Incontinence Or Enuresis Alarm Patents (Class 340/573.5)
  • Patent number: 10425301
    Abstract: A data capture and management system for providing an absorbent article, such as a diaper, a sanitary towel, an incontinence garment, a medical dressing and the like, with sensing and/or data logging capabilities is provided. The system includes a data logger configured to be detachably attached to or located in the vicinity of an absorbent article, a data link between the data logger and a data collection hub, and a user interface for permitting an operator to access the data collection hub from a remote location. For ease of identification, each data logger is provided with a user-friendly identifier, and the data collection hub includes a correlator that correlates the user-friendly identifier of the data logger with an IMEI number or other unique device identifier of that data logger. A method of capturing and managing incontinence data using the above system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Christer Oloffson Ranta, Sofia Hermansson, Anna Granberg
  • Patent number: 10394776
    Abstract: A method and a system for predicting the local area impact of the spread of global infectious diseases are provided. The system includes: providing a global pathogen risk factors database having data related to local area vulnerability of a group of human pathogens across a plurality of areas, a global pathogen activity database having data related to the activity of the group of human pathogens in the plurality of geographies, and a global transport database having data related to travel patterns in and/or between the plurality of areas. A method of processing data in each of the databases to generate a pathogen vulnerability index, a pathogen activity index and a transportability index to generate a risk indicator indicative of the local area impact of individual global infectious diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BlueDot Inc.
    Inventor: Kamran Khan
  • Patent number: 10357409
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device includes one or more non-invasive sensors configured to detect the presence of a substance, such as a body fluid, in the absorbent article. The signaling device can provide an audible and/or visible alert to the user of the absorbent article when it detects the presence of a substance. The absorbent article includes one or more identifiable characteristics the presence of which permits operation of the signaling device. In this manner, the present disclosure provides for product and signaling device matching for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang H. Nhan
  • Patent number: 10314182
    Abstract: A magnetically held diaper monitor comprises a power supply part and a control part. The power supply part comprises a lower shell, and a battery and a power circuit board embedded in the lower shell. The power circuit board is provided with a plurality of lower magnetic electrodes and two lower magnetic terminals. The control part comprises an upper shell and a control circuit board embedded in the upper shell. The control circuit board is provided with upper magnetic electrodes which are in one-to-one correspondence to the lower magnetic electrodes, and upper magnetic terminals which correspond to the lower magnetic terminals. A diaper sensor is clamped between the power supply part and the control part which are combined into a whole by attraction by means of a magnetic force and is connected to the control part via the magnetic electrodes. The control part obtains a power supply via the magnetic terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZNEHN HYAN MICROELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yujie Teng, Yudong Teng, Da Teng
  • Patent number: 10172522
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a control system operable to gather physiological information about a patient supported on the patient support apparatus. The information may be gathered from sensors, a user interface, or a hospital information system. The control system uses the data gathered to predict whether a patient is likely to be in need of care from a caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 10130523
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-contained electronic device for detecting and alerting of the saturation of a protection layer article used for urofecal incontinence, including at least one self-contained electrical generator module comprising an arrangement of pairs of elements having metal electrodes that are electrically connected to one another and distributed over a predetermined inner area of the article, made of zinc-copper in particular, intended for generating a current upon contact with an acidic and aqueous urofecal medium by means of a redox reaction, in order to electrically control, in a self-contained manner, the inner and outer means for giving notification of the saturation, in particular light means, sound means, or means for analogue or digital transmission of wired or wireless signals. The invention is useful in a protection layer article for urofecal incontinence for seniors or infants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Jacques Geloen
  • Patent number: 9931252
