Treating Material Applied To Or Removed From External Surface Of Body, Or Cutaneous Layer Of Skin (e.g., Eye Treatment, Removal Of Skin Impurities, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/289)
  • Patent number: 10434014
    Abstract: A treatment system including one or more of a wound dressing having one or more of a substrate element, a dressing member disposed on the substrate element, an adhesive element disposed on the substrate element, and a tether connecting the wound dressing to a treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HaloStim, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Pandya
  • Patent number: 10426659
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device and method for the vacuum-assisted delivery of drugs through an intact surface membrane of an organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Vacu-Site Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Myung, Edward E. Manche, Donald J. Eaton, Anthony J. Abbate
  • Patent number: 10405861
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a negative pressure wound closure system and methods for using such a system. Preferred embodiments of the invention facilitate closure of the wound by preferentially contracting to provide for movement of the tissue. Preferred embodiments can utilize tissue grasping elements to apply a wound closing force to the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventor: Raymond Dunn
  • Patent number: 10363356
    Abstract: An irrigator system for delivering a volume of fluid from a fluid source to an abscess or wound. The irrigator system includes a fluid source connector for removably connecting to the fluid source, a fluid receiver for receiving the fluid from the fluid source, a fluid delivery nozzle for delivering the fluid to the abscess or wound, and a shield removably positioned around the fluid delivery nozzle to protect the fluid delivery nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph P. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10226610
    Abstract: A wound treatment system includes a housing. A processor is located in the housing. A pressure monitoring system is coupled to the processor. A power delivery system is located in the housing and coupled to the processor. An oxygen concentrator is located in the housing and coupled to the power delivery system. The oxygen concentrator includes a plurality of oxygen outlets. The processor is configured to receive pressure information from the pressure monitoring system that is indicative of a pressure in a restricted airflow enclosure provided by a dressing and located adjacent a wound site; and use the pressure information to control the power provided from the power delivery system to the oxygen concentrator in order to control an oxygen flow created by the oxygen concentrator and provided through one of the plurality of oxygen outlets to the restricted airflow enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTROCHEMICAL OXYGEN CONCEPTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael C. Wells, Mark Parker, Daniel J. Clarius, Andrew Parker, Faraidoon Pundole, Tom Woods, Mark Niederauer, James P. Daley
  • Patent number: 10159771
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods disclosed herein relate to various embodiments of wound fillers that, in some cases, preferentially collapse in one direction as compared to another direction. Such apparatuses and methods may aid in the closure of wounds and may further be used in combination with pressure sensors and controllers to provide for controlled collapse of the wound fillers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Edward Yerbury Hartwell, John Kenneth Hicks, Carl Saxby, Elizabeth Mary Huddleston, John Christian Hoggarth, Tim Stern, Andrew Linton
  • Patent number: 10149963
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided to conduct fluid away from or deliver fluid to an area of a treatment site of a patient's body. In one aspect of the invention, a catheter includes a terminal end with a fluid exchange portion. The terminal end may further include a diffuser. The terminal end may further include a barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Vital 5, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Wade Fallin, Jean-Sebastien Merette, Patrick Michel White
  • Patent number: 10117847
    Abstract: An extended duration anesthetic includes a short duration local anesthetic in a dilute solution and a long duration local anesthetic. The long duration local anesthetic is maintained in a powdered form until the time of administration. Premeasured quantities of the dilute solution and powdered long duration local anesthetic in a kit allow for quick preparation of a solution with desired concentrations of both short duration local anesthetic and long duration local anesthetic at the time of administration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ventis Pharma
    Inventors: Jeremy Poulsen, Louis Stanfield, Lawrence Volz
  • Patent number: 10080428
    Abstract: A cleansing device for mammalian skin includes a cleansing head having a plurality of elastomeric cleansing features extending away from the first surface and having an aspect ratio of about 1:5 to 10:1. The cleansing head is attached to a handle adapted to apply oscillating movement to one or more cleansing head sections to provide a total displacement per oscillation of about 2 mm to 8 mm at a frequency of about 5 Hz to 30 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NSE Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale G. Kern
  • Patent number: 10004887
    Abstract: An assembly includes a patch including a substance adapted for transdermal delivery, and a driver operative to move the patch to one or more of a plurality of operational relationships with a skin of a patient, including being in full contact with the skin, partial contact with the skin, and no contact with the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ALMA THERAPEUTICS LTD.
