Adhesive Patents (Class 600/391)
  • Patent number: 8275441
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides electrodes that possess components capable of indicating to an end-user when the electrode is in need of replacement. The electrode includes a substrate and a conductive composition on at least a portion of a surface of the substrate. The conductive composition includes at least one hydrogel and at least one component that precipitates from the hydrogel after repeated use of the electrode, thereby providing an indication to replace the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Warren Copp, Erick Garstka, Christopher Hyatt, Kathleen Tremblay, Peter Meyer, Scott Coggins, Lee Burnes, David Selvitelli
  • Publication number: 20120226128
    Abstract: A biosignal measurement device includes an electrode and a signal processing member. The electrode includes an insulation sheet having a hole, a device contact portion provided on the top surface of the insulation sheet and a body contact portion provided on the bottom surface of the insulation sheet, the device contact portion and the body contact portion electrically connected to each other via the hole. The signal processing member includes an externally exposed terminal to make surface contact with the device contact portion, an analog signal processing unit, an A/D signal converter and a digital signal processing unit. Also, the device contact portion and the body contact portion are formed of a material which is both conductive and adhesive. Accordingly, the signal processing member may be directly attached. Noise may be reduced. Also, a biosignal may be accurately measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun Soo SHIN, Jin Sang HWANG, Jong Pal KIM, Hyung Sok YEO, Sang Ryong KIM
  • Publication number: 20120226129
    Abstract: An ECG lead set including an ECG electrode assembly and a lead set hub. ECG electrode includes at least one electrode configured to receive biopotential signals from a patient, a plug connector for connecting said ECG electrode assembly, a web, connected between the at least one electrode and the plug connector and configured to form an electrical connection therebetween. The lead set hub includes at least one receptacle configured to receive the plug connector of the ECG electrode assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mark Callahan, Linda Davis, Dennis Dell'Accio, Heather Knight, Peter Meyer, David Selvitelli, Mark Tauer, Kathleen Tremblay, Eliot Zaiken
  • Patent number: 8249686
    Abstract: An adherent device is configured to adhere to the skin of the patient with an adherent patch, for example breathable tape, coupled to at least four electrodes. The device comprises impedance circuitry coupled to the at least four electrodes and configured to measure respiration of the patient to detect sleep apnea and/or hypopnea. The impedance circuitry may be used to measure hydration of the patient. An accelerometer can be mechanically coupled to the adherent patch such that the accelerometer can be coupled to and move with the skin of the patient. Electrocardiogram circuitry to generate an electrocardiogram signal may be coupled to at least two of the at least four electrodes to detect the sleep apnea and/or hypopnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Corventis, Inc.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Yatheendhar D. Manicka, Mark J. Bly
  • Patent number: 8238997
    Abstract: The current invention is an apparatus that comfortably fits on an individual's chin and holds electrodes in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Grady Woodward
  • Patent number: 8238998
    Abstract: A disposable tab electrode has core elements that include an adhesive conductive laminate layer and a logo sticker layer with a penetrating hole for contacting a sensor electrode. A protecting film is put around both ends of the core elements. As a result, the disposable tab electrode can be made inexpensively, stored hygienically for a long time and used easily. A lead wire for connecting to the tab electrode has a projection on one end of a sensor electrode that is adhered onto the conductive laminate layer of the disposable tab electrode. The projection is fixed to the lead wire body by a fixing member. As a result, expensive Ag—AgCl electrode sensors can be used repeatedly. The lead wire can have a nipper self-contained or integrated with the lead wire body to prevent the lead wire from separating from the disposable tab electrode during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bio Protech Inc.
