Flexible Membrane Caused To Move By Fluid Pressure Patents (Class 601/148)
  • Patent number: 10391025
    Abstract: An eye massaging device includes a main body, a water bag, a control unit, a cover, and a fixing ring. The temperature of the circulating water tank may be sensed by a thermal sensor and then feedback the temperature signal to a microprocessor. The microprocessor may control to drive a heating member to increase temperature and stop increasing temperature so as to effectively control the operation temperature and prevent from transient blindness resulting from being not able to effectively control the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Cheng-Chuan Yang
  • Patent number: 10307332
    Abstract: An adjustable acupoint and organ pressing device includes a rod, a first pressing member mounted on one end thereof, and an adjustment unit mounted on the other end thereof and provided with a second pressing member facing the first pressing member. The adjustment unit includes a frame and an adjustment handle hingedly connected to the frame with a spring in between. The adjustment unit also includes a fine-adjustment handle hingedly connected to the frame with a fine-adjustment plate and a fine-adjustment spring in between for fine adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Chuen Lung Cheng
  • Patent number: 10195102
    Abstract: Pneumatic and therapeutic compression systems are disclosed including treatment protocols that may be used with such systems. A pneumatic compression system may include a source and sink of a pressurizing fluid. The pressurizing fluid may be sourced to a number of valves, each valve controllable by a control device including a computing device. The computing device may control each valve separately to allow any one or more of the valves to connect to the fluid source or the fluid sink. The computing device may include one or more therapeutic protocols that may direct one, two, or more valves to switch between fluid sourcing and fluid sinking, substantially simultaneously or in a sequence. A therapeutic compression system may include the pneumatic system in fluid communication with an inflation sleeve composed of multiple cells. Each cell may be inflated or deflated by a valve according to the therapeutic protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TACTILE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Carol L. Wright, Gregory Yurko
  • Patent number: 10179082
    Abstract: A device for compressing an extremity of a user includes a wearable support member operable to be worn on the extremity of the user. The device also includes a plurality of chamber members that are arranged across and coupled to the support member. The chamber members each have a respective chamber therein. The chamber is at least partially defined by a base wall that is disposed adjacent the support member, a side wall that is attached to and that extends away from the base wall, and a top wall that is attached to the side wall and that is spaced away from the base wall. Furthermore, a foot pump member is operable to be disposed underneath a foot of the user. The foot pump member is operable to change a pressure inside the chambers as a result of being stepped upon by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrie L. Davis, Lee D. Peyton, Eric S. Schindler, Bradley W. Wilkins
  • Patent number: 10058674
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for improving sleep (including reducing sleep onset and maintenance of sleep duration), enhancing, or increasing sleep, including (but not limited to) treating sleeping disorders such as insomnia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Ebb Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick W. Walker, Edward P. G. Doughertry, Jason A. Belton, Robert E. Tucker, Jeffrey J. Schirm
  • Patent number: 9925111
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide skin stimulating devices and methods that address the aging effects of skin at a protein level. Particularly, cyclical mechanical strain is used to regulate specific proteins within the skin, so as to produce specific effects. As a non-limiting example, the disclosed embodiments can be used to increase the production of certain proteins (e.g., hyaluronan synthase 3 (HAS3); fibronectin; tropoelastin; procoll1; integrin, etc.) in the skin, which results in anti-aging effects by increasing epidermal cohesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Elisa Caberlotto, Zane Bowman Allen Miller, Laetitia Ruiz, Aaron David Poole, Gerald Keith Brewer
  • Patent number: 9925956
    Abstract: A remote function control system is for a vehicle including a data bus extending throughout the vehicle and coupled to a plurality of vehicle devices, and a wired vehicle electrical power system. A wireless data bus device may be coupled to the power system and include a wired interface coupled to the data bus, and a first wireless device coupled to the wired interface. A remote function device may be coupled to the power system and include a second wireless device to wirelessly communicate with the first wireless device, a third wireless device to wirelessly communicate with a remote control device, and a controller to permit communication between the remote control device and a vehicle device(s) coupled to the data bus. A wireless security sensor may be positioned within the vehicle and coupled to the power system, with the sensor being configured to wirelessly communicate with the second wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: OMEGA PATENTS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 9925112
