With Light, Thermal, Or Electrical Application Patents (Class 602/2)
  • Patent number: 10434001
    Abstract: An ankle brace is provided, including a main body. The main body has a base portion and an abutting portion for abutting against an ankle, the base portion has at least one first guiding slot, the at least one first guiding slot is arranged next to the abutting portion, the abutting portion has a bottom portion, a circumferential side portion which surrounds and is connected to and between the bottom portion and the base portion and at least one second guiding slot, the bottom portion has a receiving space for receiving a part of the ankle, the circumferential side portion projects above a slot bottom of the first guiding slot, and the at least one second guiding slot is arranged on the bottom portion and penetrates the circumferential side portion and communicated with the at least one of the first guiding slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Yu-Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 10357653
    Abstract: A method and device for increasing microcirculation in the lower limb are described. The device includes a means for immobilizing the limb, for example a plaster cast, and an electrical stimulation device, which applies electrical stimulation to opposed leg muscles such that antagonistic and agonistic muscle groups contract near simultaneously, resulting in near isometric contraction. The combination of this contraction and the leg restraint have been found to markedly increase blood circulation and in particular microcirculation in the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sky Medical Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Arthur Tudor Tucker, Duncan Shirreffs Bain
  • Patent number: 10350109
    Abstract: A flexible adhesive kinesiology/physio tape of the present invention adapted adapted to provide thermo-dynamic cooling. In a most general embodiment, the inventive tape includes flexible adhesive kinesiology or physio tape with thermal cooling properties including: a first layer of flexible adhesive high quality porous fabric; a second layer of flexible self-adhesive or skin adhesive high quality porous fabric; and a third layer of flexible endothermic material, sandwiched between the first and second layers. In the illustrative embodiment, the tape is a sheet of high quality porous fabric with a blend of cotton, latex or nylon and the third layer is constructed with reactants effective to cause an endothermic chemical reaction. A breakable barrier separates the reactants so cooling can be initiated at any point by manually breaking the barrier. The third layer can be implemented with liquid, with sealed borders, or with solid reactants that could be saturated or interwoven with reactants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Fladoos
  • Patent number: 10292870
    Abstract: A wound dressing in the form of a bag enclosing fly maggots, having a porous wall made from plastic, the wall having a membrane made from an open cell polyurethane foam, the pore diameter of which is approximately 0.1 mm to approximately 1 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Biowim Products GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Fleischmann
  • Patent number: 10238847
    Abstract: Provided are devices for therapeutic interaction with an Abreu brain thermal tunnel (ABTT) terminus. Such devices are configured to provide one or more drugs to an ABTT terminus, and may provide heat to or remove heat from the ABTT terminus while providing the one or more drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 10231874
    Abstract: A wound dressing, a method of manufacturing a wound dressing, and a method of treating a patient are disclosed. The wound dressing may include an absorbent layer for absorbing wound exudate; and an obscuring element for at least partially obscuring a view of wound exudate absorbed by the absorbent layer in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Ella Lynn Mumby, Helene Anne Lecomte
  • Patent number: 10188547
    Abstract: A system and method for portably delivering a therapeutic dose of heat to the skin to relieve pain, reduce accommodation of thermal nerve receptors, promote healing, and deliver transcutaneous medications. The heating device is user programmable or preprogrammed to deliver according to a variety of cycles, patterns and algorithms. The cycles, patterns, and algorithms of the heat are programmable parameters, are under the user's control, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the device. The heating algorithms are designed to interact with an individual user's thermal nerve receptors and other tissue characteristics and to reduce the tendency of the receptors to accommodate to the external stimuli with back pain, muscular pain, dysmenorrhea, headaches, fibromyalgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, nerve injuries and neuropathies, and sprains and strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CAREWAVE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dunbar, Charles Chabal
  • Patent number: 10188546
    Abstract: An intrauterine contraceptive device may include a frame made completely or partially of a first metal having a first galvanic potential and at least one metallic member coupled with the frame that is made of a second metal having a second galvanic potential different from the first galvanic potential. In some embodiments, the first galvanic potential may be more anodic than the second galvanic potential. In alternative embodiments, the first galvanic potential may be more cathodic than the second galvanic potential. In one embodiment, the first metal is Nitinol, and the second metal is copper. In some embodiments, the first and second galvanic potentials may be configured to achieve, at least approximately, a desired copper ion elution rate for the intrauterine device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SEBELA VLC LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Tal, Bob H. Katz, Scott M. Russell
