Oxygen Saturation, E.g., Oximeter Patents (Class 600/323)
  • Patent number: 10660524
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote photoplethysmography and in particular for determining vital sign information of a subject are provided. The system includes a marker that is applied to a skin of the subject. The marker further includes a first marker area configured to transmit light at a first wavelength and a second marker area configured to transmit light at a second wavelength. The system further includes a detection unit that detects radiation received from the first marker area and from the second marker area of the marker. The system further includes an analysis unit that determines the vital sign information of the subject from the detected radiation from the first marker area and from the second marker area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Alexander Dubielczyk, Rolf Neumann
  • Patent number: 10656095
    Abstract: An apparatus including a treated tape, an adjustable color source, a photodiode, and a processor is provided. The adjustable color source emits a first radiation toward the treated tape and operates at each of a plurality of different target wavelengths in a spectrum. The photodiode measures a second radiation reflected from the treated tape, and the processor analyzes measurements from the photodiode to determine a peak wavelength from the plurality of target wavelengths. Based on the peak wavelength, the processor determines a color and darkness of a color stain on the treated tape. Based on the determined color and darkness of the color stain, the processor also determines a type and concentration of gas to which the treated tape is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Peng Jin
  • Patent number: 10646145
    Abstract: A reflective SpO2 measurement system includes a light source that emits light of at least a first and second wavelengths, and one or more detection devices forming a close detector positioned at a first distance from the light source and a far detector positioned at a second distance from the light source, wherein the second distance is greater than the first. The SpO2 measurement system is configured to operate in a high power mode to determine a calibration factor based on the comparison of light reflections detected by the close detector and the far detector. The system is further configured to operate in a low power mode to generate a low intensity light pulse, and detect a close reflection of the low intensity light pulse with the close detector. An SpO2 is then determined based on the close reflection of the low intensity light pulse and the calibration factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Otto Valtteri Pekander, Matti Huiku, Juha Virtanen
  • Patent number: 10646142
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides sweat sensing devices with smart sweat stimulation and sensing embodiments: which improve the dependability and predictability of sweat sampling rates; achieve a desired number of sweat sampling events per day while minimizing skin irritation and prolonging device lifespan; and use physical, optical or thermal sweat stimulation to augment or replace chemical sweat stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Eccrine Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Heikenfeld, Gavi Begtrup, Jacob Bertrand
  • Patent number: 10639487
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage media that mitigate device power drain associated with stalled telemetry sessions are provided. In one embodiment, a first device includes a memory and a processor that executes executable components stored in the memory. The executable components include a communication component configured to receive a communication request from a second device via a telemetry communication link established between the first and second devices. The communication request can comprise a request for data. The executable components can also comprise a throughput monitoring component configured to monitor uplink throughput measuring successful transmission of the data by the first device to the second device via the telemetry communication link based on reception of the communication request. The communication component is configured to terminate the telemetry communication link based on the uplink throughput being below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary P. Kivi, Nicholas C. Wine, Matthew R. Yoder, Bo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10631741
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a strap configured to enable the apparatus to be worn by a user; an optical measurement element configured to be placed on a skin of the user, and to measure data related to heart activity of the user; communication circuitry configured to transmit the data related to heart activity of the user according to a Bluetooth standard on a 2.4 GHz band; and an antenna coupled with the communication circuitry, and configured to access a radio interface to transmit the data related to heart activity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventor: Jari Miettinen
  • Patent number: 10631739
