Drapes Patents (Class 128/849)
  • Patent number: 10881468
    Abstract: Systems, methods and a sensor alignment mechanism are disclosed for medical navigational guidance systems. In one example, a system to make sterile a non-sterile optical sensor for use in navigational guidance during surgery includes a sterile drape having an optically transparent window to drape the optical sensor in a sterile barrier and a sensor alignment mechanism. The alignment mechanism secures the sensor through the drape in alignment with the window without breaching the sterile barrier and facilitates adjustment of the orientation of the optical sensor. The optical sensor may be aligned to view a surgical site when the alignment mechanism, assembled with the sterile drape and optical sensor, is attached to a bone. The alignment mechanism may be a lockable ball joint and facilitate orientation of the sensor in at least two degrees of freedom. A quick connect mechanism may couple the alignment mechanism to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTELLIJOINT SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Armen Garo Bakirtzian, Andre Novomir Hladio, Richard Tyler Fanson, Eric Ryterski
  • Patent number: 10863920
    Abstract: A guidance and placement system and associated methods for assisting a clinician in the placement of a catheter or other medical device within the vasculature of a patient is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for guiding a medical device to a desired location within a vasculature of a patient is also disclosed and comprises detecting an intravascular ECG signal of the patient and identifying a P-wave of a waveform of the intravascular ECG signal, wherein the P-wave varies according to proximity of the medical device to the desired location. The method further comprises determining whether the identified P-wave is elevated, determining a deflection value of the identified P-wave when the identified P-wave is elevated, and reporting information relating to a location of the medical device within the patient's vasculature at least partially according to the determined deflection value of the elevated P-wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Bukhman, Anthony K. Misener, Valeriy Vassylyev, Robin S. Urry, Brian S. Tanner
  • Patent number: 10799408
    Abstract: The disclosure provides, in part, adhesive patches for repairing damaged surfaces of health care devices. In one of its aspects the disclosure provides a method of repairing the surface of health care device by applying an adhesive patch over a damaged portion of the surface, the patch comprising a film layer and an adhesive layer. In another one of its aspects, the disclosure provides an adhesive patch for repairing the surface of a health care device comprising a film layer and an adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Surface Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Collins, Michael Drew Urquhart, Barbara Jeanne LaCoste Potter, Jeffrey Miles Schacter, Sean Peter Burnand, Bruce Stewart Fogel, Iwain Lam
  • Patent number: 10774981
    Abstract: A collapsible support structure for a removable electronic device. The electronic device having a touch screen configured for a user to access at least one predetermined construction document and/or application is removably connected to the support structure. The electronic device may be retained in a housing configured to be water resistant and/or impact resistant. The support structure may have a locking mechanism configured for an authorized user to gain access to remove the electronic device from the support structure, thereby, preventing an unauthorized user from gaining access for removal of the electronic device from the support structure. The support structure is configured to be foldable in a closed orientation during storage. The support stand may have a plurality of casters connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Todd McCall
  • Patent number: 10758312
    Abstract: A pocket and drape system which provides one or more sterile fields, as well as the methodology for employing said pocket and drape system is provided. The pocket and drape includes a base drape material having an upper edge, a lower edge, a first side edge, and a second side edge to define a perimeter, where the base drape material also includes an inner surface and an outer surface. A first row of pockets and a second row of pockets are configured on the inner surface of the base drape material. In addition, a flap covers a portion of the inner surface of the base drape material, where the flap has a first surface and an opposing second surface, wherein the flap maintains at least one sterile field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: O&M Halyard, Inc.
