Medical Use Or Attached To Human Body Patents (Class 439/909)
  • Patent number: 10195446
    Abstract: An operating room cable assembly for electrically coupling at least one implantable electrical stimulation lead to a trial stimulator includes an elongated body; a trial stimulator connector disposed at one end of the elongated body; and a lead connector disposed at another end of the elongated body. The lead connector can include one or more buttons that can be pushed to load a lead into the lead connector and released to retain the lead. Alternatively, the lead connector can include a lever that can be operated to load the lead. A further alternative is a slider with a lead engagement element that can be slid between positions allowing loading of a lead and engagement of the lead. Other alternatives include a lead connector with doors that can swing open to allow loading of a lead or a collet/sleeve that can be tightened on the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Christopher Shanahan, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta, Peter J. Yoo
  • Patent number: 10092765
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for labeling an implantable medical device (IMD). In one example, an IMD can include a housing including electronic circuitry. The IMD can include a header coupled to the housing and includes a core. The core can define a bore and include a first metal label positioned adjacent to the at least one bore. The IMD includes a lead assembly including at least one lead having a distal end and a proximal end, the at least one lead including a second metal label, the distal end including at least one electrode and the proximal end received within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kane, Michael Keane, John O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 9724523
    Abstract: An interface for coupling with a percutaneously implantable lead is described. The interface includes a rotation based system to engage the terminal connector of the lead. The interface includes a brake which retains the lead in the lead port through friction, but allows the lead to exit the lead port if sufficient force is applied. The interface can be coupled with the lead without removing a stylet or stiffening wire from the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ALFRED E. MANN FOUNDATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
    Inventors: Joseph L. Calderon, Edward Hillery, Joseph Lockhart
  • Patent number: 9387316
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides adapters configured to interconnect a device connector of a medical device and a tube connector, the adapter having a first end with a female Luer connector and a second end having a primary Luer male connector, with a secondary female section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Oridion Medical 1987 Ltd.
    Inventor: Joshua Lewis Colman
  • Patent number: 9306307
    Abstract: An electrical contact element, in particular for a medical implant, including a spring sleeve with a bushing for receiving an electrical mating contact in a direction of insertion, at least one groove that is arranged transversely around the bushing at least in areas and that is open to the bushing at least in areas; at least one spring element, arranged in the groove, for electrically contacting the electrical mating contact. Here, at least one feed-through channel is provided to feed the spring element into the peripheral groove and leads from an outer face of the spring sleeve to the at least one groove. The invention further relates to a method for producing a contact element and also to a device for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marcel Starke, Ronald Rebentisch
  • Patent number: 9233239
    Abstract: A spring contact component for a plug socket of an electromedical implant, with a coil surrounding the outer periphery of a plug opening. A simpler, more cost effective and automatable design of a plug socket module can be achieved in that at least one end of the coil is electrically and mechanically connected directly to a connector pin via a wire-shaped and/or strip-shaped element. The invention also relates to a corresponding plug socket module, a modular header, and a method for producing a spring contact component of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ronald Rebentisch, Stefan Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9037243
    Abstract: A low-insertion force electrical connector for implantable medical devices includes a housing with a pair of opposing sidewalls each with center openings oriented generally concentrically around a center axis. An inner coil is located in a recess with a coil axis generally co-linear with the center axis of the center openings. The inner coil includes an outer diameter less than a recess diameter, and an inner diameter greater than a center opening diameter. An outer coil is threaded onto the inner coil. The outer coil has an outer diameter less than the recess diameter, and an inner diameter less than the center opening diameter. The outer coil is radially expanded within the recess in response to engagement with contact rings on the implantable medical device, such that the outer diameter of the outer coil is at least equal to the recess diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventor: Shahn S. Sage
