Patents by Inventor Randall S. Hickle

Randall S. Hickle 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: 20100069438
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a combination drug designed for use by anesthesiologists for the purposes of inducing and/or maintaining general anesthesia and minimizing the stress response to pain that results from the noxious stimuli associated with surgical procedures. The present invention is suitable for use in general anesthesia to decrease the need for muscle relaxant administering and permit patients to drive themselves home after receiving the anesthetic. This invention includes a combination drug comprised of propofol (2,6-diisopropylphenol) and remifentanil (N-phenyl-N-(4-piperidinyl)amides) in which the preferred embodiment contains 2 mcg of remifentanil for each 1 mg of propofol. The combination drug invention may include a package as two drugs of proper proportions shipped and sold in a two compartment vial or syringe for mixing immediately prior to use. Alternatively, the invention may comprise a single drug prepared with proper preservatives in an aqueous solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: SCOTT LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20090314290
    Abstract: Disclosed is drug delivery for facilitating medical and/or procedures that are performed without “general anesthesia,” which is also described in the specification as the state of patient “unconsciousness” resulting from a drug administered by an anesthetist or anesthesiologist. Mixtures of sedative and analgesic drugs are adapted for safe and effective administration by devices to provide and maintain drug infusions that do not push the patient into unconsciousness and/or general anesthesia. Drug delivery devices are also disclosed that include the use of stored parameters and/or values that correlate to drug mixture delivery during a procedure, and a patient health monitor to measure and send signals regarding a patient health condition to a processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. HICKLE
  • Patent number: 7578802
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a security system integral with a sedation and analgesia system. The invention includes a computer assisted IV drug infusion administration device coupled with a secure user interface, or other security means, that can restrict and monitor user access to prevent unauthorized or improper use of the device. The system can also provide varying levels of access to the device so that different users may have different levels of access to system operations. The variety of access levels may prevent accidental or intentional misuse of the drug delivery system, while still permitting access to the required functionality. Data, such as usage statistics and procedural events associated with drug delivery, may be recorded in association with a user's personal identification information to help identify training needs and to identify possible misuse of access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20090199851
    Abstract: The invention provides a fail-safe module (FSM) integral with a sedation and analgesia system that meets the high-reliability needs of sedation and/or analgesia delivered by non-anesthetist practitioners. The FSM may operate in “real-time” in order to ensure optimal patient safety. The FSM may deactivate specific patient interfaces, user interfaces, and/or sedation and analgesia delivery in order to ensure patient safety and has redundant safety systems in order to provide the fail-safe module with an accurate assessment of controller functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: SCOTT LABORATORIES, INC
    Inventors: Randall S. HICKLE, Jason Derouen
  • Publication number: 20090203974
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a system that incorporates the natural relationships of patient parameters into a medical monitoring system in order to increase monitoring specificity by reducing false positive alarms resulting from spurious data and inconclusive data. The invention also comprises a system that incorporates the natural relationships of patient parameters in order to use the data obtained from those parameters to non-invasively monitor a patient parameter that typically precludes direct monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: SCOTT LABORATORIES, INC
    Inventor: Randall S. HICKLE
  • Patent number: 7565905
    Abstract: A care system and associated methods are provided for alleviating patient pain, anxiety and discomfort associated with medical or surgical procedures. The care system facilitates a procedural clinician's safely and efficaciously providing sedation and analgesia and in some measure, amnesia to a patient by providing a responsiveness monitoring system which monitors the responsiveness of the patient and generates a value representing the level of patient responsiveness. In further aspects of the invention, the responsiveness monitoring system is an automated system which includes patient query and response devices. Additional embodiments of the system and methods are directed to alleviating patient pain or discomfort while enabling safe drug delivery (automated, clinician-controlled or patient-controlled) in correlation with the monitoring of patient health conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7559483
