Patents Examined by Steven O. Douglas
  • Patent number: 11684540
    Abstract: A device, system and method for increasing air intake by a subject is described. The device includes a vibration motor and a control unit for controlling vibrational motion output by the vibration motor. The methods include positioning the vibration motor on one or more limbs of a subject, and stimulating nerves in the limbs via the generated vibrational motion, whereby the stimulated nerve signals the brain to increase breathing rate or air intake by the subject. Accordingly, embodiments of the device activate nerve fibers that carry kinesthetic cues from the limbs in a pattern that simulates normal limb motion, and thus triggers inherent reflexes that increase ventilation in response to such motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Ronald M. Harper, Mary Ann Woo, Sergey Shaboyan, Paul Macey
  • Patent number: 11679216
    Abstract: A process for operating a ventilator (12) and a ventilator (12) operating according to the process are provided. A pressure target value (pz) is determined during a phase of exhalation (48) as a function of a compliance (C) determined in relation to the lungs (14) of a patient being ventilated by means of the ventilator (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Hans-Ullrich Hansmann, Karsten Hiltawsky
  • Patent number: 11679219
    Abstract: This invention relates to headgear and a patient interface, or components of a headgear or patient interface, such as a nasal cannula. In one embodiment is a size adjustable headstrap to be provided as a headgear or a part thereof, in another is a portion of a headstrap or component for association therewith in which the portion or component facilitates improved location of the strap upon a user's face, in another embodiment is a system for encapsulating or covering a connector from contact with a user's face or facial skin, in another embodiment is a face mount part or body for a patient interface of a particular configuration, and in yet a further embodiment is a gases flow manifold for delivering of gases to a patient interface of a particular configuration for improved patient comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Peter O'Donnell, Samuel Robertson Frame, Martin Paul Friedrich Kramer, Sean Joel Babbage, Peter Geoffrey Hawkins, Milanjot Singh Assi
  • Patent number: 11679224
    Abstract: The gases temperature supplied to a patient when the patient is undergoing treatment such as oxygen therapy or positive pressure treatment for conditions such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is often measured for safety and to enable controlling of the humidity delivered to the patient. The invention disclosed is related to measurement of properties, particularly temperature (thermistor), of gases flowing through a heated tube, supplying gases to a patient, which utilises the heating wire within the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Jon Payton, Kevin Peter O'Donnell, Andrew Baden Clark, Christopher Simon James Quill, Peter Geoffrey Hawkins
  • Patent number: 11679061
    Abstract: A system includes a guidance device that provides feedback to a user to compress a patient's chest at a rate of between about 90 and 110 compressions per minute and at a depth of between about 4.5 centimeters to about 6 centimeters. The system includes a pressure regulation system having a pressure-responsive valve that is configured to be coupled to a patient's airway. The pressure-responsive valve is configured to remain closed during successive chest compressions in order to permit removal at least about 200 ml from the lungs in order to lower intracranial pressure to improve survival with favorable neurological function. The pressure-responsive valve is configured to remain closed until the negative pressure within the patient's airway reaches about ?7 cm H2O, at which time the pressure-responsive valve is configured to open to provide respiratory gases to flow to the lungs through the pressure-responsive valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Keith G. Lurie, Anja Metzger
  • Patent number: 11679223
    Abstract: A ventilator airflow splitter is described herein that includes two to four connectors extending axially through two to four channels starting from a port insert of a single inlet connector and terminating at a port of each of the two to four connectors. The two to four connectors merge into the single inlet connector where the single inlet connector includes an internal cross-splitter individually dividing each of the two to four connectors internally, thereby separating the airflow between each of the two to four connectors such that the air is incapable of moving between connectors. The ventilator airflow splitter also includes gussets where each of the two to four connectors have a gusset individually attached and the gussets merge at the single inlet connector. Each of the two to four connectors are configured to be operatively connected to medical equipmentor a ventilator at the ports and the port insert of the single inlet connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Tristan Charles Kitchin, Palmer Duston Hayward, Daniel Sean Jennings, Chandler James Petrovich Flynn, Annie Yu-Wen Lin, Eric William Goulet
  • Patent number: 11672720
    Abstract: A device for rehabilitating patients especially with peripheral nervous system paralysis. The rehabilitation device comprising a remote control terminal, a base, an arm mounted to a column with adjustable height containing an motor propelling the arm and at least two electrodes of the electromyography (EMG) sensor according to the disclosure is characterized in that the actuator (7) enables the extension (4) to move within the angular range of 360°, while the EMG signal from the sensor connected to the muscle or muscles of the patient is transmitted to the network of the motor controlling module (2) and then further by radio or cable connection to a remote control terminal (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: EGZOTECH SPOLKA Z O.O.