    Abstract: A method for monitoring use of an absorbent product, such as an incontinence pad or a diaper, worn by a wearer is provided. The method includes obtaining, by way of a mobile device, intake information indicative of intake of fluid and/or solid material by the wearer, obtaining, by way of the mobile device, voiding information indicative of urinary and/or faecal voiding by the wearer, predicting, based on the intake and voiding information, future voiding by the wearer, and providing, by way of the mobile device, product-related information based on the prediction. In this way, the product-wearer or his caregiver can be provided with valuable information related to the use of the product, for example recommendations on when to change the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Joshua Carney, Henrik Carlén
  • Patent number: 9763576
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a control system operable to gather physiological information about a patient supported on the patient support apparatus. The information may be gathered from sensors, a user interface, or a hospital information system. The control system uses the data gathered to predict whether a patient is likely to be in need of care from a caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David L Ribble
  • Patent number: 9582981
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) moisture sensor. This moisture sensor includes one or more antenna structures having a tail. The tail is operable to transport a disturbance such as, but not limited to fluid or moisture from a monitored location wherein the antenna has an impedance and varies with proximity to the disturbance. An integrated circuit couples to the antenna structure. This IC includes a power harvesting module operable to energize the integrated circuit, an impedance-matching engine coupled to the antenna, a memory module, and a wireless communication module. The impedance-matching engine may vary a reactive component to reduce a mismatch between the antenna impedance and the IC and produce an impedance value (sensor code) representative of the reactive component impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: RFMicron, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahriar Rokhsaz, Brian David Young, Marwan Hassoun
  • Patent number: 9545342
    Abstract: A system for monitoring one or more patients has: i) a number of temperature sensors for attachment to the outer surface of an absorbent article at spaced locations for generating a number of signals indicative of the temperature measurements at such locations; ii) a transmitter for communicating the signals to a processor; iii) wherein the processor is provided with computer code which, when executed, determines whether a urination or defecation event has occurred in the absorbent article based on the temperature measurements; and iv) a display for displaying the urination or defecation event to a care-giver. An accelerometer can also be used to provide additional information of use to the caregiver in combination with incontinence information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: FIT ASSIST MEDICAL INC.
    Inventor: Eugen Cretu-Petra
  • Patent number: 9480840
    Abstract: A method of optimizing the electrical stimulation of a bladder of a patient including selecting a first subset of electrodes from a set of electrodes positioned adjacent to a set of nerves associated with the bladder. The set of electrodes may include one or more electrodes, each of which may be configured to deliver electrical stimulation pulses generated by a stimulator device to the nerves. The method may further include delivering an electrical stimulation pulse through the selected first subset of electrodes and recording at least one parameter of the electrical stimulation pulse after receiving patient feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rohrer, Timothy Jackson, Michael Stucky, David J. Ternes
  • Patent number: 9336675
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for presenting prioritized incident content. One embodiment takes the form of a method that includes receiving one or more status alerts from one or more public-safety devices associated with one or more public-safety responders. The method also includes correlating one or more of the received status alerts with one or more media sessions involving one or more of the public-safety responders. The method also includes prioritizing one or more of the media sessions based on prioritization criteria that includes the one or more status alerts correlated with those media sessions. The method also includes presenting one or more of the prioritized media sessions in a chronological view on respective user interfaces of one or more public-safety communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Trent J Miller, Alejandro G Blanco, Neiyer S Correal, Fabio M Costa, Kenneth W Douros, Bradley M Hiben, Spyros Kyperountas, Lin Lin, Yadunandana N Rao
  • Patent number: 9333118
    Abstract: An absorbent article for absorbing liquid discharge of a wearer when worn in the crotch region includes an absorbent core for doing the absorbing of the liquid discharge. A conductive layer is in electrical contact with the absorbent core. The article includes at least one set of first and second electrical contacts secured in intimate physical and electrical contact with the conductive layer such that when an electric potential is applied between the first and second electrical contacts, an electric current travels between them and through the conductive layer in such a way so as to follow a first relatively high impedance path along the conductive layer when the absorbent core is dry and a relatively low impedance path when the absorbent core is wet. This system allows a system verification check, even in the dry state, and the determination of the extent of the wet portion of the absorbent core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Allan Elfström, Anders Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 9317913
