Means For Inserting Fibrous Or Foraminous Resident Packing, Receptor, Or Medicament Carrier Into Body Orifice Patents (Class 604/11)
  • Patent number: 10702422
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing a tampon retainer to retain a string of a tampon in a vagina. In some embodiments, the tampon retainer comprises a body having a leading end and a trailing end. A fastener is located on the leading end of the body and is attachable to the tampon string. While the tampon and the tampon retainer are in use, the fastener maintains the entire tampon string within the vagina. The trailing end of the body of the tampon retainer is configured to extend from a vaginal opening when the tampon retainer is in use and a user can grasp the trailing end of the body to remove the tampon, the tampon string, and the tampon retainer from the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: VLAAR INNOVATIONS B.V.
    Inventor: Emily M Keiper
  • Patent number: 10653424
    Abstract: A valve comprising: (a) a frame having: (i) a plurality of anchors and (ii) a plurality of struts; (b) a membrane connected to and spanning between each of the plurality of struts; wherein each of the plurality of struts have a free state and a loaded state and in the loaded state the membrane is substantially taut between two or more of the plurality of struts that are in the loaded state and in the free state the membrane is substantially taut between two or more of the plurality of struts that are in the loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SPIRATION, INC.
    Inventor: Erik Liljegren
  • Patent number: 10426941
    Abstract: The present application describes nasal tube devices, methods for placing and securing a nasal tube to a patient, as well as adapters and connectors for a nasal tube. In one exemplary embodiment, the nasal tube has a proximal portion, a distal portion, and one or more lumens. A securing device may be attached to the proximal portion of the nasal tube and may be configured to attach a flexible line of a retention system to the nasal tube. The securing device may also be configured to selectively compress the proximal portion of the nasal tube. In certain embodiments, one or more medical tubes are disposed in the lumen of the nasal tube and may be selectively secured in the lumen with the securing device. The nasal tube device may also have a retention flange for attaching a flexible line of a retention system to the nasal tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Thompson, Dawn Thompson, George Picha, Allison Slaga
  • Patent number: 10420859
    Abstract: A flushable catheter assembly that includes at least one shrinkable portion that shrinks from a first configuration to a second compact configuration to reduce the size of the catheter assembly for passage through the sewer system. The flushable catheter may also be made from a water disintegratable polymer that dissolves, degrades or hydrolyzes while within the sewer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventors: Shamsedin Rostami, Adam J. Foley, John T. Clarke, Horacio Montes de Oca Balderas, Enda F. Carter, Jerome A. Henry
  • Patent number: 10413161
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include an endoscope tip assembly for use on an endoscope, during procedures. The endoscope tip assembly may include a base, configured to receive an endoscope tip configured to not disengage from the endoscope tip during a procedure. The endoscope tip assembly may also include a plurality of struts, connected by a webbing, that may fold flat during insertion, and may assume a balloon-like shape during withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Issac Ostrovsky, Azadeh Khanicheh, Hrishikesh Vishvas Deo, Robb Morse Gavalis
  • Patent number: 10406231
    Abstract: According to the invention, thermoreversible hydrogels are provided, which are prepared from chain-extended poloxamers, having advantageous properties. In addition, the invention provides thermoreversible hydrogels, including biological materials, and a process for the preparation thereof, thermoreversible hydrogels including living cells, application systems for pharmaceutical applications, and an in-vitro-method for forming a composition on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Matthias Schieker
  • Patent number: 10232097
    Abstract: A system and method for a vacuum wound device. The system includes a wound vacuum device. The vacuum device includes a compressible sponge, vacuum tubing, and a delivery tube sized to house the wound vacuum device. The wound vacuum device is connected to a vacuum pump which creates and delivers the vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Burdick
