Patents Examined by Steven O. Douglas
  • Patent number: 10293065
    Abstract: An ultraviolet irradiation system includes a medical device having a central lumen, an optical fiber having a longitudinal length, and an ultraviolet wave generator, wherein ultraviolet waves generated by the wave generator are dispersed along the longitudinal length of the optical fiber to disinfect the central lumen of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: John C. Victor, David Troy Rowe
  • Patent number: 10292897
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to generate stimulation control signals in response to a detection of a respiratory disorder. The system further includes at least one kinesthetic effector with a vibrating electromechanical transducer applied to a site on a patient's skin for delivering a kinesthetic stimulation energy determined by the control signals. The processor is further configured to determine the effectiveness of a stimulation by detecting a disappearance of the respiratory disorder. The processor is further configured to determine a therapy by selecting a stimulation strategy among several stimulation strategies according to a type of expected or detected disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: SORIN CRM SAS, INSERM—INSTITUT DE LA RECHERCHE MÉDICALE, UNIVERSITÉ JOSEPH FOURIER, UNIVERSITÉ DE RENNES 1
    Inventors: Amel Amblard, Laurence Graindorge, Delphine Feuerstein, Alfredo Hernandez, Jean-Louis Pépin
  • Patent number: 10293128
    Abstract: Techniques for emergency apneic oxygenation include a cannula having a longitudinal inner passage with an inner diameter. A distal portion has a first outer diameter greater than the inner diameter, and is made of shape memory material shaped to bend in a first direction along the inner passage. A cannula base has a second outer diameter greater than the first outer diameter. A distance from a distal end of the cannula to a proximal end of the distal portion of the cannula is less than a distance from a surface of a throat of a subject to a distal surface of an airway of the subject. The inner passage is configured to pass a catheter connected at a proximal end to an oxygen source. In various embodiments, the cannula is used with a trocar and, optionally, a system base, or supplied in a kit with a catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Wolf, Aldo T. Iacono
  • Patent number: 10292898
    Abstract: A device includes a processor configured to detect a respiratory disorder episode and generate kinesthetic stimulation control signals in response to the detection of a respiratory disorder episode. The device further includes at least one kinesthetic effector adapted to be applied to a patient's outer skin site and includes a vibrating electromechanical transducer capable of receiving stimulation control signals and outputting a kinesthetic stimulation energy determined by the stimulation control signals. The processor is further configured to determine the effectiveness of stimulation by detecting a cessation of the respiratory disorder episode. The processor is further configured to determine a stimulation energy by selecting an initial energy value and varying the energy value as a function of the effectiveness of previous stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: SORIN CRM SAS, INSERM-INSTITUT DE LA RECHERCHE MÉDICALE, UNIVERSITÉ JOSEPH FOURIER, UNIVERSITÉDE RENNES 1
    Inventors: Amel Amblard, Laurence Graindorge, Delphine Feuerstein, Alfredo Hernandez, Jean-Louis Pépin
  • Patent number: 10286162
    Abstract: A spacer may improve the effectiveness of medication delivery by an inhaler. The spacer may be configured to store the inhaler to improve compactness and/or portability of the spacer and inhaler. The inhaler may be coupled to a retaining device, inhaler container, and/or the like that restricts movement of the inhaler to predetermined positions and/or orientations. A user may be able to transition the inhaler between a stored position and an active position by moving the inhaler translationally and/or rotationally. The inhaler may be able to remain coupled to the retaining device and/or inhaler container, and the retaining device and/or inhaler container may be able to remain coupled to the spacer during transition from the stored position to the active position. The spacer may be sized to fit in a pants pocket in an embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Chris V. Ciancone
  • Patent number: 10265241
    Abstract: A gum soother with a bristle-less wand, an internal vibrating device, a power supply connected to the internal vibrating device, an on/off switch for activating the internal vibrating device, and a mouth guard connected to the bristle-less wand. The mouth guard can extend at a first angle from the bristle-less wand and a flex neck connected to the bristle-less wand can extend at a second angle from the mouth guard. A hollow membrane-free dual chew tip can be connected to the flex neck, wherein the hollow membrane-free dual chew tip can be configured to sustain a reduced temperature from room temperature of at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit, if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Delores Ann Paul
  • Patent number: 10258759