  • Patent number: 9027241
    Abstract: A method of assembling a medical electrical lead. The method comprises providing a modular connector assembly including three contacts coupled to three contact conductors, selecting a lead body assembly from a group of different lead body assemblies which includes a first lead body assembly having only two conductors for and a second lead body assembly having three conductors; and coupling each of the conductors of the selected lead body assembly with a corresponding contact conductor of the modular connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Mehdizadeh, Thomas C. Bischoff, Scott J. Robinson, Eric M. Stetz, James W. Millin
  • Patent number: 9020574
    Abstract: A lead for active implantable medical devices comprising a chip, notably for electrode multiplexing. The lead (10) includes an insulating supporting tube (20) interposed in a flexible elongated tube, with a central bore (22) coaxial with the lumen of the lead. The supporting tube comprises on its surface at least one crossing conductive strip (28) extending in the axial direction. A chip (18) on a flexible substrate is disposed with a bent or curved conformation in a receptacle of the supporting tube isolated from the conductive strip. An electrode, e.g., for cardiac sensing/pacing, (16) on the supporting tube (20) is electrically connected to an outer conductive pad (24) of the chip. The conductive strip is connected (i) at each end (28b), face to face to a conductive connection (12), housed in the sheath, and (ii) in a central region (28a), to an inner conductive pad (26) of the chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventor: Jean-François Ollivier
  • Patent number: 8934974
    Abstract: A low-insertion force electrical connector for implantable medical devices includes a housing with a pair of opposing sidewalls each with center openings oriented generally concentrically around a center axis. An inner coil is located in a recess with a coil axis generally co-linear with the center axis of the center openings. The inner coil includes an outer diameter less than a recess diameter, and an inner diameter greater than a center opening diameter. An outer coil is threaded onto the inner coil. The outer coil has an outer diameter less than the recess diameter, and an inner diameter less than the center opening diameter. The outer coil is radially expanded within the recess in response to engagement with contact rings on the implantable medical device, such that the outer diameter of the outer coil is at least equal to the recess diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventor: Shahn S. Sage
  • Patent number: 8929964
    Abstract: A physiological sensor has light sources arranged in one or more rows and one or more columns. Each light source is activated by addressing at least one row and at least one column. The light sources are capable of transmitting light of multiple wavelengths and a detector is responsive to the transmitted light after attenuation by body tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Cercacor Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Robert Smith, David Dalke, Mohamed Diab, Marcelo Lamego
  • Patent number: 8912909
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a handheld multi-parameter patient monitor capable of determining multiple physiological parameters from the output of a light sensitive detector capable of detecting light attenuated by body tissue. For example, in an embodiment, the monitor is capable of advantageously and accurately displaying one or more of pulse rate, plethysmograph data, perfusion quality, signal confidence, and values of blood constituents in body tissue, including for example, arterial carbon monoxide saturation (“HbCO”), methemoglobin saturation (“HbMet”), total hemoglobin (“Hbt”), arterial oxygen saturation (“SpO2”), fractional arterial oxygen saturation (“SpaO2”), or the like. In an embodiment, the monitor displays a line associated with a patient wellness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cercacor Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Joe E Kiani
  • Patent number: 8911437
    Abstract: The invention concerns a medical technology device for treatment of the human or animal body, comprising at least one electrical plug connector which is adapted to be connected to a complementary counterpart plug connector of a further medical technology device and which in an active position is arranged projecting upwardly at the top side of the device. To provide a medical technology device which can be used both as an individual device and also in conjunction with a second device as a device arrangement and which in that respect satisfies existing safety and aesthetic demands, it is provided in accordance with the invention that the plug connector is adapted to be movable from the active position into a passive position, wherein in the passive position the plug connector is removed from the top side of the device and the top side is closed in substantially fluid-tight relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Hörlle, André Roggan, Wolfgang Kühne, Uwe Fischer, Timo Strauss, Stefan Schiddel, Christopher Sprenger
