Patents by Inventor Robert W. Childers

Robert W. Childers 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: 20220241482
    Abstract: An example peritoneal dialysis system is disclosed. The example peritoneal dialysis system includes at least one pump and a memory device configured to store therapy prescriptions including a low ultrafiltration (“UF”) therapy prescription, a first standard UF therapy prescription with a longer duration and a lower dextrose concentration, and a second standard UF therapy prescription with a shorter duration and a higher dextrose concentration. The memory device also stores a schedule indicative as to which of the therapy prescriptions are to be performed on specified dates. The system further includes a logic implementer configured to determine or identify a current date, use the schedule stored in the memory device to select the therapy prescription based on the current date, and control the at least one pump based on the selected therapy prescription to perform a peritoneal dialysis therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Alex Anping Yu, James Grayson, Robert W. Childers
  • Publication number: 20220226551
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system is disclosed. The hemodialysis system includes a dialyzer, a saline container including saline, and a disposable set comprising a blood pumping tube fluidly connected to a first end of the dialyzer, an arterial line fluidly connected to a first end of the blood pumping tube, a venous line fluidly connected to a second end of the dialyzer, a saline line fluidly connected to the blood pumping tube and the saline container, and a dialyzer line fluidly connected to a second end of the blood pumping tube and a second end of the dialyzer. The hemodialysis system also includes a dialysis instrument comprising an arterial line clamp, a venous line clamp, and a saline valve. The saline rinses blood out of the arterial line when the venous line clamp is closed, the arterial line clamp is opened, and the saline value is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo G. Roger
  • Patent number: 11389556
    Abstract: A sterilization container for sterilizing at least one surgical instrument. The container includes at least one sensor for measuring an environmental characteristic of the container during the sterilization of the instrument. The measure of the environmental characteristic is supplied to a processor. The processor compares the measurement of the container environment to a validated measurement for the sterilization process. If the measured environmental characteristic is at least equal to the validated sterilization process measurement, the processor presents an indication that the surgical instruments was properly sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce D. Henniges, Robert W. Childers, Erik Vaclav Chmelar
  • Publication number: 20220211927
    Abstract: A method for performing a peritoneal dialysis therapy includes performing a plurality of peritoneal dialysis cycles for a patient and tracking an amount of dialysis fluid provided by at least one dialysis fluid pump during the plurality of peritoneal dialysis cycles. The method also includes determining an amount of ultrafiltrate (“UF”) removed from the patient based on the amount of dialysis fluid provided by the at least one dialysis fluid pump. The method further includes updating a UF trend using previous amounts of UF removed from the patient and the amount of UF removed from the patient during the most recent dialysis treatment and generating an alert if the UF trend changes by more than a preset percentage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Ying-Cheng Lo, Peter A. Hopping
  • Publication number: 20220211926
    Abstract: A peritoneal dialysis system includes first and second concentrate sources in selective fluid communication with a medical fluid pumping cassette, the first and second concentrate sources holding first and second peritoneal dialysis concentrates, respectively; a pump actuator configured to cause the medical fluid pumping cassette to pump the first and second concentrates; and a processor and memory configured to (i) determine a cumulative volume of at least one of the first or second peritoneal dialysis concentrates pumped from the medical fluid pumping cassette by the pump actuator, (ii) compare the cumulative volume to a threshold, and (iii) if the cumulative volume is outside of the threshold, modify a subsequent stroke volume of at least one of the first or second pump chambers actuated by the pump actuator in an attempt to cause an updated cumulative volume for the at least one peritoneal dialysis concentrate to be within the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Kurt Holmquist, Peter Hopping
  • Patent number: 11311658
    Abstract: An example peritoneal dialysis system is disclosed. The example peritoneal dialysis system includes an automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machine configured to remove ultrafiltrate (“UF”) from a patient and record how much UF has been removed. The APD machine operates according to a prescription to remove the UF. The system also includes a server in communication with the APD machine. The server analyzes the UF data to determine if the prescription is to be modified to compensate for changes to the patient's renal function or renal transport characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Alex A. Yu, James Grayson, Robert W. Childers
  • Patent number: 11311657
    Abstract: A peritoneal dialysis system includes first and second concentrate sources in selective fluid communication with a medical fluid pumping cassette, the first and second concentrate sources holding first and second peritoneal dialysis concentrates, respectively; a pump actuator configured to cause the medical fluid pumping cassette to pump the first and second concentrates; and a processor and memory configured to (i) determine a cumulative volume of at least one of the first or second peritoneal dialysis concentrates pumped from the medical fluid pumping cassette by the pump actuator, (ii) compare the cumulative volume to a threshold, and (iii) if the cumulative volume is outside of the threshold, modify a subsequent stroke volume of at least one of the first or second pump chambers actuated by the pump actuator in an attempt to cause an updated cumulative volume for the at least one peritoneal dialysis concentrate to be within the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA.