    Abstract: A vital signs monitor for attachment to a human or animal thorax, the monitor having a low power mode and a high accuracy mode and comprising: a motion sensor configured to, in the low power mode, sample movement at a first frequency and, in the high accuracy mode, sample movement at a second frequency, the second frequency being greater than the first frequency; and a processor configured to, in the low power mode, process a series of the one or more movement samples captured by the motion sensor in the low power mode so as to form a measure of activity level, and to, in the high accuracy mode, cause a series of the movement samples captured by the motion sensor in the high accuracy mode to be stored at the vital signs monitor and/or transmitted by means of a transceiver; wherein the processor is configured to prevent the vital signs monitor entering the high accuracy mode from the low power mode when the activity level exceeds a first predefined or dynamic threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Shamus Louis Godfrey Husheer, Jonathan Michael Hayes, Oriane Elisabeth Chausiaux
  • Patent number: 10631735
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a PAI system (401-413) is described. The method includes a signal processing unit (404) determining optical fluence at voxels within arteries of a human or animal, and interpolating from these measurements to provide a fluence map with a fluence value for all voxels of interest. The system (404) stores the fluence map for subsequent use in making PAI measurements. The arterial optical fluence may be determined on the basis that the arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) is the same throughout the arterial part of the circulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventor: Martin J. Leahy
  • Patent number: 10617335
    Abstract: A regional oximetry sensor has a sensor head attachable to a patient skin surface so as to transmit optical radiation into the skin and receive that optical radiation after attenuation by blood flow within the skin. The sensor includes windows that press into the skin to maximize optical transmission. A stem extending from the sensor head transmits electrical signals between the sensor head and an attached cable. In a peel resistant configuration, the stem is terminated interior to the sensor head and away from a sensor head edge so as to define feet along either side of the stem distal the stem termination. The stem interior termination transforms a peel load on a sensor head adhesive to less challenging tension and shear loads on the sensor head adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Kevin Forrest, Yassir Abdul-Hafiz, Walter M. Weber, Pete Mangosing, Sujin Hwang
  • Patent number: 10610160
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for evaluating an alarm condition for a monitored patient in a population of one or more patients. One or more physiological parameters pertaining to the patient, or physiological variables, are used to form a time series describing the patient status. A quantile threshold is determined for a patient. A monitor is initialized and begins generating a binary raw alarm signal. The binary signal is filtered with a low pass filter, and the filtered data is subjected to a quantile operation to determine if a particular sample exceeds the determined quantile threshold. If the quantile threshold is exceeded, then a check is performed to see if the raw binary alarm signal also indicates an alarm. If both the preliminary alarm indication and the raw binary signal indicate an alarm, then an alarm is emitted; otherwise monitoring continues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas S. McNair
  • Patent number: 10595785
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first electromagnetic sensor configured to generate a first sensed signal based at least in part on detection of a first signal having a first wavelength. The apparatus includes a second electromagnetic sensor configured to generate a second sensed signal based at least in part on detection of a second signal having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength. The apparatus includes a processing circuit configured to generate a plethysmogram based at least in part on the first sensed signal and the second sensed signal. The apparatus may include a first emitter configured to emit an optical signal having the first wavelength. The apparatus may include a second emitter configured to emit a reference signal. The first wavelength may be a human-blood-sensitive and human-skin-penetrable wavelength and the second wavelength may be at least one of a human-blood-insensitive wavelength and a human-skin-impenetrable wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Qin Wang, Yahui Zhang, David Clark, Moshe M. Altmejd
  • Patent number: 10595758
    Abstract: A method is presented for determining onset of hypoxia of an occupant in an aircraft. The method includes measuring a physiological parameter of the occupant and comparing a value based on the physiological parameter with a threshold value. The method also includes measuring a pressure within a cabin of the aircraft and comparing the pressure with a pressure threshold value. The method also includes determining onset of hypoxia of the occupant based on both of the comparing steps. The method also includes communicating an alert to the occupant using a device detectable by one or more senses of the occupant. An apparatus is also provided for determining onset of hypoxia. The apparatus includes a pressure sensor to measure the pressure, a pulse oximeter to measure the physiological parameter, an alert device to communicate the alert to the occupant and a processor to perform one or more steps of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Southern Aeromedical Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Buza
  • Patent number: 10591634
    Abstract: A memristor element is used to create a spectrally programmable optical computing device for use in, for example, a downhole environment. An electromagnetic field is applied across the memristor element in order to alter its spectral properties. In turn, the spectral properties of sample-interacted light optically interacting with the memristor element are also altered. This alteration in spectral properties allows the memristor to be “programmed” to achieve a variety of transmission/reflection/absorption functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel James Maguire-Boyle, Aditya B. Nayak
  • Patent number: 10568526
    Abstract: A combined physiological sensor and methods for detecting one or more physiological characteristics of a subject are provided. The combined sensor (e.g., a forehead sensor) may be used to detect and/or calculate at least one of a pulse blood oxygen saturation level, a regional blood oxygen saturation level, a respiration rate, blood pressure, an electrical physiological signal (EPS), a pulse transit time (PTT), body temperature associated with the subject, a depth of consciousness (DOC) measurement, any other suitable physiological parameter, and any suitable combination thereof. The combined sensor may include a variety of individual sensors, such as electrodes, optical detectors, optical emitters, temperature sensors, and/or other suitable sensors. The sensors may be advantageously positioned in accordance with a number of different geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Edward M. McKenna, Bo Chen, Youzhi Li, Paul Stanley Addison
  • Patent number: 10561366
    Abstract: A measuring system includes a first sensor, a second sensor, a first measurement value calculator that, based on a change of an amount of received light that is measured by the first sensor, calculates a first measurement value indicating an index related to a blood oxygen saturation or a blood refill time, a second measurement value calculator that, based on a change of an amount of received light that is measured by the second sensor, calculates a second measurement value indicating an index related to a blood oxygen saturation or a blood refill time, and a pressure controller that controls the first sensor and the second sensor so that a time difference between a start of compression release by the first sensor and a start of compression release by the second sensor is within a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Kobayashi, Hideaki Hirabara, Katsuyuki Horie, Katsuhide Tone
  • Patent number: 10561375
    Abstract: A pulse photometer includes: a first variation acquirer acquiring a first variation corresponding to a light attenuation variation of a first light beam due to pulsation of blood in a subject based on a first intensity signal corresponding to an intensity of the first light beam transmitted through or reflected from a body of the subject and having a first wavelength; a second variation acquirer acquiring a second variation; a third variation acquirer acquiring a third variation; a concentration calculator calculating a blood light absorber concentration based on the first variation and the second variation; an estimated value calculator calculating an estimated value of the third variation based on the first variation and the second variation; and an evaluator evaluating reliability of a calculated value of the blood light absorber concentration based on the third variation and the estimated value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ueda, Teiji Ukawa, Kazumasa Ito, Hideki Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 10555876
    Abstract: A hygienic oral pacification device includes a fluid-filled bladder. The bladder includes a nipple and alveolar ridge-mating flanges. The bladder is dynamically shaped and allows for pressures provided by the suckling child to re-shaping the bladder and flanges. A bite-block extends into the bladder to maintain a fluid path from nipple to flanges. As the child completes the suckling cycle, the bladder nipple is depressed and fluid is forced in the engorging flanges. The flanges thus cover the alveolar ridges and fill the vestibules. The flanges may be covered with a textured surface, or bristles, that provide mechanical brushing of oral surfaces. Denitrifies may be applied over the bristles to enhance cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Nafys Samandari
  • Patent number: 10549106
    Abstract: Systems and methods for auditing an operation of an ambulatory medical device (AMD) are described. A system may include an auditor device and an analyzer circuit communicatively coupled to each other. The auditor device can sense from the patient, independently of and during the operation of the AMD, information about the operation of the AMD including sensed electrostimulation and a physiological signal in response to the electrostimulation. The analyzer unit may generate a device audit indicator indicating the functionality and performance of the AMD using the sensed physiological signal and the sensed AMD operation information. The system may output the device audit indicator to a user or a process, or to program device therapy for the AMD based on the device audit indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Ternes, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur, Stephen B. Ruble
  • Patent number: 10548493
    Abstract: A light emitting unit emits first light and second light having different wavelengths. A photoreception unit outputs first and second signals depending on photoreception intensities of the first and second light transmitted through or reflected by biological tissue. A processing period setting unit extracts a signal cycle corresponding to the cardiac cycle for the first or second signal and sets a processing period in a first part dominantly affected by arterial blood flowing to the tissue or a second part dominantly affected by venous blood flowing from the tissue in the signal cycle. First and second change amount acquisition units obtain first and second change amounts corresponding to the attenuation change amounts of the first and second light from the first and second signals in the processing period. A concentration calculation unit calculates the concentration of light absorbing substance in blood from the first and second change amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nihon Kohden Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10542891
    Abstract: A non-invasive measurement of biological tissue reveals information about the function of that tissue. Polarized light is directed onto the tissue, stimulating the emission of fluorescence, due to one or more endogenous fluorophors in the tissue. Fluorescence anisotropy is then calculated. Such measurements of fluorescence anisotropy are then used to assess the functional status of the tissue, and to identify the existence and severity of disease states. Such assessment can be made by comparing a fluorescence anisotropy profile with a known profile of a control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cellview Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph Zuckerman
  • Patent number: 10537270
    Abstract: The subject matter discloses a device for measuring biological properties of an examined tissue, the device comprising at least one light source configured and operable to illuminate the examined tissue with light radiation of one or more wavelengths at a certain light illumination direction; and a light detector located at a same side of said examined tissue and configured and operable to receive light components of said one or more wavelengths reflected from the examined tissue in response to the illuminated light radiation at a certain light detection direction, and to generate measurement data indicative thereof; at least one of said light illumination direction and detection direction is positioned at an angle of at least 20 relative to an imaginary line perpendicular to the examined tissue or form an angle of at least 20 between the light illumination direction and detection direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BIOBEAT TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Israel Sarussi, Arik Ben-Yishai, Johanan May
  • Patent number: 10532170
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein may include systems and methods for determining a patient's respiratory effort and blood oxygen saturation based on data acquired from a pulse oximetry sensor and analyzing the parameters in conjunction with each other. For example, the respiratory effort may be determined based on a photo-plethysmographic waveform generated from light attenuation detected by the sensor, and the blood oxygen saturation may be a pulse-based estimate of arterial blood oxygen saturation determined from the detected attenuation. Analysis of the parameters may enable detection and classification of apnea (e.g., obstructive or central) or another underlying cause for respiratory instability. Furthermore, the measured respiratory effort may be compared to respiratory effort supplied by a ventilator to ensure proper sensor placement before enabling automatic adjustment of ventilator settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, Jr., Michael P. O'Neil, Shannon E. Campbell, Gilbert Hausmann
  • Patent number: 10536373
    Abstract: A system for proving secure streamed data sessions is disclosed. The system comprises a first computer system executing an orchestrator virtualized network function (VNF). The orchestrator VNF collects performance metrics on routers, receives a request for a secure streamed data session, analyzes the metrics based on the request, determines a secure routing path, creates a routing instruction set that defines the secure routing path, and transmits the routing instruction set to a session aggregator. The system further comprises a second computer system that executes the session aggregator in a trusted security zone. The session aggregator establishes trusted end-to-end communication links with a first edge router, a second edge router, and at least one of the plurality of routers and configures the routing instruction set into each of the CPE node, the first edge router, the second edge router, and the at least one router via the trusted end-to-end communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Mark R. Bales, Lyle T. Bertz, Lyle W. Paczkowski
  • Patent number: 10499815
