Inflatable Patents (Class 602/13)
  • Patent number: 10292858
    Abstract: The present invention provides a combination of a splint and a pillow for use in treating and immobilizing a patient. The combination includes a first portion encased in an airtight container and a second portion also encased in an airtight container. The first portion and the second portion are interconnected by an air flow valve having a air flow regulator for controlling airflow between the portions. The first portion may include bean-bag or similar splint and the second portion includes a foam component. The two portions share the same air such that when the first portion is inflated, the second portion is deflated. Wherein, upon opening of the airflow regulator, the air pressure passes between the first portion, deflating the first portion, into the second portion, thus inflating the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TSWELOPELE LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Theodoor Christian Boezaart, Andre Boezaart
  • Patent number: 10245174
    Abstract: A particle filled neck brace is used for immobilizing the neck of a patient and includes a single handedly operable vacuum hand pump disposed on the neck brace, which pump is communicated to the interior of the neck brace. After the neck brace is secured around the neck of the patient, the vacuum hand pump is manipulated to remove air from the neck brace to form a rigid mold about the patient's neck. The vacuum hand pump has a one way directional valve so that the neck brace remains in a rigid configuration for as long as the neck brace is applied to the patient. The vacuum hand pump also includes a plurality of springs which assist the user in completing a vacuum pump cycle. To release the neck brace, the user opens a release valve which allows ambient air to refill the neck brace and increase its flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Steve Islava
  • Patent number: 10213618
    Abstract: Disclosed is a therapeutic lamp platform combination light therapy mask. According to an exemplary embodiment of this disclosure, provided is a phototherapy device comprising a therapeutic lamp platform including a mask including a plurality of radiant lamps having a mixed combination of different wavelength radiant energy and disposed to communicate the radiant energy to a user treatment area, the plurality of radiant lamps further disposed to provide radiant therapy to provide a first treatment session including a first set of wavelength radiant energy, and a second treatment session including a second set of wavelength radiant energy including at least one wavelength radiant energy not provided in the first treatment session; and a frame for supporting the mask on a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, INC.
    Inventors: Jay Tapper, Lawrence A. Blaustein, David Shuter, Charles Peter Althoff
  • Patent number: 9962285
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention relates to therapy wraps for the application of compression and/or thermal therapy to a patient. The wraps are formed of at least two layers of material which are sealed together to form at least one cavity between them. The wraps may be used in conjunction with a therapy machine which fills the cavity or cavities of the wraps with fluid such as a gas and/or a liquid. The unique shapes of the wraps are particularly suitable for providing therapy to the human body. The shapes permit the manipulation of the wraps around various portions of the human body such as the shoulder, back and foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Michael L Wilford, David Slack
  • Patent number: 9931240
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention relates to therapy wraps for the application of compression and/or thermal therapy to a patient. The wraps are formed of at least two layers of material which are sealed together to form at least one cavity between them. The wraps may be used in conjunction with a therapy machine which fills the cavity or cavities of the wraps with fluid such as a gas and/or a liquid. The unique shapes of the wraps are particularly suitable for providing therapy to the human body. The shapes permit the manipulation of the wraps around various portions of the human body such as the shoulder, back and foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Michael L Wilford, David Slack
  • Patent number: 9839548
    Abstract: An orthopedic system includes an orthopedic device having ankle and foot receiving portions and defining a posterior aspect and an anterior aspect opposite the posterior aspect. A stability part positioned on the posterior aspect of the orthopedic device and sized and configured to avoid disruption of a gait of a patient wearing the orthopedic device. The stability part protrudes from the posterior aspect and defines an axis extending in a transverse direction across a width of the orthopedic device and at least one point of rotation about which the orthopedic device is rotatable along the axis. The at least one point of rotation is selectively positioned along the axis so that when the posterior aspect of the orthopedic device is resting on a resting surface the stability part stabilizes the orthopedic device against rotation on the resting surface about the at least one point of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, Jonathan Walborn, Alan Murakami
  • Patent number: 9839551
