Patents by Inventor William J. Schnell

William J. Schnell 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: 20110264024
    Abstract: A pad of elastomeric material having a softness of no more than about durometer 30 Shore 00. The pad may carry adhesive for adhering the pad to a surface, either directly or indirectly through an envelope which surrounds the pad and carries the adhesive. Such a pad exhibits hemostatic and leak prevention properties against needle puncture holes in the skin or the wall of a hollow medical device. Particularly, hemostasis may be prevented with low pressure application of the pad to the skin. The pad may be previously applied to the skin of the patient or a wall of a medical device such as tubing or a solution bag, and the needle may then penetrate both the pad and the skin or medical device wall, to make a resealable puncture with leakage reduction and hemostasis when the needle is withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell
  • Patent number: 8017826
    Abstract: A pad of elastomeric material having a softness of no more than about durometer 30 Shore 00. The pad may carry adhesive for adhering the pad to a surface, either directly or indirectly through an envelope which surrounds the pad and carries the adhesive. Such a pad exhibits hemostatic and leak prevention properties against needle puncture holes in the skin or the wall of a hollow medical device. Particularly, hemostasis may be prevented with low pressure application of the pad to the skin. The pad may be previously applied to the skin of the patient or a wall of a medical device such as tubing or a solution bag, and the needle may then penetrate both the pad and the skin or medical device wall, to make a resealable puncture with leakage reduction and hemostasis when the needle is withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: DSU Medical Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell
  • Publication number: 20110060263
    Abstract: Device and methods for separating a scab from a vascular access site are disclosed. The devices include providing a scab separation device having a point for initial separation of a portion of a scab from a patient's flesh, and a series of inclined surfaces leading from the point to lift and separate the scab from the access site. The scab separation device is provided with a cover so that the device is maintained as sterile. In a preferred embodiment, the scab separation device is provided as a set or assembly with a needle or needle set and, in a more preferred embodiment, the scab separation device cover is also used as a cover for a needle to maintain sterility both of an operative end of the separation device and of the needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: William J. Schnell
  • Patent number: 7892208
    Abstract: A medical tubing set sheath is provided which includes a retention portion for attaching the sheath to a collar of a connector attached to the medical tubing set. The sheath may serve as a handle to facilitate torque-locking of the connector to another connector. The sheath may also include a ratcheting mechanism in order to allow for the sheath to ratchet upon application of excess torque, when the tubing set is being attached to a peripheral tubing set. The sheath may also include a needle receiving portion, so that the sheath provides for a needle protector, which may be retained in a position displaced from the needle in order to insure that the needle is exposed when removed from its packaging, and can be quickly and easily inserted in a patient's arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: DSU Medical Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Schnell, David Bell, David S. Utterberg
  • Publication number: 20100217210
    Abstract: Device and methods for separating a scab from a vascular access site are disclosed. The devices include providing a scab separation device having a point for initial separation of a portion of a scab from a patient's flesh, and a series of inclined surfaces leading from the point to lift and separate the scab from the access site. The scab separation device is provided with a cover so that the device is maintained as sterile. In a preferred embodiment, the scab separation device is provided as a set or assembly with a needle or needle set and, in a more preferred embodiment, the scab separation device cover is also used as a cover for a needle to maintain sterility both of an operative end of the separation device and of the needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: William J. Schnell
  • Publication number: 20100076362
    Abstract: A pad of elastomeric material having a softness of no more than about durometer 50 Shore 00. The pad may carry adhesive and/or a housing for adhering the pad to a surface, either directly or indirectly through an envelope which surrounds the pad and carries the adhesive. Such a pad exhibits hemostatic and leak prevention properties against needle puncture holes in the skin or the wall of a hollow medical device. Particularly, hemostasis may be prevented with low pressure application of the pad to the skin. The pad may be previously applied to the skin of the patient or a wall of a medical device such as tubing or a solution bag, and the needle may then penetrate both the pad and the skin or medical device wall, to make a resealable puncture with leakage reduction and hemostasis when the needle is withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell, David Bell
  • Patent number: 7591804
