Removable Probe Cover Patents (Class 374/209)
  • Patent number: 9854978
    Abstract: A probe cover for medical thermometer has a matching feature for preventing its use with an incompatible thermometer. A mechanical matching feature of the probe cover includes at least one of a fold, a step, or a series of holes or indentations that are respectively matched to a ridge, a valley or series of pins formed on the front end of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the mechanical matching feature permits the probe cover to be fully seated on and retained by the probe, thereby placing the thermometer in condition for use. Alternatively, an opto-electronic matching feature of the probe cover includes a reflective layer for use with an opto-electronic detection circuit of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the opto-electronic detection detects the reflective layer and places the compatible thermometer in an operational state for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Patent number: 9726551
    Abstract: A container system includes a flexible bag bounding a chamber. A probe port includes an elongated tubular member having an interior surface bounding a first passageway and extending between a first end and an opposing second end, the first passageway being closed at the first end and open at the second end; and a flange encircling and radially outwardly projecting from the tubular member at or toward the second end thereof, the flange being secured to the flexible bag so that the first end of the elongated tubular member projects into the chamber of the flexible bag while the open second end of the elongated tubular member is accessible from outside of the flexible bag. A probe is received within the first passageway of the probe port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Michael E. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9040000
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described herein that are configured for use in laboratory testing, such as, for example, during a procedure including the monitoring and detection of chemical reactions. For example, the systems and devices described herein can be used during a procedure to monitor and detect polymerase chain reactions (PCR). In some embodiments, a sample container includes a container body that defines an interior volume and has an open end in fluid communication with the interior volume. A cap is sealingly engageable with the open end of the container body. The cap defines a receptacle that is configured to extend within a portion of the interior volume of the container body when the cap is sealingly engaged thereto. The receptacle can receive therein a sensor, such as, a temperature sensor that can monitor the temperature of a sample material disposed within the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Heatflow Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Warren L. Dinges
  • Publication number: 20150124854
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, John R. Strom, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, Matthew D. Mullin, Richard Thrush, Richard G. McDuffie
  • Patent number: 8882347
    Abstract: A probe cover for medical thermometer has a matching feature for preventing its use with an incompatible thermometer. A mechanical matching feature of the probe cover includes at least one of a fold, a step, or a series of holes or indentations that are respectively matched to a ridge, a valley or series of pins formed on the front end of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the mechanical matching feature permits the probe cover to be fully seated on and retained by the probe, thereby placing the thermometer in condition for use. Alternatively, an opto-electronic matching feature of the probe cover includes a reflective layer for use with an opto-electronic detection circuit of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the opto-electronic detection detects the reflective layer and places the compatible thermometer in an operational state for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Patent number: 8876373
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom, Matthew David Mullin, Richard Thrush, Richard G. McDuffie
  • Publication number: 20140119406
    Abstract: A probe cover for ear thermometer is disclosed. The probe cover is installed on the probe by a plurality of elastic recesses being disposed at an open end of the probe cover for ear thermometer. In accordance with the elasticity of the elastic recesses, the probe cover can be easily and firmly installed at the probe of the ear thermometer. The damage of the probe cover can be avoided because of over extending.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ACTHERM INC
    Inventor: Min-Ying CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140105250
    Abstract: A body temperature measuring device includes a main body, a probe, and a control mechanism. The main body includes a holding part, and an abutting surface arranged at a side of the holding part. The probe is affixed to the main body in a movable manner The probe includes a probe main body, and a fixing structure arranged on the probe main body for fixing a probe cover. The probe cover has a bottom edge. The control mechanism is coupled to the probe for controlling the probe moving between a first position and a second position. Wherein when the probe is at the first position, the probe cover is able to be fixed on the probe; and when the probe moves away from the first position, the abutting surface presses the bottom edge of the probe cover for detaching the probe cover from the probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: AVITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih Ming Chen, Hsuan-Hao Shih, TA CHIEH YANG, YUNG TIEN YAO
