Aseptic Connectors Or Couplings (e.g., Frangible, Piercable, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/905)
  • Patent number: 11554211
    Abstract: A drug delivery system for injecting a medicament may include a housing defining a cavity, a container received within the cavity and configured to receive a medicament with the container including a closure, a valve assembly received within the cavity and including a piercing member configured to pierce the closure of the container, and a connector arrangement provided between the container and the valve assembly, the connector arrangement movable between a first, pre-use position maintaining sterility between the closure of the container and the valve assembly and a second, use position permitting fluid communication between the container and the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: David E. Booth, Gwenn Le Dimet, Peter Quinn, Michael Vincent Quinn
  • Patent number: 11534541
    Abstract: A delivery device includes a base body having an outlet opening and a chamber for receiving a flowable substance to be administered. The base body, having first and second film portions attached to each other by a connection with a plurality of regions, being configured to discharge the substance through the outlet opening by compressing the chamber. The delivery device further includes a pouring adapter tightly connected to the outlet opening. The plurality of regions of the connection include a more resilient region and a less resilient region that are arranged between the chamber and the outlet opening. When the chamber is compressed to discharge the substance through the outlet opening, the less resilient region is configured to come undone and the more resilient region is configured to remain connected so that the substance can be discharged solely through the outlet opening and the pouring adapter by compressing the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: PANTEC AG
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Rohrer, Jürgen Nick
  • Patent number: 11529289
    Abstract: A vial adaptor can include a connector interface and/or a piercing member. The vial adaptor can include a regulator assembly. The regulator assembly can include a regulator base, a regulator nest coupled with the regulator base, and/or a storage chamber formed at least partially by one or both of the regulator base and regulator nest. The regulator assembly can include a cover connected to one or both of the regulator base and regulator nest and fitted around a radially outward portion of one or both of the regulator base and regulator nest. In some cases, the regular assembly includes a flexible enclosure connected to the regulator nest and configured to transition between a contracted configuration and an expanded configuration. In some cases, the flexible enclosure is inhibited from transitioning to the expanded configuration prior to removal or modification of the cover from the regulator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 11504493
    Abstract: A connection unit establishes a fluid connection between a patient and a ventilator. The connection unit includes a patient-side connection piece, a device-side connection piece, a port piece and a central piece, which provides a tube with a curved tube segment and is connected with a fluid-tight connection to the two connection pieces. The port piece includes a straight tube segment and a bent surface with a bent surface and with a passage opening. The port piece is inserted into a receiving opening of the central piece. The bent surface of the port piece forms a part of a wall of the curved tube segment. The straight tube segment of the port piece and the central piece provide a straight tube, which is interrupted by the passage opening. An additional device is insertable through the straight tube segment and through the passage opening into the provided tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: DRÄGERWERK AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Ludger Tappehorn, Matthias Hoder, Jan-Henning Lütkhoff
  • Patent number: 11497848
    Abstract: A system to detect occlusion of an intravenous catheter may include a housing, which may include a distal end configured to couple to a proximal end of a catheter adapter and an inner lumen forming a fluid pathway. The system may also include a wave transmitter, a transducer disposed within the fluid pathway, a processor coupled to the transducer, and an indicator unit coupled to the processor. The wave transmitter may transmit energy waves along a length of an intravenous catheter of the catheter adapter. The processor may receive an electrical signal corresponding to the portion of the energy waves that are reflected back from the intravenous catheter and may determine a difference between the electrical signal and a baseline signal. In response to the difference between the electrical signal and the baseline signal meeting a threshold value, the indicator unit may alert a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Erik K Witt, S. Ray Isaacson
  • Patent number: 11484636
