External Pressure Applicator Patents (Class 606/201)
  • Patent number: 10357254
    Abstract: A hemostatic device is provided to stop bleeding at a puncture site on the wrist of a patient, the device comprising a transparent flexible band to be wrapped at the site where the bleeding is to be stopped, a curved frame having an inner peripheral side and possessing a first curved portion in its first half and a second curved portion in its second half, a first balloon provided on the inner peripheral side in the first half of the curved frame and a second balloon provided on the inner peripheral side in the second half of the curved frame. The bleeding from a first artery is stopped by compressing the first artery at the puncture site using inflation of the first balloon and the blood flow in the first artery is increased by compression of a second artery using inflation of the second balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: VASOINNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Samir Bipin Pancholy, Nolan Rajendra Sardesai, Milind Padmakar Panse, Rajendra Gurudas Sardesai
  • Patent number: 10349951
    Abstract: A hemostatic device is provided to stop bleeding at a puncture site on the wrist of a patient, the device comprising a transparent flexible band to be wrapped at the site where the bleeding is to be stopped, a curved frame having an inner peripheral side and possessing a first curved portion in its first half and a second curved portion in its second half, a first balloon provided on the inner peripheral side in the first half of the curved frame and a second balloon provided on the inner peripheral side in the second half of the curved frame. The bleeding from a first artery is stopped by compressing the first artery at the puncture site using inflation of the first balloon and the blood flow in the first artery is increased by compression of a second artery using inflation of the second balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: VASOINNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Samir Bipin Pancholy, Nolan Rajendra Sardesai, Milind Padmakar Panse, Rajendra Gurudas Sardesai
  • Patent number: 10281070
    Abstract: A pipe coupler includes a first jaw member, a first jaw extension, a second jaw member defining an open channel, a mounting board, a ratchet, and a first biasing member. The first and second jaw members are hinged to each other. The mounting board extends outwardly from the open channel of the second jaw member. The first jaw extension extends from the first jaw member, and is configured to extend into the open channel. The first jaw extension has a plurality of rack teeth. The ratchet is rotatably mounted on the mounting board, and has a plurality of ratchet teeth configured to mesh with the rack teeth. The first jaw extension is permitted to drive the ratchet to rotate unidirectionally against a first biasing force of the first biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Janice Lin
  • Patent number: 10206683
    Abstract: A vascular compression apparatus and method for applying pressure onto an area of a patient generally including a blood vessel and a wound site, such as a blood vessel puncture, after a cannulated procedure for the purpose of controlling bleeding and achieving hemostasis. The vascular compression apparatus includes a handle, a shaft and a pad. The shaft extends generally downward from the center of the bottom side of the handle. The pad is connected generally off-center of its top side to the bottom end of the shaft. The bottom side of the pad is convex to allow the vascular compression device to be rocked back and forth. In use, the pad is generally placed proximal to the catheter insertion site and over the blood vessel containing the catheter. The device is rocked proximally to control blood flow while removing the catheter. After the catheter is removed from the puncture site, the device is rocked distally to the puncture site, where pressure is applied until hemostasis is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MARINE POLYMER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sergio Finkielsztein, Marco Finkielsztein, John N. Vournakis
  • Patent number: 10194916
    Abstract: An applicator device, system and method for use with an exsanguination tourniquet are disclosed. The applicator device includes a body with a proximal end and a distal end, a first opening at the proximal end, and a conduit connecting the proximal end and the distal end. The system includes the applicator device and an exsanguination device. The method of applying an exsanguination tourniquet over a patient's limb, includes selecting an applicator device and correspondingly sized exsanguination tourniquet, placing the exsanguination tourniquet over the applicator device, placing the applicator device over the patient's limb, and rolling the exsanguination tourniquet over the applicator device and a portion of the patient's limb from the distal end of the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OHK MEDICAL DEVICES, LTD.
