Peritoneal Dialysis Patents (Class 604/29)
  • Patent number: 11185514
    Abstract: Aqueous solution, comprising, in dissolved state,—at least one stilbenoid—at least one saccharide, and method for increasing the solubility in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: OPTERION HEALTH AG
    Inventor: Guido Grentzmann
  • Patent number: 11185464
    Abstract: A constipation treatment apparatus includes an air supplying motor installed at an internal space of a curved frame to supply air generated from a supply pipe to the air cell and a heat/massage module group including a lower right heat/massage module, a right heat/massage module, a central heat/massage module, a lower left heat/massage module, and a left heat/massage module, each of the heat/massage modules including the air cell and a heat generation module. The air cell has a dual structure including an upper air cell and a lower air cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: BMS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Tae Young Kim, Sin Il Moon
  • Patent number: 11135348
    Abstract: An automated peritoneal dialysis system provides both cycler-assisted peritoneal dialysis treatment and also continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). The system includes a fluid preparation and treatment device with a concentrate dilution components connected to a source of purified water and medicament concentrate. The treatment device has at least one mixing container connected via a pump and valves to the sources, the valves and the pump mixing and diluting the concentrate to form a medicament. An auxiliary port is provided for attaching a CAPD container and for receiving medicament. A controller is programmed to control the fluid preparation and treatment device to implement one or more cycler-assisted peritoneal dialysis treatment cycles using medicament from the mixing container and also to control the preparation of additional dialysate at the end of the cycler-assisted peritoneal dialysis treatment cycles to dispense additional dialysate through the auxiliary port for use in CAPD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Burbank, James M. Brugger, Dennis M. Treu, Mark T. Wyeth
  • Patent number: 11129929
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for regenerating used dialysis fluid are described herein. In an embodiment, a regenerative dialysis fluid system includes a dialysis unit configured to generate used dialysis fluid including urea, a urea separation unit configured to separate at least a portion of the urea from the used dialysis fluid into a secondary fluid, and a urea removal unit configured to remove at least a portion of the urea from the secondary fluid and return the secondary fluid to the urea separation unit. In an embodiment, the urea separation unit includes a membrane separating a dialysis fluid chamber from a urea chamber, the membrane including at least one of: (i) a positive charge to prevent positive ions from transporting across the membrane; and (ii) a negative charge to prevent negative ions from transporting across the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Cristian Adolfo Menzel Bueno, Yuanpang Samuel Ding, Rosa Yeh
  • Patent number: 11103626
    Abstract: The invention relates to an infusate holder for use in dialysis. The infusate holder can include one or more interior compartments for holding infusate containers or infusates. The interior compartments are aligned to cooperate with fluid connectors of a dialysis system, ensuring that the proper infusates are added to the dialysis system at a proper location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Lura, Martin T. Gerber, Christopher M. Hobot, Thomas E. Meyer, Jin Huang
  • Patent number: 11071809
    Abstract: A dialysis machine (e.g., a peritoneal dialysis (PD) machine) can include a pressure sensor mounted at a proximal end of a patient line made of a distensible material that provides PD solution to a patient through a catheter. During treatment, an occlusion can occur at different locations in the patient line and/or the catheter. When an incremental volume of additional solution is provided to the patient line while the occlusion is present, a change in pressure results. The change in pressure depends on dimensions and a distensibility of a non-occluded portion of the patient line. If the change in pressure, the incremental volume, properties related to the distensibility of the patient line, and some of the dimensions of the patient line are known, a location of the occlusion can be inferred. An occlusion type can be inferred based on the inferred location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: William Scott Crawford, Robert Matthew Ohline
  • Patent number: 11058809
    Abstract: A handheld personal communication apparatus for dialysis includes a reader to (i) read a marking displayed on a dialysis fluid container to acquire data concerning at least one of a dialysis fluid type or a dialysis fluid volume from the marking, and/or (ii) receive a patient weight signal from a weight scale; a processor using at least one of the dialysis fluid type, dialysis fluid volume, or patient weight to determine a dialysis dwell time for at least one cycle of a dialysis therapy, the dialysis dwell time being a time to achieve, over the at least one cycle, at least one of (a) a specified ultrafiltrate level, (b) a urea removal level, or (c) a creatinine removal level; and an output interface providing an indication to the patient of a completion of the dialysis dwell time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Bijan Elahi, Ying-Cheng Lo, Vikram Prabhakar Mehendale
  • Patent number: 11045596
