Patents by Inventor Alan A. Wanderer

Alan A. Wanderer 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).

  • Publication number: 20150313747
    Abstract: Medical devices are disclosed as providing nasal airway dilation in subjects in need thereof whose nasal airways are partially or completely blocked, such as for sleep; with CPAP masks; for exercise; wearing goggles alone or with helmets; and for swimming. In an aspect, the devices with a group of applications provide nasal dilation to overcome obstruction caused by nasal valve dysfunction. Methods of employing the same to dilate nasal airways are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, Ewan R. Grantham, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom, Ross Walker, Rebecca K. Berg
  • Publication number: 20150293374
    Abstract: Devices for eyewear and eyeglasses providing in situ adjustability to stabilize and maintain positioning of the eyewear and/or eyeglasses on a user are disclosed. The devices are further suitable for use in conjunction with a retainer strap and/or integrated with a retainer strap. The devices are further suitable for integration into the manufacture of eyewear and/or eyeglasses. Embodiments of the device and methods of employing the same are set forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom
  • Patent number: 9140906
    Abstract: Devices for eyewear and eyeglasses providing in situ adjustability to stabilize and maintain positioning of the eyewear and/or eyeglasses on a user are disclosed. The devices are further suitable for use in conjunction with a retainer strap and/or integrated with a retainer strap. The devices are further suitable for integration into the manufacture of eyewear and/or eyeglasses. Embodiments of the device and methods of employing the same are set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HUGGOPTICS, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom
  • Patent number: 9119708
    Abstract: Medical devices are disclosed as providing nasal airway dilation in subjects in need thereof whose nasal airways are partially or completely blocked, such as for sleep; with CPAP masks; for exercise; wearing goggles alone or with helmets; and for swimming. In an aspect, the devices with a group of application provide nasal dilation to overcome obstruction caused by nasal valve dysfunction. Methods of employing the same to dilate nasal airways are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Nozewair, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, Ewan R. Grantham, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom, Ross Walker, Rebecca K. Berg
  • Patent number: 9104044
    Abstract: Devices for eyewear and eyeglasses providing in situ adjustability to stabilize and maintain positioning of the eyewear and/or eyeglasses on a user are disclosed. The devices are further suitable for use in conjunction with a retainer strap and/or integrated with a retainer strap. The devices are further suitable for integration into the manufacture of eyewear and/or eyeglasses. Embodiments of the device and methods of employing the same are set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: HUGGOPTICS, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom
  • Publication number: 20150216710
    Abstract: Medical devices are disclosed as providing nasal airway dilation in subjects in need thereof whose nasal airways are partially or completely blocked, such as for sleep; with CPAP masks; for exercise; wearing goggles alone or with helmets; and for swimming. In an aspect, the devices with a group of applications provide nasal dilation to overcome obstruction caused by nasal valve dysfunction. Methods of employing the same to dilate nasal airways are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, Ewan R. Grantham, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom, Ross Walker, Rebecca K. Berg
  • Publication number: 20140000615
    Abstract: A system of the invention is a housing-liner apparatus complex and/or eye shield comprising an air leak preventing system is provided for use with continuous positive airway pressure devices, e.g. CPAP mask. The system includes a housing-liner and/or an eye shield reversibly or irreversibly attached to a mask, and adjustable straps extending from the housing-liner and/or eye shield to attach onto a mask to create an improved seal between the mask and the user. Beneficially, the system muffles noise associated with air leakage, and reduces other side effects with CPAP masks, e.g. slippage of the lower part of the mask into the user's mouth and/or puffing out of cheeks during sleep. Furthermore, the system may include a chin support to reduce mouth opening of the user during sleep. Overall, the system creates greater user comfort by maintaining the interface between the mask and user's face during sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Wanderer
  • Publication number: 20100233168
