Plural Collection Means (e.g., Plural Reservoirs Or Plural Absorbent Pads, Etc.) Patents (Class 600/575)
  • Patent number: 11039770
    Abstract: In a first aspect, there is a device for detecting a substance within blood, including a collecting tube dimensioned to draw in blood through capillary action; a reagent chamber containing a reactive element; and a connector tube providing fluid communication between the reagent chamber and the collecting tube; wherein the connector tubes are dimensioned to draw in blood through capillary action to the reagent chamber. In other aspects, the device can include an outer casing and/or a plurality of reagent chambers each with a reactive element therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Jonathan Brewer, Ali Elaydi, Akhilesh Padhye, Vitaliy Davidov
  • Patent number: 10912539
    Abstract: A medical device includes a hollow shaft, a hollow housing, and a syringe. The syringe has a housing defining a fluid receiving chamber and a plunger slidably received therein. The shaft extending distally from the plunger and exiting the syringe via a distal opening therein. A proximal portion of the shaft includes a first opening permitting fluid flow from a central lumen of the shaft to an exterior thereof. The first opening is located on the shaft so that the first opening remains within the syringe through an entire range of motion of the plunger. A distal end of the shaft is surrounded by an absorbent material. The hollow housing extends distally from the syringe and surrounding the shaft. The housing is sized so that, when the plunger is withdrawn to a proximal-most position, the distal end is received within the housing and, when the plunger is advanced distally through the syringe, the distal end is extended distally out of a distal opening in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventor: George S. Ferzli
  • Patent number: 10912879
    Abstract: A fluid collection device includes an upper edge portion having a first end of a collection container having an outer surface where the upper edge portion defines an open top end. At least one fastening device may be attached to the outer surface of the collection container. A vacuum hose coupled to an outlet port extends from a second end of the collection container. A vacuum source applies a vacuum to the collection container through the vacuum hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Drue Maureen Orwig
  • Patent number: 10758867
    Abstract: An isolation device of target particles from a liquid sample includes an isolation chip, a vacuum unit, and a frequency converting unit. The isolation chip includes a sample reservoir, a first chamber, and a second chamber. The first chamber and the second chamber define a first outlet and a second outlet, respectively. The vacuum unit is connected to the first outlet and the second outlet. The frequency converting unit causes the vacuum unit to generate negative pressures in the first chamber and the second chamber alternately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: WELLSIM BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventor: Yu-Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 10661017
    Abstract: A perimeter fill syringe is disclosed, wherein the syringe includes a solid core, allowing fluid to fill an area around the perimeter of the syringe barrel, enabling a wider diameter for the barrel thus increasing the visibility of the markings and ease of handling by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventor: Kyle Emerson Hultgren
  • Patent number: 10646149
    Abstract: A specimen collection assembly (100) including a flow control member (106) for adjustably altering a flow path is disclosed. In one configuration, the flow control member (106) defines a regulation channel (166) in fluid communication with a lumen of a cannula (112), wherein the flow control member (106) is configured to adjustably alter an effective flow distance between the lumen of the cannula (112) and an interior of an evacuated collection container. In another configuration, the flow control member (106) is positioned to vary an effective cross-sectional area of at least one of an inlet port (346) and an outlet port (350) adapted to be in fluid communication with the lumen and the evacuated collection container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Jamieson W. Crawford, Craig Owen Russ, Bradley M. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10590846
    Abstract: A tube assembly for monitoring a fluid dispensed into a fluid fill port is disclosed. The tube assembly may include a tube body disposed between a first and second open end. A locking portion including a circumferential groove may be defined adjacent to the first open end and a fill portion may be defined at the second open end of the tube body. An aperture may extend through an outer surface of the tube body and a sensor may be inserted into the aperture such that at least a portion of the sensor is positioned within the interior portion of the tube body. The sensor may be configured to monitor at least one fluid characteristic of the fluid that is dispensed into the tube assembly and flows into the fluid fill port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Vericker, Philip C. Spengler