  • Patent number: 8657491
    Abstract: This present invention discloses a detachable probe cover for an ear thermometer and a manufacturing method thereof. The detachable probe cover for the ear thermometer is for being mounted onto a measuring probe of the ear thermometer, wherein a combining mechanism is provided at a bottom of the measuring probe and the detachable probe cover comprises a main body of a hollow structure and a base, in which the main body has an open end and a closed end opposite to the open end, and the hollow structure has a diameter gradually reducing from the open end toward the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8651736
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a temperature probe including a temperature sensor. The system also includes a reader, and a controller in communication with the temperature sensor and the reader. The system further includes a container housing a plurality of probe covers associated with the temperature probe. The container includes an information feature providing information related to the plurality of probe covers. The reader is configured to read the information and direct a signal to the controller indicative of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, John A. Lane, Scott A. Martin, Craig M. Meyerson, David E. Quinn, Ray Douglas Stone
  • Publication number: 20130301677
    Abstract: Embodiments of a handheld probe are described. The handheld probe may have a housing. The housing of the handheld probe may have a handle section and a probe shell section that is configured to house a probe. The handle section may have a hexagonal-shaped profile so that the handheld probe can be positioned on a flat surface of the hexagonal-shaped profile. In some embodiments, the handle section may have a center hole that is configured to accept a cable. The cable may be potted in the center hole filled with epoxy to prevent moisture from getting into the cable. In some embodiments, the probe shell section may be configured to have a thin wall so that the handheld probe can have a rapid response to temperature changes. A tip of the probe shell section may also be silver brazed to help with fast temperature response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell Lee SANDERS, Arthur VOLBRECHT, Gayatri ABBOTT
  • Patent number: 8567099
    Abstract: A system and process for removing an inorganic salt from a catalyst roaster belt is disclosed. The system includes an apparatus with a drying vessel having a catalyst roaster belt inlet, a catalyst roaster belt outlet, a heating medium inlet, and a heating medium outlet, wherein the catalyst roaster belt inlet and the catalyst roaster belt outlet are spaced apart along a first direction, the heating medium inlet and the heating medium outlet are spaced apart along a second direction, the heating medium inlet is spaced apart from the catalyst roaster belt inlet in the second direction, and the catalyst roaster belt inlet is between the heating medium inlet and the heating medium outlet along the second direction. The system includes an acid bath and a moveable catalyst roaster belt extending from the acid bath through the catalyst roaster belt inlet and through the catalyst roaster belt outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Dow Technology Investments LLC
    Inventors: Hua Bai, Ralph S. Kruska
  • Patent number: 8540424
    Abstract: A cover for a shaft of an electronic thermometer probe. The cover includes a tubular body having an open end and a closed end opposite the open end. The body defines a cavity sized and shaped to slidably receive the shaft of the electronic thermometer probe. At least a portion of the tubular body is formed from a nanotube composite material including a polymer matrix material and a carbon nanotube filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Price
  • Patent number: 8517603
    Abstract: A thermometer that enables the measurement of temperature from multiple body sites comprising a body portion that has a circuit configured to measure an IR signal and convert it into an output that accurately reflects body temperature and a switch in communication with the circuit. The thermometer also comprises a probe that has an IR window configured to accept an IR signal and an attachment mechanism coupled to the probe which comprises a generally circular hollow bore at its distal end, fastening members to engage the body of the thermometer and a pin at its proximal end for interacting with the switch on the body of the thermometer. When the attachment mechanism couples to the probe, the pin interacts with the switch in various positions and the circuit converts the signal based upon the position of the switch which position reflects the location from which the temperature measurement was taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Kaz USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Patent number: 8475365
    Abstract: A clear, sealable isolation sleeve for use in a medical environment especially with hand-held electronic devices, for the purpose of reducing the spread of infectious diseases. The sleeve offers an isolated containment for such hand-held medical devices while in patient proximity. The sleeve features a perforated tear zone for easy removal and disposal. Embodiments of the present invention can be manufactured from a clear material that allows the hand-held device to read bar codes through it, while also allowing the clinician to read displayed data and manipulate keypads on the device all while contained within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Rebecca L. Modin, Lisa A. Runion
