Patents by Inventor Don Hannula

Don Hannula 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: 20070027377
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a thinned portion between the emitter and the detector. A partially transparent covering layer covers the substrate layer and comprises a corresponding thinned portion. The thinned portions attenuate light shunted via the substrate layer and the partially transparent covering layer from the emitter to the detector, and may be configured such that less than 10% of the light detectable by the detector is shunted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Inventors: Russ DeLonzor, Paul Mannheimer, Michael Fein, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20070021660
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a thinned portion between the emitter and the detector. A partially transparent covering layer covers the substrate layer and comprises a corresponding thinned portion. The thinned portions attenuate light shunted via the substrate layer and the partially transparent covering layer from the emitter to the detector, and may be configured such that less than 10% of the light detectable by the detector is shunted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Russ DeLonzor, Paul Mannheimer, Michael Fein, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20070021662
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a thinned portion between the emitter and the detector. A partially transparent covering layer covers the substrate layer and comprises a corresponding thinned portion. The thinned portions attenuate light shunted via the substrate layer and the partially transparent covering layer from the emitter to the detector, and may be configured such that less than 10% of the light detectable by the detector is shunted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Russ DeLonzor, Paul Mannheimer, Michael Fein, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20070021661
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector coupled to a substrate layer and a partially opaque layer located on a patient contact side of the sensor and covering the emitter. The partially opaque layer is configured to attenuate light shunted via the partially opaque layer from the emitter to the detector, and may be configured such that less than 10% of the light detected by the detector is shunted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Russ DeLonzor, Paul Mannheimer, Michael Fein, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20070021663
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a thinned portion between the emitter and the detector. A partially transparent covering layer covers the substrate layer and comprises a corresponding thinned portion. The thinned portions attenuate light shunted via the substrate layer and the partially transparent covering layer from the emitter to the detector, and may be configured such that less than 10% of the light detectable by the detector is shunted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Russ DeLonzor, Paul Mannheimer, Michael Fein, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20070021659
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising a light emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a plurality of perforations or variations in thickness between the light emitter and the detector. The plurality of perforations or variations in thickness blocks or scatters light shunted via the substrate layer from the light emitter to the detector, and may be configured such that less than 10% of the light detectable by the detector is shunted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Russ DeLonzor, Paul Mannheimer, Michael Fein, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20070015982
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor having an emitter(s) and a detector, with a layer having a first portion of the emitter and a second portion of layer over the detector is provided. A barrier is included between the first and second portions of the overlying layer to substantially block radiation of the wavelengths emitted by the emitter(s). Preferably, the barrier reduces the radiation shunted to less than 10% of the radiation detected, and more preferably to less than 1% of the radiation detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventors: Russ Delonzor, Paul Mannheimer, Michael Fein, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20060281984
    Abstract: Forehead oximetry sensor devices and methods for determining physiological parameters using forehead oximetry sensors. One method includes placing an oximetry sensor on the forehead of a patient, such that the sensor is placed on the lower forehead region, above the eyebrow with the sensor optics placed lateral of the iris and proximal the temple; and operating the pulse oximeter to obtain the physiological parameter. In one aspect, the method also includes providing and placing a headband over the oximetry sensor, or alternately, the sensor is a headband-integrated sensor. The headband has an elastic segment sized to fit around the patient's head. The headband also includes a non-elastic segment that is smaller than and attached with the elastic segment. The non-elastic segment is sized to span a portion of the elastic segment when the elastic segment is stretched. In addition, the non-elastic segment is larger than the portion of the elastic segment it spans when the elastic segment is not stretched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: December 14, 2006