  • Patent number: 10413392
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. The apparatus includes a suburethral sling having an adjustment member for adjusting the tension of the sling both during the procedure and post-procedure. The method includes using a needle to simultaneously implant the sling and to deliver a local anesthetic in the groin area while implanting the sling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger P. Goldberg, Douglas Scherr
  • Patent number: 10371606
    Abstract: Bodily fluid sample collection systems, devices, and method are provided. The sample is collected at a first location and subjected to a first sample processing step. The sample may be shipped to a second location and subjected to a second sample processing step that does not introduce contaminants into a plasma portion of the sample formed from the first processing step. The sample may also be mixed with other material(s) in the collection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Theraos IP Company, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Holmes, Clarissa Lui, Michael Chen, Daniel Young
  • Patent number: 10299713
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the parenteral procurement of bodily-fluid samples. The present invention is also directed to systems and methods for parenterally procuring bodily-fluid samples with reduced contamination from dermally-residing microbes. In some embodiments, a bodily-fluid withdrawing system is used to withdraw bodily fluid from a patient for incubation in culture media in one or more sample vessels. Prior to withdrawing bodily fluid into the one or more sample vessels for incubation, an initial volume of withdrawn bodily fluid is placed in one or more pre-sample reservoirs and is not used for the incubation in culture media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technolgies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Patton
  • Patent number: 10273443
    Abstract: A multi-function cooling and thermo-sensitive rack includes horizontal bars, a base, positioning holes, connectors, a lateral frame, connecting holes, a temperature-displaying prompter, and N temperature sensors. The lateral frame and the base are connected through the connectors. The lateral frame and the base have their surfaces facing each other symmetrically provided with plural connecting holes thereon. The horizontal bars have two ends thereof received in the corresponding symmetrical connecting holes. The positioning holes are distributed over the surface of the base. The N temperature sensors have output ends thereof for outputting sensing signals connected with input ends of the temperature-displaying prompter for inputting the N temperature-sensing signals. The present invention is applied to apparatuses used in microbiology experiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HEBEI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Xiaohui Zhou, Le Xu, Jun Liu, Hao Liu
  • Patent number: 10251590
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a pre-sample reservoir, a diversion mechanism, and a flow metering mechanism. The diversion mechanism has an inlet port couplable to a lumen-defining device to receive bodily-fluids from a patient, a first outlet port fluidically couplable to the pre-sample reservoir, and a second outlet port fluidically couplable to a sample reservoir. The diversion mechanism defines a first fluid flow path and a second flow path that are configured to place the first outlet port and the second outlet port, respectively, in fluid communication with the inlet port. The flow metering mechanism is configured to meter a flow of a predetermined volume of bodily-fluid through the first fluid flow path into the pre-sample reservoir, to meter a flow of a second volume of bodily-fluid through the second fluid flow path into the sample reservoir, and to display a volumetric indicator associated with the predetermined volume and the second volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bullington, Richard G. Patton, Shan E. Gaw
  • Patent number: 10220148
    Abstract: An automatic mixing device, an actuating device having integrated plunger and configured to be removably mounted to the automatic mixing device, and a retractable syringe having the automatic mixing device are provided. The actuating device has an initially compressed spring and a trigger member that is rotatable to initiate spring decompression to drive depression of a mixing plunger seal of the automatic mixing device. Another seal located in an outer chamber of the mixing device is capable of axial movement upon depression of the mixing plunger, from a first position in sealing engagement with one or more apertures in an inner barrel to a second position intermediate the apertures and vents in an outer barrel. This allows depression of the mixing plunger to force a first substance from the outer chamber through the apertures to mix with a second substance in an inner chamber of the inner barrel. The mixed substance in the inner barrel is then delivered by the syringe with subsequent needle retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Johannesson, Peter J. Dungar, Molly M. Weaver, Flora Felsovalyi
