Patents Examined by Steven O. Douglas
  • Patent number: 11065175
    Abstract: There is provided a leg massager that massages a user's leg by a position-adjustable massaging system for selectively massaging massage target areas of the leg. The leg massager includes: a lower massaging system that massages a massage target area of the user's leg L including at least user's foot F; an upper massaging system that massages an upper massage target area located above the massage target area which is massaged by the lower massaging system; a driving mechanism that drives the upper massaging system and the lower massaging system; and a rockably supporting portion that supports the upper massaging system for rocking motion about its horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: DAITO ELECTRIC MACHINE INDUSTRY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishikawa, Shinsaku Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11065391
    Abstract: A medication injection device comprising a medication container to contain medication; a connector provided with a blocking feature; a push rod having a plurality of teeth disposed along the length, and a spring biasing against the push rod to move proximally. The spring can be compression spring, extension spring, torsion spring, or constant force spring. By enabling or disabling engagement between the blocking feature on the connector and the tooth on the push rod, the push rod is either prevented from moving distally or allowed to move distally. The medication is drawn into the medication container when the push rod moves proximally and the medication is dispensed out of the medication container when the push rod moves distally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Min Wei
  • Patent number: 11065400
    Abstract: Inhalation delivery of aerosols containing small particles is described. Specifically, it relates to a device that forms drug containing aerosols for use in inhalation therapy. In a device aspect of the present disclosure, a device for delivering drug containing aerosols for inhalation therapy is provided. The device includes a housing and an airway that has a gas/vapor mixing airway. The airway further includes a subassembly, which has a metallic substrate coated on its surface with a composition comprising a drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ALEXZA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Hodges, Peter M. Lloyd, Daniel Mufson, Daniel D. Rogers, Martin J. Wensley
  • Patent number: 11058845
    Abstract: A respiratory pressure therapy (RPT) device is disclosed for treatment of respiratory-related disorders. The RPT device includes a pressure generator, a pneumatic block, a chassis and a device outlet for delivering a supply of flow of gas to a patient interface. The RPT device also comprises a humidifier including a water reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Roderick Bath, Mark Bertinetti, Paul Frederick Birchall, Tommy Chung Yeung Chui, Dawn Rosemary Churchill, Clementine Le Loc'h, Justin John Formica, Matthew Rolf Harrington, Ronald James Huby, Jeegarkumar Kapadia, Barton John Kenyon, Dimitri Marco Maurer, Saad Nasr, Joseph Samuel Ormrod, Jose Ignacio Romagnoli, Nathan John Row, Ian Malcolm Smith, Robert John Sparrow, Luke Andrew Stanislas, Zhuo Ran Tang, Ernie Wei-Chih Tsai, Hargopal Verma, Chengwei Zhu
  • Patent number: 11045116
    Abstract: Methods for controlling in real time an aspect of a process in a mobile or wearable device with a cadence of the device user are described, where the cadence of the device user is determined with an update frequency greater than the user's step frequency, and the controlling is also performed with an update frequency greater than the user's step frequency. For example, the determination of the user's cadence may leverage a combination of frequency and time techniques, with the analysis of, for instance, substantial orientation changes experienced by the device, or the detection of abrupt changes in the user's cadence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: David Martin
  • Patent number: 11040160
    Abstract: A tracheal tube assembly includes an outer cannula configured to be positioned in a patient airway and an inner cannula configured to be disposed inside the outer cannula. The tracheal tube assembly further includes a flange member secured about the outer cannula, and an outer cannula connector coupled to a proximal end of the outer cannula. The inner cannula includes a compressible proximal end region that is compressed while secured inside the outer cannula connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Martin Bruggeman, James Michael Ryan, Declan Kiernan, Alan Finneran
  • Patent number: 11033703
    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: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: University Of Maryland, Baltimore
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Wolf, Aldo T. Iacono
  • Patent number: 11033700
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating a leak flow in a breathing assistance system including a ventilation device connected to a patient are provided. Data of a flow waveform indicating the flow of gas between the ventilation device and the patient is accessed. A specific portion of the flow waveform is identified, and a linear regression of the identified portion of the flow waveform is performed to determine an estimated leak flow in the breathing assistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Cedric Jourdain, Olivier Bernadet
  • Patent number: 11033437
    Abstract: A barrier system is provided for use in reducing infections associated with post-operative surgical incision and/or a percutaneous medical device, such as a catheter, that is disposed within the surgical incision. Such a barrier system may include: a barrier device having a skin-contacting surface and a catheter-receiving surface; and an adhesive composition configured for adhering to skin, the barrier device, and/or the catheter so as to form a barrier at or adjacent to an incision in the skin where the catheter is percutaneously inserted through the skin. A tensioning anchor and associated system of two or more tensioning anchors is provided for post-operative wound closure. A method for applying and removing the barrier device and tensioning anchors is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Stephen Clifford Waller, Dhaval Bhavsar
  • Patent number: 11027119
