Patents by Inventor Walt L. Carpenter

Walt L. Carpenter 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: 8545754
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for oxygenating and controlling the temperature of blood in an extracorporeal circuit. The apparatus has an inlet and an outlet that is located radially outward from the inlet in order to define a flowpath through the apparatus. The apparatus comprises: a core that is substantially centrally located in the apparatus and to which blood from a patient can be supplied through the inlet; a heat exchanger comprising a plurality of heat transfer elements that are arranged around the core and between which blood from the core can move radially outward; and an oxygenator comprising a plurality of gas exchange elements that are arranged around the heat exchanger and between which blood from the heat exchanger can move radially outward before exiting the apparatus through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Walt L. Carpenter, Robert W. Olsen, Michael J. Hobday, Alford L. McLevish, Christopher J. Plott, Roderick E. Briscoe, Patrick J. Cloutier, Anil Thapa, Ming Li, Kevin McIntosh, Ken Merte
  • Patent number: 8177735
    Abstract: A cardiotomy and venous blood reservoir including a housing assembly, a downtube, and a bowl. The housing assembly forms a chamber. The downtube extends from an inlet port to a downstream end within the chamber. A diameter of the tube lumen increases to the downstream end. The bowl forms a floor surface shoulder, intermediate segment, and protrusion. The shoulder circumferentially surrounds, and is spatially above, the downstream end. The intermediate segment extends radially inwardly and downwardly from the shoulder to a bottom face. The protrusion extends radially inwardly and upwardly from the bottom face to a center that is aligned with the lumen and below the downstream end. The flared inner diameter of the lumen reduces fluid velocity as venous blood enters the reservoir. The bowl floor surface gently receives the incoming venous blood at the protrusion, and smoothly guides the blood flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Wendler, Ana R. Menk, Eric R. Fox, Ningze Sun, Timothy D. Groen, Walt L. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 8047819
    Abstract: A tubing holding device for a roller pump is disclosed. The tubing holding device is removable from the roller pump, slidably moveable and able to be opened to allow for easy exchange of tubing in roller pumps. The tubing holding device comprises a clamping mechanism that securely holds tubing in place. Tubing of various sizes may be used within a roller pump by selecting the appropriately sized tubing holding device, or by using a tubing holding device, such as one embodiment disclosed, which may be adjustable for different sizes of tubing. Roller pumps including the tubing holding devices, and methods of loading such roller pumps are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Lawrence, Walt L. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20100272604
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for oxygenating and controlling the temperature of blood in an extracorporeal circuit. The apparatus has an inlet and an outlet that is located radially outward from the inlet in order to define a flowpath through the apparatus. The apparatus comprises at least one integrated pump that is provided in a core of the apparatus and to which blood from a patient can be supplied through the inlet; a heat exchanger comprising a plurality of heat transfer elements that are arranged around the at least one integrated pump and between which blood from the at least one integrated pump can move radially outward; an oxygenator comprising a plurality of gas exchange elements that are arranged around the heat exchanger and through which blood from the heat exchanger can move radially outward; and an optional filter arranged around the oxygenator and through which blood from the oxygenator can move radially outward before exiting the apparatus through the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Walt L. Carpenter, Kevin McIntosh
  • Publication number: 20100274170
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for oxygenating and controlling the temperature of blood in an extracorporeal circuit. The apparatus has an inlet and an outlet that is located radially outward from the inlet in order to define a flowpath through the apparatus. The apparatus comprises: a core that is substantially centrally located in the apparatus and to which blood from a patient can be supplied through the inlet; a heat exchanger comprising a plurality of heat transfer elements that are arranged around the core and between which blood from the core can move radially outward; and an oxygenator comprising a plurality of gas exchange elements that are arranged around the heat exchanger and between which blood from the heat exchanger can move radially outward before exiting the apparatus through the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Walt L. Carpenter, Robert W. Olsen, Michael J. Hobday, Alford L. McLevish, Christopher J. Plott, Roderick E. Briscoe, Patrick J. Cloutier, Anil Thapa, Ming Li, Kevin McIntosh, Ken Merte
  • Publication number: 20100272606