  • Patent number: 10173012
    Abstract: A medicament delivery device includes a case, a first plunger, a second plunger arranged telescopically with the first plunger, a first drive spring biasing the second plunger relative to the case, and a second drive spring biasing the first plunger relative to the second plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe Dasbach
  • Patent number: 10139322
    Abstract: A sample preparation device, preferably for sterility testing, comprising a manifold including one or more receptacles for filtration units and at least one inlet and/or outlet port. The receptacle(s) is/are respectively provided with one or more connectors for establishing a fluid connection with mating ports of the filtration units and media containers/vials upon insertion of the same into the respective receptacles. The connectors are in fluid communication with the inlet and outlet port(s) via channels defined in the manifold to allow a desired fluid transfer through the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MERCK PATENT GMBH
    Inventors: Stephane Olivier, Pierre Guedon, Florian Allard
  • Patent number: 10132741
    Abstract: An integrated sampling and detecting device is provided. The device has a detector; a test strip holder, detachably provided in the detector; a collector, detachably contained in the detector; a faeces sample piece and a cushion block, for detachably sealing the collector; and a piercing part, provided on a bottom surface of the detector and configured to pierce the collector. The test strip holder and the collector are contained in the detector side by side. The collector is located between the test strip holder and the detector. A first outer side face of the collector is adjacent to an inner side wall of the detector. A second outer side face of the collector is adjacent to the test strip holder. A horizontal cross-section of the piercing part adapts to a bottom surface of the collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: W.H.P.M. BIORESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Wan, Qinghai Xia, Panpan Hou, Jie Liu
  • Patent number: 10034636
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transdermal microneedle array patch for measuring a concentration of a hypodermal target molecule. The transdermal microneedle array patch includes a substrate, a microneedle unit, a signal processing unit and a power supply unit. The microneedle unit at least comprises a first microneedle set used as a working electrode and a second microneedle set used as a reference electrode, the first and second microneedle sets arranging on the substrate. Each microneedle set comprises at least a microneedle. The first microneedle set comprises at least a sheet having a through hole on which a barbule forms at the edge. One of the sheet provides the through hole from which the barbules at the edge of the other sheets go through, and the barbules are disposed separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Juang-Tang Huang
  • Patent number: 10010311
    Abstract: A closure device operable to seal a vessel puncture and including a delivery member and a sealant material applicator. The delivery member is insertable through a tissue tract to the vessel puncture. The sealant material applicator is configured to supply a volume of sealant material to the delivery member and includes a housing, a plunger assembly, and at least one container. The housing includes at least first and second chambers, wherein the first chamber carries a first sealant component and the second chamber carries a second sealant component. The container is insertable into the first or second chamber and carries a third sealant component of the sealant material. The sealant material applicator creates flow communication between the container and at least one of the first and second chambers to mix the third sealant component with the first and second sealant components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Puerto Rico LLC
    Inventors: Edward E. Parsonage, Zachary J. Tegels, Martha Escobar, Russell D. Terwey, Troy T. White, Timothy M. McGlinch, Bernhard Kaeferlein
  • Patent number: 9855002
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the parenteral procurement of bodily-fluid samples. The present invention is also directed to systems and methods for parenterally procuring bodily-fluid samples with reduced contamination from dermally-residing microbes. In some embodiments, a bodily-fluid withdrawing system is used to withdraw bodily fluid from a patient for incubation in culture media in one or more sample vessels. Prior to withdrawing bodily fluid into the one or more sample vessels for incubation, an initial volume of withdrawn bodily fluid is placed in one or more pre-sample reservoirs and is not used for the incubation in culture media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Patton
  • Patent number: 9816087
