Means For Indicating Condition Of Container Content Patents (Class 604/404)
  • Patent number: 9616176
    Abstract: A syringe carpule for storing, transporting and in situ mixing of a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, and a buffer, such as sodium bicarbonate, and delivery of buffered anesthetic solution comprises a hollow tubular body received within the frame of a carpule syringe, at least one axially movable plunger within the body and configured to be engaged and moved by a rod of the carpule syringe, a seal pierced by a rear portion of a needle coupled to the carpule syringe, a first chamber within the body filled with anesthetic solution during storing and transport, a second chamber defined within the body filled with buffering solution during storing and transport; and a breachable separating member between the first and second chamber configured to be removed by a piercing-mixing unit for in situ mixing of the buffering and the anesthetic solutions allowing for delivery of a buffered anesthetic solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: George Just
  • Patent number: 9186297
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to materials for facilitating the administration of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and related compounds. In one embodiment, the invention comprises a kit comprising items used for the safe and effective administration of DMSO. In another embodiment, the invention relates to indicating containers for holding or delivering DMSO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Abela Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Harvey L. Claussen, Colette Cozean, Jack De La Torre
  • Patent number: 9011407
    Abstract: A pre-evacuatable or pre-evacuated container for medical purposes is provided. The container comprises a container body which is open at one side with a peripherally extending container wall and a bottom, and a cover element. The peripherally extending container wall of the container body has an end groove, into which a sealing element for sealing off the container body with respect to the cover element is or can be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: PFM Medical AG
    Inventor: Volker Harig
  • 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: 8945083
    Abstract: A light sensitive media packaging with unique shrink-wrap light protection label that works as a light barrier to protect media from light damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Stem Cell Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Janus
  • Publication number: 20150032080
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to arrangements for attaching an RFID tag to a liquid container, and particularly to a blood components container. The RFID tag may be inserted in an enclosure, such as peel tab, or in a sealed cup attached to a container port. The tag could alternately be embedded in a molded plug or component attached to a port. The RFID antenna could be painted or stamped on the surface of the container. Or the tag could be inserted into the container to float freely in the liquid components. The RFID source may be secured around the neck of a rigid or semi-rigid container, attached with a tether or attached to a connector assembled in association with a blood component or other fluid flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Christine Larson, Bryan Blickhan, Carlos Calderon, Daniel Lynn, Senan Ozbag, W. Timothy Watts, Daryl R. Calhoun
  • Publication number: 20150011962
    Abstract: A hermetically-sealed plastics container for blood derivative products is provided. The container may have an internal surface and an external surface, characterised in that it comprises an RFID inlay between the internal surface and the external surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: GRIFOLS, S.A.
    Inventors: Carlos Roura Fernandez, Victor Grifols Roura, Jordi Boira Bonhora
  • Patent number: 8852433
    Abstract: Device (5) for filtering blood including a filter unit (7) having a blood filter, an inlet (8) for blood to be filtered and being connectable to an artery of a patient and a blood outlet (9) for filtered blood and being connectable to a vein of the patient, and having a filtrate container (6,14), that encloses the filter unit (7), for receiving filtrate (12) passing through the blood filter during a filtering process and that the filtrate container (6,14) is a closed container, which in a filled state is arranged to establish a counter-pressure over the blood filter, whereby the filtering process is interrupted. The invention also concerns a system including the above device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventor: Anders Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8834443
    Abstract: A kit of parts for an injection safety system comprises a vial comprising a container for storing an injectable substance, and an identifier removably secured to the container. The identifier comprises an indicium of the substance, and an engagement portion. The kit of parts further comprises a syringe for drawing the substance from the vial. The syringe comprises a mating engagement portion. The mating engagement portion is mateable with the engagement portion to secure the identifier to the syringe and transfer the identifier from the vial to the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: MJ & AJ Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Alex Yeung
  • Patent number: 8827964
