Patents by Inventor Adrienne A. Hershey

Adrienne A. Hershey has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10245401
    Abstract: A subglottic suctioning system with a tracheal tube having a ventilation lumen, a cuff inflation lumen, and a suction lumen are disclosed which may help reduce the incidence of ventilator associated (or acquired) pneumonia. The suction lumen communicates with the space in the trachea above the cuff where secretions accumulate. The suction lumen has a valve on the proximal end for connection to a source of vacuum. The valve is adapted to interrupt the supply of vacuum to the suction lumen to allow for the introduction of a rinsing fluid in its place and to automatically re-establish the connection to the source of vacuum upon completion of rinsing. The rinsing fluid aids in maintaining an open suction lumen and may include medicaments and mucolytic agents to enhance or promote healing or to alter the properties of the mucus to make removal easier. The user may easily and repeatedly alternate suction and rinsing fluid through the suction lumen, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Cuevas, Joseph A. Cesa, Scott M. Teixeira, Michael Sleva, Adrienne A. Hershey, Stephen A. Baratian
  • Patent number: 10085922
    Abstract: A catheter assembly incorporating a pre-biased indicator, the assembly includes a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, and catheter walls defining a catheter lumen. The assembly further includes a base located at the proximal end of the catheter, the base defining an opening to the catheter lumen, the base having a first end and a second end. An inflatable balloon having a predetermined fill volume is located at a distal end of the catheter. An inflation valve is located on the base; the inflation valve is in fluid communication with the balloon through an inflation lumen defined by the catheter walls. The pre-biased indicator located on the base in fluid communication with the balloon is configured to provide a discrete visual signal that the pressure of a fluid in the balloon is different from a predetermined level of pressure or the volume of the balloon is different from the predetermined fill volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne A. Hershey, Donald J. McMichael, John A. Rotella
  • Patent number: 10028596
    Abstract: A product display system (10) suitable for positioning different packaged products for use in a single location, the product display system (10) including at least two trays (12) that are connected to each other by at least one bracket (14), further including a messaging panel (16) which is inserted into either a tray (12) or a bracket (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Barry P. Markwick, Adrienne A. Hershey, Sr., Teuta Elshani, III
  • Publication number: 20170119178
    Abstract: A product display system (10) suitable for positioning different packaged products for use in a single location, the product display system (10) including at least two trays (12) that are connected to each other by at least one bracket (14), further including a messaging panel (16) which is inserted into either a tray (12) or a bracket (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Barry P. Markwick, Adrienne A. Hershey, SR., Teuta Elshani, III
  • Patent number: 9439629
    Abstract: There is provided a system having a sputum trap or container that is used to transfer a portion of a sample to a sample slide. The container has a body with a top and bottom. The bottom is adapted to accept the sample slide. The bottom also has a one way valve to allow transfer of a portion of the sample to the sample slide upon manipulation of the body by a user. In certain embodiments, the body may be manipulated by squeezing it or by pushing down on the top. The bottom of the container is adapted to receive the sample slide so that the sample can be transferred to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne A. Hershey, Joseph A. Cesa
  • Patent number: 9434977
    Abstract: There is provided a lateral flow assay that can provide an indication of Gram negative (GN) or Gram positive (GP) infection (or both) within 30 minutes, and desirably in less than 15 minutes. The immediate result would signal the presence of Gram negative bacteria, Gram positive bacteria, both Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria, or no bacteria detected. The detection level would be above a specific bacterial concentration threshold that is clinically significant infection source (e.g. 10^3 cfu/ml) versus the presence of a colonizing bacteria that is not a part of the active infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Takeuchi, Adrienne A. Hershey, Scott M. Teixeira, Stephanie M. Martin, Juan Pablo Aragon, Cindy C. Korir-Morrison, Jonathan Hofmekler
  • Publication number: 20160000658
    Abstract: A catheter assembly incorporating a pre-biased indicator, the assembly includes a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, and catheter walls defining a catheter lumen. The assembly further includes a base located at the proximal end of the catheter, the base defining an opening to the catheter lumen, the base having a first end and a second end. An inflatable balloon having a predetermined fill volume is located at a distal end of the catheter. An inflation valve is located on the base; the inflation valve is in fluid communication with the balloon through an inflation lumen defined by the catheter walls. The pre-biased indicator located on the base in fluid communication with the balloon is configured to provide a discrete visual signal that the pressure of a fluid in the balloon is different from a predetermined level of pressure or the volume of the balloon is different from the predetermined fill volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Adrienne A. Hershey, Donald J. McMichael, John A. Rotella