    Inventor: Ik Ro Park
  • Patent number: 8214009
    Abstract: A biosignal measurement device includes an electrode and a signal processing member. The electrode includes an insulation sheet having a hole, a device contact portion provided on the top surface of the insulation sheet and a body contact portion provided on the bottom surface of the insulation sheet, the device contact portion and the body contact portion electrically connected to each other via the hole. The signal processing member includes an externally exposed terminal to make surface contact with the device contact portion, an analog signal processing unit, an A/D signal converter and a digital signal processing unit. Also, the device contact portion and the body contact portion are formed of a material which is both conductive and adhesive. Accordingly, the signal processing member may be directly attached. Noise may be reduced. Also, a biosignal may be accurately measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun Soo Shin, Jin Sang Hwang, Jong Pal Kim, Hyung Sok Yeo, Sang Ryong Kim
  • Patent number: 8204572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical electrode comprising a carrier having a first conductor surface and an outer conductor surface surrounding the first conductor surface wherein the outer conductor surface is free from radial tabs for connection to circuitry so as to remain electrically uncontacted on the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Leonard Lang KG
    Inventors: Burrhus Lang, Sergius Lang
  • Patent number: 8197844
    Abstract: A transdermal medicament patch includes a biocompatible substrate having a therapeutic face on one side configured for disposition against the skin of a patient, a biocompatible adhesive on the therapeutic face, a planar medicament matrix covering a portion of the therapeutic face, and a release liner covering the portion of therapeutic that is not obscured by the medicament matrix. An aperture formed through the release sheet affords direct access by medicament to the entire surface of the medicament matrix opposite from the therapeutic face of the substrate. An active electrode positioned between the medicament matrix and the therapeutic face of the substrate includes an electrically conductive backing layer positioned against the therapeutic face of the substrate and a pH-control layer covering less than all of the side of the backing layer opposite from the therapeutic face of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Activatek, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamal S. Yanaki
  • Publication number: 20120143032
    Abstract: A sensor web device is provided for measuring EMG (electromyographic) signals. The device has a base sheet and a plurality of EMG sensors disposed on the base sheet. The plurality of EMG sensors are arranged so that a desired EMG signal of a muscle in a human body is obtained by a corresponding one of the plurality of EMG sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Dean CYPHERY, Marco N. Vitiello
  • Publication number: 20120143033
    Abstract: An ECG electrode assembly is provided. The electrode assembly includes a backing element, an electrode element, and an electrolyte gel. The electrode assembly includes an electrode assembly having a connection portion or ridge located generally in the center of the backing element. The electrode assembly extends through an aperture in the backing element and includes an integrally formed sensing potion located on the side of the backing element opposite the connection portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Mark D. Tiegs, Edward J. Arndt
  • Patent number: 8190269
    Abstract: A bioelectrode comprising a skin-side, electrically conducting adhesive layer (7) and a flexible electrical connecting cable (4) which in an electrically insulating cable sheath (5) includes at least one electrical conductor (6), preferably in the form of a braid comprising a plurality of individual wires or conducting individual fibers, wherein the electrode-side end (4a) of the connecting cable (4) is arranged between two thermoplastic layers (2, 3) which are welded together at least region-wise, wherein both thermoplastic layers (2, 3) are electrically conducting and are electrically connected to the electrical conductor (6) of the connecting cable (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Leonh.Lang
    Inventor: Markus Wilfinger
  • Publication number: 20120108920
