Specific Design For Intubation Patents (Class 600/194)
  • Patent number: 10448808
    Abstract: A disposable medical device with a lighting effect has a body and a light assembly. The body has an inspection portion, a grip portion, and a placement portion. The light assembly is detachably connected to the body and has an outer casing, a lighting module, and a power supply module. The outer casing is detachably connected to the placement portion of the body, and has a chamber, a communicating hole, and a through hole. The lighting module is deposited in the outer casing and has a luminous body and a pressing-conductive arm. The pressing-conductive arm is swingably deposited in the outer casing, is selectively and electrically connected to the luminous body, and has an abutting portion and a conductive portion. The power supply module is deposited in the chamber, and is selectively and electrically connected to the lighting module and the conductive portion of the pressing-conductive arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Yih-Chiou Tsai
  • Patent number: 10010688
    Abstract: An intubation system of the present disclosure intubates based on an airway pattern indicating a trachea opening. The airway pattern is determined from analysis of airway data detected by a trachea identifying device disposed on a moveable guide stylet of the intubation system. A navigation element is generated based on the airway pattern. In one embodiment, the airway pattern is a gas exchange pattern indicating a trachea opening. In another embodiment, the trachea opening transition pattern is a topographic pattern indicating a trachea opening. The guide stylet is capable of moving in a plurality of degrees of freedom in the airway following the guidance from the navigation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Chunyuan Qiu
  • Patent number: 9949630
    Abstract: A method is provided for manipulating target tissue of a patient during a medical procedure. The method includes introducing a medical instrument system to a general site of target tissue. At least one characteristic of the target tissue is identified using an imaging device located in a working channel of the medical instrument system. The imaging device is removed from the working channel of the medical instrument system, and a medical instrument is inserted through the working channel of the medical instrument system. The target tissue is then manipulated using the medical instrument. A medical instrument system is also provided for manipulating target tissue of a patient during a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Alexander Kutikov, Thomas Fitzsimons
  • Patent number: 9486596
    Abstract: An intubation system of the present disclosure intubates based on an airway pattern indicating a trachea opening. The airway pattern is determined from analysis of airway data detected by a trachea identifying device disposed on a moveable guide stylet of the intubation system. A navigation element is generated based on the airway pattern. In one embodiment, the airway pattern is a gas exchange pattern indicating a trachea opening. In another embodiment, the trachea opening transition pattern is a topographic pattern indicating a trachea opening. The guide stylet is capable of moving in a plurality of degrees of freedom in the airway following the guidance from the navigation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Chunyuan Qiu
  • Patent number: 9473749
    Abstract: A visual inspection device includes a housing with a support portion and a grip portion extending from the support portion, a flexible cable having a first end coupled to the housing and a second end, a camera assembly coupled to the second end of the flexible cable and operable to transmit image data through the flexible cable, and a display movably coupled to the support portion of the housing and operable to present an image derived from the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Selby, Steven W. Hyma, Corey J. Dickert, Scott Schneider, Matthew J. Mergener
  • Patent number: 9407110
    Abstract: An external charging system for charging or powering an implantable medical device is disclosed which is self-affixing to the patient without the need for a holding device. The charging system can comprise a charging coil attached to a flexible member. The flexible member is bendable, and when bent will firmly hold its position on the patient. The system can include an electronics module including a user interface and the necessary electronics for activating the charging coil to produce a magnetic charging field. Wires can couple the charging coil in the coil module to the electronics in the electronics modules. The entire assembly can be encased in a water proof sleeve having a high-friction surface, which protects the charging system and helps the charging system to adhere to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Mun Pook Lui, Daniel Aghassian
  • Patent number: 9295798
    Abstract: The invention provides a laryngoscopic device that can be paired with any video baton imaging system to concurrently view the upper airway, deliver oxygen and administer a topical anesthetic to select areas in the airway as needed. The invention also provides a video laryngoscope that includes two conduits, one for delivering oxygen and the other for delivering a pharmaceutical agent to select areas of the airway under real-time visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Danny Martin Sartore
  • Patent number: 9186336
    Abstract: Described are methods of treating virus-associated lesions using administration of an anti-angiogenic compound, or a combination of angiolytic or ablative therapy and administration of an anti-angiogenic compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventor: Steven M. Zeitels
  • Patent number: 9179831
    Abstract: A visualization instrument comprising a display support component removably coupled to a component insertable into a target space. The insertable component includes a camera providing images of the target space. The images are presented in a display device supported by the display support component. The insertable component may be discarded after a permitted number of uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: King Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. McGrail, Michael S. Pargett, David J. Miller, Yun Siung Tony Yeh, Randal B. Chinnock, George Grubner, Elizabeth Powell Goodrich, Richard L. Miller, Gary Vincent Palladino, Brian Hack
  • Patent number: 9050047
    Abstract: A resistance feedback laryngoscope contains a pushing grip, a trigger pad, a rotary shaft, a first transmitting rod, a second transmitting rod, and a two-step levering blade. The pushing grip includes a curved front side connecting with the two-step levering blade. The two-step levering blade includes a first movable blade, a second movable blade, and a fixed blade. The first transmitting rod and the second transmitting rod connect with the rotary shaft fixed on a drive post with a resilient element. The resilient element has a first foot butting against a locking peg proximate to the drive post and has a second foot being biased against a side piece of the rotary shaft. The trigger pad contacts with the pushing grip and curves upward slightly, and the trigger pad includes an arcuate groove formed therein, a bottom end of the arcuate groove contacts with the side piece of the rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Alliance Global Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Hung-Shu Chen, Hsu-Fu Wu, Tuo-Hou Chang
  • Patent number: 9011322
    Abstract: A laryngoscope includes an elongated blade body having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the blade body includes a plurality of arcuate slots therein. A movable tip extension is movably supported by the plurality of arcuate slots and movable in a forward and sideward direction beyond the distal end of the blade body. A guide member is attached to the movable tip extension for selectively moving the movable tip extension along the arcuate slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Carlos Estrada
  • 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: 8998805
    Abstract: A laryngoscope is provided with which an operator can directly observe the trachea inlet portion of a patient easily by safely and surely lifting the epiglottis of the patient with a proximal end portion of a laryngoscope blade which is inserted in the mouth of the patient. The blade is connected to a distal end portion of a grippable handle, a first electrode is mounted on a distal end portion of the blade, and a second electrode is configured to adhere to a skin surface of the patient in the vicinity of the epiglottis, and a low frequency current is supplied to flow between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: National University Corporation Okayama University
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Takeda, Kiyoshi Morita, Takeharu Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150031957
    Abstract: A resistance feedback laryngoscope contains a pushing grip, a trigger pad, a rotary shaft, a first transmitting rod, a second transmitting rod, and a two-step levering blade. The pushing grip includes a curved front side connecting with the two-step levering blade. The two-step levering blade includes a first movable blade, a second movable blade, and a fixed blade. The first transmitting rod and the second transmitting rod connect with the rotary shaft fixed on a drive post with a resilient element. The resilient element has a first foot butting against a locking peg proximate to the drive post and has a second foot being biased against a side piece of the rotary shaft. The trigger pad contacts with the pushing grip and curves upward slightly, and the trigger pad includes an arcuate groove formed therein, a bottom end of the arcuate groove contacts with the side piece of the rotary shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Hung-Shu Chen, Hsu-Fu Wu, Tuo-Hou Chang
  • Patent number: 8894570
    Abstract: A video laryngoscope has a handle and a groove on one side of the handle. The groove is used for guiding a guide wire when the larynogoscope is placed in a patient's mouth. A video camera located near the end of the handle is used to view the area around the glottis. When the guide wire is properly positioned near the glottis, the upper part of the guide wire is disengaged from the groove so as to allow an endotracheal tube to be slipped over the guide wire and to be inserted into part of the trachea through the glottis. When the tube is properly inserted for intubation, the guide wire is removed from the tube. An illuminating light source such as an LED lamp can be installed at the end of the handle to provide illumination for the video camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Wenqiang Jiang, Li Ding
  • Patent number: 8894569
    Abstract: An intubation system of the present disclosure intubates based on an airway pattern indicating a trachea opening. The airway pattern is determined from analysis of airway data detected by a trachea identifying device disposed on a moveable guide stylet of the intubation system. A navigation element is generated based on the airway pattern. In one embodiment, the airway pattern is a gas exchange pattern indicating a trachea opening. In another embodiment, the trachea opening transition pattern is a topographic pattern indicating a trachea opening. The guide stylet is capable of moving in a plurality of degrees of freedom in the airway following the guidance from the navigation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Chunyuan Qiu
  • Publication number: 20140336466
    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: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: INDIAN OCEAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: PETER YOUNG, ANIL PATEL
  • Publication number: 20140316207