    Inventor: Ann Dine
  • Patent number: 10736707
    Abstract: A drape management assembly for a robotic surgical system includes a base portion and a grasping portion. The base portion is configured for connection to the robotic surgical system. The grasping portion extends from the base portion and defines a cavity therebetween. The cavity is configured to locate an excess portion of a drape which sheaths at least a robotic arm of the robotic surgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Raymond Pennoyer, Eric Meade
  • Patent number: 10732083
    Abstract: Dry thawing systems and devices for thawing biological substances are provided herein. Methods for thawing biological substances are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FreMon Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Menachem Shavit, Frederick J. Thacher
  • Patent number: 10729414
    Abstract: A method for removing a tissue specimen from a patient includes introducing a bag at least partially into a cavity in the body of the patient, the bag comprising an open end and a port, positioning a tissue specimen to be removed from the patient into an interior of the bag by passing the tissue specimen through the open end of the bag, sealing the open end of the bag, removing gas from the interior of the bag through the port while the tissue specimen is contained in the interior of the bag, and entirely withdrawing the bag containing the tissue specimen from the cavity. The bag may include a closure device configured to hermetically seal the open end of the bag, and the port may include a one-way gas valve configured to prevent or retard gas from entering the interior of the bag through the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TDL INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Glenn W. Laub
  • Patent number: 10667784
    Abstract: A componentized intravascular ultrasound system is disclosed that flexibly integrates with a catheter lab infrastructure for acquisition and display of intravascular information in a catheter lab environment. The system includes a patient interface module (PIM) adapted to hold a catheter having an imaging probe located near a distal end, a control panel, a monitor for displaying images and patient data, and a processing unit. The processing unit is communicatively coupled to the PIM, the control panel, and the monitor. Furthermore the processing unit adapted to: coordinate operation of the PIM, the control panel, and the monitor; and generate images from image data provides by the PIM. The PIM, control panel and monitor are independently positionable with regard to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THERAPY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henrick K Gille, Vincent Burgess, Nancy Perry Pool, Edward A Oliver
  • Patent number: 10631943
    Abstract: Adjustable surgical drapes are provided for easily modifying the size of fenestrations in the drape to accommodate patients of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis Stamm, Michael Seefeldt, Mark Chua
  • Patent number: 10575914
    Abstract: A surgical drape that is configured to have a portion thereof releasably secured to a skin fold and apply a force thereto so as to maintain the skin fold in a biased position away from an incision site. The surgical drape includes a body having a lower portion and an upper portion contiguously formed. The body includes a first side and a second side and further has an adhesive pad secured to the second side of the lower portion of the body. The upper portion of the body includes a first arm member and a second arm member wherein the arm members extend upward towards a patient's head ensuing the surgical drape being superposed a patient. The first arm member and second arm member are oriented to be angularly outward and further define the lateral sides of a void. The void is configured to accommodate a patient torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Preziosi
  • Patent number: 10577638
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems, devices, products, and methods for detecting and identifying microbial organisms in a sample as well as testing antimicrobial susceptibility of microbial organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Anand Srinivasan, Anand K. Ramasubramanian, Jose L. Lopez-Ribot, Christopher R. Frei
  • Patent number: 10575915
    Abstract: A surgical tray efficiency system comprising a vertical rack assembly for holding and displaying a plurality of surgical instrument trays, a sterile barrier covering the vertical rack assembly and including tray location identifiers, and a standardization software platform including a customizable interactive planogram is described. The customizable interactive planogram software helps operating room staff arrange the instrument trays on the vertical rack assembly according to a predetermined customizable location ID, and create/load/access information related to the surgical procedure/trays/instruments before, during, and after the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Flex Operating Room, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Gerstner
  • Patent number: 10561769
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for the provision of TNP therapy to a wound are described, the apparatus comprising: a sealing membrane (504) for covering a wound to form a wound cavity (500); one end of an aspirant conduit (522) operably associated with the wound cavity, vacuum means (524) provided at a distal end of the aspirant conduit for applying a vacuum to the wound cavity; and, air bleed means (510) in fluid communication with the wound cavity. Various embodiments of air bleed port members are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Kristian Hall, Edward Yerbury Hartwell
  • Patent number: 10555791
