Dual Nozzles For Insertion Into Paired Body Orifices (e.g., Nasal Passages, Etc.) Patents (Class 604/94.01)
  • Patent number: 10786342
    Abstract: A doser including one or more cartridges for holding one or more products. The cartridge has a body defining a cavity for holding the products, a nozzle disposed on the body and connected to the cavity for dispensing the product from the cavity, and a piston arranged to move within the cavity to propel the product from the cavity into the nozzle. The cartridge also has a cap removably coupled to the cartridge for protecting the nozzle. Lastly, the doser has a dispenser for holding the cartridge or cartridges which actuates the piston, and removes the cap from the cartridge, so that the product is dispensed from the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Imaginus Limited
    Inventor: Mark L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9895279
    Abstract: A method for stimulating the hypothalamus in a human subject is provided. The method includes the step of imparting vibrations to a posterior part of a nasal cavity of the human subject by a device for stimulation of the hypothalamus, which includes an expandable stimulation member arranged to stimulate hypothalamic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: CHORDATE MEDICAL AB
    Inventors: Jan-Erik Juto, Fredrik Juto
  • Patent number: 9782320
    Abstract: A method of vibration treatment in at least one nasal cavity of a human subject is provided. The method includes the steps of: inserting a first stimulation member in a first nasal cavity; inserting a second stimulation member in a second nasal cavity; securing the first and second stimulation members such that the stimulation members are in fixed positions within the nasal cavities prior to vibration stimulation; arranging each of the first and second stimulation members to abut against tissue within each of the first and second nasal cavities at a first and second pressure; and imparting vibrations to tissue in at least one of the first and second nasal cavities via at least one of the first and second stimulation members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CHORDATE MEDICAL AB
    Inventors: Jan-Erik Juto, Fredrik Juto, Victor Kronestedt, William Holm
  • Patent number: 9579247
    Abstract: A method for treatment of a headache disorder in a human subject is provided. The method includes a) selecting a treatment area in the nasal cavity of the human subject; b) providing a stimulation member arranged for vibration stimulation of the selected treatment area; c) introducing the stimulation member into a nasal cavity of the human subject; d) expanding the stimulation member to exert a pressure on tissue of the selected treatment area; and e) bringing the stimulation member to vibrate in the nasal cavity to impart vibrations to the selected treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: CHORDATE MEDICAL AB
    Inventors: Jan-Erik Juto, William Holm, Fredrik Juto
  • Patent number: 9308361
    Abstract: A method for treating ethmoid disease in human or non-human animal subjects includes inserting a sheath containing an implantable device having an expandable member. The sheath is removed from the implantable device causing the expandable member to expand, allowing for stability of the implantable device in the subject. Stenting, spacing, draining, ventilating and/or delivering drugs and other therapeutic or diagnostic substances to desired locations within the bodies of human or non-human animal subjects may also be involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Ketan P. Muni, Hung V. Ha, John H. Morriss, William E. Bolger, Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Randy S. Chan, Nga K. Van, Anton G. Clifford, William M. Facteau
  • Patent number: 8979810
    Abstract: A nasal aspiration system for removing secretions from the user's nasal canals includes a port having a cap and a vacuum canister coupled on opposite ends. The cap includes two aspiration tubes extended therefrom. The aspiration tubes are configured for inserting into a user's nasal canals. The port includes a valve disposed therein, where the valve is operable to control the flow of nasal secretion from the aspiration tubes into the vacuum canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Craig Beyer
  • Patent number: 8863746
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a novel device and method for providing a disposable endotracheal intubation device for use with an auxiliary passageway serving as a guide for the placement of an orogastric or other enterally directed device in a patient. The present invention pertains to a medical catheter device, removably attachable to an endotracheal tube, for guiding the path of an enteral tube into the esophagus of a patient. The catheter device preferably employs an adjustable clamp to fix the position of the catheter relative to the endotracheal tube. The present invention also pertains to a combination medical intubation device comprising an endotracheal tube and a catheter proximate the endotracheal tube to guide the path of an enteral tube. The present invention also pertains to a method of intubating a patient using this combination medical intubation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kim Technology Partners, LP
    Inventor: Kenneth Alan Totz
  • Patent number: 8777876
    Abstract: Devices and methods for determining fallopian tube occlusion. The methods may include determining fallopian tube occlusions through a pressurization or volumetric determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Essure Inc.
