Tubular Patents (Class 128/856)
  • Patent number: 10813736
    Abstract: A breathable fabric sleeve provides varying elastic support to help heal strains, sprains and bruises to the ligaments and tendons of an animal's fetlock and pastern joints. Preferably the sleeve is made of a seamlessly woven elastic fabric. The sleeve is applied over the fetlock of the leg of a horse or other animal, from the pastern up to below the knee, on the front leg, or to below the hock, on the hind leg. The sleeve has uniform elastic strength around the circumference of the sleeve, but provides variable compression, so that an upper part of the sleeve provides greater circumferential compression and the lower part provides less compression. The variable compression can be produced by using a looser weave in a bottom end of the sleeve, and/or by increasing the diameter of the bottom end, relative to that of the central portion of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Mary Braun Leibold
  • Patent number: 10729105
    Abstract: An animal waste bag includes a central pouch and one or more additional pouches formed exterior to the central pouch such that each additional pouch is successively exterior to the preceding pouch. The central and additional pouches are configured to successively retrieve and contain animal waste via their respective successive inversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SIR Design LLC
    Inventor: Mun Jen Ng
  • Patent number: 10405522
    Abstract: An animal waste bag includes a central pouch and one or more additional pouches formed exterior to the central pouch such that each additional pouch is successively exterior to the preceding pouch. The central and additional pouches are configured to successively retrieve and contain animal waste via their respective successive inversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SIR Design LLC
    Inventor: Mun Jen Ng
  • Patent number: 10213545
    Abstract: A body-wall-contact-type water tank (12) is equipped with: a water-tank body for storing a fluid to be supplied into a body cavity, and positioned so as to contact a body wall (120); a through-hole which conveys the fluid stored in the water-tank body into the body cavity via an incision formed in the body wall (120), and which is formed in the bottom section of the water-tank body; and a connecting means for connecting, in a fluid-tight manner, the water-tank body to the body wall (120) and/or to a retractor (110) attached to the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIKKISO COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Teranuma, Tatsuo Igarashi, Masashi Sekine, Yukio Naya, Rongfu Lu, Masanori Niiyama, Yoshihiko Kinoshita, Takuji Asano, Manami Koshizuka
  • Patent number: 9808319
    Abstract: A stockinette (200), suitable for covering an appendage (1440) of a patient, includes one or more folds (206). The fold (206) can be in a length of material (205) disposed between an open end (204) and a closed end (203). Alternatively, the fold (880) can be in an optional cuff (860) formed by a section of material (661) near the open end (603). Folds can be present both in the length of material (205) and in the cuff (860) as well. The cuff (860) can be disposed atop the fold (206) in the length of material (205). The stockinette (200) enables one person to apply the stockinette (200) to an appendage (1440) with one continuous motion that expands the folds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Spencer G. Chua
  • Patent number: 9808035
    Abstract: Clothing has a body including a front body and a back body, wherein a material constituting the front body and a material constituting the back body are the same, and a chest width of the back body is shorter than a chest width of the front body. The clothing guides a motion or state of the upper body of a wearer to a proper posture and improves motion followability and wearing comfort around scapulae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kido, Yasushi Fujita, Motoko Kameda, Michiko Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9474545
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus (10) and method for establishing and maintaining in selectively arrestable manner manuary access to a sufflated body cavity of a patient through a fenestration formed in the patient's body tissue during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The apparatus (10) generally comprises a seal section (100) and a sheath section (200) coupled thereto. The seal section (100) includes an endless loop portion (110) that defines an opening (120). The sheath section (200) includes a mouth portion (210), an outer glove portion (230), and a pliable intermediate portion (220) extending therebetween. The outer glove portion (230) defines a plurality of extensions to accommodate the digits of a user's hands which are truncated so that they each terminate at a digit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: H. Charles Kim
  • Publication number: 20150114404
