Control Means For Causing Pulsation Patents (Class 601/150)
  • Patent number: 10342617
    Abstract: A cordless, hand-held dermatologic hair-regrowth-inhibiting apparatus may include: a self-contained housing configured for gripping by a person's hand for cordless manipulation in a hair-regrowth-inhibiting procedure; a light source comprising one or more diode laser bars within the housing; a direct drive electrical circuit within the housing comprising one or more batteries for energizing the light source to produce output light pulses, wherein the electrical circuit does not include any storage capacitors that energize the light source by capacitor discharge; and a light path within the housing including an aperture through which the output light pulses are propagated out of the housing having properties sufficient for at least temporary hair-regrowth inhibition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CHANNEL INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Mark V. Weckwerth, Tobin C. Island, Robert E. Grove
  • Patent number: 10342618
    Abstract: A dermatologic hair-regrowth-inhibiting apparatus is disclosed which is cordless and sufficiently compact as to be hand-held. A self-contained housing is configured for gripping by a person's hand for cordless manipulation in a hair-regrowth-inhibiting procedure. A light source and electrical circuit are contained within the housing. The circuit includes one or more batteries for energizing the light source to produce output light pulses. A light path within the housing includes an aperture through which eye-safe light pulses are propagated out of the housing having properties sufficient for at least temporary hair-regrowth inhibition. A diffuser is disposed along the light path to reduce the integrated radiance to an eye-safe level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CHANNEL INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Grove, Mark V. Weckwerth, Tobin C. Island
  • Patent number: 10219971
    Abstract: A compression device controller for use with a compression garment includes a pressurized fluid source (e.g., a pump), a manifold in fluid communication with the pressurized fluid source, a pressure sensor in communication with the manifold, at least two bladder ports, and at least two two-way valves. The pressure sensor is arranged to measure a signal representative of pressure in the manifold. Each bladder port is connectable in fluid communication to a respective inflatable bladder of the compression garment. Each two-way valve is in fluid communication with the manifold and with a respective bladder port. Each two-way valve is actuatable to control fluid communication between the manifold and the respective bladder port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KPR U.S., LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Denson, Scott Wudyka
  • Patent number: 9782323
    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: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Matthew J. Perry, Mark A. Vess, Scott Wudyka
  • Patent number: 9687413
    Abstract: A compression garment includes a plurality of inflatable bladders, a valve body, an inlet, an exhaust, and a rotary valve. The plurality of inflatable bladders is positionable around a limb of a wearer. The manifold defines a plurality of bladder ports, each bladder port in fluid communication with a respective inflatable bladder. The inlet defines an inlet port, and the exhaust defines an exhaust port. The rotary valve is in fluid communication with the inlet port, the exhaust port, and the plurality of bladder ports. Rotation of the valve in a first direction controls fluid communication between the inlet port and the plurality of bladder ports, and rotation of the valve in a second direction, opposite the first direction, controls fluid communication between the exhaust port and the plurality of bladder ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Phillip Shaltis
  • Patent number: 9687671
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to control a device, such as a light emitting dermatologic or cosmetic treatment device, and ensure that the device is in contact with skin while also determining the pigmentation level of skin. One or more light sources contact the skin and one or more detectors measure spectral remission from the skin. The obtained remission measurements are compared with known skin spectral remission values, and calibration allows measurements of absolute remission to be converted to fractional remission values. Skin pigmentation levels are compared to known base-line levels to determine and control appropriate treatment parameters. A temperature sensor allows correction for temperature variations. The apparatus may or may not be incorporated into the treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CHANNEL INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Mark V. Weckwerth, Tobin C. Island, Robert E. Grove
  • Patent number: 9463135
    Abstract: A compression device for the foot comprising: a wrap adapted to surround the foot, the wrap comprising at least two bladders which when inflated conform to the shape of the foot to provide compression, the bladders being positioned on the wrap so that a first bladder focuses compression on the heel of the foot and a second bladder focuses compression on the arch of the foot; a channel attached to each bladder for independently delivering fluid to each bladder; and a controller attached to the channels that generates and independently controls the flow of fluid to the bladders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Swelling Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Stewart Tabron, Wayne Lee Bonnefin, Patrick Gerard Linnane, Anders Lennart Boström