    Abstract: Provided is an object information acquiring apparatus including a supporting unit configured to be capable of holding a liquid acoustic matching member, a plurality of receiving elements each supported on the supporting unit to receive an acoustic wave propagated from an object via the acoustic matching member and output an electrical signal, a scanning unit that changes a relative position of each of the receiving elements and the object by moving the supporting unit, a controlling unit that controls a velocity of movement of the supporting unit performed by the scanning unit, and a processing unit that acquires specific information of an inside of the object based on the electrical signal. The scanning unit moves the supporting unit on a path having portions of different curvatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nishihara, Robert A Kruger
  • Patent number: 10499838
    Abstract: A system, device and methods for quantitatively monitoring and evaluating changes in water and hemoglobin content in the brain in a non-invasive manner are provided. The system may be used for real-time detection and monitoring of brain edema and/or for an assessment of cerebral autoregulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Meltem Izzetoglu, Juan Du, Baruch Ben Dor
  • Patent number: 10485462
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for non-invasively determining a blood oxygen saturation level within an organ of a subject using direct application of a near infrared spectrophotometric sensor is provided. The method includes the steps of: a) transmitting a light signal directly into the subject's organ using the sensor; b) sensing a first intensity of the light signal and a second intensity of the light signal, after the light signal travels a predetermined distance through the organ of the subject; c) determining an attenuation of the light signal along multiple different wavelengths using the sensed first intensity and sensed second intensity; d) determining a difference in attenuation of the light signal between wavelengths; and e) determining the blood oxygen saturation level within the subject's organ using the difference in attenuation between wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul B. Benni
  • Patent number: 10485480
    Abstract: A probe which is to be attached to a finger of a subject to acquire physiological parameter of the subject includes a light emitter that emits a light beam toward the finger, a light detector that outputs a signal corresponding to a light beam that is transmitted through or reflected from the finger, a first holding face that has a portion which is faced with a nail of the finger and another portion which is faced with a side face of the finger, and a second holding face that has a portion which is faced with a pad of the finger and another portion which is faced with the side face of the finger. In a state where the probe is attached to the finger, the first holding face and the second holding face are placed to be continuous to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ueda, Teiji Ukawa, Kazumasa Ito, Hideki Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 10478078
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Device for determining vital signs of a subject comprising an interface (22) for receiving a periodic photoplethysmographic, PPG, signal obtained from a subject (14) by a PPG measurement, a signal partitioning unit (24) for partitioning the PPG signal in time into a plurality of PPG sub-signals covering a half period or an integer multiple of a half period, a normalizing unit (26) for normalizing the PPG signal in advance of the partitioning and/or the PPG sub-signals in time and/or amplitude, a signal combination unit (28) for combining a number of normalized PPG sub-signals to obtain a combined PPG sub-signal, and a vital sign processor (30) for deriving a desired vital sign from the PPG signal, one or more combined PPG sub-signals or an enhanced PPG signal obtained by consecutively arranging a number of combined PPG sub-signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Gerard De Haan
  • Patent number: 10470716
    Abstract: According to one configuration, a system includes sensor hardware and signal processor resource to monitor and analyze bio-media (such as blood and/or other matter) of a person under test. During operation, the sensor hardware monitors the bio-media of the person under test and produces an output. The monitored output (such as one or more signals) varies in magnitude based at least in part on person-induced movement. The signal processor resource analyzes the output produced by the sensor hardware. Based on the analysis, and detected variation in the output of the sensor hardware as caused by the person's movement, the signal processor resource produces a setting for a biometric parameter of interest associated with monitoring the bio-media. Note that the system as described herein can be used to measure different biometric parameters of interest such as venous blood oxygen content, vein stiffness, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Tony J. Akl, James C. Doscher
  • Patent number: 10471201
    Abstract: Systems and sensor clip assemblies for optically monitoring blood flowing through a blood chamber are provided. A sensor clip assembly includes emitters and photodetectors positioned on opposing arms, a signal conditioning circuit for conditioning raw analog signals generated by the photodetectors while the sensor clip assembly is fastened to a blood chamber, and an analog-to-digital converter for converting the conditioned analog signals to raw digital data. The sensor clip assembly may output the raw digital data to an external device and receive synchronized control signals from the external device, or the sensor clip assembly may include a microcontroller for performing calculations on the raw digital data and providing synchronized control signals internally. Parameters of blood flowing through the blood chamber such as hematocrit, oxygen saturation, and change in blood volume may be calculated from the raw digital data derived from the raw analog signals generated by the photodetectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis LeeGrande Barrett, David W. Peterson, Matthew A. Stowell, Perry N. Law
