Having Endotrachael Intuabation Means On Endoscope Patents (Class 600/120)
  • Patent number: 10564410
    Abstract: An endoscope optic including: an outer tube having an opening at an end face in an end region of the outer tube, a fiber tube disposed in the opening, the fiber tube containing an objective lens, and a fiber bundle for illuminating a region in front of the objective lens, the fiber bundle being provided at an outer periphery of the objective lens, wherein a distal end region of the fiber bundle being arranged in a distal aperture in the fiber tube, the aperture being surrounded by material of the fiber tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Lars Hansen
  • Patent number: 10525174
    Abstract: A vacuum powered ‘pimple puller’ configured to extract pus and other biomaterial from within an individual's or animal's clogged pore with mild suction provided by an external vacuum source, which is channeled through the body of the present invention. The force of the vacuum is focused on the target area of skin by one of a variety of applicator tips designed to be affixed to the head of the present invention while in use. It is the intent of the present invention to successfully remove biomaterial from a pore by rupturing the skin's surface, while minimizing the risk of infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Rex Romaine Bahr
  • Patent number: 10500079
    Abstract: An endoluminal prosthesis assembly includes a delivery system having an introduction end, an operator end, and a stent graft retention region. An endoluminal prosthesis is disposed at the stent graft retention region. The prosthesis comprises a tubular body, an inner lumen extending between proximal and distal ends of the tubular body, at least one fenestration disposed in a sidewall of the body, and an internal branch at least partially formed with the sidewall of the body and disposed in parallel alignment with the prosthesis. A guide wire having a first end and a second end is pre-loaded with the prosthesis in the delivery system. At least a portion of the guide wire is disposed within the internal branch and the inner lumen of tubular body of the prosthesis prior to delivery of the prosthesis and during delivery and deployment of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Shrum, Brandon Tran, Charles L. Baxter, Jarin A. Kratzberg
  • Patent number: 10039444
    Abstract: A new Laryngoscopy blade having variable size blade is designed. This blade can supply the necessary length and appropriate view for Laryngoscopy without repeated blade changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Ehsanollah Ghorbanian, Mohammad Gharavifard
  • Patent number: 9801534
    Abstract: An extendable intubation device is disclosed that includes a tube assembly having a plurality of elongated tubes. Within the assembly, a base tube is coupled with an extension tube to maintain a continuous fluid pathway along the tube assembly during a fore-and-aft movement of the extension tube relative to the base tube. The extendable intubation device can include a camera system to allow a user (e.g. physician) to visually monitor the advancement of the distal end of the extension tube into the trachea of the patient. The camera system can include a sensor portion attached to the distal end of the extension tube and a monitor portion. A conductive wire connects the sensor portion to the monitor portion. The monitor portion of the camera system can be provided as an eyepiece at the proximal end of the intubation device and/or as a stand alone display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan Y. Lee
  • Patent number: 9782061
    Abstract: A video laryngoscopy device includes: a blade having a handle and a blade portion extending from the handle; an electronics housing extending from the blade portion; and a camera or image sensor and a lighting element housed within the electronics housing. The device may be single use disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Velosal Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Newcomb, Michael George Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9585547
    Abstract: An endoscope sheath is provided comprising a sheath tube extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end, the sheath tube is configured to receive at least a portion of an endoscope; a hub connected to the proximal end of the sheath tube; and a hub adapter engaging the hub and configured to engage the endoscope, wherein the sheath tube can rotate about the longitudinal axis without rotation of the hub adapter, and wherein the sheath tube is restricted from moving axially along the longitudinal axis relative to the hub adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: Ming J. Cheng, John P. Flynn
  • Patent number: 9459326
