Means And Methods For Collecting Body Fluids Or Waste Material (e.g., Receptacles, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/317)
  • Patent number: 10342743
    Abstract: A container is provided that includes a top cover, a bottom cover, a body portion configured to engage the top cover and the bottom cover to substantially enclose an internal space defined by the body portion, wherein the body portion includes an intermediate wall that divides the internal space into a first compartment and a second compartment, and a spittoon disposed within the second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Matthew E. Lampe, Pankaj C. Patel, Michael F. Davis, Yan Pu, Karen W. Wallace, Nicholas H. Watson, Samantha S. White, Karter R. Yutzy
  • Patent number: 10335321
    Abstract: A reduced pressure tissue treatment system includes an applicator having an aperture, a first pad section, and a second pad section substantially covering the aperture and positioned substantially adjacent the first pad section. A fabric layer is located at least partially between the second pad section and the drape, and the fabric layer includes a woven or non-woven fabric made from a fiber material. A drape substantially covers the first pad section, the second pad section, the fabric layer, and the applicator. A reduced pressure source is in fluid communication with at least one of the first pad section and the fabric layer for providing reduced pressure to the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Mark Robinson, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 10260037
    Abstract: A system (1) to divide liposuction fat into aliquots, comprising taking means (2, 3) to take from a container a quantity of adipose material, made available by means of liposuction, and to preserve sealed the quantity taken, the system (1) also comprising at least a separation syringe (4) able to be put in communication with said taking means (2, 3), and able to contain at least a portion of said quantity, the separation syringe (4) being provided so as to separate, by gravity, the fat from the aqueous fluids composing the adipose material, first connection means (5) to put in sealed communication the taking means (2, 3) with the separation syringe (4), at least a rejection container (6), able to be put in communication with the separation syringe (4) so as to receive the aqueous fluids, following their ejection from the separation syringe (4), at least a syringe device (7, 8) able to be put in sealed communication with the separation syringe (4) so as to receive an aliquot of fat, following its ejection from
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Biomed Device S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Bertoni
  • Patent number: 10245372
    Abstract: Disclosed is a colonic irrigator capable of cleansing the inside of the large intestine and removing impacted feces remaining inside the large intestine by spraying a cleansing solution into the large intestine. The colonic irrigator includes a cleansing body 10 having a laid down egg shape, having a spray hole 12 formed at a lifted portion 11 provided on the upper part thereof and having a cleansing solution channel 13 formed therein to communicate with the spray hole 12, and a connector 20 which has a screw part 21 formed at one side thereof so as to be connected to a shower hose 40, is bent at 90 degrees such that the other side is connected to the lower part of the cleansing body 10, and has a cleansing solution channel 23 formed therein to communicate with the cleansing solution channel 13 of the cleansing body 10, where the cleansing body 10 and the connector 20 are integrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WONJIN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Won Jin Jo
  • Patent number: 10206613
    Abstract: A syringe-based device includes a housing, a pre-sample reservoir, and an actuator. The housing defines an inner volume between a substantially open proximal end portion and a distal end portion that includes a port couplable to a lumen-defining device. The pre-sample reservoir is fluidically couplable to the port to receive and isolate a first volume of bodily fluid. The actuator is at least partially disposed in the inner volume and has a proximal end portion that includes an engagement portion and a distal end portion that includes a sealing member. The engagement portion is configured to allow a user to selectively move the actuator between a first configuration such that bodily fluid can flow from the port to the pre-sample reservoir, and a second configuration such that bodily fluid can flow from the port to a sample reservoir defined at least in part by the sealing member and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bullington, Richard G. Patton, Shan E. Gaw
  • Patent number: 10183109
