Patents by Inventor Thomas F. Fangrow

Thomas F. Fangrow 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: 10420927
    Abstract: An example of a method of enabling medical fluid transfer between a source container and a destination container can comprise the steps of providing a closed-system fluid transfer module comprising a first closeable, resealable medical connector and a second closeable, resealable medical connector, a multidirectional fluid control valve with a driving interface configured to interface with an electromechanical driver of an electronic medical fluid transfer device, and an intermediate container or an intermediate pumping region; and instructing a user to couple the closed-system fluid transfer module to the electronic medical fluid transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20190282795
    Abstract: Antiseptic caps that can be used to disinfect and/or protect medical connectors are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the antiseptic cap can include a first chamber configured to be removably attached to the medical connector. Delivery systems for use with medical articles are also disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the delivery system comprises various dispensing systems for antiseptic caps and/or antiseptic cap holder assemblies. In some embodiments, the delivery system can be configured to permit the medical articles to be individually removable from the delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20190269900
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein relate to a medical connector having a backflow resistance module configured to prevent fluid from being drawn into the connector when a backflow inducing event occurs. In some embodiments, the backflow resistance module can include a variable-volume chamber configured to change in volume in response to a backflow-inducing event and a check valve configured to resist backflow. In some embodiments, the medical connector can include a fluid diverter configured to direct fluid flowing through the medical connector into the variable volume chamber to prevent fluid stagnation therein. In some embodiments, the medical connector includes a body member, a base member, a seal member, a support member, and a valve member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 10398887
    Abstract: A luer connector including a rigid housing having a first end and a second end. The housing further including a rigid tubular male portion at the first end, a rigid tubular female portion at the second end, and a longitudinal opening therethrough. The male portion is configured to be engageable with a female connector. The female portion is configured to be engageable with a male connector and to prevent the disengagement of the male connector from the female portion. In some embodiments, the female portion is configured to maintain a fixed rotational position when the male connector is being threaded therewith, but to rotate with the male connector once the male connector has become fully engaged with the female portion so as to prevent the male connector from becoming unthreaded from the female portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr., George A. Lopez
  • Patent number: 10391293
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein relate to medical connectors with a housing comprising a proximal body member and a base member that form an internal cavity with a proximal abutment surface. A seal member and a rigid, hollow elongated portion are located within the internal cavity such that a proximal tip of the elongated member extends proximally within the internal cavity further than the abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20190254926
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor for removing liquid contents from a vial comprises a piercing member and a bag. The bag can be contained within the piercing member such that the bag is introduced to the vial when the vial adaptor is coupled with the vial. In some embodiments, the bag expands within the vial as liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, thereby regulating pressure within the vial. In other embodiments, a vial comprises a bag for regulating pressure within the vial as liquid is removed therefrom. In some embodiments, a vial adaptor is coupled with the vial in order to remove the liquid. In some embodiments, as the liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, the bag expands within the vial, and in other embodiments, the bag contracts within the vial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: John M. Seifert, Thomas F. Fangrow, Dee E. Warren, Dan Lopez
  • Patent number: 10327989
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor for removing liquid contents from a vial comprises a piercing member and a bag. The bag can be contained within the piercing member such that the bag is introduced to the vial when the vial adaptor is coupled with the vial. In some embodiments, the bag expands within the vial as liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, thereby regulating pressure within the vial. In other embodiments, a vial comprises a bag for regulating pressure within the vial as liquid is removed therefrom. In some embodiments, a vial adaptor is coupled with the vial in order to remove the liquid. In some embodiments, as the liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, the bag expands within the vial, and in other embodiments, the bag contracts within the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 10327992
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor for removing liquid contents from a vial comprises a piercing member and a bag. The bag can be contained within the piercing member such that the bag is introduced to the vial when the vial adaptor is coupled with the vial. In some embodiments, the bag expands within the vial as liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, thereby regulating pressure within the vial. In other embodiments, a vial comprises a bag for regulating pressure within the vial as liquid is removed therefrom. In some embodiments, a vial adaptor is coupled with the vial in order to remove the liquid. In some embodiments, as the liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, the bag expands within the vial, and in other embodiments, the bag contracts within the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, Dee E. Warren, Dan Lopez
  • Patent number: 10327993
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor for removing liquid contents from a vial comprises a piercing member and a bag. The bag can be contained within the piercing member such that the bag is introduced to the vial when the vial adaptor is coupled with the vial. In some embodiments, the bag expands within the vial as liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, thereby regulating pressure within the vial. In other embodiments, a vial comprises a bag for regulating pressure within the vial as liquid is removed therefrom. In some embodiments, a vial adaptor is coupled with the vial in order to remove the liquid. In some embodiments, as the liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, the bag expands within the vial, and in other embodiments, the bag contracts within the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, Dee E. Warren, Dan Lopez
  • Patent number: 10327991
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor for removing liquid contents from a vial comprises a piercing member and a bag. The bag can be contained within the piercing member such that the bag is introduced to the vial when the vial adaptor is coupled with the vial. In some embodiments, the bag expands within the vial as liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, thereby regulating pressure within the vial. In other embodiments, a vial comprises a bag for regulating pressure within the vial as liquid is removed therefrom. In some embodiments, a vial adaptor is coupled with the vial in order to remove the liquid. In some embodiments, as the liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, the bag expands within the vial, and in other embodiments, the bag contracts within the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Seifert, Thomas F. Fangrow, Dee E. Warren, Dan Lopez