  • Patent number: 10154925
    Abstract: An intraocular drainage device may include a monolithic silicone body having a flap, a rigid bottom plate having a portion configured to contact a corresponding portion of the flap, and a tube having a proximal end disposed between the flap and the rigid bottom plate. The corresponding portion of the flap may be configured to separate from the portion of the rigid bottom plate responsive to a fluid pressure in aqueous humor received from the tube. A plurality of parallel microgrooves may be formed on one or more portions of one or more outer surfaces of the intraocular drainage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: NEW WORLD MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Abdul Mateen Ahmed, Eric Porteous, Suhail Abdullah, Khalid Mansour, Joey Tran, Patrick Chen
  • Patent number: 10111786
    Abstract: A tampon applicator assembly includes a barrel and a plunger. The barrel has a proximal opening, a distal opening, and a wall. The wall has an interior surface that defines a channel extending from the proximal opening to the distal opening, and includes a beveled portion that defines the proximal opening. The channel is configured to releasably retain a tampon. The plunger is disposed in the barrel and configured for slidable passage through the channel of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: First Quality Hygienic, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn W. Brown, Daniel Wade Greenaway, Christopher J. Graham, William J. Henry, Willam M. Child
  • Patent number: 10022276
    Abstract: A self-lubricating tampon applicator includes a barrel having opposed insertion and proximal end portions and having a continuous side wall that defines an interior area and a plurality of spaced apart apertures and proximate the insertion end portion. A tampon is positioned in the interior area of the barrel. A piercing member is positioned between the tampon and the plurality of apertures. A lubricant reservoir is positioned between the tampon and the plurality of piercing members. A plunger situated in the barrel engages a proximal end of the tampon and is slidable from a starter configuration extending from the proximal end portion of the barrel to a deployed configuration positioned inside the barrel. Pressure applied to the plunger pushes the tampon and the reservoir downstream and the reservoir is pierced by the piercing member, dispensing lubricant through the plurality of apertures onto an outer surface of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Lacey Janell Lund
  • Patent number: 9830834
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for practicing, teaching, and/or simulating various surgical procedures are disclosed. For example, devices, systems, and methods for practicing, teaching, and/or evaluating physician competency in various surgical procedures or techniques are disclosed. As another example, devices, systems, and methods for practicing, teaching, simulating, and/or evaluating surgeon competency for a surgical procedure, such as a vaginal hysterectomy, and/or technique are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9656050
    Abstract: Embodiments herein comprise a hemostatic composition comprising a plurality of liquid expandable articles capable of expanding upon contact with a liquid. A suitable composition comprises a plurality of liquid-expandable articles that may be mechanically uncoupled from one another and therefore may be capable of moving independently from one another. The plurality of liquid-expandable articles may comprise a compressed material capable of a high-degree of expansion upon liquid contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute
    Inventors: Kenton W. Gregory, Lauryn L. Baranowski, Arjun Kalyanpur, Seanna Vine, Grant Blackwell, Benjamin Margolis, Steven Dell
  • Patent number: 9526816
    Abstract: A stand-alone system for assessing wound exudates from the wound of a patient is described. The system contains functionality to detect, process and report various wound parameters. The system also may make treatment determinations based on these findings. The system may detect one or more physiological values of the wound exudates from the wound of the patient. The system may also compare detected physiological values to predetermined physiological values, in order to obtain a comparison result in real time. The system may include a processor (15) which provides an electronic signal based on the comparison result in which the electronic signal may corresponds to guidelines for treating the wound (3). The system described may be an accessory, which may be used on its own, or in conjunction with other wound treatment devices (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CONVATEC TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Landy Aaron Toth
