Patents Examined by Yasmeen S Warsi
  • Patent number: 10660564
    Abstract: A compliance monitoring system (40) for an intraoral appliance comprises a power source (460), a detector (410) for detecting when the intraoral appliance is positioned in the mouth for use, a recorder (430) configured to record measurement data, and a transponder (440) configured to communicate the measurement data. The monitoring system is adjustable based on a particular property of a patient or a group of patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: RESMED SAS
    Inventors: Ludovic Baratier, Fabrice Paublant, Denis Ropp, Yannick Favre, Ronald James Huby, Muditha Pradeep Dantanarayana
  • Patent number: 10638969
    Abstract: Pressure monitoring methods and systems for warning a patient or caregiver that soft tissue pressure has exceeded some predetermined level that over time would necessitate moving the patient to prevent or at least reduce a risk of soft tissue damage. The methods and systems entail the use of a pressure sensing unit adapted to be applied to or near a surface of the patient's body, and a sensor associated with the sensing unit to generate electrical outputs corresponding to soft tissue pressure sensed at the surface. The electrical outputs are wirelessly monitored over a preselected time period to generate a cumulative output signal based on the electrical outputs and corresponding to whether or not the soft tissue pressure has exceeded a predetermined pressure level during the preselected time period. An alarm is generated if the cumulative output signal exceeds a predetermined cumulative threshold until the soft tissue pressure drops below the predetermined pressure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Walgreens Health Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Denis Burke Drennan
  • Patent number: 10638964
    Abstract: Various components of an interventional therapy assembly are disclosed. One such component is a pointer which may be configured to indicate the disposition of another portion or component of the assembly. A rotary indexing device which may be configured to control or facilitate rotation of other components is also disclosed. Further, various components of an elongate instrument having flexible segments and operative segments are also disclosed. In some embodiments, the elongate instrument may comprise a biopsy assembly and may be used in connection with other components of the disclosed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Lampropoulos, Ayad Agha, Nicholas Gerald Accisano
  • Patent number: 10631770
    Abstract: A lancet needle with an alignment and engagement notch, with material of the lancet body extending into the notch to more securely retain the needle to the lancet body, whereby a shorter needle can be utilized than with typical lancets. The notch optionally also provides a registration point for rotational and/or axial alignment of the needle during overmolding to form the lancet body, for example to maintain consistent positioning of the needle's beveled point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin J. Seifert
  • Patent number: 10624977
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a fluid reservoir, a sterilization member, and a transfer adapter. The sterilization member operably couples to the fluid reservoir. The sterilization member is configured to be transitioned between a first configuration, in which the sterilization member obstructs an inlet surface of the fluid reservoir and maintains the inlet surface in a substantially sterile environment, and a second configuration, in which the inlet surface is unobstructed. The transfer adapter is configured to be placed in fluid communication with a portion of a patient. The transfer adapter is configured to move relative to the sterilization member from a first position to a second position such that a surface of the transfer adapter contacts the sterilization member to transition the sterilization member to the second configuration. The fluid reservoir is placed in fluid communication with the transfer adapter when the transfer adapter is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bullington, Shan E Gaw, Jay M. Miazga, Skooks Pong, Shannon E. Eubanks
  • Patent number: 10617397
    Abstract: A sample capture and transport unit comprises a housing defining a substrate chamber for containing a sample-capture substrate. The housing comprises at least a first part and a second part which are movable relative to one another ? i) from a first closed configuration in which the substrate chamber is inaccessible; ? ii) to a first open configuration in which access to the substrate chamber is enabled to allow capturing of a skin-print on a sample-capture substrate contained within the substrate chamber; and subsequently ? iii) into a second closed configuration in which the substrate chamber is again inaccessible. The unit further comprises a retaining mechanism for retaining it in the second closed configuration. The retaining mechanism is disablable to permit movement of the unit out of the second closed configuration. A sample can be obtained at a first location, secured for transport and analysed at a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Hudson, Nicholas Earl, Daniel Peterson Godfrey, John Dunton
  • Patent number: 10617341