  • Patent number: 8850702
    Abstract: The embodiments herein relate to a conductor cable for use in a lead and more specifically to methods and devices related to laser consolidation of the cable. The various conductor cable embodiments and methods provide for at least one end of the cable having a weld mass created by a laser welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Hall, Haiping Shao
  • Patent number: 8849365
    Abstract: A physiological sensor has light emitting sources, each activated by addressing at least one row and at least one column of an electrical grid. The light emitting sources are capable of transmitting light of multiple wavelengths and a detector is responsive to the transmitted light after attenuation by body tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cercacor Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Smith, David Dalke, Ammar Al-Ali, Mohamed Diab, Marcelo Lamego
  • Patent number: 8827752
    Abstract: A single-use connector (1) for a fetal electrode is provided. The housing (10) of the connector is molded together as two shells (10a, 10b) of substantially rigid material where each shell is integrally connected to the other along a common straight portion of edge (12). This provides the housing with a clam-shell form. The housing is also provided with a socket (11) for receiving a plug (2) of a fetal electrode. The plug is provided with two or more electrical contacts (23, 24) to feed electrical signals from the fetal electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Neoventa Medical AB
    Inventor: Anders Lars Gingsjo
  • Patent number: 8814574
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic device which has a male connection portion for connection with a female snap. The male connection portion comprises a conductive stud which is or can be screwed in to a portion of the electronic device via threading on the stud. Furthermore, an adhesive can be added to the stud or an opening of the electronic device in order to provide a secure and water tight seal between the stud and the electronic device. The stud generally makes an electrical connection between a conductive portion of the female snap and an electronic component within the electronic device. The male portion of the stud may also comprise a cavity or opening for receiving a tool for screwing the stud in to the electronic device and/or for receiving a guiding pin of the female snap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventors: Tapio Selby, Kimmo Pernu
  • Patent number: 8795004
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ECG electrode lead wire connector which provides improved electrical and mechanical coupling of the ECG electrode press stud to the lead wire, provides enhanced ergonomics to the clinician, and may alleviate patient discomfort associated with the attachment and removal of ECG leads. The connector may be engaged and disengaged with little or no force imparted to the patient or the ECG pad, which significantly minimizes the risk of inadvertent dislodgement of the pad. In one embodiment the disclosed connector provides a thumb cam lever which affirmatively engages the press stud to the connector, and provides tactile feedback to the clinician that the connector is properly engaged. In other embodiments, the connector provides a pushbutton to enable the clinician to easily engage and disengage the connector from the ECG stud. The disclosed connectors may also decrease clinician fatigue, and may provide more reliable ECG results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien, LP
    Inventors: David Selvitelli, Peter Meyer, Peter Yu
  • Patent number: 8781551
    Abstract: A method of monitoring pulmonary oedema in a subject using a processing system. The method includes, determining a measured impedance value for at least two body segments, at least one of the body segments being a thoracic cavity segment. For each body segment, the measured impedance values are used to determine an index, which is in turn used to determine the presence, absence or degree of pulmonary oedema using the determined indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Impedimed Limited
    Inventor: Scott Matthew Chetham
  • Patent number: 8731670
    Abstract: An electrical connector is disclosed that includes an annular housing having a central aperture for receiving a connector pin and an annular contact spring disposed concentrically within the annular housing and including a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart spring arms, each spring arm having a radially inwardly extending contact pad for resiliently contacting a connector pin inserted into the central aperture of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Oscor Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Osypka, Timothy L. Sass, Sr., Ernest G. DeBella, Douglas E. Sparks, Jr., Kevin L. Wade, Kenneth R. Wilbur
  • Patent number: 8726499