    Abstract: A medical device, such as a dialysis machine, may have multiple features and components that must be checked and attached prior to a treatment, and operators often lay tubing and other components on a surface after removing them from packaging. The system described herein provides a sterile work platform that is integrated with the medical device. In an example, the platform may be moveably coupled to the medical device. In a first position, the platform is positioned within or against the medical device, and, in a second position, the platform is extended from the medical device and disposed in a horizontal position. After the platform is extended to the second position, a surface of the platform is sterile and suitable to maintain aseptic technique for tubing and components placed on the platform. An information screen may be integrated into the platform and that provides information to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Bergman, David Yuds, Jonathan Leclerc, Mary Vasseur Finn
  • Patent number: 11478610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multiple-use intravenous (IV) catheter assembly septum and septum actuator. In particular, the present invention relates to an IV catheter assembly having a stationary septum actuator and a blood control septum, wherein the blood control septum is configured to slide within a catheter adapter of the IV catheter assembly between a compressed state and an uncompressed state. When in the compressed state, a slit of the blood control septum is opened and the septum comprises stored compressive potential energy. When the septum is released from the compressed state, the stored compressive potential energy is release and the blood control septum is restored to its original shape, thereby closing the septum's slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Darin Charles Vincent, S. Ray Isaacson
  • Patent number: 11478406
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for aseptically filling a container utilizing an adaptor formed of severable and heat-sealable material connected to a tube and container. The adaptor includes a membrane which is unsealed to allow filling by a known filling machine. Once the adaptor tube and container is formed as a unit, it is sterilized. The adaptor is then severed and sealed, creating a usable aseptic liquid product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Chris C. Rutter, Timothy E. Orr
  • Patent number: 11457927
    Abstract: A microcatheter for delivering embolic agent to a vascular site is provided. The microcatheter has a biocompatible or biocompatible and biodegradable tip which can be detachably engaged to the microcatheter body by a thermoplastic sleeve. Once the embolic agent is delivered to the desired vascular site, the tip of the microcatheter is often entrapped within the mass of the liquid embolic fluid. Using the microcatheter, the clinician can retract the microcatheter at a predetermined retraction force thereby disengaging the tip from the microcatheter body allowing for easier removal of the microcatheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Karl Sutherland, Brian M. Strauss, Earl H. Slee, Vitas Jonas Sipelis, Mark Anthony Siminuk
  • Patent number: 11446479
    Abstract: A medical device cap that protectively surrounds a medical device component for disinfection purposes and includes an identification element that can record and transmit pertinent information of the medical device cap and the medical device component is disclosed. The medical device cap enables documentation of instances when the cap is used and promotes stronger compliance with the use of medical device caps for applications involving disinfection of a medical device component such as an IV access port or a luer tip. Use of the medical device cap results in better compliance and monitoring of the use of such caps and leads to reduced incidence of CRBSI infections related to medical device component contamination. In one embodiment, the medical device cap enables automated real-time electronic documentation of when the cap is applied, while also documenting duration of application and tracking of device for inventory management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Tushar R. Sathe
  • Patent number: 11406743
    Abstract: There is disclosed a substrate with an electron donating surface, characterized in having metal particles on said surface, said metal particles comprising palladium and at least one metal selected from the group consisting of gold, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium, iridium, and platinum, wherein the amount of said metal particles is from about 0.001 to about 8 ?g/cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Bactiguard AB
    Inventors: Mattias Ohrlander, Billy Södervall
  • Patent number: 10617860
    Abstract: Luer connector including a primary Luer male connector, having a secondary female section extending from a top distal part of the primary Luer male connector back towards a proximal part thereof, the primary Luer male connector including a first inner fluid flow channel extending from a proximal end thereof to the secondary female section, the primary Luer male connector being configured to mate with a primary Luer female connector having a secondary male section including a second inner fluid flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ORIDION MEDICAL 1987 LTD.
    Inventor: Joshua Lewis Colman
  • Patent number: 10065023
    Abstract: A male coupler for a guidewire, the guidewire having a hollow walled tube, the male coupler comprising a connector section, coupled with the guidewire, a portion of the connector section having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the hollow tube, at least one conducting ring coupled with the connector section where the diameter of the connector section is smaller the diameter of the guidewire, wherein the diameter of connector section and the at least one conducting ring substantially equals the diameter of the guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIGUIDE LTD.
