With Gas Permeable Cover Patents (Class 206/439)
  • Patent number: 10485628
    Abstract: A delivery system package includes a tray, a delivery system, and a slip card between the tray and the delivery system. To remove the delivery system, a pull tab of the slip card is moved to raise the slip card including the delivery system from the tray. At the same time, this moves the slip card over a lid sealing flange of the tray, considered a non-sterile surface in accordance one embodiment. Accordingly, the slip card extends over the lid sealing flange preventing contact between the delivery system and the lid sealing flange. In addition, the slip card effectively forms a ramp for sterile removal of the delivery system from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: John Gallagher, David Clarke, Raymond Ryan, Jeffrey Barnell
  • Patent number: 10442674
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a valve assembly for preventing dead leg spaces in a container or tubing, the embodiments including a three-way valve system for controlling back-pressure in a fluid generating device, such as a single-use high pressure bioreactor. Also disclosed is a pressurized reactor system for bioprocessing, comprising a single-use container including a flexible wall or a semi-rigid wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: Colin R. Tuohey, Thomas Erdenberger, Richard L. Damren, Kenneth Clapp, Parrish M. Galliher, Jonathan Kenney
  • Patent number: 10433944
    Abstract: The package (1) for a surgical mesh (100) comprises: a receiving member (2) configured and dimensioned to receive at least one surgical mesh (100), and a covering member (3) configured and dimensioned to cover the said at least one surgical mesh (100) maintaining with the receiving member (2) the surgical mesh (100) in a substantially flat position, and a gas channelling network interposed between the said receiving member (2) and the said covering member (3) configured to channel a sterilization gas within the at least one surgical mesh (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Rebecca Ferrand, Thomas Vial, Barbara Grepinet
  • Patent number: 10391435
    Abstract: A sterilization container for retaining surgical instruments in a sterilizer comprising a plurality of walls defining an interior volume sized to receive at least one instrument tray, least one of the walls defining a venting pass through area, and a filter occluding the venting passage area, wherein a ratio of the venting pass through area to the interior volume is at least 1 square inch:125 cubic inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Brian E. McGrath, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10384033
    Abstract: A medical device assembly is disclosed, including a medical device, preferably having a hydrophilic surface coating, and a package accommodating said medical device. The package if formed of two sheets of foil material, a first foil of which has been deep drawn into a trough shape, the package further comprising a resealable opening arranged within the bounds of the second foil. The medical device may e.g. be a urinary catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DENTSPLY IH AB
    Inventor: Evelina Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 10159555
    Abstract: A packaging member for a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member. The packaging member includes a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh, at least one recessed track section configured to receive the at least one grasping member, and a knob extending into the at least one recessed track section. The knob is configured to retain the at least one grasping member within the at least one recessed track section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Pierre Bailly, Thomas Vial
  • Patent number: 10155091
    Abstract: A needle tip assembly for a pre-loaded syringe or a pen needle injection device, wherein the needle tip assembly comprises a needle mounted to a needle support. A body is sized and configured to receive therein the needle support and the needle. The body comprises a front portion, a rear portion, and an overall axial length that is greater than an axial length of the needle. Prior to the needle tip assembly being in an installed condition on the pre-loaded syringe or the pen needle injection device, each of the front portion covers a first puncturing end of the needle and the rear portion covers a second puncturing end of the needle. Prior to removal from the pre-loaded syringe or the pen needle injection device, the body is at least axially movably relative to the needle support to a position the front portion covers the first puncturing end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: STAT MEDICAL DEVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Steven Schraga
  • Patent number: 10149709
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 10086131
