Having Fluid Responsive Means (e.g., Check Valve, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/247)
  • Patent number: 10285846
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a urethral catheter with an anti-infection structure for infants in which, in a state in which a hose is combined with a main pipe in advance, the reinforcement rod is inserted into/released from a urethral insertion pipe through a reinforcement rod inflow and outflow pipe separately formed at one side of the main pipe to prevent leakage of urine. When the reinforcement rod is inserted into the urethral insertion pipe in the combined state of the hose with the urethral insertion pipe and is then released from the urethral insertion pipe, setting of a urine storage bag is completed, thereby shortening a time to install of the urine storage bag, reducing medical staff's trouble, and preventing contamination and infection of a patient and the medical staff due to leakage of urine from the bag to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Keun Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10271873
    Abstract: A guide catheter assembly includes a dilator and a guide catheter. The dilator includes a dilator lumen extending from a distal opening at a distal end to a proximal opening at a proximal end, and a side exit port proximal of the distal opening and in communication with the dilator lumen. The guide catheter includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a guide lumen extending therebetween. The dilator and the guide lumen are sized such that the dilator can pass through the guide lumen. The dilator and the guide catheter are sized such that with the proximal end of the dilator generally aligned along an axis with the proximal end of the guide catheter, the distal end of the dilator extends distally past the distal end of the guide catheter and the side exit port is disposed distal of the distal end of the guide catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Allan Steingisser, William Berthiaume, Joseph Berglund, Conor Flannery, Maria Valdovinos
  • Patent number: 10265200
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide an endoluminal prosthesis, such as a stent-graft, having a relatively low delivery profile. In one embodiment, the prosthesis comprises a membrane, and at least one stent having contracted and expanded states, where the stent is coupled to the membrane and maintains patency in the expanded state. The prosthesis further may comprise selectively oriented axial and/or circumferential fibers arranged at predetermined locations along the length and circumference of the prosthesis. An increased population density of the circumferential and/or axial fibers may be provided in areas in which the at least one stent portion is attached to the membrane, or in areas of higher physiological loads imposed upon the endoluminal prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Steven J. Charlebois, William Kurt Dierking, Matthew S. Huser, Keith Milner, Jichao Sun
  • Patent number: 10238492
    Abstract: An occlusion device intended for blocking perivalvular leak channels that are found following heart valve implantation between the heart valve and the surrounding tissue. The occlusion device has a stent and a covering that is attached to the stent surface. A blocking fabric extends across the lumen of the stent to block blood flow. The stent pattern and wall structure provide for small radius of curvature bends to fill narrow channels that cause the perivalvular leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: William Joseph Drasler
  • Patent number: 10214329
    Abstract: An insert may be used with a container that includes a lid with a suction opening and a liquid storage portion where the lid threads onto the liquid storage portion to allow liquid from the liquid storage portion to be consumed through the suction opening by a user. The insert includes a barrier with an outer perimeter that is configured to be captured, and form a seal against liquid, between the lid and the liquid storage portion when the lid is threaded onto the liquid storage portion; a first one-way valve through the barrier and configured to allow the liquid to flow from the liquid storage portion to the suction opening during consumption of the liquid by the user; and a second one-way valve configured to allow air to flow into the liquid storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ABCD CAPITAL LLC
    Inventors: Kapil Kalokhe, Aarti Mehta, Jon Appleby, Jon Gowa, Thomas Dutremble
  • Patent number: 10195369
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for administering a solution to a tympanic membrane of an ear canal of a subject. In some embodiments, the system includes a fluid delivery channel with a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen defined therebetween. The proximal end can include at least one of a valve and Luer connector for selectively establishing fluid communication between a solution source and the lumen of the fluid delivery channel. The distal end can include an atraumatic tip defining a plurality of spray holes for providing fluid communication between the lumen and the ear canal. The atraumatic tip can be capable of being inserted into the ear canal and positioned near the tympanic membrane with the plurality of spray holes substantially facing the tympanic membrane to fill the ear canal with the solution from a portion near the tympanic membrane out toward an outer ear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard H. Andreas, Mansour Saleki, Rohit Girotra, Alfredo Cantu, Nikhil Bhat
  • Patent number: 10143822
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to multiple embodiments of catheters which include valved openings which are normally closed to maintain a lock solution within a catheter during periods of non-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Michael Sansoucy
  • Patent number: 10052474