    Abstract: A dialysis system includes an on-line dialysate generator, a first dialysate pump in fluid communication with the on-line dialysate generator, and a second dialysate pump in fluid communication with the on-line dialysate generator. The dialysis system also includes a dialyzer in fluid communication with the first and second dialysate pumps. The dialysis system further includes a first valve located between the first dialysate pump and the dialyzer and a second valve located between the second dialysate pump and the dialyzer. The dialysis system is configured to alternate pumping of dialysate from the first and second dialysate pumps to the dialyzer using the first and second valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Thomas Kelly, Robert W. Childers, Don Busby, Rodolfo Roger, Waleed Mutasem El Sayyid, Shahid Din
  • Patent number: 10179202
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cleaning body cavities are presented. Described embodiments include systems for cleaning feces from the lower GI tract. Also provided are systems for steering such a cleaning system, also useful for steering an endoscope or other tool inserted into a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Motus GI Medical Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Boris Shtul, Alexey Morochovsky, Alexander Banzger, Noam Hassidov
  • Patent number: 10143781
    Abstract: A chest drainage container for withdrawing and collecting certain body fluids from within a patient's chest cavity includes means for tolerating the container being accidentally tipped over. To provide such means, some example containers disclosed in this patent merely involve modifying the plastic injection mold of an existing chest drainage container. In some examples, certain partitions and vents are integrally formed in the container's main body. In the event of a tip-over occurrence, the partitions trap collected fluid within their appropriate collection chambers to help prevent inter-chamber mixing of fluid. During normal operation, the vents enable a pocket of otherwise trapped air to escape from within the enclosed collection chambers as incoming body fluid displaces the air. In some examples, under certain conditions, the vent releases gaseous fluid at a volumetric flow that is about 30 times greater than what the vent releases of liquid fluid during a tip-over event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Ashia M. Pollen, Robert J. Harter
  • Patent number: 10035006
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleansing wounds in which irrigant fluid from a reservoir connected to a conformable wound dressing and wound exudate from the dressing are moved by a device (which may be a single pump or two pumps) for moving fluid through a flow path which passes through the dressing and a means for providing simultaneous aspiration and irrigation of the wound. The apparatus also comprises means to apply high frequency vibrational energy, e.g. ultrasound, to the wound bed. The former removes materials deleterious to wound healing, while distributing materials that are beneficial in promoting wound healing over the wound bed. The latter promotes healing. The dressing and a method of treatment using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lewis Blott, Clare Green, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Robin Paul Martin, Derek Nicolini, Julian Lee-Webb
  • Patent number: 9968488
    Abstract: A surface-wound healing dressing for a wound or incision includes a slip drain located within the closed wound or incision. A wick is placed over the closed wound or incision in contact with the slip drain. A mat is placed over the wick and adapted for fluidic communication therewith. A recoil core includes a foam material and is adapted for placement on the mat. A wound healing method includes the steps of placing a slip drain, placing a wick over the slip drain, placing a recoil core over the wick and covering the recoil core with an overdrape. The overdrape is adapted for connection to an external negative pressure source, such as a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KCI USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Stephen K. Bubb
  • Patent number: 9956325
    Abstract: A portable negative pressure wound therapy system includes a dressing assembly for positioning over a wound to apply a negative pressure to the wound and a canister assembly. The canister assembly includes a control unit having a vacuum source and a controller and a collection canister in communication with the dressing assembly operable to receive fluid from the wound. The collection canister has a filter assembly having a filter and a passageway between the filter and a wall of the collection canister. The collection canister also includes a canister interface having a suction port, an inlet port, and a channel. The vacuum source draws air through the suction port from the channel which draws air from the passageway connected to the channel, the air in the passageway is drawn from the collection canister through the filter, and the air in the collection canister is drawn through the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnaz Malhi
  • Patent number: 9943462
    Abstract: A hospital-grade basin holds water for washing patients, and converts easily/quickly for the patient's limb to rest across a portion of the basin. Half-moon shaped openings on opposite sides of the basin wall(s) support the limb at a reduced height with respect to adjacent side wall portions, which serve as a partial shield during wound irrigation. The shaped openings are sealed with hinged doors in a closed position, using a friction fit and/or elastomeric leaf-spring members. In another embodiment, opposing portions of the side wall may instead be formed of an over-molded elastomeric material that conforms to the patient's limb, or may have walls formed like a bellows. A one-time transformable basin has a wall with first and second notches to form first and second tear-away panels, which leave residual areas shaped and positioned on the wall according to first and second portions of a patient's limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Sekuleo Gathers
  • Patent number: 9889236
    Abstract: A scalable microfluidic based artificial skin covers a variety of wounds while also providing efficient healing of the wounds. The artificial skin comprises a plurality of microfluidic panels separated by semi-permeable membranes, and also comprising a plurality of micro-pumps and micro-channels for carrying healing fluids in proximity to the wound on the natural skin. The panels form detachable patches that are inert and biocompatible. The panels are fabricated from polydimethylsiloxane materials and impregnated with silver nanocrystalline powder. A first panel partially engages the natural skin, partially supported by micro-pillars. Large micro-channels carry contaminants from the wound. A second panel and an optional third panel having micro-channels that carry healing fluids to the wound. A first and second semi-permeable membrane regulate passage of fluids, cellular components, and debris between the panels. An inlet port enables passage of healing fluids to the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Saeid Mordechai Nosrati
  • Patent number: 9872950
    Abstract: A renal therapy system includes: a filter; an arterial blood flowpath in fluid communication with the filter; a venous blood flowpath in fluid communication with the filter; a renal therapy fluid flowpath in fluid communication with the filter; first and second renal therapy fluid pumps; a plurality of valve actuators; and a dialysis fluid cassette including a plurality of valve portions configured to operate with the plurality of valve actuators so that (i) the first renal therapy fluid pump pumps renal therapy fluid through the renal therapy fluid flowpath for a number of first pump actuations, and (ii) the second renal therapy fluid pump pumps renal therapy fluid through the renal therapy fluid flowpath for a number of second pump actuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Thomas Kelly, Robert W. Childers, Don Busby, Rodolfo Roger, Waleed Mutasem El Sayyid, Shahid Din
  • Patent number: 9839726
    Abstract: A device for thoracic drainage comprises a container connector for a secretion collection container (3), which can be connected to the pleural cavity of a patient, and a venting device (10) for releasing air from the secretion collection container in passive operation. In order to keep the counterpressure as low as possible during the air release and thus make it easier to force air out of the pleural cavity (1) of a patient, the venting device has a controllable vent valve (12). For this purpose, a control device (7) determines the pressure in the secretion collection container by reading out a pressure sensor (11) and controls the valve to release air from the secretion collection container when the determined pressure exceeds a threshold value. The device can optionally also be operated actively by way of a vacuum connector (25). An ancillary line (2?) permits monitoring of the drainage line (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Hilmar Ehlert
  • Patent number: 9734305
    Abstract: A fume extraction apparatus (1) which comprises an identifier module (20a; 20b) capable of communicating a credential signal over an air interface, a receiver (31) for receiving the credential signal and validating the same, the identifier module attached to a removable filter unit (5; 6); and the receiver is secured to a body of the apparatus, which body removably receives the filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: BOFA INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: David Lawrence Cornell
  • Patent number: 9717829
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for wound treatment, comprising a chamber that includes an inner surface and defines a treatment space, the chamber being made of a flexible, impermeable material. The device further includes a plurality of structures configured to exert mechanical stress on a wound, the plurality of structures intruding from the inner surface of the chamber into the treatment space. The device further includes a tube having a first end connected to the chamber, the tube being in fluid communication with the treatment space so as to enable at least one selected from the group of applying negative pressure to the treatment space and applying a therapeutic agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED TISSUE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Elof Eriksson, W. Robert Allison, Christian Baker
  • Patent number: 9713661
    Abstract: A drainage and/or collection system (1) for biological fluids includes at least one conduit (40) for transporting a biological fluid (F) from a catheter (10) to a collection device (50) and a gas pressure source (70) configured to feed a gas (G) into the at least one conduit (40) between the catheter (10) and the collection device (50). The gas (G) causes the biological fluid (F) arranged in the at least one conduit (40) to drain into the collection device (50). A method includes inserting a catheter (10), draining a fluid (F) into a collection device (50) via a conduit (40), and introducing gas (G) into the conduit (40) so as to force fluid (F) remaining in the conduit (40) into the collection device (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Coston, Paul Ciccone
  • Patent number: 9679170
    Abstract: A system monitors the distribution of a disinfectant having an expiration. The system has distribution containers and use containers, each having a volume for dispensing the disinfectant. A reader of the system can read identifiers associated with the containers, and a database of the system can associate the volumes and the expiration of the disinfectant contained in each of the containers. During monitoring, processing equipment of the system tracks each of the volumes of the disinfectant, the expiration of the disinfectant, and the identifiers of the containers. For example, the processing equipment can log the dispensing of the disinfectant from the distribution container to the use containers and can log any amount of the dispensed disinfectant in the use containers that was noted used. Additionally, the processing equipment can determine that the distribution container or any of the user containers have disinfectant past the expiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Prime ITS
    Inventors: Marion E. Paris, Jr., Robert U. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9573741
    Abstract: A device comprising a body including a first polymer and a closure including a second polymer that is substantially not bondable to the first polymer and has a relatively higher shrinkage rate than the first polymer, wherein at least a portion of the closure overlaps at least a portion of the body, forming a hermetic seal therebetween and defining a sealed, empty, sterile container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 9548127
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a memory system includes: a semiconductor memory device and a controller. The semiconductor memory device reads data a plurality of times from a first area, performs a majority operation on the read results, and transmits data based on the majority operation result to the controller as read data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Marie Takada, Masanobu Shirakawa
  • Patent number: 9474654
    Abstract: A method for treating a wound that includes incorporating a wound dressing comprising a plurality of fibers, each fiber having a length of at least two (2) inches, into a wound to cause the walls of the wound to remain apart and allow the wound to heal from the inside to the outside, and removing the wound exudate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Heagle, Kevin Corley, Kristin L. Watson
  • Patent number: 9457144
    Abstract: A medical infusion device including a chamber characterized by an upper body joined to a lower body by a reversibly collapsible sidewall, affixed to the upper body is a downward extending needle, wherein the upper body has two channels, the first channel fluidly coupled to the needle and the second channel fluidly coupled to the interior of the chamber. The chamber has a collapsed state and an expanded state where chamber is configured to transition from the collapsed state to the expanded state by introducing fluid into the interior of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Alliance Vascular Devices, LLC
    Inventors: David Stroup, Arthur Deptala
  • Patent number: 9452246
    Abstract: A system for applying reduced pressure to tissue includes a multi-lumen reduced pressure delivery tube having a proximate end, a distal end, a primary lumen extending through the conduit from the proximate end to the distal end, and an ancillary lumen extending through the conduit from the proximate end to the distal end. A vacuum pump is coupled to the proximate end of the primary lumen, and a reduced pressure adapter is coupled to the distal end of the reduced pressure delivery tube. The adapter includes channels to direct liquid away from the ancillary lumens and into the primary lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Patrick Heaton, Timothy Mark Robinson, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 9421149
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a fluid collection bag comprises an inlet opening adapted to receive an inlet tube located on a first side of the fluid collection bag. The fluid collection bag has a length greater than the height. The first side of the fluid collection bag is generally parallel with a length of the fluid collection bag. The fluid collection bag further comprises an outlet opening located on a second side of the fluid collection bag. The fluid collection bag may be reversible such that a first surface or a second opposing surface of the fluid collection bag may face a support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Burgess, Kenneth S. Chua, Joseph B. Dunn, Dale F. Greeson, Jr., Jack E. Maze, Alberto C. Savage, Arlene A. Siavelis, Jennifer E. Tomes, Earl D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9381134
    Abstract: A blood plasma collecting flask consisting of plastic for storing blood plasma in a frozen state, comprising a flask body (1), which has a flask neck (2) on the upper face thereof, wherein connection points (7a, 7b) having connection pieces (8) are provided on the upper face of the flask body (1) on opposite sides of the flask neck (2) and laterally spaced apart from same, of which connection points one connection point (7a) is used to fill the flask body (1) with blood plasma and the other connection point (7b) is used for taking samples, and substantially L-shaped connectors (9) are provided at the connection points (7a, 7b), wherein each connector limb is connected to the connection piece (8) of the flask body (1) and the other connector limb points towards the flask neck (2) and bears a tube (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Octapharma Plasma GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Rettinghaus, Hubert Franzaring, Uwe Taborski, J├╝rgen Schulz
  • Patent number: 9358327
    Abstract: A tissue separating device and a method of separating pure fat from a fatty liposuction aspirate are provided. The tissue separating device includes a canister device including canister body having a sidewall defining a volume. A tissue retrieval port can be arranged on the canister device and is capable of being arranged in fluid communication with a harvesting device for directing a fatty liposuction aspirate into the volume of the canister device. An adjustable height filtration mesh assembly can be arranged within the canister body and can include a filtering mesh separating the volume into an upper vacuum chamber and a lower vacuum chamber. A tissue harvesting port can be arranged in the sidewall of the canister body and can be capable of being arranged in communication with a collection device to allow the tissue harvesting port to atraumatically receive a filtered pure fat collected on the filtering mesh within the upper vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Louis Venturi
  • Patent number: 9339595
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a vacuum container configured to provide and substantially maintain a built-in vacuum pressure; a contact member configured to contact and substantially enclose a surface area; a vacuum device configured to couple the built-in vacuum pressure to the surface area thereby applying a suction force over the surface area; and a conduit coupled to the vacuum container; wherein the vacuum container is also configured to retain a substance collected from adjacent the surface area, wherein the conduit is configured to direct the substance to the vacuum container, and to maintain substantially the same level of vacuum pressure as the vacuum container, wherein the vacuum container comprises a collapsible container, and wherein the collapsible container comprises a spring member configured to maintain a tension in a wall of the vacuum container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Li Ma, Yongwang Li, Feng Ma
  • Patent number: 9302034
    Abstract: A wound dressing suitable for use in negative pressure wound therapy system includes a cover layer adapted to establish a reservoir over a wound in which a negative pressure may be maintained. The cover layer includes an opening therein through which atmospheric gasses and wound exudates may pass through the cover layer. A vacuum port is affixed to the cover layer, and establishes a substantially fluid tight seal about the opening in the cover layer. The vacuum port includes a hollow interior in fluid communication with the opening in the cover layer and a connector to facilitate connection to a vacuum source. A packing member is affixed to the cover layer, to provide a wound dressing that may be applied in a single step process. The packing member is adapted to fill the wound and support the cover layer when a negative pressure is applied to the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Corley
  • Patent number: 9193890
    Abstract: An athletic tape or protective athletic sleeve is formed from an impregnated fabric substrate that is sealed on both sides. The impregnated fabric includes a shear thickening fluid that is made up of a suspension solution and solid particles. The shear thickening fluid is sealed within the fabric through use of sealing layers on both sides of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Presidium Athletics LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Edan Holt, Michael Paul Perez
  • Patent number: 9072843
    Abstract: A renal therapy system includes: a filter; an arterial blood flowpath in fluid communication with the filter; a venous blood flowpath in fluid communication with the filter; extracorporeal circuit including the filter, the arterial blood flowpath and the venous blood flowpath; a renal therapy fluid flowpath in fluid communication with the extracorporeal circuit; a plurality of renal therapy fluid valves; and first and second renal therapy fluid pumps, wherein the system is configured to operate the plurality of renal therapy fluid valves so that (i) the first renal therapy fluid pump pumps renal therapy fluid through the renal therapy fluid flowpath to the extracorporeal circuit for a number of first pump actuations and (ii) the second renal therapy fluid pump pumps renal therapy fluid through the renal therapy fluid flowpath for a number of second pump actuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Kelly, Robert W. Childers, Don Busby, Rodolfo Roger, Waleed Mutasem El Sayyid, Shahid Din
  • Patent number: 9050130
    Abstract: A medical infusion device including a chamber characterized by an upper body joined to a lower body by a reversibly collapsible sidewall, affixed to the upper body is a downward extending needle, wherein the upper body having two channels, the first channel fluidly coupled to the needle and the second channel fluidly coupled to the interior of the chamber, further wherein each channel is configured to receive fluid from outside of the chamber, the lower body comprising a pierceable barrier that can be pierced by the needle; wherein the chamber has a collapsed state and an expanded state, the collapsed state characterized as the sidewall being collapsed and the needle piercing entirely through the pierceable barrier, the expanded state characterized as the needle less than entirely piercing through the pierceable barrier and the chamber capable of retaining a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: David Stroup, Arthur Deptala
  • Patent number: 9033943
    Abstract: A wound drainage device flow regulator for controlling fluid flow from a wound to a container. The regulator provides selective communication between a conduit and the container. The device includes a valve for communication between the conduit and the container in response to a level of vacuum in the conduit below a selected value. The valve has a diaphragm exposed to atmospheric pressure on one side and to the level of vacuum in the conduit on the other side. A force is applied to the diaphragm in opposition to atmospheric pressure. The difference between the force applied and the force generated by atmospheric pressure provides a control force required to be applied by the level of vacuum in the conduit to close the valve to interrupt communication between container and conduit. A lock mechanism locks the adjustable force mechanism at a desired adjustment corresponding to a desired level of vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Research Medical Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Raymond Lawrence Stubber
  • Patent number: 9016332
    Abstract: An apparatus for safety-compliant emptying and filling of a reagent container (24, 40) for a tissue processor (20) comprises a suction line (30, 42) for aspirating a reagent out of the reagent container (24, 40) and a delivery line (32, 44) for filling the reagent container (24, 40) with the reagent, a terminating opening (31, 43) of the suction line (30, 42) being spaced away from a terminating opening (33, 45) of the delivery line (32, 44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Haberkorn, Hermann Ulbrich
  • Patent number: 9012714
    Abstract: A wound treatment device comprises a wound surface contacting plug and a cover for covering the wound surface and the plug, wherein said plug consists of a flat textile isolating material comprising at least one first surface layer, one second surface layer and one intermediate space arranged between said surface layers. At least the first surface layer is provided with a biocompatible surface and a structure which enables a liquid to pass and prevents a wound tissue from growing in said structure. The intermediate space is provided with isolating threads elastically holding the first surface layer and the second surface layer at a certain distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Wilhelm Fleischmann
  • Patent number: 8998882
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a packaged urinary catheter. The catheter includes a conduit having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end includes at least one aperture for receiving urine from the bladder. The catheter is contained within a sleeve having a length, a width, and a size configured to receive the catheter. According to one embodiment, the catheter and the sleeve may be arranged in a helical coil. The outer surface of the catheter may have a lubricious and/or an antimicrobial coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracey E. Knapp, Vasu Nishtala
  • Patent number: 8998866
    Abstract: A process of manufacturing a wound dressing filler and/or wound dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventor: John Kenneth Hicks
  • Patent number: 8986286
    Abstract: A kit for preparing a medical catheter from catheter sections comprises a tubular protective member surrounding a first, proximal one of the catheter sections. The kit further comprises a joint for interconnecting the catheter sections, the joint defining a substantially liquid tight seal at one end of a substantially annular and longitudinally extending cavity provided between the proximal end portion of the first catheter section and an inner wall of the tubular protective member. Following removal of the tubular protective member, one of the catheter sections is exposed and ready for insertion into the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Allan Tanghoej, Lars Boegelund Jensen
