Patents Examined by Shefali Patel
  • Patent number: 9126011
    Abstract: A catheter for providing a blood flow includes a wall defining at least one lumen extending between a distal end and a proximal end. A distal end portion of the catheter is deformable to selectively open and close one or more ports in the wall to allow the blood flow into or out of the at least one lumen of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Ash, Kenneth E. Brown, Roland K. Winger
  • Patent number: 9078965
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include systems and methods for administering a drug over a time period. One embodiment of a system includes an administration unit, a housing that houses the administration unit, and a controller unit adapted to receive an alarm triggering signal. Also included in some embodiments is an alarming unit that is adapted to generate an alarm signal on reception of the alarm triggering signal. Some embodiments include a patient state monitor that includes a motion-sensitive sensor unit that is reactive on patient motion. The patient state monitor may be adapted to process a sensor signal generated by the motion-sensitive sensor unit. The patient state monitor may also be adapted to transmit the alarm triggering signal to the controller unit if a patient motion level is below a predefined motion level, as determined by a length of time without patient motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Wim Van der Helm, Axel Remde, Kurt Friedli
  • Patent number: 9078968
    Abstract: A medical fluid control device includes an actuator that is selectively operable to cause a fluid to be delivered from a fluid source to a patient at a basal rate of flow via a first flow path, or cause a bolus dose of the fluid to be delivered from a bolus reservoir to the patient via a second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: B. BRAUN MELSUNGEN AG
    Inventor: Freddie Eng Hwee Lee
  • Patent number: 9044538
    Abstract: A power injector (40) includes a movable ram (74) operable to interface with and move a plunger (90a/b) of a syringe (86a/b). The power injector (40) may be operable to automatically determine a proper home position for a particular type of the syringe (86a/b) to be used in a fluid injection sequence. The power injector (40) may also include a ram homing logic (182) operable to automatically move the ram (74) to the home position after the injection sequence. Such automatic homing of the ram (74) may, for example, be initiated by an end of the injection sequence in preparation for another injection sequence, by opening of a faceplate (102a/b), by a user input, or by any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Perkins, Mike W. McLean, Victor L. Potter, Frank M. Fago
  • Patent number: 9028440
    Abstract: An occluder, and methods for occlusion, that employs first and second opposed occluding members associated with each other, a tube contacting member connected to, or comprising at least a portion of, at least one of the first and second occluding members, and a force actuator constructed and positioned to apply a force to at least one of the first and second occluding members. Application of the force by the force actuator may cause the tube contacting member to move between a tube occluding and an open position. A release member may be configured and positioned to enable an operator to manually move the tube contacting member from the tube occluding position to the open position even with no force applied to the at least one of the first and second occluding members by the force actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Simon C. Helmore, James D. Dale, Jesse T. Bodwell, Jason M. Overson
  • Patent number: 9022969
    Abstract: A medical infusion fluid handling system, such as an automated peritoneal dialysis system, may be arranged to de-cap and connect one or more lines (such as solution lines) with one or more spikes or other connection ports on a fluid handling cassette. This feature may reduce a likelihood of contamination since no human interaction is required to de-cap and connect the one or more lines and the one or more spikes. For example, the automated peritoneal dialysis system may include a carriage arranged to receive the one or more lines each having a connector end and a cap. The carriage may move along a first direction so as to move the connector ends of the one or more lines along the first direction, and a cap stripper may be arranged to engage with the caps on the one or more lines on the carriage. The cap stripper may move in a second direction transverse to the first direction, as well as to move with the carriage along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Simon C. Helmore, David W. McGill, David J. Hibbard, James D. Dale, Matthew J. Finch, Jesse T. Bodwell, Jason A. Demers
  • Patent number: 9014775
    Abstract: An apparatus, systems, and methods related to determining an identity and a concentration of an intravenous fluid. The apparatus, the systems, and the methods described herein may provide near real-time monitoring and/or determination of an identity of components of the intravenous fluid. A concentration and the identity of all of the components of the intravenous fluid may be identified simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Bennett, Leonid F. Matsiev