    Abstract: A medical instrument housing container includes a container body including a substantially rectangular base, a peripheral wall having a lower end that is contiguous to a perimeter of the base and that extends upward, and a peripheral edge member that comprises a plurality of peripheral edges, that is contiguous to an upper end of the peripheral wall, and that extends outwardly, wherein the substantially rectangular base, the peripheral wall, and the peripheral edge member are molded from resin, and the container body has an opening surrounded by the peripheral edge member; a plurality of medical instruments held in the container body; and a protection film that is adhered or heat-sealed to the peripheral edge member for covering and sealing the opening. At least a portion of the peripheral edge member is curved inwardly. The protection film covers the opening in a flexed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Okihara
  • Patent number: 10000009
    Abstract: In sterile, additive manufacturing wherein one lamella is successively built upon an underlying lamella until an object is completed, a sterile manufacturing environment is provided. A major chamber large enough to accommodate the manufactured object has sterile accordion pleated sidewalls and a sterile top closed with flap valves. A minor chamber for supporting the nozzles positioned above the major chamber has similar valves in corresponding positions. Nozzles for material deposition penetrate the pair of valves to block air and particles from entry into the major chamber where the nozzles make layer by layer deposition of the object using XY areawise nozzle motion relative to the object as well as Z nozzle vertical motion with the major chamber expanding as the object is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Nathan Christopher Maier
  • Patent number: 9883916
    Abstract: A surgical sponge counter includes a unitary molded plastic sponge tray defining a plurality of wells each sized to hold a lap sponge. Each well has a ledge defining a recess below the sponge for collecting fluid once the sponge is replaced in the tray. A needle counting receptacle tray may be nested within the sponge tray above the sponges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Variamed LLC
    Inventor: David Sellers
  • Patent number: 9867645
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9862514
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing cut edges of a blank member, so called “package sleeve”, made from packaging material, in particular paper/plastics composite material, the cut edges of which are open from above and/or below, by applying a processing medium. In order to develop a simple and cost-effective method, in which the risk of contamination of the packaging and the aseptic region of a filling installation when the package sleeves are filled and closed is reduced, the processing medium contains at least one sterilizing medium and the sterilizing medium remains after being applied to the cut edges and is introduced into the packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Floerke, Hanno Geissler, Hans-Willi Mainz
  • Patent number: 9861414
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9845184
    Abstract: A woven laminated plastic bag having an easy open feature is provided. The easy open feature is generally defined by a weakened portion in the bag. In various aspects the bag can be fabricated from woven polypropylene and/or polyethylene layer which can be laminated with a film layer, can form a pinch bottom bag, and can have one or both sides include graphics and/or printing. The bag can also provide a top end and/or a bottom end either or both of which provide a discrete area which may contain discrete graphics and/or printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Polytex Fibers Corporation
    Inventor: Jacobo Bazbaz
  • Patent number: 9815608
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-compartment pouch with a breakable or openable inner compartment used for mixing of two or more ingredients contained within the compartments without opening the pouch to the atmosphere. In one form, a two-compartment pouch includes a top compartment and a bottom compartment and an inner gusset separating the top compartment from the bottom compartment. The inner gusset includes an openable region and a fold line, and means for grasping and pulling apart the front and rear panels of the pouch to cause the openable region to open to allow for the combining of contents of the top compartment with contents of the bottom compartment without opening the pouch. Also provided are methods for making the multi-compartment pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AMPAC HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore Pellingra, Allyson Smith, Martin Kropf
  • Patent number: 9815585