    Abstract: A method for measuring the absorption of fluid in an absorbent product includes at least the following steps performed by a mobile device having an image capturing device: capturing at least one image of a used absorbent product; determining a measure of absorption of fluid by the product based on image information in the captured image; and displaying information relating to the use of the absorbent product based the measure of absorption of fluid on the mobile device. The method can aid a user of absorbent product to choose the right type of product for the user's individual needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Joshua Carney
  • Patent number: 9194833
    Abstract: An absorbent article for absorbing liquid discharge of a wearer includes conductive loops each in an open loop shape having terminal ends for electrically communicating with opposing poles of an electric potential generator such that current flows around the full conductive loop between the terminal ends when a space defined within the open loop shape is dry and such that liquid discharge in the space defined within the open loop shape is able to cause a short circuit in the conductive loop so that the current flows around a reduced impedance path. The impedance change is measurable to determine a location relative to the terminal ends where the liquid discharge has caused the short circuit. The conductive loops are oriented such that the direction in which the current travels up an outward leg of the respective conductive loop is in substantially the opposite direction for a first conductive loop as for a second conductive loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Mattias Bosaeus, Allan Elfström, Fredrik Mellbin
  • Patent number: 9035775
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new non-invasive technique for organ, e.g., heart and lung, monitoring. In at least one embodiment of the invention, a subject is radiated with a non-harmful and relatively low power electromagnetic source diagnostic signal normally associated with a communications protocol such as, but not limited to a version of the IEEE 802.11(x) family of protocols in the 2.4, 3.6, or 5 GHz spectrum bands. After passing through the patient, a return signal is acquired from the patient and compared to the original source signal. The differences between the source and modified signals are then analyzed to monitor the heart, e.g., measure heart rate and detect defects within the heart, and the lung. For example, using Doppler Effect principles, heart rate and motion can be measured from the differences in frequency, phase, and/or wavelength between the source signal and the modified signal reflected back from the heart moving within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Xanthia Global Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth Margon
  • Patent number: 9019106
    Abstract: A method is provided for dismissing or altering a user-configured alarm upon detection of the user's sleep state. The method includes associating an alarm device with the user's body by securing a wearable device to the user's wrist, placing the device in a pocket, integrating the device into the user's clothing such as a belt, or otherwise placing the device in contact with or adjacent to the user. The device includes one or more sensors for detecting physiological and/or environmental parameters such as heart, respiration, or pulse rate, body movements, eye movements, ambient light, and the like. If the user is asleep, the alarm is actuated in a typical manner. If the user is awake, the alarm is suppressed. If the user is neither asleep nor fully awake, the alarm is adjusted to provide an appropriate level of stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Rachid Mohsen Alameh, William Paul Alberth, Jr., Phillip David Rasky
  • Patent number: 8994536
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new non-invasive technique for organ, e.g., heart and lung, monitoring. In at least one embodiment of the invention, a subject is radiated with a non-harmful and relatively low power electromagnetic source diagnostic signal normally associated with a communications protocol such as, but not limited to a version of the IEEE 802.11(x) family of protocols in the 2.4, 3.6, or 5 GHz spectrum bands. After passing through the patient, a return signal is acquired from the patient and compared to the original source signal. The differences between the source and modified signals are then analyzed to monitor the heart, e.g., measure heart rate and detect defects within the heart, and the lung. For example, using Doppler Effect principles, heart rate and motion can be measured from the differences in frequency, phase, and/or wavelength between the source signal and the modified signal reflected back from the heart moving within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Xanthia Global Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth Margon
  • Patent number: 8988231
    Abstract: A wetness notification system includes a detection unit, a clip unit and a receiver unit. The detection unit includes a sleeve body, a moisture detector, a casing, a processor, a wireless transmitter, and a battery. The processor configures the wireless transmitter to transmit a moisture signal outputted by the moisture detector when the moisture signal corresponds to a moist condition. The clip unit clips the detection unit onto the clothing article. The receiver unit includes a wireless receiver, a controller, and a notification module. When the controller receives the moisture signal via the wireless receiver, the controller drives the notification module to output a wetness notification signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: I-Ding Medical Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung Chi Chen
