Thermometer Patents (Class 206/306)
  • Patent number: 10723694
    Abstract: Propargyl-functionalized macrocyclic compounds can include non-aggregating compounds having at least one phthalocyanine (Pc), azaphthalocyanine (AzaPc), or naphthalocyanine (Nc) unit. The compounds can be metal-free or metal-complexed. The metal-complexed compounds can include zinc (II), for example. The compounds can include multiple propargyl moieties at different sites, e.g., peripheral or non-peripheral sites, as described herein. Exemplary compounds include an azaphthalocyanine complex (AzaPc1) and phthalocyanine complexes (Pc2-Pc5). The compounds may provide efficient solubility in aqueous and/or organic solvents, optimal physicochemical properties, improved photo-sensitizability, significant tumor specificity, and electron transfer tunability. The compounds can provide suitable non-aggregated molecular scaffolds for construction of numerous macrocycle derivatives via different organic transformation methodologies, e.g., Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kuwait University
    Inventors: Saad A. Makhseed, Ali A. Husain, Asaithampi Ganesan, Mahmut Durmus
  • Patent number: 10631736
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance probe (2) includes a fiber optic sensor probe (32) and a sheath (38). The fiber optic sensor probe (32) includes a non-ferrous sensor (42) on a distal portion (36) configured for insertion into a subject, a locking element (34) connected to the distal portion (36), and a proximal portion (44) connected to the locking element (34) and in light communication via an optical fiber (48) with the non-ferrous sensor (42) and includes a connector (46). The sheath (38) covers the distal portion (36) of the fiber optic sensor probe (32), engages the locking element (34), and provides a sterile outer surface (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Francis Patrick O'Neill, Leonard John Kovalsky, Ivars Ivanov, Steven Andrew Kaspick, Michael Gemmati, Kevin Jirka, John Weinacht, Frederic Emmanuel Borne, Maxim Vachon-Savary
  • Patent number: 10633172
    Abstract: A system for producing beverages comprising a capsule fixed to a reinforcement element, for example a reinforcement ring or a container that encloses the capsule, and a method for producing such a system for obtaining beverages. The reinforcement element comprises an upper annular edge to which the lid of the capsule is fixed. There is no filtering thermoformable material of the capsule between the upper annular edge and the lid of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Aroma System S.R.L.
    Inventors: Gino Rapparini, Maurizio Generali
  • Patent number: 10092434
    Abstract: A tendon strap for engaging adjacent a joint of a user including a flexible tubular member (10) of a length with first and second ends (12, 14) sufficient to completely encircle the joint of the user at a point immediately adjacent to the joint with sufficient additional length to allow for adjustment. A buckle (16) connected adjacent the first end (12) of the tubular member (10). The buckle (16) for adjustably receiving the second end (14) of the tubular member (10) in interlocking relationship to secure the tendon strap to the joint. A fastener (18) and a securing member (22) for securing the tubular member (10) to the buckle (16) with the first and second ends (12, 14) inserted through the buckle (16). The first and second ends (12, 14) reversibly folded over a central portion of the tubular member (10) to encircle opposite sides of the buckle (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Lorenzo Neely
  • Patent number: 9888799
    Abstract: The bottle holder (2) comprises a pocket (3) provided with an insertion opening (5) designed to receive a bottle (4) in the pocket (3) of the bottle holder, the opening of the pocket (3) having the same dimensions as the cross section (D) of the pocket (3). At least two removable wedging members (11, 12) are mounted on at least part of the inner surface (13) of the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: OXSITIS
    Inventors: Fabien Andrieux, Magali Cornette
  • Patent number: 9464940
    Abstract: A body temperature measuring device includes a main body, a probe, and a control mechanism. The main body includes a holding part, and an abutting surface arranged at a side of the holding part. The probe is affixed to the main body in a movable manner The probe includes a probe main body, and a fixing structure arranged on the probe main body for fixing a probe cover. The probe cover has a bottom edge. The control mechanism is coupled to the probe for controlling the probe moving between a first position and a second position. Wherein when the probe is at the first position, the probe cover is able to be fixed on the probe; and when the probe moves away from the first position, the abutting surface presses the bottom edge of the probe cover for detaching the probe cover from the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: AVITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih Ming Chen, Hsuan-Hao Shih, Ta Chieh Yang, Yung Tien Yao
  • Patent number: 9433468
    Abstract: A sheath includes a plurality of layers coupled to one another and configured to cover a medical or dental instrument. The sheath may include an instrument cover segment and a cable cover segment attached to each other. When in a pre-use configuration, such as when packaged, the cable cover segment may define an inside-out position and overlie at least a portion of the instrument cover segment. When in an in-use configuration, such as when the sheath is installed over a medical or dental instrument, the cable cover segment may define an outside-out position and extend longitudinally with respect to the instrument cover segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TIDI Products, LLC
    Inventors: Brian L. Wilt, Kurt Miller
  • Patent number: 9427710
    Abstract: A gas sterilization package component having (a) a gas diversion wall stock for at least a portion of a container, the wall stock having an opening therethrough; (b) a gas diversion layer; (c) a filter sheet disposed between (a) and (b), the filter sheet having a first surface and an opposing second surface circumscribed by a perimeter edge; and wherein the first surface of the filter sheet is attached to a surface of said gas diversion layer and the second surface of the filter sheet is sealed to a surface of the wall stock whereby an opening in the wall stock is covered by the filter sheet and a gas passageway is defined from the opening through a portion of the second surface of the filter sheet and extending through said filter perimeter edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Rene Jansen
  • Patent number: 9167956
    Abstract: An endoscope sheath, said endoscope sheath comprising: a first sheet and a second sheet, said first sheet defining a first sheet distal end and an opposed first sheet proximal end, said first sheet also defining opposed first sheet first and second side edges extending between said first sheet proximal and distal ends, said second sheet defining a second sheet distal end and an opposed second sheet proximal end, said second sheet also defining opposed second sheet first and second side edges extending between said second sheet proximal and distal ends, said first and second sheets being sealed to each other adjacent said first and second sheet distal ends, first side edges and second side edges, said first and second sheets being unsealed from each other adjacent said first and second sheets proximal ends, said first sheet having greater optical clarity than said second sheet adjacent said first and second sheet distal ends, said first sheet being more rigid than said second sheet adjacent said first and seco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald Gestetner
  • Patent number: 9133006
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to container holders configured to provide a stable support for containers held therein in order to efficiently cool the containers after a hot-fill or elevated temperature operation. The container holders can allow a fluid to pass from an inner volume of the container holder to outside the container holder through side apertures and/or an open bottom end of the container holder. Groups of containers and container holders also may be cooled. Groups of containers in container holders can be processed through the cooling operation at a speed different from a speed for holderless containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul V. Kelley
  • Patent number: 9078499
    Abstract: A necklace tangling prevention system has a collapsible hollow tube with a tube first end and a tube second end. The tube first end has a first aperture fluidly connected to a tube cavity and the tube second end has a second aperture fluidly connected to the tube cavity. The tube has a ribbed tube side wall. The tube is collapsible to less than fifty percent of its fully extended length. The system has a necklace securing member located on the tube first end. The necklace securing member has a gripping member located on an interior surface for gripping a necklace. The necklace is inserted through the necklace securing member into the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Nina Brabec
  • Patent number: 8418796
    Abstract: A breathalyzer masking device for concealment of vehicle installed breathalyzer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Alethea Veronica Flores
  • Publication number: 20120181296
    Abstract: The invention relates to an equipment housing, in particular the housing of a blood treatment device, having a housing wall 10 and a closing flap 20 for closing an opening in the housing wall 10, said closing flap being rotatably mounted with respect to a coupling element 30 via a second pivot 34, whereby the coupling element 30 is rotatably mounted with respect the housing wall 10 via a first pivot 12, whereby the closing flap 20 can be disposed in at least a second and a third opened working position, in both of which positions the opening 14 in the housing wall is not closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Andreas Syfonios
