Bellows-type Reservoir Patents (Class 604/216)
  • Patent number: 9925312
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein are directed to a manually-actuated pump and method for applying reduced pressure at a tissue site. The manually-actuated pump includes at least one variable volume chamber that is manually compressible into a plurality of positions. The manually-actuated pump includes a fixed volume chamber in communication with the at least one variable volume chamber. The manually-actuated pump also includes a filter housing having a hydrophobic filter that prevents liquid from entering the at least one variable volume chamber. The fixed volume chamber is coupled to the at least one variable volume chamber via the filter housing. The filter housing is located in between the at least one variable volume chamber and the fixed volume chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Patrick Heaton, Ian James Hardman
  • Patent number: 9549701
    Abstract: A vent plug is disclosed that includes a body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending through the distal and proximal ends. A membrane is disposed across the lumen, the membrane being hydrophobic and air permeable. A fluid chamber is formed within the lumen distal the membrane. A distal lumen opening being shaped and sized to retain blood within the lumen until the internal pressure of the lumen increases in response the a finger pressing against a proximal lumen opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Bart D. Peterson, Bryan G. Davis, Austin Jason McKinnon
  • Patent number: 9283314
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coupling devices such as a ventricular assist device to vascular tissues, such as a heart. In one version, a method is provided for attaching a device to vascular tissue for fluid flow. The device includes a cannula coupled to a cuff, and the method includes coupling the cuff to the vascular tissue, penetrating the vascular tissue by inserting a penetration device through the cannula, and inserting a first end of the cannula through the cuff and into the vascular tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ABIOMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jayanthi G. Prasad, Farhad Zarinetchi, Emmanuel N. Ilongo
  • Publication number: 20150141934
    Abstract: A medicant injection device includes a compressible body, a tip, and an outer luer body. The compressible body has a proximal end, a distal end, and a plurality of bellows, and defines an inner cavity for holding a liquid medicant. The tip is positioned at the proximal end of the compressible body. The outer luer body includes internal threads, and is positioned over and engaged with the tip to form a first fitting therewith. The first fitting is configured to be connected with a second fitting. A medicant injection device includes a compressible body having first and second arms, a receptacle interconnected with the compressible body and defining an inner cavity, and a first fitting configured to engage a second fitting. The compressible body is configured to be compressed by forcing the distal end of the first and second arm toward each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher E. Gardner, Robert Banik, Thomas Leo McGurk
  • Publication number: 20150112263
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to fluid delivery devices for supplying a fluid, e.g., a flush medium, to a medical device, e.g., a vascular access device, inexpensively. The fluid delivery device includes a collapsible body defining a fluid reservoir and a connector for securing the fluid delivery device to the medical device. The collapsible body can include a bellows or pleated structure. In addition, structure including levers or plungers can be provided to collapse the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kathleen Tremblay, Scott M. Jones, Gregory A. Steube, Stephen B. Earheart, Kevin R. Martz, Mark Baker
  • Patent number: 8968257
    Abstract: A coded cartridge holder system is disclosed for use with a cartridge assembly (20) containing a fluid and a delivery device (10), where the system has keyed connectors (5, 5?, 6, 6?) to prevent accidental attachment of the wrong fluid delivery device (10). The system comprises a coupling (1) attachable to the dose setting portion (12) of the device (10) and keyed to the proximal end of the cartridge holder (14). The cartridge holder (14) may also contain medical coding (27, 28) to correspond to matching coding (27?, 28?) on the distal end of a cartridge assembly (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Dasbach, Steffen Raab, Michael Harms, Udo Stauder, Volker Korger
  • Publication number: 20140207112
    Abstract: A collapsible squeeze bottle suitable for use as a portable personal hygienic washing system provides vigorous cleansing action and can attain a compact configuration conducive to discreet concealment. The squeeze bottle includes non-collapsible top and bottom sections, and a central collapsible section having a plurality of pleats, a spout extending from the top section, and a perforated cap at the terminus of the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Rosemarie Hale
  • Patent number: 8721582