    Inventors: Noam Gavriely, Oded Fishelzon
  • Patent number: 10117672
    Abstract: A hemostatic device is provided to stop bleeding at a puncture site on the wrist of a patient, the device comprising a transparent flexible band to be wrapped at the site where the bleeding is to be stopped, a curved frame having an inner peripheral side and possessing a first curved portion in its first half and a second curved portion in its second half, a first balloon provided on the inner peripheral side in the first half of the curved frame and a second balloon provided on the inner peripheral side in the second half of the curved frame. The bleeding from a first artery is stopped by compressing the first artery at the puncture site using inflation of the first balloon and the blood flow in the first artery is increased by compression of a second artery using inflation of the second balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: VASOINNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Samir Bipin Pancholy, Nolan Rajendra Sardesai, Milind Padmakar Panse, Rajendra Gurudas Sardesai
  • Patent number: 10016215
    Abstract: Various devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted through a single surgical access device at variable angles of insertion, allowing for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation. Safety shields and release mechanisms are also provided for use with various surgical access devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Widenhouse, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David K. Norvell, Robert P. Gill, James W. Voegele, Michael A. Murray, Christopher J. Hess, Michael S. Cropper
  • Patent number: 9687272
    Abstract: Various devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted through a single surgical access device at variable angles of insertion, allowing for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation. Safety shields and release mechanisms are also provided for use with various surgical access devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher W. Widenhouse, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David K. Norvell, Robert P. Gill, James W. Voegele, Michael A. Murray, Christopher J. Hess, Michael S. Cropper
  • Patent number: 9492177
    Abstract: The present invention is a tourniquet comprising: a strap; a pelvic pad included in the strap having a pocket defined in the pelvic pad for receiving a semi-rigid stiffening member; base plates slidably attached to the strap allowing the base plates to be positioned along the strap; a threaded shaft received in each of the base plates; a pressure pad removable attached to a distal end of each of the shafts; a handle attached to a proximal end of each of the shafts having openings defined in each end of the handle; and, a rotational arresting strap attached to each base plate having a securing tab that can be received in one of the handle openings thereby preventing the shaft from rotating when the securing tab is received in sand handle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignees: North American Rescue, LLC, The University Of Texas Health Care Center at Houston
    Inventors: Darrel Saunders, Ricardo Flores-Artola, Joanne Walters, Michael Duncan, Lester Martinez-Lopez, Joshua Markham, Brent Bronson, John B. Holcomb, Keith Gates, Andy Burgess
  • Patent number: 9480531
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an active positioning device for a surgical instrument arranged on a robot arm, comprising a carrier plate (3, 33), which can be connected with a robot arm (1, 31), a port mechanism (4, 34), which is arranged on carrier plate (3, 33) and intended as entry point into the interior of a body, at least one guide device (6, 36, 59) for insertion of a surgical instrument (8, 38, 61) into the body, whereby the shaft of surgical (8, 38, 61) instrument extends through guide device (6, 36, 59) and whereby guide device (6, 36, 59) is variably connected to port mechanism (4, 34) via a compensating element (5, 35) and an adjustment device (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67) for guide device (6, 36, 59) opposite port mechanism (4, 34), which is arranged on carrier plate (3, 33) and/or port mechanism (4, 34) on the one hand and guide device (6, 36, 59) on the other hand, in such a way that the shaft of surgical instrument (8, 38, 61) is movable both in x-d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: avateramedical GmbH
    Inventor: Hubertus von Grünberg
  • Patent number: 9446178
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleansing wounds, in which wound exudate is removed from a wound bed and selectively cleansed and returned to the wound. The cleansing means removes materials deleterious to wound healing, and the cleansed fluid, still containing materials that are beneficial in promoting wound healing, is returned to the wound bed. The associated wound dressing and cleansing means are conformable to the wound, and may have irrigant fluid circulated from a reservoir by a device for moving fluid through a flow path which passes through the dressing and a means for fluid cleansing and back to the dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lewis Blott, Bryan Greener, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Derek Nicolini, Tina Michelle Walker, Julian Lee-Webb
  • Patent number: 9393025
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for reducing traumatic injury through the use of ischemic conditioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: The Hospital for Sick Children
    Inventor: Christopher Caldarone
  • Patent number: 9285068