    Abstract: Sickle cell patients atypically experience exaggerated inflammatory responses to pathogens that normally cause mild respiratory infections in non-sickle cell humans. There appears to be heightened inflammatory responses to pathogens in combination with hypoxia in sickle cell disease. The novelty of this invention provides a new paradigm to explain the exaggerated inflammatory response of sickle cell disease to pathogens especially when accompanied by hypoxic stress. In particular, sickle cell chest injury and other complications associated with ischemia-reperfusion injury caused by vaso-occlusion can involve co-stimulation of the NALP-3 inflammasome by pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and hypoxic-induced danger associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), leading to exaggerated pro-inflammatory responses marked by increased IL-1? secretion and subsequent induction of neutrophilic inflammation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Alan Wanderer
  • Patent number: 5957125
    Abstract: The present apparatus insures proper orientation during use of an oral or nasal inhaler, as well as providing an audible rattle to aid in remembering to shake the inhaler prior to use. An indicator ball is confined within a substantially horizontal tube in the inhaler housing. One end of the tube is visually exposed within the user's field of view. The indicator ball remains out of view within the inhaler housing unless the inhaler orientation is held in a substantially vertical orientation. When proper vertical orientation is achieved, the indicator ball rolls to the exposed end of the tube and is visible to the user. Shaking the inhaler prior to use causes the indicator ball to rattle within the tube producing an audible rattle. The event of shaking the inhaler and hearing the rattle provides the user with a reinforced memory to shake the inhaler prior to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Medical Safety Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Sagstetter, Ewan Grantham, Alan A. Wanderer
  • Patent number: 5219333
    Abstract: An insert (14) for supporting a double ended needle (94, 98) during a blood collection procedure is translatably mounted with a cylinder (12) for retracting the anterior needle (98) into the cylinder (12) on completion of the procedure to prevent needle stick while the posterior needle (94) remains continually shielded against needle stick by the insert (14). An anterior lock position stabilizes the double ended needle (94, 98) during the blood collection procedure and a posterior lock position retains both ends (94, 98) of the needle shielded. Ramps (130, 132) may be associated with the posterior lock position to prevent further translation of the insert (14) and reuse of the holder (10). For a reusable holder embodiment, the used double ended needle (94, 98) is retracted, safely enclosed and locked inside the cylinder (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Assignee: Medical Safety Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Sagstetter, Alan A. Wanderer
  • Patent number: 5181524
    Abstract: A needle guard attached to the barrel of a hypodermic syringe encloses and shields the needle against contamination prior to use and prevents inadvertent direct contact therewith by medical personnel after use. Development of an aperture at the end of the needle shield to accommodate protrusion by the needle is effected by a removable member. Translation of the needle guard along the syringe barrel to uncover and recover the needle is effected by manipulation from a location rearwardly of the needle point to further protect the medical personnel. A double ended needle, usually used with a collection tube holder of a blood evacuation system, includes a needle guard which may interlock with the holder upon translation of the needle guard to expose the anterior needle and to prevent inadvertent disengagement with the holder and resulting exposure of the posterior needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: Medical Safety Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan A. Wanderer, William E. Sagstetter
  • Patent number: 5120311
    Abstract: An insert for supporting a double ended needle during a blood collection procedure is translatably mounted within a cylinder for retracting the anterior needle into the cylinder on completion of the procedure to prevent needle stick while the posterior needle remains continually shielded against needle stick by the insert. An anterior lock position stabilizes the double ended needle during the blood collection procedure and a posterior lock position retains both ends of the needle shielded. A ramp may be associated with the posterior lock position to prevent further translation of the insert and reuse of the holder. For a reusable holder embodiment, the used double ended needle is retracted, safely enclosed and locked inside the cylinder. The anterior end of the cylinder is adapted for receiving the open end of a conventional needle shield to permit gripping of the needle supporting hub and disengagement of the needle from the insert without exposure to needle stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Medical Safety Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Sagstetter, John E. Cooke, Louis E. Greenberg, Alan A. Wanderer
  • Patent number: 5030209
    Abstract: A holder includes a double ended needle supporting insert translatable within a cylinder for receiving a blood collection tube during a medical procedure. Upon translation of the insert posteriorly, the double ended needle becomes fully enclosed within the cylinder and the insert is locked in place to shield the double ended needle from contact by medical personnel. An adapter fits within the insert to accommodate pediatric tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Medical Safety Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan A. Wanderer, William E. Sagstetter, William R. King, James W. Schreiber, Randal D. Bjerke