    Abstract: An internal dry powder delivery system through a working channel of an endoscopic cannula for directly applying the powder form medication to an internal tissue/organ site, includes an elongated tubular delivery channel and a powder supply device for producing pressurized gas mixing with the dry powder for feeding to form a mixture of dry powder and pressurized gas delivering to an internal tissue/organ site through the delivery channel via endoscopic cannula. It ensures a smooth powder release by preventing liquid from accumulation at the tip of the delivery channel and offers physicians a new powder form drug delivery method via endoscope. Also, it offers new minimal invasive application by directly and precisely applying the powder format drug to the internal sites of human gastrointestinal organ via endoscope to achieve hemostasis, anti-inflammation, anti-ulcer and anti-tumor treatment, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Xin Ji
  • Patent number: 8585677
    Abstract: A laminar injection apparatus may include a slider layer, a needle flexibly coupled to the slider layer, a medication reservoir in fluid communication with the needle, and a needle guiding layer comprising an aperture for deflecting the needle from a substantially horizontal orientation to a substantially vertical orientation in response to moving the slider layer relative to the needle guiding layer. One or more spring layers may extend the laminar structure into an extended laminar structure. The needle may be thrust into a subject by compressing the extended laminar structure and causing the needle to protrude from the structure and penetrate a subject. In response to the compressive force on the laminar stack, medication may be forced from the medication reservoir through the needle and into the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Nathan B. Albrechtsen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby
  • Publication number: 20130281940
    Abstract: A bellows assembly for a fluid delivery system is a multi-component device that includes a cylindrical pressure jacket and a bellows syringe that is received within the pressure jacket. The bellows syringe includes a cap member and a bellows member. The bellows syringe in one embodiment is adapted to be secured to the pressure jacket by the cap member. The cap member is formed with a discharge port, which may be formed as conventional luer fitting. The discharge port is disposed coaxially within an annular wall on the outward facing side of the cap member and may be recessed within the annular wall. The bellows member is a hollow body that includes a series of bellows sections or rings. A distal end of the bellow member is formed with a discharge neck terminating in a discharge port, and the proximal end is formed with a closed end wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: MEDRAD, INC.
    Inventors: Eugene A. Gelblum, Jill Denesvich, Edward J. Rhinehart, Barry L. Tucker, Mark Trocki, John Puskar-Pascewicz, Matthew Beale, Matthew Sass
  • Patent number: 8551052
    Abstract: A patch-sized fluid delivery device may include a reusable portion and a disposable portion. The disposable portion may include components that come into contact with the fluid, while the reusable portion may include only components that do not come into contact with the fluid. Redundant systems, such as redundant controllers, power sources, motor actuators, and alarms, may be provided. Alternatively or additionally, certain components can be multi-functional, such a microphones and loudspeakers that may be used for both acoustic volume sensing and for other functions and a coil that may be used as both an inductive coupler for a battery recharger and an antenna for a wireless transceiver. Various types of network interfaces may be provided in order to allow for remote control and monitoring of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry B. Gray, Russell H. Beavis
  • Patent number: 8277415
    Abstract: A delivery device includes a durable housing portion and a separable disposable portion that selectively engage and disengage from each other. The disposable housing portion secures to the patient-user and may be disposed of after it has been in use for a prescribed period. Components that normally come into contact with a patient-user or with infusion medium are supported by the disposable housing portion, while the durable housing portion supports other components such as electronics and a drive device. A reservoir is supported by the disposable housing portion and has a moveable plunger that operatively couples to the drive device, when the disposable and durable housing portions are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Paul Mounce, Melissa D. Norton, Robert M. Guezuraga, Bradley J. Enegren, Paul F. Bente, IV, Ian B. Hanson, Julian D. Kavazov, Christopher G. Griffin, Sheldon B. Moberg, Mark D. Holt, Susie E. Maule, Paul H. Kovelman
  • Publication number: 20120245557
    Abstract: A laminar injection apparatus may include a slider layer, a needle flexibly coupled to the slider layer, a medication reservoir in fluid communication with the needle, and a needle guiding layer comprising an aperture for deflecting the needle from a substantially horizontal orientation to a substantially vertical orientation in response to moving the slider layer relative to the needle guiding layer. One or more spring layers may extend the laminar structure into an extended laminar structure. The needle may be thrust into a subject by compressing the extended laminar structure and causing the needle to protrude from the structure and penetrate a subject. In response to the compressive force on the laminar stack, medication may be forced from the medication reservoir through the needle and into the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Nathan B. Albrechtsen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby
  • Patent number: 8118780
    Abstract: A hand-held remote for a medical fluid injector includes a syringe and a conduit which may be coupled to a pressure transducer on a control circuit of the injector. Movement of a plunger within a syringe body on the syringe creates a pressure which is sensed by the pressure transducer and the control circuit responds to the sensed pressure by causing fluid to be ejected from, or drawn into, a syringe mounted to the injector. The pressure developed by the remote provides tactile feedback to an operator for improved control over injections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Liebel-Flarsheim Company LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, James E. Knipfer, Charles S. Neer
  • Patent number: 8105293
    Abstract: The syringe is intended for one-off use and has a syringe barrel (1), a barrel stopper (12) which can be displaced in the syringe barrel (1) by means of a plunger rod (11) and a needle unit (25) accommodated in the syringe barrel (1). The plunger rod (11) and the needle unit (25) are connected to one another by coupling means (20, 40) in order to retract the needle unit (25) into the syringe barrel (1) after the injection. As proposed by the invention, the needle unit (25) comprises a needle holder (26) made from plastic surrounding an injection needle (27) made from stainless steel along part of its length, which is closed off from an interior of the syringe barrel (1) containing an injection solution (50) by means of a seal insert (36) made from pharmaceutical rubber through the injection needle (27) extends from the rear end. As a result of this feature, an injection solution (50) contained in the syringe is in contact exclusively with permitted materials and the syringe can therefore be stored pre-filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Pharma Consult Ges.m.b.H & Co Nfg KG
    Inventor: Ewald Pickhard
  • Publication number: 20110218499
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for injecting a fluid for medical use and is characterized in that the device consists of a base wherein a container (2) for receiving the injection fluid is provided, said container being formed by a bellows-shaped body (6) made of deformable material and including a top surface (4) comprising a tip (7) through which fluid passes, while the base (1) consists of a bottom wall, enabling the axially translatable piston rod to be guided, and a top wall, characterized in that:—the tip (7) is inserted into a suitable arrangement of the lop wall of the base,—the top surface (4) and the bottom wall are conical in shape, while the chamber (6) of the container (2) consists of circular rings, and the piston has a shape complementing the shape of the cavity (8) of the bottom wall (5) such that, when the bellows is completely folded up into itself after injection, the chamber is totally empty, with no residual liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Cahen
  • Patent number: 7883660
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to providing a sterile package (1, 1?) integrally housing a contents-pouring device (5, 5?) which has improved contents pourability and tamper evidence. According to the present invention, the sterile package (1, 1?) can be efficiently produced by adopting the following steps of: (1) disposing a parison (27) in a mold (32) for a plastic container main body, (2) blowing sterile air from a nozzle (24) inserted in the parison (27) to blow-mold the plastic container main body, (3) filling the plastic container main body (2) with contents through the nozzle (24) and retracting the nozzle (24), (4) inserting a contents-pouring device (5, 5?) in the parison located above the plastic container main body (2), (5) clamping a mold (31) for a protective case, and (6) forming a protective case (6) with the parison located above the container main body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Matsuda, Tsutomu Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 7837653
    Abstract: A compact fluid dispenser for use in controllably dispensing fluid medicaments, such as antibiotics, analgesics, and the like medicinal agents from the reservoir of the device. Uniquely, the dispenser includes a novel bellows-type reservoir and vial fill means for filling the bellows-type reservoir with the medicament to be dispensed. The dispenser also includes a novel stored energy source in the form of a constant force spring which controllably urges the medicinal fluid from the device reservoir. Additionally, the apparatus of the invention includes a novel adjustable flow rate control assembly that is disposed intermediate the fluid reservoir outlet and the outlet port of the device for precisely controlling the rate of fluid flow from the outlet port toward the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: BioQuiddity, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall S. Kriesel, Joshua W. Kriesel, Alan D. Langerud
  • Patent number: 7819845
