Patents by Inventor Lawrence E. Guerra

Lawrence E. Guerra 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: 20190209409
    Abstract: A surgical table for prone and lateral positioning of a patient, where the table includes a base and a patient support structure. The base may include a head and a foot end support structure. The patient support structure may include an upper body support structure cantilevered off of the head end support structure at a first end and a lower body support structure cantilevered off of the foot end support structure at a second end. The upper body support structure may include a chest pad. The lower body support structure may include a lower body translation and rotation structure and at least one pelvic pad supported thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Joshua J. Pranckun
  • Patent number: 10343006
    Abstract: A preloaded resistance pack and exercise device. The resistance pack includes an elastomeric resistance element coupled to a hub and disposed on a plate. The hub includes a pair of radially extending wings that lie against a surface of the plate. The plate includes a pair of raised tabs that lie within a rotational path of the wings. An initial rotation of the hub relative to the plate causes the wings to slide over and beyond the raised tabs and at least partially stretches the resistance element. Interaction between the tabs and wings prevents the hub from rotating back to an initial position and maintains the resistance element in a preloaded, tensioned condition. The exercise device is configured to detect a number of the resistance packs coupled thereto as well as data associated with exercise movements employing the resistance packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SpiraFlex Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Francis, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20190117491
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Trevor A. Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10188775
    Abstract: A medical waste fluid collection and disposal system includes a medical waste fluid collection cart including first and second fluid collection canisters. A valve assembly selectively communicates with the canisters and a valve drive system controls the valve assembly. A liquid level sensor is positioned within each of the canisters. A cart processor communicates with the liquid level sensors and the valve drive system. A cart drain line communicates with the valve assembly and a receptacle, a cart flushing line communicates with the valve assembly and the receptacle and a cart data line and a cart power line communicate with the cart processor and the cart receptacle. A station includes a drain pump that communicates with a drainage system and a station drain line, a flushing pump that communicates with a source of washing liquid and a station flushing line and a station processor in communication with the drain and flushing pumps. A station data line communicates with the station processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dornoch Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Martini, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10159618
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Trevor A. Waggoner
  • Publication number: 20180298418
    Abstract: A method and automated apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample is described herein. The apparatus may include one or more means for automated loading, automated transfer and/or automated unloading of a specimen container. The apparatus also includes a detection system for receiving a detection container, e.g., container or vial, containing a biological sample and culture media. The detection system may also include one or more heated sources, holding structures or racks, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent therein. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Ronnie J. Robinson, Mark Joseph Fanning, Stanley Michael Philipak, Richard Scott Remes, James Clement Bishop, Gary W. Sommer, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Patent number: 10006074
    Abstract: A method and automated apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample is described herein. The apparatus may include one or more means for automated loading, automated transfer and/or automated unloading of a specimen container. The apparatus also includes a detection system for receiving a detection container, e.g., container or vial, containing a biological sample and culture media. The detection system may also include one or more heated sources, holding structures or racks, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent therein. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie J. Robinson, Mark Joseph Fanning, Stanley Michael Philipak, Richard Scott Remes, James Clement Bishop, Gary W. Sommer, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Patent number: 10006075
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated loading mechanism for loading an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Scott Remes, Stanley Michael Philipak, Mark Joseph Fanning, Ronnie J. Robinson, James Clement Bishop, Lawrence E. Guerra, Andrew Scherer, Anthony Valentino
  • Publication number: 20180158374
    Abstract: A healthcare simulation system including a mannequin with active physiological characteristics, a display monitor adapted for displaying physiological parameters, and a computer for controlling the mannequin and the monitor. A healthcare simulation method including the steps of programming the computer with healthcare scenarios, operating active characteristics of the mannequin, and dynamically displaying physiological parameters corresponding to patient vital signs. Alternative aspects of the invention include tools, such as computers and other equipment, for obtaining and displaying information and for interconnecting and interfacing participants, subjects and controllers in training systems and methods. Additional aspects of the invention include systems and methods for glucometer simulation and training. Further embodiments include simulated body parts configured for holding simulated bodily fluid for capillary puncture and/or injection simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Kathy A. Carver, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9905135
    Abstract: A healthcare simulation system including a mannequin with active physiological characteristics, a display monitor adapted for displaying physiological parameters, and a computer for controlling the mannequin and the monitor. A healthcare simulation method including the steps of programming the computer with healthcare scenarios, operating active characteristics of the mannequin, and dynamically displaying physiological parameters corresponding to patient vital signs. Alternative aspects of the invention include tools, such as computers and other equipment, for obtaining and displaying information and for interconnecting and interfacing participants, subjects and controllers in training systems and methods. Systems and methods for glucometer simulation and training are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: JC3 Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Kathy A. Carver, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9892659