    Abstract: A sterile drape for an o-shaped CT scanner and method of draping an O-shaped CT scanner therewith is provided. The sterile drape has a sterile, flexible tubular wall extending between opposite first and second ends. The first end is open and the second end is substantially closed. The wall has a first seam adjacent the second end. The first seam extends along a circumference of the wall to facilitate forming an opening in the wall adjacent the second end to allow the CT scanner to be fully closed through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Michael W. Czop, Samba Toure
  • Patent number: 9016282
    Abstract: A sterile imaging head protective apparatus includes a radiolucent rigid sheet configured to cover an imaging head of an X-ray imaging machine and a sterile flexible drape attached to the radiolucent rigid sheet. The drape extends away from the radiolucent rigid sheet to an open free end. A member is provided adjacent the open end, wherein the member is operable to maintain the open end in abutment with a portion of the X-ray imaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Contour Fabricators, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Grajek, Michael G. Howe, Michael W. Czop
  • Publication number: 20150047648
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a sterile drape which includes an inner material ply and an outer material ply. The inner material ply has a first surface and an opposite facing sterile second surface. The outer material ply has a first sterile surface and an opposite facing second surface, with the first sterile surface of the outer material ply removably coupled to the second sterile surface of the inner material ply. The sterile drape may include a framework coupled to the first material ply and configured to be manipulated to a desired shape. The drape includes multiple material plies in sequential layers, wherein the outermost material plies have a first inner-facing surface and a second opposite outer-facing sterile second surface. The multiple plies can be removed one at a time to expose a new sterile layer if the outer sterile layer is contaminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen G. Hushek
  • Publication number: 20150020813
    Abstract: The present invention is an anesthesia machine cover and method intended to address the dual problems of cleanliness and organization of anesthesia equipment during surgery and is intended for single patient use. The device covers anesthesia equipment quickly prior to surgery and prevents contamination while providing for better containment and organization of ancillary equipment used for each procedure. The cover is easily removable for disposal post procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Murlikrishna KANNAN, Sushmitha SANTHOSH
  • Publication number: 20140338676
    Abstract: A sterile drape is provided to cover medical equipment. The drape may include an expandable element to open the open end of the drape. A sheath may also be provided to cover the sheath prior to use. The drape may also be held in a container, which may be coupled to the equipment. Furthermore, the drape may include one or more partially deployed positions in which the drape is partially deployed yet the sterile surface of the drape remains unexposed so that the drape may be partially deployed by non-sterile personnel and stored in a non-sterile area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: SOURCE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Todd Marinchak
  • Patent number: 8807138
    Abstract: A surgical drape and method of providing a sterile surface therewith is provided. The drape is configured to cover an upper portion of a radiation shield and includes a flexible wall providing a cavity sized to receive the upper portion of the radiation shield. The flexible wall has a rear wall portion configured to cover at least in part a rear portion of the radiation shield and a front wall portion configured to cover a front portion of the radiation shield. The front wall portion extends to an upper front free edge and the rear wall portion extends to an upper rear free edge. At least one fastener is attached to at least one of the front and rear wall portions adjacent respective ones of the upper front free edge and rear free edge. The fastener is configured to releasably fix the front and rear walls to the radiation shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Contour Fabricators, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry M. Byers, Samba Toure, Michael W. Czop, Richard A. Weaver
  • Patent number: 8746252
    Abstract: A sterile drape, a surgical system with the drape, and a draping method are provided. In one embodiment, a sterile drape includes a plurality of drape pockets, each of the drape pockets including an exterior surface to be adjacent a sterile field for performing a surgical procedure and an interior surface to be adjacent a non-sterile instrument manipulator coupled to a manipulator arm of a robotic surgical system. The drape further includes a plurality of flexible membranes at a distal face of each of the drape pockets for interfacing between outputs of an instrument manipulator and inputs of a respective surgical instrument, and a rotatable seal adapted to couple a proximal opening of each of the drape pockets to a rotatable element at a distal end of the manipulator arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony K. McGrogan, Jeffrey D. Brown, Thomas G. Cooper, Eugene F. Duval, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Publication number: 20140150805
