Patents by Inventor Rockland W. Nordness

Rockland W. Nordness 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: 10124184
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry patient data from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Peterson, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Patent number: 10099063
    Abstract: A defibrillator is provided with two processors for enhancing the defibrillation process. A first processor is dedicated to controlling when an electrical charge is applied to a patient. A second processor is dedicated to data operations for enhancing the coaching of the defibrillation process. The second data processor is in communication with one or more external devices for transmission and receipt of network data for further enhancing the coaching process. The second data processor allows both the defibrillator to be maintained with updated network data and software and the one or more external devices to be maintained with updated defibrillator data. Independent controllers provide multiple processing paths on critical charge and coaching functions; with the second data processor further providing redundancy control in the event of any malfunction of the first charge processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Peterson, Mitchell A Smith, Denny Craig Edwards, Jeffery Scott Edwards, Pablo Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Rockland W Nordness, Matthew Lawrence Bielstein, Clayton Ming Young, David B Stewart, Paul R Juhasz, David Okey, Steven Witters, Ira M Turner
  • Publication number: 20180214705
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: (a) a base containing a defibrillator module to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) a patient parameter monitoring pod connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect patient data, the patient data including at least one patient vital sign, (c) a power supply sharing link between the base and the pod, the pod receiving power from the base via the power sharing link, the pod being operable to collect patient data without receiving power from the base, and (d) an external battery charger, the battery charger interrogating the batteries to determine battery information used for battery charging, the battery information including at least one of charging voltage, charging current, and charge time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: James S. Neumiller, Thomas J. McGrath, Rockland W. Nordness, John C. Daynes
  • Publication number: 20160361556
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry patient data from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER PEARCE, THOMAS J. MCGRATH, RANDY L. MERRY, JOHN C. DAYNES, KENNETH J. PETERSON, PETER WUNG, MICHAEL D. MCMAHON, D. CRAIG EDWARDS, ERIC T. HOIERMAN, ROCKLAND W. NORDNESS, JAMES S. NEUMILLER
  • Patent number: 9439572
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Petersen, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Publication number: 20160121133
    Abstract: A defibrillator is provided with two processors for enhancing the defibrillation process. A first processor is dedicated to controlling when an electrical charge is applied to a patient. A second processor is dedicated to data operations for enhancing the coaching of the defibrillation process. The second data processor is in communication with one or more external devices for transmission and receipt of network data for further enhancing the coaching process. The second data processor allows both the defibrillator to be maintained with updated network data and software and the one or more external devices to be maintained with updated defibrillator data. Independent controllers provide multiple processing paths on critical charge and coaching functions; with the second data processor further providing redundancy control in the event of any malfunction of the first charge processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Applicant: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Peterson, Mitchell A. Smith, Denny Craig Edwards, Jeffery Scott Edwards, Pablo Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Rockland W. Nordness, Matthew Lawrence Bielstein, Clayton Ming Young, David B. Stewart, Paul R. Juhasz, David Okey, Steven Witters, Ira M. Turner
  • Publication number: 20150018894
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Petersen, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Patent number: 8880168
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Peterson, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Holerman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Publication number: 20140303507
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: (a) a base containing a defibrillator module to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) a patient parameter monitoring pod connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect patient data, the patient data including at least one patient vital sign, (c) a power supply sharing link between the base and the pod, the pod receiving power from the base via the power sharing link, the pod being operable to collect patient data without receiving power from the base, and (d) an external battery charger, the battery charger interrogating the batteries to determine battery information used for battery charging, the battery information including at least one of charging voltage, charging current, and charge time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: James S. Neumiller, Thomas J. McGrath, Rockland W. Nordness, John C. Daynes
  • Publication number: 20140277227
    Abstract: A defibrillator is provided with two processors for enhancing the defibrillation process. A first processor is dedicated to controlling when an electrical charge is applied to a patient. A second processor is dedicated to data operations for enhancing the coaching of the defibrillation process. The second data processor is in communication with one or more external devices for transmission and receipt of network data for further enhancing the coaching process. The second data processor allows both the defibrillator to be maintained with updated network data and software and the one or more external devices to be maintained with updated defibrillator data. Independent controllers provide multiple processing paths on critical charge and coaching functions; with the second data processor further providing redundancy control in the event of any malfunction of the first charge processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Peterson, Mitchell A. Smith, Denny Craig Edwards, Jeffery Scott Edwards, Pablo Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Rockland W. Nordness, Matthew Lawrence Bielstein, Clayton Ming Young, James Wootten, David B. Stewart, Paul R. Juhasz, David Okey, Steven Witters, Ira M. Turner
