Means For Cooling Or Heating Material Patents (Class 604/291)
  • Patent number: 9987171
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a backsheet having a longitudinal axis, a topsheet attached to the backsheet and having a body-facing surface, and an absorbent core disposed between the backsheet and the topsheet. The article may also include barrier leg cuffs. The article further includes a sensation aspect, which sensation aspect may be provided between the core and the topsheet. The sensation aspect may be, for example, a temperature sensation aspect. A visible indicator may be associated with the sensation aspect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Joan Nandrea, Masaharu Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9775861
    Abstract: An ophthalmic composition of water soluble ingredients provides additional moisture to the eye by promoting moisture absorption from the air and providing long lasting relief. The composition can include two groups of ingredients, one a liquid and the other a solid. Together, the ingredients form a substance that ranges from a liquid to a gel. Benefits of such composition include longer lasting symptom relief with less applications and increased moisture production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Paul S. Jensen, Isaiah U. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 9572709
    Abstract: A feminine cooling pad configured for cooling a vulva and/or adjacent region. The cooling pad may include a non-adhesive outer liquid permeable layer configured to be oriented toward the pubic area during use. A liquid absorbent layer forming or adjacent to the outer layer absorbs bodily fluids or discharges during use. A cooling layer adjacent to the liquid absorbent layer provides cooling for at least about 15 minutes when the cooling pad is placed adjacent to the pubic area of a woman. An optional adhesive layer adjacent to the cooling layer can adhere the feminine cooling pad to an undergarment or clothing during use and maintain the cooling pad in a desired orientation. A feminine heating pad may include a microwavable material that becomes warm or hot when placed in a microwave oven. A feminine cooling pad can operate as a heating pad when heated instead of cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Michelle Lynn Fogg
  • Patent number: 9440041
    Abstract: A medicinal healing booth system for treating a user with medicated steam features a booth. A side panel of the booth features a transparent or translucent top panel section from a panel midpoint to a roof panel. A base panel of the booth features raised grating. The system features a door located in the side panel of the booth. The system features a control system and a steam generation system having a water tank with a heating element, a medicine tank, and a steam distribution nozzle. The medicine tank is fluidly connected to steam piping having the steam distribution nozzle located on a terminating end. The system features a temperature regulation system having an infrared light, a vent, and an automated vent valve. The system features a sterilization system having an ultraviolet light. A seat is located on the booth base panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Marissa R. Lacayo
  • Patent number: 9289538
    Abstract: A method of forming and the resulting membrane composition for securement to a patient's bone or tissue to reduce the formation of tissue adhesions following a surgical procedure comprises a first component and a second component. The first component comprises a hydrogel including at least one crosslinked polymer. The second component comprises a textile component. The composition has a thickness between about two tenths of a millimeter (0.2 mm) to about six tenths of a millimeter (0.6 mm), a suture retention strength between about one Newton (1 N) to about thirteen Newtons (13 N), a static coefficient of friction between about one hundredth (0.01) and about one-half (0.5), a kinetic coefficient of friction between about one hundredth (0.01) and about one-half (0.5) and a flexibility of less than thirty millimeters (30 mm) bend length. A method of reducing the occurrence of tissue adhesions following surgery comprises applying the membrane composition to a surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Keane, William Miller, Nigel Smith
  • Patent number: 9173787
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide an absorbent article that is resistant to twisting and flattening, and that is superior in terms of fluid absorption rate, fluid diffusibility, absorbed fluid retention volume and fluid retention. The absorbent article comprises a top sheet on the skin contact side, a back sheet on the non-skin contact side, and an absorbent body situated between the two sheets, wherein the absorbent body comprises a bulky absorbent sheet, and the bulky absorbent sheet comprises heat-expanding particles that are dispersed in the bulky absorbent sheet and have been expanded by heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Nozaki, Tsutomu Shirai, Toshiyuki Tanio, Kiyoko Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9050175
