Bandage, Pad, Shield, Or Attaching Means Extendable Around Body Portion Patents (Class 604/308)
  • Patent number: 11763647
    Abstract: A multimodal haptic feedback interface installed with a multimode haptic patch stimulates a skin area of a user to provide a haptic feedback including first and second haptic-feedback components to be sensed under static tactile sensing and dynamic tactile sensing, respectively. The patch is mounted with mechanical actuators, electrostimulation electrodes and thermoelectric pellets. The actuators generate a two-dimensional pattern of pressure on the skin area for generating the first haptic-feedback component. The electrostimulation electrodes electrically stimulates the skin area, causing the user to feel a vibration or pressure for generating the second haptic-feedback component. The actuators and electrostimulation electrodes are optimized only for static tactile sensing and dynamic tactile sensing, respectively, reducing an implementation cost while optimized for accuracy in haptic feedback generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Xinge Yu, Ya Huang
  • Patent number: 10231495
    Abstract: A face mask with full-face, wrap-around protection is disclosed. The face mask has a filter mask portion with an attached face shield portion and is adapted to be compatible with loupes and a loupe light. Specifically, the central portion of the face shield includes a horizontally centered cut out that extends downwardly from a top edge. The cut out is sized and positioned to allow a loupe light to pass through. The central portion of the face shield is hingedly connected to a pair of side portions. The side portions may include openings that allow straps from the filter mask to pass through and secure the side portions against the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Sarah Nabai
  • Patent number: 9408744
    Abstract: A therapeutic device for relieving an affected organ or part of the body comprises a mass of material such as beeswax which in use is capable of maintaining a temperature range of 36 to 38 degrees Celsius at the affected part of the body when retained on the skin near the affected part. The invention also extends to articles of apparel containing such a therapeutic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Simon Allen, Ariana Adjani
  • Publication number: 20150141939
    Abstract: Provided is a post surgical breast dressing including: a front portion including a left cup and a right cup connected or connectable to one another; at least one back strap for fitting around a subject's back; left and right trans-axial portions connecting the back strap with the left cup and the right cup, respectively, each of the left and right trans-axial portions including, respectively, left and right in breast in fold portions and left and right under arm portions, the breast dressing wherein at least one of the left under arm portion and right under arm portion include an external layer, an internal layer, and an absorbing dressing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Efrat ROMAN, Yoav ROMAN
  • Patent number: 9017302
    Abstract: A composite wound dressing and delivery apparatus includes a substantially transparent dressing layer having a lower surface that is coated with a pressure sensitive for applying the dressing layer over a wound to define a reservoir in which a negative pressure may be maintained. A substantially transparent backing layer adhered to the lower surface of the dressing layer in a releasable manner, and a vacuum port is centrally located on the dressing layer. The vacuum port is adapted to provide fluid communication between a vacuum source and the reservoir through the dressing layer. A targeting grid associated with either the dressing layer or the backing layer includes regularly spaced reference marks along at least two axes extending from the vacuum port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald F. Vitaris, Rose Anderson, Deirdre McKeown, Adam M. Ruggles
  • Patent number: 9005174
    Abstract: The invention is intended to provide an adhesive patch which contains a drug except bisoprolol and which effectively inhibits the occurrence of oozing out or sticking out of the adhesive layer components from the exposed area of the adhesive layer of the adhesive patch during storage as well as the occurrence of oozing out of the drug from the adhesive layer thereby preventing the reduction in drug content. The support, the release liner and the adhesive layer constituting the adhesive patch each are formed to have a rectangular planar shape and the entire adhesive patch are formed to have a rectangular planar shape, and a protrudent part is formed on the support-side surface of the adhesive patch at a corner thereof. In addition, the adhesive patch may be formed to have a middle part and a peripheral part, and the protrudent part may be formed at a corner of the rectangular middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Iwao, Kensuke Matsuoka, Kazuhiro Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 8993829
    Abstract: A bandage and method for securing a tension member comprising a central body and a plurality of tabs disposed about the central body. A tension member may be disposed across or through a slit or aperture of the central body. A body adhesive on the lower surface of the central body may secure the bandage to the patient. The tension member may then be pulled across the upper surface of the central body and a first tab may be folded over and adhered to the tension member and central body. The tension member may then be pulled back across the first tab and a second tab may be folded over and adhered to the tension member and first tab. Likewise, the tension member may then be pulled back across the second tab and a third tab may be folded over and adhered to the tension member and second tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Ralph Zipper
  • Patent number: 8974427
    Abstract: A tracheostomy support apparatus incorporates a folded sheet of fabric into a pocket formed at one end of the folded sheet. The support apparatus includes a cradle on an outer surface for holding tubes, hoses, and medical equipment connected between a tracheostomy and adjacent equipment, such as a ventilator. The support apparatus cushions and supports the hoses and tubes associated with a tracheostomy but also absorbs fluids emanating from the tracheostomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: James Ballenger
  • Patent number: 8945074
    Abstract: A device for use with a negative pressure bandage for supply negative pressure. The device includes a pump module and a controller module. The pump module contains a power source and a pump. The pump module is removably contained in the controller module. The pump module and controller module can be connected with a connector that provides both a physical and pneumatic connection. The controller module may include one of more visual indicators for allowing the status of the device to be observed at a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kalypto Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John Buan, Alan Carlson, Daniel Gelfman
  • Patent number: 8900209
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to various designs and packaging methods for a gas delivery device and materials for supplying one or more predetermined gases to a target area as well as to application specific opthamological embodiments. With regard to the gas delivery device, the device may include a reservoir, a gas diffusion portion for communicating gas from the reservoir and one or more predetermined gases at concentrations greater than atmospheric contained within the reservoir, wherein the device does not generate gas and may be packaged prior to use with the one or more predetermined gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Oxyband Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Coni F. Rosati
  • Patent number: 8900217
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a wound dressing system is presented. The wound dressing system includes a fluid permeable support layer, the support layer configured for positioning within a wound and adapted to generally conform to a topography of the wound, and to permit exudates from the wound to pass therethrough. The wound dressing system further includes a plurality of beads supported by the support layer, the beads defining an insulated inter-connected elongate member and an electrode embedded within and extending through at least a portion of the elongate member. Also, a current is generated by an external energy source that electrically flows through the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Arnaz Malhi
  • Patent number: 8864727
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transdermal delivery system of multiple adhesive layers having a drug-free adhesive layer as an intermediate layer to control drug delivery rate. The transdermal delivery system enhances transdermal delivery rate in the early stage after application on skin and provides sustained control of the drug delivery rate in the intermediate and later stages. Thus, the drug delivery rate effective for treatment can be controlled in a sustained manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samyang Biopharmaceuticals Corporation
    Inventor: Heonhan Lee
  • Patent number: 8858534
    Abstract: A vacuum system for draining an open wound from liquids exuded therefrom, comprising an enclosure sealable to the wound circumference, a vacuum pump including a disposable pump unit detachably attachable to a non-disposable drive unit, and a waste container for collection of drained liquids. The enclosure has an outlet connected by means of a tube to an inlet of the pump unit and the waste container is connected to an outlet of the pump unit, such that when the vacuum pump is operated the drained liquids flow through the vacuum pump. The enclosure has one or more bleeding holes provided therethrough or adjacent to its outlet so that ambient air may enter the tube and flow together with the drained liquids. The enclosure and the waste container are disposable so that the drained liquids contact only disposable elements and may be disposed of together with all disposable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Carmeli Adahan
  • Publication number: 20140303572
    Abstract: A method of topically applying natural plant product for dissipation of human adipose tissue, comprising: (a) topically applying an inner portion of a natural plant product to an epidermal layer exterior to adipose tissue to be dissipated of a user's body for a period of time, upon which a percentage of the adipose tissue softens and dissolves, thus, reducing the adipose tissue of the user's body; (b) removing the topically applied inner portion of the natural plant product from the epidermal layer for another period of time; (c) repeating steps (a) and (b); and weight reduction apparatus comprising a topical applicator having a receiving container adapted to removably receive a natural plant product and having an opening or a porous wall adapted to facilitate pulp, juices, and/or extracts of the natural plant product to contact a user's epidermal layer exterior to the adipose tissue to be dissipated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: JOSEPH LICHTENSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20140303573
    Abstract: A diaper, diaper sheet insert and/or a diaper wipe sheet with active ingredients integrated therein, including ointments for treating diaper rash, baby oils and lotions for treating dry skin, and/or powder treatments for absorbing moisture, including baby powder, corn starch powders and the like. In a first embodiment, the invention provides a diaper having active ingredients integrated therein comprising a skin-contact surface, at least one inner absorption layer, an outer most layer, and a barrier wall having an active ingredients segment and preventing contact of the active ingredients with the diaper's skin-contact surface. The active ingredient may be applied as a coating or integrated as fine particles within the barrier wall. As diaper is worn, or the active ingredient wipe sheet is wiped on the skin, the skin-contact surface comes into contact with skin, transferring active ingredients onto the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Matthew LaCroix, Margaret Anne LaCroix
  • Patent number: 8853486
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a wound covering having a first strip-like element forming a first periphery and a second strip-like element that faces away from the first periphery, runs approximately parallel thereto, forming a second periphery, and is joined to the first strip-like element, there being formed between the first inner periphery of the strip-like element, facing away from the first periphery, and a second inner periphery of the second strip-like element, facing away from the second periphery, a drainage chamber, the depth of which in a depth direction extending at right angles to the periphery ensures a capillary action on bodily fluids received in the drainage chamber, in particular exudates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lohmann & Rauscher GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Wild, Georg Wagner, Christian Rohrer, Erik Steinlechner
  • Publication number: 20140276485
    Abstract: The present invention is preferably a stretch mark treatment and prevention garment composed of at least two layers. The inner layer(s) is preferably comprised of an essentially non-absorbent synthetic fabric, and the outer layer is preferably comprised of a fashionable synthetic or non-synthetic fabric. The garment of the present invention preferably functions to hold emollient substances onto a wearer's skin and to restrict those substances from seeping out of the garment and possibly staining the wearer's outer garments. The garment provides continuous moisturizing to a wearer's skin without the emollients being absorbed other garments worn by the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Netta Grutman
  • Patent number: 8758312
    Abstract: The present invention provides a patch preparation that has an extremely low moisture permeability, has a sufficient ODT effect, is excellent in drug releasability and in anchoring property of its drug-containing pressure-sensitive adhesive layer, and has a preferred patch feeling. The patch preparation of the present invention includes a support; and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer containing an adherent polymer and a drug on one surface of the support, wherein: the support has a polyester base layer, an inorganic oxide layer, and a polyester nonwoven fabric layer in the stated order; the polyester base layer has a thickness of 1.0 ?m to 16 ?m; and the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer is laminated on the polyester nonwoven fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Mitsushima, Hidetoshi Kuroda, Yuji Saeki, Tomohito Takita
  • Patent number: 8728045
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treatment of damaged tissue are disclosed, including treatment of wounds by employing non-electrically powered, reduced pressure therapy devices with a pressure oscillation mechanism. Maintenance and control of the sub atmospheric pressure exerted may be provided by such devices while minimizing discomfort to the user. The devices may be configured to be worn inconspicuously underneath clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Spiracur Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Hu, Kenneth Wu
  • Publication number: 20140121610
    Abstract: A garment used to provide hydration and elasticity to the skin of the abdomen area is disclosed. The garment comprises a detachable front panel configured to encase and secure to the abdomen area. The front panel comprises an inner layer and an outer layer each having an interior side and an exterior side. The exterior side of the inner layer is contiguous to the interior side of the outer layer. The inner layer comprises a gelatinous material comprising proteins. In one embodiment, the interior side of the inner layer comprises a self-adhesive edge which secures the front panel to the abdomen area. In another embodiment, the garment comprises a back strap which secures the front panel to the abdomen area at a first and second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Lelia E. Woodley, Nicole Crawley
  • Patent number: 8708991
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for use when a hypodermic needle, partially protruding from a limb, is to be withdrawn fully from the limb to leave a puncture wound. The apparatus comprises an absorber, a receiver and, optionally, a strap. The absorber includes a medium which is able to absorb blood. In use, the absorber is placed in overlying, abutting relation to the needle prior to withdrawal of the needle from the limb. Following withdrawal of the needle from the limb, absorber is urged against the puncture wound to promote hemostasis. The receiver in use, is releasably connected to the absorber. The strap can be coupled to the receiver to define, in use and in combination with the apparatus, a tourniquet. The absorber can be disposable and the strap and receiver can be reusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: 2301142 Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Turner, Mario Lopez
  • Patent number: 8690841
    Abstract: An improved wound care system is set forth. The system includes a wound care device having a first end and a second end. A fastener, adapted to extend to a desired length to selectively attach the device at an anchor, wherein the anchor is provided on a second end of the device is also provided. The fastener is sufficiently sized and formed of a suitable material to prevent the device from moving when secured to the anchor. In an embodiment, medicine is provided in a desired treatment area of the device. The medicine can be inserted via a medicinal delivery device by inserting the medicinal delivery device up to a stop on the medicinal delivery device into the wound care device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: R. Gary Diaz
  • Patent number: 8663198
    Abstract: A wound therapy device and a kit for same with a housing material, a gasket disposed around at least a portion of the housing material, a non-woven absorption material, and a port. The gasket is sized and configured such that at least a first portion of the gasket will be adhered to a second portion of the gasket upon a folding of the housing material. A method of using a wound therapy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kalypto Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John Buan, Alan Carlson, Daniel Gelfman
  • Patent number: 8647327
    Abstract: The invention relates to a test unit for wound drainage coverings comprising: a base body with at least one cavity; at least one supply line that runs through the base body and which connects an outer side of the base body to the cavity; a surface of the base body that is embodied as a support surface for supporting wound coverings and the wound drainage coverings thereof and several channels that run through the base body, the channels connecting the cavities to the support surface. Low pressure can be produced in the cavity and the channels when the support surface is covered in an air-tight manner. As a result, wound drainage applications are tested in different ways using simple and economical means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Michael Larsson, Simon Furrer
  • Patent number: 8641690
    Abstract: An apparatus for treatment of external hemorrhaging has a panel for applying pressure to an absorbent pad and a wound on a body part. The panel has a central portion located between first and second arms which extend outwardly and in transversely opposed directions from the central portion. The apparatus includes a strap which is attached to the first arm at or near a first strap end, and is releasably attachable to the second arm at an attachment region of the strap spaced apart from the first strap end. When the panel is strapped to the body part, the tension in the strap pulls on and elastically deforms the first and second arms of the panel inwardly toward the body part, and applies localized pressure to the pad and wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Micheal Connor Fitzpatrick
    Inventors: Michael Connor Fitzpatrick, Robert Colin Adamson
  • Patent number: 8641691
    Abstract: A portable system for subatmospheric pressure therapy in connection with healing a surgical wound, includes a wound dressing dimensioned for positioning relative to a wound bed of a subject, a portable subatmospheric pressure mechanism dimensioned to be carried or worn by the subject and a container for collecting exudates from the wound bed removed under the subatmospheric pressure supplied by the subatmospheric pressure mechanism. The portable subatmospheric pressure mechanism includes a housing, a subatmospheric pressure source disposed within the housing and in fluid communication with the wound dressing to supply subatmospheric pressure to the wound dressing and a power source mounted to or within the housing for supplying power to actuate the subatmospheric pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: David Fink, David Heagle, Sharon A. Mulligan
  • Patent number: 8636721
    Abstract: A manually operable pump for the effective removal of fluids to include blood, blood clots, fluid, and air from a body cavity of a subject is provided. The manually operable pump is adapted to be connect to a range of fluid conduits and is equipped with one-way valves that effectively permit flow of fluid through the pump in only one direction. The sensitivity of the one-way valves is such that when properly positioned, fluid can flow through the valves and out of the pump without manual compression of the pump and with the aid of gravity power alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Henry M. Jackson Foundation For The Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.
    Inventors: Hasan Alam, Peter Rhee, Emily Rhee
  • Patent number: 8613735
    Abstract: A suction device according to the present invention has: an outer tube connected to a fluid supply unit on a base-end side thereof and including an opening edge section; and a suction tube provided in the outer tube and connected to a negative pressure generating unit on a base-end side thereof, the suction tube including an opening edge section, wherein an annular fluid supply passage is formed between an inner peripheral surface of the outer tube and an outer peripheral surface of the suction tube, and the opening edge section of the suction tube is placed inside the opening edge section of the outer tube toward the base-end side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kyoto University
    Inventors: Hiroo Umeda, Shin-ichi Kanemaru
  • Patent number: 8608722
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container for anal irrigation. In particular it relates to a rigid container which is easy to operate and which easily is transformed from a storage configuration to a ready-to-use configuration. In one aspect the invention relates to a container for an anal irrigation system. The anal irrigation system comprises an anal probe; a reservoir for holding an irrigation liquid (e.g. water); a pump mechanism for pumping a fluid (e.g. air) into the reservoir; and a liquid tube connecting the reservoir with the anal probe. The container comprises an outer chamber wall, defining at least partly the outer dimensions of the container and an inner chamber wall arranged within the outer chamber wall, said outer chamber wall and inner chamber wall defining the reservoir. This provides a reservoir having a small surface area when filled with irrigation liquid. Thus only a low pressure is necessary to evacuate the irrigation liquid from the reservoir and out through the anal probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Preben Luther
  • Patent number: 8574205
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device (1) for the cutaneous application of a substance (2) that contains: a patch (3) containing the substance (2); and a single-use wrist strap (4) containing an irreversible attachment system for maintaining the substance (2) of the patch (3) against the skin of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: DBV Technologies
    Inventors: Jean-Fran├žois Biry, Pascale Ehouarn, Nathalie Donne, Bertrand Dupont
  • Patent number: 8540688
    Abstract: A portable device (2) to generate a vacuum for the medical treatment of wounds on the bodies of humans or animals has a vacuum-producing suction pump (90) in a first housing part (4) of the device and a vessel (10) for receiving body liquids. Vacuum is applied for vacuum communication between the suction pump (90), the vessel (10) and a suction tube (82) leading to the body. A pressure sensor (94) measures the pressure in a tube section (88) and a programmable electronic control unit (100) controls the suction pump (90) in dependence on pressure values measured by the pressure sensor (94). The electronic control unit (100) deactivates the suction pump (90) if a rate of change in pressure (?p/?t) detected by the pressure sensor (94) exceeds a defined threshold value toward decreasing vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann AG
    Inventors: Axel Eckstein, Juergen Hofstetter
  • Patent number: 8529526
    Abstract: Dressings, systems, and methods are disclosed in some embodiments that involve treating a tissue site with reduced pressure wherein the dressing includes a dressing reduced-pressure indicator that allows one to ascertain that the reduced pressure applied at the dressing is greater than a threshold reduced pressure. The dressing reduced-pressure indicator may include a moving member that is adapted to move under reduced pressure and a visual indicator associated with the moving member. Another embodiment uses an electro-mechanical indicator to provide a powered visual alert or audible alert or another output signal. Other dressings, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Peyton Wilkes, Justin Alexander Long, Richard Marvin Kazala, Jr., Li Yao, Eric Woodson Barta, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 8529532
    Abstract: Described generally herein are tissue therapy devices, which may comprise a sealant layer and a suction apparatus. The sealant layer functions so as to create a sealed enclosure between it and the surface of a patient by forming, preferably, an airtight seal around an area of tissue that requires negative pressure therapy. The tissue therapy device may comprise a suction apparatus. The suction apparatus is typically in fluid communication with the sealant layer and functions so as to reduce the amount of pressure present underneath the sealant layer. The reduced pressure is self-created by the suction apparatus. Together the sealant layer and the suction apparatus preferably create a closed reduced pressure therapy system. Preferably, the pressure under the sealant layer is reduced by expanding the volume of the enclosure space and thereby decreasing the density of the air molecules under the sealant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Moshe Pinto, Dean Hu, Kenton Fong
  • Publication number: 20130211347
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided including a patch assembly (20) configured to deliver a substance through a subject's skin. A frame (26) surrounds at least in part an open portion of the patch assembly, such that a region of the skin is exposed through the open portion when the frame is placed on the skin. A substance support area (28) is foldably coupled to the frame at a foldable joint (27). A substance delivery area (23) is adapted to be placed in contact with at least a portion of the region of skin, by the substance support area being folded with respect to the frame. A stiffener (29), disposed on the substance support area between the foldable joint and the substance delivery area, is configured to facilitate the placement of the substance delivery area on the portion of the region of skin. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Giora Arbel, Yossi Bar-El
  • Patent number: 8506554
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tilt and slide cover in a vehicle roof. The tilt and slide cover comprises a cover and a frame, which is supported in lateral guides of a roof opening. The special feature of the tilt and slide cover lies in the fact that the cover is arranged relatively moveable in relation to the frame and can be locked to and released from this. The frame comprises a plastic section, into which the slide guide and other fittings such as slide cheek holders or the like can be integrated in one piece. It is also possible to fix the rear water collection channel directly on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Carmeli Adahan
  • Patent number: 8487049
    Abstract: A process is described for recycling superabsorbent polymer fines into a process that includes treating the superabsorbent polymer fines with caustic and a polymerization step for making the superabsorbent polymer gel. The process requires treating the superabsorbent polymer fines with a caustic, followed by mixture with polymerizable monomer solution, and polymerizing the mixture of the superabsorbent polymer fines and monomer to form the aqueous fluid absorbent polymer. In the process, the fines are incorporated into the new polymer gel and become indistinguishable there from. The gel may then be comminuted into a particulate dried and then separated into a portion having a desired minimum particle size in a fines portion having less than the desired size. The particulate may then be coated with a surface crosslinking agent and surface additives and heated for surface conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Evonik Stockhausen, LLC
    Inventors: Gonglu Tian, Scott J. Smith, Janet Pate-Linton
  • Patent number: 8475418
    Abstract: A closed system for surgical limb prep has: a two-layered construction, including an inner layer and a top layer; or a three-layered construction, including an inner layer, an intermediate layer, and a top layer. The inner layer fits over and engages the limb of the patient, and the inner layer also serves as a storage medium for a topical antiseptic or other prep fluid. The intermediate layer, if present, is positioned over the inner layer and is preferably made of a substantially waterproof or fluid-resistant material. The top layer covers the other layer(s) and includes one or more strips of adhesive that can be used to secure the top layer to the limb of the patient, effectively sealing and closing the system about the limb of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Amit Gupta
  • Patent number: 8460257
    Abstract: A wound-closing dressing, which is suitable for use as part of a reduced-pressure, wound-treatment system, may include a sealing drape, one or more contracting elements, and a gripping member. The contracting element may be coupled to the sealing drape and is configured to contract when activated and to generate a closing force. A gripping member is coupled to the sealing drape and is configured to transmit the closing force to a patient's epidermis. Other dressings, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson
  • Patent number: 8460273
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a sub-atmospheric wound-care (SAWS) system for treating an open wound. The SAWS system includes a regulated vacuum source for developing a negative pressure, a flow rate meter configured to measure a flow rate of liquid removed from the wound, a primary pressure regulating sensor located proximate the wound for directly measuring the negative pressure at the wound, a backup pressure regulating sensor located vacuum tube, a porous dressing suitable to be sealed airtight which is positioned within a wound interface chamber, a collection canister configured to collect said liquid removed from the wound, and an adapter configured to use wall suction a primary regulated vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: J&M Shuler Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Freedman, Robert L. Pauly
  • Patent number: 8449514
    Abstract: Wound treatment dressings comprising combinations of at least one conductive layer, at least one absorbent layer or a moisture regulation layer, and methods of making and methods of use are disclosed for treatment of wounds in humans and animals. The novel dressings aid in healing by helping restore the transepithelial potential of the skin, providing a functional anti-microbial barrier, and allowing for regulation of the moisture content of the wound without disturbing the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Argentum Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Bart A. Flick
  • Patent number: 8444612
    Abstract: The composite wound dressing apparatus promotes healing of a wound via the use of a vacuum pump. The vacuum pump applies a vacuum pressure to the wound to effectively draw wound fluid or exudate away from the wound bed. The vacuum pump is tethered to the wound dressing and is portable, preferably, carried by the patient in a support bag, which permits patient mobility. Moreover, the patient does not need to be constrained for any period of time while exudate is being removed from the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Harish A. Patel, Dianne Acheson
  • Patent number: 8444611
    Abstract: A wound treatment dressing for applying negative pressure wound therapy to a wound on an extremity, such as on the heel of a foot. The dressing includes a fluid manifold positioned within a fenestrated drape to form a contoured occlusive wrapping. A contoured porous pad is placed adjacent or within the wound, and is covered by the occlusive wrapping. Flexible tubing is attached to or through a port to allow fluid communication of negative pressure to the contoured pad from a source of negative pressure. The negative pressure is communicated from the source, through the tube, through the fluid manifold, and through the fenestrations of the occlusive wrapping, to the wound. The fluid manifold conducts the negative pressure from a position away from the wound site to the contoured pad at the wound site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Wilkes, Teryl Blane Sanders
  • Patent number: 8444613
    Abstract: A therapeutic device includes a fluid mover for one of raising, compressing, or transferring fluid, a therapeutic member operably connected to the fluid mover and actuated thereby, the therapeutic member operably disposably used on a patient in a manner to deliver therapy to the patient as function of actuation of the fluid mover, a controller operably associated with the fluid mover for controlling operation thereof, and a leak, blockage, temperature, voltage or current sensor operably connected to the fluid mover and the controller and to sense a leak, blockage, temperature, voltage or current in the device and send a signal to the controller whereby the controller controls the fluid mover as a function of the sensed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Pal Svedman, Tianning Xu
  • Patent number: 8409158
    Abstract: An ostomy device that comprises an adhesive wafer for attaching to the skin around the stoma. The wafer comprises an adhesive layer having a proximal adhesive side and a distal side, where the distal side is covered with a backing layer. The wafer comprises a central portion and a peripheral portion, and it comprises a proximal section located on the proximal side of the central portion and a distal section visually arranged on the distal side of peripheral portion, wherein the distal section changes colour when the proximal section is exposed to fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Edvardsen, Michael Hansen, Danuta Ciok, Lene Feldskov Nielsen, Kent Hoeier Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8394081
    Abstract: Pump cassettes, wound-treatment apparatuses and methods. In some embodiments, a pump cassette comprises: a pump body having a pump chamber, an inlet valve in fluid communication with the pump chamber, and an outlet valve in fluid communication with the pump chamber; a diaphragm coupled to the pump body such that the diaphragm is movable to vary a volume in the pump chamber; and an identifier configured to store one or more properties of the pump cassette such that the identifier is readable by an automated reader to determine the one or more properties. In some embodiments, the pump cassette is configured to be removably coupled to a wound-treatment apparatus having an actuator such that the actuator can be activated to move the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, David George Whyte
  • Patent number: 8377016
    Abstract: A tissue treatment apparatus and method are provided for treating tissue by the application of the time-varying sub-atmospheric pressure. The apparatus includes a cover adapted to cover a wound and adapted to maintain sub-atmospheric pressure the site of the wound. The apparatus further includes a source of suction configured to generate a time-varying sub-atmospheric pressure having a periodic waveform comprising a gradual change in pressure. The suction source cooperates with the cover to supply the time-varying sub-atmospheric pressure under the cover to the wound. The time-varying sub-atmospheric pressure may vary between a first pressure value below the inherent tissue tension of the wound tissue and a second pressure value above the inherent tissue tension of the wound tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Louis O. Argenta, Michael J. Morykwas, Lawrence X. Webb
  • Patent number: 8377015
    Abstract: To provide a wound dressing having absorbability and improved so as not to be adhere to wounds, a wound dressing 10 is provided, which includes a perforated material 20 having a top face and a bottom face and having plural through-holes 21, and an absorbent material 30 disposed on the top face of the perforated material, and in which at least the bottom face of the perforated material 20 is coated with a silicone resin 40 except leaving at least a part of the through-holes so as not to block up all the through-holes, and at least a part 31 of the absorbent material facing the through-holes of the perforated material is coated with the silicone resin 40, and to allow fluid penetration from the bottom face side of the perforated material into the inside of the absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Alcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Ueda, Toshimichi Matsuzaka
  • Patent number: 8372051
    Abstract: Medical dressings and medical dressing kits that can be used to provide a ported medical dressing for placement over a wound or other body site where controlled fluid access is desired. The controlled fluid access provided by the medical dressings may be useful to remove fluids from the wound (as in, e.g., negative or reduced pressure therapies), to provide one or more gases to a wound site, to provide one or more liquids to a wound site, and/or to provide one or more active agents to a wound site. To achieve controlled fluid access, the medical dressing and medical dressing kits may include a port body with a lower surface that is adhesively adhered to the skin at the periphery of a wound or other body site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew T. Scholz, David R. Holm
  • Patent number: 8362315
    Abstract: A wound shield to manage repetitive access stress may include a conformable substrate to circumscribe a wound. Any suitable dressing may be secured to the conformable substrate providing separation between the wound and the dressing. The wound substrate may provide a site for attachment of adhesive dressings to shield the patient's skin from the pain of repetitive access and or removal of the dressings. A conformable substrate may be composed of one or more layers of any suitable material and may include adhesive on one or more surfaces to secure the substrate to the wound site and or to secure the dressing to the conformable substrate. A wound substrate may include strong adhesive to secure the substrate to the patients skin. The conformable wound substrate will be formed of any suitable non-absorbent material to permit long term application adjacent a wound. Thus many dressings may be applied and removed from a single wound substrate shielding the patient's skin from repetitive insult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Aalnex, Inc.
    Inventor: Adel Aali
  • Patent number: 8357130
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for the treatment of a wound on a patient. The apparatus is capable of administering localized negative pressure therapy to the wound using a hospital wall vacuum source and a drain line for removing exudate from the wound. The apparatus may also be capable of administering localized hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the wound using a hospital wall oxygen source and a supply line for supplying oxygen to the wound. The apparatus includes at least one regulator to control the application of negative pressure therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Joshua David Smith, David Myron Smith