    Abstract: A flexible laryngoscope (10) is disclosed, comprising a flexible body with a plurality of longitudinal channels (150) therethrough, an external groove (110) for an intubation tube, and two inflatable zones (120,130). The laryngoscope is adapted to be inserted intra-orally and to sit in place in the upper hypopharynx and oral cavity in a bent fashion. The laryngoscope is used as a platform for microsurgery by passing flexible microsurgery tools through the channels. In preferred embodiments of the invention, the laryngoscope body comprises a flexible corrugated intermediate portion (102) that allows the body to be bent to fit within the patient's hypopharynx and oral cavity. The inflatable zones are adapted to allow the laryngoscope to be fixed in place when they are inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Moshe Hain
  • Patent number: 8845525
    Abstract: A laryngoscope insertion section includes an elongate support member and a tube guide having a resilient tube guiding member, to enable the insertion section to be used with endotracheal tubes having a wide range of external diameters. The breadth and/or thickness of the insertion section can therefore be less when retaining an endotracheal tube having a relatively small external diameter, enabling the insertion section to reliably guide tubes having a range of external diameters and to reliably guide relatively small external diameter tubes while occupying less volume that would otherwise be required in order for the tube guide to be able to guide tubes having a larger external diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Aircraft Medical Limited
    Inventors: Matthew John Ross McGrath, Peter Douglas Colin Inglis
  • Patent number: 8777848
    Abstract: A Glottiscope for assisting with the insertion of an endotracheal tube or an Eschman like stylet into a patient is claimed. The Glottiscope comprises a blade which defines an internal passage for receiving an endotracheal tube or an Eschman like stylet, the blade having a proximal end and a distal end and means for viewing the patient's glottis, wherein the viewing means is disposed at the distal end and in use, below the point of emergence of an endotracheal tube or a stylet/guide (to rail road the endotracheal tube) in the internal passage to provide a view of the patient's glottis, the blade being adapted to direct the viewing means towards the center of the patient's glottis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Laryngeal Mask Company Limited
    Inventor: Gilles Dhonneur
  • Patent number: 8747306
    Abstract: An endotracheal intubation assistance device for use in assisting a practitioner in performing an endotracheal intubation on a patient. The endotracheal intubation assistance device comprises a thumb member which is engaged with a practitioner's thumb thereby creating a protective barrier between the practitioner's thumb and the patient's teeth. The endotracheal intubation assistance device further comprises a blade member which extends beyond a distal side of the thumb member and serves to expose the patient's glottis in an efficient and effective manner, thereby enhancing the accuracy of a digitally performed endotracheal intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Patricia Ramos
  • Patent number: 8721535
    Abstract: A tracheal intubation device for placing an endotracheal tube in the trachea of a patient includes a bar-shaped camera, a handle portion, a guiding portion, and a display device. The bar-shaped camera for capturing images is placed inside the endotracheal tube. The display device is electrically connected to the bar-shaped camera for displaying images captured by the bar-shaped camera. The guiding portion connected to the handle portion has a front end and a rear end. The rear end is connected to the handle portion, and the bar-shaped camera and the endotracheal tube are movably situated in the guiding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Tien-Sheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20140128681
    Abstract: An intubation guide assembly includes a laryngoscope having a handle and a blade. The blade has a first portion engaged with the handle, and a second portion configured for insertion into the oral cavity of a patient. The handle and blade are configured for slidably receiving a guide member. The guide member is dimensioned such that a proximal portion is extendable beyond the handle for manipulation by an operator, and a distal portion is extendable into the trachea of the patient when the blade is inserted into the oral cavity. Upon withdrawal of the laryngoscope, a tubular airway member may be advanced over the guide member such that the distal end of the airway member extends into the trachea to provide ventilation to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Amie L. Fordinal
  • Publication number: 20140114132
    Abstract: A device for supporting a tracheal tube during tracheal intubation. The device is applied to the blade of a laryngoscope, or similar instrument. It includes one or more planar elements, each element having a profile adapted to the curvature of the blade a the location in which it is placed. On command, each element protrudes out from the blade through a longitudinal groove, in order to create one or more fixed transversal walls. Once the walls are created, the tracheal tube is then inserted into the laryngoscope and its far end is moved across the walls, and towards the trachea of the patient. The device also includes a set of mechanical gears that are controlled by a sliding button such that moving the button from a back position to a front position moves each of the planar elements from the position within the blade to the protruding position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Andrea De Domenico
  • Patent number: 8702599