    Inventor: Betsy Swann
  • Patent number: 8747388
    Abstract: A medical device can be used to drain fluids from the body during a medical procedure that requires the insertion of a medical instrument into an anatomical lumen or cavity. The device generally allows the simultaneous introduction of the medical instrument into the body and drainage of fluid out of the body during a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Prabhakar Pandey, David W. Robertson
  • Patent number: 8740839
    Abstract: Described here are paranasal sinus devices for treating paranasal sinus conditions. The devices include a cavity member, ostial member, and nasal portion. One or more of the cavity member, ostial member, and nasal portion may deliver an active agent for sustained release to treat the paranasal sinus condition. Exemplary paranasal sinus conditions are sinus inflammation due to functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and rhinosinusitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Intersect ENT, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Eaton, Thomas R. Tice, David B. Downie, Patrick A. Arensdorf, Rodney A. Brenneman, Danielle L. Biggs
  • Patent number: 8718754
    Abstract: Transnasal delivery of medication directly to a patient's brain is achieved using an iontophoresis wire cooperable with a medication administration device. A controller regulates an electric charge to the iontophoresis wire. The iontophoresis wire is insertable into each nasal cavity. This wire is preferably encased in a tube, through which the medication will be transnasally delivered. A cleaning solution may also be delivered to the nasal cavity after treatment to reduce irritation from the iontophoresis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Eduard N. Lerner
  • Patent number: 8690839
    Abstract: A method and device for delivering medicament such as for ameliorating pain in a patient from an injector superiorly and/or laterally and/or anteriorly towards the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG). A device for delivering a medicament to a patient in need thereof includes (a) an injector containing a first end configured to remain outside a nasal passage of the patient and a second end configured for entry into the nasal passage of the patient; and (b) an introducer configured for engagement with a nostril of the patient and containing a passageway configured for slidably receiving the injector. The injector is moveable between a storage position preceding the engagement and an engaging position pursuant to the engagement. The device may further include a locking connection assembly that is useful in other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Tian Xia, Aaron L. Hirschmann
  • Patent number: 8684005
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a nasal cannula for delivering continuous positive airway pressure (“CPAP”) to a patient's nares during operative procedures or in critical care areas. A malleable metal or plastic is encased in the bridge of the cannula to allow it to be shaped to the patient's face. As a result of contouring the cannula to the face, air leaks are minimized allowing a seal to be provided when an op site is applied to cover the upper lip, nasal cannula and nose. The cannula's nasal inserts can end in nontapered or slightly tapered non-sealing beads, which may be slightly angled out to accommodate various facial anatomies. When approximately several liters per minute of oxygen are flowed through the cannula, CPAP is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Jemi Airway Management LLC
    Inventor: Mitchell L. Jablons
  • Patent number: 8640927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring device with a container of the aromatic liquid. Dosing-device includes a spout for the release of aroma, and a pump to pump up the aromatic liquid from the container to a cushion, where the aroma from the cushion is delivered to the spout. In one embodiment the dosing-device comprises two spouts separated from each other by a distance proportioned to the nostrils and where the spouts stand out from the container for insertion into the nostrils. This design is particularly well suited to deliver aroma to the nose. The dosing-device is designed to interact with a lid with plugs arranged to seal the spouts. This way the aroma is kept concentrated until its lid is removed for dosing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Mahbobeh Taghinejad Sadabadi
  • Patent number: 8585616
    Abstract: Devices and methods for determining fallopian tube occlusion. The methods may include determining fallopian tube occlusions through a pressurization or volumetric determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Conceptus, Inc.
    Inventor: Betsy Swann
  • Patent number: 8512280
    Abstract: A cerebral cooling device that uses a pressurized source to deliver a fluid that evaporates in the nasal cavity to provide cooling and has a balloon on the distal end that inflates from some of the pressure front the pressurized source. The device includes a nasal catheter having delivery ports located in the distal region and a balloon on the distal end. The proximal end of the catheter is in fluid communication with a pressurized source of a low boiling point fluid. A manifold located between the pressurized source and the catheter distributes the fluid and pressure from the pressurized source to a first lumen of the catheter to inflate the balloon and to a second lumen of the catheter through the delivery ports to cool the nasal cavity. A check valve in the manifold ensures that the fluid and pressure are first delivered to the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: BeneChill, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Rozenberg, John K Hoffman, James Savage
  • Publication number: 20130158475
    Abstract: A method and device for delivering medicament such as for ameliorating pain in a patient from an injector superiorly and/or laterally and/or anteriorly towards the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG). A device for delivering a medicament to a patient in need thereof includes (a) an injector containing a first end configured to remain outside a nasal passage of the patient and a second end configured for entry into the nasal passage of the patient; and (b) an introducer configured for engagement with a nostril of the patient and containing a passageway configured for slidably receiving the injector. The injector is moveable between a storage position preceding the engagement and an engaging position pursuant to the engagement. The device may further include a locking connection assembly that is useful in other devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Tian Xia, Aaron L. Hirschmann
  • Patent number: 8337454
    Abstract: Described here are paranasal sinus devices for treating paranasal sinus conditions. The devices include a cavity member, ostial member, and nasal portion. One or more of the cavity member, ostial member, and nasal portion may deliver an active agent for sustained release to treat the paranasal sinus condition. Exemplary paranasal sinus conditions are sinus inflammation due to functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and rhinosinusitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Intersect ENT, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Eaton, Thomas R. Tice, David B. Downie, Patrick A. Arensdorf, Rodney Brenneman, Danielle L. Biggs
  • Patent number: 8328756
    Abstract: An abdominal cavity balloon for preventing a haemorrhage in a patient's pelvic region, comprising an inflatable balloon, wherein the balloon is provided with a smooth surface and with a strip that is flexurally stiff and formed to follow the balloon's shape for positioning the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Technische Universiteit Delft
    Inventors: Eleonora Elisabeth Hendrika Naber, Herman Jozef Theodorus Rutten, Jazek Jerzy Jakimowicz, Richard Hendrik Marc Goossens, Cornelis Christiaan Marie Moes, Sonja Nandine Buzink
  • Patent number: 8231588
    Abstract: A method for delivering medicament such as for ameliorating pain in a patient includes introducing an injector through a nasal passage of the patient into a region substantially medial and/or posterior and/or inferior to a sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) of the patient; and delivering a medicament from the injector superiorly and/or laterally and/or anteriorly towards the SPG. A device for delivering a medicament to a patient in need thereof includes (a) an injector containing a first end configured to remain outside a nasal passage of the patient and a second end configured for entry into the nasal passage of the patient; and (b) an introducer configured for engagement with a nostril of the patient and containing a passageway configured for slidably receiving the injector. The injector is moveable between a storage position preceding the engagement and an engaging position pursuant to the engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Tian Xia
  • Publication number: 20120078173
    Abstract: Systems and methods for nasal irrigation are provided in which a nasal irrigation device includes a source of saline, an effluent receptacle, a nasal interface, a vacuum source, a fluid passageway to communicate the source of saline with the effluent receptacle through the nasal interface and a nasal cavity of the user, and a switch and valve assembly for selectively controlling the vacuum source and flow of the saline solution through the fluid passageway. The saline source is disposed relative to the device to provide gravitational inducement of saline to the nasal interface in engagement to the device user's nostrils. A combination of the gravitational inducement and the relative vacuum from the effluent receptacle generates a fluid flow for irrigating, cleansing and massaging the nasal cavity and ostia of a user. The entire device is assembled as a hand-held device for convenient lifting and disposal against the user's nostrils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Martin R. Hoke, Paul R. Metcalfe
  • Publication number: 20120055485
    Abstract: A wearable medical support is provided for delivery of fluids to the nose of a subject. The support includes a heat moldable nose mask having a longitudinal direction, formed from a sheet of thermoplastic material. The nose mask includes a nose aperture dimensioned to fit the nose of the subject, and a fixture for a strap at each opposing longitudinal end of the mask The support includes a coupling dismountably fixed to the mask for attachment of one or more tubes for delivery of the fluid to the nose. The nose mask is configured for individual molding across at least part of the cheek bones of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Anthony