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide skin stimulating devices and methods that address the aging effects of skin at a protein level. Particularly, cyclical mechanical strain is used to regulate specific proteins within the skin, so as to produce specific effects. As a non-limiting example, the disclosed embodiments can be used to increase the production of certain proteins (e.g., hyaluronan synthase 3 (HAS3); fibronectin; tropoelastin; procoll1; integrin, etc.) in the skin, which results in anti-aging effects by increasing epidermal cohesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Elisa Caberlotto, Zane Bowman Allen Miller, Laetitia Ruiz, Aaron David Poole, Gerald Keith Brewer
  • Patent number: 9919682
    Abstract: A remote function control system is for a vehicle including a data communications bus extending throughout the vehicle and coupled to a plurality of vehicle devices, and a wired vehicle electrical power system. The system may include a remote function device coupled to the data communications bus and including an interior wireless device to wirelessly communicate within the vehicle, an exterior wireless device to wirelessly communicate with a remote control device away from the vehicle, and a controller coupled to the interior and exterior wireless devices to permit communication between the remote control device and at least one vehicle device coupled to the vehicle data communications bus. The system may further include a wireless security sensor positioned within the vehicle and coupled to the wired vehicle electrical power system, with the wireless security sensor being configured to wirelessly communicate within the vehicle to the interior wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: OMEGA PATENTS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 9814647
    Abstract: A massage apparatus includes a sheet member attachable to a skin of a body, and a pressure unit that presses the skin from the sheet member. The sheet member is elastic and thermoplastic such that the sheet member is hardened at a temperature of the skin and is softened at a predetermined temperate different from the temperature of the skin. The sheet member has one or more indications indicating an area of the skin to which the sheet member is to be attached. The pressure unit applies a pressure to the skin so as to provide a predetermined pressure distribution in which positions of the pressure distribution are defined with reference to one or more positions on the body in a situation in which the sheet member is attached to the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kaori Ajiki
  • Patent number: 9700481
    Abstract: A deep vein thrombosis prevention garment includes a body having a central panel, a left side panel, and a right side panel formed with a number of attachment straps having an integral fastener, such as Velcro® brand hook and loop fasteners. The central panel is formed with a single air chamber containing a single expandable air bladder receiving air from a pump through a flexible air supply tube. The central panel, left side panel and right side panel are formed from a single material which does not require a skin-safe liner or other combination of materials. The single chamber with nested expandable bladder is attached to the central panel. A cover panel covers the chamber having an expandable bladder, and is attached along its perimeter to the central panel. The cover panel and the body are made from the same material which can be placed against a patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Compression Therapy Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Mansur, Jr., Leonard Nass
  • Patent number: 9687404
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to a garment system including at least one muscle or at least one joint activity sensor, and at least one actuator that operates responsive to sensing feedback from the at least one muscle or the at least one joint activity sensor to cause a flexible compression garment to selectively compress against or selectively relieve compression against at least one body part of a subject. Embodiments disclosed herein also relate to methods of using such garment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9656036
    Abstract: A cushion for a patient interface includes two or more bladders arranged in concentric relation. Each of the bladders includes a face-contacting portion adapted to engage the patient's face, and each of the bladders is adapted to be pressurized independently from one another. At least one of the bladders is an active bladder that is pressurized to at least a sealing pressure to form a continuous seal with the patient's face in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Robert Edward Henry, Philip Rodney Kwok, Karthikeyan Selvarajan, Philip John Gunning, Christopher John Baxter
  • Patent number: 9549844
    Abstract: The present application relates to systems and methods for altering temperature in a mammalian body. Optionally, the systems and methods can be used to lower or raise core body temperature of a mammalian subject. Optionally, the systems and methods can be used to lower or raise the temperature of glabrous skin of a mammalian subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Diller, Daniel W. Hensley, Timothy T. Diller
  • Patent number: 9345335