    Abstract: A treatment pad for applying heat, cooling or an antiseptic fluid to a subject's body surface incorporates a heat transfer member or a wound treatment member that is adapted to be held in place by application of a vacuum pressure. The heat transfer member may comprise an electrical resistance wire arranged in a serpentine pattern within a housing or, alternatively, may comprise interconnected heat transmissive tubing through which either a heated or a cooled fluid may be made to pass. Alternatively, the pad may contain a gel that can be cooled in a refrigerator or heated in a microwave oven and held in place on the subject's body by application of a vacuum to the assembly. The wound treatment member may comprise a gaseous antiseptic delivery pad held in place on the patient's body by use of a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Stephan
  • Patent number: 8992473
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for thawing and delivery of cryogenically frozen biological material, such as stem cells includes a housing for receiving a pouch of frozen cells, a heating element against which the pouch is placed for applying defrosting heat to the pouch, and a squeezing apparatus for applying a squeezing force to the pouch after or upon thawing of the cells. The squeezing force may be applied by a roller pressing the pouch against the heating element, which forces the thawed cells from a needle or tube connected to the housing and/or to the pouch. A rechargeable battery in the housing supplies power to the heating element and the squeezing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventor: Robert Pendlebury
  • Patent number: 8957350
    Abstract: A device for preparing a thermoplastic material, with dry heat, for use in patient fixation. The device generates circulated heat to a threshold temperature. Once the thermoplastic material has become pliable, it is molded into a cast for fixation purposes. The circulated heat may be generated by a device having a housing and a support member movably attached to the housing. The device also includes a heating element and an array of circulation elements to push air centrally at the central region and drawing air from a periphery region concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: S&S X-Ray Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Torben Juhl, Katarina Hansen, Torben Rasmussen, Norman Shoenfeld, Fred Sopenoff
  • Publication number: 20150045702
    Abstract: A cosmetic device disposed with a magnetic attraction structure and a replaceable cosmetic assembly is disclosed. The cosmetic device includes a holding unit, a connection part, a cover body, and the cosmetic assembly. The holding unit has a power supply unit and a notch disposed with a first magnetic attraction component and several first connection terminals. The power supply unit electrically connects with the first connection terminals for transmitting electric power. The connection part includes a fixing block disposed with a second magnetic attraction component and several second connection terminals. The second magnetic attraction component and the first magnetic attraction component may attract each other for binding the connection part with the holding unit. The second connection terminals are electrically connected with the first connection terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Su-Lin Lin
  • Patent number: 8945072
    Abstract: A heat generating device includes a holder and a heat generating member that is enclosed in the holder and that contains an oxidizable metal, a reaction accelerator, an electrolyte, and water. The heat generating member contains a transdermally-absorbable medicament and a solvent for dissolving the transdermally-absorbable medicament. It is preferable that the solvent is at least one type of polyol selected from polyols that are in their liquid state at 25° C. It is also preferable that the heat generating member further contains at least one type of solvent composed of an oily agent that is in its liquid state at 25° C. It is also preferable that the heat generating member further contains a surfactant. It is also preferable that the polyol is polyethylene glycol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hideshi Oda, Hidetoshi Taima, Shuji Ishikawa, Yasuto Saita
  • Patent number: 8937212
    Abstract: A feminine cooling pad is configured for use in cooling a woman's vulva and/or adjacent region. The cooling pad may be configured for single use and be disposable so as to include a liquid permeable layer configured to be oriented toward a user's skin during use. A liquid absorbent layer is adjacent to the liquid permeable layer and configured to absorb bodily fluids or discharges during use. A cooling layer is adjacent to the liquid absorbent layer and configured to provide a cooling effect for a period of time of at least about 15 minutes when the cooling pad is placed against a user's skin. An adhesive layer is adjacent to the cooling layer and adheres the feminine cooling pad to a user's undergarment during use and maintains the cooling pad in a desired orientation relative to the user's body. A feminine heating pad may be provided by including a microwavable material that becomes warm or hot when placed in a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Michelle Fogg, John Guynn
  • Patent number: 8882687
