Patents by Inventor Glade H. Howell

Glade H. Howell 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: 10456497
    Abstract: A dressing for use in protectively covering and isolating a medical device placed on and/or through the skin surface of a patient is disclosed. Examples of such devices include infusion needles for accessing subcutaneously implanted access ports, catheters of various types and purposes, insulin infusion needles, etc. In one embodiment, a dressing for covering a medical device on a skin surface of a patient is disclosed and comprises a dressing portion that is configured to rest against a skin surface of a patient, with the dressing portion defining a hole, and a polymeric cover film that is at least indirectly attached to the dressing portion. The cover film includes a pliable domed portion aligned with the hole of the dressing portion. The pliable domed portion defines a cavity that is configured to receive therein the medical device when the dressing is placed on the skin of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Kelly J. Christian, Matthew W. Bown
  • Patent number: 10420884
    Abstract: An insertion device to assist in accessing an access port that has been subcutaneously implanted in the body of a patient is disclosed. The implanted access port is accessed by a needle of a needle assembly, such as a needle-based infusion set. In one embodiment, the insertion device comprises a body that includes a stabilizing portion and a guide portion. The stabilizing portion stabilizes a position of the implanted access port when the body is placed on the skin of the patient atop the implanted access port. The guide portion guides a needle of the needle assembly along a predetermined path such that the needle transcutaneously pierces a septum of the implanted access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Bradley J. VanderStek, Jeremy B. Cox, Laurie M. Whetstone, Manikantan Shanmugham, Matthew W. Bown, Jason R. Stats, Kenneth W. Sykes
  • Publication number: 20190126021
    Abstract: An application device for dispensing a fluid, including a liquid, gel, topical fluid, or other flowable substance, stored within a volume of the application device package is disclosed. The application device is manually deformable so as to permit breakage and establish an opening to the volume storing the topical fluid. In one embodiment, the application device comprises a sealed package that defines a volume in which the fluid is disposed. The package includes a partial slit that is configured to provide an opening to the volume when the package is deformed. The opening is configured to enable the fluid to be released from the volume. An applicator element is in communication with the volume upon release from the package. The applicator element can include a gauze, foam, compliant pad, or other suitable element, and is configured to assist with dispersion of the fluid on a surface, such a patient's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Tidwell, Glade H. Howell
  • Publication number: 20190083752
    Abstract: A full-surround contact antimicrobial dressing is disclosed. The dressing includes a transparent body that covers a skin insertion site through which a catheter assembly passes for disposal within the body of a patient. The transparency of the dressing body enables inspection of the skin insertion site. In one embodiment, therefore, an antimicrobial full-surround contact dressing for use with a medical device inserted into a skin surface of a patient via a skin insertion site is disclosed and comprises a transparent flat body, an antimicrobial adhesive substance disposed on a bottom surface of the body, and a slit defined in the body. The slit is configured to enable the body to be placed fully around a perimeter of the medical device on the skin surface at the skin insertion site such that the bottom surface of the body fully surrounds and contacts the skin insertion site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Kelly J. Christian, Mark J. Heninger, Jonathan W. Rutledge
  • Publication number: 20170326340
    Abstract: A securement device configured to secure an external portion of a medical device to the skin surface of a patient after an internal portion of the device has been placed in the patient is disclosed. The securement device includes a retainer that is employed to securely retain the external portion of the medical device in place. The retainer is attached to a base, such as an adhesive pad that adhesively attaches to the skin surface. In one embodiment, therefore, a retainer comprises a body defining a channel configured to receive therein a portion of the medical device, and at least one foot extending from the body that is configured to stabilize the retainer with respect to a skin surface. The retainer body further includes a nose that is configured to deflect a portion of the external portion of the medical device toward the skin insertion site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Jeremy A. Pearce, Ruben Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20170232226
    Abstract: Medical device kits for use in placing, maintaining, altering, and/or removing medical devices in, on, and/or from the body of a patient are disclosed. Such medical device kits can include one or more wrap assemblies for use in the placement/maintenance procedure. In accordance with present embodiments, the one or more wrap assemblies of the medical device kit can include various features to assist the clinician performing the particular procedure. In one embodiment, a medical wrap assembly is disclosed, comprising a foldable wrap body that includes a front surface, wherein the front surface is configured to define a sterile field. A plurality of pockets is included on the front surface of the wrap body. The pockets are configured to contain therein a plurality of medical components. The medical components are arranged in the pockets in a predetermined order of use for the medical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Matt Loui, Bradley J. VanderStek, Matthew W. Bown, Glade H. Howell, Jennifer Stryker, Ryan E. Emmerson, Thomas Johnson, Kelly J. Christian
  • Publication number: 20170172563
