Patents by Inventor Gardner J. Kimm

Gardner J. Kimm 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: 20150314092
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods that utilize a tracheal tube system with a piezoelectric cuff inflation system. The piezoelectric cuff inflator system may include an inlet, and outlet, and a piezoelectric element. In use the piezoelectric cuff inflator system may actuate the piezoelectric element to move a fluid from the inlet through the outlet suitable for inflating one or more cuffs included in the tracheal tube system. A circuitry may provide a frequency signal suitable for delivering a constant pressure to the cuff via the piezoelectric cuff inflation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Gardner J. Kimm
  • Patent number: 7926485
    Abstract: A medical ventilator includes a pressure generator for increasing a pressure of gas that produces heat during the operation thereof. A heat sink spaced from the pressure generator is provided for absorbing heat from the pressure generator. A bacteria filter requiring heating in excess of an ambient temperature for the effective operation thereof is coupled in thermal communication with the heat sink. A heat pipe is coupled in thermal communication with the heat sink and the pressure generator for conveying at least part of heat produced by the pressure generator to the bacteria filter via the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Nguyen, Gardner J. Kimm, Steve Han, Mabini M. Arcilla
  • Publication number: 20090071479
    Abstract: A medical ventilator includes a pressure generator for increasing a pressure of gas that produces heat during the operation thereof. A heat sink spaced from the pressure generator is provided for absorbing heat from the pressure generator. A bacteria filter requiring heating in excess of an ambient temperature for the effective operation thereof is coupled in thermal communication with the heat sink. A heat pipe is coupled in thermal communication with the heat sink and the pressure generator for conveying at least part of heat produced by the pressure generator to the bacteria filter via the heat sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: RIC INVESTMENTS LLC
    Inventors: PATRICK NGUYEN, GARDNER J. KIMM, STEVE HAN, MABINI M. ARCILLA
  • Patent number: 7497215
    Abstract: A medical ventilator includes a pressure generator for increasing a pressure of gas that produces heat during the operation thereof. A heat sink spaced from the pressure generator is provided for absorbing heat from the pressure generator. A bacteria filter requiring heating in excess of an ambient temperature for the effective operation thereof is coupled in thermal communication with the heat sink. A heat pipe is coupled in thermal communication with the heat sink and the pressure generator for conveying at least part of heat produced by the pressure generator to the bacteria filter via the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Patrick Nguyen, Gardner J. Kimm, Steve Han, Mabini M. Arcilla
  • Patent number: 7431031
    Abstract: An insufflation system that includes a first tube that inserts into a patient's airway for providing a primary flow of breathing gas to such a patient. At least one insufflation catheter is provided in or within the first tube for delivering a flow of insufflation gas to the patient. In one embodiment, a flow control system is coupled between the first tube, the insufflation catheter, and a source of insufflation gas to control the flow of gas between the patient circuit, the insufflation catheter, and the source of insufflation gas. In another embodiment, a ventilator and tracheal gas insufflation system are provided in a common housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Bernie F. Hete, Thomas A. McCann, Gardner J. Kimm
  • Patent number: 7000612
    Abstract: A medical ventilator system and method that triggers, cycles, or both based on patient effort, which is determined from cross-correlating patient flow and patient pressure. The medical ventilator is also controlled such that sensitivity to a patient initiated trigger increases as the expiratory phase of the breathing cycle progresses. The present invention also provides adaptive adjustment of cycling criteria to optimize the cycling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC.
    Inventors: Mehdi M. Jafari, Gardner J. Kimm, Karrie McGuigan
  • Patent number: 6823866
    Abstract: A medical ventilator system and method that triggers, cycles, or both based on patient effort, which is determined from cross-correlating patient flow and patient pressure. The medical ventilator is also controlled such that sensitivity to a patient initiated trigger increases as the expiratory phase of the breathing cycle progresses. The present invention also provides adaptive adjustment of cycling criteria to optimize the cycling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Respironics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi M. Jafari, Gardner J. Kimm, Karrie McGuigan
  • Publication number: 20040221854
    Abstract: An insufflation system that includes a first tube that inserts into a patient's airway for providing a primary flow of breathing gas to such a patient. At least one insufflation catheter is provided in or within the first tube for delivering a flow of insufflation gas to the patient. In one embodiment, a flow control system is coupled between the first tube, the insufflation catheter, and a source of insufflation gas to control the flow of gas between the patient circuit, the insufflation catheter, and the source of insufflation gas. In another embodiment, a ventilator and tracheal gas insufflation system are provided in a common housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Applicant: Respironics Inc.