  • Patent number: 10188852
    Abstract: Provided is a patch able to produce micro-current to be applied on human skin including a support for electrodes spaced from each other and apt to create voltages typical of galvanic piles, connection means between the electrodes, an adhesive layer applied on one side of the support and apt to adhere to the skin and a protection liner applied on the adhesive layer, the support being a membrane permeable to the moisture inside the electrodes, and the connection means being defined by a material that is avid of moisture, such as silica impregnating the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FASTMEDITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Pinna
  • Patent number: 10148126
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems for wireless energy transfer including transcutaneous energy transfer. Embodiments are disclosed for user interface (UI) hubs to connect multiple batteries and to output system information to a patient. Embodiments are further disclosed for garments and devices to be worn by a patient requiring treatment. The garments are configured for a desired placement of a transmitter coil relative to a body of the patient and for facilitating patient comfort and quality of life. Methods for manufacturing and using the devices and the systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Carine Hoarau, Jeffrey R. Lind, Ian Coll McEachern, John Nguyen, Joanna M. Ignacio, Chalan Koneru, John Curtis Layton, Nicole L. Parks, Leif A. Erickson, Serge Dubeau, Martin A. Leugers, Alex R. Brown
  • Patent number: 10071012
    Abstract: The proposed device includes two segments adapted to enclose a body part in a form-fitting manner. Each segment contains an electroactive-material-based actuator, which is adapted to receive an electrical control signal and in response thereto adjust the actuator's morphology, so as to cause the segment to apply a basic pressure profile to the body part. A pressure transition is adapted to redistribute the basic pressure profiles between the first and second segments. A control signal in respect of the first segment causes the pressure transition system to apply a first adjusted pressure profile to at least part of the second portion of the body part, and vice versa, a control signal in respect of the second segment causes the pressure transition system to apply a second adjusted pressure profile to at least a part of the first portion of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SWELLING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Tomas Larson, Landy Toth
  • Patent number: 10065542
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle is provided includes a padding member and at least one phase change material element supported in a passage formed within the padding member. The at least one phase change material element is supported in the passage so as to be movable between a first location in which the at least one phase change material element is spaced apart from an occupant support side of the padding member when the seat is unoccupied, and a second location in which at least a portion of the at least one phase change material element is at least level with the occupant support side of the at least one padding member when the seat is unoccupied. The at least one phase change material element is structured to absorb heat from a vehicle occupant, thereby cooling the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Brian J. Pinkelman
  • Patent number: 10004916
    Abstract: A medical device includes an orthopedic fixation device and an electromagnetic field emitter carried by the fixation device. The device preferably further includes a power source for powering the electromagnetic field emitter, which may be implanted in the human body with the fixation device and the electromagnetic field emitter. The power source may be a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Richard A. Rogachefsky
  • Patent number: 9901733
    Abstract: A control unit for a dressing for treating damaged tissue via a pair of electrodes. An electric current passes between the electrodes through the gel to repair the damaged tissue. Sensors can be incorporated into the dressing along with a control unit. The control unit can vary current supplied to the electrodes. One or more pre-defined programs can be stored in the control unit for supplying an alternating current to the electrodes with a varying amplitude, frequency and waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SYNAPSE ELECTROCEUTICAL LIMITED
    Inventor: David John Chapman-Jones
  • Patent number: 9889033
    Abstract: An orthopedic brace for preventing injury to a wearer including a body having a series of liquid filled regions, the body having a first more flexible state wherein the liquid filled regions contain a liquid material and a second more rigid state wherein the liquid within the regions is hardened to a second harder state, the body transformable from the first state to the second state upon receiving a force which exceeds a predetermined value. A chemical reaction or an isothermal process can cause the phase change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rex Medical, L.P.
