Means Or Method For Facilitating Removal Of Non Therapeutic Material From Body Patents (Class 604/540)
  • Patent number: 8939961
    Abstract: A controller is operable to selectively supply gas to, and evacuate gas from, regions of a hyperbaric wound treatment chamber. The controller operates to inflate a passage or rib of the device to provide that the device is made sufficiently rigid for inserting a limb therethrough, and inflate an inflatable cuff to create a seal against the limb. The controller also operates to evacuate ambient air trapped within the chamber, and optionally partially evacuate the passage or rib, after the seal is created by the inflatable cuff, and then introduce oxygen into the chamber, and optionally inflate the passage or rib. The cuff, when inflated and creating a seal against a limb, optionally is at least partially within the chamber, and the treatment gas is supplied to the chamber to maintain the seal of the cuff against the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: AOTI, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Loori, George Hovorka
  • Patent number: 8939951
    Abstract: A fluid collection device for withdrawing a fluid from an object includes a chamber having a plurality of apertures and an opening for flow of the fluid. A tube is positioned in fluid communication with the opening of the chamber for withdrawing fluid out of the chamber. At least one of the apertures is positioned within a recess for substantially preventing clogging of the apertures during collection and removal of the fluid. The plurality of apertures may be interconnected by grooves for directing the flow and preventing clogging of the apertures. The tube has a plurality of holes that are positioned within the chamber and held in place with a retaining ring. The apertures may be positioned so that spaces are provided between the apertures for placement of the tube or other devices. Exposed edges of the chamber and recesses are radiused for reducing irritation to a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: James G. Getsay
  • Patent number: 8936618
    Abstract: A reduced-pressure, deep-tissue closure device for applying a closing force on a deep tissue includes a contractible matrix that is formed with a first plurality of apertures and which has a first side and a second, inward-facing side. The contractible matrix is for disposing proximate to the deep tissue. A reduced-pressure source is fluidly coupled to the contractible matrix and operable to deliver reduced pressure to the contractible matrix. When under reduced pressure, the contractible matrix grips the deep tissue adjacent the contractible matrix and provides a closing force on the deep tissue. A system and method are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: James Joseph Sealy, Keith Patrick Heaton, Colin John Hall, Christopher Guy Coward, Mark Stephen James Beard
  • Patent number: 8926576
    Abstract: A medical device includes a longitudinal axis member, a suction member that is provided at a distal end of the longitudinal axis member, has a contact surface capable of coming into close contact with an inner wall of a bursiform cavity when inserted into the bursiform cavity, and has a plurality of communication passages that are open to the contact surface and communicate with a lumen, a suction source provided at a proximal end of the longitudinal axis member so as to be connected to the lumen, and a closing member that is provided at an axial end of the suction member, comes into contact with the opening, and airtightly seals the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Takayasu Mikkaichi
  • Patent number: 8926592
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleansing and promoting tissue growth in wounds, in which irrigant fluid optionally containing cell nutrients and/or other physiologically active material from a reservoir connected to a conformable wound dressing and wound exudate from the dressing are recirculated by a device for moving fluid through a flow path which passes through the dressing, a biodegradable scaffold in contact with the wound bed and a means for fluid cleansing and back to the dressing. The apparatus has means for supplying thermal energy to the fluid in the wound. The cleansing means (which may be a single-phase, e.g. micro-filtration, system or a two-phase, e.g. dialytic system) removes materials deleterious to wound healing, and the cleansed fluid, still containing materials that are beneficial in promoting wound healing, is returned to the wound bed. The dressing and a method of treatment using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lewis Blott, Bryan Greener, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Julian Lee-Webb, Derek Nicolini, Clare Green, Robin Paul Martin, Tina Michelle Walker
  • Patent number: 8920396
    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 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Medindica-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Romano, Adam L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8920391
    Abstract: A container for use in a system for spray coating a human subject includes a container body configured to hold a skin coating composition. The container further includes a first end portion having a male coupling valve, where the male coupling valve is configured to couple to a female fitting disposed in a spraying apparatus, where the male coupling valve is further configured to prevent flow of the skin composition from the container while the male coupling valve is not coupled to the female fitting. The container further includes a second end portion opposite the first end portion and having a vent, where the container is configured for inverted connection to the spraying apparatus such that when the male coupling valve is connected to the female fitting the male coupling valve is at a location below the vent, and where opening of the vent allows airflow into the container as the skin coating composition flows out of the container through the male coupling valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sunless, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Nicholas J. Mastandrea