    Abstract: A syringe plunger/jacket assembly may comprise a flexible jacket attached to a rigid plunger. The jacket may comprise at least two sealing rings (front and rear) that prevent fluid from leaking out of the rear of the barrel during injection of fluid from the syringe. The rear sealing ring may or may not contact or seal the interior surface of the syringe barrel in an unloaded state. In the loaded state, when force is applied in the direction of the forward discharge end of the syringe, pressure is created on the jacket. This condition causes the rear seal to expand and contact and/or seal the interior surface of the syringe barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Coeur, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Michael Cude
  • Patent number: 7794434
    Abstract: A system includes a durable portion with a durable housing and a separable disposable portion with a disposable housing that selectively engage with and disengage from each other. The disposable housing secures to a patient and may be disposed of after it has been in use for a prescribed period. Components that normally come into contact with a patient or with an infusion medium may be part of the disposable portion to allow for disposal after a prescribed use. A reservoir for holding the infusion medium may be part of the disposable portion, and may be supported by the disposable housing. The durable portion may include other components such as electronics for controlling delivery of the infusion medium from the reservoir, and a drive device including a motor and drive linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Paul Mounce, Julian D. Kavazov
  • Patent number: 7686788
    Abstract: A catheter having a drug delivery unit at the distal end thereof. The drug delivery unit includes an actuator capable of assuming an activated and an inactivated configuration. The drug delivery unit also includes a receptacle capable of accepting a therapeutic agent. The actuator and receptacle are in communication with each other such that the actuator transmits force to the receptacle and the receptacle accepts force from the actuator in an activated configuration of the actuator. Also provided is a method of delivering a therapeutic agent to a target site using the catheter of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Toby Freyman, Maria Palasis, Wendy Naimark, Timothy J. Mickley
  • Patent number: 7614526
    Abstract: A holder for an aerosol can is provided in which a pivotable trigger mechanism can actuate the aerosol can by inducing a compressive force on the lower end of the can. When inducing this compressive force, the pivotable trigger mechanism is at an angle with the holder wall. After dispersing the contents of the aerosol can, the pivotable trigger mechanism can then be rotated such that the trigger mechanism substantially covers an opening in the holder body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Summit Packaging Systems, Inc
    Inventor: Walter Richard Gaillen
  • Patent number: 7500966
    Abstract: An administering apparatus for administering an injectable substance in doses is provided. The apparatus includes a casing with a reservoir for the substance, a conveying mechanism which acts to deliver a selected dose of the substance from the reservoir, a dosing and activating mechanism which performs a dosing movement and a delivery movement, and which is coupled to the conveying mechanism such that the delivery movement causes the selected dose to be delivered, a dosage indicator sleeve coupled to the dosing and activating mechanism, and a blocking member in a blocking engagement with the dosing and activating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: TecPharma Licensing AG
    Inventor: Edgar Hommann
  • Patent number: 7470253
    Abstract: A compact fluid dispenser for use in controllably dispensing fluid medicaments, such as, antibiotics, analgesics, and like medicinal agents from the device reservoir. The fluid dispenser includes a unique stored energy mechanism which takes the form of a constant force spring member of novel design that provides the force necessary to continuously and substantially uniformly expel fluid from the device reservoir. The device also includes novel adjustable flow rate control assembly that is disposed intermediate the fluid reservoir outlet and the outlet port of the device for precisely controlling the rate of fluid flow from the outlet port toward the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: BioQuiddity, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall S. Kriesel, Joshua W. Kriesel
  • Patent number: 7220245
    Abstract: A compact fluid dispenser for use in controllably dispensing fluid medicaments, such as, antibiotics, oncolytics, hormones, steroids, blood clotting agents, analgesics, and like medicinal agents from prefilled containers at a uniform rate. The dispenser uniquely includes a stored energy source that is provided in the form of a substantially constant-force, compressible-expandable wave spring that provides the force necessary to continuously and uniformly expel fluid from the device reservoir. The device further includes a fluid flow control assembly that precisely controls the flow of medicament solution to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Marshall S. Kriesel
  • Patent number: 7220244