    Inventors: Ran Sela, Nimrod Meller, Lior Sobe, Aharon Gildin, Gera Strommer, Uzi Eichler
  • Patent number: 9855192
    Abstract: An adapter for connection with a fluid container includes an outer housing having a distal end, a proximal end, and a generally cylindrical sidewall extending between the distal end and the proximal end, an inner member comprising a body rotatably inserted within the outer housing, a first locking arrangement configured to restrict the inner member from rotating relative to the housing in a first direction, and a second locking arrangement configured to restrict the inner member from rotating relative to the housing in both the first direction and a second direction. The adapter is transitionable between: a disengaged state, in which the first locking arrangement and the second locking arrangement are not engaged with the inner member; a partially engaged state in which the first locking arrangement engages the inner member; and a fully engaged state in which the second locking arrangement engages the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company Limited
    Inventors: Jayeon Kim, Laurie Sanders, Jude Cancellieri
  • Patent number: 9017295
    Abstract: A syringe adapter with a ball-typed valve has a base, a dosing tube mounted around the base and a resilient valve mounted in the base and the dosing tube. The base has a guiding groove and an inner liquid channel communicating with each other, as well as an exhaust channel. Liquid medicine injected into the syringe adapter flows through the guiding groove and causes the inner liquid channel to be injected into a patient's body. The liquid medicine remaining in the split is cleaned when cleaning fluid is injected to clean the syringe adapter. Air in the syringe adapter flows out through the exhaust channel and is not injected into the patient's body, so the patient is free from pain. Furthermore, elements and assembling processes of the syringe adapter are simplified and manufacturing cost of the syringe adapter is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Skill Partner Limited
    Inventor: Hsiu-Feng Pan
  • Patent number: 9011408
    Abstract: Delivering a blood processing solution to blood in a blood bag includes coupling a first tube to a vented spike at one end and to a Y-shaped tube connector at a second end. An in-line microbiotic barrier filter is coupled to the first tube between its ends. A second tube is coupled to a transfer bag at one end and to the Y-shaped tube connector at its other end. A third tube is coupled to the output of the Y-shaped tube connector and sealed at its distal end. The blood bag includes a fourth tube that is sealed at a distal end. The third tube is welded to the fourth tube using a sterile tubing welder, wherein a functionally-closed, sterile flow path through which the blood processing solution can flow into the blood bag is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet Biologics, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Gray
  • Patent number: 9005181
    Abstract: A connector for providing sterile access to a flexible container is provided that comprises a tubular member having a first portion and a second portion, each of the first portion and the second portion having an open end. The first portion and second portion are joined to each other by a frangible segment, with each of the first portion and the second portion having a gripable surface associated therewith that is configured to facilitate the application of torsional force to the tubular member at the frangible segment. Upon the application of a sufficient amount of torsional force, the frangible segment will break, permitting the first and second portions to be separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lynn, Richard L. West, Bryan Blickhan, Phoung Tran, Shawn Davis
  • Patent number: 8998858
    Abstract: A connecting structure for connecting a first member in fluid flow connection with a second member may include a receptacle structure provided on the first member and having an interior chamber and an opening into the interior chamber in which a needle and a pierceable member surrounding a piercing end of the needle may be supported. The second member may include a connection portion that has a septum supported in an interior chamber having a size and shape suitable to be received at least partially into the opening of the receptacle structure upon moving the first member and the second member together to push the pierceable member toward the piercing end of the needle to cause the piercing end of the needle to pierce the pierceable member and the septum to come into fluid flow communication with the interior chamber of the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin A. Chong, Rafael Bikovsky, Neil Andre Quitoviera, Arsen Ibranyan, Matthew William Yavorsky, Mona-Lisa Alexander
  • Patent number: 8991876
    Abstract: A connection for the fluid connection of at least one first fluid-conducting, medical-technical system to a second one, a method for connecting at least two fluid-conducting, medical-technical systems, as well as an external medical-technical apparatus and a medical-technical apparatus are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Lauer
  • Patent number: 8973622
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein related to a device for transferring precise amounts of fluid from at least one source container to a at least one target container. In some embodiments, the fluid is first transferred from the source container (e.g., a vial) through a connector to an intermediate measuring container (e.g., a syringe). In some embodiments air can pass through an air inlet and enter the vial to compensate for the volume of fluid withdrawn from the vial. An air check valve or a bag or a filter can prevent the fluid from escaping through the air inlet. The precisely measured amount of fluid can then be transferred from the intermediate measuring container to the target container (e.g., an IV bag). In some embodiments the connector can include a source check valve and a target check valve to direct fluid first from the source container to the intermediate measuring container and then from the intermediate measuring container to the target container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Peter Leissling, Matthias Janssen