  • Patent number: 8090433
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Ketan P. Muni, John H. Morriss, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Julia D. Vrany
  • Patent number: 8080000
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Ketan P. Muni, John H. Morriss, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Julia D. Vrany
  • Publication number: 20110288476
    Abstract: A nasal lavage device includes a source of saline solution, an effluent receptacle, and a nasal interface for engaging the nostrils of a user of the device. A fluid passageway is disposed to communicate the source of saline solution with the effluent receptacle through the nasal cavity of the user. The nasal interface and fluid passageways are included within a removable cartridge for communicating the saline relative to the nostrils in a first direction. A second cartridge can be inserted to communicate the flow in a second direction. The interface includes nasal pillows that form a seal against the user's nostrils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Martin R. Hoke, Robert D. Schilling, Gary R. Austin, Jess Paul Carlson
  • Patent number: 8048023
    Abstract: Systems and methods for nasal irrigation are provided in which a nasal irrigation device includes a source of saline solution, an effluent receptacle, a nasal interface, a vacuum source, a fluid passageway to communicate the source of saline solution with the effluent receptacle through the nasal interface and a nasal cavity of the user, and a switch and valve assembly for selectively controlling the vacuum source and flow of the saline solution through the fluid passageway. The saline solution source is disposed relative to the device to provide gravitational inducement of saline solution to the nasal interface in engagement to the device user's nostrils. A combination of the gravitational inducement and the relative vacuum from the effluent receptacle generates a fluid flow for irrigating, cleansing and massaging the nasal cavity and ostia of a user. The entire device is assembled as a hand-held device for convenient lifting and disposal against the user's nostrils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: RhinoSystems Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. Hoke, Paul R. Metcalfe
  • Patent number: 8025635
    Abstract: Described here are paranasal sinus devices for treating paranasal sinus conditions. The devices include a cavity member, ostial member, and nasal portion. One or more of the cavity member, ostial member, and nasal portion may deliver an active agent for sustained release to treat the paranasal sinus condition. Exemplary paranasal sinus conditions are sinus inflammation due to functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and rhinosinusitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Intersect ENT, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Eaton, Thomas R. Tice, David B. Downie, Patrick A. Arensdorf, Rodney Brenneman, Danielle L. Biggs
  • Patent number: 7981077
    Abstract: A nasal lavage device includes a source of saline solution, an effluent receptacle, and a nasal interface for engaging the nostrils of a user of the device. A fluid passageway is disposed to communicate the source of saline solution with the effluent receptacle through the nasal cavity of the user. The nasal interface and fluid passageways are included within a removable cartridge for communicating the saline relative to the nostrils in a first direction. A second cartridge can be inserted to communicate the flow in a second direction. The interface includes nasal pillows that form a seal against the user's nostrils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: RhinoSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. Hoke, Robert D. Schilling, Gary R. Austin, Jess Paul Carlson
  • Patent number: 7914506
    Abstract: A nose rinsing apparatus includes a main container provided with a receiving space to receive a nose rinsing liquid, a spraying device mounted on the main container to spray the atomized nose rinsing liquid, and a recycle container mounted on the main container and having an inside provided with an opening and a periphery provided with at least one three-dimensional concave portion. Thus, the three-dimensional concave portion of the recycle container has an ergonomically designed shape to fit that of the user's upper jaw so that the three-dimensional concave portion of the recycle container abuts the user's upper jaw closely and entirely to prevent the wasted rinsing liquid and the dirt in the user's nose from leaking outwardly from the opening of the recycle container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: DTC-Healthkare Inc.
    Inventors: Jui-Jen Lee, To-Chan Chen
  • Patent number: 7862548
    Abstract: A nasal irrigation device includes a container for storing nasal cleansing fluid, a spout having a connecting end, a nose engaging end and a spout passage, the connecting end of the spout being removably coupled to the container to allow the spout passage to receive nasal cleansing fluid from an opening of the container, the spout having a curved portion for directing nasal cleansing fluid toward a nasal passageway of a user when the container is clear of a nasal discharge path, the spout passage being continually open and unobstructed. The container is partially collapsible to force nasal cleansing fluid through the spout passage and into the nasal passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Bekan Rhinologics Inc.