  • Patent number: 8210345
    Abstract: A dispensing container, mounted on a supporter, comprises a hollow body made of a flexible material for accommodating ear thermometer probe covers, where the hollow body has one end formed with an access opening for allowing a probe of an ear thermometer to insert into an upmost probe cover in the hollow body. Each of the probe covers has the open end provided with at least a flange that radially extends outward from the open end, where the hollow body has a substantially rectangular section that has major edges smaller than a diameter of the flange of one probe cover in length, so that when the probe covers are placed into the hollow body, each inner wall of the hollow body is deformed to tangent to the flanges of the probe covers, so as to keep the probe covers securely in the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Actherm Inc
    Inventor: Liang-Yi Li
  • Publication number: 20120125093
    Abstract: A thermal flow measuring device and method for the manufacture of a thermal flow measuring device with a housing, which has at least one shell. A temperature sensor element is arranged in the shell which borders the housing. Each first point of an edge terminating the outside of the shell in the region of a second end section of the shell has a distance to the longitudinal axis of the shell, which is at least 0.2 mm greater than the distance of all second points of the outside of the shell to the longitudinal axis of the shell, with a first point of the edge, in each case, having a distance projected on the longitudinal axis of the shell from the first point of the edge of at least 0.2 mm in the direction of the first end section of the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Axel Pfau, Torsten Iselt, Dirk Boguhn
  • Patent number: 7703977
    Abstract: The invention describes and claims an apparatus and method of maintaining cleanliness of the thermometer storage case. The apparatus is an improved elongated end-loading storage case for thermometers. The improvement comprises two or more elongated sections of the case. Each section comprises a connection edge, an insertion tip, and a distal tip. The elongated sections of the case are detachably connected to each other to form a thermometer storage case that opens up to reveal the inner surface of the case for easy inspection and cleaning. The case comprises a fastener for fixating the case in the assembled case body position. The method of cleaning the thermometer storage case comprises the steps of unfastening and opening the case, inspecting and sanitizing the inside surface of the case, and then reconnecting and fixating the elongated sections to form the thermometer storage case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Anna Knishevitskiy
  • Patent number: 7654737
    Abstract: An accessory for measuring temperature in solidified products such as frozen meats and frozen food in general, adapted to pierce the frozen product. The accessory comprises a cavity enclosing a thermometry element suitable for such purpose and is defined by a body made of a thermo-conducting material. The accessory comprises a tubular portion that can be inserted into the product which temperature needs to be measured, and an operator handle for the accessory. A cavity enclosing a temperature sensing element extends along the tubular portion to the proximity of its distal end, which has a pointed end. The distal section of the tubular portion comprises at least one helical cutting edge for cutting the frozen product, which allows the insertion of the accessory when being turned. The operator handle is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the tubular portion, and comprises a hole that connects with the cavity that contains the temperature sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Gabriel Elias Chab, Teodoro Roberto Suguer
  • Patent number: 7556424
    Abstract: A cassette of probe covers that can be removed from the set for covering a probe of a tympanic thermometer can be securely retained in a cassette holder, and readily removed when necessary. The cassette includes a retaining system that can have a detent on the cassette holder and a detent receptacle on the cassette. The detent snaps into the receptacle when the cassette is inserted into the holder. The holder is configured so that grips on the cassettes are readily accessed to grasp and hold the cassettes for removal from the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Clarence Walker, Mitchell H. Babkes, Kevin C. Meier, Mark A. Davis
  • Publication number: 20090026108
