providing resuscitative treatment to a victim is described. An example of the system includes a processor configured to detect compression waveform features characteristic of manual chest compressions, automated chest compressions, and mechanically assisted active compression-decompression (ACD) chest compressions, an output device communicatively coupled to the processor, and a motion sensor, communicatively coupled to the processor and configured to generate signals indicative of motion of the victim's chest during chest compressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Qing Tan, Frederick J Geheb, Gary A Freeman
  • Patent number: 10821241
    Abstract: A housing for an inhalation device and an inhalation device. The inhalation device includes a container unit having a medium container and an outlet stub. The outlet stub is displaceable relative to the medium container for a delivery operation. The housing includes a main housing having a first end forming a mouthpiece, a second end angled in an L-shaped manner with respect to the first end and forming an air inlet, and an attachment piece. The attachment piece has a duct with an attachment opening receiving the outlet stub of the container unit, a nozzle opening, and a pressure chamber arranged between the attachment opening and the nozzle opening. The housing also includes a sensing device for recording a delivery operation, and a diaphragm reversibly deformable depending on a pressure in the pressure chamber. The diaphragm cooperates with the sensing device for actuation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Joerg Kohnle, Frank Keppner
  • Patent number: 10814081
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a method and system configured for detecting a gas delivery malfunction in a spontaneous mechanical ventilation mode. In some embodiments, the system comprises a pressure generator, a subject interface, one or more sensors, one or more processors, electronic storage, a user interface, and/or other components. The detection of a gas delivery malfunction in a spontaneous mechanical ventilation mode is implemented by generating a test flow of gas for delivery to an airway of a subject, and monitoring a responsive flow of gas in the subject interface. If one or more parameters associated with the responsive flow of gas demonstrate inconsistencies with a reference flow of gas responsive to the test flow under a condition that there is no gas delivery malfunction, the system determines that there is a gas delivery malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: William Anthony Truschel, John Seymour
  • Patent number: 10806873
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system is provided, including an aerosol-generating device including a heater element; an aerosol-generating article, including a medicament source and a volatile delivery enhancing compound source; and at least one resilient member provided in the aerosol-generating device or the aerosol-generating article and being resiliently biased against the heater element, wherein at least one of the medicament source and the volatile delivery enhancing compound source contacts the at least one resilient member, and the aerosol-generating system is configured to heat the medicament source and the volatile delivery enhancing compound source of the aerosol-generating article so that the medicament source has a higher temperature than that of the volatile delivery enhancing compound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Jonathan Hogwood, Stuart Michael Ruan Jones, John Antony Stephenson, David Edington, Christopher Coulson
  • Patent number: 10806877
    Abstract: A portable breathing machine includes a body case (100), wherein: a fan box (101), a cut-off device (108) and a control device (113) are arranged in the body case (100); a fan (8) is arranged in the fan box (101) through a fan noise reduction device (102); an air outlet of the fan box (101) is connected with an internal breathing tube (107); the cut-off device (108) is arranged on the internal breathing tube (107); an air outlet of the cut-off device (108) is connected with an external breathing tube (104) and a mask (105); the fan noise reduction device (102) includes a lower flexible cover (3) and an upper flexible cover (5); the lower and upper flexible covers cooperate to form an enclosed cavity for containing the fan (8). A working noise of the breathing machine is decreased to below 15 decibel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Zheng Dai, Jin Ding, Wei Liu, Qinpeng Xu, Haoxuan Huang, Weili Li, Chao He, Menghang Lei, Xiaohui Zeng, Guangrong Wang
  • Patent number: 10806882
    Abstract: A system for controlling and monitoring flow in a cuffed endotracheal tube device is disclosed. The system comprises: a connector panel having at least three connectors adapted for establishing fluid communication with proximal ends of at least a first fluid line, a second fluid line and a cuff inflation line of the endotracheal tube device. The system can further comprise a processing unit and a control unit, wherein the processing unit is configured to instruct the control unit to execute various operations, including at least a rinsing procedure, a suctioning procedure, a cuff inflation procedure, a leak detection procedure and a venting procedure, and to select any of the first and the second fluid lines for any of the rinsing, suctioning, leak detection and venting procedures. In some embodiments, the system exploits the cuff as sensor to sense pulmonary data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hospitech Respiration Ltd.
    Inventors: Israel Deutsch, Shai Efrati, Yoav Venkert, Moshe Azizi, Yizhaq Vakrat, Vitali Gelberg
  • Patent number: 10806880
    Abstract: A respiratory device for delivering gas to a patient comprises a gases passageway having proximal and distal ends, and a supplementary gas inlet in a side wall of the gases passageway. The supplementary gas inlet is adapted to direct gas along an interior surface of the gases passageway, such that the gas follows a generally helical path towards the distal end of the gases passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Andrew Miller