  • Patent number: 8915895
    Abstract: A reduced pressure treatment system includes a reduced pressure source and a reduced pressure dressing. The dressing includes an interface layer adapted to be positioned at a tissue site and an absorbent layer in fluid communication with the interface layer to absorb liquid from at least one of the interface layer and the tissue site. A diverter layer is positioned adjacent the absorbent layer, and the diverter layer includes a plurality of apertures in fluid communication with the absorbent layer to distribute a reduced pressure to the absorbent layer. A cover is positioned over the diverter layer to maintain the reduced pressure at the tissue site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Jaeb, Richard Daniel John Coulthard, Timothy Mark Robinson, Christopher Brian Locke, Aidan Marcus Tout
  • Patent number: 8915897
    Abstract: A removable manifold for a medical/surgical waste collection system. The manifold is dimensioned to be mounted to a receiver integral with the system. The manifold includes a includes at least one fitting through which waste is drawn into the manifold. The fitting opens through an inlet port into a void space internal to the manifold. A backflow prevention valve is disposed in the manifold void space. The backflow prevention valve includes a static hub to which a driver for engaging a complementary valve internal to the receiver. The valve regulates flow between the receiver and the down line components of the waste collection system. The valve is normally closed. When the manifold is fitted to the receiver the driver engages the valve so as move the valve to the open position. This allows fluid flow from the manifold and receiver to the downstream components of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Sean A. Murray, David Hershberger, Brent S. Lalomia, Stephen Reasoner
  • Patent number: 8905986
    Abstract: A reduced pressure treatment system includes a porous pad positioned at a tissue site and a canister having a collection chamber, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet is fluidly connected to the porous pad. A reduced pressure source is fluidly connected to the outlet of the canister to such that fluid from the tissue site may be drawn into the collection chamber. A hydrophobic filter is positioned adjacent the outlet to prevent liquid from exiting the collection chamber through the outlet. A baffle is positioned within the canister to create a tortuous path between the inlet and the outlet to prevent premature blocking of the hydrophobic filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Jaeb, Randall Paul Kelch, Christopher Brian Locke, James Luckemeyer, Terrie Lea McDaniel, Bruce Phillips, Timothy Mark Robinson, Abhay Jaswal, Kovin Higley, Tyler Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140358126
    Abstract: A device for sealing a colon, and for removing stool therefrom by irrigation, comprising an expandable intrarectal balloon segment formed from an everted tube with two ends, for insertion into the rectum to anchor the device, and a tapered transanal segment adapted to remain at least partially outside the rectum during use, wherein the balloon segment and the transanal segment have no common compartment, wherein both segments comprise drainage parts with a drainage lumen for irrigation of stool from the patient, wherein one of the two ends of the everted tube is passed through the lumen of the intrarectal balloon segment as an inner layer, the inner layer being in contact with a funnel element, and wherein the transanal segment is adapted to collapse upon resting of the sphincter, and comprises part of the intrarectal balloon segment, or a different balloon element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Fred Göbel
  • Patent number: 8900217
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a wound dressing system is presented. The wound dressing system includes a fluid permeable support layer, the support layer configured for positioning within a wound and adapted to generally conform to a topography of the wound, and to permit exudates from the wound to pass therethrough. The wound dressing system further includes a plurality of beads supported by the support layer, the beads defining an insulated inter-connected elongate member and an electrode embedded within and extending through at least a portion of the elongate member. Also, a current is generated by an external energy source that electrically flows through the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Arnaz Malhi
  • Patent number: 8894624
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a method and apparatus for packaging or containing, handling and managing of a variety of materials or other contents from a variety of sources which encounter use under various dynamic applications, conditions and for a plurality of purposes. The invention more specifically is directed towards one or more containers or packages, suitably fitted or used for the handling or managing of materials or other contents along one or more cycles or chains of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Medindica-Pak, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack W. Romano
  • Patent number: 8894623