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Oz Cabiri
  • Patent number: 9956001
    Abstract: A dermal abrasion system includes a cream that may be applied to skin thereby facilitating the cream to liquefy contaminants in the skin. A scraper is provided and the scraper may be manipulated. The scraper frictionally engages the cream when the cream is applied to the skin. The scraper abrades the liquefied contaminants from the skin thereby enhancing cleanliness of the skin. The scraper has a scraping edge. The scraping edge is continuous such that the scraper may abrade the skin from a selected angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Dominique Calhoun
  • Patent number: 9855183
    Abstract: A manual device for massaging one or both of the upper and lower lids of the eye, the device including: a body, composed of flexible resilient biocompatible material, wherein the body provides jaws or lips, wherein the lips are biased into a spaced relationship by the material of the body, and wherein each lip is adapted to engage either the upper or lower eyelid, such that movement of the lips causes movement of at least one eyelid with respect to the other. The devices can conveniently be used to manipulate the meibomian glands of the eye in an optimum orientation, for example for alleviating or treating dry eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: EYE COMFORT LIMITED
    Inventors: Anant Sharma, Benjamin Anand Ruben Sharma, Jonathan Moore, Laurent Le Mentec, Ginny Conde
  • Patent number: 9730758
    Abstract: A facial treatment apparatus includes a housing, a facial treatment member mounted to the housing, and dimensioned for application to facial skin of a subject and being actuable to treat the facial skin, a visual display including a facial icon having a plurality of regions corresponding to different areas of the facial skin to be treated by the facial treatment member, an electronic timer adapted to count time associated with a treatment protocol and responsive to actuation of the facial treatment member and a controller associated with the timer and the facial icon and cooperating to visually identify a different region of the facial icon at successive predetermined time intervals of the treatment protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Vito James Carlucci
  • Patent number: 9669138
    Abstract: A wound therapy device is disclosed. The wound therapy device may include a housing for covering at least a portion of a wound and for sealing to a body surface of a patient. The housing may also include a liquid collector for retaining liquid therein and a vacuum connection for coupling to a vacuum source. The vacuum connection may be in gaseous communication with the liquid collector. The vacuum connection may be separated from the liquid collector by a liquid barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Kalypto Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok V. Joshi, John Howard Gordon, Sai Bhavaraju, Troy C. Dayton, Jeremy Heiser
  • Patent number: 9610195
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to devices and methods of implanting an intraocular shunt into an eye. In certain aspects, methods of the invention involve creating an opening in the sclera, and positioning a shunt in the anterior chamber of the eye such that the shunt terminates via the opening in the intra-scleral space, thereby facilitating fluid flow through both the opening and the intra-scleral space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AqueSys, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Horvath
  • Patent number: 9566088
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method of treating a skin surface of a subject comprises heating a skin surface, abrading native skin tissue of a subject using a microdermabrasion device, wherein using the microdermabrasion device comprises moving the microdermabrasion device relative to the skin surface while simultaneously delivering at least one treatment fluid to the skin surface being treated and cooling the abraded skin surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Edge Systems LLC
    Inventors: Roger Ignon, Ed F. Nicolas, Scott R. Mallett
  • Patent number: 9526227
    Abstract: To allow a consumer to easily recall a product image derived from the scent of an animal excretion disposal sheet from the appearance of the product, to thereby improving the product image of the scented animal excretion disposal sheet. The animal excretion disposal sheet including the liquid permeable top sheet, the liquid impermeable back sheet, and the absorbent body disposed between the top sheet and the back surface sheet is configured to be an animal excretion disposal sheet in which the fragrance ingredient is applied to the top sheet or the absorbent body; the evocative information composed of at least one of color, graphic, and character that can evoke the scent of the fragrance ingredient is displayed on the top sheet or the absorbent body; and the evocative information can be visually recognized from the back sheet side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Yumei Takahashi, Yasuhiro Sasano, Takayuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9492324
    Abstract: Reduced-pressure treatment systems and methods are disclosed that employ debridement mechanisms to remove unwanted tissue. In one instance, a reduced-pressure treatment system for treating a tissue site on a patient includes a manifold member for distributing reduced pressure to the tissue site, a support member for disposing proximate the tissue site and the manifold, and a debridement mechanism coupled to the support member. The debridement mechanism is for debriding the tissue site. The system further includes a sealing drape for placing over the tissue site and manifold member. The sealing drape is operable to form a fluid seal over the tissue site and manifold member. The system also includes a reduced-pressure subsystem for delivering a reduced pressure to the sealing drape. The system may further include a chemical-debridement subsystem. Other systems, manifolds, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Alan Seegert, Robert Peyton Wilkes
  • Patent number: 9474550
    Abstract: An exfoliation includes a unit handle which is hollow and has a handle proximal end and a handle distal end, and has an air receiving port in the handle distal end and an air discharge port in the handle proximal end; an abrasion rim adjacent to the air receiving port having an abrasive surface; an air passageway in fluid communication with the air receiving port and the air discharge port; and with vacuum mechanism in fluid communication with the air passageway for drawing an air stream into the air receiving port, passing the air stream through the air passageway and discharging the air stream from the air discharge port. The unit preferably additionally includes a debris gathering chamber in fluid communication with the air passageway for collecting and retaining debris particles in the air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Rafael Jakubow