    Abstract: A plurality of integrally arranged panels include a first panel and a second panel with a fold line therebetween. A compression reinforcement feature has a planar edge oriented orthogonal to a first planar surface of the first panel and perpendicular to a z-axis that defines a stacking load direction, the planar edge being disposed at a distance away from the fold line of half a thickness of the first panel, the first panel having a void between the fold line and the planar edge. The compression reinforcement feature is formed by at least four cut lines that define at least a portion of a closed perimeter of a cutout. One of the cut lines defines a location of the planar edge of the compression reinforcement feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORRUGATED LLC
    Inventors: Wayne P. Gasior, Ernest B. Widner, Yavuz Aksan
  • Patent number: 9751649
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for packaging a flexible hydrophilic intraocular lens (1) placed flat on an injection support (4) which is adapted to carry out folding of the lens (1) during its implantation. The lens is immersed in a bath of liquid conserving solution contained in a sealed flask (30) which is itself enclosed in a packaging envelope (48), the assembly being steam-sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ALTACOR LIMITED
    Inventors: Christian Mauran, Mathieu Guillaume
  • Patent number: 9724439
    Abstract: A sterilization cabinet for use in an autoclave. The sterilization cabinet includes one or more filtered vents permitting sterilization agent to enter and exit the interior space of the cabinet during a sterilization cycle. Each vent is occluded by a cover plate. The cover plate contains a latch configured to accept a rod extending from the center of the vent and engage a notch disposed thereon. The floor of the cabinet is shaped to direct the liquid contained within the cabinet to flow into the drain port disposed within the floor. The drain assembly is used to expel the liquid from the cabinet while preventing microbes and contaminants from entering the cabinet. The hinges connecting the door to the cabinet can be used to adjust an angle of inclination, a horizontal position, and a vertical position of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PMBS, LLC
    Inventors: Alexis Douglas Webb, Jesus Manuel Pazos, Randel Scott Kristich
  • Patent number: 9718253
    Abstract: A method of using a sterilization wrap system including a permeable material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the exterior panel being substantially opaque or having a first level of translucence, and an interior panel including a permeable material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the interior panel having a level of translucence that is higher than the translucence of the exterior panel, the panels being joined together over at least a portion of their surfaces. Also disclosed is inspection of the sterilization wrap system for exterior panel breaches by looking for light passing through a panel facing the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Farmer, Kelly L. Holt, Ronald K. Anderson, Melissa R. Gaynor, Corinna Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9616368
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sterilization are presented. An exemplary embodiment includes a sterilizing cabinet assembly. The sterilizing cabinet includes a cabinet having an access port, a door connected to the cabinet, the door moveable between an open position permitting passage through the access port to an interior of the cabinet and a closed position precluding passage through the access port. The sterilizing cabinet assembly also includes at least one of the cabinet and the door having a vent port. The sterilizing cabinet has a primary filter overlying the vent port and forming a sealed interface with an adjacent portion of the one of the cabinet and the door and a secondary filter overlying at least a portion of the primary filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Turbett, Richard D. Richmond
  • Patent number: 9610126
    Abstract: Instrument containers for use in sterilizing, storing, transporting, and/or presenting medical instruments, such as dental and surgical instruments, are disclosed. The instrument containers may include, an instrument tray; a cover; and a plurality of openings formed in the instrument tray and cover. The instrument containers may be flexible containers, wherein the cover can be snap-fitted onto the instrument tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Practicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley P. Griffin
  • Patent number: 9545280
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9480516