    Inventor: Michal Mikulski
  • Patent number: 11672939
    Abstract: A supplemental oxygen delivery system is described in which Aerosol is delivered into a housing 10, 20, which sits in the circuit from the supplemental oxygen supply and optional humidifier. The supplemental oxygen passes through this chamber 10, 20 in which the aerosol is located, and collects the aerosol transporting it to a patient via a nasal cannula 3 or a face mask 4. An aerosol generator 9 is mounted to the housing 10, 20 and delivers aerosol into an oxygen stream 13 flowing between an inlet 14 and an outlet 15 of the housing 10. The housing 10 also has a removable plug 16 in the base 17 thereof for draining any liquid that accumulates in the housing 10. There is no disruption of oxygen delivery to patients using nasal cannulas who currently have to use a separate face-mask when receiving nebulized medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Stamford Devices Limited
    Inventors: John Sylvester Power, James B. Fink, Conor Paul Duffy, Trevor Stephen Fahy
  • Patent number: 11666715
    Abstract: Breathing assistance apparatus includes a gases supply unit adapted to, in use, deliver a stream of pressurised gases from an outlet. The gases supply unit is adapted to vary the pressure of the stream of pressurised gases. A supply path includes a flexible self-supporting gases transportation pathway having a first end connected to the outlet so that the gases transportation pathway receives the stream of gases and conveys the gases to a patient. A patient interface is connected to the second end of the gases transportation pathway receives a stream of gases. At least one sensor measures at least one information parameter of the supply path. A control system associated with the gases supply unit receives the information parameter. The control system contains reference data, and compares the received data to reference data, and determines a supply path based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Malik Tivanka Rajiv Peiris, Andrew Robert Donald Somervell, Jonathan David Harwood
  • Patent number: 11660234
    Abstract: Sound attenuation devices are provided that may be temporarily worn in a person's ear. The devices generally include a first flange that is configured to be disposed in a person's ear; a second flange that is positioned proximate to the first flange and is also configured to be disposed in the person's ear (with the second flange having a proximate end that exhibits an oblong perimeter); and a cylindrical shaft extending from an interior portion of the second flange. The shaft includes an integrally connected pull tab; it extends beyond the proximate end of the second flange; and the shaft includes an integrally formed reinforcing member that spans an exterior side of the shaft and at least a portion of the pull tab. The devices further include a sound filter disposed within an internal cavity of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: John Clark
  • Patent number: 11654309
    Abstract: This invention offers a fully protective cowl neck garment with various fasteners designed to attach additional protective gear, such as gloves and shoe coverings. Additionally, a temperature sensor shield is located on the hat and protective mask. This allows the clients or patients the ability to see and to monitor the temperature of their caregivers. The caregiver's temperature is visible on the hat, as well as the face mask. This makes the caregivers accountable to their clients or patients, as well as their colleagues and coworkers. This invention eliminates the worry of contact with infectious diseases or dangerous liquids, by utilizing elastic manual ties and hook-and-loop fasteners to ensure the garment is secured fully on a user's body. Overall, this invention ensures medical professionals, firemen, emergency medical personnel, government workers, and so forth, are protected fully from contagious and infectious diseases, liquids, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Debra Sharon Johnson
  • Patent number: 11654058
    Abstract: A bandage intended for use on digits; i.e. fingers and toes, to cover injuries to the knuckle or pad area of the first joint on the hand or foot. The bandage is configured as a pad with an angled loop, the loop used as an anchor around the base of a digit in order to resist motions that might peel the bandage off the skin. The pad may contain medicines suitable for treating a wound or injury, may be radio opaque, may contain a reinforced surface to prevent compression or skin friction at the site, or other ancillary devices. The loop is deformable in length in order to fit different digits and wound locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: John E. Linstrom
  • Patent number: 11654080