    Abstract: An adherent device to monitor a patient for an extended period comprises a breathable tape. The breathable tape comprises a porous material with an adhesive coating to adhere the breathable tape to a skin of the patient. At least one electrode is affixed to the breathable tape and capable of electrically coupling to a skin of the patient. A printed circuit board is connected to the breathable tape to support the printed circuit board with the breathable tape when the tape is adhered to the patient. Electronic components electrically are connected to the printed circuit board and coupled to the at least one electrode to measure physiologic signals of the patient. A breathable cover and/or an electronics housing is disposed over the circuit board and electronic components and connected to at least one of the electronics components, the printed circuit board or the breathable tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Corventis, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Bly, Badri Amurthur, Kristofer J. James, Imad Libbus, Yatheendhar D. Manicka, Scott T. Mazar, Jerry S. Wang
  • Patent number: 8165655
    Abstract: A medical electrode is provided for detecting and transmitting electric pulses from the body surface of a patient to an electric pulse processor. The medical electrode includes an outer carrier and at least one inner carrier (3, 3?, 3?). The outer carrier and the inner carrier are connected at a defined number of geometrically distributed points (2). The points (2) form an outer edge (4) of the inner carrier and are perforated, so that the outer carrier and the inner carrier can be separated at these points (2). An adhesion area (5) is formed on the underside of the outer carrier (1) and of the inner carrier for adhering the medical electrode to the patient body surface. A contact element (7) is provided with a conductive area arranged concentrically to the contact element (7) for establishing contact with the body surface of the patient. The contact element (7) and the conductive area (8) are arranged within the inner carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Dräger Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Grassl
  • Patent number: 8160673
    Abstract: A medical electrode for bonding to the skin of a patient comprises a support which adheres to the skin and a holding element for at least one electrically conducting connection piece, wherein the skin side of the connection piece is covered with an electrically conducting gel, in particular in a sponge, wherein the gap on the skin side between the holding element and the electrically conducting connection piece is closed by a sealing element which is preferably ring-like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Leonh. Lang
    Inventor: Christian Fürtinger
  • Publication number: 20120088999
    Abstract: An ambulatory electrocardiographic (ECG) monitor with a jumpered sensing electrode and method of use for female and large-girthed patients is provided. Self-powered ECG sensing circuitry is fully enclosed in a housing with electrode receptacles on a bottom surface. A flexible and stretchable electrode mounting panel is provided with a layer of skin adhesive. A standoff pad is placed between the housing and the electrode mounting panel. Sensing electrodes are mounted on opposite ends of the mounting panel. Each sensing electrode includes an electrode pad facing the skin contacting surface and an oppositely-facing electrode plug. Each plug is removably and pivotably couplable into the receptacles. A jumper wire assembly includes a jumper plug electrically connected to a jumper receptacle. The jumper plug is removably and pivotably couplable into the receptacles and the jumper receptacle is removably and pivotably couplable into the plugs on the mounting panel opposite from the standoff pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Jon Mikalson Bishay, Gust H. Bardy, Jason Felix
  • Publication number: 20120089001
    Abstract: A method for performing ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring is provided. An ambulatory ECG monitor, that includes a plurality of sensing electrodes coupled to self-powered sensing circuitry, is provisioned. A monitoring site is located on the surface of a patient's chest at midline and above the body of the sternum adjacent to the fourth and fifth intercostal spaces. The electrodes are aligned and placed along the midline. The ambulatory ECG monitor is removably adhered to the monitoring site for the duration of monitoring. ECG data is sensed through the sensing electrodes at the monitoring site and the sensed ECG data is recorded into the sensing circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Jon Mikalson Bishay, Gust H. Bardy, Jason Felix
  • Publication number: 20120089000
    Abstract: A method for performing ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring on an adult female is provided. An ambulatory ECG monitor, that includes a plurality of sensing electrodes coupled to self-powered sensing circuitry, is provisioned. A monitoring site is located on the surface of a patient's chest at midline and above the body of the sternum adjacent to the fourth and fifth intercostal spaces between the breasts in the upper portion of the intermammary cleft. The electrodes are aligned and placed along the midline. Interference from breast tissue with placement of the ambulatory monitor at the monitoring site is evaluated. The ambulatory ECG monitor is removably adhered to the monitoring site clear of any breast tissue interference for the duration of monitoring. ECG data is sensed through the sensing electrodes at the monitoring site and the sensed ECG data is recorded into the sensing circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Jon Mikalson Bishay, Gust H. Bardy, Jason Felix