    Abstract: An adjustable support for a pneumatic orthosis is provided. The adjustable support includes an inflatable member and a pod that acts diffuse, concentrate, localize or otherwise direct a force applied to a wearer's body via the inflatable member. Contemplated adjustable supports can be adjustably coupled to any suitable brace panel such that the apex of the inflatable member is movable relative to a midpoint of the panel of the brace as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ASPEN MEDICAL PARTNERS, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Garth, Steven Burke
  • Patent number: 9504595
    Abstract: A compression wrap for the lumbar spine region includes an elongate longitudinally stretchable belt for wrapping around the lumbar region of a person, a fastening device for securing the belt, a pressure pad extending transverse to the belt longitudinally along the spinous process and extending laterally in the hollow between the para-vertebral spinal muscles for applying support directly to the lumbar spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Kirt L. Josefek
  • Patent number: 9480830
    Abstract: An assembly used to promote wound healing through the creation of an oxygen gradient, whereby the oxygen gradient hastens the diffusion of oxygen from underlying capillaries and subcutaneous tissue up through and over an overlying target site of skin tissue. In an exemplary embodiment, the assembly provides a flush cycle and/or a negative pressure cycle to enhance the flow of oxygen from the subcutaneous tissue and the capillaries to the target site. In an exemplary embodiment, the assembly further comprises a means for maintaining a constant relative humidity over the wound site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Jose Azocar
  • Patent number: 9468552
    Abstract: A back brace includes an inner frame member having an interior surface, an exterior surface, a plurality of recesses formed in the interior surface, and a clamshell shape configured to wrap around a portion of a torso of a user. Each of a plurality of inserts is positioned in one of the recesses. An inflatable bladder is positioned on the exterior surface of the inner frame member, and an exterior shell member is wrapped about the bladder and the inner frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Scott M. Thibeault
  • Patent number: 9345609
    Abstract: An active torso support includes multiple force applying elements for applying force to selected regions of a torso of a subject, to reduce or prevent injury or discomfort, under the control of control circuitry on the torso support. Target regions for application of force are selected by detecting the position of a landmark in or on the torso of the subject relative to a portion of the torso support, and selecting one or more force applying elements closest to the target region. Force can be applied according to spatial or temporal patterns, selected in response to user input or detected motion or activity of the subject. Related devices and methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Dennis J. Rivet, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9289320
    Abstract: A cervical collar having a body with an anterior side, a posterior side, an upper portion and a lower portion is provided. The cervical collar may include a chin support that is formed at the upper portion of the anterior side of the body. The present invention may further include an inflatable pocket formed on the posterior and lateral sides of the body. The cervical collar may be wrapped around a neck of a user so that the chin support aligns and supports the chin of the user. The inflatable pocket may be inflated with a gas or a liquid to further support the neck of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Megan Hollern
  • Patent number: 9204984
    Abstract: A wearable brace includes: elongated structural members disposed substantially in parallel with each other, each structural member engaged with at least one adjacent structural member; and an inflatable member disposed between two adjacent structural members such that inflation of the inflatable member biases portions of the two adjacent structural members away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Azimuth Technical Consultants, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brown, Mario Santos
  • Patent number: 9155676
    Abstract: A device that permits slimming by improving blood flow in the skin, with movement by endurance training devices in the fat-burning pulse, with a main body with an attachment in the form of a sleeve for placing around the abdomen, wherein the main body has at least two chamber systems that can be acted on independently by a fluid, is improved by the fact that at least one and preferably two to four chambers of the chamber systems which come to lie on the right-hand side of the body are arranged in a U-shape with upwardly directed arms, whereas at least one and preferably two to four chambers of the chamber systems which come to lie on the left-hand side of the body are arranged in a U-shape with downwardly directed arms. This additionally stimulates peristalsis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Manfred Schwaiger-Shah
  • Patent number: 9050238