    Inventor: James F. McGuckin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9889046
    Abstract: Devices, bandages, kits and methods are described that can control or regulate the mechanical environment of a wound to ameliorate scar and/or keloid formation. The mechanical environment of a wound includes stress, strain, and any combination of stress and strain. The control of a wound's mechanical environment can be active, passive, dynamic, or static. The devices are configured to be removably secured to a skin surface in proximity to the wound site and shield the wound from endogenous and/or exogenous stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Geoffrey C. Gurtner, Reinhold H. Dauskardt, Michael T. Longaker, Paul Yock
  • Patent number: 9642559
    Abstract: A compression device (100) configured to provide compression therapy is provided. The compression device includes a wrap (101) having an outer face (105) defining a proximal edge (106), a distal edge (107), a first side edge (108), and a second side edge (109). The second side edge may include a plurality of attachment tabs (110,111,112). An index line (113) can be disposed on at least one of the plurality of attachment tabs. A measurement scale (114) can be disposed along the outer face. The measurement scale can include longitudinal boundaries (115,116) identifying a range within which the index line should position for the compression device to provide an appropriate fit for compression therapy when the compression device is wrapped about a patient's limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret Falconio-West, Kristy Matus, Jack Bowser
  • Patent number: 9511215
    Abstract: A system for wound treatment includes adjunctive wound therapy devices and substrates comprising multiple first reservoirs and multiple second reservoirs. Selected ones of the multiple first reservoirs include a reducing agent, and first reservoir surfaces of selected ones of the multiple first reservoirs are proximate to a first substrate surface. Selected ones of the multiple second reservoirs include an oxidizing agent, and second reservoir surfaces of selected ones of the multiple second reservoirs are proximate to the first substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: VOMARIS INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffry Skiba
  • Patent number: 9320639
    Abstract: A compression wrap for providing pressure to an injured portion of a joint of a limb is provided. The compression wrap includes flexible body that includes a pressure application portion for applying pressure to the limb of user and a strap portion. The strap portion is connected to the pressure application portion and adjustably secures the compression wrap to the limb. A strap attachment is attached to the flexible body having a first portion that releasably engages the flexible body when the compression wrap is in a large configuration and a second portion that releasably engages the flexible body when the compression wrap is in a small configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Richard J. Serola
  • Patent number: 9259248
    Abstract: A system for use in stimulating at least one of bone growth, tissue healing and pain control in a patient includes a first screw and a second screw. The first screw has an elongate shaft with opposite ends and a length extending between the ends, an exterior surface and a screw thread formed on the exterior surface of the shaft and extending along at least a portion of the length. The screw thread has an electrically conducting portion and an electrically insulating portion. The electrically conducting portion is located for deposition in a first pre-specified portion of the patient and the electrically insulating portion is located for deposition in a second pre-specified portion of the patient. An electrical power source is adapted to pass electrical current through the patient between the first and second screws. The electrical power source is operatively connected to the first screw for conveying current through the electrically conducting portion of the screw thread to the first pre-specified portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Eric C. Leuthardt, Daniel W. Moran
  • Patent number: 9254353
    Abstract: Adjustable covers, systems, and methods are presented that include an adjustable cover that may be adjusted to an appropriate size by hand without requiring cutting tools and without substantial leaks. In one instance, the adjustable covering includes a drape member with a plurality of non-leaking tear paths. Each non-leaking tear path includes a weakened path of the drape member that may be torn. The adjustable covering may further include a first plurality of tear starters formed on a first initiation edge of the drape member. Each tear starter of the first plurality of tear starters is aligned with one of the plurality of tear paths. Each of the first plurality of tear starters is adapted to facilitate the initiation of a tear along a tear path. The grains of the drape member, a backing layer, and support layer may also be in the same direction. Other adjustable covers, systems, and methods are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson, Richard Daniel John Coulthard