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes customized guidance devices in the form of guidance templates configured to fit over a given area of a patient's body and provide guidance during a tissue treatment or tissue removal procedure of that given area, which may include administration of an agent to a target tissue, target tissue biopsy, target tissue resection, or target tissue ablation. The customized guidance templates are generally constructed via an additive manufacturing process (i.e., three-dimensional (3D) printing) or subtractive manufacturing process (i.e., milling) based on a fabrication instruction file, which may include imaging data of the given area of the patient's body in which targeted tissue treatment is to be performed. The fabrication instruction file may further include additional data, such as the type of procedure to be performed (i.e., biopsy of the tissue abnormality, destruction or resection of the tissue abnormality, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CairnSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Krishnaswamy, Robert F. Rioux, David Danielsen, George Bourne
  • Patent number: 10517579
    Abstract: A collection bag and a bag deployment device for use in collecting an item such as a specimen during surgical procedure. The collection bag and bag deployment device forming an assembly adapted to deliver the collection bag through an access cannula into a surgical cannula. The assembly adapted to strip the collection bag from the distal end of the bag deployment device and cinch a cinch loop to close the open end of the collection bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: A & M Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Ambro
  • Patent number: 10517550
    Abstract: In general, radiation shielding systems that shield radiation from multiple directions are described. In one embodiment, a method of shielding radiation is provided, including supporting a shielding device on an object proximate a radiation source, positioning a first shielding portion in a vertical position relative to the object, positioning a second shielding portion to extend away from the first portion, the second shielding portion attached to the first portion, and shielding radiation from the radiation source by the first shielding portion and the second shielding portion such that the first and second shielding portions provide a radiation shielding zone for a healthcare practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Radux Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Gordon
  • Patent number: 10500084
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method, performed in an accessory device, for communicating a leakage state of an ostomy appliance, wherein the accessory device comprises an interface configured to communicate with one or more devices of an ostomy system, the one or more devices comprising a monitor device, and/or the ostomy appliance configured to be placed on a skin surface of a user. The method comprises obtaining monitor data from the one or more devices, the monitor data being indicative of presence of fluid at a proximal side of a first adhesive layer of the ostomy appliance towards the skin surface; determining a leakage state at the proximal side of the first adhesive layer of the ostomy appliance based on the monitor data, and communicating the leakage state of the ostomy appliance via the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Jais Ask Hansen, Niels Hvid, Daniel Gewecke Daugaard-Jensen, Peter Flintholm Soerensen, Dan Boegsted Andersen, Finn Speiermann
  • Patent number: 10485621
    Abstract: An instrument sterile drape includes a plastic sheet and a pouch sealed to a first opening in the plastic sheet. The pouch is shaped to fit around a carriage that includes actuators. An instrument sterile adapter (ISA) is coupled to a second opening in the pouch. The ISA includes a bottom plate and a top plate located on opposite sides of the pouch and joined together. A stiffener may be coupled to the pouch around the second opening to provide a relatively inelastic area that corresponds to a portion of the pouch that is retained between the bottom plate and the top plate. Portions of the bottom plate may project through the top plate to provide a datum plane to receive a surgical instrument. The ISA may contain loose pins that depress sensing pins in the carriage when a surgical instrument is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler J. Morrissette, Gregory W. Dachs, II, Bruce Michael Schena
  • Patent number: 10485231
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an anti-infective protector containing at least one anti-infective agent. The anti-infective protector provides for a range of benefits not appreciated in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
    Inventor: Debbie Wooley
  • Patent number: 10463427
    Abstract: A controllable stiffness catheter comprising a shaft comprising an inner sheath defining an access lumen, an outer sheath surrounding the inner sheath and defining an annulus therebetween, the annulus having a vacuum connection at which a vacuum is applied to the annulus, and a mechanical stiffener disposed at least at a portion of the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Syn Variflex, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Derek Dee Deville, Joe Abelleira
  • Patent number: 10434021
    Abstract: The disclosure provides, in part, adhesive patches for repairing damaged surfaces of health care devices. In one of its aspects the disclosure provides a method of repairing the surface of health care device by applying an adhesive patch over a damaged portion of the surface, the patch comprising a film layer and an adhesive layer. In another one of its aspects, the disclosure provides an adhesive patch for repairing the surface of a health care device comprising a film layer and an adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Surface Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Collins, Michael Drew Urquhart, Barbara Jeanne LaCoste Potter, Jeffrey Miles Schacter, Sean Peter Burnand, Bruce Stewart Fogel, Iwain Lam