  • Publication number: 20130128926
    Abstract: A probe cover for medical thermometer has a matching feature for preventing its use with an incompatible thermometer. A mechanical matching feature of the probe cover includes at least one of a fold, a step, or a series of holes or indentations that are respectively matched to a ridge, a valley or series of pins formed on the front end of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the mechanical matching feature permits the probe cover to be fully seated on and retained by the probe, thereby placing the thermometer in condition for use. Alternatively, an opto-electronic matching feature of the probe cover includes a reflective layer for use with an opto-electronic detection circuit of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the opto-electronic detection detects the reflective layer and places the compatible thermometer in an operational state for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Kaz USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kaz USA, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8418880
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a probe cover dispenser includes a storage member for accommodating stacked probe covers and a retaining unit with a pair of supporting arms for holding or releasing one of the stacked probe covers. A slide connects the retaining unit. A linking rod with a protrusion portion and a recess portion connects the slidable access member. The linking rod is moved upwardly or downwardly and the protrusion portion or the recess portion is moved to a position corresponding to the slide such that a force is applied to push or pull the supporting arms to release or hold the one of the stacked probe covers in the storage member, while the slidable access member is moved upwardly or downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mesure Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chu-Yih Yu
  • Patent number: 8414501
    Abstract: A rectal thermal monitor for transrectal prostate temperature measurement includes a handle arranged in a proximal end portion of the monitor for gripping by a user, an elongate shaft extending from the handle, and an expandable distal probe portion arranged on a distal end of the shaft. The distal probe portion is arranged at a position opposite the handle portion, and is shaped to facilitate insertion through an anal sphincter and into a rectum of a patient. A cover element, is provided for covering at least a portion of the distal probe portion, and is made from a resilient material. A temperature sensing element is arranged within the distal probe portion, beneath the cover element, and is adapted and configured to sense a temperature of the prostate of the patient through the rectum wall of the patient. Further, and actuator can be provided to actuate the expandable distal probe portion, to increase a diameter thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Medifocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Hanley, Michael S. H. Chu, Kenneth J. Daignault, Aidan Petrie, Justin Sirotin, David Robson, Andrew W. Marsella, Dan Nelsen, Michael Weiser, Ramin N. Tehrani
  • Patent number: 8308355
    Abstract: The present invention provides a platform for a manufacturer of reusable medical apparatuses to provide timely post-sale service for replaceable parts. In one embodiment, the probe assembly of an electronic thermometer has a connector that is equipped with a memory device, e.g., EEPROM, that stores a variety of probe-specific service information including usage count of the probe, probe warranty information and error codes. The user can plug the connector, e.g., through an adapter module, to a local computer's USB port and submit the stored service information to a website maintained by the probe manufacturer to check up and get service for the specific probe in a timely fashion. Automatic alert for replacement probe orders depending on the amount of usage, automatic generation of RMA numbers when the probe warranty is determined to be in effect, and automatic service calls for malfunctioning thermometers can all be accomplished accordingly without the need for manual record-keeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, Tyson B. Whitaker, Matthew J. Kinsley, Craig M. Meyerson, Scott A. Martin, Ray D. Stone, David E. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8297838
    Abstract: An ear cap supplying device, an ear cap and an ear cap set are provided. The ear cap supplying device includes a movable containing device and an output device. The movable containing device is used for containing at least one ear cap. The output device is used for exporting the ear cap(s). When the movable containing device is moved to a predetermined position, the movable containing device activizes the output device to export the ear cap(s). Whereby, problem that the ear cap(s) is/are obstructed during exporting process can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Taidoc Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Hsin Huang, Chih-Chiang Yang
  • Patent number: 8231271
    Abstract: A removable protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom
  • Patent number: 8192079
