Having Fluid Responsive Means (e.g., Check Valve, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/247)
  • Patent number: 11458281
    Abstract: A catheter for use in medical applications is disclosed. The catheter comprises tubing with a tip hole at one end and an end portion at the other end. Fluid exits the catheter at the tip hole thereof. One or more alternative fluid pathway(s) are provided on the sidewall of the catheter to permit outflow of fluid medication from the catheter to ensure proper delivery of the medication to the intended target area, particularly when the tip opening is occluded or restricted for any reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Joshua Horvath, Victor Politis, Stephen Richards, Ronald Pettis, Gary Searle, Monica Rixman Swinney, Natasha Bolick
  • Patent number: 11426562
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing an internal balloon sheath are disclosed. One device includes a sheath for insertion through an arteriotomy of a patient. The sheath comprises a tubular sheath body having a longitudinal axis, an open proximal end, an open distal end, an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface defining a lumen between the proximal and distal ends for passage of a catheter device. The sheath also comprises an inflatable balloon disposed within the lumen. The inflatable balloon is configured to occupy a longitudinal space in the lumen between the inner surface of the sheath body and the catheter device when the catheter device is disposed within the sheath and the balloon is inflated, and fluidically seal the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: ABIOMED, INC.
    Inventor: Glen Robert Fantuzzi
  • Patent number: 11357912
    Abstract: Infusion devices including a cannula have a tubular body member comprising a tubular wall enclosing a longitudinal extending internal bore. The cannula is adapted to flex in response to a compression force and/or an increased internal pressure in the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: UNOMEDICAL A/S
    Inventors: Pernelle Kruse Schøndorff, Julie Theander, Rasmus Boje Vendelbo Juliussen
  • Patent number: 11344314
    Abstract: Microcatheters and methods for modifying and delivering suspended particles to target bodily parts (e.g., of a cardiovascular system). Embolization microcatheters and uses thereof in performing local embolization procedures, involving modifying flow characteristics (momentum) of suspensions during delivery. Applicable for delivering embolization material in a small blood vessel towards a target bodily part, and for performing local embolizations in small blood vessels feeding (possibly, cancerous) target bodily parts, thereby forming emboli therein, while preventing or minimizing non-target embolization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Gabriel Tal, Eran Miller
  • Patent number: 11305102
    Abstract: A catheter assembly for regulation or transfer of fluids to and from a patient. The catheter assembly may include a catheter and a valve assembly. The valve assembly may include a diaphragm having two unidirectional slit valves that open in different directions, a first unidirectional slit valve opening distally in response to an infusion-induced pressure and a second unidirectional slit valve opening proximally in response to an aspiration-induced pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Blanchard, Kelly B. Powers, William R. Barron
  • Patent number: 11291823
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coupling component for a fluid coupling (1) for releasably connecting fluid-conveying components, in particular fluid-conveying components in medical equipment, wherein the coupling component comprises a coupling housing (14) through which a fluid channel (17) passes in regions and which is provided with a coupling recess (7) that is sunken into a surface (15) of the coupling housing (14), wherein a channel opening (18) of the fluid channel (17) ends at an end face (19) of the coupling recess (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Anderle, Hannes Wirtl
  • Patent number: 11247032
    Abstract: A wearable band transdermal medication device including one or more chamber for dispensing liquid transdermal medication, a device housing, and a transdermal applicator for the transdermal medication. The chamber includes a pouch containing a liquid transdermal medication pressurized at a first pressure, and an outlet for selective dispensing of the medication to a delivery section of the transdermal medication delivery device. The outlet may be a self-sealing membrane that dispenses liquid medication when subjected to a negative pressure differential, or may be a magnetic valve assembly. The device is configured as wristband, armband or other band worn by the patient with the transdermal applicator at an outer face of the device housing in contact with the patient's skin. A plurality of chambers housed by the device operate under electrical control to dispense medication, subject to access authorization, and subject to regimens for transdermal administration of the liquid medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Michal Knas, Jiby John
  • Patent number: 11167109
    Abstract: A lavage catheter for the treatment of a maxillary sinus is described. The catheter comprises a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion comprises an irrigation tip. The irrigation tip has a tip opening through which fluid may be delivered by one handed operation of the catheter. A method for lavaging the maxillary sinus includes inserting the lavage catheter into a patient's anatomy and advancing the irrigation tip into the maxillary sinus using one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Jenkins, Jessica Liberatore, Sandra W. Ruggles, Jessica K. Chan
