Means Or Method For Facilitating Removal Of Non Therapeutic Material From Body Patents (Class 604/540)
  • Patent number: 10729884
    Abstract: A guide extension catheter includes a push member and a distal shaft coupled to and extending distally from the push member. The distal shaft includes a shaft wall and a passageway. The shaft wall includes a helically-shaped proximal end and a distal end. The helically-shaped proximal end coils helically about a first central longitudinal axis of the passageway of the distal shaft. The helically-shaped proximal end of the shaft wall defines a helically-shaped entry port of the distal shaft. The distal shaft may include a helically-shaped collar coupled to the helically-shaped proximal end of the distal shaft, the collar defining the helically-shaped entry port of the distal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm Connolly, Patrick Griffin
  • Patent number: 10690655
    Abstract: A collector-analyzer apparatus for urine has a urine collecting tube joined with a urine receiving canister. Suction is produced in the collecting tube to join the tube with a penis or to the exterior surface of a female urethra orifice. Once suction is achieved the collecting tube stays in place by suction action. When urine flows into the urine collecting tube a sensor triggers a vacuum pump to produce a higher level of suction to flush the urine into the canister where a level sensor determines the quantity of urine received or resident within the canister. Various sensors in the canister determine levels of non-urine partials such as occult blood, drugs, salt, and other substances. When urine is no longer detected within the urine tube, the vacuum pump is turned off and a low-level vacuum remains to assure interconnection between the urine tube and the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ur24 Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Landon Duval
  • Patent number: 10610412
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for automatically forming an incision in a tympanic membrane of an ear and placing a tympanic membrane pressure equalization tube into the incision. The systems include a housing with a shaft extending therefrom. A mechanism is disposed within the housing. A distal end of the shaft is placed against a tympanic membrane, and the mechanism is triggered to causes the tympanic membrane to be automatically incised and dilated and a tympanic membrane pressure equalization tube to be placed in the dilated incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Liu, Rohit Girotra, John H. Morriss, Julia D. Vrany, Hung V. Ha, Bryan D. Knodel, Jeffrey A. Walker, Thomas D. Gross, Mathew D. Clopp, Bernard H. Andreas
  • Patent number: 10485905
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for providing a fluid communication path to a wound site through a drape. The apparatus comprises a body portion having a lower surface and an upper surface, at least one connection port, at least one suction port and at least one fluid communication passageway between the connection port and the suction port. A connector at an end of at least one tubular conduit is locatable through the drape into an orifice in the connection port to thereby provide a fluid communication path through the drape between the tubular conduit and the wound site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Neill Philip Bannister, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Iain Michael Blackburn, Andrew Linton, Mark White, Tim Stern
  • Patent number: 10485907
    Abstract: A portable negative-pressure device including a housing, a piston, a barrier layer and a spring means for forming a first collection chamber and a second collection chamber having a variable volume to form a pressure-reducing region is provided. In the situation of that the exudates have been stored in the first collection chamber, the portable negative-pressure device can still maintain a sufficient negative pressure by continuously compressing the piston, and the second collection chamber will provide an additional liquid storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BenQ Materials Corporation
    Inventor: Mao-Sung Huang
  • Patent number: 10383991
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dialyzer, in particular to a peritoneal dialyzer, comprising at least one compressor and comprising at least one pneumatic consumer which is in communication with the compressor such that it can be acted on by compressed air from the compressor, wherein the dialyzer communicates or can communicate with at least one blood pressure cuff such that the blood pressure cuff can be supplied with compressed air by the compressor of the dialyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Norbert Hoernig
  • Patent number: 10327759