    Abstract: A retention system includes a base supporting a wing spar and a post extending through the base from a first side of the base to a second side of the base. The post inserts through an aperture in the spar. A stop is selectively securable to the post over the second side of the base. A locking member engages the post on the first side of the base. The locking member is configured to selectively move the post from an unlocked position to a locked position in which the post is withdrawn toward the first side relative to the unlocked position. A biasing member encircles the post and is positioned between the stop and the second side. When the locking member is in a closed position the biasing member expands to engage the aperture and resist movement of the wing spar. A plurality of cradles may support the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Becklin Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Phelan, Adrian P. Tayne
  • Patent number: 9271797
    Abstract: A robotic tool holder, including a housing, configured to be gripped by a human hand, and a wireless transmitter, located within the housing. The holder further includes a plurality of individual controls attached to the housing, the controls being configured, in a first mode of operation of the robotic tool holder, to activate respective motions of a first surgical tool physically attached to the housing in response to manipulation of the controls by the human hand, and in a second mode of operation of the robotic tool holder, to activate via the wireless transmitter respective motions of a second surgical tool remote from and disconnected from the housing in response to the manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Doron Adler, Shai Finkman
  • Patent number: 9179879
    Abstract: A device is provided that aids in the medical compression process. One example of such a device is a medical compression device that can be added to medical machinery, such as the Hologic® Multicare Prone Biopsy table or a Hologic® upright biopsy table/system. The device can be configured to be placed into and partially through an “operating window” of a compression paddle component used in the biopsy table. The device advantageously does not require modification of the biopsy table or modification of the compression paddle/guide for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Peter W. Kremers
  • Patent number: 9168358
    Abstract: The invention protects an intraosseous infusion system from being bumped or displaced. The device is a strap and an implement that holds the intraosseous infusion system. The implement is comprised of two pieces. A U shaped piece that has an opening that holds the intraosseous infusion device. The second piece when snapped into place encircles the intraosseous infusion device to securely hold the intraosseous infusion device in place. To use the invention, the invention is place over the intraosseous infusion device placed in the patient's leg and the strap is tightened around the patient's leg. Then the second piece is pushed around the intraosseous infusion device to hold it securely in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: David Kunkler
  • Patent number: 9050096
    Abstract: A tourniquet cuff has minimal flow restrictions within its pneumatic passageway under normal operating conditions, has a substantially reduced likelihood of partial or complete obstructions or interruptions of the pneumatic passageway under foreseeable operating conditions, can indicate exposure of the cuff to external agents that are capable of affecting the integrity of the pneumatic passageway before use, and can be manufactured economically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Western Clinical Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: James A. McEwen, Kenneth Glinz, Kevin B. Inkpen, Michael Jameson
  • Patent number: 9028526
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for preparing a soft tissue site, and augmenting the soft tissue site, such as the breast(s), scar, depression, or other defect, of a subject through use of devices that exert a distractive force on the breast(s) and grafting of autologous fat tissue such as domes with sealing rims for surrounding each of the soft tissue site and a regulated pump. The method for preparing the soft tissue site, and enhancing fat graft results, entails application of the distracting force to the targeted soft tissue site at least intermittently for some period of time and preferably several weeks prior to the graft procedure. A related aspect of the invention includes following the preparation steps by transfer of fat from other areas of the subject to the subject's soft tissue site, and then reapplication of the distractive force to the soft tissue site that received the autologous fat graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Roger Khouri
  • Patent number: 9023078
    Abstract: A pair of soft tissue instruments which provide a combination edge profile allowing a single tool to break up fibrous adhesions and massage damaged tissues in order to restore healthy function to muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves that have been affected by inflammation, injuries or various traumas. The combination edge profile is formed by a double wide radius following the full thickness of the tool similarly as a spherically blunted tangent ogive, including a nose radius covering around 90 degrees of the curved edge; the double specific radius sharpness angle varying from 1 degree near the full tool thickness of the instrument up to around 50 degrees as an average, but reaching around 90 degrees just when it reaches the much smaller tip edge radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan Edward Dehors
  • Publication number: 20150112380
    Abstract: A device worn by a patient for maintaining pressure at appropriate points on a patient's abdomen for treating gastroesophageal reflux and heartburn. The pressure is applied by the utilization of two protrusions. The position of both of the protrusions can be adjusted laterally relative to one another to ensure that pressure is applied to the correct position on the patient's body. Alternatively, the protrusions can be inflated to a particular level, allowing the protrusions to apply pressure to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: BRIAN HELLER, NELS LAURITZEN, BARRY CONSTANTINE
