Device For Creating A Tracheotomy Incision Patents (Class 128/207.29)
  • Patent number: 10456167
    Abstract: A coring tool and a dilator for defining an aperture in a tissue is presented. The system is preferably configured for generating an aperture within a ventricular wall for a method of implantation of ventricular assist devices (VAD's). The insertion tool/system includes a conduit device including a detachable dilator-coring tool and cuff which secures within a defined aperture in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: VADOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: J. Ryan Stanfield, James W. Long
  • Patent number: 10105507
    Abstract: A device for providing an auxiliary aft passage to a trachea comprises a cannula member, a trocar member and a cap member. The cannula member has longitudinal walls defining a channel, proximal and distal openings at opposed ends of the channel, and a side opening near a distal end of the longitudinal walls. The trocar member includes a proximal flanged end and an elongated member extending from the flanged end, the elongated member being insertable within the channel and having a pointed end projecting through the distal opening when the elongated member is inserted in the channel. The cap member has an inner cavity and is adapted to sealingly engage the cannula member, when the device is not in use, such that the longitudinal walls of the cannula member are contained within the inner cavity and the sharp tip of the trocar member is protectively housed within the cap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Carol Nhan, Rafal Bielecki
  • Patent number: 10071215
    Abstract: A medical device system is provided. The medical device system includes a positioning apparatus having a body section and an upper section, the upper section slidably coupled to the body section such that the upper section slidably moves relative to the body section. The medical device also includes a flexible guide rod extending through the positioning apparatus and configured to be inserted into a passage of a respiratory system of a subject. The flexible guide rod includes a visible light emitter configured to emit visible light within the passage of the respiratory system and is visible outside the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 10065009
    Abstract: A method for positioning a medical device in a respiratory system is provided. The method includes providing a medical device system including a positioning apparatus having a body section and an upper section, the upper section slidably coupled to the body section, a flexible guide rod, a visible light source, and a medical device for treating the patient slidably receivable on the flexible guide rod. The method also includes inserting the flexible guide rod into a treatment portion of a respiratory system, emitting visible light from the visible light source, visually observing, outside the patient's body, the emitted visible light, and slidably moving the medical device distally along the flexible guide rod toward the distal end of the flexible guide rod to a selected position relative to the distal end of the flexible guide rod and within said treatment portion of the respiratory system of the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 9931494
    Abstract: The invention provides a stoma-creating apparatus for creating a stoma in a subject. The apparatus comprises first and second members, and one or more dilation means provided on the first and/or second member. In use, upon respective movement of the first and second members, the stoma-creating apparatus is arranged to move between a first closed configuration in which the one or more dilation means is substantially closed, and a second open configuration in which the one or more dilation means is substantially dilated, thereby creating a stoma in the subject. The invention is particularly concerned with creating stomas which hold a tracheostomy tube in position on the trachea of a patient undergoing a tracheostomy, or for securing a valve or other medical device in position adjacent a patient's pneumothorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Inventors: Frank Rasulo, Basil Matta
  • Patent number: 9884167
    Abstract: A tubular insertion aid for catheter manipulation is disclosed. The insertion aid is particularly suited for urinary catheters, such as hydrophilic urinary catheters for intermittent use. The insertion aid comprises a forward opening, a rearward opening and a slit opening extending along a part of the sidewall of the tubular insertion aid, so that a first portion of the tubular insertion aid in the axial direction forms a solid circumference around the tubular insertion aid, and a second portion in the axial direction is provided with the slit opening extending in an axial direction of the tubular insertion aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DENTSPLY IH AB
    Inventor: Evelina Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 9649261
    Abstract: A method of applying makeup to a surface, such as the skin, the nails, hair, or the lips, is disclosed. The method includes manually depositing, using a non-magnetic cosmetic applicator, at least a first cosmetic composition in the fluid state on the surface, the first composition containing magnetic particles that are movable under the effect of a magnetic field; and manually exposing at least part of the first composition to a magnetic device producing a magnetic field, the magnetic device located above the first composition so as to orientate and/or displace at least a fraction of the magnetic particles so as to form at least one pattern according to magnetic field lines of the magnetic field without making contact with the first composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Ludovic Thevenet, Xavier Blin