    Abstract: A multiple-firing crimp device comprises crimps, a shaft, a crimp movement assembly, and a snare. Each crimp has an internal hollow. The shaft has a distal crimping location, an exterior surface, and an interior with the clips stacked therein, the crimps moving therein along a longitudinal axis. The shaft defines a lateral opening proximal to the crimping location and communicates the interior to the environment outside the exterior surface. The crimp movement assembly within the shaft delivers the first crimp to the distal crimping location by moving the first crimp longitudinally from a first proximal position into the distal crimping location and returning to a second proximal position without the first crimp. The snare pulls at least one cord from distal of the first crimp through the first crimp and through a portion of the shaft and out the side of the shaft through the lateral opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Max Pierre Mendez, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Derek Dee Deville, Richard George Cartledge, Korey Kline, Carlos Rivera, George Nunez
  • Patent number: 10321809
    Abstract: A rotary unit includes a first taper tubular portion which is contiguous to a first axial direction side of a unit main body portion and in which a first unit end of the rotary unit is positioned, an outer diameter of the first taper tubular portion becoming smaller toward the first axial direction. The rotary unit includes a first projecting portion extended on an outer peripheral portion of the first taper tubular portion with projecting toward an outer peripheral direction and wound toward a first around-axis direction as the first projecting portion extends from the first axial direction toward a second axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroaki Miyoshi, Robert Ailinger, James J. Frassica, Richard Andrews
  • Patent number: 10258354
    Abstract: A balloon suction catheter may be used to remove clots and increase blood flow to obstructed vessels such as a cerebral artery in a stroke patient. The catheter may be used to apply suction on the clot while providing flow arrest, embolic protection, and optionally flow reversal. The same catheter may also be used to provide for a flow modulation procedure known as post-conditioning to potentially reduce any damage from the sudden reintroduction of blood flow reperfusion injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cognition Medical Corp
    Inventors: Alexis S. Turjman, Elad I. Levy, Jonah G. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10188412
    Abstract: A surgical snare is provided having an operating wire and an outer sheath having a lumen extending therethrough, wherein the operating wire is disposed within the lumen and is longitudinally movable within the lumen. The surgical snare also has a first locking member attached to the operating wire and a second locking member attached to the outer sheath. The first locking member is frictionally engageable with the second locking member by sliding the outer sheath longitudinally along the operating wire until the first locking member contacts the second locking member. The operating wire is prevented from moving longitudinally with respect to the outer sheath when the first locking member is frictionally engaged with the second locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Robert Booker, Louis B. Goode
  • Patent number: 10159485
    Abstract: A tool is described for deploying a sutureless vascular anastomosis connection, including a body, a sheath configured to house a connector, the connector being configured to couple a graft vessel to a main vessel, the sheath being removably coupled to a distal end of the body, a dial disposed on a proximal end of the body, a spring disposed within the body and coupled to the dial, a shaft extending from the distal end of the body into the sheath, the shaft having a shaft cannula, a plunger having a plunger head configured to be coupled with the spring at one end, the plunger coupled to the shaft at an opposite end, and a retractable needle coupled to the dial using a retraction mechanism, the retractable needle configured to fit within the shaft cannula, the retractable needle having a sharp end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ASFORA IP, LLC
    Inventors: Wilson Theophilo Asfora, Duane Lee Middlebusher, Michael Edward Villalta, Lee James Carmack, Thomas Albert Roberts
  • Patent number: 10058644
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for applying negative pressure to a wound site. In some embodiments, the apparatus comprises a source of negative pressure, a processing element, and a memory comprising instructions configured to, when executed on the processing element, cause the apparatus to attempt to generate, via the source of negative pressure, a desired negative pressure at the wound site. If the desired negative pressure has not been generated after a first predetermined period of time, the instructions cause the apparatus to: deactivate the source of negative pressure for a second predetermined period of time, and subsequently attempt to generate the desired negative pressure at the wound site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SMITH & NEPHEW PLC
    Inventor: Derek Nicolini
  • Patent number: 9999432
