Force Applied Against Skin To Close Blood Vessel Patents (Class 600/490)
  • Patent number: 10413199
    Abstract: An adapter includes a substantially rigid body having a distal portion, a proximal portion, a central opening formed at least in part by an inner wall of the body, and a longitudinal axis extending substantially centrally through the opening. The distal portion includes an annular ring having a top surface and a ridge disposed opposite the top surface, the ridge extending substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The distal. The adapter also includes a seal configured to form a substantially fluid-tight seal with a surface of a fitting removably attachable to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean R. Karla, Raymond A. Lia, Scott A. Martin, Robert L. Vivenzio, Thaddeus J. Wawro, Chris R. Roberts, Jeffrey J. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10416811
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating a force input device are disclosed. The force input device includes a force-sensitive structure with a number of individual force sensors that compress or expand in response to input. The force input device measures an electrical property of the force sensors of the force-sensitive structure. After the force sensors are measured, the values obtained are adjusted based on a mechanical model of the response of the force sensitive structure. Upon receiving a force input event of high magnitude, the force input device recalibrates the mechanical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Golnaz Abdollahian, Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 10413349
    Abstract: A surgical system and corresponding methods for identifying tissue or vessels and assessing their conditions includes a probing signal source for applying a probing signal to the tissue and a response signal monitor for monitoring a response signal that varies according to the level of blood circulation in the tissue or vessels. The response signal monitor monitors the response signal over an interval equal to or longer than an interval between two successive cardiac contractions. The surgical system includes a microprocessor that analyzes the amplitude and/or phase of the response signal to determine the level of blood circulation in the tissue or in different portions of the tissue, and determines a tissue parameter based upon the level of blood circulation. The surgical system may monitor a cardiac signal related to cardiac contractions and correlate the response signal and the cardiac signal to determine a level of blood circulation in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Nataliya Chernova, Igoris Misuchenko, Georgy Martsinovskiy, Mikhail Verbitsky
  • Patent number: 10357166
    Abstract: A blood pressure monitor includes a cuff and main unit. The cuff includes a fluid bladder, tube, and approximately cylindrical plug attached to a leading end of the tube, and a through-hole is provided in peripheral wall of plug. An inner diameter of a part of plug further on leading end side of plug than through-hole is set variably, in accordance with the type of cuff, to a diameter?inner diameter of a part of plug aside from part further on leading end side. Main unit includes a plug receiving portion that communicates with pump via a pipe, a first pressure sensor that detects pressure in pipe, second pressure sensor that detects an inner pressure of plug inserted into plug receiving portion, and cuff type determining unit that determines type of cuff connected to main unit on basis of difference between pressures detected by first and second pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tameo Ashida
  • Patent number: 10349841
    Abstract: A blood pressure cuff assembly for an ambulatory blood pressure monitor may include a hollow cuff and an elastic liner provided on the reverse side of the cuff. An airbag may be provided in the cuff. A first connection part and a second connection part may be provided on the cuff. A third connection part and a fourth connection part may be correspondingly provided on the liner. The effect of tight inside and loose outside is achieved by the combination of the elastic liner and the cuff. When worn on an upper arm, the elastic liner has an elastic deformation and consequently tightens around the upper arm so as to realize certain slip resistance, and the cuff will not slip down even tied a bit loosely when located on the upper arm. The feeling of constraint from the cuff is reduced significantly and the comfort is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: XI'AN SHEN MINDRAY MEDICAL ELECTRONICS RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Guang Li
  • Patent number: 10297143
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for detecting quality of physiologic data using contact pressure data for alarm generation. First data is received that comprises physiologic data and an alarm condition. Second data is received from pressure-sensitive sensors, wherein the second data comprises contact pressure data. In response to determining that the second data indicates movement of an entity, a delay is created for generation of an alarm for the alarm condition. In response to determining that the delay has expired, it is determined whether the first data has changed to indicate that the alarm condition is resolved. In response to determining that the first data has changed to indicate that the alarm condition is resolved, the alarm condition is cleared. In response to determining that the first data has not changed to indicate that the alarm condition is resolved, the alarm is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Perry R. Giffen, James R. Green, Shermeen Nizami
  • Patent number: 10137233
    Abstract: A monitoring device (7) operates on a pressure signal from a blood processing apparatus, e.g. a dialysis machine, which has an extracorporeal blood circuit connected to a vascular system of a subject for pumping blood through a dialyzer, and a treatment fluid supply system for pumping a treatment fluid through the dialyzer. The monitoring device (7) has a first input block (50) for obtaining a first pressure signal (y) from a first pressure sensor (6a) in the extracorporeal blood circuit, and a second input block (51) for obtaining a second pressure signal (w) from a second pressure sensor (6b) in the treatment fluid supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GAMBRO LUNDIA AB
    Inventors: Jan Sternby, Mattias Holmer, Bo Olde, Kristian Solem, Anders Wallenborg, Per Hansson
  • Patent number: 10016139
    Abstract: The blood pressure measurement apparatus includes a pressure sensor that detects the pressure in a cuff and outputs a cuff pressure signal, and a pulse wave detection unit that detects a pulse wave in the cuff pressure signal. The pulse wave detection unit includes an analog HPF that extracts a high-frequency component from the cuff pressure signal, an A/D conversion unit, a signal storage unit that stores a signal obtained by performing A/D conversion on the cuff pressure signal detected at the time when the pressurizing pressure changes from increasing to decreasing, a subtraction unit that subtracts the signal stored by the signal storage unit from an output signal of the A/D conversion unit, and a digital HPF that extracts a high-frequency component from the output signal of the subtraction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kinoshita, Hironori Sato, Toshihiko Ogura
  • Patent number: 9955885
    Abstract: A system and method for secure physiological data processing and delivery are provided. A log of identifiers of physiological monitoring patches and of passwords is maintained in a secure database. Physiological monitoring data obtained using one of the patches is received by at least one server together with the identifier and the password associated with that patch. The received identifier and password are compared with the identifiers and passwords stored in the log. The received physiological monitoring data is stored in electronic medical records associated with the matching identifier. The password and the identifier associated with the physiological monitoring data are received from a user device over the data communications network. The received password and identifier are compared to the password and the identifier associated with the electrical medical records. The electronic medical records are provided by to the user device over the data communication network based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Bardy Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Felix, Ezra M. Dreisbach, Jon Mikalson Bishay, Corey Bailey Williamson, Gust H. Bardy
  • Patent number: 9931490
    Abstract: A control system for an arterial catheter operable to selectively impede blood flow includes a processor and a storage medium accessible to the processor that bears instructions which when executed by the processor cause the processor to execute logic including receiving a first signal representing a physical parameter associated with a patient in whom the catheter is disposed, receiving a second signal representative of time, and causing inflation of a first balloon on the catheter to impede blood flow in the first artery. Based at least in part on the first signal satisfying a first condition, the instructions include causing deflation of the first balloon. Based at least in part on the second signal indicating elapse of a predetermined time period, the instructions include causing deflation of the first balloon regardless of whether the first signal satisfies the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ZOLL CIRCULATION, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard A. Helkowski, Mark Glenn Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9916418
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to detecting and uploading measurement data of a non-connected medical measuring device. Embodiments include capturing an image of an identification object and a beginning event image of a medical measuring device and extracting identification data from the image of the identification object. Based on detecting that the identification object has been removed, an ending event image of the medical measuring device is captured. Embodiments include determining if a measurement event has occurred by comparing the ending event image and the beginning event image. Based on determining that the measurement event occurred, a measurement data of the ending event image is extracted and upload to a personal health record database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jen-Hao Hsiao, Ci-Wei Lan, Ya-Fan Yeh
  • Patent number: 9848781
    Abstract: The equipment has at least one pressure sensor (28) disposed for being placed onto the surface of the body of the user and being held attached thereto by means of a band. The attachment force is selected such that the pressure signal from the pressure sensor (28) contains variations caused by the pulse. An attachment pressure sensor (52) or a band tension sensor (18?) generates an electrical signal depending on the attachment pressure. The microprocessor (36) determines the diastolic and systolic blood pressure values from the pressure signal, taking into account the signal from the attachment pressure sensor (52) or the band tension sensor (18?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: STBL Medical Research AG
    Inventors: Heinz Suesstrunk, Etienne Hirt
  • Patent number: 9833154
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for monitoring a patient that includes a cuff configured to inflate to at least partially occlude an artery of the patient and a cuff controller configured to inflate the cuff during a dynamic phase and generally maintain inflation of the cuff at about a target pressure during a static phase. The system also includes a sensor configured to receive a signal associated with the at least partially occluded artery and generate an output signal based on the received signal, and a cuff control module configured to determine the target pressure during the dynamic phase and based on the output signal, and control the cuff controller during the dynamic phase and the static phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Matthew J. Kinsley, Tyson B. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 9814396
    Abstract: In a pulse wave signal processor, a first filter attenuates a frequency component in an acquired pulse wave signal or in a differentiated pulse wave signal, and the attenuated frequency component is more than or equal to a first frequency. A second filter attenuates a frequency component in the acquired pulse wave signal, and the attenuated frequency component is less than the first frequency and more than or equal to a second frequency. A characteristic-point extractor extracts a characteristic point that exists in each single pulse of the pulse wave signal filtered by the second filter, and a signal separator partitioning the pulse wave signal or the differentiated signal filtered by the first filter into sections such that each section includes one of the extracted characteristic points. The partitioned sections are overlapped such that the characteristic points are coincident with each other, and arithmetically averaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouki Futatsuyama, Taiji Kawachi, Tsuyoshi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9801780
    Abstract: Single- or dual-bladder devices for automated delivery of remote ischemic conditioning treatment via partial limb occlusion involve various methods of operating the cuff in which partial or full limb occlusion is achieved during the periods of cuff inflation. Achieving clinical benefits of remote ischemic conditioning without extended cessation of limb blood flow are advantageous due to lower required cuff pressure and reduced risk of clot formation in the limb vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LifeCuff Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Boris Leschinsky
  • Patent number: 9779352
    Abstract: An identification device includes, but is not limited to, a deformable substrate; a sensor assembly including one or more identity sensors configured to generate identity sense signals associated with at least one physical characteristic of an individual subject; circuitry including a comparison module configured to compare the identity sense signals to reference data indicative of one or more physical characteristics associated with an identity of at least one individual; and an adhesive coupled to a surface of the deformable substrate and configured to adhere the deformable substrate to a skin surface, the adhesive configured to transition from an adhesive state to a non-adhesive state responsive to one or more energy signals from the circuitry responsive to a correspondence between the identity sense signals and the physical characteristics associated with the identity being below a threshold correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Gary L. McKnight, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9750419
    Abstract: A method of determining a blood pressure of a patient includes determining a plurality of pressure pulses, wherein each pressure pulse of the plurality of pressure pulses comprises a profile having a maximum profile height. The method also includes determining a pulse score associated with the plurality of pressure pulses, wherein the pulse score is determined based on the profiles of the pressure pulses and the maximum profile heights. The method further includes determining that the pulse score is above a pulse score threshold, and generating, in response to determining that the pulse score is above the pulse score threshold, a pulse curve based on the maximum profile heights. The method also includes determining the blood pressure of the patient without completely occluding a blood vessel of the patient, wherein the blood pressure is determined based on a plurality of values corresponding to respective points on the pulse curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson B. Whitaker, David E. Quinn, Shawn C. St. Pierre, Matthew J. Kinsley, John A. Lane, Joseph Buchanon
  • Patent number: 9737693
    Abstract: A control system for an arterial catheter operable to selectively impede blood flow includes a processor and a storage medium accessible to the processor that bears instructions which when executed by the processor cause the processor to execute logic including receiving a first signal representing a physical parameter associated with a patient in whom the catheter is disposed, receiving a second signal representative of time, and causing inflation of a first balloon on the catheter to impede blood flow in the first artery. Based at least in part on the first signal satisfying a first condition, the instructions include causing deflation of the first balloon. Based at least in part on the second signal indicating elapse of a predetermined time period, the instructions include causing deflation of the first balloon regardless of whether the first signal satisfies the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ZOLL CIRCULATION, INC.
    Inventors: Richard A. Helkowski, Mark Glenn Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9730594
    Abstract: An arterial-wall stiffness evaluation system of the present invention includes: a cuff to be attached to a part of a living body; a pressure sensor for detecting pressure in the cuff; a cuff-pressure control section for controlling the pressure in the cuff to be increased or decreased up to a predetermined value, based on a value detected by the pressure sensor; and a data processing section for calculating, based on pulse waves detected by the pressure sensor, pulse-wave amplitudes of cuff-pressure pulse waves and blood-pressure pulse waves, and for evaluating arterial-wall stiffness based on the pulse-wave amplitudes. The arterial-wall stiffness is evaluated by a pressure-diameter characteristic curve, which represents a relationship between vascular diameter and transmural pressure applied to a vascular wall, or by estimation from shapes and amplitudes of the detected pulse waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCE INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SHISEI DATUM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidehiko Komine, Yoshiyuki Asai, Takashi Yokoi, Yukiyoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 9706933
    Abstract: In a sphygmomanometer, a value representing a perimeter of a measuring portion is obtained. A parameter for controlling a drive voltage of a pump is determined based on the value. The drive voltage is determined based on the parameter and an internal pressure of a fluid bladder to pressurize the fluid bladder. In pressurizing process, a diastolic blood pressure value is calculated. A systolic blood pressure value is estimated, and when the internal pressure of the fluid bladder reaches the pressure, the pressurizing is stopped. A gap of a valve for discharging the fluid from the fluid bladder is determined based on a perimeter of a measuring portion, and the fluid bladder is depressurized with the gap constant. In the depressurizing process, the systolic blood pressure value is calculated. When the systolic blood pressure value is calculated, the fluid is discharged from the fluid bladder, and the measurement is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mika Eto, Yukiya Sawanoi, Shingo Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9689729
    Abstract: A small and light-weight flowmeter realizes the compensation of a zero point drift. A mass flowmeter includes: a centrifugal force/centripetal force detection strain gauge adhered to a part acted upon by a centrifugal force or a centripetal force of fluid in a pipe line in which the fluid flows and a flow rate zero point drift compensation strain gauge adhered to a position different from that of the centrifugal force/centripetal force detection strain gauge. A pulse wave propagation time between the two points is used to compensate a zero point drift of a flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Ryo Kosaka, Kyouhei Fukuda, Takashi Yamane
  • Patent number: 9610213
    Abstract: Single- or dual-bladder devices for remote ischemic preconditioning and blood pressure monitoring are disclosed along with various oscillometry-based and other methods for detecting systolic and diastolic blood pressure while the ischemic preconditioning treatment is in progress. The devices and methods of the invention provide for delivery of ischemic preconditioning at the lowest effective cuff pressure while closely monitoring patient's hemodynamics. Advantageously, the device of the invention allows both ischemic preconditioning and blood pressure monitoring to be done on the same limb. Disposable battery-powered version of the device of the present invention is especially useful for emergency use with patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction, acute stroke, or acute trauma. Additional device configurations are described for use in a percutaneous intervention and vascular sealing settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: LifeCuff Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Boris Leschinsky
  • Patent number: 9603533
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a system for carrying out the method of determining at least one cardiovascular quantity of a mammal. The method comprises (i) selecting a measuring site of a vessel; (ii) determining or estimating a mean diameter of the vessel at the measuring site; (iii) determining a pulse wave velocity and/or another elasticity related quantity of the vessel at the measuring site; (iv) determining a distension of the vessel at the measuring site; and (v) calculating the at least one cardiovascular quantity from the determined mean diameter, elasticity related quantity and distension of the vessel at the measuring site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Lars Lading, David Böttcher Bæk
  • Patent number: 9596996
    Abstract: A sphygmomanometer, in a deflation process after inflation to prescribed pressure adjusts a drive voltage of an exhaust valve such that a deflation speed of a fluid bag achieves a prescribed deflation speed during an adjustment period, which is a prescribed period after starting deflation. When the adjustment period ends or when the deflation speed of the fluid bag achieves the prescribed speed, control is subsequently performed to fix the drive voltage of the exhaust valve and deflate the fluid bag while holding a gap of the exhaust valve constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kinoshita, Shingo Yamashita, Yukiya Sawanoi, Mika Eto
  • Patent number: 9572500