    Abstract: The present invention is a surgical drape that has several circumferential and longitudinal breakaway sections that can be easily removed to facilitate quick customization during surgery. The removable sections are fastened to the drape in a manner that reduces debris, which could cause contamination of the surgery field, as well as limit the potential injury to patients caused by the current use of scissors to customize drapes while in surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Sunjay Berdia
  • Patent number: 8739797
    Abstract: A draping system provides a continuous sterile field between a patient incision area and one or more medical practitioners. The draping system has a quick release system incorporated into the drape that enables a medical practitioner to separate from the continuous sterile field without disrupting the sterile field around the practitioner or the patient. The draping system may include an abbreviated practitioner gown, a drain and an integral patient incision area or a flap for extending the continuous sterile field around to one or more additional operating room tables. A modular drape and gown system extends the sterile field beyond the operating table allowing practitioners to couple to the extended field. A tent provides an enclosed sterile field useful in mobile or other non operating room surgical environments. Integral lighting and information displays facilitate field surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Bonutti Skeletal Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 8726907
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a one piece customized disposable surgical drape to be used in any surgery, and more specifically to a one piece customized disposable surgical drape that includes one or more of the following: (1) a patient drape for use with a standalone non-draped image acquisition device (requiring circumferential access to the patient); (2) a patient drape for use with a standalone non-draped image acquisition device with image guidance navigation technology; (3) the means to provide temporary sterile coverage of an underlying sterile field; (4) the means to provide sterile separation of at least a portion, if not the entire temporary sterile coverage; and (5) the means to provide covering of the undersurface of the operating surface and enclosing any suspended medical devices, wires, cables, tubes, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Strauch, Donald Corenman, Dan Droy
  • Patent number: 8662082
    Abstract: A sterile drape for a trackable medical device includes a reinforced film portion and a holding or tensing device. The holding or tensing device is operative to draw the reinforced film portion taut or smooth on or over a surface of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Aleksander Bogojevic, Christian Maier, Georg Christian, Jörg Uhde
  • Publication number: 20130167845
    Abstract: A sterile imaging head protective apparatus includes a radiolucent rigid sheet configured to cover an imaging head of an X-ray imaging machine and a sterile flexible drape attached to the radiolucent rigid sheet. The drape extends away from the radiolucent rigid sheet to an open free end. A member is provided adjacent the open end, wherein the member is operable to maintain the open end in abutment with a portion of the X-ray imaging machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Mark S. Grajek, Michael G. Howe, Michael W. Czop
  • Patent number: 8459265
    Abstract: A drape having a pair of elongated sheets connected at distal ends to define a skirt, with opposing side walls in a first portion of the elongated sheets having a first width and in a second portion having a different width so the drape has a stair-step structure, with a paper and plastic laminated first and second tier panels attached to the elongated sheets in spaced-relation and a central panel attached therebetween, for covering a tiered surgical operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Variamed, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher B. Young, Scott D. Hodges, S. Craig Humphreys
  • Publication number: 20130125901
    Abstract: A catheterization sleeve is provided for radial access catheterization, The sleeve includes a dosed distal end, and open proximal end and a tubular sidewall extending between the ends. An access opening is formed in the tubular sidewall to permit access to a catheterization site on the arm of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Christos Pitaoulis
  • Publication number: 20130112212
    Abstract: Fluid collection pouches and surgical drapes for use in surgical procedures are described. The described fluid collection pouches can be configured in some cases to define a region of greater depth of the pouch beneath a patient's limb extending through the pouch on the lateral side of the limb than on the medial side. In some cases, the fluid collection pouches can be configured to define an upper surface with a region that extends at a greater height above a patient's limb extending through the pouch on the lateral side of the limb than on the medial side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Farney Daniels LLP