    Abstract: The invention relates to a snare device for catching an object, in particular for catching objects or foreign bodies in a human or animal body, comprising a hollow element, in particular a catheter, and a snare of a flexible elastic shape-memory material, wherein the snare can be moved relative to the hollow element and can be pulled into the hollow element and can be pushed out of the hollow element, and wherein the snare has a memorized original shape, to which the snare returns, when the snare is pushed out of the hollow element, by means of the material stresses caused when the snare is pulled in, and the hollow element has an outlet opening, which is arranged laterally on the hollow element and which is set back from the distal end of the hollow element and through which the snare can be pushed out of the hollow element and can be pulled into the hollow element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PFM MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Kramann
  • Patent number: 9925353
    Abstract: A dual lumen cannula includes a first tube defining a return lumen and having a proximal end, a mid-portion and a distal end, wherein the distal end includes a return aperture. A second tube is coaxial with the first tube and has a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end of the second tube is fixedly attached to the mid-portion of the first tube and wherein the distal end of the second tube includes a drainage aperture. A drainage lumen is defined by a space between the first tube and the second tube. A connector is attached to the proximal end of the second tube. The connector includes a reservoir for receiving a fluid from the proximal end of the second tube. The first tube extends through the connector and does not attach directly with the second tube at the connector, and the first tube remains substantially coaxial with the second tube throughout a length of the second tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick A Shorey
  • Patent number: 9907889
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of new and useful systems and methods for reduced-pressure therapy are described. One example embodiment is a manually-actuated pump for applying reduced-pressure therapy. The pump generally comprises a charging chamber, a regulated chamber, and a regulator passage between the charging chamber and the regulated chamber. A valve body controls fluid communication through the regulator passage, and a regulator spring may be engaged with the valve body to bias the valve body against a differential between a pressure in the regulated chamber and an ambient pressure. The regulator passage may have a bore size adapted deflect the valve body to cause an audible indication of a leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Richard Daniel John Coulthard, David George Whyte
  • Patent number: 9827003
    Abstract: An arthroscopic resection device is disclosed. The device includes an outer member including a hub, an inner member including a hub, the inner member housed within the outer member, a tube coupled to the outer member, and means for allowing longitudinal movement of the outer member relative to the inner member, the means coupled to the tube. A method of tissue repair and other arthroscopic resection devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Ilizaliturri-Sanchez, Dean Matsuda, Mathew Erle Mitchell, Rafal Z Jezierski, Bryan S Jones
  • Patent number: 9642991
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for performing a medical procedure within a patient's body that involves a thoracic duct including an ostium communicating with the patient's venous system. A distal end of a catheter is introduced through the patient's venous system into a body lumen adjacent the ostium of the thoracic duct. An expandable member on the distal end of the tubular may be expanded adjacent the ostium, e.g., within the body lumen or the thoracic duct itself, and used to isolate the thoracic duct from the body lumen, whereupon a medical procedure may be performed via the thoracic duct. For example, lymphatic fluid may be removed from the thoracic duct through a lumen of the tubular member and/or one or more agents may be introduced into the thoracic duct through the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: LXS, LLC
    Inventors: Christian S. Eversull, Stephen A. Leeflang, Matthew J. Callaghan
  • Patent number: 9629653
    Abstract: A catheter includes a catheter body defining first and second lumens, and a wire having first and second segments each with a greater stiffness, and a middle segment with a lesser stiffness. The wire is in an elastically deformed access state where the middle segment extends from an opening to the first lumen to an opening to the second lumen and forms a smaller loop. The wire is adjustable via sliding the first and second segments in opposed directions to an elastically deformed treatment state where the first segment extends from the opening to the first lumen to the opening to the second lumen and forms a larger loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David C. Lentz, Thomas A. Kay, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9271703