  • Patent number: 9414883
    Abstract: Methods, medical probe kits, and systems are provided for treating a tissue region within a patient, e.g., a margin of tissue surrounding an interstitial space created by removing abnormal tissue. A delivery cannula is introduced within the patient. A hydrophilic electrode is advanced through the cannula adjacent the tissue region, e.g., within the interstitial cavity. An ablation probe is advanced though the cannula into contact with the hydrophilic electrode, and ablation energy is conveyed from the ablation probe into the tissue region via the hydrophilic electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20150148732
    Abstract: A tampon applicator that is water-sensitive (e.g., water-soluble, water-dispersible, etc.) in that it loses its integrity over time in the presence of water is provided. The tampon applicator can be discreetly disposed of in a toilet without the risk of clogging sewer pipes. The tampon applicator includes a molded thermoplastic composition containing a cellulose derivative, a synthetic water-soluble polymer, and a plasticizer. The desired water-sensitive characteristics of the tampon applicator may be achieved in the present invention by selectively controlling a variety of aspects of the thermoplastic composition from which the applicator is formed, such as the nature of the components employed, the relative amount of each component, the manner in which the composition is formed, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: James H. Wang, Gregory J. Wideman, Mark M. Mleziva
  • Publication number: 20150148733
    Abstract: A tampon applicator that is water-sensitive (e.g., water-soluble, water-dispersible, etc.) in that it loses its integrity over time in the presence of water is provided. The tampon applicator can be discreetly disposed of in a toilet without the risk of clogging sewer pipes. The tampon applicator includes a molded thermoplastic composition containing at least one partially hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol a plasticizer. The desired water-sensitive characteristics of the tampon applicator may be achieved in the present invention by selectively controlling a variety of aspects of the thermoplastic composition from which the applicator is formed, such as the nature of the components employed, the relative amount of each component, the manner in which the composition is formed, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Wang, Gregory J. Wideman, Alphonse Carl DeMarco, Austin Pickett, Mark M. Mleziva
  • Patent number: 9039651
    Abstract: A fibrous sheet having a basis weight of between 20 and 1000 g/m2 that disintegrates in water, has 10% to 70% starch on the basis of the total weight of the dry fibrous sheet. The disintegration time in water, measured in accordance with standard NF Q34-020 applied to a specimen of the sheet of 9×8 cm2, is less than 50 seconds. A loss of strength of the sheet measured in accordance with a defined table test corresponds to a loss of strength of a specimen of said sheet forming an angle of at least 85° after having being wetted with water for a duration of 6 seconds, and/or a residual wet strength of the sheet relative to its dry strength, as measured according to a defined ring crush test, is less than 1%. The fibrous sheet may be used for the manufacture of a water disintegrable core in a roll of tissue paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SCA TISSUE FRANCE
    Inventors: Philippe Colin, Jean-Claude Dozzi, Pierre Probst, Veronique Wiss, Remy Ruppel
  • Publication number: 20150025438
    Abstract: A pull-activated applicator includes a barrel, a pledget, a finger grip, and a deployment element. The pledget includes a withdrawal string and is located within the barrel. The barrel, the pledget, and the deployment element are configured such that application of a force to the deployment element in a first direction deploys the pledget and withdrawal string from the barrel in a second direction generally opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paula Cardinahl Winkel, Adrienne Rae Loyd, Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Allan James Krueger, Betsy Charlotte Fields, Vivian Kate Barad, Judy May Lee, Rebecca Jeanine Sinclair, Adam Patrick Vollmer, Dennis J. Boyle, Lukas Martin Scherrer, Garry Roland Woltman, Jonathan Kyle Arendt, Marcus David Weiher, Pamela Mary Thompson, Angela Ann Johnston
  • Patent number: 8912383