    Abstract: A pressure control and feedback system for an adjustable foam support includes a vacuum pump for drawing air from a hermetically sealed foam core to reduce the firmness of the core. A valve opens to permit and closes to block the passage of air into and out of the core. A remotely operated controller generates control signals to selectively start and stop operation of the pump, and selectively open and close the valve, which provides a selected level of pneumatic pressure and corresponding firmness in the core. A pressure sensor detects the pressure and firmness of the core and generates representative feedback signals. An indicator device responsive to the feedback signals indicates the sensed firmness of the core. Software calibrates the system and provides the system with intelligent operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Gualtiero G. Giori, Janine Giori
  • Patent number: 9271865
    Abstract: An eye treatment apparatus includes a hot and cold eye mask and a recirculating water cooling system. The eye mask includes a water pack to be applied onto human eyes, a thermoelectric cooling device for heating or cooling liquid of the water pack, a heat transfer member interposed between the water pack and one side of the thermoelectric cooling device, and a heat exchanger attached to the other side of the thermoelectric cooling device. The thermoelectric cooling device is configured to heat or cool the water pack through the heat transfer member. The water cooling system includes a water supply container and a conduit connecting the water supply container and the heat exchanger to circulate water from the water supply container to the heat exchanger and to return water from the heat exchanger to the water supply container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Cheng-Chuan Yang
  • Patent number: 9114053
    Abstract: Pneumatic compression devices and methods for using the same are disclosed. A pneumatic compression device may include a compression pump, a fill/exhaust valve, a transducer, a plurality of cell valves, and a controller. The compression pump may output a pressurized fluid via an output. The fill/exhaust valve may connect one or more cell valves to the compression pump when in an open state and to the atmosphere when in a closed state. The transducer may sense a pressure level. Each cell valve may correspond to a cell and may connect the fill/exhaust valve to the corresponding cell when in an open state. The controller may determine a state (either open or closed) for each of the fill/exhaust valve and the plurality of cell valves based on at least the pressure level sensed by the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Wright Therapy Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol Lynn Wright, James Gasbarro
  • Patent number: 9039639
    Abstract: An external ear canal pressure regulation device including a fluid flow generator and an earpiece having a first axial earpiece conduit fluidicly coupled to the fluid flow generator, whereby the earpiece has a compliant earpiece external surface configured to sealably engage an external ear canal as a barrier between an external ear canal pressure and an ambient pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: GBS Ventures LLC
    Inventors: David George, George Buckler, David Brice Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9012714
    Abstract: A wound treatment device comprises a wound surface contacting plug and a cover for covering the wound surface and the plug, wherein said plug consists of a flat textile isolating material comprising at least one first surface layer, one second surface layer and one intermediate space arranged between said surface layers. At least the first surface layer is provided with a biocompatible surface and a structure which enables a liquid to pass and prevents a wound tissue from growing in said structure. The intermediate space is provided with isolating threads elastically holding the first surface layer and the second surface layer at a certain distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Wilhelm Fleischmann
  • Patent number: 8998832
    Abstract: The body therapy device includes a thoracic pad having a top edge and a rear surface with a base having a bottom edge, a front angled surfaced and a rear surface. A spherical member is attached to the angled front surface of the base and includes a hard inner core therein. A pump, with active and passive elements, is provided to enable the user to adjust the hardness of ball portion of the device for customized therapy to a head and neck region. As a result, the device of the present invention is effective for physical therapy and treatment of a wide range of ailments and conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Cellflo, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Almeida, Douglas E. Stern
  • Publication number: 20150094628
    Abstract: A compression garment includes fluid-impermeable bladder layers defining an inflatable bladder. A ventilator is at least partially disposed on an inward side of the inflatable bladder. The ventilator at least partially defines at least one passage between the wearer's skin and the inward side of the bladder and in fluid communication with atmospheric air at a location outside of the compression garment when the compression garment is worn on the wearer's body part. The ventilator is flexible to collapse the at least one passage under the force of inflation of the bladder and to resiliently expand the at least one passage upon deflation of the bladder. The collapse of the at least one passage expels air from the at least one passage to the atmospheric air and the expansion of the at least one passage draws the atmospheric air into the at least one passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Peter Crowley, Kristin L. Watson