    Abstract: A healthcare simulation system including a mannequin with active physiological characteristics, a display monitor adapted for displaying physiological parameters, and a computer for controlling the mannequin and the monitor. A healthcare simulation method including the steps of programming the computer with healthcare scenarios, operating active characteristics of the mannequin, and dynamically displaying physiological parameters corresponding to patient vital signs. Alternative aspects of the invention include tools, such as computers and other equipment, for obtaining and displaying information and for interconnecting and interfacing participants, subjects and controllers in training systems and methods. Additional aspects of the invention include systems and methods for glucometer simulation and training. An embodiment includes a simulated finger configured for holding simulated blood serum and for puncture with a lancet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Kathy A. Carver, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9886874
    Abstract: A healthcare simulation system including a mannequin with active physiological characteristics, a display monitor adapted for displaying physiological parameters, and a computer for controlling the mannequin and the monitor. A healthcare simulation method including the steps of programming the computer with healthcare scenarios, operating active characteristics of the mannequin, and dynamically displaying physiological parameters corresponding to patient vital signs. Alternative aspects of the invention include tools, such as computers and other equipment, for obtaining and displaying information and for interconnecting and interfacing participants, subjects and controllers in training systems and methods. Additional aspects of the invention include systems and methods for glucometer simulation and training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson County Community College Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Kathy A. Carver, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20170368401
    Abstract: A preloaded resistance pack and exercise device. The resistance pack includes an elastomeric resistance element coupled to a hub and disposed on a plate. The hub includes a pair of radially extending wings that lie against a surface of the plate. The plate includes a pair of raised tabs that lie within a rotational path of the wings. An initial rotation of the hub relative to the plate causes the wings to slide over and beyond the raised tabs and at least partially stretches the resistance element. Interaction between the tabs and wings prevents the hub from rotating back to an initial position and maintains the resistance element in a preloaded, tensioned condition. The exercise device is configured to detect a number of the resistance packs coupled thereto as well as data associated with exercise movements employing the resistance packs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: SpiraFlex Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Francis, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20170246358
    Abstract: A medical waste fluid collection and disposal system includes a medical waste fluid collection cart including first and second fluid collection canisters. A valve assembly selectively communicates with the canisters and a valve drive system controls the valve assembly. A liquid level sensor is positioned within each of the canisters. A cart processor communicates with the liquid level sensors and the valve drive system. A cart drain line communicates with the valve assembly and a receptacle, a cart flushing line communicates with the valve assembly and the receptacle and a cart data line and a cart power line communicate with the cart processor and the cart receptacle. A station includes a drain pump that communicates with a drainage system and a station drain line, a flushing pump that communicates with a source of washing liquid and a station flushing line and a station processor in communication with the drain and flushing pumps. A station data line communicates with the station processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony Martini, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9676397
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for supporting multiple elongate rails in a rail tie-down car utilizes spring-loaded, hydraulically actuated clamp assemblies to clamp individual rails to the tie-down car. Each clamp assembly incorporates at least two clamp members which act opposite one another to prevent the rail secured in place by the clamps from sliding in either longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: HERZOG CONTRACTING CORP.
    Inventors: Stanley M. Herzog, Ivan E. Bounds, Steven R. Walton, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20170140673
    Abstract: A healthcare simulation system including a mannequin with active physiological characteristics, a display monitor adapted for displaying physiological parameters, and a computer for controlling the mannequin and the monitor. A healthcare simulation method including the steps of programming the computer with healthcare scenarios, operating active characteristics of the mannequin, and dynamically displaying physiological parameters corresponding to patient vital signs. Alternative aspects of the invention include tools, such as computers and other equipment, for obtaining and displaying information and for interconnecting and interfacing participants, subjects and controllers in training systems and methods. Additional aspects of the invention include systems and methods for glucometer simulation and training. An embodiment includes a simulated finger configured for holding simulated blood serum and for puncture with a lancet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Kathy A. Carver, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9561145
    Abstract: A fail-safe release mechanism for use with patient positioning support apparati having a base structure and a patient support structure, to prevent collapse of the patient support during disconnection of the patient support structure from the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Publication number: 20170028110
    Abstract: A medical waste fluid collection cart may include a container assembly and a suction tube having a lumen extending through the suction tube. The suction tube may communicate with the container to deposit waste fluid from a surgical site in the container. The container assembly may include a container, a base forming a bottom of the container, and a lid assembly. The base may include an interior surface defining a draining opening. The interior surface may extend along a ramped path toward the drain opening. The lid assembly may include a lid ring and a lid capable of engaging each other with a twist lock mechanism. The lid ring may engage the container and the lid may cover at least part of a central opening to the container. The container may have a window and a tinting assembly. The container assembly may have a vacuum level detection system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Larry C. Smith, Jeffery J. O'Bryan, Craig B. Schmidt, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: D832041
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Christine L. Jordan, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: D832042
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Christine L. Jordan, Lawrence E. Guerra