  • Patent number: 8121664
    Abstract: A sensor for sensing physiological signal from outside the human body, said sensor comprising an electrode for abutment against the skin; and a transmission conductor electrically connected to said electrode, said transmission conductor formed from a flexible material, wherein in use a substrate is disposed between the skin and said transmission conductor, and said substrate is permeable to moisture and air thereby exposing said transmission conductor to said moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Dayton Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Yuen
  • Patent number: 8116841
    Abstract: An adherent device to monitor a patient for an extended period comprises a breathable tape. The breathable tape comprises a porous material with an adhesive coating to adhere the breathable tape to a skin of the patient. At least one electrode is affixed to the breathable tape and capable of electrically coupling to a skin of the patient. A printed circuit board is connected to the breathable tape to support the printed circuit board with the breathable tape when the tape is adhered to the patient. Electronic components electrically are connected to the printed circuit board and coupled to the at least one electrode to measure physiologic signals of the patient. A breathable cover and/or an electronics housing is disposed over the circuit board and electronic components and connected to at least one of the electronics components, the printed circuit board or the breathable tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Corventis, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Bly, Badri Amurthur, Kristofer J. James, Imad Libbus, Yatheendhar D. Manicka, Scott T. Mazar, Jerry S. Wang
  • Patent number: 8084051
    Abstract: Therapeutic medical garments for scar treatment includes a composite fabric for treating dermatological scars, wherein a layer of textile fabric and a layer of a therapeutic agent produce a composite sheet suitable for the treatment of dermatologic scars resulting from traumatic, surgical or other injuries to the skin. The composite sheet may be fashioned into garments fitted to the patient for convenience of use, optimization of skin contact, and single step application of pressure therapy and the therapeutic agent. A process of use of the medical garment for applying therapeutic agent and pressure therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Bio Med Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Dillon
  • Publication number: 20110295100
    Abstract: In certain variations, methods, systems and/or devices for enhancing conductivity of an electrical signal through a subject's skin using one or more microneedle electrodes are provided. A microneedle electrode may be applied to the subject's skin by placing the microneedle electrode in direct contact with the subject's skin. The microneedles of the microneedle electrode may be inserted into the skin such that the microneedles pierce stratum corneum of the skin up to or through dermis of the skin. An electrical signal passes or is conducted through or across the microneedle electrode and the subject's skin, where impedance of the microneedle electrode is minimal and greatly reduced compared to existing technologies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Anant V. HEGDE, Amit RAJGURU, Daniel Rogers BURNETT, Christopher HERMANSON
  • Publication number: 20110288393
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system of electrodes used for transdermal conduction of electric signals and a method of use thereof, the said system comprising a plurality of electrode parts (17, 58, 58?) connected by means of electrical conductors (17?, 68) to electric impedance tomography apparatuses, as well as other devices, the said parts being secured to the outer side (15a, 54a, 54?a) of a flexible and porous blade (15, 54c, 51?) coated on both sides thereof by layers of electrically conductive and adhesive materials, such electrically conductive materials being in mutual contact through the pores (74) of the said blade, the inner face of the latter being removably secured, by means of adhesion, to the skin of the patient (65). The invention comprises means for positioning the said electrode parts, as well as means for external protection thereof and of their respective conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Timpel S.A.