    Inventors: Amin R. Javer, Ezra Kwok, Brenda Lauk, Kevin Wong, Nael Shoman, Bradford Mechor
  • Patent number: 7743770
    Abstract: A cannula having at least three separate flow passages and comprising separate nasal and mouth main bodies. The nasal body has first and second nares and first and second main flow chambers respectively communicating with first and second ports, and the first and second flow chambers are separated from one another by a septum. The mouth main body is adjacent the nasal main body and has at least one mouthpiece and at least a third main flow chamber therein communicating with a third port. The cannula has at least first, second and third flow paths which can be connected with a desired supply, monitoring or detection device. The invention also relates to the method of manufacturing the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Salter Labs
    Inventors: James N. Curti, Kyle L. Adriance, Russell J. Kinney
  • Publication number: 20100152653
    Abstract: A nasal lavage device includes a source of saline solution, an effluent receptacle, and a nasal interface for engaging the nostrils of a user of the device. A fluid passageway is disposed to communicate the source of saline solution with the effluent receptacle through the nasal cavity of the user. The nasal interface and fluid passageways are included within a removable cartridge for communicating the saline relative to the nostrils in a first direction. A second cartridge can be inserted to communicate the flow in a second direction. The interface includes nasal pillows that form a seal against the user's nostrils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Martin R. Hoke, Robert D. Schilling, Gary R. Austin, Jess Paul Carlson
  • Patent number: 7682338
    Abstract: An infusion medium delivery system, device and method for delivering an infusion medium to a patient-user, includes a needle inserter device and method for inserting a needle and/or cannula into a patient-user to convey the infusion medium to the patient-user. The needle inserter device and method operate to insert a needle and cannula into a patient-user's skin and automatically withdraw the needle from the patient-user, leaving the cannula in place and in fluid flow communication with a reservoir. The delivery device may include a base portion and a durable portion connectable to the base portion, and wherein the base portion can be separated from the durable portion and disposed of after one or more specified number of uses. The base portion supports the reservoir and the needle inserter device, while the durable portion supports a drive device for selectively driving the infusion medium out of the reservoir and into the needle and/or cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher G. Griffin
  • Publication number: 20090247941
    Abstract: A nasal irrigator for yoga includes a connection mechanism, an air vent and a conduit. The connection mechanism is used to connect a vessel. The liquid of the vessel flows to the nasal irrigator and the air vent will balance the pressure between the vessel and outside during the flowing. Hence, the user can rinse the nasal cavity by himself easily. Also, the nasal irrigator is convenient to carry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: SHIN-CHIANG LU
  • Publication number: 20090216183
    Abstract: A nasal spray apparatus for simultaneously administrating metered amounts of multiple medicaments includes chambers for separately storing incompatible medicaments, such as an antihistamine and a steroid. Reciprocal piston pumps allow the medications to be sprayed into the user's nasal cavity. Two pumps can be used to separately transfer the medicaments to a receptacle where they can be initially mixed just prior to administration. A small volume receptacle is used to reduce the amount of mixture remaining after each stroke of the nasal spray apparatus. A check valve can be associated with each pump to further reduce medicament mixtures from cross contamination within storage chamber preparations. Collapsible components, including collapsible storage chambers or balloon capacitors can be employed to compensate for vacuums and back pressures as the medicaments are pumped to a spray nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Americo Michael Minotti
  • Publication number: 20090062733
    Abstract: Inter-nasal delivery devices are disclosed. The inter-nasal delivery devices can include a first nasal element and a second nasal element that are configured to be inserted into adjacent nostrils. In one embodiment, the nasal elements can have a tubular shape. In one embodiment, a sinus relief composition that emits vapors that are to be inhaled by the user can be positioned on the inside surfaces of the nasal elements. Sinus relief composition can be applied to the inside surface without block an open passageway through each nostril. In an alternative embodiment, a pharmaceutically active compound can be applied to exterior surfaces of the nasal elements for absorption through nasal tissue. In still another embodiment, the nasal elements can have a panel-like shape as opposed to a tubular shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas G. Shannon
  • Patent number: 7491193
    Abstract: A personal care apparatus (1) is provided with a suction nozzle configuration (4) which has two different suction nozzles (15, 22) with two different suction sections (27, 26), wherein the suction nozzles (15, 22) are held adjustably in relation to each other along a path of motion (16) which is preferably perpendicularly to their suction sections (27, 26), so that by means of an adjustment of this type in each case one of the suction nozzles (15, 22) may be adjusted with its suction section (27, 26) into an operating position permitting suctorial interaction with an area of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Arthur Putzer