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a method and apparatus for packaging or containing, handling and managing of a variety of materials or other contents from a variety of sources which encounter use under various dynamic applications, conditions and for a plurality of purposes. The invention more specifically is directed towards one or more containers or packages, suitably fitted or used for the handling or managing of materials or other contents along one or more cycles or chains of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Medindica-Pak, Inc
    Inventor: Jack W. Romano
  • Patent number: 8888759
    Abstract: A medical device is disclosed, comprising a substrate and a hydrophilic surface coating arranged on said substrate. The substrate has, on its surface coated with said hydrophilic surface coating, a surface texture with an arithmetical mean deviation of the surface profile (Ra) of at least 3 ?m and/or a profile section height difference (Rdc (1-99%)) of at least 18 ?m. It has surprisingly been found that the increased surface roughness of the substrate provides significant improvements in e.g. water retention for the hydrophilic coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Astra Tech AB
    Inventors: Andrea Schmid, Marie Svensson
  • Publication number: 20140336569
    Abstract: A device for emptying stool from the rectum of a patient by means of a shaft body which is introduced into the bowel via the anus and is able to buckle or fold axially and radially, and which is provided with a dumbbell- or hourglass-shaped balloon body for assuring the transanal positioning of the device. The invention comprising a design of, and choice of material, for the shaft body and the balloon envelope, and by the positioning of the balloon body on the shaft body, wherein the axial deflection of the free forward end of the shaft body is limited and an uncontrolled deflection of the shaft is prevented, and the probability of perforation of the bowel wall under the effect of force acting on the shaft body from an axial direction is reduced by the intestinal tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Fred Göbel
  • Patent number: 8882746
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleansing and applying therapy or prophylaxis to wounds, in which irrigant fluid containing a physiologically active material from a reservoir connected to a conformable wound dressing and wound exudate from the dressing are recirculated by a device for moving fluid through a flow path which passes through the dressing and a means for fluid cleansing and back to the dressing. A biodegradable scaffold underlies the dressing on the wound bed to promote tissue growth. The cleansing means (which may be a single-phase, e.g. micro-filtration, system or a two-phase, e.g. dialytic system) removes materials deleterious to wound healing, and the cleansed fluid, still containing materials that are beneficial in promoting wound healing, is returned to the wound bed. The dressing, an assembly comprising the dressing and scaffold, and a method of treatment using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lewis Blott, Bryan Greener, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Tina Michelle Walker, Julian Lee-Webb, Derek Nicolini, Robin Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 8876801
    Abstract: A valve assembly is provided which includes a housing having an inlet end and an outlet end and defining a fluid channel and a central chamber. A dissolvable valve member is positioned to obstruct flow through the channel within the chamber. The dissolvable valve member is formed of a material which is dissolvable at a predetermined rate upon contact with a preselected fluid. The preselected fluid is selected from the group consisting of blood, urine, saline and antimicrobial solutions. The dissolvable valve member can be formed from a fluid soluble glass or a starch based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Kurt E. Green
  • Patent number: 8876789
    Abstract: A withdrawal catheter and method for removing a material from a specific area includes a first tubing positioned within a second tubing. The first and second tubing has a plurality of holes for withdrawal of the material, such as fluid and small particulates. The first and second tubing may have different wall thicknesses, and the holes may be positioned staggered and have different diameters. At least one of the first and second open ends of the first tubing is connected to a fastener, having a bore for passage of material therethrough. A third tubing is attachable to the fastener for providing a path for the flow of the material from the first and second tubing. The material is aspirated through the first tubing for withdrawing the material. The second tubing substantially prevents larger pieces of material from contacting the first tubing and clogging the holes of the first tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: James G. Getsay
  • Patent number: 8876800
    Abstract: A urological device comprises a urological valve having a plurality of valve leaflets with a region of co-aption between the valve leaflets. The valve has a normally closed configuration in which the valve leaflets are engaged at the region of co-aption and an open configuration in which the leaflets are separated at the co-aption region for fluid flow through the valve. The valve is automatically movable from the closed configuration to the open configuration in response to applied urological pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Vysera Biomedical Limited
    Inventor: Niall Behan
  • Publication number: 20140323955