    Abstract: A peritoneal dialysis system includes a water purifier, a cycler, and a disposable set operable with the cycler. The disposable set includes a pumping cassette including a water inlet port, a heater/mixing container in fluid communication with the pumping cassette, a water accumulator, a first water line segment, and a second water line segment. The first water line segment is in fluid communication with the water inlet port and the water accumulator. Additionally, the second water line segment is in fluid communication with the water accumulator and the water purifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Edward S. Szpara, Olof Ekdahl, Olof Jansson
  • Patent number: 11007311
    Abstract: A medical treatment system, such as peritoneal dialysis system, may include control and other features to enhance patient comfort and ease of use. For example, a peritoneal dialysis system may include patient line state detector for detecting whether a patient line is primed before it is to be connected to the patient. The patient line state detector can also the ability to detect whether a patient line has been properly mounted for priming. Both patient line presence/absence and fill state can be determined using an optical system, e.g., one that employs a single optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jacob W. Scarpaci, Simon C. Helmore, Eric J. VanWyk, Matthew J. Finch
  • Patent number: 10960122
    Abstract: A peritoneal dialysis (PD) system for infusing a volume of PD solution into a patient's peritoneal cavity in order to perform peritoneal dialysis on the patient includes a peritoneal cavity monitor (PCM) that measures this volume of fluid in the patient's peritoneal cavity by segmental bioimpedance spectroscopy (SBIS), to thereby determine an ultrafiltration volume of fluid in the patient's peritoneal cavity, and a switch, controlled by the PCM, for filling the patient's peritoneal cavity and draining the patient's peritoneal cavity when the ultrafiltration volume is unchanged over time, significantly decreased, or decreasing at a significant rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Fansan Zhu, Nathan W. Levin
  • Patent number: 10926021
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed, embodiments of which provide single pass dialysis to remove water and uremic toxins is performed simultaneously with the albumin dialysis therapy by passing the albumin solution through a dialysis filter which dialyses it before the solution is returned to the cycler. In embodiments, the single pass dialysis stage is upstream of the albumin filtering stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: William K. Weigel, Joseph E. Turk, Jr., Jan Stange, Dennis M. Treu
  • Patent number: 10918777
    Abstract: A medical system suitable for delivering a fluid to a patient according to multiple modes of operation, including a safety mode that additionally enables the delivery or the treatment to continue even when a probable anomaly is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Debiotech S.A.
    Inventors: Frédéric Neftel, Pierre Thiebaud
  • Patent number: 10918848
    Abstract: A two-part enteral connector system having first and second parts. The first part has a housing with an internal fluid flow passageway and the housing further includes external thread elements and a tip projection portion. The second part also has a housing with an internal fluid flow passageway and mating internal thread elements and resilient internal sealing surface area such that the first part is threadably engageable with the second part in an ISO 80369-3 thread compatible connection to form a liquid tight sealable engagement between the two parts such that the joined fluid flow passageways provide a high flow fluid flow passageway in excess of the 2.95 mm flow path of the existing ISO 80369-3 enteral small-bore connector flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Ronald D. Russo
  • Patent number: 10874790
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for making intracycle adjustments to an osmotic agent concentration of peritoneal dialysate inside the peritoneal cavity of a patient. The systems and methods include osmotic agent sources, flow paths, and processors to adjust the osmotic agent concentration of dialysate in the peritoneal cavity of the patient. The method can include infusing peritoneal dialysate containing an osmotic agent into the peritoneal cavity of a patient; monitoring one or more patient parameters; and adjusting the osmotic agent concentration of the peritoneal dialysate in the peritoneal cavity of the patient by infusing a concentrated osmotic agent solution or by infusing sterile fluid into the peritoneal cavity of the patient using an on-line peritoneal dialysis machine. The system can include a peritoneal dialysis cycler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Gerber, Christopher M. Hobot
  • Patent number: 10806843
    Abstract: A method for operating a dialysis machine to conduct a dialysis treatment on a patient (e.g., a peritoneal dialysis machine) may include transferring dialysate from a first bag, and automatically determining the dialysate from the first bag has completely transferred. After determining the dialysate has completely transferred from the first bag, switching from the first bag to a second bag of dialysate. The method may further include transferring dialysate from the second bag in response to the detection of the completed transfer of the first bag, and automatically determining the dialysate from the second bag has completely transferred. The method may further include determining if the respective first or second bag has completely transferred by comparing a dialysate bag volume transferred to the patient to a detected volume of the respective first or second bag. Systems with dialysis machines for performing such a method are disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holding, Inc.