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drug delivery comprising a housing (10) adapted to retain a cartridge (16) and a piston rod (26), the piston rod (26) being adapted to drive a piston (28) so as to engage the piston (28) into the cartridge (16) in response to operating an operating button (30), and an indicator means (40) being capable of revealing usage related information of the drug delivery device (5), the indicator means (40) being movable with respect to the housing (10). Furthermore, using indicator means (40) on a drug delivery device (5), wherein the so as to reveal usage related information of the drug delivery device (5), wherein the indicator means (40) being movable with respect to a housing (10) of the drug delivery device (5) is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Malcolm Stanley Boyd, Robert Frederick Veasey, David Aubrey Plumptre, Stephen Minshull, Christopher James Smith, Patrick Gerard Linnane
  • Publication number: 20140128832
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to arrangements for attaching an RFID tag to a liquid container, and particularly to a blood components container. The RFID tag may be inserted in an enclosure, such as peel tab, or in a sealed cup attached to a container port. The tag could alternately be embedded in a molded plug or component attached to a port. The RFID antenna could be painted or stamped on the surface of the container. Or the tag could be inserted into the container to float freely in the liquid components. The RFID source may be secured around the neck of a rigid or semi-rigid container, attached with a tether or attached to a connector assembled in association with a blood component or other fluid flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Larson, Bryan Blickhan, Carlos Calderon, Daniel Lynn, Senan Ozbag, W. Timothy Watts, Daryl R. Calhoun
  • Patent number: 8702674
    Abstract: A medication and identification information transfer system is provided that includes a medication vial, a secondary medication container (syringe) and a medication information transfer apparatus. The medication information transfer apparatus, when coupled to a vial, can transfer information indicative of the contents of the vial to an intelligent injection site. The medication information transfer apparatus has a shape and size enabling it to be connected to a vial adapter for removal of medication from the vial transfer it to a syringe for delivery to an injection site while simultaneously transferring information about the medication in the vial to the injection site. In some implementations, the medication injection site can be placed on a fluid delivery line for infusion into a patient. Related apparatus, systems, and kits are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: CRISI Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter John Bochenko
  • Patent number: 8696598
    Abstract: A phlebotomy device includes a needle defining a lumen and having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The distal end portion includes a sharpened tip configured to pierce tissue. The phlebotomy device further includes a sensor disposed at least partially within the lumen. The sensor has a first state and a second state and is configured to transition from the first state to the second state upon exposure to blood at physiological temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Todd M. Chelak
  • Patent number: 8692140
    Abstract: A surgical sponge and fluid monitoring system and method are provided. The system includes a support ring for securely supporting a container with at least one port opening for placing sponges into the container through the port opening with the aid of gravity. The support ring includes IR emitters and sensors that blanket IR beams across the port opening. The support ring is mechanically linked to a load cell in the system. The processor, with novel methods, reliably detects when sponges are placed into the container through the port opening, 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 in the monitoring system keeps the medical professionals in the OR fully informed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Surgitrac Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Pollock, Mahmood S. Kassam, Thomas D. Cox
  • Patent number: 8679086
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for an airless intravenous (IV) bag which contains a specialized device, referred to herein as the airless intravasculature infusion device (AIVID). The AIVID allows one to view the amount of fluid in the IV bag but substantially decreases or completely prohibits the risk of an inadvertent air infusion into a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy Scott Curry
  • Patent number: 8663160
    Abstract: A priming indicator for a fluid infusion system includes a luer cap or other component of the infusion system having an indicator surface covered by a membrane. The membrane exhibits a first visual characteristic, such as being opaque, when dry and exhibits a second characteristic, such as becoming less opaque, when wet. Once the membrane becomes wet, indicia on the surface, which may be provided on a rod at least partially covered by the membrane, becomes visible, thereby indicating an intravenous tube to which the luer cap is secured has been primed or is nearly primed. The indicator may alternately be employed at an upstream end of an infusion set, such as at the port of a medical bag providing a supply of fluid, to indicate a low level of fluid in the medical bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Shmuel Sternberg, Siddharth B. Desai, Larry Black, Robin G. Pauley