  • Patent number: 9409004
    Abstract: The invention teaches devices and methods for chemically tanning human skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Safe Tan, LLC
    Inventors: Drew Waters, Brandon Shaw, Frank Verdun
  • Patent number: 9289326
    Abstract: A reduced-pressure, wound closure system is presented that generates a closing force on a surface wound and optionally provides reduced pressure to a body cavity or tissue site. The sealed contracting member, when placed under reduced pressure, generates the closing force. One illustrative system includes a first attachment member and a second attachment member, a sealed contracting member coupled to the first attachment member and the second attachment member, and wherein the closing force is generated between the first attachment member and the second attachment member when reduced pressure is supplied to the sealed contracting member. Other systems and methods are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Patrick Heaton, Ian Hardman, Christopher Guy Coward, Collin John Hall
  • Patent number: 9028457
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for separation, concentration, and/or applying a biological or bio-engineered fluid. Generally, the fluid application device includes a sprayer body to enable the application of the fluid and a container adaptable to enable the separation of the fluid into at least a first component and a second component. The container is releasably coupled to the nozzle. The nozzle is adapted to withdraw at least one of the first component or the second component from the container after the fluid has been separated to apply the fluid to a selected site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet Biologics, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Leach, Barry F. Hecker
  • Publication number: 20150119823
    Abstract: A wound treatment arrangement for the debriding and cleansing of a patient's body portion comprising: a flexible elongated body portion enclosure bag; an elongated nozzle arrangement securable to the inner surface of the elongated enclosure bag; a pressurized fluid treatment supply gun; and a connectable and releasable coupler member arranged on the proximal end of the nozzle arrangement so as to sealably receive a corresponding coupler arrangement on the fluid treatment supply gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick V. Marasco
  • Patent number: 9011394
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sheet structure for application to a region of the human body, including the face, the structure comprising: a colored matrix; a first substrate situated on a first side of the matrix, a first surface of the sheet structure being defined by the first substrate; and a second substrate situated on a second side of the matrix, opposite the first, a second surface of the sheet structure being defined by the second substrate; the first and second substrates having different opacities, and at least one of the first and second substrates having an opacity that is low enough to enable the subjacent colored matrix to show through in such a manner that the first and second surfaces of the matrix appear to be of different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Gueret, Montserrat Tugas Casanoves
  • Patent number: 9005174
    Abstract: The invention is intended to provide an adhesive patch which contains a drug except bisoprolol and which effectively inhibits the occurrence of oozing out or sticking out of the adhesive layer components from the exposed area of the adhesive layer of the adhesive patch during storage as well as the occurrence of oozing out of the drug from the adhesive layer thereby preventing the reduction in drug content. The support, the release liner and the adhesive layer constituting the adhesive patch each are formed to have a rectangular planar shape and the entire adhesive patch are formed to have a rectangular planar shape, and a protrudent part is formed on the support-side surface of the adhesive patch at a corner thereof. In addition, the adhesive patch may be formed to have a middle part and a peripheral part, and the protrudent part may be formed at a corner of the rectangular middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Iwao, Kensuke Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 9005158
    Abstract: The invention is a non-surgical method for the eradication of pigmentation and scar tissue from an area of skin. The method comprises repeatedly puncturing the area of skin with an array of needles. As the needles are inserted into the skin, the needles and surface of the skin are washed with a clean solution. As the needles are withdrawn from the skin, the flow of clean solution ceases and the dirty solution, which contains cellular fluids and pigments released by the action of the needles, is removed from the surface. The invention is also a solution, which is used to clean the needles and to aid in destroying the pigment containing cells, and an apparatus, which is especially designed to move the needles into and out of the surface of the skin and to provide synchronization of the motion of the needles and flow of the solution such as to maximize the effectiveness of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hawk Medical Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Noam Danenberg, Ori Nesher
  • Patent number: 9005173
    Abstract: A system and method for rejuvenating skin through ablation using a handheld device (200) having a removable treatment component (213) with an abrasive material on one surface of the component which surface is on a portion of the treatment component (213) configured to conform to a skin surface. The system further includes application of other elements to facilitate skin recovery and rejuvenation processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Zelickson, David A. Kist, Mark A. Rydell
  • Patent number: 8998861
    Abstract: Systems and methods for medication management are provided. Some embodiments provide for a portable medication management and monitoring system for eye drop instillation in ocular chronic conditions. At least one embodiment includes a device having one or more of the following elements: (a) a jacket that goes around an eye drop bottle; (b) tactile sensors to detect the user's fingers and generate data to activate the system; (c) motion sensors to detect the motion of the medication bottle when it is grabbed and moved by the user; (d) a wireless communication module to send and receive data to a computer and portable communication devices; and/or (e) a compartment for holding the electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rxense, Inc.