  • Publication number: 20140375460
    Abstract: Provided is a band for holding a fluid detection system on a body of a wearer and methods of use thereof. The band comprises a strap having a first portion and a second portion. The second portion is configured to couple to the first portion and to form a closed loop adjustable in diameter to fit around a body part of the wearer. The band further comprises a pouch configured to securely hold an alarm of the fluid detection system, and a flap configured to form a closed loop adjustable in diameter to fit the size of the alarm. The flap may include one or more openings to provide audibility and visibility of a signal produced by the alarm. The band may be securely attached to any body part including an arm, a hand, a waist, a head, a leg, a foot, a wrist, a trunk, a neck, or a chest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Saket S. Bhatia, Ankush S. Bhatia
  • Publication number: 20140358099
    Abstract: A moisture sensor unit for sending moisture in an environment includes a passive moisture sensor and two passive RFID tags. The two passive RFID tags are spaced apart from each other and disposed on opposite sides of the moisture sensor. Each of the RFID tags is electrically coupled to the moisture sensor and each of the RFID tags includes a circuit that determines an amount of moisture that is associated with the moisture sensor. Each of the RFID tags is configured to respond to a first radio frequency signal with a second radio frequency signal that includes information about the amount of moisture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicants: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Durgin, Blake Marshall, Danielle Bradley, Andrew Kirsch
  • Publication number: 20140333442
    Abstract: A method for monitoring use of an absorbent product, such as an incontinence pad or a diaper, worn by a user. The method includes the step of detecting, by means of an odour sensor device capable of being carried by the user and configured to communicate with a mobile device of the user, at least one chemical indicative of a presence of urine and/or feces in the product. It further includes the steps of transmitting a signal indicative of said detection from the odour sensor device to the mobile device, receiving the signal in the mobile device, and providing, by means of the mobile device, product-related information to the user based on the signal. In this way, the user can be provided with valuable information related to the use of the product, for example recommendations on when to change the product, displayed on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Joshua Carney
  • Publication number: 20140333441
    Abstract: The diaper monitor has a sensor housing that can be slipped into a pocket formed in a diaper at the time of use and secured in place by a pivotal clip. The housing has a pair of conductive strips for sensing wetting of a diaper and a responsive wireless transmitter to emit a responsive signal. The clip may also complete a circuit in the wireless transmitter when moved into the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony Solazzo, Herbert Heflich, Michael Vaillancourt
  • Patent number: 8884769
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting moisture in a diaper is disclosed. A moisture sensor apparatus is comprised of a housing made of material dimensionally-sensitive to moisture, such that the housing will expand or contract. Electrically conductive contacts disposed on/in the housing, are selectively coupled to, or decoupled from, each other based on a dimensional change of the sensor device when it comes into contact with moisture. An electrical signal routable through the electrically conductive contacts detects a change in state, e.g., from open to closed, and activates a local or remote alarm to indicate the presence of moisture. The consumable low-cost sensor and the optional non-metallic leads and contacts, that are at least partially biodegradable, are coupled via a convenient slidable brush connector to a resusable alarm system having optional low duty cycle transmitting capability to a receiver base station, thereby providing a cost-effective, eco-friendly and user-friendly system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Guy R. Novak
  • Publication number: 20140327546
    Abstract: A method for monitoring use of an absorbent product, such as an incontinence pad or a diaper, worn by a wearer, includes registering a movement of the wearer by way of a mobile device having a movement sensing device, evaluating whether the registered movement is indicative of urinary and/or faecal voiding by the wearer, and providing product-related information to the wearer or a caregiver of the wearer based on said evaluation. In this way, the product-wearer or the caregiver can be provided with valuable information related to the use of the product, such as recommendations on when to change the product, displayed on the mobile device or a mobile device of the caregiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Joshua Carney, Allan Elfström, Mattias Bosaeus
  • Publication number: 20140292520