  • Patent number: 9011486
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems are described for treating venous insufficiency in which the vein is compressed at least partially along a treatment zone. A system can be provided including an injection device, such as a glue gun, that is operably connected to a delivery catheter that can be advanced across a treatment zone in the vein. The delivery catheter can be used to deliver one, two, or more boluses of media (e.g., cyanoacrylate) to occlude the vein along different spaced-apart sections of the treatment zone. External compression can also be applied to the vein by a compression element, such as a hand or multifunctional ultrasound transducer, to occlude portions of the vein along the treatment zone prior to or during the introduction of the boluses of media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Rodney D. Raabe, Jack Chu, Don Crawford, Jan R. Lau, Zhenyu Zuo
  • Patent number: 8985120
    Abstract: A first embodiment can be a method to reduce SLOSH energy absorption within an organism by reducing the inelastic collisions. A fluid containing organism can utilize an embodiment of the method wherein one or more of reversibly increasing pressure within the organs or cells, reversibly increasing the volume within the organs or cells, reversibly altering vascular, molecular, or cell wall stiffness, or reversibly altering vascular, molecular, or cell wall configuration within said organism may reduce these collisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: TBI Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: David William Smith
  • Patent number: 8986342
    Abstract: Methods for ischemic conditioning treatments of a chronic medical condition are provided. Baseline disease-related parameters of a patient with a chronic medical condition are measured. Ischemia is induced in the patient by occluding and releasing arterial flow in one or more extremities of the patient. Post-ischemia parameters in the patient are measured. The baseline and post-ischemia parameters are compared to provide an assessment of an ischemic conditioning treatment of a chronic medical condition. The repeated, scheduled delivery of ischemic conditioning provides a beneficial, therapeutic effect on the chronic medical condition. Also provided is a device for pulse oximetry during periods of absent or low pulsatile blood flow including an artificial pulse generator as well as the use of said device in assessment of ischemic conditioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: IC Therapeutics
    Inventors: Morteza Naghavi, Albert Andrew Yen, Haider Hassan, David Panthagani
  • Publication number: 20150051637
    Abstract: We disclose methods and medical device systems for selectively recruiting a nerve fiber type within a cranial nerve, a peripheral nerve or a spinal root. Such a method may comprise applying a first pressure, a heating, and/or a cooling to a second location of the nerve, the pressure, heating, or cooling sufficient to substantially block at least one of activation or conduction in at least one fiber population through the second location of the nerve for a blocking time period; and applying an electrical signal to a first location during the blocking time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio
  • Patent number: 8956387
    Abstract: A system and method for inducing physiological effects of ischemic conditioning and physiological effects of shear stress in a subject's body that mimic the effect of exercise on the subject. The disclosure includes a first device configured to cause ischemia, a second device configured to mechanically generate arterial shear stress, and a third device configured to monitor one or more of markers of ischemia or hemodynamic parameters and further including a microcontroller and actuators to cause the ischemia for a preset duration and then stop the ischemia for a preset duration, and to repeat the ischemia and reflow periods according to a preset program, simultaneously cause the second device to mechanically generate arterial shear stress according to a preset program of mechanical pulse amplitude, duration, and frequency; and to concurrently monitor hemodynamic parameters or markers of ischemia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: IC Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Morteza Naghavi, Albert Yen, Timothy O'Brien, Stephan Cleboski, Timothy Brinkley, David Panthagani
  • Publication number: 20150045829
    Abstract: A device is provided for mounting on a wearer to effect weight loss in the wearer. A central body is connected to a belt for mounting the central body on the abdomen of the wearer and a support structure is provided for stabilizing a position of the central body in relation to the body of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: David ASLEY
  • Patent number: 8945173
    Abstract: Dorsal forearm plate having a three-dimensional concave shape adapted to the shape of the dorsal forearm such that the dorsal forearm may rest on the forearm plate, the dorsal forearm plate has an essentially rectangular extension having opposing long sides and opposing short sides and has a substantially rigid unitary body adapted to underlie the posterior of the patient's hand, wrist and forearm, the plate is provided with two attachment bands, a distal and a proximal attachment band, adapted to attach the plate at the dorsal forearm of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Coordination Center BVBA
    Inventors: Björn Atthoff, Erik Hansson, Fredrik Preinitz, Fredrik Mahlin
  • Publication number: 20150018867
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing improved ultrasound visibility of medical devices intended for intravascular use are described. The inclusion of gas/solid boundary regions within a medical devices improves the resolution of the device under ultrasound visualization. Gas/solid boundary regions may be provided through the use of embedded gas-filled microlumens, microwells, or enclosed pockets within the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Rodney D. Raabe, Jack Chu, Don Crawford, Jan R. Lau, Xiucai Zhang
