With Flow Control Means (e.g., Antibackflow Valve, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/323)
  • Patent number: 12005179
    Abstract: A canister for a wound therapy includes a canister body and a plurality of superabsorbent projections. The canister body is configured to contain wound exudate collected from a wound side. The plurality of superabsorbent projections are fixed to and extend from at least a portion of an interior surface of the canister, and may be formed in a plurality of shapes or patterns comprising circles, squares, hoops/halos, a range of lines, or any combination of said shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Solventum Intellectual Properties Company
    Inventors: Christopher B. Locke, Timothy M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 11976737
    Abstract: Check valve are disclosed having a primary seal and a secondary seal, where the primary and secondary seals resist movement of a fluid through the check valve, and the secondary seal can provide a backup seal in an instance where the check valve does not function as intended. The primary and secondary seals can be formed by first and second sealing ridges, respectively, and a valve body can be positioned within the check valve, between a valve support, the first sealing ridge, and a second sealing ridge. The valve body is configured to move relative to the first and second sealing ridges, and can have a position wherein a portion of the valve body is engaged against any of the first and second sealing ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Shervin Maleki, Eugene Mason, Raymond P. Feith
  • Patent number: 11963934
    Abstract: A docking station for removable connection to an enteral feeding pump enables automated flushing of an administration set loaded in the enteral feeding pump. The docking station may have a valve seat configured to receive a switchable flow valve of the administration set, a flush controller, an actuator connected to the flush controller and configured to releasably mate with the switchable flow valve when the switchable flow valve is received by the valve seat, and data communication means by which data signals sent by the enteral feeding pump are inputted to the flush controller of the docking station when the enteral feeding pump is connected to the docking station. In operation, the flush controller may receive a flush command sent by the enteral feeding pump and transmit a control signal to the actuator for switching the switchable flow valve to a flush position in response to the flush command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Zevex, Inc.
    Inventor: Pablo A. Jiménez Castro
  • Patent number: 11911053
    Abstract: A lithotripsy device can comprise a handpiece, a lithotripsy probe extending from the handpiece, an energization source configured to deliver an energy to a distal end of the lithotripsy probe, a suction passage extending from the distal end of the probe and through the handpiece, and a capture device comprising a container comprising a storage space, an entry port configured to couple to the handpiece at the suction passage, and an exit port, and a capture element connected to the container and configured to facilitate capture of stone fragments within the storage space. A method can comprise fragmenting stones with a lithotripsy device, drawing a vacuum through the lithotripsy device to pull stone fragments and waste fluid therethrough, pulling the vacuum through a stone capture device connected to the lithotripsy device, depositing stone fragments within the stone capture device using a capture element, and drawing the vacuum through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Baker, David Bloem, Richard M. Braga, Arthur J. Bertelson, Brian Schneider
  • Patent number: 11826234
    Abstract: A negative pressure wound therapy system includes a wound dressing, at least one pump fluidly coupled to the fluid interface, a pressure sensor fluidly coupled to the wound dressing, a control housing, and an electrical coupler. The wound dressing includes a sealing layer, an absorbent layer adjacent to the sealing layer, and a fluid interface attached to at least one of the sealing layer or the absorbent layer. The at least one pump is configured to apply negative pressure to the fluid interface to draw fluid from the wound dressing via the fluid interface. The pressure sensor is configured to detect a fluid pressure of the wound dressing. The control housing is remote from the wound dressing. The electrical coupler is configured to removably connect the control housing to the at least one pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Locke
  • Patent number: 11497842
    Abstract: A bodily fluid drainage assembly can include a fluid bag and one or more covers. The assembly can include one or more volume indicators from which an approximate volume of a bodily fluid that is retained within the bag can be ascertained. In some arrangements, a cover includes a volume indicator that defines an opening through which a transparent or semitransparent portion of the bag can be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SteriGear, LLC
    Inventor: Earl G. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10799386