  • Patent number: 8657803
    Abstract: A device for providing sterilized or cleaned fluid to a receptacle and thereby facilitate conveyance of a substance out of the receptacle, comprising a connector and a container which form an integrated unit. The connector is provided with a first means for connection to a receptacle. Sterilized or cleaned fluid is transferred from the container to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Elisabet Helmerson, Fredrik Backstrom, Anna Ellstrom
  • Publication number: 20140039445
    Abstract: A computer-based system for implementing and monitoring a medication regimen, including a medication package and a computer-based unit. The package includes a base including spaces for receiving a medication, a sheet of material including respective portions sealing the spaces with respect to the base, and a respective electrical circuit associated with each portion. The computer-based unit includes a memory element to store computer readable instructions and a medication regimen, formulated by a medical practitioner or pharmacist, for the medication, a processor; and a wireless transmitter. The computer-based unit is attachable to the medication package or can wirelessly communicate with the medication package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul R. Austin, Wendell Lewis Kibler, Claude S. Fillion
  • Patent number: 8617392
    Abstract: Device (5) for filtering blood including a filter unit (7) having a blood filter, an inlet (8) for blood to be filtered and being connectable to an artery of a patient and a blood outlet (9) for filtered blood and being connectable to a vein of the patient, and having a filtrate container (6,14), that encloses the filter unit (7), for receiving filtrate (12) passing through the blood filter during a filtering process and that the filtrate container (6,14) is a closed container, which in a filled state is arranged to establish a counter-pressure over the blood filter, whereby the filtering process is interrupted. The invention also concerns a system including the above device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventor: Anders Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8597271
    Abstract: An IV bag/line safety device including a tag set and a bag attacher removably connected to the tag set. The tag set includes a plurality of tags printed with the name of an IV solution. The bag attacher is configured to attach the safety device to an IV bag containing the IV solution printed on the tags. After attachment, the safety device provides visual cues to a user inviting the user to disconnect the tags from the safety device. After disconnecting one or more of the tags, the user may attach those tags to an IV tubing line connected to the IV bag through which the IV solution contained in the IV bag flows from the IV bag into a patient. This enables the user to quickly identify a given IV tubing line having at least one tag attached thereto as containing a particular IV solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Pharmedium Services, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Elizabeth Langan, Karen Pinderski, Patricia Lynn Miyake, Kenneth G. Oswald, Thomas Edward Cosentino, Richard John Kruzynski
  • Patent number: 8591492
    Abstract: An irrigation source identification system includes an irrigation source, an imaging device, and a processor. The irrigation source includes a container for holding a quantity of irrigation fluid and a port fluidly coupled to the container. The port has an outlet end and a neck. The neck has a plurality of protrusions selected from a grouping of protrusions. The plurality of protrusions provides a unique identifier for the container. An imaging device images the neck and the plurality of protrusions of the irrigation source, and the processor determines which identifier is associated with the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander N. Artsyukhovich, Raphael Gordon, Michael D. Morgan, Gary P. Sorensen, Daniel J. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130303965
    Abstract: A perfusion system that is easy to set-up, use and monitor during a bypass procedure includes at least some disposable components configured to communicate parameters to the perfusion system. An ultrasonic blood level sensor can be used to monitor a blood level or volume within a blood reservoir. The blood level sensor may be utilized in an integrated perfusion system in which the disposable components are configured, as noted above, to communicate with the perfusion system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Ivan Rossi, Ivo Panzani
  • Publication number: 20130296807
    Abstract: A device for automatically delivering a drug to a user and method thereof are disclosed. The device (10, 20, 70, 110) provides a connector to which a vial (12, 50, 60, 100, 130, 202) containing the drug is removably connected and situated thereto in a substantially inverted position. When commanded by the user, the device (10, 20, 70, 110) starts a reconstitution process to automatically create a reconstituted drug, and provides an indication that the reconstitution process is complete such that the vial (12, 50, 60, 100, 130, 202) may be removed from the connector (22, 72,112). After disposing the device (10, 20, 70, 110) on the user, the device (10, 20, 70, 110) can automatically deliver the reconstituted drug to the user when further commanded by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG
    Inventors: Richard Lintern, Edward Murray, Oliver Shergold, Oliver Boris Stauch
  • Publication number: 20130281962
    Abstract: A drug reservoir comprises of a housing having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the housing is configured to hold a medicament; and a removable feature disposed on at least one of the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the removable feature covers at least in part one of the proximal end and the distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Aled Meredydd James, James Andrew Holt, Richard James Vincent Avery
  • Publication number: 20130237945
    Abstract: A drug storage container includes a storage bag formed of a sheet-shaped member and configured to store a drug therein and a measurement unit attached to said storage bag. The measurement unit is marked with a scale for measuring the drug left in said storage bag after discharging a portion of the drug from said storage bag. Further the measurement unit is formed of a tubular material having a hardness so as not to undergo deformation depending on the variation in amount of the drug left in the storage bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: TERUMO Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Ogawa, Kouichi Tachikawa
  • Patent number: 8506164
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bag (1) for packaging a biological substance, such as animal semen, which is formed by two plastic walls (10, 11) assembled so as to define a pouch (P) for receiving said substance and that comprises a line (15) communicating with said pouch (P) a line for filling the same, this bag comprising in addition at least one pair of openings (3, 4) located on both sides of said line (15), in order to get hung, via these openings, to fingers that are complementary to a supporting device. This bag is characterized in that at least one of these openings (3, 4) has an oblong shape, extends perpendicularly to said line (15), and comprises an area forming a hard spot. The invention relates also to a strip formed by juxtaposing such bags (1), and an assembly comprised of a bag and a hanging support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: IMV Technologies
    Inventor: Pascal Lecointe
  • Patent number: 8506548
    Abstract: One end of a tubular portion (16) is sealed with a stopcock (5) that is fitted in the tubular portion (16). A first flow channel (33) and a second flow channel (36) are formed in the stopcock (5). A first hole (37), a second hole (43), a third hole (38), and a fourth hole (44) are formed in a connector main body (2). Switching between a setting that brings an inner space (16a) of the tubular portion (16) into communication with the first hole (37) via the first flow channel (33) and a setting that brings the inner space (16a) of the tubular portion (16) into communication with the second hole (43) via the first flow channel (33) and brings the third hole (38) into communication with the fourth hole (44) via the second flow channel (36) can be achieved by rotating the stopcock (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: JMS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Okiyama
  • Patent number: 8506540
    Abstract: This application teaches practical and cost effective methods and apparatus to enhance supply chain efficiency by transforming fluid enclosing supply delivery containers in to collection and disposal containers, and in particular, providing inter alia, a canister system having a lid which would couple to either a thread able supply container or a spike able supply container. This enables the user to select from a plurality of supply containers for the collection and removal of waste such as a threaded pour bottle type of supply container, or a spike able type of intravenous solution supply container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Medindica-Pak, Inc
    Inventors: Jack W. Romano, Adam L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130197465
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for an airless intravenous (IV) bag which contains a specialized device, referred to herein as the airless intravasculature infusion device (AIVID). The AIVID allows one to view the amount of fluid in the IV bag but substantially decreases or completely prohibits the risk of an inadvertent air infusion into a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jeremy Scott CURRY
  • Publication number: 20130190713
    Abstract: An anti-tampering apparatus and method for drug delivery devices provides for the capture of caps in a manner that restricts repositioning of a captured cap onto a corresponding drug delivery device. The anti-tampering apparatus includes one or more retention members to define a capture region for restrainably capturing a cap. The anti-tampering apparatus further locates an obstruction surface thereof to engage a surface of a drug delivery device and thereby restrict recapping of the device by the captured cap. As such, tampering of a drug delivery device is indicated by the absence of a cap captured within the anti-tampering apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Baxa Corporation
    Inventor: Baxa Corporation
  • Patent number: 8480644