    Abstract: The present specification discloses filtration devices for processing a biofluid sample, methods of purifying a biofluid sample using the disclosed filtration devices, and systems comprising components of the filtration devices. The filtration device generally includes a collection container, a quantitative container, a filter, and a plunger slidably inserted through a plunger attachment. In a first configuration, the quantitative container is axially slidably inserted within the collection chamber, with fluid communication between the quantitative chamber and the collection chamber provided through the filter. In a second configuration, the filter and the collection container are separated from the quantitative container, the plunger attachment is fitted to the quantitative chamber open end with at least a portion of the plunger positioned within the quantitative chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CellectGen, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Gellibolian, John Stump, Adam Markaryan
  • Patent number: 9788992
    Abstract: This invention is a device that utilizes hydro-block venting material in various condom catheter configurations to permit adequate airflow into the catheter thereby permitting efficient and complete drainage of urine away from the user following urination by means od gravity, siphoning or pumping. In one embodiment the condom that fits on the penis is itself made of hydro-block venting material. In another embodiment the hydro-block material is placed on the proximal end of a storage bag. In yet another embodiment a retro-fit assembly containing the hydro-block venting material can be retrofitted for use with any condom catheter. Both adhesive and inflatable rings are disclosed as attachment means to secure the condom catheter to the user and prevent leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Mark R. Harvie
  • Patent number: 9782114
    Abstract: Described here are meters and methods for sampling, transporting, and/or analyzing a fluid sample. The meters may include a meter housing and a cartridge. In some instances, the meter may include a tower which may engage one or more portions of a cartridge. The meter housing may include an imaging system, which may or may not be included in the tower. The cartridge may include one or more sampling arrangements, which may be configured to collect a fluid sample from a sampling site. A sampling arrangement may include a skin-penetration member, a hub, and a quantification member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Intuity Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Reynolds, Raul Escutia, John F. Larkin, Charles Hu, Michael F. Tomasco, Daniel R. Bloom, Joseph A. Vivolo, Richard M. Wiard
  • Patent number: 9750884
    Abstract: A syringe is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Stroumpoulis, Christopher S. Mudd
  • Patent number: 9737243
    Abstract: A blood collection apparatus is provided with a blood collection assembly including a casing tube including a forward nose, a plurality of connectors and a rear flange having a flexible projection, a plunger slidably disposed in the casing tube and including a forward plug and an elongated arm having a plurality of cavities, a blood collection tubes, an adapter assemblies each including a tube body, a first tube extending out of one end and insert into a related connectors of the casing tube, a second tube extending out of the end to insert into one of the blood collection tubes, and a butterfly needle assembly mounted to the nose of the casing tube. A pulling of the plunger moves the plug rearward and pivots the projection to engage in one cavity of the elongated arm and an orifice of the each related connectors is not blocked by the plug so as to flow blood from the tube casing to one of the blood collection tube via one connector and one adapter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Hsien-Tsung Wang
  • Patent number: 9731073
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispense interface for an ejection device comprising a first part and a second part, at least a first opening, a second opening and a third opening, a fluidic channel and a connection element for each of the openings, wherein the first part is joined to the second part to form at least a part of the fluidic channel connecting the openings with each other and wherein at least one connection element is configured to accept a needle assembly for a fluid tight connection with the corresponding opening and wherein at least one connection element is configured to provide a releasable push fit connection for a fluid tight connection with an ejection device in order to reduce the complexity and provide an easy usage of the dispense interface and at the same time overcome the problems of material compatibility and cross contamination. The invention also relates to a system with a dispense interface according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Frederic Laugere, Cristian Popa, Ben Impey, Andrew MacLeod
  • Patent number: 9694358
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method for easy collection, dilution, mixing and dispensing of a liquid specimen in a self-contained system. The present invention can be used in combination with numerous testing means for performing chemical, biochemical or biomedical qualitative or quantitative assays in the field of both clinical and hygiene testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ORION DIAGNOSTICA OY
    Inventor: Juhani Luotola