    Abstract: A bi-level positive airway pressure device includes a housing that has a patient port for connecting to an airway of a patient. Within the housing is a device that generates a positive airway pressure directed towards to patient port. Also within the housing is a system that mechanically detects exhalation (by the patient that is connected to the patient port) that enters into the patient port. Responsive to detecting exhalation, a blocking device occludes the device that generates positive airway pressure, thereby reducing or stopping the positive airway pressure until the system that mechanically detects exhalation no longer detects exhalation, at which time the blocking device is operated to no longer occlude the device for generating positive airway pressure, thereby providing positive airway pressure to the patient port during, for example, inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MERCURY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Ratner
  • Patent number: 10252089
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus for monitoring a wearer of a breathing apparatus including a source of breathable gas which is supplied to a delivery device via a fluid line, the monitoring apparatus including a breathing detector arranged to determine if breathing using the breathing apparatus has commenced, and a mobile monitoring device arranged to be associated with the wearer and which can be activated to monitor the motion of the wearer. The monitoring apparatus is arranged to activate the mobile monitoring device when it is determined that breathing has commenced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DRAEGER SAFETY UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Marcus Berney-Smith, Norman John Webster
  • Patent number: 10245209
    Abstract: Increasing blood circulation, lowering intracranial pressure, and increasing cerebral perfusion pressure during the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation by gravity-assist due to elevation of one or both of the torso and head of an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Keith G. Lurie
  • Patent number: 10245395
    Abstract: An apparatus for metering the delivery of an aerosol. The apparatus has a variable acoustic source and a microphone, both acoustically coupled to a volume having a fluid region and an air region. The apparatus may also include a processor to determine a volume of the air region based on signals received from the microphone and the variable acoustic source. A fluid valve is coupled to the processor, and is configured to allow an amount of fluid to exit the fluid region associated with the volume of the air region. An atomizer, coupled to the fluid region, is configured to aerosolize at least a portion of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David E. Altobelli, Russell H. Beavis, Larry B. Gray, Derek G. Kane
  • Patent number: 10245391
    Abstract: A fluid reservoir is attachable to an aerosol generation device for guiding a fluid from a fluid container to the aerosol generation device. The fluid reservoir has an interface portion arranged at the fluid reservoir for attaching the fluid reservoir to the aerosol generation device. The interface portion has a locking element configured to non-detachably lock the fluid reservoir to the aerosol generation device after attachment of the fluid reservoir to the aerosol generation device. The locking element is breakable to enable detachment of the fluid reservoir from the aerosol generation device. A combination includes the fluid reservoir and a primary fluid package, wherein the primary fluid package has at least one chamber containing a fluid therein. An aerosol generation device is configured for use with the fluid reservoir has an attachment portion for receiving the interface portion of the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PARI Pharma GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Gallem, Uwe Hetzer, Michael Neuner
  • Patent number: 10245405
    Abstract: A mask assembly is provided for delivering gas to a patient that includes a mask body and a breathing circuit interface. The mask body includes an opening for reception of the gas and includes a seal structure for sealingly engaging with the face of the patient and surrounding at least the nose and mouth of the patient. The breathing circuit interface includes a first portion rotatably connected with the mask body and a second portion that is constructed and arranged to releasably connect with a conduit for delivering the gas to the patient through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: RIC INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Todd, Christopher James McCracken, Robert Hieber
  • Patent number: 10238889
    Abstract: There is provided a phototherapy apparatus, in which the therapeutic light is delivered through or in proximity to one or more massage components. The massage component provides mechanical massage to the subject biological tissue and modifies the properties of the subject tissue in thickness, density, etc. to facilitate the absorption of the therapeutic light and enhance the effect of the phototherapy procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BWT Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pryor, Sean Xiaolu Wang
  • Patent number: 10232165
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a garment system including at least one sensor and at least one actuator that operates responsive to sensing feedback from the at least one sensor to cause a flexible compression garment to selectively constrict or selectively dilate, thereby compressing or relieving compression against at least one body part of a subject. Such selective constriction or dilation can improve muscle functioning or joint functioning during use of motion-conducive equipment, such as an exercise bike or rowing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Nicholas W. Touran, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10220176