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of fabricating an implantable pulse generator, comprises: providing a lead body including a plurality of conductors; providing a feedthrough component comprising a plurality of feedthrough pins; hermetically enclosing pulse generating circuitry and switching circuitry within a housing, the feedthrough component being welded to the housing; laser machining each of the plurality of feedthrough pins to comprise a slot along a surface of the respective feedthrough pin; placing a respective conductor from the lead body in the respective slot of each of the plurality of feedthrough pins; and performing welding operations to connect the plurality of conductors of the lead body with the plurality of feedthrough pins of the feedthrough component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken McGiboney, Galen L. Smith, Michael Gaines, Jerome Boogaard
  • Patent number: 8725229
    Abstract: A cover sheet (1) used in a body measuring apparatus having electrodes for supplying current to a human body or for measuring a difference in electrical potential between two sites of the body. The cover sheet has electric conductive area portions (2) corresponding to the electrodes of the body measuring apparatus and having a electric conductivity in thickness direction, and insulation area portions (3) spacing adjacent electric conductive area portions (2) and having electrically insulating property at least along a plane direction. The cover sheet is used to prevent cross-infection and can be used safely without slip and prepared cheaply without affecting to impedance, with assuring completely insulation between adjacent electrodes. Conductivity is created with conductive solid (“dry type”) or conductive liquid (“wet type”). The cover sheet is fed automatically by a sheet dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Furue, Minoru Ogura, Makoto Niizato, Kazuaki Natsume
  • Patent number: 8702928
    Abstract: A modular analyte measurement system having a removable strip port module. In one embodiment, the analyte measurement system includes: an analyte meter; a removable strip port module; and a connector linking the removable strip port module to the analyte meter. The analyte meter includes: a meter housing; a receptacle formed in the meter housing; a processing circuit disposed within the housing; and an input interface within the receptacle and electrically coupled to the processing circuit. The removable strip port module includes: a module housing sized to at least partially fit within the receptacle of the analyte meter; an analyte test strip port disposed within the module housing to receive an analyte test strip via an aperture formed in the module housing; and an output interface coupled to the analyte test strip port. The connector links the output interface with the input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Hila Ralston, Frederic Arbogast, Matthew Simmons
  • Patent number: 8690611
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ECG electrode lead wire connector which provides improved electrical and mechanical coupling of the ECG electrode press stud to the lead wire, provides enhanced ergonomics to the clinician, and may alleviate patient discomfort associated with the attachment and removal of ECG leads. The connector may be engaged and disengaged with little or no force imparted to the patient or the ECG pad, which significantly minimizes the risk of inadvertent dislodgement of the pad. In one embodiment the disclosed connector provides a thumb cam lever which affirmatively engages the press stud to the connector, and provides tactile feedback to the clinician that the connector is properly engaged. In other embodiments, the connector provides a pushbutton to enable the clinician to easily engage and disengage the connector from the ECG stud. The disclosed connectors may also decrease clinician fatigue, and may provide more reliable ECG results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Selvitelli, Peter Meyer, Peter Yu
  • Patent number: 8666510
    Abstract: A lead connection system includes a connector housing. A plurality of lead retainers disposed in the connector housing are configured and arranged to removably attach to a proximal end of one of a received plurality of leads. The plurality of lead retainers include at least one of a slidable drawer and at least one pivotable hinged panel. A plurality of connector contacts are configured and arranged for making electrical contact with one or more of the terminals of one or more of the plurality of received leads. A single connector cable has a distal end that is electrically coupled to the plurality of connector contacts and a proximal end that is configured and arranged for insertion into a trial stimulator. A cable connector is electrically coupled, via the connector contacts, to at least one terminal of each of the received plurality of leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kenny Kinyen Chinn, John Michael Barker
  • Patent number: 8660668
    Abstract: Lead electrode assemblies for use with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator subcutaneously implanted outside the ribcage between the third and twelfth ribs comprising the electrode. Example assemblies include appendages of various types for use during implantation including fins, pinholes, loops, tubes, openings and other means for attachment to an implant tool. Several embodiments include first and second faces on the electrodes such that a first face is configured to be implanted facing the ribcage of the patient and the second face has the appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cameron Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Gust H. Bardy, Riccardo Cappato, William J. Rissmann, Gary H. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8660629