  • Patent number: 8979915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a separable device for the application of compression and thermal therapy to a patient. A first section includes a reservoir, liquid pump and a thermal exchange system for the application of thermal therapy as well as a dock. The second section of the device includes an air compressor and at least one controller for the application of compression therapy and can be operated independently from the first section. Additionally, the second section may be engaged with a dock of the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Michael L. Wilford, Aaron Stein, John Lewis, Fernando Ubidia
  • Patent number: 8911387
    Abstract: A patient support for supporting a patient includes an inflatable mattress defining a support surface and a pneumatic system for inflating the inflatable mattress. The pneumatic system includes a pressurized reservoir for holding pressurized air and selectively releases pressurized air from the reservoir to the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Lafleche, Jean-Francois Girard, Derick Elliott, Martel Benoit, Luc Petitpas, Jean Bizouard, Sébastien Viger, Chad Rohrer, Jérôme Marcotte, Philippe Tremblay, Stephane Duguay, Sylvain LaCasse, Clément Nadeau, Stephanie Ludke, Philippe Roy, Alex Duchesneau
  • Patent number: 8905953
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for applying focused pressure to a target vessel to dilate the target vessel for hemodialysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Tej M. Singh
  • Publication number: 20140323934
    Abstract: In order to improve the use of a medical support and compression stocking, it is proposed that the stocking (10) shall comprise a woven- or knitted-fabric-type base element (20) that is substantially tubular and that can be pulled over the lower leg of the wearer. Moreover, the stocking comprises at least one air chamber (30) that can be filled with air. The air chamber (30) is designed in a tubular shape along the length of the support and compression stocking. The stocking further comprises an electronic unit that is equipped with a micropump and a valve for the air supply, the micropump being provided with a valve, a current source, preferably a rechargeable battery and control electronics including a wireless data transfer unit. The pressure values of the at least one air chamber can be regulated by means of the data transfer unit and a software stored in the electronic unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: EMPA Eidgenossische Materialprufungs-Und Forschungsanstadt, Sigvaris AG, Unico Swiss Tex GmbH, MSR Electronics GmbH
    Inventors: Emilie Bertaux-Hegemann, Wendelin Egli, Markus Hess, Frederike Lehmeier, Lino Missagia, Markus Weder
  • Patent number: 8863338
    Abstract: A therapeutic device that reduces localized subcutaneous pressure while allowing capillary flow in a medical setting is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: TouchSensor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Dzioba, Kenneth A. Wolf, Timthoy Wyrick
  • Publication number: 20140296755
    Abstract: A care system including a medical device, a mobile computing device, and a information system. The medical device configured to generate data graphics to transfer information from the medical device to the mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Lack, Steven A. Dixon, Todd P. O'Neal, David L. Ribble, Thomas F. Heil, James M. Allen
  • Patent number: 8845562
    Abstract: A gas supply system comprises a person-support surface, a garment, and a gas supply. The person-support surface includes a chamber configured to contain a gas therein. The garment includes a chamber configured to contain a gas therein. The gas supply is configured to supply a gas to both the garment and the person-support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Receveur, David Ribble, Sandy M. Richards, Stephen L. Douglas, Eric R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140276294
    Abstract: A deep vein thrombosis prevention garment includes a central panel formed with sequentially filled inner, intermediate and outer air chambers separated from each other with pressure resistive valves, a left side panel, and a right side panel formed with a number of attachment straps having an integral fastener. The inner air chamber receives air from a pump. When the air within the inner air chamber reaches a predetermined air pressure, the pressure resistive valve between the inner air chamber and the intermediate air chamber allows air to pass from the inner air chamber to an intermediate air chamber. When the air within the intermediate air chamber reaches a predetermined air pressure, the pressure resistive valve between the intermediate air chamber and the outer air chamber allows air to pass from the intermediate chamber to the outer air chamber. A membrane panel allows air to escape the sequentially filled air chambers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Compression Therapy Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Mansur, Jr., Leonard Nass
  • Publication number: 20140276293
