Patents Examined by Melissa A Snyder
  • Patent number: 10441726
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shield (10) for the distal extremity of an administration device (3) comprising a hub (2) on which said shield (10) is to be removably engaged, said shield (10) having a wall (13) the internal face (14) of which defining an interior cavity (15) for receiving the extremity of the administration device (3), at least a portion (14a) of said internal face (14) being intended to be in contact with said hub (2) when said shield (10) is engaged on the extremity of said administration device (3), whereby said portion (14a) has, distributed over a major portion of said portion (14a), a surface feature (16, 17) that defines the amount of contact between said portion (14a) and said hub (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Thibault, Julien Bernard
  • Patent number: 10441712
    Abstract: A device (2) for continuous infusions has a housing (4) in which an infusion appliance seat (6) is provided for receiving an infusion appliance (18) with at least one container (22) that can be pressed empty by means of a ram (20), which infusion appliance seat (6) extends along a main axis of extent (AA) from a ram-side end (26) to an outlet-side end (28). The continuous infusion device (2) moreover has an actuator (30) for automatically emptying the infusion appliance (18), a drive (32) for moving a ram abutment/actuation element (24) of the actuator (30), and a control arrangement (72) by means of which a speed of advance of the actuator (30) is adjustable. Provision is made here that the main axis of extent (AA) of the infusion appliance seat (6) has a predetermined relief angle (W) in relation to a support plane (E) of the housing (4), and here the outlet-side end (28) is arranged above the ram-side end (26) of the infusion appliance seat (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: H & B ELECTRONIC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Morlok, Wilfried Weber
  • Patent number: 10426931
    Abstract: An insertion tool for inserting a catheter into a body of a patient is disclosed. The insertion tool unifies needle insertion, guidewire advancement, and catheter insertion in a single device. In one embodiment, the insertion tool comprises a housing in which at least a portion of the catheter is initially disposed, a hollow needle distally extending from the housing with at least a portion of the catheter pre-disposed over the needle, and a guidewire pre-disposed within the needle. A guidewire advancement assembly is also included for selectively advancing the guidewire distally past a distal end of the needle in preparation for distal advancement of the catheter. In one embodiment a catheter advancement assembly is also included for selectively advancing the catheter into the patient. Each advancement assembly can include a slide or other actuator that enables a user to selectively advance the desired component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Blanchard, John W. Hall, Jason R. Stats, Mark A. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10420601
    Abstract: Limiting joint temperature. At least some of the example embodiments are systems including an electrosurgical probe and a high frequency power supply. The electrosurgical probe may include: a shaft with a distal end, a proximal end, and lumen defined within the shaft; an active electrode disposed near the distal end; a return electrode disposed on the shaft; and a temperature sensor disposed on the shaft spaced away from the active electrode and the return electrode, the temperature sensor is electrically insulated from the electrically conductive fluid. The high frequency power supply may be coupled to the active electrode, and configured to provide an electrical energy output between the active electrode and the return electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: Duane W. Marion, Katherine Knudsen, Robert DeCou
  • Patent number: 10413671
    Abstract: An apparatus for injectate delivery includes a cartridge, a linear actuator, a rotary motor mechanically coupled the actuator, and a controller coupled to the motor. The controller controls a linear motion of the actuator by controlling an electrical input supplied to the motor in a first interval during which the motor is stationary with the linear actuator engaged with the cartridge to displace an injectate in the cartridge, a second interval following the first interval during which the controller accelerates the motor from stationary to a first speed selected to create a jet of the injectate from the cartridge with a velocity sufficient to pierce human tissue to a subcutaneous depth, a third interval during which the controller maintains the motor at or above the first speed, and a fourth interval during which the controller decelerates the motor to a second speed to deliver the injectate at the subcutaneous depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Portal Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Dyer, Carl Tappan, Eric VanWyk
  • Patent number: 10413669
    Abstract: A disposable injector comprising a housing, a spring-loaded piston-actuating plunger arranged in the housing and able to be released by a trigger unit. A cylinder-piston unit comprising a cylinder and a piston that is positioned at a distance from the piston-actuating plunger. A closed layer made on an elastically-deformable material surrounds the piston-actuating plunger in at least some sections and projects beyond same in the trigger direction, resulting in a disposable injector that will not alarm a patient during use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Thorsten Sichtermann, Uwe Wortmann
  • Patent number: 10398877
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and systems for introducing a catheter into a blood vessel. A catheter set comprising a pre-loaded stylet in a catheter is connectable to a guidewire. The guidewire may be introduced into the patient through a hollow needle. The stylet can then be connected to the guidewire, and the catheter advanced over the stylet and the guidewire into the access site and into position in the blood vessel of the patient. The invention reduces the time and placement steps required to position a catheter in a vessel and lowers the associated procedural costs. The invention reduces the frequency and severity of complications generally associated with introducing a catheter, thereby improving patient outcomes and lowering healthcare costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Jeff Vitullo, Bill Vojtasek