    Abstract: When a patient is fitted with an external gastrostomy connection to the stomach, ingested food can be removed through the gastrostomy connection using a pump-based or siphon-based system to achieve weight loss. The process of removing ingested food can be improved by alternating the infusion of liquid into the stomach with the removal of material from the stomach. Optionally, stomach acid may be captured and returned to the stomach. Optionally, nutritional supplements or medicines may be added to the infused liquid. Optionally, a flush mount connectorized system with a built in valve may be used to simplify the interface with the gastrostomy hardware that remains installed in the patient. Optionally, the system may be configured to disable itself from further use after a triggering event (e.g., the passage of time or a predetermined number of uses) has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: DEAN KAMEN, KEVIN L. GRANT, ERIC M. SOEDERBERG, DAVID E. ALTOBELLI, DAVID M. FLYNN, KENNETH S. SOLOVAY, SAMUEL KLEIN
  • Patent number: 8870852
    Abstract: A medical device for providing direct port-like endoscopic access to the urinary bladder of a patient and a method of utilizing and inserting the medical device. The medical device can include a hollow tube with a main channel and a separate channel, a cap with an inflation port and a hollow flexible stem fluidly connecting the inflation port and the separate channel. A method can include inserting a needle above the pubic symphysis of a mammal, threading a guide wire through the needle, removing the needle and inserting the medical device. The method can optionally include determining measuring the depth between the skin surface of the patient's suprapubic region and urinary bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Tycast Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Tycast, James F. Tycast
  • Patent number: 8870851
    Abstract: A method of treating a tissue site is provided. The method includes applying a reduced pressure to a tissue site with a reduced pressure source. A source pressure is monitored at the reduced pressure source, and a differential pressure is determined between the source pressure and the desired tissue site pressure. If a blockage is present between the reduced pressure source and the tissue site, the differential pressure is limited to a first maximum differential pressure. If no blockage is present between the reduced pressure source and the tissue site, the differential pressure is limited to a second maximum differential pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall P. Kelch, Xaiolu Zheng, Reuben Walter Edgar, Jr., Jonathan Paul Jaeb, Thomas Paul Lawhorn, Shannon C. Ingram
  • Patent number: 8864746
    Abstract: A device and method for performing probing and intubation of the nasolacrimal system includes a tubular probe through which a tracer fluid is injected and collected in the nasal cavity to verify that the tip of the probe has passed through an obstruction and reached the nasal cavity. A sleeve fitted over the probe has distal segment that is inflated in order to retain the sleeve in the nasolacrimal system once the tubular probe has been withdrawn. Removal of blood and other obstructions encountered during the probing or intubation process is accomplished by connecting the proximal end of the probe to a suction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce B. Becker
  • Patent number: 8864730
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to external urinary catheters for males. More specifically, the invention relates to an external urinary catheter that includes an absorbent material to absorb urinary discharge. The absorbent material can be located in either a distal end of a tubular sheath, or in a receptacle that attached to the distal end of the tubular sheath. The tubular sheath of the external urinary catheter can include a tubular sheath of silicone rubber, wherein the sheath has an inner surface and an outer surface, and a layer of adhesive material directly and non-releasably bonded to the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rochester Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony J. Conway, Richard D. Fryer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8864728
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein are directed to systems, methods, and apparatuses for applying a reduced pressure to a subcutaneous tissue site. In one instance, a manifold for applying reduced pressure to a subcutaneous tissue site includes a plurality of first conduits, each of the plurality of first conduits having a wall with at least one first aperture and at least one second aperture. At least one of the plurality of first conduits is operable to deliver reduced pressure to the subcutaneous tissue site. The plurality of first conduits is coupled in a spaced arrangement that forms an interior space. The manifold further includes a second conduit comprising the interior space and formed by a portion of each wall of the plurality of first conduits. The second conduit is in fluid communication with the plurality of first conduits via the at least one second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Long, Michael E. Manwaring, Douglas A. Cornet
  • Publication number: 20140309619
    Abstract: A mechanical leech system may include a fluid exchange assembly. The fluid exchange assembly may be attached to a patient's target tissue area via suturing or the like, and may be activated to perform blood removal and treatment agent infusion. The fluid exchange assembly may include an inflow pathway for infusion of treatment agents into the tissue area, and an outflow pathway for removal of blood. The outflow pathway may be sized and/or shaped to promote laminar fluid flow and avoid coagulation. The assembly may include a channel housing, gasket, and base. Needles seated in the assembly may receive blood from a patient and infuse a treatment agent into the patient. The assembly may be connectable to a pump to urge the blood and the treatment agent through the inflow and outflow pathways. A cradle optionally provides protection and storage for the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: BioMime Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jayant Agarwal, Scott Ho, Jessica Kuhlman, Andy Thompson
