Patents Examined by Lisa E. Malvaso
  • Patent number: 5271386
    Abstract: A massage table is disclosed which has a flat stationary top covered with flexible material. A carriage is mounted for longitudinal movement beneath the top. The carriage has a first freely rotatable roller mounted transversely on the carriage for contacting the legs of a patient lying on the top in an area between the knee and the ankle of the patient, a second transverse roller mounted on the carriage parallel to the first roller for contacting the patient in the area of the thighs and a third transverse roller mounted on the carriage parallel to the first and second rollers for contacting the patient in the area of the back and shoulders. A fourth roller mechanism is mounted in the table to contact the patient in the neck area. The fourth roller mechanism includes a rotatable triangular carriage, a set of transverse rollers mounted on each apex of the triangular carriage, with each set of transverse rollers being formed by a pair of hemispherical roller portions whose curved portions face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Terry D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5105807
    Abstract: Disclosed are a novel device and novel methods for securing nasal tubing in medical patients. The invention provides, with minimal trauma, discomfort, and distraction to the patient, a means of securing in place nasal tubing inserted through the nasal passage. In addition, the disclosed invention provides a device which can be replaced without removal of a nasal tube already in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Alternative Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Kahn, Michael Wood
  • Patent number: 5097827
    Abstract: A medical tube holder for attachment to a patient's nose septum for holding medical tubing inserted into the patient's nose. The tube holder includes opposite upstanding clamp arms defining an acute included angle therebetween for insertion into the nostril and thereby into clamp engagement on opposite sides of the patient's septum. One of the nasal clamp arms includes a tube holder section for substantially surrounding and maintaining medical tubing in position. A thumbscrew adjusts the distance between the upstanding clamp arms and therefore the clamping pressure on the septum. A rotating screw in another embodiment is fixed to one clamp arm and threadably mounted on another clamp arm to provide threadable adjustment. A locking pin and detent configuration in a further embodiment enables adjustment of the clamp arms between preset positions. An integral unit in a still further embodiment with two opposing upstanding clamp arms set at an optimum acute included angle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: DDI Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John Izumi
  • Patent number: 5095892
    Abstract: A brush for massaging and patting skin comprising wooden base and having a concave. A bristle plant elastic base with many orifices at all around of the upper face thereof and fixed permanently to or fit repeatedly in the concave of the wooden base. And many wooden bristles can replaceably be planted in the orifices of the elastic planted base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Takashi Tsumura
  • Patent number: 5094236
    Abstract: A face mask is disclosed that can be reusable or disposable, and which filters particulate matter and noxious and poisonous gasses from breathed air. The mask has a mask shell that is thermoformed of cross-linked, closed-cell foam sheet that is impermeable to air while having good shape retention and elasticity. The mask shell is perforated with multiple holes in its central area to permit inhaled air to pass through the otherwise impermeable shell. This mask shell is stiff enough to support filter linears made of, for example, an activated charcoal impregnated fibrous sheet that covers the holes and is retained to the inside and/or the outside of the mask shell by a retainer which is easily removed to replace filter liner(s). Alternatively, the filter liner(s) may be bonded to the inside and/or the outside of the mask shell to make a disposable mask. A one-way valve is mounted through the wall of the mask shell to exhasut exhaled air. Alternatively, a retainer is not used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Better Breathing Inc.