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a non-invasive pulsatile circulatory assistance device encouraging the circulation of a volume of blood in a subject's body, wherein the device includes a flexible multilayer structure for applying against at least a portion of the subject's body, the structure having a flexible inner layer beside the subject's body and a more rigid outer layer; means for pulsating connected to the multilayer structure in such a manner that the assembly having the structure plus the pulsation means is leaktight, and wherein the pulsation means are adapted to create pulsations between the inner and outer layers by means of a fluid referred to as a “pulsation” fluid, each of the pulsations propagating progressively in the venous return direction along the portion of the subject's body when the structure is placed on the portion of the subject's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Cardio Innovative Systems-CIS
    Inventors: Sayed Nour, Pierre Chastanier
  • Patent number: 9033906
    Abstract: A therapeutic compression apparatus having a primary wrap, a foot wrap and a stirrup is provided. The primary wrap encircles a first portion of a leg and applies compression thereto. The foot wrap encircles at least a portion of the foot and applies compression thereto. The foot wrap may be integrated with the stirrup, detachably connected or provided separately. The compression apparatus may be configured such that one or more bladders are provided therein. The compression apparatus may include a pressure gauge and pump for controlling an amount of pressure applied to the treatment site. A bladder assembly with a number of fluid bladder configurations is also provided for use within a compression apparatus. The bladder may be configured to provide a gradient pressure profile to the treatment site when filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Sun Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Nolan, Guy Osborne, Sundaram Ravikumar, Vikram Ravikumar
  • Patent number: 9011483
    Abstract: A surgical tourniquet cuff that includes a stabilizer component that facilitates application of an overlapping cuff around the limb of a patient. The stabilizer is fixed to the cuff, and requires no tying or similar user manipulation to secure the overlapping cuff in alignment with the underlying cuff. The stabilizer improves the stability of the inflated cuff to prevent sideways shifting motion of overlapping cuff portions as the cuff is applied to the limb. The stabilizer also provides a handle mechanism to enable the user to snugly apply the overlapping cuff around the patient's limb while the overlapping portions remain properly aligned along their long axes. The stabilizer is designed to also facilitate attaching together two tourniquet cuffs end-to-end, with respective bladders overlapping and in proper alignment so that those attached cuffs can be used as a single, extended surgical cuff applied around a patient's limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Western Clinical Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: James A. McEwen, Michael Jameson, Kenneth L. Glinz
  • Publication number: 20150088044
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a base shell having ankle and foot receiving portions. The base shell forms an opening over a dorsal aspect of the base shell. A dorsal shell is contoured to generally correspond to the opening in the base shell. At least one tightening member is connectable to the base shell and extendable over the dorsal shell to secure the base and dorsal shells together about a user's lower leg and foot. At least one inflatable bladder is provided in the ankle receiving portion of the base shell. A pump assembly is arranged to inflate the at least one inflatable bladder. The pump assembly is situated on the at least one tightening member such that the position of the pump assembly is substantially fixed relative to the base shell as a user walks in the orthopedic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan WALBORN, Zachariah J. KLUTTS, Derek BROOKOVER, Gudni INGIMARSSON
  • Publication number: 20150073322
    Abstract: The current invention is an accommodating apparel or brace. It is intended to be convenient and comfortable. When the brace wearer is at rest, the brace exerts only modest forces against the body. When the brace wearer is active, the brace tightens and diverts load to protect the body part. The brace accommodation may include application of stronger fixation when activity begins and which persists as long as the activity does. It may also include application of forces around the body part to shift load away from the target part. The accommodation also includes relaxation of forces applied to the wearer when the wearer relaxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Donald M. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150065933
    Abstract: A compression wrap for the lumbar spine region includes an elongate longitudinally stretchable belt for wrapping around the lumbar region of a person, a fastening device for securing the belt, a pressure pad extending transverse to the belt longitudinally along the spinous process and extending laterally in the hollow between the para-vertebral spinal muscles for applying support directly to the lumbar spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Kirt L. Josefek
  • Patent number: 8939923