  • Patent number: 9687629
    Abstract: A rigid package or container for a catheter having catheter tube with a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end being provided with a catheter outlet which may be used as a funnel or a connector. A main body is provided for holding the catheter, and a cap closes off the main body. A gel receptacle is positioned inside the main body, the gel receptacle being provided with a cavity for holding an amount of a lubricating agent. The gel receptacle includes a distal opening at a distal end thereof, and a proximal opening at a proximal end thereof, with the catheter tube extending therethrough. The gel receptacle is configured such that as the catheter is withdrawn therethrough a leading tip of the catheter is displaced so as to be immersed in the lubricating agent, thus automatically coating the leading tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Cure Medical LLC
    Inventor: Timothy A. Palmer
  • Patent number: 9561343
    Abstract: A package configured for storing and dispensing a tubular section of a urinary catheter includes a wall forming a spiral pattern on an interior surface of the package, a cavity, an outlet, a channel connecting the outlet and the cavity, and a by-pass flow path connected with the outlet. The spiral pattern extends from a central region of the package to an outer periphery of the package, with the spiral pattern of the wall forming a spiral space located between the wall and an adjacent section of the wall. The cavity is formed in the outer periphery of the package. The outlet is formed in the outer periphery of the package separate from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Lars Olav Schertiger, Kim Becker
  • Patent number: 9522254
    Abstract: Intravenous access is achieved by introducing a catheter having a guidewire safety tip at its distal end. The safety tip can be advanced and retracted using a slider disposed over an access needle which is initially present in the catheter. After the catheter has been properly positioned, the access needle and guidewire may be removed so that the catheter is available for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Vascular Pathways, Inc.
    Inventor: Amir Belson
  • Patent number: 9480465
    Abstract: An organism paracentesis device comprises a first tube member and a second tube member. The first tube member comprises an injection tube filled with a medicament, a piston and a first syringe needle. The second tube member comprises a sampling tube and a second syringe needle. Both ends of the second syringe needle are in the form of syringe needle. Using one end of the second syringe needle to penetrate a cover of the sampling tube which is vacuumed, such that the second syringe needle's the other end which is penetrating into an organism will extract a sample from the organism because of the vacuumed sampling tube. The medicament filled in the injection tube is ejected both when the first and second syringe needles are penetrating into and pulled out of the organism, so as to avoid the cells of sampled organism being spread to other places.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Richard Hwang
  • Patent number: 9427184
    Abstract: Bodily fluid sample collection systems, devices, and method are provided. The device may comprise a first portion comprising at least a sample collection channel configured to draw the fluid sample into the sample collection channel via a first type of motive force. The sample collection device may include a second portion comprising a sample container for receiving the bodily fluid sample collected in the sample collection channel, the sample container operably engagable to be in fluid communication with the collection channel, whereupon when fluid communication is established, the container provides a second motive force different from the first motive force to move a majority of the bodily fluid sample from the channel into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Theranos, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Holmes, Michael Chen, Pey-Jiun Ko, Tammy Burd, Adrit Lath, Patricia McHale
  • Patent number: 9295416
    Abstract: A container assembly is disclosed including an outer container, a hollow inner member, and a closure. The outer container has a closed bottom, an open top, and a sidewall extending therebetween. The hollow inner member is disposed within the outer container and has an inner surface defining at least one capillary channel. The inner member includes a first end adjacent to the open top of the outer container and has an outer periphery seated against the sidewall of the outer container. The closure has a proximal end and a distal end. The closure proximal end is seated at least partially within the first end of the inner member to seal the outer container and inner member and define a fluid collection chamber. The closure distal end defines a recessed area shaped to direct fluid under capillary action to the at least one capillary channel in the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Bartfeld, Bradley M. Wilkinson, Ajit Dastane
  • Patent number: 9233209
    Abstract: The present invention relates to injection devices for injecting a medicament from a cartridge (600) through a needle cannula (510). The injection device (100) includes an actuator (330, 360) for driving a piston driver (310) and includes an end of stroke limiter (341, 611). When the piston driver (310) is arrested by the end of stroke limiter (341, 611) a shielding driver (370) is automatically triggered to actively shift the needle cannula (510) into a shielded state. The injection device may include a fluid dispensing interruption mechanism that automatically interrupts fluid flow when the piston driver has moved a predetermined stroke length. The injection device may also include a single pre-stressed spring acting exclusively in a linear compression mode or exclusively in a torsion mode and adapted to sequentially drive the device to enable fully automatic operation. The invention also relates to a method of sterilizing a needle cannula assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Tom Hede Markussen, Freddy Verner Michelsen, Bo Radmer, Knud Skifter Winther, Claus Urup Gjoedesen, Christian Hoejris Nielsen, Martin Majdall Petersen, Jesper Peter Windum
  • Patent number: 9125752
    Abstract: A urine collection apparatus is disclosed to include an expandable bag connected to a urinary catheter, the bag being adapted to receive urine expelled from the person using the apparatus. The apparatus also has a check valve associated with the bag, which opens to admit gas to the interior of the bag to equilibrate the pressure within the bag with the pressure of the surrounding atmosphere whenever a partial vacuum occurs in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Lewis N. Zeller
  • Patent number: 9075039
    Abstract: A container for collecting a biological specimen is provided that includes a peripheral wall extending from a base. The container further includes a longitudinal tower disposed within the container. The tower forms a partition within the container to form at least a first chamber and a second chamber therein, wherein the first and second chambers are in fluid communication with one another. In addition, the container include an insert disposed within the container opposite the base, the insert comprising at least a first opening and a second opening. The second opening provides access to the second chamber and is further configured to engage a specimen collecting device to leave a portion of the specimen collecting device within the second chamber. The first opening provides access to the first chamber and is further configured to receive a syringe therein for accessing the biological specimen. Associated systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Timothy R. Hansen, Mark Talmer, Kevin Bailey, Dwight Livingston
  • Publication number: 20150141870
    Abstract: A method for producing a membrane ring or test strip ring for a diagnostic test device includes an elongate strip that is divided into segments by cuts running transversely to the longitudinal direction of the strip, where the cuts are made only as far as a residual width of the strip so that a material bridge remains intact between the segments adjacent to the cuts (24). The strip is closed by bringing its ends together to form a ring where the cut edges of the cuts running towards the material bridges each enclose an acute angle (?). The ring is inserted into a support structure as a membrane ring or test strip ring for the test device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert Harttig
  • Publication number: 20150126904
    Abstract: A collection device includes a base housing member having at least one chamber. A cover housing member has at least one aperture therein, and the cover housing member is configured to cover the base housing member such that the at least one aperture is positioned in fluid communication with the at least one chamber. The cover housing member includes a cartridge holding interface configured to releasably engage with a cartridge that is configured to cover and receive a fluid from the at least one chamber via the at least one aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David A. Calderwood, Joy Parr Drach, Chris Paul, Rodolfo R. Rodriguez, Mitch Hockett, Randall Marcuson, Stephen G. Miggels
  • Patent number: 9023292
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device for sampling blood by capillarity for separating a plasma phase of the blood from the cell phase. The device is a strip and includes a filter having a membrane with no clumping agents, a prefilter for spreading blood over the surface of the membrane; and an absorbent paper downstream from the filter. The membrane is dimensioned to cover only a part of the surface of the prefilter and the migration of blood by capillarity within the prefilter takes place essentially lengthwise relative to the strip before blood comes into contact with the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Hervé Rostaing, Christine Peponnet, Patrick Pouteau, Elodie Sollier
  • Publication number: 20150112164
