Patents Examined by Rachel T. Smith
  • Patent number: 11452821
    Abstract: A device for removing a protective shield such as a needle shield is disclosed. The device includes a cup shaped body with a sidewall, a distal bottom wall and a proximal opening. The protective shield is insertable into the cup shaped body through its proximal opening. Fingers are disposed opposite each other in openings in the sidewall. The fingers are flexibly coupled with the sidewall at a proximal end of the finger and can be resiliently biased inwardly to engage the protective shield. Each finger includes at least one projection for engaging the protective shield. The fingers may also include a distal engagement surface for engaging a lip on the protective shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: Mark Lafever, Andrew Thomas Snow
  • Patent number: 11446110
    Abstract: Tissue access devices and methods of using the same are disclosed. The devices can have a sensor configured to occlude a flow path by deflecting a membrane into the flow path when the devices become dislodged from tissue. The sensor can be configured to partially or fully occlude the flow path. The sensor can have a spring. The spring can be biased to move the sensor from a sensor first configuration to a sensor second configuration when a force applied by the sensor first surface against a non-sensor surface changes from a first force to a second force less than the first force. The membrane can be deflected into the flow path when the sensor is in the sensor second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Hemotek Medical Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Rousche, Peter Tek, Charles Ventura, Richard A. Scribner, Andrew Black, Andrew Leopold, Mark Carlson, Todd Macy, Daniel Lane, Adam Hensel, Edward Browka
  • Patent number: 11445954
    Abstract: A venous access device includes a hub and a bifurcated cannula. The hub includes a bifurcated connecting arm, a blood sampling arm connected to the bifurcated connecting arm, a fluid transfer arm connected to the bifurcated connecting arm, a blood sampling channel and a fluid transfer channel. The blood sampling channel passes through the blood sampling arm and the bifurcated connecting arm. The fluid transfer channel passes through the fluid transfer arm and the bifurcated connecting arm. The bifurcated cannula is coupled to the bifurcated connecting arm and includes a blood sampling lumen having a blood sampling port, a fluid transfer lumen having a fluid transfer port, and a dividing member separating the blood sampling lumen from the fluid transfer lumen. The blood sampling port is 2 mm to 20 mm proximal from the fluid transfer port. The blood sampling channel is fluidly connected to the blood sampling lumen, and the fluid transfer channel is fluidly connected to the fluid transfer lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Site Saver, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer A. Jones, David R. DePoyster, David L. Nichols, Christopher M. Richardson, Kelli L. Shada
  • Patent number: 11446434
    Abstract: An inserter assembly comprising a first unit including a skin contacting face which surrounds an opening and a second unit housed within the first unit. The second unit comprises an infusion set base disposed within the opening and having a bottom face which is substantially level with the skin contacting face and covered at least partially with adhesive and further comprising a spring biased insertion assembly. The second unit further comprising a cannula sub assembly carried by an insertion sharp of the insertion assembly. The spring biased insertion assembly and a cannula of the cannula sub assembly are driven into skin and the cannula sub assembly is coupled into the infusion set base by an insertion spring which is released from an energy storing state after the skin has been tugged upward beyond a certain distance by the adhesive as the inserter assembly is withdrawn from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Richard J. Lanigan, Joshua I. Ferris
  • Patent number: 11426531
    Abstract: A cap remover for removing a cap covering a needle of a medical injector includes a body having an insertion portion at its proximal end configured to at least partially accommodate the cap, and a grabbing portion at its distal end having an internal cavity which includes an extraction member having a series of laminas extending radially and inwardly from a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventors: Guillaume Grunhut, Lionel Maritan, Julien Singer
  • Patent number: 11426519
    Abstract: An autoinjector includes: an insertion spring between a housing and plunger assembly; a syringe driver; a second release mechanism releasing the plunger assembly from the housing, causing the insertion spring to move the plunger assembly through the housing with a syringe driver; a stop limiting movement of the syringe driver in the housing; and a third release mechanism releasing the plunger assembly from the syringe driver upon engagement with the stop, allowing the plunger assembly to continue through the housing. The first release mechanism releases the plunger from the delivery spring housing upon contact between the plunger assembly and a bung, causing the delivery spring to separate the delivery spring housing and the plunger, applying a delivery force to a bung. A latch mechanism latches the delivery spring housing at a forward position, preventing rearward movement of the delivery spring housing following release of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Owen Mumford Limited
    Inventors: Tahir Shabudin, Matthew John Dobson
  • Patent number: 11413430