    Inventors: Kulwinder S. Plahey, John A. Biewer
  • Patent number: 10792409
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system which is a device suitable for carrying out removal of a dialysate volume fraction during a stasis phase so as to optimize ultrafiltration, the safety of the patient, the comfort of the patient, and/or the operation of the cycler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Debiotech S.A.
    Inventor: Frédéric Neftel
  • Patent number: 10783635
    Abstract: A system and method for automatic detection of symptoms of peritonitis during peritoneal dialysis, such as using a mobile device with an image capturing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GRAFTY, INC.
    Inventors: Allen Yang Yang, Manish Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10744253
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for adjusting one or more dialysis parameters for delivering a peritoneal dialysis cycle to a patient based on patient or system parameters. The systems and methods include various sensors, flow paths, and processors to adjust the dialysis parameters used to deliver peritoneal dialysis therapy, for a specific peritoneal dialysis cycle. For example, a first peritoneal dialysis cycle can provide data on patient or system parameters that can be used to adjust the dialysis parameters used to deliver a subsequent peritoneal dialysis cycle. One or more peritoneal dialysis cycles are contained in a particular peritoneal dialysis therapy session. Patient parameters can include patient blood pressure; volume of fluid removed; patient goal; blood solute level; effluent solute level; effluent temperature; effluent color or clarity; patient posture; tidal volume remaining in patient; and intraperitoneal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Gerber, Christopher M. Hobot
  • Patent number: 10716922
    Abstract: A fluid management system for moving bodily fluid accumulated due to ascites, pleural effusion or pericardial effusion is provided including an implantable pump coupled to an inflow catheter, an outflow catheter, and optionally an anti-clog catheter. The fluid management system facilitates removal of fluid from a body region, such as the peritoneum, pleural cavity or pericardial sac, where drainage is desired to another body region, such as the urinary bladder or the peritoneal cavity. The system includes clog resistant mechanisms such as clog resistant catheters and/or programmed routines for cycling fluid through inlet catheters in predetermined time intervals and/or responsive to sensed conditions to minimize the risk that inlet catheters become clogged due to, for example, tissue ingrowth and/or solid objects within accumulated fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sequana Medical NV
    Inventors: Thomas Werner Degen, Noel L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10702645
    Abstract: A system for performing a peritoneal dialysis therapy includes at least one dialysis fluid pump, and a logic implementer operable with the at least one dialysis fluid pump to perform a plurality of peritoneal dialysis cycles, the cycles including a fill phase, a dwell phase and a drain phase, the logic implementer configured to: (i) store a first peritoneal dialysis treatment having a total prescribed fresh dialysis fluid fill volume delivered over a number of cycles; and (ii) convert the first peritoneal dialysis treatment into a second peritoneal dialysis treatment having a different number of cycles and using the same total prescribed fresh dialysis fluid fill volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Ying-Cheng Lo, Peter A. Hopping
  • Patent number: 10646634
    Abstract: An example peritoneal dialysis system is disclosed. The example peritoneal dialysis system includes an automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machine comprising a pumping mechanism and a peritoneal dialysis fluid heater. The example peritoneal dialysis system also includes a disposable set comprising a disposable cassette operable with the pumping mechanism and a heater bag operable with the heater. The example peritoneal dialysis system additionally includes a conductivity sensor positioned and arranged to provide feedback to the APD machine. The example APD machine is configured to mix a peritoneal dialysis fluid for treatment in the heater bag using a plurality of peritoneal dialysis constituent fluids. In addition, the example APD machine is configured to use feedback from the conductivity sensor to evaluate the mixed peritoneal dialysis fluid for treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Alex Anping Yu, James Grayson, Robert W. Childers
  • Patent number: 10610910