    Abstract: A battery pack (10) for an electrical device (60) has a cover portion which forms part of the assembled electrical device (60) and a seal (78) for forming a waterproof seal between the battery pack (10) and the electrical device (10). Thus, every new battery pack can form a fresh seal with the electrical device (60), allowing effective waterproofing. A battery pack (10) for an electrical device (60) includes a memory storing a value indicative the remaining available rated capacity of the battery pack (10). The stored value is changed in use to reflect reducing capacity. The initial stored value is chosen so that there is a very high (e.g. >99.9%) confidence that the battery pack will provide at least the capacity indicated by the initial stored value. This reduces the chance of failure during emergency procedures. An override facility is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Matthew John Ross McGrath, Peter Douglas Colin Inglis, Brian Alan Laffoley
  • Patent number: 9232962
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems and methods are disclosed that serve to guide one or more medical devices through a port formed in bodily tissue to access a bodily cavity. One embodiment of the medical device includes a connection member, a rail, and a carrier. The connection member is structured for attachment to the port. The rail is attached to the connection member, and has a first portion extending distally through the port opening, and a second portion extending at an angle relative to the first portion. The carrier is structured to selectively connect to the first portion of the rail, and is slidable along the first and second portions of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Vihar C. Surti, Richard W. Ducharme, Tyler Evans McLawhorn
  • Patent number: 9192407
    Abstract: A wire guide system is provided for use during a endoscopic surgical procedures. The wire guide system includes a cylindrical shaft having a hollow chamber along a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical shaft, a flange fit disposed around the cylindrical shaft and a seal disposed around the cylindrical shaft and abutting the flange. The system may also include an anchor affixed to the cylindrical shaft and having an aperture from which at least one of a sensor, a light, a camera, tissue and/or organs may be suspended therefrom and at least one cable extending from one end of the cylindrical shaft to another end of the cylindrical shaft through the hollow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James M Power, Frank Viola, Russell Heinrich
  • Patent number: 9173545
    Abstract: A laryngoscopic device includes a laryngoscope video blade and a handle module arranged to support the video blade or auxiliary direct laryngoscopy blades interchangeably thereon. The video blade includes a camera and contacts for receiving electrical power from the handle module while outputting video to the handle module from the camera. The handle module can also provide electrical power to a light source on the video blade or include its own light source to be conveyed to a light guide of a blade coupled to the handle module. The laryngoscopic device also includes a display monitor which can be removably coupled to an output of the handle module to display video generated by the video blade camera. The handle module can be used alone with non-video blades or readily converted to a video laryngoscopic device by replacing the non-video blade with a video blade and connecting the display monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Ian Schoonbaert
  • Publication number: 20150099927
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for improved intubation which have particular application for awake or sedated intubation are described. An intubation scope having a handle, a flexible probe, and an articulatable tip where the handle has a control lever coupled to a rotary control wheel, which is in turn connected to control wires which when moved by the rotary control wheel cause articulation of the tip of the intubation scope. Systems utilizing the intubation scope may also include endotracheal tubes adapted to fit over the tip of the intubation scope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Sadoughi
  • Patent number: 8998798
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods that utilize a multi-lumen tube with an integral visualization apparatus, such as a camera. The multi-lumen tracheal tube system may include a camera apparatus that is positioned to facilitate left or right bronchial intubation. In addition, the camera apparatus may be a unitary assembly that functions to hold and position the camera relative to the tube and provides an acceptable profile for comfortable intubation. The camera apparatus may include additional components, such as integral light sources and flushing or cleaning devices to remove any buildup from the camera or optical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Sarah Hayman, Lockett E. Wood, Neville DeWitt Pierrat, Steven J. Grate, Jonathan Bloom, Roger Mecca, Alissa Wong, Christina Kornreich, Susan Roweton, Shannon E. Campbell, Mark R. Behlmaier