  • Patent number: 10470715
    Abstract: A mobile device including a biosensor for obtaining biological signals in which biological information can be obtained stably while the mobile device is being held with a hand and is used, without providing a sensor specially used for detecting body motion generated by operating the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Shimuta
  • Patent number: 10463315
    Abstract: A technique for managing alarms includes acquiring a physiological parameter value and one or more alarm settings associated with the physiological parameter value. The technique also includes determining if the one or more alarm settings are associated with an adaptive alarm manager selecting an adaptive alarm condition from a plurality of adaptive alarm conditions when the one or more alarm settings are associated with the adaptive alarm manager; determining if the physiological parameter value meets the selected adaptive alarm condition; and generating an alarm in response when the physiological parameter value meets the selected adaptive alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James Nicholas Watson, Paul S. Addison, Graeme A. Lyon
  • Patent number: 10463285
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a sealed package and a method of forming such package are disclosed. The package includes a housing, a substrate hermetically sealed to the housing, and a light source disposed on a first major surface of the substrate. The package further includes a detector disposed on the first major surface of the substrate and having a detecting surface. The package also includes a masking layer disposed on at least one of the first major surface and a second major surface of the substrate, where the masking layer includes a first aperture aligned with an emission axis of the light source in a direction orthogonal to the first major surface of the substrate. The masking layer further includes a second aperture aligned with a detection axis of the detector in a direction orthogonal to the first major surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R Boone, Jonathan L Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10463295
    Abstract: In some examples, processing circuitry of a medical device system determines, for each of a plurality of patient parameters, a difference metric for a current period based on a value of a patient parameter determined for the current period and a value of the patient parameter determined for an immediately preceding period, and determines a score for the current period based on a sum of the difference metrics for at least some of the plurality of patient parameters. The processing circuitry determines a threshold for the current period based on scores determined for N periods that precede the current period, compares the score for the current period to the threshold, and determines whether to generate an alert indicating that an acute cardiac event of the patient, e.g., ventricular tachyarrhythmia, is predicted, and/or deliver a therapy configured to prevent the acute cardiac event, based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaohong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10456087
    Abstract: The following relates generally to the medical monitoring arts, medical warning systems concerning a monitored patient, and so forth. In clinical settings, alarms are usually triggered when a single-parameter or a multi-parameter score exceeds certain thresholds. When a score needs to be determined, if certain parameters are not available, the common practice is to use the most recent measurements of the parameters for the score calculation. However, a patient's status may change from moment to moment. The parameters measured hours ago may not be a good indicator of the patient's current status. This uncertainty can put deteriorating patients at great risk. An embodiment uses statistical methods to estimate a range of scores and the probability of these scores if old measurements have to be used for score determination. Instead of giving a single number at a time, a confidence interval may be displayed to emphasize the fact that the score is determined partially based on old measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Eric Thomas Carlson, Larry James Eshelman
  • Patent number: 10448871
    Abstract: A non-invasive, optical-based physiological monitoring system is disclosed. One embodiment includes an emitter configured to emit light. A diffuser is configured to receive and spread the emitted light, and to emit the spread light at a tissue measurement site. The system further includes a concentrator configured to receive the spread light after it has been attenuated by or reflected from the tissue measurement site. The concentrator is also configured to collect and concentrate the received light and to emit the concentrated light to a detector. The detector is configured to detect the concentrated light and to transmit a signal representative of the detected light. A processor is configured to receive the transmitted signal and to determine a physiological parameter, such as, for example, arterial oxygen saturation, in the tissue measurement site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventor: Ammar Al-Ali
