Patents by Inventor Thomas D. Kelly

Thomas D. Kelly 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: 20190388604
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system includes a dialyzer; a dialysis fluid circuit including a fresh dialysis fluid pump, and a used dialysis fluid pump; a blood circuit including a blood pump operable with an arterial line upstream of the dialyzer, a medical fluid source in fluid communication with the arterial line between a patient end of the arterial line and the blood pump, a drip chamber located along a venous line; a blood rinseback sequence wherein blood is transferred to the patient by the medical fluid, wherein the medical fluid is introduced from its source into the arterial line between an arterial line patient end and the blood pump, and flowed through the dialyzer, through the venous drip chamber along the venous line; and a blood circuit priming sequence initiated in the blood circuit via the arterial line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Waleed Mutasem El Sayyid
  • Patent number: 10463778
    Abstract: A blood treatment machine includes a blood pump; an arterial line in fluid communication with the blood pump; a venous line; and a heartbeat evaluation system including (i) a first electrode coupled to the arterial line or to a patient, (ii) a second electrode coupled to the venous line, (iii) electronic circuitry communicating electrically with the first electrode and the second electrode to sense an electrical heartbeat signal generated by the patient, and (iv) signal processing configured to use the sensed heartbeat signal to calculate at least one of (a) heart rate, (b) respiration, (c) stroke volume, (d) cardiac output, or (e) central blood volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10426882
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system is provided and includes a dialyzer, a dialysis fluid circuit in fluid communication with the dialyzer, a blood circuit, a blood detector and a blood rinseback scheme, wherein the blood rinseback scheme includes transferring blood to the patient using a physiologically acceptable fluid, wherein the physiologically acceptable fluid is introduced from its source into an arterial line between an arterial line patient end and a blood pump of the blood circuit, and flowed through the dialyzer, through a venous drip chamber and to the blood detector along a venous line of the blood circuit, where the physiologically acceptable fluid is sensed by the blood detector to indicate an end of the blood rinseback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Waleed M. El Sayyid
  • Patent number: 10391228
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system configured to purge air from a blood circuit comprises a dialyzer; a dialysis fluid circuit operable with the dialyzer via dialysis fluid inlet and outlet lines, the dialysis fluid circuit including a fresh dialysis fluid pump, and a used dialysis fluid pump; the blood circuit operable with the dialyzer and including an arterial line, a venous line, a blood pump operable with the arterial line upstream of the dialyzer, a physiologically acceptable fluid source in fluid communication with the arterial line upstream of the blood pump, a drip chamber located along the venous line, and a container for accepting air purged from the blood circuit; and an air purging scheme wherein, with the dialysis fluid inlet and outlet lines connected to the dialyzer, the blood pump pumps a fluid through the dialyzer and into the drip chamber, forcing air from the drip chamber into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE SA
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Marc S. Minkus, Angelito A. Bernardo, William P. Burns, Robert W. Childers, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Matthew R. Muller, Justin B. Rohde, Michael E. Hogard
  • Publication number: 20190167887
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system configured to purge air from a blood circuit comprises a dialyzer; a dialysis fluid circuit operable with the dialyzer via dialysis fluid inlet and outlet lines, the dialysis fluid circuit including a fresh dialysis fluid pump, and a used dialysis fluid pump; the blood circuit operable with the dialyzer and including an arterial line, a venous line, a blood pump operable with the arterial line upstream of the dialyzer, a physiologically acceptable fluid source in fluid communication with the arterial line upstream of the blood pump, a drip chamber located along the venous line, and a container for accepting air purged from the blood circuit; and an air purging scheme wherein, with the dialysis fluid inlet and outlet lines connected to the dialyzer, the blood pump pumps a fluid through the dialyzer and into the drip chamber, forcing air from the drip chamber into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Marc S. Minkus, Angelito A. Bernardo, William P. Burns, Robert W. Childers, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Matthew R. Muller, Justin B. Rohde, Michael E. Hogard
  • Publication number: 20190167884
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system is provided and includes a dialyzer, a dialysis fluid circuit in fluid communication with the dialyzer, a blood circuit, a blood detector and a blood rinseback scheme, wherein the blood rinseback scheme includes transferring blood to the patient using a physiologically acceptable fluid, wherein the physiologically acceptable fluid is introduced from its source into an arterial line between an arterial line patient end and a blood pump of the blood circuit, and flowed through the dialyzer, through a venous drip chamber and to the blood detector along a venous line of the blood circuit, where the physiologically acceptable fluid is sensed by the blood detector to indicate an end of the blood rinseback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Waleed M. El Sayyid
  • Publication number: 20190046712
