Sensor Controls Pump, Motor, Or Pressure Driven Means Patents (Class 604/67)
  • Patent number: 10350351
    Abstract: A medical pump, in particular an infusion pump for conveying a medium, includes a seating for a hose clamp which is separate from the pump and arranged on the hose. Two clamping portions of the hose clamp which can be moved relative to each other can be transferred into a closed relative position in which they pinch off the hose arranged therebetween in such a manner that it is not possible for any medium to flow through the interior of the hose. Moreover, the clamping portions can be moved with respect to each other into an opened relative position in which the hose arranged between the clamping portions is not pinched off, so that the medium is able to flow through the interior of the hose. The pump is distinguished in that a sensor is provided thereon, in particular in the seating for the hose clamp, which sensor detects at least when the hose clamp is received in the seating—whether their clamping portions are in the closed or opened relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: B. Braun Melsungen AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Steger, Rolf Heitmeier, Andreas Katerkamp, Christoph Erlen, Matthias Kramer
  • Patent number: 10350353
    Abstract: A medical device includes a first housing portion (FHP) and a second housing portion (SHP) configured to be to be movable relative to each other from a first position to operatively engage at a second position to couple at least one of a drive device and a needle-inserting device supported by one of the FHP and the SHP to a reservoir supported by the other of the FHP and the SHP. Electronic circuitry configured to detect at least one of a first magnetic interaction between a magnet and at least one of a first magnetically attractive material and a first magnet-responsive device and a second magnetic interaction between the magnet and at least one of a second magnetically attractive material and a second magnet-responsive device, and to provide a signal or a change in state in response to detecting at least one of the interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Patent number: 10342916
    Abstract: A power injector (200) is disclosed that includes a number of features to address leakage of contrast media from a syringe that may occur while operating the power injector (200), for instance when loading fluid into a syringe after being installed on a powerhead (210) of the injector (200) and/or when purging air from such a syringe. One or more drainage channels (240) may be incorporated on a faceplate mounting (234) which in turn receives a faceplate (310), which in turn receives a syringe. A cover assembly (260) may utilize a form-in-place gasket (274) between its top cover (262) and its bottom cover (290). A bezel (330) includes an overlay (334) that is disposed over a touch screen display (380) that is aligned with a display aperture (264) through the top cover (262), and the bezel (330) may include a gasket (350) to seal against the top cover (262).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: James R. Small, Robert J. McGraw
  • Patent number: 10322068
    Abstract: There is provided a system for managing reflux during an enteral feeding, comprising: (i) a non-transitory memory having stored thereon a code for execution by at least one hardware processor of a computing device, the code comprising: code for receiving electrical signals outputted by at least one reflux event sensor disposed within a digestive system of a patient; code for determining a gastric reflux event based on an analysis of the electrical signals; code for outputting instructions to pause enteral feeding of the patient by a feeding controller that regulates enteral feeding of the patient using an enteral feeding tube positioned within the digestive system of the patient; and (ii) an evacuation controller that directs back-flow of digestive contents from the digestive system of the patient to an external evacuation reservoir through an evacuation tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ART Healthcare Ltd.
    Inventors: Liron Elia, Gavriel J. Iddan
  • Patent number: 10322233
    Abstract: A medical device includes a first housing portion (FHP) and a second housing portion (SHP) configured to be to be movable relative to each other from a first position to operatively engage at a second position to couple at least one of a drive device and a needle-inserting device supported by one of the FHP and the SHP to a reservoir supported by the other of the FHP and the SHP. Electronic circuitry configured to detect at least one of a first magnetic interaction between a magnet and at least one of a first magnetically attractive material and a first magnet-responsive device and a second magnetic interaction between the magnet and at least one of a second magnetically attractive material and a second magnet-responsive device, and to provide a signal or a change in state in response to detecting at least one of the interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Patent number: 10307533
    Abstract: Medical fluid-flow regulating devices are provided. Such medical fluid-flow regulating devices typically include a rotor and a flow-regulator element engaged or engageable with each other via a coupling that below a torque and/or fluidic-pressure threshold value allows the flow-regulator element to move upon rotation of the rotor and thereby regulate fluid flow. The medical fluid-flow regulating devices also include a blocking unit that above the torque and/or fluidic-pressure threshold value irreversibly blocks the rotor or the flow-regulator element or the coupling between the rotor and the flow-regulator element resulting in irreversible inactivation of the medical fluid-flow regulating device. Systems incorporating such medical fluid-flow regulating devices are also provided. Methods for detecting inactivation of such devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Medirio S.A.