    Abstract: The present invention relates to capital equipment units, such as systems for providing medical treatment, that are associated with smart supplies. The smart supplies are tagged with data carriers which may encode such information as a unique ID for the supply or component, the identification of the supply or component, the identification of the source of the supply or component, the status of whether said supply or component has been previously used, the expiration date of the supply or component, and in the case where the supply or component contains drug, the purity levels of the drug and the concentration levels of the drug. The capital equipment units or their users then utilize the information to assure quality of any procedure run with the units, by way of improved pre-use checks, certification of the supplies for use, record keeping, inventory control, and charge capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Samsun Lampotang
  • Patent number: 7539537
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a system that incorporates the natural relationships of patient parameters into a medical monitoring system in order to increase monitoring specificity by reducing false positive alarms resulting from spurious data and inconclusive data. The invention also comprises a system that incorporates the natural relationships of patient parameters in order to use the data obtained from those parameters to non-invasively monitor a patient parameter that typically precludes direct monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7527052
    Abstract: The invention provides a fail-safe module (FSM) integral with a sedation and analgesia system that meets the high-reliability needs of sedation and/or analgesia delivered by non-anesthetist practitioners. The FSM may operate in “real-time” in order to ensure optimal patient safety. The FSM may deactivate specific patient interfaces, user interfaces, and/or sedation and analgesia delivery in order to ensure patient safety and has redundant safety systems in order to provide the fail-safe module with an accurate assessment of controller functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Jason Derouen
  • Patent number: 7367339
    Abstract: The present invention comprises systems and methods for handling large amounts of data prone to ambiguity and artifact in real-time in order to ensure patient safety while performing a procedure involving a sedation and analgesia system. The invention utilizes neural networks to weight data which may be more accurate or more indicative of true patient condition such that the patient condition reported to the controller and the user of a sedation and analgesia system will have increased accuracy and the incidence of false positive alarms will be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7316231
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sedation and analgesia system having an emergency medical kit, where the medical kit is designed to meet the specific needs of medical emergencies related to the delivery of sedatives, analgesics, and/or amnestics. The invention further provides a sedation and analgesia system with an emergency medical kit having policies along with automated and semi-automated pre-use checks necessary to ensure that components of the kit are present, functioning properly, and that perishable components within the kit have not expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7308894
    Abstract: A care system and associated methods are provided for alleviating patient pain, anxiety and discomfort associated with medical or surgical procedures. The system comprises: at least one patient health monitor device coupled to a patient and generating a signal reflecting at least one physiological condition of the patient; a drug delivery controller supplying one or more drugs to the patient; a memory device storing a safety data set reflecting parameters of at least one patient physiological condition; and an electronic controller interconnected between the patient health monitor, the drug delivery controller and the safety data set. The electronic controller is capable of effecting a change in the drug supply delivered to the patient and the generation of current signals by the patient health monitor device depending on a comparison between at least one patient physiological condition at its corresponding value reflected in the safety data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7299981
    Abstract: The present invention relates to capital equipment units, such as systems for providing medical treatment, that are associated with smart supplies. The smart supplies are tagged with data carriers which may encode such information as a unique ID for the supply or component, the identification of the supply or component, the identification of the source of the supply or component, the status of whether said supply or component has been previously used, the expiration date of the supply or component, and in the case where the supply or component contains drug, the purity levels of the drug and the concentration levels of the drug. The capital equipment units or their users then utilize the information to assure quality of any procedure run with the units, by way of improved pre-use checks, certification of the supplies for use, record keeping, inventory control, and charge capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Samsun Lampotang
  • Patent number: 7247154
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for facilitating medical and/or procedures that are performed without “general anesthesia,” which is also described in the specification as the state of patient “unconsciousness” resulting from a drug administered by an anesthetist or anesthesiologist. The methods safely and effectively provide and maintain drug infusions that do not push the patient into unconsciousness and/or general anesthesia. Methods according to certain embodiments of the invention include the use of parameters and/or values that correlate to drug delivery during a procedure, and a patient health monitor to measure and send signals regarding a patient health condition to a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7229430
