Laryngoscope Patents (Class 600/185)
  • Patent number: 10638924
    Abstract: A laryngoscope device adapted to suction or delivery of liquid or air to clean particulate materials in larynx, is disclosed. The laryngoscope device, comprises a handgrip with an internal cavity and a container configured to hold fluid or air is disposed within said internal cavity. A blade member is mounted on the handgrip with predetermined length and curvature to insert into an oral cavity. The blade member comprises a tip portion in fluid communication with the container. The tip portion is configured to suction and discharge fluid or air. A lever is attached at a proximal end of the blade member and projects at an angle away from the handgrip. The lever is operable by a user, to execute suction or discharge in the oral cavity via the tip portion. An oxygenation tube is disposed at a distal end of said blade member, for delivering oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Javid Bamdad, Behzad Abedi, Amir Mahdi Bamdad, Yaghoob Ghasemi
  • Patent number: 10543330
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to an oral appliance and to methods of using such a device. More particularly, the disclosure relates to a device including an inflatable balloon and a guide assembly. One aspect of the present disclosure provides an oral device including an elongated member extending from a proximal end to a distal end, and an inflatable balloon attached to the elongated member near the distal end, the inflatable balloon having a central lumen. Another aspect provides a method of intubating a patient using an oral appliance as disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Amie L. Fordinal
  • Patent number: 10349822
    Abstract: A guiding device for use with a laryngoscope for assisting in the insertion of an endotracheal tube into a patient, the device comprising a guiding means for guiding an endotracheal tube through the patient's upper airways, and an attachment means to attach the guiding means to the blade of the laryngoscope. A laryngoscope comprising the guiding device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Indian Ocean Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Young, Anil Patel
  • Patent number: 10299668
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a laryngoscope that facilitates targeted recording (video, or audio, or both video and audio) of time intervals associated with active laryngoscopy. In accordance with the teachings of the disclosure, a characteristic that reliably defines the interval of active laryngoscopy is used to trigger recording. One such characteristic is that the operator's hand is gripping the handle of the laryngoscope. Accordingly, preferred embodiments implement a laryngoscope having a handle so designed that when the handle is gripped by the operator's hand, recording is initiated and continued for as long as the operator's hand maintains a grip on the laryngoscope handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Robert G. Walker, Fred W. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10188279
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed toward a laryngoscope having a handle, a rigid tube, and an optical subassembly. The handle has a distal end and a proximate end. The tube is hollow and also has a distal end having a distal opening and a proximate end having a proximate opening. The optical subassembly includes a light source located within the handle, a power source located within the handle and in communication with the light source and a light carrier extending between the handle and the tube and in communication with the light source and providing light inside and along the entire length of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Adroit Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Nilesh R. Vasan
  • Patent number: 10159405
    Abstract: A video laryngoscope has an arm comprising a video camera, at least one electrical conductor extending to the video camera, an elongate electrical conductor retaining member retaining the electrical conductor and an overmolding extending around the elongate cable retaining member and having a smooth outer surface. Providing a laryngoscope arm overmolded to provide a smooth outer surface has the benefit of allowing the laryngoscope arm to be readily cleaned or sterilized, and minimizes the number of features, such as seams or joints, where dirt or infectious bodies may be retained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AIRCRAFT MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew John Ross McGrath, Peter Douglas Colin Inglis
  • Patent number: 9723974
    Abstract: An image type laryngoscope apparatus includes a laryngoscope (3), a fastening device (1) and an image device (2). The image device is attached to the laryngoscope by the fastening device, and the signal transmitting unit (21) of the image device transmits image signals to a monitor (24) in a wire transmission manner or to a mobile device (4) in a wireless transmission manner, so that the operator can clearly inspect the present condition of a patient's throat by the image signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Yung-Hsuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 9687275
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pelvic visceral manipulator interface for use by the graspable tip of a robotic surgical system is disclosed. This interface can be used with any robotic pelvic medical procedure that utilizes manipulation of the uterus, vagina and/or colon. In one embodiment an interface aligns a robotic grasper arm with a visceral (uterine or vaginal/colon) manipulator for robotic laparoscopic pelvic surgery or pelvic medical procedure. In another embodiment, a manipulator includes an integrated tip for direct connection with the graspable tip of a robotic surgical system. In another embodiment, a robotic surgical arm includes an integrated tip for direct connection with a manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Summa Health
    Inventors: Bradford W. Fenton, Mary Michelle Evancho-Chapman, Todd Weinberg, Jessica Capestrain, Daniel Darkow, Ashley Roth, Heather Smeltzer
  • Patent number: 9414904