    Abstract: An adhesive single chamber deep vein thrombosis prevention garment includes a body having a central panel, a left side panel, and a right side panel formed with attachment straps having hook and loop integral fasteners. The central panel is formed to have a single air chamber which receives air from a pump through a flexible air supply tube. The inside of the single air chamber is coated with a tacky adhesive layer providing distal-to-proximal sequential inflation as air is progressively introduced into the chamber, thereby creating a distal-to-proximal pressure gradient on a patient's limb. The central, left side and right side panels are formed from a single material which does not require a skin-safe liner or other combination of materials. A cover panel attached to the central panel to cover the single-chamber bladder and the body is made from the same material which can be placed against a patient's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Orlando Mansur, JR., Leonard Nass
  • Patent number: 8834393
    Abstract: A combined heating, cooling, and compression therapy system is provided. The system is configured for automated use with a controller. The system can have a core with separate channels for providing cold and heat and compression therapy; a cover for receiving the core; and a skin sensitive temperature node attached to the core cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Maldonado Medical LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Brian Maxon-Maldonado, Adam M. Callinan
  • Patent number: 8827935
    Abstract: A method for providing a combined DVT and compression therapy to a patient is provided. The method includes providing a control unit configured to condition heat transfer fluid and to selectively provide a compressed gas, providing a thermal compression device that is mountable to a select portion of the patient, and programming the control unit to supply heat transfer fluid to the thermal compression device and to supply compressed gas to the thermal compression device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Maldonado Medical LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Brian Maxon-Maldonado
  • Patent number: 8827936
    Abstract: The present invention relates a portable medical device for treating foot and hand edema. The device consists of hand and foot massaging unit, a portable waterproof electronic control unit with voice feedback and temperature control. Each of the massaging units includes internal extremity engaging elements and portions that perform the massaging activities with the glove being provided with a movable motorized pressing element that moves over the outer hand extremity, and the boat having inflatable air bags or bladders for applying massaging pressures to the foot. The boot also, include a cotton-padded rubber for comfort and the may be provides with a removable, easy to sterilize material. The control unit also provides compressed air and pressurized water or fluid through plastic delivery lines attached between the unit and the massaging units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Hamdah J. S. Adaie
  • Patent number: 8764690
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises an inflatable sleeve 6 to be wrapped around a limb, typically a thigh, of a patient. The sleeve 6 comprises three inflatable chambers 3, 4, 5. Inflation is controlled by a pump 1 so that the distal chamber 3 is inflated first to a low pressure to act as a tourniquet, followed by inflation of the central chamber 4 to a pressure to drive fluid flow upwards, and then inflation of the proximal chamber 5 to a low pressure to act as a tourniquet and deflating both the distal 3 and central 4 chambers to produce a negative pressure gradient down-stream in the limb causing fluid to be drawn up the limb. This cycle is repeated a number of times over a period of two minutes before allowing the limb to rest for two minutes, resulting in increased mean arterial blood flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventor: Nigel Gough
  • Patent number: 8753300
    Abstract: A compression garment apparatus including a compression garment and a pressurizer. The pressurizer intermittently pressurizes a therapeutic bladder on the compression garment and maintains a baseline pressure in the therapeutic bladder to maintain the therapeutic bladder in position with respect to a target compression zone on a body part on which the garment is worn. The baseline pressure is adjusted in response to sensed physical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Manish Deshpande
  • Patent number: 8740827
    Abstract: A head massager comprises a helmet having a front shell and a rear shell moveable relative to the front shell, a massage device and an adjustment device having a positive rotatable knob, a fixing pole fixed on the rear shell, a winding ring, two pulling ropes and a reverse locking device. The rear shell has a cavity and the front shell has two ends plug-connected with two ends of the rear shell. The knob and the winding ring are loosely sleeved on the fixing pole via holes. The knob has first bulged teeth around a hole, the winding ring has a loop of second bulged teeth around another hole. The first bulged teeth are indented joined to the second bulged teeth. One end of each pulling rope is connected to the end of the front shell, another end of the pulling rope is connected to the winding ring to rotate the knob in positive direction for moving the front shell by the two pulling ropes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen Breo Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xuliang Wu
  • Patent number: 8740828