    Inventor: Albert Holzhacker
  • Publication number: 20110282178
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (10) for attaching to the stomach (24) of a pregnant woman, said system comprising a bracket (11) and strapping means; wherein said bracket comprising strapping engaging means (16) for releasable engaging said strapping means with said bracket (11) and/or for adjusting the effective length of said strapping means; wherein said bracket (11) either comprising a monitoring device (12); or comprising means for accommodating a separate monitoring device (12); wherein said strapping means comprise two separate straps (18) each having two ends; wherein one end of each of said separate straps (18) being an adhesive end (20) for adhering onto the skin of said woman's stomach (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Betina Korshoj Andersen
  • Publication number: 20110245648
    Abstract: A biosensor kit and method for use thereof for at-home collection of biosensor data having one or more biosensors with a top patch-shaped layer affixed to a bottom patch-shaped layer, the layers being made of cushioning sheet material, such as medical foam tape, and having a biosensor circuit disposed between the layers such that the top layer and bottom layer form a protective, dual-mode encapsulation of the biosensor circuit for cushioning against the skin or a garment of a wearer, and for protection of the biosensor circuit during shipment and handling. The kit further includes a carrier card of suitable size to receive and carry the biosensors in a substantially flat, co-planar arrangement in a substantially flat envelope or pouch for shipment through flat piece mail or postal service. The cushioning sheet material of the biosensor layers is sufficient packing material to avoid requiring additional protective packing material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Stanford P. Hudson
  • Publication number: 20110237924
    Abstract: A physiological data collection system facilitates acquiring, recording, transferring and analyzing physiological signals generated from the skin of a human subject that may be used in generating an electrocardiogram for a patient in a continuous manner over an extended period of time of twenty four to forty eight hours. The physiological data collection system is an assembly of a disposable physiological sensor device and a reusable data collection module. Collected physiological data may be transmitted for analysis via either a cable or a wireless communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: HALTHION MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Edwin A. McGusty, Michael J. Vosch, John W. Parker, III
  • Patent number: 8017042
    Abstract: Conductive compositions whose electrical properties do not change significantly due when stored open to the atmosphere, methods for preparing the compositions, and medical electrodes that comprise the compositions are disclosed. The compositions are hydrogels that comprise about 33 wt % to about 68 wt % of a humectant or a mixture of humectants; about 1 wt % to about 8 wt % of an electrolyte or mixture of electrolytes; about 6 wt % to about 20 wt % of water; about 18 wt % to about 45 wt % of a copolymer. The copolymer comprises, in polymerized form, about 80 mol % to about 95 mol % of a first monomer, which is a mixture of acrylic acid and a salt thereof, about 5 mol % to 20 mol % of a second monomer, preferably a salt of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid, and, optionally a crosslinking agent. The conductive composition has a pH of about 7.0 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Warren W. Copp-Howland
  • Patent number: 7998574
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of detecting a bioelectrical signal from a subject. The method includes the steps of applying a composite material to a subject wherein the composite material includes a polymeric material and a polar material that is substantially dispersed within the polymeric material; coupling monitoring equipment to the second side of the composite material; permitting the polar material within the polymeric material to respond to the bioelectrical signal within the subject; and detecting a responsive electrical signal from the composite material that is representative of the bioelectrical signal. The polar material exhibits molecular compatibility with the polymeric material such that the polar material neither blooms to a surface of the polymeric material nor crystallizes within the polymeric material, and the composite material has a first side for contacting the subject and a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: FLEXcon Company Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Segall, Iris E. Hilton, Melissa E. Szymanski, John R. Pennace
  • Patent number: 7970450
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring an electrical signal from a patient's body includes a disposable electrode patch having a thin flexible housing with an adhesive exterior, a power source, a printed circuit board, a plurality of electrodes, a converter for converting a detected electrical signal from the patient's body to a digital signal, a processor for processing the digital signal, and a transmitter connected for transmitting the processed digital signal as a wireless signal. A monitoring unit communicating with the electrode patch includes a power source, a transceiver, a global positioning receiver, a processor, at least one communication port for external communications, and a display. A system of the invention includes a plurality of patients having medical monitors wirelessly communicating biometric information to a central processor for archiving and accessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Halthion Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan V. Kroecker, Richard L Krampe, Michael Vosch