    Abstract: A method, and apparatus for the controlled acceleration, and/or retardation of the body's inflammatory response generally comprises a foam pad for insertion substantially into a wound site, a heating, a cooling pad for application over the wound site, a wound drape or sealing enclosure of the foam pad, the heating, and cooling pad at wound site. The foam pad is placed in fluid communication with a vacuum source for promotion of the controlled acceleration or retardation of the body's inflammatory response. The heating, and cooling provision controls the local metabolic function as part of the inflammatory response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Hannnigan, James R. Leininger, Charles I. Biltz, Frank Dilazzaro, Christopher Fashek, Royce W. Johnson, Wayne J. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20140330222
    Abstract: An article for therapy and treatment of at least one eye. The article includes a backing for application to the at least one eye. The backing includes at least one receiver positioned to align with the at least one eye. The article also includes at least one pod that is detachably secured within the at least one receiver. The at least one pod includes material for delivering therapy and treatment to the at least one eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: BRUDER HEALTHCARE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Publication number: 20140316355
    Abstract: A topical patch preparation for treatment of toxicity of mosquitoes proposed by the present invention includes: a back sheet (100) and an adhesive heating element (200) stacked and attached to the lower surface of the back sheet (100) and including exothermic compositions mixed therein to generate heat. Thus, the topical patch preparation may decompose the toxicity of mosquitoes caused by a mosquito bite simply by using heat without chemicals or drugs so as to immediately relieve itching and swelling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Hae Eun LIM
  • Patent number: 8845601
    Abstract: Skin cooling apparatus is provided for use with a medical treatment device such as a hypodermic syringe or a skin ablation laser or other electromagnetic source. The skin cooling apparatus provides selective, localized cooling of the target area that is acted upon by the medical treatment device. Included is a support body engaging at least a portion of the medical treatment device, for supporting and orienting the medical treatment device to the target area. A solid state cooling device such as a thermoelectric or Peltier device is carried by the support body and includes a cooling surface facing the target area of a patient's skin surface. The support body may be flexible so as to allow the medical treatment device to be inclined relative to the skin surface. The support body may also include aiming structure for directing the medical treatment device to a particular point within the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Folim G. Halaka
  • Patent number: 8814836
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a microdermabrasion device for treating skin comprises a handpiece assembly having a distal end and a proximal end. The handpiece assembly includes at least one delivery conduit and at least one waste conduit. The microdermabrasion device additionally comprises a tip configured to be positioned along the distal end of the handpiece assembly, wherein the tip is adapted to contact skin surface. In several embodiments, the tip comprises a lip, a first opening in fluid communication with the fluid delivery conduit and a second opening in fluid communication with the waste conduit. In one embodiment, the device includes one or more abrasive elements positioned along a distal end of the tip, wherein the abrasive elements are configured to selectively remove skin as the tip is moved relative to a skin surface. In some embodiments, the delivery conduit is configured to selectively deliver at least one time-release material to the skin surface being treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Edge Systems LLC
    Inventors: Roger Ignon, Ed F. Nicolas
  • Publication number: 20140207088
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a moxibustion therapy device and its use. The moxibustion therapy device comprises a housing, an integrated electric circuit board inside the housing, a power supply module, and a heating module. A protruding portion on one side of the housing is covered with a metal mesh cover. The integrated electric circuit board, the power supply module, and the heating module are connected to one another. The heating module is tightly pressed against one side of the metal mesh cover. Users can use the moxibustion therapy device at anytime anywhere without others' assistance. The moxibustion therapy device can help people expel cold and dampness and relieve pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: LIFERISING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zhengang GUO, Wenbin YAO, Weiguo CHEN, Peng PENG, Jingyang JIANG
  • Publication number: 20140206737