  • Publication number: 20150335842
    Abstract: A subglottic suctioning system with a tracheal tube having a ventilation lumen, a cuff inflation lumen, and a suction lumen are disclosed which may help reduce the incidence of ventilator associated (or acquired) pneumonia. The suction lumen communicates with the space in the trachea above the cuff where secretions accumulate. The suction lumen has a valve on the proximal end for connection to a source of vacuum. The valve is adapted to interrupt the supply of vacuum to the suction lumen to allow for the introduction of a rinsing fluid in its place and to automatically re-establish the connection to the source of vacuum In upon completion of rinsing. The rinsing fluid aids in maintaining an open suction lumen and may include medicaments and mucolytic agents to enhance or promote healing or to alter the properties of the mucus to make removal easier. The user may easily and repeatedly alternate suction and rinsing fluid through the suction lumen, i.e.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Brian J. Cuevas, Joseph A. Cesa, Scott M. Teixeira, Michael Sleva, Adrienne A. Hershey, Stephen A. Baratian
  • Patent number: 9132064
    Abstract: A catheter assembly incorporating a pre-biased indicator, the assembly includes a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, and catheter walls defining a catheter lumen. The assembly further includes a base located at the proximal end of the catheter, the base defining an opening to the catheter lumen, the base having a first end and a second end. An inflatable balloon having a predetermined fill volume is located at a distal end of the catheter. An inflation valve is located on the base; the inflation valve is in fluid communication with the balloon through an inflation lumen defined by the catheter walls. The pre-biased indicator located on the base in fluid communication with the balloon is configured to provide a discrete visual signal that the pressure of a fluid in the balloon is different from a predetermined level of pressure or the volume of the balloon is different from the predetermined fill volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne A. Hershey, Donald J. McMichael, John A. Rotella
  • Patent number: 9119926
    Abstract: A subglottic suctioning system with a tracheal tube having a ventilation lumen, a cuff inflation lumen, and a suction lumen are disclosed which may help reduce the incidence of ventilator associated (or acquired) pneumonia. The suction lumen communicates with the space in the trachea above the cuff where secretions accumulate. The suction lumen has a valve on the proximal end for connection to a source of vacuum. The valve is adapted to interrupt the supply of vacuum to the suction lumen to allow for the introduction of a rinsing fluid in its place and to automatically re-establish the connection to the source of vacuum upon completion of rinsing. The rinsing fluid aids in maintaining an open suction lumen and may include medicaments and mucolytic agents to enhance or promote healing or to alter the properties of the mucus to make removal easier. The user may easily and repeatedly alternate suction and rinsing fluid through the suction lumen, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: AVENT, INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Cuevas, Joseph A. Cesa, Scott M. Teixeira, Michael Sleva, Adrienne A. Hershey, Stephen A. Baratian
  • Patent number: 8974399
    Abstract: There is provided a device for sampling bodily fluids. Some embodiments have a handle, a lumen, and a diverter valve. The distal end of the handle is adapted to connect with a sampling device and is in fluid communication with the lumen. There is a vacuum connection on the proximal end of the handle that is also in fluid communication with the lumen. A suction valve may desirably be located in the lumen to control the application of vacuum from the vacuum connection to the sampling device. The diverter valve directs the flow through the lumen such that a sample from the patient goes into a sputum trap when the trap is connected. The device may further have a saline port in fluid communication with the lumen, located distal to the suction valve, for rinsing the tube and diluting secretions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Teixeira, Andrew T. Baker, Brian J. Cuevas, Adrienne A. Hershey, Kok-Ming Tai, Benone Tarcau, Joseph A. Cesa, Amy G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140294698
    Abstract: There is provided a system having a sputum trap or container that is used to transfer a portion of a sample to a sample slide. The container has a body with a top and bottom. The bottom is adapted to accept the sample slide. The bottom also has a one way valve to allow transfer of a portion of the sample to the sample slide upon manipulation of the body by a user. In certain embodiments, the body may be manipulated by squeezing it or by pushing down on the top. The bottom of the container is adapted to receive the sample slide so that the sample can be transferred to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne A. Hershey, Joseph A. Cesa