    Abstract: An anesthesia delivery device with a syringe receiving chamber, a cannula joint, a thin resilient tubular member, a string member and a string retaining member. The thin tubular member is attached to one end of the syringe receiving chamber. The tubular member includes a plurality of small apertures for allowing anesthesia out to surrounding tissue. The cannula joint is attached at the proximal end of the thin tubular member. A syringe can be attached to the cannula joint. The tubular member includes a pair of opposing tabs that each include an aperture for allowing the string member to pass through to form a loop that can surround the shaft of a tendon harvesting tool. The string member ends can be held in place by the string retaining member. A preferred embodiment includes the thin tubular member is approximately twenty-seven centimeters long and includes a plurality of distance identifying markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Jon Alan Dickinson
  • Patent number: 9271746
    Abstract: A retrieval snare for entrapping and retaining a foreign object located in a body and a method for manufacturing of the snare are provided. The snare comprises a structure having a proximal portion and a distal portion and includes a plurality of filaments. The filaments extend from an end of the proximal portion towards the distal portion and return to the end of the proximal portion to form a plurality of loops. The loops are not interconnected at the distal portion, but each side of each loop are connected to a side of an adjacent loop in the proximal portion at more than one point, thereby providing structural rigidity and dilatation ability to the snare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Valery Diamant, Nadezka Yasko, Kevin L. Delaney
  • Patent number: 9233237
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating the brain comprises an implantable fluid exchange device coupled to a control unit to periodically alternate a delivery of a therapeutic agent with a removal of cerebrospinal fluid from a cranial subarachnoid space to prevent local inflammatory host-products from blocking a transmeningeal diffusion of the therapeutic agents into the cerebral cortex and thereby allow an effective treatment of cerebral cortical disorders by the delivery therapeutic agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: Nandor Ludvig, Geza Medveczky, Hai M. Tang, Shirn L. Baptiste
  • Patent number: 9186129
    Abstract: A device for obtaining tissue from the aerodigestive tract is provided. The device may have internal and external folds and a tissue collection surface for collecting a tissue sample from a body lumen, such as the nose or throat. The present invention is also directed to methods of collecting a tissue sample using the devices, described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ADN International, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Blitzer, Marshall Strome
  • Patent number: 9144371
    Abstract: A drainage tube insertion tool for use in an endoscope, comprising: a drainage tube configured to slidably fit on an outer surface of an insertion portion of the endoscope, and a pusher tube configured to slidably fit on the outer surface of the insertion portion of the endoscope and which pushes the drainage tube, wherein a notch is formed in a side wall portion of the pusher tube along a longitudinal axis direction, and the pusher tube is fitted on the outer surface of the insertion portion upon making a side surface of the insertion portion extend through the notch, and the drainage tube is inserted into a predetermined lumen of a body cavity by pushing the drainage tube out of a distal end of the insertion portion with the pusher tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Sota Hirano, Tomohiro Ohki
  • Patent number: 9126048
    Abstract: A neuromodulation system for treating acute heart failure syndromes includes a first catheter having a parasympathetic therapy element adapted for positioning within a first blood vessel such as a superior vena cava, and a second catheter sympathetic therapy element adapted for positioning with a second, different, blood vessel such as the pulmonary artery. The catheters comprise a system in which one of catheters is slidably disposed over the other of the catheters. The system may further be slidably disposed over a third elongate element such as a Swan-Ganz catheter positionable within a pulmonary artery, such that the Swan-Ganz may be used for monitoring parameters such as blood pressure and cardiac output during neuromodulation therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Terrance J Ransbury, William E Sanders, Richard S Stack, Colleen Stack
  • Patent number: 9079006
    Abstract: A flexible filament locking mechanism including spaced first and second toothed sections each having a plurality of opposing teeth, a filament-receiving region between the opposing teeth, a flexible filament or suture extending through the filament-receiving region, and means for moving the teeth of the toothed sections into and out of engagement to lock and unlock the flexible filament in place between the opposing teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: URESIL, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Ovcharchyn, Richard Hannah, Lev Melinyshyn
  • Patent number: 9050127
    Abstract: An atherectomy and thrombectomy system includes a catheter body extending between proximal and distal catheter portions. The catheter body includes an aspiration lumen extending therein. An atherectomy assembly is coupled with the distal catheter portion and includes a rotatable cutter. A thrombectomy assembly is coupled with the distal catheter portion. The thrombectomy assembly includes a jet body within the aspiration lumen, and inflow and outflow orifices extending through the catheter body and in communication with the aspiration lumen. In a thrombectomy configuration a cyclical flow is generated by the jet body through the outflow and inflow orifices to hydrodynamically abrade thrombus, the cyclical flow entrains thrombus and delivers thrombus into the aspiration lumen. In the atherectomy configuration the rotatable cutter cuts plaque into plaque particulate, and the cyclical flow of the thrombectomy assembly entrains the particulate and delivers the particulate into the aspiration lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: Michael J. Bonnette, Debra M. Kozak, Eric J. Thor
  • Patent number: 9039677
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for treating obesity. A tube is positioned that passes through a patient's abdominal wall into the upper digestive system of the patient. The patient is allowed to carry out his/her everyday affairs including ingesting food. After the patient has ingested food, the food is extracted by pumping it out of the upper digestive system through the tube. The present invention is less invasive than current surgical procedures for reducing weight and allows patients to live a normal and active lifestyle without experiencing adverse side effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Aspire Bariatrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Klein, Stephen B. Solomon, Moshe Shike, Dean Kaman, Michael Ambrogi, David E. Altobelli, Eric Yeaton
  • Patent number: 9033955
    Abstract: A device for the treatment of pneumothorax especially in neonates, which facilitates the simple one-hand introduction of a catheter-sheathed stylet through the chest wall and which contains a one-way valve outside the chest for the stat evacuation of the intrathoracic air or fluid. The device is capable of secure fixation to the chest wall until deemed no longer needed at which point it is quickly removable. The thoracic cavity is entered by a stylet which is surrounded by a catheter, the catheter lumen continuous with that of a lumenized dome which communicates with at least one upper port and one-way valving. One port is configured to allow Luer-Lok suction in the event of pleural effusion or hemothorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Howard Singer
  • Publication number: 20150133816
    Abstract: An extracting device for diagnosis and treatment of diseases includes a tip equipped with a one-way liquid valve; a chamber equipped with a one-way air valve; and an elastic bulb for generating suctioning-pushing pressure when it is squeezed and released. When the user squeezes and releases the elastic bulb, the liquid will be drawn into the chamber through the tip. Additional fluidal material can enter into the bulb. After the liquid or mucus is drawn out, the body function such as nasal breath can be resumed. A specimen can be taken into the chamber through the tip and then transferred to a test tube for laboratory diagnosis. A new method of obtaining and removing body secretion is provided. No any form of electricity is needed. The parts can be easily disassembled for clean for repeated uses as a mucus extractor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: James Zhou Liu
  • Publication number: 20150133846
    Abstract: A bio-compatible lumen bearing device such as a catheter formed of a polymeric material having a titanium surface bonded to the underlying exposed catheter surface. The titanium surface is employed in patients to improve bio-compatibility and enhance lubricity during insertion and removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Marshall Kerr
  • Publication number: 20150119864
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods for a wound valve assembly provide an annular space extending radially around a central portion of a valve, which valve acts to substantially relieve pressure build up in a thoracic cavity when applied to a thoracic wound. In an illustrative example, the valve assembly may form an annular space that extends radially in all directions around a check valve. In some examples, gasses and exudates may flow substantially radially and/or parallel to the patient's local body. Various embodiments may advantageously provide open fluid communication for the gasses and exudates escaping from the wound when the valve assembly is partially covered (e.g., body armor, clothing, blankets), or when the patient may be lying down on the side of the body with the wound, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: FastTrack Medical Solutions LLC
    Inventors: William Scheremet, Steven J. Brinkman, Kim Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 9017303