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Kurt Holmquist, Peter A. Hopping
  • Patent number: 11291752
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system is disclosed. The hemodialysis system includes a disposable set including a blood pumping tube, a fresh dialysate pumping tube, and a spent dialysate pumping tube. The hemodialysis system also includes a dialysis instrument including a blood pump head, a fresh dialysate pump head, a spent dialysate pump head, a first motor positioned and arranged to operate the blood pump head, a second motor positioned and arranged to operate the fresh dialysate pump head, and a third motor positioned and arranged to operate the spent dialysate pump head. When the disposable set is loaded into the dialysis instrument, the blood pumping tube comes into registry with the blood pump head, the fresh dialysate pumping tube comes into registry with the fresh dialysate pump head, and spent dialysate pumping tube comes into registry with the spent dialysate pump head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo G. Roger
  • Patent number: 11278653
    Abstract: A system for performing a peritoneal dialysis therapy includes at least one dialysis fluid pump, and a logic implementer operable with the at least one dialysis fluid pump to perform a plurality of peritoneal dialysis cycles for a patient. The logic implementer transmits an amount of dialysis fluid provided during the plurality of peritoneal dialysis cycles. A server receives the amount of dialysis fluid provided during the plurality of peritoneal dialysis cycles and determines an amount of ultrafiltration (“UF”) removed from the patient based on the amount of dialysis fluid provided by the at least one dialysis fluid pump. The server also updates a UF trend using previous amounts of UF removed from the patient and the amount of UF removed from the patient during the most recent dialysis treatment and generates an alert if the UF trend changes by more than a preset percentage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Ying-Cheng Lo, Peter A. Hopping
  • Patent number: 11273245
    Abstract: A system for performing a dialysis treatment includes a dialysis fluid machine; a disposable dialysis fluid carrying member operable with the dialysis fluid machine; and a venting filter provided by the disposable member, the venting filter positioned and arranged to be coupled along with the disposable member to the dialysis fluid machine to perform the dialysis treatment and to vent air from the disposable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Richard Avoy, John Booras, Joseph H. Bowman, Paul Grippo, Andrew D. Hopping, David Howard, Jeffrey W. Jerrell, Benjamin Kellam, Brian Lauman, Sherwin Shang, David Vescovi, Tahua Yang, Alex Yu
  • Patent number: 11235094
    Abstract: A system for dialysis is disclosed. An example peritoneal dialysis system includes a peritoneal dialysis machine including a pumping mechanism, and a sensor configured to measure a property of peritoneal dialysis fluid. The peritoneal dialysis system also includes a disposable cassette operable with the peritoneal dialysis machine. The disposable cassette includes a fluid source inlet for accepting fluid from a fluid source and a fluid flow path in fluid communication with the fluid source inlet. The fluid flow path includes a pump chamber operable with the pumping mechanism to pump fluid through the fluid flow path. The disposable cassette also includes a concentrate inlet for fluidly communicating concentrate to the fluid flow path, and a sensor chamber located along the fluid flow path and operable with the sensor. The sensor is configured to provide feedback to the peritoneal dialysis machine for mixing the concentrate for forming peritoneal dialysis fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, David S. Brown, Ramesh Wariar, Sujatha Karoor, Shahid Din, Leo Martis, Cody Buchmann, Paul Soltys
  • Publication number: 20210322660
    Abstract: A dialysis method to enable a patient to undergo both peritoneal dialysis and extracorporeal blood treatments is disclosed. The method includes determining, via a base unit controller, whether a peritoneal dialysis treatment or an extracorporeal blood treatment is to be performed. If the peritoneal dialysis treatment is to be performed, the method includes operating first software instructions that cause a base unit to use a first fluid stored in a fluid container. If the extracorporeal blood treatment is to be performed, the method includes operating second software instructions that cause the base unit to use a second, different fluid from an online source and selectively move the second, different fluid to a blood treatment unit for use in the extracorporeal blood treatment. The blood treatment unit is operable with the base unit to perform the extracorporeal blood treatment on a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Gino Cicchello, Christian Bernard, Robert W. Childers, Anthony Simiele
  • Publication number: 20210322656
    Abstract: A system and method for balancing flows of renal replacement fluid is disclosed. The method uses pressure controls and pressure sensing devices to more precisely meter and balance the flow of fresh dialysate and spent dialysate. The balancing system may use one or two balancing devices, such as a balance tube, a tortuous path, or a balance chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Michael E. Hogard, Donald D. Busby, Robert W. Childers, Yuanpang Samuel Ding, Katherine M. Holian, Mark E. Jablonski, Thomas D. Kelly, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Rodolfo G. Roger, Donald A. Smith, Atif M. Yardimci, Ying-Cheng Lo
  • Publication number: 20210290831