    Abstract: A method of monitoring pulmonary oedema in a subject using a processing system. The method includes, determining a measured impedance value for at least two body segments, at least one of the body segments being a thoracic cavity segment. For each body segment, the measured impedance values are used to determine an index, which is in turn used to determine the presence, absence or degree of pulmonary oedema using the determined indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Impedimed Limited
    Inventor: Scott Matthew Chetham
  • Patent number: 8651895
    Abstract: For the connection of a programming device to a hearing device an insertable plate (21) into the casing or frame of the hearing device is provided, comprising on one side contacts (29) to the hearing device electronics and on the other side contact pins (27), provided for the connection of a contact adapter/cable system of the programming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Phonak AG
    Inventors: Paul Portmann, Erich Dittli, Bruno Gabathuler, Erdal Karamuk
  • Patent number: 8644903
    Abstract: Improved electrode assemblies for recording and stimulation. Cortical and depth electrode structures are provided as well as inline interconnection systems. Methods of manufacture are further taught to provide enhanced surfaces for cortical electrodes. The inline interconnection systems include connector assembly embodiments for electrode leads which have structure providing ease of EEG recording as well as stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: PMT Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Osa, Eric Caille, Charles Talbott, Joseph Copley, Alfred Iversen
  • Patent number: 8602827
    Abstract: An IS-4 terminal connector assembly includes three terminal electrodes positioned over an inner tubular member such that they are radially offset from one another. Each of the terminal ring electrodes are configured such that they can withstand both tensile and cyclical bending loads with minimal compromise in their outer geometry. Additionally, each of the terminal electrodes is configured such that they have both an inner and outer geometry that facilitates adequate insulation between a select terminal electrode and an adjacent conductor. Additionally, each of the terminal ring electrodes is configured such that they facilitate an external approach to staking a cable conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Lily Lim, Ronald W. Kunkel, Joseph Walker, Peter Hall, Steven E. Schultz, Devon N. Arnholt, Angelo Fruci
  • Patent number: 8597042
    Abstract: A connector (500) for operably coupling a medical lead to an implantable medical device includes first and second pivotably coupled elongate members (510, 520). Each of the first and second elongate members has (i) a proximal end portion (512, 522), and (ii) a distal end portion (514, 524) for engaging the lead. The lead has a proximal end portion having a shoulder. The first and second elongate members are pivotably coupled such that the distal end portions of the first and second elongate members are moveable to allow insertion of the lead proximally past the distal end portions of the elongate members and to allow the distal end portions to engage the lead distal the shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc
    Inventor: Gary W. King
  • Patent number: 8593816
    Abstract: A connector assembly for an implantable medical device includes a plurality of feedthroughs mounted in a conductive array plate, each feedthrough in the plurality of feedthroughs including a feedthrough pin electrically isolated from the conductive array plate by an insulator and an electronic module assembly including a plurality of conductive strips set in a non-conductive block. The plurality of conductive strips is in physical and electrical contact with the feedthrough pins at an angle of less than 135 degrees. The connector assembly further includes at least one circuit, the circuit including a plurality of conductors corresponding to the plurality of feedthroughs. The plurality of conductors of the circuit is in physical and electrical contact with a corresponding one of the conductive strips of the plurality of conductive strips of the electronic module assembly at an angle of less than 135 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh V. Iyer, Michael G. Marinkov, Lea A. Nygren, Jeffrey J. Clayton, James Strom, Thomas E. Meyer, Steven T. Deininger, Wayne R. Kuechenmeister
  • Patent number: 8588915
    Abstract: An electronic module assembly (EMA) for an implantable medical device is disclosed. The EMA comprises a non-conductive block having a top side, a bottom side, a front side and a back side. A plurality of conductive strips are coupled to the non-conductive block. Each conductive strip possesses a front side and a back side. The back side of each conductive strip extends from the front side across the top side and over to back side of the non-conductive block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh V. Iyer, Lea A. Nygren, Stephanie L. McCracken, Mukul Jain, Christine Gale Kronich