  • Patent number: 8932212
    Abstract: A seal anchor member defines a housing defining a longitudinal axis, the housing having leading and trailing ends, and including a plurality of lumens extending between the leading and trailing ends, each lumen being adapted for substantially sealed reception of an object therein and defining a longitudinal axis, wherein at least two of the lumens define longitudinal axes that are non-parallel to facilitate angled, at-rest placement of multiple instruments within the seal anchor member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Gregory Okoniewski
  • Patent number: 8932322
    Abstract: Disclosed are neuromuscular release (including myofascial trigger point) therapy devices, systems, kits and methods. The therapy tool comprises a body, wherein the body includes an outer surface, an inner surface, a tip defined at the upper-most portion of the body, a base, a stop surface defined in the body outer surface, a pocket defined by the inner surface and extending from the base upwards in the direction of the tip, and a recessed groove defined in the inner surface and extending upwards from the base and having a groove diameter and depth. The body can be generally bell-shaped with the base having a larger diameter than the tip. The system can further include a riser, either disk or wedge shaped, and a rocker base. The system components are configured to stack and nest into a compact assembly for easy carrying as a kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Hogsback Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Reynolds, Alexander G. Barr, James M. Poplett, Raoul G. Antelme
  • Patent number: 8926651
    Abstract: Tourniquet assemblies are provided including a pressure applicator adapted to be secured around a limb and a tensioning mechanism for applying a working tension to the pressure applicator. The tensioning mechanism may include a platform, a clip and a tensioning member. The tensioning mechanism may be configured to apply the working tension via rotation of the tensioning member, and the clip may be configured to receive, and at least temporarily inhibit rotation of, the tensioning member. A tension indicator may also be provided including a base configured to attach to a tourniquet strap, a platform configured to move relative to the base when subjected to a tourniquet working pressure, and one or more tactile or visual indicators configured to provide a variable tactile or visual indicator based on the tourniquet working pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Rex McDonald, Hanners Gevedon, John Eaton
  • Patent number: 8920395
    Abstract: A system for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site of a patient includes a reduced-pressure source for supplying reduced pressure, a fluid source for supplying a fluid, and a plurality of inflatable bladders for placing adjacent the tissue site. The inflatable bladders are operable to receive the fluid to expand from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The system also includes a plurality of chambers that are compressible. At least one of the plurality of chambers is disposed between a first inflatable bladder and a second inflatable bladder of the plurality of inflatable bladders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Marvin Kazala, Jr., Justin Alexander Long, Robert Peyton Wilkes, Carrie Ann Kauffman
  • Publication number: 20140350594
    Abstract: A method and device of reducing and preventing snoring and sleep apnea is disclosed. The device includes a belt of sufficient length to wrap around a person's torso and of sufficient width to overlap the person's abdomen and a fastening and tightening mechanism, such as a strap and buckle, attached to the belt configured and arranged to tighten the belt. The belt is positioned around a person's abdomen. The belt is then tightened with the fastening and tightening mechanism, sufficiently to apply pressure to the person's abdomen, applying specific pressure beneath a person's diaphragm. The fastening and tightening mechanism is then fastened to prevent loosening of the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Melissa Smith-McGinity
  • Publication number: 20140350509
    Abstract: A pelvic-abdominal support garment including a waist encircling band having shorts secured to the lower edge thereof, the shorts having a receptacle for receiving an ice pack, and a strap member secured at one end thereof to the back of said waist encircling band and the other end thereof attachable to the front of the waist encircling band after passing under the crotch region of the shorts to apply pressure to the crotch area of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: JILL K. BIGELOW
  • Publication number: 20140336696
    Abstract: A plurality of structures that resiliently attract one another are provided for implanting in a patient around a body tissue structure of the patient. For example, the body tissue structure may be the esophagus, and the plurality of structures may be implanted in an annulus around the outside of the esophagus, the annulus being substantially coaxial with the esophagus. The attraction may be between annularly adjacent ones of the structures in the annulus, and it may be provided, for example, by magnets or springs. The array of structures is preferably self-limiting with respect to the smallest area that it can encompass, and this smallest area is preferably large enough to prevent the apparatus from applying excessive pressure to tissue passing through that area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Chad J. Kugler, Jerome K. Grudem, JR., Todd A. Berg, William J. Swanson
  • Publication number: 20140324097