    Abstract: A method of forming a compression device including providing a wicking layer having a perimeter generally corresponding to a perimeter of the device and a surface area comprising the area bounded by the perimeter of the wicking layer. A bladder segment is provided including opposing bladder layers of air-impermeable bladder material defining an inflatable bladder. The bladder segment has a surface area less than the surface area of the wicking layer. An outer layer is provided having openings therein. A portion of the wicking layer is not overlaid by the bladder segment by virtue of the bladder segment having a smaller surface area than the surface area of the wicking layer. The portion of the wicking layer not overlaid by the bladder segment is overlaid by openings in the outer layer. A compression device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jennie Brown, Malcolm G. Bock, Raymond Avitable
  • Patent number: 8734369
    Abstract: A compression treatment system is provided that detects the number of and type of garments connected thereto. The system includes a plurality of ports, valves connected thereto and a number of garments having one or more bladders. The bladders are in fluid communication with a fluid source in a pneumatic circuit, to provide compression therapy once a user confirms the number of and type of garments connected to the system for use by a patient. A single pressure sensor communicates with a plurality of detected bladders located in the one or more garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Matthew J. Perry, Mark A. Vess, Scott Wudyka
  • Patent number: 8696608
    Abstract: An objective is to perform a leg massage under appropriate temperature conditions. The lower leg massage apparatus 1 comprises: a pair of right and left insertion recesses 4,4 in a vertically-extending continuous form, into which are inserted feet F and calves C of a user; a first massage mechanism 5 disposed within an upper part of the insertion recess 4, for massaging the inserted calves C, and a second massage mechanism 7 disposed within a lower part of the insertion recess 4, for massaging the inserted feet F. Further provided are a cover body 12 of a two-layer structure which is disposed in the insertion recess 4 so as to cover the first massage mechanism 5 and the second massage mechanism 7, and a warm air/cool air supply section 15 for supplying a warm or cool current of air to a region between the two layers constituting the cover body 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Daito Electric Machine Industry Company Limited
    Inventors: Koichi Numata, Teruo Mihara, Shinsaku Shimizu, Shigeki Noda
  • Publication number: 20140100499
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for reducing emotional dysregulation in a person is disclosed herein. The method includes uses an inflatable cushion which has an attachment for a vacuum pump and includes identifying a person having emotional dysregulation, placing the emotionally dysregulated person upon the cushion so that the cushion extends at least the length of the emotionally dysregulated person's torso, eliminating a sufficient amount of air from the cushion so that the cushion at least partially envelops the emotionally dysregulated person, and keeping the emotionally dysregulated person in the enveloped cushion for a sufficient time for reducing the person's emotional dysregulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Reizel Polak
  • Publication number: 20140058301
    Abstract: A connector for attaching at least one flexible tube to a fluid passage of another object includes a body and at least one connector port on the body. At least one tube port projects from the body and is adapted for fluid communication with the connector port. A portion of the body at least partially surrounds the tube port and defines an interior space containing at least a portion of the tube port. The tube port is sized and shaped for being received in an end of the flexible tube to establish fluid communication with the flexible tube. A tube retainer is at least partially disposed in the interior space defined by the portion of the body and has an engaging portion disposed in relation to the tube port to restrain the flexible tube from lateral movement with respect to the tube port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Henry Mros, Peter Martin
  • Patent number: 8652079
    Abstract: A compression garment for applying compression therapy to a wearer's body including a compression sleeve having a proximal edge and a distal edge. The sleeve includes at least one bladder. A tube is attached to the bladder. A connector on the tube connects the tube to a source of compressed fluid for inflating the bladder. The distal edge of the compression sleeve has a first portion and a second portion jutting distally from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Richard P. Rego, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140031730
    Abstract: A system includes a sequential compression device (SCD) used by a patient as part of a sequential compression therapy (SCT) protocol. The system also includes a computer device that determines whether the SCD is in use in substantially real time in compliance with the protocol. The computer device initiates a notification to a caregiver if noncompliance with the SCT protocol is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, David L. Ribble, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Timothy J. Receveur, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8636678
    Abstract: A foot cuff that is inflatable to apply compression to the foot to promote blood flow has a bladder formed of two layers of material secured together. An outer layer includes a foot-underlying portion that has a greater thickness and rigidity that an opposing inner layer. The outer layer directs expansion of the bladder upon inflation in the direction of the inner layer and toward the foot for increasing compressive force applied to the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Mark A. Vess