    Inventor: Farney Daniels LLP
  • Publication number: 20120097176
    Abstract: A catheterization sleeve is provided for radial access catheterization. The sleeve includes a closed distal end, and open proximal end and a tubular sidewall extending between the ends. An access opening is formed in the tubular sidewall to permit access to a catheterization site on the arm of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Christos Pitaoulis
  • Publication number: 20120067355
    Abstract: A device and method for the performance of lower extremity surgery through the use of a bilaterally fenestrated drape with an operative side having an open fenestration and a nonoperative side having an extremity tube sealed over a fenestration, the extremity tube being closed at one end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Amir A. Jamali
  • Patent number: 8074657
    Abstract: A surgical drape with a functional interface for engaging surgical instruments, including a flexible, tube-like sleeve for creating a sterile barrier around a non-sterile holding arm. The drape is open at a proximal end, and has a hub at a distal end for connection to a distal end of the holding arm. The hub has sterile external surfaces that allow surgical instruments to be easily removably attached in a variety of directions and orientations, providing sufficient mechanical strength to transmit forces from the instruments to the holding arm. The hub includes an externally accessible, sterile actuator for actuating an electronic circuit local to the holding arm on the non-sterile side of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Surgical Concept Designs, LLC.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Scott, Anthony J. La Rosa
  • Publication number: 20110146694
    Abstract: A drape for covering a patient extremity. The drape comprises (a) a flexible tube having at least one open end and (b) an elongated bandage. At least one end portion of the elongated bandage is permanently affixed in a position on the outer surface of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Fischer, Karin T. Slootjes, Gerrit P. Driesssen
  • Publication number: 20110048432
    Abstract: An new Improved Medical Examination Drape Designed in the shape of a pair of pants, a garment used in Hospital's, Clinics, and Doctors office's, to provide privacy, and coverage over the female patients entire lower body portion from the waistband down covering, the legs, hips, thighs, and stomach, has a attached lower front portion a hidden middle center slit opening between the upper inner thighs extending back to the rear drawstring waistband tie opening making it easier, faster, and better, for Doctors to perform pap smear's and pelvic examination without exposing the lower body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Edna M. Hutchinson
  • Publication number: 20110030703
    Abstract: A stockinette (200), suitable for covering an appendage (1440) of a patient, includes one or more folds (206). The fold (206) can be in a length of material (205) disposed between an open end (204) and a closed end (203). Alternatively, the fold (880) can be in an optional cuff (860) formed by a section of material (661) near the open end (603). Folds can be present both in the length of material (205) and in the cuff (860) as well. The cuff (860) can be disposed atop the fold (206) in the length of material (205). The stockinette (200) enables one person to apply the stockinette (200) to an appendage (1440) with one continuous motion that expands the folds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Spencer G. Chua
  • Patent number: 7883461
    Abstract: An incrementally adjustable wound retractor, which provides access to a body cavity, includes an inner ring having a diameter greater than the desired diameter of the wound incision, an outer ring having an annular axis and a diameter greater than the desired diameter of the wound incision, and a flexible sleeve disposed in a generally cylindrical form between the inner and outer rings. The outer ring includes first and second circular tubes spaced apart axially with each including a lumen having a rigid, noncompliant split hoop positioned therein. The outer ring may be rolled over itself and around the annular axis to retract the sleeve with sufficient force to stretch the incision to the desired diameter. A gel cap seal may be coupled to the outer ring outside of the biological body to seal the opening produced by the wound retractor between the body cavity and outside the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Albrecht, Charles C. Hart, John R. Brustad, Gary M. Johnson, Jennifer T. Ko, Donald L. Gadberry
  • Publication number: 20100200002