    Abstract: An insulin syringe storage rack comprised of: a first side surface and a second side surface, both being substantially vertical and having a top edge; a top surface being substantially horizontal and supported by the first and second side surfaces; a plurality of apertures positioned on the top surface and sized to receive an insulin syringe; and a plurality of tubular structures, each positioned below the top surface and corresponding to one of the apertures and adapted to receive and vertically support said insulin syringe. Alternate embodiments of the insulin syringe storage rack can further include one or more additional storage receptacles a front side surface and/or a rear side surface, and space for disposing indicia thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Michelle Ross
  • Patent number: 7111728
    Abstract: A holding device for an electronic thermometer, which has a solar cell and an electronic display formed an outer surface of the thermometer, comprises an elongated receiving body configured to allow exposure of the solar cell to receive solar energy therethrough when the thermometer is in the receiving body. The receiving body as inner and outer surfaces, which extend to a closed end and an opposite open end through which the thermometer is to be disposed. The inner surface is formed to complement the outer surface of the electronic thermometer to receive a portion of the thermometer disposed though the open end. The inner surface is formed adjacent the open end to complement and receive the display when the thermometer is disposed in the receiving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Ronald G LeTourneau
  • Publication number: 20040173476
    Abstract: A holding device for an electronic thermometer 13, which has a solar cell 20 and an electronic display 22 formed an outer surface 19 of the thermometer 13, comprises an elongated receiving body 28 configured to allow exposure of the solar cell 20 to receive solar energy therethrough when the thermometer 13 is in the receiving body 28. The receiving body 28 has inner and outer surfaces 30, 32 which extend to a closed end 14 and an opposite open end 16 through which the thermometer 13 is to be disposed. The inner surface 30 is formed to complement the outer surface 19 of the electronic thermometer 13 to inner surface 30 is formed adjacent the open end 16 to complement and receive the display 22 when the thermometer 13 is disposed in the receiving body 28.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald G LeTourneau
  • Patent number: 6634789
    Abstract: An improved electronic thermometer for rectal, oral, and axillary temperature measurements includes a removable module that houses a temperature sensitive probe and isolation chamber as well as a supply of clean, uncontaminated disposable probe covers on a single color coded module. Each removable module is interchangeably operable with a single temperature calculating unit. This thermometer design reduces the risk of patient exposure to all of the common sources of contamination encountered in the use of electronic thermometers by isolating the probe, the isolation chamber, and a supply of disposable probe covers on one dedicated removable module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventor: Mitchell H. Babkes
  • Publication number: 20030019769
    Abstract: A flavored covering for an oral medical instrument. The covering may be constructed of multiple layers of impervious material joined together, or a single piece of molded impervious material. The covering is flavored with a thin coating of a flavoring agent or a candied flavoring, or the flavoring is impregnated into the cover material. The flavoring encourages the cooperation of a child during the use of an oral medical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Maria C. Babakitis
  • Publication number: 20020181545
    Abstract: An improved electronic thermometer for rectal, oral, and axillary temperature measurements includes a removable module that houses a temperature sensitive probe and isolation chamber as well as a supply of clean, uncontaminated disposable probe covers on a single color coded module. Each removable module is interchangeably operable with a single temperature calculating unit. This thermometer design reduces the risk of patient exposure to all of the common sources of contamination encountered in the use of electronic thermometers by isolating the probe, the isolation chamber, and a supply of disposable probe covers on one dedicated removable module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Applicant: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventor: Mitchell H. Babkes
  • Patent number: 6360888
    Abstract: A glucose sensor package system that includes a glucose sensor and a protective package that indicates exposure to temperature changes to indicate proper temperature control. Also covered are methods of transporting and sterilizing the package. In addition, glucose sensors directed to various sizing and positioning of the electrodes on the glucose sensor are covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Minimed Inc.