  • Patent number: 9174042
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein pertains to wound healing electrodes and devices. The technology disclosed herein also pertains to electrode sets for electrically induced wound healing that can be adjusted to the wound size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Schonenberger, Valere Vriz
  • Patent number: 9107990
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and dressings for treating a linear wound, such as an incision, on a patient are presented. The systems, dressings, and methods include a sealing ring that helps form a fluid seal around the linear wound. In one instance, a sealing material is extruded around the linear wound to help form a seal. In another instance, a sealing ring is coupled to a lower portion of a dressing bolster to form a seal. Other systems, methods, and apparatuses are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Simmons, Colin John Hall, Timothy Mark Robinson
  • Patent number: 9108387
    Abstract: An electrically conductive structure includes a plurality of carbon fiber layers and at least one electrically conductive filament three-dimensionally woven among the carbon fiber layers. The plurality of carbon fiber layers and the at least one electrically conductive filament are operable to conduct electrical current throughout the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin Matthew Retz, Alan Keith Prichard
  • Patent number: 9101323
    Abstract: A wearable device having feedback characteristics including a compliant article arranged to extend over an anatomical portion of a wearer and for providing a user with information regarding range of motion parameters of a joint and/or to condition users to maintain proper joint orientations. Sensors provided with the wearable device detect the orientation of the joint and send signals to a processor for analysis. When the processor determines that the joint is outside of predefined range of motion parameters or in an unsafe or potentially injurious configuration, a feedback or response mechanism is activated to alert the user to such a condition or to provide substantially rigid structural support to the joint. The sensors, processor, and feedback mechanisms can be provided in a monitoring and control package along a side of the compliant article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Ă–ssur hf.
    Inventor: Palmi Einarsson
  • Patent number: 9095417
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for treating a targeted body tissue (e.g., bone, soft tissue, muscle, ligaments, etc.) by stimulating the body tissue with an electric current are described herein. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first orthosis member that includes a first electrode. The first orthosis member is configured to be disposed about a first portion of a limb of a user of the apparatus such that the first electrode is in contact with the first portion of the limb. The apparatus includes a second orthosis member that includes a second electrode. The second orthosis member is configured to be disposed about a second portion of the limb such that the second electrode is in contact with the second portion of the limb. A connector is configured to couple the second orthosis member to the first orthosis member and the connector has a selectively adjustable length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd.
    Inventors: Amit Dar, Shmuel Springer, Eyal Lasko, Jonathan Bar-Or
  • Patent number: 9089418
    Abstract: A method for promoting contraception by placing a contraceptive device within a uterus without blocking fallopian tubes may involve advancing a distal end of a delivery device through a cervix, advancing the contraceptive device comprising an elongate shape memory member out of the distal end of the delivery device and into the uterus, and limiting inferior migration of the contraceptive device within the uterus. Inferior migration may be limited by allowing the contraceptive device to assume a shape, when subjected to pressure that tends to cause a downward migration of the device within the uterus, in which an expandable middle portion of the device is expanded to contact the inner wall of the uterus and thus limit the downward migration of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: CONTRAMED, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tal, Bob H. Katz, Mark James DeBisschop, Pete Wilson, Oleg Shikhman
  • Patent number: 9044588
