Patents by Inventor W. Gardner Rhea, Jr.

W. Gardner Rhea, Jr. 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: 5916153
    Abstract: A modified Foley type catheter has a pressure sensor near the insertion end, an inflatable balloon, a temperature sensor, a light emitter, and a blood oxygen level detector near the light emitting means, all molded into the catheter tube wall. The oxygen level sensor is arranged to receive light energy from tissue illuminated by the light source. All required electrical conductors, and fiber optics elements if used, are molded into the catheter wall and terminate in a connector near the access end. The balloon has a fluid supply conduit, or channel, molded into the catheter wall and it terminates in a connector nipple near the access end. A pulse detector means is derived from the association of the oxygen level sensor and the required external signal processor. All associated external signal processor and output indicators means currently exist for observation and recording. Rewiring for suitable connector association with the novel catheter is well established in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: W. Gardner Rhea, Jr.