    Inventor: Sina Fateh
  • Publication number: 20150094671
    Abstract: A system and method for portably delivering a therapeutic dose of heat to the skin to relieve pain, reduce accommodation of thermal nerve receptors, promote healing, and deliver transcutaneous medications. The heating device is user programmable or preprogrammed to deliver according to a variety of cycles, patterns and algorithms. The cycles, patterns, and algorithms of the heat are programmable parameters, are under the user's control, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the device. The heating algorithms are designed to interact with an individual user's thermal nerve receptors and other tissue characteristics and to reduce the tendency of the receptors to accommodate to the external stimuli with back pain, muscular pain, dysmenorrhea, headaches, fibromyalgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, nerve injuries and neuropathies, and sprains and strain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: CAREWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dunbar, Charles Chabal
  • Patent number: 8993829
    Abstract: A bandage and method for securing a tension member comprising a central body and a plurality of tabs disposed about the central body. A tension member may be disposed across or through a slit or aperture of the central body. A body adhesive on the lower surface of the central body may secure the bandage to the patient. The tension member may then be pulled across the upper surface of the central body and a first tab may be folded over and adhered to the tension member and central body. The tension member may then be pulled back across the first tab and a second tab may be folded over and adhered to the tension member and first tab. Likewise, the tension member may then be pulled back across the second tab and a third tab may be folded over and adhered to the tension member and second tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Ralph Zipper
  • Patent number: 8979818
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a method and apparatus for the delivery of polynucleotide vaccines into mammalian skin cells to increase T cell response and to reduce pain and discomfort due to long electric waveform application and due to muscle contractions. The method for the delivery of polynucleotide vaccines into mammalian skin cells includes the steps of: (a.) administering a polynucleotide vaccine into the skin at an administration site, (b.) applying a needle electrode to the skin in the vicinity to the administration site, and (c.) applying a sequence of at least three single, operator-controlled, independently programmed, narrow interval electrical waveforms, which have pulse intervals that are less than 100 milliseconds, to deliver the polynucleotide vaccine into the skin cells by electroporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cellectis
    Inventors: Derin C. Walters, Alan D. King, Anna-Karin Roos, Robert J. Walters
  • Patent number: 8979785
    Abstract: An applicator device for applying a fluid is provided. The applicator device may include a handle. The handle may comprise an elongate hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one longitudinal, interior rib disposed on an inner surface of an outer wall of the hollow body and configured to orient and guide a container for containing the fluid when the container is disposed within the hollow body. In addition, the applicator device may include a base at the distal end of the hollow body. Further, the applicator device may include an applicator pad coupled to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Korogi, Theodore J. Mosler, Matthew R. Penny, Bryan J. Peters, Lisa D. Shaffer, Andrew Corson, Ronald J. Casey, Patrick P. Vanek, Royal D. Hathaway
  • Publication number: 20150072008
    Abstract: The invention defines a nonwoven membrane for the controlled and sustained release of a therapeutic or cosmetic active agent in the area of the body to be treated. This nonwoven membrane comprises one single type of biocompatible electrospun nanofibers and microparticles of at least one therapeutic or cosmetic active agent which are entangled between the nanofibers, the active agent having a low water solubility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Antonio Tornero Garcia, Angel Montero Carcaboso, Joan Bertran I Llavina
  • Patent number: 8974773
    Abstract: In some example embodiments, there is provided a method for sunless tanning. The method may include applying a sunless tanning solution to the skin and applying, during a drying stage of the sunless tanning solution, a powder to at least dry the tanning solution. Related compounds and methods may also be disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Lindsay Turmelle
  • Publication number: 20150057574
    Abstract: Kits, devices, methods, and systems for assessing microbiota of a body surface and selecting treatment agents to apply to the body surface to modulate one or more types of microbes are described which include a kit including a plurality of treatment agents, a microbe sampling unit including a microbe-capture region, and an analyzer including a user interface, at least one sensor component, and a computing component with a processor and circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Gary L. McKnight, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150057622