  • Patent number: 8986268
    Abstract: A cover (100) having one or more openings (106,107) and one or more complementary closure devices (112,113) fits about a fluid drain bag, such as a urinary catheter drain bag (301). The cover (100) can be configured to be both partially transparent and partially opaque. Accordingly, a health services provider (401) can instantly perform rudimentary analysis of the fluid level (401) with a quick glance, yet can perform more in-depth analysis by lifting a front panel (102) at the lower opening (107). The in-depth analysis can be done without removing the cover (100). The cover 100 is also semiopaque, thereby protecting patient dignity by obfuscating the cover's contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Dickinson, Jennifer E. Tomes, Robert Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20150079413
    Abstract: Disposable medical items made from bioplastic resins include a biodegradable resin selected from the group consisting of polylactic acid (PLA), cellulose based PH, polycaprolate (PCL), polybutyleneadipatetetephathalate (PBT), polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), green polyethylene (GPE), green polyethylene terephthalate (GPET), Poly3-hydoxybutrate-3-hydroxyhexxanate (PHBH), poly-D-lactide (PDLA), and poly-L-lactide (PLLA); a plasticizer intermixed with the resin to provide a generally homogenous bioplastic; and a device formed from the bioplastic, where the device is at least one of a vaginal speculum, a specimen container, a measuring cup, a urinal, or a medical band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE BOTTLES, LLC
    Inventor: Shantu Patel
  • Patent number: 8978265
    Abstract: A bandage/diaper drying device includes a gas inlet and channels formed between two layers of a very thin material (e.g. plastic). A spiral tube is positioned between the two layers to reduce occlusion of the layers and maintain flow of gas from the inlet to vents that are directed to a potential source of moisture. The vents are formed on a peripheral distribution channel that is in fluid communication with the gas inlet. In a preferred embodiment, each vent has a one-way duckbill valve allowing for the flow of gas from the peripheral distribution channel to dry a diaper/bandage in which the bandage/diaper drying system is mounted. The one-way duckbill valves reduce backflow of foreign matter into the peripheral distribution channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rashendz, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Parker
  • Patent number: 8979810
    Abstract: A nasal aspiration system for removing secretions from the user's nasal canals includes a port having a cap and a vacuum canister coupled on opposite ends. The cap includes two aspiration tubes extended therefrom. The aspiration tubes are configured for inserting into a user's nasal canals. The port includes a valve disposed therein, where the valve is operable to control the flow of nasal secretion from the aspiration tubes into the vacuum canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Craig Beyer
  • Patent number: 8974438
    Abstract: Packaging including a coiled and optionally prelubricated catheter, its distal end insertable into the urethra, a slidable hygienic sheath, a proximal catheter end for voiding urine from the distal end through the assembly to the proximal end. Mutually rotatable elements providing for withdrawal of the catheter from its coiled state to an extended state, and retraction of the catheter back to its coiled state. Methods of extending the catheter, inserting it into the urethra, and voiding urine through the catheter, without requiring complete removal from the catheter packaging. A kit including automatic extrusion of the catheter's distal end upon package opening, and a water pouch for hydrophilic lubrication, and sanitary wipes for reducing the likelihood of infection. A catheter within a flexible and optionally coiled tube, a slidable hygienic sheath covering a catheter's distal end that can move along the length of the catheter during insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Compactcath, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wei-Chen Hong, Myung Sun Choi, Katherine Muterspaugh Steele, David Philip Janka, Sean Kshitij Mehra, Naama Stauber
  • Patent number: 8968262
    Abstract: A wound irrigation kit includes a basin for collecting irrigation fluid that is configured to closely fit the specific body part that is to be irrigated. The kit optionally includes a grommet that can be readily incorporated into the basin to allow for active draining of the basin during the irrigation procedure. The kit also optionally includes a flexible irrigation shield that can be attached to an existing irrigation device and that can be readily modified to vary its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dilip Tapadiya, M.D., Inc.