    Abstract: A dual mode absorbent tampon comprising a mass of absorbent material compressed into a generally cylindrical shape, in a first mode of the tampon. The mass of absorbent material comprising a homogeneous mixture of a plurality of fibers which comprise at least a first type of fiber and a second type of fiber, where the first type of fiber is bondable to fibers of the plurality of fibers. At least a portion of the first type of fibers are bonded in a pre-determined pattern to adjacent fibers of the plurality of fibers wherein absorption by the tampon causes at least a portion of the mass of absorbent material to expand into a non-cylindrical shape which is dependent upon the pre-determined pattern, in a second mode of the tampon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Schmidt-Forst, Franz Aschenbrenner
  • Publication number: 20140350451
    Abstract: A tampon skirt is disclosed. The tampon skirt can comprise a finger cover associated with the tampon that expands or opens when a user unwraps a tampon, or an integrated tampon wrapper/cover that expands or opens when a user unwraps a tampon. The tampon skirt is associated with a tampon and conforms around a surface of the tampon. The cover is deployable to cover a finger of a user when the user prepares to insert the tampon. The user's grips the withdrawal end underneath the extended tampon skirt when the user is inserting the tampon. The tampon skirt is appropriately sized to cover a user's fingers and/or hand to prevent contact with menstrual discharge. When the user finishes inserting the tampon with the associated tampon skirt, the user disposes of the remaining tampon applicator and associated tampon skirt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Cathy Lewis
  • Patent number: 8887368
    Abstract: A method of assembling a tampon applicator includes providing a barrel with internal ridges that define a guide channel having an effective diameter. The method includes providing a plunger that has a finger flare with a circular shape and a flare diameter that is at least 15% larger than the effective diameter of the guide channel. The method includes assembling the plunger and the barrel by pushing the finger flare into the guide channel and deforming the finger flare into a non-circular shape while moving the finger flare through the guide channel. The method includes moving the finger flare out of the plunger end of the barrel and reestablishing the circular shape of the finger flare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Michael Mastalish, Marcus David Weiher, Gary Alan Turchan, Thomas William VanDenBogart
  • Publication number: 20140276350
    Abstract: A position confirmation sheet 20 of a sanitary tampon comprises: a disposition indicator unit 21 that indicates a position for aligning the confirmation sheet along the strand member disposed outside the body with the absorber being inserted into the body; and an insertion position indicator unit 22 that indicates an appropriate position of the end of the strand member 12d disposed outside the body when the absorber is appropriately inserted into the body and the position confirmation sheet is aligned along the strand member according to the disposition indicator unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta TANIGUCHI, Yukihiro ITO, YAMAKI, Azusa MATSUSHIMA
  • Patent number: 8784352
    Abstract: A device and method for removing residual water from the external ear canal of an individual comprise using a portion of dry, pre-compressed, absorbent sponge material that is die-cut or otherwise fashioned to have a bluntly pointed tip on at least one end. The bluntly pointed tip is placed into the external ear canal of an individual, and this bluntly pointed tip is held in place until there is visible and/or tactile evidence of water absorption by the sponge material, as indicated by swelling and/or softening of the bluntly pointed tip. These steps may be repeated as necessary to remove further residual water from the individual's ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Bionix Development Corporation
    Inventor: James J. Huttner
  • Publication number: 20140170219
    Abstract: Described are lyophilized compositions comprising cidofovir, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) or hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) and, optionally, a plasticizer. In particular, described are such compositions that form a sheet-shaped porous solid matrix. Also described are methods for producing such compositions and their use in treating human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and HPV-associated malignancies, in particular, HPV lesions and cervical cancer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES, FEMALON S.P.R.L.