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Mannheimer, Don Hannula, Donald Bebout, Michael O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20060276700
    Abstract: An optical sensor having a cover layer, an emitter disposed on a first side of the cover, a detector disposed on the first side of said cover, and a plurality of stacked independent adhesive layers disposed on the same first side of the cover, wherein the top most exposed adhesive layer is attached to a patient's skin. Thus, when the sensor is removed to perform a site check of the tissue location, one of the adhesive layers may also be removed and discarded, exposing a fresh adhesive surface below for reattachment to a patient's skin. The independent pieces of the adhesive layers can be serially used to extend the useful life of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: Michael O'Neil, Paul Mannheimer, Rodney Chin, Adnan Merchant, Joseph Coakley, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20060264723
    Abstract: A method for use and an improved oximeter sensor substrate that is conforming to the shape of the patient's forehead. In one embodiment, the present invention is an oximeter sensor, having a substrate with a shape similar to a shape of at least a portion of a patient's forehead and including a section adapted to substantially fit over a portion of a forehead of a patient; an emitter disposed on the substrate at a position located on the section; and a detector disposed on the substrate at a distance from the emitter. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a hat that holds the emitter and the detector in a spaced-part manner against the patient's forehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Don Hannula, Paul Mannheimer
  • Publication number: 20060264725
    Abstract: A method for use and an improved oximeter sensor substrate that is conforming to the shape of the patient's forehead. In one embodiment, the present invention is an oximeter sensor, having a substrate with a shape similar to a shape of at least a portion of a patient's forehead and including a section adapted to substantially fit over a portion of a forehead of a patient; an emitter disposed on the substrate at a position located on the section; and a detector disposed on the substrate at a distance from the emitter. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a hat that holds the emitter and the detector in a spaced-part manner against the patient's forehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Don Hannula, Paul Mannheimer
  • Publication number: 20060264727
    Abstract: Forehead oximetry sensor devices and methods for determining physiological parameters using forehead oximetry sensors. One method includes placing an oximetry sensor on the forehead of a patient, such that the sensor is placed on the lower forehead region, above the eyebrow with the sensor optics placed lateral of the iris and proximal the temple; and operating the pulse oximeter to obtain the physiological parameter. In one aspect, the method also includes providing and placing a headband over the oximetry sensor, or alternately, the sensor is a headband-integrated sensor. The headband has an elastic segment sized to fit around the patient's head. The headband also includes a non-elastic segment that is smaller than and attached with the elastic segment. The non-elastic segment is sized to span a portion of the elastic segment when the elastic segment is stretched. In addition, the non-elastic segment is larger than the portion of the elastic segment it spans when the elastic segment is not stretched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Mannheimer, Don Hannula, Donald Bebout, Michael O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20060264726
    Abstract: Forehead oximetry sensor devices and methods for determining physiological parameters using forehead oximetry sensors. One method includes placing an oximetry sensor on the forehead of a patient, such that the sensor is placed on the lower forehead region, above the eyebrow with the sensor optics placed lateral of the iris and proximal the temple; and operating the pulse oximeter to obtain the physiological parameter. In one aspect, the method also includes providing and placing a headband over the oximetry sensor, or alternately, the sensor is a headband-integrated sensor. The headband has an elastic segment sized to fit around the patient's head. The headband also includes a non-elastic segment that is smaller than and attached with the elastic segment. The non-elastic segment is sized to span a portion of the elastic segment when the elastic segment is stretched. In addition, the non-elastic segment is larger than the portion of the elastic segment it spans when the elastic segment is not stretched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Mannheimer, Don Hannula, Donald Bebout, Michael O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20060264722
    Abstract: A method for use and an improved oximeter sensor substrate that is conforming to the shape of the patient's forehead. In one embodiment, the present invention is an oximeter sensor, having a substrate with a shape similar to a shape of at least a portion of a patient's forehead and including a section adapted to substantially fit over a portion of a forehead of a patient; an emitter disposed on the substrate at a position located on the section; and a detector disposed on the substrate at a distance from the emitter. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a hat that holds the emitter and the detector in a spaced-part manner against the patient's forehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Don Hannula, Paul Mannheimer