    Abstract: This invention relates to a pressure related ulcer and perineal dermatitis prevention and treatment device and method of use. The device may be used in conjunction with a urine collection and disposal system that would be beneficial for incontinent users. In use the device forms an automatic pressure controlled topical hyperbaric oxygen chamber and further incorporates a flexible inflated tube system that is controlled by a microprocessor to relief pressure on affected areas of a user's body and provide circulation stimulating therapeutic massage. When used by incontinent persons the device automatically removes expressed urine to minimize additional risk factors known to cause or exacerbate pressure related ulcers and perineal dermatitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Mark R. Harvie
  • Patent number: 8932245
    Abstract: An orthopedic boot has a boot body, a front cover and at least one binding strap. The boot body has a foot support, a leg support, an air cushion and a toecap. The leg support has a free edge provided with multiple slits and multiple vents. The air cushion is mounted on the foot support. Accordingly, the orthopedic boot is ventilative and can provide comfort to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Tung-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 8926536
    Abstract: A junctional and truncal tourniquet and a hip-girdling pelvic sling device for maintaining a desired amount of tension surrounding a person's hips and pelvis to securely support and stabilize a pelvis that has been fractured and for securing a pressure applying device to a person with a preferred amount of tension so that blood vessel-occluding pressure can be applied. Areas of mating types of fastener material such as mating hook-bearing fastener material and loop pile fastener material are arranged on the device to enable a strap to be secured at various effective lengths to provide a wide range of adjustability. The device may include inflatable bladders, and may be wrapped around a patient's torso to occlude blood vessels proximal to an injury on a limb. A bladder may be expandable in distinct tiers and may carry a separate and removable pressure-concentrating fitting. An auxiliary strap may be included and may be used to keep the junctional and truncal tourniquet in place on a patient's torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Seaberg Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance David Hopman, Lane Michael Johnson, Stephen C. Melia, Mark Douglas Smith, Adrian Abram Polliack, Tanya Marie Stricker
  • Patent number: 8920352
    Abstract: The present invention includes an orthotic brace which offers advantages in being able to be adjusted to fit the small of the back of a specific wearer, and may attain an infinite number of positions within its range of motion, while providing effective reinforced lumbar support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: David J. Kozersky
  • Patent number: 8919346
    Abstract: A radial artery of a patient is made accessible to an operator on the right side of the patient for performing a left radial artery accessed cardiac catheterization with a forearm and hand positioning device which includes first and second inflatable air bladders. The first air bladder extends longitudinally with an upper surface that, when the air bladder is inflated, supports and positions the forearm and hand of a patient with a radial artery of the patient remaining accessible to the operator. The second air bladder extends longitudinally beneath and is connected to the first air bladder and when inflated elevates the first air bladder and a forearm and hand of the patient held therein above a support for the patient's arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jennifer Bennett Carlin
  • Patent number: 8905957
    Abstract: The present invention includes an orthotic brace which offers advantages in being able to be adjusted to fit the small of the back of a specific wearer, and may attain an infinite number of positions within its range of motion, while providing effective reinforced lumbar support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: David J. Kozersky
  • Patent number: 8882852
    Abstract: A dynamic support apparatus having a frame, a dynamic interface, a temperature control mechanism, and a control system. The dynamic interface is capable of changing its geometry and is disposed on the top surface of the frame. The control system is operably connected to the dynamic interface and controls the changing geometry of the dynamic interface. There is also a temperature control mechanism disposed on the top surface of the frame for maintaining a comfortable temperature and moisture environment between the apparatus and the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David E. Altobelli, N. Christopher Perry
  • Publication number: 20140330185
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to an orthopedic device for use with an orthopedic cast, which can alleviate the itching sensation that can develop when a patient wears a cast, among other advantages, such as cooling the skin below the cast, reducing the moisture in the region between the skin and the cast, as well as in some cases reducing the risk of infection. As discussed in more detail below, the orthopedic device can include a sleeve that can be mounted onto a body part, e.g., a broken limb, between the skin and a surgical cast. The sleeve is sufficiently flexible so as to substantially conform to the contour of the body part. The sleeve includes a plurality of internal channels for receiving a gas from an external source, e.g., a canister of pressurized gas, and for delivering at least a portion of the received gas via a plurality of openings onto the skin below the cast. The sleeve can include a two opposed layers between which the internal channels are formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Mohammad Taslim, Benjamin Hall, Zubin Joy, Bhavik Raval, Justin Tufariello, Lawrence Wong, Melissa Davis
  • Publication number: 20140330184
    Abstract: A reconfigurable knee brace which is particularly suitable for cold therapy. The brace includes a large wrap which fits over the front of the leg and wraps around the knee. Two or more securing straps are provided to hold the wrap in place. Once in position, an internal air bladder can be inflated to secure the fit. The user inflates the air bladder using an included squeeze pump and selectively deflates the bladder using a release button. One or more removable stays are positioned on the left and right lateral sides of the knee. When the stays are in position, the knee is held in place and cannot flex or extend. However, the stays are made removable. Once the stays are removed, the knee is able to flex and extend (though it is still stabilized by the encircling wrap).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan E. Kilbey
  • Patent number: 8870970
    Abstract: A dynamic support apparatus having a frame, a dynamic interface, a temperature control mechanism, and a control system. The dynamic interface is capable of changing its geometry and is disposed on the top surface of the frame. The control system is operably connected to the dynamic interface and controls the changing geometry of the dynamic interface. There is also a temperature control mechanism disposed on the top surface of the frame for maintaining a comfortable temperature and moisture environment between the apparatus and the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David E. Altobelli, N. Christopher Perry
  • Publication number: 20140316317
    Abstract: A double upright knee brace for treating knee flexion contracture includes upper and lower sections, each section having a pair of leg members and an anteriorly disposed integral thigh and shin cuff. A pair of hinges is intermediately positioned to the upper and lower sections. Notches formed in the upper and lower sections provide a catch for a pair of elastic bands, one each deployed on opposed sides of the knee brace, which provide a gait swing assist mechanism for the brace. A multitude of adjustable straps are deployed on both the anterior and posterior sides of the brace. A pair of air bladders, one deployed posteriorly below the knee and one deployed anteriorly above the knee, provide posterior-anterior mobilization when a patient wears the brace, stands up and ambulates. A pair of inner air bladders mounted on inner surfaces of the hinges stabilizes the knee joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Medical Alliance S.A.
    Inventors: Richard A. Nace, Anil Bhave
  • Patent number: 8858478
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluidized lower leg protection and support system and method. The system can include an inner positioner. The inner positioner can displace and contour three-dimensionally as though it was fluid to the sides and top of the leg while not having flow characteristics that would result in migration of the medium under the force of gravity. The system can also include an outer support which is received over the inner positioner. The outer support can be in the shape of an open boot. The outer support can include an ultra low pressure plenum. The ultra low pressure plenum is filled at a predetermined low pressure for distributing pressure along the length of the outer support, but not providing significant elevation of the lower leg and heel by itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: William Purdy, Robert Purdy
  • Patent number: 8845754
    Abstract: A control unit system. The system includes a control unit which includes a control unit charging interface, at least one magnet located proximate to the control unit charging interface, at least one actuator, a detachable manifold including at least one magnet, fluidly coupled to the at least one actuator, a pump connected to the at least one actuator for causing actuation thereof, and a control system for controlling the pump, wherein the control system controls the pump to actuate the at least one actuator at least in response to a signal received by the control system. The system also includes a recharging device configured to receive the control unit, the recharging device including a reed switch, wherein when the magnet in the control unit is located proximate to the reed switch, the switch is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Alexander D. Streeter, David E. Altobelli, N. Christopher Perry
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8808210
    Abstract: A method of selecting and using a compression garment is disclosed. The method may include selecting a garment comprising a compression sleeve including a proximal end and a distal end. The compression sleeve may comprise material having one of short-stretch function and inelastic function. The method may include donning the garment by inserting a limb of an animal or human through an opening in the proximal end and positioning the compression sleeve such that the material extends over at least a portion of a muscle mass of the limb. When the muscle mass is activated, the compression sleeve may augment the venous muscle return produced by the muscle mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Farrow Medical Innovations Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Wade P. Farrow
  • Patent number: 8801644
    Abstract: A compression garment for applying compression to a part of a wearer's body includes a flexible member, an inflatable bladder defining an inflatable chamber, and a port for communication between a source of pressurized air and the inflatable chamber. The garment also incorporates noise attenuation. The noise attenuation can include noise attenuating members on an air impingement surface of the inflatable bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Premnarayan Ganapathy
  • Publication number: 20140221890
    Abstract: A back brace includes an inner frame member having an interior surface, an exterior surface, a plurality of recesses formed in the interior surface, and a clamshell shape configured to wrap around a portion of a torso of a user. Each of a plurality of inserts is positioned in one of the recesses. An inflatable bladder is positioned on the exterior surface of the inner frame member, and an exterior shell member is wrapped about the bladder and the inner frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Scott M. Thibeault
  • Patent number: 8795211
    Abstract: A portable and rechargeable cast ventilating system adapted for use on casts, the system comprises of a portable fluid flow manipulations device, a manifold collar, and at least one tube. The system is attached to a cast being worn by a user so that each tube is inserted between the cast and the body part of the user being covered by the cast, the manipulation collar is attached to the cast so that the collar operatively connects to the tubes, and the portable fluid flow manipulation device operatively connects to the collar. The system delivers a fluid flow within a cast being worn by the user. The temperature of the fluid flow delivered to areas being covered by the cast might be controlled by a heat transfer element of the fluid flow manipulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Mary Der Ovanesian
  • Patent number: 8795243
    Abstract: A wound treatment appliance is provided for treating all or a portion of a wound. In some embodiments, the appliance comprises an impermeable flexible overlay that covers all or a portion of the wound for purposes of applying a reduced pressure to the covered portion of the wound. In other embodiments, the wound treatment appliance also includes a vacuum system to supply reduced pressure to the wound in the area under the flexible overlay. In yet other embodiments, the wound treatment appliance also includes wound packing means to prevent overgrowth of the wound or to encourage growth of the wound tissue into an absorbable matrix comprising the wound packing means. In still other embodiments, the appliance may include a suction drain. In other embodiments, the appliance may include a collection chamber to collect and store exudate from the wound. In yet other embodiments, a suction bulb may be used to provide a source of reduced pressure to an impermeable overlay that covers all or a portion of the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: BlueSky Medical Group Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard Scott Weston
  • Patent number: 8777882
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an air traction belt structure, which includes an inner inflatable traction belt having an air valve thereon for communicating with an inflatable space therein and, and an outer solid support belt having a smaller width than the inner inflatable traction belt and movably surrounding outside of the inner inflatable traction belt. Since a first end of the outer solid support belt can pass through a through hole formed on the inner inflatable traction belt and extend to an inner side of the inner inflatable traction belt, a second end of the outer solid support belt can easily pass through a fixing ring provided on the first end of the outer solid support belt and be pulled by a user, for firmly tightening both the inflated inner inflatable traction belt and the outer solid support belt onto the user's waist at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Hoi Ming Michael Ho
  • Patent number: 8764693
    Abstract: A traction device comprises a frame, a first bladder portion, a second bladder portion, a spacer, and a pump. The first bladder expands in an outward direction a distance greater than in a transverse direction. The second bladder expands in an angular direction. The second bladder is positioned generally below and to the side of the first bladder. Upon expanding in the outward direction, the first bladder bears against the back of the user's neck. Upon expanding in the transverse direction, the first bladder applies an angular traction to the cervical spine. Upon expanding in the angular direction, the second bladder bears angularly against the back of the user's upper thoracic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Graham
  • 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: 8759603