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a bone screw device including a bone screw with a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a biocompatible material that may be an osteoinductive, a hemostatic and or a bacteriocide. Some embodiments include a temporary encasement including a therapeutic. In some embodiments, the temporary encasement comprises a wax. In some embodiments, the screw head is substantially U-shaped. In some embodiments, the screw includes an extension tip extending from the screw shaft. Some embodiments of the invention include a system for percutaneous implantation of a bone screw including a screwdriver shaft rotatably coupled to a screw that includes a temporary encasement. In some embodiments, the screw shaft can be at least partially rotated by the screwdriver shaft. Some further embodiments further include a retractable sleeve at least partially surrounding the screwdriver shaft and the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Nicholas Theodore, Mitchell A. Foster
  • Patent number: 9457953
    Abstract: Described are gas-permeable bags for storing respiring materials. The bags can be formed using a single sheet of a sturdy, transparent, gas-impermeable material to facilitate the viewing of bag contents. The bags can also include two or more gas-permeable walls with respective and different gas-transmission rates that are selected so that the overall gas-transmission rates for the bags are tailored for their contents. The types of films and laminates used for the gas-permeable walls exhibit gas-transmission rates for oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water that are favorable for different types of respiring materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: United Source Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Edward Davies
  • Patent number: 9439992
    Abstract: A sterilization cabinet for use in an autoclave. The sterilization cabinet includes one or more filtered vents permitting sterilization agent to enter and exit the interior space of the cabinet during a sterilization cycle. Each vent is occluded by a cover plate. The cover plate contains a latch configured to accept a rod extending from the center of the vent and engage a notch disposed thereon. The floor of the cabinet is shaped to direct the liquid contained within the cabinet to flow into the drain port disposed within the floor. The drain assembly is used to expel the liquid from the cabinet while preventing microbes and contaminants from entering the cabinet. The hinges connecting the door to the cabinet can be used to adjust an angle of inclination, a horizontal position, and a vertical position of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Promedica, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis Douglas Webb, Jesus Manuel Pazos, Randel Scott Kristich
  • Patent number: 9193514
    Abstract: A package providing a storage space with features capable of affecting atmospheric conditions therein, comprising a body having a first and at least one second storage space adjacent thereto, wherein the first storage space is defined by sidewalls, and the at least one second storage space is defined by sidewalls including at least a portion thereof which further defines the first storage space, the second storage space providing a reservoir for containing an antimicrobial agent therein, wherein the antimicrobial agent includes a precursor to chlorine dioxide gas and the portion of the sidewall which further defines the first storage space is configured to allow for the delivery of the chlorine dioxide gas from the second storage space into the first storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Maria Rubino, Siriyupa Netramai, Rafael Auras, Bassam A. Annous
  • Patent number: 9101305
    Abstract: A glucose sensor product is manufactured by a process that maintains the sterility of the glucose sensor while allowing gaseous manufacturing by-products to be vented from the inside of the glucose sensor package. The method begins by placing a glucose sensor assembly into a plastic package tray having a sealing surface surrounding an opening. The method continues by covering the opening with a microbial barrier material such that the microbial barrier material overlies the sealing surface, forming a seal between the sealing surface and the microbial barrier material, resulting in a sealed package tray containing the glucose sensor assembly, and sterilizing the glucose sensor assembly inside the sealed package tray. The microbial barrier material maintains sterility of the glucose sensor assembly while allowing volatile by-products outgassed from the glucose sensor assembly and the plastic package tray to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Allan Larson, Rajiv Shah
  • Patent number: 9033152
    Abstract: A sterilizable pouch for surgical instruments includes a sterilant permeable sheet with a first sealing strip and a sterilant impermeable sheet with a second sealing strip. The sealing strips are sealed together to define the pouch. At least one sealable open portion is for sealing the pouch after surgical instruments are located inside the pouch. An indicator material for indicating sterile processing conditions inside the pouch is located on an inner surface of the sterilant impermeable sheet inside the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AR MEDICOM INC.
