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: 20160271317
    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: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9415150
    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: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Michael E. Hogard, Donald D. Busby, Robert W. Childers, Yuanpang S. Ding, Katherine M. Holian, Mark E. Jablonski, Thomas D. Kelly, Ying-Cheng Lo, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Rodolfo G. Roger, Donald A. Smith, Atif M. Yardimci
  • Patent number: 9352078
    Abstract: An access disconnection system includes a venous line, an arterial line, a first electrode coupled to (i) the arterial line, (ii) a patient, or (iii) a cardiac catheter assembly; and a second electrode coupled to (i) the venous line, or (ii) the cardiac catheter assembly. The access disconnection system further includes electronic circuitry communicating electrically with the first second electrode to sense an electrical heartbeat signal generated by the patient. The electronic circuitry is configured to send a disconnection output indicative of a change in the electrical signal sufficient to expect that an access disconnection of the venous line has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20160095970
    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: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Waleed M. El Sayyid
  • Publication number: 20160038666
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the performance of kidney replacement therapy having or using a dialyzer, control components, sorbent cartridge and fluid reservoirs configured to be of a weight and size suitable to be worn or carried by an individual requiring treatment are disclosed. The system for performing kidney replacement therapy has a controlled compliance dialysis circuit, where a control pump controls the bi-directional movement of fluid across a dialysis membrane. The dialysis circuit and an extracorporeal circuit for circulating blood are in fluid communication through the dialysis membrane. The flux of fluid moving between the extracorporeal circuit and the dialysis circuit is modified by the rate at which the control pump is operating such that a rate of ultrafiltration and convective clearance can be controlled. The system provides for the monitoring of an inlet and outlet conductivity of the sorbent cartridge to provide a facility to quantify or monitor the removal of urea by the sorbent cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, SuPing Lyu, Bryant J. Pudil, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 9211370
    Abstract: A renal therapy blood cleansing system is provided. The renal therapy blood cleansing system includes a blood filtering device in fluid communication with a blood circuit, a balance chamber configured to exchange like volumes of fresh and used therapy fluid with the blood filtering device, a first pump configured to pump fresh fluid to the balance chamber, a second pump positioned and arranged to receive used fluid from the blood filtering device, and a control scheme. The control scheme is programmed to isolate the blood filtering device from the second pump and deliver a volume of fresh fluid to the blood filtering device via the balance chamber while the second pump is isolated from the blood filtering device, so as to increase fluid volume within the blood circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, Waleed M. El Sayyid
  • Patent number: 9138528
    Abstract: An access disconnection system includes a blood treatment machine including a housing, an access site detection housing separate from the blood treatment machine housing, a transmitter positioned in the access site housing and configured to transmit an ultrasound wave into a blood stream of a patient, a receiver positioned in the access site housing and configured to receive a reflection of the ultrasound wave from the blood stream of the patient; and electronic circuitry in communication with the transmitter and the receiver. The electronic circuitry is supported by the access site detection housing, and the transmitter is configured to send a wireless disconnection output to the blood treatment machine. The disconnection output is indicative of a change in the reflected ultrasound wave received by the receiver sufficient to expect that an access disconnection of one of the arterial line and the venous line has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20150258263
    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: March 30, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    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: 20150238679
    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: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Patent number: 9089654
    Abstract: An access disconnection system includes: an arterial line; a venous line; a transmitter configured to transmit a sound wave in one of the arterial and venous lines when connected to a patient; a receiver configured to receive the sound wave from the other of the arterial and venous lines when connected to the patient; and electronic circuitry coupled to at least one of the transmitter and receiver, the circuitry configured to send a disconnection output indicative of a change in the sound waves received by the receiver from the transmitter sufficient to expect that an access disconnection of one of the arterial line and venous lines has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9028436