    Abstract: A disposable thermometer probe sheath includes a bottom piece and a plastic cover film sealed onto the bottom piece. The plastic cover film comprising an upper plastic sheet film and a lower plastic sheet film, each of which has a front edge provided with an opening, a rear edge provided with a tip, and a sealed peripheral edge except for the opening, so as to receive a thermometer probe. The plastic cover film is made of a flexible and deformable material, while the plastic cover film is provided with two notches respectively formed on two side edges adjacent to the tip. The upper plastic sheet film is provided with a first flap attached to the opening thereof, while the lower plastic sheet film is provided with a second flap attached to the opening. When the thermometer probe is inserted into the plastic cover film, the notches are tightly engaged with the thermometer probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8162537
    Abstract: A thermometer quick linkage apparatus comprises an elastic member, a button, a probe, and a chamber having one end provided with an opening for receiving the end portion of the probe, and the other end also provided with an opening for receiving the button. Within the chamber, one end of the elastic member connects with the button, and the other end thereof connects with the probe. The elastic member is configured such that, when the button is pressed to compress the elastic member to a certain degree, the end portion of the button comes into contact with the end portion of the probe, and when the button is pressed further down, the probe is pushed away from the chamber. The apparatus is simplified in structure, and allows quick replacement of the probe jacket, and therefore is cost-efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaojian Ma, Peitao Chen
  • Publication number: 20120082184
    Abstract: A physiological signal sensing device, a containing device and a method for transporting a protective film are provided. The physiological sensing device includes a sensing module, a transporter, and a driving assembly. The sensing module is used for sensing vital signals. The transporter is used for transporting a protective film. The driving assembly includes a first structural member, a second structural member and a third structural member. One of the second and the third structural members selectively connects to the transporting device depending on the rotation direction of the first structural member for driving the transporter to transport the protective film from a starting site to an ending site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Chun Liang LU, Chih-Hsien Huang, Yi-Hsin Huang, Chao-Wang Chen
  • Patent number: 8136985
    Abstract: An IR tip assembly includes a shroud having at least one feature that permits releasable attachment of a disposable cover fitted to a shroud. When the disposable cover is fitted to the shroud, at least one air gap is defined between the shroud and the disposable cover. An IR sensor disposed within the IR tip assembly is mechanically and thermally coupled to a heat sink. The at least one defined air gap creates a thermal isolation between the disposable cover and the disposed IR sensor. There can also be airflow through the at least one air gap. Apparatus and methods to create the airflow are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Scott A. Martin, Ray D. Stone, Matthew D. Mullin, Craig M. Meyerson
  • Patent number: 8136986
    Abstract: A tip element that is capable of being removably attached to an infrared thermometer and includes an axisymetric body having a distal end and an open proximal end. A membrane is located at the distal end of the body that is formed of an infrared transparent material. At least one engagement mechanism is mounted along the proximal edge of the body that has an engagement surface that passes circumferentially about a portion of the proximal edge and which contains an integral rib that extends axially toward said distal end of said body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, Scott A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8123401
    Abstract: A probe cover for an infrared electronic thermometer including a generally tubular body having open first and second ends. The body is sized and shaped to receive a probe of the infrared electronic thermometer into the body through the first end. The probe cover further includes a film closing the second end of the body. The film has a metallic region defining a blackbody portion for rapidly equilibrating to a temperature corresponding to the temperature of an object for viewing by a sensor of the electronic thermometer to measure the temperature of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Price
  • Patent number: 8126672
    Abstract: An ear-type thermometer which measures body temperature using a temperature detection element 21 that detects ambient temperature and an infrared detection element 22 that detects infrared radiation from a measurement site within the aural cavity, the 2 elements housed in a probe 3, wherein the ear-type thermometer comprises a probe cover 10 which can be detachably provided with the probe, a detection switch 60 which detects that the probe cover is attached or detached to the probe, and two temperature conversion coefficients 52a and 52b which corrects body temperature based on the detection result from the two detection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keiji Yamaguchi, Hideo Harada
  • Patent number: 8123402