    Inventors: Marie Piette, Brigitte Evrard, Isabelle Coïaée
  • Publication number: 20140163450
    Abstract: A surgical method of operating on the spinal column includes the steps of making a slit in the back of a patient proximate to the spinal column, such to divide a first muscle portion around the spinal column into a pair of separate side muscle portions, and detaching at least one of the separate side muscle portions from the spinal column by force-fitting an elongate gauze member into the slit and compressing the gauze member between the spinal column and the at least one of the side muscle portion, such to controllably detach an additional separate muscle portion of the side muscle portions from the spinal column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: N.B.R. NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
    Inventors: Giuseppe Calvosa, Miria Tenucci, Renato Casella
  • Patent number: 8734409
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus that includes a scaffold with a gel or liquid composition deposed on at least a portion of a luminal surface, the gel or liquid composition adapted to include microbubbles. Also provided is a system that includes a source of reduced pressure, the above scaffold, a manifold adjacent the scaffold, and a conduit for providing fluid communication between the manifold and the source of reduced pressure. Additionally provided is a method that includes implanting the above scaffold at the tissue site and disrupting a substantial portion of the microbubbles to induce fluid flow to the scaffold. Further provided is an apparatus that includes a scaffold that comprises a slowly degradable material and a quickly degradable material. Additionally provided is a system for coupling nerve tissue and a microchip assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D Swain, Michael E Manwaring, Douglas A. Cornet, Braden K Leung
  • Patent number: 8734414
    Abstract: A pull-activated applicator includes a barrel, a pledget, a finger grip, and a deployment element. The pledget includes a withdrawal string and is located within the barrel. The barrel, the pledget, and the deployment element are configured such that application of a force to the deployment element in a first direction deploys the pledget and withdrawal string from the barrel in a second direction generally opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paula Cardinahl Winkel, Adrienne Rae Loyd, Sarah Jane Marie Freiburger, Allan James Krueger, Betsy Charlotte Fields, Vivian Kate Barad, Judy May Lee, Rebecca Jeanine Sinclair, Adam Patrick Vollmer, Dennis J. Boyle, Lukas Martin Scherrer, Garry Roland Woltman, Jonathan Kyle Arendt, Marcus David Weiher, Pamela Mary Thompson, Angela Ann Johnston
  • Patent number: 8736455
    Abstract: A fluid volume alarm system is presented. The alarm system has a container for storing fluid, and alarm module coupled to the container for notifying a user or observer that the fluid within the container has reached a predetermined level. The container has at least one exterior wall and defines an interior volume for at least temporary storage of fluid. In one aspect, there are at least two electrodes disposed on an interior portion of the exterior wall of the container and positioned at a position thereon an interior portion of the exterior wall corresponding to a predetermined fluid level at which it is desirable to receive an alarm. The system also has an alarm module configured to alert the practitioner that the fluid has met or has exceeded the predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Todd A. Linsenmeyer, Joseph V. DiTrolio, Dorothy F. Linsenmeyer
  • Patent number: 8728022
    Abstract: A tampon applicator assembly with an insertion end and a rear end containing a tampon made from absorbent material and an applicator comprising an outer tube and an inner tube able to slide in it in a telescopic arrangement, and the outer tube has at its insertion end at least two integrally formed, inwardly directed closure portions, and the tampon protrudes out from the insertion end of the inner tube by means of its insertion end and is completely accommodated inside the outer tube. The internal surface of the outer tube is smooth-walled from the closure portions to at least half the length of the outer tube without any inwardly extending projections. This assembly is extremely simple to manufacture. During use, the tampon is pushed forward by pushing the inner tube forward in the outer tube until it forces the closure portions of the outer tube outwards and protrudes out of the outer tube by an amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ruggli Projects AG
    Inventor: Luca Tamburin
  • Patent number: 8721331
    Abstract: A drug delivery device 10 has a support structure 20 and a medicine-laden member 100 affixed or otherwise attached to the support structure 20. The device 10 is sized to fit into the mouth and upon exposing the medicine-laden member 100 to saliva, medicaments 101 are released into the mouth. The drug delivery device 10 permits a new method of medication delivery. The method of oral transmucosal drug delivery has the steps of providing a drug delivery device 10 that fits into the mouth, the device 10 having a medicine-laden member 100; wearing the drug delivery device 10; activating release of medicine 101 by contact with saliva; and transmitting the released medicine 101 transmucosally to the bloodstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Puthalath Koroth Raghuprasad