  • Patent number: 8974425
    Abstract: A male member (1) includes a tubular member (10) and a cover (20) covering at least a tip (11) of the tubular member. A lateral hole (14) that communicates with a flow path (13) is formed in an outer peripheral surface of the tubular member. The cover includes an outer peripheral wall (21) that can be deformed elastically by compression and a head part (23) that is provided at one end of the outer peripheral wall. The head part includes an interior cavity (24) into which the tubular member is inserted, and a slit (25) is formed in an innermost part (24a) of the interior cavity. In a state where the outer peripheral wall is not deformed by compression, an inner peripheral surface of the interior cavity contacts closely with the outer peripheral surface of the tubular member so as to block the lateral hole, and the tip of the tubular member and the innermost part of the interior cavity are spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: JMS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tachizaki, Tadashi Okiyama
  • Patent number: 8968271
    Abstract: A connector for medical infusion lines, transfusion lines, and the like, includes a tubular body having at one end a male connector including an inner tubular element and an outer hollow element, which is internally threaded and can be coupled by screwing to a complementary female connector. The line connector further includes an outer maneuvering sleeve coupled in unidirectional rotation to the body in the direction corresponding to screwing of the male connector with respect to the complementary female connector and free to turn in the opposite direction, formed by two parts coupled together on the body of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Industrie Borla S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianni Guala
  • Patent number: 8961475
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect medical connectors. Some caps can create a seal with the medical connectors to prevent antiseptic from entering a fluid paths defined by a connector. Support members can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Catheter Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, Steven Bandis, James V. Mercer, Michael W. Howlett, Robert Hitchcock, James Paul Kennedy, Richard Lasher
  • Patent number: 8915890
    Abstract: Medical device assemblies having a connection mechanism for securely connecting a hub to fluid storage containers in a luer slip relationship are described. An exemplary medical device includes a hub forming a cavity, a second indicating element disposed within the cavity that engages the hub. Additional features of the medical device include a second indicating element contoured to form a line contact with the hub. In a specific configuration, the hub includes a first indicating element attached to the hub and extending proximally into the cavity having a protrusion. In a more specific configuration, the medical device includes a fluid storage container that has an indication system for visually indicating optimal fluid-tight engagement of the hub and the fluid storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Chee L. Lum, Waheed Abid, Peter Douglas, Ivan Zivkovic
  • Patent number: 8882726
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drug delivery device defining a reservoir for containing a product, having a distal end comprising an end-piece defining a channel for the transfer of the product from the reservoir, said drug delivery device comprising means for coupling said end-piece with a connector, said coupling means comprising a collar defined around a portion of the end-piece and extending from the distal end, said coupling means comprising connection means connectable to said collar, said connection means comprising a tubular wall portion having an interface defined thereon for engagement with an internal face of said collar, and a retaining hook having engagement means engageable with at least part of an external face of said collar when said connection means is connected to said collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventors: Catherine Felix-Faure, Benoit Guillard, Michel Bosshardt, Frédéric Perot
  • Patent number: 8882716
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device comprising a capillary tube assembly (100) having a proximal (20) end and a distal (30) end, comprising: a think walled capillary tube shaft (10) disposed with a capillary lumen (12) extending from an open proximal (20) end to an open distal (30) end, and a fluidic adapter (40) at the proximal (20) end in fluid connection the capillary tube lumen (12), wherein the capillary tube shaft (10) is adapted for dismountable insertion into a fluid-carrying lumen (212) of a bodily invasive tube (200), and the adapter (40) provides fluidic access to the capillary tube lumen (12) that is fluidically isolated from access to the invasive tube lumen (212). It further relates to an applicator package comprising the capillary tube assembly (100) and an applicator (510).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Steerable Instruments BVBA
    Inventors: Frank Dewaele, Alain Kalmar, Bart Blanckaert, Cyriel Mabilde
  • Patent number: 8870238
    Abstract: A female connector for medical infusion systems has a main body that has two curved wings that extend from the outer circumferential surface of the body. The respective front ends of the wings are joined integrally to a substantially circumferential partition that also extends circumferentially from the outer circumferential surface of the fitting. The connector of the fitting has a non-conventional configuration with at least two protuberances offset at an angle. The non-conventional configuration of the connector allows the fitting to only mate with a counterpart connector that has a complementary non-conventional configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.