  • Publication number: 20110144470
    Abstract: In one configuration, an adherent device to adhere to a skin of a subject includes a stretchable base layer having an upper side and a lower side and an adhesive coating on the lower side to adhere the base layer to the skin of the subject. The base layer has at least two openings extending therethrough, each of the at least two openings having a size. The adherent device also includes a stretchable covering layer positioned above and adhered to the base layer with an adhesive to define at least two pockets. The adherent device also includes at least two gels, each gel having a size larger than the size of openings to retain the gel substantially within the pocket, and a circuit carrier supported with the stretchable base layer to measure at least one physiologic signal of the subject. Other configurations and methods are also claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Corventis, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott T. Mazar, Senthil Swaminathan, Jonathan Engel
  • Patent number: 7957785
    Abstract: A waterproof bioelectrode includes an electrode pad (101) to be mounted on a living body and a lead wire (110) to be connected to the electrode pad. The electrode pad includes a waterproof base (106) having an adhesive contacting surface and a hole substantially at its center, a waterproof seal member (105) which fixes the lead wire to a lower surface of the contacting surface of the base while covering the hole such that a detection electrode provided to a distal end of the lead wire is exposed from the hole of the waterproof base, and a conductive gel (103) arranged on the contacting surface to come into contact with the detection electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Fukuda Denshi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20110098549
    Abstract: A disposable monitor, including an adhesive sensing unit that includes a flexible conductive wire of length that does not exceed few centimeters; wherein when the adhesive sensing unit is attached to the skin of a person the flexible conductive wire changes an electrical parameter in response to movements of the skin; wherein the adhesive sensing unit wirelessly transmits electromagnetic signals that are indicative of values of the electrical parameter of the flexible conductive wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Avi BAR HAYIM, Diana EGOO
  • Patent number: 7912526
    Abstract: A system for detecting and analyzing electrical activity in the anatomy of an organism underlying an electrode array provides signals corresponding to electrical activity adjacent each electrode. Such signals are correlated to the underlying anatomy of the organism and representative outputs presented through various types of output devices. Such outputs may include variations in coloration or other qualities in correspondence with representations of underlying anatomical structures. The system includes electrode structures and methods for producing and attaching electrode arrays to the organism. The exemplary form of the invention is used in connection with the diagnosis of muscle activity in the lower lumbar regions of humans. Levels of muscle activity detected are analyzed by correlation with the muscular structures underlying the electrode array. Forms of the invention may be used in other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: SpineMatrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Finneran, Kathryn E. Alexander, B. Russell Alexander, Charles E. Wickham, Jr., Richard L. Hitchcock, Scott D. Howard
  • Patent number: 7904133
    Abstract: A wearable compact, lightweight, noninvasive, wearable “unified” device or system (10), that does not compromise a user's motion and flexibility, detects, processes, analyzes and reports predetermined physical states of a human body. The system includes at least one pair of sense electrodes (14) and one reference electrode (16), each configured to be adhesively attached to a surface of the body (30). An electronics module (12) is in electrical communication with each of the electrodes, includes a power source, and processes and analyzes signals provided by the electrodes. The plurality of electrodes and the electronics module are covered by a single adhesive membrane (20) that enables the wearable device to adhere to the surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Stacy Earl Gehman, Thomas Dean Lyster, James Knox Russell, Cheryl A. Fay-Lauria
  • Publication number: 20110054272
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for monitoring characteristics of a subject. A system according to an exemplary embodiment of the invention includes a sensor subsystem including at least one respiratory sensor disposed proximate to the subject and configured to detect a respiratory characteristic of the subject, wherein the sensor subsystem is configured to generate and transmit at least one respiratory signal representing the respiratory characteristic, and at least one physiological sensor disposed proximate to the subject and configured to detect a physiological characteristic of the subject, wherein the sensor subsystem is configured to generate and transmit at least one physiological signal representing the physiological characteristic, and a processor subsystem in communication with the sensor subsystem, the processor subsystem being configured to receive at least one of the at least one respiratory signal and the at least one physiological signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Adidas AG, World of Sports