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described for delivering treatment to a skin surface of an individual based on a microbe profile, which include a skin-treatment delivery device including at least one treatment agent reservoir with at least one port with a controllable valve, at least one conduit, a location-capture component, a data storage component to store information associated with the microbe profile, and a computing component including a processor and circuitry to receive information associated with a measured feature of a location on the skin surface, correlate the received information associated with the measured feature of the location on the skin surface with the stored information associated with the microbe profile, select one or more treatment agents for application to the location on the skin surface from a database of treatment agents, and actuate the controllable valve of the at least one treatment agent reservoir to modulate release of the selected one or more treatment agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Gary L. McKnight
  • Publication number: 20150057623
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described for delivering treatment to a skin surface of an individual based on a treatment map, which include a skin-treatment delivery device including at least one treatment agent reservoir with at least one port with a controllable valve, at least one conduit, a location-capture component, a data storage component to store information associated with the treatment map, and a computing component including a processor and circuitry to receive information associated with a measured feature of a location on the skin surface, correlate the received information associated with the measured feature of the location on the skin surface with the stored information associated with the treatment map to select one or more treatment agents for application to the location on the skin surface, and actuate the controllable valve of the at least one treatment agent reservoir to modulate release of the selected one or more treatment agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Gary L. McKnight
  • Publication number: 20150057620
    Abstract: A housing for soaking a hand with arthritis, trauma, or skin conditions. The housing may include an outside container and an inside container. The outside container may house the components. There may be a channel between the inside container and the outside container. The present invention may include a heating element and an impeller within the channel. In certain embodiments, the heating element and impeller housing may be attached to the bottom of a lid that covers the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jerome James Fleming
  • Publication number: 20150057621
    Abstract: This invention relates to headgear for help in protecting the wearer against facial injury, especially skin damage from the elements and in particular sunburn and windburn, the headgear comprising a fabric wall which substantially surrounds the face and neck of the wearer and has in it an aperture for locating adjacent the wearer's eyes to allow vision. The wall is lightweight, flexible and porous and has stiffening means at the periphery of the aperture so as to support the aperture in open configuration in a vision-facilitating position adjacent the eyes of a wearer in use, and the wall provides protection to the wearer against ingress of particulate projectiles from around the transparent first membrane, as well as a degree of shielding from UV radiation while remaining lightweight and breathable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Clyde Kevin Coombs
  • Patent number: 8961478
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a gas mist pressure bathing system enabling to cause a gas mist to be absorbed into the skin and the mucous membrane of the living organism under an optimum condition of controlling the amounts of gas and liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: ACP Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8961450
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for delivering substances, e.g., therapeutic substances, into openings on or near a skin surface, such as hair follicles, pores and/or into sebaceous glands. This can be achieved by using an apparatus to direct a substance into the openings under pressure via one or more nozzles or slits. A portion of the sebum present in the hair follicle is optionally heated and/or removed, e.g. using low-pressure conduit located on the lower surface of the apparatus, before introducing the therapeutic substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Richard R. Anderson, William A. Farinelli
  • Patent number: 8961448
    Abstract: An implantable drainage device is provided. The device is adapted to move body fluid from one part of the body of a patient to another part of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 8956311
    Abstract: Methods of diagnosing meibomian gland dysfunction are disclosed. The methods may be standardized and provide an accurate diagnosis of whether meibomian gland dysfunction exists. In one embodiment, a method is provided that utilizes an evaluation tool to apply a force for a preselected period of time to at least one of a plurality of meibomian glands in two or more regions of a plurality of regions of an eyelid. A grade is assigned to the at least one meibomian gland of the plurality of meibomian glands in each of the two or more regions based on any secretion that is expressed from each meibomian gland. In this manner, a plurality of meibomian gland secretion grades is obtained. The plurality of meibomian gland secretion grades is indicative of the presence of meibomian gland dysfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: TearSciecne, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Korb, Caroline Blackie, Christy Stevens