  • Patent number: 8992484
    Abstract: An injection device including a dose setting assembly, and an injection assembly, wherein operating the dose setting assembly to set a dose causes an engagement element to pass a tooth on a toothed rod in a combined translational and rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Bo Radmer, Kristian Glejbøl, Jonas Torry-Smith, Tom Hede Markussen, Lars Morten Bom, Christian Peter Enggaard, Sara Juana Niemann, Martin Ebro
  • Patent number: 8992487
    Abstract: An injection device for dispensing a product, the injection device including a moveable element which is moved for a dispensing operation, a spring, a product container holder and a product container, wherein the spring pushes against the moveable element to move the moveable element to an initial position after the dispensing operation has ended and against the product container to seat the product container in the product container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: TecPharma Licensing, AG
    Inventors: Adrian Eich, Aurèle Horisberger, Patrick Hostettler, Malte Kladiwa, Stefan Meier, Peter Stettler, Jürgen Wittmann
  • Patent number: 8968260
    Abstract: A gasket for use in a syringe so formed as to liquid-tightly and slidably contact an inner surface of an outer cylinder of the syringe, the gasket including a gasket body made of an elastic body and a coating layer formed on a portion thereof which contacts at least the syringe, wherein the coating layer includes a composition containing a silicone resin which comprises a condensate of a reactive silicone resin having a terminal silanol group and which has a siloxane bond derived from the silanol group, and does not contain solid fine particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Aiko Horiuchi, Eiji Watanabe, Shigeru Suzuki, Masami Shimoda
  • Patent number: 8961471
    Abstract: In accordance with at least one exemplary embodiment, a syringe device, a method and a system for delivering a therapeutic amount of ozone are disclosed. A sterility case can enclose a syringe portion and can maintain sterility while the syringe device is interfaced to an ozone generator. A valvably-controlled fluid channel can extend from a barrel of the syringe portion through the case. Conducting elements can be attached to the case and can breach the case. The conductive elements can be connected to electrodes. The electrodes can be attached to the syringe portion. The syringe portion can be filled with oxygen gas via the valvably-controlled fluid channel. An electric current can be provided to the conductive elements from the ozone generator resulting in a corona discharge from at least one of the electrodes. The therapeutic amount of ozone can be produced from the oxygen gas and the syringe portion delivered into a sterile field without compromise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Minimus Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Hooper, Thomas Foster, Noel Henson
  • Patent number: 8956333
    Abstract: An ear medication delivery device for delivering a treatment liquid and retaining the treatment liquid within an ear canal of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Alternamedics LLC
    Inventors: Aner Vlodaver, Benhoor Soumekh
  • Patent number: 8951229
    Abstract: A catheter includes a pressure actuated seal within a manifold. A catheter body is coupled with the manifold, and a manifold lumen and a catheter lumen are configured to receive pressurized fluids. The pressure actuated seal includes a pressure actuated seal element having a seal element lumen. The seal element lumen is in communication with the manifold and catheter lumens. The pressure actuated seal element is deformable between an open configuration and a sealed configuration. In the sealed configuration, the pressurized fluids in the manifold press on the pressure actuated seal element along a first seal face. The pressure actuated seal element compresses inwardly around the seal element lumen according to a pressure of the pressurized fluids. In the open configuration, the pressure actuated seal element relaxes in an absence of the pressurized fluids, and the seal element lumen is open and configured to allow passage of an instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Limited
    Inventors: Michael J. Bonnette, Eric J. Thor, Stephen E. Weisel, Arthur E. Uber, III, Leif E. Leirfallom, Laszlo T. Farago
  • Patent number: 8945087
    Abstract: An access port for the introduction of a needle cannula tip into an IV tube set includes a rigid tubular housing and a resilient member disposed adjacent an inlet of the housing. The resilient member includes an axial perforation extending through the resilient member, and is normally closed by a resilient character of the resilient member. A depression is defined in a proximal face of the resilient member, and includes sidewalls extending between the proximal face and the axial perforation to guide the needle cannula tip toward the axial perforation as a needle cannula associated with the needle cannula tip is introduced into the access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Eugene E. Weilbacher, Gregory A. Steube
  • Patent number: 8945041