  • Publication number: 20140242613
    Abstract: There is provided a lateral flow assay that can provide an indication of Gram negative (GN) or Gram positive (GP) infection (or both) within 30 minutes, and desirably in less than 15 minutes. The immediate result would signal the presence of Gram negative bacteria, Gram positive bacteria, both Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria, or no bacteria detected. The detection level would be above a specific bacterial concentration threshold that is clinically significant infection source (e.g. 10?3 cfu/ml) versus the presence of a colonizing bacteria that is not a part of the active infection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Takeuchi, Adrienne A. Hershey, Scott M. Teixeira, Stephanie M. Martin, Juan Pablo Aragon, Cindy C. Korir-Morrison, Jonathan Hofmekler
  • Patent number: 8777900
    Abstract: There is provided a venting system for enteral feeding having a reflux bag in fluid communication with an enteral feeding site on a patient. The bag has a vent that relieves enteral pressure from the patient and is located within a bellows that compresses the reflux bag after the vent relieves. The system does not rely on gravity to urge the liquid in the reflux bag back to the patient so it may be used by sleeping patients who change positions. It may also be placed in a backpack so that the patient may be freed from having to remain seated or prone for long periods of time and can instead lead a more normal lifestyle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne A. Hershey, Alison S. Bagwell
  • Publication number: 20140121613
    Abstract: There is provided an ergonomic container for draining fluid from the pleural space or peritoneal cavity of a patient. The container is desirably easy to open, easy to pour, easy to hold, easy to control and keep from falling on the floor, and that has graphics that communicate the use and disposal of the container in a relatively simple and easy to understand manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Baratian, Joseph A. Cesa, Adrienne A. Hershey, Carl Aronson
  • Publication number: 20140121618
    Abstract: There is provided an ergonomic container for draining fluid from the pleural space or peritoneal cavity of a patient. The container is desirably easy to open, easy to pour, easy to hold, easy to control and keep from falling on the floor, and that has graphics that communicate the use and disposal of the container in a relatively simple and easy to understand manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Cesa, Adrienne A. Hershey, Stephen A. Baratian, Alison S. Bagwell, Lisa A. Linton, Carl Aronson
  • Publication number: 20140090195
    Abstract: A device for cleaning the interior wall of a catheter has a cleaning lumen and a non-inflatable removal element comprising whisks. The whisks are configured around of the cleaning lumen and each whisk has a first position when unconstrained and a second position when within the catheter. The removal element self-positions the device concentrically within the catheter. Suction is desirably applied to the cleaning lumen during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer S. Stadelman, Adrienne A. Hershey, Joseph A. Cesa, JR., F. Anthony Headley, JR., John Brewer
  • Publication number: 20140088460
    Abstract: There is provided a device for sampling bodily fluids. Some embodiments have a handle, a lumen, and a diverter valve. The distal end of the handle is adapted to connect with a sampling device and is in fluid communication with the lumen. There is a vacuum connection on the proximal end of the handle that is also in fluid communication with the lumen. A suction valve may desirably be located in the lumen to control the application of vacuum from the vacuum connection to the sampling device. The diverter valve directs the flow through the lumen such that a sample from the patient goes into a sputum trap when the trap is connected. The device may further have a saline port in fluid communication with the lumen, located distal to the suction valve, for rinsing the tube and diluting secretions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Teixeira, Andrew T. Baker, Brian J. Cuevas, Adrienne A. Hershey, Kok-Ming Tai, Benone Tarcau, Joseph A. Cesa, Amy G. Williams
  • Patent number: 8672882
    Abstract: A balloon catheter device includes a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, and catheter walls defining a catheter lumen. An inflatable balloon is located at a distal end of the catheter and is inflated through an inflation valve located on a base. An internal cavity is defined in the base and is in fluid communication with the inflatable balloon. A translucent window is disposed over the internal cavity such that an interior volume of the cavity is externally viewable. Introduction of a colored fluid through the inflation valve to inflate the balloon results in the colored fluid also being present in the internal cavity, thereby providing an externally visual indication of the inflation state of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kimbery-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Rotella, Adrienne A. Hershey, Donald J. McMichael
  • Patent number: D725260
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Cesa, Adrienne A. Hershey, Stephen A. Baratian, Alison S. Bagwell, Lisa A. Dagnatchew, Carl Aronson