    Abstract: A device for accommodating and magnetizing a tissue-penetrating medical device of various lengths, with or without a cover covering a portion or the entirety of the tissue-penetrating medical device, is disclosed including a sleeve member having an open proximal end, a distal end, an inner surface, an outer surface having a graduated injection depth gauge to indicate needle penetration depth when the cover is placed into a magnetizer, and a hollow body extending between the proximal end and the distal end to form a protective closure over a shaft of a tissue-penetrating medical device. A device having one or more magnetizing elements sectioned into a plurality of movable segments pivoting around an axis to accommodate needles with different lengths is also disclosed. Also disclosed is a device having one or more magnetizing means mounted on a movable element to magnetize needles of various lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Yiping Ma, S. Ray Isaacson, Jonathan Karl Burkholz, Brian Jensen, Daniel Robinaugh, Derek Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11369754
    Abstract: A syringe assembly includes a syringe body, needle assembly, retaining clip, gasket, needle latch, and needle hub. The syringe body has a syringe interior, longitudinal axis, proximal and distal ends, and needle attachment interface disposed at the distal end thereof. The gasket is configured to be compressed to provide a liquid-tight seal around an outer diameter of the needle assembly and the distal end of the syringe body. The needle latch assembly includes first and second latching tabs configured to retain the needle assembly in a close state and to be plastically deformed to an open state to release the needle assembly, and a gasket backstop configured to provide a flat surface for compression of the gasket, where the first and second latching tabs are spaced apart from the gasket such that neither of the first and second latching tabs contact the gasket during compression of the gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Conor Edward Shanley, Stephen H. Diaz, Alan E. Shluzas, Jeff Tillack
  • Patent number: 11364350
    Abstract: A safety pen needle assembly (12) is disclosed which comprises a hub (30), a needle cannula (20) engaged to the hub (30), the needle cannula (20) having a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a proximal end extending into the hub (30), a sleeve (14) surrounding the hub (30) and needle cannula (20), a shield (16) including a window (18), the shield (16) surrounding the sleeve (14) and movable relative to the sleeve (14) from a first position, to a second position and to a third position to expose and cover the distal end of the needle cannula (20), and a spring (144) urging the shield (16) to move relative to the sleeve (14) from the second position to the third position, wherein the window (18) indicates when the needle cannula (20) is extended in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Embecta Corp.
    Inventors: John Manocchio, Mark Bowen, Kunjal Oza, Louis Vieira
  • Patent number: 11357930
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a tamper-evident structure of syringe that enables a user to recognize at a glance the fact that the syringe is already unsealed. A cap 4 of the syringe 2 includes a cover 5 that covers a distal end of a nozzle 21, a sealing plug 7 that is elastic and seals the distal end of the nozzle 21 in a state of being attached to the inside of the cover 5, and a tamper ring 6 that includes a restraining part that is separably connected to the syringe 2 and the cover 5 that presses the sealing plug 7 against the distal end of the nozzle 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Taisei Kako Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Sonoyama, Shota Masuda
  • Patent number: 11351340
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a catheter, a housing configured to house at least a portion of the catheter, and an actuator movably coupled to the housing. The housing has a first port configured to receive a proximal end portion of the catheter and a second port configured to couple the housing to an indwelling vascular access device. A portion of the actuator is disposed within the housing and is configured to be movably coupled to a portion of the catheter. The actuator is configured to be moved a first distance to move a distal end portion of the catheter a second distance greater than the first distance from a first position to a second position. The distal end portion of the catheter is disposed within the housing when in the first position and is distal to the indwelling vascular access device when in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Velano Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Funk, Kevin J. Ehrenreich
  • Patent number: 11337894
    Abstract: Improved apparatus for use with animal medication in fluid form, which is particularly beneficial for medications having a relatively high viscosity. The disclosed syringe adapter has an opening that is relatively large, as compared to a conventional needle, and thus affixing the disclosed syringe adapter to a syringe improves syringeability of higher-viscosity medications. When the disclosed syringe adapter is affixed to a pistol-grip or tab-handled syringe, the medication withdrawn into the pistol-grip syringe can be more easily administered from the syringe barrel (noting that the syringe adapter will be replaced with a needle prior to injecting the medication).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: James T. Doubet
  • Patent number: 11331439
    Abstract: A needle assembly includes a needle, a rear needle cap and a front needle cap. The needle includes a needle hub and a needle shaft running through and attached to the needle hub. The shaft incorporates two sharp ends and an internal channel running through the entire length of the shaft. The needle hub includes a rear needle body and a front needle body. The rear needle cap is adapted to be attached to the rear needle body and the front needle cap is adapted to be attached to the front needle body. The front needle body incorporates a guiding channel and a locking receptacle connecting to and extending from the guiding channel in a needle detachment direction. The front needle cap includes an internal locking plug adapted to move along the guiding channel and be disposed inside the locking receptacle. The front needle cap also incorporates a funnel lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Fadi Aqel