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a processor for processing skin conductance data of a living being, comprising an input unit (12) for receiving a skin conductance data signal (13) comprising a plurality of data peaks, a calculating unit (14) for computing a skin conductance peak data signal over a long-term period by deriving a feature related to said data peaks from said skin conductance data signal (13) and forming a summation of said feature per time unit and an analyzing unit (16) for analyzing an average and/or an absolute value of said skin conductance peak data signal over at least a portion of said period to get information on at least one stage of burnout and/or chronic fatigue syndrome of said living being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Martin Ouwerkerk, Joanne Henriette Desiree Monique Westerink, Alphons Antonius Maria Lambertus Bruekers
  • Patent number: 10610131
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may provide a limb motion sensor system (100) used to objectively assist detection of equine lameness and even monitor change in gait quality over time. Biosensors (102) may be attached to the pair of front and/or hind limbs. Each conformally shaped biosensor device may be placed lateral to the metacarpal/metatarsal bone (e.g., attached to the lower limb). Inertial data may be collected by the set of sensor devices and may be wirelessly transferred to a portable, perhaps wearable, mobile controller and analytics unit (104) (e.g., smart phone, tablet, or the like). A signal processor application (108) may automatically segment each stride into phases and perform analyses to quantify limb motion metrics and uniformity over time for a single limb (unilateral consistency) or between the contralateral limbs (bilateral symmetry). Three-dimensional motion metrics may be processed, displayed, stored on, and even transmitted from the mobile information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cadence Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Thompson, Leah Estberg
  • Patent number: 10602951
    Abstract: The invention includes, in part, methods and apparatus for determining the status of labor in a pregnant subject. In some embodiments of the invention, organ-level uterine function is determined as a measure of the status of labor such as non-labor (e.g., false labor), latent phase labor, active phase labor, or post-delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Roger C. Young
  • Patent number: 10602966
    Abstract: A method for detecting characteristics of a Eustachian tube of a patient includes communicating pressurized air into an oro-nasal cavity of the patient. The method further includes directing an energy signal into the oro-nasal cavity. The method further includes detecting transmission of the energy signal from the oro-nasal cavity through the Eustachian tube with a sensor. The method further includes determining at least one characteristic of the Eustachian tube based on whether the energy signal is detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Makower
  • Patent number: 10595943
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for model-based surgical planning. A surgical planning system can include a prescreening tool configured to provide an initial classification of a set of patients according to a pelvic tilt, measured as a position of a pelvis of the patient relative to the position of a spine of the patient, in a plurality of body positions. A model constructor is configured to construct a model of a pelvis of the patient according to the initial classification of the patient. A finite element modeling component is configured to simulate relative motion of the model of the pelvis and a model of an implant. A patient classifier is configured to select at least one of a position of the implant and an orientation of the implant for the patient according to the simulated relative motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Wael K. Barsoum, Juan Suarez, Preetesh Patel, Kyle Walker
  • Patent number: 10595768
    Abstract: A prick test kit comprises a bottom tray containing a plurality of wells disposed in an array, wherein each of the wells contains a vial of a small amount of a specific well associated antigen, with each well and associated vial having a different antigen disposed therein, each of the vials having a rubber cap disposed thereon that is sterile and able to be pricked by a needle such that the small amount of antigen can be removed therefrom. A penetrating plate is disposed above the wells and having on the lower surface thereof diametrically opposite from the vials in the wells a plurality of piercing needles, one associated with each of the wells and directed downward there to but not touching any of the files. A separating plate is disposed between the bottom tray and the penetrating plate. A sterile covering is provided for containing the entire assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ROCA MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: James Strader, Jovan Hutton Pulitzer
  • Patent number: 10588546
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method to analyze balance and stability of a patient. Test data for the patient, representing motion of a device affixed to the patient during a test interval (e.g., at a position approximating the center of mass, such as in proximity to the torso), can be received. The test data can be processed to provide processed data (or sensor-derived data) that includes at least one of acceleration data, rotational rate data and rotational position data for the test interval. A biomechanical model can be applied to the processed data to provide center of mass (COM) motion data representing movement of the COM in multiple dimensions for the patient during the test interval. An indication of balance for the patient can be determined based on the COM motion data. The indication of balance can be used to analyze the balance and stability of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: David D. Schindler, Jay L. Alberts, Joshua R. Hirsch