    Abstract: The anti-back-flow devices and methods prevent fluid from leaking proximally from a catheter, but allow ready access to the catheter using any male luer device. The devices include proximal surfaces that urge open a valve in response to force from a male luer tip. The valves are associated a female luer hub and adapted to function with standard and typical non-standard male luer fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: I-V Access Technoiogy, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Richard Keyser, Jessie Delgado, Theodore J. Mosler
  • Patent number: 9999438
    Abstract: A tissue cutting device includes a sizing element which detects the diameter of the vessel in which the cutting device is positioned. The sizing element is coupled to the cutting element so that the amount of the cutting element that is exposed varies in response to movement of the sizing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael H. Rosenthal, Himanshu Patel
  • Patent number: 9901716
    Abstract: A tipless balloon catheter includes an elongate tubular body defining an inflation lumen and having proximal and distal ends. A balloon has a proximal neck mounted on the distal end of the elongate tubular body and a distal neck including a distal tip having a distal opening therethrough. The distal opening is in fluid communication with the inflation lumen and an interior of the balloon. A stiffening member extends between the distal end of the elongate tubular body and the distal neck of the balloon. The tipless balloon catheter has a wire guide path defined by the elongate tubular body, the interior of the balloon, and the distal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Eaton
  • Patent number: 9872977
    Abstract: A piston for a needleless valve system comprising a head portion configured to be disposed in the needleless valve system and controlling fluid flow through the needleless valve system. The head portion comprising a continuous top surface, and an opening disposed proximate the continuous top surface, wherein the continuous top surface is non-planar when the opening is in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventors: Tyler Devin Panian, Jonathan Yeh
  • Patent number: 9833603
    Abstract: A septum for a port is provided, the septum having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall can include a pressure-activated valve element for regulating the flow of fluid across the valve. The curvature of the side wall and the geometry of the sidewall and the housing can be tailored to bias the valve element to open at different pressures during infusion and aspiration. The side wall can also include an extended portion that can function as a suture wing for securing the port within a port pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Marcia Nardone, Damon Casiello
  • Patent number: 9827411
    Abstract: A bi-directional valve assembly, including valves for use in closed-ended catheters or other elongate tubular devices, is disclosed. In one embodiment, a catheter assembly for insertion into a body of a patient is disclosed and comprises an elongate catheter tube including an outer wall that at least partially defines at least one lumen that extends between a proximal end and a closed distal end thereof. The catheter tube includes a valve assembly that in turn includes a linear slit valve defined through the outer wall of a distal segment of the catheter tube, and a deformation region. The deformation region includes a compliant segment disposed in the outer wall of the catheter tube and a thinned portion of the outer wall. The compliant segment and thinned portion of the deformation region cooperate to preferentially deform the outer wall and open the slit valve during aspiration through the catheter tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Cox, Daniel B. Blanchard, Mark A. Christensen
  • Patent number: 9808606
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a valve system for an inflatable portion of an indwelling medical device and more particularly to a valve system for fluid regulation of a catheter comprising a fluid inflatable portion that undergoes pressure changes within the body during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Yun Jin, Christopher Carter Gregory
  • Patent number: 9795746
    Abstract: The present relates to a filter needle coupled between a fixation member having a needle for injecting a medical fluid after filtering foreign substances contained in the medical fluid and a disposable syringe, the filter needle includes an outer housing having a front end portion to which the fixation member is coupled and a rear end portion to which the disposable syringe is coupled and a filtering unit which is disposed inside the outer housing, and in which a medical fluid supplied from the fixation member to the disposable syringe is passed through as is, while a medical fluid supplied from the disposable syringe to the fixation member is filtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dongguk University Industry—Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Sung Min Kim, Ho Chul Kang
  • Patent number: 9731083
    Abstract: A syringe receptacle includes a base portion including a communication hole formed such that an injection needle of a syringe is insertable; a container airtightly provided on the base portion; a space forming portion provided on the base portion and forming a space which is connected to the communication hole and an inside of the container; a first valve portion provided between the communication hole and the space, and configured to restrict a movement of a fluid from the space to the communication hole; and a second valve portion provided between the space and the inside of the container, and configured to restrict a movement from the inside of the container to the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Daiwa Can Company
    Inventors: Toshihiro Asano, Yoshiki Hamai, Akira Nagashima, Toshio Iino, Toshiaki Nakayama, Yuya Kawasaki, Makoto Takami
  • Patent number: 9662060