    Abstract: A delivery device for inserting a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures into a body of a patient in a spaced-apart configuration for the purpose of securing the stomach wall against the abdominal wall, also known as gastropexy, is disclosed. The suture delivery device is configured to deliver multiple sutures using a single needle and without need for reloading, saving time and effort for the clinician and simplifying the suture placement process. In one embodiment, a T-fastener-equipped suture delivery device comprises a housing, a hollow needle extending from the housing, and a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures at least partially disposed within one of the needle and the housing. An ejection assembly for successively ejecting the T-fasteners from a distal end of the needle without reloading the delivery device is also included in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Steven A. Weir, Glade H. Howell, Michael Barenboym, Kenneth A. Eliasen, Matthew J. Cohn
  • Patent number: 9592044
    Abstract: A delivery device for inserting a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures into a body of a patient in a spaced-apart configuration for the purpose of securing the stomach wall against the abdominal wall, also known as gastropexy, is disclosed. The suture delivery device is configured to deliver multiple sutures using a single needle and without need for reloading, saving time and effort for the clinician and simplifying the suture placement process. In one embodiment, a T-fastener-equipped suture delivery device comprises a housing, a hollow needle extending from the housing, and a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures at least partially disposed within one of the needle and the housing. An ejection assembly for successively ejecting the T-fasteners from a distal end of the needle without reloading the delivery device is also included in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Weir, Glade H. Howell, Michael Barenboym, Kenneth A. Eliasen, Matthew J. Cohn
  • Publication number: 20160375233
    Abstract: An application device for dispensing a fluid, including a liquid, gel, topical fluid, or other flowable substance, stored within a volume of the application device package is disclosed. The application device is manually deformable so as to permit breakage and establish an opening to the volume storing the topical fluid. In one embodiment, the application device comprises a sealed package that defines a volume in which the fluid is disposed. The package includes a partial slit that is configured to provide an opening to the volume when the package is deformed. The opening is configured to enable the fluid to be released from the volume. An applicator element is also included within the package and exposed upon package opening. The applicator element can include a gauze, foam, compliant pad, or other suitable element, and is configured to assist with dispersion of the fluid on a surface, such a patient's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicants: C. R. Bard, Inc., C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Tidwell, Glade H. Howell
  • Publication number: 20160206855
    Abstract: A medical article, such as a catheter, is secured with respect to a patient with a securement device. The securement device may include a retainer and anchor pad. Certain devices may further include, for example, straps, flaps, dressings, slots, and recesses for securing the medical article to the patient. The retainer may include a recess and/or a channel. At least one surface of the retainer may be coated with an adhesive. A support member may be coupled to the retainer. The support member may include a channel configured to receive a proximally extending portion of the medical article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Matthew W. Bown, Jeremy A. Pearce, Anthony S. Elangovan
  • Publication number: 20160067106
    Abstract: A dressing for use in protectively covering and isolating a medical device placed on and/or through the skin surface of a patient is disclosed. Examples of such devices include infusion needles for accessing subcutaneously implanted access ports, catheters of various types and purposes, insulin infusion needles, etc. In one embodiment, a dressing for covering a medical device on a skin surface of a patient is disclosed and comprises a dressing portion that is configured to rest against a skin surface of a patient, with the dressing portion defining a hole, and a polymeric cover film that is at least indirectly attached to the dressing portion. The cover film includes a pliable domed portion aligned with the hole of the dressing portion. The pliable domed portion defines a cavity that is configured to receive therein the medical device when the dressing is placed on the skin of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Kelly J. Christian, Matthew W. Bown, Anthony S. Elangovan, Jay A. Muse
  • Publication number: 20150297867
    Abstract: A safety needle assembly of an infusion set is disclosed. The needle assembly is configured to prevent fluid/vapor escape therefrom so as to reduce or prevent fluid exposure to a clinician using the needle assembly. In one embodiment, the needle assembly comprises a handle portion including a needle extending therefrom, the needle defining a lumen for passage of a fluid therethrough. The needle assembly also includes a safety assembly defining a needle hole through which the needle initially extends. The safety assembly is selectively and axially slidable along the needle in order to shield a distal tip of the needle and prevent user contact therewith. A fluid isolation component is included in the safety assembly for isolating fluid escape from the needle. In another embodiment, an interface pad is included on the bottom of the needle assembly and includes an antimicrobial and/or haemostatic agent to protect the needle insertion site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Anthony S. Elangovan, Matthew W. Bown, Bradley J. VanderStek, Lindsey E. Corum, James D. Beal
  • Publication number: 20150250944
    Abstract: An insertion device to assist in accessing an access port that has been subcutaneously implanted in the body of a patient is disclosed. The implanted access port is accessed by a needle of a needle assembly, such as a needle-based infusion set. In one embodiment, the insertion device comprises a body that includes a stabilizing portion and a guide portion. The stabilizing portion stabilizes a position of the implanted access port when the body is placed on the skin of the patient atop the implanted access port. The guide portion guides a needle of the needle assembly along a predetermined path such that the needle transcutaneously pierces a septum of the implanted access port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Bradley J. VanderStek, Jeremy B. Cox, Laurie M. Whetstone, Manikantan Shanmugham, Matthew W. Bown, Jason R. Stats, Kenneth W. Sykes