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser for use in controllably dispensing fluid medicaments, such as antibiotics, oncolytics, hormones, steroids, blood clotting agents, analgesics, bio pharmaceuticals and like medicinal agents from a reservoir that has been filled from prefilled containers. The fluid dispenser includes a housing to which fill vials can be connected for filling the dispenser reservoir with the fluid, and a stored energy source provided in the form of a substantially constant-force spring that provides the force necessary to continuously and uniformly expel fluid from the device reservoir. The fluid dispenser also includes a fluid flow control assembly that precisely controls the flow of the medicament solution to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: BioQuiddity, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall S. Kriesel
  • Patent number: 7011650
    Abstract: A multiple-dose syringe including a barrel with a closed end and an open end, the closed end having an injection port that may be adapted to receive a needle, or that may be adapted to engage a commercially available needle-less system for fluidly connecting a syringe to an IV or a medicine vial. A plunger is slidably disposed through the open end of the barrel. A container is connected to an end of the plunger to move with the plunger. The container has a deformable shell with an opening at a forward end thereof and a predetermined quantity of fluid sealed therein by a closure member disposed over the opening to selectively seal the opening. The closure member includes a valve that opens in response to a fluid pressure differential across the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Paradigm Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Jack P. Rosoff, Michael N. Hirsch, Ali S. Salem
  • Patent number: 6866039
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disposable dispensing apparatus for delivering a powdered product nasally or orally. The apparatus comprises a housing (1) defining an outlet (7) and a shaft (32) having a storage chamber (33) therein for a product provided with a first inlet (34) and a first outlet (35). A sheathing means (4) is slidably mounted on the shaft and has a second inlet (42) and a second outlet closed by a frangible membrane (44). There is also provided a variable volume means (2) operatively connected to the shaft. The shaft is movable, on operation of the variable volume means to reduce the variable volume so as to pressurize gas in an interior of the variable volume means, from an initial storage position in which the first and second inlets are out of alignment so as to close a gas flow path, to a dispensing position in which the first and second inlets are brought into alignment by action of the housing against the sheathing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Bespak PLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Wright, Hilde Rachel Maria Pollet, Richard Iain Harrison
  • Patent number: 6830564
    Abstract: Syringes and methods of using are described which protect the syringe barrel cavity from contaminants. A first syringe is formed with a corrugated sheath which encloses the plunger and space between the rearward end face surface of the syringe barrel handle member and the forward face of the plunger handle member. A second syringe is formed with a syringe barrel having a straight segment and a corrugated segment having the forward face of the plunger handle member molded to the rearward terminus of the corrugated segment of the syringe barrel. A third syringe is formed from mating syringe barrel and plunger member walls. The walls of the mating syringe barrel and plunger member are concentric and slide relative to each other while maintaining an enclosure around the plunger shaft. A fourth syringe is formed from inner and outer concentric syringe barrel walls mating with the walls of a plunger member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Robin Scott Gray
  • Publication number: 20040182471
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for distributing substances. The inventive device comprises a distribution container (1) for receiving the substance in question, said container having a closing unit (3) which is provided with a canula (11) for the substance to be distributed, the outer end (15) of said canula protruding from the closing unit (3). The inventive device is also provided with a safety device (5, 17) which can alternate between a protective state in which it covers the outer end (15) of the canula (11), and a user state for the distribution of the substance from the canula (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Bernd Hansen
  • Patent number: 6783514
    Abstract: An applicator is provided for dispensing a first and a second component of a biological adhesive. The applicator includes a housing having a housing head for enclosing therein a first reservoir containing the first component, and a second reservoir containing the second component. The housing further includes an elongated body portion defining a longitudinal axis for enclosing therein a conduit assembly having a first and a second conduit in communication with the first and second reservoir, respectively. An activator assembly is provided which includes an activator and a rachet mechanism for compressing the reservoirs within the housing for dispensing the biological components into the conduits. An applicator tip having two separate channels in communication with the conduits may be provided on a distal end of the elongated body portion for dispensing the components on the application site. The first and second components are preferably fibrinogen and thrombin which intermix to form a fibrin sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: H. Johnathan Tovey, Ernie Aranyi, Vinod C. Nagori, Stanley Marczyk