    Abstract: A waste disposal apparatus for disposing of waste materials using aerobic decomposition includes a decomposition chamber, a waste inlet configured to admit waste materials into the decomposition chamber, a water feed system configured for supplying feed water to the decomposition chamber and a drain system configured for draining drain liquid from the decomposition chamber. The apparatus also includes a sensing system configured to sense the volume VF of feed water supplied to the decomposition chamber and the volume VD of drain liquid drained from the decomposition chamber, and a computing device that is configured to determine the quantity of waste material processed by the waste disposal apparatus from the sensed volumes VF and VD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mechline Developments Limited
    Inventor: Peter Sage-Passant
  • Patent number: 10576195
    Abstract: An apparatus for ultrafiltration of a patient being overhydrated due to congestive heart failure, comprising a tube set including a connector for connection to a patient line for access to the peritoneal cavity of the patient. A flow pump is arranged for addition and removal outflow and inflow (recirculation) of fluid from/to the peritoneal cavity. An osmotic agent peristaltic pump is arranged for replenishment of glucose solution to the fluid added to the peritoneal cavity for promoting ultrafiltration. The glucose is replenished intermittently for keeping a concentration of glucose substantially constant in the peritoneal cavity. The flow pump comprises a pressure chamber with rigid walls and a flexible pump bag arranged therein. An air pump pressurizes the chamber for outflow of fluid from the peritoneal cavity by a sub pressure and inflow of fluid to the peritoneal cavity by an overpressure, which pressures are maintained within safe limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TRIOMED AB
    Inventors: Mikael Axelsson, Stefan Landholm, Eva Persson, Hans Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 10485914
    Abstract: A medical treatment system, such as peritoneal dialysis system, may include control and other features to enhance patient comfort and ease of use. For example, a peritoneal dialysis system may include patient line state detector for detecting whether a patient line is primed before it is to be connected to the patient. The patient line state detector can also the ability to detect whether a patient line has been properly mounted for priming. Both patient line presence/absence and fill state can be determined using an optical system, e.g., one that employs a single optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jacob W. Scarpaci, Simon C. Helmore, Eric J. VanWyk, Matthew J. Finch
  • Patent number: 10441370
    Abstract: A teleoperated surgical instrument comprises a housing configured to couple to a teleoperated manipulator and an elongated tube having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is mounted to the housing and the second end has one or more openings configured to deliver or receive a fluid at a surgical site. The instrument further comprises a flow control system in the housing. The flow control system includes a first tubular member coupled to the elongated tube and a first control element rotatable relative to the housing and the first tubular member. The first control element includes a receiving portion coupled to a shaft portion. The receiving portion is configured to couple with the teleoperated manipulator and rotate to control flow of the fluid through the first tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Millman, David Bailey, Dean Hoornaert, David Stephen Mintz, David Q. Larkin
  • Patent number: 10447347
    Abstract: A wireless charging system for a wearable sensor device can include a wireless charging device and a user device. The wireless charging device can include a transmitter for sending a power signal to charge the wearable sensor device, a first receiver to receive a data signal and a second to receive a low energy signal. The wearable sensor device can include at least one memory for storing sensor data, a first receiver for receiving the power signal from the wireless charging device, a first transmitter to transmit a data signal and a second receive to receive a low energy signal. The user device can include a low energy transmitter for communicating with the wireless charging device and sensor device to control the charging function and the data communication function of the wireless charging device to selectively charge and transfer data with wearable sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MC10, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Raj, Bryan McGrane, Valerie Susan Hanson, Brian Murphy, Emily Plumb
  • Patent number: 10426942
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connection structure for an IV tube of an IV infusion set, in which an IV tube is firmly connected by fitting using a connector without using an adhesive, thereby preventing bacterial infection. The connection structure is configured such that an outlet provided in an IV bag is connected to a drip chamber, the IV tube is connected to the drip chamber to allow an IV fluid to flow, an end of the IV tube is connected to an injection site for injecting the IV fluid, wherein a connector is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the IV tube that is connected to the drip chamber and the injection site, thereby locking the IV tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MEDILINE ACTIVE KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dae Won Kang