    Abstract: A vaginal support device, vaginal positioning system and associated method of treating pelvic prolapse is presented herein. Vaginal support device contains flat superior and inferior surfaces to facilitate affixing of mesh to vagina. Vaginal support device may be used as part of a system in conjunction with a manipulation device to support the vaginal walls. Mesh retention system may also include a holding device and retention mechanism such as a catheter or shaft and corresponding catheter balloon to hold mesh in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Stuart Richard Hart, Mario Alves Simoes, Mark Evans Armstrong, Omar Carambot
  • Patent number: 9364140
    Abstract: Disclosed is a video laryngoscope having a body, an insertion section extending from the body generally parallel to a median plane of the laryngoscope extending through the body, and a display screen assembly extending from the body generally perpendicular to the median plane, the body comprising a grip portion intermediate the display screen assembly and the insertion section. The display screen assembly, comprising a display screen, extends laterally from the body and the inner edge of the display screen falls within the lateral extent of the body. The grip portion is also of a minimum size to allow an adult to grip the laryngoscope, the hand abutting the screen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Matthew John Ross McGrath
  • Patent number: 9357904
    Abstract: An electronically controlled high frequency jet ventilation laryngoscope includes a laryngoscope handle and a laryngoscope blade. An oxygen supply tube is set within the laryngoscope handle and the front end of oxygen supply tube is placed on the front end of the laryngoscope blade. The laryngoscope also includes an electronic controller having a shell body, a display screen, a solenoid valve, a power supply module, a control module and a control switch. The shell body is fixed at the top of the laryngoscope handle; the display screen and control switch are on the shell body; the power supply module and control module are within the shell body; the solenoid valve is on the oxygen supply tube within the laryngoscope handle; the display screen, control module and control switch are connected with the power supply module; and the control module is connected with the display screen and the solenoid valve, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SHANDONG YIHE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Da Wu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8986204
    Abstract: Methods and systems for telemedicine are provided. A method for operating a telemedicine base unit includes initiating a remote connection with a remote care site. The remote care site may be selected from a plurality of remote care sites based on an attached medical device. The telemedicine base unit transmits the output from the attached medical device to the remote care site. Medical device operating instructions and other information are received from the remote care site. The medical device operation instructions provide guidance for operating the attached medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: John Allen Pacey, Reza Ahmadian Yazdi, Shahrad Payandeh, Siamik Hafizi Moori
  • Patent number: 8979745
    Abstract: A laryngoscope comprises a blade portion and a handle portion. The handle portion comprises a plurality of grip portions, a bottom support and a top support, a bottom support and a top support. The grip portions are separated form each other. One end of each of the grip portions is mounted on the bottom support, and the other end of each of the grip portions is mounted on the top support. The blade portion is integrally formed with the top support of the handle portion and extending away from the handle portion. Each of the grip portions is formed by a two-part mold technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: OBP Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ralph Swift
  • Patent number: 8740782
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laryngoscope (1) that has been adapted to improve comfort during use. The important adaptations are that the laryngoscope handle (4) is offset and in one embodiment the handle (4) is pivotably connected to a receiving portion (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Aircraft Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: Matthew J. R. McGrath
  • Patent number: 8684916
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus (110) comprising a first device (120) adapted to be releasably operatively coupled to a second device (130). The second device comprises a detection coil (136) associated with a coupling arrangement (133) of the second device. The first device comprises a sensing coil (2206) arranged at a coupling region (123) of the first device, the coupling region being operatively associable with the coupling arrangement of the second device. The apparatus also has a circuit (125) connected to the sensing coil and configured to detect at least coupling of the first device to the second device through interaction of the detection coil with an electrical signal imparted upon the sensing coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Techmin Pty Limited
    Inventors: Per Gorm Gunther Nielsen, Michael Gunther Nielsen, John Ross Le Strange
  • Patent number: 8663099
    Abstract: In accordance with the present design there is provided a method utilizing a novel laryngoscope design that inserts a bougie along a canal on one side of a sheath; the sheath being further comprised of a canal capable of being threaded with a bougie, providing a method of access for guiding a Bougie into the trachea, while facilitating a method for the removal of oral/pharyngeal secretions, by placing a suction catheter in a canal through which a method for creating suction is provided; and further the bougie canal provides a method of facilitating placement of a topical anesthetic by providing a channel through which a local anesthetic can be sprayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jay (Jason) Tydlaska, Amy Sheppard
  • Patent number: 8652033
    Abstract: A video intubation system that provides for multiple image streams to be simultaneously presented to a user, the first image stream generated by a video laryngoscope and the second image stream generated by a video stylet. The video stylet is provided with a deflection section for ease of introducing an ETT into the trachea of a patient, the video stylet having a pistol-type grip and a control interface in the form of a trigger-type lever to facilitate comfortable griping and manipulation by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.