    Abstract: One end of a tubular portion (16) is sealed with a stopcock (5) that is fitted in the tubular portion (16). A first flow channel (33) and a second flow channel (36) are formed in the stopcock (5). A first hole (37), a second hole (43), a third hole (38), and a fourth hole (44) are formed in a connector main body (2). Switching between a setting that brings an inner space (16a) of the tubular portion (16) into communication with the first hole (37) via the first flow channel (33) and a setting that brings the inner space (16a) of the tubular portion (16) into communication with the second hole (43) via the first flow channel (33) and brings the third hole (38) into communication with the fourth hole (44) via the second flow channel (36) can be achieved by rotating the stopcock (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: JMS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Okiyama
  • Publication number: 20130158500
    Abstract: A person having diabetes will often be required to take both slow acting and fast acting forms of insulin. It is important to be able to distinguish readily between medicament cartridges containing different medicaments. The present invention enables more ready distinction as between medicament cartridges containing different medicaments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: DCA DESIGN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: DCA DESIGN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
  • Patent number: 8460266
    Abstract: One end of a tubular portion (16) is sealed with a stopcock (5) that is fitted in the tubular portion (16). A first flow channel (33) and a second flow channel (36) are formed in the stopcock (5). A first hole (37), a second hole (43), a third hole (38), and a fourth hole (44) are formed in a connector main body (2). Switching between a setting that brings an inner space (16a) of the tubular portion (16) into communication with the first hole (37) via the first flow channel (33) and a setting that brings the inner space (16a) of the tubular portion (16) into communication with the second hole (43) via the first flow channel (33) and brings the third hole (38) into communication with the fourth hole (44) via the second flow channel (36) can be achieved by rotating the stopcock (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: JMS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Okiyama
  • Publication number: 20130144247
    Abstract: A storage bag for containing biologic content having a first chamber operable to contain the biologic content, a second chamber separate from the first chamber, and a first fluidic seal system disposed between the first chamber and the second chamber. The first fluidic seal system is positionable between a first position retaining the biologic content in the first chamber and preventing the biologic content from entering the second chamber and a second position permitting at least a portion of the biologic content to flow from the first chamber to the second chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicants: BLAZE MEDICAL DEVICES, LLC, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Robertson Davenport, Michael Tarasev, Kenneth Alfano, Tejinder Singh Deo
  • Patent number: 8444599
    Abstract: The present invention monitors an IV bag injection port and informs the user of prior injections. The present invention employs an object and/or a sealed chamber within a transparent IV fluid bag injection port. In the case of the object, notification of prior use is achieved when the object's or IV fluid's appearance is altered. With respect to the sealed chamber, the chamber's seal is breached to allow fluid to pass between the chamber and the IV bag to change the appearance of the contents of the chamber. Since the injection port and bag walls are at least partially transparent, medical personnel are able to observe the altered appearance of either the object, IV fluid or the sealed chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Patented Medical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, David Hendrix, John Gordon
  • Patent number: 8435224
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to materials for facilitating the administration of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and related compounds. In one embodiment, the invention comprises a kit comprising items used for the safe and effective administration of DMSO. In another embodiment, the invention relates to indicating containers for holding or delivering DMSO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Abela Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Harvey L. Claussen, Colette Cozean, Jack De La Torre
  • Publication number: 20130096511
    Abstract: A tactile identification coding for a cartridge for use with a drug delivery device is described. The tactile identification coding includes the cartridge containing a drug and an identification coding located on the cartridge, the identification coding including a logical symbol to visually indicate to a user the type of drug contained in the cartridge. A cartridge holder may also be included to receive the cartridge, the cartridge holder having a second tactile identification coding that corresponds to the tactile identification coding on the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Ross Douglas Laurie MacArthur
  • Publication number: 20130072894
    Abstract: An identifier for a medicament reservoir is provided, wherein the identifier comprises a malleable sheet of material. The sheet of material comprises a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface may be used to apply the identifier to a surface of the medicament reservoir. A first three-dimensional feature is attached to the sheet of material. The three-dimensional feature may be representative of a medicament contained in the reservoir and may further comprise an alignment feature. In addition, the three-dimensional feature may be coded for a particular drug delivery device. Such drug delivery devices could comprise pen type drug delivery devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Christopher Nigel Langley, Paul Benedict Rutter, Richard James Vincent Avery