  • Patent number: 8708947
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to alleviating the uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations that may accompany insertion and removal of personal care devices. Specifically, the present disclosure is directed to a personal care device that includes a moisture-activated composition that becomes lubricious only upon contact with moisture, such as from mucosal surfaces in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy David Paulsen, Scott W. Wenzel, Thomas W. Van Den Bogart, Jeffery Richard Seidling
  • Publication number: 20140107558
    Abstract: The device for laparoscopically delivering a solid material through a trocar into a body cavity comprises at least: a hollow tube defining a void therein and having a hub at a proximal end thereof, the hub having a proximal opening therein which forms a continuation of the hollow tube; the hollow tube having a prepackaged solid material therewithin; the tube having an outer diameter less than an inner diameter of a trocar through which the tube is inserted into a body cavity, the tube extending past a valve in the trocar when positioned therewithin; the hub having a diameter greater than the inner diameter of the trocar so as not to pass therethrough; and the material being suitably anchored by a string to the device so as not to become lost within the body cavity after being pushed out of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: New Wave Surgical
    Inventors: Ricardo Alexander Gomez, Sandy Lawrence Heck, Eric William Conley, Tristram Ian Jordan, Robert Drew Fanelli
  • Patent number: 8672872
    Abstract: A sanitary product for use by women for the absorption of menstrual fluid, having a plug and a pad joined by a sheath. The plug is substantially cylindrical so that is fits comfortably in a vaginal cavity. The pad remains outside the vaginal cavity, but has an absorbent layer on an inward side proximal to the plug and a liquid impermeable layer on an outward side. In use, a wearer can insert a finger into the sheath from the outward side of the pad to assist with insertion of the plug into the vaginal cavity. A string is provided that extends inside the sheath from the outward end of the plug to aid removal of the product. A line of weakness extends along the major axis of the pad, about which the pad is disposed to fold in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Calla Lily Personal Care Ltd
    Inventor: (Alex) Yu Sing Hooi
  • Publication number: 20140046239
    Abstract: A tampon applicator comprises: an outer cylinder in the interior of which an absorbent; an inner cylinder for outwardly pushing the absorbent by moving into the outer cylinder; and a flange part extending outward in the radial direction from an outer peripheral surface of a grip cylinder part of the outer cylinder. The flange part is provided with a flange identifying unit comprising at least one from among: an identifying display portion; an identifying friction portion; and an identifying shape portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Kenta Taniguchi, Yukihiro Ito, Kouichi Yamaki
  • Publication number: 20130338567
    Abstract: A device and a method for manufacturing said device, the device comprising an applicator member and a flexible retention web (1) intended to be introduced into a vaginal cavity (17), said web being equipped with a means (7) for removal and being made from an a traumatic material whereof the dimensions are adapted so as to be able to retain and/or slow down bodily discharges of small quantity, characterized in that:—the applicator member comprises a body (8) that is at least partially hollow defining an internal storage volume (9), said body having a proximal end (10) on the one hand, and on the other hand, a distal end (11) intended to be inserted into the vaginal cavity of a user, said distal end having an open section emerging in the internal volume,—the web comprises a central zone (13) housed in the internal volume, and at least one peripheral zone (14) protruding from the body so as to cover at least the distal end of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: V-VEIL SHOP LTD.
    Inventors: Bernard Chaffringeon, Richard Guetty
  • Publication number: 20130331763
    Abstract: A tampon applicator includes an outer cylinder in which an absorber is housed, and a push-out opening through which the absorber is to be pushed out is provided at one side and a grip cylinder unit is provided at the other side, and an inner cylinder which is inserted into the grip cylinder unit and being moved into the outer cylinder to be thereby able to push out the absorber outward through the push-out opening. The tampon applicator includes a grip jaw unit configured to extend from an outer circumferential face of the grip cylinder unit of the outer cylinder outwardly in a radial direction, wherein a finger hook unit by which a finger of a user is to be hooked is formed at the grip jaw unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ito, Kenta Taniguchi, Kouichi Yamaki
  • Patent number: 8604267