  • Patent number: 10406337
    Abstract: Systems and methods of stimulating or activating fluids for use in wound treatment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson, Richard Daniel John Coulthard
  • Patent number: 10384026
    Abstract: A tracheostoma device holder for holding a tracheostoma device superimposed of a tracheostoma of a person is provided. The tracheostoma device holder comprises a rigid plate for attachment over a tracheostoma via a proximal side thereof, the plate being provided with a through hole, and a tubular tracheostoma device fitting, arranged circumferentially of the through hole, the tubular tracheostoma device fitting extending distally from a distal side of the plate. The plate is manufactured in a thermoplastic material, with a melting/softening temperature allowing for molding according to the local anatomic shape of the person through direct contact between the plate and the skin of the person. A method for adaptation of such tracheostoma holding device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Atos Medical AB
    Inventor: Jan-Ove Persson
  • Patent number: 10363109
    Abstract: An instrument sterile drape includes a plastic sheet and an instrument sterile adapter (ISA) coupled to the plastic sheet. The ISA includes bottom and top plates located on opposite sides of the plastic sheet plate and joined together. A passage in the bottom plate allows an instrument carriage flux connection to pass through the plastic sheet and the bottom plate to be adjacent to the top plate. The top plate includes a signal transmission area that will be adjacent to an upper surface of the flux connection of the instrument carriage. A flux connector may close an opening in the signal transmission area of the top plate and provide a path for an electrical or optical signal. The signal transmission area of the top plate may be thinned to allow an RFID sensor to be closer to an RFID device in a surgical instrument attached to the instrument sterile adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dachs, II, Tyler J. Morrissette, Bruce Michael Schena
  • Patent number: 10307224
    Abstract: Orthodontic appliances and related methods are provided, including a fast-dissolving and humidity-resistant coating, containing a colorant and a binder selected from a polyamide, cellulose derivative, or homopolymer/copolymer of poly(ethylene oxide). The coating can facilitate appliance identification and serve as a reference marking to assist the practitioner in appliance placement. Advantageously, the composition of these coatings allows the color marking to be rinsed off quickly, and yet the color of the coating does not bleed during storage even in high humidity environments. The fast-dissolving nature of these coatings also allows the coating to be deposited in concave and recessed areas of the appliance, such as the archwire slot and vertical slot, since these coatings can be removed prior to archwire installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Tsi-Zong Tzou, Matthew T. Scholz
  • Patent number: 10286100
    Abstract: Medical dressings and methods of using same. The medical dressing can include a fluid management article. The fluid management article can include a fibrous substrate and porous polymeric particles. At least 50% of the porous polymeric particles are bound to the fibrous substrate. Methods of using the medical dressings can include applying the medical dressing to the target site, such that the fluid management article is in fluid communication with the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jennifer N. Hanson, Ibrahim A. El-Hedok, Hassan Sahouani, Bradley W. Eaton
  • Patent number: 10286625
    Abstract: A wrapping material for formed bales of material. The wrapping material including at least one layer of a flexible plastic material film web having a substantially uniform width and divided lengthwise into portions of substantially equal length by a plurality of spaced lines of perforations extending fully transversely across the width of the wrapping material and fully through the layer or layers forming the wrapping material. Each said line of perforations having a first adhesive substrate adhered to a first surface of said wrapping material adjacent to but spaced from the line of perforations. The first adhesive substrate extending substantially across the width of said wrapping material and having, in use, an outwardly facing adhesive surface, and a second adhesive substrate extending substantially across the width of said wrapping material and being adhesively secured to said first surface of the wrapping material whereby the second adhesive substrate overlies said line of perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Tama Plastic Industry
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Castillo, Jason Boyd
  • Patent number: 10278390
    Abstract: Antimicrobial compositions and films are provided comprising a polymer and antimicrobial nanoparticles evenly dispersed in the polymer. The antimicrobial nanoparticles comprises an ionic antimicrobial agent and a support agent that localizes the ionic antimicrobial agent to surfaces of the support agent, and wherein the support agent releases the ionic antimicrobial agent through chemical exchange. In this manner, the antimicrobial nanoparticles act as a stored source of antimicrobial agents. The polymer configured to allow the ionic antimicrobial agent released by the support agent to permeate or migrate through the polymer and to the surface of the composition or film, thereby maintaining antimicrobial properties on the surface of the composition for film over an extended time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Agnew Rolfe, Michael Christopher Nitti, Edward R Peterson