    Abstract: A winged needle comprises a hollow medical needle which typically is no smaller than 18 gauge carried by a hub. The hub has wings projecting laterally outwardly, the wings having outer tips that are spaced from each other by essentially 20 to 30 mm. A guard for a winged needle tube set is also disclosed, in which the guard comprises a needle guard tube free of wing-receiving slots and defining a forward, open end to receive a winged needle having outwardly extending, substantially unbent wings as positioned within the guard. In some embodiments, the guard comprises a substantially fixed, open mouth having a width of at least 20 mm and a height of at least 5 mm. A novel anchor strip having two flex lines is also provided to the guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: DSU Medical Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell, David Bell
  • Publication number: 20080303267
    Abstract: A fluid flow connector comprises a connector body which carries a first connector tube having a lumen for receiving a second connector tube when the connectors are joined. The first connector tube has a lumen and a lumen wall. The first connector tube typically has an end portion that carries a plurality of circumferentially spaced, outerwardly extending lugs to engage the second connector tube when connected. The fluid flow connector is made of a plastic having a flexural modulus that is low enough to allow deformation, permitting a connected, engaging second connector to pop loose from connection with the fluid flow connector when laterally struck, rather than breaking the fluid flow connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: William J. Schnell, David S. Utterberg
  • Publication number: 20080187460
    Abstract: A closure for a tubular access port in a medical fluid flow line or other container comprises a removable cap for enclosing and sealing the tubular access port. The cap has a closed end wall. The end wall carries an extending poker to facilitate the pushing of an antiseptic-carrying material into a lumen of the access port. The poker has an outer diameter that is less than the inner diameter of the access port. A method of using the poker is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell
  • Publication number: 20080183120
    Abstract: A method for monitoring for leaks or disconnections in an extracorporeal blood circuit, comprising the steps of operating a blood pump to circulate blood through an extracorporeal blood circuit; opening a shunt connection between the arterial and venous blood flow portions; sensing the presence of air from any leaks or disconnections within the venous blood flow portion, and taking corrective action if the presence of air is noted. The shunt connection is typically periodically but only briefly opened, to check for leaks in the typically positive pressure portion of the venous set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell
  • Publication number: 20080172002
    Abstract: A flexible valve for a blood treatment set. A flexible fitting including a first chamber, a second chamber, and a slit barrier connecting the first chamber and second chamber and positioned therebetween. An actuating member is positioned in rotating engagement with the slit barrier that is moveable from a first rotational position, in which the slit is closed, to a second position, in which the slit is open. The flexible valve is attachable to a port of a blood treatment chamber. A user opens the valve by rotating the actuating member from a first position to a second position and closes the valve by rotating the valve from the second position to a first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: David Bell, William J. Schnell, David S. Utterberg
  • Publication number: 20080097270
    Abstract: A soft hemostasis pad of elastomeric material typically having a hardness of no more than about 50 Shore 00 and an upper wall having a raised profile, such as a convex shape. The pad has a central aperture extending therethrough, and a slit that extends through the pad thickness between the central aperture and the periphery of the pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, David Bell, William J. Schnell
  • Publication number: 20080082052
    Abstract: A medical tubing set sheath is provided which includes a retention portion for attaching the sheath to a collar of a connector attached to the medical tubing set. The sheath may serve as a handle to facilitate torque-locking of the connector to another connector. The sheath may also include a ratcheting mechanism in order to allow for the sheath to ratchet upon application of excess torque, when the tubing set is being attached to a peripheral tubing set. The sheath may also include a needle receiving portion, so that the sheath provides for a needle protector, which may be retained in a position displaced from the needle in order to insure that the needle is exposed when removed from its packaging, and can be quickly and easily inserted in a patient's arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: William J. Schnell, David Bell, David S. Utterberg
  • Publication number: 20080015482
    Abstract: A soft hemostasis pad of elastomeric material having a hardness of no more than about 50 Shore 00 and an upper surface of raised profile, such as a dome. The pad may be connected by a hinge with another, generally flat-bottom pad of similar elastomeric material and hardness of no more than about 50 Shore 00. The pad may rest on the skin and be penetrated by a needle or other cannula. The pad with the raised profile may then be placed over on top of the needle, for improved hemostasis and sealing when the cannula is removed and before, facilitated by the application of gentle pressure, such as by tape that holds the pads in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell, David Bell
  • Patent number: 7025750