    Abstract: The present invention is an ear thermometer cradle and an ear thermometer assembly. The ear thermometer cradle comprises a hollow housing, a swivel arm, a probe cover container seat, a first elastic member disposed between the swivel arm and the hollow house. The ear thermometer cradle comprises a second elastic member between the container seat and the hollow housing. The hollow housing has an opening and a first blocking portion. The swivel arm includes a first pivot on one end thereof for pivotally connected with the hollow housing, a bearing portion on the other end thereof, and a second blocking portion between the first pivot and the bearing portion. The container seat includes a connective device, a second pivot on two lateral sides thereof for pivotally connected with the hollow housing, a third blocking portion and a forth blocking portion engaging with the first and the second blocking portion respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Liang-Yi Li
  • Publication number: 20120027047
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom, Matthew David Mullin, Richard Thrush, Richard G. McDuffie
  • Patent number: 8092082
    Abstract: This present invention discloses a detachable probe cover for an ear thermometer and a manufacturing method thereof. The detachable probe cover for the ear thermometer is for being mounted onto a measuring probe of the ear thermometer, wherein a combining mechanism is provided at a bottom of the measuring probe and the detachable probe cover comprises a main body of a hollow structure and a base, in which the main body has an open end and a closed end opposite to the open end, and the hollow structure has a diameter gradually reducing from the open end toward the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Actherm Inc
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20110299568
    Abstract: An ear cap supplying device, an ear cap and an ear cap set are provided. The ear cap supplying device includes a movable containing device and an output device. The movable containing device is used for containing at least one ear cap. The output device is used for exporting the ear cap(s). When the movable containing device is moved to a predetermined position, the movable containing device activizes the output device to export the ear cap(s). Whereby, problem that the ear cap(s) is/are obstructed during exporting process can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Yi-Hsin HUANG, Chih-Chiang YANG
  • Patent number: 8021040
    Abstract: A disposable thermometer probe sheath includes a bottom piece and a plastic cover film sealed onto the bottom piece. The plastic cover film comprising an upper plastic sheet film and a lower plastic sheet film, each of which has a front edge provided with an opening, a rear edge provided with a tip, and a sealed peripheral edge except for the opening, so as to receive a thermometer probe. The plastic cover film is made of a flexible and deformable material, while the plastic cover film is provided with two notches respectively formed on two side edges adjacent to the tip. The upper plastic sheet film is provided with a first flap attached to the opening thereof, while the lower plastic sheet film is provided with a second flap attached to the opening. When the thermometer probe is inserted into the plastic cover film, the notches are tightly engaged with the thermometer probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20110150037
    Abstract: A cover for a shaft of an electronic thermometer probe. The cover includes a tubular body having an open end and a closed end opposite the open end. The body defines a cavity sized and shaped to slidably receive the shaft of the electronic thermometer probe. At least a portion of the tubular body is formed from a nanotube composite material including a polymer matrix material and a carbon nanotube filler material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Price
  • Publication number: 20110134962
    Abstract: A probe cover for medical thermometer has a matching feature for preventing its use with an incompatible thermometer. A mechanical matching feature of the probe cover includes at least one of a fold, a step, or a series of holes or indentations that are respectively matched to a ridge, a valley or series of pins formed on the front end of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the mechanical matching feature permits the probe cover to be fully seated on and retained by the probe, thereby placing the thermometer in condition for use. Alternatively, an opto-electronic matching feature of the probe cover includes a reflective layer for use with an opto-electronic detection circuit of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the opto-electronic detection detects the reflective layer and places the compatible thermometer in an operational state for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Patent number: 7946761
    Abstract: This invention relates to a shrinkable dispensing container for probe covers of an ear thermometer. Therein, the ear thermometer probe cover refers to a product having a hollow body and a flange. The dispensing container for probe covers of an ear thermometer comprises a main body for accommodating a plurality of stacked probe covers and an access opening formed at one end of the main body for allowing an ear thermometer probe to insert into the probe cover in the main body. The present invention is characterized by a bottom portion formed at another end of the main body opposite to the access opening for supporting all the probe covers stacked within the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Liang-Yi Li
  • Patent number: 7927012