    Abstract: A cylindrical absorbent cotton nasal pack has a rounded tip for a patient's self application in controlling epistaxis. The pack comprises compressed absorbent cotton or cellulosic fiber in the shape of a bullet or capsule to prevent sticking to nasal wall and absorption of blood. One end has a rounded tip and the other end has a flat bottom section (optional dual rounded ends). The flat bottom section has a plastic coating or plastic sleeve made of polyurethane to help grip the nose pack, conceal the site of blood, prevent blood leakage, and prevent contact of blood when disposing of the nose pack. The nose pack is simply inserted with the cotton rounded side up into the bleeding nasal cavity while applying a gentle pushing force until pack is snug at top of nasal cavity. The constant pressure applied from the pack to the nostril wall assists in the coagulation process, which helps stop the nosebleed. The nose pack is sized to be placed within the nasal cavity upon occurrence of a nosebleed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Merrie Kay East
  • Publication number: 20130289468
    Abstract: An applicator for use in a laparoscopic surgery is described. The applicator allows the effective delivery of a surgical dressing, such as an allograft having at least one layer of human amnion and chorion tissues, to the surgical site, to thereby improve the performance of the surgery, e.g., by reducing adhesions, scar formation while also reducing inflammation and risk of post-operative infection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: AFCELL MEDICAL
    Inventor: Robin R. YOUNG
  • Patent number: 8556845
    Abstract: There is provided a multiple-component tampon applicator formed from at least three separate components. A fingergrip having a reduced cross-section as compared to that of the barrel may be formed such that it is a separate component or is integrally formed with a barrel component. The reduced cross-section fingergrip provides exceptional grippability to the user. The multiple components may be formed from materials including, for example, biopolymer including starches and proteins, cardboard, heat shrink plastic, paper slurry, plastic, plastic tubing, pulp slurry, pulp-molded paper, or any combinations thereof. Prior to assembly of the applicator and prior to loading the barrel component with an absorbent pledget, petals may be formed on the insertion end of the barrel using existing processes and equipment. Alternatively, a separate insertion tip component having petals may be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Playtex Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jessica E. Lemay, Dane R. Jackson, Michael L. Miller, Wayne D. Melvin
  • Publication number: 20130263862
    Abstract: Heat and/or mechanical treatments on a post-molded article to create designs or textures that extend minimally above or below a surface of the article are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Eva Grace Nellenbach, Hinrich Knuth, Matthew Howard Wasson
  • Patent number: 8551034
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a lubricious polymeric composition that includes polymer and one or more lubricants. Articles formed from the lubricious polymeric composition possess enhanced softness, flexibility and lubricity. The present disclosure also provides a method for making an article formed from a lubricious polymeric composition having polymer and one or more lubricants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Playtex Products, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene P. Dougherty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8535285
    Abstract: A method of capturing bodily fluid intravaginally providing an intravaginal device that has a fluid storage element having a longitudinal axis and is in fluid communication with at least one fluid transport element. The method involves providing at least one fluid transport element that is bendable about an axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the fluid storage element and positioned within a human vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Chase, Erin Marsee, Mari Hou
  • Publication number: 20130217960
    Abstract: An applicator having a color gradient. The applicator includes an outer member having a first end, a second end disposed opposite the first end, a longitudinal axis, a length measured along the longitudinal axis, and an exterior surface. The outer member further includes a color gradient extending along at least a portion of the length from a first region to a second region, the color gradient being visible by a user viewing the exterior surface of the outer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Publication number: 20130165843
    Abstract: An applicator for a self-expanding intravaginal device has a barrel and a plunger that can substantially contain the self-expanding intravaginal device without significant insertion barrel distortion while maintaining comfortable applicator insertion. The barrel has an insertion end, an opposed gripper end, and a central portion therebetween, and it is arranged and configured to substantially contain the self-expanding intravaginal device. The plunger is in telescoping relation with the barrel, and it is arranged and configured to expel the self-expanding intravaginal device out of the insertion end of the barrel when the plunger is pushed into the gripper end of the barrel. A plurality of flexible petals substantially closes the insertion end of the barrel, and the central portion of the barrel has a load to 3 mm deflection of at least about 15 Newtons. Other aspects of the invention include a self-expanding intravaginal urinary incontinence system, and methods of making the applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: MCNEIL-PPC, INC.
    Inventor: MCNEIL-PPC, INC.