  • 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: 8858518
    Abstract: Described are embodiments of a canister, system, and method of filtering fat. Embodiments include a sidewall that defines a volume, a filter with a screen, a first port, a second port, and at least one vane which allows for manual agitation of lipoaspirate within the volume. The first port is used to draw fluid from below the filter, forcing excess fluid in the lipoaspirate to be quickly extracted. The vane allows the lipoaspirate to be repeatedly drawn over the filter to aide in removing of liquids from fat in the lipoaspirate. The treated fat may then be removed from the volume through an outlet port and reinjected into a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Mark E. Schafer, Wayne A. Siebrecht, Constantino G. Mendieta, Kevin J. Hight, Adnan I. Merchant
  • Publication number: 20140303603
    Abstract: An implantable prosthesis is provided for repairing a fistula, such as an anal fistula. The prosthesis or fistula repair device may include a body with a shape configured for placement in the fistula. The prosthesis may also include an anchor or base that is located at one or both ends of the body to facilitate anchoring the prosthesis in position. The prosthesis may include one or more channels to create one or more pathways for drainage and/or irrigation of the fistula. The channel may have a relatively uniform dimension along its length or a tapered shape that increases along its length. The prosthesis may have an adjustable length for accommodating fistula tracts of varying lengths. The prosthesis may include elongated body segments that provide a wicking or capillary function to facilitate drainage of the fistula tract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen E. Kullas, Tami L. Hamlin
  • Publication number: 20140303604
    Abstract: A left heart vent catheter that includes an elongate tube having a hollow passageway is provided with a plurality of openings and a balloon near the distal end. The balloon can be inflated after the catheter is in place so as to engage a desired part of the heart such as the aortic valve or tricuspid valve and thereby prevent undesired withdrawal of the catheter. The openings near the distal end permit fluid to be withdrawn from the heart through the hollow passageway. After the surgical procedure has been completed, the balloon can be collapsed and the catheter can be withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Robert E. Michler, Albert N. Santilli
  • Patent number: 8852169
    Abstract: A suction device for evacuating fumes includes a tongue depressor having a pair of opposed walls; at least one suction tube connected to the tongue depressor; an elongated support member to which the suction tube is connected; and a connecting member attached to an end of the suction tube for connecting the suction tube to a suction generating device. A light such as a fiber optic light can be added to the suction device. The tongue depressor, suction tube and elongated support member can be made of one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Milo Medical IP, LLC
    Inventor: Anton G. C. Milo
  • Patent number: 8845617
    Abstract: A respiratory access assembly includes a distal plate having one port and cuff and an axially aligned proximal plate including a first port and first cuff and a second port and second cuff. The distal plate is configured to move relative to the proximal plate. The respiratory access assembly includes an actuator, which has a plurality of predetermined positions. The actuator can lock the plates together such that the distal port is aligned with either port of the proximal plate or so that the distal port is not aligned with either port of the proximal plate. A method of using a respiratory access assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brewer, Cassandra E. Morris, Joe Gordon, Stephen Gianelis, Dave Zitnick
  • Patent number: 8845620
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed which relate to a catheter cap which seals a reservoir of a catheter introducer. The catheter cap secures over an introducer tip to prevent airflow into the introducer tip. The catheter cap utilizes an elongated stem to block a distal opening of the reservoir to further prevent airflow. A lip of the catheter cap may further engage an insertion stop point of the catheter introducer to secure the catheter cap. The catheter cap ensures proper lubrication of the introducer tip and the catheter during insertion of the catheter into the urethra of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Adapta Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamie Glen House
  • Patent number: 8845616
    Abstract: A suction apparatus evacuates the surgical smoke. For example, the suction apparatus may be arranged adjacent to an electrocautery electrode, which may generate smoke during operation, for evacuating smoke from a surgical site. The suction apparatus may have a ring manifold having an inner perimeter for receiving the surgical instrument. A plurality of suction intake ports may be arranged about the outer perimeter of the ring manifold for evacuating smoke that may be generated by the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Integrated Surgical LLC
    Inventors: Noah Mark Minskoff, Nathan Andrew Terry
  • Publication number: 20140288534