  • Patent number: 9265693
    Abstract: The proposed method and devices provide for an effective improvement of the blood flow in the vessels of a human's extremities due to generation of an ante-grade pressure wave of blood synchronized with phases of the cardiac cycle with the help of compression impulses. The devices provide an improved accuracy of the time and amplitude characteristics of the compression impulses and functioning in modes of generation both the ante-grade wave and external counter-pulsation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Aleksey Monesovich Sudarev, Evgeny Vladimirovich Korotich
  • Patent number: 9205021
    Abstract: A compression device for providing compression treatment to a limb of a wearer includes a compression garment positionable on the limb of the wearer. The garment includes an inflatable bladder for providing compression treatment to the limb. A controller is adapted for fluidly connecting to the inflatable bladder and configured for inflating and deflating the bladder during a compression cycle. The controller has an exhaust port positioned to direct exhaust fluid through the bladder so exhaust fluid flows over the limb of the wearer to cool the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Arnaz S. Malhi
  • Patent number: 9138371
    Abstract: A therapeutic garment includes at least one first expandable bladder configured to underlie a wearer's left shoulder blade, at least one second expandable bladder configured to underlie the wearer's right shoulder blade, and an actuator configured to alternatingly (a) expand the at least one first expandable bladder from a collapsed state to an expanded state such that the wearer's torso is rolled in a rightward direction and (b) expand the at least one second expandable bladder from a collapsed state to an expanded state such that the wearer's torso is rolled in a leftward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Angiosome, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Freund
  • Patent number: 9113895
    Abstract: An integrated tourniquet system enables the user to establish with suitable warnings, and with timely user confirmation, individualized maximum pressure levels in the cuff that may be above normal maximum pressure levels. Also provided is a rapid and accurate method of testing for leakage in the cuff and connectors. The system is adapted for communication to remote devices for receiving and providing information relating to the pressure levels, tests, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Western Clinical Engineering Ltd.
    Inventors: James A. McEwen, Michael Jameson, Michael A. Gebert, William K. W. Cheung
  • Patent number: 9095490
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a massage device, and provides a palm massager comprising a plurality of air bags corresponding to each part of the palm, an air pump, a plurality of electromagnetic valves for controlling the air charging and air discharging of the plurality of air bags, a main control module and a plurality of load driving modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: SHENZHEN BREO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xuejun Ma
  • Patent number: 9005173
    Abstract: A system and method for rejuvenating skin through ablation using a handheld device (200) having a removable treatment component (213) with an abrasive material on one surface of the component which surface is on a portion of the treatment component (213) configured to conform to a skin surface. The system further includes application of other elements to facilitate skin recovery and rejuvenation processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, David A. Kist, Mark A. Rydell
  • Publication number: 20150065930
    Abstract: A mobile compression integument for applying controllable scrolling or intermittent sequential forces, such as compression forces, to the body and limbs of a user comprises an elongated fabric body sized to encircle a limb of a user, one or more shape-changing elements carried by the fabric body and configured to apply a compression pressure to the limb through the fabric body upon changing shape in response to a stimulus, and a micro-processor based controller for selectively actuating the one or more shape-changing elements to reduce the effective diameter of the integument encircling the limb, to thereby apply pressure to the limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew W. Wyatt, Lewis Tyson Ross, Brian Stasey
  • Publication number: 20150011922
    Abstract: A device for compressive treatment of a body part includes a compression member, adapted to at least partly encircle the body part, and an actuation unit, arranged to tighten the compression member to provide a compressive force to the body part. Methods are provided for its therapeutic, cosmetic and non-therapeutic use and operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Landy Toth
  • 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: 8902713