    Abstract: A first oscillation circuit and a second oscillation circuit are connected to a first pressure sensor and a second pressure sensor, respectively, and oscillate based on the capacity values of the corresponding pressure sensors. The first oscillation circuit and the second oscillation circuit operate in response to instruction from a CPU. The one of the first oscillation circuit and the second oscillation circuit that has received an activation signal from the CPU outputs a signal having a frequency that corresponds to the capacity value of the corresponding pressure sensor. An adjustment circuit is connected to the first oscillation circuit and the second oscillation circuit, and allows one of the frequency signals to pass therethrough, outputting the signal to the CPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Doi, Takanori Nishioka, Kohei Takeoka, Yukiya Sawanoi, Kenichi Horibata, Masataka Yanagase, Izumi Hachimaru
  • Patent number: 9532722
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system includes an inflatable cuff, a gas reservoir containing a compressed gas, and a sensor. When the inflatable cuff is coupled to a wearer, the gas reservoir supplies gas to the inflatable cuff to inflate the inflatable cuff via gas pathways. As the inflatable cuff inflates, a patient monitor can receive blood pressure data from the sensor and use the blood pressure data to determine the blood pressure of the wearer. The patient monitor can also receive blood pressure data during deflation of the inflatable cuff to determine the blood pressure of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MASIMO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marcelo Lamego, Massi Joe E. Kiani, Ken Lam, Cristiano Dalvi, Hung Vo
  • Patent number: 9526449
    Abstract: An esophageal device is used to recognize, diagnose, characterize, or relieve an impact of an abnormal or defective UES anatomy, physiology, or functionality. In one implementation, the esophageal device measures a UES response to esophageal fluid infusion to detect or characterize an abnormality or defective UES anatomy, physiology, or functionality. An Upper Esophageal Sphincter compression device is used to increase intra-luminal pressure within the Upper Esophageal Sphincter of a patient in order relieve an impact of an abnormal or defective UES anatomy, physiology, or functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc.
    Inventor: Reza Shaker
  • Patent number: 9526456
    Abstract: A system and method for evaluating a patient status from sampled physiometry for use in heart failure assessment is presented. Physiological measures, including at least one of direct measures regularly recorded on a substantially continuous basis by a medical device and measures derived from the direct measures are stored. At least one of those of the physiological measures, which relate to a same type of physiometry, and those of the physiological measures, which relate to a different type of physiometry are sampled. A status is determined for a patient through analysis of those sampled measures assembled from a plurality of recordation points. The sampled measures are evaluated. Trends that are indicated by the patient status, including one of a status quo and a change, which might affect cardiac performance of the patient, are identified. Each trend is compared to worsening heart failure indications to generate a notification of parameter violations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: Gust H. Bardy
  • Patent number: 9492094
    Abstract: In a blood pressure monitor, when a main unit is mounted on a mounting surface such as a desk, a bulging region of a first tube and a bulging region of a second tube, both located at a rear surface of the main unit, come into contact with the mounting surface. This can avoid the main unit from sliding even when the main unit is pulled by the first and second tubes. Consequently, a blood pressure monitor has a configuration in which the main unit is less likely to slide over the mounting surface even when the main unit is pulled by tubes connected to the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Kitamura, Kai Zhong, Chun-Peng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9474485
    Abstract: A blood pressure measurement device includes a cuff, a display, a distance sensor, an acceleration sensor, and a CPU. The display displays a positional relationship between the patient's heart and the device, which includes a flat screen. The distance sensor measures a distance between the device and the patient, and detects a subject to be measured on a line perpendicular to the flat screen of the display and measures the distance. The acceleration sensor measures an angle of inclination of the device when mounted on the patient's wrist. The CPU calculates a positional relationship between the patient's heart and the device based on the distance between the device and the subject to be measured, the angle of inclination of the device mounted on the patient's wrist, the length of the patient's forearm and upper arm, and a vertical distance between the patient's shoulder and heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Sato, Toshihiko Ogura, Tatsuya Kobayashi, Yukiya Sawanoi, Kenji Fujii
  • Patent number: 9439603
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus configured to carry out a pulse sequence in synchronization with a biosignal is provided. The pulse sequence includes an RF pulse, and a data acquisition sequence for acquiring data when a wait time has passed after the RF pulse, wherein the wait time has a variable value that can be varied based on the biosignal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Naoyuki Takei
  • Patent number: 9364156