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tissue collection apparatus including a housing defining an inlet and an outlet and a tissue scaffold suitable for disposal within the housing, the tissue scaffold configured to be loaded with the tissue under the application of an aspiration force applied through the tissue collection apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Howard, Mark Smith, Stephen Curran, Graham Smith, Elisabeth Hutson
  • Patent number: 8840594
    Abstract: A collector for fecal discharge is provided comprising a self-expanding resilient collection component, a housing sheath and a transit component. The collection component has an open proximal and distal end and a lumen connecting them. The component comprises interconnected resilient arms circumscribing its contour, wherein adjacent arms are resiliently biased away from each other for exerting outwardly radial pressure for expanding and anchoring the component to rectal walls upon deployment. The housing sheath comprises a flexible and resilient material overlaying at least one of inner or outer contour of collection component without interfering with or blocking its ends or lumen. The transit component provides a conduit for fecal discharge to migrate from collection component to a receptacle and comprises a flexible, tubular sheath having a first open end connected to a second end by a lumen, wherein the first end engages with the proximal end of the collection component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India
    Inventors: Amit K. Sharma, Nishith Chasmawala, Sandeep Singh
  • Patent number: 8840578
    Abstract: An IOP control device for implantation in an eye of a patient is disclosed. The device includes a housing and a multilayer membrane. The housing is sized for implantation into the eye and includes an entrance port and an exit port. The membrane is anchored within the housing to form a flow control chamber on a first side and a fluid flow passageway on a second opposing side of the membrane. The chamber is arranged to contain a gas creating a chamber pressure, and the membrane is configured to affect flow through the passageway from the entrance port to the exit port by deflecting in response to changes in the chamber pressure. The membrane comprises a first layer having a higher permeability and a higher flexibility than the second layer, which is disposed adjacent the first layer and restricts the diffusion of gas in the chamber through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cesario P. Dos Santos, Michael L. Gelvin
  • Publication number: 20140276655
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using the same are disclosed. An example medical device may include a drainage catheter. The drainage catheter may include an elongate catheter shaft having a lumen formed therein and a distal region proximal end. The distal region may have a plurality of openings formed therein. The openings may be in fluid communication with the lumen. The distal region may be configured to shift between a first configuration and a looped configuration. The catheter may also include an actuation member for shifting the distal region between the first configuration and the looped configuration. A cutting member may be disposed adjacent to the proximal end of the catheter shaft. The cutting member may be adapted to cut a portion of the actuation member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: JOHN F. MURRAY, JEFFREY GRAY, NATHAN ZAMARRIPA
  • Publication number: 20140276344
    Abstract: Methods and devices for redirecting at least a portion of a fluid from the mesenteric lymphatic system for elimination from the body are disclosed. The fluid may be redirected for elimination through the urinary system or redirected outside the body. The methods and devices disclosed may prevent a portion of a patient's dietary lipids, including cholesterol, from being absorbed, thereby reducing the total caloric load to assist in weight management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Herbst, Lynne E. Swanson
  • Publication number: 20140276653
    Abstract: A drainage cannula having one of three different types of anchor tabs is disclosed. The anchor tab prevents movement of the cannula after positioning a distal portion of the cannula inside of the patient's body and securing the anchor tab to the patient's body (e.g., skin).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: H. George Brennan
  • Publication number: 20140276654
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body, a base, and a conduit. The body comprises an absorbent material. The base comprises a non-absorbent material. The conduit is in fluid communication with the body. The conduit has a suction opening positioned within the absorbent material. The conduit is operable to draw fluid away from the absorbent material. The apparatus may be positioned within the posterior choanae or the nasopharynx of a patient. The apparatus may prevent fluids from draining from the nasal cavity into the patient's throat. In some instances, the apparatus is used as a plug during a sinus irrigation procedure to prevent irrigation fluid from traveling down the patient's throat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ACCLARENT, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8834452