  • Patent number: 9555206
    Abstract: A dilator device for performing a percutaneous tracheotomy which is inserted into a trachea opening and then actuated to enlarge the opening by single handed actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Edward Tellam
  • Patent number: 8997748
    Abstract: A dilator assembly for percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy includes a dilator element having a wall and a proximal end part extending into a distal tip part via an intermediate part. The wall has a substantially U-shaped cross section defining a dilator opening. The assembly extends towards the distal tip part. The dilator assembly is part of a tracheostomy device. The device has a first branch for arranging inside the trachea, and a second branch co-operative with the first branch. The first branch has a first end and a receiving member while the opposing second end has a first coupling part. The second branch has a first end with a guide for a neck penetration member and an opposing second end with a second coupling part for coupling with the first coupling part of the first branch. The first and second branches are detachably coupled together at their respective second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: SafeTrach AB
    Inventors: Gregory Margolin, Jonas Karling
  • Patent number: 8985099
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tracheostoma spacer with a tubular support framework. The support framework can be expand from an initial state to a supporting state of increased diameter and has a fixing element at the ends. The tracheostoma spacer is intended for use as a spacer in a tracheostoma (an opening in the trachea). The invention further relates to a device for inserting a tracheostoma spacer into a tracheostoma with a cutting instrument in the form of a trocar, the tracheostoma spacer being able to be positioned on the shaft of said trocar. A cover sleeve is also provided which can be moved on the shaft over a tracheostoma spacer positioned there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Breathe Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lutz Freitag, Anthony D. Wondka
  • Patent number: 8887717
    Abstract: An introducer for a surgical airway catheter has a proximal handle; a curved, rod-shaped main section; an opening-enlarging region; and a rod-shaped distal tip, sized to receive the catheter tube. After making an initial opening in a patient's trachea, the operator inserts the distal tip into the initial opening up to the cutting region. The operator uses the opening-enlarging region to sufficiently widen the opening by moving the introducer from side to side or simply by inserting the introducer into the opening to enable the widened opening to receive the tube and cuff of the catheter. The operator rotates the introducer and catheter into the trachea through the widened opening and then removes the introducer leaving the catheter in place. The introducer and catheter can be pre-configured in a surgical kit having a retractable scalpel configurable onto the introducer's handle and used to excise the initial tracheal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airway Cam Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Levitan
  • Patent number: 8844535
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments provide, e.g., a high quality flexible tracheostomy tube assembly including an outer tracheostomy cannula and a disposable, flexible inner cannula. In preferred embodiments, the product provides a single patient use, sterile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ralph Thomas, Luigi Tateo, Duane L. Horton, Steven M. Brackney
  • Publication number: 20140196724
    Abstract: A tracheal dilator system and method of manufacture are provided, suitable for dilating a passageway into a patient airway. In one embodiment, a medical system having a tracheal dilator is provided. The tracheal dilator includes a first plurality of openings and a guide lumen configured to provide a pathway for the insertion of a guide wire during use of the tracheal dilator. The tracheal dilator further includes a first flow lumen configured to fluidly couple the first plurality of openings to a medical device, wherein the medical device is configured to provide a suctioning force through the first plurality of openings during use of the tracheal dilator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Sean Morris
  • Publication number: 20140174449
    Abstract: An integrated device and improved method for tracheostomy which includes the placement of an everted film sheath into a patent's trachea, through which the tracheal tube is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Julia Suzanne Rasor, Ned Shaurer Rasor
  • Publication number: 20140000627