    Inventors: Irio Giuseppe Calasso, Einar Petersen, Tobias Von Cappelen, Klaus Dietrich, Matteo De Donatis
  • Patent number: 10293110
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention relate to a pharmaceutical injection device, and it is an object thereof to optimize the mixing of pharmaceutical in a pharmaceutical cartridge. To achieve this object, a pharmaceutical injection device may comprise a main case, a piston, a drive motor, a buzzer, and a controller. The main case has a cartridge holder. The piston is inserted into a pharmaceutical cartridge mounted to the cartridge holder. The drive motor drives the piston. The buzzer emits a sound that tells the user to shake the pharmaceutical cartridge to mix or dissolve its contents. Before activating the drive motor and injecting the pharmaceutical, the control unit controls the buzzer so that a sound is emitted at specific intervals to prompt shaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PHC Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Murakami, Mitsuteru Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10285597
    Abstract: A process is provided for monitoring a patient being anesthetized, as well as a process for determining a combined effect of different anesthetics used. Devices for carrying out the processes are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: DRÄGERWERK AG & CO. KGAA, INSELSPITAL BERN, DIREKTION LEHRE UND FORSCHUNG
    Inventors: Frank Franz, Maral Haar, Jürgen Manigel, Kai Kück, Susanne Stahlkopf, Marcel Voigt, Thomas Bouillon, Martin Luginbühl, Peter Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10252001
    Abstract: A medical therapy system to deliver a pre-bolus volume of medicant is disclosed. The medical therapy system includes an infusion pump that has a case containing a processor, memory, a drive mechanism, a reservoir, communication hardware and a sensor system. The infusion pump further includes a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to determine GPS coordinates of the infusion pump. The GPS receiver is coupled to the processor that executes stored program instructions to provide notification for confirmation to deliver a pre-bolus volume from the reservoir when the GPS coordinates of the infusion pump are within a specified proximity of GPS coordinates of a saved location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Geismar, Francine R. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10238793
    Abstract: A precision syringe pump employing a syringe comprises a motor, a lead screw and a syringe driving head connected to the lead screw. The syringe comprises a cylinder and a plunger. The motor drives the lead screw to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise to drive the syringe driving head and push the plunger to move within the cylinder. The syringe pump further comprises: a magnetoresistive sensor, at least one permanent magnet and an MCU, the at least one permanent magnet being located on the lead screw and rotating therewith; the magnetoresistive sensor can sense the magnetic field generated by the at least one permanent magnet; the input end of the MCU is connected to the magnetoresistive sensor, and the output end of the MCU is connected to the motor; the MCU receives signals from the magnetoresistive sensor and controls, according to the signal feedback, the direction and velocity of the lead screw rotated by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MULTIDIMENSION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: James Geza Deak, Yuqin Jin
  • Patent number: 10232109
    Abstract: A mini lead screw pump monitors the rotation of a lead screw by using a magnetoresistive sensor and an MCU, and uses feedback to control the rotation direction and speed of the lead screw through a motor controller so as to control the speed of infusion to a patient. Furthermore, this mini lead screw pump can control the infusion speed of insulin according to the patient's blood sugar concentration monitored by CGM. This mini lead screw pump has several advantages, comprising high sensitivity, high reliability, low power consumption, low cost, and ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MultiDimension Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Geza Deak, Yuqin Jin
  • Patent number: 10220142
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and computer readable media are provided for transitioning a clinical care room from a first scene to a second scene in order to facilitate completion of a medication-administration process. The first scene in the clinical care room is presented where the clinical care room has one or more zones. The first scene is associated with a first group of setting for components within the one or more zones. An input indicating that the medication-administration process has been initiated is received. Incident to receiving the input, the second scene is provided. The second scene is associated with a second group of settings for the components. The second group of settings is optimized to facilitate completion medication-administration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Palmer Bechtel, Mark Nolte
  • Patent number: 10188792
    Abstract: A method of infusing a fluid includes receiving values of one or more infusion parameters for an infusion of a fluid, Based on the received infusion parameter values, an occlusion pressure threshold for the infusion of the fluid is automatically calculated. During the infusion, a fluid pressure value is sensed. An indication is provided responsive to whether a value of the sensed fluid pressure is greater than the occlusion pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Barnes, Robert Dwaine Butterfield
  • Patent number: 10184110