  • Publication number: 20030167041
    Abstract: A multiple-dose syringe including a barrel with a closed end and an open end, the closed end having an injection port that may be adapted to receive a needle, or that may be adapted to engage a commercially available needle-less system for fluidly connecting a syringe to an IV or a medicine vial. A plunger is slidably disposed through the open end of the barrel. A container is connected to an end of the plunger to move with the plunger. The container has a deformable shell with an opening at a forward end thereof and a predetermined quantity of fluid sealed therein by a closure member disposed over the opening to selectively seal the opening. The closure member includes a valve that opens in response to a fluid pressure differential across the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventors: Jack P. Rosoff, Michael N. Hirsch, Ali S. Salem
  • Patent number: 6485471
    Abstract: A fluid-delivery apparatus for delivering a medicament to a patient is provided in accordance with the present invention. The apparatus includes a housing defining a passageway, a bellowed ampoule positioned to lie in the passageway of the housing, and a piston. The bellowed ampoule includes a body with first and second ends and is formed to define a cavity configured to contain the medicament. The piston presses the second end of the ampoule toward the first end to dispense the medicament from the cavity. In addition, the fluid-delivery apparatus includes a visible non-linear scale that represents the relationship between a volume of medicament delivered from the first end of the ampoule and a distance that the piston has traveled in the housing toward the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Corporation
    Inventors: Maury Zivitz, Raghbir Singh Bhullar, Brian S. Hill
  • Publication number: 20020029019
    Abstract: A multiple-dose syringe including a barrel with a closed end and an open end, the closed end having an injection port adapted to receive a needle. A plunger is slidably disposed through the open end of the barrel. A container is connected to an end of the plunger to move with the plunger. The container has a deformable shell with an opening at a forward end thereof and a predetermined quantity of fluid sealed therein by a closure member disposed over the opening. The container is slidably disposed in the barrel and includes a seal proximal to the forward end to form a first cavity in the barrel with a volume that is adjustable by moving the container in the barrel with the plunger so that fluid can be selectively drawn into and expelled from the first cavity. After at least a substantial portion of the fluid is expelled from the first cavity, the shell is configured to be collapsed by further pressure applied by the plunger to expel the predetermined quantity of fluid contained therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventors: Jack P. Rosoff, Michael N. Hirsch, Ali S. Salem
  • Patent number: 6319235
    Abstract: A syringe serves also as an ampule and saves labor in transferring contained liquid from an ampule container to a syringe and is not bulky when disposing it. The syringe has a piston integrally molded in a bellows-like cylindrical portion sealingly containing liquid medicine. Pleated reinforcing portions are longitudinally provided at several positions on the bellows portion. Furthermore, retainers are provided to retain a contracted state of the bellows-like cylindrical portion. The piston has a depression formed in a rear portion thereof for pressing by a finger. A needle portion is fitted into the leading end of a cylindrical barrel portion of the bellows. A projection is provided inside the needle portion so as to break a seal sealing liquid medicine and the leading end of the barrel portion of the syringe may be threadingly fitted to a three-way cock for drip infusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Koichi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 6315761
    Abstract: Devices for injection of medicines into a human body are designed for one-time use during inpatient or outpatient treatment. The reuse of an injection device having a bellows 3 as an injection container is prevented by providing a locking attachment which prevents backward motion of a bottom 4 of the bellows 3 and which is mounted on elements of the device brought together during the injection (the bottom 4 of the bellows 3 and the housing/needle holder 1). A locking attachment is made in a form of a pair of interacting elastically deformable hooks 6 with a beveled catch and a female part in the form of a hole 7 with a ledge 8. At the instant the injection is completed, the sharpened end 10 of the needle 2 punctures a partition 9 in the bottom 4 of the bellows 3, further preventing reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventors: Alexis Shcherbina, Alexander Rudzits
  • Patent number: 6270482