    Abstract: An implantable apparatus and method are provided for use in conjunction with an implantable neurostimulation signal generator that provides an electrical stimulation signal to an active electrode. In auditory stimulation applications, the apparatus includes at least one anchor member having a distal end portion for directly contacting a patient's cranial bone and an electrically conductive portion extending from the distal end portion to a contact location proximal to the distal end portion. An electrical connection line may be electrically interconnected at a first end to the contact location of the anchor member and electrically interconnected at a second end to an implantable auditory neurostimulation signal generator to define a reference electrode. A bracket member may be mounted to a patient's cranial bone utilizing the anchor member, wherein an electrically conductive pathway extends from a first contact location to a second contact location of the bracket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Brian M. Conn
  • Publication number: 20150112238
    Abstract: A neck brace comprises a frame, which includes a support section for supporting a user's lower jaw and a brace section for bracing the support section. The brace section comprises a sternum rest and a strut that joins the sternum rest to the remainder of the frame, and is shaped to avoid contact with the user's clavicle region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: HANDSOME LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Cockerill, Jamie Cobb, John Sutcliffe
  • Patent number: 8945030
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for treating a wound by applying reduced or negative pressure to the wound can include a wound cover, a fluid collection container, a vacuum pump, an inflation pump, and one or more conduits. The wound cover can be configured to move between at least a relatively rigid, generally raised position and a relatively flexible, generally collapsed position according to a predetermined program or in response to input from a user or one of more sensors. In some embodiments, the wound cover can be configured to move between at least the relatively rigid, generally raised position and the relatively flexible, generally collapsed position by adjusting the air pressure in one or more channels in the wound cover or by adjusting or by adjusting the length of piezoelectric or other length changing material supported by the wound cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: BlueSky Medical Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Weston
  • Publication number: 20150025427
    Abstract: The invention relates to a retractable and adjustable heating brace. Primarily, a main body is provided with a tie portion, retractable portions and assembly portions. A heating piece is disposed within the tie portion, and the assembly portion is provided with a temperature controller. Furthermore, a first conductive wire is connected to the heating piece at one end thereof and to the temperature controller at the other end thereof by extending through the first, second and third spaces, wherein the length of the first conductive wire located in the retractable portion is larger than the length of the retractable portion. Thereby when the user ties the main body around his or her waist by pulling the retractable portion thereof, the length of the first conductive wire can be stretched appropriately according to the stretch of the retractable portion. Accordingly, it can prevent the first conductive wire from break or damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: CHIEN-CHOU CHEN
  • Patent number: 8936560
    Abstract: A system for treating arthritis includes at least one joint stabilizing assembly for providing relief from arthritis. At least one signal transmission element engagement member is operatively connected to the joint stabilizing assembly for connecting a signal transmission element. At least one signal transmission element is supported by the at least one signal transmission element engagement member. An electrostimulation unit, electrically connected to the signal transmission element produces a signal for improving the overall function of an arthritic joint. The electrostimulation unit used in conjunction with the joint stabilizing assembly provides a synergistic effect, which results in optimized joint treatment versus using either the joint stabilizing assembly or electrostimulation unit alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Vision Quest Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin R. Lunau, Michael S. Skahan, Robert Gilmour, Thomas M. Zizic, James W. Knape
  • Patent number: 8920830
    Abstract: The present invention relates to wound dressings having a wound contacting layer that contains a wound healing composition and which is adapted to maintain a temperature different from ambient, for example achieve and maintain a heat-absorbing effect on the underlying tissues. The specific physico-chemical structure of the devices of the invention allows fluid containment and absorption of wound secretions while avoiding skin macerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Laboratoire Medidom S.A.