    Inventors: K. Collin McIvor, James L. Cabernoch, Kevin D. Branch, Nannette M. Van Antwerp, Edgardo C. Halili, John J. Mastrototaro
  • Patent number: 6224543
    Abstract: An device for covering an elongated medical probe such as a vaginal, rectal, ultra sound or the like type probe. In the preferred embodiment the sheath is tubular and includes a nose and an open end through which the medical probe is inserted. Preferably the sheath is packaged by mounting it on a flexible carrier in a partially elongated position. An adhesive material releasably secures the sheath to the carrier such that the nose of the sheath is inverted and defines a folded nose opening to facilitate positioning the sheath over the tip of a conventional medical probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Adroit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Eugene Gammons, Joseph G. Jones
  • Patent number: 6142297
    Abstract: A device (30) and method for sanitizing, with a sanitizing medium (52), a thermometer (6) having a probe (16) with a predetermined probe diameter (18). The device consists of a tube (34) having an outer surface (38) and an open end (42) adapted to receive the probe, and a closed end (46) opposite the open end and defining a reservoir (50) for holding the sanitizing medium. The device further includes a cap (60) removably attached to the tube open end and having an upper surface (64) with a central aperture (78) designed to closely receive the probe. At least one wiping member (82) in the cap is capable of forcibly gripping the probe so as to seal the sanitizing medium within the tube and to slidingly engage the probe so as to wipe the sanitizing medium from the probe when extracting the thermometer from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Walter Price
  • Patent number: 6039177
    Abstract: An adjustable pocket thermometer sheath assembly includes a sheath having a longitudinally extending body member defining a central bore. A pocket clip has a sleeve portion slidably mounted on the sheath and a body member having an opening. The pocket clip is slidably moveable on the sheath from an adjustment position, where the sleeve portion is disposed proximate the lower end of the sheath and the body member extends longitudinally outward from the lower end, to a storage position, where the sleeve portion is disposed proximate the upper end of the sheath and the body member is disposed adjacent the exterior surface of the sheath. The adjustment member of the thermometer may be inserted into the opening when the pocket clip is in the adjustment position such that the inner surface of the opening engages the flats of the adjustment member to prevent rotation therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Cooper Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: Gary K. Swanson, Ernest R. L'Heureux, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5918443
    Abstract: Medical syringe containment in a telescoping leakproof two-piece container for an individual medical syringe, especially as an inner container enclosing a radiopharmaceutical-filled syringe, and being enclosed in turn within a radiation-shielding outer container useful for shipment to a use location, where the respective containers are uncapped and the syringe is removed and used--whereupon the used syringe is re-inserted into the inner container before recapping, and the outer container is recapped about the recapped inner container and contents, for shipment to a disposal or reclamation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Paul B. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5897090
    Abstract: The puck for a sample tube includes a housing, a spring device and an end cap. The spring device has an annular base portion and angularly spaced spring arms that extend upwardly from the base portion and then bend downwardly toward the base portion. The end cap includes a hub portion around which the spring device is mounted. The cap with the spring device are fixed at one end of the housing and a portion of the spring arms extend into the interior space of the housing. The downwardly directed portion of the spring arm includes a sample tube engaging portion that is substantially parallel with a central axis of the housing. Thus a sample tube inserted in the puck engages the sample tube engaging portions of the spring arms which exert a biasing force against the sample tube. The spring arms provide an optimum restraining force against the sample tube to permit easy insertion and removal of the sample tube from the puck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Bayer Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Thomas Smith, David Patrick O'Bryan, Bingham Hood Van Dyke, Michael John Campanelli
  • Patent number: 5803245
    Abstract: A package for dispensing one or more condoms directly on a penis. The package consists of a flexible container having the general configuration of a penis with a first leak proof layer inside with the open end of the layer stretched over the outside of the container. The layer has a strip for providing penetration or unsealing. The condom is located within the layer and the open end is rolled over the outside of the container and the leak proof layer. A second leak proof layer lines the inside of the condom with the open end rolled over the first leak proof layer and the condom. To dispense the condom on a penis, the penis is inserted and the strip is pulled to unseal the condom from the first layer, permitting the penis and the condom to be removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Airtite Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick Wood
  • Patent number: 5775488
    Abstract: A pocket tube device (10) provides a support for retaining and protecting a probe-type thermometer (30) and a device for adjustment or calibration thereof. The device includes a central bore (14) adapted to closely receive and protect a tube or probe (52) of the thermometer, and abuts at one end the transverse indicator case (32) of the thermometer. The device preferably includes an external shirt-pocket clip (20) at one end and a cross-bore (26) at the other end adapted to receive the probe of the thermometer when the latter is placed therein for adjustment purposes. Wrench flats (60) extend adjacent the cross-bore and form an external socket on the device for receivable engagement with an adjustment member (58) on the underside of the indicator case. The pocket tube device serves to provide a leveraged adjustment between relatively rotatable portions of the thermometer case and thus between a pointer indicator (84) and indicia on a dial plate (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Taylor Environmental Instruments, L.P.