    Abstract: A cassette of tympanic thermometer probe covers includes a frame and probe covers releasably attached to the frame. The probe covers can be individually attached over a probe of a tympanic thermometer to protect the probe from contamination. The probe covers are constructed to releasably secure themselves to the probe. The force required to secure the probe covers to the frame is less that the force which is required to detach the probe covers from the frame so that the probe cover is held by the frame while being attached to the thermometer probe. The probe cover is connected to the frame by frangible connections that are arranged to inhibit pivoting of the probe cover when being attached to the thermometer probe. A method of securing a probe cover to a probe of a tympanic thermometer is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: James M. Harr, Mitchell H. Babkes, Clarence Walker
  • Publication number: 20110013672
    Abstract: A thermometer quick linkage apparatus comprises an elastic member, a button, a probe, and a chamber having one end provided with an opening for receiving the end portion of the probe, and the other end also provided with an opening for receiving the button. Within the chamber, one end of the elastic member connects with the button, and the other end thereof connects with the probe. The elastic member is configured such that, when the button is pressed to compress the elastic member to a certain degree, the end portion of the button comes into contact with the end portion of the probe, and when the button is pressed further down, the probe is pushed away from the chamber. The apparatus is simplified in structure, and allows quick replacement of the probe jacket, and therefore is cost-efficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: SHENZHEN MINDRAY BIO-MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaojian Ma, Peitao Chen
  • Patent number: 7845850
    Abstract: A disposable thermometer probe sheath includes a bottom piece and a plastic cover film sealed onto the bottom piece. The plastic cover film comprising an upper plastic sheet film and a lower plastic sheet film, each of which has a front edge provided with an opening, a rear edge provided with a tip, and a sealed peripheral edge except for the opening, so as to receive a thermometer probe. The plastic cover film is made of a flexible and deformable material, while the plastic cover film is provided with two notches respectively formed on two side edges adjacent to the tip. The upper plastic sheet film is provided with a first flap attached to the opening thereof, while the lower plastic sheet film is provided with a second flap attached to the opening. When the thermometer probe is inserted into the plastic cover film, the notches are tightly engaged with the thermometer probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7815367
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is an infrared thermometer with multiple probes for use at a variety of bodily sites. The thermometer automatically detects which of the multiple probes is currently attached, loads a predetermined program from memory that corresponds to the current probe, and thereafter obtains a temperature measurement from a patient using infrared radiation emitted therefrom. Each of the probes is comprised of an infrared target which provides a substantially consistent sources of infrared radiation for the thermometer to measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn
  • Publication number: 20100260230
    Abstract: A removable protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom
  • Publication number: 20100232471
    Abstract: The present invention is an ear thermometer cradle and an ear thermometer assembly. The ear thermometer cradle comprises a hollow housing, a swivel arm, a probe cover container seat, a first elastic member disposed between the swivel arm and the hollow house. The ear thermometer cradle comprises a second elastic member between the container seat and the hollow housing. The hollow housing has an opening and a first blocking portion. The swivel arm includes a first pivot on one end thereof for pivotally connected with the hollow housing, a bearing portion on the other end thereof, and a second blocking portion between the first pivot and the bearing portion. The container seat includes a connective device, a second pivot on two lateral sides thereof for pivotally connected with the hollow housing, a third blocking portion and a forth blocking portion engaging with the first and the second blocking portion respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Liang-Yi LI
  • Patent number: 7748224
    Abstract: A temperature sensing assembly for monitoring a temperature of a pipe in a system. The temperature sensing assembly includes an insulator body having a first end, a second end, an outer surface, and an inner surface. The outer and inner surfaces extend between the first and second ends. The inner surface is configured to receive a portion of the pipe. A temperature sensor is disposed adjacent the inner surface and is configured to directly contact the pipe when the pipe is received by the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: Mark Thomas Grimm, Ryan Patrick McEnaney, Danette E. Hadfield, Aaron F. Clay, Ronald R. Gustin
  • Publication number: 20100147720
    Abstract: A dispensing container, mounted on a supporter, comprises a hollow body made of a flexible material for accommodating ear thermometer probe covers, where the hollow body has one end formed with an access opening for allowing a probe of an ear thermometer to insert into an upmost probe cover in the hollow body. Each of the probe covers has the open end provided with at least a flange that radially extends outward from the open end, where the hollow body has a substantially rectangular section that has major edges smaller than a diameter of the flange of one probe cover in length, so that when the probe covers are placed into the hollow body, each inner wall of the hollow body is deformed to tangent to the flanges of the probe covers, so as to keep the probe covers securely in the hollow body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Liang-Yi LI