  • Patent number: 10271917
    Abstract: A surgical tray efficiency system comprising a vertical rack assembly for holding and displaying a plurality of surgical instrument trays, a sterile barrier covering the vertical rack assembly and including tray location identifiers, and a standardization software platform including a customizable interactive planogram is described. The customizable interactive planogram software helps operating room staff arrange the instrument trays on the vertical rack assembly according to a predetermined customizable location ID, and create/load/access information related to the surgical procedure/trays/instruments before, during, and after the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Flex Operating Room, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Gerstner
  • Patent number: 10238548
    Abstract: A water-resistant orthopedic undercast sleeve that includes a tubular sheet material formed of extruded filaments having water-resistant properties and a thickness sufficient to provide both cushioning and moisture transport in a single layer between a cast and a limb onto which the sleeve is applied. The water resistant properties are achieved by at least one process, including a water-resistant filler, finish or coating applied to the filaments during extrusion, applying a water resistant finish to the finish during extrusion, applying a water resistant finish to the filaments during a subsequent spinning process, or coating the filaments with a water-resistant finish in a separate process. Moisture egress channels are formed in the sheet material for transporting moisture away from the limb, longitudinally along the length of the sleeve, and out of the space between the sleeve and cast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BSN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: John C. Evans, Shitij Chabba, Martin O'Hara
  • Patent number: 10232194
    Abstract: An imaging probe manipulator for use during a medical procedure includes a first manipulator linkage having a connector configured to attach to an imaging probe, a second manipulator linkage coupled to the first manipulator linkage at a first joint a third manipulator linkage coupled to the first or second manipulator linkage at a second joint. The first joint or the second joint has a degree of freedom. The imaging probe manipulator includes a force control transmission linked to the degree of freedom. The force control transmission component is configured to maintain a pre-determined force on the imaging probe when the imaging probe is in contact with a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Schlosser, Dimitre H. Hristov, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10213267
    Abstract: A disposable sterile surgical drape configured for establishing a sterile field around a surgical instrument such as a limb positioner includes a control mechanism associated with the drape in the sterile field that interfaces with, and controls, the surgical instrument. The control mechanism includes a switch and a communication interface that connects to the instrument and the location of the switch may be moved to a desired position within the sterile field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tenet Medical Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent King, Dale McKay
  • Patent number: 10194996
    Abstract: Systems, methods and a sensor alignment mechanism are disclosed for medical navigational guidance systems. In one example, a system to make sterile a non-sterile optical sensor for use in navigational guidance during surgery includes a sterile drape having an optically transparent window to drape the optical sensor in a sterile barrier and a sensor alignment mechanism. The alignment mechanism secures the sensor through the drape in alignment with the window without breaching the sterile barrier and facilitates adjustment of the orientation of the optical sensor. The optical sensor may be aligned to view a surgical site when the alignment mechanism, assembled with the sterile drape and optical sensor, is attached to a bone. The alignment mechanism may be a lockable ball joint and facilitate orientation of the sensor in at least two degrees of freedom. A quick connect mechanism may couple the alignment mechanism to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLIJOINT SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Armen Garo Bakirtzian, Andre Novomir Hladio, Richard Tyler Fanson, Eric Ryterski
  • Patent number: 10189157
    Abstract: A minimally invasive manipulating system and a manipulating apparatus for instruments are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a frame and at least one instrument carrier including a holding section for an instrument arm. The instrument carrier is movably mounted to the frame and arranged to be coupled with at least one drive. The instrument carrier is at least sectionally rotatable about its longitudinal axis. The holding section comprises a driving interface that involves at least one transmission port. An instrument drive is assigned to the transmission port. The instrument carrier comprises a transmission section in which at least one transmission element is arranged that is configured for motion transmission between the instrument drive and the transmission port. The at least one transmission element is arranged concentrically with respect to the longitudinal axis. The transmission port is arranged off-center with respect to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Schlegel, Bastian Blase
  • Patent number: 10182877
