With Fluid Supply Patents (Class 607/104)
  • Patent number: 11266523
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for an improved contrast therapy device that delivers alternating heated and chilled temperature fluids to a contrast thermal therapy pad. Mitigation processes maintain water temperature in hot water tanks and cold water tanks in order to keep water temperatures in the respective tanks from drifting beyond a desired setpoint range when the system switches a therapy state from a cooling cycle to a heating cycle or from heating cycle to a cooling cycle. Thermal shock is reduced to the fluid tanks. Mitigation techniques include delaying actuation of a return path flow, such as via a diverting solenoid. Mitigating delay can be a static time delay based upon one or both of: a volume of water in a therapy pad and related volume and rate of flow; and meeting a threshold transition temperature for return fluid temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Lloyd Wright, Vishesh Nandedkar, John Cuatt
  • Patent number: 11229547
    Abstract: A system for cooling or heating a body part includes at least one bladder, a pump, a heat exchanger, a first fluid line in fluid communication with the heat exchanger and the at least one bladder, a second fluid line in fluid communication with the at least one bladder and the heat exchanger, a main reservoir and a separator. The heat exchanger is in fluid communication with the pump. The first fluid line is located downstream from the heat exchanger and the second fluid line is located downstream from the at least one bladder when the system is operating to cool or heat the body part. The separator is in fluid communication with the main reservoir and the pump and is located below the main reservoir to receive fluid under the influence of gravity from the main reservoir and to deliver fluid to the pump via gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: TecTraum, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Makarov, Jason R. Ertel, David J. Boll
  • Patent number: 11219550
    Abstract: A system and method for adding or removing heat from a heat exchange fluid circulating between an external heat exchanger and an intravascular heat exchange catheter is described. The system includes a two stage cooling system providing for a high rate of cooling in one stage and a lower rate of cooling in a second stage. Both stages may be used to provide maximal cooling while the second stage is used to provide improved control of the cooling rate as a target temperature is approached. The second stage may also be used to provide heat to the heat exchange fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Zoll Circulation, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Dabrowiak
  • Patent number: 11219262
    Abstract: A system for providing safety assistance in a vehicle. The system includes a helmet and a first plurality of sensors in the helmet. The system further includes control circuitry that captures a first plurality of signals from the first plurality of sensors in the helmet. The first plurality of signals indicates first motion information corresponding to the helmet. The control circuitry further controls one of an inflation element or a hardening element disposed in a wearable garment based on a determination that the first motion information corresponding to the helmet exceeds a first predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Leslie Park, Christopher Yee, Betsy Luk, Don Herner, Charles Eddy
  • Patent number: 11178920
    Abstract: A non-inflating flexible warm air distribution manifold that attaches to the patient side of patient gown. This manifold is configured to receive warmed air the of the warm-air receiving orifice and to distribute the warm air over a wide area of the patient side of the gown. By one approach the manifold comprises a flexible baffle. This baffle can be disposed on the patient side of the gown office proximal (in fact, opposite) the warm-air receiving orifice. The baffle has two or more sides that are secured to the gown and two or more sides that are not secured to the gown. Warm air entering the gown through the warm-air receiving orifice can readily pass through the sides that are not secured to the gown while the warm air entering the gown is largely impeded from passing through the sides that are secured to the gown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Medline Industries, LP
    Inventors: Brian Barkeley, Stuart Mintz, Zachary Zott, Robert Lockwood
  • Patent number: 11172592
    Abstract: A pump driven coolant filling device and corresponding methods are configured for adding liquid coolant to a coolant circuit for removing heat. The device and methods may be used with liquid coolant circuits on electronic components, or in other industries that utilize liquid coolant. The device includes a base having an integrated pump for circulating coolant to the cooling circuit. A disposable container of coolant may be attached to the base using a threaded connection. The device includes a handle with a switch for controlling operation of the pump in some embodiments. A coolant circuit includes quick connect couplings configured for attachment to corresponding hoses extending from the base. During use, a cooling circuit may continue operation while adding coolant to the cooling circuit using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Rouchon Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Mounioloux
  • Patent number: 11147707
    Abstract: The invention provides fluid warming apparatus comprising: a fan; a heater, the fan and the heater being configured to generate a heated fluid flow having a principle flow direction and an inhomogeneous temperature distribution in a distribution direction perpendicular to the said principle flow direction; and a plurality of temperature sensors offset from each other in the said distribution direction, wherein at least two of the temperature sensors are configured to measure temperatures of respective portions of the heated fluid flow having different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Peter Tijssen, Robertus Gerardus Van Oudenallen, Jasper Keuning, Bert Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 11141311