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and apparatuses for improving quality and viability of biological material, such as harvested adipose cells, stem cells, or other cells or biological components, by treatment of the biological material with membrane-repairing/stabilizing agents or the like and/or mechanical removal of components, such as impurities and/or excess treatment agents. The present invention further relates to systems and apparatuses for transplanting tissue, such as adipose tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventor: William G. Austen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10166331
    Abstract: Infusion systems, infusion devices, and related operating methods are provided. An exemplary method of operating an infusion device capable of delivering fluid to a user involves identifying a condition of the user that is likely to influence a response to the fluid in the body of the user and classifying the condition as a first type of a plurality of types of conditions. After classifying the condition as the first type, the method continues by adjusting control information for operating the infusion device based on the first type and operating the infusion device to deliver the fluid to the user in accordance with the adjusted control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Desmond Barry Keenan, John J. Mastrototaro, Benyamin Grosman, Anirban Roy
  • Patent number: 10155084
    Abstract: An apparatus for indicating acceptable programmable dosing of an infusate, for delivery by a medical infusion pump programmable with a protocol library defining at least one dosing range of the infusate is disclosed. A method of indicating acceptable programmable dosing of an infusate, for delivery by a medical infusion pump programmable with a protocol library defining at least one dosing limit of the infusate is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Blomquist
  • Patent number: 10152575
    Abstract: An example method comprises receiving a protocol associated with a particular medical condition, selecting a subset of the events of the protocol to be adherence objects of an adherence path, determine a time frame predicate for each adherence object, determine an object predicate for each adherence object, retrieving patient information from medical records of patients of the medical entity, determining for each adherence object if each particular adherence object was performed as a part of that patient's treatment related to the medical condition including determining if the time frame predicate and object predicate are satisfied, and generating patient adherence object score for each adherence object of the adherence path, generating a medical entity adherence score based on the patient adherence object scores, the medical entity adherence score indicating that medical entity's compliance with the adherence path, and generating a report indicating the medical entity adherence score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ayasdi, Inc.
    Inventors: Harlan Sexton, Tzu-Wei Powers, Cindy Xin Zhang, Diljit Singh, Andrea Trave, Rishabh Sonthalia
  • Patent number: 10140328
    Abstract: An event notification system has an information system interface that operates to receive critical patient information in messages from dissimilar information systems. The information system interface has functionality that parses information in each message (including the critical information), detects from which information system the message are sent, and operates to detect critical information in each message. Critical information detected in a message received from a core information system is stored and compared to critical information (that should be the same as at least some of the stored critical information) detected in a message received from a non-core information system to determine whether the information is the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Jason Wilson, Irving Whynder
  • Patent number: 10117673
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a pressure-depending clutching device for locating and safely positioning a needle in a body cavity. The device is capable of automatically engaging and disengaging the needle from a driving force. The device has a body with an interior space, a pressure-sensing element and a force-receiving element. The pressure-sensing element, the force-receiving element, and the complementary force-sending element form a driving force engaging mechanism for coupling the force-applying structure to the needle during operation. Before the needle reaches the target body cavity, the pressure in the needle causes the clutching device to assume an “engaged” state. When the needle reaches the body cavity, the change in pressure causes the clutching device to assume a “disengaged” state, thereby, automatically positioning the needle in the cavity to avoid overshooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Wen-Fu Luo
  • Patent number: 10112011
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating a continuous glucose sensor, including a receiver, a medicament delivery device, a controller module, and optionally a single point glucose monitor are provided. Integration may be manual, semi-automated and/or fully automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Peyser
  • Patent number: 10080841
    Abstract: A physiologic sensor module includes at least one wearable sensor that is configured for wearing on a human body part and for measuring at least one biological signal. The module further includes at least one controller communicatively coupled to the wearable sensor and configured to receive the biological signal from the wearable sensor. The controller is further configured to process the biological signal in real-time, extract one or more clinical features from the biological signal, and based on the clinical features, determine detection of anaphylaxis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Andy H. Levine, Christoph Matthias Kanzler, Daniel Leo Miranda, Joseph Mooney, Huy Lam, John Osborne, Mustafa Karabas, Alan Dunne, James Niemi, Benjamin Matthews, Donald E. Ingber, Olivier Henry, Premananda Pai Indic