  • Patent number: 8632478
    Abstract: A pillow with simulated respiration includes a pair of impervious panels that are joined together to form a rectangular shaped enclosed body and a mechanism for inflating/deflating the body periodically to simulate an individual's breathing. The pillow may also include a cushion on top of the body with an electric heating pad on top of the cushion together with a pair of vibrators. The vibrators each have an elongated shape and are constructed and dimensioned to message an individual's neck and upper shoulders when the individual's head is placed on the cushion. The pillow also includes a textile cover with a zipper on one side thereof and a satin pillow case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Solaiman B. Alkhattaf
  • Patent number: 8622943
    Abstract: A compression bag having an upper portion for applying a pressure at least to the abdominal area of a patient, and a lower portion for applying a pressure to at least a part of the patient's legs, the bag comprising a back part, a second, front part and a closure means configured for detachably attaching the parts to each other; a separating insert configured for being detachably attached to at least one of the back and front parts of the bag, at least at the lower portion of the bag, to separate between left and right regions of the first and second parts, thereby forming pants in said bag defined by said regions and said insert; and a plurality of inflatable cells in the first and second parts of the bag and in the separating insert, that are sealingly separated from adjacent inflatable cells and configured to be individually inflated and deflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Mego Afek AC Ltd.
    Inventor: Asher Ben-Nun
  • Patent number: 8597214
    Abstract: Apparatus for promoting blood flow in an extremity is disclosed including a gas source and a bladder assembly including a first bladder and a second bladder independently coupled to the gas source. The bladder assembly may be sized to fit within a shoe of a patient and may include a first bladder encircling a second bladder. A controller is operably coupled to the gas source and is configured to control the flow of gas from the gas source to the first and second bladders in order to periodically commence inflation of the first and second bladders in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jared Von Holgreen
  • Patent number: 8591439
    Abstract: An extended term resuscitation system includes a plurality of inflatable cuffs adapted to extend around separate portions of the anatomy of a patient (i.e. the chest, abdomen and legs) for enhancing the circulation when inflated/deflated periodically. A primary low-pressure-high-volume air compressor is in fluid communication with each of the cuffs through individual air handlers. The air handlers are formed with an inflation and a deflation diaphragm valve which, under the control of an electronic timer and a pneumatic circuit, connect the respective cuff to the output of the compressor for inflation or to the atmosphere for deflation. A secondary air compressor provides air under suitable pressure to the pneumatic circuit for the control of the diaphragm valves. As an option the operator may change the cyclical rate and cuff pressure. A ventilator provides oxygen to the patient in selected volumes or on demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: AutoCPR
    Inventors: Michael G. Flood, Richard J. Kotalik, Donald Rulifson, Robert M. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8579841
    Abstract: An adjustable pressure cuff device is provided for the arm or leg of a user for stimulating blood flow and preventing blood clots. The pressure cuff contains a number of bladders which wrap in the direction of the cuff and which are arranged in succession down the arm or leg of a user. An air compressor is connected to the bladders via a multiplicity of tubes, each of which contain a valve. A control module runs the air compressor and sequentially opens the valves to provide air pressure to the bladders in succession along the arm or leg of a user. Further, between the bladders and the valves, additional tubes containing valves are provided to equalize pressure between bladders before exhausting the air from a previously pressurized bladder to save power and allow for increased patterns of bladder pressure. The pressure levels and bladder dwell times may be adjusted by the user or based on predetermined settings. Optionally, the device provides electrical stimulation, pulsations, heating, and cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Sitara R. Khan
  • Publication number: 20130296751
    Abstract: An oral device includes an intraoral bolus simulator comprising an exterior surface and having an interior volume fillable with a fluid. An extraoral user interface extends from the bolus simulator, and can be used to locate or position the intraoral bolus simulator. In various embodiments, the fluid may be a gas or a liquid, or combinations thereof. In other embodiments, an oral device includes an extraoral handle, a shield connected to the handle, a tether extending from the shield, and a bolus simulator connected to the tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Ruth E. Martin, Marcus Seiffert, Peter Scarrott, Andreas Rifani, Kelly Armstrong