  • Publication number: 20150224285
    Abstract: A medical article, such as a catheter, is secured with respect to a patient with a securement device. The securement device may include a retainer and anchor pad. Certain devices may further include, for example, straps, flaps, dressings, slots, and recesses for securing the medical article to the patient. The retainer may include a recess and/or a channel. At least one surface of the retainer may be coated with an adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Glade H. Howell, Matthew W. Bown, Jeremy A. Pearce, Anthony S. Elangovan
  • Patent number: 8864714
    Abstract: A catheter and introducer needle assembly with a needle shield is provided. The needle shield includes a means for preventing unwanted distal movement of the needle once the needle has been withdrawn into the needle shield. The needle shield also includes a means for connecting the needle shield to the catheter hub until the sharp distal tip of the introducer needle has been withdrawn into the needle shield. Thus, when the distal end of the introducer needle extends from the distal portion of the needle shield, the needle shield is connected to the catheter hub and when the sharp distal end of the introducer needle is withdrawn into the needle shield, the needle shield is disconnected from the catheter hub. At that point, the sharp needle tip is secured within the needle shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Weston F. Harding, Christopher N. Cindrich, Glade H. Howell, Greg L. Brimhall
  • Publication number: 20140031674
    Abstract: A guidance system for assisting with the insertion of a needle into a patient body is disclosed. The guidance system utilizes ultrasound imaging or other suitable imaging technology. In one embodiment, the guidance system comprises an imaging device including a probe for producing an image of an internal body portion target, such as a vessel. One or more sensors are included with the probe. The sensors sense a detectable characteristic related to the needle, such as a magnetic field of a magnet included with the needle. The system includes a processor that uses data relating to the sensed characteristic to determine a 3-D position of the needle. The system includes a display for depicting the position of the needle. A needle assembly including a hub, cannula, and magnetic element is also disclosed, wherein a magnetic axis of the magnetic element is configured to be coaxially aligned with the needle cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Jon B. Newman, Sarah L. Montgomery, Randi Cleverly, Michael S. Guthrie, Joseph J. Stupak, JR., Glade H. Howell, Eddie K. Burnside, Bret Hamatake, Chad A. Hadley, Robert N. Golden
  • Patent number: 8512294
    Abstract: A medical device includes an antimicrobial layer. A method of depositing an antimicrobial agent on or in the body of a medical device includes inserting a high temperature resistant tube having multiple holes through its surface into a vascular access device and coating, or delivering an antimicrobial agent to, and interior surface of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: David Ou-Yang, Wayne K. Rasmussen, Glade H. Howell, Lantao Guo
  • Patent number: 8377010
    Abstract: A medical access device provides needleless access to patient fluid lines such as intravascular catheters. A retaining ring at the top end of the housing of the medical access device is molded around a septum that provides access for a tubular portion of a medical device such as a male luer taper of a syringe. Alternatively, the retaining ring may also be molded around the body or around both the body and the base of the housing. The molded retaining ring and septum are attached by mechanical attachment and/or chemical adhesion to minimize axial and rotational movement between the septum and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Weston F. Harding, Glade H. Howell, Craig N. Gawreluk, Kelly David Christensen, Marty Lee Stout
  • Publication number: 20120203250
    Abstract: A delivery device for inserting a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures into a body of a patient in a spaced-apart configuration for the purpose of securing the stomach wall against the abdominal wall, also known as gastropexy, is disclosed. The suture delivery device is configured to deliver multiple sutures using a single needle and without need for reloading, saving time and effort for the clinician and simplifying the suture placement process. In one embodiment, a T-fastener-equipped suture delivery device comprises a housing, a hollow needle extending from the housing, and a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures at least partially disposed within one of the needle and the housing. An ejection assembly for successively ejecting the T-fasteners from a distal end of the needle without reloading the delivery device is also included in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Weir, Glade H. Howell, Michael Barenboym, Kenneth A. Eliasen, Matthew J. Cohn
  • Publication number: 20120179102
    Abstract: A dilator system for insertion of a catheter or other elongate device into a body of a patient includes a catheter having a lumen that initially defines a first inner diameter. The catheter includes a swellable material that swells after insertion into the body. A dilator includes an elongate body that is initially disposed in the catheter lumen and a tapered head extending from a distal end of the catheter lumen. The dilator head defines an outer diameter that is larger than the first inner diameter of the catheter lumen. After insertion of the dilator head and a distal portion of the catheter into the body, the catheter swells such that the lumen defines a second inner diameter that is larger than the outer diameter of the dilator head. This enables the dilator to be proximally removed from the body via the catheter lumen defining the second diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Blanchard, Mark A. Christensen, Glade H. Howell, Catherine C. Breiter