  • Patent number: 11147959
    Abstract: A syringe apparatus for disinfection of central line port needleless connector and method of disinfecting a central line port needleless connector. The syringe apparatus includes a syringe tip including a first O-ring including a disinfectant located in a first section of a tip cavity between an inner tip portion of the syringe tip and an outer tip portion of the syringe tip. The syringe tip preferably further includes one or more Luer lock sections and one or more additional O-rings. The syringe apparatus preferably also includes a cap including an inner layer including a disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Jason Lakis
  • Patent number: 11083463
    Abstract: A device for secluding a body vessel may include a distal balloon, a proximal balloon, an aspiration port positioned adjacent to the distal balloon, an injection port positioned adjacent to the proximal balloon, and a lumen assembly. The lumen assembly may comprise a central lumen, a distal balloon lumen operably coupled to the distal balloon, a proximal balloon lumen operably coupled to the proximal balloon, an aspiration port lumen operably coupled to the aspiration port, and an injection port lumen operably coupled to the injection port. The distal balloon and the proximal balloon may define a treatment chamber therebetween, and the aspiration port and the injection port may be positioned within the treatment chamber on the lumen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Basis Medical, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Martin
  • Patent number: 11071852
    Abstract: A medical connector for use in a fluid pathway includes a substantially transparent housing having a proximal end with a proximal opening and a distal end with a distal opening, and a cavity extending therebetween. The connector provides a substantially visible fluid flow path extending through a substantial portion of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Bob Foret
  • Patent number: 11065383
    Abstract: A connector provided with a housing which defines an insertion section into which a male connector is inserted from the outside and a flow path communicating with the insertion section and an elastic valve body which has a slit and blocks the insertion section. The housing includes a tip receiving section formed on an inner wall defining the flow path, the tip receiving section receiving a tip of the male connector inserted through the slit of the elastic valve body. The tip receiving section is formed on only a part of the inner wall in a cross section that is perpendicular to an insertion direction of the male connector and includes at least a part of the tip receiving section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10994107
    Abstract: An implantable, body-driven shunt pump includes a pump body defining a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and a fluid chamber therebetween; an inlet valve arranged in the fluid inlet, the inlet valve being a one-way valve arranged such that it is operable to allow fluid flow into the fluid chamber and to prevent fluid flow out of the fluid chamber; and an outlet valve arranged in the fluid outlet, the outlet valve being a one-way valve arranged such that it is operable to allow fluid flow out of the fluid chamber and to prevent fluid flow into the fluid chamber. The pump body includes an expandable and contractible component in a portion of the pump body that defines the fluid chamber such that the fluid chamber changes volume in response to a change in pressure of fluid in the fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Ashish Nimgaonkar, Matthew Petney, Kevin James Colbert, Laura Scavo, Michelle Camacho
  • Patent number: 10893834
    Abstract: A charger for charging a pressure sensing catheter is provided. The charger can include a plurality of charging ports for receiving a portion of the proximal section of the pressure sensing catheter. The charging port may include an engagement portion for engaging with the portion of the proximal section of the pressure sensing catheter such that when the engagement portion engages with the proximal section of the pressure sensing catheter, the engagement portion is fluidly coupled to the catheter lumen and the pressure transmission medium from the engagement portion is displaced from the engagement portion to charge the one or more balloons of the pressure sensing catheter. The charger can include a cover for covering the engagement portion. The charger can include flutes defined on a surface of each charging port to permit a predetermined volume of the pressure transmission medium to be displaced from each charging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Laborie Medical Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Megan Melissa Smith, Deepak Bhardwaj, Hooman Reza Zadeh Tabatabai, Adrian G. Dacko, Ing Han Goping, Kristian Josef Olsen
  • Patent number: 10874589
    Abstract: Systems and devices for interfacing between a medicinal vial, a hypodermic needle, and an injection device such as a syringe, comprising a valve, functionally associated with said vial adaptor, said injection device port, and said needle, said valve having a first orientation wherein said injection device port is in fluid flow communication with said vial adaptor and a second orientation wherein said injection device port is in fluid flow communication with said hypodermic needle, wherein rotation of said injection device port between a first position and a second position thereof, drives transition of said valve from said first orientation to said second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Gad Lewkonya, David Daily, Hagay Drori