    Abstract: A muscle building tool 1 is used to build, by applying a predetermined pressure to at least one of a user's four limbs to restrict blood flow, a muscle of the limb, and includes: a belt 10 that is wrapped around the at least one of the four limbs and applies the pressure to the muscle; a fastener 40 that maintains a loop shape of the belt 10 in a state of applying the pressure to the muscle; a tension sensor 60 that measures a tension acting on the belt 10 when wrapping the belt 10; and a pressure sensor that is configured to automatically start an operation when the tension measured by the tension sensor 60 exceeds a predetermined threshold, and measures the pressure applied to the muscle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 8870781
    Abstract: A pressure supplier including an actuator that may be selectively expanded and contracted by applying a voltage, an elastic board being transformed in a predetermined direction to apply pressure upon a body part of a user when the actuator is contracted, and a guide member connecting with the actuator and the elastic board, and guiding the elastic board to be transformed in the predetermined direction while applying the pressure when the actuator is contracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Youn Lee, Kenichi Yamakoshi, Kun Soo Shin, Shinobu Tanaka, Takehiro Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: 8845680
    Abstract: A radial artery compression device configured to be secured to a wrist or other portion of a patient to provide adjustable and consistent compression pressure in the area of a radial artery access site or other physiological portion of a patient to achieve hemostasis either during or after a medical procedure such as a percutaneous coronary procedure. The radial artery compression device includes a rotatable member and a compression pad adapted such that rotation of the rotatable member does not affect the rotational orientation of the compression pad. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a single rotation of the rotatable member results in complete extension or retraction of the radial artery compression device. According to another embodiment of the present invention, the rotation of the rotatable member results in a compounding of the extension or retraction of the compression pad relative to the body of the radial artery compression device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred P. Lampropoulos, Gregory R. McArthur
  • Patent number: 8840541
    Abstract: An implantable device monitors a pressure of fluid within an inflatable portion of a gastric band. The implantable device comprises a tube defining a lumen, and a pressure sensor positioned within at least one of the lumen or the tube. The pressure sensor is configured to sense the pressure of the fluid within the inflatable portion of the gastric band. The pressure sensor is also configured to transmit a pressure signal based on the pressure to a microcontroller, which transmits the pressure signal to a remote control device. The pressure sensor confers strain relief upon at least a portion of the tube, and the pressure sensor shields at least a portion of the tube from puncture by a needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Snow, Janel Birk
  • Publication number: 20140277101
    Abstract: A method and device for reducing the damaging effects of radiant energy, blast, or concussive events includes applying pressure to at least one jugular vein to reduce the egress of blood from the cranial cavity during or before the incidence of the imparting event. Reducing blood outflow from the cranial cavity increases intracranial volume and/or pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury and injuries to the spinal column. Reducing blood outflow further increases the intracranial pressure and volume, and thereby increases the pressure and volume of the cochlear fluid, the vitreous humor and the cerebrospinal fluid to thereby reduce the risk of injury to the inner ear, internal structure of the eye and of the spinal column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: David Smith, Kevin John Vititoe, Jamison Joseph Float, Chad Michael Leeder
  • Publication number: 20140276551
    Abstract: We report a method of treating an epileptic seizure in a patient, comprising: detecting said epileptic seizure, based on body data from said patient; and reducing a flow of blood to a brain of said patient in response to said detected seizure; wherein said reducing is effected by at least one of: applying a pressure, applying a cooling, or administering a vasoconstrictive agent to a vessel supplying blood to at least a portion of the brain. We also report a medical device system configured to implement the method. We also report a non-transitory computer readable program storage unit encoded with instructions that, when executed by a computer, perform the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Flint Hills Scientific, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio
  • Patent number: 8834516
    Abstract: A vascular compression apparatus and method for applying pressure onto an area of a patient generally including a blood vessel and a wound site, such as a blood vessel puncture, after a cannulated procedure for the purpose of controlling bleeding and achieving hemostasis. The vascular compression apparatus includes a handle, a shaft and a pad. The shaft extends generally downward from the center of the bottom side of the handle. The pad is connected generally off-center of its top side to the bottom end of the shaft. The bottom side of the pad is convex to allow the vascular compression device to be rocked back and forth. In use, the pad is generally placed proximal to the catheter insertion site and over the blood vessel containing the catheter. The device is rocked proximally to control blood flow while removing the catheter. After the catheter is removed from the puncture site, the device is rocked distally to the puncture site, where pressure is applied until hemostasis is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Marine Polymer Technologies