    Abstract: A method and system of providing therapy to a patient's uterus is provided, which can include any number of features. The method can include the steps of inserting a uterine device into the uterus and performing a uterine integrity test to determine that the uterus is intact and not perforated. If it is determined that the uterus is not perforated, a patency test can be performed to determine that the uterine device is not clogged or embedded in tissue. If the uterus is intact and the device is not clogged or embedded in tissue, the uterus can be treated with the uterine device, e.g., uterine ablation. Systems for performing these methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AEGEA MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Robert Bilgor Peliks, Donnell William Gurskis, Steven Robert Bacich, Uriel Hiram Chee
  • Patent number: 9642962
    Abstract: A dialysis catheter includes an elongate catheter member having an outer wall member defining proximal and distal end regions, and first and second longitudinal lumens. The outer member includes first and second ports in respective fluid communication with the first and second longitudinal lumens. The first opening and the first lumen define an inflow passage. The second opening and the second longitudinal lumen define an outflow passage. A valve is disposed relative to the outer member proximal of the first port. The valve is adapted to move from a closed position to an open position in response to a predetermined vacuum pressure level realized within the first longitudinal lumen to permit flow of blood through the valve and into the first longitudinal lumen. The valve may be adapted to move to the open position in the event of a luminal occlusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Scott Matson, Richard Braga
  • Patent number: 9636478
    Abstract: A medical tube, which is inserted into a tubular organ and discharges and suctions fluid, is provided with a tube-shape main body which extends a prescribed length and with a valve which is disposed in a portion of the main body that is inserted into the tubular organ and can discharge or suction a fluid, wherein the valve includes multiple slits which are formed so as to extend axially of the body a prescribed length, reaching from the outer periphery to the inner periphery of the main body, and which are provided spaced in the circumferential direction of the main body. Each slit is formed tilted in the same direction with respect to a radially-extending line which passes through the axial center of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Yasuaki Arai, Shinichi Sakai, Yuuki Inami
  • Patent number: 9610193
    Abstract: An infusion sleeve for use in partially covering a phacoemulsification tip during a surgical operation is disclosed herein. The infusion sleeve includes a flexible elongate portion having a lumen extending therethrough with the phacoemulsification tip running through the lumen. The flexible elongate member further includes a lateral port configured on a side of the flexible elongate member, a straight section, and a tapered section. The tapered section is located at a distal portion of the flexible elongate member and has a first wall subsection having a uniform thickness and a second wall subsection having thickness larger than the uniform thickness. The second wall subsection flexes to maintain circumferential contact with the phacoemulsification tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Kristine Velasco, James Y. Chon
  • Patent number: 9468738
    Abstract: A catheter includes an elongate body having first and second chambers extending within the elongate body from a proximal end to an intermediate section, the first chamber having a first opening and the second chamber having a second opening at the intermediate section. The catheter also includes a valve structure that may have first and second barrier elements to open or close the first and second openings, respectively. The first and the second barrier elements may be coupled by a connecting structure moving within an opening in a guide structure. Alternatively, the first and the second barrier elements may be coupled in a U-shaped structure that moves over the guide structure. To permit flushing of the chambers when the first and second openings are closed, the first and second chambers may also be connected by a connecting channel defined by an opening in a wall of the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Phase One Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian C. Ravenscroft
  • Patent number: 9446435
    Abstract: A MEMS-based particle manipulation system which uses a particle manipulation stage and a plurality of laser interrogation regions. The laser interrogation regions may be used to assess the effectiveness or accuracy of the particle manipulation stage. In one exemplary embodiment, the particle manipulation stage is a microfabricated, flap-type fluid valve, which sorts a target particle from non-target particles in a fluid stream. The laser interrogation stages are disposed in the microfabricated fluid channels at the input and output of the flap-type sorting valve. The laser interrogation regions may be used to assess the effectiveness or accuracy of the sorting, and to control or adjust sort parameters during the sorting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S Foster, Daryl W. Grummitt
  • Patent number: 9433708
    Abstract: An intravenous connector is provided having a valve body having first end configured to receive a syringe for administering medicine to a patient; a spike element having a tapered hollow spike terminating in a tip at a first end and having a second end configured for attaching to an intravenous tube, the spike element secured in the valve body such that the tip is disposed proximate the first end of the valve body and the second end of the spike element is located at a second end of the valve body; and a pliable seal member disposed in the valve body around the tapered hollow spike and exposed at the first end of the valve body. An antimicrobial material comprising a silane quaternary ammonium salt is incorporated on or within the seal member and is coated on the valve body and the spike element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Patrick E. Eddy