    Abstract: An improved sterile drape, system, and method for draping portions of a telerobotic surgical system are provided. In one embodiment, a sterile drape includes an exterior surface adjacent to a sterile field for performing a surgical procedure, and an interior surface forming a cavity for receiving the non-sterile portion of a robotic surgical system, such as a manipulator. The drape further includes a fastener coupled to the exterior surface for securing the sterile drape to the non-sterile portion of the robotic surgical system while reducing the volume of the sterile drape. Advantageously, the drape allows for quick and simple installation and increases visualization of the patient by reducing the size of the drape with more form fitting features, while allowing for freedom of movement of the manipulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Orban III, Lisa Heaton, S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20100154803
    Abstract: A cover useful during invasive surgery of the breast includes an adhesively backed sheet and a closed tube that extends from the sheet. The tube is evaginated into an incision in the breast, the closed end of the tube is ruptured, and a breast implant can be inserted through the tube into the breast tissue. Methods can inhibit bacterial infection of the breast tissues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Randal Haworth
  • Patent number: 7678092
    Abstract: A collapsible fluid containment bag for irrigating and cleaning wounds on extremities having semi-rigid support members and an elevated lower support member attached to the bottom of the proximal end of the containment bag creating a gradient for allowing irrigation fluids and biological tissue to drain to the distal end of the bag for removal. The containment bag is collapsible, making it a convenient size for storage, transport, and disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Haitham Matloub, Brenda Matloub, Philip Narini
  • Patent number: 7662116
    Abstract: A cover for preventing wetness or contamination of an intravenous site is disclosed. The cover is manufactured in a variety of sizes and can fit on any extremity of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Connie Ritchey
  • Patent number: 7588034
    Abstract: A three-piece surgical drape with fluid diverting channel or sleeve therein and method of making or assembling the same. The drape generally including a first liquid impermeable section attached at either end thereof to second and third sections of the drape, respectively. At least a portion of one end of the first section of the drape folded back upon itself and intermittently tacked or bonded to the first section to create a channel or sleeve adapted to divert fluids. The channel or sleeve may also have a tube or hose placed therein to facilitate or enhance fluid diversion through the channel or fluid removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Mathis, John Rotella, Brian Lin
  • Patent number: 7543587
    Abstract: A medical drape, particularly a surgical drape, having a front side and rear side, with the front side being connected to the rear side to form an enclosure to enclose a patient's extremity. The front side includes an open end which is closable around the patient's extremity, and the rear side is closed by a closed base wall. The base wall includes a first upper portion and a second lower portion, and includes a tapered base wall between the first upper portion and the second lower portion for fluid flow towards the second lower portion. A drain is provided adjacent the second lower portion for drainage of fluids that collect inside the drape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Block Island Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Yardan, Walter McGregor, David C. Novicki
  • Publication number: 20080216844
    Abstract: A sterile drape for use with a magnet of a magnetic resonance imaging is formed from a generally cylindrical sheet of a fabric. This is collapsible into an annulus and can be expanded axially to line the interior of the bore of the magnet. End flaps can close the ends of the bore and folded outwardly to cover the end faces of the magnet. The sheet can be supported by a wire or other support and can be stored on the magnet and end covers or in a ceiling suspended container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Cheryl Olfert, Lindley Ward, Victoria D.M. Hornblower, Stephen G. Hushek, Michael E. Pilon, Edward Stewart Richmond, Mauricio C. Ede, Garry Bistyak, Gregory P. Mallett, C. Hermil A. Moreno
  • Patent number: 7418966
    Abstract: A drape according to the present invention is constructed of or includes conductive and insulating drape segments and is disposed over a top surface of a thermal treatment system having a basin recessed therein. A portion of the drape is pushed down into, and conforms to, the basin to form a drape container or receptacle within the basin for collecting a sterile medium. The conductive segments provide a signal indicating the presence of liquid and/or leaks within the drape container to the system to facilitate control of system operation. In addition, a drape utilized for a plural basin thermal treatment system may form a drape receptacle within each basin. Each drape receptacle includes conductive and insulating drape segments to detect the presence of liquid and/or a leak within that drape receptacle. The conductive segments of the drape receptacles provide signals to the system to facilitate control of system operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: O. R. Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, David Hendrix