  • Publication number: 20060264724
    Abstract: A method for use and an improved oximeter sensor substrate that is conforming to the shape of the patient's forehead. In one embodiment, the present invention is an oximeter sensor, having a substrate with a shape similar to a shape of at least a portion of a patient's forehead and including a section adapted to substantially fit over a portion of a forehead of a patient; an emitter disposed on the substrate at a position located on the section; and a detector disposed on the substrate at a distance from the emitter. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a hat that holds the emitter and the detector in a spaced-part manner against the patient's forehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Don Hannula, Paul Mannheimer
  • Patent number: 7113815
    Abstract: An optical sensor having a cover layer, an emitter disposed on a first side of the cover, a detector disposed on the first side of said cover, and a plurality of stacked independent adhesive layers disposed on the same first side of the cover, wherein the top most exposed adhesive layer is attached to a patient's skin. Thus, when the sensor is removed to perform a site check of the tissue location, one of the adhesive layers may also be removed and discarded, exposing a fresh adhesive surface below for re-attachment to a patient's skin. The independent pieces of the adhesive layers can be serially used to extend the useful life of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Patrick O'Neil, Paul Mannheimer, Rodney Chin, Adnan Merchant, Joseph Coakley, Don Hannula
  • Publication number: 20060195028
    Abstract: A method for use and an improved oximeter sensor substrate that is conforming to the shape of the patient's forehead. In one embodiment, the present invention is an oximeter sensor, having a substrate with a shape similar to a shape of at least a portion of a patient's forehead and including a section adapted to substantially fit over a portion of a forehead of a patient; an emitter disposed on the substrate at a position located on the section; and a detector disposed on the substrate at a distance from the emitter. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a hat that holds the emitter and the detector in a spaced-part manner against the patient's forehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventors: Don Hannula, Paul Mannheimer
  • Patent number: 7047056
    Abstract: A method for use and an improved oximeter sensor substrate that is conforming to the shape of the patient's forehead. In one embodiment, the present invention is an oximeter sensor, having a substrate with a shape similar to a shape of at least a portion of a patient's forehead and including a section adapted to substantially fit over a portion of a forehead of a patient; an emitter disposed on the substrate at a position located on the section; and a detector disposed on the substrate at a distance from the emitter. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a hat that holds the emitter and the detector in a spaced-part manner against the patient's forehead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Incorporated
    Inventors: Don Hannula, Paul Mannheimer
  • Publication number: 20050070776
    Abstract: Forehead oximetry sensor devices and methods for determining physiological parameters using forehead oximetry sensors. One method includes placing an oximetry sensor on the forehead of a patient, such that the sensor is placed on the lower forehead region, above the eyebrow with the sensor optics placed lateral of the iris and proximal the temple; and operating the pulse oximeter to obtain the physiological parameter. In one aspect, the method also includes providing and placing a headband over the oximetry sensor, or alternately, the sensor is a headband-integrated sensor. The headband has an elastic segment sized to fit around the patient's head. The headband also includes a non-elastic segment that is smaller than and attached with the elastic segment. The non-elastic segment is sized to span a portion of the elastic segment when the elastic segment is stretched. In addition, the non-elastic segment is larger than the portion of the elastic segment it spans when the elastic segment is not stretched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Publication date: March 31, 2005
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Mannheimer, Don Hannula, Donald Bebout, Michael O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20040267104
    Abstract: A method for use and an improved oximeter sensor substrate that is conforming to the shape of the patient's forehead. In one embodiment, the present invention is an oximeter sensor, having a substrate with a shape similar to a shape of at least a portion of a patient's forehead and including a section adapted to substantially fit over a portion of a forehead of a patient; an emitter disposed on the substrate at a position located on the section; and a detector disposed on the substrate at a distance from the emitter. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a hat that holds the emitter and the detector in a spaced-part manner against the patient's forehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Inc.
    Inventors: Don Hannula, Paul Mannheimer