    Inventor: Jason Randall Ludvig
  • Publication number: 20150083627
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas permeable sterilization and shipping package system for medical products. The system includes a gas permeable sterilization package composed of an upper panel and a lower panel. Each panel has a main panel element, panel edges, and panel margins at or near the panel edges. The upper panel and the lower panel are joined at their respective panel margins so the respective main panel elements define a compartment for holding one or more articles to be sterilized. At least a portion of at least one panel is permeable to sterilant gas. The system includes at least one reinforcement strip joined to a panel at least at one location on its main panel element between its panel margins. Also disclosed is a method of sterilizing and shipping one or more items used in a medical procedure by utilizing the gas permeable sterilization and shipping package system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean P. Gorman
  • Patent number: 8950576
    Abstract: The present invention relates to bags made from medical-grade paper for sterilization, with sterilization-process indicators and pigmented-adhesive-based safety features, which is easy to handle and use and can be used to store materials, more particularly surgical medical material, for sterilization. Such bags are produced using medical-grade paper that is treated on the surface thereof with a microbiocide for sterilization, and, owing to the structure and design thereof, allow safe, rapid handling of the sterilized material placed within, since there are visual indicators that guarantee the hermetic closure and sealing thereof. Furthermore, generally, the invention has printed indicators that change color depending on the sterilization process carried out on the bags and on whether said process was carried out correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Albert Pla Andreu
  • Patent number: 8939288
    Abstract: A packaging including a grouping nest for receiving syringes, a packaging tub, and a sealing cover for sealing the packaging tub. The packaging includes a plate intended to be positioned close to the flanges of the syringes before sealing of the tub; this plate includes a plurality of first surfaces intended to be placed in contact with the flanges and a plurality of second surfaces located on the side of the cover plate opposite this plurality of first surfaces, the distance between the plurality of first surfaces and the plurality of second surfaces being chosen in such a way that, when the plurality of first surfaces lies against the flanges, the plurality of second surfaces is in contact or in close proximity to the sealing cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Samuel Gagnieux, Thomas Dubois
  • Patent number: 8839955
    Abstract: A preferably disposable item protector having a first and second layer, sealed peripheral edges, and an opening to provide access to the interior, formed of material substantially permeable to vapor and substantially impermeable to liquid and microbial contaminants. A method of producing such item protectors comprising the steps of folding a continuous strip of material, bonding the peripheral edges with adhesives, sonic bonding, heat bonding, or other techniques, and cutting the material proximate to the bonded edges to release the item protectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: E4 Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Susan Klinsport, John P. Alber, Stanley R. Kellenberger
  • Publication number: 20140262894
    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: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Rene Jansen
  • Patent number: 8821807
    Abstract: A pouch for retaining an endoscope during and after a decontamination process includes a first pouch side, a second pouch side attached to the first pouch side to form the pouch that is configured to retain the endoscope, and a port member coupled to the second pouch side. The second pouch side is securable to the first pouch side to seal the endoscope within the pouch. The second pouch side is configured to permit passage of a decontaminating substance. The port member is coupled to the second pouch side and includes an external interface configured to be connected to a device that provides the decontaminating substance for passage through the port member into an interior of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Medivators Inc.
    Inventors: Mason Schwartz, Jonathan K. Olson, Thomas M. Gentle, Jr., John E. Marxer, Michael P. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20140202908
    Abstract: Packaging for prosthetic heart valves including an assembly for stabilizing dry prosthetic tissue implants such as heart valves during storage. The packaging assembly includes a primary sterile barrier that permits gas sterilization of the tissue implant, and a secondary sterile barrier that prevents oxidation of the implant during storage. Tissue heart valves are placed inside an inner tray and sealed with a gas-permeable lid. The inner tray is placed within an outer sterile barrier and the assembly is sterilized. The outer sterile barrier may include a double seal so that a first gas-permeable seal can be closed for sterilization, after which a second gas-impermeable seal is closed to seal out any further oxygen contact with the tissue implant. Alternatively, the inner tray is placed within a sterile pouch and the assembly gas-sterilized, and then the entire assembly is placed within another pouch that provides an impermeable barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory G. Liburd, Abhishek Gautam
  • Patent number: 8753389
    Abstract: A packaged, sterilized intraocular lens prepared by a process comprising providing a hydrophobic acrylic, or low water acrylic, intraocular lens and positioning the acrylic lens in a lens enclosure with an aqueous solution to provide a lens package. The lens package is then heated to a temperature sufficient for sterilization, however, the heating of the lens package must begin before the acrylic lens reaches an equilibrated, hydrated state following contact of the lens with the aqueous solution. The resulting sterilized acrylic intraocular lens will have less than sixty percent of total volume of disc-like features, or less than forty percent of total volume of water vacuoles, after 60 days following sterilization compared to an acrylic lens of the same composition, which was sterilized under the same conditions, but in an equilibrated, hydrated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
    Inventor: Jay F. Kunzler
  • Patent number: 8741596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel smart packaging, designed using a novel material comprising a partially polar adsorbent solid base impregnated with a solution of vanillin, which allows the growth of microorganisms in different types of products to be detected visually without having to be in direct contact with the microorganism or with the medium containing same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Universidad de Zaragoza
    Inventors: M. C. Cristina Nerín De La Puerta, Laura Gutierrez Bartolome, Cristina Sanchez Jarabo
  • Patent number: 8722356
    Abstract: A sampling system and method may use a kit that has a package enclosing a swab and a receptacle. The swab may have a shaft and a tip. The tip may be substantially made of calcium alginate. The receptacle may contain a diluent, such as sodium citrate, and glass beads. The swab may be used in an environment to sample microorganisms present on surfaces or in equipment. The kit may be used in a method of sampling and the resulting sample may be used in a method of quantitative testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: MicroWorks, Inc.