    Abstract: An electronic device (100) includes a component portion (101) and a strap (102). The strap defines an air chamber (402) therein having a corresponding volume. A driver (403) is disposed in the component portion at a first port (404) between the component portion and the strap. A frequency detector (405) is disposed in the component portion at a second port (406) between the component portion and the strap. A control circuit (407) is operable with the driver and the frequency detector and is configured to determine a peak of a resonant frequency over a frequency range in the air chamber with the frequency detector that are a function of the corresponding volume and are responsive to signals produced by the driver, correlate the frequency of pressure variations determined with a user input, and perform an operation based upon the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid M. Alameh, Paul R. Steuer, Robert A. Zurek
  • Patent number: 8864691
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are sized and configured to effectively and efficiently augment the flow of fluid within body vessels, not only during conditions in which a patient is bedbound and immobile, but also in conditions when the individual is out of bed, and completely mobile and ambulatory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Venous Health Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Olson, Salvatore G. Mangano, Brendan M. Donohoe, Peter K. Johansson, Richard A. Lotti, Thomas J. Fogarty
  • Patent number: 8858474
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are sized and configured to effectively and efficiently augment the flow of fluid within body vessels, not only during conditions in which a patient is bedbound and immobile, but also in conditions when the individual is out of bed, and completely mobile and ambulatory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Venous Health Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Olson, Salvatore G. Mangano, Brendan M. Donohoe, Peter K. Johansson, Richard A. Lotti, Thomas J. Fogarty
  • Patent number: 8858475
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are sized and configured to effectively and efficiently augment the flow of fluid within body vessels, not only during conditions in which a patient is bedbound and immobile, but also in conditions when the individual is out of bed, and completely mobile and ambulatory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Venous Health Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Olson, Salvatore G. Mangano, Brendan M. Donohoe, Peter K. Johansson, Richard A. Lotti, Thomas J. Fogarty
  • Patent number: 8858473
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are sized and configured to effectively and efficiently augment the flow of fluid within body vessels, not only during conditions in which a patient is bedbound and immobile, but also in conditions when the individual is out of bed, and completely mobile and ambulatory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Venous Health Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Olson, Salvatore G. Mangano, Brendan M. Donohoe, Peter K. Johansson, Richard A. Lotti, Thomas J. Fogarty
  • Patent number: 8852131
    Abstract: A support surface system provides alternating pressure therapy and low air loss therapy simultaneously using a single pump. The system includes a plurality of cells. Each cell has a foam-filled lower chamber and an upper chamber. Fluid communication between the lower and upper chambers is controlled by a normally closed valve that opens if the pressure within the lower chamber exceeds a predetermined threshold pressure. Pressurized air is alternatingly supplied to the lower chambers of a first subset of cells and the lower chambers of a second subset of cells, thereby providing alternating pressure therapy. When the pressure in the lower chamber exceeds the threshold, the valve opens to allow air from the lower chamber to flow into the upper chamber. Air is expelled from the upper chamber through perforations therein, to remove moisture and humidity and possibly reducing the temperature of the micro-climate beneath a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Anodyne Medical Device, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Scott Siegner
  • Publication number: 20140276283
    Abstract: A portable micro air pump includes a body, an air output port and a quick-disconnect air tube connector. The body is hand-sized, and has a user control and information panel with a power on/off button switch and a button switch for choosing which type of therapy garment is to be utilized, limb or foot. Status lights within the information panel show on/off and battery status, the therapy garment selected and alarm states of which the user needs to be aware. Within the body are an air compressor with an air output tube, a battery power source, and an electronic circuit board. The electronic circuit board has functional subunits including: a controller, a timer, a memory, an input/output interface, a pressure sensor, a status light driver and a power control driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Orlando Mansur, JR., Leonard Nass
  • Publication number: 20140276282
    Abstract: The present invention provides an air massage device for a bed. The air massage device includes at least one air wave generator disposed on the bed. The air wave generator includes a shell, a permanent magnet disposed in the shell, a coil electromagnet movably disposed in the shell and a membrane attached to the coil electromagnet. When the coil electromagnet is powered by an alternating current, the coil electromagnet moves reciprocatingly relative to the permanent magnet along with the membrane so that the membrane generates an air wave which is adapted to massage people on the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: PPJ. LLC, RUOEY LUNG ENTERPRISE CORP.