    Abstract: A portable system for subatmospheric pressure therapy in connection with healing a surgical wound, including a wound dressing dimensioned for positioning relative to a wound bed of a subject and a subatmospheric pressure mechanism dimensioned to be carried or worn by the subject. The subatmospheric pressure mechanism includes a housing having a control unit adapted to draw a vacuum and a canister associated with the housing. The canister has a collection bag disposed therein, which is in fluid communication with the wound dressing to receive exudates from the wound bed. The collection bag is adapted to expand upon receipt of the fluids and has means to release gas from within the collection bag in connection with operation of the control unit. With this arrangement, the canister is attitude independent, i.e., the canister may be positioned on edge, on its side or on its end etc. while still maintaining operation of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D Hudspeth, Kenneth M. Breitweiser, Ricky A. Sisk, Michael C. Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8834435
    Abstract: The invention relates to a blood plasma collecting flask made of plastic for the storage of blood plasma in the frozen state, comprising a flask body (1) which in the horizontal section has a cross-section with a rectangular basic shape and has on its upper side a flask neck (2), wherein the lateral faces of the flask body (2) respectively define a flat or slightly inwardly curved area (3) adjoining which are areas rounded towards the face surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Humanplasma mbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Rettighaus, Hubert Franzaring, Jurgen Schulz, Uwe Taborski
  • Patent number: 8834450
    Abstract: A mucous suction device, comprising in combination, a longitudinally elongated, generally tubular, one-piece plastic body, the body having an axially elongated tapered, first portion extending toward an inlet proximate one end of the body, the body having an axially elongated second portion extending toward an outlet proximate an opposite end of the body, radially outwardly extending annular retention rings on said body second portion, the rings having sharp annular peripheries and the rings being axially resiliently flexible and axially spaced apart, and there being body side porting between the body first and second portions, the side porting being manually controllable to control suction exertion, there being antimicrobial substance associated with body outwardly presented plastic surface extent at the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Neotech Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig R. McCrary, Thomas R. Thornbury, Arnold M. Heyman
  • Patent number: 8827970
    Abstract: The end of the elongated tubular element of the appliance that is designed to be inserted into a body cavity is formed entirely of soft, compliant material. That end carries an inflatable balloon made of non-expandable material, formed in the fully inflated shape, to prevent overexpansion. The balloon is inflated to a predetermined low pressure level to prevent pressure necrosis in the adjacent tissue. A method and apparatus for introducing the soft end of the appliance into the body cavity are also provided. The introducer apparatus includes rigid core surrounded by a soft, compliant sleeve. The sleeve extends beyond the rigid core to form an invertable section. The soft end of the appliance is situated adjacent the apparatus, the balloon is wrapped around the apparatus, and the sleeve section is inverted over the appliance, compressing the balloon and forming a soft, rounded insertion tip. The unit is then introduced into the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Convatec Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher C. Gregory
  • Patent number: 8827968
    Abstract: A tissue retrieval bag is provided, comprising a region of the bag defining an opening; a pleated fold intersecting said opening at a distal region of the opening; and a hem circumferentially formed around said opening, the hem forming insertion points adapted to receive a draw string, the insertion points in direct opposition to the pleated fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Anchor Products Company
    Inventors: James Taylor, Robert H. Thrun
  • Patent number: 8827983
    Abstract: A sensor for use in a canister for fluid collection, the canister having a canister top and defining a fluid collection chamber. The sensor includes a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the first electrode is supported by the canister top, and the second portion of the first electrode is configured to extend into the fluid collection chamber. The second electrode includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the second electrode is supported by the canister top, and the second portion of the second electrode is configured to extend into the fluid collection chamber. The sensor also includes an electric circuit configured to detect an electrical property associated with the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Braga, David R. Swisher
  • Publication number: 20140249513
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tissue collection apparatus including a housing defining an inlet and an outlet and a tissue scaffold suitable for disposal within the housing, the tissue scaffold configured to be loaded with the tissue under the application of an aspiration force applied through the tissue collection apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Howard, Mark Smith, Stephen Curran, Graham Smith, Elisabeth Hutson
  • Patent number: 8814839
    Abstract: A corporeal drainage system and a method of draining fluid from a bodily cavity. The corporeal drainage system includes a connection tube and a fluid receptacle in fluid communication with the connection tube. The fluid receptacle creates a negative pressure in the system by transitioning from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration. The system may include an activation member to initiate transitioning of the fluid receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christensen, Steven M. Smith, Jim C. Beasley, Kelly B. Powers