  • Patent number: 10071209
    Abstract: The present invention provides an infusion-patch comprising; a cannula; a base; at least one adhesive region in said base suitable for skin attachment; at least one skin-access area within said base; and at least one conduit in fluid connection with said at least one skin access area, wherein said at least one conduit in fluid connection with said at least one skin access area facilitates the transfer of an anesthetic substance within at least a first anesthetic-reservoir which may be removably attached and in fluid connection with said at least one contact area, promoting delivery of said anesthetic substance to said at least one skin-access areas, and wherein said anesthetic substance delivered to said skin-access areas may be at least partially replenished without removing said infusion-patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SteadyMed Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian Solomon, Jacob Rand, Jonathan Rigby
  • Patent number: 10052499
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radiopharmaceutical distribution device. Thus, the present invention provides the radiopharmaceutical distribution device comprising: a vial for storing an object selected from radiopharmaceuticals or radioactive isotopes; an object supply unit which checks radioactivity by extracting the object stored inside the vial as much as a set amount so as to temporarily store or discharge the same, and which measures radioactivity of the residual object of the discharged object; a saline solution supply unit which is selectively communicated with the object supply unit so as to discharge a saline solution that is to be mixed with the extracted object; and an injection part for storing the object having a specific radioactivity and discharged from the object supply unit and the saline solution of a set volume discharged from the saline solution supply unit in a mixed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: UNITEKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Geunmo Kim
  • Patent number: 10052441
    Abstract: A flow sensor is provided to enable volumetric dose data to be acquired automatically by sampling flow rates of insulin measured by a flow sensor exposed to a flow manifold though which the insulin flows. The flow sensor preferably connects to a standard insulin pen on one end, and to a standard pen needle on the other end. Particular geometries and algorithms are utilized to accommodate the unique requirements of insulin flow determination during an injection event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gary Searle, Andrew Burke, Peter Costello, Kenneth Focht, Francis L. Ross
  • Patent number: 10057066
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for reconditioning an intravascular device for reuse are provided. The method includes reading first security data from a memory of the intravascular device; determining if the intravascular device is authentic; generating second security data, when the intravascular device is authentic; and writing the second security data to the memory of the intravascular device. Devices, systems, and methods for authenticating an intravascular device for use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Joseph Hoffman, Jason Spencer
  • Patent number: 10046117
    Abstract: Drive mechanism for a drug delivery device is disclosed. The drive mechanism includes an elongated housing extending in an axial direction. It includes a piston rod that operably engages with a piston of a cartridge to displace the piston in an axial distal direction. It includes a first dose indicating member that is rotatably supported on a longitudinal axis. It includes a second dose indicating member axially adjacent to the first dose indicating member and rotatably supported on the longitudinal axis. It includes a dose setting sleeve extending in an axial direction, rotatably engaged with the first dose indicating member and axially extending through the first dose indicating member to rotatably engage with the second dose indicating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sanofi
    Inventors: Bjorn Wilden, Stefan Bayer, Philipp Zeitz, Wolfgang Pelzer
  • Patent number: 10036378
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of positive displacement pumps utilizing pressure compensating calibration, as well as related systems and methods, are disclosed. In one illustrative embodiment, a method of operating a positive displacement pump includes sensing, with a pressure sensor disposed at a fluid outlet of the positive displacement pump, a back pressure at the fluid outlet, transmitting a pressure signal associated with the sensed back pressure from the pressure sensor to a controller of the positive displacement pump, and identifying, on the controller, a volume of fluid pumped by the positive displacement pump using the pressure signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Warren Andrew Seith
  • Patent number: 10029051
    Abstract: An infusion pump includes: a main body; a tube attachment section inside the main body; a liquid feed driving unit inside the main body; an access cover mounted on the main body and for covering the infusion tube when the infusion tube is attached to the tube attachment section when closed; and a bubble detection unit for detecting a bubble inside the infusion tube when the infusion tube is attached to the tube attachment section. The bubble detection unit includes a first member at the access cover and a second member at the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaru Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10006452