    Abstract: A blood pressure measurement device includes a cuff, inflation/deflation unit, pressure detection unit, volume detection unit, and control unit. The control unit determines values of an arterial volume signal detected by the volume detection unit, changes a prescribed control target value from the determined value at a time of diastolic blood pressure to a vicinity of the value at the time of systolic blood pressure during a rise time, changes the prescribed control target value from the determined value at the time of systolic blood pressure to a vicinity of the value at the time of diastolic pressure during a fall time, and adjusts the pressure of the cuff by controlling the inflation/deflation unit such that the volume indicated by the arterial volume signal detected by the volume detection unit matches the prescribed control target value. Thus, by applying a control target value, blood pressure can be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukiya Sawanoi, Kenji Fujii, Naomi Matsumura, Reiji Fujita
  • Patent number: 9332912
    Abstract: Every pulse wave, a constant volume control unit performs servo control while updating a servo gain such that a difference between an arterial volume shown by an arterial volume signal that is detected by an arterial volume detection circuit and a control target value of the servo control is less than a control deviation at which a rate of change of the arterial volume relative to a change in cuff pressure is deemed to be constant. Because the control deviation is the difference between the arterial volume shown by the arterial volume signal and the control target value, a blood pressure decision unit decides, as a blood pressure, the cuff pressure sequentially detected in a period during which servo control is performed, by correcting the cuff pressure using the control deviation and the rate of change deemed to be constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Tokko, Yukiya Sawanoi
  • Patent number: 9205019
    Abstract: A system for performing remote ischemic conditioning includes an inflatable cuff configured to encircle a limb of a subject and a controller removably attached to the cuff. The controller includes a pump; a manifold in fluid communication with the pump; a connector in fluid communication with the manifold and in removable fluid communication with the inflatable cuff; a pressure sensor; and a control circuit configured to implement a remote ischemic conditioning treatment protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: CellAegis Devices Inc.
    Inventors: Rocky Eugene Ganske, Lahav Gil, Adam Shepperdley, Raymond Cracauer, Igal Royblat, Kristopher Thomas Christensen, Rade Gadzic, Christopher Caldarone, Andrew Redington
  • Patent number: 9197082
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and/or system for patient wellness monitoring using a wrist-worn device is disclosed. The wrist-worn device may include a faceplate device and a wristband monitoring device. In one step, it may be determined that the faceplate device is detached from the wristband monitoring device. In response to the determination, the wristband monitoring device may operate on battery power. A sensor may be activated on the wristband monitoring device to collect vital sign information of a user. The vital sign information of the user may be wirelessly transmitted from the wristband monitoring device and received by the faceplate device. Upon determining that the faceplate device is attached to the wristband monitoring device, a battery on the wristband monitoring device may be charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Jack Ke Zhang
  • Patent number: 9173593
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for measuring respiratory rate (RR) from a patient. The system includes an impedance pneumography (IP) sensor, connected to at least two electrodes, and a processing system that receives and processes signals from the electrodes to measure an IP signal. A motion sensor (e.g. an accelerometer) measures at least one motion signal (e.g. an ACC waveform) describing movement of a portion of the patient's body to which it is attached. The processing system receives the IP and motion signals, and processes them to determine, respectfully, frequency-domain IP and motion spectra. Both spectra are then collectively processed to remove motion components from the IP spectrum and determine RR. For example, during the processing, an algorithm determines motion frequency components from the frequency-domain motion spectrum, and then using a digital filter removes these, or parameters calculated therefrom, from the IP spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Matt Banet, Marshal Dhillon, Devin McCombie
  • Patent number: 9161701
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for non-interfering blood pressure measurements, relates to an apparatus for continuously monitoring blood pressure for patients at home or at work. The apparatus includes an extra-corporal sensor for blood pressure determination with a flexible housing adapted to be attached to the body of a living being proximate to an artery, and an electronic circuit for wireless coupling to a remote transceiver in accordance with the blood pressure in the artery, the remote transceiver adapted for wireless coupling to the sensor for generation of a pressure signal in accordance with the blood pressure in the artery, and a processor connected to the remote transceiver for reception of the pressure signal and adapted to estimate systolic and diastolic pressure based on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Lars Lading
  • Patent number: 9155477