    Abstract: A device for providing access through a body wall of a patient to a target site includes a hollow tube having a first large diameter segment and a second small diameter segment. A first distally tapered portion joins the first segment and the second segment, and a second distally tapered portion is distal of the second segment. A first lumen extends through the tube, and a second lumen extends from a proximal portion of the tube to the second segment. A needle received in the first lumen is deployable for piercing the body wall. A port is provided along the second segment in communication with the second lumen, and a balloon is disposed along the second segment at the port. The balloon is inflatable to a diameter at least as large as the first segment diameter for dilating an opening in the body wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Joanna Lynn Rosenbaum, Andrea Lawrence
  • Patent number: 8573220
    Abstract: A device (11) for facilitating tracheotomy. The device comprises a first branch (92), which is adapted to be introduced down the trachea of a patient, such that the end thereof is located below the larynx, and a second branch (114), adapted to be arranged on the outside of the neck with the end thereof located adjacent to the site intended for the tracheostoma. The end of the second branch comprises a guiding tube for a needle, and the end of the first branch comprises a protection plate. When the needle is moved towards the skin through the guiding tube and penetrates the skin and tracheal wall in order to provide said tracheostoma, the needle is directed towards the protection plate, and may engage it after passage through the tracheal wall. In such a manner the other side of the tracheal wall is protected. Furthermore, the tracheostoma will automatically be located at the best position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Safetrach AB
    Inventors: Jonas Karling, Gregory Margolin
  • Patent number: 8568436
    Abstract: A dilator (10) for creating tracheostomies in one pass. Dilator (10) includes a generally linear shaft (12) extending from a proximal end (14) and beginning at a distance therefrom, gradually and continuously through a curved distal portion (16) of continuously decreasing diameter (from about 38 french) to a distal tip portion (18) of small diameter of about 12 french at distal end (20). The outer surface of the insertable portion is treated or hydrophilically coated to minimize friction, and the gradual taper gradually widens the tracheal entrance opening (44) between tracheal rings (46,48) with minimal trauma. The wall thickness gradually decreases from the linear shaft (12) to the soft distal tip portion (18). The continuing curve of the distal portion (16) enables the increasingly longer inserted portion of the dilator to remain situated in the trachea (50) during insertion and for the distal tip portion to clear the posterior tracheal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Pasquale Ciaglia, Melodee Deckard, Mark J. Hiatt, Joseph P. Lane
  • Publication number: 20130269704
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments provide, e.g., a high quality flexible tracheostomy tube assembly including an outer tracheostomy cannula and a disposable, flexible inner cannula. In preferred embodiments, the product provides a single patient use, sterile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Ralph Thomas, Luigi Tateo, Duane L. Horton, Steven M. Brackney
  • Publication number: 20130255694
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical device for performing surgery in the body using a percutaneous dilatational procedure, one embodiment of which is a percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) device having a dilator with a non-uniform surface profile that is optimized to the relevant anatomy in order to reduce, uniformly distribute, and ensure uniform, or constant temporal derivative of, dilatational force throughout dilation. This serves to reduce trauma to the patient, specifically producing a reduction of anterior tracheal wall compression, posterior wall laceration/perforation, and tracheal ring fracture that may subsequently lead to subglottic suprastomal stenosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: LIFESERVE INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Arlow, Zachary W. Bloom, Brian Hewko
  • Patent number: 8356598
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a passage into the body for use in, among other things, medical procedures, including tracheostomies and cricothyroidectomies is described herein. In one embodiment, an apparatus for providing a passage into the body includes a first slider unit and a second slider unit operably connected to a slider track for retractable deployment of a scalpel and a tissue spreader attached respectively thereto, and for the auto-retraction of the scalpel due to movement of the second slider unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Pyng Medical Corp.
    Inventor: Royce Rumsey
  • Patent number: 8347881
    Abstract: A flexible pneumostoma management device maintains the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management device includes a pneumostoma vent having a tube which enters the pneumostoma to allow gases to escape the lung, a flange and a filter/valve to control flow of materials through the tube. The flange is a thin flexible patch comprises of multiple thin layers of materials and which conforms and attaches to the chest of the patient. The flange includes a filter, a protective outer layer and an inner hydrocolloid layer. The flange secures the tube in position in the pneumostoma. An indicator responsive to gases exiting the pneumostoma is integrated into the device and provides and external indicia of the patency and efficacy of the pneumostoma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Portaero, Inc.