  • Patent number: 10376670
    Abstract: A processing system includes methods to promote sleep. The system may include a monitor such as a non-contact motion sensor from which sleep information may be determined. User sleep information, such as sleep stages, hypnograms, sleep scores, mind recharge scores and body scores, may be recorded, evaluated and/or displayed for a user. The system may further monitor ambient and/or environmental conditions corresponding to sleep sessions. Sleep advice may be generated based on the sleep information, user queries and/or environmental conditions from one or more sleep sessions. Communicated sleep advice may include content to promote good sleep habits and/or detect risky sleep conditions. In some versions of the system, any one or more of a bedside unit 3000 sensor module, a smart processing device, such as a smart phone or smart device 3002, and network servers may be implemented to perform the methodologies of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Redmond Shouldice, Colin John Lawlor, Matthew Norton, David Mulligan, Stephen McMahon, Paul Phillips, Damien O'Rourke, Luke Gahan, Marc Lavelle, Conor Heneghan, Alberto Zaffaroni, Gareth McDarby
  • Patent number: 10335246
    Abstract: A disposable kit for a medical apparatus includes a tray and a subassembly with sections foldably connected to each other. At least one of the sections can fold itself onto the tray so that the subassembly encloses a region of the tray. When the tray is laid on the subassembly in a predetermined position, elevated channel regions formed on a front side of the tray and facing the subassembly can accommodate component installations of the subassembly, and a section of the subassembly can be folded to the rear side of the tray so that component installations on that section can be accommodated in elevated channel regions formed on the rear side of the tray. In this manner, the subassembly forms a hard-shell that at least partially surrounds the tray and protects pre-installed or packed pressure-sensitive components, parts and or regions of the disposable kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: B. Braun Avitum AG
    Inventor: Enrico Corazzari
  • Patent number: 10238784
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system of performing an evidence Dialysis modality of Batch, Tidal or a combination of both. The system: isolates cavity volume changes due only to ultrafiltrate; determines the volume of a patient cavity; determines a full cavity; determines an objective time to initiate an exchange; and determines an empty cavity. One or more combination of these features provide for evidence base Fill, Dwell, and Drain sequences. The system comprises: a cassette having a heated region and a sensor region for measurements. A valve manifold supplies a patient connection with fluid. A microprocessor receives pressure measurements, controls the heated region and activates a volumetric pump to deliver or extract discrete increments of the fluid to the cassette from bags. Filtering pressure measurements to remove rapid fluctuations determines an accumulated pressure in the patient cavity. The volume of fluid in the patient cavity correlates to the accumulated pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Newsol Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Orson Bourne
  • Patent number: 10172988
    Abstract: Components for a medical infusion fluid handling system, such as an APD system, in which one or more lines (such as solution lines), spikes or other connection ports may be automatically capped and/or de-capped. This feature may provide advantages, such as a reduced likelihood of contamination since no human interaction is required to de-cap and connect the one or more lines, the spikes or the other connection ports. For example, a fluid handling cassette may include one or more caps that cover a corresponding spike and include a raised and/or recessed feature to assist in removal of the one or more caps from the cassette. A solution line cap may include a hole and a recess, a groove or other feature to engage with a spike cap and enable removal of the spike cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David W. McGill, Jacob W. Scarpaci, James D. Dale, Simon C. Helmore, Jason A. Demers
  • Patent number: 10172985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a catheter device, having a hollow catheter in the catheter cavity of which a moveable shaft is guided, having a proximal coupling device, for detachable coupling of a drive device, the coupling device having a coupling cavity which is open towards the drive device and into which the shaft or an extension of the shaft protrudes with a connection element for mechanical coupling of a motor shaft, the coupling cavity having a germ barrier for reducing the pathogenicity of pathogenic substances or microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ECP ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventors: Cornelia Simon, Julia Honselmann, Jens Baumgaertel, Reiner Liebing