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus for oxygenating and controlling the temperature of blood in an extracorporeal circuit comprising: an inlet mandrel that is configured such that the blood moves radially outward from the inlet mandrel through the openings in a radial direction; a heat exchanger arranged around the inlet mandrel, wherein blood can move radially outward with the transfer of heat to or from the blood; an oxygenator arranged around the heat exchanger, wherein blood can move from the heat exchanger radially outward with the transfer of oxygen into the blood; and a housing that houses the inlet mandrel, the heat exchanger and the oxygenator, and that comprises a blood inlet in communication with the inlet mandrel in order to allow blood to enter the apparatus from the patient, and a blood outlet in communication with the oxygenator in order for blood to exit the apparatus, wherein the blood outlet is located in the housing radially outward from the inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Walt L. Carpenter, Robert W. Olsen, Michael J. Hobday, Alford L. McLevish, Christopher J. Plott, Roderick E. Briscoe, Partick J. Cloutier, Anil Thapa, Ming Li, Kevin McInotosh
  • Publication number: 20100272605
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for oxygenating and controlling the temperature of blood in an extracorporeal circuit. The apparatus has an inlet and an outlet that is located radially outward from the inlet in order to define a flowpath through the apparatus. The apparatus comprises: at least one pump that is provided in a core of the apparatus and to which blood from a patient can be supplied through the inlet; a heat exchanger comprising a plurality of heat transfer elements that are arranged around the at least one pump and between which blood from the at least one pump can move radially outward; and an oxygenator comprising a plurality of gas exchange elements that are arranged around the heat exchanger and through which blood from the heat exchanger can move radially outward before exiting the apparatus through the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Kevin Mclntosh, Walt L. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20100269342
    Abstract: Described is a method of making an apparatus for oxygenating and controlling the temperature of blood in an extracorporeal circuit, the steps comprising: providing a core through which blood can be supplied to the apparatus from a patient; providing a heat exchanger about the core such that blood from the core can move radially outward through the heat exchanger; providing an oxygenator about the heat exchanger such that blood from the heat exchanger can move radially outward through the oxygenator; and placing the core, heat exchanger and oxygenator in a housing that includes an inlet in communication with the core and an outlet that is located radially outward from the inlet in order to define a flowpath for blood through the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Walt L. Carpenter, Robert W. Olsen, Michael J. Hobday, Alford L. McLevish, Christopher J. Plott, Roderick E. Briscoe, Patrick J. Cloutier, Anil Thapa, Ming Li
  • Publication number: 20100272607
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus for oxygenating and controlling the temperature of blood in an extracorporeal circuit, the apparatus having an inlet and an outlet that is located radially outward from the inlet in order to define a flowpath through the apparatus, the apparatus comprising: a core in communication with the inlet such that blood from a patient can be supplied to the core, the core comprising a first element and a second element that interfit to define openings, wherein the elements and the openings together enhance flow of blood from the patient radially outward from the core; a heat exchanger that is arranged about the core and through which blood from the core can move radially outward; and an oxygenator that is arranged about the heat exchanger and through which blood from the heat exchanger can move radially outward before exiting the apparatus through the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Walt L. Carpenter, Robert W. Olsen, Michael J. Hobday, Alford L. McLevish, Christopher J. Plott, Roderick E. Briscoe, Patrick J. Cloutier, Anil Thapa, Ming Li, Kevin McIntosh, Ken Merte
  • Publication number: 20100211028
    Abstract: A cardiotomy and venous blood reservoir including a housing assembly, a downtube, and a bowl. The housing assembly forms a chamber. The downtube extends from an inlet port to a downstream end within the chamber. A diameter of the tube lumen increases to the downstream end. The bowl forms a floor surface shoulder, intermediate segment, and protrusion. The shoulder circumferentially surrounds, and is spatially above, the downstream end. The intermediate segment extends radially inwardly and downwardly from the shoulder to a bottom face. The protrusion extends radially inwardly and upwardly from the bottom face to a center that is aligned with the lumen and below the downstream end. The flared inner diameter of the lumen reduces fluid velocity as venous blood enters the reservoir. The bowl floor surface gently receives the incoming venous blood at the protrusion, and smoothly guides the blood flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventors: Mark E. Wendler, Ana R. Menk, Eric R. Fox, Ningze Sun, Timothy D. Groen, Walt L. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20080213113
    Abstract: A tubing holding device for a roller pump is disclosed. The tubing holding device is removable from the roller pump, slidably moveable and able to be opened to allow for easy exchange of tubing in roller pumps. The tubing holding device comprises a clamping mechanism that securely holds tubing in place. Tubing of various sizes may be used within a roller pump by selecting the appropriately sized tubing holding device, or by using a tubing holding device, such as one embodiment disclosed, which may be adjustable for different sizes of tubing. Roller pumps including the tubing holding devices, and methods of loading such roller pumps are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Robert J. Lawrence, Walt L. Carpenter