    Abstract: A surgical drape (100) is described that is aimed at providing a way to direct a maximum amount of fluid (e.g., distention fluid) discharged from the patient's uterine cavity to a collection point, such as a fluid management system, during a hysteroscopic procedure. The surgical drape may include a cover portion (105) and a collection portion (110) that is attached to the cover portion (105). The cover portion (105) may define an opening (115) that provides a surgeon with surgical access to the patient for performing a medical procedure. The collection portion (110) may include a main panel (120) that can be attached to the patient's back distally of the gluteal cleft (e.g., via an adhesive strip). The main panel (110) may include a pocket (170), via which the surgeon may insert his hands to position the main panel (110) under the patient without disturbing the sterile field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority
    Inventor: Paul B. Marshburn
  • Patent number: 10070924
    Abstract: A drape suitable for use with a multi-tier back table has a first fabric portion configured to substantially cover a lower table surface and a second fabric portion configured as a pocket that receives at least a substantial portion of an upper table surface. By one approach this pocket includes at least one hand slot configured to receive a user's hand such that the user can lift the second fabric portion and slide the pocket over the upper table surface. A third fabric portion having a vertical panel connects the first and second fabric portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Lother, Amanda Jaron
  • Patent number: 10056162
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shielding system for customized shielding of a patient or an operator from X-rays generated from a gantry. The shielding system is mounted on the gantry. The system has a rail that is arcuately movable in relation to gantry-mounted foundational blocks with apertures that receive a proximal section of the rail. Protective curtains are suspended from intermediate and/or distal sections of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBAL IMAGING SOLUTIONS COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy P. Colling
  • Patent number: 10046537
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to novel, improved, modified or treated microporous membranes for use in textile related applications and which are preferably composed of two or more dissimilar porous membrane or material layers laminated together using heat, compression and/or adhesives. The preferred inventive laminated composite microporous membrane is modified using a technique or treatment such as microcreping to introduce permanent small, regularly spaced, crepes, profiles, compactions, pleats, or wrinkles into the laminated composite microporous membrane for the purpose of improving mechanical strength, elasticity and/or resiliency. In addition, the inventive microcreped microporous laminated membrane more preferably has significantly improved ‘hand’ or softness, has ‘next-to-the-skin’ softness, and/or is quiet without crinkling noises during movement, which may be desired performance properties or characteristics of or in textile garments, materials or applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Celgard, LLC
    Inventors: Karl F. Humiston, Gerald P. Rumierz, Dickie J. Brewer
  • Patent number: 10004466
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shielding system for customized shielding of a patient or an operator from X-rays generated across a patient-supporting table. The shielding system includes a foundational block which is mounted on the patient-supporting table. The shielding system has a rail with proximal, intermediate and distal sections. The proximal section of the rail is twistable within an aperture of the foundational block and is arcuately movable in relation to patient-supporting table. One or more protective curtains are suspended from the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBAL IMAGING SOLUTIONS COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy P. Colling
  • Patent number: 9962230
    Abstract: Organization systems for surgical instruments and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument organization system can be configured for use in a medical environment, and can include a flexible, sterile container having a lower portion. The container can include an attachment system configured to elastically couple one or more surgical instruments to the lower portion of the container. In some embodiments, the container can be carried by a portable base coupled to a platform via an adjustable support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Kristen S. Moe, Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 9962226
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides ophthalmic surgical systems, methods, and devices. In one embodiment, a surgical apparatus for use by a surgeon during a surgical procedure comprises one or more sealed sterilized surgical packs configured to be disposed of after a single or a limited number of surgical procedures, the one or more sealed sterilized surgical packs comprising: a sterile surgical instrument; and a sterile surgical tray comprising a top surface configured to be part of a sterile field of the surgical procedure, the top surface comprising a receiving structure for positioning therein of the sterile surgical instrument, the sterile surgical tray further comprising walls that define a recess sized and configured to receive a reusable non-sterile module, the recess configured to encapsulate the reusable non-sterile module to isolate the reusable non-sterile module from the sterile field of the surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ALCON PHARMACEUTICALS LTD.