  • Patent number: 10857345
    Abstract: A medical connector assembly for establishing a fluid connection between a first medical device and a second medical device includes a multi-use connector and a plurality of single-use connectors connected in series. The multi-use connector has a proximal end opposite a distal end along a longitudinal length thereof. The plurality of single-use connectors each have a proximal end opposite a distal end along a longitudinal length thereof. The distal end of the multi-use connector is releasably connected to the proximal end of a first of the serially-connected single-use connectors. When a second of the serially-connected single-use connectors is disconnected from the first single-use connector, the first single-use connector remains connected to the multi-use medical connector as a sterility retaining cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Arthur E. Uber, III, Kevin Cowan, James A. Dedig, David M. Griffiths, Edward J. Rhinehart, Benjamin Taggart, Mark Trocki
  • Patent number: 10835730
    Abstract: A medical valve has a housing with an inlet housing and an outlet housing. The interior of the inlet housing and/or the outlet housing has a contact surface. A resilient element sits within the housing and controls fluid flow through the inlet. The resilient element has a proximal portion with a normally closed aperture configured to open when actuated by a medical device. The resilient element also has a distal portion adjacent to the outlet, and a central portion between the proximal portion and the distal portion. The central portion has a wall that defines a fluid chamber in the open mode and in the closed mode. The wall has at least one projection extending radially outward. The projection maintains compressive contact with the contact surface of the housing and applies an inwardly compressive force on the resilient element, increasing the wall stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NP MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Todd Chelak, Nicholas Illsley, Nicholas Dennis
  • Patent number: 10792486
    Abstract: A medical connector for use in a fluid pathway includes a housing configured to permit fluid flow between a first medical device and a second device or location. The medical connector includes a valve member configured to be positioned at least partially within the housing. The valve member is configured to receive the first medical device. The valve member can be moved into a second state. The connector can be adapted for use with a catheter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Nelson, Joseph K. Walker
  • Patent number: 10765794
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in dialyzing a patient comprising a hemodialysis catheter comprising an elongated body having a proximal and a distal end, wherein the distal end terminates in a substantially planar distal end surface; first and second lumens extending from the proximal end to the distal end, wherein the lumens terminate on the distal end surface in first and second mouths, arranged in side-by-side configuration, and further wherein the lumens are separated by a septum; and first and second longitudinal slots formed in the distal end of the elongated body and communicating with the interiors of the lumens, the slots opening on the distal end surface; wherein the slots each have a length and a width, relative to the dimensions of the lumens and the rate of blood flow to be passed through the hemodialysis catheter, so as to minimize undesirable recirculation of dialyzed blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Medical Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Ravenscroft, Donald Woods
  • Patent number: 10737076
    Abstract: A self-offsetting implantable valve system including a catheter having an outer perimeter, a free terminating end and an opposite second end. A plurality of holes are defined proximate the free terminating end of the catheter. The system further including a self-offsetting memory component disposed radially about the outer perimeter of a portion of the catheter proximate the free terminating end of the catheter. This self-offsetting memory component is transitionable between a first state subject to application of an externally applied force and a second state free from the externally applied force. While in the first state at least a portion of the self-offsetting memory component having a diameter smaller than that same portion of the self-offsetting memory component while in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Integra LifeSciences Switzerland Sárl
    Inventors: Thomas Boden, Jr., Alan J. Dextradeur
  • Patent number: 10668263
    Abstract: A connector for medical fluid vessels includes a fluid-seal fitting such as a male plug defining a lumen and mating with a cooperating connector, a mechanical fastener such as a screw thread for mating with the cooperating connector, and an outer housing positioned around the plug to form an annular space. Optionally, a cap can be provided with a fluid-seal fitting such as a male plug for mating with the lumen of the connector. The connector includes one or more vent openings for drainage and air-drying of any residual fluid in the annular space when capped, as well as for breaking a vacuum to prevent fluid backflow and thus ensure more accurate dosing. In some embodiments, the vent openings are provided in the outer housing. And in some embodiments, the vent openings are provided in the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NeoMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron N. Ingram, Benjamin Martin Davis, Mark M. Costello, Tony Doherty, John Burke