  • Publication number: 20130072867
    Abstract: A portable device for mixing a dilute disinfectant solution comprising a first reservoir comprising a predetermined amount of said disinfectant solution, a chamber which is connected to said first reservoir and which holds a predetermined amount of dilutant, and means for discharging said predetermined amount of said disinfectant solution from said first reservoir into said chamber to be mixed with said predetermined amount of dilutant in said chamber wherein said device provides the dilute disinfectant solution at a fixed dilution determined by the ratio of the predetermined amount of said disinfectant solution to the predetermined amount of dilutant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Hypo-Stream Limited
    Inventor: Myles H. E. Dakin
  • Patent number: 8398590
    Abstract: A priming indicator for a fluid infusion system includes a luer cap or other component of the infusion system having an indicator surface covered by a membrane. The membrane exhibits a first visual characteristic, such as being opaque, when dry and exhibits a second characteristic, such as becoming less opaque, when wet. Once the membrane becomes wet, indicia on the surface, which may be provided on a rod at least partially covered by the membrane, becomes visible, thereby indicating an intravenous tube to which the luer cap is secured has been primed or is nearly primed. The indicator may alternately be employed at an upstream end of an infusion set, such as at the port of a medical bag providing a supply of fluid, to indicate a low level of fluid in the medical bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Shmuel Sternberg, Siddarth B. Desai, Larry Black, Robin G. Pauley
  • Publication number: 20130066292
    Abstract: A soft medical container 1 of the present invention includes: a flexible bag member 2 formed by bonding at least two soft plastic sheets 2a and 2b together, wherein the flexible bag member 2 includes a reclosable mouth 4 and a container portion 21 for holding a liquid material, and at least one of the principal surfaces of the flexible bag member 2 is marked with a scale 2c for indicating the amount of the liquid material; an outlet port 3 fixed to the flexible bag member 2; and a pair of opening/closing operation portions 5a and 5b, wherein the opening/closing operation portions are fixed to the principal surfaces of the flexible bag member, respectively, and each form, together with the soft plastic sheet to which each opening/closing operation portion is fixed, a through path 7a, 7b into which a finger can be inserted from the left side or the right side of the flexible bag member 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: JMS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Ueda
  • Patent number: 8385972
    Abstract: A medication delivery apparatus for use with a medication container includes a housing, a fluid conduit at least partially extending within the housing and configured to deliver medication within the medication container to a patient, a medication port extending from the housing and configured to be coupled to a fluid outlet of the medication container, the medication port being fluidically coupled to the fluid conduit, and at least one sensor disposed within the housing to generate information characterizing administration of the medication for processing by a remote data collection system. The housing can have a size and shape that enables it to be supported by a first hand of a user while the user administers the medication from the medication container via the medication port using a second hand of the user. Related apparatus, systems, and techniques are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: CRISI Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter John Bochenko, Shawn Wayne DeKalb, Winthrop De Childers, Stephen Michael Prince
  • Patent number: 8382717
    Abstract: A drug administration safety device having a label configured to be attached to a drug container such as a syringe or IV bag, an adhesive on the back face of the label, and a backing or substrate for holding the label and protecting the adhesive prior to the application of the label to the drug container. In one embodiment, the label includes a first drug name section in a first orientation, a second drug name section in a second orientation, a third drug name section in a third orientation, a drug concentration section, a variable information section, and a gradiation viewing section. The first orientation, second orientation, and third orientation are different from each other to enable a user to readily see the drug name regardless of the position and orientation of the drug container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pharmedium Services, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Elizabeth Langan, Richard John Kruzynski, John Anton Kollar, III, Patricia Lynn Miyake, Monique LaSayre Kruk, Mark Francis Wagner
  • Patent number: 8377030