    Inventor: Earl D. Vaught
  • Patent number: 5769224
    Abstract: A sterile packaging system for a pipetter sheath is disclosed. The packaging system comprises two inner thermoplastic strips sandwiched between two outer paper covers. The inner strips and outer covers are connected along a tear seal formed by an electromagnetic heat sealer. The tear seal is generally in the shape of a pipetter. To remove the sheath from the package and place it onto a pipetter, one of the outer covers is removed, the pipetter placed into the partially exposed sheath, and the remaining cover removed thereby leaving the sheath on the pipetter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventors: Richard Poncy, George W. Poncy, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5709476
    Abstract: A temperature measuring device utilizing a thermometer including a temperature sensor and a temperature indicator for displaying a temperature value. The temperature indicator is mechanically and electrically linked to the temperature sensor. A member is sized to at least partially cover the temperature sensor. The temperature sensor is separable from the cover member which includes an aperture which may take the form of a slot. The aperture permits passage of the temperature sensor and also allows the temperature sensor and temperature indicator to be held to the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: DeltaTrack, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick L. Wu, Robert K. Yuan
  • Patent number: 5638951
    Abstract: A case for mounting on a probe of a radiation clinical thermometer a sheet shaped probe cover which includes a probe insertion member having an insertion opening to be inserted by the probe and an infection preventing sheet in contact with the probe insertion member. The case includes a cover storage portion for storing a series of continuing probe covers each having an engagement opening at a predetermined position thereof, a probe insertion cut portion for positioning each probe cover and for insertion by the probe, a support surface disposed around the probe insertion cut portion to support a peripheral of the insertion opening of the probe insertion member of one of the probe covers, and a projection adapted to be engaged with the engagement opening of a subsequent probe cover when the probe cover mounted on the probe is torn at the probe insertion cut portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Fukura, Sigeru Makita, Mitsuru Kitamura, Tadashi Ikeno
  • Patent number: 5611429
    Abstract: Disposal of used medical syringes individually, with or without attached needles, is accomplished by placement in individual fluid leakproof containers and, if any residual radioactive content, also by placement of such container and contents within another container effective to shield the surroundings against radiation therefrom. The inner container is assembled from two tubular pieces, preferably by press-fitting them together into an audible and tactile snap-fit. The outer container is assembled from two larger tubular pieces, as by twist-fitting them together, thus enclosing the inner container, with the inner container enclosing a used syringe and any contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Paul B. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5401100
    Abstract: A package for adapting a chemical thermometer to axillary use comprising a substrate coated with a release agent, a clinical chemical thermometer disposed on the substrate and a transparent overlayer film having a surface of the film coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive, the adhesive coated surface being in juxtaposition with the oral thermometer and the release agent coated surface of the substrate, thereby, adhering the thermometer to the overlayer film and sealing the thermometer within the package formed by the substrate and the overlayer film, the overlayer film being releasably adhered to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Pymah Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Thackston, Gary Focarino
  • Patent number: 5255979
    Abstract: A temperature probe cover for adhesively mounting a medical temperature probe on a body comprising a moisture barrier sheet having an aperture means adapted to allow at least a portion of the head of a temperature sensing probe to be inserted therethrough, a layer of skin compatible hydrogel adhesive on the side of the moisture barrier sheet to be oriented toward the body, a water absorbent sheet having a layer of water inactivatable pressure sensitive adhesive on the side oriented toward the moisture barrier sheet, a release sheet overlying at least a portion of said moisture barrier sheet and having a release agent facing said water inactivatable pressure sensitive adhesive to facilitate moving the water absorbent sheet away from the moisture barrier sheet when mounting a temperature probe between the water absorbent sheet and the second side of the moisture barrier sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: R. Keith Ferrari
  • Patent number: 5228851