  • Patent number: 8458882
    Abstract: A method of assembling a tampon applicator includes providing a barrel with internal ridges that define a guide channel having an effective diameter. The method includes providing a plunger that has a finger flare with a circular shape and a flare diameter that is at least 15% larger than the effective diameter of the guide channel. The method includes assembling the plunger and the barrel by pushing the finger flare into the guide channel and deforming the finger flare into a non-circular shape while moving the finger flare through the guide channel. The method includes moving the finger flare out of the plunger end of the barrel and reestablishing the circular shape of the finger flare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Michael Mastalish, Marcus David Weiher, Gary Alan Turchan, Thomas William Van Den Bogart
  • Patent number: 8449491
    Abstract: An applicator for a feminine hygiene device. The applicator includes an insertion member that can have an outer surface, an insertion end, a withdrawal end opposite the insertion end, and a barrel region adapted to house the feminine hygiene device. In addition, the insertion member can have an indentation region extending inwardly from the outer surface and disposed between the barrel region and withdrawal end, and a shoulder region disposed between the barrel region and the indentation region. In certain embodiments, the indentation region can include one or more gripping formations protruding from the indentation region, the one or more gripping formations extending from the indentation region over at least a portion of the shoulder region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Margaret Henderson Hasse, Diana Lynn Gann
  • Patent number: 8444590
    Abstract: There is provided a tampon applicator having a plunger and a barrel with a tapered insertion, which provides enhanced insertion comfort to a user. The taper of the insertion tip is defined by a ratio of the length of the taper projection along a longitudinal axis of the barrel to the length of the taper projection along a radius of the barrel at a base region of the insertion tip. The insertion end of the barrel preferably has two or more petals for enhanced user comfort. Preferably, the petals have a substantially uniform thickness. The barrel may also have a fingergrip for ease of use of the applicator during insertion, expulsion of the pledget, and removal from the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica E. LeMay, Kathryn G. Bennett, Keith Edgett, Dane R. Jackson, Rejai Jamshid
  • Patent number: 8435205
    Abstract: An applicator having a color gradient. The applicator includes an outer member having a first end, a second end disposed opposite the first end, a longitudinal axis, a length measured along the longitudinal axis, and an exterior surface. The outer member further includes a color gradient extending along at least a portion of the length from a first region to a second region, the color gradient being visible by a user viewing the exterior surface of the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kelyn Anne Arora, Ryo Minoguchi, Margaret Henderson Hasse, William Hollis Hood, Jeffrey Tupper Roesgen, Colleen Marie Neal, David Andrew Dalton
  • Patent number: 8402809
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the work required to expel a tampon from a tampon applicator having a barrel containing the tampon and a plunger for expelling the tampon from the barrel. The method includes the steps of selecting and applying an applicator gripping test force to a grip zone on the barrel of the tampon applicator and selecting a tampon expulsion test rate and applying a force to the plunger sufficient to expel the tampon from the barrel of the tampon applicator at the selected tampon expulsion test rate. Further, the method includes the step of calculating the force on the plunger required to expel the tampon from the barrel at the selected tampon expulsion test rate as a function of the distance the tampon travels during expulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donna Rene Hill, John David Norcom
  • Patent number: 8403879
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tampon for feminine hygiene, with a tapered introductory end, a withdrawal end provided with a withdrawal means and a longitudinal axis, comprising a longitudinally extending absorbent body made from compressed fiber material, the absorbent body being densified more intensely in the region of the longitudinal axis and forming a fiber column, from which longitudinal ribs extend radially outward and flank longitudinal ribs in pairs. The tapered introductory end being formed by the fiber column, the longitudinal grooves and longitudinal ribs is provided with collecting grooves and collecting ribs to collect menstrual secretions, wherein the collecting grooves are open axially to the front and radially outward and wherein the collecting ribs flank the collecting grooves in pairs. The invention provides for an increased absorption capacity of the tampon in relation to the weight of the fiber material per tampon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Werner Schoelling