    Abstract: In a method for adjusting a fluid control apparatus, in a pressing step, a piezoelectric pump is placed on a stage with a cover plate facing upward, the stage is moved up, and a center portion of a principal surface of the cover plate on a side opposite to a diaphragm is pressed with a pressing pin. As a result, the cover plate and the base plate are shaped so as to warp convexly toward the diaphragm side, and a portion joined to a flexible plate is pulled, such that the flexible plate is caused to warp convexly toward the diaphragm side. Thus, residual tensile stress occurs in a movable portion of the flexible plate. Therefore, due to the residual tensile stress, the tensile stress of the movable portion of the flexible plate is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuhiko Hirata, Kenta Omori
  • Patent number: 9956341
    Abstract: An automatic injection apparatus uses non-continuous fluid-flow of drugs to identify an intended injection site and includes a drive mechanism, a sensor and a controller for establishing fluid flow and pressure and preventing fluid flow until the pressure drops below a predetermined threshold. The pressure threshold is determined based on an internal pressure generated during an injection and more fluid will not flow until it drops below a predetermined pressure. An injection is performed to establish an initial pressure threshold and then to stop the fluid flow into a patient until the pressure drops below a predetermined pressure which allows fluid flow to resume, thus identifying a fluid filled tissue space. The initial pressure threshold is used as a control parameter to a microprocessor below which controls the rate of injection. Fluid flows below certain pressures are also used to identify a specific location within the body during injections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MILESTONE SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventor: Mark N. Hockman
  • Patent number: 9949639
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a data stream generator that generates a data stream associated with a monitored analyte level, and a radio frequency logic portion operatively coupled to the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion configured to generate a radio frequency data stream based on the data stream generated from the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion further including one or more finite state machines and a plurality of discrete digital logic circuits, the one or more finite state machines configured to control the plurality of digital logic circuits to generate the radio frequency data stream for wireless communication are provided. Systems and kits incorporating the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Mario Sicurello, Hung Dinh, Mark Kent Sloan
  • Patent number: 9931463
    Abstract: Infusion channel identifiers are generated and used that identify infusion channels transporting medication from an infusion pump to a patient. The infusion pump includes a user interface device, a controller, and at least one infusion device. At a first user interface of the user interface device, data associated with an infusion channel is received. Based on the data, the controller generates an infusion channel identifier identifying the infusion channel. On the first user interface, the infusion channel identifier is displayed. At a second user interface of the user interface device, the infusion channel identifier, a beginning time of a desired provision of the medication to the patient, and a time duration of the desired provision is received. The controller actuates the infusion device and the infusion channel at the beginning time for the time duration. The infusion device delivers, via the infusion channel, the medication to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Bollish
  • Patent number: 9872956
    Abstract: A method includes receiving data regarding a catheter being used with the infusion device. The catheter has a lumen operably coupled to a reservoir of the infusion device and is configured to deliver fluid from the infusion device to a target location of a patient. The method further includes infusing fluid from the reservoir into the lumen of the catheter at a first rate and monitoring pressure via a pressure sensor in communication with the lumen of the catheter. Monitoring the pressure includes acquiring pressure data from the pressure sensor at a first frequency. The method also includes (i) determining whether the monitored pressure exceeds a first threshold, wherein the first threshold is based on the data regarding the catheter; and (ii) decreasing the rate at which the fluid is delivered from the reservoir into the catheter if the monitored pressure is determined to exceed the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Irfan Z. Ali, Scott L. Kalpin
  • Patent number: 9861310
    Abstract: Safe and effective exercise poses a specific set of challenges for subjects diagnosed with diabetes. These challenges include the coordination of exercise with blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration. Failure to coordinate these factors effectively can lead to various pathologies related to aberrant blood glucose levels. Presented herein are methods, systems, algorithms, computer program products, and computer-executable code for exercise guidance and instruction specific to diabetes relief and management. The approaches as disclosed herein can help ameliorate, slow, or reduce a likelihood of developing a diabetic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FITSCRIPT LLC
    Inventor: Charles O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9826424