    Inventors: Don Tanaka, Joshua P. Wiesman, David C. Plough
  • Publication number: 20120318275
    Abstract: A hole stabilizer used together with a perforator for providing and maintaining an opening through a patient's skin surface provides short or long-term external access to the patient's trachea or bloodstream. A hole stabilizer constitutes a passageway for fluid having a part formed as a tube having a first end positioned at an outer available position during use and a second end positioned at an inner non-available position during use and comprising fixing elements at two separated positions placed with the distance M between them in a use position. Further, the hole stabilizer comprises an inner layer constituting a tube and an outer layer constituting the fixing elements, which fixing elements are brought to expand diametrically when the outer layer is reduced in length relative to the inner layer. Methods of creating and maintaining a passageway from outside an air-filled cavity to the air-filled cavity are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
    Inventors: Peder Klit, Anders Klit
  • Patent number: 8307824
    Abstract: There is provided a method for performing a tracheotomy. In this method a tracheostomy dilator has a body and a tip which are detachably attached. The tip has a proximal inner portion which is within the body while the tip is attached to the body. The dilator is inserted into the trachea and used to dilate an opening. After the trachea has been dilated, the body may be detached and removed from the tip, the tip remaining partially in the trachea. A dilator loading catheter installed within a tracheostomy tube may be mated with the tip and the tip, loading catheter and tracheostomy tube moved into the trachea. After the tracheostomy tube is installed, the tip and loading catheter may be withdrawn through the tracheostomy tube and the tracheostomy tube placed in service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Cuevas, Michael Sleva, Joe Cesa, Marjory Greenhalgh
  • Patent number: 8276589
    Abstract: A cricothyrotomy syringe has a hollow body, a needle connector at an end of the body, an aperture at an opposite end of the body, a plunger in the aperture, the plunger having a seal that forms a liquid tight seal with an inner surface of the body and the plunger moveable within the body between an extended position and a compressed position and a ventilator adaptor extending from a side of the body, where an interior of the ventilator adaptor is in fluid communication with an interior of the body when the plunger is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hartnick, Michael Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8251068
    Abstract: A device for inserting a tracheal tube into a tracheostomy has as insertion aid with a shaft (6, 6?, 14) which can be inserted through the tracheal tube, and a conical tip (2, 13) which is or can be joined to the tracheal tube. In order to provide a device for inserting a tracheal tube which considerably reduces the risk of injury when inserting the tracheal tube, which makes the insertion process easier, the inserted tube being highly comfortable even with a long-term use, keeping low the danger of injuries or sore points in the trachea, the insertion aid according to the invention has a conical tip (2, 13) which can have a small base diameter in a first state and a large base diameter in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Tracoe Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Schnell
  • Patent number: 8215309
    Abstract: A percutaneous emergent cricothyroidotomy airway device for creating a surgical airway in a patient. The device includes a housing and a palm grip movably disposed in the housing between an expanded position and a compressed position. A first prong extends from the housing and second prong extends from the palm grip, wherein when the palm grip is in the expanded position, the first and second prongs are spaced apart and when the palm grip is moved to the compressed position the second prong is adjacent the first prong. A blade actuator is movably disposed in the housing. The blade actuator has opposed ends and a blade for puncturing a cricothyroid membrane of a patient is disposed on one end of the blade actuator. To create an airway an airway device of the present invention is provided. The palm grip is compressed to move the second prong adjacent the first prong. The blade actuator is actuated to advance the blade from between the prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Gordon W. Single, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120138064
    Abstract: A dilator assembly for percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy includes a dilator element having a wall and a proximal end part extending into a distal tip part via an intermediate part. The wall has a substantially U-shaped cross section defining a dilator opening. The assembly extends towards the distal tip part. The dilator assembly is part of a tracheostomy device. The device has a first branch for arranging inside the trachea, and a second branch co-operative with the first branch. The first branch has a first end and a receiving member while the opposing second end has a first coupling part. The second branch has a first end with a guide for a neck penetration member and an opposing second end with a second coupling part for coupling with the first coupling part of the first branch. The first and second branches are detachably coupled together at their respective second ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: SAFETRACH AB