    Inventors: Philip Woods McCARTY, Philip Reid SHERMAN, Chuan-Hang SHIH
  • Publication number: 20140257153
    Abstract: A portable article for administrating therapy to a user includes a device positioned along the area of the body requiring therapy. At least one power pod is associated with the device and the power pod simultaneously applies a firs force component perpendicular to the user's body surface and a second force component parallel to the user's body surface. An illustrative embodiment is a vest worn by the user during therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Danny L. Nickelson
  • Publication number: 20140249458
    Abstract: A compression garment apparatus includes a compression garment and a pressurizer. The pressurizer intermittently pressurizes a therapeutic bladder on the compression garment and pressurizes a support bladder on the compression garment to enhance the fit of the compression garment and maintain the therapeutic bladder in position with respect to a target compression zone on a body part on which the garment is worn. The support bladder may be selectively pressurized when needed based at least in part on sensed physical characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Arnaz S. Malhi, Manish Deshpande
  • Patent number: 8801643
    Abstract: A compression garment assembly comprises a compression garment adapted for placement on a body part in a self-retaining configuration and for removal from the body part. The compression garment has at least one inflatable bladder for applying compression to the body part. A portable controller unit is adapted for fluid connection to the inflatable bladder and is configured for cyclically inflating the bladder. The compression garment and portable controller unit are configured so that the portable controller unit must be disconnected from the compression garment before the compression garment can be removed from the body part. Loss of the portable controller unit by, for example, accidental disposal with the compression garment is thus prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Manish Deshpande, Ross Kanter
  • Publication number: 20140200464
    Abstract: A single system may provide to a patient: temperature change, remote ischemic conditioning, and sometimes both concurrently. The system may include a patient unit that includes an inflatable bladder, and a duct having a cavity. The patient unit is intended to be applied around a patient's limb. A temperature subsystem can force a flow of a first fluid through the cavity so that the first fluid can exchange heat with the patient's limb. The pressure subsystem may force a fluid into the bladder, to establish pressure against the limb. A controller may control both the temperature subsystem and the pressure subsystem, so as to control the treatment received by the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Daniel Webster, Daniel Ralph Piha, Fred W. Chapman
  • Publication number: 20140194795
    Abstract: The invention provides a compression device for the limb of a mobile patient. The device includes an inflatable sleeve adapted to surround the limb; a conduit attached to the sleeve for delivering fluid to the sleeve; and a portable, wearable controller attached to the conduit that generates and controls the flow of fluid in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Swelling Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Wild, Jose A. Fernandez, Ian S. Tabron, Wayne L. Bonnefin, Patrick G. Linnane, David Kershaw, Andrew D. Court, Paul Hanmer
  • Patent number: 8758282
    Abstract: A compression garment apparatus includes a compression garment and a pressurizer. The pressurizer intermittently pressurizes a therapeutic bladder on the compression garment and pressurizes a support bladder on the compression garment to enhance the fit of the compression garment and maintain the therapeutic bladder in position with respect to a target compression zone on a body part on which the garment is worn. The support bladder may be selectively pressurized when needed based at least in part on sensed physical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Arnaz S. Malhi, Manish Deshpande
  • Patent number: 8734370
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for generating controlled pneumatic pressure to a human body to achieve mucus clearance from the pulmonary system. Controlled pneumatic pressure consisting of individual vibratory pressure and constrictive pressure variations are generated and applied to the thorax to promote mucus clearance. The vibratory pressure variation is channeled to a pressure receiver secured to the upper thorax of the body, and the constrictive pressure variation is channeled to a pressure receiver secured to the lower thorax of the body. The vibratory pressure variation serves to loosen the mucus, while the constrictive pressure variation provides the motive force that promotes mucus expulsion from the pulmonary system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Mario Battiste Ignagni
  • Patent number: 8728016
    Abstract: A method for therapeutically affecting the circulation of blood in a person in combination with or with medication to treat a medical condition includes the steps of administering a composition for treating a circulatory condition, providing a source of high pressure air in fluid communication with a plurality of air pressure actuated valves, each of the valves mounted on, and in fluid communication with, an inflatable bladder disposed within a cuff removably attached about at least one of the feet, calves, thighs, buttocks of the person; providing a source of low pressure air in fluid communication with said plurality of valves, wherein a constant pressure is exerted against said valves; and controlling inflation of said bladders in a predetermined sequence, magnitude of inflation pressure and period of time during a cardiac cycle of the person and as a function of said person's physiological reaction to said composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Quiecor Heart Treatment Centers of America
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Reeves, William H. Reeves
  • Patent number: 8708937