    Abstract: This invention relates to a new application of compound Clonidine Hydrochloride in a use of preparation of information intervention agent, a new preparation method of information intervention agent, and a product. The Clonidine Hydrochloride interacts with the human information receptor, therefore realizing the intervention through the Clonidine Hydrochloride information physical method, and treatment was not a chemical treatment. This invention comprises: putting the compound Clonidine Hydrochloride information package filler (3) into a container (4), closing the lid (7), sealing by a glue, attaching a hanging piece to the container (4) to form the Clonidine Hydrochloride information intervention agent (9) for clinical use. The usage of this invention is simple, convenient, safe, reliable and easy to accept. It is especially appropriate for use by senior people, unhealthy people, children, or people with disturbance of consciousness, mental retardation, and behavioral disorders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Beijing Zhongwei Shennong Chronic Disease Medical Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Beijing Zhongwei Shennong Chronic Disease Medical Reasearch Institute Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8784390
    Abstract: A spray nozzle system for skin treatments includes separate air outlets moving over the skin surface to deliver one or more streams of supplemental air for the purpose of warming or drying the skin surface to improve efficacy and comfort of the spraying experience. The drying air from the auxiliary ports may be applied while spray is emitted from the nozzle to increase the spray cloud temperature, or may be applied before or after the spray application, with the spray turned off, to warm or dry the skin. A heating source is provided to warm the air directed through one or more heated air ports. In the case of air-atomizing nozzles, the heated air is delivered through low pressure ports separately from the air emitted through the nozzle's higher pressure atomizing and pattern shaping orifices to minimize the expansion cooling effect inherent with the spray nozzle ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sunless, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Steven C. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20140200525
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing the administration of compounds with the human body's natural circadian rhythms and addiction rhythms to counteract symptoms when they are likely to be at their worst by using an automated and pre programmable transdermal or other drug administration system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Chrono Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy DiPierro
  • Patent number: 8758311
    Abstract: A transdermal product delivery patch comprises a reservoir containing a product for delivery to a patient; means for affixing the patch to the skin of the patient; and manually operable means for actuating an extensor mechanism to exert pressure on the reservoir and thereby expel the product towards the skin. The patch may be supplied with the extensor mechanism held in a strained configuration and the manually operable means may be a restraint such as a peelable layer that can be removed to allow the extensor mechanism to move using stored energy towards a rest configuration. The extensor mechanism may be a ring of resilient material that is pre-stretched radially inwards so that, upon release, it stretches the reservoir radially outwards. The patch may be supplied with the extensor mechanism in a rest configuration and the manually operable means may deform it in a predefined manner into a strained configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Nemaura Pharma Limited
    Inventor: Dewan Fazlul Hoque Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 8690842
    Abstract: An apparatus heats fluids. A number of lithium-ion cells are positioned within a housing. A first connector is positioned on a first end of the housing and operably connected to the number of lithium-ion cells. The first connector is configured to receive electrical power from a power source. A second connector is positioned on a second end of the housing and operably connected to the number of lithium-ion cells. A heating element has a tube for transferring fluid. The heating element is configured to connect to the second connector. A controller is positioned within the housing and operably connected to the number of lithium-ion cells and the second connector. The controller is configured to monitor a rate at which the electrical power is received by the heating element and limit an amount of the electrical power received by the heating element when the rate reaches a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Estill Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James T. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8663161
    Abstract: A heating system for warming nutritional liquid fed to a neonate or preterm infant may comprise a control module and a heater. The heating system is portable so that the heating system is not connected to a syringe pump or other device used to feed the neonate. The heater of the heating system is mounted to the tube that is used to feed the neonate. The heater is positioned along the tube in close proximity to the neonate so that a temperature drop of the nutritional liquid after the nutritional liquid exits the heater and reaches the neonate is negligible. The heater raises the temperature of the nutritional liquid to a target desired temperature (e.g., body temperature of the mother and neonate or to a temperature above the temperature of the mother and neonate) so that the neonate may consume warm nutritional fluid. Once the nutritional liquid reaches the neonate, the nutritional liquid is at about the body temperature of the mother or neonate or at least above room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Acacia, Inc.
    Inventors: Dongchul D. Hyun, Michael Fleury
  • Patent number: 8657797
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hair removal device (1) having a hair removal unit (30) and a skin cooling unit (10), wherein the skin cooling unit (10) has a skin contact surface (11), and the skin cooling unit (10) is equipped to apply an application substance (80) onto the skin by way of the skin contact surface (11) during use of the hair removal device. In addition to the cooling of the skin by means of contact cooling, a further cooling effect may also be achieved in such a hair removal device in that an application substance is applied, which contributes to the cooling of the skin, for example, by means of evaporation. The hair removal device may comprise a removable attachment, which also comprises at least the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Jung, Uwe Bielfeldt, Thomas Schamberg
  • Patent number: 8632511
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an ophthalmic injection device may include a dispensing chamber, a first thermal sensor coupled to the dispensing chamber, a temperature control layer coupled to the dispensing chamber, a second thermal sensor coupled to the dispensing chamber, and a first processing device. The first processing device may be configured to receive temperature information from the first thermal sensor and the second thermal sensor and control the temperature control layer using the received temperature information. In some embodiments, the first processing device may receive temperature information directly from the second thermal sensor (e.g., in analog form) and may compare the temperature information from the first thermal sensor (e.g., received from the second processing device in digital form) and the second thermal sensor to detect temperature offsets between the two sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cesario Pereira Dos Santos, Michael LeRoy Gelvin
  • Patent number: 8628504
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a method of treating meibomian gland dysfunction in a mammal wherein an occlusion blocks at least a portion of the flow of naturally occurring secretion out of a gland channel orifice. The invention comprises selecting a device capable of delivering a jet of heated medium. The device is positioned such that when the jet is it is applied to the exterior surface of the eyelid, proximate to the gland channel orifice, a jet of heated medium is applied to the exterior surface of the eyelid proximate to the gland channel orifice at a pressure of from about 2 psi to about 30 psi. Application of the jet of heated medium is maintained for sufficient time to loosen, break up, fracture, soften or liquefy at least a portion of the occlusion such that at least a portion of the occlusion is removed. In an exemplary embodiment, the medium is water heated to a temperature of between about 42° C. and about 46° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Grenon, Lyle Paul, Steven Roe, Donald R. Korb
  • Patent number: 8613723
    Abstract: A heat exchanger has a multi-lumen tubing having one end connected to a supply fitting and another end connected to a return fitting. The tubing has a central lumen, a middle lumen that surrounds the central lumen and an outer lumen that surrounds the middle lumen. When infusate traverses along the heat exchanger, it is heated by the heating fluid that flows along the central lumen, and also by the rerouted heating fluid that flows along the outer lumen of the tubing. The heat exchanger is fluidly coupled to a heater by its inlet and outlet so that the temperature of the heating fluid for warming the infusate is maintained at a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Johnson, Gregory Hughes
  • Publication number: 20130317460
    Abstract: A method of providing moisture therapy to a subject by applying a moist therapy compress against a treated body portion. The moist therapy compress includes a fluid-permeable shell, a flexible backing fastened to the shell to define an enclosure, and a hydrophilic zeolite fill granules loosely contained within the enclosure. The therapy compress is exposed to a source of moisture to cause absorption of water into the a hydrophilic zeolite, and the moisture is delivered from the hydrophilic zeolite through the fluid permeable shell to the treated body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: BRUDER HEALTHCARE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Publication number: 20130317459
    Abstract: A dressing for treatment of a body part surface of a human or animal patient. The dressing includes a compress with a plurality of loose fill granules contained in an enclosure. The plurality of loose fill granules is configured to deliver moist heat. The dressing also includes antibacterial medication that is activated by the moist heat delivered from the compress and released toward the body part surface. The fill granules substantially retain at least one antimicrobial metal material therein and allow repeated absorption and dissipation of moisture to and from the fill granules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: BRUDER HEALTHCARE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Publication number: 20130296811
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to fluid spraying apparatuses, and related systems and methods. The disclosed fluid spraying apparatuses may be used, for example, to spray a medically suitable fluid on a target region of a subject, such as for treating or removing tissue of the subject. In an embodiment, a fluid spraying apparatus includes a spray mechanism including at least one reservoir, and a spraying device operably coupled to the at least one reservoir which has an adjustable spray nozzle. The fluid spraying apparatus includes a distance sensor configured to sense information at least related to a distance to a target region of a subject and output one or more signals encoding the information, and control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the spray mechanism and the distance sensor. The control electrical circuitry is configured to activate the spray mechanism responsive to receiving the one or more signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130296812
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to fluid spraying apparatuses, and related systems and methods. The disclosed fluid spraying apparatuses may be used, for example, to spray a medically suitable fluid on a target region of a living subject such as for treating or removing tissue. In an embodiment, a fluid spraying apparatus includes a target designation unit having a target sensor configured to sense a target region of a living subject, a spray mechanism, and a controller. The spray mechanism includes at least one reservoir configured to hold fluid, and a spraying device operably coupled to the at least one reservoir, the spraying device configured to spray the fluid in the at least one reservoir onto the target region. The controller includes control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the spray mechanism and the target designation unit, and configured to control the spray mechanism responsive to the target sensor sensing the target region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130245578
    Abstract: A method of providing moisture therapy to a subject by applying a moist therapy compress against a treated body portion. The moist therapy compress includes a fluid-permeable shell, a flexible backing fastened to the shell to define an enclosure, and a hydrophilic zeolite fill granules loosely contained within the enclosure. The therapy compress is exposed to a source of moisture to cause absorption of water into the a hydrophilic zeolite, and the moisture is delivered from the hydrophilic zeolite through the fluid permeable shell to the treated body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: BRUDER HEALTHCARE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Patent number: 8523082
    Abstract: A series of implementations of open access sleeves for holding one or more closed containers of sterile fluid for use in medical procedures are disclosed. The open access sleeves may be adapted to provide heat to maintain the containers of sterile fluid above the ambient air temperature of the room. The provision of heat may be controlled by a control system. The control system may use a temperature measurement device to obtain a temperature representative of the container of sterile fluid and of the sterile fluid in the container. The access sleeve may be included in a device for maintaining an open volume of sterile fluid within a range of a target temperature to maintain the closed containers of sterile fluid at a temperature near target temperature for open volume of sterile fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: C Change Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kammer, Kevin J. Rackers, Mark Martel, Todd Cassidy
  • Patent number: 8506539
    Abstract: An eyelid margin wipe comprising chemical means for adjusting the temperature of the wipe relative to the ambient temperature. The wipe is particularly useful for treatment of disorders of the eyelid or eyelid margin such as meibomian gland dysfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Optometric Technology Group LTD.
    Inventors: Michel Guillon, Cecile Adrienne Maissa
  • Publication number: 20130204211
    Abstract: A method, and apparatus for the controlled acceleration, and/or retardation of the body's inflammatory response generally comprises a foam pad for insertion substantially into a wound site, a heating, a cooling pad for application over the wound site, a wound drape or sealing enclosure of the foam pad, the heating, and cooling pad at wound site The foam pad is placed in fluid communication with a vacuum source for promotion of the controlled acceleration or retardation of the body's inflammatory response. The heating, and cooling provision controls the local metabolic function as part of the inflammatory response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventor: KCI Licensing, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8486030
    Abstract: A spray nozzle system includes separate air outlets to deliver one or more streams of supplemental warming or drying air. The air may be applied while spray is emitted from the nozzle to increase the spray cloud temperature, or may be applied for warming or drying before or after the spray application, with the spray turned off. In the case of air-atomizing nozzles, the air is delivered through low pressure ports separately from the atomizing or pattern shaping air to minimize the expansion cooling effect. In another implementation, the air is redirected from the nozzle using a control valve which proportions the amount of airflow directed for atomization, pattern shaping and drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sunless, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Steven C. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20130172790
    Abstract: Dry eye treatment apparatus and methods are described herein which generally comprise a patch or strip affixed to the skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids to deliver heat or other forms of energy, pressure, drugs, moisture, etc. (alone or in combination) to the one or more meibomian glands contained within the underlying skin. The treatment strip or strips include one or more strips configured to adhere to an underlying region of skin in proximity to one or both eyes of a subject such that the one or more strips allow for the subject to blink naturally without restriction from the one or more patches. Moreover, the one or more strips may be configured to emit energy to the underlying region of skin and where the one or more strips are shaped to follow a location of one or more meibomiam glands contained within the underlying region of skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Sight Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Badawi
  • Patent number: 8444600
    Abstract: A replaceable heating cartridge for use with a warming device to heat or warm a fluid. The replaceable heating cartridge comprises a heater having first and second sides, a first connecting portion to receive a fluid from an external source, a second connecting portion to supply a heated fluid, a plurality of barrier members disposed on each side of the heater, and a pair of cover members. Each cover member is disposed on one side of the heater and configured to couple to each other with the heater and the barrier members therein between to form a body with a fluid path. The fluid path wraps around the heater multiple times to warm the fluid flowing through the fluid path from the first connecting portion to supply the heated fluid at the second connecting portion. An air filter is disposed on the fluid path to remove air from the fluid. Preferably, one of the cover member further comprises a plurality of openings to discharge the air removed from the fluid by the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jae Sang Park
  • Patent number: 8435220
    Abstract: An emergency eyewash station is disclosed. The emergency eyewash station includes a reservoir containing an eyewash fluid and a mechanism for dispensing the eyewash fluid from the reservoir to wash an injured person's eyes. An expandable container is configured and arranged to collect used eyewash fluid after the eyewash fluid has been dispensed to wash the injured person's eyes. The station can be further enhanced by equipping the expandable container with a pair of straps configured to compress the reservoir thereby providing a gravity assist to dispensing eyewash fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sperian Eye and Face Protection, Inc. a Delaware corporation
    Inventors: Daniel P. Smith, David J. Copeland, Michael C. Pereira
  • Publication number: 20130096515
    Abstract: A convenient and hygienic skin therapy system comprising an encaser, one or more therapeutic compositions, a sealing means and optional accessories is disclosed. A method of using such a skin therapy system is also provided. The skin therapy system and the use thereof provides an effective, efficient and safe therapeutic approach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Deanna Montrose
  • Publication number: 20130085461
    Abstract: A pre-debriding composition comprises a chaotropic agent, preferably urea, and, preferably, exfoliating and analgesic agents. The pre-debriding composition reduces the collagen denaturation temperature, Tm, at the site of a wound. Use of the composition along with a supply of heat increases the effectiveness of a subsequent enzymatic debriding treatment. A dressing and heating system is also provided for use with the pre-debriding composition. An “instant activated” debriding composition and package is provided comprising a gel composition and a powdered debriding zymogen composition, wherein mixing of the two compositions results in an activated enzymatic debriding composition. 22290368.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicants: BIOMEDICAL CONCEPTS LLC
    Inventors: BIOMEDICAL CONCEPTS LLC, DERMAL THERAPY (BARBADOS) INC.
  • Patent number: 8409185
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides improved medical devices, systems, and methods. Embodiments may be particularly well suited for the treatment of dermatological and/or cosmetic defects, and alternative embodiments may be configured for treatment of a wide range of target tissues. Some embodiments of the present invention apply cooling with at least one small, tissue-penetrating probe, the probe often comprising a needle having a size suitable for inserting through an exposed surface of the skin of a patient without leaving a visible scar. The cooling may remodel one or more target tissue so as to effect a desired change in a composition of the target tissue and/or a change in its behavior. Exemplary embodiments make use of replaceable needle probes supported by a probe body handle, with small needle probes often being replaced during treatment of a single patient. Unlike the large format cryogenic cooling systems of the past, small cryogenic cooling needle probes may dull or be damaged by insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Myoscience, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Burger, Lisa Elkins, Ronald Williams
  • Publication number: 20130072850
    Abstract: A system for treating a tissue site of a patient includes a dressing filler adapted to be positioned at the tissue site. The dressing filler includes a base and a plurality of nodes extending from the base. The base further includes a plurality of openings disposed in the base. At least one of the plurality of nodes is comprised of a non-tactile-stimulus-activated, macroscopically-deforming (NTSAMD) material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson
  • Patent number: 8372047
    Abstract: A system and method of topically applying an anesthetic, or other medication, to one or both lips of the mouth. An applicator device is provided that has a curved first wall, a curved second wall, and a horizontal shelf that joins the first wall to the second wall. The first wall, the second wall and the horizontal shelf combine to define either one or two curved lip compartments. A volume of the anesthetic, or other medication, is placed within the curved lip compartments. The applicator device is partially placed in a person's mouth so that the second wall is positioned between the back of the lips and in front of the teeth. While in this position, the lip of the user passes into the curved lip compartment and is contacted by the anesthetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Otto J. Placik
  • Patent number: 8357128
    Abstract: A portable heater with ovoid receptacle is disclosed. The portable heater comprises a top member comprising a semi-ovoid cavity, a bottom member comprising a semi-ovoid cavity, a hinge operatively connected to the top and bottom members, and a heating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Shrikant S Bhamre
  • Publication number: 20130018333
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein propose the controlled application of a heated spray cloud to a target surface. The spray cloud may be delivered in connection with applications of atomized (misted) sunless tanning sprays using a variety of spray systems. A formulation of the cosmetic or conditioning liquid may conduct and retain heat to allow a pleasantly warm spray to be received on the skin surface. The formula may come to temperature quickly and the heat may be retained even though a nozzle cooling effect inherently cools the spray as it leaves the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: MT Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Steven C. Cooper, Charles R. Sweat
  • Patent number: 8348911
    Abstract: Applicators provide heat shields for uncovered skin, in particular the face, hands, and other body parts that may not be clothed such as arms, legs, or torso. In one embodiment, a continuous heat shield is applied the entire face and ears. In another embodiment, a heat shield is applied to portions of the face and neck. In yet another embodiment, a heat shield is applied by multiple applicators. Sets of applicators apply a portion of a contiguous heat shield. Books contain multiple sets of applicators. Camouflage is used for military concealment. Other uses include firefighting, iron working, glass blowing and cooking. Entrained ceramic particles provide heat reflection and insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: John Livacich, Kendyl A. Roman
  • Publication number: 20120302942
    Abstract: Systems and methods for longevity, anti-aging, fatigue management, obesity, weight loss, weight management, delivery of nutraceuticals, and treating hyperglycemia, Alzheimer's disease, sleep disorders, Parkinson's disease, Attention Deficit Disorder and nicotine addiction involve synchronizing and tailoring the administration of nutraceuticals, medications and other substances (for example, stimulants) in accordance with the body's natural circadian rhythms, meal times and other factors. Improved control of blood glucose levels, extended alertness, and weight control, and counteracting of disease symptoms when they are at their worst are possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Guy DiPierro, Steven A. Giannos
  • Publication number: 20120289758
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for treatment of a disease, disorder, or condition in a vertebrate subject. A device is provided that includes one or more cooling elements configured to be applied to one or more tissues of a vertebrate subject to modulate at least one activity of brown adipose tissue of the vertebrate subject, and a programmable controller configured to provide instructions to the one or more cooling elements in response to information regarding one or more physiological conditions of the vertebrate subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K.Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Stephen L. Malaska, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, JR.