  • Patent number: 8585427
    Abstract: A connector includes: a card edge connector; a first cable drawn out from the card edge connector in a first direction; a first terminal disposed in the card edge connector and connected to the first cable; a receptacle into and from which the card edge connector is inserted and extracted; a second cable drawn out from the receptacle in a second direction; and a second terminal disposed in the receptacle and connected to the second cable. Insertion/extraction directions of the card edge connector are substantially perpendicular to at least one of the first direction and the second direction. The card edge connector includes a first end face which is substantially parallel to the insertion/extraction directions, and the receptacle includes a first wall face which is substantially parallel to the insertion/extraction directions. In a state where the card edge connector and the receptacle are coupled to each other, the first end face and the first wall face are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nihon Kohden Corporation
    Inventors: Teiji Ukawa, Toru Maeda
  • Patent number: 8560043
    Abstract: An ECG lead set including an ECG electrode assembly and a lead set hub. ECG electrode includes at least one electrode configured to receive biopotential signals from a patient, a plug connector for connecting said ECG electrode assembly, a web, connected between the at least one electrode and the plug connector and configured to form an electrical connection therebetween. The lead set hub includes at least one receptacle configured to receive the plug connector of the ECG electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Selvitelli, Mark J Callahan, Mark Tauer, Kathleen Tremblay, Eliot Zaiken
  • Patent number: 8545039
    Abstract: A lamp base having an electrical device recharging receptacle configured to receive a plug from a recharging device for a portable rechargeable electronic device. The receptacle is configured as a standard automobile cigarette lighter receptacle. The receptacle includes standard cigarette lighter receptacle electrical contacts that are connected to a voltage and current conversion circuit for receiving standard household voltage and converting it into standard automotive voltage and current. An adapter receptacle is provided in the lamp base with securable replacement electrical and mechanical connection mechanism, wherein the conversion circuit provides a voltage and current to the adapter receptacle. A replaceably securable USB adapter plug comprising a second conversion circuit for converting the voltage and current provided to the adapter receptacle into a standard USB voltage and current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Bharat Patel
  • Patent number: 8548601
    Abstract: A lead connection system includes a connector housing. A plurality of lead retainers disposed in the connector housing are configured and arranged to removably attach to a proximal end of one of a received plurality of leads. The plurality of lead retainers include at least one of a slidable drawer and at least one pivotable hinged panel. A plurality of connector contacts are configured and arranged for making electrical contact with one or more of the terminals of one or more of the plurality of received leads. A single connector cable has a distal end that is electrically coupled to the plurality of connector contacts and a proximal end that is configured and arranged for insertion into a trial stimulator. A cable connector is electrically coupled, via the connector contacts, to at least one terminal of each of the received plurality of leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kenny Kinyen Chinn, John Michael Barker
  • Patent number: 8523588
    Abstract: An implantable lead has a distal lead portion with at least one electrode electrically connected to a connector ring through a conductor running in a lumen of the lead. A proximal lead portion includes the connector ring, a connector pin and a connector coupling mechanically and coaxially connected to each other with the connector coupling as a bridging element. A rotational lock in the form of a circumferential element of an elastically deformable, flexible material is provided in the connector coupling in the interface between the coupling and the connector ring. This rotational lock prevents any rotation of the connector pin to be propagated into a rotation of the connector coupling and consequently reduces the risk of damages to internal lead components due to any such unintentional coupling rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical AB
    Inventors: Mikael Forslund, Per Jarl, Marcus Helgesson
  • Patent number: 8504168
