Patents by Inventor Kenneth E. Buckler

Kenneth E. Buckler 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: 20200030518
    Abstract: An external support that routes the tubing of a reversing valve in such a manner that connection tubes extend from one end of the device and the treatment device tubes extend from the opposite end. The external support may provide guides that hold the tubing extending from the supported flat rotary switch type of valve so as to keep them from being pinch or kinked thereby ensuring free flow of blood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. BRUGGER, William J. SCHNELL, Kenneth E. BUCKLER
  • Publication number: 20190277716
    Abstract: A pressure measurement pod for use in blood circuits includes a pressure sensing pod defining a chamber and having a rigid wall portion and an integral flexible wall portion forming a flexible, moveable, fluid-impermeable diaphragm with a first major side thereof facing an interior of the chamber and a second major side opposite the first major side. The second major side faces outwardly away from the chamber, and the pod has ports on sides of the chamber. The internal surfaces of the chamber and ports are shaped such that any contour following the internal surfaces to the outside of one of the ports traces only surfaces characterized by positive or neutral draft angles such that invasive mold portions may be withdrawn through the ports thereby permitting the pressure measurement pod to be molded in a single shot molding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. BRUGGER, Dennis M. TREU, Jeffrey H. BURBANK, Scott W. NEWELL, William J. SCHNELL, Kenneth E. BUCKLER
  • Patent number: 10345175
    Abstract: A pressure measurement pod for blood circuits can include a flexible, moveable, fluid-impermeable diaphragm and can be formed via either a one-shot or a two-shot molding process. A method of manufacturing a pressure measuring device can include providing first and second major mold parts having recesses defining major parts of a housing, and inserting pins in the first and second major mold parts, the pins being shaped to define a flow channel of a molded pressure measuring pod. One of the pins may have a major face that defines an internal surface of a diaphragm. The method may further include closing the first and second major mold parts with the pins therebetween and injection molding a pressure pod housing. Finally, the pressure pod is removed from the mold parts and the pins are withdrawn from the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Brugger, Dennis M. Treu, Jeffrey H. Burbank, Scott W. Newell, William J. Schnell, Kenneth E. Buckler
  • Publication number: 20190076642
    Abstract: A tube clamp closes a flexible tube by applying a pinching force to walls of the flexible tube. The clamp includes a housing connected to a circular flange, the circular flange including a tubular wall surrounding a central bore and including at least one slot in the tubular wall sized to accept the flexible tube. A pinching element is positioned inside the central bore and is rotatable about a central axis of the circular flange. The pinching element includes a pinching projection that has a cross-sectional shape bound by a partial circle, and the partial circle has a radius substantially same as an inner radius of the tubular wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. NEWELL, Dennis M. TREU, Kenneth E. BUCKLER
  • Patent number: 10195418
    Abstract: A linearly actuated pinch clamp is provided, including a housing, a motor connected to the housing, a mechanical drive unit connected to the motor for converting a rotary motion of the motor to a linear motion and for introducing a mechanical advantage to the motion of the motor, and a pinching element having a body and a pinching surface. The pinching element body is coupled to the mechanical drive unit. In certain versions of the pinch clamp, the pinching element is slidably mounted to the housing such that the pinching element is linearly displaceable by the mechanical drive unit between a first position and a second position where the pinching surface cooperates with a fixed surface to pinch closed a flexible tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Scott W. Newell, Dennis M. Treu, Kenneth E. Buckler
  • Publication number: 20180128698
    Abstract: A pressure measurement pod for blood circuits can include a flexible, moveable, fluid-impermeable diaphragm and can be formed via either a one-shot or a two-shot molding process. A method of manufacturing a pressure measuring device can include providing first and second major mold parts having recesses defining major parts of a housing, and inserting pins in the first and second major mold parts, the pins being shaped to define a flow channel of a molded pressure measuring pod. One of the pins may have a major face that defines an internal surface of a diaphragm. The method may further include closing the first and second major mold parts with the pins therebetween and injection molding a pressure pod housing. Finally, the pressure pod is removed from the mold parts and the pins are withdrawn from the flow channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. BRUGGER, Dennis M. TREU, Jeffrey H. BURBANK, Scott W. NEWELL, William J. SCHNELL, Kenneth E. BUCKLER
  • Patent number: 9835509
    Abstract: A pressure measurement system for use in blood circuits comprised of a pressure sensing pod and a force measurement device. The pressure sensing pod can include a flexible, moveable, fluid-impermeable diaphragm and can be formed via either a one-shot or a two-shot molding process. A mechanical engagement member of the force measurement device engages with a mechanical engagement feature of the diaphragm, and the engagement member is operative to move in concert with movement of the engagement feature of the diaphragm based on pressure variations with the pressure sensing pod. The force measurement device generates and outputs to a processor a signal based on detected force associated with movement of the engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Brugger, Dennis M. Treu, Jeffrey H. Burbank, Scott W. Newell, William J. Schnell, Kenneth E. Buckler
  • Publication number: 20170304605
    Abstract: A linearly actuated pinch clamp is provided, including a housing, a motor connected to the housing, a mechanical drive unit connected to the motor for converting a rotary motion of the motor to a linear motion and for introducing a mechanical advantage to the motion of the motor, and a pinching element having a body and a pinching surface. The pinching element body is coupled to the mechanical drive unit. In certain versions of the pinch clamp, the pinching element is slidably mounted to the housing such that the pinching element is linearly displaceable by the mechanical drive unit between a first position and a second position where the pinching surface cooperates with a fixed surface to pinch closed a flexible tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Scott W. NEWELL, Dennis M. TREU, Kenneth E. BUCKLER
  • Publication number: 20170028119
    Abstract: A pressure measurement system for use in blood circuits comprised of a pressure sensing pod and a force measurement device. The pressure sensing pod can include a flexible, moveable, fluid-impermeable diaphragm and can be formed via either a one-shot or a two-shot molding process. A mechanical engagement member of the force measurement device engages with a mechanical engagement feature of the diaphragm, and the engagement member is operative to move in concert with movement of the engagement feature of the diaphragm based on pressure variations with the pressure sensing pod. The force measurement device generates and outputs to a processor a signal based on detected force associated with movement of the engagement member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Brugger, Dennis M. Treu, Jeffrey H. Burbank, Scott W. Newell, William J. Schnell, Kenneth E. Buckler
  • Patent number: 9551625
    Abstract: A pressure measurement system for use in blood circuits comprised of a pressure sensing pod and a force measurement device. The pressure sensing pod can include a flexible, moveable, fluid-impermeable diaphragm and can be formed via either a one-shot or a two-shot molding process. A mechanical engagement member of the force measurement device engages with a mechanical engagement feature of the diaphragm, and the engagement member is operative to move in concert with movement of the engagement feature of the diaphragm based on pressure variations with the pressure sensing pod. The force measurement device generates and outputs to a processor a signal based on detected force associated with movement of the engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Brugger, Dennis M. Treu, Jeffrey H. Burbank, Scott W. Newell, William J. Schnell, Kenneth E. Buckler
  • Publication number: 20140076058
    Abstract: A pressure measurement system for use in blood circuits comprised of a pressure sensing pod and a force measurement device. The pressure sensing pod can include a flexible, moveable, fluid-impermeable diaphragm and can be formed via either a one-shot or a two-shot molding process. A mechanical engagement member of the force measurement device engages with a mechanical engagement feature of the diaphragm, and the engagement member is operative to move in concert with movement of the engagement feature of the diaphragm based on pressure variations with the pressure sensing pod. The force measurement device generates and outputs to a processor a signal based on detected force associated with movement of the engagement member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Brugger, Dennis M. Treu, Jeffrey H. Burbank, Scott W. Newell, William J. Schnell, Kenneth E. Buckler
  • Patent number: 7470265
    Abstract: A port spike for medical fluid containers, such as infusate bags, for example, provides two ports to permit recirculation of fluids within the container. The recirculating flow allows bubbles to settle out which can't happen effectively if the flow is sucked out immediately after entering the container. The spike provides two openings inside the container which prevent such short-circuit flow by ensuring that fluid entering the container is not greatly affected by the suction zone of the flow leaving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Brugger, Kenneth E. Buckler
  • Patent number: 6001306
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is provided which may be used in an integrated blood oxygenator and heat exchanger. The heat exchanger has a plurality of wave shaped sinusoidal channels on one or both sides. The heat exchanger has a cap attached at the upper end. The heat exchanger is disposed within a housing. The bottom end of the heat exchanger is bonded to the bottom end of the housing, and the upper end of the heat exchanger with the cap attached is spaced apart from the upper end of the housing. A liquid inlet and outlet are in fluid communication with the inner surface of the heat exchanger. A blood inlet and outlet are in fluid communication with the outer surface of the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger may be used with a blood oxygenating chamber. The blood oxygenating chamber contains a plurality of permeable hollow fibers which oxygenate blood flowing through the blood oxygenating chamber. The blood oxygenating chamber is in fluid communication with the outer surface of the heat exchanger and the blood outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank B. McFall, Bulent Sert, Kenneth E. Buckler, Alfred P. Intoccia, Martin J. Weinstein, Ven Ramen
  • Patent number: 5849186
    Abstract: A blood reservoir for the treatment and collection of blood from two different sources. The blood reservoir has a filter/defoamer core assembly comprised of a support structure disposed within an outer defoamer. A separator with an opening is located in the support structure, dividing the support structure into a first and second portions. A depth filter is located within the first portion of the support structure. The first portion of the support structure with the depth filter forms a cardiotomy blood chamber and the second portion with no depth filter forms a venous blood chamber. This filter/defoamer core assembly is placed within a clear outer shell which forms the reservoir. This outer shell has a cover with a venous blood inlet and plurality of cardiotomy inlets. The cardiotomy inlets are in fluid communication with the cardiotomy blood chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: C. R. Bard Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Raneri, Kenneth E. Buckler, Charles L. Stanley, Alfred P. Intoccia
  • Patent number: 5388634
    Abstract: A holder for a heat exchanger in a cardioplegia delivery system including dual couplers releasably engageable with the inlet and outlet ends of the heat exchanger. A one-way shut-off valve is associated with each coupler and opened to provide communication upon mounting of the heat exchanger. The valves automatically close upon release of the heat exchanger. A release member engages both couplers and is manually retractable to simultaneously open both couplers for release of both heat exchanger fittings for instantaneous release of the heat exchanger and a closing of the associated valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Weinstein, Kenneth E. Buckler