    Abstract: A selective-capacity collection and drainage device having a first collection container, a second collection chamber and a common inlet valve characterized by a capacity selector and a common outlet valve connecting to each collection chamber. The common inlet valve consists of a common inflow tube, which connects via tubing to the catheter where bodily fluids will enter the selective capacity chamber. The inlet valve has a capacity-selector located between the common inflow tube and the multi-chambered container, such that bodily fluids are directed by the capacity-selector into one or all of the collection chambers via the divided inflow tube. Each individual chamber of the multi-chambered container is connected at its base to the common outlet valve. The common outlet valve consists of a divided outflow tube on top, which connects to each collection chamber, and converges at an outflow valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: J. Daniell Rackley
  • 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: 9011365
    Abstract: This invention is a device and method for adjustably and reversibly reducing nutrient absorption from food passing through a person's gastrointestinal tract using an Adjustable Gastrointestinal Bifurcation (AGB) and a flow-control member. The Adjustable Gastrointestinal Bifurcation (AGB) includes: a first food-flow route (comprising a first branch of the AGB) through the person's gastrointestinal tract wherein there is normal absorption of nutrients from food; and a second food-flow route (comprising a second branch of the AGB) through the person's gastrointestinal tract wherein there is reduced absorption of nutrients from food. The flow-control member adjusts the types and/or amounts of food which are diverted through the second food-flow route versus the first food-flow route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Medibotics LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Connor
  • 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: 8998883
    Abstract: A female urethral catheterization assisting device may include a handle, an elongated shaft and a catheter holding mechanism. The catheter holding mechanism may hold a catheter securely so that a patient may position, orient and insert a catheter into the patient's urethra. The handle and elongated shaft assist in positioning, orienting and inserting the catheter by extending the patient's reach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Feloney
  • 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: 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: 8986285
    Abstract: A suction device is disclosed that includes a suction tube having a first longitudinal axis, and proximal and distal openings; a guide tube that is substantially coextensive with and parallel to the suction tube, and has a second longitudinal axis, and proximal and distal openings; a stylet having proximal and distal ends; and a junction conduit having proximal and distal openings; wherein the stylet is disposed along the second longitudinal axis and encircled by the guide tube, and the proximal opening of the junction conduit contacts the distal opening of the suction tube and the distal opening of the guide tube such that the distal opening of the junction conduit is in fluid communication with the suction tube, and urging the stylet through the guide tube translates the stylet to the distal opening of the junction conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Neuro Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Sean A. Salehi, Jeffrey N. Wickham
  • Patent number: 8986269
    Abstract: A wound leakage collection device is described wherein a chamber provides a volume wherein wound leakage material can be removed from vacuum tubing and said device can be easily removed from a wound and a negative pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: UlceRx Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Clark Reed
  • Publication number: 20150080860
    Abstract: Disclosed is a support garment. The support garment is particularly configured to permit a post-surgical drainage tube to pass through the support garment unobstructed, thereby permitting the drainage of blood and other bodily fluids from the surgical site. The support garment employs a series of elastic panels joined in a way to provide comfort and utility, and includes a fastener in the front for enabling a wearer with decreased mobility to more easily apply and remove the support garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Andrea Farrell
  • Publication number: 20150080861
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the aspirators, one of the hand tools used in laparoscopic surgery. In the present invention, a sponge sheath that can be fitted on the known aspirator tip structure in order to prevent blockage that may occur in the aspirators by adherence of the bowel and omentum during the aspiration of the interior of the abdomen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: M. Tahir OZER
  • Patent number: 8979823
    Abstract: Systems for maintaining a vacuum in a patient's oral cavity comprises an oral device, a vacuum control system, and an assembly including first and second tubes for connecting the vacuum control system to the oral device. The oral device has an internal plenum, and a vacuum is drawn in the plenum by a vacuum pump connected by a first tube of the tubular assembly. The vacuum is maintained by an air source which is connected to the plenum by the second tube of the tubular assembly. By maintaining a constant circulating air bleed through the oral device and the connecting tubes, saliva may be removed from the system and collected in a saliva trap located before the vacuum pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apnicure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Podmore, Nicholas R. Vitale, John Edwards Crowe, Matthias Vaska