  • Publication number: 20140378766
    Abstract: An endotracheal intubation assistance apparatus is for assisting in insertion of an endotracheal tube into the trachea of a patient, and includes a flexible movable tubular stylet, a graspable controller, and a viewing device. The stylet has a leading section, a body section, a tail section, and two slits extending through the body section and the tail section for dividing the tail section into first and second driven sheets. The viewing device includes an elongate body and a viewing head. The elongate body and the viewing head are movable through the controller, and is extendable outwardly from the leading section. When the first and second driven sheets move relative to each other, the leading section swings synchronously a distal end of the endotracheal tube and the viewing head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Gentle and Tender Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Po-Han Lo
  • Publication number: 20140275766
    Abstract: A detachable stylet assembly for endotracheal intubation of a patient is disclosed. The stylet comprises an elongated tube defining: a longitudinal axis, a proximal end for detachably mounting the stylet to a hand grip, and a distal end for entering the trachea of the patient. The tube comprises an articulation section adjacent the distal end adapted to curve into the trachea upon actuation. An actuator housing is mounted on and adjacent to the proximal end of the tube. An actuating assembly is constructed inside the actuator housing having connection means for engaging the hand grip. A control wire is mounted within the actuator housing and connected to the actuating assembly. The control wire extends through the tube to the distal end of the tube and is adapted to curve the articulation section upon actuation. The hand grip comprises a base handle and a trigger for manual actuation of the actuator assembly. The trigger comprises finger grooves for convenient gripping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: AI Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: John Schwartz, Richard Schwartz, Harsha Setty
  • Patent number: 8764638
    Abstract: A detachable stylet assembly for endotracheal intubation of a patient is disclosed. The stylet comprises an elongated tube defining: a longitudinal axis, a proximal end for detachably mounting the stylet to a hand grip, and a distal end for entering the trachea of the patient. The tube comprises an articulation section adjacent the distal end adapted to curve into the trachea upon actuation. An actuator housing is mounted on and adjacent to the proximal end of the tube. An actuating assembly is constructed inside the actuator housing having connection means for engaging the hand grip. A control wire is mounted within the actuator housing and connected to the actuating assembly. The control wire extends through the tube to the distal end of the tube and is adapted to curve the articulation section upon actuation. The hand grip comprises a base handle and a trigger for manual actuation of the actuator assembly. The trigger comprises finger grooves for convenient gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Al Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: John Schwartz, Richard Schwartz, Harsha Setty
  • Publication number: 20140180006
    Abstract: The invention provides an endoscopic-enabled tongue depressor, as part of a mouth gag unit, with two-grooved design, where the first groove is for intubation, and the second groove accommodates the secure and adjustable placement of an optic device and associated method of use. The inventive tongue depressor enables full endoscopic procedures of the upper airway, such as nasopharynx, by providing a surgeon the ability to operate with both hands and an unobstructed view of a target area in the upper airway, in addition to real-time observation of the surgical field for other surgical staff (such as nursing staff, technicians, students and residents).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Eliav Gov-Ari
  • Publication number: 20140039255
    Abstract: The invention is related to a medical device for conducting a medical examination and/or intervention within a human or animal body the medical device (1) comprising an elongate body (2) which is designed for introduction into an orifice (15) of the human or animal body the elongate body (2) comprising a distal end (3), which is on the front side of the elongate body during introduction into the orifice (15), of the human or animal body and a proximal end (4) on the opposite side, wherein the elongate body is a hollow body comprising a reception chamber (8) in its interior, which reception chamber (8) is arranged for reception of a human finger (9), characterised in that one or more guiding elements (5, 21) for guiding a medical examination and/or intervention component (6) are located on or in the elongate body and at least one image gathering device (7), which is arranged for gathering of images in front of the distal end (3) of the elongate body (2), is arranged on or in the elongate body (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: MEDIZINISCHE HOCHSCHULE HANNOVER