    Abstract: The invention discloses an apparatus for adjusting the temperature of a body comprising a sheath for providing a channel from outside said body to a cavity inside said body, where said sheath comprises a guiding section being angular to said channel. The apparatus further comprises a heat exchange unit comprising an inlet and an outlet, an outer contour and an inner fluid channel, adapted for inserting through said channel of said sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Claus Lie
  • Patent number: 11116656
    Abstract: A thermal control unit controls the temperature of a fluid delivered to one or more thermal transfer devices (e.g. thermal pads) in contact with a patient. The thermal control unit generates thermal data while being used to treat the patient and is adapted to receive thermal history data previously generated by a different thermal control unit in the treatment of that patient. Both the current and previous thermal data are displayable on the thermal control unit currently being used, thereby giving the caregiver a complete picture of the thermal history of the patient. The thermal control unit may also be adapted to transmit its thermal data, as well as the thermal history data previously received from the other thermal control unit, to still another thermal control unit. The thermal history data transfer may take place via a cable, wirelessly, by a portable flash drive, or by other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory S. Taylor, Christopher John Hopper, Marco Constant
  • Patent number: 11077443
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to apparatus for temperature modulation of samples. Generally, aspects of the disclosure provide for a portable cooling and heating apparatus which enables a user to visualize a sample during cooling or heating. In one embodiment, the apparatus include a sample block, a plurality of thermoelectric modules coupled to the sample block, and a cooling block coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric modules. In another embodiment, the cooling block is in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir. Other embodiments utilize various insulating materials to influence thermal conductivity between the sample block and the cooling block to provide for enhanced temperature control and modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Kennan Oyen, Michael Dillon
  • Patent number: 11065148
    Abstract: A heat exchanger cap, and method of manufacture of a heat exchanger cap configured to conform to a human head the cap comprising a first element for covering one side of the head; a second element for covering the other side of the head; and an intermediate joining element joined to, and which spaces apart, the first element and second element. Each of the elements define a single passageway for the passage of fluid through the cap. Each of the elements are provided with a flow interface in the region where the elements are joined. The flow interface defines an inlet for the passage of fluid into the passageway of one of the elements, and an outlet for the passage of fluid from the passageway out of the same element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Ertugrul Unver, Glenn Alan Paxman, Neil Eric Paxman
  • Patent number: 11039952
    Abstract: A temperature control system comprising a first peripheral fluid circuit for the passage of a first heat exchanger fluid. The first peripheral fluid circuit comprises a first fluid connection for fluidly connecting a first peripheral heat exchanger in series with a first peripheral-evaporator heat exchanger. There is also provided a first peripheral pump for pumping the first heat exchanger fluid around the first peripheral fluid circuit. There is also provided a first evaporator circuit for the passage of an evaporator heat exchanger fluid through the first peripheral-evaporator heat exchanger. The first evaporator circuit comprises a first evaporator pump for pumping the evaporator heat exchanger fluid around the first evaporator circuit. The first evaporator circuit is fluidly isolated from the first peripheral fluid circuit. The first peripheral-evaporator heat exchanger is configured to permit heat exchange between the heat exchanger fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Glenn Alan Paxman, Neil Eric Paxman
  • Patent number: 11013635
    Abstract: A modular therapy system for treatment of at least a portion of an animate body is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first modular member and a second modular member. The first modular member comprises a heat transfer device adapted to transfer heat between the device and the portion of the animate body. The second modular member includes a pouch adapted to receive the first modular member. The second modular member can be wrapped around the animate body portion with the first modular member positioned therein. In various embodiments, the apparatus includes a third modular member having a pouch adapted to receive the first modular member. The third modular member is configured for wrapping to a different sized animate body or different portion of the body than the second modular member. The third modular member may have a different shape or size than the second modular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamara Lynn Schirrmacher, David Selby Maltz
  • Patent number: 11000813
    Abstract: A beverage aerator includes a housing, a pump-motor assembly, an uptake tube, and a spray nozzle. The housing is sized to removably seat on a neck of a decanting vessel. The pump-motor assembly is positioned within the housing, and has a pump inlet and a pump outlet. The uptake tube is fluidly coupled to the pump inlet upstream of the pump inlet. The uptake tube has a tube inlet end located below the housing. The spray nozzle is fluidly coupled to the pump outlet downstream of the pump outlet. The spray nozzle is located below the pump-motor assembly and oriented to have a laterally-outward discharge direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Rocco Giardullo