    Abstract: A harness has a harness body, a belt strap, two leg straps, a small opening to slidably accommodate an aeration tube, and a larger opening to accommodate a catheter sleeve. The catheter sleeve has a length of cylindrical body which has a tapered end and a flexible end that extends though the harness body about a half inch. The one end of the aeration tube extends into the catheter sleeve cylindrical body through the small opening to provide aeration into the catheter sleeve, and the other end extends slidably through the small opening in the harness body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Robert L. Harrison, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10729366
    Abstract: Biomedical containers for sampling and mixing biological fluids are disclosed. The biomedical containers are at least substantially spherical and include access sites for accessing the container interior. The containers may be included as part of a disposable biological fluid processing kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Binninger, Divya Patil Hangargekar
  • Patent number: 9949862
    Abstract: A pouch (10) comprises a flexible bag (12) having an opening (12a) at one end, and a safety valve arranged inside the bag (12) to substantially prevent the content of the bag (12) leaving through the opening (12a). The valve comprises a first pair of sheets (22) and a second pair of sheets (24) that are bonded together locally at a plurality of spaced-apart primary bonding points (25), and a third pair of sheets (26), the first, second, and third pairs of sheets (22, 24, and 26) being bonded together locally at a plurality of spaced-apart secondary bonding points (27). The distance between the primary bonding points (25) and the distal end of the sheets of the second pair of sheets (24) varies along a transverse axis (Dt) of the bag (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: M3AT SA
    Inventor: Benoît Cailleteau
  • Patent number: 9861094
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of a composition comprising 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol for tissue preservation and more particularly for the preservation of bodies and anatomical parts or for carrying out embalming procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OGF
    Inventors: Dominique Dissard, Jean-Charles Jay, Denis Gilotin, Henri Graugnard, Nabil Berka
  • Patent number: 9668909
    Abstract: A gastrojejunostomy tube is used when a patient's stomach must be bypassed, with nutrients and/or medication being delivered directly to the jejunum. In this situation, the stomach commonly fills with stomach acid and digestive enzymes, which may cause vomiting, acid reflux or other esophageal problems. The gastrojejunostomy drainage bag is provided to allow the contents of the stomach to be drained through the gastrojejunostomy tube, rather than building up within the patient's stomach. The gastrojejunostomy drainage bag includes a receptacle having a lower portion and an upper stem portion, the upper stem portion terminating in a port adapted for connection to the gastrojejunostomy tube. Preferably, a lower port is formed through the lower portion, allowing the contents of the gastrojejunostomy drainage bag to be selectively emptied. A method of releasing gas or trapped air from the stomach is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Ann M. Lormand-Koch
  • Patent number: 9155821
    Abstract: A fluid collection canister including a chamber to collect fluids and a canister top disposed over the chamber. The canister top includes a bottom side facing into the chamber, including first and second ribs disposed thereon, a filter membrane attached to the first and second ribs, a first port to communicate with the chamber and a pressure source external to the chamber, and a second port to communicate with the chamber and a sensor external to the chamber. The first port is in fluid communication with a first area, which is bounded by the filter membrane, the first and second ribs and the bottom side of the canister top. The second port is in fluid communication with a second area, which is bounded by the filter membrane, the second rib and the bottom side of the canister top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Wudyka
  • Patent number: 9050046
    Abstract: A urine collection system includes an anti-flux mechanism to reduce the amount of urine that may flow from within the collection bag back into the urine meter. The urine collection system includes a urine meter, a collection member defining at least a first opening for receiving urine from the urine meter and a shield positioned adjacent the opening of the collection member. The shield is affixed to the collection member at predetermined connection points along a periphery of the shield whereby urine flows between the connection points from the urine meter to the collection member. The shield may be affixed to an internal surface of the bag. The shield may be spot welded to the collection member at the connection points. The shield may include at least a first slot configured to permit the passage of fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Chelsey Elliott, Stephen Tully, Lawrence Salvadori
  • Patent number: 8992493
    Abstract: A chest drainage system includes a collection device and a fluid pathway configured to extend from the collection device to a patient. The fluid pathway has a proximal portion configured to extend proximally toward the patient and a distal portion configured to extend distally from the patient. The chest drainage system also includes a pressure source including an accumulator configured to selectively provide sub-atmospheric pressure to the distal portion of the fluid pathway and a valve configured to selectively relieve pressure in the proximal portion of the fluid pathway. The system is configured to open the valve and to introduce the sub-atmospheric pressure from the accumulator of the pressure source when a predetermined pressure differential is detected between the proximal and distal portions of the fluid pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Atrium Medical Corporation