  • Patent number: 10653879
    Abstract: Needleless connectors are described. An example needleless connector includes a housing and a compressible valve. The housing may define an internal cavity and may include a body section having a first port and one or more internal contact tabs and a base section having a valve mount and a second port. The compressible valve may be disposed within at least a portion of the internal cavity and be movably retained within the housing. The compressible valve may include a flange portion for securing the compressible valve within the housing. A central longitudinal axis of the housing may be defined by a coaxial arrangement of the first and second port. The one or more internal contact tabs may be arranged to contact an outer side surface of the flange portion such that a radial force substantially orthogonal to the central longitudinal axis is provided for securement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: George Michel Mansour, Christopher J. Zollinger, Matthew Quach, Jonathan Yeh
  • Patent number: 10625071
    Abstract: A closure device for a fluid system for medical purposes is disclosed. The closure device includes a support housing, which has at least one opening to a fluid reservoir or a fluid line, and also with a connection piece, which includes a Luer connecting portion for connecting to a syringe or some other Luer connection part, and with an elastically deformable closure membrane, which closes a fluid passage of the connection piece and opens it when the syringe or other Luer connection part is connected. A nonreturn valve is configured for opening both in the direction of the connection piece and in the direction of the opening to the fluid reservoir or to the fluid line is arranged in the support housing at a distance from the closure membrane in the direction of the fluid. The closure device has applications in several areas, including in infusion systems for medical purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: B. Braun Melsungen AG
    Inventor: Oliver Bonnal
  • Patent number: 10555875
    Abstract: A baby bottle, an insert for a baby bottle, a baby bottle including an insert, and a method of feeding an infant that serves to pace the infant's feeding rhythm. Generally, these devices and methods will be of use for a preterm infant who lacks coordination of the suck-swallow-breathe synchrony, but can also be used with full term infants who can benefit from rigid control of the flow of milk from a bottle, this includes, but is not limited to, infants with gastroesophageal reflux who can require pacing of feeds to allow for gastric emptying. The device generally cues the infant to swallow and breathe after each 1-4 sucks by stopping the flow of the fluid from the bottle after the infant has sucked sufficiently or a predetermined period of time has passed. Once the baby breathes or a period of time passes, the bottle resets for the next repetition. The device also serves to consistently slow the flow of milk during oral feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Preemie-Pacer, LLC
    Inventors: Roberta Pineda, Jeffrey Macler
  • Patent number: 10543350
    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 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcia Nardone, Damon Casiello
  • Patent number: 10471241
    Abstract: Dilators, such as rapid exchange dilators, configured for percutaneous access are disclosed. The dilator may be configured to be disposable within, or couplable with, a catheter. In some embodiments, the dilator, or the coupled dilator and the catheter, may be configured such that a sheath is not required for percutaneous access. In other embodiments, the dilator may comprise a plug such that a guide wire may be directed from a distal end of the dilator through a port, such as a rapid exchange port, in a sidewall of the dilator. The plug may also be configured to permit passage of fluid through a lumen of the dilator while inhibiting passage of the guide wire through a length of the dilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve W. Carlstrom, Jim Mottola, Punit Satyavrat Ramrakha, Nate Shirley
  • Patent number: 10448955
    Abstract: The present invention relates to substantially compressible, spherical porous embolization particles, including methods of making and using the particles. Methods of using the particles include methods of embolization, in which at least one particle can be positioned in a target area of a blood vessel. The particles can also include interior pores that extend to the surface of the particles. Further, the invention relates to embolization delivery systems for the introduction of the particle into the vascular luer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Louis R. Matson, Gerald R. McNamara, Donald K. Brandom
  • Patent number: 10441744
    Abstract: This invention relates to systems for delivering medical devices, as well as related systems and methods. The invention also relates to methods of prevention and treatment of biofilm related contamination of systems or devices for medication delivery and methods of treating medical devices, such as catheters, to prevent infection from said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Yannan Ouyang
  • 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