    Abstract: A high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) therapy system includes an inflatable garment, an air pulse generator operable to produce oscillating pressure pulses that are communicated to the inflatable garment, at least one hose to interconnect the air pulse generator with the inflatable garment and to communicate the oscillatory pressure pulses from the air pulse generator to the inflatable garment. The air pulse generator is sized, shaped, and configured so as to occupy a volume no greater than about 1,200 in.3 and to weigh no more than about 17 lbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Van Brunt, John A. Kivisto, Donald J. Gagne
  • Publication number: 20140088468
    Abstract: A device for use by an individual for sexual pleasure varying in form, i.e. shape, during its use and allowing for the user to select multiple variations of form either discretely or in combination and for these dynamic variations to be controllable simultaneously and interchangeably while being transparent to the normal use of the device, including the ability to insert, withdraw, rotate, and actuate the variable features manually or remotely. According to embodiments of the invention localized and global variations of devices are implemented using fluidics and electromagnetic pumps/valves wherein a fluid is employed such that controlling the pressure of the fluid results in the movement of an element within the device or the expansion/contraction of an element within the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Obotics Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Murison
  • Publication number: 20130338552
    Abstract: A compression device for providing compression treatment to a limb of a wearer includes a compression garment positionable on the limb of the wearer. The garment includes an inflatable bladder for providing compression treatment to the limb. A controller is adapted for fluidly connecting to the inflatable bladder and configured for inflating and deflating the bladder during a compression cycle. The controller has an exhaust port positioned to direct exhaust fluid through the bladder so exhaust fluid flows over the limb of the wearer to cool the limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP
    Inventor: Arnaz S. Malhi
  • Publication number: 20130338553
    Abstract: A device to compress the limb of a living being includes a user interface, a programmable logic controller, a power source, a source of fluidic pressure, valves with ports in fluidic connection with the source of fluidic pressure, other valves, and first and second inflatable bladders, wherein the programmable logic controller is programmed to cause the repeating sequence of inflating the first inflatable bladder by manipulating the ports of the valves, after a first preset period of time, deflating the first inflatable bladder and allowing the pressure within the first inflatable bladder to inflate partially the second inflatable bladder by manipulating the ports of the valves. The source of fluidic pressure can be a self-contained pump, a connection to fluidic pressure in a health care facility, or a pressurized canister. The power source can be a battery. The device may extend the life of the power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick E. Eddy
  • Publication number: 20130331748
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for determining patient compliance for using a compression therapy device. The systems may include a compression therapy sleeve and a controller having a non-transitory memory device. During a therapy session, the controller may record in the memory device operational therapy data obtained from sensors associated with the controller and/or sleeve. The controller may calculate a compliance metric based in part on the therapy data. The controller may then communicate the data or metric to one or more recipients. The methods may include allowing the patient to transfer a removable memory device from the controller to a personal computer, and uploading the therapy data or metric stored on it to a recipient website. Alternative methods may include the patient receiving the metric from the controller at the end of the therapy session, and then providing the metric to a recipient by phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Carol L. WRIGHT, Gregory YURKO
  • 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: 8584279
    Abstract: A patient support surface including a cover defining an interior region, a layer of three dimensional material, located at the interior region, and an air circulation device disposed adjacent the layer of three dimensional material. The patient support surface includes at least one of a percussion device and a vibration device, located at the interior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson, Kenith W. Chambers, Mayur Yermaneni, Gregory W. Branson, Michael Z Sleva, Karen M. Gove, Andrew F. Skinner, Stephen R. Schulte, Todd P. O'Neal, Rachel Hopkins King, Teresa M. Mirabella, Paula M. Cooper, Eric R. Meyer
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8574180
    Abstract: A compression device for the foot comprising: a wrap adapted to surround the foot, the wrap comprising at least two bladders which when inflated conform to the shape of the foot to provide compression, the bladders being positioned on the wrap so that a first bladder focuses compression on the heel of the foot and a second bladder focuses compression on the arch of the foot; a channel attached to each bladder for independently delivering fluid to each bladder; and a controller attached to the channels that generates and independently controls the flow of fluid to the bladders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Swelling Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Stewart Tabron, Wayne Lee Bonnefin, Patrick Gerard Linnane, Anders Lennart Boström
  • Publication number: 20130231596