  • Patent number: 10994313
    Abstract: A system including apparatus and methods for sanitizing or otherwise reducing biologics present on thermal therapeutic treatment wraps used for treating athletes after workouts or games, physical therapy patients after injury, and hospital patients after surgery is disclosed. The system includes a storage cabinet with an internal conveyor system that exposes each wrap to periodic sanitization or other biologic reduction means, such as ultraviolet light. This prevents growth of bacteria and mold. In some embodiments, warm air is blown into the storage cabinet to assist with drying the wraps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Solid State Cooling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishesh Nandedkar, Lloyd Wright
  • Patent number: 10980292
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present disclosure, a garment for regulating a temperature of a wearer is provided. The garment includes a fabric configured to be worn by the wearer. The fabric includes channels parallel to a primary surface of the fabric. The garment includes a branched tube network for circulating a working fluid. The branched tube network is disposed in the channels of the fabric. The branched tube network includes a plurality of tubes wherein at least one end of each tube of the plurality of tubes is branched and connected to two daughter tubes, or more, the connection having a branch angle of between 1 and 359 degrees, inclusive. The tube network has at least two levels of branches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Jintu Fan, Dahua Shou, Huiju Park
  • Patent number: 10980666
    Abstract: An in-ear stimulator for administering thermal stimulation to the ear canal of a subject includes (a) an earpiece configured to be insertable into the ear canal of said subject, the earpiece having an outer surface and an internal cavity formed therein, the internal cavity having an inner surface; and (b) at least one thermoelectric device thermally coupled to the earpiece internal cavity inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Scion Neurostim, LLC
    Inventors: Lanty L. Smith, Lesco L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10926022
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of detecting an interchangeable tip of a handpiece of an ocular surgical system is disclosed. The interchangeable tip of the system includes an irrigation port that receives fluid flowing from an irrigation source and an aspiration port that removes or aspirates fluid and/or materials from the surgical field, in particular a patient's eye, through use of an aspiration source or pump. The method comprises attaching the interchangeable tip to the handpiece, introducing fluid flow into the system and determining the fluid flow rate of fluid flow in the system, determining the pressure of fluid flowing into the interchangeable tip, determining the pressure of fluid flowing out of the interchangeable tip and comparing the flow rate and pressure information to known flow rate and pressure readings of known types of interchangeable tips to determine the type of interchangeable tip being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren M. Hickey, Kyle E. Lynn, Johan W. Steenstra Toussaint, Frederick C. Lee, James W. Staggs
  • Patent number: 10842666
    Abstract: A portable heating/cooling device for clinical hypo/hyperthermia with cuffs especially designed for arterial cooling/heating for raising or lowering the body temperature of a patient is operable by battery power or a wide range of available external power, and is usable in the field or in medical transport where such external power sources are not available. The small size, weight, and robust nature of the device allows it to be transported with the patient without the need for additional conveying devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Robst, Gert Frank, Ronald G. LeTourneau
  • Patent number: 10828189
    Abstract: Cold plates through which refrigerant flows define a slot between them that can receive a cassette through which sterile working fluid with a relatively low flow rate flows from an intravascular heat exchange catheter. The working fluid from the catheter is heated or cooled by heat exchange with the cold plates through the walls of the cassette to maintain the sterility of the working fluid. On the other hand, high flow rate working fluid chambers surround the cold plates and non-sterile working fluid from an external heat exchange pad flows through the high flow rate working fluid chambers to exchange heat through direct contact with the cold plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Zoll Circulation Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Thomas Dabrowiak
  • Patent number: 10821020
    Abstract: A forced air warming blanket for providing conditioned gas to a patient and a method of using and manufacturing the same. The forced air warming blanket comprises a first blanket portion which comprises a generally U-shaped inflatable region, at least part of the external surface of the inflatable region being air permeable, as well as an inlet port for receiving temperature conditioned gas. An inner blanket portion is provided within the generally U-shaped inflatable region of the first blanket portion. The inner blanket portion is at least partially (or wholly) detachable from the first blanket portion. The inner blanket portion may also have an inflatable region. An outer blanket portion may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Berend Jan Teunissen
  • Patent number: 10806626