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150065949
    Abstract: A pleural drainage system having an inflatable membrane and a method of using the system are disclosed. The pleural drainage system includes a pleural drainage catheter system. The pleural drainage catheter system includes an inflatable membrane and a drainage catheter integrally coupled to the inflation membrane, the drainage catheter defining a drainage lumen through which fluid is drawn from the pleural cavity, and an inflation lumen coupled for flow of inflation fluid to and from an interior of the inflatable membrane. The pleural drainage system further includes a suction system coupled to the drainage catheter and a fluid collector coupled to receive fluid from the drainage catheter. The pleural drainage system further includes an inflation system connected to deliver inflation fluid to the interior of the inflatable membrane. The pleural drainage system may be used to monitor an associated airleak in the pleural cavity of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Theodore Karwoski, James Croteau, Ralph Gillis, Joanne Krawczyk, Nicholas Want
  • Patent number: 8968273
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a catheter set with a catheter, which has a catheter shaft; a package, which encompasses at least partially the catheter and which has an slide-out removal opening for the catheter; and a gripping aid, which is arranged in the package and which is movable on the catheter shaft, whereby the gripping aid is attached to the package and spaced a distance to the slide-out removal opening in such a manner that package material that can be pushed together is arranged between the gripping aid and the slide-out removal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Medical Service GmbH
    Inventors: Riccardo Passadore, Bernhard Hiesch
  • Patent number: 8961481
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treatment of damaged tissue are disclosed, including treatment of wounds by employing non-electrically powered, reduced pressure therapy devices. 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: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Spiracur Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Hu, Moshe Pinto, Kenton Fong
  • Patent number: 8956337
    Abstract: NuChain supply chain and disposal chain apparatus are created by NuPurposing containers, conditioning and transforming such containers from fluent material delivery containers into waste collection containers. Novel structural features of the waste collection systems allows bottle docking for the ingress of collection material into fluent material distribution containers as well as operation as a canister waste ingress collection system. The application of counter opposing forces on a canister and a lid operates in sealing and the unsealing and assembly and disassembly. A reduced pressure configured to be drawn away from said container inducing ingress of air into said container by a source of reduced pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Medindica-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Romano, Adam L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8956340
    Abstract: A urethral catheter assembly utilizing a removable guide wire for navigating the catheter through a patient's urethral lumen during the insertion procedure. The guide wire being very flexible and having a low coefficient of friction, thus reducing the likelihood of injuring or puncturing the urethra during insertion. The guide wire extends beyond the distal end of the catheter assembly to ensure that the flexible tip of the guide wire is the first contact point between the catheter assembly and the urethral lumen. In one embodiment, the guide wire extends beyond the proximal end of the catheter assembly and is adapted to be handled by a medical doctor to manually maneuver the guide wire through the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: William Lanier Pearce, III, Douglas A. Swartz
  • Patent number: 8951221
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for the treatment of glaucoma, though insertion of an implant into the lumen of the Schlemm's canal to realize proper drainage of the aqueous humor, which implant is brought into its position in the Schlemm's canal by means of a catheter having a distal and a proximate portion and provided with a number of pores through which a gaseous or fluid medium which comes from a pressure source can emerge during insertion of the catheter carrying the implant into the Schlemm's canal, and while the catheter is being inserted into the Schlemm's canal the gaseous or fluid medium is released under pressure thereby expanding the Schlemm's canal and the implant and upon releasing the implant at its determined location, the catheter can be withdrawn from the Schlemm's canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Grieshaber Ophthalmic Research Foundation
    Inventors: Robert Christopher Stegmann, Matthias Christian Grieshaber, Hans Rudolf Grieshaber