  • Patent number: 8788038
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: (a) a base containing a defibrillator module to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) a patient parameter monitoring pod connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect patient data, the patient data including at least one patient vital sign, (c) a power supply sharing link between the base and the pod, the pod receiving power from the base via the power sharing link, the pod being operable to collect patient data without receiving power from the base, and (d) an external battery charger, the battery charger interrogating the batteries to determine battery information used for battery charging, the battery information including at least one of charging voltage, charging current, and charge time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Neumiller, Thomas J. McGrath, Rockland W. Nordness, John C. Daynes
  • Patent number: 8738128
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Peterson, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Publication number: 20130331899
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Peterson, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Publication number: 20110208259
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Peterson, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Patent number: 7957798
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Peterson, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Publication number: 20080077185
    Abstract: A modular external defibrillator system in embodiments of the teachings may include one or more of the following features: a base containing a defibrillator to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient, (b) one or more pods each connectable to a patient via patient lead cables to collect at least one patient vital sign, the pods operable at a distance from the base, (c) a wireless communications link between the base and a selected one of the two or more pods to carry the at least one vital sign from the selected pod to the base, the selection being based on which pod is associated with the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Christopher Pearce, Thomas J. McGrath, Randy L. Merry, John C. Daynes, Kenneth J. Peterson, Peter Wung, Michael D. McMahon, D. Craig Edwards, Eric T. Hoierman, Rockland W. Nordness, James S. Neumiller
  • Patent number: 6198253
    Abstract: A smart battery that self-monitors and maintains information about itself that includes its state of charge, its need for maintenance, and for conditions that indicate that it has reached the end of its useful life and should be discarded. The information maintained by the battery is then either displayed on an on-board display or is communicated to another device on a communication bus. The state of charge quantifies the smart battery's ability to reliably deliver charge to a host device and is dynamically adjusted over the lifetime of the smart battery. The state of charge may not exceed a full charge capacity value maintained by the smart battery and initially set to an estimated value. This full charge capacity value is dynamically adjusted throughout the life of the smart battery using information accumulated and maintained by the smart battery that indicates the smart battery's actual performance during use and by using messages received from a battery maintenance and testing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Medtronic Physio-Control Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Wayne D. Kurle, Stephen B. Johnson, Rockland W. Nordness, Stephen L. Firman, Douglas M. Gustavson, Peter Y. Choi
  • Patent number: 6137261
    Abstract: A battery maintenance and testing system (22) that includes a battery support system (2) that tests, conditions, and charges rechargeable battery packs. The battery support system (22) accommodates a dumb battery (32) that do not have any internal logic by running a default maintenance routine, as well as a smart battery (24, 24') that has internal logic that monitors its condition, keeps track of the time and number of charge discharge cycles the battery has experienced since it was last conditioned, logs any errors that would necessitate the battery being discarded, and stores information relevant to its maintenance and testing. The battery maintenance and testing system (22) is able to communicate with a smart battery (24, 24') to automatically to retrieve this information and use it to condition, test, and charge the battery to optimal condition or to indicate to the user that the battery is defective and needs to be discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Physio-Control Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne D. Kurle, Stephen B. Johnson, Rockland W. Nordness, Stephen L. Firman, Douglas M. Gustavson
  • Patent number: 6072299
    Abstract: A smart battery that self-monitors and maintains information about itself that includes its state of charge, its need for maintenance, and for conditions that indicate that it has reached the end of its useful life and should be discarded. The information maintained by the battery is then either displayed on an on-board display or is communicated to another device on a communication bus. The state of charge quantifies the smart battery's ability to reliably deliver charge to a host device and is dynamically adjusted over the lifetime of the smart battery. The state of charge may not exceed a full charge capacity value maintained by the smart battery and initially set to an estimated value. This full charge capacity value is dynamically adjusted throughout the life of the smart battery using information accumulated and maintained by the smart battery that indicates the smart battery's actual performance during use and by using messages received from a battery maintenance and testing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Medtronic Physio-Control Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Wayne D. Kurle, Stephen B. Johnson, Rockland W. Nordness, Stephen L. Firman, Douglas M. Gustavson, Peter Y. Choi