    Abstract: A hemodiafiltration system with a disposable pumping unit is disclosed. An example system includes a medical fluid pump actuator, a medical fluid heater, a blood filter and a disposable unit. The example disposable unit includes a medical fluid cassette portion including a medical fluid cassette housing configured to be operatively connected to the medical fluid pump actuator to pump medical fluid through the medical fluid cassette portion when the medical fluid cassette portion is in fluid communication with a medical fluid source. The example medical fluid cassette portion is also configured to be placed in fluid communication with the blood filter and with an extracorporeal circuit communicating with the blood filter, the fluid communication enabling hemodiafiltration to be performed. The example disposable unit also includes a heater bag configured to be placed in operable communication with the medical fluid heater and in fluid communication with the medical fluid cassette portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Patent number: 10195332
    Abstract: A renal therapy blood cleansing system is provided. The renal therapy blood cleansing system includes a blood circuit including a blood filtering device, a therapy fluid circuit including a balance chamber configured to exchange like volumes of fresh and used therapy fluid, a first pump configured to pump fresh therapy fluid to the balance chamber, a second pump configured to pump used therapy fluid to the balance chamber, and at least one valve located downstream from the balance chamber, the at least one valve enabling fresh therapy fluid from the balance chamber to be directed selectively to (i) a flow path leading to an inlet of the blood filtering device, or (ii) a flow path leading to the blood circuit at a location upstream or downstream of the blood filtering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Waleed M. El Sayyid
  • Patent number: 10155080
    Abstract: A renal therapy system with cassette-based blood and dialysate pumping is disclosed. An example system includes a blood pump actuator, a dialysis fluid pump actuator, a dialysis fluid heater, a dialyzer, and a disposable unit. The example disposable unit includes a blood cassette portion configured to be operatively connected to the blood pump actuator to pump blood through the blood cassette portion. The example disposable unit also includes a dialysis fluid cassette portion, separate from the blood cassette portion, configured to be operatively connected to the dialysis fluid pump actuator to pump dialysis fluid through the dialysis fluid cassette portion. The blood cassette portion and the dialysis fluid cassette portion are both in fluid communication with the dialyzer. The example disposable unit also includes a heater bag configured to be placed in operable communication with the dialysis fluid heater and in fluid communication with the dialysis fluid cassette portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE SA
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Publication number: 20180214620
    Abstract: A method for priming a renal therapy machine is disclosed. The method includes communicating a source of a physiologically compatible solution with a blood circuit and moving the physiologically compatible solution from the source to the blood circuit. The method also includes moving the physiologically compatible solution through the blood circuit to prime the blood circuit. The method further includes moving the physiologically compatible solution from the blood circuit though porous fibers of a blood filter, causing air to be purged from the blood circuit and into a dialysis fluid circuit portion of the blood filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo G. Roger
  • Publication number: 20180185564
    Abstract: A blood treatment machine includes a blood pump; an arterial line in fluid communication with the blood pump; a venous line; and a heartbeat evaluation system including (i) a first electrode coupled to the arterial line or to a patient, (ii) a second electrode coupled to the venous line, (iii) electronic circuitry communicating electrically with the first electrode and the second electrode to sense an electrical heartbeat signal generated by the patient, and (iv) signal processing configured to use the sensed heartbeat signal to calculate at least one of (a) heart rate, (b) respiration, (c) stroke volume, (d) cardiac output, or (e) central blood volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20180169316
    Abstract: A renal therapy system with cassette-based blood and dialysate pumping is disclosed. An example system includes a blood pump actuator, a dialysis fluid pump actuator, a dialysis fluid heater, a dialyzer, and a disposable unit. The example disposable unit includes a blood cassette portion configured to be operatively connected to the blood pump actuator to pump blood through the blood cassette portion. The example disposable unit also includes a dialysis fluid cassette portion, separate from the blood cassette portion, configured to be operatively connected to the dialysis fluid pump actuator to pump dialysis fluid through the dialysis fluid cassette portion. The blood cassette portion and the dialysis fluid cassette portion are both in fluid communication with the dialyzer. The example disposable unit also includes a heater bag configured to be placed in operable communication with the dialysis fluid heater and in fluid communication with the dialysis fluid cassette portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Patent number: 9950105
