Patents by Inventor Karen L. Smit

Karen L. Smit 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: 20140200546
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device is provided for delivering fluid to a target site such as an intervertebral disc during discography. The fluid delivery device includes pressure and volume sensors to determine the pressure and the volume of the fluid delivered to the intervertebral disc. The fluid delivery device is hand-held during use and includes a syringe assembly having a plunger with threads that enables controlled discharge of the fluid from the fluid delivery device by rotating the plunger in a housing of the fluid delivery device. The fluid delivery device includes a communication module to wirelessly transfer data to an external device outside of a sterile field, while the fluid delivery device is in the sterile field. The fluid delivery device may also include a physiological sensor to monitor involuntary pain responses based on changing physiological parameters such as increases in body temperature or blood pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Steven J. Carusillo
  • Patent number: 8672886
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device is provided for delivering fluid to a target site such as an intervertebral disc during discography. The fluid delivery device includes pressure and volume sensors to determine the pressure and the volume of the fluid delivered to the intervertebral disc. The fluid delivery device is hand-held during use and includes a syringe assembly having a plunger with threads that enables controlled discharge of the fluid from the fluid delivery device by rotating the plunger in a housing of the fluid delivery device. The fluid delivery device includes a communication module to wirelessly transfer data to an external device outside of a sterile field, while the fluid delivery device is in the sterile field. The fluid delivery device may also include a physiological sensor to monitor involuntary pain responses based on changing physiological parameters such as increases in body temperature or blood pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Steven J. Carusillo
  • Patent number: 8424685
    Abstract: A manifold assembly for use in a medical waste collection device to direct fluid into the medical waste collection device while filtering material from the fluid. The assembly includes a manifold housing having a bottom and a wall extending upwardly from the bottom about a first axis, with an outlet port disposed on the manifold housing. A support structure disposed on the bottom has a filter support surface and defines a plurality of open spaces between the filter support surface and the bottom. A manifold cap having a unitary skirt is connected to the manifold housing to define a chamber therebetween, and has an intake port disposed thereon to direct the fluid into the chamber. A filter is supported by the filter support surface to filter the material from the fluid, the periphery of the filter positioned between the skirt and the support structure to prevent fluid received in the chamber from bypassing the filter as the fluid moves from the chamber to the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Mark Wasserman
  • Patent number: 8132959
    Abstract: A monomer handling unit for storing a ampoule of monomer and releasing the monomer from the ampoule when desired is provided. The monomer handling unit can be used to attach to an enclosed mixer and release a monomer component of the bone cement into the mixer to be mixed with a powder component of the bone cement. The monomer handling unit can also be used to release the liquid monomer into another mixer, such as one that is not enclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Karen L. Smit
  • Publication number: 20110245760
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device is provided for delivering fluid to a target site such as an intervertebral disc during discography. The fluid delivery device includes pressure and volume sensors to determine the pressure and the volume of the fluid delivered to the intervertebral disc. The fluid delivery device is hand-held during use and includes a syringe assembly having a plunger with threads that enables controlled discharge of the fluid from the fluid delivery device by rotating the plunger in a housing of the fluid delivery device. The fluid delivery device includes a communication module to wirelessly transfer data to an external device outside of a sterile field, while the fluid delivery device is in the sterile field. The fluid delivery device may also include a physiological sensor to monitor involuntary pain responses based on changing physiological parameters such as increases in body temperature or blood pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Steven J. Carusillo
  • Patent number: 7959607
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device is provided for delivering fluid to a target site such as an intervertebral disc during discography. The fluid delivery device includes pressure and volume sensors to determine the pressure and the volume of the fluid delivered to the intervertebral disc. The fluid delivery device is hand-held during use and includes a syringe assembly having a plunger with threads that enables controlled discharge of the fluid from the fluid delivery device by rotating the plunger in a housing of the fluid delivery device. The fluid delivery device may also include a communication module to wirelessly transfer data to an external device outside of a sterile field, while the fluid delivery device is in the sterile field. The fluid delivery device may also include a physiological sensor to monitor involuntary pain responses based on changing physiological parameters such as increases in body temperature or blood pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Steven J. Carusillo, David J. Gennrich, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Michael Strickler
  • Publication number: 20100282666
    Abstract: A manifold assembly for use in a medical waste collection device to direct fluid into the medical waste collection device while filtering material from the fluid. The assembly includes a manifold housing having a bottom and a wall extending upwardly from the bottom about a first axis. A support structure is disposed on the bottom and has a filter support surface spaced from the bottom to define a plurality of open spaces between the filter support surface and the bottom. The support structure has a ring defining an outer surface and spaced from the wall. At least one filter is supported by the filter support surface to filter the material from the fluid, the filter having a perimeter. A manifold cap is connected to the manifold housing to define a chamber therebetween, and an intake port is disposed on the manifold cap to direct the fluid into the chamber. An outlet port is disposed on the manifold housing, and a skirt is unitary with the cap and has an inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Mark Wasserman
  • Publication number: 20090057168
    Abstract: A monomer handling unit for storing a ampoule of monomer and releasing the monomer from the ampoule when desired is provided. The monomer handling unit can be used to attach to an enclosed mixer and release a monomer component of the bone cement into the mixer to be mixed with a powder component of the bone cement. The monomer handling unit can also be used to release the liquid monomer into another mixer, such as one that is not enclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Karen L. Smit