    Inventors: Renee Robert, Chad Amborn, Geoff Clark
  • Patent number: 8858485
    Abstract: The connector for a fluid line of an extracorporeal circuit comprises a tubular body which internally defines a fluid passage, a first connection port predisposed for coupling to the fluid line, a second connection port predisposed for coupling to a male Luer connector borne by an external element, and a closure element of the second connection port. The closure element is formed of a breakable membrane made in a single piece with the tubular body. On coupling, the membrane is broken by the truncoconical projection of the male Luer connector. The connector connects a service line of an extracorporeal circuit to a pressure sensor of a dialysis machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Roberto Neri, Andrea Paltrinieri
  • Patent number: 8857470
    Abstract: A connection device for connecting a first reservoir with a second reservoir, includes a first section for arranging the first reservoir closed with a seal; a second section for arranging the second reservoir; and a piercing element which penetrates with a piercing end the seal of the first reservoir when the first reservoir is arranged at the first section. In some embodiments, the piercing element can be moved from a first position into a second position, wherein it blocks in the first position a flow connection between the first and the second section, while in the second position it allows for a flow connection between the first and the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Ismael Rahimy, Torsten Brandenburger
  • Patent number: 8828327
    Abstract: A scrubbing cap for sterilizing a tubular medical line port wherein the cap is molded of a pliable plastic and is provided with an open annular cavity therein which is dimensioned and contoured to receive through its mouth a tubular medical line port with a friction fit for scrubbing surfaces of the port with sterilizing liquid contained in the cavity. Flexible scrubber protrusions coaxially extend into the cavity from the floor of the cavity for scrubbing interior portions of the medical line port. The floor is flexibly displaceable whereby the floor will displace or bulge outwardly when the scrubber protrusions engage a valve within the port for thereby scrubbing the exposed surfaces of the valve while preventing inadvertent opening of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: PSI Medical Catheter Care, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Colantonio, Menno D. Jager
  • Patent number: 8801678
    Abstract: A piston for a needleless valve system comprising a head portion configured to be disposed in the needleless valve system and controlling fluid flow through the needleless valve system. The head portion comprising a continuous top surface, and an opening disposed proximate the continuous top surface, wherein the continuous top surface is non-planar when the opening is in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Devin Panian, Jonathan Yeh
  • Patent number: 8790313
    Abstract: A syringe adapter mountable to a syringe, particularly a retractable syringe having a retractable needle, comprises a sealing member and an adapter body that comprises two or more body members that co-operate to retain the sealing member in the adapter. One or the other body members is removably mountable to a barrel of the syringe and one or the other body members comprises a mounting member. A filter member may be removably mounted to, or formed integrally with, the mounting member to filters fluid when filling the syringe to thereby remove particular material, impurities or the like. Alternatively, a filter material may be provided in the syringe adapter. In addition, or alternatively, a filling needle is provided which is removably mountable to the syringe adapter and may prevent bending or burring of the retractable needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Unitract Syringe Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Craig Stephen Thorley
  • Patent number: 8746745
    Abstract: Luer connector including a primary Luer male connector, having a secondary female section extending from a top distal part of the primary Luer male connector back towards a proximal part thereof, the primary Luer male connector including a first inner fluid flow channel extending from a proximal end thereof to the secondary female section, the primary Luer male connector being configured to mate with a primary Luer female connector having a secondary male section including a second inner fluid flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Oridion Medical 1987 Ltd.