  • Patent number: 10314764
    Abstract: Fluid transfer systems are disclosed that can be configured to transfer precise amounts of fluid from a source container to a target container. The fluid transfer system can have multiple fluid transfer stations for transferring fluids into multiple target containers or for combining different types of fluids into a single target container to form a mixture. The fluid transfer system can include a pump and a destination sensor, such as a weight sensor. The fluid transfer system can be configured to flush remaining fluid out of a connector to reduce waste, using air or a flushing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 10314765
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein related to a device for transferring precise amounts of fluid from at least one source container to at least one target container. In some embodiments, the fluid is first transferred from the source container (e.g., a vial) through a connector to an intermediate measuring container (e.g., a syringe). In some embodiments air can pass through an air inlet and enter the vial to compensate for the volume of fluid withdrawn from the vial. An air check valve or a bag or a filter can prevent the fluid from escaping through the air inlet. The precisely measured amount of fluid can then be transferred from the intermediate measuring container to the target container (e.g., an IV bag). In some embodiments the connector can include a source check valve and a target check valve to direct fluid first from the source container to the intermediate measuring container and then from the intermediate measuring container to the target container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Peter Leissling, Matthias Janssen
  • Patent number: 10299989
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor comprises a housing configured to couple the adaptor with a vial, an access channel, a regulator channel, and a regulator assembly. The access channel is configured to facilitate withdrawal of fluid from the vial when the adaptor is coupled to the vial. The regulator channel is configured to facilitate a flow of a regulating fluid from the regulator assembly to compensate for changes in volume of a medical fluid in the vial. The regulator assembly can include a valve configured to transition between a closed configuration and an opened configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20190151569
    Abstract: Bubble traps for use in medical fluid lines and medical fluid bubble trap systems are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the bubble trap is configured to trap gas (e.g., air) that flows into the bubble trap from a fluid line. In some embodiments, the bubble trap includes an inlet and an outlet and a chamber between the inlet and the outlet. For example, in some embodiments, the bubble trap is configured to inhibit gas from flowing into the outlet once gas flows into the chamber from the inlet. In some embodiments, the bubble trap is in fluid communication with a source container, a destination container, and/or a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jay Hachey
  • Patent number: 10292904
    Abstract: A vial adaptor can include a connector interface and/or a piercing member. The vial adaptor can include a regulator assembly. The regulator assembly can include a regulator base, a regulator nest coupled with the regulator base, and/or a storage chamber formed at least partially by one or both of the regulator base and regulator nest. The regulator assembly can include a cover connected to one or both of the regulator base and regulator nest and fitted around a radially outward portion of one or both of the regulator base and regulator nest. In some cases, the regular assembly includes a flexible enclosure connected to the regulator nest and configured to transition between a contracted configuration and an expanded configuration. In some cases, the flexible enclosure is inhibited from transitioning to the expanded configuration prior to removal or modification of the cover from the regulator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20190117515
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of the present disclosure, an adaptor configured to couple with a sealed vial can include a connector interface. The adaptor can include one or more access channels (e.g., passages). In some cases the one or more access channels are in fluid communication with the connector interface. The adaptor can include a piercing member. The piercing member can include a regulator channel. The adaptor can include a regulator assembly. The regulator assembly can include a first regulator inlet. In some cases, the regulator includes a second regulator inlet. One or more of the first and second regulator inlets can include a filter configured to filter fluid passing into and/or out of the respective regulator inlets. One or more valves can be positioned between the first and/or second regulator inlets and the piercing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20190078712
    Abstract: A connector system for medical fluid includes a male connector and a female connector that have a closed configuration when detached from one another. The first end of the male connector is configured to mate with a first end of the female connector. When the male connector is coupled with the female connector, complementary structures engage to move seals away from ports in the male connector and the female connector, opening a fluid pathway through the connectors. The mating ends of the connectors are not exposed to the medical fluid when the connectors are coupled so that when the connectors are disconnected, the mating ends are substantially free of residual medical fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20190070405
    Abstract: An example of a method of enabling medical fluid transfer between a source container and a destination container can comprise the steps of providing a closed-system fluid transfer module comprising a first closeable, resealable medical connector and a second closeable, resealable medical connector, a multidirectional fluid control valve with a driving interface configured to interface with an electromechanical driver of an electronic medical fluid transfer device, and an intermediate container or an intermediate pumping region; and instructing a user to couple the closed-system fluid transfer module to the electronic medical fluid transfer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 10201476
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of the present disclosure, an adaptor configured to couple with a sealed vial can include a connector interface. The adaptor can include one or more access channels (e.g., passages). In some cases the one or more access channels are in fluid communication with the connector interface. The adaptor can include a piercing member. The piercing member can include a regulator channel. The adaptor can include a regulator assembly. The regulator assembly can include a first regulator inlet. In some cases, the regulator includes a second regulator inlet. One or more of the first and second regulator inlets can include a filter configured to filter fluid passing into and/or out of the respective regulator inlets. One or more valves can be positioned between the first and/or second regulator inlets and the piercing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: D851745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Scott Shauver, Thomas F. Fangrow