    Abstract: A one-use flexible elastic impervious protective sleeve adapted to be readily placed on a handle of a dental or medical instrument to prevent the transmission of bacteria from one patient to another. The sleeve is provided with finger engaging ring-shaped retention members to aid in placing and expanding the sleeve from a collapsed position over the handle to expose only the patient-engaging portion of the instrument. After use, the rings are utilized to remove the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Clarence E. Burton
  • Patent number: 5188459
    Abstract: A measuring instrument for receiving radiation through an opening in a housing and having a protective shield member across the opening. The protective shield member is sealed against the housing to project a flexible contact portion at above ambient pressure for contacting and conforming to the surface of an object. A flexible dome on the protective shield member can pump air into the protective shield member to provide the desired internal pressure. The protective shield member is relatively thin and reaches thermal equilibrium with the object in a relatively short period of time, when the measuring instrument is a radiation thermometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignees: Horiba, Ltd., Tasco Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Mino, Toshiyuki Nomura, Yuiji Tsujioka
  • Patent number: 5107988
    Abstract: A sheath for a probe comprises a flattened probe sheath having an open end and a closed end. The sheath also defines a pair of peripherally connected flat sides. Each flat side of the sheath defines a distal portion and a proximal portion connected together by a transverse seal area. The proximal portion is typically made of a material which is of greater penetration strength than the distal portion. The sheath is proportioned to fit into the human mouth with the teeth normally engaging the proximal portion. Thus, the sheath is capable of substantially preventing bite-through in human mouths when enclosing a glass thermometer or other probe, while the distal end is preferably made of a softer material than each proximal portion, for an improvement in comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Inventor: Harry Bala
  • Patent number: 5069337
    Abstract: A sheath for a probe comprises a flat probe sheath having an open end and a closed end with the sheath defining a pair of peripherally connected flat sides. By this invention, each flat side of the sheath defines a portion, positioned at least intermediate the sheath ends, which portion comprises a pair of joined inner and outer plastic layers. The inner plastic layer is made of a material readily heat sealable with itself and the material of the outer plastic layer. The outer plastic layer is made of a material of a strength and thickness capable of substantially preventing bite-through in human mouths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventor: Harry Bala
  • Patent number: 5014868
    Abstract: The holding device for containers includes a receptacle member having a capacity which will accommodate a predetermined size range of containers. A selected container is held in the receptacle member by biasing members that are detachably secured to the receptacle member. The biasing members include a flap portion that resiliently bears against the container to detent the container in the receptacle. If a different container is not compatible with the biasing members, a second set of compatible biasing members can be interchanged with the first set. Since the biasing members are detachably secured to the receptacle member, the receptacle member can be formed of a plastic having one Durometer level and the biasing members can be formed of a plastic material having another Durometer level. Each Durometer level is selected to fulfill the optimum desired characteristics of the receptacle and biasing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: CCL Custom Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary P. Wittig, Tom Burpee
  • Patent number: 4964510
    Abstract: The disk case herein includes a narrow rectangular housing having an interior volume defined by two flat, closely spaced and parallel opposed rectangular surfaces joined aroung the four common edges thereof by a narrow perimeter edge extending there between. A disk access slot extends through one of the perimeter edges along substantially the length thereof and communicates with an interior disk retaining space. A disk receiving track extends along the perimeter of the disk retaining space. A portion of the track extends along an inclined plane which plane extends downwardly in a direction from the back perimeter edge to the front perimeter edge. A disk release mechanism is partially cut out from or formed from one of the rectangular sides, the exterior surface thereof being substantially flush with the exterior surface of the rectangular side, and located adjacent the top perimeter edge and positioned substantially along the middle thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Inventor: Thomas D. Loyd
  • Patent number: 4911559