    Abstract: A non-user assisted, portable, entirely self-managed capable hypothermia device to eliminate hair loss caused by the side effects of certain chemotherapy treatments or to reduce the metabolic rate of ischemic tissue along with the severity of swelling is disclosed. The device consists of a conformal cap system, a thermally conductive liquid located between the body part to be cooled and the cap system, thermal transfer fluids, phase change materials, thermally insulated cooler, physical measuring devices, mechanical and electrical components, a ‘smart’ user interface device, a battery, and an uninterruptible power controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Lynn Zumbrunnen, Laura Marie Zumbrunnen
  • Patent number: 10765882
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-operated device for treating a skin of a patient, comprising: a. a substrate having a first side and a second side; b. a plurality of RF electrodes arranged in said substrate, said RF electrodes are configured to emit RF radiation from said first side to the surface of said skin; c. at least one RF generator configured to generate pulses of current to said RF electrodes; and, d. a control unit connected to said at least one RF generator, said control unit is adapted to control the operation of said RF electrodes; wherein said control unit is adapted to control the operation of said RF electrodes according to a predetermined treatment protocol, such that the same activates or deactivates at least one of said RF electrodes at any predetermined time interval according to a predetermined pattern so as to achieve a particular therapeutic result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Orit Ron Edoute, Oded Ron Edoute
  • Patent number: 10736787
    Abstract: A method, and apparatus for the controlled acceleration, and/or retardation of the body's inflammatory response generally comprises a foam pad for insertion substantially into a wound site, a heating, a cooling pad for application over the wound site, a wound drape or sealing enclosure of the foam pad, the heating, and cooling pad at wound site. The foam pad is placed in fluid communication with a vacuum source for promotion of the controlled acceleration or retardation of the body's inflammatory response. The heating, and cooling provision controls the local metabolic function as part of the inflammatory response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Hannigan, James R. Leininger, Charles I. Biltz, Jr., Frank Dilazzaro, Christopher Fashek, Royce W. Johnson, Wayne J. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10639190
    Abstract: A temperature-regulating sports wrap is provided, including a first web of fabric having elongate side edges and first and second end edges, a second web of fabric is secured to the first web of fabric. At least one pocket is defined between opposing surfaces of the first and second webs and opens along one of the elongate side edges. At least one first strip extends outwardly from the first side edges along an axis parallel to the elongate side edges, has one of a hook-and-loop fastener material. At least one second strip extends inwardly from the second side edges, is secured to a surface of one of the first and second webs. The at least one second strip has the opposite one of a hook-and-loop fastener material from the at least one first strip, the at least one second strip extends inwardly at a non-parallel angle from the second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Dave Roberts
  • Patent number: 10610661
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for treating headaches, including migraines. In some variations these methods may include enhancing sleep, including enhancing the quality of sleep, reducing sleep onset time, increasing total sleep time, treating insomnia, and/or treating other neurological disorders by non-invasive temperature regulation of the frontal cortex prior to and/or during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventor: Eric A. Nofzinger
  • Patent number: 10500089
    Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclose feature a flow control device to be used between two inflatable sections. The flow control device is a one-way flow control device allowing inflating medium to flow in one direction. In such embodiments, the flow control device is in an open state when a first inflatable section is inflated such that a second inflatable section is also inflated. The flow control device is in close state when the second inflatable section is inflated such that the first inflatable section is not inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew J. McGregor
  • Patent number: 10485696
    Abstract: A thermal therapy device can be operated for both cold and hot water circulation by using a self-priming pump and four solenoid valves with the open/closed states selectively controlled by an MCU to pump chilled water or cold water from two different water containers to sequentially circulate through two different water paths to a water bladder for cold therapy treatment or hot therapy treatment. During the hot therapy treatment, a water heater is used to heat the cold water until a configured temperature is reached. A pneumatic pump is also employed to carry out an air pressure control mode to pump air into an air bladder securely attached on the water bladder to put pressure on the water bladder for a pressurized treatment. Water retained in the water bladder can also be evacuated and returned to the two different water containers to avoid moss generation and stinky odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Chiu, Li Wang
  • Patent number: 10478264
    Abstract: A removable tip for a light energy handpiece comprises a hollow conduit configured to surround a light guide in the handpiece; a support extension having a length longer than a length of the hollow conduit; and a shielding extension coupled to the support extension at an angle less than 180 degrees and located in front of the hollow conduit. The shielding extension is configured to be inserted behind an eyelid and extend to the fornix, the shielding extension comprised of a thermally insulative material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LUMENIS LTD.