    Abstract: A method for monitoring use of an absorbent product, such as an incontinence pad or a diaper, worn by a wearer is provided. The method includes obtaining, by way of a mobile device, intake information indicative of intake of fluid and/or solid material by the wearer, obtaining, by way of the mobile device, voiding information indicative of urinary and/or faecal voiding by the wearer, predicting, based on the intake and voiding information, future voiding by the wearer, and providing, by way of the mobile device, product-related information based on the prediction. In this way, the product-wearer or his caregiver can be provided with valuable information related to the use of the product, for example recommendations on when to change the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Joshua Carney, Henrik Carlén
  • Publication number: 20140266735
    Abstract: A system includes a flexible substrate to couple to a medium. A sensor is supported by the substrate. A microcontroller is supported by the substrate and coupled to the sensor to drive the sensor and receive signals from the sensor representative of wetness of the medium. An RF transmitter is supported by the substrate and coupled to the microcontroller and transmit signals representative of wetness of the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nicolas A. Riggio, Paulo Zottolo, Roger Roisen, Michael Mchugh
  • Publication number: 20140266736
    Abstract: A system for monitoring one or a plurality of patients is disclosed which comprises: i) a plurality of temperature sensors for attachment to the surface of an absorbent article and generating a signal; ii) a transmitter for communicating the signal to a processor; iii) wherein the processor is provided with computer code which, when executed, determines whether a urination or defecation event has occurred in said garment; and iv) display means for displaying said event to a care-giver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EM Medical LLC
    Inventor: Eugen Cretu-Petra
  • Publication number: 20140266734
    Abstract: A wetness notification system includes a detection unit, a clip unit and a receiver unit. The detection unit includes a sleeve body, a moisture detector, a casing, a processor, a wireless transmitter, and a battery. The processor configures the wireless transmitter to transmit a moisture signal outputted by the moisture detector when the moisture signal corresponds to a moist condition. The clip unit clips the detection unit onto the clothing article. The receiver unit includes a wireless receiver, a controller, and a notification module. When the controller receives the moisture signal via the wireless receiver, the controller drives the notification module to output a wetness notification signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: I-DING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hung Chi CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140152442
    Abstract: The present invention claims a wireless bedwetting alarm and a disposable diaper product comprising the alarm, wherein the alarm comprises a sensor component, an RFID reader, and an alarm terminal; the sensor component is a passive RFID tag or a moisture sensor; the sensor obviates the need for a standalone power source apparatus for power supply; power is supplied by receiving and converting into electricity the energy wirelessly emitted by the RFID reader, or by obtaining body energy, temperature, or movement of the body of a user; the RFID reader uses a wireless mode for transmitting a signal to the alarm terminal to raise an alarm. The present invention adopts passive technology, obviates the use of battery, and is convenient to use, disposable, harmless to human, and of low costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yaolin Li
  • Publication number: 20140118150
    Abstract: A system (10) and method for use by a subject with a sleep disorder, such as nocturnal enuresis. The system (10) comprises at least one sensor (11) that detects at least one attribute of the sleep disorder, for example urine, and outputs at least a first signal on or after detection of that attribute. The system (10) further comprises a control device (12) that comprises an arousal device (14), such as a loudspeaker, that activates on or after receipt of the first signal, an interactive device (15) that is actuable by the subject to deactivate or modify the operation of the arousal device (14) and an output device (16) for delivering an output to the subject. The output being delivered on or after deactivation or modification of the arousal device (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicants: The University of Sydney, The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead)
    Inventors: Patrina Ha Yuen Caldwell, Michael Lance Dickinson, James Charles Kerr McCauley, Geoffrey Gordon Wickham
  • Patent number: 8698635
    Abstract: An intelligent medical vigilance system that observes and analyzes, and, only in the event of a clinically significant negative condition, notifies and reports the event to the care staff utilizing the hospital's existing nurse call system. The device includes a bedside unit connected to a pad or coverlet with a sensor array (placed under the patient) and also to an existing hospital nurse call system via an interface. The bedside unit is a wall-mounted unit with a display that becomes active when an alarm condition is enabled. Vigilance alarms are suspended if a patient is detected out of bed. An unable-to-measure alert is provided if the system is unable to reliably monitor. An alert message is generated and maintained on the display screen to inform a responding caregiver of the time and reason for any alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hoana Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick K. Sullivan, Matthew S. Glei, Paul M. Embree, Shashidhar B. Hebsur, Nicholas C. Epperson