    Abstract: Systems include integrally sealed medicinal storage containers, including one or more segments of an ultra efficient insulation material, the one or more segments having one or more surface regions, the one or more segments principally defining at least one storage region, and one or more regions of substantially thermally sealed connections between at least one of the one or more surface regions of the one or more segments wherein the one or more regions of substantially thermally sealed connections and the one or more segments form an integrally thermally sealed medicinal storage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Tokitae LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene, William H. Gates, III, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8361051
    Abstract: The calibrated medicine mixing assembly preferably includes a primary reservoir having a primary cavity adapted to receive the fluid. The primary reservoir preferably including calibrated fluid level indicia displayed on an outer surface. Such an assembly may further include a secondary reservoir preferably having a secondary cavity adapted to receive the powder agent. The secondary reservoir preferably including calibrated level indicia displayed on its outer surface. The secondary reservoir is further removably positioned into the primary reservoir such that a major surface area of the secondary reservoir is completely submerged inside the primary reservoir. A plurality of orifices may preferably be formed along a top region of the secondary reservoir, the orifices further situated inside the primary reservoir, thereby causing the secondary cavity to be in fluid communication with the primary cavity when the secondary reservoir is situated within the primary reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Enuma E. Ezeude
  • Publication number: 20130018353
    Abstract: A container having multiple compartments formed by frangible seals in the interior chamber of the container is disclosed. The container comprises an indicator adapted to provide an indication that a seal breach between the chambers has occurred. Methods of forming a container having a seal breach detection indicator are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Chung, William Cork, Kwang Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 8355753
    Abstract: A medication injection site is provided that includes a medication port and an identification sensor. The medication injection site, when coupled to a medication container, can wirelessly transmit data characterizing the contents of the medication container to a remote data collection system. The housing of the medication injection site has a shape and size enabling it to be held by a first hand of a user while the user administers medication from the medication container via the medication port using his or her second hand. The housing can include a disposable sub-housing and a reusable sub-housing such that the reusable sub-housing is used by many patients. In some implementations, the medication injection site can be placed on an IV drip line. Related apparatus, systems, and kits are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: CRISI Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter John Bochenko, Shawn Wayne DeKalb, Winthrop De Childers
  • Publication number: 20130012908
    Abstract: A kit of parts for an injection safety system comprises a vial comprising a container for storing an injectable substance, and an identifier removably secured to the container. The identifier comprises an indicium of the substance, and an engagement portion. The kit of parts further comprises a syringe for drawing the substance from the vial. The syringe comprises a mating engagement portion. The mating engagement portion is mateable with the engagement portion to secure the identifier to the syringe and transfer the identifier from the vial to the syringe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicants: MJ & AJ HOLDINGS LTD
    Inventor: Alex Yeung
  • Publication number: 20120330684
    Abstract: Medication errors happen frequently in hospital, home, and pharmacy environments. A medication verification and dispensing system provides protection against such errors. The apparatus includes a guide tube that receives a medication and imaging device(s) adjacent to the guide tube that take image(s) of the medication. The imaging devices(s) and light source(s) are oriented for capturing images that reveal markings, color, size, shape, etc., of the medication. A verification system uses a signature of the image to identify the medication or compares the image(s) to reference images to identify the medication and to a prescription record of the patient to ensure it is a correct medication, dose, amount, timing, etc., for administration. If the medication is correct, it is dispensed into a dispensing vessel that locks the medication inside, but unlocks when it recognizes a unique patient identifier worn by a patient that is a correct recipient for the medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: PERCEPTIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Jeffrey Jacobs, Eugene Gershtein
  • Publication number: 20120323208
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, methods and articles are described to prepare and track medications and medication containers as they are prepared, administered to patients and, in some cases, disposed of. Information such as medication type, concentration, and volume are associated with medication containers during preparation and this information can later be consumed/utilized when administering the medication from a container to a patient. Disposing of any remaining medication can also be tracked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Walter John Bochenko, Stephen M. Prince, Christopher Biagioli