    Abstract: A pressurizing apparatus includes a lower frame and an upper frame. A first end of the upper frame may be hinged to the lower frame at a rotation axis, and a second end of the upper frame may be rotated about the rotation axis by an actuator. A pressurizing unit may be combined to the upper frame in such a way that the pressurizing unit is rotatable relative to the upper frame. When the actuator rotates the second end of the upper frame, the pressurizing unit pressurizes an object to be pressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Pal Kim, Kun-soo Shin, Sang-kon Bae, Youn-ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9131857
    Abstract: A battery-free electronic blood pressure measuring apparatus comprising a cuff (40), an airbag (22) to push air into the cuff (40), a power generation unit which has a generator (42) and an operating handle (28) coupled with the wall of the airbag (22) to generate electrical power, and a display device (44) to receive electrical power from the power generation unit, detect a blood pressure signal from the cuff (40), generate and display a blood pressure measurement. A method for electronically measuring blood pressure with a battery-free sphygmomanometer comprises pressing an airbag and a generator-driving structure attached to the airbag wall, which leads to electrical power generation and cuff inflation by the airbag at the same time, and measuring the blood pressure with the generated electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Tianren Wang, Xuyao Shi, Siwen Liu, Wenjiao Wang
  • Patent number: 9125568
    Abstract: In an electronic sphygmomanometer, a first pressure sensor and a second pressure sensor are disposed on a front surface side that serves as a first main surface of an internal circuit board, following a horizontal direction (the X direction) that is orthogonal to the direction in which the internal circuit board is sloped. As a result, the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor are disposed having the same height position. It is therefore possible to provide an electronic sphygmomanometer that includes, as a structure in which a pressure sensor used in the electronic sphygmomanometer is disposed, a peripheral structure for the pressure sensor that can improve the reliability of blood pressure measurement values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Doi, Takanori Nishioka, Kohei Takeoka, Yukiya Sawanoi, Izumi Hachimaru, Masataka Yanagase, Kenichi Horibata
  • Patent number: 9119538
    Abstract: A CPU of a sphygmomanometer includes a first control unit that, during measurement, controls a change in the internal pressure of a measurement air bladder by controlling the driving of a pump and/or a valve. The CPU further includes a second control unit that controls a change in the internal pressure of a compressing air bladder by controlling the driving of a pump and/or a valve. During measurement, the second control unit carries out control so that the internal pressure of the compressing air bladder is a predetermined ratio to the internal pressure of the measurement air bladder controlled by the first control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chisato Uesaka, Yukiya Sawanoi, Hiroyuki Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9044145
    Abstract: A pulse wave analysis device stores a pulse waveform for multiple beats, and calculates a pulse wave analysis index by analyzing the pulse waveform. In the calculation of the pulse wave analysis index, pulse waveform shapes of each beat that constitute the pulse waveform for multiple beats are integrated, and beats for which a degree of approximation between the integrated pulse waveform shape and the pulse waveform shape of the beat is low are excluded as targets of calculation of the pulse wave analysis index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Mori, Toshihiko Ogura, Kazunobu Itonaga, Shozo Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 9039730
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for regulating tourniquet cuff pressure based on a personalized tourniquet pressure (PTP) to facilitate safe performance of a surgical procedure. The apparatus includes a dual-purpose tourniquet cuff adapted to encircle a region of a patient limb to provide both a sensor during a pre-surgical time period and an effector during a surgical time period. An effector module communicates pneumatically with an inflatable bladder of the cuff for maintaining pressure in the bladder near a PTP during the surgical time period to safely stop penetration of arterial blood past the cuff. A pulsation sensor that communicates pneumatically with the inflatable bladder during the pre-surgical time period senses and characterizes pressure pulsations that are indicative of penetration of arterial blood into the region of the limb encircled by the cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Western Clinical Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: James A. McEwen, Michael Jameson, Jeswin Jeyasurya, Kenneth L. Glinz
  • Patent number: 9033891
    Abstract: A multichamber sphygmomanometer is provided with a set of inflatable chambers (2) that may be selectively used and connected to the air pressure pump (20) by means of a chamber selector device (4). In an embodiment, the selector device (4) operates through assigned manual connections (5) and selective connections (6). In another embodiment, the selector device (4) has a selection controller (4c) which valve shutter (4b) operates between an inlet path (7) corresponding to the air pressure pump (20) and the outlet paths (6) corresponding to the inflatable chambers (2), including the possibility to use a positional identification system (10) which allows selecting (8) the most appropriate chamber (2) for each case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ricardo Rodriguez Aranciva