  • Patent number: 10159827
    Abstract: A disinfection cap is provided with a cap main body and a wiping body held by the cap main body. The cap main body includes a cap side locking section that prevents pullout of the cap main body by engagement with a medical connector side locking section. The wiping body includes an impregnation section impregnated with an antiseptic solution and is movable with respect to the cap main body so as to wipe at least the surface of a top face wall, the inner peripheral face of an opening of the top face wall, or the surface of a valve body in a male connector connection section of a medical connector with the impregnation section with the cap side locking section engaged with the medical connector side locking section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueda, Hitoshi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10159776
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dialysis machine, in particular a peritoneal dialysis machine, wherein a dialysis treatment, in particular a peritoneal dialysis treatment, can be carried out by means of the dialysis machine in accordance with predefined and/or inputtable treatment parameters and wherein the dialysis machine has at least one setting means by means of which at least one treatment parameter can be set dynamically and/or during the treatment operation of the dialysis machine. The present invention furthermore relates to a method of operating a dialysis machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Erik Griessmann, Frank Hedmann, Joachim Wich-Heiter
  • Patent number: 10155081
    Abstract: A tele-care management system for peritoneal dialysis (PD) includes at least a container, a holder, a removable detection device and a mobile device. The container is for placing effluent fluid of peritoneal dialysis. The holder is for placing the container. The removable detection device includes a detection unit, a processor and a communication interface, wherein the processor detects the turbidity and the chrominance of the effluent fluid and performs a quantitative analysis on the effluent fluid, and generates a turbidity prediction value based on the detection result of the detection unit. The processor respectively calculates first and second turbidity values, which correspond to first and second turbidity respectively, for the effluent fluid according to first and second algorithms and selects one from the first and second turbidity values to generate the turbidity prediction value based on a predetermined threshold value sent to a mobile device for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
    Inventors: Hung-Shao Chen, Jenq-Wen Huang, Hsi-Pin Ma
  • Patent number: 10130434
    Abstract: A Robotic control system has a wand, which emits multiple narrow beams of light, which fall on a light sensor array, or with a camera, a surface, defining the wand's changing position and attitude which a computer uses to direct relative motion of robotic tools or remote processes, such as those that are controlled by a mouse, but in three dimensions and motion compensation means and means for reducing latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventor: John Unsworth
  • Patent number: 10098996
    Abstract: A medical treatment system, such as peritoneal dialysis system, may include control and other features to enhance patient comfort and ease of use. For example, a peritoneal dialysis system may include patient line state detector for detecting whether a patient line is primed before it is to be connected to the patient. The patient line state detector can also the ability to detect whether a patient line has been properly mounted for priming. Both patient line presence/absence and fill state can be determined using an optical system, e.g., one that employs a single optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jacob W. Scarpaci, Simon C. Helmore, David W. McGill
  • Patent number: 10053245
    Abstract: An eyewash dispensing container to store and deliver an eyewash fluid that is particularly suitable for terminal sterilization. The container includes a base and a locking lid with a tamper indicator. The container is able to be opened quickly and deliver the eyewash fluid directly to an eye of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Niagara Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Leistner, Ronya Ripenburg, Michael D. Murphy
  • Patent number: 9987410