    Inventor: Konstantinos Raymondos
  • Patent number: 8641613
    Abstract: An umbilical probe sensing system is described which includes an automated system for accurately obtaining physiological information from an infant in real time. The system may also automatically guide a healthcare provider with a recommended course of treatment for infant resuscitation based on the detected and monitored physiological data. Moreover, the automated system may also provide a real time record of the infant's physiological parameters and resuscitation treatment performed by a healthcare team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Medicalcue, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Coelho
  • Publication number: 20140018626
    Abstract: An extendable intubation device is disclosed that includes a tube assembly having a plurality of elongated tubes. Within the assembly, a base tube is coupled with an extension tube to maintain a continuous fluid pathway along the tube assembly during a fore-and-aft movement of the extension tube relative to the base tube. For example, a portion of the extension tube can be co-axially mounted within the lumen of the base tube. Additional extension tubes can be included. The length and curvature of the extendable intubation device can be manually adjusted by a control unit having at least one control wire. The control wire(s) are attached to the distal end of the most distal extension tube and can be employed to reciprocally move one or more of the extension tubes in a fore-and-aft movement relative to the base tube and/or selectively bend the tube assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan Y. LEE
  • Publication number: 20140012074
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for the cleaning of an endotracheal tube while a patient is being supported by a ventilator connected to the endotracheal tube for the purpose of increasing the available space for airflow or to prevent the build up of materials that may constrict airflow or be a potential nidus for infection. In one embodiment, a mechanically-actuated endotracheal tube cleaning device is configured to removably receive a visualization member to provide cleaning of the endotracheal tube under direct visualization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: ENDOCLEAR LLC
    Inventors: Brad Eugene Vazales, Arthur Bertolero
  • Publication number: 20130324798
    Abstract: An airway device is provided for opening a patient's airway. The airway device provides dual tubes which allow the patient to breathe on his/her own, to be ventilated, or to be intubated. The airway device includes a camera which provides constant visualization of the patient's tissues during insertion of the airway device and during the entire medical procedure. A transmission lumen monitors heart and breath sounds. Information from the camera and the transmission lumen is relayed to a microprocessor to allow for monitoring which may be remote. An airway assist device may be used with the airway device for properly positioning the patient's tongue is also disclosed. The airway assist device is inserted into the patient's vallecula to manipulate the patient's tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: ROBERT MOLNAR, ARCANGELO MICHELE IUSCO
  • Publication number: 20130261393
    Abstract: A tracheotomy device comprises a disposable flexible sheath (2) to be put on fitting means (4) carrying endoscopic surgical instruments insertable in a trachea. The sheath (2) comprises a main channel (6) for insertion of the fitting means (4) and a secondary channel (7) for insertion of a perforation element (5) slidable inside it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: GIMAC DI MACCAGNAN GIORGIO
    Inventor: Marco Munaro
  • Publication number: 20130204082
    Abstract: An airway manifold includes a manifold body having an upper body portion and a lower body portion. The body portions are engaged such that the upper body portion is rotatable relative to the lower body portion, whereby a generally hollow interior space is defined. The lower body portion has a port open to the interior space, and the upper body portion includes a plurality of ports open to the interior space. A first upper body port is axially alignable with the lower body port to define a substantially linear passageway therebetween when the upper body portion is at a first rotatable position relative to the lower body portion. A second upper body port is axially alignable with the lower body port to define a substantially linear passageway therebetween when the upper body portion is at a second rotatable position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Frank J. Fischer, JR.