    Inventors: James Croteau, Theodore Karwoski, Joanne Krawczyk, Marc Larochelle, Patrick Lee, Nicholas Want
  • Patent number: 8986262
    Abstract: A sampling connector for use in sampling a body fluid such as arterial blood or cerebrospinal fluid. The sampling connector comprises at least two apertures in fluid communication via a fluid flow conduit and a one-way valve (14) disposed to allow fluid flow from the first aperture, through the fluid flow conduit and out of the second aperture, but not to allow fluid to flow into the second aperture and through the fluid flow conduit to the first aperture. In use, the sampling connector is connected to a body cavity to enable the sampling of a body fluid by withdrawal of the body fluid through the first aperture, and to prevent the introduction of a separate fluid to the body cavity. The first aperture can be within a male end and the second aperture can be within a female end or vice versa. A sampling device comprising a sampling connector according to the present invention and use of the sampling connector and/or sampling device is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust
    Inventors: Peter Jeffrey Young, Joseph Joachim Carter
  • Patent number: 8951235
    Abstract: Negative pressure wound therapy apparatuses and dressings, and systems and methods for operating such apparatuses for use with dressings are disclosed. In some embodiments, controlling the delivery of therapy can be based on monitoring and detecting various operating conditions. An apparatus can have a controller configured to monitor the duty cycle of a source of negative pressure and, based on the monitored duty cycle, determine whether a leak is present. The controller can be configured to provide an indication that a leak is present. For example, the controller can be configured to suspend and/or pause the delivery of therapy, and to restart the delivery of therapy due to a timeout, request from a user, etc. In addition, the controller can be configured to pause and/or restart the delivery of therapy upon a request from the user, such as in response to the user operating a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Julie Allen, Ben Alan Askem, Sarah Jenny Collinson, Richard Thomas Hughey, Derek Nicolini
  • 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: 8945376
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for resuspending and/or collecting blood and/or other types of cells in solution. In one embodiment, cells may be recovered from used surgical sponges and/or other types of surgical articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: All Cell Recovery LLC
    Inventor: Michael C. Cordisco
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8814840
    Abstract: There is described a medical apparatus, which may comprise a fluid collection vessel and a sensor. The sensor is arranged to sense when the fluid collection vessel is substantially full even when the fluid collection vessel is tilted by up to a predetermined angle from its preferred orientation. The fluid collection vessel may comprise a main chamber and a sensor chamber in fluid communication with one another. The sensor is located in the sensor chamber. The fluid inlet, the main chamber and the sensor chamber are arranged such that fluid entering the fluid collection vessel via the fluid inlet flows into the main chamber even when the fluid collection vessel is tilted by up to the predetermined angle from its preferred orientation, and, once the main chamber is full, any further collected fluid flows from the main chamber into the sensor chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Talley Group Limited
    Inventors: John James Henry Evans, Nicholas Cole, Chris Evans
  • Patent number: 8795258
    Abstract: The urisheath provided here includes an element of thin material (a strip) that allows at least two lengths of it to run in a parallel fashion down either side of the sheath. The is obtained by injection molding the strip in liquid silicone in the silicone injection molding process for the urisheath, either by one, two or more component injection molding. The injection molding takes place in an injection molding form for a urisheath with a cavity for the body portion and a cavity for the strip portion wherein the cavity for the body portion is connected to the cavity for the strip portion creating an attachment zone between the strip and the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Lindenskov Nielsen, Johan Christiansson, Peter Persson
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8721595
    Abstract: A suction wand for use during a surgical operation involving cutting of bone which yields bone debris, the wand comprising a suction conduit, a suction tip, and a positive pressure conduit for directing gas toward the suction tip to expel debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Stiehl Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James B. Stiehl, Kurt R. Stiehl
  • Patent number: 8679048
    Abstract: A method is described for using a postoperative CSF dynamical examination to determine the CSF dynamical state of the patient and the dynamical state of the CSF shunt in conjunction therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Likvor AB