    Abstract: A connection made between a contact and a conductor in an implantable lead assembly includes a slot, formed in the contact, and a crimp sleeve, attached to the contact; wherein the crimp sleeve includes a contact coupling, which rests within the contact slot, and a conductor coupling, crimped around the conductor, within a body of the lead assembly. The conductor coupling of the crimp sleeve may be pushed through the contact slot, anywhere along a length of the slot, so that the contact coupling comes to rest between opposing edges of the slot. A preferred profile of the contact coupling of the crimp sleeve is such that the contact coupling rests within the contact slot, without falling through to the inside diameter of the contact, prior to attachment thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary Lee Cole
  • Patent number: 8478409
    Abstract: A filtering capacitor feedthrough assembly for an implantable active medical device is disclosed. The filtering capacitor feedthrough assembly includes a capacitor having an aperture defined by an inner capacitor surface. The capacitor is electrically grounded to an electrically conductive feedthrough ferrule or housing of the implantable active medical device. A terminal pin extends into the aperture. An electrically conductive split ring sleeve is disposed within the aperture and between the terminal pin and the capacitor. The split ring sleeve includes a first end, a second end, a sleeve length therebetween. A longitudinal slit through the sleeve extends from the first end to the second end. The electrically conductive split ring sleeve mechanically securing and electrically coupling the terminal pin to the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh V. Iyer, Richard P. Millis, Michael G. Marinkov, Micah A. Litow
  • Patent number: 8435079
    Abstract: Improved electrode assemblies for recording and stimulation. Cortical and depth electrode structures are provided as well as inline interconnection systems. Methods of manufacture are further taught to provide enhanced surfaces for cortical electrodes. The inline interconnection systems include connector assembly embodiments for electrode leads which have structure providing ease of EEG recording as well as stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: PMT Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Osa, Eric Caillé, Charles Talbott, Joseph Copley, Alfred Iversen
  • Patent number: 8428724
    Abstract: A low-insertion force electrical connector for implantable medical devices. The electrical contact includes a housing with a pair of opposing sidewalls each with center openings oriented generally concentrically around a center axis. The housing also includes a recess with a recess diameter. An inner coil is located in the recess with a coil axis generally co-linear with the center axis of the center openings. The inner coil includes an outer diameter less than the recess diameter, and an inner diameter greater than a center opening diameter. An outer coil is threaded onto the inner coil to form a generally toroidal-shape. The outer coil has an outer diameter less than the recess diameter, and an inner diameter less than the center opening diameter. The outer coil is radially expanded within the recess in response to engagement with contact rings on the implantable medical device, such that the outer diameter of the outer coil is at least equal to the recess diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventor: Shahn S. Sage
  • Patent number: 8408948
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ECG electrode lead wire connector which provides improved electrical and mechanical coupling of the ECG electrode press stud to the lead wire, provides enhanced ergonomics to the clinician, and may alleviate patient discomfort associated with the attachment and removal of ECG leads. The connector may be engaged and disengaged with little or no force imparted to the patient or the ECG pad, which significantly minimizes the risk of inadvertent dislodgement of the pad. In one embodiment the disclosed connector provides a thumb cam lever which affirmatively engages the press stud to the connector, and provides tactile feedback to the clinician that the connector is properly engaged. In other embodiments, the connector provides a pushbutton to enable the clinician to easily engage and disengage the connector from the ECG stud. The disclosed connectors may also decrease clinician fatigue, and may provide more reliable ECG results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Selvitelli, Peter Meyer
  • Patent number: 8398443
    Abstract: A connector for establishing electrical connection between a testing device and a test strip with a biological fluid thereon includes a contact pad on the test strip, and one or more contact wires in the testing device. When the strip is inserted into the testing device, part of the strip's end engages a contact portion of a contact wire and deflects it in a direction normal to the direction of insertion. In certain embodiments the radius of curvature (in the direction of insertion) of the contact portion is controlled to reduce abrasion of the strip by the wire. In other embodiments the radius of curvature (perpendicular to the direction of insertion) is controlled to reduce the abrasion of the strip by the wire. Sometimes the contact portion and/or contact pad is plated with a sacrificial material to reduce the coefficient of friction. In other embodiments various numbers of contacts receive the end of the strip substantially simultaneously, or are staggered in rows to distribute the resistance presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Henning Groll, Michael J. Celentano, Joseph A. Finnerty