    Inventor: Joshua Lewis Colman
  • Patent number: 8728056
    Abstract: A docking station for maintaining sterilization of temporarily disconnected male medical line connectors. The docking station has a plurality of docking bays, each of which retain an ampule therein containing a sterilization fluid and has an access mouth exteriorly exposed when the ampule is secured in its respective bay. The mouth of the ampule is provided with a female medical line connection for temporarily receiving and securing one of the male medical line connector temporarily disconnected from a patient. A tubular tip and a concentric connection collar of the one of the male medical line connector is thereby immersed in the sterilization fluid for sterilization while docked. Each of the ampules is secured against rotation in a clockwise direction in their respective docking bay to facilitate threadable connection of one of the male medical line connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: PSI MedicaL Catheter Care, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Colantonio, Menno D. Jager
  • Patent number: 8721619
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a safety device and methods of using a safety device for use with a medical implement having a body with an inlet end portion, the safety device comprises a bracket for mounting on the body of the medical implement; a cap supported by the bracket and sized to fit over and seal the inlet end portion of the medical implement in a safety position wherein the cap covers the medical implement; an elongate shaft having a longitudinal axis, the shaft being secured to the cap and being slidably and pivotally supported by the bracket so that the cap can be raised away from the inlet end portion of the medical implement and be pivoted about the longitudinal axis of the shaft away from the inlet end portion; and a biasing means for biasing the cap to the safety position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nellin Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Hooman Mobassery, Kim Dick Man
  • Patent number: 8652109
    Abstract: Syringe (1) including a cylinder (2) and a piston (4), in which the outlet end (6) of the cylinder (2) is integrated with a valve male luer lock connector (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Industrie Borla S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianni Guala
  • Patent number: 8617134
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a container with a fluid preparation device for preparing a fluid, in particular a container with a concentrate for the preparation of dialysis fluid, as well as the combination of the connector, the corresponding container and the fluid preparation device. In order to simplify the handling during both the manufacturing process of such containers and the connection of such containers to the fluid preparation devices, the connector connects a first and second fluid line of the container with a third and fourth fluid line of the fluid preparation device with two laterally spaced-apart mounting elements which each incorporate one of two orifices terminating the first and second fluid lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Winfried Brehm, Thierry Dupin, Ilona Eggert, Thomas Faulhaber, Thomas Graf, Philippe Laffay
  • Patent number: 8613367
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a sealing assembly. The sealing assembly includes a cap having a top surface and a bottom surface, an adhesive layer adjacent the bottom surface of the cap, and a septum adjacent to the adhesive layer. The adhesive layer includes a self-bonding silicone composition and the septum includes at least one fluoropolymer layer. The disclosure is further directed to methods for making the aforementioned sealing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Duan Li Ou, Scott R Johnson, Charles D. Klann, Leland E Moll
  • Patent number: 8613739
    Abstract: A medical tubing connector pair includes a female tubing connector, and a male tubing connector. The female tubing connector has an external thread and the male tubing connector has an internal thread, the external and internal threads threadingly engaged to secure the female and male tubing connectors together. The internal thread is made from a flexible material to permit the female and male tubing connectors to be connected to or disconnected from each other without rotation of the tubing connectors relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Sobue
  • Patent number: 8596326
    Abstract: A device is provided for ensuring the sterile integrity of two separate fluid pathways during interconnection of the two pathways with a two-part connector assembly. The two-part connector assembly is of the type which comprises a male portion and a female portion, each portion initially having a port covered and protected by a peel-away strip. The device comprises a base assembly, a connector clamp assembly mounted to the base assembly and configured for securing the two-part connector assembly in position for interconnection of the male and female portions, and a strip withdrawal assembly mounted to the base assembly and configured for simultaneous withdrawal of the peel-away strips from the ports of the male and female portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Grifols Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventor: Larry H. Loy
  • Patent number: 8585096
    Abstract: A restraining device for a tubing connector assembly can include a resilient member having a generally U-shape with forked ends that curve toward each other. Each forked end can have a recess between tines thereof. Each recess can have a blind end. The resilient member can have a bend provided with an engagement bump. The engagement bump and forked ends can be aligned such that the engagement bump coincides with a line joining the blind ends. When a cylindrical connector assembly tube is placed in the recesses, the engagement bump is urged against a side of the connector assembly to thereby prevent inadvertent disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Schnell, James M. Brugger
  • Patent number: 8545479
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention include a male luer connector having a valve arrangement for keeping a passage that extends through the male luer connector closed when the male luer connector is not attached to a corresponding female luer connector. This passage of the male luer connector may be opened by connecting the male luer connector to a female luer connector. The valve arrangement of the male luer connector may include a movable sealing element arranged around a central fluid conduit. In some embodiments, the male luer connector may include a filter that is permeable to gas, but substantially impermeable to liquid, thus allowing gas to be purged from the male luer connector while substantially preventing liquid from leaking from the connector at least when the male luer connector is not connected to a female luer connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitani, Shigeaki Funamura, Kazuhiro Abe