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the workload of titrating drug to effect while leaving clinician users in control of a related procedure is described. A drug delivery device is controlled to achieve a target drug concentration at a selected site in the patient or a predetermined infusion rate waveform. The time profile of the target drug concentration or a predetermined infusion rate waveform is controlled by a drug state model that uses clinical heuristics to implement safe, pre-defined changes in the target drug concentration or infusion rate and user-commanded changes in target drug concentration or infusion rate. The invention allows time to assess the response of the patient to changes in drug level by making small incremental and conservative changes in drug level over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Jason Derouen
  • Patent number: 7201734
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices for facilitating medical and/or procedures that are performed without “general anesthesia,” which is also described in the specification as the state of patient “unconsciousness” resulting from a drug administered by an anesthetist or anesthesiologist. The devices safely and effectively provide and maintain drug infusions that do not push the patient into unconsciousness and/or general anesthesia. Devices according to embodiments of the invention include the use of stored parameters and/or values that correlate to drug delivery during a procedure, and a patient health monitor to measure and send signals regarding a patient health condition to a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7152604
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for the delivery of inspired gas, e.g., supplemental O2, to a person combined with gas sampling, including for the purpose of monitoring of the ventilation of the person. In the invention, the delivery of inspired gas and gas sampling are accomplished without the use of a sealed face mask. The apparatus of one embodiment of the present invention comprises an oxygen delivery device, nasal airway pressure sampling devices, optionally an oral airway pressure sampling device and at least one pressure analyzer connected to the sampling devices which determine the phase of the person's respiration cycle and the person's primary airway. The oxygen delivery device is connected to a controller such that it delivers a higher flow of oxygen to the person during the inhalation phase of the person s respiratory cycle. The invention thus increases end tidal oxygen concentrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Samsun Lampotang
  • Patent number: 7150735
    Abstract: The invention of this application relates generally to intravenous (IV) infusion of drugs to patients, and more particularly to aspects of an IV infusion system comprising an infusate cassette and an infusate container. The present invention provides a drug infusion cassette that incorporates a strong vial spike that may be non-metal, a means for sheathing the spike when it is not in use, an anti-free flow device, and other beneficial features such as an air entrainment lockout mechanism, quality assurance tags, stopcocks made of soft materials and means of securing tubing to the cassette with a minimum of individual parts. The drug cassette can be used with an automated spiking mechanism comprising a motorized vial holder that holds a vial. The spike remains sheathed if the drug cassette is not fully engaged with a mating surface of devices such as a pumping unit or a sedation and analgesia delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 7034692
    Abstract: The present invention relates, in general, to prevention of false, annoying, or oversensitive alarms, providing early detection by a sensitive test, generating silent, semi-overt, or overt alarm conditions and/or initiating early passive or active interventions to untoward events. The invention buys time by providing an early intervention in the event that a highly sensitive early detection is later confirmed by a specific test. A particular embodiment of the invention is directed to the early detection of hypoventilation, including apnea and airway obstruction, and the pausing or interrupting of an action such as drug delivery during medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 6986347
    Abstract: A care system and associated methods are provided for alleviating patient pain, anxiety and discomfort associated with medical or surgical procedures. The system comprises: at least one patient health monitor device generating a signal reflecting at least one physiological condition of a patient; a drug delivery controller supplying one or more drugs to the patient; a memory device storing a safety data set reflecting parameters of at least one patient physiological condition; and an electronic controller interconnected between the patient health monitor, the drug delivery controller and the safety data set. A method of electronically tracking recurring revenues generated by the use of the care system where the system is at the location of its user is also provided. Additional embodiments of the system and methods are directed to alleviating patient pain or discomfort while enabling safe patient controlled drug delivery in correlation with the monitoring of patient health conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle