With Ventilation, Heating, Or Cooling Means Patents (Class 602/14)
  • Patent number: 10010445
    Abstract: The current invention discloses a treatment device having a heat source, a power source and a heat applicator. The power source includes at least one nanotech battery, ensuring superior properties such as prolonged electricity production and prompt recharging. The heat applicator includes a heat conductive layer made from nanofibers, providing highly efficient heat distribution to the targeted regions. The power source provides energy to the heat source, which generates heat so that the applicator may distribute to an injury site or wound bed of a user. The current device may also be used for cooling, instead of heating applications. In addition to the medical utilizations, the current device may also play a central role in other apparatus that require thermal control capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan Isserow, Laura Isserow
  • Patent number: 9545327
    Abstract: A pressurized fluid cast for stabilizing a broken bone of a patient includes a sleeve having an inner wall and an outer wall with a fluid cavity between the inner and outer walls. The outer wall has at least one access port established therethrough. The sleeve is configured to be placed at a limb of a patient such that the inner wall circumscribes the limb and is disposed at least partially along the limb, with the fluid cavity and the outer wall being radially outward of the inner wall. The sleeve is adaptable to accommodate a particular patient injury and limb. Fluid is provided within the fluid cavity and is pressurized to a selected pressure to apply substantially uniform pressure at the limb of the patient. An outer protective shell may be provided at least partially around the sleeve to limit puncturing of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Molly J. Paulson
  • Patent number: 9122819
    Abstract: A shoe with a three-dimensional (3-D) surface texture created using rapid manufacturing techniques is provided. A plurality of 3-D surface texture options is presented on a user interface; each of the options is associated with one of a plurality of 3-D surface textures to be applied to a portion of a shoe. A selection of a 3-D surface texture is received and is used in part to generate a design file. The design file is used to instruct a rapid manufacturing device to manufacture the portion of the shoe comprised of the 3-D surface texture using a rapid manufacturing technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Converse Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. McDowell, Bryan Paul Cioffi
  • Patent number: 8986234
    Abstract: A custom brace and method for fabricating the custom brace includes marking a body with reference points and/or other indicators. Multiple images of the body from multiple angles are then obtained. The images are used to determine the contours of the body and the other markings are located and used to design the custom brace. Fenestrations can be added to the brace design. The custom brace can be fabricated with the fenestrations as a single piece structure or in multiple pieces that are assembled to complete the custom device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Scott Summit, Kenneth B. Trauner
  • Patent number: 8945027
    Abstract: A calf garment assembly having, a calf garment having an internal chamber and being substantially airtight and being in fluid communication with a pressurized air source, and a heating element working in conjunction with the calf garment to provide heated DVT therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Munish K. Batra, Ronald J. Koch
  • Publication number: 20140378880
    Abstract: A back support system that comprises a belt portion being configured to provide back and abdominal support encircling a wearer's waist, a compression pants portion and a hot or cold pack providing therapy to a wearer's lumbosacral region. The belt portion has a left and right portions and a rear portion that extends upwardly from a cutout of the rear portion of the compression pants and is attached fixedly thereto. The rear portion of the belt portion has a pack support structure for receiving a hot or cold pack so as to maintain hot or cold therapy on the wearer's back. Slots in the belt portion may accommodate vertically extending inserts of rigid plastic or spiral metallic to reinforce the belt portion over the lumbosacral region of the wearer. A front core support structure provides abdominal support in combination with the back support that supports the entire core of the wearer's body. The garment can be changed to an immobilizing brace device by inserting optional rigid inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Golf Jox, Inc.
    Inventors: James Arsenault, Paul Iskyan, Vijay Vad
  • Patent number: 8905954
    Abstract: An appliance which removably stores a portion of a catheter and an adapter, where the indwelling portion of catheter is still inside the body tissue of a patient. The appliance has an aperture that permits connection of a vacuum source such as hospital suction. When the appliance containing the catheter is held against the portion of the body including the indwelling site of the catheter, the vacuum source is applied, having a tendency to hold the appliance in place against the body. An orthopedic cast can be fabricated around the appliance, after which time the vacuum can be deactivated and the appliance can be removed, revealing a channel formed in the orthopedic cast. Through the channel, the distal portion of the catheter and the adapter can be accessed, facilitating continued post-operative anesthesia, easy visual inspection for signs of infection or dislodgment of the catheter and permitting easy removal when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: James Mooney
  • Publication number: 20140343471
    Abstract: A surgical cast venting material comprises a waterproof, flexible substrate made of a plastics material and having first and second sides. The first side has a plurality of shallow, concave recesses distributed over the substrate and spaced-apart from one another while the second side has a plurality of protrusions distributed across the substrate. The substrate is perforated with a plurality of small holes distributed across its length and width. Also, a surgical cast venting device is disclosed for venting a bent region of a patient's limb. It has a flexible, central portion that can cover a major part of the bent region of the limb including opposite side surfaces and a front or rear surface. The device also has flexible connecting straps extending from two corners of the central portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Alessandro Aldo Barberio
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8853603
    Abstract: A packaged product, such as a thermo-formable splinting or bracing product adapted to be heated by microwave energy, which packaged product comprises a water laden absorbent material (5), optionally sealed in a first water-impervious container (6), wherein said absorbent material (5) is adapted to permit microwave energy to enter and heat the water held in the absorbent material (5), the first container (6) being microwave transparent and the product to be heated and the absorbent material are disposed adjacent each other but are separated by a water-impervious barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fastform Research Ltd.
    Inventor: David Sheehan
  • 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: 8777883
    Abstract: A surgical cast venting material comprises a waterproof, flexible substrate made of a plastics material and having first and second sides. The first side has a plurality of shallow, concave recesses distributed over the substrate and spaced-apart from one another while the second side has a plurality of protrusions distributed across the substrate. The substrate is perforated with a plurality of small holes distributed across its length and width. Also, a surgical cast venting device is disclosed for venting a bent region of a patient's limb. It has a flexible, central portion that can cover a major part of the bent region of the limb including opposite side surfaces and a front or rear surface. The device also has flexible connecting straps extending from two corners of the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Alessandro Aldo Barberio
  • Patent number: 8752799
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a stand for a cooler containing cooling solution. The cooler further includes an attached flexible tubing outlet for draining the cooling solution through the flexible tube outlet into a medical cuff for reducing swelling of injured tissue. The stand further comprises a cylindrical container with a cavity for receiving through the opened top end of the lateral sidewall the cooler therein. An elongated pedestal is further defined by a top end and a bottom end. The top end of the pedestal is attached underneath the bottom side of the container. The container is supported in an upright position a distance above the surface of the ground. An aperture is located in the lateral side wall for receiving the flexible tubing outlet therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Sheila Elaine Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130253395
    Abstract: A kit for cooling the blood in the carotid arteries includes a cervical immobilization collar and a cooling element. The cooling element may include a body-facing panel attached on a body-facing surface to a lining layer, an outward-facing panel, and cooling material disposed between the body-facing panel and the outward facing panel. The cooling material may comprise urea and Carbamakool™ in an amount sufficient to produce a temperature of 20° F. to 35° F. within a minute of activation when measured on the body-facing surface of the body-facing panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: CRYOTHERMIC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Aqeel A. Sandhu, Scott Raybuck, Brian J. Seitz
  • Publication number: 20130245407
    Abstract: A method for selective cooling of the brain of a patient includes providing a cervical immobilization collar, the collar including a substantially annular support structure having an extended axial length, an anterior opening, and a securing member capable of substantially covering the anterior opening. The method also includes applying the cervical immobilization collar to the patient, placing a first cooling element within the anterior opening of the substantially annular support structure, and securing the first cooling element within the anterior opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CRYOTHERMIC SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Aqeel A. Sandhu
  • Publication number: 20130245521
    Abstract: A device for selectively cooling of the brain of a patient includes a cervical immobilization collar including a substantially annular support structure having an extended axial length and an anterior opening. The collar may also include a securing member capable of substantially covering the anterior opening and at least one pressure member. The immobilization collar may be used to secure a cooling element to the anterior portion of a patient's neck, cooling the blood in the patient's carotid arteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Cryothermic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aqeel A. Sandhu, Michael Burke, Brian J. Seitz
  • Patent number: 8538570
    Abstract: A process and system for fitting, customizing and manufacturing an orthosis for a subject. 3-dimensional coordinates for a plurality of landmarks corresponding to anatomical characteristics of the subject, means for attachment of the orthosis to the subject, and a reference plane are digitally acquired. Then, coordinates of one or more virtual landmarks corresponding to one or more anatomical joint centers or joint projection locations are calculated. The landmarks are clinically aligned in a reference position of one of the anatomical joint centers and a customized digital model of the orthosis is created using the clinically aligned landmarks. Finally, the orthosis is fabricated using a computer aided manufacturing process, based upon an output from the customized digital model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: University of Delaware
    Inventors: Steven J. Stanhope, Elisa Schrank
  • Patent number: 8506508
    Abstract: A compression sleeve includes a wicking layer secured to bladder material defining an inflatable bladder along a seamline. Fibers of the wicking layer extend through the seamline to allow fluid wicked by the wicking layer from the wearer's skin to evaporate to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Raymond Avitable, Jennie Brown
  • Publication number: 20120330202
    Abstract: A thermal treatment device is provided to perform thermal therapy treatment to a portion of a body. The thermal treatment device includes a harness and a bladder. The harness is configured to wrap around at least a portion of the body to secure the thermal treatment device. The bladder is coupled to an interior section of the harness and is filled with a temperature retaining fluid to provide either cold or heat therapy treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan Flick
  • Patent number: 8262601
    Abstract: An emergency helmet trauma bandage and method of use, which, when applied, applies minimal pressure to stop bleeding, doesn't compromise cervical spine immobilization, allows for fast and effective application of ice/cold packs to control intracranial/internal swelling, doesn't come apart during treatment and transport, and doesn't require a caregiver to re-wrap the dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Michelle Cumming, Mitchell Kastros
  • Publication number: 20120143110
    Abstract: A cervical collar that facilitates therapeutic hypothermia is provided and includes a front portion, a back portion fixedly coupled to the front portion on one side and removably coupled to the front portion on an opposite side, and a fastening device that removably couples the back portion to the front portion on the opposite side. At least one cooling device is disposed on an interior of the front portion and/or the back portion to induce hypothermia in a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: NEURORESCUE LLC
    Inventors: Robert Michael Maher, Michael Paloian
  • Patent number: 8114039
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing a ventilated orthotic cranioplasty helmet for treating positional plagiocephaly in infants. Specifically, a system and method are disclosed in which patient-specific parameters such as head size, patient age, degree of patient sweating, diameter of patient's hair, average length of patient's hair, and sweat range are input into a computer implemented algorithm along with a user-proposed ventilation hole array to determine an optimal ventilation hole arrangement. The computer may be connected either directly or indirectly to an automated hole drilling machine to drill the hole array in the specified portion of the helmet. The same computer implemented algorithm can be used to revise the ventilation hole array to accommodate changes in patient physiology during treatment to thereby achieve an optimal ventilation hole design throughout the treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei Qu
  • Patent number: 8109892
    Abstract: In a method of forming a compression sleeve, a wicking layer is provided that is strategically exposed to promote wicking and cooling of the body part acted upon by the sleeve. The wicking layer has a perimeter and a surface area. A bladder segment that defines a bladder has a surface area less than the surface area of the wicking layer. The surface area of the bladder segment is defined by the perimeter of the bladder material, less any openings formed through the bladder material. The wicking layer is secured to the bladder material so that portions of the wicking layer are not overlaid by the bladder material. The bladder segment is welded to the wicking layer along a seamline so that fibers of the wicking layer extend through the seamline and allow fluid wicked by the wicking layer to move through the seamline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Jennie Brown, Malcolm G. Bock, Raymond Avitable
  • Publication number: 20120016283
    Abstract: An orthopedic brace is provided having a pliable pad and a rigid support member. The pad is fabricated from a laminate and has an integrally formed raised region and mesh section The mesh section has a plurality of void spaces extending through the laminate which freely permit air flow therethrough. The support member has an open ventilation window extending through it which freely permits air flow therethrough. The support member overlays the pad with the ventilation window aligned with the underlying mesh section to freely permit air flow through the support member and pad via the aligned ventilation window and mesh section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: BREG, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Hollister, Christian L. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8075506
    Abstract: A cast for supporting a limb includes a rigid outer shell, such as provided as first and second assembleable halves interconnected by a plurality of latches. An inner conforming foam insole is supported within the shell and is interconnected by pluralities of linearly extending passageways in combination with radially extending rings and which communicate with additional breathing holes extending through a cross sectional thickness of the insole for introducing an airflow for relieving patient discomfort. A toe attachable fan unit creates the airflow within the insole in communication with a plurality of vents positioned at upper terminating ends of each of the linear extending passageways. A plurality of airbags encircle the insole and are iteratively inflated and deflated to achieve a pulsing massage effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Linares Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Linares
  • Patent number: 8012112
    Abstract: A brace for providing therapeutic pressure to a person's or animal's body part is provided together with a venting device for use with a cast or brace. The brace has a rigid exterior shell which is perforated over a substantial portion of its surface. An interior resilient liner is arranged in the shell and this liner is also perforated. At least a portion of the liner has two inner and outer layers of flexible material and spacer members connecting these layers and forming air passageways. At least the inner layer is porous. The venting device can have two half sections which, when combined together, enclose a body part. Each half section is preformed to closely fit around a curved side of the body part and has spaced-apart inner and outer layers of flexible, material with at least the inner layer being porous. Again, spacer members are arranged between and connect these layers and form air passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Alessandro Aldo Barberio
  • Publication number: 20110152735
    Abstract: A surgical cast venting material comprises a waterproof, flexible substrate made of a plastics material and having first and second sides. The first side has a plurality of shallow, concave recesses distributed over the substrate and spaced-apart from one another while the second side has a plurality of protrusions distributed across the substrate. The substrate is perforated with a plurality of small holes distributed across its length and width. Also, a surgical cast venting device is disclosed for venting a bent region of a patient's limb. It has a flexible, central portion that can cover a major part of the bent region of the limb including opposite side surfaces and a front or rear surface. The device also has flexible connecting straps extending from two corners of the central portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2008
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Alessandro Aldo Barberio
  • Patent number: 7959588
    Abstract: A compression wrap for application to body members having a top layer and a bottom layer with an inflatable bladder of smaller dimension positioned therebetween, an interiorly positioned pocket for insertion of a gel pack and a hand-bulb for increasing the pressure within the bladder and thereby applying pressure to the gel pack. To remove the compression wrap, the hand bulb is mounted in a reverse direction and pumped to deflate the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Wolpa
  • Patent number: 7935066
    Abstract: An improved inflatable compression dressing (10) for use in controlling swelling and promoting healing to wounds subsequent to surgery while allowing visual inspection of the wound during healing is provided. The dressing comprises a bladder (138) formed by an outer wall (114) secured to an inner wall (112) to define an elongated, cup-shaped cavity for receiving an appendage (136); an air supply delivering air to the bladder; and a sensor monitoring air pressure within the bladder and indicating said air pressure to an air pressure control (140). The air pressure control provides air to the bladder at a rate which substantially matches air leaked from the bladder. Thus, the air supply inflates the bladder so as to provide uniform air pressure to the appendage, wherein the appendage is an arm or a leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Thomas C. Shives, Christopher J. Kimble, Joel L. Kuhlmann, Tyler S. King
  • Publication number: 20110046527
    Abstract: A kit for cooling the blood in the carotid arteries includes a cervical immobilization collar and a cooling element. The cooling element may include a body-facing panel attached on a body-facing surface to a lining layer, an outward-facing panel, and cooling material disposed between the body-facing panel and the outward facing panel. The cooling material comprises urea and Carbamakool™ in an amount sufficient to produce a temperature of 20° F. to 35° F. within a minute of activation when measured on the body-facing surface of the body-facing panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Life Core Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aqeel A. Sandhu, Scott Raybuck, Brian J. Seitz
  • Publication number: 20110040223
    Abstract: A kit and method for cooling the carotid arteries includes cervical immobilization collar includes a substantially annular support structure having an extended axial length, at least two cheek support structures having an extended vertical length, and an anterior opening that may be covered with a door. The door has a body-facing surface on which a pressure member may be secured and an outward-facing surface. The kit and method also includes a cooling element that may be disposed within the anterior opening and can be secured to the substantially annular support structure by placing the cooling element between the anterior portion of a patient's neck and the pressure member located on the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: Life Core Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Aqeel A. Sandhu
  • Patent number: 7878994
    Abstract: A flexible cast that constructed out of a group of cells. Each cell is filled with a filler that contains a substance that can be heated or cooled. The cast is held onto the user's body by a set of straps and fasteners. The cast is intended to immobilize the body part and either heat or cool it as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Swope, Heather Anne Swope
  • Publication number: 20110004133
    Abstract: A brace providing targeted cooling to predetermined anatomical locations and further providing controlled compression. The brace can be wrapped and fastened around a body part. The brace having an interior layer providing comfort to a users skin and capable of efficient and controlled thermal conductivity, and having an outer layer providing insulation and controlled compression. The brace further including a cooling bladder with cooling nodules providing both targeted therapeutic cooling when the brace is worn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: V2 Capital, LLC.