  • Patent number: 10441219
    Abstract: A device (10, 10?, 10?) includes a light source (12) and a light detector (14) spaced from, and in communication with, the light source (12). An electronic processor (18) is programmed to compute pulse oximetry data from output of the light detector (14). A clamping member (26) is included, on or in which the light source (12) and the light detector (14) are disposed. The clamping member (26) is configured for attachment to a human body part with the body part disposed between the light source (12) and the light detector (14) such that light from the light source (12) passes through the body part to reach the light detector (14). The clamping member (26) is configured to attach to the body part by transitioning from a first stable state to a second stable state via a compression force applied to the clamping member (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Wouter Herman Peeters, Egbertus Reinier Jacobs, Rick Bezemer, Jens Muehlsteff
  • Patent number: 10440794
    Abstract: A controllable dynamic lighting system including a lighting element device with a set of controllable zone and a controlling means. A method for controlling a lighting system including: receiving lighting system operation inputs, determining operation instructions for one more controllable zones based on the operation inputs, and controlling controllable zone operation based on the respective operation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LIFI Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Alexander, John Cameron
  • Patent number: 10420492
    Abstract: A biometric sensor arrangement (10) comprises a first radiation source (11), a second radiation source (12) that is implemented as a flash radiation source and a driver (13) coupled to the first and the second radiation source (11, 12) and configured to selectively operate the first and the second radiation source (11, 12). Moreover, the biometric sensor arrangement (10) comprises a photosensor (16) and a signal conditioning unit (18) coupled to the photosensor (16) and designed to provide a biometric signal (SB).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ams AG
    Inventor: Jan Enenkel
  • Patent number: 10420493
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a noninvasive optical sensor or probe including disposable and reusable components. The assembly of the disposable and reusable components is straightforward, along with the disassembly thereof. During application to a measurement site, the assembled sensor is advantageously secured together while the componentry is advantageously properly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Yassir Abdul-Hafiz
  • Patent number: 10404171
    Abstract: Disclosed is a power converter circuit and a method for operating the power converter circuit. The power converter circuit includes at least one converter stage and a control circuit. The at least one converter stage includes an input configured to receive an input power, an output configured to supply an output power, a first electronic switch, and a first inductor coupled to the first electronic switch. The control circuit includes a hysteresis controller configured to drive the first electronic switch based on a current measurement signal representing a current through the inductor, a first threshold signal, and a second threshold signal, and an operating point controller configured to detect an operating point of the converter stage to generate the first threshold signal and the second threshold signal based on the detected operating point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Dominik Neumayr, Dominik Bortis, Gerald Deboy, Marc Fahlenkamp, Johann Kolar, Martin Krueger, Anthony Sanders
  • Patent number: 10376164
    Abstract: PPG sensor emits light at at least three wavelengths (Y1-Y3) and detects the reflected light. The PPG sensor comprises a motion correction unit (130) for correcting motion artefacts from the detected light signals by subtracting the output signal of the detected light at the second wavelength (Y2) from an average of an output signal of the detected light at the first and third wavelength (Y1, Y3). The three wavelengths (Y1-Y3) are arranged around 550 nm. The second wavelength (Y2) is arranged equal distantly between the first and third wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Cristian Nicolae Presura, Andrei Nicolae
  • Patent number: 10362974
    Abstract: Light reflected from a pregnant woman's abdomen and fetus contained therein that has been received by a detector and converted into a reflected electronic signal may be received by a processor. A portion of the reflected electronic signal that is reflected from the fetus may be isolated and the isolated portion of the reflected electronic signal may be analyzed to determine a fetal hemoglobin oxygen saturation level of the fetus. The isolation may be achieved by synchronizing the reflected electronic signal with a fetal heartbeat signal and multiplying the synchronized reflected electronic signal by the synchronized fetal heartbeat signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: RAYDIANT OXIMETRY, INC.