    Inventor: Amad Tayebi
  • Patent number: 5092328
    Abstract: A mouthpiece assembly for a breathing apparatus comprising a housing, a disposable liner, and a protective sheath. The housing comprises a conical opening extending therethrough. The liner is conical and is adapted to be received in the housing. A seal is provided between the liner and the housing to prevent leakage of air. The liner includes a member for engaging the lips of the user when the mouthpiece is in use. The sheath is located between the housing and the liner. Additionally, the liner includes alignment members which are suitable for aligning the liner with the housing and for spacing adjacent liners when they are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: Edward Fitz
  • Patent number: 5086767
    Abstract: A ventilator for providing low pressure air for assisting the breathing of an imfirm patient includes a pump with a cylindrical chamber having a vane mounted within the chamber for sweeping the inside surface of the chamber in a pumping action. The pump is double-acting. Ports to the pump are located in a wedge-shaped divider member permanently mounted within the chamber and extending from the chamber to a shaft driving the vane. Valves for the ducts extending from the ports to respective inlets and outlets are mounted exteriorly of the wedge-shaped dividing member. The pump can therefore have lower volume and the shaft is directly driven providing high efficiency and simple adjustment of the volume supplied to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Canadian Aging & Rehabilitation Product Development Corporation
    Inventor: Jules O. Legal
  • Patent number: 5076266
    Abstract: A device for ultrasonic atomization of a liquid medium comprises an ultrasonic vibrator (1) with a concentrator (2) whose terminal portion (4) accommodates a bell mouth (24) which serves as a means for regulating the liquid medium spray cone angle. Main, additional, and auxiliary thrust bushings (3,5,6) are installed on the ultrasonic vibrator (1) and concentrator (2). Arranged along the concentrator (2) are a branch pipe (9) for feeding a liquid medium and a guide (8) mechanically connected with the main and additional thrust bushings (3 and 5) whose free ends extend through respective hollow rods (15 and 16) mechanically linked with the auxiliary thrust bushing (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Azerbaidzhansky Politekhnichesky Institut Imeni CH. Ildryma
    Inventor: Eilaz P. O. Babaev
  • Patent number: 5070870
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for powdered medication comprising a housing (50) for piercing a capsule containing powdered medication, a generally cylindrical member (30) adapted to receive the capsule and in which the capsule can rotate freely to release the powdered medication, and a mouthpiece (20) through which the powdered medication can be drawn from the chamber (30), in which the chamber has three air inlets (37, 38, 39) spaced around the cylindrical wall of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: John O. Pearce
  • Patent number: 5065745
    Abstract: A respiratory protection device having a housing with a housing arm on which a filter having an inlet and an outlet is detachably mounted. The housing has a suction opening for ambient air that is generally covered by a portion of the filter. Spaces are formed between the filter and the housing through which ambient air can pass to the suction opening. A radial blower is located in the housing in communication with the suction opening to convey ambient air under pressure through a channel located in the housing arm to the filter. The covering of the suction opening by the filter prevents water drip or spray from passing into the interior of the housing and prevents accidental covering of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Micronel AG
    Inventor: Peter Meier
  • Patent number: 5062419
    Abstract: A horizontally elongated, shallow, hollow nebulizer body has vertically spaced horizontal top and bottom walls. The bottom wall is of much shorter length. The horizontal bottom wall is of relatively short length and terminating at the side opposite of a vertical side wall, in an upwardly oblique bottom wall portion extending to the end of the horizontal top wall remote from said vertical end wall. The nebulizer chamber produced thereby drains in the direction of the short length horizontal bottom wall of the hollow body. A horizontal source gas supply tube extends through the vertical end wall of the nebulizer body, and connects to a vertically upright pipe terminating in a reduced diameter nozzle opening. An inverted cup-like hollow cylindrical nozzle member is mounted concentrically about the vertical pipe, has an internal diameter in excess of the outside diameter of the short vertical pipe to form a liquid aspirating passage leading to a mixing chamber at the upper end of the short vertical pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Inventor: Donald L. Rider
  • Patent number: 5062420
    Abstract: A sealed swivel for a respiratory apparatus includes a first end configured for engagement with either an endotracheal tube or a face mask, a second end with a telescoping formation for insertion into a tubular respiratory connector, and a central portion with a sealing formation defining a swivel track and configured for creating a gas tight seal while permitting relatively free swivelling action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Inventor: Walter Levine
  • Patent number: 5058571
    Abstract: A gyroscope is firmly held against the back side of the human hand to reduce or eliminate the effect of naturally occurring tremors such as essential tremor or other tremor. The gyroscope is driven by an electric motor energized by batteries. The batteries are mounted near the periphery of the gyroscope to enhance the gyroscopic action. In a modified form of the invention the motor is not mounted on the back side of the hand but is a separate unit to which the gyroscope can be readily coupled and uncoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventor: William D. Hall