    Inventor: Kfir Azoulay
  • Patent number: 10426658
    Abstract: A cervical collar that facilitates therapeutic hypothermia is provided and includes an outer shell having a front portion and a back portion fixedly coupled to the front portion on one side and removably coupled to the front portion on an opposite side. A fastening device removably couples the back portion to the front portion on the opposite side. At least one cooling device is provided on an interior of the outer shell to induce hypothermia in a patient. A sensor is provided that measures a physical characteristic of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroRescue, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Michael Maher
  • Patent number: 10363162
    Abstract: Relatively non-invasive devices and methods for heating or cooling a patient's body are disclosed. Devices and methods for treating ischemic conditions by inducing therapeutic hypothermia are disclosed. Devices and methods for inducing therapeutic hypothermia through esophageal cooling are disclosed. Devices and methods for operative temperature management are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Erik Kulstad, Hugh Patrick Caherty
  • Patent number: 10328261
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to devices and methods for stimulation or recording of accommodation of an eye. Accommodation of an eye naturally occurs through contraction of the ciliary muscle. Embodiments described herein can deliver electrostimulation to the ciliary muscle through a pair of electrodes which deliver power over an area of the sclera which is both positioned above and over an area which is substantially equivalent to the surface area of the ciliary muscle. In further embodiments, electrical impulses produced by the ciliary muscle can be received by one or more electrodes positioned proximate the ciliary muscle. Thus, by embodiments described herein, accommodation of the eye can be reproducibly achieved by external stimulation of the ciliary muscle or measured based on electrical impulses generated by or in conjunction with the ciliary muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Adrian Glasser
  • Patent number: 10307288
    Abstract: Vascular pressures and oximetry are optimized through administration of fluids and other support prior to manipulating temperature in a therapeutic hypothermia procedure. Temperature and active hemodynamic management are utilized, through measurement and adjustment of temperature and hemodynamic parameters through the use of an internal cooling device, such as endovascular catheter, and/or an external temperature-altering device, to ensure that temperature management is optimized, and hemodynamics and tissue resuscitation are optimized prior to and during temperature manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Hasan Alam, Kevin Ward, Kyle Gunnerson, Kayvan Najarian
  • Patent number: 10264712
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein relate to generating fluid flow. A pump is positioned adjacent to a heat source. The pump includes a primary chamber having a primary rotational element configured to rotate on an axis, and a secondary chamber having a secondary rotational element configured to rotate on the axis, with a heat transfer element positioned between the primary chamber and the secondary chamber. The primary rotational element is coupled with the secondary rotational element along the axis. A primary fluid is received in the primary chamber with a primary fluid flow, which rotates the primary rotational element. A secondary fluid flow is generated in the secondary chamber by the primary rotational element causing a rotation of the secondary rotational element on the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jason A. Matteson, Mark E. Steinke
  • Patent number: 10206735
    Abstract: A treatment system includes a fluid cooling supply system for chilling and delivering liquid coolant to a patient. The fluid cooling supply system includes a cooling device and a heat exchanger device. The heat exchanger device is biased to the cooling device and is in fluid communication with a treatment device in a patient. The fluid cooling supply system includes at least one biasing mechanism to provide a given biasing force between the heat exchanger device and the cooling device to effectuate and improve heat transfer. The liquid coolant may be circulated through an energy delivery device positioned in an airway of a patient to preserve tissue. The system is controlled to circulate liquid coolant at a given temperature and pressure for a selected amount of time during pulmonary treatment of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nuvaira, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Kaveckis, Edward S. Harshman, Martin L. Mayse, John Streeter
  • Patent number: 10195075
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for temperature modification of a patient, or selected regions thereof, including an induced state of hypothermia. The temperature modification is accomplished using an in-dwelling heat exchange catheter within which a fluid heat exchange medium circulates. A heat exchange cassette is attached to the circulatory conduits of the catheter, the heat exchange cassette being sized to engage a cavity within a control unit. The control unit includes a heater/cooler device for providing heated or cooled fluid to a heat exchanger in thermal communication with the fluid heat exchange medium circulating to the heat exchange catheter, a user input device, and a processor connected to receive input from various sensors around the body and the system. A temperature control scheme for ramping the body temperature up or down without overshoot is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Zoll Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Scott, Ben F. Brian, Lloyd F. Wright, Leo A. Chin, Edward W. Hollmen, Daniel W. Seegars, Mark A. Logan