    Inventor: Burkhard Mathies
  • Patent number: 8900170
    Abstract: A headliner is provided for controlling a temperature of a head of a patient. A cap is provided which fits securely over the head of the patient. A fluid pathway is routed through the cap with a fluid space adapted to receive heat transfer fluid therein and route the heat transfer fluid between an inlet and an outlet on the cap. The inlet and outlet are each coupled to a cooler for the heat transfer fluid and the heat transfer fluid is circulated through the cap and the cooler such that heat is drawn from the head of the patient. An air bladder is optionally provided outboard of the fluid space which is filled with pressurized gas to increase contact between the fluid space and the head of the patient. A neck brace is integrated with the cap portion of the headliner, particularly for treatment of head trauma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: William Elkins
  • Patent number: 8882687
    Abstract: A method, and apparatus for the controlled acceleration, and/or retardation of the body's inflammatory response generally comprises a foam pad for insertion substantially into a wound site, a heating, a cooling pad for application over the wound site, a wound drape or sealing enclosure of the foam pad, the heating, and cooling pad at wound site. The foam pad is placed in fluid communication with a vacuum source for promotion of the controlled acceleration or retardation of the body's inflammatory response. The heating, and cooling provision controls the local metabolic function as part of the inflammatory response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Hannnigan, James R. Leininger, Charles I. Biltz, Frank Dilazzaro, Christopher Fashek, Royce W. Johnson, Wayne J. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20140330181
    Abstract: A brace includes a closed loop feedback system that provides electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to a joint of a human patient in response to feedback from the joint and surrounding muscles. In one aspect, a brace for treating a human joint of a patient is provided. The brace includes one or more sensors in physical contact with the skin of the patient and configured to obtain a galvanic reading of resistance of the skin. The brace also includes brace control electronics in communication with the sensor(s) to form a closed loop system via a combination of bracing the joint and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). The brace control electronics is configured to receive the galvanic reading of the resistance of the skin of the patient and is further configured to instruct the sensor to apply a current/voltage/power onto the skin based on the galvanic reading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Struan Coleman, Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, Calvin Domenico
  • 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: 8870798
    Abstract: A brace includes a closed loop feedback system that provides electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to a joint of a human patient in response to feedback from the joint and surrounding muscles. In one aspect, a brace for treating a human joint of a patient is provided. The brace includes one or more sensors in physical contact with the skin of the patient and configured to obtain a galvanic reading of resistance of the skin. The brace also includes brace control electronics in communication with the sensor(s) to form a closed loop system via a combination of bracing the joint and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). The brace control electronics is configured to receive the galvanic reading of the resistance of the skin of the patient and is further configured to instruct the sensor to apply a current/voltage/power onto the skin based on the galvanic reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: CyMedica, Inc.
    Inventors: Struan Coleman, Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, Calvin Domenico
  • Patent number: 8861907
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an optical fiber that may have a surface non-normal to a longitudinal axis of a distal end portion of the optical fiber. The surface may define a portion of an interface configured to redirect electromagnetic radiation propagated from within the optical fiber and incident on the interface to a direction offset from the longitudinal axis. The apparatus may also include a doped silica cap that may be fused to the optical fiber such that the surface of the optical fiber may be disposed within a cavity defined by the doped silica cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Zerfas, Richard P. Tumminelli
  • Publication number: 20140296653
    Abstract: A brace device for the support of a wearer. The brace device comprises a flexible smart fabric, operable to partially or substantially enclose and/or lie adjacent to one or more portions of the thoracic, lumbar and/or cervical portions of the spine of the wearer. Fabric hardening means are provided, operable to partially or substantially harden one or more regions of the smart fabric upon application of an activating stimulus, thereby to prohibit, restrict and/or resist movement of one or more portions of the spine of the wearer. One or more predetermined regions of the smart fabric are in a substantially flexible configuration when the fabric hardening means are not activated, facilitating positioning, fitment and/or adjustment of the device around the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Arthur L. JENKINS, III
  • Publication number: 20140276298
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system including a good comprising a sensor in contact with human tissues of a patient and configured to obtain a power dissipation reading of the human tissues. The good also includes a storage medium for tangibly storing thereon a program for execution by a processor. The system also includes a control unit in communication with the good to form an electrical muscular stimulation (EMS) system that uses feedback in a closed loop manner to self tune electrical properties of the output. The control unit is configured to instruct the sensor to (a) apply a sense pulse to the human tissues, (b) measure power dissipation of the sense pulse, (c) adjust a stimulation pulse based on the measured power dissipation, (d) apply the stimulation pulse to the human tissues based on the power dissipation and based on the program in order to maintain constant power output across each pulse, and (e) repeat steps (a)-(d).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CyMedica, Inc.