  • Patent number: 6973677
    Abstract: An air filtration system and a helmet for use in the air filtration system are disclosed and utilized to filter air between a head and body of a user and an external environment. The air filtration system and helmet include inner and outer shells that define an air flow channel for channeling air about the user. A fan module is mounted between the inner and outer shells and a scroll housing is mounted adjacent the fan module. The scroll housing includes an air inlet for drawing air into the air filtration system and helmet, and at least one air outlet to distribute air flow to the air flow channel. The helmet includes air exits at front and rear sections that are in fluid communication with the air flow channel and the air outlet or outlets. The air filtration system includes a gown operating as a filter for filtering the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Stryker Instruments
    Inventors: Luis A. Diaz, Bruce D. Henniges, Mark A. Wasserman, Karen L. Smit
  • Patent number: 6902673
    Abstract: A manifold assembly (12) for a medical waste collection device (10) is provided. The manifold assembly (12) comprises a housing (14) and a cap (16) connected to the housing (14) by a snap-fit connection (18). The housing (14) includes a bottom (20) and a wall (24) extending upwardly therefrom about an axis (26). A support structure (22) is disposed on the bottom (20) of the housing (14) to support a plurality of filters (60, 62). The support structure (22) includes spaced inner (38) and outer (40) rings. The support structure (22) further includes a plurality of inner spokes (52) extending radially between the axis (26) and the inner ring (38) and a plurality of outer spokes (44) extending radially between the inner ring (38) and the outer ring (40). The rings (38, 40) and spokes (44, 52) have upper surfaces that are coplanar to define a filter support surface (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Stryker Instruments
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Mark Wasserman
  • Publication number: 20040016691
    Abstract: A manifold assembly (12) for a medical waste collection device (10) includes a manifold housing (14), a manifold cap (16), and a connection (18). The housing (14) includes a support structure (22) and a bottom (20) having a wall (24) extending upwardly about an axis (26) and defines open periphery (28) having a shoulder (32). The support structure (22) defines a filter support surface (30). An outlet port (34) is disposed on the bottom (20). The surface (30) includes an inner ring (38), an outer ring (40), outer spokes (44) and inner spokes (52). The cap (16) includes an intake port (58) and is disposed on the housing (14) to define a chamber (56) having filters (60, 62) supported on the surface (30). The cap (16) includes a top (64), skirt (66) and ribs (70, 72). The connection (18) includes a brim (74) having a lip (76).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventors: Karen L. Smit, Mark Wasserman
  • Patent number: 6622311
    Abstract: An air filtration system and a helmet for use in the air filtration system are disclosed and utilized to filter air between a head and body of a user and an external environment. The air filtration system and helmet include inner and outer shells that define an air flow channel for channeling air about the user. A fan module is mounted between the inner and outer shells and a scroll housing is mounted adjacent the fan module. The scroll housing includes an air inlet for drawing air into the air filtration system and helmet, and at least one air outlet to distribute air flow to the air flow channel. The helmet includes air exits at front and rear sections that are in fluid communication with the air flow channel and the air outlet or outlets. The air filtration system includes a gown operating as a filter for filtering the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Stryker Instruments
    Inventors: Luis A. Diaz, Bruce D. Henniges, Mark A. Wasserman, Karen L. Smit
  • Publication number: 20030066121
    Abstract: An air filtration system and a helmet for use in the air filtration system are disclosed and utilized to filter air between a head and body of a user and an external environment. The air filtration system and helmet include inner and outer shells that define an air flow channel for channeling air about the user. A fan module is mounted between the inner and outer shells and a scroll housing is mounted adjacent the fan module. The scroll housing includes an air inlet for drawing air into the air filtration system and helmet, and at least one air outlet to distribute air flow to the air flow channel. The helmet includes air exits at front and rear sections that are in fluid communication with the air flow channel and the air outlet or outlets. The air filtration system includes a gown operating as a filter for filtering the air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventors: Luis A. Diaz, Bruce D. Henniges, Mark A. Wasserman, Karen L. Smit
  • Patent number: 6481019
    Abstract: An air filtration system and a helmet for use in the air filtration system are disclosed and utilized to filter air between a head and body of a user and an external environment. The air filtration system and helmet include inner and outer shells that define an air flow channel for channeling air about the user. A fan module is mounted between the inner and outer shells and a scroll housing is mounted adjacent the fan module. The scroll housing includes an air inlet for drawing air into the air filtration system and helmet, and at least one air outlet to distribute air flow to the air flow channel. The helmet includes air exits at front and rear sections that are in fluid communication with the air flow channel and the air outlet or outlets. The air filtration system includes a gown operating as a filter for filtering the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Stryker Instruments
    Inventors: Luis A. Diaz, Bruce D. Henniges, Mark A. Wasserman, Karen L. Smit
  • Publication number: 20010032348
    Abstract: An air filtration system and a helmet for use in the air filtration system are disclosed and utilized to filter air between a head and body of a user and an external environment. The air filtration system and helmet include inner and outer shells that define an air flow channel for channeling air about the user. A fan module is mounted between the inner and outer shells and a scroll housing is mounted adjacent the fan module. The scroll housing includes an air inlet for drawing air into the air filtration system and helmet, and at least one air outlet to distribute air flow to the air flow channel. The helmet includes air exits at front and rear sections that are in fluid communication with the air flow channel and the air outlet or outlets. The air filtration system includes a gown operating as a filter for filtering the air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Inventors: Luis A. Diaz, Bruce D. Henniges, Mark A. Wasserman, Karen L. Smit
  • Patent number: D888091
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Becker, Karen L. Smit, Daniel J. Martinson, Rebecca S. Paalman, Jon Anderson, Kimberly K. Leopold