    Abstract: A hemostatic device includes a flexible band adapted to be wrapped around a patient's limb at a site on the limb where bleeding is to be stopped, a portion for securing the band in a wrapped state to the limb, a curved plate which is made of a material more rigid than the band and at least a portion of which is curved toward the inner peripheral side thereof, a main balloon which is provided on the inner peripheral side of the curved plate and which inflates when a fluid is introduced therein, and a pressing member which is provided between the curved plate and the main balloon so that at least a portion thereof overlaps with the balloon and which is adapted for pressing against the balloon. The device provides an excellent hemostatic effect and prevents numbness and poor circulation in areas peripheral to the site of attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Wada, Shigeki Numata, Hiroshi Yagi
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140155795
    Abstract: A sports training device may be formed as a cuff that may be wrapped around a user's elbow. The cuff may be formed of a flexible material, such as neoprene, and may include a fastening mechanism, such as a hook-and-loop fastener, to close the cuff around the user's elbow. The sports training device may include an adjustable air bladder having a pump and a release valve. The adjustable air bladder may be positioned around the user's elbow and adjusted using the pump and valve mechanism such that air may be distributed within the sports training device. Accordingly, use of the device may avoid degrees of bending with respect to the user's elbow, such as when swinging a tennis racket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Evenden
  • 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: 8734372
    Abstract: A traction device comprises a frame, a first bladder portion, a second bladder portion, a strap, and a pump. The first bladder expands in an outward direction a distance greater than in a transverse direction. The second bladder expands in an angular direction. The second bladder is positioned generally below and to the side of the first bladder. The frame is secured to the user's head. Upon expanding in the outward direction, the first bladder bears against the back of the user's neck and forces the cervical spine to curve forwardly. Upon expanding in the transverse direction, the first bladder applies an angular traction to the cervical spine. Upon expanding in the angular direction, the second bladder bears angularly against the back of the user's upper thoracic region and forces the thoracic spine to decompress and reduces hyper-kyphosis of the upper thoracic spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Graham
  • Patent number: 8728017
    Abstract: A capsular bag rehabilitation device has a belt body with an outer layer and an inner layer and a first space and a second space formed in between. The inner layer is provided with a plurality of vent holes connecting to the ambient environment and the second space. The outer layer, the inner layer, and airbag are welded at a predetermined interval distance. The unwelded parts form network air channels in the belt body. A controller has a first air duct, a second air duct, and a pump. The controller controls the pump to pump the first space through the first air duct, or withdraw air in the first space via the first air duct and pump it into the second space via the second air duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jui-Peng Chan
  • Publication number: 20140135671
    Abstract: Medical advantages are provided by the novel improvements made to the inflatable foot cushion of the present invention to the inflatable foot cushion of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/432,068 and the Inflatable Foot Cushion of U.S. Pat. No. 5,328,445, including better protection of a patient's Achilles' tendon areas; better unloading of the pressures on the patient's heels due to the increased elevation of the patient's heels above substrates; and the prevention of left and right lateral rotation of the ankles of patients wearing the novel inflatable foot cushion of the present invention by its two novel lateral cushions formed by expanding the main chamber of the improved inflatable foot cushion of the present invention there between, which novel lateral cushions cradle and stabilize the improved inflatable chamber of the present invention when it is pivoted under the improved inflatable foot cushion of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: EHOB Incorporated
    Inventors: James G. Spahn, Brian D. Conway, David P. Laughlin, Scott D. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140107549
    Abstract: An inflatable wrap with automatic tightness detection includes a wrap strap having at least one inflatable sealed zone formed thereon, at least one fluid guiding tube connected to between the sealed zone and an external fluid supply, at least two mating connection elements separately provided on two longitudinally opposite ends of the wrap strap, and a sensor module embedded in the wrap strap. The sensor module includes an output element and a sensor element arranged at locations separately corresponding to the two mating connection elements, and a processor element electrically connected to the sensor element. When the two mating connection elements are detachably connected together to bind the wrap strap around a user's body area with the sensor element and the output element becoming aligned with each other to provide an alignment sensing function, it means the wrap strap forms a closed loop structure to provide a proper pressing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: CAREMED SUPPLY INC.
    Inventor: Pao Ming Shih