  • Patent number: 7722250
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a probe cover for an ear thermometer, which comprises: a film cover and a base. The film cover has a cover window able to contact the probe window at the front end of the ear thermometer, a hollow cone able to contact the sidewall of the probe and a strengthened element able to contact the cover window and the hollow cone. The thickness of the cover window is same as the thickness of the strengthened element and greater than the thickness of the hollow cone. Thereby, the present invention can prevent the variation of infrared transmittance caused by the misarrangement and non-uniform thickness of the probe cover film disposed at the front of the probe window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Radiant Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Weng, Kevin Lin, James Huang
  • Patent number: 7703977
    Abstract: The invention describes and claims an apparatus and method of maintaining cleanliness of the thermometer storage case. The apparatus is an improved elongated end-loading storage case for thermometers. The improvement comprises two or more elongated sections of the case. Each section comprises a connection edge, an insertion tip, and a distal tip. The elongated sections of the case are detachably connected to each other to form a thermometer storage case that opens up to reveal the inner surface of the case for easy inspection and cleaning. The case comprises a fastener for fixating the case in the assembled case body position. The method of cleaning the thermometer storage case comprises the steps of unfastening and opening the case, inspecting and sanitizing the inside surface of the case, and then reconnecting and fixating the elongated sections to form the thermometer storage case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Anna Knishevitskiy
  • Patent number: 7686506
    Abstract: Probe cover cassettes having a plurality of probe covers releasably attached to a frame are capable of being stacked so that probe covers attached to a first of the frames are nested within probe covers attached to a second of the frames. The vertical space occupied by the cassettes is reduced allowing more cassettes to be stacked in a given space. The frames of the cassettes are particularly constructed to resist twisting and bending motion when probe covers are detached from the frames using a tympanic thermometer probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Mitchell H. Babkes, Clarence Walker, Kevin C. Meier, James M. Harr, Mark A. Davis
  • Patent number: 7665893
    Abstract: A protective cover set for a medical probe designated to be inserted into an endocavity or used intraoperatively in an incision of a human or an animal body, said cover set comprising a probe cover made from a film material, said probe cover having a mouth end with a mouth for inserting said probe and a closed end opposite to said mouth end; and an outer wrapper being joined to said probe cover, said outer wrapper covering at least a length of said probe cover; the probe cover comprising an adhesive element connected to said mouth end of said probe cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Parker Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Neal Buchalter
  • Publication number: 20100032447
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a probe cover dispenser, which comprises a base having a probe cover basin; a probe cover cartridge receiving probe covers; a gravitational member applying gravity to the probe covers; and a feeder assembly arranged between the base and the probe cover cartridge. The gravitational member makes a probe cover fall from the probe cover cartridge onto the base, and a feeder pushes the gravitationally released probe cover to the probe cover basin. Then, the user inserts a probe of an infrared thermometer into the probe cover inside the probe cover basin to sleeve the probe with the probe cover. Via the present invention, the user can fit a probe cover onto a probe without using his hands. Thus, the present invention can effectively reduce the pollution of probe covers and the infection of testees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Shawn YU, Kevin LIN
  • Patent number: RE43745
    Abstract: A probe cover for a tympanic thermometer probe comprises a generally tubular body having an opening for receiving the thermometer probe and an infrared transparent window at a distal end thereof. In one embodiment, a film support extends radially inward from the distal end of the body and supports an infrared transparent film spanning the window. The film support has an inner edge that is substantially free from corners turning in the plane of the window. A plurality of end ribs are spaced apart and disposed about an inner circumference of the distal end of the body to engage a distal end of the thermometer probe and form an insulating gap by preventing contact of the film by the thermometer probe. The insulating gap also extends proximally into spaces between the end ribs, reducing thermal contact between the thermometer probe and a circumferential inner surface of the probe cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Clarence Walker, Kevin C. Meier, Wayne Schuessler, David Rork Swisher