  • Patent number: 8495999
    Abstract: An airway intubation device having a one-piece molded body of biocompatible material with an ergonomically designed hand piece for left hand manipulation. The body includes a cap piece and linear-curved-linear insertion piece having a channel in one side thereof for insertion of an endotracheal tube. The channel has a wide entry portal disposed ahead of the hand piece so that a clinician may load the channel with a tube while the insertion piece is in the mouth of the patient without having to view the entry portal. The device includes illumination means and viewing means comprising an eye piece or a video display unit mounted to the cap piece so that a clinician can view the insertion of the tube between the vocal cords of a patient without contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventors: John Adam Law, Michael Gross, George James Kovacs, Steve Carkner
  • Publication number: 20130178704
    Abstract: A scope tube may include an elongated member, a lever, a coupling member, and a handle portion. The elongated member may define a through bore tapering from a proximal end of the elongated member toward a distal end of the elongated member. The lever may be pivotally coupled to the elongated member, and the coupling member may be pivotally coupled with the lever and may extend beyond the proximal end of the elongated member. The handle portion may be fixedly coupled with the elongated tube distal of the lever. The handle portion may be proximate the lever such that a user can grasp the handle portion with one hand and operate the lever with the thumb of the same hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Francisco JAIME
  • Patent number: 8479739
    Abstract: A system and method for endotracheal intubation of airways are disclosed. A malleable stylet having a distal end and a proximal end, a charged coupled device (CCD) at the distal end and a transmitter, at or near the proximal end or connected to the proximal end of the stylet with connectors, transmits video to a visualization device comprising a receiver means, a display means, and a display support adapted to be worn on an operator in a position so that the operator can view the display with one eye while simultaneously viewing the airway directly. The display support is typically worn on the head of a physician. A second display can be worn by a student or observer. In some instances, the transmitter means and receiver means are wireless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: The Cooper Health System
    Inventor: Robert Hirsh
  • Patent number: 8475364
    Abstract: An endotracheal intubation device includes an inflatable cuff connected to an inflation tube, visualization means, where the visualization means include means to enlighten and an image guide, where the means to enlighten, the image guide, and the inflation tube are associated to a first three ways connector adapted to connect the endotracheal intubation device to a control panel; a packaging is also provided containing the endotracheal intubation device wherein the first three ways connector is placed across the packaging so as to allow checking the endotracheal intubation device without impairing its sterility with an endotracheal intubation device tester; an intubation method is further provided using the packaging, the control panel and the endotracheal intubation device tester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Frederic Supiez
  • Publication number: 20130158351
    Abstract: An endobronchial tube comprising at least two lumens of different lengths for selectively associating with a patient about at least two locations relative to the Tracheal Carina.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: ETVIEW LTD.
    Inventors: Elias Daher, Matthias Benedikt Schuh
  • Patent number: 8453639
    Abstract: An automatic video instillator that can accurately and easily administer inhalation into an airway of an animal by providing images of a throat is provided. An automatic video instillator includes a case defining a space, a guide unit that protrudes frontward from the case to secure an airway of an animal by being inserted through a throat of the animal, an image pickup unit that is installed on a front end of the guide unit to capture images of portions in front of the guide unit, an administration unit that is installed through the case and the guide unit to administer an inhalation, an administration switch for adjusting administration of a predetermined amount of the inhalation directed to the administration unit into the airway of the animal, and an image display unit that is connected to the image pickup unit to allow a user to see the images captured by the image pickup unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Doobae System
    Inventors: Jin-Sung Kim, Bae Lee, In-Cheol Hwang, Chang-Woo Song, Sang-Seop Han
  • Publication number: 20130109918
    Abstract: An endotracheal tube is introduced into the trachea using a video introducer in the form of a bendable rod having a camera and light source at one end and connected to a display monitor via a cable and connector at the other end. The introducer is initially inserted to the trachea carrying a guide sleeve extending along its outside. When correctly inserted, the video introducer is removed by pulling rearwardly to leave the guide sleeve in position. The endotracheal tube is then slid into position along the guide sleeve, following which the guide sleeve is removed to leave the endotracheal tube in position. The guide sleeve could be stiffened after removing the video introducer and before inserting the tube by inserting a stylet or filling the sleeve with a substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: SMITHS MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Eric Pagan