    Inventors: George Berci, James P. Barry
  • Publication number: 20130224160
    Abstract: Dosage units consist of an autologous cell therapy product composed of fibroblasts grown for each individual to be treated for augmentation or regeneration of vocal cords. The suspension of autologous fibroblasts, grown from a biopsy of each individual's own buccal mucosa or skin using current good manufacturing practices (CGMP) and standard tissue culture procedures, is supplied in vials containing cryopreserved fibroblasts or precursors thereof, having a purity of at least 98% fibroblasts and a viability of at least 85%, for administration of from one to six mL, preferably two mL administered three times approximately three to six weeks apart, of cells at a concentration of from 1.0-2.0×107 cells/mL.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: FIBROCELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: John Maslowski
  • Patent number: 8512234
    Abstract: A laryngoscope assembly with enhanced viewing capability including a laryngoscope handle having a permanently mounted laryngoscope optical system. The laryngoscope optical system has a view tube with a leading aperture lens for affording a field of view along a deflected line of sight viewing in an operative intubation position. The laryngoscope handle includes a laryngoscope optical system securing arrangement for mechanically securing the laryngoscope optical system in the operative intubation position. The laryngoscope assembly also includes an interchangeable laryngoscope blade including a trailing view tube sleeve for slidably mounting on the view tube and a leading spatula wherein the view tube sleeve has a leading transparent window for covering the aperture lens. The laryngoscope assembly further includes a blade securing arrangement for mechanically securing the laryngoscope blade on the laryngoscope handle in the operative intubation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Truphatek International Ltd.
    Inventors: David Grey, Eugeny Pecherer
  • Publication number: 20130190568
    Abstract: A laryngoscope includes an arm and a handle. The arm is configurable between at least a first and a second position. A first blade sheath secures over the arm in the first position and a second blade sheath secures over the arm in the second position. A method of configuring a laryngoscope includes configuring a laryngoscope arm into a first position or a second position and securing a selected blade sheath to the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
  • 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: 8425409
    Abstract: An improved Laryngoscope having a decreased angular projection between a blade portion and a handle portion of approximately 70° with a substantially continually curved transition portion bridging the blade and handle portions and providing a teeth-protecting structure, when compared to conventional scopes. At a distal end of the blade portion is a tissue elevation lobe which is used to depress tissues and structures which otherwise would obstruct visualization of vocal chords during an intubation, giving its user added tissue control with minimized handle manipulation being required. The scope is constructed of light-transmitting plastic and includes a step-down transition margin near the tissue elevation lobe at which margin a portion of light which is projected into the scope at or near the handle end projects from the scope to illuminate the intubation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: VM Specialty, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman Wulfsohn, Olivier Picquenot
  • Patent number: 8394017
    Abstract: A laryngoscope adaptor cap for use with existing government issue military flashlights designed for use in night time battlefield conditions. A filter disc filters out visible light and a light seal design prevents leakage of visible light from an assembled laryngoscope. The adaptor cap is crush resistant, impact resistant, has a high melting temperature, is disposable and allows the attachment of conventional laryngoscope paddles. It allows for night time endotracheal intubation in conjunction with military issue night vision goggles in the absence of visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Lucan Miles Kieffer
  • Patent number: 8292901
    Abstract: A uterine manipulator tip includes a finger and an expandable member. The finger is configured to be confined within a cervix. The expandable member is carried by the finger and is configured to engage a cervical canal between an internal cervical os and an external cervical os of the cervix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: CooperSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Auerbach, Peter K. Arneson, Charles Sherts
  • Patent number: 8257250
    Abstract: A laryngoscope for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation. The laryngoscope includes a handle to be gripped by a medical professional in performing the endotracheal intubation; a blade portion extending from the handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for viewing the vocal cords and aid in the insertion of an endotracheal tube; a power source; and a black light source powered by the power source and carried by the blade portion to prompt the visible effects of fluorescence and phosphorescence with respect to the patient's vocal cords for viewing the vocal cords and passing of the endotracheal tube there between during endotracheal intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Intubrite, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Tenger, Leslie A. Tenger, John R. Hicks
