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).

  • Patent number: 6962564
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods for decreasing the pain and discomfort commonly associated with endoscopic procedures, where such procedures may be performed with lower dosage levels of sedative and analgesic drugs. The invention includes use of an anesthetic collar coupled to an endoscope with a flexible shaft. The anesthetic collar allows lubricants, local anesthetics, dyes, and/or other desirable fluids to be passed through the existing lumen of the flexible shaft into an annulus, where the fluid may be distributed through expulsion pores into the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 6938619
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for the delivery of supplemental oxygen gas to a person combined with the monitoring of the ventilation of the person with both being accomplished without the use of a sealed face mask. Preferred embodiments of the present invention combine an oxygen delivery device, a nasal airway pressure sampling device, an oral airway pressure sampling device, and a pressure analyzer connected to the sampling devices to 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 with improved efficiency comparative to known open airway devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 6807965
    Abstract: A care system and associated methods are provided for alleviating patient pain, anxiety and discomfort associated with medical or surgical procedures. Embodiments of the system include a 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 by the drug controller, said change depending on a comparison between at least one patient physiological condition at its corresponding value reflected in the safety data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040152949
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods for decreasing the pain and discomfort commonly associated with endoscopic procedures, where such procedures may be performed with lower dosage levels of sedative and analgesic drugs. The invention includes use of an anesthetic collar coupled to an endoscope with a flexible shaft. The anesthetic collar allows lubricants, local anesthetics, dyes, and/or other desirable fluids to be passed through the existing lumen of the flexible shaft into an annulus, where the fluid may be distributed through expulsion pores into the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040149282
    Abstract: The present invention includes a respiratory monitor that improves patient safety through the use of highly responsive monitors and displays highly visible to all clinical personnel even in the absence or failure of an alarm display. The display can be positioned so that clinicians do not have to look away from the patient to view the output of the respiratory monitor. The respiratory monitoring system alerts clinicians of potential problems while automatically taking steps to gather additional information and place an integrated drug delivery system in a safe state (e.g., step down or deactivation) in addition to providing a real-time visual indicator of respiratory rate and estimated tidal volume or respiratory effort and effect. Multiple thresholds that trigger corresponding indicators such as color-coded LEDs provide a quantized display of respiratory effort and effect while also providing a certain level of redundancy. The respiratory effort and effect can also be displayed by the intensity of the LEDs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040129271
    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: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040129273
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sedation and analgesia system having a bite block configured for integration and use with the system. The bite block facilitates access to the mouth while allowing the monitoring and delivery of gas via the oral and/or the nasal cavity where the monitoring and delivery are integrated with a sedation and analgesia system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040133187
    Abstract: The present invention includes a sedation and analgesia system having a high sensitivity and specificity for diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms, where the high sensitivity and specificity may be gained by providing multiple monitors for a single patient parameter. The invention also comprises multiple monitors for a single patient parameter, where the monitored data from each monitor is compared with that of the others by a controller in order to ascertain whether monitored data is reliable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040119341
    Abstract: A battery backup system is provided for use in a sedation and analgesia system. The battery backup system can include a battery, a power source, and a battery controller connected to power source and the battery. The power source can be connected to the battery controller unidirectional. In addition, the battery can be connected to the battery controller bidirectional. The battery controller can help determine whether the sedation and analgesia system should be run with the power source or the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040107965
    Abstract: A gas supply and monitoring system is provided for use in many medical system which can include, but is not limited to, a sedation and analgesia system, anesthesia machines, dental gas systems, and veterinary systems which deliver gasses. The gas supply and monitoring system can include a gas source; a variable size orifice system connected to the gas source wherein the variable size orifice system has a gas output supply opposite of the gas source; and a sensor system connected to the gas output supply wherein the sensor system can be used to verify a patient receives the appropriate gas output supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Samsun Lampotang, Paul J. Niklewski, Gregory D. Bishop
  • Publication number: 20040111014
    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: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Patent number: 6745764
    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 physician's safely and efficaciously providing conscious sedation 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 patient controlled drug delivery in correlation with the monitoring of patient health conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040103897
    Abstract: A drug delivery system is provided for use in a sedation and analgesia system. The drug delivery system can include a first bolus interface, a second bolus interface wherein the second bolus interface appears after the first bolus interface, a third bolus interface wherein the third bolus interface can appear after the second bolus interface, and a drug delivery display. The first bolus interface asks a user if he or she wants to give the patient a bolus from the drug delivery. If the user answers yes, then the second bolus interface asks the user to confirm the bolus. The third bolus interface can appear if the bolus is outside a predetermined range flagging the user that the bolus is outside a specific range asking for confirmation to continue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Michael Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20040084047
    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: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040073177
    Abstract: The invention relates to kits of supplies and components for the computer assisted IV drug infusion administration device where those supplies and components may be disposable or re-usable. In one embodiment of the present invention single-patient use disposable components are utilized with a computer assisted IV drug infusion administration device to prevent potential cross-contamination and drug carry-over from a previous infusion to a different patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040039257
    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: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc. and PTO
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040034287
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the sterile operation of a sedation and analgesia system. The present invention provides a sedation and analgesia system that can be operated by clinicians involved in medical procedures within a sterile field without contaminating the sterile field. For a variety of systems, the invention provides a sedation and analgesia system that may be accessed within a sterile field by a clinician involved in a medical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20040018959
    Abstract: System and methods for lipid removal from the body, and more particularly, system and methods for treating obesity by lipid removal. In an embodiment, the methods of the present invention include the steps of delivering a hormone activator to the body to initiate the conversion of triglycerides to free fatty acids, and removing the free fatty acids from the body. The invention also includes a system for removing lipids from the body comprising a delivery means for delivering a hormone activator to an adipocyte and a removal means for removing fatty acids from the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Applicant: Randall S. Hickle
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Vasiliy Smirnov
  • Publication number: 20030229330
    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: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall S. Hickle
  • Publication number: 20030217747
    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: February 25, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Applicant: Scott Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall S. Hickle, Jason Derouen