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a system and method for implanting an implantable medical device (IMD) within a patient may include an IMD including a housing and an attachment member, and a delivery catheter including a tethering snare that is configured to be selectively extended out of the delivery catheter and retracted into the delivery catheter. In at least one embodiment, a system and method for implanting an implantable medical device (IMD) within a patient may include an IMD including a housing and an attachment member, wherein the attachment member includes a central passage connected to a connection chamber, and a delivery catheter including first and second tethers that may be moved outwardly from and retracted into the delivery catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas B. Eby, Alan Klenk
  • Patent number: 11027084
    Abstract: A patient ventilating (23) and aspirating system (8) is disclosed that has a suction tube (9) and connector (6) for connecting to a catheter mount that has a sealed passageway (15). The catheter mount passageway (15) is sealed with an elastomeric seal (16) including a perforation or slit (17). A connector (12) with a piercing member is associated with the suction tube (9). When the connector is attached to the catheter mount the piercing member (20) pierces the seal (16) such that the suction tube (9) can pass through the connector (6) and catheter mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Peter Kenneth Graham, Deshitha Airawana Edirisuriya, Dwayne John Scollay
  • Patent number: 11020606
    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 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BTW Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pryor, Sean Xiaolu Wang
  • Patent number: 11020557
    Abstract: A medical face mask is provided which includes a mask body having a mask interior and contoured to fit against the face of a patient. A permanently-open nasal aperture is provided in the mask body to facilitate insertion of an equipment, instrument or device into the mask interior and into the nose of the patient. A permanently-open oral aperture is provided in the mask body to facilitate insertion of an equipment, instrument or device into the mask interior and into the mouth of the patient. A one-way oxygen port is provided in the mask body to facilitate introduction of oxygen and/or medical gases into the mask interior of the mask body. A one-way valve port is provided in the mask body to facilitate discharge of carbon dioxide from the mask interior. A capnography or gas sampling port may be provided in the mask body to capture gases for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Edward Lehman
  • Patent number: 11020313
    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: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Keith G. Lurie, Anja Metzger
  • Patent number: 11020556
    Abstract: A tracheostoma valve to be applied to a tracheostomized person's neck comprises an air passage to be connected with the tracheostoma for connecting the trachea with the surroundings. A valve member is provided in the air passage, wherein the valve member is normally open and allows for inhalation and exhalation through the air passage. The valve further comprises a manually activated member for establishing an uninterrupted seal to block patient exhalation, thereby to direct it to the patient's pharynx, esophagus, sinuses, and mouth for speech following surgical removal of the larynx.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Kamradt
  • Patent number: 11013875
    Abstract: A method for controlling a humidifier of a CPAP device including a controller, the method including controlling a heating element in the humidifier with command signals from the controller, sensing a temperature of a fluid in the humidifier with a sensor in the humidifier that transmits signals to the controller, establishing an acceptable operating range for the signal transmitted to the controller; determining whether the transmitted signal is within the acceptable operating range, if the signal is within the acceptable operating range treating the signal as being indicative of the temperature of the fluid in the humidifier and using the signal to control the heating element, and if the signal is outside of the acceptable operating range, the controller determines the humidifier to be unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Zhuo Ran Tang, Cem Tarakci, John Michael Snow, Kenneth Lee, Steven Paul Farrugia, Dmitri Anatolievich Doudkine, Ian Malcolm Smith
  • Patent number: 11013637
    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: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: John Clark
  • Patent number: 11013658
    Abstract: A massage apparatus device with circular plates, which is compact enough to fit into a laptop bag yet versatile enough to engage the five elements of fitness training. It is an improvement over prior art that focuses on only one or two fitness elements. A top and bottom circular plate each having a tapered circular hole in the center of each plate and holes located around the circumference of each plate; and a flexible covering with rods wherein the rods removably engage the circular holes of each circular plate when folded in a cylindrical shape for massage. It is designed to easily disassemble and re-assemble. The top and bottom circular plates also function as double-sided discs used to perform exercises such as gliding. Further, the top and bottom circular plates when placed on a first and second ball are used to stand on to improve one's stability and coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: William Bruce Brawley
  • Patent number: 11007111
    Abstract: A gum soother with a vibrating and detachable head. The gum soother can have a wand or spherical body with a vibrating device inside. The vibrating device can be in mechanical communication with one or more detachable heads. The detachable heads can have a variety of chew tips to soothe gums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Lori Ann Paul
  • Patent number: 11007340
    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 (thermister), of gases flowing through a heated tube, supplying gases to a patient, which utilises the heating wire within the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Jon Payton, Kevin Peter O'Donnell, Andrew Baden Clark, Christopher Simon James Quill, Peter Geoffrey Hawkins