    Abstract: A system to determine usage and monitor compliance of a Sequential Compression Therapy (SCT) device is disclosed. The system is configured to track the duration, amplitude and frequency of application of sequential compression therapy and communicate this information over a communication network. The system further includes sensing capability incorporated in the compression sleeve to monitor physiological signals. The system is configured to trigger an alarm if either the duration of the sequential compression therapy or the physiological signal does not meet a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, David Ribble, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Timothy J. Receveur, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8523794
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for treatment of patients suffering from lymphedema. The apparatus includes a multiple chamber sleeve positioned in a wrap around fashion on a body extremity to be treated. The chambers are sequentially inflated and maintained so until all chambers are inflated and then all the chambers are simultaneously deflated except the proximal end chamber to move edema fluids out of the afflicted area. The apparatus includes the capability of applying interferential therapy either alone or in combination with compression therapy. Advantageously, the sleeve chambers capture pressurized air when applied thereto, at designated locations, so as to form air pockets that can selectively apply isolated points of pressure, and in combination with the application of electrical current to a patient's affected area, provide effective lymphedema therapy without disrupting normal vascular and lymphatic functioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Milka LLC
    Inventors: Emily Iker, Rajinder S. Gill
  • Patent number: 8506507
    Abstract: A method for augmenting blood flow in a limb that is wrapped with a sleeve having at least one chamber for applying compression to the limb in a region generally underlying the chamber includes pressurizing the chamber to a first compression pressure and then reducing the pressure to a refill pressure. Pressure in the chamber is then sensed to determine a first venous refill time. The preceding steps are repeated a second and other times using second and other compression pressures that are different from the first compression pressure and from each other to determine second and other venous refill times. A customized compression pressure is determined by locating the compression pressure at which blood flow out of the region generally underlying the chamber is maximized by finding compression pressure at a maximum venous refill time. A compression device employing such a method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Malcolm G. Bock
  • Patent number: 8469910
    Abstract: A pneumatic compression garment comprises a flexible member for placement on a limb of a human body. A bladder in the flexible member defines an inflatable chamber. The bladder has an opening through which the inflatable chamber is inflated. A port mounted on the bladder has an air inlet adapted for communication with a source of pressurized air and an air outlet in communication with the inflatable chamber via the opening in the bladder. Pressurized air is delivered from into the inflatable chamber for inflating the inflatable chamber and thereby applying a compression force to the limb when the flexible member is in place on the limb. Noise attenuating means associated with the bladder opening is provided for reducing noise from air flow through the opening into the inflatable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Premnarayan Ganapathy, Steve Nardi, Paul Becker
  • Patent number: 8454542
    Abstract: The present invention provides a positive pressure chamber for treating extremities, which is used for treating extremity swelling or edema, rehabilitation, prophylaxis for deep venous thrombosis, relieving extremity pain, improvement of extremity skin, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: National University Corporation Nagoya University
    Inventors: Hitoshi Hirata, Yoshiki Matsumoto, Kenichi Iida, Takuya Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 8449483
    Abstract: A device to compress the limb of a living being includes a user interface, a programmable logic controller, a power source, a source of fluidic pressure, valves with ports in fluidic connection with the source of fluidic pressure, other valves, and a first and second inflatable bladders, wherein the programmable logic controller is programmed to cause the repeating sequence of inflating the first inflatable bladder by manipulating the ports of the valves, after a first preset period of time, deflating the first inflatable bladder and allowing the pressure within the first inflatable bladder to inflate partially the second inflatable bladder by manipulating the ports of the valves. The source of fluidic pressure can be a self-contained pump, a connection to fluidic pressure in a health care facility, or a pressurized canister. The power source can be a battery. The device may extend the life of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick Eddy
  • Patent number: 8419665
    Abstract: An inflatable garment for applying to parts of the body such as the calf of the leg as a means of enhancing blood circulation in the body. The garment is of universal application in the sense that it comprises two wrap halves (8, 9) provided with inflatable bladders (4, 5, 6). The two wrap halves can be selectively coupled together in such a way as to provide a variable overall length of garment wrap to suit calf's of differing size while at the same time maintaining the integrity of fluid communication between the bladders on the respective wrap halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Gordon John Cook
  • Publication number: 20130085431
    Abstract: A compression apparatus for providing a therapeutic compression pressure to a wearer's body. The apparatus includes an inflatable bladder formed from bladder material, a controller, and a pump operatively connectable to the bladder for pressurizing the bladder. The controller has a pre-therapeutic compression function for instructing the pump to pressurize the bladder to an elevated pressure above the therapeutic compression pressure and to maintain the elevated pressure for a period of time before depressurizing the bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP
    Inventor: Arnaz S. Malhi