  • Patent number: 8393328
    Abstract: Many embodiments of an airway assembly and methods of using an airway assembly are disclosed. In one embodiment, an airway assembly includes an outer tube, an inner tube disposed coaxially with the outer tube, and a seal disposed on the inner tube. The seal is movable between a collapsed position and an expanded position where the seal engages an airway. Another embodiment is an airway assembly that includes an outer tube having a proximal portion and a distal portion, and an inner tube disposed coaxially with the outer tube. The inner tube has a proximal portion and a distal portion. The proximal portion of the outer tube has an outer diameter that is larger than an outer diameter of the distal portion of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: BiO2 Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis F. Angel, Jeffrey N. Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 8382665
    Abstract: An endotracheal tube placement system and method is provided including a placement-assistive handle, an oral anchor, a mechanized advancer, a video system, an endotracheal tube lock, an endotracheal tube manipulator, and an endotracheal tube stabilizer. The endotracheal tube is slipped over the endotracheal tube manipulator and is secured by the endotracheal tube lock. The placement-assistive handle houses the power supply, provides a foundation for attachment of other elements of the invention, and provides control of the tube placement. Attached to the handle is the mechanized advancer, which propels the endotracheal tube lock, endotracheal tube manipulator, and the endotracheal tube forward. The oral anchor comprises a bite block and mouth rest, and is attached to the ET supportive sheath-like ET stabilizer. The integrated video system comprises a video camera, a light source, and an LCD screen held by a swivel base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Alfred Fam
  • Publication number: 20130035548
    Abstract: A fiberoptic intubating device is provided which permits visualization of the vocal cords and automatic deployment of an endotracheal tube into the trachea upon visualization. The device includes a housing, a handle extending from the housing, and an extendable and retractable stylet extending from the distal end generally in parallel with the longitudinal axis. The device also includes a support member disposed on the housing that is configured to support the endotracheal tube with respect to the housing and to be selectively movable in the longitudinal direction relative to the housing. The device is configured to automatically move the stylet relative to the housing upon actuation of a trigger. Once the stylet is positioned relative to the vocal cords, the device is configured to deploy the endotracheal tube into the trachea upon further actuation of the trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Tufts Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Alexandrov Ianchulev
  • Publication number: 20130030249
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for facilitating insertion of an endotracheal tube and/or for verifying the position of the endotracheal tube within an airway of a patient with respect to an anatomical landmark of a patient are disclosed. Systems, methods, and devices for facilitating removal of debris from the distal airways of a patient under direct visualization are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: ENDOCLEAR LLC
    Inventor: ENDOCLEAR LLC
  • Publication number: 20130023729
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for facilitating insertion of an endotracheal tube and/or for verifying the position of the endotracheal tube within an airway of a patient with respect to an anatomical landmark of a patient are disclosed. Systems, methods, and devices for facilitating removal of debris from the distal airways of a patient under direct visualization are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: ENDOCLEAR LLC
    Inventors: Brad E. Vazales, Arthur Bertolero, Alan Davidner, Ken Watson, James M. Gracy, Clifton P. Colwell, Craig B. Berky, Dwight Morejohn, Dwayne Griffin, Richard Tefo
  • Publication number: 20120302833
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an intubation system include a tracheal tube and an illumination assembly that is removably couplable to a tubular body of the tracheal tube. The tracheal tube may be a double lumen tracheal tube having a first cuff that is adapted to be inflated to seal against the walls of a patient's trachea and a second cuff that is adapted to be inflated to seal against the walls of the patient's bronchial stem. The illumination assembly may have one or more illumination devices that are adapted to produce light within the patient's trachea, the patient's bronchial stem, or both when the illumination assembly is coupled to the tubular body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Sarah Hayman, Lockett E. Wood, Christina Kornreich
  • Patent number: 8231524
    Abstract: An endoscope device having a curvable portion and a pivotable lever enclosed within a housing connected to a spring means for returning the trigger and the control wire to a resting position once a user is finished squeezing the trigger. The pivotable lever defines first and second ends connected to an adjustment wire and a control wire respectively. When the trigger is squeezed, the curvable portion curves in a controlled manner from a fully straight configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: AI Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: John Schwartz, Richard Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20120172664