    Abstract: A blood treatment machine includes a blood pump; an arterial line in fluid communication with the blood pump, the arterial line including an arterial needle; a venous line including a venous needle; and a blood leak detection device including (i) at least one electrical component, (ii) a member configured to secure the at least one electrical component onto a patient's arm adjacent to patient access of at least one of the arterial and venous needles, the at least one electrical component capable of sensing the presence of a blood leak, and (iii) a controller in operable communication with the at least one electrical component, the controller programmed to allow for an amount of expected blood seepage and to cause an alarm if blood greater than the amount of expected blood seepage is sensed by the at least one electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9925320
    Abstract: A renal therapy machine includes a blood filter including a plurality of porous fibers; a blood circuit in communication with the blood filter; and a dialysate circuit in communication with the blood filter and operable with at least one pump, wherein the renal therapy machine is configured to perform a priming sequence in which a physiologically compatible solution, other than dialysate, primes the blood circuit and is flowed within the fibers and through pores in the fibers of the blood filter, and the pump of the dialysate circuit vents air from the blood filter into the dialysate circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo Roger
  • Publication number: 20180036472
    Abstract: Dialysis systems that remove air from a blood circuit are disclosed herein. In an embodiment, a dialysis system includes a dialysis fluid circuit, a blood circuit including an arterial line, a venous line, and an enclosure in fluid communication with the venous line, the enclosure configured to release air through a hydrophobic vent for priming the blood circuit, a blood pump configured to pump fluid through at least the arterial line, a first valve operable with the arterial line and a second valve operable with the venous line, and a pumping and valving algorithm operated after priming to remove air from the blood circuit to control the first and second valves and the blood pump to replace priming fluid with blood from a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Marc S. Minkus, Angelito A. Bernardo, William P. Burns, Robert W. Childers, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Matthew R. Muller, Justin B. Rohde, Michael E. Hogard
  • Patent number: 9884144
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system includes: (i) a dialyzer; (ii) a dialysate source; a dialysate pump; (iii) a dialysate cassette operatively connected to the dialysate pump such that the dialysate pump can pump dialysate through the dialysate cassette when the dialysate cassette is in fluid communication with the dialysate source, the dialysate cassette in fluid communication with the dialyzer; (iv) a blood pump; and (v) a blood cassette separate from the dialysate cassette, the blood cassette operatively connected to the blood pump such that the blood pump can pump blood through the blood cassette, the blood cassette including a housing, the housing including a from-patient tube connector, a to-patient tube connector, a saline/priming tube connnector, a to-dialyzer tube connector, a from-dialyzer tube connector, and an internal air separation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Patent number: 9855377
    Abstract: A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument including a blood pump actuator, a dialyzer, a heparin pump, and a disposable cassette including a blood pumping portion operable with the blood pump actuator of the dialysis instrument, the blood pumping portion including an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the blood pumping portion of the disposable cassette positioned and arranged to receive blood from an arterial line of an extracorporeal circuit, the outlet of the blood pumping portion of the disposable cassette positioned and arranged to deliver the blood to the dialyzer and to receive heparin from the heparin pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo Roger
  • Publication number: 20170340801
    Abstract: A blood treatment machine includes a blood pump; an arterial line in fluid communication with the blood pump; a venous line; and a heartbeat evaluation system including (i) a first electrode coupled to the arterial line or to a patient, (ii) a second electrode coupled to the venous line, (iii) electronic circuitry communicating electrically with the first electrode and the second electrode to sense an electrical heartbeat signal generated by the patient, and (iv) signal processing configured to use the sensed heartbeat signal to calculate at least one of (a) heart rate, (b) respiration, (c) stroke volume, (d) cardiac output, or (e) central blood volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20170333612
    Abstract: A renal therapy machine includes a blood filter including a plurality of porous fibers; a blood circuit in communication with the blood filter; and a dialysate circuit in communication with the blood filter and operable with at least one pump, wherein the renal therapy machine is configured to perform a priming sequence in which a physiologically compatible solution, other than dialysate, primes the blood circuit and is flowed within the fibers and through pores in the fibers of the blood filter, and the pump of the dialysate circuit vents air from the blood filter into the dialysate circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo Roger
  • Patent number: 9795731
    Abstract: An air purging method includes: (a) detecting a low fluid level in a blood circuit indicating a high amount of air in the blood circuit; (b) stopping a blood pump; (c) closing a venous patient line; (d) opening a blood circuit air vent valve and a drain valve; and (e) running the blood pump to meter air through the air vent valve and the drain valve to a drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Marc S. Minkus, Angelito A. Bernardo, William P. Burns, Robert W. Childers, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Matthew R. Muller, Justin B. Rohde, Michael E. Hogard