  • Patent number: 9433723
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to providing pressurized infusion of liquids and, more particularly, is directed to providing a stable and pressurized flow of irrigation fluid to the eye during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E Steen, Fred Lee, James Gerg
  • Patent number: 9393383
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for lead delivery. In at least one exemplary embodiment of a catheter for delivering a lead within a mammalian body of the present disclosure, the catheter comprises an elongated tube comprising a wall extending from a proximal end to a distal end, a lead delivery channel within the elongated tube, the lead delivery channel defining an outlet for delivering a lead, a balloon chamber positioned at or near the distal end of the elongated tube, and at least one balloon positioned within the balloon chamber, the at least one balloon capable of inflation to reversibly anchor the elongated tube within a mammalian body when at least a portion of the elongated tube is positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: CVDevices, LLC
    Inventors: Ghassan S. Kassab, Jose A. Navia, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9381295
    Abstract: An intravenous set with an automatic stopping mechanism in the drip chamber is provided. A top portion of the drip chamber may have a cap with a sharp tooth for puncturing a container or bottle. A lower portion of the drip chamber may be connected to a joint or stem that is connected to a flexible tube ending in a valve to be connected to a catheter. The drip chamber may contain a stopper for automatic control of fluid flow from the drip chamber. The stopper may include a lower part or diaphragm, a middle part or stem and an upper part. The stem and diaphragm may be connected by a stud, which is a part of the diaphragm. The stopper falls as the fluid flows through an exit of the drip chamber and closes the exit of the drip chamber when the fluid in the drip chamber is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Rishi Baid
  • Patent number: 9381018
    Abstract: A self-expanding stent-graft provided in a diametrically compacted state for implantation and retained preferably by a constraining sheath, useful for the temporary or permanent repair of injured, partially or entirely transected body conduits including blood vessels. It may be used under direct visualization to quickly stop or substantially reduce loss of blood from such damaged vessels and to quickly re-establish perfusion distal to the injury site. The device would typically be implanted under emergency room conditions but also be used in field situations by trained medical technicians. After an end of the device is inserted into a blood vessel through the injury access, deployment preferably initiates from the device end in a direction moving toward the middle of the length of the device by directionally releasing the constraining sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Keith M. Flury, Paul D. Goodman, Wayne D. House, Vrad W. Levering, Philip P. Off, Daniel M. O'Shea, Michael J. Vonesh, Jason M. Wiersdorf
  • Patent number: 9314584
    Abstract: A method of determining fractional flow reserve (FFR) in a blood vessel having stenosis includes injecting fluid into the blood vessel upstream of the stenosis using a power fluid injector, measuring pressure drop across the stenosis, and calculating FFR from measured pressure drop. The injected fluid may comprise a contrast medium. Further actions may include placing a pressure sensor proximal of the stenosis, injecting fluid into the blood vessel upstream of the stenosis using the power fluid injector, and measuring pressure in the blood vessel proximal of the stenosis. The pressure sensor may then be repositioned to a position distal of the stenosis, fluid may be reinjected into the blood vessel upstream of the stenosis using the power fluid injector, and pressure may be measured in the blood vessel distal of the stenosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Riley, Michael A. Spohn, Gerald W. Callan
  • Patent number: 9265924
    Abstract: A needle-free connector includes a hollow connector, an elastic block, and a switch assembly. The inner perimeter of the hollow connector forms a first annular wall and a second annular wall. The elastic block is disposed in the hollow connector. The switch assembly has a stop member and a guide tube connected to the stop member, the stop member being pressed between the annular block and the elastic block, the guide tube being disposed in the hollow connector, the external perimeter of the stop member forming a first annular portion against the first annular wall and a second annular portion against the second annular wall, a groove being disposed between the first annular portion and the second annular portion of the stop member, the groove being connected to the guide tube. Thus, the structure stability and closing performance are achieved such that the outside air cannot leak into the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Shih-Chi Ho, Ming-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 9205198
    Abstract: A multiple dose syringe has a first valve defining a first valve opening pressure and a second valve defining a second valve opening pressure. A storage chamber in fluid communication with the second valve stores multiple doses of a substance therein and includes an outlet for dispensing multiple doses of the stored substance therethrough. A compression surface is movable between first and second positions and defines a compression chamber between the compression surface and the first valve. Movement of the compression surface in a direction from the first position toward the second position dispenses substance in the compression chamber through the first valve and out of the syringe. Movement of the compression surface in a direction from the second position toward the first position causes substance to flow from the storage chamber through the second valve and into the compression chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Py Institute LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 9180050