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods that utilize a multi-lumen tube with an integral visualization apparatus, such as a camera. The multi-lumen tracheal tube system may include a camera apparatus that is positioned to facilitate left or right bronchial intubation. In addition, the camera apparatus may be a unitary assembly that functions to hold and position the camera relative to the tube and provides an acceptable profile for comfortable intubation. The camera apparatus may include additional components, such as integral light sources and flushing or cleaning devices to remove any buildup from the camera or optical components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: SARAH HAYMAN, Lockett E. Wood, Neville DeWitt Pierrat, Steven J. Grate, Jonathan Bloom, Roger Mecca, Alissa Wong, Christina Kornreich, Susan Roweton, Shannon E. Campbell, Mark R. Behlmaier
  • Patent number: 8202215
    Abstract: A pharyngeal intubation guiding device includes lengthwise extending tongue-side and palate-side walls that cooperatively define a guiding duct. The tongue-side wall is configured to conform to the rear end of a patient's tongue to permit the guiding duct to confront the opening of the patient's larynx. The palate-side wall has an outer contour which establishes a guideway towards the opening of the patient's esophagus. A lengthwise extending laryngoscope guiding channel and a lengthwise extending endotracheal tube guiding groove are disposed in the guiding duct. A viewing window is disposed to define a terminal end of the laryngoscope guiding channel. The endotracheal tube guiding groove has a lead-in port to permit an endotracheal tube introduced therein to be removable laterally. A lengthwise extending conduit is disposed in the guiding duct to permit an aspirator tube to reach the patient's trachea to suck out phlegm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignees: Plastics Industry Development Center, Pontex Polyblend Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo-Wen Xiao, Tzu-Chieh Lin, Feng-Min Lai, Chung-Chih Lin
  • Publication number: 20120078050
    Abstract: A stylet assembly for performing a nasal endotracheal intubation of a patient is disclosed. The stylet assembly includes an elongated tube as a stylet for the intubation defining a longitudinal axis, a proximal end, and a distal end for entering the trachea of the patient. The elongated tube includes (i) a rigid section adjacent the proximal end, (ii) an articulation section adjacent the distal end and adapted to curve into the patient's trachea upon actuation, and (iii) a flexible section between the rigid section and the articulation section, the flexible section being adapted to curve to an internal shape of at least one of the patient's nose, nasal cavity, pharynx, and larynx during nasal intubation. The stylet assembly can further include an actuator housing, a control wire for actuating the articulating section, and a hand grip for maneuvering the stylet assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: AI Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: John Schwartz, Richard Schwartz, Harsha Setty
  • Publication number: 20120016197
    Abstract: An introducer for an endotracheal tube (50) has a bendable rod (10) with a video camera (15) and light source (16) mounted at its patient end (12) and connected by a cable (17) to an electrical connector (2) fixed at the machine end of the rod. The connector (2) has a narrow profile to allow the endotracheal tube (50) to be slid over it. In use, the camera (15) is connected to a video display (4) via a cable (5) and a mating connector (6), the rod (10) is bent to the desired shape and inserted into the trachea. The mating connector (6) is then disconnected to enable the endotracheal tube (50) to be slid to the correct position in the trachea along the rod (10) and over the connector (2) mounted at the machine end of the rod. The rod (10) is then removed to leave the tube (50) in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Smiths Medical International Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Stratton Turnbull
  • Publication number: 20120010467
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laryngeal mask airway device (1) for insertion into a patient to provide an airway passage to the patient's glottic opening, the device including an airway tube (2), a mask (3) attached to the airway tube, the mask comprising a body (4) including a peripheral inflatable cuff (5), an outlet (6) and an inlet (7), the mask being attached to the airway tube via the inlet for gaseous communication between the tube and the outlet, there being at least one fibre-optic cable (23, 24) terminating adjacent the outlet for receiving, in use, an image of the patient's glottic opening, and apparatus (50) for viewing the image, the viewing apparatus being disposed such that it remains in the user's field of view during manipulation of the device by the user to view the glottic opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: THE LARYNGEAL MASK COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Archibald I. J. BRAIN
  • Patent number: 8079951
    Abstract: An intubation assistance apparatus includes a main body having a proximal end portion; an intubation assistance instrument having an elongated insertion section for insertion into a target site or its vicinity of a patient from a mouth cavity of the patient, the inserting section being formed with a tube guide for leading the intubation tube toward the observation site; and an imaging device for taking an image of an observation site at a distal end portion of the insertion section as an electronic image. The main body includes a display having a screen for displaying the electronic image taken by the imaging device, and the screen of the display is adapted to indicate a target mark for adjusting or setting an advancing direction of the intubation tube to the observation site displayed on the screen in the electronic image displayed on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventor: Hidetaka Yokota