  • Patent number: 8382529
    Abstract: An IS-4 terminal connector assembly includes three terminal electrodes positioned over an inner tubular member such that they are radially offset from one another. Each of the terminal ring electrodes are configured such that they can withstand both tensile and cyclical bending loads with minimal compromise in their outer geometry. Additionally, each of the terminal electrodes is configured such that they have both an inner and outer geometry that facilitates adequate insulation between a select terminal electrode and an adjacent conductor. Additionally, each of the terminal ring electrodes is configured such that they facilitate an external approach to staking a cable conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Lily Lim, Ronald W. Kunkel, Joseph Walker, Peter C. Hall, Steven E. Schultz, Devon N. Arnholt, Angelo Fruci
  • Patent number: 8376784
    Abstract: The present invention related to a connector which is used in a biosensing meter and receives an insertion, comprising a body and a plurality of terminal components. The plurality of terminals arranged all around and face to face, thereby reducing the volume of the connector. Furthermore, the plurality of terminal respectively contact the insertion equally thereby increasing the transmissible accuracy and the determination accuracy. The connector can further comprise a sliding base connected with the body for ejecting the insertion, whereby the invented connector can achieve multi-functional goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Taidoc Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Chi Wu, Wen-Jung Huang, Yi-Hsin Huang, Hui-Sheng Hou, Chao-Wang Chen
  • Patent number: 8355787
    Abstract: An implantable connector comprises an electrically insulative housing including an outer wall, an interior cavity surrounded by the outer wall, a port through which the lead body portion can be introduced into the interior cavity, and a pair of first apertures disposed through the outer wall on a first side of the housing. The connector further comprises an electrical spring clip contact mounted to the housing. The contact includes a common portion and a pair of legs extending from opposite ends of the common portion. The legs respectively extend through the first apertures into the interior cavity, such that the legs firmly engage the electrical terminal therebetween when the lead body portion is introduced into the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Barker
  • Patent number: 8342887
    Abstract: An electrical connector and assembly having a body arranged and disposed to receive an interconnector of a guide wire at a first end and an interface cable at a second end, and a contact module in the body, the contact module comprising a contact housing and a plurality of contacts, disposed in the contact housing, the plurality of contacts being configured for electrical connection with the interface cable and the guide wire, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Gleason, Keith Edwin Miller, Kenneth Alan McGiboney, Laurence Alan Daane
  • Patent number: 8306631
    Abstract: An implantable lead for a medical device with a coplanar coupling for connecting a conductor to a contact reduces conductor bending moments to improve lead reliability. The implantable lead comprises a lead body having a proximal end and a distal end, at least one conductor, at least one contact carried on the proximal end, at least one contact carried on the distal end, and at least one coupling. The lead body has an exterior surface. The conductor is contained in the lead body and extends from the lead proximal end to the distal end. The conductor is also electrically insulated. The contact carried on the proximal end is electrically connected to the conductor. The coupling has a conductor coupling and a contact coupling. The conductor coupling is placed over the conductor and attached to the conductor. The contact coupling exits the lead body and has a weld to connect the contact coupling to the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Lee Cole, Xavier Pardo, Brian T. Stolz
  • Patent number: 8285395
    Abstract: The present invention is configured to provide an offset weld and crimp in a coupling component that can be located entirely within a lumen of a lead body. This end is accomplished by providing an asymmetric coupling component is provided with a crimp recess, for example a groove or a bore extending along one side of the component and a thickened portion offset laterally from the groove or bore and having a welding surface displaced laterally from the groove or bore. While the embodiments illustrated herein are those employing a crimping groove, for purposes of understanding the invention it should be understood that a bore may be substituted. In preferred embodiments, the crimp recess is used to receive a stranded or cabled conductor within the lead body and the offset portion is used to attach to one or more filars of an electrode coil by welding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Seifert, Gregory A. Boser