  • Patent number: 10568554
    Abstract: A blood collection tube holder embodying two coaxially alignable needles, the first needle being a forwardly facing venipuncture needle and the second needle being a rearwardly facing fluid discharge needle. The first and second needles are satisfactorily supported by a frontal attachment and body, respectively, that are disposed in relative sliding engagement along an interface that is transverse to the first and second needle and that extends at least from the second needle to an opening into a needle retraction chamber that projects rearwardly from the body. The subject device is configured to receive and support a conventional blood collection tube of the type used to collect blood samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Retractable Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Shaw, Mark Small, Ni Zhu
  • Patent number: 10568565
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods that track various aspects of a person's sleep and environment to optimize one or more aspects of the user's environment and sleep conditions, quality and duration, together or alone, and help make the one or more users maintain and prolong his or her deep sleep status and improve the their sleep duration and quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving
  • Patent number: 10531821
    Abstract: A blood sampling device is provided having holder with a manipulating end and an absorbent probe on the opposing end. The probe is of hydrophilic polymer sized to directly absorb a predetermined volume of up to about 30 microliters of blood. Ribs on the holder position the probe within a compartment of a container to prevent contact with the container. The ribs also position the probe within extraction wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Neoteryx, LLC.
    Inventors: James Rudge, Emmet Welch, Yibo Guo, Allen A Bischofberger, Stuart A. Kushon, Peter Rahn
  • Patent number: 10524710
    Abstract: A shieldable needle device including a drive member is disclosed. The drive member is extendable between a biased position and an extended position for moving a tip guard from an first position to a second position in which the tip guard shields a distal end of the needle cannula. The shieldable needle device includes a pair of wings extending laterally from opposing sides of the hub that are movable between a laterally extending position and a dorsal position. With the wings in the dorsal position, the wings retain the drive member in the biased position thereby maintaining the tip guard in the first position. Movement of the wings from the dorsal position to the laterally extending position releases retainment of the drive member. A second drive member may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Bradley M. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10517577
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a cutter defining a cutter lumen and a tissue sample holder for collecting tissue samples. In one example, the tissue sample holder includes a rotatable manifold, and has a plurality of chambers that are each configured to separately hold tissue samples. A tissue sample holder rotation mechanism is operable to rotate the manifold to successively align each of the chambers with the cutter lumen. A controller in communication with the rotation mechanism is configured to rotate the manifold to a presentation position to present a collected tissue sample within a chamber to a user (e.g., at an angular position approximately 90 degrees from the cutter lumen). The controller is further configured to rotate the manifold align the next, empty chamber with the cutter lumen in response to a user input instructing the biopsy device to obtain another tissue sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Trevor W. V. Speeg, Gavin M. Monson, John A. Hibner, Andrew P. Nock, Shailendra K. Parihar
  • Patent number: 10512424
    Abstract: A medical device and associated method evaluate vectors of a multi-dimensional accelerometer by receiving a signal from the accelerometer for each of the vectors and determining a metric from the signal for each of the vectors during a first sensing condition and during a second sensing condition. The difference between the metrics determined for the first sensing condition and the second sensing condition for each of the vectors is determined. One of the vectors is selected, based upon the determined differences, for monitoring the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade M Demmer, Todd J Sheldon
  • Patent number: 10478097
    Abstract: A neural monitoring system for detecting an artificially-induced mechanical muscle response to a stimulus provided within an intracorporeal treatment area includes a mechanical sensor and a processor in communication with the mechanical sensor. The mechanical sensor is configured to be placed in mechanical communication with the muscle and to generate a mechanomyography output signal corresponding to a sensed mechanical movement of the muscle. The processor is configured to receive the mechanomyography output signal from the mechanical sensor and determine a frequency component of the mechanomyography output signal that has a peak magnitude and to detect the occurrence of an artificially-induced mechanical muscle response therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Solutions
    Inventors: Christopher Wybo, Darren Scarfe, Aashish Shah