    Inventors: Gregory Margolin, Jonas Karling
  • Patent number: 8186353
    Abstract: A tracheotomy tube apparatus that can be contained in a generally flat or collapsed condition for easy transport in a purse or wallet provides a planar sheet member having upper and lower surfaces, the sheet member being flexible so that it can be formed into a tracheal tube shape. The sheet member includes a flange that has a connector for attaching it to the neck area of a patient. The flange can be fitted with a string or cable that can be used to encircle the patients neck and tie the flange to the patients neck. The kit can include a generally flat package that contains the planar sheet member and a small disposable cutting instrument or scalpel. During use, the planar sheet member provides a section that is curled or rolled into the shape of a cone or tube that can be placed into a surgically formed opening in the patients trachea. The flange holds the formed tracheal tube in the selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Francis E. LeJeune
  • Patent number: 8161967
    Abstract: A bougie device for guiding insertion of an endotracheal tube into an airway of a person, comprises an elongate body of shape memory and self-lubricating material, for example Teflon™. Accordingly no lubrication is required for insertion into the airway for ease of cleaning and sterilizing for reuse. Also, the amount of curvature of the overall rod as well as an angle of the tip of the rod can be adjusted due to the shape memory characteristics of the body to accommodate a particular patent's airway. The body can also be suitably sized to have vibration transmission characteristics such that a contact with one end of the bougie device with tracheal rings of the patient can be felt by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Stefan Harms, Chris Christodoulou, Trevor W. R. Lee
  • Publication number: 20120090623
    Abstract: A device for facilitating tracheotomy includes a first branch (14), which is adapted to be introduced down the trachea of a patient, such that the end thereof is located below the larynx, and a second branch (12), adapted to be arranged on the outside of the neck with the end thereof located adjacent to the site intended for the tracheostoma. The end of the second branch has a guiding tube for a needle, and the end of the first branch has a protection plate. When the needle is moved towards the skin through the guiding tube and penetrates the skin and tracheal wall in order to provide the tracheostoma, the needle is directed towards the protection plate, and may engage it after passage through the tracheal wall. In such a manner the other side of the tracheal wall is protected. Furthermore, the tracheostoma will automatically be located at the best position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: SafeTrach AB
    Inventors: Gregory Margolin, Jonas Karling
  • Patent number: 8151798
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments provide, e.g., a high quality flexible tracheostomy tube assembly including an outer tracheostomy cannula and a disposable, flexible inner cannula. In preferred embodiments, the product provides a single patient use, sterile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Ralph Thomas, Luigi Tateo, Duane L. Horton, Steven M. Brackney
  • Patent number: 8151791
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing emergency and non-emergency tracheotomies are disclosed. In one embodiment, a device for performing an emergency tracheostomy includes a dilator having a generally curved outer surface which is arranged for insertion into a trachea of a patient. The dilator includes an open linear passageway therein. Situated within the internal passageway is an anchor that includes a distal tip portion protruding outside the dilator. The anchor is normally biased to a retracted position and is arranged to move from the retracted position to an extended position in response to a distal force. A driver is provided for applying the distal force to the anchor to drive the distal tip portion through an opening in the patient's neck and trachea. A method for using the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lifeserve Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L Arlow, Zachary W Bloom, Brian H Buchholz
  • Publication number: 20120017916
    Abstract: There is provided a device for performing a tracheotomy. The tracheostomy dilator has a body, tip and guiding catheter which are non-detachably attached to each other. The dilator has a cannula sized to accommodate a guide wire. After the trachea has been dilated, the entire device may be removed, leaving only the guide wire in the stoma, and a tracheostomy tube may be inserted over the guide wire and into the trachea. This substantially reduces the number of components and steps required for a successful tracheostomy procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: James F. Schumacher, Sam C. Chan, Nathan C. Griffith, F. Anthony Headley, JR.