    Inventor: Dawn E. McIver
  • Patent number: 8679404
    Abstract: Packaging for prosthetic heart valves including an assembly for stabilizing dry prosthetic tissue implants such as heart valves during storage. The packaging assembly includes a primary sterile barrier that permits gas sterilization of the tissue implant, and a secondary sterile barrier that also prevents oxidation of the implant during long-term storage. Tissue heart valves may be placed or suspended within a cavity of an inner rigid tray with a gas-permeable lid sealed thereon, and a cap placed over the cavity to limit movement of the valve therein. The inner tray is placed within an outer sterile barrier, such as another rigid tray or a flexible pouch, and the assembly is then sterilized. The outer sterile barrier may include a double seal so that a first gas-permeable seal can be closed for sterilization, after which a second gas-impermeable seal can be closed to seal out any further oxygen contact with the tissue implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory G. Liburd, Abhishek Gautam
  • Patent number: 8679068
    Abstract: The invention provides a syringe or autoinjector for dispensing a drug comprising a rigid syringe body containing the drug, an oxygen absorbing material, a separating element between the drug and oxygen absorbing material to prevent the drug from contacting the oxygen absorbing material but which allows oxygen to pass from the drug to the oxygen absorbing material, and an oxygen impermeable container enclosing both the drug and the oxygen absorbing material, wherein the oxygen impermeable container partially or fully forms the rigid syringe body or is held within the rigid syringe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Oval Medical Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Matthew Young
  • Patent number: 8623289
    Abstract: A non-reusable, locking container for sterilizing and storing surgical materials and presenting surgical materials in a sterilized condition. The non-reusable, locking sterilization container includes a tray, a lid, a permeable filter, a non-reusable lock and a frangible release that limit the container to only a single sterilization cycle or single use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Cesa, Laureen C. Clark, John K. Clay, Steven Scott Friderich, Sean P. Gorman, David Hernandez, Denise E. O'Connor, Corinna Schwarz, Tara Denise Smith, James Troy Starkey, Daniel P. Sterling
  • Patent number: 8584853
    Abstract: An orthopedic fixation system includes a sterile packaged implant kit and a sterile packaged instrument kit. The sterile packaged implant kit includes at least one surgical implant, an insertion device, and an implant package adapted to receive the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device therein. The implant package maintains the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged implant kit. The sterile packaged instrument kit includes one or more instruments necessary to use the sterile packaged implant kit and an instrument package adapted to receive the one or more instruments therein. The instrument package maintains the one or more instruments sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged instrument kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Adam T. Knight, Daniel F. Cheney, Eric A. Marcano, David J. Pancratz
  • Patent number: 8561795
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the invention are generally directed to devices for withdrawing a substance from the skin and/or from beneath the skin of a subject, and/or for delivering a substance to the skin and/or to a location beneath the skin of a subject. In some embodiments, the devices may comprise one or more skin insertion objects, such as needles or microneedles. In some cases, the device also may comprise one or more vacuum chambers. In some aspects, the device may be contained within an environment able to assist with maintenance of such pressures. For example, a package containing such an environment may also have a pressure less than atmospheric pressure, and/or the package may be molded to the device or otherwise have a shape that does not contain substantial gases that can “leak” into the device and alter the pressure of any vacuum chambers that may be contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Seventh Sense Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Schott
  • Patent number: 8512633