    Inventor: Dilip Tapadiya
  • Patent number: 8968272
    Abstract: A closed system for harvesting fat through liposuction, concentrating the aspirate so obtained, and then re-injecting the concentrated fat into a patient comprises as its main components a low pressure cannula having between about 7 to 12 side holes of about 1-2 mm by 2.0 to 4.0 mm, a spring loaded syringe holder with a constant force or coiled ribbon spring to apply a substantially constant pressure over the full excursion of the plunger, and a preferably flexible collection bag which is also preferably graduated, cylindrical over most of its body and funnel shaped at its bottom, all of which are connected through flexible tubings to a multi-port valve. The multi-port valve has two flutter/duck bill valves which restrict the fluid flow to a one way direction which effectively allows the syringe to be used to pump fat out of a patient and into a collection bag in a continuous manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lipocosm LLC
    Inventors: Roger K. Khouri, Murat Kuru
  • Patent number: 8963025
    Abstract: A surgical sponge and fluid monitoring system and method are provided. The system (100) includes a support ring (104) for securely supporting a container (101) with at least one port opening (206) for placing sponges (204) into the container through the at least one port opening. The support ring includes RFID communication circuitries (305, 307) that interrogate an RFID device (205) in the sponge (204) and an RFID device in the container. The support ring is mechanically linked to a load cell (706, 1329) in the system. The processor (1302) reliably detects when a sponge is placed into the container through the at least one port opening, identifies the type of sponge placed into the container, counts the number of sponges in the container, sorts the types of sponges, and calculates fluid loss for a patient in a surgical procedure. A user interface (1308, 114) keeps the medical professionals informed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Surgitrac Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Pollock, Mahmood S. Kassam
  • Patent number: 8956335
    Abstract: A tissue closure treatment system and method are provided with an external patient interface. A first fluid transfer component FTC.1 comprises a strip of porous material, such as rayon, with liquid wicking properties. FTC.1 can be placed directly on a suture line for transferring fluid exuded therethrough. An underdrape is placed over FTC.1 and includes a slot exposing a portion of same. FTC.2 comprises a suitable hydrophobic foam material, such as polyurethane ether, and is placed over the underdrape slot in communication with FTC.1. Negative pressure is applied to FTC.2 through a connecting fluid, transfer component FTC.3. A negative pressure source can comprises a manual device or a power-operated suction device. The tissue closure method includes a manual operating mode using a manual suction device with an automatic shut off for discontinuing suction when a predetermined volume of fluid has been drained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Stephen K. Bubb
  • Patent number: 8945077
    Abstract: The female urination device assists a female in urinating from a standing position and directs the urine a suitable distance from the female. The device comprises a first end having a first opening for discharging urine and a second end having a second opening for receiving the urine. The second opening is larger than the first opening. The device further comprises a retractable tip to extend the length of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vema LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Valenti
  • Patent number: 8945041
    Abstract: Fluid removal systems and methods for removing a fluid from a tissue site are presented. The systems includes a semi-permeable inbound conduit, which is fluidly coupled to a treatment-fluid delivery unit, for placement proximate to the tissue site, and a semi-permeable outbound conduit, which is fluidly coupled to the inbound conduit and to a treatment-fluid collector, for placement proximate to the tissue site of a patient. The treatment-fluid collector receives a treatment fluid and the fluid, which is recruited, from the tissue site. A recruited-fluid determination unit may be coupled to the treatment-fluid collector to determine a volume of the recruited fluid recruited from the patient. The treatment fluid is any fluid (including a gas) that pulls the recruited fluid from an interstitial and intracellular space. A reduced-pressure treatment subsystem may also be included, among other things, for removing ascites and other fluids from a body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: George Hutchinson, Richard Paul Mormino
  • 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