  • Patent number: 9028418
    Abstract: A noninvasive method for measuring systolic blood pressure Psyst, by applying and maintaining an astringent emptying pressure P1, which is above the systolic blood pressure Psyst, on a first zone of the finger located in the vicinity of the distal part of the finger, applying and maintaining an astringent occluding pressure P2, which is above the systolic blood pressure Psyst, on a second zone of the finger located upstream of the first zone, releasing the emptying pressure P1, releasing the occluding pressure P2 in a controlled manner, and, at the same time, acquiring at least the occluding pressure P2 and at least the blood volume Vs, at the level of the first zone as a function of time, and calculating the systolic blood pressure Psystcorresponding to the occluding pressure P2 at the moment of blood return in the finger, characterized by a substantially positive variation in the blood volume Vsof the finger at the level of the first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: ATYS SARL
    Inventors: Denis Parzy, Benoit Guibert
  • Patent number: 9022944
    Abstract: An electronic sphygmomanometer includes a cuff, a tank that stores a prescribed amount of fluid, a pressure adjusting unit that adjusts pressurization of the cuff or the tank by supplying or discharging the fluid, a pressure detector that detects a pressure in the cuff or a pressure in the tank based on pressure information output from a pressure sensor, a blood pressure calculating unit that calculates a blood pressure value based on a change in the pressure in the cuff detected by the pressure detector, an abnormality detector, and a first channel through to the pressure adjusting unit and the pressure detector and that has one of the tank and the cuff selectively connected thereto. The abnormality detector detects whether the pressure sensor is abnormal in a state where the tank is connected to the first channel and the fluid is supplied to the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kawano, Yukiya Sawanoi
  • Patent number: 9022943
    Abstract: A method for detecting vascular sclerosis is revealed. Firstly set a cuff on a human hand. Then inflate the cuff and later deflate the cuff. Next measure a pressure of the cuff and generate a pressure sensing signal. Process the pressure sensing signal to generate a processed signal and convert the processed signal. Then calculate a systolic pressure and a diastolic pressure according to the converted processed signal and also obtain a vasodilation constant. Thus a hardening of blood vessels is detected according to the vasodilation constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Chung Yuan Christian University
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Hu, Liang-Yu Shyu, Yuan-Ta Shih, Yi-Jung Sun, Chen-Huan Chen, Hao-Min Cheng
  • Patent number: 9017264
    Abstract: An electronic blood pressure meter includes a cuff, an inflation control unit that controls a pump for outputting a fluid into the cuff so that a pressure in the cuff is increased at an inflation speed target in accordance with a driving voltage, a pressure detection unit that detects a cuff pressure signal indicating a cuff pressure, a blood pressure calculation unit that calculates a blood pressure value based on a pulse wave superimposed on the detected cuff pressure signal, and a target changing unit that varies the inflation speed target during an inflation process in which the cuff pressure begins to increase at an initial inflation speed target and continues to increase. The target changing unit varies the inflation speed target so that the driving voltage measured during the inflation process stays within a voltage range corresponding to a range in which the pump is capable of output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kobayashi, Yuki Yamashita, Hiroyuki Kinoshita, Hironori Sato, Kenji Fujii, Yukiya Sawanoi
  • Publication number: 20150107377
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention pertain to kits capable of providing authenticated health information for purposes of privacy, rewards, or incentives. In an embodiment of the invention, biometric measurement devices coupled with a communications infrastructure implement a system of secure information exchange and enhanced data security. In an embodiment of the invention, a security/verification system is built into the kit, so as to be able to provide verification of a user's identity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Bagan
  • Publication number: 20150112214
    Abstract: A blood pressure measuring device includes: a blood vessel diameter measurement unit which measures a blood vessel diameter of a measurement target blood vessel of a subject; a pressurizing-type sphygmomanometer which acquires a blood pressure of the subject; a calculation unit which calculates a correlation between the blood vessel diameter and the blood pressure on the basis of a result of the measurement by the blood vessel diameter measurement unit and a result of the measurement by the pressurizing-type sphygmomanometer at plural timings during artificial dialysis on the subject with different blood pressure values; and a blood pressure calculation unit which calculates a blood pressure on the basis of the blood vessel diameter of the blood vessel measured by the blood vessel diameter measurement unit, using the correlation, after the artificial dialysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Hiromitsu MIZUKAMI