Patents Examined by Manuel Mendez
  • Patent number: 10314972
    Abstract: A drip chamber for an infusion tube, including: a first end including a drip tube; a second end including an exit port; and a wall connecting the first and second ends and including an interior surface with a hydrophobic portion. The drip chamber includes a space enclosed by the interior wall and the first and second ends. The hydrophobic portion of the interior surface repels liquid contacting the hydrophobic coating. The hydrophobic portion of the interior surface enables light to refract through the hydrophobic portion and the wall in the same manner as is the case when the hydrophobic portion is not present on the interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: James F. Munro, Tuan Bui
  • Patent number: 10314609
    Abstract: A thrombectomy catheter includes a catheter body having a catheter lumen. An outflow orifice is positioned along a catheter perimeter. A fluid jet emanator communicates with a high pressure tube. The fluid jet emanator includes at least one jet orifice for directing a fluid jet from the fluid jet emanator through the catheter lumen toward the outflow orifice. The fluid jet emanator provides a jet stream from the catheter body through the outflow orifice. The jet stream includes first and second stream portions. An entrainment fluid flow circuit includes at least the first stream portion, and the entrainment fluid flow circuit entrains particulate and macerates the particulate therein. An exhaust fluid flow path includes the second stream portion, and the exhaust fluid flow path draws entrained particulate from the entrainment fluid flow circuit at a location exterior to the catheter body and directs it toward the catheter proximal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Michael J. Bonnette, Eric J. Thor, Michael Schrom, Debra M. Kozak
  • Patent number: 10314970
    Abstract: A digital biomedical device includes a substrate forming a reservoir, a membrane comprising a first layer and a second layer having a strain therebetween, the membrane sealing the reservoir, and a controller configured to activate the membrane and release at least a portion of the strain causing the membrane curl and open the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bing Dang, John U. Knickerbocker, Joana S. B. T. Maria, Bucknell C. Webb, Steven L. Wright
  • Patent number: 10300208
    Abstract: A medicament delivery device is presented having a housing with a distal and a proximal end, the housing being adapted to receive a medicament container with a delivery member or with a connectable delivery member for delivery of a medicament. The device also has a drive mechanism arranged to act on a plunger rod, which plunger rod in turn is arranged to act on the medicament container for providing automatic delivery of the medicament and a hold-release mechanism interactively connected to the drive mechanism for releasing the drive mechanism from a biased position. A delayable signal generating mechanism generates an audible and/or tactile and/or visual signal indicating that the medicament has been completely delivered, which delayable signal generating mechanism is operably connected between said pre-tensioned drive mechanism and said plunger rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Stefan Gylleby, Daniel Sall
  • Patent number: 10286152
    Abstract: A syringe system and components thereof are disclosed. The system may include a syringe body having a hollow lumen, a proximal open end, and a distal end. The syringe body may be configured to house a fluid therein. The syringe system may further include a plunger positioned in the hollow lumen of the syringe body, forming a seal with an inner wall of the syringe body. The plunger may include a removable piston having a shaft extending from the distal end towards the proximal open end, a stopper removably connected to a distal portion of the shaft, and at least one coupler attached to the distal portion of the shaft. The stopper may be configured to slidably move within the hollow lumen to facilitate movement of the fluid within the syringe body. The coupler may be configured to facilitate removal and attachment of the stopper from the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, Edward J. Rhinehart, Mark Trocki, Barry L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10286169
    Abstract: A method of controlling a ventilator to provide spontaneous breathing support includes determining a target CO2 value, determining a support pressure, detecting a patient-generated spontaneous breath, and delivering ventilation gas to the patient based on the support pressure. A patient CO2 is then measured, along with measuring at least one of a patient breath rate and a breath volume. The patient CO2 is compared to the target CO2 value. The patient's respiratory drive is determined based on at least one of the patient breath rate and the breath volume. If elevated respiratory drive is detected, then the support pressure is adjusted accordingly. If elevated respiratory drive is not detected, then the target CO2 value is adjusted based on the measured patient CO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Erkki Paavo Heinonen, Marc Wysocki