  • Patent number: 8956335
    Abstract: A tissue closure treatment system and method are provided with an external patient interface. A first fluid transfer component FTC.1 comprises a strip of porous material, such as rayon, with liquid wicking properties. FTC.1 can be placed directly on a suture line for transferring fluid exuded therethrough. An underdrape is placed over FTC.1 and includes a slot exposing a portion of same. FTC.2 comprises a suitable hydrophobic foam material, such as polyurethane ether, and is placed over the underdrape slot in communication with FTC.1. Negative pressure is applied to FTC.2 through a connecting fluid, transfer component FTC.3. A negative pressure source can comprises a manual device or a power-operated suction device. The tissue closure method includes a manual operating mode using a manual suction device with an automatic shut off for discontinuing suction when a predetermined volume of fluid has been drained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Stephen K. Bubb
  • Patent number: 8945038
    Abstract: A surgical technique and device wherein an indwelling tube is placed in the eye of a patient having glaucoma. The tube diverts aqueous humor from the anterior chamber to the suprachoroidal space from which it is removed by blood flowing in the choroidal and uveal tissues. This decreases the intraocular pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Transcend Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Yablonski
  • Patent number: 8945030
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for treating a wound by applying reduced or negative pressure to the wound can include a wound cover, a fluid collection container, a vacuum pump, an inflation pump, and one or more conduits. The wound cover can be configured to move between at least a relatively rigid, generally raised position and a relatively flexible, generally collapsed position according to a predetermined program or in response to input from a user or one of more sensors. In some embodiments, the wound cover can be configured to move between at least the relatively rigid, generally raised position and the relatively flexible, generally collapsed position by adjusting the air pressure in one or more channels in the wound cover or by adjusting or by adjusting the length of piezoelectric or other length changing material supported by the wound cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: BlueSky Medical Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Weston
  • Publication number: 20150005720
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a transdermal delivery system for delivering a medicinal or cosmetic agent through the skin of a subject, which delivery system comprises (a) one or more display cells comprising partition walls and top-openings; (b) a liquid composition filled in the display cells wherein said liquid composition comprises the medicinal or cosmetic agent; and (c) a sealing layer to enclose the liquid composition within the microcups wherein said sealing layer is hardened in situ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: HongMei ZANG
  • Patent number: 8920357
    Abstract: Treating glaucoma utiilizing a shunt having an elastormeric plate and a non-valved elastomeric drainage tube. The plate is positioned over a sclera with an outflow end of the elastomeric drainage tube open to an outer surface of the plate. An inflow end of the drainage tube tunnels through the sclera and cornea to the anterior chamber of the eye. The drainage tube collapses upon initial insertion within an incision in the sclera and cornea, or at a kink on the outside of the incision, but has sufficient resiliency to restore its patency over time. The effect is a flow restrictor that regulates outflow from the eye until a bleb forms around the plate. The plate desirably has a peripheral ridge and a large number of fenestrations, and a longer suturing tab extending from one side of the plate to enhance visibility and accessibility when suturing the shunt to the sclera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
    Inventor: George Baerveldt
  • Patent number: 8920391
    Abstract: A container for use in a system for spray coating a human subject includes a container body configured to hold a skin coating composition. The container further includes a first end portion having a male coupling valve, where the male coupling valve is configured to couple to a female fitting disposed in a spraying apparatus, where the male coupling valve is further configured to prevent flow of the skin composition from the container while the male coupling valve is not coupled to the female fitting. The container further includes a second end portion opposite the first end portion and having a vent, where the container is configured for inverted connection to the spraying apparatus such that when the male coupling valve is connected to the female fitting the male coupling valve is at a location below the vent, and where opening of the vent allows airflow into the container as the skin coating composition flows out of the container through the male coupling valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sunless, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Nicholas J. Mastandrea
  • Patent number: 8920392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for treating overactive bladders and a device for storing and administering non-occluded oxybutynin topical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Watson Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gochnour, Venkatesh Subramanyan, Michael W. Kimball