    Abstract: A medical infusion fluid handling system, such as an automated peritoneal dialysis system, may be arranged to de-cap and connect one or more lines (such as solution lines) with one or more spikes or other connection ports on a fluid handling cassette. This feature may reduce a likelihood of contamination since no human interaction is required to de-cap and connect the one or more lines and the one or more spikes. For example, the automated peritoneal dialysis system may include a carriage arranged to receive the one or more lines each having a connector end and a cap. The carriage may move along a first direction so as to move the connector ends of the one or more lines along the first direction, and a cap stripper may be arranged to engage with the caps on the one or more lines on the carriage. The cap stripper may move in a second direction transverse to the first direction, as well as to move with the carriage along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Simon C. Helmore, David W. McGill, David J. Hibbard, James D. Dale, Matthew J. Finch, Jesse T. Bodwell, Jason A. Demers
  • Patent number: 9956336
    Abstract: An artificial liver system for treating liver failure includes a reservoir to provide albumin-containing dialysis fluid to the patient's peritoneum, an implantable device including a pump to pump the fluid from the peritoneum to the bladder via respective catheters, control circuitry, battery and transceiver; a charging and communication system configured to periodically charge the battery and communicate with the implantable device to retrieve data reflective of the patient's health; and monitoring and control software, suitable for use with conventional personal computers, for configuring and controlling operation of the implantable device and charging and communication system. The monitoring and control software allows a treating physician to remotely adjust the volume, time, and frequency with which fluid is pumped from the peritoneal cavity to the bladder based on the data reflective of the patient's health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Sequana Medical AG
    Inventors: Thomas Werner Degen, Daniel Thomas Thommen, Noel L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9943066
    Abstract: An apparatus for gesture control and directional force on remote object based on smart wearable is provided. The apparatus includes a sensor configured to detect a user's gesture, a communication unit, and a controller configured to generate a command for a virtual leash based on the detected gesture, and to control the communication unit to transmit the command to a collar of a pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chenxi Zhao, Zhiyun Li
  • Patent number: 9931498
    Abstract: A injection site information cap includes a housing, a cover portion, an engagement portion configured to couple to and cover an injection port of an injection site, and at least one information element on the cover portion that is positioned to be automatically sensed by at least one sensor of the injection site when the engagement portion is coupled to or is being coupled to the medication injection port. Related apparatus, systems, and techniques are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CRISI Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter John Bochenko
  • Patent number: 9867925
    Abstract: In general, multiple embodiments of a catheter/fistula needle to bloodline connection assurance device, which secures and strengthens a connection between an extension tube end of a catheter or fistula needle and a bloodline, are provided. In one embodiment, the assurance device includes a clamshell having two halves that open rotatably about at least one hinge. The assurance device includes a male luer portion that pressure seals to the male luer portion of the bloodline connector. The bloodline male luer portion of the device extends to a female luer portion, which is lined with a compressible material that conforms around any industrial catheter/fistula needle connector when the assurance device is closed about the mated connectors. Once the assurance device is closed, this prevents axial movement of the bloodline connector relative to the assurance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Bernard J. Lyons, Shincy J. Maliekkal, William Patrick Burns, Justin Belanger Rohde, Serhan Acikgoz, Roshni S. Barot, Yuanpang S. Ding, Brian Connell, William R. Griswold
  • Patent number: 9839776
    Abstract: An occluder, and methods for occlusion, that employs first and second opposed occluding members associated with each other, a tube contacting member connected to, or comprising at least a portion of, at least one of the first and second occluding members, and a force actuator constructed and positioned to apply a force to at least one of the first and second occluding members. The application of the force by the force actuator may cause the tube contacting member to move between a tube occluding position and an open position. A release member may be configured and positioned to enable an operator to manually move the tube contacting member from the tube occluding position to the open position even with no force applied to the at least one of the first and second occluding members by the force actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Simon C. Helmore, James D. Dale, Jesse T. Bodwell, Jason M. Overson
  • Patent number: 9814818
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for dialysis treatment which has device(s) for balancing fresh and used dialysis fluid. The present invention also relates to a method of balancing fresh and used dialysis fluid. The apparatus and method according to the present invention for balancing fresh and used dialysis fluid are characterized in that the individual balancing chambers of the balancing system receive both fresh dialysis fluid and used dialysis fluid, the functions of the balancing chambers being alternately interchanged. In this way, exact balancing can be achieved even when the volumes of the individual chambers differ from one another. Over the period of the treatment as a whole, the differences between the volumes balance each other out due to the cyclic interchange of the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Weis, Martin Lauer, Stefan Kreber
  • Patent number: 9744283
    Abstract: A peritoneal dialysis system is provided that includes a hardware unit, a disposable unit received by the hardware unit, and a controller. The hardware unit includes a recessed area, a piston having a contact surface, a pneumatic source for supplying a negative pressure, and an actuator configured to move the contact surface of the piston into and out of at least a portion of the recessed area. The disposable unit includes an outer member fitted at least partially within the recessed area of the hardware unit and a moveable membrane positioned between the contact surface of the piston and the outer member when the disposable unit is received by the hardware unit. The controller is configured to cause the pneumatic source to apply the negative pressure to the moveable membrane so as to conform the moveable membrane to a shape of the contact surface of the piston and follow the contact surface when the piston is moved towards and away from the outer member fitted at least partially within the recessed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Donald D. Busby, Peter A. Hopping, Robert W. Childers, Richard E. Kienman, Ian Richardson
  • Patent number: 9731100
    Abstract: Methods and devices for redirecting at least a portion of a fluid from the mesenteric lymphatic system for elimination from the body are disclosed. The fluid may be redirected for elimination through the urinary system, through the gastrointestinal system, or redirected outside the body. The device may include a valve to control a flow of the fluid. The methods and devices disclosed may prevent a portion of a patient's dietary lipids, including cholesterol, from being metabolized and absorbed, thereby reducing the total caloric load to assist in weight management and/or for prevention/treatment of atherosclerosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Herbst, Arthur J. Foster, Lynne E. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9724458
    Abstract: A drain cassette for a dialysis unit has a fluid channel between venous and arterial connection ports, and a valve may controllably open and close fluid communication between a drain outlet port and the venous connection port or the arterial connection port. A blood circuit assembly and drain cassette may be removable from the dialysis unit, e.g., by hand and without the use of tools. A blood circuit assembly may include a single, unitary member that defines portions of a pair of blood pumps, control valves, channels to accurately position flexible tubing for an occluder, an air trap support, and/or other portions of the assembly. A blood circuit assembly engagement device may assist with retaining a blood circuit assembly on the dialysis unit, and/or with removal of the assembly. An actuator may operate a retainer element and an ejector element that interact with the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Kevin L. Grant, Michael J. Wilt, Brian D. Tracey, Brett A. Rudolf, David E. Collins, Lisa A. Gustin, James D. Dale, Jesse T. Bodwell
  • Patent number: 9675294
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the invention relates to methods, apparatus, computer programs and computer program products for estimating a dry weight of a dialysis patient comprising the steps of determining a first fluid status of the patient between treatment sessions in a first stage, determining a second fluid status of the patient during treatment sessions in a second stage and estimating the dry weight based on the second fluid status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE HOLDINGS, INC., FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND, GMBH
    Inventors: Nathan W. Levin, Fansan Zhu, Peter Kotanko, Peter Wabel, Ciro Tetta
  • Patent number: 9649427
    Abstract: A system for filtering or treating blood of a subject is provided herein. The system includes a bone port for establishing fluid communication with a bone marrow of the bone and a return port for returning blood from the bone marrow to a circulation of the subject. The system further includes a blood treatment or filtering device interposed between the bone and return ports thereby establishing a mini-circulatory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: XEREM MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventor: Morris Laster