  • Patent number: 7390331
    Abstract: A nasal breathing assist device includes a pair of open-ended tubular elements each extending along a central tube axis between a relatively large first end and a relatively small second end, a coupler element extending between the first ends of the tubular elements, and at least one non-resilient tab extends from the first end toward the second end of the tubular element. The tab includes at least one relatively small protrusion extending from a distal end of the tab toward the tubular element. The device may further includes a filer having a peripheral frame contoured to be snap-fitted in an open-faced channel defined within the tubular element. The device may further includes a removable medication carrier which is adapted to bear a therapeutic agent and adapted to insert into the open-faced channel of the tubular element. The tubular element may define at least one channels on an inner surface of the tubular element to receive edges of the medication carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Sanostec Corp
    Inventors: Ernest Santin, Louise MacDonald
  • Publication number: 20070233012
    Abstract: A disposable or reusable spray container including a housing; at least two storage chambers in the housing, each of the storage chambers containing one or more different ingredients and an actuator on the housing, wherein activation of the actuator causes simultaneous emission of the ingredients from the storage chambers of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew J. Lerrick, Olivia R. Lerrick
  • Patent number: 7156097
    Abstract: An improved nasal cannula and cannula support structure. In a preferred embodiment, an integrated nasal cannula and cannula support device comprise a semi-rigid mono-lumen cannula design comprising a generally L-shaped mono-lumen strut terminating at its distal end with an oxygen supply barrel. In an alternate embodiment of the present invention designed for use with conventional delivery tube pair cannula designs, a nasal cannula support device includes a ridge pole retainer comprising a generally L-shaped strut having a long leg and a short leg. The cannula support is anchored to the wearer's nose and/or forehead such that the cannula delivery tubes and supply barrel are maintained in fixed alignment regardless of the wearer's head motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Norman Cardoso
  • Patent number: 6929635
    Abstract: A medical shaft or tubing includes an elongate tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end. The shaft also includes a tubular wall extending between the proximal and distal ends to define a first lumen. The elongated tubular member further comprises a second lumen extending through at least a portion of the tubular member. The tubular wall additionally includes a reinforcing element that surrounds at least a portion of the first lumen and that surrounds and overlaps at least a portion of the second lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan I. Shelso
  • Patent number: 6776778
    Abstract: A method and device for filling or partially filling the nasal cavities of a person through both nostril openings with a liquid essentially while the head of the person is at a safe forward angle of tilt by pooling or tubing means for establishing communication of liquid with the nasal cavity of the person and by inhalation or external pressure allowing any liquid exiting the rear of the nasal cavities to drain into the back of the oral cavity of the mouth and embodiments of the device requiring the head of the user to be at a prescribed or greater angle of tilt during use by comprising spilling or shutting off means for assuring the head of the person is at least at a prescribed forward angle of tilt during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Allen L. Prince
  • Patent number: 6736792
    Abstract: A nasal-nasopharyngeal-cleaning (NNC) system is disclosed for removing harmful substances from a human's nasal and nasopharyngeal cavities. Harmful substances herein include infectious agents, chemicals, dust, small particles and dirt deposits in nasal cavities and in the nasopharynx. The NNC system includes a NNC solution, a solution container, a liquid transfer tube, a valve means and a flat-head nostril fitting. The two-step cleaning process comprises cleaning the nasal cavity first with the NNC system and then cleaning the nasopharyngeal cavity with the NNC system. The NNC system is also used to prevent snore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: James Zhou Liu
  • Publication number: 20040015092
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for monitoring a patient's breath and supplying a gas or gases different from ambient air to the patient, includes: a manifold having a gas inlet for supplying the gas(es) to one of the patient's nostrils and a through passage for breathing air flowing solely to and from the patient's other nostril, and an optical sensor for sensing breathing air flowing in the through passage. It also refers to a nose adapter for use in the apparatus, the adapter including: the body forming a first through passage and a second through passage, the first and second passages extending through the body, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Hans Pettersson