    Inventors: Nina Sundstrom, Anders Eklund, Jan Malm
  • Patent number: 8668683
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a urinary catheter collection system comprising a urinary catheter, a collection bag neck, and a collection bag body. The invention particularly relates to a urinary catheter collection system having a detachable bag body, which allows a user the option to detach the collection bag body from the collection bag neck so that urine may drain from the catheter into a suitable container, such as a toilet, preventing the user from having to empty or dispose of a used urine collection bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medical Technologies of Georgia, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Golden
  • 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: 8657800
    Abstract: A suction device having a rotary switch is provided. A main body of the suction device is provided with a patient-end connector, an oxygen supply connector, a suction connector, a cleaning connector and a connecting portion. The rotary switch is assembled with the connecting portion and can be switched between a first position and a second position. The rotary switch is provided with two opposite suction holes. When the rotary switch is located in the first position, the two suction holes are aligned with the patient-end connector and the suction connector to thereby communicate the patient-end connector with the suction connector. When the rotary switch is located in the second position, the communication between the patient-end connector and the suction connector is shut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Hospital Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsuan-Chiao Ho
  • 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: 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: 8622981
    Abstract: Apparatus (200) for the application of topical negative pressure therapy to a user of the apparatus (200) is described together with a method for protecting said apparatus (200) when subjected to abnormal stresses, the apparatus (200) comprising a device (202) and a waste canister (204) releasably connected thereto wherein the device (202) and waste canister (204) are connected together by clip means (222), said clip means (222) being subject to failure upon application of abnormal stresses thereby permitting separation of the device (202) and waste canister (204).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Edward Hartwell, Carl Saxby
  • 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: 8603057
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for automatically limiting the drainage of a bodily fluid such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from a patient into a collection chamber. The collection chamber includes a vent having an hydrophobic filter for the passage of air to facilitate the movement of CSF yet to maintain a closed system. The system includes a buoyant float hingedly connected with the top of the collection chamber in one embodiment. When fluid rises in the collection chamber to a predetermined volume, buoyant force raises the float and causes a seal plug mounted on top of the float to seal one of an inflow port or a vent port. The float is limited to pivoting movement in one plane and to a certain angle within that plane. The system and method avoid overdrainage of CSF from the patient and overfilling of the collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Integra LifeSciences Corporation, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Michael McDermott, William R. Chang, Eric Scott Clasen
  • 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: 8529529
    Abstract: A placental blood extractor consists of an outside box having plurality of plastic bags for compressing the placenta and mounted to the top of the box. The lower part of the box has possibility to use several different circularly movable plates for mechanically facilitating the flow of the blood in the collecting veins on the fetal side of the placentas toward the central main umbilical cord vein. The box has an opening in the central lower part of the box and the lower area mechanical tray for the umbilical cord to exit the box. Blood is collected from umbilical cord and is to be collected into commercial collection bags. The area of the bag for collection of blood may be under negative pressure to facilitate the collection of blood but also gravity force may be used for that purpose. Both, the first part with the compression chambers as well as the second part, the Collector of Blood have pumps and manometers controlled by computer in their operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Branimir L. Horvat, Nevenka Horvat, Wayne G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8522813
    Abstract: A sampling port includes a housing and a valve assembly. The housing includes an internal passage through which fluids flow and defines a port in fluid communication with the internal passage. The valve assembly is mountable adjacent the port of the housing and includes a bezel having a channel extending therethrough and a bladder mounted adjacent the bezel. The bladder includes a bladder base and a bladder stem depending from the bladder base which is at least partially received within the channel of the bezel. The bladder stem is movable within the channel of the bezel between a first position substantially preventing fluid flow through the valve assembly and a second position in which a fluid path is established through the valve assembly and in fluid communication with the internal passage of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Geoffrey R. McElroy