  • Patent number: 10140708
    Abstract: A method to characterize shape variations in brain ventricles during embryonic growth in mammals, the method including extracting a brain ventricle skeleton from one or more images, calculating a volume profile for the skeleton using the extracted images, partitioning the brain ventricle based on the volume profile along the skeleton, the brain ventricle being partitioned into two lateral ventricles and a main ventricle, the main ventricle being further partitioned into three sub regions, determining volume vectors of the two lateral ventricles and the three sub regions, computing a means square error between the determined computed volume vectors and a pretrained mean volume vector of embryos during different gestational stages, and classifying the embryo to the gestational stage having the lowest mean square error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Riverside Research Institute
    Inventors: Jen-wei Kuo, Jonathan Mamou, Jeffrey A. Ketterling, Orlando Aristizabal, Daniel H. Turnbull, Yao Wang
  • Patent number: 10130801
    Abstract: Improved approaches to provide or facilitate transdermal chemical delivery to an individual are disclosed. The individual can wear an electronic transdermal chemical delivery device that delivers at least one chemical to the individual's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 10123902
    Abstract: A patient temperature control system and method are provided for automated temperature control according to a programmed protocol. In one aspect, at least one programmed protocol may be established for each of a plurality of patient thermal therapy phases. In turn, the temperature of a thermal exchange medium may be controlled, based at least in part, upon the programmed protocol, during each of the phases. In another aspect, a plurality of programmed protocols may be established, wherein a selected one of the protocols (e.g. selected by a user at a user interface) may be utilized for automated temperature control during patient thermal therapy. The protocol(s) may include a target patient temperature and/or a set duration for one or more of the phase of thermal therapy. Further, the protocol(s) may be user-definable and modifiable during therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Medivance Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary A. Carson, Gary Gruszecki, Robert Proctor
  • Patent number: 10076112
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to systems, methods, and devices for ex vivo organ care. More particularly, in various embodiments, the invention relates to caring for a liver ex vivo at physiologic or near-physiologic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: TRANSMEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Waleed H. Hassanein, Tamer I. Khayal, Ahmed Elbetanony, Jeff Barnes, Greg Ritchie, Richard Bringham, Mark Anderson, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10045880
    Abstract: The cooling system for patients with fever is a mechanical, fluid-based system for cooling patients suffering from fever. The cooling system for patients with fever includes a reservoir for containing a cooling fluid, which is maintained at a desired temperature. A temperature sensor is received in the reservoir. The temperature sensor is immersed in the cooling fluid for measuring the temperature thereof. A chiller is also received in the reservoir for selectively cooling the cooling fluid when the temperature thereof, measured by the temperature sensor, is above a pre-set temperature threshold. The reservoir communicates with a cooling pad, which is formed from a padded layer having at least one channel embedded therein. At least one pump and tubing is provided for circulating the cooling fluid through the reservoir and the cooling pad. In use, the cooling pad is applied to the skin of a patient with a fever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Bader Shafaqa Al-Anzi
  • Patent number: 10045881
    Abstract: A catheter includes a working fluid supply path communicating with a source of working fluid. The catheter also includes a working fluid return path communicating with the working fluid supply path to return working fluid from the supply path to the source of working fluid. At least one of the paths is contained in a distal heat exchange region of the catheter, where the distal heat exchange region includes first and second helical paths and is made of a shape memory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Zoll Circulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Helkowski, Jeremy T. Dabrowiak, Venkata Vishnu Gurukula, Alex L. Lim
  • Patent number: 9993366