  • Patent number: 8007435
    Abstract: A self-retaining retractor is described. The retractor can be sized for small patients, such as young children or infants or some animals. The retractor has two blades that are capable of holding tissue separated during a procedure, such as a tracheotomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hartnick, Michael Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7975696
    Abstract: A voice prosthesis dilator and sizer device is provided including an elongated member having a first end with a tip and a flange and a second end with a stop portion. The elongated member includes an intermediate portion with a measuring area disposed adjacent to the flange and including measuring indicia thereon and having a dilation area adjacent to the second end. The elongated member also includes a recessed region adjacent to the flange to receive the flange in a folded position upon insertion into the non-dilated fistula. The dilation area has a larger diameter than the measuring area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Helix Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Eric D. Blom
  • Publication number: 20110023887
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for the cleaning of an endotracheal tube while a patient is being supported by a ventilator connected to the endotracheal tube for the purpose of increasing the available space for airflow or to prevent the build up of materials that may constrict airflow or be a potential nidus for infection. In one embodiment, a mechanically-actuated endotracheal tube cleaning device is configured to removably receive a visualization member to provide cleaning of the endotracheal tube under direct visualization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: ENDOCLEAR, LLC
    Inventors: Brad E. Vazales, Arthur Bertolero
  • Publication number: 20100319705
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments provide, e.g., a high quality flexible tracheostomy tube assembly including an outer tracheostomy cannula and a disposable, flexible inner cannula. In preferred embodiments, the product provides a single patient use, sterile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Ralph Thomas, Luigi Tateo, Duane L. Horton, Steven M. Brackney
  • Publication number: 20100300451
    Abstract: There is provided a device for performing an initial piercing and dilating of a patient's trachea. The device has a needle within and extending beyond a sheath which in turn is within and extends beyond an introducer dilator. After the needle is used to pierce the trachea, it may be removed and a guide wire (J-wire) inserted through the introducer dilator and sheath in its place. The sheath is slidable within the introducer dilator once the needle is removed. The introducer dilator is then moved forward, into the site of the initial piercing to expand it. As the introducer dilator is moved forward, the sheath may remain stationary, sliding within the introducer dilator and thus reducing trauma to the stoma site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Nathan C. Griffith, Michael A. Kenowski, Sam C. Chan, James F. Schumacher
  • Publication number: 20100275911
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing emergency and non-emergency tracheotomies are disclosed. In one embodiment, a device for performing an emergency tracheostomy includes a dilator having a generally curved outer surface which is arranged for insertion into a trachea of a patient. The dilator includes an open linear passageway therein. Situated within the internal passageway is an anchor that includes a distal tip portion protruding outside the dilator. The anchor is normally biased to a retracted position and is arranged to move from the retracted position to an extended position in response to a distal force. A driver is provided for applying the distal force to the anchor to drive the distal tip portion through an opening in the patient's neck and trachea. A method for using the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Richard L. Arlow, Zachary W. Bloom, Brian H. Buchholz
  • Patent number: 7771396
    Abstract: An intubation device is provided for use with a guide apparatus having a track that is adapted to be associated with an endoscope such that bending of the track is substantially decoupled from bending of the endoscope. The intubation device includes an elongated, flexible tube and a mating member attached to the tube and adapted to slidingly engage the track external of the endoscope. The intubation device further includes a tissue bolster disposed on the proximal portion of the tube and changeable between a collapsed and an expanded configuration. The tube is positionable inside the upper gastrointestinal tract of a patient such that the proximal end of the tube is externalized through the gastric and abdominal walls of the patient, and wherein the tissue bolster is securable against the inner gastric wall when the tissue bolster is in the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: David Stefanchik, James T. Spivey, Omar Vakharia, Jesse J. Kuhns, Rick D. Applegate
  • Publication number: 20100089405
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a surgical tool including a handle having a channel, a tracheal hook connected to the handle, and a scalpel positioned in the channel of the handle. The tracheal hook and/or the scalpel are removably attached to the handle. The channel includes at least one first fastener (e.g., a recess); and, the scalpel includes at least one complementary second fastener (e.g., a protrusion) for engaging the first fastener. The scalpel and/or handle include a light source. The tracheal hook and/or the handle are formed from translucent material. In addition, a wire is provided having a first end connected to the handle and a second end connected to the tracheal hook. The surgical tool further includes at least one cap having a first open end, a second open end, and at least one lateral fenestration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Johnson, Richard A. Hester
  • Patent number: 7681576
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments provide, e.g., a high quality flexible tracheostomy tube assembly including an outer tracheostomy cannula and a disposable, flexible inner cannula. In preferred embodiments, the product provides a single patient use, sterile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Thomas, Luigi Tateo, Duane L. Horton, Steven M. Brackney