    Inventors: Struan Coleman, Calvin Domenico, Edison Gieswein
  • Publication number: 20140276297
    Abstract: A brace includes a closed loop feedback system that provides electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to a joint of a human patient in response to feedback from the joint and surrounding muscles. In one aspect, a brace for treating a human joint of a patient is provided. The brace includes one or more sensors in physical contact with the skin of the patient and configured to obtain a galvanic reading of resistance of the skin. The brace also includes brace control electronics in communication with the sensor(s) to form a closed loop system via a combination of bracing the joint and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). The brace control electronics is configured to receive the galvanic reading of the resistance of the skin of the patient and is further configured to instruct the sensor to apply a current/voltage/power onto the skin based on the galvanic reading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CyMedica, Inc.
    Inventors: Struan Coleman, Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, Calvin Domenico
  • Patent number: 8814814
    Abstract: A brace includes a closed loop feedback system that provides electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to a joint of a human patient in response to feedback from the joint and surrounding muscles. In one aspect, a brace for treating a human joint of a patient is provided. The brace includes one or more sensors in physical contact with the skin of the patient and configured to obtain a galvanic reading of resistance of the skin. The brace also includes brace control electronics in communication with the sensor(s) to form a closed loop system via a combination of bracing the joint and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). The brace control electronics is configured to receive the galvanic reading of the resistance of the skin of the patient and is further configured to instruct the sensor to apply a current/voltage/power onto the skin based on the galvanic reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: CyMedica, Inc.
    Inventors: Struan Coleman, Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, Calvin Domenico
  • Publication number: 20140236061
    Abstract: A method of generating therapeutic ultrasound that forms multi-foci by a therapeutic ultrasound probe, the method including: obtaining a medical image including anatomical information of a region of interest in a subject; calculating, by using the medical image, characteristics which influence traveling of therapeutic ultrasound with respect to tissues included in the region of interest; calculating, by using the calculated characteristics, a parameter of the therapeutic ultrasound for forming multi-foci in the region of interest; and generating the therapeutic ultrasound according to the calculated parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-taik LEE, Won-chul BANG
  • 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: 8779229
    Abstract: An apparatus for stimulating healing of a wound, includes a porous pad adapted to contact a surface of the wound on an affected part of a body. An envelope for receiving the porous pad and the affected part of the body is provided, and the envelope includes a re-sealable opening that permits the wound to be inspected. A connector is fluidly connected to an interior of the envelope and to a source of negative pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Patrick Heaton, Kenneth William Hunt
  • Patent number: 8768454
    Abstract: A portable, non-invasive device for providing therapeutic treatment to a joint to promote healing of the joint includes a cuff positionable around the joint. The cuff includes an electromagnetic stimulator configured to provide an electromagnetic field within the joint and a single-use thermal exchange component configured to provide temperature-based therapy to the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: OrthoCor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kin-Joe Sham, Jared Jon Savela
  • 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: 20140163444
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a brace support having at least one strap for providing corrective orientation of a joint and unloading of the joint, and an electrical stimulation system for providing an electrical signal to a user's musculature at or proximate to the joint. The electrical stimulation system provides at least one electrical pulse to the musculature in supplement to the corrective orientation of the joint to induce contraction of the musculature. The electrical stimulation system may include at least one electrode for generating the electrical pulse, and a sensor module for determining movement and orientation of a user's limb for selectively activating the at least one electrode according to predefined criteria and feedback from the sensor module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Thorvaldur INGVARSSON, Arni Thor INGIMUNDARSON
  • Patent number: 8708938
    Abstract: A low density fabric substrate for a medical bandaging product. The substrate has a plurality of longitudinally-extending voids formed in the fabric for permitting water penetration through the fabric thickness from one of the major faces to the other major faces. A reactive system is impregnated into or coated onto the substrate and remains stable when maintained in substantially moisture-free conditions and hardens upon exposure to sufficient moisture to form a rigid, self supporting structure. A soft, flexible protective material covers at least one of the major faces of the substrate along its length to provide a cushioning barrier between the substrate and the skin of a patient when the material is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Evans, Shitij Chabba, Martin O'Hara