    Abstract: An implanted parylene tube shunt relieves intra-ocular pressure. The device is implanted with an open end in the anterior chamber of the eye, allowing excess fluid to be drained through the tube out of the eye. In one embodiment, only a first end of the tube implanted into the anterior chamber of the eye is open. Intra-ocular pressure (IOP) is then monitored, for example utilizing an implanted sensor. When IOP exceeds a critical valve, a practitioner intervenes, puncturing with a laser a thinned region of the tube lying outside the eye, thereby initiating drainage of fluid and relieving pressure. In accordance with alternative embodiments, the both ends of the tube are open, and the tube includes a one-way valve configured to permit drainage where IOP exceeds the critical value. The tube may include projecting barbs to anchor the tube in the eye without the need for sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Ellis Fan-chuin Meng, Po-Jui Chen, Damien C. Rodger, Yu-Chong Tai, Mark S. Humayun
  • Patent number: 9173774
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an intraocular implant for allowing fluid flow from the anterior chamber of an eye, the implant comprising a tube having an inlet end, an outlet end, and a tube passage, wherein the inlet end is adapted to extend into the anterior chamber of the eye, and wherein the outlet end is adapted to be implanted adjacent scleral tissue of the eye. The implant may be adapted to drain aqueous humor into a suprachoroidal space or a juxta-uveal space. The disclosure also provides associated delivery devices, methods of use, and methods of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: OPTONOL LTD.
    Inventors: Ira Yaron, Oded Nissan, Gal Goren
  • Patent number: 9155876
    Abstract: A catheter assembly is presented which includes a catheter adapter having a blood control valve. A port is disposed in the catheter adapter for providing selective access to the interior of the catheter adapter. A port valve is disposed within the catheter adapter to control access between the interior of the catheter adapter and the port. The port valve includes a flexible tube, a portion of the flexible tube covering an opening between the port and the catheter adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ralph L. Sonderegger, S. Ray Isaacson
  • Patent number: 9126012
    Abstract: A catheter assembly is disclosed, which includes a catheter adapter. A port is disposed in the catheter adapter to provide selective access to the interior of the catheter adapter, and can be used for fluid flushing or infusion. A valve is disposed within the catheter adapter that includes a one-way valve portion that prevents proximally-directed fluid flow. The valve further including a flexible tube portion that covers an opening between the port and the catheter adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Austin Jason McKinnon, Jeffrey Charles O'Bryan
  • Patent number: 9066850
    Abstract: An enteral feeding device comprises a connector with a tube for establishing a fluid connection between the connector and a button; the enteral feeding device incorporating a button with an aperture; the connector's tube incorporating an ear projecting laterally from the tube; the button's aperture being substantially circular with a recessed portion sized and shaped to allow the connector's ear to be inserted into the button; wherein the button's aperture further incorporates at least one inwardly projecting ear; and the connector's tube incorporates at least one recessed channel for receiving the at least one ear during the connection of the tube to the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Iden Shams
  • Publication number: 20150144127
    Abstract: A valved container assembly (10) comprising a container (12) for containing a fluid, the container (12) extending in an axial direction and having at least one venting opening (12a) at a front end and at least one dispensing opening (12b). The valved container assembly (10) further comprising a valve (14) disposed in the container (12) and a plunger element (20) disposed axially rearward of the valve (14), the plunger element (20) being axially moveable in the container (12) and defining a first volume (22) in the container (12) between the plunger element (20) and the valve (14), where the plunger element (20) is configured to increase the pressure of a fluid in the first volume (22) upon axial movement relative to the valve (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Matt Ekman, Ian Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150141906
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed to reduce the tissue trauma that occurs when a physician retracts or otherwise deforms a patient's tissues for surgery or other medical procedures. In one part, methods and devices are disclosed for cooling the tissue around the incision. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed that elute drugs into the tissues of the tissue margin. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed to engage tissues during retraction to cushion, to sense tissue state, and to modulate tissue state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Anthony Pell, Hugh Charles Crenshaw
  • Patent number: 9017294
    Abstract: A thrombectomy apparatus for breaking up thrombus or other obstructive material in a lumen of a vascular graft or vessel. The apparatus includes a wire having a first configuration and a second deployed configuration, the wire having a straighter configuration in the first configuration. The wire is operatively connected to a motor for rotation of the wire to contact and break up the thrombus or other obstructive material. A blocking device at a distal portion of the apparatus is movable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, and is configured in the expanded configuration to block thrombus dislodged by rotation of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Rex Medical, L.P.