  • Patent number: 5054474
    Abstract: A water massage apparatus is provided for use in a spa which is provided with at least one inlet port through which is flowed an aerated jet of water under pressure. The conventionally provided casing or annular locking ring used to couple a conventional water jet device, is replaced with a hollow bushing which couples an aspirating adapter to a recessed receptacle in the interior wall of the spa. The adapter is connected to a head by a flexible plastic hose, the head being provided with apertures through which aerated water is flowed. The head is provided with a pendant finger which provides a valve means for selectively placing the apertures in the head in open flow communication with the jet of water exiting the receptacle in the spa's wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventors: Greg Jacob, Joseph Outhyse
  • Patent number: 5052377
    Abstract: An apparatus for massaging parts of the body by sequential cyclic pressure for assuring a lymphatic drainage, the apparatus comprising means for cyclic distribution of an inflating fluid through a conduit (2) and means for cyclic distribution of a control fluid through a conduit (3) to a treatment accessory comprising a plurality of juxtaposed inflatable cells, such as a massaging boot (1), the inflating conduit (2) being connected to each cell in the treatment accessory through distributors (4) receiving the control fluid, each distributor comprises a movable obturating member such as a membrane arranged in such a manner as to permit the passage of the inflating fluid in a downstream direction when the local inflating pressure reaches a value which is a function of the pressure of the control fluid, the cells of the accessory being inflated in series, one after another, and then deflated, in a cyclic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventor: Jean Frajdenrajch
  • Patent number: 5048519
    Abstract: This invention relates to a mouthpiece for diving which can be attached to a regulator in scuba diving. The mouthpiece comprises a tubular air guide including first and second end portions and a pair of resilient supporting arms elastically provided contiguously of the left and right sides of the air guide second end portion. Stopper portions are provided on the resilient supporting arm portions and include side portions formed between these stopper portions and left and right outside walls of the air guide second end portion. The left and right side portions are movable so that they are opened when a person having small teeth marks bites the mouthpiece and are closed when a person having large teeth marks bites the mouthpiece. The stopper portion comes into pressure-contact with the outside wall of the inclined air guide portion, thus supporting the air guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kasama, Yoshiaki Masubuchi
  • Patent number: 5042477
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical tube holder for use in securing endotracheal and similar tubes inserted in a patient's body cavity. The tube holder has an elongated tube made of elastomeric flexible material with hollow interior and a slit formed transversely to a longitudinal axis of the tubing at a middle portion of the tubing. A securing strap is threaded through the tubing with middle portion of a strap extending through the slit to form a loop through which the medical tube is inserted. The parts of the flexible fabric securing strap are brought around a body of the patient and tied together, thus retaining the medical tube in relation to the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Inventor: Raymond Lewis
  • Patent number: 5042468
    Abstract: A breathing device for tracheotomy patients, comprising a holder (12) detachably connected to the outer end of a tracheal cannula (11) or to a stoma in the patient's throat, the holder holding detachably a regenerative heat-moisture exchanger (14). The holder (12) is an air-proof receptacle having a first opening (12a) communicating with the outer end (11b) of the tracheal cannula (11) or with the stoma in the throat and a second opening (12b) situated opposite the first opening. The heat-moisture exchanger (14), which is provided with a filter body (16), sealingly engages with the edges of the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Gibeck Respiration AB
    Inventor: Hans Lambert
  • Patent number: 5040527
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a measured amount of a spray-entrapped product, typically dispensed by a metered dose inhaler device, includes an elongated passageway having a mouthpiece portion and a main chamber portion. The metered dose inhaler is mounted between the mouthpiece and main chamber portions such that upon operation its spray is directed away from the mouthpiece. A two-position valve is provided to allow a first, low-level flow to be developed through the unit, followed by a higher flow rate as the metered dose inhaler unit is operated. This increased flow, passing through the device in the direction opposite to that of the MDI spray, contacts the spray plume to cause a high level of mixing and a decrease in spray particle size which results in an efficient draw of the spray medication into the lungs of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Healthscan Products Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Larson, Thomas J. Danowki
  • Patent number: 5038777
    Abstract: An endotracheal device includes an outer inflatable cuff and an inner furled cuff for use in emergency conditions. The secondary or furled cuff is formed from a resilient, stretchable polymeric material which allows the cuff to be quickly inflated during use and after use, upon release of the air pressure within, quickly reverts to its tightly wrapped position around the endotracheal tube whereby the endotracheal device can be easily and conveniently removed from the patient. Fluid conduits are provided to inflate both the primary and secondary cuffs independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventor: Margarette T. Dunn