    Abstract: An improved laryngoscope that is useful in endotracheal intubation. The laryngoscope includes an inner magnetic element that is situated at an end of the laryngoscope's blade and an outer magnetic element that is positioned on a patient's throat in such a manner that the interaction between the inner and outer elements attracts the end of the blade toward the patient's epiglottic vallecula when the blade is moved into the patient's throat. The blade also includes a magnetic bed located along its longitudinal axis. The magnetic bed is designed to interact with a metallic spiral tube and, by means of this interaction, guide the tube properly in the patient's inner air tract. The blade also includes at least three coplanar elements that able to rotate relative to each other. The adjustment of these elements increases the blade's usefulness for moving the patient's tissues and opening a passage to the patient's trachea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Andrea De Domenico
  • Publication number: 20140100428
    Abstract: A laryngoscope has a handle, a rigid cylindrical 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: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Nilesh R. Vasan
  • Patent number: 8667966
    Abstract: An intubating attachment apparatus for use with endotracheal intubation devices comprising an elongated, generally cylindrical support module configured to accommodate a fiber optic intubation scope and at least one of an endotracheal tube or an endotracheal tube exchanger. The invention obviates the need for an attending medical professional to utilize more than one hand when advancing an endotracheal tube and/or endotracheal tube exchanger along with the fiber optic bundle of a bronchoscope into a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Hideo Koike
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130310650
    Abstract: There is disclosed a laryngoscope comprising a blade having an adjustable curvature and means for adjusting the curvature which is operable during insertion of the blade into the airway of a patient such that the blade lifts the tongue and anterior structures to facilitate the insertion. There is also disclosed a laryngoscope fitting which defines a guide along which an endotracheal tube may be fed to intubate a patient following insertion of the laryngoscope into the patient's airway, the fitting being releasable from the blade to permit withdrawal of the blade from the fitting and thus from the airway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Christopher Hales
  • Publication number: 20130237763
    Abstract: Various methods and systems for delivery of an ETT for intubation are provided. In one example, an ETT delivery system includes a rail system for guiding insertion of an ETT and at least partially defining the motion of the ETT. The ETT delivery system further may include a video laryngoscope blade coupled to the rail system and a delivery mechanism. In some examples, the ETT delivery system further includes a positioner configured to adjust the motion of the ETT. As a further example, the ETT delivery system may include a swing arm and a guide rail to at least partially define the motion of the swing arm. Further, a drive-down mechanism may effect motion of the swing arm. As another embodiment, a rail system, a disposable blade and a positioner may be provided. Further, a delivery mechanism may be operatively linked with the integrated rail system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Chunyuan Qiu
  • Publication number: 20130217971
    Abstract: Apparatuses for guiding an endotracheal tube during intubation and associated methods of their use; the apparatuses formed to contain a plastic element able to hold deformations so as to conform the apparatus to the shape of a patient's endotracheal airway. The plastic element has sufficient give so as to minimize traumatic engagement with the inner surface of the airway lumen. Methods for using the apparatuses exploit indirect visualization where the person performing the intubation can shape the apparatuses so as to place the distal end into the field of view of the indirect visualization instrument even with minimal alignment of the patient's airway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Benje Boedeker
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8444569
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed to address blood pressure control. More particularly, the present invention relates to correction of transient low blood pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael D. Laufer
  • Publication number: 20130109922
    Abstract: A laryngoscope includes an elongated blade body having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the blade body includes a plurality of arcuate slots therein. A movable tip extension is movably supported by the plurality of arcuate slots and movable in a forward and sideward direction beyond the distal end of the blade body. A guide member is attached to the movable tip extension for selectively moving the movable tip extension along the arcuate slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Carlos ESTRADA
  • 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: 20120178999
    Abstract: A laryngoscope is provided with which an operator can directly observe the trachea inlet portion of a patient easily by safely and surely lifting the epiglottis of the patient with a proximal end portion of a laryngoscope blade which is inserted in the mouth of the patient. The blade is connected to a distal end portion of a grippable handle, a first electrode is mounted on a distal end portion of the blade, and a second electrode is configured to adhere to a skin surface of the patient in the vicinity of the epiglottis, and a low frequency current is supplied to flow between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: National University Corporation Okayama University
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Takeda, Kiyoshi Morita, Takeharu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8216132
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Mark R. Dzwonkiewicz
  • 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: 8197402
    Abstract: The laryngoscope gaper is a hands free medical device that keeps the patient's mouth open for the introduction of a flexible or rigid endoscope or for the introduction of a tracheal tube. The device includes a mouthpiece with teeth locator, tongue retractor, and laryngoscope guides. The tongue retractor and the mouth piece work to maintain the mouth in an open position during use of the laryngoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas Alexis Cedeno