    Abstract: Access devices may receive signals over a network and calculate a frequency spectrum of the received signals. An analyzer system may collect the frequency spectrum data from multiple access devices, and based on the collected data, detect, identify, and locate sources of anomalies in a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Wolcott, Justin Riggert, David Leach, Thomas Emerson Bach, James Russell, Edward David Monnerat, Todd Szuter, Bryan Thomas
  • Patent number: 9808254
    Abstract: A selective aortic balloon device includes a catheter comprising an open distal end configured to be inserted into a body cavity or vessel, and a plurality of adjustable port regions with inflatable balloons between adjacent adjustable port regions. Each adjustable port region is configured to move between a closed position and an open position to selectively allow fluid flow to enter the catheter through the open distal end and to exit the catheter through one or more of the plurality of adjustable port regions depending on an inflation pattern of the inflatable balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hays, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Hays, Julia Hays
  • Patent number: 9763581
    Abstract: A drug delivery system is provided. The drug delivery apparatus including at least one sensor configured to detect at least one of a drug delivery parameter and patient data and a portable communication device communicatively coupled to the drug delivery apparatus. The portable communication device includes an input device configured to receive data from the drug delivery apparatus, wherein the data includes at least one of a drug delivery parameter and patient data and an output device coupled to the input device and configured to display the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Bonutti, Justin Beyers
  • Patent number: 9737657
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a pressure sensor of an implantable medical device. The pressure sensor may utilize detect fluid pressure based on a changing capacitance between two capacitive elements. The pressure sensor may define at least a portion of a fluid enclosure of the IMD. In one example, the pressure sensor has a self-aligning housing shape that occludes an opening in the pump bulkhead of the IMD. An operative surface of the pressure and the portion of the fluid enclosure may be formed of a corrosion resistant and/or biocompatible material. A first capacitive element of the pressure sensor may be a metal alloy diaphragm that deflects in response to external fluid pressure. A second capacitive element of the pressure sensor may be a metal coating on a rigid insulator sealed from the fluid by the diaphragm and a housing of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Miesel, James M. Haase, Chris J. Paidosh, Darren A. Janzig, Timothy J. Denison
  • Patent number: 9731071
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure includes a closed-loop therapy delivery system for regulating an endogenous level of a first neuromodulatory agent in a subject. The therapy delivery system includes a sensing component, a delivery component, and a controller. The sensing component is configured to detect an extracellular level of the first neuromodulatory agent. The delivery component is configured to deliver an amount of a second neuromodulatory agent to an intraparenchymal target site of the subject. The controller is configured to coordinate operation of the sensing component and the delivery component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Chima O. Oluigbo
  • Patent number: 9701281
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for permitting a person to keylessly start a vehicle using a machine-sensible item such as his/her mobile device without requiring the person to possess a smart key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Derik Reiser
  • Patent number: 9693688
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a data stream generator that generates a data stream associated with a monitored analyte level, and a radio frequency logic portion operatively coupled to the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion configured to generate a radio frequency data stream based on the data stream generated from the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion further including one or more finite state machines and a plurality of discrete digital logic circuits, the one or more finite state machines configured to control the plurality of digital logic circuits to generate the radio frequency data stream for wireless communication are provided. Systems and kits incorporating the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Mario Sicurello, Hung Dinh, Mark Kent Sloan
  • Patent number: 9690909
    Abstract: A controller for a programmable medical pump comprises a memory including a plurality of preloaded infusion therapies, each preloaded infusion therapy including a plurality of program parameters. The controller also includes a device receiving a selection of one of the preloaded infusion therapies, profile data corresponding to a specific patient, and values for the program parameters. The controller further includes a processor configured to determine which of the plurality of program parameters to associate with the selected preloaded infusion therapy, determine limits for the associated program parameters based upon the selected preloaded infusion therapy and the profile data, determine if the received values of program parameters exceed the determined limits, and responsive to determining that the values of the program parameters are within the determined limits, cause the selected preloaded infusion therapy to be administered via the medical pump using the received values for the program parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Janice Stewart, Randolph Meinzer, Debra K. Bello, Janet Mullan, James D. Jacobson, Tuan Bui, Qui Chau
  • Patent number: 9682199