  • Publication number: 20080168995
    Abstract: A medical drape, particularly a surgical drape, having a front side and rear side, with the front side being connected to the rear side to form an enclosure to enclose a patient's extremity. The front side includes an open end with means to close the open end around the patient's extremity, and the rear side is closed by a closed base wall. The base wall includes a first upper portion and a second lower portion, and includes a tapered base wall between the first upper portion and the second lower portion for fluid flow towards the second lower portion. A drainage means is provided adjacent the second lower portion for drainage of fluids that collect inside the drape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen J. Yardan, Walter McGregor, David C. Novicki
  • Publication number: 20080041399
    Abstract: An inflatable sterile enclosure is disclosed comprising a flexible membrane and at least a pair of rigid or semi-rigid panels which are arranged to pivot outwardly relative to one another on each side of the enclosure as it is inflated. At least one of the panels is transparent and provides a window. The enclosure is preferably inflatable by a pressurised gas source. The flexible membrane may comprise a plurality of support members arranged to define a support frame for the enclosure when erected. The support members may themselves be inflatable. Peripheral sterile enclosures and surgical docks or drapes comprising bactericidal substances are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Hans Rudolf Kriek
  • Patent number: 7114500
    Abstract: A draping system provides a continuous sterile field between a patient incision area and one or more medical practitioners. The draping system has a quick release system incorporated into the drape that enables a medical practitioner to separate from the continuous sterile field without disrupting the sterile field around the practitioner or the patient. The draping system may include an abbreviated practitioner gown, a drain and an integral patient incision area or a flap for extending the continuous sterile field around to one or more additional operating room tables. A modular drape and gown system extends the sterile field beyond the operating table allowing practitioners to couple to the extended field. A tent provides an enclosed sterile field useful in mobile or other non operating room surgical environments. Integral lighting and information displays facilitate field surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Marctec, LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 7066899
    Abstract: An orthopedic cast cover for covering an orthopedic cast of a user includes a tubular portion for covering the orthopedic cast; a distal portion including a thumb hole for receiving a thumb of the user and an oval finger opening for receiving fingers of the user; and finger separators spanning the oval finger opening and extending linearly between the fingers in V-shaped portions formed between the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Sally J. Baron
  • Patent number: 7044132
    Abstract: A surgical drape provides a volume to accommodate radiological equipment such as a C-arm x-ray device without pulling the bottom of the drape up which could otherwise interrupt the sterile field. In one preferred embodiment, the space is created with pleated or gathered section, which receives the equipment as it is brought up laterally without lifting any portion of the material overall. A different embodiment of the invention includes a tunnel or tent formed in the material, generally without pleating. In this case, the tunnel or tent extends from the bottom of the drape to or above a patient-contacting procedural area. As a further option, in either the pleated or shaped configurations, additional material may be included to form a slit to further shroud the radiological equipment when positioned for a medial-lateral exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: MedIdea, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Masini
  • Patent number: 7033319
    Abstract: An adjustable retractor is disclosed comprising an inner ring, an outer ring spaced from the inner ring, and an elongate sleeve open at opposite ends. The sleeve is provided and extends between the inner and outer rings and is connected at the opposite ends to the rings. The outer ring is provided with a pre-loaded rotational torque to assist with rotation of the outer ring about its central axis to roll the sleeve about the outer ring to adjust sleeve length. An obstetrics version of the retractor may be used for caesarean sections. A hydraulically controlled retractor includes fluid channels in the inner and outer rings that may be dilated by injection of an appropriate fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Apple Medical Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Pulford, Marco Pelosi
  • Patent number: 6935341