  • Patent number: 8523830
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect a male protrusion portion of a medical connector. Some caps can create a seal with the male protrusion to prevent antiseptic from entering a lumen the protrusion. A biasing element can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Catheter Connections
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, F. Mark Ferguson, Robert Hitchcock, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael W. Howlett
  • Patent number: 8523831
    Abstract: Caps can be used to cover and disinfect medical connectors. Some caps can create a seal with the medical connectors to prevent antiseptic from entering a fluid paths defined by a connector. Support members can aid in creating or maintaining the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Catheter Connections, Inc., The University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, Steven Bandis, James Mercer, Michael Howlett, Robert Hitchcock, James Kennedy, Richard Lasher
  • Patent number: 8522832
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein related to a device for transferring precise amounts of fluid from at least one source container to a at least one target container. In some embodiments, the fluid is first transferred from the source container (e.g., a vial) through a connector to an intermediate measuring container (e.g., a syringe). In some embodiments air can pass through an air inlet and enter the vial to compensate for the volume of fluid withdrawn from the vial. An air check valve or a bag or a filter can prevent the fluid from escaping through the air inlet. The precisely measured amount of fluid can then be transferred from the intermediate measuring container to the target container (e.g., an IV bag). In some embodiments the connector can include a source check valve and a target check valve to direct fluid first from the source container to the intermediate measuring container and then from the intermediate measuring container to the target container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr., Peter Leissling, Matthias Janssen
  • Patent number: 8506533
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus includes a hub, a closure valve, an internal seal member, and a spring. The hub defines an internal chamber. The closure valve is disposed within the internal chamber and defines an internal bore extending therethrough. The closure valve is movable relative to the hub between a first position, substantially sealing the internal chamber, and a second position, establishing a fluid passage extending completely through the hub. The internal seal member is disposed within the internal bore of the closure valve and is movable relative to the closure valve between a closed position, substantially sealing the internal bore, and an open position, establishing an internal passage, different from the fluid passage, extending completely through the closure valve. The spring is disposed within the internal chamber and is configured to bias the internal seal member towards the closed position, thereby biasing the closure valve towards the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James L Carlyon, David J. Salto, Eugene Schrader
  • Patent number: 8496645
    Abstract: Drainage catheters for use in a variety of medical procedures are presented herein. The drainage catheter features an improved tension member locking mechanism. In use, once the drainage catheter is placed as desired, a second connector piece is rotated relative to a first connector piece to wind the tension member around a spooling region and pull the distal end of the catheter tube into a locked configuration. Once the tension member is tensioned, the first and second connector pieces are pulled into a locking engagement thereby securing the catheter tube in the locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Eells, Scott E. Eells
  • Patent number: 8485231
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a medicine container with a flexible flap covering the opening of the container. The opening is closed by the flexible flap when the flexible flap is in a resting position and the opening is opened when the flexible flap is in a flexed position. A hand-operated plunger is equipped with an end configured to mate with the opening such that a seal is established between the plunger and the opening. The plunger is shaped to apply a force to the flexible flap, thereby operating the flexible flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Tessy Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: David Young
  • Patent number: 8448992
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for forming a sealed communication between conduits or conduit subassemblies, each of which has a wall with an exterior surface, and at least one of the walls includes an electrically conductive portion. The exterior surfaces may be brought into a facing relationship, and each conductive portion is heated sufficiently to sterilize the exterior surfaces of the walls by generating electrical current in the conductive portion, such as by application of a voltage or by induction. An aperture is then provided, as by an aperture-forming member, through the facing walls to provide communication between the conduits or conduit subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyungyoon Min, William H. Cork
  • Patent number: 8444628
    Abstract: A valve for selectively permitting a fluid flow between first and second medical implements is disclosed. The valve has a housing with an interface suitable for receiving a connector portion of a first medical device such as a catheter, and a seal made of a flexible material. The seal has a first end in fluid communication with the interface, a second end suitable for receiving the second medical device, and at least one slit in fluid communication with the first end and the second end. The slit defines a restricted fluid flow path and a relatively small interior volume when in an undisturbed state, defines an expanded fluid flow path and a larger interior volume upon the introduction of the second medical instrument into the slit, and retracts to define a restricted flow path and a small interior volume upon the withdrawal of the second medical device from the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow, Jr.