  • Patent number: 10286191
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a device and a method for treating at least one of hypertension, pulmonary arteries, diabetes, obesity, heart failure, end-stage renal disease, digestive disease, urological disease, cancers, tumors, pain, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by delivering an effective amount of a formulation to a tissue, In embodiments of the present invention, the formulation may include at least one of a gas, a vapor, a liquid, a solution, an emulsion, or a suspensions of one or more ingredients. In embodiments of the present invention, amounts of the formulation and/or energy are effective to injure or damage tissue, nerves, and nerve endings in order to relieve disease symptoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Neurotronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Lixiao Wang, John J. Chen, Yongxing Zhang
  • Patent number: 10286153
    Abstract: A syringe assembly including a plunger rod having a first end, a second end, and a rod portion extending therebetween, wherein at least a portion of the rod portion is flexible is disclosed. The flexible portion of the rod portion allows a stopper to be moved between a first position and a second position within a syringe barrel while the overall length of the syringe assembly remains the same throughout the movement between the first position and the second position. In another embodiment, a syringe assembly including a restraining member adapted to communicate with the flexible portion of the rod portion such that movement of the first end of the plunger rod in a first direction actuates movement of the second end of the plunger rod in a second direction different than the first direction is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Darrin Scott Manke, Christopher Labak, Joseph Omer St. Cyr, David Robert Schiff, Mathieu Dominic Turpault, Antonio Gatta, John Depler Coleman
  • Patent number: 10279110
    Abstract: An infusion system for infusing a liquid into a body includes an external infusion device and a remote commander. The external infusion device includes a housing, a receiver, a processor and an indication device. The receiver is coupled to the housing and for receiving remotely generated commands. The processor is coupled to the housing and the receiver to receive remotely generated commands and to control the external infusion device in accordance with the commands. The indication device indicates when a command has been received and indicates when the command is being utilized to control the external infusion device so that the external infusion device is capable of being concealed from view when being remotely commanded. The remote commander includes a commander housing, a keypad for transmitting commands, and a transmitter for transmitting commands to the receiver of the external infusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred E. Mann, James D. Causey, III, Alan Haubach, Luis J. Malave, John Livingston, Cliff Hague, Chad Srisathapat, Jay Yonemoto, Deborah Ruppert, Dennis P. Bishop, Adrian Gut, Bob Murtfeldt
  • Patent number: 10279128
    Abstract: Systems for managing pressure in a fluid reservoir chamber of a fluid infusion device are provided. For example, a fluid infusion device comprises a housing having a reservoir chamber that receives a fluid reservoir and a pump chamber. The fluid infusion device also includes a drive system contained within the pump chamber, and the drive system includes a slide that is movable relative to the fluid reservoir. The slide includes a proximal slide end that cooperates with a portion of the fluid reservoir to dispense fluid, and the proximal slide end has a projection. The fluid infusion device includes a pressure management system defined in the projection of the slide. The pressure management system includes at least one bore defined through the projection. The at least one bore is spaced a distance apart from a perimeter of the projection to vent air from the reservoir chamber into the pump chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan M. Alderete, Jr., Andrew E. Weaver, Matthew William Yavorsky, Benjamin A. Grover, Pablo Vazquez
  • Patent number: 10279129
    Abstract: A method and a system are described for administrating an infusion liquid pulse. The system includes a tubing system having an inlet connected to an external reservoir adapted to contain infusion fluids and an outlet connected to a catheter. The tubing system includes a check valve proximate to the inlet and an anti-siphon valve proximate to the outlet. The system further includes an automatic pulse flow generation device. The automatic pulse flow generation device includes an internal reservoir and a bidirectional pump configured to pump infusion fluid from the external reservoir to the internal reservoir and further pump an infusion fluid pulse from the internal reservoir to be infused by a catheter, the infusion liquid pulse has a volume of at least 2 ml and a velocity of at least 5 ml/min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Medical Flow System Ltd.