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to an indicator composition comprising at least one iodide salt, at least one binder, at least one carbonate salt and/or at least one sulfate salt, and at least one antioxidant. The indicator composition may contain at least one dye, complexing agent, inhibitor, and/or solvent. A sterilization indicator comprising the foregoing indicator composition is disclosed. The sterilization indicator may be used for monitoring sterilization processes involving oxidative chemistries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Tricia A. Cregger, Phillip P. Franciskovich, Antoinette Bower, Randal W. Eveland, Michael A. Centanni
  • Publication number: 20130000262
    Abstract: A package (1) for an object such as a preferably-sterile medical component, includes: a support element (2) provided with elements (21) for coupling the object (5); a stopper (3) that can be coupled to the support element (2) in such a manner as to define a first chamber (7) for containing the object (5), and such that a grip portion (20) of the support element (2) projects from the stopper (3); and a cover (4) that can be coupled to the stopper (3) in such a manner as to define a second chamber (8) inside which the grip portion (20) of the support element (2) extends, and such that a portion (30) of the stopper (3) coupled to the support element (2) projects from the cover (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: SELENIUM MEDICAL
    Inventor: Olivier Richart
  • Patent number: 8302773
    Abstract: A package is provided to include first and second sheets being releasably sealed together in a manner to define multiple compartments, each having one or more medical implements. A perimeter sealed region can have a seal width greater than an intermediate sealed region. A longitudinal intermediate sealed region and a transverse intermediate sealed region can be arranged within the perimeter sealed region. Formation of the perimeter sealed region along first and second ends of the package can be subsequent to the perimeter sealed region along third and fourth ends of the package. Before the formation, compartments having an opening facing the first end can receive medical implements, and compartments having an opening facing the second end can receive medical implements. The medical implements can remain uncovered by individual pouches when inserted into the respective compartments, thereby reducing manufacturing costs and environmental wastes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Sony Agrawal
  • Patent number: 8297439
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of packaging and a packaging system for treated stents which minimize the level of exposure of the stents to oxygen, moisture and light. The package comprises two compartments, the compartments being in communication with each other via a breathable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Clarke, Thomas Farrell
  • Publication number: 20120267272
    Abstract: A package is provided to include first and second sheets being releasably sealed together in a manner to define multiple compartments, each having one or more medical implements. A perimeter sealed region can have a seal width greater than an intermediate sealed region. A longitudinal intermediate sealed region and a transverse intermediate sealed region can be arranged within the perimeter sealed region. Formation of the perimeter sealed region along first and second ends of the package can be subsequent to the perimeter sealed region along third and fourth ends of the package. Before the formation, compartments having an opening facing the first end can receive medical implements, and compartments having an opening facing the second end can receive medical implements. The medical implements can remain uncovered by individual pouches when inserted into the respective compartments, thereby reducing manufacturing costs and environmental wastes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Sony Agrawal
  • Patent number: 8286791
    Abstract: A syringe assembly carrier includes a syringe-well holding fixture, a plurality of openings defined in the syringe-well holding fixture, and a plurality of syringe wells. Each of the syringe wells is configured to removeably receive a syringe assembly. The syringe-well holding fixture includes an upper surface and a plurality of mounting flanges coupled to the upper surface. Each of the plurality of mounting flanges is individually associated with a different opening in the syringe-well holding fixture and configured to receive a syringe well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Melvin Finke