    Abstract: Automated CPR systems incorporating biological feedback can include an automated compression piston system, a data acquisition system, computer systems for running various control algorithms, ventilation control systems, and/or drug delivery systems. Automated CPR systems can be used as stand-alone systems for treating patients in cardiac arrest, or they can be used to administer pretreatment to a patient prior to defibrillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: David D. Salcido, Matthew Leo Sundermann, Robert Theodore Tisherman, James J. Menegazzi
  • Patent number: 11642478
    Abstract: A breathing assistance apparatus is configured with features that improve serviceability of the apparatus. The apparatus can include animations to provide instruction regarding correcting easily-identified fault conditions and to provide instruction regarding routine maintenance routines. The apparatus also can be configured with top level control menus that are obscured in a manner to limit manipulation of the top level control elements by unauthorized users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Samuel Robertson Frame, Christopher Malcolm Crone, Christopher Simon James Quill, Kevin Peter O'Donnell, Jack Che-Wei Hsu, Jae Chul Han
  • Patent number: 11642082
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for extending the life of a continuous glucose monitor adhesive sensor patch on the body. The apparatus includes an adhesive hold-down, an elastic fabric, and adhering attachments such as Velcro. The apparatus can be fitted around a user's body, with the adhesive hold-down positioned over the sensor adhesive. The apparatus then protects the adhesive from peeling away from skin while in the shower, swimming, or other activities that deteriorate the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: Timothy Bridges
  • Patent number: 11642473
    Abstract: Drug supply units are disclosed which comprise substrates having a plurality of holes formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: ALEXZA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Martin J. Wensley, Marc Glazer, James Bresson, Ryan Timmons, Daniel J. Myers
  • Patent number: 11638578
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and method for blocking air contributing to pneumothorax during a lung biopsy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: PNEUMONIX MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Eisenthal, Edward Ruppel, III, Shashwat Gupta
  • Patent number: 11633554
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for the therapeutic delivery of nicotine for smoking cessation, harm reduction and/or substitution. Furthermore, the devices and methods herein are useful as an alternative, general nicotine delivery system in place of tobacco combustion or high temperature (over 150 degrees C.) products. In addition, the methods and devices herein are useful for the therapeutic delivery of a drug, for reducing the cumulative drug dose and hence its potential toxic side effects, while increasing its neurophysiological and/or physiological effects. Moreover, the devices and methods herein are useful for addiction treatment or reduction. In certain embodiments, the methods are adaptable to a medicament delivery device that determines a sequence of drug doses to be delivered. Dose information may be used to control operation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Luca Puviani, Sidita Rama
  • Patent number: 11623074
    Abstract: A girth adjustable device for dilation and stretch of body orifices for medical applications, massage, body orifice improvement and activities pleasurable to the body, that can repeatedly, gradually increase and decrease a uniform and sustainable pressure against the entire lateral surface area of body orifices. The girth adjustable device comprises at least one controller, a housing, at least one threaded shaft, at least one module, a plurality of shaft members and at least one sheath. The part of the girth adjustable device that has to be inserted into body orifices is the shaft. In a body orifice, the user increases and decreases the girth size of the shaft via the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventor: Benjamin Ernest Heloïs Jayol
  • Patent number: 11623054
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for delivery of therapeutic gas to patients, in need thereof, by receiving breathing gas from a high frequency ventilator using at least enhanced therapeutic gas (e.g., nitric oxide, NO, etc.) flow measurement. At least some of these enhanced therapeutic gas flow measurements can be used to address some surprising phenomenon that may, at times, occur when wild stream blending therapeutic gas into breathing gas a patient receives from a breathing circuit affiliated with a high frequency ventilator. Utilizing at least some of these enhanced therapeutic gas flow measurements the dose of therapeutic gas wild stream blended into breathing gas that the patient receives can at least be more accurate and/or under delivery of therapeutic gas into the breathing gas can be avoided and/or reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: MALLINCKRODT PHARMACEUTICALS IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventors: Jaron M. Acker, Craig R. Tolmie