  • Patent number: 8518003
    Abstract: A personal disposable sanitary toilet system including a primary containment bag and a secondary containment bag formed of sheet-like liquid impermeable material. The primary containment bag is funnel-shaped with a pair of straps formed in the upper periphery for use in securing the bag around one's waist. The top of the primary containment bag has an extended front portion which is adapted to be passed between the legs and cover the genitals for sanitary, splatter-less relief. The lower end provides a waste containment area that may include a hydrophilic compound for absorbing liquid waste and/or effervescent agents and waste control ingredients. The primary bag may be closed and stuffed into the secondary containment bag which is attached to and surrounds the lower end portion of the primary bag. The top edge of the secondary containment bag has a seal that is closed after the primary bag has been stuffed inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory J. Ledo
  • 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: 8480656
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing medicaments to a patient that is made up of first and second stand-alone, interconnectable assemblies. The first of these assemblies comprises a fluid reservoir assembly that houses a fluid reservoir defining component while the second assembly comprises a fluid delivery and control assembly that includes a novel flow control means that functions to control the flow of medicinal fluid from the fluid reservoir of the first assembly toward the patient via a plurality of fluid flow control passageways. Because the stand-alone fluid delivery and control assembly is initially totally separate from the fluid reservoir assembly of the apparatus, the fluid flow passageways of the fluid delivery and control assembly can be effectively sterilized using conventional gamma ray sterilization techniques without adversely affecting the medicament contained within the fluid reservoir of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: BioQuiddity, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall S. Kriesel
  • Patent number: 8475434
    Abstract: A catheter and catheter assembly are disclosed comprising a urinary catheter comprising an insertion end, a rearward end, and a one way check valve arrangement. The check valve arrangement comprises a tubular part of a flexible material, connected to the rearward end of the catheter and extending past the rearward end in a direction opposite to the insertion end, thereby substantially limiting the flow through the catheter to a single direction from the insertion end to the rearward end. Hereby, a very effective anti-reflux function is achieved, and at the same time the construction is relatively simple and inexpensive, and does not require any essential modifications of the other parts of the urinary catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Astra Tech AB
    Inventor: Göran Fröjd
  • 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: 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: 8394034
    Abstract: A device, system and method for in-vivo sampling. An in-vivo device and method for use thereof may include a sampling chamber and a gating mechanism. The sampling chamber may store a sample of a body lumen substance, and the gate may close and open an opening of the sampling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Given Imaging Ltd.
    Inventors: Gavriel J. Iddan, Elisha Rabinovitz
  • Publication number: 20130053801
    Abstract: A leg bag release system is presented having a block member with a drain tube channel and a crimping member slidably received within the block member. A cable assembly connects the block member to a lever assembly. When the lever assembly is activated, the crimping member is withdrawn from the drain tube channel allowing a patient to empty a leg bag without the assistance of another person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: James W. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8366692
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for providing reduced or negative pressure, and more particularly cyclical reduced pressure, to treat a wound. The system can include a wound dressing, a fluid collection container, a suction source, filters, and conduits. In addition, the system can include a control device and sensors. The sensors may be configured to monitor certain physiological conditions of a patient such as temperature, pressure, blood flow, blood oxygen saturation, pulse, cardiac cycle, and the like. Application of cyclical reduced pressure between two or more values below atmospheric pressure may be synchronized with the physiological conditions monitored by the sensors. Certain embodiments of the system utilize an air reservoir and one or more valves and pressure sensors or gauges to allow for rapid cycling of the level of reduced pressure within the wound dressing between two or more reduced pressure values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Scott Weston, Edward Yerbury Hartwell
  • Patent number: 8343139