    Inventor: P. Alexander DERCHAK
  • Publication number: 20110046461
    Abstract: Nanofiber adhesives and their uses with device, such as medical devices, are described. In one embodiment, a nanofiber adhesive layer may be disposed on a surface of a medical device, such as a backing layer of a sensor, for adhesion to a substrate. The nanofiber adhesive layer may allow durable adhesion to the substrate. Other described features may include materials and methods to determine the attachment of the medical device to a patient by determining the adhesive state of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventor: Edward M. McKenna
  • Publication number: 20110028823
    Abstract: A biomedical sensor for detecting EMG signals may include a non-conducting fixed framework supporting a symmetrical arrangement of four electrode surfaces, configured as two signal detection contacts, each with a respective associated signal reference contact. The mechanical and electrical configuration act together to suppress movement artifact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: L. Donald Gilmore, Gianluca De Luca, Carlo J. De Luca
  • Publication number: 20110021902
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a real-time electrocardiogram monitoring system and method, a patch-type electrocardiograph and a telecommunication apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: Keimyung University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Yoon Nyun Kim, Hee Joon Park, Jyung Hyun Lee, Hyo Chan Jeon
  • Publication number: 20110021901
    Abstract: An exemplary sensor includes a sensor pad defining a perimeter, a light source, a light detector, and an adhesive layer. The light source is configured to generate near-infrared light and transmit the near-infrared light through part of a patient's body. The light detector is configured to receive the near-infrared light generated by the light source after it has traveled through part of the patient's body. The light received by the light detector indicates an amount of oxygen in the part of the patient's body through which the near-infrared light traveled. The adhesive layer is offset relative to the sensor pad to, for example, allow a clinician to easily remove the sensor from the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Oleg Gonopolskiy, Arik Anderson, Melissa Muto, Matthew Stimpson, Richard Morabito
  • Publication number: 20110009729
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for measuring physiological signals by distributing modules according to functions. The physiological signal measuring apparatus includes first and second detection electrodes, a physiological signal detection module, a power supply module, and a connection line. The first and second detection electrodes are adhered to a target skin to detect physiological signals. The physiological signal detection module is installed at the first detection electrode to generate physiological signal data from the physiological signals detected by the first and second detection electrodes. The power supply module is installed at the second detection electrode to supply power to the physiological signal detection module. The connection line connects the physiological signal detection module and the power supply module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Seungchul SHIN, Inbum Lee, YongWon Jang, Yoon Seon Song, Seunghwan Kim, Seon Hee Park
  • Patent number: 7869855
    Abstract: A medical apparatus includes a substrate member and an applicator member. Substrate member includes a medical device and an adhesive layer for adhering to body tissue. Applicator member is releasably attached to the substrate member and is adapted for grasping by a clinician to facilitate application of the substrate member to body tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Peter F. Meyer, Warren Copp-Howland
  • Patent number: 7867611
    Abstract: A biomedical sensor is disclosed that includes a conductive material for coupling to monitoring equipment, and a composite. The composite includes a polymeric material and a polar material that is substantially dispersed within the polymeric material. The composite has a first side that is coupled to the conductive material and has a second side that is positionable with respect to a subject to be monitored. The polar material exhibits molecular compatibility with the polymeric material such that the polar material neither blooms to a surface of the polymeric material nor crystallizes within the polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: FLEXcon Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Segall, Iris E. Hilton, Melissa E. Szymanski, John R. Pennace
  • Patent number: 7860546
    Abstract: A medical electrode includes a backing layer having a top face and a bottom face, and a shrinkable layer covering at least a portion of the top face of the backing layer. Shrinkage of the shrinkable layer results in flexing of a portion of the backing layer to aid placement and attachment of the electrode to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Scott R. Coggins
