Having Fluid Responsive Means (e.g., Check Valve, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/247)
  • 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
  • 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