    Inventor: Neil Padharia Ray
  • Patent number: 10362994
    Abstract: A bio-sensing device (and method) calibrates a time period used to make bio-physical measurements. The device initiates a light source sense phase followed by a first ambient sense phase and a second ambient sense phase. In the light source sense phase, the device is configured to receive a digital value indicative of current through a photodetector while the light source circuit is enabled and in each of the first and second ambient sense phases, the device is configured to receive digital values while the light source circuit is disabled. The device iteratively varies the time period between the phases until the digital value received during the first ambient sense phase is within a threshold of the digital value received during the second ambient sense phase. It then applies the same time separation between the light source sense phase and the ambient phase thereby equalizing the magnitude of the ambient light in the two phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hussam Ahmed, Jagannathan Venkataraman, Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal, Antoine Lourdes Praveen Aroul, Hari Babu Tippana, Anand Hariraj Udupa
  • Patent number: 10366787
    Abstract: A method of reducing nuisance alarms for a physiological parameter at a specific care unit by determining an alarm threshold optimized for the care unit, the care unit including a plurality of patients being monitored for the physiological parameter. Measured physiological parameters for the plurality of patients is measured and provided to a threshold recommendation system. The threshold recommendation system determines a recommended parameter specific alarm threshold value calculated to reduce false alarms by determining how many alarms are generated at each of a range of threshold values and choosing a threshold value from the range of threshold values that reduces a number of false alarms without unacceptably increasing missed true alarms for said patient measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MASIMO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anand Sampath, Bilal Muhsin, Jad Adel Wafeeq
  • Patent number: 10352724
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a pedometer function that calculates an estimated distance based on sensor measurements. The sensor measurements are used to determine a step frequency of the user, which is used to estimate the distance traveled by the user. To correct for the unique step frequency of the user, a calibration factor is calculated that can be multiplied by the estimated distance to improve the accuracy of the distance estimate. New calibration factors resulting from calibration trials are assigned to step frequency bands. An average calibration factor is calculated for each frequency band. The average calibration factors of the bands are updated to ensure that the average calibration factor of any given band is greater than or equal to the average calibration factors in all lower bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay B. Dixit, Bryan J. James, Yash Rohit Modi
  • Patent number: 10349897
    Abstract: A biological signal measuring system includes: first and second optical sensors attached to first and second body portions of a subject; a first average oxygen saturation acquiring section acquiring a first average value corresponding to an average value of the first oxygen saturation corresponding to an arterial oxygen saturation in the first body portion in a predetermined time period starting at a first time; a second average oxygen saturation acquiring section acquiring a second average value corresponding to an average value of the second oxygen saturation corresponding to an arterial oxygen saturation in the second body portion in the predetermined time period starting at a second time that is different from the first time; and a difference value acquiring section acquiring a difference value, to be displayed, between the first average value and the second average value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Kobayashi, Teiji Ukawa, Kazumasa Ito, Masahiro Takeuchi, Yoshinori Ueda, Hiroko Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 10342467
    Abstract: A device includes a first portion, an information element, a second portion, and an encoder element. The first portion includes a planar substrate and at least one optical element coupled to the substrate. The optical element has an axis and the axis is substantially normal to the substrate. The information element sensor is coupled to the substrate. The information element sensor is configured to provide an information signal. The second portion includes a membrane configured to couple to the planar substrate. The membrane has a contact surface configured to couple with tissue. The encoder element is coupled to the membrane. The information signal corresponds to proximity of the encoder element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nonin Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Skorich, Brian Joseph Kane, Matthew Prior
  • Patent number: 10335044
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique for continuous measurement of blood pressure based on pulse transit time and which does not require any external calibration. This technique, referred to herein as the ‘Composite Method’, is carried out with a body-worn monitor that measures blood pressure and other vital signs, and wirelessly transmits them to a remote monitor. A network of body-worn sensors, typically placed on the patient's right arm and chest, connect to the body-worn monitor and measure time-dependent ECG, PPG, accelerometer, and pressure waveforms. The disposable sensors can include a cuff that features an inflatable bladder coupled to a pressure sensor, three or more electrical sensors (e.g. electrodes), three or more accelerometers, a temperature sensor, and an optical sensor (e.g., a light source and photodiode) attached to the patient's thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Banet, Marshal Dhillon, Devin McCombie
  • Patent number: 10339196
    Abstract: A method and system for collecting information, enriching the collected information, and linking the enriched information is provided. The system includes an application server that is accessible by users via their computer device for performing a variety of functions encompassed in a lifestream data function. Lifestreams (or lifestream data) contains notes, recordings and annotation data elements. The goal of the lifestream data functions is to ultimately enrich the individual data elements in each lifestream which then form a network of enriched lifestreams or aspects of enriched lifestreams to provide a user with: (a) a better organization of his/her data, notes, thoughts and intentions, (b) a better search or filter tool to search for data, notes, thoughts and intentions, and/or (c) a better ranking mechanism for ranking or determining relevance of data, notes, thoughts and intentions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Brown, Andreas Schobel