  • Patent number: 8211173
    Abstract: A tapered sleeve is provided that includes a lubricating coating on an inner surface. An implant (e.g., a pre-filled silicon breast implant) is introduced into a large end of the sleeve and extruded into a surgical pocket of minimal access incision size through a small-sized end of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Keller Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Keller, Judy Jones Senn
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8167797
    Abstract: A sheath for containing and manipulating of a single-use laryngoscope blade is constituted by a closed outer bag (S) enabling its content to be sterilized and kept sterile, and an inner sheath (G) containing the blade between a closed end of the sheath and an open end of the sheath, the sheath being thin and tear-resistant so as to enable the blade to be mounted on the handle and separated therefrom without removing the sheath and so that the sheath can be turned inside out. The invention is applicable to packaging laryngoscope blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Vygon
    Inventors: Valery Dalle, Jean-Luc Carrez, Andre Brouillon
  • Patent number: 8152719
    Abstract: A laryngoscope blade for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation includes a laryngoscope blade portion connectable to a laryngoscope handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for viewing the vocal cords and aid in the insertion of an endotracheal tube, the blade portion includes a proximal portion and a distal portion; a white light source carried by the blade portion; a black light source carried by the blade portion to prompt the visible effects of fluorescence and phosphorescence with respect to the patient's vocal cords for viewing the vocal cords and passing of the endotracheal tube there between during endotracheal intubation, the black light source located closer to the distal portion and the white light located to the proximal portion, and the black light source emitting electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength in the range of 300 to 450 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Intubrite, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Tenger, Leslie A. Tenger, John R. Hick, Todd McKinney
  • Patent number: 8142353
    Abstract: Metal laryngoscope blade including a resiliently elastically deformable metal blade hook-on fitting for removable double snap engagement into an operative intubation position on a metal laryngoscope handle with a correspondingly sized handle hook-on fitting, a metal spatula attached to the blade hook-on fitting and including a leading tip for transversely extending from the laryngoscope handle in the operative intubation position for insertion into a subject's mouth, and an illumination assembly including an electrical light source disposed toward the leading tip for providing illumination thereat for assisting intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Truphatek International Ltd.
    Inventors: Eugeny Pecherer, Igor Kobets
  • Publication number: 20120059223
    Abstract: A laryngoscope insertion section includes an elongate member and a tube guide having a moveable guiding member, located transversely of the elongate member and moveable relative to adjacent elongate member to adjust the path of a retained endotracheal tube, thereby facilitating intubation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew John Ross McGrath, Morgan James Walker
  • Patent number: 8114015
    Abstract: According to the present invention, the light source (7) is elastically mounted on the electric housing (5) and it can be pushed back by the projecting proximal end (4P) of the light conduit, when said housing is inserted into the disposable handle (3). As a result of being pushed back, the light source (7) actuates a microswitch (8) which enables it to be powered from a power source (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventors: Gilles Ayoun, Joel Merran
  • Patent number: 8075480
    Abstract: A re-use prevention mechanism (160) for an apparatus (110) having a reusable part (120) and a single-use disposable part (130) connectable to the reusable part (120) is disclosed. The re-use prevention mechanism (160) comprises a blocking portion (1603) disposed, in use, between the disposable part (130) and the reusable part (120). An actuating member (1605) is operable between the blocking portion (1603) and one of the disposable part (130) and the reusable part (120) for moving the blocking portion (1603) into a blocking position upon disconnection of the disposable part (130) from the reusable part (120). hi the blocking position, the blocking portion (1603) engages an abutment surface (1206) on one of the disposable part (130) and the reusable part (120) if a user attempts to reconnect the disposable part (130) to the reusable part (120) and thereby prevents re-connection of the disposable part (130) to the reusable part (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignees: Techmin Pty Limited, Sydney West Area Health Service
    Inventors: Per Gorm Gunther Nielsen, Michael Gunther Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8012087