    Abstract: Described is drug infusion device and lineset for delivering medication. The novel pump and lineset described herein eliminate the ability of the pump and lineset from being primed when the cartridge reservoir is in fluid communication with the drug-delivering cannula, through which medication is delivered, is inserted into the skin of a patient. The system and method of the invention include a lineset having a plurality of electrical leads for allowing electrical communication between the infusion pump and the infusion set and for allowing the pump to determine whether the lineset is connected to the infusion set when a priming operation is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ANIMAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan Walsh, Daniel L. Baker, Matthew Clemente, William King, Gerald Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9675460
    Abstract: An implantable medical device for implantation in a mammal joint having at least two contacting surfaces is provided. The medical device comprises; an artificial contacting surface adapted to replace at least the surface of at least one of the mammal's joint contacting surfaces, wherein the artificial contacting surface is adapted to be lubricated, when implanted in said joint. Furthermore the medical device comprises at least one inlet adapted to receive a lubricating fluid from a reservoir, at least one channel at least partly integrated in the artificial contacting surface in connection with the at least one inlet for distributing the lubricating fluid to the surface of the artificial contacting surface. The medical device could be adapted to be operable by an operation device to receive the distributed lubricated fluid from a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9662392
    Abstract: This invention relates to an ingestible drug delivery device configured for wireless communication with other ingestible drug delivery devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Pop Test Abuse Deterrent Technology LLC
    Inventors: Randice Lisa Altschul, Neil David Theise, Razvan Andrei Ene, Myron Rapkin, Rebecca O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9651511
    Abstract: A conductivity sensor is described in which electrodes are held in a desired position within a housing of the sensor by a number of slots accurately positioned within the housing. In one embodiment the slots are integrally formed within the housing. Once the electrodes have been inserted into the slots a thermoset resin is poured into the housing and cured. A through bore is then drilled through the housing, the electrodes and the cured resin to form a flow conduit through the sensor. A dual frequency excitation technique is also described that allows a measurement to be obtained of a polarization resistance of the electrodes. In one embodiment this measurement is stored and used to correct subsequent conductivity measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Limited
    Inventors: Colin Howell, David Albone, David Edward Coe
  • Patent number: 9604014
    Abstract: A system for detecting and removing a gas bubble from a vascular infusion line, comprising a disposable cassette adapted for disposition intermediate the fluid line, the disposable cassette comprising a body comprising an inlet port, a chamber, an outlet port, and a purge port, a first passageway connecting the inlet port to the chamber, the first passageway comprising a first bubble detection section where a gas bubble may be detected within the first passageway, a second passageway connecting the chamber with the outlet port, and a first pinch valve disposed along the second passageway intermediate the chamber and the outlet port, and a third passageway connecting the chamber with the purge port, the third passageway comprising a second bubble detection section where a gas bubble may be detected within the third passageway, and a second pinch valve disposed along the third passageway intermediate the chamber and the bubble detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Clearline MD, LLC
    Inventors: Ihsan A. Haddad, David T. Healey
  • Patent number: 9566383
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, devices and articles, including method for adaptive wireless communication transmissions between units of an ambulatory portable medical device. The method includes obtaining data relating to wireless transmissions between the units of the medical device, and setting one or more attributes of wireless transmission of one or more messages between the units of the medical device based, at least in part, on the obtained data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Ofer Yodfat, Avihoo P. Keret, Zohar Man, Tsabar Mor
  • Patent number: 9530087
    Abstract: An infusion pump system includes an infusion channel, and a display associated with the infusion channel. The display is for rendering a scannable barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Borges, Jeffrey L. Gaetano, Daniel Vik
  • Patent number: 9492620
    Abstract: A drug delivery device is provided comprising a container, a first product and a second product. The device is configured to mix the first product and the second product with each other within the container for forming a drug mixture. The device is further configured for dispensing the drug mixture. The device comprises a mixing member. The device is switchable from a first state, in which the first product and the second product are separated, into a second state, in which the first product and the second product are mixed. The mixing member is configured to exert a force onto the container in order to move the container to mix the first product and the second product with each other. Furthermore, a method for maintaining a predetermined property of a drug mixture to be dispensed from a drug delivery device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schabbach, Jay Graham