  • Patent number: 4878902
    Abstract: A non-rotatable axially translatable anterior guard exposes, upon posterior translation along a needle supporting hub, the anterior end of the needle ready for use. Upon anterior translation of the anterior guard, it lockingly engages the hub to retain the needle therein. A detachable tab creates an aperture in the anterior guard for exteriorizing the needle and upon attachment seals the aperture to isolate within the anterior guard, in combination with the fit between the hub and the anterior sleeve, any body substances remaining with the needle after use. A removable posterior guard encloses the posterior end of the hub to receivingly retain any body substances remaining therewith after use of the needle. The anterior and posterior guards, in combination with sealing tape, permit sterilizing the needle prior to use and isolating there within any body substances after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Inventors: Alan A. Wanderer, William E. Sagstetter
  • Patent number: 4850961
    Abstract: An indwelling placement device having an introducing needle and a catheter for infusing fluids into a blood vessel incorporates a guard for shielding the needle prior to extension from therewithin and for receiving the needle upon retraction thereinto to preclude an operator inadvertently contacting the needle after use. Once retracted, the needle cannot be extended from within the guard. Upon retraction of the needle into the guard, a button mates with the open end of a hollow hub of the needle to prevent outflow of residual blood therefrom. A valve is incorporated with the catheter to preclude blood outflow from the catheter upon withdrawal of the needle and prior to attachment of an intravenous line for conveying a fluid to be intravenously administered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventors: Alan A. Wanderer, William E. Sagstetter
  • Patent number: 4731059
    Abstract: This invention relates to a combination needle shield/needle guard device that is positively locked onto detachable needle assemblies for an evacuated blood collection system and for a hypodermic syringe. More particularly, this invention can: (1) function as a needle shield to enclose and prevent contamination of the sterile needle to be used for a medical procedure; (2) function as a needle guard which can slide on a length extension for either needle assembly, such that the needle can be uncovered or re-covered in a direction from behind the needle point, thereby providing a safety feature for the operator who can avoid direct contact with a used, blood-contaminated needle point. Avoidance of direct contact with used needle points will reduce the likelihood of contracting blood-borne infections such as AIDS, infectious hepatitis, syphilis etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Medical Safety Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan A. Wanderer, William E. Sagstetter
  • Patent number: 4693708
    Abstract: This invention relates to a combination needle shield/needle guard device for a hypodermic syringe with a needle permanently attached to the front end of the syringe barrel. This needle shield/needle guard device is positively locked to the syringe barrel and can perform two functions: first, function as a needle shield which encloses and prevents contamination of a sterile needle and secondly, function as a needle guard which can slide on the surface of the syringe barrel, such that the needle can be uncovered and re-covered from behind the needle point, thereby providing a safety feature in that medical personnel can avoid direct contact with a needle point during the process of uncovering or re-covering the needle. More particularly, an unused sterile hypodermic needle is enclosed within the needle shield/needle guard device which protects the needle from contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Inventors: Alan A. Wanderer, William E. Sagstetter
  • Patent number: 4664653
    Abstract: One step manually activated injection apparatus capable of injecting multiple pre-measured doses of liquid medicaments without visibility of needle. It is composed of cylindrical housing unit with small aperture at bottom and removeable manual plunger unit at the top, and within housing unit there is a syringe unit composed of a piston, ampule with pre-measured liquid medicament, needle covered with sterile sheath and clip apparatus attached onto the ampule. The injection apparatus is placed in ready position by contacting the bottom of housing unit against a skin surface. One forward manual push on manual plunger unit performs two distinct functions. First, the manual plunger unit engages the clip apparatus attached to syringe ampule, permitting forward movement of syringe unit within housing unit, allowing needle to pierce sheath and pass externally through aperture of housing unit without visibility into the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Inventors: William E. Sagstetter, Alan A. Wanderer