    Abstract: A laryngoscope blade for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation includes a laryngoscope blade portion connectable to a laryngoscope handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for viewing the vocal cords and aid in the insertion of an endotracheal tube; and a black light source carried by the blade portion to prompt the visible effects of fluorescence and phosphorescence with respect to the patient's vocal cords for viewing the vocal cords and passing of the endotracheal tube there between during endotracheal intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Intubrite, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Tenger, Leslie A. Tenger, John R. Hicks
  • Patent number: 7909757
    Abstract: A blade for a laryngoscope having a handle, the blade having an elongated body having a central axis, and having a distal tip symmetric about the central axis; a downwardly convex arcuate central portion including a first flange and a second flange is disclosed herein. Each flange has a distal flange tip and a proximal base, the first flange tip being a mirror image of the second flange about the central axis. The outer edge of the base of the first flange is convex and the outer edge of the base of the second flange is concave with respect to the central axis. A light attachment area is provided along the central axis. The distal tip may have any one of a variety of shapes, including having outer rounded lobes, being generally rectangular, or having a spoon shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Dwight Herman
  • Publication number: 20100256451
    Abstract: A laryngoscope insertion section comprising a tube guide comprising at least an inferior tube guiding member and a superior tube guiding member, wherein the thickness of the insertion section in a first region is less than the external diameter of the largest diameter endotracheal tube in an operating range of endotracheal tube sizes plus the thickness of the inferior tube guiding member plus the thickness of the superior tube guiding member. Typically, the insertion section comprises an elongate member and the tube guide is lateral of the elongate member. Typically, an endotracheal tube is retained within the tube guide in flexural tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: AIRCRAFT MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew John Ross McGrath, Morgan James Walker
  • Patent number: 7771350
    Abstract: A laryngoscope including a laryngoscope blade and laryngoscope handle apparatus including an LED and which may include an ergonomic handle and laryngoscope handle apparatus including an LED and which may include an ergonomic handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Leroy D. Geist, Leroy D. Jutte
  • Patent number: 7744529
    Abstract: An improved laryngoscope. In one embodiment a laryngoscope blade includes a main blade portion and blade tip and a blade base. The main blade portion has a posterior surface, a distal end and proximal end. The blade tip extends from the distal end of the main blade portion. The blade tip also has a width that is flared wider in a first direction than a width of the main blade portion. The blade tip is further positioned at a select angle with relation to the posterior surface of the main blade portion. The blade base coupled to the proximal end of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Carl Kaoru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 7736304
    Abstract: A metal laryngoscope blade with a resiliently elastically deformable metal blade hook-on fitting for removable double snap engagement into an operative intubation position on a laryngoscope handle with a correspondingly sized handle hook-on fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Truphatek International Ltd.
    Inventor: Eugeny Pecherer
  • Patent number: 7695433
    Abstract: A laryngoscope for use with a disposable blade cover is provided. The laryngoscope comprises a handle and a blade. The laryngoscope further comprises an actuator system for selectively securing the disposable blade cover about at least a portion of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Zeppelin Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Simons
  • Publication number: 20100036197
    Abstract: The current invention describes methods of transesophageal access to the neck and thorax to perform surgical interventions on structures outside the esophagus in both the cervical and the thoracic cavity. It describes a liner device made of a complete or partial tubular structure, or a flat plate, the liner having means to facilitate creation of a side opening, which may include a valve. The liner with its side opening form a port structure inside the esophageal lumen. The port structure allows elongated surgical devices to pass through a perforation across the full thickness of the esophageal wall to outside location, in a controlled way. The elongated surgical devices can be diagnostic scopes, therapeutic scopes, manual elongated surgical devices, robotic arms or the like. After being deployed outside the esophagus, the surgical devices can access structures outside the esophagus, in the neck and thorax in 360 degrees of freedom around the esophageal circumference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Sameh Mesallum
  • Publication number: 20090299145
    Abstract: A lifting cap for attachment to a handle of a laryngoscope for facilitating oral endotrachael intubation. The lifting cap includes an undulating side wall that forms a plurality of finger-grip notches. The finger-grip notches enable a second user to securely grip the lifting cap while a first user grips the handle of the laryngoscope during an intubation procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Mark R. Dzwonkiewicz