    Abstract: A tubular medical set as main blood flow tubing, a connected, flexible branch tube, a flow restriction device to suppress pressure pulses. The device is positioned to control flow through the branch tube. The flow restriction device permits substantially free, unhindered flow from the branch tube to the main blood flow tubing, while significantly restricting, but not completely blocking, flow from the main blood flow tubing to the branch tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: DSU Medical Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Brugger, David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell, G. Keith Andrews
  • Patent number: 7025744
    Abstract: A medical device has an interior for containment of fluids; an opening into the interior, an elastomeric wall comprising a fixedly placed, flexible barrier across the opening; and a retention wall positioned adjacent to a peripheral portion of the elastomeric wall. The retention wall defines a central opening and has a generally rigid retention zone surrounding the central opening, to engage and retain a connector tube which is advanced into the central opening to displace the elastomeric wall and to open a flow aperture through the elastomeric wall, for flow through the wall and connector tube. One of the retention zone and connector tube are made of a material of sufficient hardness that material of the other engaging member is deformed by engagement therewith, which increases the strength of retention between the retention wall and the connector tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: DSU Medical Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell, David Bell
  • Patent number: 6755801
    Abstract: Pressure is sensed in blood flow tubing by placing an aqueous, preferably isotonic, substantially cell-free solution into branch connection tubing (branch tube) that connects in branching relation with the blood flow tubing at one end. The branch connection tubing may also connect in use with a pressure transducer unit at its other end, or pressure may be mechanically indicated. An air volume is maintained, occupying a portion of the branch connection tubing which is adjacent to the other end. One flows positively or negatively pressurized blood through the blood flow tubing, with the result that the pressure of the blood is communicated through the aqueous solution and the air volume in the branch connection tubing to the pressure transducer unit, with the blood being spaced from the air volume. Preferably, substantially all of the branch connection tubing containing the aqueous solution and air volume has an inner diameter of substantially no more than 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: DSU Medical Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell
  • Publication number: 20040068238
    Abstract: A medical device has an interior for containment of fluids; an opening into the interior, an elastomeric wall comprising a fixedly placed, flexible barrier across the opening; and a retention wall positioned adjacent to a peripheral portion of the elastomeric wall. The retention wall defines a central opening and has a generally rigid retention zone surrounding the central opening, to engage and retain a connector tube which is advanced into the central opening to displace the elastomeric wall and to open a flow aperture through the elastomeric wall, for flow through the wall and connector tube. One of the retention zone and connector tube are made of a material of sufficient hardness that material of the other engaging member is deformed by engagement therewith, which increases the strength of retention between the retention wall and the connector tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell, David Bell
  • Publication number: 20040068239
    Abstract: A medical device has an interior for containment of fluids; an opening into the interior, an elastomeric wall comprising a fixedly placed, flexible barrier across the opening; and a retention wall positioned adjacent to a peripheral portion of the elastomeric wall. The retention wall defines a central opening and has a generally rigid retention zone surrounding the central opening, to engage and retain a connector tube which is advanced into the central opening to open a flow aperture through the elastomeric wall, for flow through the wall and connector tube. One of the retention zone and connector tube may be made of a material of sufficient hardness that material of the other engaging member is deformed by engagement therewith, which increases the strength of retention between the retention wall and the connector tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: David S. Utterberg, William J. Schnell, David Bell
  • Patent number: 6695807
    Abstract: A tubular set portion for circulating blood between a patient and an extracorporeal blood treatment device. The set portion has: an arterial tube for conveying blood from a patient toward the blood treatment device; a venous tube for conveying blood from the blood treatment device back towards the patient; and a pair of spaced, transverse tubes that each connect between the arterial tube and the venous tube, each of the tubes being capable of clamp sealing. The arterial and venous tubes are clamp sealable between the spaced, transverse tubes. Flow reversal on the patient's side of this device is possible by appropriate clamping of two opposed tube sections of the rectangular array which may be formed by the joined tube sections, while flow remains unchanged on the side of the tubular set portion that is connected to the extracorporeal blood treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: DSU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bell, William J. Schnell, David S. Utterberg