  • Patent number: 6564800
    Abstract: A nasal air passage device is provided that includes connected tubes for insertion into the nostrils. The tubes support the nostrils' interior walls, allowing an increased amount of air to pass through the nostrils, particularly during sleep. Each tube has an exterior surface that has nonconformities, such as mound-shaped, including bubble-shaped, and ridge-shaped protrusions, and the like, that are distributed in a substantially uniform manner across the exterior surface. The nonconformities cause discontinuities between the exterior surface area and the nostril interior wall tissue, thus reducing the tendency to dry and stick. The nonconformities can be arranged in substantial alignment or randomly, can be uniform or varied in size, and can be resilient or inelastic. Each tube has a forward and rearward end that is inwardly tapered, thus eliminating the presentation of a right-angled forward or rearward end to the nostril interior wall tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Juan Rodriguez Olivares
  • Patent number: 6543452
    Abstract: A nasal intubation device is used to penetrate a nasal region and provide irrigation and/or medication to the nasal region. This intubation device can also be used in other applications. The intubation device comprises a flexible tube and a distal tip at the distal end of the flexible tube. The distal tip includes flanges forming a generally arrow shape that is capable of penetrating the nasal region and allowing the intubation device to remain within the nasal region. The flexible tube includes a passageway communicating with a perforated region proximate the distal end to provide the irrigation and/or medication. An implantation device, such as a canula-trocart, can be used to implant the intubation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Medilyfe, Inc.
    Inventor: Francois Lavigne
  • Patent number: 6540718
    Abstract: The invention presented here refers to an appliance (1) for the rinsing of nasal cavities and of paranasal sinuses, with a rinsing mixture (3) and with a vessel (2) for containing and letting flow out the rinsing mixture (3) without overpressure, whereby the appliance (1) has an applicator (4) with an applicator aperture (42) for introducing the rinsing mixture (3) into a nostril, applicator (4) and vessel (2) are connected to one another, applicator (4) and vessel (2) are arranged at an angle of inclination (&agr;) to one another, a rinsing sure level (30) in the vessel (2) is on the height contour of the applicator aperture (42) and the rinsing mixture (3) through the applicator aperture (42) can flow into a nostril and through paranasal sinuses, as soon as the level of the rinsing mixture (30) is on the height contour of the paranasal sinuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Samuel Wennek
  • Patent number: 6520931
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes a case formed with a receiving space, a motor mounted in the case as a driving source which is driven by a battery, a power transmission element for converting a rotational motion of the motor to a linear motion, a pressure element connected to the power transmission element for inhaling and discharging ambient air so as to generate a suction force or discharging force of a predetermined pressure, a suction/discharge element integrally coupled with the pressure element and having an inlet for allowing an air to be inspired into the pressure element and an outlet for allowing the inspired air to be discharged from the pressure element to the outside, a power switch mounted an external surface of the case for controlling operations of the motor. Moreover, either of device or an injection device is detachably mounted to the main body of the medical instrument in communication with the inlet or the outlet of the suction/discharge element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: G-Intek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-Joo Suh
  • Patent number: 6516795
    Abstract: A nasal spray device for dispensing a liquid from a pressurized container (R). The nasal spray device includes two juxtaposed applicators (1a, 1b), each being provided with at least one expulsion duct (10a, 10b) opening at an outer end in a spay nozzle (B) and communicating at an inner end with the container (R) with a pressurizing device (P). The applicators are fixed to a base (2) which couples them to the container (R). The nasal spray device includes a first part (I) supporting the applicators (1a, 1b) and an outer bottom skirt (11) radially clamping onto a cylindrical inner bearing surface (21) provided along a surface of a second part (II) carrying the base (2). The first and second parts (II) define bottom portions of the expulsion ducts (10a, 10b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Rexam Sofab
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Bougamont, Jean-Pierre Alleard, David Leuliet
  • Patent number: 6514262
    Abstract: A dermabrasion apparatus operating by a flow of air and reducing substances conveyed by a pneumatic system through a handpiece. The apparatus comprises a housing, a vacuum pump, and an external tray inside of which a mixing bottle and a collecting bottle are provided. The apparatus further comprises at least one external source of pressurized sterilized air, or other suitable gas. The handpiece and the bottles are disposable sterilized components. Two or more of the components can be color-coded and sold in a kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Mattioli Engineering Ltd.
    Inventors: Dario Di Fiore, Carlo Stanisci