  • Patent number: 8686863
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a system and process for estimating a core body temperature of a human subject. The system includes mount, a body, and a heat trap having a temperature sensor. The mount is operable to secure the device to a toilet or adjacent surface. The body houses a microprocessor. The heat trap is distal to the body and is shaped to receive a liquid stream and contain the thermal energy therein. The heat trap comprises a low thermally conductive material. The temperature sensor is in communication with the microprocessor. The temperature sensor is associated with the heat trap and disposed proximate a surface of said heat trap, wherein the liquid stream is directed across said temperature sensor. The system optionally incorporates a process and memory to store input of the temperature sensor and associate the input with a person, compare the input to historical records for a person, and determine a febrile condition for the person based on the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Alan C. Heller
  • Publication number: 20140070950
    Abstract: A sanitization compliance monitoring system comprises care giver badges, patient bed beacons associated with patient beds, dispenser beacons associated with sanitization dispensers, and a central unit for wirelessly communicating with the badges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: UltraClenz, LLC
    Inventor: David Snodgrass
  • Patent number: 8502684
    Abstract: Sensors and systems for detecting predetermined environmental conditions or changes may include a device capable of providing information. The device may include either a shield or reconfigurable antenna. For example, in a first condition, a shield is configured to prevent communications with the device and, in a second condition, the shield is configured to enable communications with the device. Alternately, in a first condition, a reconfigurable antenna is configured to enable communications with the device and in a second condition the reconfigurable antenna is configured to prevent communications with the device. The shield or reconfigurable antenna may be configured to transition from first conditions to second conditions upon exposure to a predetermined environmental condition or change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Geoffrey J. Bunza, Steven W. Hudnut
  • Patent number: 8471715
    Abstract: A disposable diaper with wireless alarm system includes a) a disposable diaper structure; b) a disposable diaper telltale conductive strip; c) an attachable, removable, reusable battery-powered sensor-transmitter device; and d) a wireless receiver with an alarm signal. Multiple diapers with different frequencies and optional disconnect sensors may be included and controlled by local or remote computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Anthony Solazzo, Herbert Heflich
  • Publication number: 20130110064
    Abstract: A system for detection and monitoring of body exudates includes an absorbent article and at least one gas emitting substance incorporated within the absorbent article that can emit a gas after a liquid insult. After an insult, a device incorporating at least one gas sensitive composition can detect the gas and signal that an insult has occurred. The gas may also be detected by a non-contact gas sensor linked to a controller and signaling device which can send visual, auditory, and/or vibratory alerts. The alerts may be perceptible in an area outside the wearer's clothing or at a remote location, such as a watch, radio, computer device and/or smart phone. The system can also determine the fullness of an absorbent article and monitor dry time. The system can be used for interactive toilet training or for caring for an infant, a disabled person, an incontinent youth, or an elderly person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kathy Geralyn Richardson, John Gavin MacDonald, Jose K. Abraham
  • Patent number: 8421636
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system according to one embodiment includes a real-time wetness sensor configured to detect the rate of change in wetness occurring within an associated diaper, and automatically adjusting the sensitivity of the sensor to account for a wetness event unrelated to urination. A monitoring unit may be utilized in such a manner that the monitoring system controller-monitors the wetness sensor and generates data associated with detected-wetness events relative to the diaper. A wireless transmitter configured with the monitoring unit and in communication with the monitoring system controller may be further utilized to send the generated data, through a host computer, to a caregiver unit having a caregiver system controller in communication with the host computer. The caregiver can then check the status of the patient, provide a service, and annotate the patients history by transmitting the recorded observation and service provided back to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel R. Collette, Matthew Peter Napier
  • Patent number: 8416088