    Abstract: A portable systems release fluid pressure with a cavity within a patient. These systems include a drainage catheter, a pressure-responsive one-way valve, and a fluid reservoir all adapted to be mounted in proximity to the cavity being drained. One system in particular is used in relieving intracranial pressure. This intracranial pressure relief system may include a headband to which are mounted the one-way valve and reservoir. The drainage catheter may have mounted thereon a cranium seal formed of a soft material that contacts the inner wall of a cranium bore hole. The cranium seal may have threads to facilitate advancement into the bore hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: A. Mateen Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8328734
    Abstract: A urine meter is provided for use in a urine collection system. The urine meter includes a housing defining at least one fluid receptacle and having a concave upper wall having first and second ends and a central portion of reduced height. The housing defines first and second drain openings positioned adjacent respect ends of the upper wall. The housing also defines an inlet port extending through the central portion of the upper wall. A drain tube having a discharge end is positioned through the inlet port to direct fluid into the fluid receptacle. The drain tube has an internal surface having substantially no discontinuities. In one embodiment, the housing defines a centrally located first fluid receptacle and a second fluid receptacle which is positioned about the first fluid receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Lawrence Salvadori, Stephen Tully
  • Patent number: 8322756
    Abstract: A disconnectable connector assembly is provided, including a first fitting having a movable stem therein, the stem being movable from one end toward the other end of the first fitting; a valve releasably attached to the stem, the valve including legs engageable with a lip; a second fitting connected to the first fitting, the second fitting including the lip, the second fitting being in fluid communication with the stem and the first fitting when the stem is in a first position, and wherein fluid flow between the second fitting and the stem and the first fitting is blocked when the stem is in a second position; the first fitting being disconnectable from the second fitting after the stem has been moved and the valve is released from the stem with the legs engaged with the lip when the first and second fittings are disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Darren Elton, Richard Martin
  • Patent number: 8317753
    Abstract: A compact, nonelectric fluid dispenser for use in controllably dispensing beneficial agents such as propofol and dexmedetomidine hydrochloride to patients. The dispenser includes a fluid flow control assembly that precisely controls the flow of the medicament solution to the patient and embodies a collapsible drug container that can be filled in the field with the beneficial agents to be delivered to the patient. The unit-dose fluid dispenser of the invention is presented in a sterile and aseptic manner, where the drug has been pre-filled in the system, so that the practitioner cannot mistakenly give the wrong drug to the patient. The dispenser uniquely provides a more efficient medicament delivery system for procedure rooms, such as the endoscopy center, so that a greater number of patients can be treated per day at a higher standard of care with increased profits for the healthcare provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Marshall S. Kriesel, Joshua W. Kriesel, Thomas N. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8292858
    Abstract: A drain bag outlet device includes inlet, valve and outlet portions. The inlet portion includes a connector and a cylindrical portion. The connector is adapted to connect to a fluid drain bag. A second end of the connector is adapted to connect to the cylindrical portion forming a generally longitudinal opening therethrough. The valve portion is attached to a second end of the cylindrical portion and includes a valve member for moving between positions to permit and obstruct fluid flow through the longitudinal opening. The outlet portion includes an outlet member having an angled portion and a shield connected to the valve portion. The shield completely surrounds and extends below the outlet member. The shield includes upper and lower portions. The diameter of the upper is less than the diameter of the lower portion. The outlet device eliminates the fluid that is spilled, splashed or sprayed on a healthcare worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Burgess, Jennifer T. Swartz, Earl D. Wilson, Alberto C. Savage, Dale F. Greeson, Jr., Jack E. Maze
  • Patent number: 8292876
    Abstract: A compact, nonelectric fluid dispenser for use in controllably dispensing beneficial agents such as propofol and dexmedetomidine hydrochloride to patients. The dispenser includes a fluid flow control assembly that precisely controls the flow of the medicament solution to the patient and embodies a collapsible, pre-filled drug container that contains the beneficial agents to be delivered to the patient. The unit-dose fluid dispenser of the invention is presented in a sterile and aseptic manner, where the drug has been pre-filled in the system, so that the practitioner cannot mistakenly give the wrong drug to the patient. The dispenser uniquely provides a more efficient medicament delivery system for procedure rooms, such as the endoscopy center, so that a greater number of patients can be treated per day at a higher standard of care with increased profits for the healthcare provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventors: Marshall S. Kriesel, Joshua W. Kriesel, Thomas N. Thompson