    Abstract: A multiple-dose syringe including a barrel with a closed end and an open end, the closed end having an injection port adapted to receive a needle. A plunger is slidably disposed through the open end of the barrel. A container is connected to an end of the plunger to move with the plunger. The container has a deformable shell with an opening at a forward end thereof and a predetermined quantity of fluid sealed therein by a closure member disposed over the opening. The container is slidably disposed in the barrel and includes a seal proximal to the forward end to form a first cavity in the barrel with a volume that is adjustable by moving the container in the barrel with the plunger so that fluid can be selectively drawn into and expelled from the first cavity. After at least a substantial portion of the fluid is expelled from the first cavity, the shell is configured to be collapsed by further pressure applied by the plunger to expel the predetermined quantity of fluid contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Tri-Med International, LLC
    Inventors: Jack P. Rosoff, Michael N. Hirsch, Ali S. Salem
  • Patent number: 6258062
    Abstract: The power supply is for use with a needleless injector for injecting drug transcutaneously without a needle. The power supply includes an enclosed container that contains a working gas and that can change in volume without an active seal. The enclosed container can include a diaphragm, a bellows, or other structure that has a movable surface. The enclosed container power supply is a component of a needleless injector which has a latch means to hold the power supply in a loaded state and which has an activation means to release the latch and activate the power supply of the needleless injector to initiate drug delivery. The enclosed container power supply of the needleless injector can interface with a drug reservoir means which contains the drug to be delivered and can interface with a reset means to place the power supply in a loaded state. The drug reservoir means can be a disposable ampule or a reusable ampule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventors: Joseph M. Thielen, William J. Drasler
  • Patent number: 6077252
    Abstract: An improved single- or multiple-dose syringe having a conventional housing and an improved plunger configuration carrying a medicament- or saline-filled cartridge the contents of which are sequentially dispensed after the dispensing of a volume of a drawn-up primary fluid. A method for sequential administration of medicinal fluids using the improved syringe is also a part of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Siegel
  • Patent number: 5836922
    Abstract: A container for delivery of flowable material has a plastic, deformable container body which can be compressed in its longitudinal direction and a neck of smaller diameter attached to one body end with formation of a projection. The delivery through the neck projection corresponds to the volume diminution obtained by the length reduction of the body, for quantitative regulation of the material delivered through the neck. A cup-shaped bushing has its floor engaged on a shoulder projection of the body. The bushing floor has a passage opening for the neck. A piston is slidable in the bushing until it contacts the bushing floor. An indicator arrangement makes a visible indication of the movement path of the piston in the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Bernd Hansen
    Inventors: Bernd Hansen, Willy Leu
  • Patent number: 5683369
    Abstract: A bellows type container charged with liquid medicine widens a range of use. In a bellows type container (1) charged with liquid medicine, a bellows type body (11) is provided on its one end with an outlet portion (12) for liquid medicine and on its other end with a one-way valve (13) and a foldable hook (14) the liquid medicine is injected into and ejected from said bellows type body (11) through the one-way valve (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Tsukada Medical Research Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Tsukada
  • Patent number: 5624407
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for the administration, in humans and animals of therapeutical or diagnostic fluids, with the device already containing the fluid for injection, ready for use, eliminating the need for glass vials, ampules and conventional syringes. The device is constituted by a plastic, flexible, neutral non-reacting pressure resistant, internally coated recipient, with a conical or cylindrical shape in an upper view, oval in transversal cut-off, containing at its tapered portion a heat sealed terminal with a fitting connection, tubular section, wing and reinforced by a pressure ring. For low injection volumes, the recipient is placed between plates, with a scale portion and injected volume indicator. For drip infusion, the recipient is hung up, and is equipped with a luer-lock terminal, a flow control valve, dropping chamber, tubing, needle, and air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: Jorge A. R. Claro
  • Patent number: 5624057