  • Publication number: 20100012130
    Abstract: A device and a method for the percutaneous placement of a tracheostomy tube composed of a handle, an inflatable balloon having a reversed truncated cone shape, a tube to inflate the balloon and another to contain a wire guide, a plastic structure in the middle between the balloon and the handle made of laminar elements to strengthen the apparatus movements of the handle transmitted to the tube and the balloon. Following placement of the tracheal tube, the balloon is deflated and the apparatus or device withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Romano Guerra
  • Publication number: 20090320854
    Abstract: There is provided a device for performing a tracheotomy. The tracheostomy dilator has a body and a tip which are detachably attached. The dilator has a cannula sized to accommodate a guiding catheter. The tip has a proximal inner portion which is within the body while the tip is attached to the body. After the trachea has been dilated, the body may be detached from the tip and removed and a tracheostomy tube may be inserted over the inner portion of the tip. The tip then may serve to guide a tracheostomy tube into the trachea. After the tracheostomy tube is installed, the tip and other components may be withdrawn through the tracheostomy tube and the tracheostomy tube placed in service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Brian J. Cuevas, Michael Sleva, Joe Cesa, Marjory Greenhalgh
  • Patent number: 7631642
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tracheostoma spacer with a tubular support framework. The support framework can be expand from an initial state to a supporting state of increased diameter and has a fixing element at the ends. The tracheostoma spacer is intended for use as a spacer in a tracheostoma (an opening in the trachea). The invention further relates to a device for inserting a tracheostoma spacer into a tracheostoma with a cutting instrument in the form of a trocar, the tracheostoma spacer being able to be positioned on the shaft of said trocar. A cover sleeve is also provided which can be moved on the shaft over a tracheostoma spacer positioned there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Breathe Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lutz Freitag, Anthony Wondka
  • Publication number: 20090229602
    Abstract: A percutaneous emergent cricothyroidotomy airway device for creating a surgical airway in a patient. The device includes a housing and a palm grip movably disposed in the housing between an expanded position and a compressed position. A first prong extends from the housing and second prong extends from the palm grip, wherein when the palm grip is in the expanded position, the first and second prongs are spaced apart and when the palm grip is moved to the compressed position the second prong is adjacent the first prong. A blade actuator is movably disposed in the housing. The blade actuator has opposed ends and a blade for puncturing a cricothyroid membrane of a patient is disposed on one end of the blade actuator. To create an airway an airway device of the present invention is provided. The palm grip is compressed to move the second prong adjacent the first prong. The blade actuator is actuated to advance the blade from between the prongs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: UNION COLLEGE
    Inventor: Gordon W. SINGLE, JR.
  • Patent number: 7552732
    Abstract: A compact tool that easily fits into the pocket of an emergency responder, such as an emergency room technician, EMT or military medic, for emergency adult percutaneous tracheotomies that contains a stabilizing device, a sharp pointed tip protectively covered when not in use, a bendable tracheostomy tube attachment that has means for sealing the tube around the tracheostomy site and means for attachment to a ventilation means, such as an ambu bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Cyril Newman
  • Publication number: 20090159087
    Abstract: A curved tube having a proximal end, designed to allow insertion of tools and including a lip to prevent the tube from slipping out of a conventional tracheostomy tube, is provided herein. The curved tube also has a distal end that is pointed, sharpened, and beveled upwards. The distal end of the device is useful for cutting the throat and trachea of a patient in need of a tracheostomy, allowing the insertion of the device into the trachea of the patient. The proximal end of the device includes tubes of successively increasing size. Methods of performing a tracheostomy using the device are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Roger Isla
  • Publication number: 20090159086
    Abstract: A cricothyrotomy syringe has a hollow body, a needle connector at an end of the body, an aperture at an opposite end of the body, a plunger in the aperture, the plunger having a seal that forms a liquid tight seal with an inner surface of the body and the plunger moveable within the body between an extended position and a compressed position and a ventilator adaptor extending from a side of the body, where an interior of the ventilator adaptor is in fluid communication with an interior of the body when the plunger is in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS EYE & EAR INFIRMARY
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hartnick, Michael Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20090107509
    Abstract: In a system for dislodging a foreign body 60 from the vocal cords 52 of a patient 32, a retrograde intubation tube 64 is passed through the cricoidthyroid membrane 58, and between the vocal cords and the foreign body, and out of the oral cavity opening 34. A guide wire 84 is passed through, and extends outward from opposite ends 68 and 70 of, the tube 64. The carrier device 88, having a foreign-body dislodging means 104, is formed with a hollow opening 93, and is moved over, and guided by, the guidewire 84 and the tube 64 to a location adjacent the foreign body 60. The tube 64 and the guidewire 84 are removed, and the dislodging means 104 is manipulated to dislodge, and facilitate removal of, the foreign body 60.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph A. Sniadach