    Abstract: A sensor (which could be detachable) to sense a condition (including pressure from body weight or moisture from incontinence; applied by adhering to skin of a human body or by putting a diaper on the human body, for example), a signal processing circuit, a periodic or continuous transmitter, and a power supply (typically including a battery) are associated with a flexible substrate in low profile enabling disposition adjacent the human body. A transmitter antenna is on the substrate. Insulator film between battery contacts and a switch-and-transistor combination are two power-on techniques. A bedside monitor, a transceiver configured to receive signals from and transmit signals to the bedside monitor, and a computer connected with the transceiver can be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Orthocare Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Giovani M. Ortega, Michael J. Sciarra
  • Patent number: 8395014
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system suitable for monitoring multiple leakage events such as wetting of a diaper or alike sanitary product. The system includes two or more than two electrodes that are supported in a spaced apart relationship and a liquid permeable substrate between the electrodes that lacks or has a low capacity for holding or storing liquid. In the event of liquid leakage, an electrical bridge connecting the electrodes can be formed by the liquid, and before the product becomes saturated liquid can freely drain from the permeable substrate and disconnect the electrodes. Upon further liquid leakage, electrical connection between the electrodes can be reformed indicating multiple liquid leakage events. In the situation where the sanitary product becomes saturated and liquid is prevented from draining from the permeable substrate, the electrical connection will continue, indicating that the sanitary product requires changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Richard James Neil Helmer, Michael Anthony Mestrovic, Pamela Margaret Petersen
  • Patent number: 8306666
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive patient system comprising: apparatus; sensing means associated with the apparatus, the sensing means adapted to send, receive or identify a location signal; presence identification means associated with a region of a patient, the presence identification means adapted to send, receive or identify a location signal; and altering means adapted to alter a property of the apparatus in proximity to the presence identification means upon identification of an activity signal, thereby effecting an activity in the vicinity of the region of the patient, wherein the activity signal is associated with transmission or identification of at least one location signal as between the sensing means and the presence identification means. Also provided is a method for providing a directed response to a region of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: David Huber, Craig Andrews
  • Patent number: 8299317
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a liner and an outercover in facing relation and at least one conductive element located between the liner and the outercover. At least a portion of the conductive element is exposed through the liner and/or the outercover to define at least one external contact point. The external contact point defines a perimeter and the liner and/or the outercover is sealed about the perimeter. The contact points provide external access to the internal conductive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Darold Dean Tippey, Andrew Mark Long, Thomas Michael Ales, III, Thomas David Ehlert
  • Publication number: 20120268278
    Abstract: A system for monitoring incontinence in one or more subjects comprises display means; input means operable by a user; one or more transmitters, each transmitter being associated with one or more subjects being monitored; the one or more transmitters being configured to transmit signals containing continence-related data for the one or more subjects, wherein the continence-related data has been obtained over time from a continence sensor associated with an absorbent article worn by each respective subject; a receiver unit configured to receive signals from the one or more transmitters; and processing means in communication with at least the receiver unit, the processing means including a display processor configured to process the received signals and communicate display information to the display means for display of a visual representation of continence-related information derived from continence sensors in the absorbent articles worn by the one or more subjects being monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: FRED BERGMAN HEALTHCARE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Philippa Mary Lewis, Karen Maree Carey, Alan Michael Cottenden, David Albert Barda, Peter Curran, Don Black
  • Publication number: 20120256750
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting moisture in a diaper is disclosed. A moisture sensor apparatus is comprised of a housing made of material dimensionally-sensitive to moisture, such that the housing will expand or contract. Electrically conductive contacts disposed on/in the housing, are selectively coupled to, or decoupled from, each other based on a dimensional change of the sensor device when it comes into contact with moisture. An electrical signal routable through the electrically conductive contacts detects a change in state, e.g., from open to closed, and activates a local or remote alarm to indicate the presence of moisture. The consumable low-cost sensor and the optional non-metallic leads and contacts, that are at least partially biodegradable, are coupled via a convenient slidable brush connector to a resusable alarm system having optional low duty cycle transmitting capability to a receiver base station, thereby providing a cost-effective, eco-friendly and user-friendly system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Guy R. Novak