    Abstract: A sweat sensing device includes a plurality of sweat collection pads communicating with a sensor. Each of the pads is activated by a timing circuit which allows one or more of the pads to be activated at a selected time and subsequent deactivated after a defined period of time. This allows for selective collection of sweat from a plurality of pads over a prolonged period of time. An impedance measuring circuit can be employed to determine if one or more of the pads becomes disconnected, in order to avoid irritation. Further, the devices can use a common microfluidic device which both transports sweat activating substance, such as pilocarpine, to the surface of the skin and directs sweat away from the skin to a sensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jason C. Heikenfeld, Zachary Cole Sonner
  • Publication number: 20150099996
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a flow control mechanism, and an actuator. At least a portion of the flow control mechanism is movably disposed within the housing. The apparatus further includes an inlet port and an outlet port, and defines a fluid reservoir. The outlet port is fluidically coupled to a second fluid reservoir and is fluidically isolated from the first fluid reservoir. The actuator is configured to move the flow control mechanism between a first configuration, in which the inlet port is placed in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir such that the fluid reservoir receives a first flow of bodily-fluid, and a second configuration, in which the inlet port is placed in fluid communication with the outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory BULLINGTON, Richard G. Patton, Jay M. MIAZGA, Shan E. GAW
  • Publication number: 20150094615
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the parenteral procurement of bodily-fluid samples. The present invention is also directed to systems and methods for parenterally procuring bodily-fluid samples with reduced contamination from dermally-residing microbes. In some embodiments, a bodily-fluid withdrawing system is used to withdraw bodily fluid from a patient for incubation in culture media in one or more sample vessels. Prior to withdrawing bodily fluid into the one or more sample vessels for incubation, an initial volume of withdrawn bodily fluid is placed in one or more pre-sample reservoirs and is not used for the incubation in culture media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: RICHARD G. PATTON
  • Patent number: 8956307
    Abstract: An object is to provide a blood collection set configured such that a sampling holder and a needlestick-preventive needle cover are more difficult to disengage from each other than conventional. A blood collection set (500) includes a sampling holder (100) and a needlestick-preventive needle cover (200). The sampling holder (100) includes a tubular body (110), a lid (130), and a fitting portion (140) having a circumferential rib as a rib portion and a catching portion. The needlestick-preventive needle cover (200) includes an engaging portion (250) that is engageable with the catching portion of the sampling holder (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kawasumi Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Morita, Masatoshi Watanabe, Takenori Sakura
  • Publication number: 20150038817
    Abstract: A cartridge (700) for insertion into a meter comprises: a plurality of cartridge brackets (704) disposed on an inner wall (703) of the cartridge; a spindle (702) mounted so as to be rotatable within the cartridge and movable longitudinally in first and second directions within the cartridge; and a plurality of testing members (708) each arranged to be supported temporarily by at least one of the plurality of cartridge brackets, each of the testing members including) a hole (306) through which the spindle is located, the spindle having a plurality of spindle brackets (706) disposed on an outer surface thereof, each spindle bracket being movable between first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Frank Richter, Ross MacArthur, Elizabeth Verity Wolseley-Hext, Joseph David Cowan, Lee Thomas Smith, David M. John Mills
  • Patent number: 8932234
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for the collection of biological samples. In at least one exemplary embodiment, a device comprises a collection medium having top and bottom surfaces and a predetermined size and shape, the top surface comprising a position marker and at least one binding site operable to bind a biological sample, a protective facing substantially impermeable to the biological sample, the protective facing coupled to the top surface of the collection medium and having a size and shape substantially similar to the predetermined size and shape of the collection medium. The protective facing being sized and shaped to define a first void positioned to allow for the transfer of the biological sample through the protective facing and onto the at least one binding site of the collection medium, and a second void positioned to expose the position marker for alignment of the collection medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Peters, James M. Hampsch
  • Publication number: 20150011911