    Inventors: Bernie F. Hete, Thomas A. McCann, Gardner J. Kimm
  • Publication number: 20040103896
    Abstract: A medical ventilator system and method that triggers, cycles, or both based on patient effort, which is determined from cross-correlating patient flow and patient pressure. The medical ventilator is also controlled such that sensitivity to a patient initiated trigger increases as the expiratory phase of the breathing cycle progresses. The present invention also provides adaptive adjustment of cycling criteria to optimize the cycling operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Applicant: Respironics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi M. Jafari, Gardner J. Kimm, Karrie McGuigan
  • Patent number: 6626175
    Abstract: A medical ventilator system and method that triggers, cycles, or both based on patient effort, which is determined from cross-correlating patient flow and patient pressure. The medical ventilator is also controlled such that sensitivity to a patient initiated trigger increases as the expiratory phase of the breathing cycle progresses. The present invention also provides adaptive adjustment of cycling criteria to optimize the cycling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Respironics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi M. Jafari, Gardner J. Kimm, Karrie McGuigan
  • Patent number: 6543449
    Abstract: A ventilatory system which may be operated in an invasive and a non-invasive mode is provided utilizing a graphical user interface for presenting only those controlled parameters utilized for that specific mode of operation. Volume and pressure ventilatory support parameters are included for invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation control parameters are provided for non-invasive ventilatory assistance. The graphical user interface enables an operator to select the desired mode of operation wherein only those parameters related to that specific mode of operation are presented. Furthermore, a blower is provided for providing an air source to the ventilator enabling the ventilator to be self sufficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Respironics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Woodring, Gardner J. Kimm, Robert L. Stephenson, David R. Rogers, Donald J. Novkov, Rebecca A. Mabry, Steve Harrington
  • Publication number: 20030062045
    Abstract: A ventilatory system which may be operated in an invasive and a non-invasive mode is provided utilizing a graphical user interface for presenting only those controlled parameters utilized for that specific mode of operation. Volume and pressure ventilatory support parameters are included for invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation control parameters are provided for non-invasive ventilatory assistance. The graphical user interface enables an operator to select the desired mode of operation wherein only those parameters related to that specific mode of operation are presented. Furthermore, a blower is provided for providing an air source to the ventilator enabling the ventilator to be self sufficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Applicant: Respironics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Woodring, Gardner J. Kimm, Robert L. Stephenson, David R. Rogers, Donald J. Novkov, Rebecca A. Mabry, Steve Harrington
  • Publication number: 20020053345
    Abstract: A medical ventilator system and method that triggers, cycles, or both based on patient effort, which is determined from cross-correlating patient flow and patient pressure. The medical ventilator is also controlled such that sensitivity to a patient initiated trigger increases as the expiratory phase of the breathing cycle progresses. The present invention also provides adaptive adjustment of cycling criteria to optimize the cycling operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Inventors: Mehdi M. Jafari, Gardner J. Kimm, Karrie McGuigan
  • Patent number: 5660171
    Abstract: The system and method for flow triggering pressure supported ventilation include a source of a predetermined, preinspiratory, constant flow of breathing gas to a patient, one or more flow sensors for measuring the rate of gas flow in a flow path communicating with the patient, means for determining when inhalation from the flow path has occurred, and means for generating pressure support in the delivered gas flow in response to inhalation by the patient, means to terminate pressure support when inspiratory phase concludes, and means to reestablish the predetermined, preinspiratory, continuous flow of breathing prior to the patient's next inspiratory effort. A plurality of individual gas sources preferably provide a controlled mixture of breathing gas. In combination with pressure support to the patient during the inspiration effort, the flow triggering strategy of the invention offers significant improvements in providing breath support to patients having weakened respiratory capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Puritan-Bennett Corporation
    Inventors: Gardner J. Kimm, Glen N. Gee, Paul J. Fennema, Warren G. Sanborn
  • Patent number: 5390666
    Abstract: The method for flow triggering breath supported ventilation is accomplished by providing a system comprising a source of a predetermined, preinspiratory, constant flow of breathing gas and connecting such to a patient breathing attachment. One or more flow sensors measure the gas flow rate in a flow path communicating with the patient breathing attachment, determining when inhalation from the flow path has occurred. Breath support is generated in the delivered gas flow in response to inhalation by the patient, and the predetermined, preinspiratory, continuous flow of breathing gas is reestablished prior to the patient's next inspiratory effort. In combination with various types of breath support, the flow triggering strategy of the invention offers significant improvements in providing breath support to patients having weakened respiratory capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Puritan-Bennett Corporation
    Inventors: Gardner J. Kimm, Glen N. Gee, Paul J. Fennema, Warren G. Sanborn
  • Patent number: 5161525
    Abstract: The system and method for flow triggering pressure supported ventilation include a source of a predetermined, preinspiratory, constant flow of breathing gas to a patient, one or more flow sensors for measuring the rate of gas flow in a flow path communicating with the patient, means for determining when inhalation from the flow path has occurred, and means for generating pressure support in the delivered gas flow in response to inhalation by the patient, means to terminate pressure support when inspiratory phase concludes, and means to reestablish the predetermined, preinspiratory, continuous flow of breathing prior to the patient's next inspiratory effort. A plurality of individual gas sources preferably provide a controlled mixture of breathing gas. In combination with pressure support to the patient during the inspiration effort, the flow triggering strategy of the invention offers significant improvements in providing breath support to patients having weakened respiratory capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Puritan-Bennett Corporation
    Inventors: Gardner J. Kimm, Glen N. Gee, Paul J. Fennema, Warren G. Sanborn