  • Patent number: 10369290
    Abstract: The present invention provides a next-generation pre-filled syringe having a reduced number of components and requiring reduced costs and including a safety mechanism for preventing needlestick injuries. In the syringe of the present invention, elastic engagement members 11 of the cover 6 engage the injection needle 5 so as to prevent the injection needle 5 from being withdrawn from the elastic engagement members 11 of the cover in a retracted state toward the base end, and the elastic engagement members and injection needle are disengaged from each other as the elastic engagement members 11 are diametrically expanded/deformed. Further, the plunger 4 includes an integrated deformation-prevention part 41 covering the outer peripheries of the plurality of elastic engagement members 11 so as to prevent the elastic engagement members 11 and the injection needle 5 from being disengaged from each other as the elastic engagement members 11 are diametrically expanded/deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Taisei Kako Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ogawa, Yuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10357267
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for anesthetizing various portions of a patient's nasal sinuses. For example, a kit can be provided that includes a first agent configured to modulate a rate of absorption of a subsequently-applied topical agent by one or more nasal structures. The kit also includes a first applicator configured to apply the first agent to a first portion of the one or more nasal structures. The kit also includes a second agent configured to anesthetize the first portion of the one or more nasal structures subsequent to application of the first agent and a second applicator configured to apply the second agent to the second portion of the one or more nasal structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ENT Solutions Group LLC
    Inventors: James H. Atkins, Jr., Lori Rollwitz, Raymond L. Weiss
  • Patent number: 10350362
    Abstract: An automatic medication injection device (20) including injecting progress indicators (82-85) visible along a periphery of the device housing (23). The injecting progress indicators include a flag element (100) which is movable as a drive mechanism (60) of the device advances a sealing plunger (58) within a container of medication (50). The injecting progress indicators are configured to indicate sequentially during a single injection as the flag element moves to cooperatively complete different injecting progress indicators at different times during the single injection, whereby injecting progress of the injection may be monitored by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Dennis, Jr., Jessica Diane Modlich
  • Patent number: 10335544
    Abstract: A fluid delivery Y-site is described that is configured to receive and control delivery of two or more fluid flows. Fluid flow is controlled within a chamber by a valve and float. Flow of a primary fluid into the chamber is reduced or halted by the movement of a valve. The valve may occlude a first flow port into the chamber in response fluid flowing from a second flow port into the chamber. A float is moveably disposed within the chamber and configured to engage the valve in response a fluid flow into the chamber from the second flow port. As fluid flow from the second flow port into the chamber is reduced or ceases, the valve and float allow the flow from the primary flow port to once again enter the chamber and exit from an outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: George Mansour
  • Patent number: 10335552
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piercing means protective device for a syringe having a syringe body and a piercing means arranged at the distal end of the syringe body, comprising a dimensionally stable sleeve element, which extends along an axial direction and at least partially encloses an inner element extending along an axial direction, wherein the inner element consists of a resilient material and at least partially encloses the piercing means. The piercing means protective device is characterized in that a connection element connected to the sleeve element has at least one projection extending in an axial direction, which projection is received at least in portions in a recess of the inner element, so that a connection with a force fit and/or an interlocking fit exists between the sleeve element and the inner element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Gerresheimer Regensburg GMBH
    Inventor: Jörg Grosser
  • Patent number: 10327997
    Abstract: A connector for coupling to a base of an indwelling device equipped with a circular hub having a radius, a top surface, a side surface, and a circumferential recess defined in the side surface. The connector has a resilient assembly including a plurality of release buttons extending from the resilient assembly and may include a conduit defining a fluid pathway through the connector. Each release button has a finger contact zone and a catch. The catch is configured to releasably engage the circumferential recess. The connector is coupled by positioning the connector on the circular hub and depressing the connector until the catches engage the circumferential recess such that the connector is configured to rotate completely about the circular hub. The connector is decoupled from the hub by pressing the release buttons to reversibly displace the respective catches radially to disengage from the circumferential recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan C. Griffith, Donald J. McMichael, John A. Rotella, Scott M. Teixeira
  • Patent number: 10328203