    Inventors: James F. McGuckin, Jr., John D. Leedle, James Erich Bressler, Peter W. J. Hinchliffe
  • Patent number: 8991430
    Abstract: A medical valve having a valve inside housing and a valve core. The valve core is installed within the housing. The housing is preferably an integrally-formed hollow cylindrical structure. An annular protrusion may be arranged on the outer surface of the housing and a seal ring may be arranged in the center of the inner wall of the housing. The valve core can be made of an elastic material as an integrally-formed cylindrical structure. A lock ring matched with the seal ring of the housing may be arranged on the outer surface of the valve core, and the lock ring can be integrally formed with the valve core. The medical valve inside disclosed by the invention is widely applied to the medical fields such as cushion mask, trachea cannula and laryngeal mask, No metal member is preferably employed, so with magnetic resonance imaging examination without causing interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen Yuantai Medical Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Danyu Huang
  • Patent number: 8992489
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system which includes a pressurizing device for delivering injection fluid under pressure, a low pressure fluid delivery system, and a pressure isolation mechanism. The pressure isolation mechanism includes a valve housing having a first port associated with the pressurizing device, a second port associated with the low pressure fluid delivery system, an outlet port associated with a patient, and a pressure isolation port for connection with a pressure transducer. A first valve in a normally open position permits fluid communication between the first port and the second port and is movable to a closed position when fluid pressure in the first port increases to a predetermined pressure level. The first valve isolates the pressure isolation port from the first port when in the closed position. A second valve is associated with the second port and regulates fluid flow through the second port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Bayer Medical Care Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Spohn, John A. Haury, Anthony S. McCoppin, John F. Kalafut, Herbert M. Grubic, James A. Dedig
  • Patent number: 8986263
    Abstract: A catheter with a valve is disclosed that allows smooth flow of a solution in-both when a solution is flowing from the inside of a catheter towards the outside of a catheter and when a solution is flowing from the outside of a catheter towards the inside of a catheter. The catheter includes a tubular body 12 made of an elastic and flexible synthetic resin material and is equipped with a valve having a slit 16 passing through the outer surface 12b of the tubular body. The catheter is also provided with the movable wall 15 sunken towards the inside of the tubular body 12 at an end tip member region 14 of the tubular body 12. The location where the movable wall 15 exists has a structure with differences in hardness in the thickness direction of the tubular body 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Takashi Tanaka, Motonori Watanabe, Masashige Hori
  • Patent number: 8986262
    Abstract: A sampling connector for use in sampling a body fluid such as arterial blood or cerebrospinal fluid. The sampling connector comprises at least two apertures in fluid communication via a fluid flow conduit and a one-way valve (14) disposed to allow fluid flow from the first aperture, through the fluid flow conduit and out of the second aperture, but not to allow fluid to flow into the second aperture and through the fluid flow conduit to the first aperture. In use, the sampling connector is connected to a body cavity to enable the sampling of a body fluid by withdrawal of the body fluid through the first aperture, and to prevent the introduction of a separate fluid to the body cavity. The first aperture can be within a male end and the second aperture can be within a female end or vice versa. A sampling device comprising a sampling connector according to the present invention and use of the sampling connector and/or sampling device is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust
    Inventors: Peter Jeffrey Young, Joseph Joachim Carter
  • Publication number: 20150065951
    Abstract: Delivery catheters for in situ forming foams are provided. The catheters include, in various embodiments, coatings, valves, mixing structures, exit ports and combinations of the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Toby FREYMAN, Jennifer Mortensen, Jeffrey Groom
  • Publication number: 20150051554
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a one-way valve 1, especially for medical use, comprising at least one valve housing, an inlet 22, an outlet 26, and a valve element consisting of a valve body 20 and a valve seal 16. To it make possible for the one-way valve 1 to function reliably even in the case of liquids containing dietary fiber and for the tubing assembly to be filled rapidly, it is provided according to the invention that the valve body 20 comprises a passageway 21, which opens out into a sealing cavity 23 between the valve body 20 and the valve seal 16, and that the valve seal 16 comprises an opening 39, which can be closed in such a way by the valve body 20 upon relative movement of two housing parts 2, 3 that the valve seal 16 rests with a sealing lip 28 against the valve body 20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: CEDIC s.r.l.