  • Patent number: 8253573
    Abstract: An alarm unit for monitoring or detecting presence of an analyte on a separate sensor portion. The present invention comprises only the alarm unit and its means for attachment to a user's clothing. A square plastic casing protects the alarm electronics portion including a signal processing means. A large clip attachment means is included that is easily separated and attached from the casing and is used to attach the unit to clothing and which has enough clearance to be used with thick articles of clothing including diapers and which has a set of teeth frictionally held against a rubber strip portion located on the casing back so as to also enable secure attachment to very thin articles of clothing. A three-way switch is located externally for easy alarm chime and alarm volume selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventors: Saket Subash Bhatia, Darrell Eugene Davis
  • Patent number: 8248249
    Abstract: RFID tag and a system and method involving a plurality of RFID tags. Each RFID tag is attached to an object on which the presence of a predefined fluid is monitored. In a first state, (absence of the monitored fluid), the tag acts as a passive RFID tag, and the information it holds can be read with a proximity reader. This operation is performed when the RFID tag is attached to the object to be monitored. In a second state, whenever the monitored fluid appears on the tagged object, a fluid activated battery generates the electrical power which is used to power the RFID tag. The RFID tag then acts as an active RFID tag and starts to emit messages which can be received by a RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Clement, Pierre Secondo, Jerome Tarte
  • Publication number: 20120206265
    Abstract: A disposable diaper with wireless alarm system includes a) a disposable diaper structure; b) a disposable diaper telltale conductive strip; c) an attachable, removable, reusable battery-powered sensor-transmitter device; and d) a wireless receiver with an alarm signal. Multiple diapers with different frequencies and optional disconnect sensors may be included and controlled by local or remote computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony Solazzo, Herbert Heflich
  • Patent number: 8237572
    Abstract: The present invention describes a RFID tag and a system and method involving a plurality of RFID tags. Each RFID tag is attached to an object (or to a structure or a person) on which the presence of a predefined fluid is monitored. In a first state, (absence of the monitored fluid), the tag is acting as a passive RFID tag, and the information it holds, (at least its identifier—ID), can be read with a proximity reader (a hand held or stationary/fixed reader). This operation is performed when the RFID tag is attached to the object (or person) to be monitored. At this stage a table associating tag ID, object name (or person name) and location (or any other information), may be built, and may be recorded so that information it contains is accessible by a control center. In a second state, whenever the monitored fluid appears on the tagged object, a fluid activated battery generates the electrical power which is used to power the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Clement, Pierre Secondo, Jerome Tarte
  • Patent number: 8237573
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, an alarm unit for monitoring or detecting presence of an analyte on an analyte sensor comprises a square plastic casing protecting the alarm electronics portion and including a signal processing means, a clip attachment means configured to be separated and attached from the casing and used to attach the unit to clothing. The clip attachment has enough clearance to be used with thick articles of clothing including diapers and has a set of teeth frictionally held against a rubber strip portion located on the casing back so as to also enable secure attachment to very thin articles of clothing. The alarm unit may further comprise a three-way switch located externally for easy alarm chime and alarm volume selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Saket S. Bhatia, Darrell E. Davis, Ankush S. Bhatia
  • Patent number: 8221337
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for monitoring bladder distention. Independently controllable acoustic transmitters are coupled to the surface of a user's abdomen region in a spaced-apart fashion. Each transmitter can introduce a broadband acoustic signal into a portion of the abdomen region. Acoustic receivers are also coupled to the surface of the abdomen region to detect acoustic reflections generated when the acoustic signals are introduced into the abdomen region. A controller is positioned on the user and is correlated to an orientation of the user. The controller stores a profile indicative of anatomical features of the user. The controller initiates periodic activations of selected ones of the transmitters based upon the profile and the orientation of the user. The controller uses a weighted combination of all of the acoustic reflections to determine bladder distention of the user. The weighted combination is defined by at least the profile and orientation of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: ODU Research Foundation
    Inventor: John A. Companion