    Inventors: Jeffrey David Brennan, Mark Humayun
  • Patent number: 9901478
    Abstract: Spinal distraction systems including methods of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Chine, LLC
    Inventors: John MacMahon, Edward Brian MacMahon, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 9877688
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shielding system for customized shielding of a patient or an operator from X-rays generated by a gantry. The shielding system is mounted on the gantry. The system has a rail that is arcuately movable in relation to gantry-mounted foundational blocks with apertures that receive movable rails from which protective curtains are suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBAL IMAGING SOLUTIONS COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy P. Colling
  • Patent number: 9877863
    Abstract: Apparatus for connecting a sterile drape to an actuator of a surgical slush machine. The apparatus is an agitator that includes a support member and a latch. The sterile drape is attached to one surface of the support member and the latch extends from the opposite surface of the support member. The support member is configured to flex and bend when the agitator is operated by the actuator and the drape contains a solution to be made into slush. In one embodiment the support member has paddles extending from a central position. In another embodiment the support member is a disk that has an area of weakness that allows the support member to flex and bend. In one such embodiment the area of weakness is an annular section of reduced thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Adroit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gammons, Clifford E. Gammons
  • Patent number: 9872674
    Abstract: Entrapment and collection systems and method of entrapping and collecting biologic material produced on a patient are disclosed. The systems include a collection bag which formed of a flexible sheet material having a hollow interior, a first mouth and a second mouth. The first mouth is openable to enable the biological structure to be disposed in the hollow interior and to enable a removal instrument, e.g., a morcellator, to be introduced therethrough to engage the biologic structure to effect a procedure on it. The second mouth enables a viewing instrument to be extended through it for visualizing the procedure and is closeable by a drawstring to entrap biologic material produced by the procedure after the removal instrument and viewing instrument have been removed, whereupon the collection bag may be withdrawn from the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Boehringer Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Allison Lloyd Lehmann, Christopher L. Radl, Trevor Smith, Michael Reed Vennel
  • Patent number: 9828730
    Abstract: A system and method for obscuring road signs by applying an opaque adhesive-backed film to the signs from a roll containing the film. The film and adhesive may be able to conceal sign details sufficiently with only one or two layers of film. The film may be pressure-applied with an adhesive selected so as to adhere sufficiently to the signs or to other layers of film without leaving adhesive or other residue on the signs once removed. The film may be perforated at predetermined intervals to facilitate separation, and the system additionally or alternatively may include a cutter to permit the user to separate the film wherever desired. Various polymers may be used for the film, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), polypropylene, low density polyethylene (LDPE), polyester, polyolefin, or other coextruded (CoEX) polymer films. Similarly, various adhesives, including latex-, acrylic-, rubber-, or silicone-based adhesives may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Roger D. Melancon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9796154
    Abstract: A multilayer nonwoven structure is described where the nonwoven structure comprises at least two spun bond layers and at least one easily meltable layer. The easily meltable layer is located between the at least two spunbond layers. The easily meltable layer is comprised of a polymer having a melting point at least 20° C. less than the melting point of the polymer which comprises the surface of the fibers which comprise the spun bond layer, or is made from a polymer which is readily absorbs some form of radiation. Under bonding conditions, the fibers which make up the easily meltable layer can be melted to form a film, thereby improving bather properties of the nonwoven structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Gert Claasen, Jill M. Martin
  • Patent number: 9775858
    Abstract: This document relates to methods and materials for reducing the risk of infection after a shoulder surgery or medical procedure. For example, this document relates to methods and materials for using a topical composition containing clindamycin or erythromycin to reduce the risk of or to prevent infection associated with shoulder surgeries or medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: John W. Sperling, Adam A. Sassoon
  • Patent number: 9737370
    Abstract: A patient reference device is provided for use during a medical procedure. The patient reference device includes a housing having a back side and a front side, at least three tracking markers attached to the front side of the housing, the housing extending around the at least three tracking markers and beyond a horizontal plane defined by tops of the at least three tracking markers, the housing terminating at a substantially continuous edge, and a sterile cover attached to the substantially continuous edge of the housing for covering the housing and the tracking markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBADOS) INC.
    Inventors: Leila Kheradpir, William Lau, Gal Sela, Josh Richmond, Vivek Saini