  • Patent number: 7608040
    Abstract: A laryngoscope includes a blade assembly with a base that is coupled to a handle. Attached to the blade assembly are two hollow guide tubes that generally follow along the longitudinal axis of the blade assembly. The two tubes are oriented at different angles of attack for directing aspirating and/or oxygenating tubes into different regions of the patient's oral cavity. The handle has an ergonomic shape to conform to the user's hand, thereby facilitating the user's application of a downward force necessary to effect laryngeal suspension. A tube extension/retraction mechanism effects user-controlled powered movement of an aspiration/oxygenation tube into or out of the patient's oral cavity. A bayonette connection is provided for connecting the blade assembly to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventor: Mordecai Dunst
  • Publication number: 20090209826
    Abstract: A device, a system, and a method for intubation are disclosed. The intubation device includes a handle disposed at a proximal end of the intubation device, a guiding tip having a camera disposed at a distal end of the intubation device, an inter-trachea tube connecting the handle and the guiding tip. The camera is configured to guide insertion of an intra-trachea tube into a patient, wherein the guiding tip is configured to be inserted inside the intra-trachea tube while the handle remains outside the intra-trachea tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: EZC MEDICAL LLC
    Inventors: Gerald Jay Sanders, Zebadiah Kimmel, Raymond Glassenberg, Vivek Sikri
  • Patent number: 7563227
    Abstract: A laryngoscope and flexible viewing device having means to carry an endotracheal tube into a patient and method of using the device are provided. The device allows a single user to view the interior of a patient's anatomy and change the view to better determine the path for intubation. The device can be used by a single individual to simultaneously open the pathway to a patient's trachea and then deliver an intubation device, such as an endotracheal tube, without the assistance of another person. The device provides several options for the practitioner to both visualize the patient's larynx and deliver an endotracheal tube into the trachea, especially in patients considered to have difficult anatomy to intubate. The viewing device in a preferred embodiment is a fiberoptic scope and the device includes a pivoting means to allow the viewing means to provide a more panoramic view of the patient's throat area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Glenn P. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7500948
    Abstract: A dual bladed laryngoscope for quickly and easily intubating a patient. The invention has two blades pivotally hinged on one side while the opposing side is open allowing the laryngoscope to be easily removed after intubating a patient. The proximal end of the upper blade has a grip portion which can be moved closer to or farther away from the handle attached to the proximal end of the lower blade to open or close the distal ends of the lower and upper blades. The lower blade of the invention has a distal end adapted as an esophageal obturator for obstructing the esophagus. An arytenoid bumper to prevent the laryngoscope from penetrating too far into the esophagus is preferably secured to the distal end of the lower blade. The arytenoid bumper may have a ramp or wedge shape adapted to deflect an intubation tube through a patient's larynx and into the trachea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Elroy T. Cantrell
  • Publication number: 20080300475
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a laryngoscope (1) comprising time indicating means (20). This medical device comprising a handle (2) having a distal portion and a proximal portion; a blade (3) adapted to be inserted into the respiratory tract of the patient; said blade comprising a distal portion and a proximal portion and said distal portion being in communication with said proximal portion of the handle (2); time indicating means (20) adapted to indicate that medical procedure of endotracheal intubation has been terminated or is to be terminated soon. The laryngoscope may also include sensing means (42). The present invention also discloses a method for endotracheal intubation of a patient by means of the aforesaid laryngoscope (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Abraham Jaeger, Yuval Bar
  • Publication number: 20080300464
    Abstract: A laryngoscope comprising a handle, a blade coupled to the handle, wherein the blade is movable between an operational position and a non-operational position. The laryngoscope also comprises a timer, wherein the timer is in communication with the handle or the blade of the laryngoscope, the timer being operative to measure a time period in which the blade is in the operational position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Atul K. Dhingra, David E. Persse
  • Patent number: 7458932
    Abstract: A tongue stabilizer includes a tongue-engaging plate that is held on a laryngoscope blade by pressure sensitive adhesive, with a foam strip in-between to compensate for any irregularities between the tongue-engaging plate and the laryngoscope blade. The tongue-engaging plate is cup shape to cradle the tongue to prevent the tongue from interfering with the visibility and process of intubation. A protective strip can be used to cover the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: William Y. Sun