    Abstract: A probe cover assembly for use in covering and protecting the elongated probe of a medical thermometer. The assembly has three laminated layers, including a flat base layer with an aperture sized to slide over the probe, an intermediate stretchable film, and a protective paper layer having radially-aligned perforations aligned with the base layer aperture. In use, the probe cover assembly is placed on the probe by inserting the probe through the base layer aperture, from the assembly's paper layer side, to stretch the plastic film over the probe, with the perforated paper functioning initially to separate the probe from the film and thereby prevent the film from initially sticking to the probe and stretching unevenly. The probe cover assembly is removed from the probe and discarded by sliding the apertured base layer along the probe, with the perforated paper functioning to scrape the stretched film from the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Diatek, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Meyst, Edward D. Suszynski
  • Patent number: 4903493
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved heat sink composition and a method for preparing said composition to protect thermolabile goods from degradation or destruction from high temperatures. A representative composition includes sodium sulfate, sodium sulfate decahydrate (also known as Glauber's salt) and fumed silcon dioxide, a hydrophilic suspension agent which maintains the excess anhydrous sodium sulfate in uniform suspension when the composition is in a liquid state. In a preferred embodiment, the salt prior to use is dissolved in water, and driven to saturation, the hydrophilic agent is added, and the suspension driven to an over saturated state by the additional of from 1 to 30% anhydrous salt. The composition is then sealed in a plastic container of the desired shape to form an improved heat sink. The goods to be protected are packaged with the heat sink, whose salt hydrate has a melting point about 3.degree. C. to about 5.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: PyMaH Corporation
    Inventors: Willem H. P. Van Iperen, Edmund B. Wilson, III, Robert S. Golabek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4863281
    Abstract: Apparatus for effectively ejecting a protective cover from the elongated probe of a medical thermometer, even in cases where the cover can stick to the probe surface. The probe cover, which includes a generally cup-shaped body and a resilient ring at the body's open end, is secured in place on the probe by an outwardly-projecting flange at the probe's base end, which retains the probe cover's circular ring. An ejector sleeve reciprocates between a retracted position, in which it is retracted from the elongated probe, and an extended position, in which it fully encircles the probe. A coil spring continuously biases the ejector sleeve to its extended position, but with a force nominally insufficient to free the probe cover's resilient ring from the probe's retaining flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Diatak, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward D. Suszynski
  • Patent number: 4846344
    Abstract: A packaged sheath for a probe comprises a backing web, a flattened probe sheath having an open and a closed end and made of a pair of connected flat sides, and first and second tab members sealed to respective flat sides of the sheath adjacent the open end. The tab members serve as a gripping handle for the sheath, the first tab member having an outer end projecting beyond the second tab member. An upper web is peripherally sealed to the backing web at side areas, the first and second tab members projecting outwardly beyond the ends of the backing web and upper web adjacent the sheath open end. This permits easy grasping of the tab members without grasping of the backing or upper web, having advantages as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Harry Bala
  • Patent number: 4823949
    Abstract: A packaged sheath for a probe such as a medical thermometer or the like comprises a backing web, and a flattened probe sheath having an open end and a closed end. The sheath defines a pair of connected, flat sides, with a portion of one flat side of the sheath being sealed adjacent its open end to the backing web. A tab member is sealed in an area to the other flat side of the sheath adjacent its open end. An upper web is peripherally sealed to the backing web at side areas. A preferred design of packaged sheath in accordance with this invention can be opened in a variety of different ways, to conform to varying, customary procedures to which the user has been previously trained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Inventor: Harry Bala
  • Patent number: RE34599
    Abstract: A probe cover assembly for use in covering and protecting the elongated probe of a medical thermometer. The assembly has three laminated layers, including a flat base layer with an aperture sized to slide over the probe, an intermediate stretchable film, and a protective paper layer having radially-aligned perforations aligned with the base layer aperture. In use, the probe cover assembly is placed on the probe by inserting the probe through the base layer aperture, from the assembly's paper layer side, to stretch the plastic film over the probe, with the perforated paper functioning initially to separate the probe from the film and thereby prevent the film from initially sticking to the probe and stretching unevenly. The probe cover assembly is removed from the probe and discarded by sliding the apertured base layer along the probe, with the perforated paper functioning to scrape the stretched film from the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Diatek Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward D. Suszynski, Richard P. Meyst