  • Publication number: 20120095295
    Abstract: A laryngoscope insertion section includes an elongate support member and a tube guide having a resilient tube guiding member, to enable the insertion section to be used with endotracheal tubes having a wide range of external diameters. The breadth and/or thickness of the insertion section can therefore be less when retaining an endotracheal tube having a relatively small external diameter, enabling the insertion section to reliably guide tubes having a range of external diameters and to reliably guide relatively small external diameter tubes while occupying less volume that would otherwise be required in order for the tube guide to be able to guide tubes having a larger external diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: Aircraftraft Medical Limited
    Inventors: Matthew John Ross McGrath, Peter Douglas Colin Inglis
  • Publication number: 20120078055
    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: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: George Berci, James P. Barry
  • Publication number: 20120078056
    Abstract: An endotracheal intubation system for performing an endotracheal intubation includes an endotracheal tube insertable into the patient's mouth, between the patient's vocal cords into the patient's larynx, and into the patient's trachea for opening the patient's airway. A stylet for the endotracheal tube includes an illuminating material comprising at least one of a fluorescent and phosphorescent material to aid in visibility and positioning of at least one of the stylet and the endotracheal tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: INTUBRITE, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Tenger, Leslie A. Tenger, John R. Hicks, Todd McKinney
  • Publication number: 20120029293
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed toward a laryngoscope having a handle, a rigid cylindrical 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: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Nilesh R. Vasan
  • Publication number: 20120022332
    Abstract: Improved laryngoscope (10), especially suitable to be used in a procedure of endotracheal intubation of a patient, comprising: an inner magnetic element (18), that is situated distally at the extremity of respective blade (14), and that is able to interact with an outer magnetic element (20), so that said extremity of blade (14) is placed close to the anatomical part of the patient so called epiglottic vallecula (24); a set of magnetic elements (21), (22), (23), so called magnetic bed, placed serially along the longitudinal axis of said blade (14), so that they interact with a metallic spiral tube (30), and so that they realize a guide for pushing the same spiral tube (30) towards the patient's mouth and inner air tract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Andrea De Domenico
  • Publication number: 20110306839
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: INDIAN OCEAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Peter Young, Anil Patel
  • Publication number: 20110152620
    Abstract: A Glottiscope for assisting with the insertion of an endotracheal tube or an Eschman like stylet into a patient is claimed. The Glottiscope comprises a blade which defines an internal passage for receiving an endotracheal tube or an Eschman like stylet, the blade having a proximal end and a distal end and means for viewing the patient's glottis, wherein the viewing means is disposed at the distal end and in use, below the point of emergence of an endotracheal tube or a stylet/guide (to rail road the endotracheal tube) in the internal passage to provide a view of the patient's glottis, the blade being adapted to direct the viewing means towards the centre of the patient's glottis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Gilles Dhonneur
  • Patent number: 7946981
    Abstract: A two-piece video laryngoscope includes a disposable handle/blade unit having a handgrip portion with a cavity at the proximal end, a curved distal end portion extending from the handgrip portion terminating in a terminal face containing a LED and a lens and digital image sensor connected with a first connector in the cavity, and a tube receptacle channel extending distally along the dorsal surface of and a vacuum/oxygen passageway extending through the curved distal end portion; and a power/video module releasably engaged in the cavity having a flat panel display pivotally mounted at the proximal end thereof and containing a rechargeable battery and electrical and video circuitry connected with a second connector. An endotracheal tube is received and releasably retained in the tube receptacle channel in a preloaded condition. When assembled, the connectors are engaged to complete the electrical and video circuits and allow viewing of insertion and intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Cubb
  • Publication number: 20100312059
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laryngoscope comprising a handle and an insertion section which extends from the handle, wherein the insertion section comprises a tube guide for retaining and guiding an endotracheal tube during intubation, wherein the handle comprises at least one external tube engaging formation, such as a tube guiding member or tube retaining member. There is also disclosed a laryngoscope having a handle and insertion section which adapted to detachably retain and guide an endotracheal tube along a lateral side of the insertion section and handle such that a retained endotracheal tube is continuously curved, and preferably under flexural tension, from the most proximal location where the handle contacts the retained endotracheal tube to the most distal location where the insertion section contacts the superior side of a retained endotracheal tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: AIRCRAFT MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Matthew John Ross Mcgrath