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a fluid reservoir, a flow control mechanism, and an actuator. The housing defines an inner volume and has an inlet port that can be fluidically coupled to a patient and an outlet port. The fluid reservoir is disposed in the inner volume to receive and isolate a first volume of a bodily-fluid. The flow control mechanism is rotatable in the housing from a first configuration, in which a first lumen places the inlet port is in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir, and a second configuration, in which a second lumen places the inlet port in fluid communication with the outlet port. The actuator is configured to create a negative pressure in the fluid reservoir and is configured to rotate the flow control mechanism from the first configuration to the second configuration after the first volume of bodily-fluid is received in the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory BULLINGTON, Richard G. Patton, Jay M. MIAZGA, Shan E. GAW
  • Publication number: 20150005668
    Abstract: A cartridge is configured to be inserted into a meter, the cartridge comprises a housing having an aperture, and end face and a side wall; at least one testing member disposed within the housing; a removable seal; and a knob attached in a fixed positional relationship with the seal, wherein when the seal is in a sealed condition a part of the seal covers the aperture and is secured to the housing around the aperture so as to provide a moisture impermeable barrier and the knob is located adjacent the side wall of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Richter, Ross MacArthur, Elizabeth Verity Wolseley-Hext, Joseph David Cowen, Lee Thomas Smith, David John Mills
  • Publication number: 20150005667
    Abstract: A non-invasive endometrial sample collector has an outer body of absorbent material configured for insertion into a vaginal cavity of a patient such that a distal end of the body is positioned proximate a uterine cervix of the patient. The collector has an internal collection assembly disposed within the outer body of absorbent material. The internal collection assembly includes a funnel having an opening at the distal end of the outer body configured to face the uterine cervix when the outer body is positioned in the vaginal cavity, and a reservoir in fluid communication with the funnel. During a menstruation cycle of the patient when endometrial tissue cells are shed within menstrual fluid that passes through the uterine cervix, or during any type of normal or abnormal bleeding episode, at least a portion of said fluid is directed to the reservoir via the funnel under the force of gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Dr. Carlos Fidel Miranda Zavala, Mr. Dennis R. Curran, Mr. Roberto Cortes
  • Publication number: 20140358034
    Abstract: A cartridge comprises plural blood testing discs, each blood testing disc including a lancet and a blood collection and testing part. Each of the discs has a generally circular shape with a cutout at one side thereof. The lancet of each disc is supported at the periphery of the disc at a location that does not coincide with the cutout. The cartridge includes a side face having an aperture formed therein. The discs are supported in a rotatable manner on a common longitudinal axis. In a non-operational condition, the cutouts of the discs are located in a close proximity to and facing the side face of the cartridge and in an operational condition a disc that is coincident with the aperture is permitted to rotate on the longitudinal axis such that the part of the disc on which the lancet is supported passes through the aperture to allow lancing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Frank Richter, Ross MacArthur, Elizabeth Verity Wolseley-Hext, Joseph David Cowan, Lee Thomas Smith, David John Mills
  • Publication number: 20140358035
    Abstract: An apparatus for eliciting a blood sample comprises a housing, an aperture in a wall of the housing, an aperture cover moveable between a first position in which the aperture is covered and a second position in which the aperture is uncovered, the aperture cover comprising a sealing member configured to seal the aperture on a first side of the wall when the aperture cover is in the first position and a user-contactable part extending from the sealing member through the aperture to the second side of the wall and configured to allow a user to move the aperture cover between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Richter, Ross MacArthur, Elizabeth Verity Wolseley-Hext, Joseph David Cowan, Lee Thomas Smith, David John Mills, Christopher James Smith
  • Publication number: 20140358036
    Abstract: Bodily fluid sample collection systems, devices, and method are provided. The device may comprise a first portion comprising at least a sample collection channel configured to draw the fluid sample into the sample collection channel via a first type of motive force. The sample collection device may include a second portion comprising a sample vessel for receiving the bodily fluid sample collected in the sample collection channel, the sample vessel operably engagable to be in fluid communication with the collection channel, whereupon when fluid communication is established, the vessel and/or another source provides a second motive force different from the first motive force to move a majority of the bodily fluid sample from the channel into the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Holmes