    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 connector, a to-dialyzer tube connector, a from-dialyzer tube connector, and an internal air separation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Publication number: 20150122721
    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: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo Roger
  • Patent number: 8992463
    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: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Michael E. Hogard, Donald D. Busby, Robert W. Childers, Yuanpang Samuel Ding, Katherine M. Holian, Mark E. Jablonski, Thomas D. Kelly, Ying-Cheng Lo, Shincy J. Maliekkal, Rodolfo G. Roger, Donald A. Smith, Atif M. Yardimci
  • Publication number: 20150080782
    Abstract: An access disconnection system includes a venous line, an arterial line, a first electrode coupled to (i) the arterial line, (ii) a patient, or (iii) a cardiac catheter assembly; and a second electrode coupled to (i) the venous line, or (ii) the cardiac catheter assembly. The access disconnection system further includes electronic circuitry communicating electrically with the first second electrode to sense an electrical heartbeat signal generated by the patient. The electronic circuitry is configured to send a disconnection output indicative of a change in the electrical signal sufficient to expect that an access disconnection of the venous line has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8932469
    Abstract: A dialysis machine includes a blood circuit, a dialysate circuit, and a dialyzer placed in communication with the blood circuit and the dialysate circuit. The dialysis machine includes a priming sequence in which dialysate is used to prime a first portion of the dialysate circuit and a physiologically compatible solution, other than dialysate, is used to prime a second portion of the dialysate circuit, the dialyzer and the blood circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo Roger
  • Patent number: 8926540
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system includes (i) a dialyzer; (ii) a blood pump; (iii) a blood cassette operatively connected to the dialyzer and the blood pump; (iv) a dialysate heater; (v) first and second peristaltic dialysate pumps; and (vi) a dialysate cassette separate from the blood cassette, the dialysate cassette including an organizer configured to support a drain tube, a to-dialyzer tube and a from-dialyzer tube, the cassette further including a first pumping tube, a second pumping tube and an inline fluid heating pathway, the cassette when mounted for operation orienting (a) the first pumping tube for operation with the first peristaltic dialysate pump, (b) the second pumping tube for operation with the second peristaltic dialysate pump and (c) the fluid heating pathway for operation with the dialysate heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter Healthcare Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Patent number: 8920355
    Abstract: An access disconnection method includes supporting a transmitter including a wireless communication apparatus, a receiver, a portion of an arterial line, a portion of a venous line and electronic circuitry by a member separate from a blood treatment machine. The method further includes operably communicating the electronic circuitry with the transmitter and the receiver, enabling transmission of a wave from the transmitter in one of the arterial and venous lines, enabling receipt of the wave by the receiver in the other of the arterial and venous lines, and enabling a disconnection output to be sent to the blood treatment machine via the electronic circuitry. The disconnection output is indicative of a change in the wave received by the receiver from the transmitter sufficient to expect that an access site disconnection of one of the arterial and venous lines has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20140338756
    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: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    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: 8882692
    Abstract: A hemodialysis system for operation with a blood source and a dialysate source, the system including: (i) a first machine portion including a blood pump; (ii) a blood cassette operatively connected to the blood pump such that the blood pump can pump blood through the blood cassette when the blood cassette is in fluid communication with the blood source; (iii) a dialyzer fluidly connected to the blood cassette; (iv) a second machine portion separate from the first machine portion, the second machine portion including a dialysate pump; and (v) a dialysate cassette separate from the blood cassette, the 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 being fluidly connected to the dialyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Lo, Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Justin Rohde
  • Publication number: 20140330193
    Abstract: An access disconnection system includes: an arterial line; a venous line; a transmitter configured to transmit a sound wave in one of the arterial and venous lines when connected to a patient; a receiver configured to receive the sound wave from the other of the arterial and venous lines when connected to the patient; and electronic circuitry coupled to at least one of the transmitter and receiver, the circuitry configured to send a disconnection output indicative of a change in the sound waves received by the receiver from the transmitter sufficient to expect that an access disconnection of one of the arterial line and venous lines has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly