Means Broken, Cut, Pierced, Or Torn To Permit Flow Of Material Patents (Class 604/3)
  • Patent number: 10004886
    Abstract: Embodiments herein may relate to a unit dose system that may include a first applicator and a second applicator. The first applicator may include a crushable ampoule that includes approximately 1 milliliter (mL) of a silver salt solution disposed therein. The first applicator may further include a first syringe tip coupled with the crushable ampoule. The second applicator may include a flexible filled tube that includes approximately 4 mL of a varnish disposed therein and a second syringe tip coupled with the flexible filled tube. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ORAL HEALTH OUTREACH, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus Duffin, Steve Duffin
  • Patent number: 9993572
    Abstract: An apparatus for sanitizing a stethoscope head. The apparatus includes a housing, a reservoir disposed within the housing for containing the sanitizing fluid, one or more applicator pads mounted on the housing, and a dispensing valve for dispensing the sanitizing fluid from the reservoir onto the applicator pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Mark D. Kolins, Barry Siegel
  • Patent number: 9022679
    Abstract: A unitary hand-held, single-use liquid dispenser and applicator is disclosed. A squeezable handle also serves as a reservoir for liquid. A non-forming thermoplastic film seals liquid within the reservoir. Novel weaknesses in the film can be broken on demand to create an opening for liquid to freely flow onto an absorbent pad. A user can thus dispense and apply the liquid without ever touching the liquid or the surface with his hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: CaseMed Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Casey Samangooie
  • Publication number: 20150119784
    Abstract: Most cotton swabs, that currently exist, are not designed for cleaning the external ear canal. The risk of eardrum perforation and/or earwax impaction is too great. This invention is unique in the sense that it is specially designed to clean the external ear canal. It is precisely designed to fit the external ear canal by measuring 2.54 centimeters in length, which is the size of the average adult ear canal. It is also distinctively designed in the sense that is utilizes the antiseptic effects of hydrogen peroxide to dissolve earwax (cerumen), and cleanse the ear of harmful bacteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Terata Kanu
  • Publication number: 20150119785
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention include a device for cleaning earwax from an ear canal, the device having a tube with a distal end and a proximal end, an absorbent tip attached to the distal end of the tube, a bulb attached to the proximal end of the tube, and a volume of hydrogen peroxide positioned within the bulb. The tube may be sealed with a diaphragm preventing the hydrogen peroxide from flowing down the tube into the absorbent tip. The diaphragm may be capable of rupturing upon an external force being applied to the bulb causing the cleaning solution to flow from the bulb through the tube and into the absorbent tip. A length of the tube may be shorter than an average adult's external ear canal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: TERATA ANN KANU
  • Patent number: 8979785
    Abstract: An applicator device for applying a fluid is provided. The applicator device may include a handle. The handle may comprise an elongate hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one longitudinal, interior rib disposed on an inner surface of an outer wall of the hollow body and configured to orient and guide a container for containing the fluid when the container is disposed within the hollow body. In addition, the applicator device may include a base at the distal end of the hollow body. Further, the applicator device may include an applicator pad coupled to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Korogi, Theodore J. Mosler, Matthew R. Penny, Bryan J. Peters, Lisa D. Shaffer, Andrew Corson, Ronald J. Casey, Patrick P. Vanek, Royal D. Hathaway
  • Patent number: 8973521
    Abstract: A device for coating a medical implant includes a container that contains a liquid having at least one pharmaceutically active substance. An elastic head for application of the liquid onto a surface to be coated is connected to an inside of the container through at least one channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Hubert Büchner
  • Patent number: 8926212
    Abstract: A device for applying at least one product at a desired surface, for instance a human's skin. The device comprises several layers 1-6, where an impermeable front layer (1) and an impermeable utility layer (6) together with a contact layer (2) will form the outer surfaces of the device (D), between which contact layer (2) and utility layer (6) are arranged a valve layer (3), a top layer (4) and a bottom layer (5). The top layer (4) and bottom layer (5) are connected to each other through a weld (11) in order to form a storage chamber (8) to accommodate a product. Furthermore, the valve layer (3) and top layer (4) are provided with a plurality of incisions or indentations (9a, 9b), where the incisions or indentations (9a) of the valve layer are welded to corresponding incisions or indentations (9b) of the top layer to form an opening mechanism in the device (D), where the device (D) is opened when the valve layer (3) is moved relatively to the top layer (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: PadTech AS
    Inventor: Dag H. Gundersen
  • Patent number: 8899858
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing applicator has a container body holding liquid, a longitudinal axis for rotation and an offset projection located to avoid traversing the longitudinal axis. The applicator also has a head component receiving an end of the container body and has a slot system for receiving the offset projection. The container body and the head component are rotatable with respect to each other to cause the offset projection and the slot system to engage and break the offset projection, allowing liquid release through the head for application. The applicator may have an axial locking system and a radial locking system for locking the container body and the head component together at various positions for improved stability, alignment or reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Razmik Margoosian, Viken Afarian
  • Patent number: 8864399
    Abstract: An applicator assembly includes a body defining a pocket, a closed ampoule received in the pocket, an integrated protective device attached to the body and enclosing the pocket, a lever projecting from the body, at least one tappet that bears against an external surface of the pocket and fractures the ampoule when the lever is pivoted, and an application member secured to the body, wherein an interior of the pocket is placed in fluid communication with the application member by way of through-holes provided in the integrated protective device. A method for manufacturing the applicator assembly includes rotating the protective device from an open position into a closed position to enclose the ampoule in the pocket before the application member is attached to the body so that the fluid to be dispensed will flow through the protective device and contact the application member when the ampoule is fractured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Guzman, James P. McDonald
  • Patent number: 8858484
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device, a system, and a method for application of fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Casey, Patrick P. Vanek, Royal D. Hathaway, David L. Foshee, Theodore J. Mosler, Nicholas J. Jardine, Kristin L. Benokraitis
  • Patent number: 8801312
    Abstract: An applicator assembly includes a head portion having a proximal, a distal end, and an interior portion defining a fluid chamber, a container slidably coupled to the body, a breakable membrane sealing an end of the container, and a hollow puncture mechanism, wherein the hollow puncture mechanism is mounted in the interior portion of the head portion and an interior of the container is placed in fluid communication with the application member by way of a fluid conduit that is formed through the hollow puncture mechanism from the container to the fluid chamber when the container is axially translated toward the head portion and the puncture mechanism pierces the breakable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Guzman, Kyle W. Boone, Miguel Rivera
  • Patent number: 8790031
    Abstract: An applicator assembly may include body having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, a container having a closed proximal end, an interior, and an open distal end, wherein the container is coupled to the proximal end portion, a material bonded to the open distal end and sealing the interior of the container, and an application member attached to the distal end portion, wherein the interior of the container is placed in fluid communication with the application member by way of a compressive force applied along circumferential areas toward the distal end of the container. A method of manufacturing an applicator for applying a solution to a surface is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. McDonald
  • Patent number: 8740831
    Abstract: A wiper comprises a rod (20), a wiping body (30) provided at one end of the rod and an outer packing; the rod (20) is of elasticity, the outer packing is a tube-like container (10) having both ends closed permanently and an easy break-off mark (13) provided on the tube wall; the wiper is firm, airtight and capable of being opened easily, and can be used conveniently and rapidly; the rod and the tube-like container are made from thermoplastic materials by technologies such as extruding, injection-molding and the like, both ends of the tube-like container are closed through fusion, mechanical seal and other manners, and the wiper has a simple production technology and is suitable for mass production and wide application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Longood Medicine (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhendong Wu
  • Patent number: 8696227
    Abstract: An applicator that dispenses a predetermined dose of topical anesthetic to a zone of tissue. When tissue is contacted, the topical anesthetic applicator also releases a visible spectrum temporary marking agent that generates a target for the preoperative injection of a numbing dose of local anesthetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Thaddeus Carter
  • Patent number: 8641310
    Abstract: A replacement cartridge for a safety razor includes a dispensing head and a reservoir for a flowable shaving aid material. A removable shield is between the reservoir and the dispensing head and the shield interrupts fluid communication between channels of the reservoir and the dispensing head when the shield is in place. Fluid communication is permitted when the shield is removed. Removal of the shield is a onetime event. The shield can be a thermoplastic film. A razor cartridge can be disposed adjacent the dispensing head and the housing of the razor cartridge can be integrally formed with the housing of the dispensing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Eveready Battery ComaPNY, Inc
    Inventor: Andrew J Pennella
  • Patent number: 8628265
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator includes a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. In one embodiment, the dispensing applicator comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region there between. Optionally, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. Also optionally, the applicator tip includes a semi-permeable or non-permeable partial shield member disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member. Adaptive embodiments allow the generation of designs applicable to a particular medical purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: James Brown, Janet P. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8608397
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region therebetween. Preferably, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member. Adaptive embodiments allow the generation of designs applicable to a particular medical purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 8591130
    Abstract: An applicator apparatus having a sealed container pod which may be opened through an actuating tab. In certain embodiments the terminal end of the open package covered by an applicator surface that may be adherently affixed to the container pod. In certain embodiments, actuating tab passes through a void defined by a suitably shaped applicator surface. Certain embodiments describe a rupturable seal permitting mixing of contents within the container pod before distribution to applicator surface. A method for applying material to a desired surface, and method of applying a therapeutic substance to a desired tissue is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Kurt Koptis, Bruce Bodlak
  • Patent number: 8550737
    Abstract: An applicator device for storing and dispensing an adhesive or sealant material, which are compatible with irradiation sterilization techniques, the applicator comprising: an applicator body comprising a cutting portion to break the frangible seal of the container for the adhesive, and a grasping and squeezing portion for controlling the flow rate of the adhesive; a container for an adhesive material that is movable relative to the applicator body and is made of materials with high barrier property; and a porous applicator tip that is secured to or frictionally fits into the applicator body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Adhezion Biomedical, LLC
    Inventors: Rafael Ruiz, Sr., Sheng Zhang, Martin Krauss
  • Patent number: 8511923
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region there between. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 8485356
    Abstract: A method for remotely applying a force to a tether affixed to a sterilizing swab package to open the package for use of a swab disposed therein. The method may be applied to sterilizing a septum of a vial disposed within a bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Intra Vena, LLC
    Inventors: Gale H. Thorne, Jr., Kendall P. Thorne
  • Patent number: 8348537
    Abstract: A medical skin applicator apparatus includes a fluid housing having a fluid chamber for storing a medical agent and an applicator coupled to the housing. The fluid housing has a penetrable wall to permit access to the fluid chamber and release of the medical agent therefrom. The applicator includes an applicator surface for applying the medical agent to a patient. The applicator has a penetrating member adapted to penetrate the penetrable wall of the fluid housing upon achieving a predetermined coupled relation of the fluid housing and the applicator, to thereby permit the medical agent to be dispensed from the fluid chamber and applied to the patient with the applicator surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Frank A. Cable, Jr., Mark Tauer, Andrew Fetterroll
  • Patent number: 8348913
    Abstract: An antiseptic applicator device having a reservoir for storing an antiseptic agent, the reservoir being coupled to an applicator pad, and a defeatable membrane being interposed between the reservoir and the applicator pad. Embodiments of the device further include opposing handles, wherein an interior lumen of each handle houses a breakable phial containing a desired solution, and wherein upon moving the handles to a closed position, the phials are broken to release the desired solutions which are then absorbed by the applicator pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Minh Quang Hoang, Jonathan Karl Burkholz, Weston F. Harding
  • Patent number: 8287202
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a method of dispensing an adhesive material using an applicator comprising: a body having a cavity; at least one breaking member integral with the body and having a surrounding gap, the breaking member deflectable into the cavity and having a first engagement member; an annular housing movable with respect to the body and having a second engagement member complementary with the first engagement member, the first and the second engagement members being cooperatively engageable; a reservoir secured to body and having applicator means; a retaining member between the body and reservoir; and a frangible container of adhesive material disposed within the cavity; moving the annular housing relative to the body from a first position to a second position where the engagement members are cooperatively engaged; deflecting the breaking members and breaking the frangible container; and squeezing the reservoir and dispensing adhesive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Goodman, Gregory Hake, Thomas Schoon, Thomas A Shepard
  • Publication number: 20120179085
    Abstract: A device and process that creates active molecular iodine on a swab. The device has two chambers sealed from one-another. One of the chambers contains a swab. Each chamber contains a different reagent such that when the device is broken or crushed to activate it, the contents of both chambers mix on the swab. The reagents are such that, when mixed, they produce molecular iodine on the swab which acts as a topical antiseptic. The reagents can be an iodide in one chamber and an iodate in the second chamber with a buffer. Alternatively one of the chambers can contain dry molecular iodine in contact with the swab. Finally, one of the chambers can contain molecular iodine in a solution of ethanol, while the other can contain a aqueous solution of a buffer to maintain a proper pH.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: James C. Richards
  • Patent number: 8216171
    Abstract: A method for packaging an agent for delivery within a body cavity. A reservoir within a package contains a specified quantity of the agent and is either contiguous with, or coupled to, a dispensing node such as a swab. Depth of insertion of the dispensing node into the body cavity is restricted to a specified depth by a penetration-restricting feature that forms part of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry B. Gray, Matthew C. Harris, Richard J. Lanigan, Craig R. Steinfels, Brian D. Tracey
  • Patent number: 8215859
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region therebetween. Preferably, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member. Adaptive embodiments allow the generation of designs applicable to a particular medical purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 8186897
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region there between. Preferably, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member. Adaptive embodiments allow the generation of designs applicable to a particular medical purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 8118766
    Abstract: Skin antiseptic composition dispensers and methods of use are disclosed. The skin antiseptic composition dispenser may include a container with one or more walls that are substantially impermeable to ethylene oxide gas during normal ethylene oxide sterilization processes. In some embodiments, the container may include flexible walls free of metallic foil barrier layers. The containers may also include one or more vents in addition to one or more openings used to dispense the skin antiseptic composition within the container. The dispenser may include an applicator with a hydrophilic foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Davis, Matthew T. Scholz, Triet M. Lu
  • Patent number: 8118508
    Abstract: An applicator device for dispensing a polymerizable adhesive material comprising a body portion comprising a closed proximal end and an open distal end providing a cavity sized to accept a frangible container having a polymerizable adhesive material; at least one breaking member at least partially deflectable into the cavity; an annular housing movable with respect to the body portion; and a reservoir secured to the open distal end of the body portion, the reservoir further comprising an applicator; wherein the annular housing is movable relative to the body portion from a first position to a second position to deflect at least a portion of the breaking member into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Closure Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Goodman, Gregory Hake, Thomas Schoon, Thomas A. Shepard
  • Patent number: 8109387
    Abstract: A device for applying a liquid, pasty or other flowable substance includes a pack with a receiving section comprising a wet portion for receiving the substance and a closure section defining a dry portion. The closure section is separated from the receiving section by a tear line. The wet portion is separated from the dry portion by means of a separation element comprising an orifice closed off by a closure element which is releasable from the separation element after tearing open the pack along the tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sulzer Mixpac AG
    Inventor: Alberto C. Sogaro
  • Patent number: 8083425
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region there between. Preferably, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member. Adaptive embodiments allow the generation of designs applicable to a particular medical purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 8066444
    Abstract: A device including a base layer; a wipe layer attached to the base layer to define an interior space between the wipe and base layers; a plurality of blisters positioned within the interior space, each blister having a blister volume, wherein the sum of the blister volumes is a total blister volume; and an indication disposed on the wipe layer or the base layer corresponding to a single blister or a group of blisters indicating the ratio of the blister volume of that single blister or the sum of the blister volumes of that group of blisters to the total blister volume is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl G. Rippl, Chi Hao P. Duong
  • Patent number: 8061917
    Abstract: An applicator for dispensing uniform thickness layers of liquid to surfaces and especially surgical sealants to surgical sites to create, in situ, a surgical incise drape is disclosed. The applicator employs a supported thin layer of foam which achieves layer thickness which are substantially independent of the pressure applied to the applicator during use. Methods of using the applicator are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: MedLogic Global Limited
    Inventors: Richard J. Stenton, George Reed
  • Patent number: 8007469
    Abstract: A catheter system for positioning an instrument within a body that includes a hub defining a lumen therethrough for passage of the instrument toward the body. The catheter system also includes an elongate tubular member defining a lumen therethrough. The lumen of the elongate tubular member is in communication with the lumen of the hub for further passage of the instrument toward the body. The system also includes a slitter member that is coupled to the hub. The slitter member is disposed to slit the elongate tubular member as the elongate tubular member moves relative to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Niall Duffy
  • Patent number: 7993066
    Abstract: An applicator for reducing the concentration of unwanted chemicals such as para-chloroaniline (PCA) from an antiseptic solution includes an antiseptic solution in amount sufficient to have an antimicrobial effect on a surface and at least one hydrophobic or hydrophilic material. The hydrophobic or hydrophilic material selectively removes undesired by-products from the antiseptic solution when the antiseptic solution contacts the hydrophobic or hydrophilic material. A method for selectively removing unwanted by-products from an antiseptic solution includes the steps of providing an antiseptic solution in amount sufficient to have an antimicrobial effect on a surface and contacting the antiseptic solution with at least one hydrophobic or hydrophilic material that selectively removes the unwanted by-products from the antiseptic solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus Flores, Scott A. Tufts, Angel G. Magallon, James R. Bardwell
  • Patent number: 7946779
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region therebetween. Preferably, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Publication number: 20100305491
    Abstract: A bandage for covering an affected area of the skin is provided. The bandage including: a first bandage having an adhesive for adhering to the skin and an opening for exposing the affected area; a second bandage for covering the opening; and a releasable attachment system for releasably securing the second bandage to the first bandage to cover the opening. Also provided is a swab including: a tubular body having a conduit and a breakable wall portion disposed in the conduit; a fluid disposed in the conduit; and a cotton swab disposed at an end of the tubular body; wherein bending of the tubular body breaks the breakable wall portion allowing the fluid to flow into the cotton swab. Still further provided is a cotton product including: a cotton body; and a breakable capsule disposed in the body, the breakable capsule having a cavity filled with a fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Robert J. Baschnagel
  • Patent number: 7824122
    Abstract: Applicators and a method for reducing the concentration of unwanted chemicals, such as para-chloroaniline (PCA) from an antiseptic solution. More specifically, the applicator includes antiseptic solution in amount sufficient to be applied to a desired surface and to have an antimicrobial effect on the desired surface and a porous element. The porous element selectively removes undesired by-products from the antiseptic solution when the antiseptic solution contacts the at least one porous element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus Flores, Scott A. Tufts, Angel G. Magallon, James R. Bardwell
  • Patent number: 7806877
    Abstract: The invention provides an easily gripped, single use or multiple use, packet applicator that contains, protects, dispenses and applies powders, solids, semi-solids, semi-liquids, and liquids. The packet contents, or “payload”, are selected from a wide variety of personal care, domestic, office, commercial, and industrial substances, such as: sunscreen, soap, cosmetics, cosmetics removers, and medicaments for application to epidermis and other body surfaces; detergents, waxes, cleansers, and polishes for application to household surfaces; and lubricants, paints, sensors, and sealants for application to commercial and industrial surfaces. Embodiments of the packet applicator can include a rotatable grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventors: Alan H. I. Kang, George E. Darby
  • Publication number: 20100168638
    Abstract: An applicator device for applying a fluid is provided. The applicator device may include a handle. The handle may comprise an elongate hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one longitudinal, interior rib disposed on an inner surface of an outer wall of the hollow body and configured to orient and guide a container for containing the fluid when the container is disposed within the hollow body. In addition, the applicator device may include a base at the distal end of the hollow body. Further, the applicator device may include an applicator pad coupled to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Todd M. Korogi, Theodore J. Mosler, Matthew R. Penny, Bryan J. Peters, Lisa D. Shaffer, Andrew Corson, Ronald J. Casey, Patrick P. Vanek, Royal D. Hathaway
  • Publication number: 20100168637
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device, a system, and a method for application of fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald J. Casey, Patrick P. Vanek, Royal D. Hathaway, David L. Foshee, Theodore J. Mosler, Nicholas J. Jardine, Kristin L. Benokraitis
  • Patent number: 7655188
    Abstract: An assembly and an associated method for collecting a sample of material desired to be characterized with diagnostic equipment includes or utilizes an elongated member having a proximal end with which the assembly is manipulated by a user and a distal end. In addition, a collection tip which is capable of being placed into contact with the material to be characterized is supported upon the distal end. The collection tip includes a body of chemically-inert porous material for binding a sample of material when the tip is placed into contact with the material and thereby holds the sample of material for subsequent introduction to the diagnostic equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Cyril V. Thompson, Rob R. Smith
  • Patent number: 7637679
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a flowable material has a container having a side wall and further having a closed end and an open end. A membrane defines a chamber within the container between the membrane and the closed end of the container. The membrane has a weld seam rupturable upon the application of a force to a side wall of the container proximate the membrane. A swab assembly is operably connected to the open end of the container such that the swab assembly is in flow communication with the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: James Alexander Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. May, Francesca Fazzolari, David G. Robinson, Alexander T. Davidson
  • Patent number: 7614811
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region therebetween. Preferably, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 7581899
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for dispensing a mixture (6) of a first flowable material (4) and a second flowable material (5) has a container (12) having a first chamber (20) and a second chamber (30). The first chamber (20) is adapted to contain the first material (4) and the second chamber (30) is adapted to contain the second material (5). The dispenser (10) further comprises a first membrane (50a) separating the first and second chambers (20,30), and a second membrane (50b) connected to the container (12) proximate the second chamber (30). Pressure applied to the first membrane (50a) fractures the first membrane (50a) wherein the first flowable material (4) and the second flowable material (5) mix to form a mixture (6). Pressure applied to the second membrane (50b) fractures the second membrane (50b) to dispense the mixture (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: James Alexander Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. May, Francesca Fazzolari, David G. Robinson, Alexander T. Davidson
  • Patent number: 7559921
    Abstract: A vacuum device for removing a lodged mass or bolus from the throat of a choking victim. The device includes a pump for creating a vacuum chamber communicating with a mouthpiece having a frangible membrane. A resilient striker fractures the membrane to generate a substantially instantaneous vacuum to the mouthpiece to dislodge the mass. In one embodiment, the membrane is substituted by a manually displaceable sealing member, which is resealed after use of the device by movement of a vacuum-generating plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventors: James T. DeLuca, Paul V. DeLuca
  • Publication number: 20090093746
    Abstract: The invention concerns an application or cleaning stick including at least one tubular body, capable of containing at least one liquid to flow through one first open end. The tubular body is closed at the second end, having a cleavable zone proximate the latter on which it includes an applicator tip. The tip extends well above the cleavable zone on the side of the second end and towards the first, protecting the cleavable zone after it has been ruptured and maintaining securely the second end to the tubular body after rupture. The tip is pre-colored with at least a color different from that of the tip of the first end of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Hakim Nacer
  • Patent number: 7422388
    Abstract: Applicators and a method of coloring antiseptics are provided. More specifically, in one embodiment, an applicator having a flexible hollow body containing antiseptic to be applied is provided. The applicator also has a porous element containing colorant positioned such that the antiseptic flows through the porous element containing colorant. Colorant is transferred to the antiseptic as it flows through the porous element. The resulting colored solution may be applied to the desired surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Allegiance Corporation
    Inventors: Scott A. Tufts, Jesus Flores, Manuel Guzman