  • Publication number: 20100324404
    Abstract: An ICG/ECG electrode includes a first electrode and a second electrode, wherein at least one of the first or second electrode senses both an ICG signal and an ECG voltage signal. A physiologic parameter monitoring apparatus includes a set of electrodes, including an electrode for sensing both an ICG voltage signal and an ECG voltage signal corresponding to a patient. The apparatus further includes an ICG monitor for processing the ICG voltage signal sensed by the electrode and an ECG monitor for processing the ECG voltage signal sensed by the same electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Analogic Corporation
    Inventors: Lewis Norman Harrold, Anthony Ralph Diciaccio
  • Publication number: 20100317958
    Abstract: A sensor system in accordance with the present invention comprises a plane member, a plurality of electrodes within the plane member, adapted to contact a human body to detect and monitor human generated voltages. The sensor can be applied to monitor a variety of applications relating to health, disease progression, fitness and wellness. Some of the specific applications include the monitoring of ECG, EEG, EMG, glucose, electrolytes, body hydration, dehydration, tissue state and wounds. Various aspects of the invention are shown by illustrating certain embodiments. Many other embodiments can be used to implement the invented schemes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: James Beck, Venkateswara R. Sattiraju, Ali M. Niknejad, Louis C. Yun, Randall Lee, Surendar Magar, Lois M. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20100298687
    Abstract: Disclosed are a wearable monitoring apparatus and a driving method thereof. The wearable monitoring apparatus comprises: a sensor unit for measuring a biological signal from a human body, wherein the sensor unit is adhered to a skin; and a control unit for searching a location of the sensor unit, supplying power to the sensor unit, and receiving and processing the biological signal from the sensor unit, wherein the control unit is formed to be wearable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Hoi-Jun Yoo, Jerald Yoo
  • Publication number: 20100261992
    Abstract: A medical electrode includes a moderately conductive flexible member having a top side and a bottom side with a plurality of highly conductive patterns disposed on the conductive flexible member bottom side in a spaced apart relationship. A moderately highly conductive layer disposed on the conductive flexible member bottom side and covering the conductive patterns, for adhering the electrode to a patient's skin. A connector is provided for establishing electrical contact with an external apparatus. The connector includes a leadwire having conductive portions in electrical communication with the conductive patterns and non-conductive portions between the conductive patterns. Control over conductivity between the leadwire conductive portion and the conductive pattern is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Jens Axelgaard
  • Patent number: 7813806
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an article includes a primary surface, and a pattern of spaced dissimilar materials, on the primary surface. The pattern is to spontaneously produce electrical surface currents when brought into contact with an electrically conducting solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Vomaris Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffry B. Skiba
  • Publication number: 20100240982
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assessment of sleep quality in adults and children are provided. These techniques include an apparatus worn above the forehead containing the circuitry for collecting and storing physiological signals. The apparatus integrates with a sensor strip and a nasal mask to obtain the physiological signals for the user. The form factor of this apparatus is comfortable, easy to self-apply, and results in less data artifacts than conventional techniques for capturing physiological data for analyzing sleep quality. Neuro-respiratory signals are analyzed using means to extract more accurate definitions of the frequency and severity of sleep discontinuity, sleep disordered breathing and patterns of sleep architecture. Biological biomarkers and questionnaire responses can also be compared to a database of healthy and chronically diseased patients to provide a more accurate differential diagnosis and to help determine the appropriate disease management recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: ADVANCED BRAIN MONITORING, INC.
    Inventors: Philip R. Westbrook, Daniel J. Levendowski, Timothy Zavora, Gene Davis, Djordje Popovic, Chris Berka, Mirko Mitrovic, Bratislav Veljkovic
  • Publication number: 20100234716
    Abstract: Methods and devices for monitoring fluid content within body tissues. An adherent device having a support configured to transmit a signal into a body of a patient, and receive a reflected portion of the signal, and adhere to the skin of the patient. In many embodiments, the adherent device includes an ultrasonic transducer and other sensors. In many embodiments, the ultrasonic transducer is used in coordination with the other sensors to predict a cardiac decompensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: Corventis, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Engel