    Abstract: Fluid removal systems and methods for removing a fluid from a tissue site are presented. The systems includes a semi-permeable inbound conduit, which is fluidly coupled to a treatment-fluid delivery unit, for placement proximate to the tissue site, and a semi-permeable outbound conduit, which is fluidly coupled to the inbound conduit and to a treatment-fluid collector, for placement proximate to the tissue site of a patient. The treatment-fluid collector receives a treatment fluid and the fluid, which is recruited, from the tissue site. A recruited-fluid determination unit may be coupled to the treatment-fluid collector to determine a volume of the recruited fluid recruited from the patient. The treatment fluid is any fluid (including a gas) that pulls the recruited fluid from an interstitial and intracellular space. A reduced-pressure treatment subsystem may also be included, among other things, for removing ascites and other fluids from a body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: George Hutchinson, Richard Paul Mormino
  • Patent number: 8939959
    Abstract: A simple method and device enabling a unit dose from a reservoir is provided. The dose is drawn into the reservoir and is then expelled from the device by depressing a plunger. The plunger has features which divide the dose into discrete intervals. As the plunger is moved during delivery, the features on the plunger and features connected to a barrel interact to provide for intermittent stops to the delivery. Other aspects of the device provide for reduced dead space, safety and selective interconnection with other devices. Thus, the device divides the dose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Bruno Baney, Colin May, Patrick Dupuis, Frederic Perot
  • Patent number: 8932275
    Abstract: A surgical seal assembly, includes a seal housing defining a longitudinal housing axis and having a longitudinal opening therethrough, a seal having an inner seal portion defining a passage and being adapted to form a substantial seal about a surgical instrument disposed within the passage and a guide mounted to the seal housing. The guide has an inner guide portion proximal of the inner seal portion of the seal and spaced therefrom. The inner guide portion defines a channel adapted to generally direct the surgical instrument toward the inner seal portion of the seal upon entry of the surgical instrument within the longitudinal opening of the seal housing. The inner guide portion is relatively compliant to accommodate initial offset or angled entry of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Robert C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8926549
    Abstract: A handle for a medical instrument having a handle housing that can be closed by a cover and having at least one drainage or irrigation hose in the handle housing that can be connected to a hose connection support. To create a handle that is of a simple construction and ensures a reliable fluid-proof insulated connection of the at least one hose and the hose connection support while protecting a material of the at least one hose, it is proposed that each drainage or irrigation hose should be connectable by an adaptor to the hose connection support and that the adaptor upon closing the handle housing can be pressed against the hose connection support by a stop positioned on the cover or on a base portion of the handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Blocher, Dominik Volkmer, Uwe Bacher
  • Patent number: 8900198
    Abstract: A device comprising a body, a sleeve mobile in relation to the body, and a lock enabling locking of the sleeve in a protective position; the sleeve can be moved between a non-protective position, in which an injection member is exposed, and the protective position; the lock comprising at least one flexible proximal leg. According to the invention, the at least one leg comprises at least one bearing surface and the device comprises at least one corresponding bearing surface, these respective bearing surfaces being able to bear against each other when a stress is exerted on the sleeve in a direction tending to return the sleeve toward the non-protective position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventors: Romain Lanier, Gregory Peruzzo
  • Patent number: 8894605
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an ophthalmosurgical system that includes a first irrigation fluid source. The system also includes a first irrigation fluid line connected to the first irrigation fluid source at a first end and open at a second end. The system further includes an aspiration fluid line, by which a fluid can be removed from an ocular lens. In addition, the system includes a suction pump, to which the aspiration fluid line is connected, and a second irrigation fluid source, to which a second irrigation fluid line is connected. The second irrigation fluid line is connected to the first irrigation fluid line at a coupling site. The system also includes a first valve, which is disposed between the first end of the first irrigation fluid line and the coupling site, and a second valve, which is disposed between the second irrigation fluid source and the coupling site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventor: Michael Eichler