    Inventor: Jan Willem Marinus Mijers
  • Patent number: 8956320
    Abstract: A capillary fluid flow valve may include a chamber having a first boundary surface and a second boundary surface defined by a housing. The first and second boundary surfaces may be spaced apart by a gap sized to invoke capillary action between the surfaces. The first surface may be angled relative to the second surface. The chamber may have an inlet port, an outlet port, and an air vent port. The gap at the air vent port may be smaller than the gap at the outlet port and the gap at the outlet port may be smaller than the gap at the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikhail A. Ovchinnikov, Satish Yalamanchili
  • Publication number: 20150045747
    Abstract: A valved container assembly which has a container for containing a fluid, the container extending in an axial direction and having an open front end and a valve disposed in the container. The valved container assembly is configured so that forward axial movement of the valve relative to the container is inhibited. A plunger element is disposed axially rearward of the valve and is axially moveable in the container. The plunger element is configured to increase the pressure of a fluid in a first volume of the container upon forward axial movement relative to the valve. The valve includes a channel bypassing the permanent seal, the channel having a first opening in fluid communication with the atmosphere outside of the valved container assembly and a second opening selectively sealed from the first volume by a resilient seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ian Anderson, Matt Ekman
  • Patent number: 8951229
    Abstract: A catheter includes a pressure actuated seal within a manifold. A catheter body is coupled with the manifold, and a manifold lumen and a catheter lumen are configured to receive pressurized fluids. The pressure actuated seal includes a pressure actuated seal element having a seal element lumen. The seal element lumen is in communication with the manifold and catheter lumens. The pressure actuated seal element is deformable between an open configuration and a sealed configuration. In the sealed configuration, the pressurized fluids in the manifold press on the pressure actuated seal element along a first seal face. The pressure actuated seal element compresses inwardly around the seal element lumen according to a pressure of the pressurized fluids. In the open configuration, the pressure actuated seal element relaxes in an absence of the pressurized fluids, and the seal element lumen is open and configured to allow passage of an instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Limited
    Inventors: Michael J. Bonnette, Eric J. Thor, Stephen E. Weisel, Arthur E. Uber, III, Leif E. Leirfallom, Laszlo T. Farago
  • Publication number: 20150025467
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a catheter insertion device, which comprises a catheter hub in which a check valve is arranged, and a catheter, which is in fluid communication with the catheter hub, wherein a support element is attached to the catheter, and a flexible buffer element is provided between the support element and the catheter hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Woehr
  • Publication number: 20150005717
    Abstract: The invention concerns a flow regulator, made of a stack of 3 plates, respectively a top plate including a flexible membrane (1), a middle plate (2) with pillars and through holes and a bottom plate (3) with fluidic ports, micro channels and through holes (8,9,12). The principle is based on the deformation of the membrane due to the pressure of the liquid. The membrane goes in contact with the pillars of the middle plate, obstructing gradually the through holes of the pillars. The device is designed to keep the flow constant in a predefined range of pressure. The device is dedicated to ultra low flow rate up to 1 ml per day or below, typically for drug infusion. Plastic flow regulators comprise preferably several independent valves coupled in parallel. The membrane plate is therefore made of several flexible membranes obstructing gradually the flow by increasing the pressure. Stress limiters are used to avoid plastic deformation of the membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Chappel
  • Patent number: 8920375
    Abstract: The microneedle devices disclosed herein in some embodiments include a substrate; one or more microneedles; a reservoir for delivery of drugs; a gas source, and, optionally, pump(s), sensor(s), and/or microprocessor(s) to control the interaction of the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Valeritas, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert R. Gonnelli