    Inventors: Sergio Finkielsztein, Marco Finkielsztein, John N. Vournakis
  • Patent number: 8827966
    Abstract: A therapeutic patch for treating pain capable of compressing a tender area up to a boundary thereof and/or an entire induration with metallic grains or crushed stones by a treatment method in accordance with a classification determined after clarifying a site of pain by pressing a skin with a pressing bar or fingers (first to fourth fingers) to classify the cause of pain, thereby finding the presence of a geographical tender area and/or the presence of an induration on a skin as the cause of pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Soukenbi Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Saitou
  • Publication number: 20140249573
    Abstract: A method for protecting at least one gonad from a blood borne cytotoxic drug, the method comprising reducing blood flow to at least one gonad of a patient undergoing cytotoxic treatment for an occlusion time interval, and allowing blood flow to the at least one gonad to resume after the occlusion time interval. Optionally the method is performed to protect an ovary during chemotherapy treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: A.A. CASH TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventor: Amir Arav
  • Patent number: 8821425
    Abstract: A therapeutic pressure strap for applying pressure across a muscle or muscle groups on a mammalian limb is described. The strap is particularly well suited for treating “tennis elbow”. The strap contains an adjustable fastening means for securing and tightening the strap around a limb. The strap also possesses a plurality of pressure members (e.g., elongated rubber tubes) that apply separate and discrete areas or points of pressure in a line across a muscle or muscle group and generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Wesley Cox
  • Patent number: 8808324
    Abstract: A method and device for reducing gag reflex by applying pressure to a pressure point in the palm of the hand. A splint that holds the hand relatively immobile has a rigid member and an actuating pressure system, such as a solenoid, at the pressure point. The rigid member at least partially immobilizes the human user's palm and fingers. The actuating pressure system is mounted at an inner side of the volar side of the enclosure adjacent to a pressure region of the palm. A power supply is connected to the actuating pressure system to apply an electrical current to the pressure system, which exerts pressure to the pressure region of the user's palm in order to diminish or normalize the user's gag reflex response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Miami University
    Inventors: Michael Bailey Van Kuren, Donna Scarborough
  • Patent number: 8790266
    Abstract: A system for remote ischemic preconditioning that includes a cuff, and actuator, and a controller that operates the actuator according to a treatment protocol. The treatment protocol includes a plurality of treatment cycles that each comprise cuff actuation, an ischemic duration, cuff release, and a reperfusion duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Hospital for Sick Children
    Inventors: Christopher Caldarone, Andrew Redington
  • Publication number: 20140207170
    Abstract: A patient in whom blood diversion due to cerebral venous steal is present, and abolishment of the cerebral venous steal is indicated, is treated by increasing the cerebral venous pressure in the patient. This increase in cerebral venous pressure restores the collapsed cerebral vasculature, thereby increasing cerebral blood flow. The increase in cerebral venous pressure may be achieved using an occluding catheter in the superior vena cava or the internal jugular veins, using external compression of the cervical veins, or any other suitable mechanism. The occlusion may be controlled precisely during treatment, possibly as a function of cerebral blood flow, and after treatment the patient may experience a persistent effect because the cerebral vasculature is no longer collapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: David S. Liebeskind, Osvaldas Pranevicius, Mindaugas Pranevicius
  • Patent number: 8777982
    Abstract: A device configured to apply a compressive force to a patient's skin at the site of a wound to assist in hemostasis. The device includes a footplate configured to adhere to the patient's skin, a receiving device positioned on the footplate, a plunger positioned within the receiving device and configured to move through both the receiving device and the footplate such that a downward force applied on the plunger toward the patient's skin results in the plunger moving through the receiving device and the footplate until the plunger contacts the patient's skin, and the plurality of motion restricting components interposed between the receiving device and the plunger, the plurality of motion restricting components configured such that as the plunger moves toward the skin movement of the plunger away from the skin is restricted until the restricting components are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Forge Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. I. Clark
  • Patent number: 8764624
    Abstract: A power management system provides wireless power to operate components of a remotely adjustable gastric banding system. The power management system comprises an external power component transmitting power, and an implantable power management component receiving power and converting the power for use in powering one or more components of the remotely adjustable gastric banding system, such as a pump. The internal power management component and the external power component may be tunable. By utilizing the power management system, implantable batteries may be eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Snow, Janel A. Birk, Robert Stone