    Abstract: A disposable surgical kit for use with a lavage instrument provides a three dimensional enclosure to capture splash back and aerosols created by the procedure. The kit has a transparent surgical drape to be fitted to a lavage instrument. The drape has an opening for manual access to the wound. A drain receptacle with an absorbent pad is provided to trap the effluvia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventors: Emilio Musso, John Levin
  • Patent number: 6916301
    Abstract: A waterproof cover for casts and/or bandages on limb extremities is formed as a thin-walled elastomeric water-impervious linear tube, preferably made of nitrile, open at at least one end. The cover stretches skin-tight over a limb extremity, and over any and all casts and/or bandages upon the limb extremity, so as to conform to a combined exterior contour of the limb and of any casts and bandages upon the limb. The cover circumferentially squeezes against the limb, sealing watertight both the limb and any casts and/or bandages upon the limb. The waterproof elastomeric tubular cover is comfortable, non-obtrusive, non-obstructive, and easily deployed, removed, and re-deployed. Preferred embodiments for use on the leg from the toes to the knee, and beyond to the thigh, range from 29 inches (73.5 cm.) to 41.0 inches (103.5 cm) in length, with a diameter at the ankle of 3.5 inches (8.9 cm); at the calf 5.0 inches (12.7 cm); and at the knee 4.5 inches (11.5 cm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Kenneth Clare
  • Publication number: 20040173218
    Abstract: There is provided a surgical treatment instrument in which the mode can be easily switched between a treatment under a pneumoperitoneum condition and a treatment outside the peritoneal cavity, and forceps can be manipulated under the pneumoperitoneum condition, and when taking out a cancer-affected part, an incision in the abdominal wall is protected, and the incision is free from infection. The surgical treatment instrument includes a tubular portion which has a first fixing member provided at a near end-side open portion thereof, and also has a second fixing member provided at a remote end-side open portion thereof. At least two tension belts are mounted on the second fixing member, and fixing means for adjusting the length of the tension belts to position the first fixing member is provided at the first fixing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Hideo Yamada, Eiji Kanehira, Kiyotaka Arikawa, Minoru Shibata, Kei Hara
  • Patent number: 6755196
    Abstract: A disposable surgical kit for use with a lavage instrument provides a three dimensional enclosure to capture splash back and aerosols created by the procedure. The kit has a transparent surgical drape to be fitted to a lavage instrument. The drape has an opening for manual access to the wound. A drain receptacle with an absorbent pad is provided to trap the effluvia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventors: Emilio Musso, John Levin
  • Publication number: 20040103904
    Abstract: The invention herein provides an integrated drape for use in surgical procedures
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: David M. Auerbach, Robert Villareal, Mylena Holguin, Rogelio Reyes
  • Patent number: 6723044
    Abstract: An adjustable retractor is disclosed comprising an inner ring, an outer ring spaced from the inner ring, and an elongate sleeve open at opposite ends. The sleeve is provided and extends between the inner and outer rings and is connected at the opposite ends to the rings. The outer ring is provided with a pre-loaded rotational torque to assist with rotation of the outer ring about its central axis to roll the sleeve about the outer ring to adjust sleeve length. The outer ring may be formed in a mobius configuration to provide the pre-loaded rotational torque. The outer ring has a cross-sectional shape that may have numerous different configurations. The mobius configuration may include the cross-sectional shape having an outer circumference offset by a predetermined amount about the central axis of the outer ring proceeding longitudinally along the central axis from one location on the outer ring to another location on the outer ring. A method of adjusting a retractor is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Apple Medical Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Pulford, Marco Pelosi
  • Patent number: 6697664
    Abstract: An image guided surgery system to enable a surgeon to move a surgical tool into a desired position relative to a body part is provided. The system works by accurately superimposing representations of the tool being used in the surgical field over images of the body part such that real-time tool position feedback is provided to the surgeon. The system uses a fluoroscopic x-ray device to generate two-dimensional body part images, a localizing device to determine the poses of surgical tools and the x-ray device, mathematical modeling of the imaging chain of the x-ray device, and a display for displaying the images of the body part superimposed with representations of the surgical tools. A digital flat-panel x-ray imager permits fluoroscopic x-ray device to be used in any orientation without being affected by distortions due to local magnetic fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas C. Kienzle III, Jon T. Lea