    Abstract: A system for use with a drug delivery device includes a sensor unit and a deactivation unit operatively coupled to an output of the sensor unit and to a drug-retaining region of the drug delivery device, wherein the drug-retaining region contains a drug. The sensor unit is configured to detect a characteristic of a local environment and generate an output corresponding to a value of the detected characteristic. The deactivation unit is configured to render the drug ineffective when the output of the sensor unit satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Scott Albert Uhland, Eric Peeters, Bryan Thomas Preas, Joerg Martini
  • Patent number: 10300265
    Abstract: A needleless connector includes a body having a fluid path, a vent path, and a male fitting. The needleless connector also includes a valve disposed within the male fitting. The valve is configured to move between a first configuration, in which the fluid path is blocked, and a second configuration, in which the fluid path is open. The needleless connector further includes a seal disposed around the valve. The seal is configured to separate the fluid path from the vent path in the first and second configurations. Moving the valve from the first configuration to the second configuration also opens the vent path. The seal maintains the separation between the fluid path and the vent path when the valve moves from the first configuration to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventors: George Michel Mansour, Tyler Devin Panian
  • Patent number: 10286187
    Abstract: Provided is a catheter, which can protect a medical personnel and a patient from a needle stick injury when it is disposed of after use. In an example embodiment, the catheter includes a needle, a plug having a front end coupled to the needle, a first case formed to enclose the needle, a socket coupled to a front end of the first case, a gear vertically coupling the first case and the socket to each other and having a tooth formed on an outer periphery of one side and a needle groove formed therein to allow the needle to pass therethrough, a catheter hub fastened by the tooth of the gear, and a tube coupled to the front end of the catheter hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIFIRST CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keun Shik Kim
  • Patent number: 10265215
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide a therapeutic fluid to devices implanted in the body, for example to containers of devices implanted in the eye of a patient. The methods and apparatus may comprise an injector to increase an amount of therapeutic agent injected into the device implanted in the eye, or a structure to receive the therapeutic fluid within the device implanted in the eye, or combinations thereof. The device implanted in the eye may comprise a reservoir chamber having a fluid with a density different than the therapeutic fluid, and the apparatus can be adapted to at least partially separate the implanted device fluid from therapeutic fluid within the reservoir chamber to increase and amount of therapeutic fluid placed in the reservoir chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ForSight Vision4, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene de Juan, Jr., Yair Alster, Kathleen Cogan Farinas, K. Angela Macfarlane, Cary J. Reich, Randolph E. Campbell, Darren Doud, Signe Erickson, Mike Barrett, David Batten, Christina Skieller, Greg Stine
  • Patent number: 10258501
    Abstract: A sorption-based, adhesive contact apparatus and method for contact cooling a patient via conductive thermal exchange are described. The apparatus includes a pad, having a fluid containing layer and adhesive contact surface, and a sorption-based device, fluidly interconnectable to the fluid containing layer, for vaporizing fluid contained in the fluid containing layer and for sorping the vaporized fluid. The fluid vaporization and the vapor sorption cools the adhesive contact surface of the pad. A port control member may selectively establish fluid interconnection between the fluid containing layer and sorption-based device. An internal pressure of the sorption-based device may be established lower than an internal pressure of the fluid-containing layer prior to fluid interconnection therebetween. A fluid retention member and path defining members may be included to facilitate vaporization, vapor diffusion and vapor sorption, thereby enhancing uniform cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Medivance Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary A. Carson
  • Patent number: 10251734
    Abstract: The saliva management system is a device that can be worn at night while sleeping to help alleviate dry mouth syndrome. The device utilizes a wind-up timer to periodically release a burst of water mist directly into the mouth, under the tongue. The water comes from a reservoir located within the housing of the saliva management system. The device comprises teeth clips and a strap to hold it in place. A built-in, finger-operated pump pressurizes the water to force it out of the reservoir via misting nozzles. A valve release is included to allow easier draining and cleaning of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Douglas McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10245387
    Abstract: A multi-dose medicament delivery device is presented having a housing, a medicament container assembly, a dose drum, a plunger rod, and an activation assembly. The dose drum is supported in the housing via a threaded connection, wherein the dose drum is axially movable with respect to the housing in a backward direction from an initial position to at least one dosing position when rotated in a first direction in order to set a dose to be delivered, and axially movable with respect to the housing in a forward direction from said dosing position to the initial position when rotated in a second, opposite direction in order to deliver the dose set. The plunger rod is operationally associated with the stopper and supported in the housing via a threaded connection, wherein the threaded connection is configured to axially guide the plunger rod toward the device front end when the plunger rod is rotated in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Slobodan Stefanov, Thad Miley