    Abstract: Ventilator circuit aerosol delivery systems used to administer medication to a patient are disclosed. In one implementation, a metered dose inhaler (“MDI”) ventilator assembly may include a housing that defines an interior space, an inhalation port that defines an inhalation passageway in communication with the interior space, an exhalation port that defines an exhalation passageway in communication with the interior space, a patient port that defines a patient passageway in communication with the interior space, and a MDI receptacle positioned on the housing and in communication with the interior space. The MDI receptacle is operative to receive a MDI container and dispense an aerosolized medication within the MDI container into the interior space so that during inhalation, an inhalation flow including the aerosolized medication may flow through the inhalation port, the interior space, and the patient port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Martin P. Foley, Jerry Grychowski, Adam Meyer, James N. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10220175
    Abstract: A nasal cannula assembly is disclosed having a face mount part, in use resting against a user's face, which includes at least one nasal prong capable of being fitted into a person's nares. The cannula assembly also includes a manifold part, in fluid communication with the face mount part, having a single horizontal side gases entry. In particular, this cannula assembly is for supplying heated, humidified gases to a patient suffering from COPD. A tie or lanyard is disclosed for use with a breathing assistance apparatus such as a nasal cannula, face or nasal mask or tracheostomy connector. The tie or lanyard transfers the weight of the conduits supplying gases to the breathing assistance apparatus from the breathing assistance apparatus and distributes it onto the neck of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Craig Karl White, Jason Peter Van Beurden, Kevin Peter O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10213568
    Abstract: A nasopharyngeal cannula comprising a body formed by a tubular portion that is curved so as to be inserted into a patient's nostril and a collar for resting on the base of the patient's nostril is described. The cannula also comprises a main channel forming a fluid passage between the collar and the tubular portion of the body and two auxiliary channels formed in the body and extending from the collar into the main channel. Each auxiliary channel opens into the collar at an inlet/outlet port oriented radially in relation to the axis of the main channel such as to be oriented laterally on each side of the patient's nostril when the cannula is in place on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Deltamedics
    Inventor: Jean-Christophe Ozenne
  • Patent number: 10206446
    Abstract: A wearable sun-shade consisting of a headband with an adjustable, sliding visor. The visor attaches to the headband via a combination ball joint and sliding linear-motion guide. The visor slides and pivots along the length of the headband so as to shade specific areas of the face and neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Margaret Delay
  • Patent number: 10207064
    Abstract: A dual chamber nebulizer apparatus for atomizing and administering a first and second liquid medicine includes a housing having first and second chambers for holding the first and second liquid medicines. An atomizer member is situated in the housing and configured to atomize liquid into vapor. An air flow member is coupled to the housing and in fluid communication with the atomizer, the flow member having an inlet port for receiving a compressed air flow to the atomizer member. First and second aspiration tubes are in communication with the atomizer member and extend into first and second chambers, respectively. The atomizer member includes a junction in communication with the first and second aspiration tubes, the valve selectively allowing both of the liquid medicines to be drawn through respective aspiration tubes and directed to the atomizer member when the compressed airflow is directed to the atomizer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Glen McCants
  • Patent number: 10201470
    Abstract: A drumming device for delivering a repetitive percussive strike to muscles below a skin surface comprises a main housing enclosing an electric motor with a shaft having a fixed rotational speed, a drive pulley, a toothed belt encircling the drive pulley and a driven pulley with an integral cam mounted on the pulley such that the rotating shaft causes the driven pulley to rotate at a predetermined number of cycles per second, the assembly causing a repetitive, reciprocal movement of a plunger body a fixed distance and at 16.6 cycles/sec, the plunger movable in a downward direction following contact with the cam, such that the plunger reciprocates within the housing when the cam member contacts the plunger causing the plunger shaft to move laterally outward. When the massaging device is properly position in contact with the skin the moving plunger causes muscle spindles to vibrate at their resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Healthy Muscles LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Edward Griner