    Abstract: This invention consists of an ophthalmic storage and dispensing device formed by injection molding, consisting of a vial with thick rigid walls and a limited flexible area. The flexible area allows only a small displacement when squeezed providing a metered volume of dispensed liquid. It also has an integral molded dropper tip as well as an integral molded puncture membrane within the tip. A bottom plug, which serves as closure after filling, is sealed to the vial. The bottom plug is of varying size and shape so as to provide for varying internal liquid capacity in the same bottle. It can also have a separate cap which acts as both a seal break and reclosable mechanical liquid seal between usage periods. Both vial and cap offer a geometric shape which facilitates gripping and limits rolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Merck & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur L. Lifshey
  • Patent number: 5609580
    Abstract: Combination plungerless syringe and ejector for applying force to the bellows portion of the syringe to eject liquid received by the syringe through the cannula portion of the syringe; the injector includes a receptacle generally complementary in shape to and for releasably receiving at least the bellows portion of the syringe. Injector for injecting liquid from a plungerless syringe which includes a cannula portion and a bellows portion, the injector includes a receptacle generally complementary in shape to and for receiving at least the bellows portion of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Vital Signs, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Kwiatkowski, David G. Swaim
  • Patent number: 5509906
    Abstract: A plungerless syringe which comprises a collapsible body having a sealed dispensing tip at one end and an actuating tab at the other end. The collapsible body is characterized by a plurality of rings concentrically arrayed on the surface of the body wall. When the actuating tab is depressed the body commences to collapse and a first ring is received within and frictionally engages a second succeeding ring and remains secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: HealthStar Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Q. Poynter
  • Patent number: 5364358
    Abstract: A device for controlling the inflation of a balloon catheter includes a variable volume chamber and an actuator to expel air from the chamber. Movement of the actuator is inhibited by a releasable latch to prevent unintentional inflation of the catheter. An adjustable abutment limits movement of the actuator after the latch is released to prevent overinflation of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Cardio-Search Limited
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Hewitt, Andrew K. Rath, Harvey K. McQuarrie
  • Patent number: 5337925
    Abstract: This injection device comprises a housing having a handgrip for operating it. A collapsible fluid container is adapted to fit in the housing under the pressure element of the handgrip. The container has a fill opening with a closure and an injection stem extending out of the housing so that when the handgrip is squeezed, the collapsible fluid container will compress the fluid within it and drive the fluid out through the stem. Conversely, when the fluid container is compressed, the stem can be submerged in fluid and the handgrip spread to enlarge the container and suck fluid into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: ISPG, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Ferrara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5322070
    Abstract: An improved enema insufflation system includes a source of barium sulfate suspension connected, by tubing, to a multi-lumen enema tip and a source of carbon dioxide, connected to the enema tip. The carbon dioxide source contains compressed carbon dioxide. The source is connected to a carbon dioxide reservoir capable of holding a pre-determined volume of carbon dioxide at a relatively low pressure. A hand actuated insufflation bulb is connected to the carbon dioxide reservoir. The insufflation bulb can draw carbon dioxide from the reservoir for delivery, through the enema tip, to a patient. The compressed, high-pressure carbon dioxide is functionally isolated from the patient to ensure patient safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: E-Z-EM, Inc.
    Inventors: John Goodman, Arthur Zimmet, Matthew Froehlich
  • Patent number: 5267974
    Abstract: A safely-disposable, one-use limited, sealingly-enveloped, injectant-saturated, elastic foam sponge, axially encompassing a hypodermic cannula, depressably slidable there-thru for simultaneous, subcutaneous tissue injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: William S. Lambert
  • Patent number: 5242422
    Abstract: A one-piece molded syringe with tethered cap is disclosed. The syringe has a hollow body having two parts, a pleated part forming a substantial part of the hollow body and a forward portion connected to the pleated part having a reduced cross-sectional area for receiving the fingers of a user. The cap is tethered to the syringe for maintaining the accessibility of the cap. A projection or pair of projections, formed integrally with the forward portion of the syringe, have a frusto-conical shape to receive the cap thereon. The projection(s) extends laterally outward from the forward portion to also serve as an abutment to prevent the syringe from rolling along a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Professional Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Schneberger, Barry L. Snyder, Nancy J. Voiselle