    Inventors: Victor Viner, Walter Brown Herbst, Anthony Pannozzo, Gregory Kenny, Rose Heath, John Depiano, Noel Leon Gauthier
  • Publication number: 20100318009
    Abstract: A therapeutic device for biasing a body portion of a patient into a predetermined position. The therapeutic device includes a rigid support that is substantially flat and contoured to brace the body portion into the predetermined position. A securing mechanism is provided to brace the rigid support against the body portion and a therapeutic stimulation mechanism is provided. The therapeutic stimulation mechanism can include an electrical stimulation mechanism or a heating mechanism to provide heating and electrical stimulation to the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Solomon Tony Stanley
  • Publication number: 20100268136
    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: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Mary Der Ovanesian
  • Publication number: 20100262054
    Abstract: A custom brace and method for fabricating the custom brace includes marking a body with reference points and/or other indicators. Multiple images of the body from multiple angles are then obtained. The images are used to determine the contours of the body and the other markings are located and used to design the custom brace. Fenestrations can be added to the brace design. The custom brace can be fabricated with the fenestrations as a single piece structure or in multiple pieces that are assembled to complete the custom device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Scott Summit, Kenneth B. Trauner
  • Patent number: 7806841
    Abstract: A non-ambulatory thermotherapy device for contacting and applying hot or cold therapy to a treatment area of a user of the non-ambulatory thermotherapy device. The device has at least one pad made of a pliable single piece of gel material for contacting a part of the user's treatment area and for undergoing selective heating or cooling to specific temperatures to selectively apply hot or cold therapy, respectively, to the part of the user's treatment area. The pad has opposite main surfaces and a plurality of bumps extending from one of the main surfaces for increasing a surface contact between the gel material and irregularly shaped contours of the part of the user's treatment area during application of hot or cold therapy to the part of the user's treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald J Caselnova
  • Patent number: 7744551
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein include systems and methods for applying temperature regulated compression and support to certain injured portions of the human body. In particular, the systems and methods relate to a brace to be fitted around a joint of a human for applying therapeutic temperature regulated compression to the joint and having rigid supports disposed therein to provide support for the limb while a patient recuperates from surgery or other injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Erez Pick, Johan de Ruiter, Hermann Otto Mayr
  • Publication number: 20100137765
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spinal column brace system which includes a rigid support, an interchangeable therapy pad, and a front panel. The rigid support includes patches of hook material and also has straps connected to it. These straps are at least partially elastic and also include hook material pads on their ends. The interchangeable therapy pad, on the other hand, has one side covered in loop material, thereby allowing the therapy pad to be attached to the patches on the rigid support. The front panel is also covered in loop material, which may be used to couple to the hook material found on the straps. The therapy pad includes a thermal exchange bladder and a cushion layer. The thermal exchange bladder may be coupled to a contrast therapy system via an umbilical and fluid coupler. The contrast therapy system includes a hot and cold reservoir. A mixing valve may mix a selected ratio of the hot and cold fluids from the hot and cold reservoirs to make therapy fluid of a particular temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Howard Edelman
  • Patent number: 7704218
    Abstract: A knee brace adapted for placement over at least a posterior side of a leg and comprising a first posterior frame member, a second posterior frame member connected to first frame member, and a posterior resilient hinge device located at or near a first end portion of the first frame member. The hinge device is arranged to urge the first and second frame members into a predetermined alignment. The hinge device can be arranged for selectively locking the second frame member at an angle relative to the first frame member, and permitting rotation of the second frame member relative to first frame member within a range of predetermined angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Ossur, HF
    Inventors: Palmi Einarsson, Arni Thor Ingimundarson
  • Publication number: 20100036301
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to both therapeutic cushioning designed to support the head of a patient in bed to improve respiration and a series of devices designed to assist a patient's respiration and administer fluid to the patient, by ensuring such devices cannot be inadvertently removed from the patient in the absence of medical personnel and cause unwanted injury to the patient. At the same, time, a device is provided to assist a patient's breathing in the absence of such assistive devices, e.g., during sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Mary Baldauf, Sonia Chaudhry, Thomas Baldauf
  • Patent number: 7658720