  • Patent number: 8052595
    Abstract: A position detecting apparatus includes receiving antennas to receive a radio signal, transmitting antennas to transmit a radio signal for power supply to a capsule endoscope, a first and second linear magnetic field generators that generate first and second linear magnetic fields, a diffuse magnetic field generator that generates a diffuse magnetic field, a processing device that performs a predetermined process on the radio signal, and a magnetic field sensor that functions as a body-size information detector. The magnetic field sensor detects magnetic field strength at an arranged position as body-size information, and the processing device controls the first linear magnetic field generator based on the magnetic field strength detected by the magnetic field sensor. Thus, the position detecting apparatus is capable of generating a magnetic field for position detection having an optimal strength according to a difference in body sizes of subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuo Minai
  • Publication number: 20110201882
    Abstract: An endotracheal tube exchanger with a detachable stylet, comprising a support housing and a detachable stylet assembly removably interconnected with the support housing. The stylet assembly includes an elongated stylet tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end having provided therein a camera and at least one LED, and the proximal end terminating in an end cap electrically connected with the camera and at least one LED. The end cap receivable in the support housing and adapted for electrical interconnection therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: AI Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: John Schwartz, Richard Schwartz, Harsha Setty
  • Publication number: 20110196204
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to an endotracheal intubation device 100 including a channel element 120 that defines a first channel 122 and additional retaining structure that defines a second channel 140. The device 100 is reversibly movable between a first relaxed position A (e.g., a generally extended or straight position) and a second curved position B (e.g., an articulated, generally non-linear position) with an articulating means 160. An endotracheal tube 200 can be inserted into the second channel 140, and the intubation device 100 then can be used to intubate a patient P according to a disclosed intubation method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: Al Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Setty, Richard Schwartz, John Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20110196203
    Abstract: A pharyngeal intubation guiding device includes lengthwise extending tongue-side and palate-side walls that cooperatively define a guiding duct. The tongue-side wall is configured to conform to the rear end of a patient's tongue to permit the guiding duct to confront the opening of the patient's larynx. The palate-side wall has an outer contour which establishes a guideway towards the opening of the patient's esophagus. A lengthwise extending laryngoscope guiding channel and a lengthwise extending endotracheal tube guiding groove are disposed in the guiding duct. A viewing window is disposed to define a terminal end of the laryngoscope guiding channel. The endotracheal tube guiding groove has a lead-in port to permit an endotracheal tube introduced therein to be removable laterally. A lengthwise extending conduit is disposed in the guiding duct to permit an aspirator tube to reach the patient's trachea to suck out phlegm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Bo-Wen Xiao, Tzu-Chieh Lin, Feng-Min Lai, Chung-Chih Lin
  • Publication number: 20110160537
    Abstract: A stylet with a camera device is disclosed, which is used along with an endotracheal tube. The stylet with a camera device comprises: a tube body, placed in the endotracheal tube, the tube body having a front end and a rear end, the rear end of the tube body having a bending part; an image capturing unit, used for capturing an image, the image capturing unit being connected to the front end of the tube body; a display unit, used for displaying the image, the display unit being connected to the bending part, and the display unit being electrically connected to the image capturing unit, wherein the display unit is located in a rear side of the endotracheal tube; and an operating member, connected to the rear end or the display unit, wherein the operating member allows a user to apply force so as to make the front end of the tube body protrude from one end of the endotracheal tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Tien-Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 7955256
    Abstract: A laryngoscope blade is provided. The blade includes a base, a relatively straight main blade portion and a distal tip. The relatively straight main blade portion has a length that extends from the base. The distal tip has a length that extends from the main blade portion. The distal tip further has a width that extends out beyond the width of the main blade in a select direction. The distal tip further yet has a bend at a select location about its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Carl Kaoru Sakamoto