    Abstract: An in-ear stimulator for administering thermal stimulation to the ear canal of a subject includes (a) an earpiece configured to be insertable into the ear canal of said subject, the earpiece having an outer surface and an internal cavity formed therein, the internal cavity having an inner surface; and (b) at least one thermoelectric device thermally coupled to the earpiece internal cavity inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Lanty L. Smith, Lesco L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9943437
    Abstract: A controlled temperature therapy system has a pump, a reservoir, and a therapy component. The reservoir has an inlet in communication with the therapy component and an outlet in communication with the pump. The reservoir may also include a baffle adjacent the outlet. The inlet may be a moveable inlet, a nozzle or include a flow directing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Lowe, Krister Bowman, Joseph Metro
  • Patent number: 9918502
    Abstract: A conditioning garment has an array of tubes (11) for passing heated/cooled fluid to heat/cool a wearer of the garment. The array of tubes (11) terminate at a connector (16) for connection to a source of heated/cooled liquid. The connector (16) comprises a male part (15) and a female part (17) with a releasable latch (22, 34, 40) acting between the male and female parts (15, 17) to hold the male part (15) in engagement with the female part (17). The releasable latch includes a release member (40) moveable in a rectilinear path away from the connector (16) to release the latch and allow separation of the male part (15) from the female part (17). The male and female parts (15, 17) are self-sealing on disengagement. This allows for automatic separation of the male and female parts (15, 17) in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Alan Paul Oliver, Brendan Patrick Smith
  • Patent number: 9762691
    Abstract: In a system with a policy server, a first device able to communicate with the policy server and a second device able to communicate with the first device and unable to communicate with the policy server, the first device is to act as a policy proxy. The policy server may push to the first device a policy for the second device, and the first device may push the policy to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Kenneth Brown, Neil Patrick Adams, Herbert Anthony Little
  • Patent number: 9744071
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and device for non-invasive anatomical and systemic cooling, fluid removal and/or energy removal. The present invention provides for removal of fluid and cooling of various bodily fluid-containing spaces or surfaces, such as mucus-containing spaces or surfaces via delivery of a dry fluid not including a coolant into or upon the mucus-containing space or surface. Exposure of mucus to the dry fluid yields evaporation of body fluid, removal of energy, cooling of the anatomical feature, and systemic cooling. Therefore, therapeutic hypothermia may be achieved for neuroprotection of various organs after ischemic insult, like the brain after cardiac arrest. Similarly, excess fluid removal is achievable for treatment of cardiogenic shock or other conditions that cause significant fluid build-up, especially in cases of compromised renal function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Tandri Harikrishna, Menekhem Muz Zviman
  • Patent number: 9724230
    Abstract: Dry eye treatment apparatus and methods are described herein which generally includes a patch or strip affixed to the skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids to deliver heat or other forms of energy, pressure, drugs, moisture, etc. (alone or in combination) to the one or more meibomian glands contained within the underlying skin. The treatment strip or strips include one or more strips configured to adhere to an underlying region of skin in proximity to one or both eyes of a subject such that the one or more strips allow for the subject to blink naturally without restriction from the one or more strips. Moreover, the one or more strips may be configured to emit energy to the underlying region of skin and where the one or more strips are shaped to follow a location of one or more meibomiam glands contained within the underlying region of skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sight Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Badawi
  • Patent number: 9693891
    Abstract: Structures and protocols are presented for supporting a medical or veterinary patient with therapeutically significant normothermia and other practical advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Pintler Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Maribeth MacIntyre-Ellis, Kent D Ellis, Thomas Shurr
  • Patent number: 9687386
    Abstract: A medical pad has multiple layers. A first layer is for containing a first thermal-exchange fluid circulatable therethrough, with the medical pad being operable for thermal exchange between the first thermal-exchange fluid and a patient through a first side of the first layer. A second layer of the medical pad is interconnected to a second side of the first layer, opposite to the first side of the first layer. The second layer encloses a second thermal-exchange fluid that may have a freezing point of 0° C. or less. The medical pad is operable for thermal exchange between the second thermal-exchange fluid and the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Medivance Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary A. Carson