  • Patent number: 11298470
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods, and apparatus for a medication delivery device. The device includes a dose selector for selecting an amount of medication to deliver; a first capacitive sensor adjacent the dose selector and operative to detect linear displacement of the dose selector during medication delivery; a screw coupled to the dose selector; a second capacitive sensor adjacent the screw and operative to detect linear displacement of the screw during medication delivery; and a processor coupled to the first and second capacitive sensors and operative to determine an amount of medication actually delivered by the medication delivery device. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Nikhil M. Shah, Eugene R. Prais, Nihir Patel, Jennifer L. Gass, Megan M. Burkarski
  • Patent number: 11291801
    Abstract: A patient access site securement system includes a housing with an inlet, an outlet and an internal fluid path between the inlet and the outlet. The housing also has a connecting portion that connects to a catheter and/or a fluid line attached to the catheter. A contact surface is located on an underside of the housing and positions the patient access site securement system on the patient. A first reservoir with an interior holds a liquid and transitions from a first state to a second state. The interior is in fluid communication with the inlet when the reservoir is in the second state to allow the liquid to flow from the inlet, through the internal fluid path and exit the outlet. The liquid interacts with the contact surface and/or the patient to alter a level of securement between the catheter and the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NP Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Chelak, Andrew Galanis, Jonathan Gabel
  • Patent number: 11278667
    Abstract: A medicament delivery device may comprise a medicament chamber configured to hold a medicament, a plunger configured to move relative to the medicament chamber to expel the medicament from the medicament chamber, a pin configured to move from a first pin position wherein the pin prevents movement of the plunger to a second pin position wherein the pin allows movement of the plunger, an actuation assembly configured to move the pin from the first pin position to the second pin position, and a needle coupled to the medicament chamber. The medicament may flow through the needle from the medicament chamber to a user. The actuation assembly may be configured to automatically move the pin after a predetermined time delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZEALAND PHARMA A/S
    Inventors: Christopher Gregory, Geoffrey Jenkins
  • Patent number: 11278318
    Abstract: A pad is provided having a body for providing a gas seal over a surgical site, a port extending between a first surface of the body and a second surface of the body and sized accept a surgical instrument, and a lumen situated along the body and having a first opening and a second opening, the second opening aligned with the surgical site for communicating a fluid flow to the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Saphena Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Orphanos, Michael Glennon, Michael Barenboym
  • Patent number: 11273241
    Abstract: A breast flange has a cup portion shaped to receive a lactating female breast, a funnel portion coupled to the cup portion and shaped to receive areola and nipple regions of the lactating female breast and to be in contact with the areola region, and a neck portion coupled to the funnel portion and configured to be coupled directly to a breast pump fitting. At least the funnel portion is made of a pliable and resilient material, the material having a thickness. The funnel portion has a set of windows, each window defined by a reduction in thickness of the material and configured to deflect in the presence of suction so as to mimic action of a tongue of a nursing baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: LacTeck LLC
    Inventor: Juan Chen
  • Patent number: 11266791
    Abstract: An apparatus for the safe removal and replacement of hypodermic needle caps, interchanging of needles, and storage during tasks is disclosed, including a heavy base with space hollowed out to allow for cap gripping mechanism and tunnel for capped needle removal, wherein the base may be slanted slightly towards the user. The friction or mechanical needle cap gripping mechanism may be comprised of rubber, soft plastic, or the like, with a top to secure the cap gripping mechanism in the base. A ramped cone shaped opening is provided in the top to allow for the cap of a capped needle to pass through and be captured by the cap gripping mechanism, and an extended tunnel shaped opening is provided to allow for the re-capped needle to be removed and needles to be interchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: James Bonomo
  • Patent number: 11260166
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an anti-reflux tube-type enemator that is leakproof, easy-to-clean, and quickly inflates to provide a steady flow of solution. The anti-reflux enemator includes a nozzle comprising a nozzle outlet, a tube fluidly coupled to the nozzle, and an enema bulb fluidly coupled to the tube. The enema bulb is configured to store solution therein and, in response to a squeezing force applied to the enema bulb, direct the solution through the tube and the nozzle, and expel the solution through the nozzle outlet. An anti-reflux coupler is positioned between the enema bulb and the tube through which the solution passes from the enema bulb to the tube. One or more one-way air valves are positioned relative to an aperture of the enema bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Yonggui Zhang, Haibo Hu