    Inventor: Ofer Shay
  • Patent number: 10272263
    Abstract: A device for delivery of a radiopharmaceutical and, in some embodiments, delivery of a pharmaceutical agent are described herein. Various other components for delivery systems including tubing management systems, primer caps, diffusion chambers, radiation shields and syringe shields, and other devices and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Raymond C. Hoffman, Barry L. Tucker, David H. Berry, Martin J. Uram, Arthur E. Uber, III, Douglas Descalzi
  • Patent number: 10265475
    Abstract: A cartridge retainer comprises a sleeve having a distal end a proximal end and a longitudinal axis extending between the distal end and the proximal end. One or more tabs extend radially from the sleeve toward the longitudinal axis and are configured to radially deflect away from the longitudinal axis. One or more deformable members extend axially from the distal end of the sleeve toward the one or more tabs and are configured to deform in a longitudinal direction toward the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Antares Pharma, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Newton, Steven Andreas Anderson
  • Patent number: 10252002
    Abstract: An electronic insulin delivery device receives glucose data from a glucose monitor and sets a bolus dose amount. The device may take the form of an insulin pen with automatic priming and accurate dosing provided by a motor in connection with an encoder. The device may communicate with and be controlled by a smart phone device. The smart phone device provides a user interface to receive user data including patient weight, insulin to carbohydrate ratio and exercise factor, and to send instructions to the device, including dose amount. The dose amount is determined taking into account glucose level and trend, and other factors. The delivery device may be in continuous communication with the glucose monitor and smart phone to provide for near real-time adjustments in glucose treatment. Glucose data, insulin injection data, and other relevant data may be stored and accessible to interested parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: M. Ishaq Haider, Noel Harvey, Sundeep Kankanala, Frank Martin, Ronald Pettis
  • Patent number: 10252001
    Abstract: A medical therapy system to deliver a pre-bolus volume of medicant is disclosed. The medical therapy system includes an infusion pump that has a case containing a processor, memory, a drive mechanism, a reservoir, communication hardware and a sensor system. The infusion pump further includes a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to determine GPS coordinates of the infusion pump. The GPS receiver is coupled to the processor that executes stored program instructions to provide notification for confirmation to deliver a pre-bolus volume from the reservoir when the GPS coordinates of the infusion pump are within a specified proximity of GPS coordinates of a saved location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Geismar, Francine R. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10245417
    Abstract: Devices and methods are discussed directed to the use of a low profile laser ablation catheter for use in laser ablation removal of arterial plaque blockages to restore blood flow in the treatment of arteriovenous fistulas. Also discussed are devices and methods directed to packaging, long term storage and sterilization of liquid core ablation catheters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: James B. Laudenslager, Dean S. Irwin
  • Patent number: 10238784
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system of performing an evidence Dialysis modality of Batch, Tidal or a combination of both. The system: isolates cavity volume changes due only to ultrafiltrate; determines the volume of a patient cavity; determines a full cavity; determines an objective time to initiate an exchange; and determines an empty cavity. One or more combination of these features provide for evidence base Fill, Dwell, and Drain sequences. The system comprises: a cassette having a heated region and a sensor region for measurements. A valve manifold supplies a patient connection with fluid. A microprocessor receives pressure measurements, controls the heated region and activates a volumetric pump to deliver or extract discrete increments of the fluid to the cassette from bags. Filtering pressure measurements to remove rapid fluctuations determines an accumulated pressure in the patient cavity. The volume of fluid in the patient cavity correlates to the accumulated pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Newsol Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Orson Bourne
  • Patent number: 10238850
    Abstract: An access port for subcutaneous implantation is disclosed. Such an access port may comprise a body for capturing a septum for repeatedly inserting a needle therethrough into a cavity defined within the body. Further, the access port may include at least one feature structured and configured for identification of the access port subsequent to subcutaneous implantation. Methods of identifying a subcutaneously implanted access port are also disclosed. For example, a subcutaneously implanted access port may be provided and at least one feature of the subcutaneously implanted access port may be perceived. Further, the subcutaneously implanted access port may be identified in response to perceiving the at least one feature. In one embodiment, an identification feature is included on an insert that is incorporated into the access port so as to be visible after implantation via x-ray imaging technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Ketan K. Maniar, Sean M. Worthen, Kelly B. Powers
  • Patent number: 10238577
    Abstract: Devices for delivery of fluid compositions include a delivery device including an internally pierced blister in which the device includes a plunger configured to crush the blister and deliver the contents in a lateral direction with respect to the motion of a dispensing button. Certain devices are configured for oral delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jeff Gjertsen, Timothy Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10232159
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for use in skin improvement or repair, including promoting hair growth, comprising the use of microneedles for the transplantation of cells and a method employing the use of same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: James Birchall, Sion Coulman, Dev Shah, Benedetta Gualeni