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for the automated collection of dialysis data. An example method includes receiving and aggregating dialysis data comprising a fill volume amount and a drain volume amount for at least one continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (“CAPD”) cycle. The method also includes calculating an amount of ultrafiltration removed for each CAPD cycle by subtracting the fill volume amount from the drain volume amount for the respective CAPD cycle, and storing ultrafiltration data that is indicative of the amount of ultrafiltration removed as part of the aggregated dialysis data. The method further includes determining or receiving an indication that a dialysis machine is connected. After the dialysis machine is connected, the method includes transmitting the aggregated dialysis data to the dialysis machine to enable the aggregated dialysis data to be combined with additional dialysis data generated by the dialysis machine for determining total dialysis data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Alex Anping Yu, Robert W. Childers, Peter A. Hopping
  • Publication number: 20210220035
    Abstract: A wire driver for driving a wire or pin into living tissue includes a rotating drive shaft, a collet, and a wedge. The collet is held fast to the drive shaft and has a plurality of feet radially moveable relative for grasping the wire or pin. Each foot has an outwardly located curved ankle surface with a concave or convex profile. The wedge is disposed over the collet and is at least partly inside the bore of the drive shaft. The wedge rotates with the drive shaft and has a tapered inner surface in selective engagement with the curved ankle surfaces. The wedge is moveable longitudinally relative to the collet feet to bear against the feet and cause the feet to grasp the wire or pin. The wedge has a release position in which the wedge is spaced from the collet feet, releasing the wire or pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Mark M. Xie, Robert W. Childers
  • Patent number: 11052180
    Abstract: A system and method for balancing flows of renal replacement fluid is disclosed. The method uses pressure controls and pressure sensing devices to more precisely meter and balance the flow of fresh dialysate and spent dialysate. The balancing system may use one or two balancing devices, such as a balance tube, a tortuous path, or a balance chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Michael E. Hogard, Donald D. Busby, Robert W. Childers, Yuanpang Samuel Ding, Katherine M. Holian, Mark E. Jablonski, Thomas D. Kelly, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Rodolfo G. Roger, Donald A. Smith, Atif M. Yardimci, Ying-Cheng Lo
  • Patent number: 11045595
    Abstract: A dialysis system is configured to enable a patient to undergo both peritoneal dialysis and extracorporeal blood treatments. The example dialysis system includes a base unit configurable to provide a first fluid for use in preforming at least one peritoneal dialysis treatment at a first time. The base unit is further configurable to provide a second, different fluid for use in at least one extracorporeal blood treatment at a second, different time. The example dialysis system also includes a blood treatment unit configured to be docked to the base unit. The blood treatment unit includes a blood pump configured to pump blood from the patient to a blood filter and from the blood filter back to the patient. The blood filter or a blood line in communication with the blood filter receives the second fluid from the base unit for use in the at least one extracorporeal blood treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Gino Cicchello, Christian Bernard, Robert W. Childers, Anthony Simiele
  • Patent number: 11027053
    Abstract: A method for pairing a dialysis machine with peripheral devices is disclosed. An example method includes receiving, in an intermediate data transfer unit, data related to a patient from at least one of a weight sensor, a blood pressure sensor, or a remote exchange device. The method also includes causing the intermediate data transfer unit to detect a connection of a memory device to a port of the intermediate data transfer unit, and causing the intermediate data transfer unit to store the data to the memory device so that the memory device can be transported to a dialysis machine for transfer of the data from the memory device to the dialysis machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Alex Anping Yu, Robert W. Childers, Peter A. Hopping
  • Patent number: 11020519
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing multiple pass continuous flow dialysis are provided. In an embodiment, a system for providing peritoneal dialysis includes a catheter in communication with a peritoneal cavity, a fluid loop in fluid communication with the catheter and capable of circulating a therapy fluid into, through and out of the patient's peritoneal cavity, a multi-line fluid circuit, the multi-line fluid circuit in fluid communication with the fluid loop and including a bypass line coupled to a discharge fluid line, and a cycler including a plurality of valves, the cycler programmed to operate the plurality of valves to selectively (i) discharge therapy fluid from the multi-line fluid circuit via the discharge fluid line or (ii) bypass the discharge fluid line via the bypass line and circulate the therapy fluid a plurality of times through the fluid loop prior to exiting the multi-line fluid circuit via the discharge fluid line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Lee Pan, Brian Lauman
  • Patent number: 10925657
    Abstract: A wire driver for driving a wire or pin into living tissue. A plural bar linkage that includes a lever is actuated to drive the components that selectively grasp the wire from a release state to a grasping state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark M. Xie, Robert W. Childers