    Abstract: An orthopedic appliance such as a body brace or a prosthesis includes a substantially rigid structure adapted to be placed against a body portion. The orthopedic appliance of the invention includes a moisture management system for facilitating the removal of moisture that would otherwise accumulate between the affected body portion and the substantially rigid structure. The moisture management system includes a plurality of ventilation holes through the substantially rigid structure, and means for facilitating the transfer of moisture directly out through the ventilation holes to the atmosphere. The facilitating means can include a flexible support means disposed between the substantially rigid body portion, the support means either being porous, or the support means having a plurality of holes therethrough in alignment with the holes in the substantially rigid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventor: G. W. Jim Johnson, III
  • Publication number: 20100010408
    Abstract: A cast for supporting a limb includes a rigid outer shell, such as provided as first and second assembleable halves interconnected by a plurality of latches. An inner conforming foam insole is supported within the shell and is interconnected by pluralities of linearly extending passageways in combination with radially extending rings and which communicate with additional breathing holes extending through a cross sectional thickness of the insole for introducing an airflow for relieving patient discomfort. A toe attachable fan unit creates the airflow within the insole in communication with a plurality of vents positioned at upper terminating ends of each of the linear extending passageways. A plurality of airbags encircle the insole and are iteratively inflated and deflated to achieve a pulsing massage effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: LINARES MEDICAL DEVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Linares
  • Patent number: 7611476
    Abstract: Active suctioning is used to evacuate a fabric, film or membrane for the purpose of securing orthotic, prosthetic, or other body worn articles, including sports-related articles. In contrast to the straps and tight-fitting approaches of existing devices, the inventive methods and apparatus provide for a slip-free seal to surrounding body parts, thereby simplifying construction, reducing weight, and enhancing comfort. The invention is applicable to any type of orthosis, prosthesis, foot wear, mitts, gloves, and so forth, including apparatus associated with the ankle and foot, knee, hip, back and neck, shoulder, elbow and hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Warren S. Taranow
  • Publication number: 20090227923
    Abstract: A therapy system, device and method comprising a wrap adapted to be secured to the body surface of a user. The wrap further comprises at least one wire and a plug that is capable of removably coupling with an external cooling device. The external cooling device is coupled with the wrap by a cord and the plug to deliver a cooling effect to the body surface, thereby removing heat therefrom. When the therapy is complete, the wrap may be easily removed from the body surface through cutting or similar means, and is entirely disposable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Christopher A. Markus, Jeanne S. Martin
  • Patent number: 7559907
    Abstract: Described herein are temperature-controllable devices, and methods for using them. In some variations, the devices comprise a fluid passageway region, which is configured to allow a fluid to flow therethrough, and a splint. The splint may be moldable to at least a portion of a subject's anatomy, e.g., a nose. In other variations, the devices comprise a fluid passageway region configured to allow a fluid to flow therethrough, and an absorbent pad. In some variations, the devices comprise three layers, in which two of the layers form a fluid passageway region and the third layer forms a pocket or pouch. In this way, the pouch may be configured to receive at least one splint therein, e.g., in order to provide support to an injured area such as a nose. Methods for using the devices to treat an injured area are also described. Kits are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Aqueduct Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Krempel, Eric C. Selvik, Eric J. Altman, Matt R. Buchter, Alfredo T. Del Rio, Robert T. Dennis, Mark V. Martin
  • Patent number: 7497838
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for aerating a fracture sight that employs a membrane or covering that wraps and seals the outside of a breathable, orthopedic cast and typically includes an array of spaced apart protrusions on an inside surface to facilitate generally even airflow, thereby providing comfort and/or improved hygiene for the patient when an air moving device is connected to the apparatus and the air moving device is powered on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Rick D. Dunagan
  • Publication number: 20080312570
    Abstract: There are disclosed systems and methods of creating airflow through a breathable orthopedic cast. In an embodiment, a ventilation system includes a covering having an opening for creating airflow therethrough with an air moving device, and a scaffold structure disposed between the covering and the cast so as to maintain airflow a distance from the opening of the covering. In an embodiment, a ventilation method includes placing a spacer and a covering on the cast to enclose an outside portion of the cast, and creating airflow through the opening and the cast enclosed by the covering. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Rick Dunagan
  • Publication number: 20070276457
    Abstract: An infrared heating device and therapy for lower back pain includes a belt fastenable around a user so that the belt is overlaying at least a portion of a lumbar region of the user. An infrared emitting element is adjustably positionable between the belt and at a selected area of the user's lumbar region where a user desires pain relief therapy. A portable power supply is attachable to the belt and electrically connectable to the infrared emitting element so that the user can receive infrared therapy at specific selected areas of the lower back while moving, standing, sitting, reclining or sleeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: Lawrence Gordon