With Support Or Fastening Means Patents (Class 607/112)
  • Patent number: 10258500
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a life cradle device for the purpose of inducing therapeutic hypothermia in neonates suffering from birth asphyxia. The device essentially consists of a rigid outer skeleton which could be fitted with removable mattresses containing form stable organic phase change materials effecting instant and sustained cooling. Multiple compartments of different phase change material composition functional at different temperatures are arranged in layers to replicate cooling performances as in conventional cascading systems. The device is also designed to have thermo-chromic indicators with an option of probes for automation control techniques. The device may also be fitted with thermostat controlled infant radiant warmer to automatically switch on when the infant is cooled down below requirement as a safety consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PLUSS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
    Inventors: Niranjan Thomas, Nishit Soni, Suman Kumari, Apoova Balwani, Devendra Jain
  • Patent number: 10092398
    Abstract: Methods of compressing a stented prosthetic heart valve are disclosed. The method including inserting a stented prosthetic heart valve having a self-expandable stent frame into a container, initiating a cooling element in the container, transferring heat through a thermal conductor to cool an interior of the container, reducing a temperature of the self-expandable stent frame while located within the container to a critical temperature of not greater than 8° C., and compressing an outer diameter of the stented prosthetic heart valve while the stented prosthetic heart valve is at the critical temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Benjamin Wong, Laura McKinley, Joshua Dudney, Tracey Tien, Karl Olney
  • Patent number: 9919150
    Abstract: A lead for in vivo procedures for stimulation of a tissue is provided that has stimulating electrodes and a fixation mechanism disposed at a distal end of the lead. The fixation mechanism includes a fixation component disposed on an opposite side with respect to an active surface of the stimulation electrodes. The lead fixation mechanism when deployed disposes the active surface of stimulation electrodes onto a tissue region opposite to the fixation component. A system and a method for optimally positioning the lead for stimulation of the tissue are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Subramaniam Chitoor Krishnan
  • Patent number: 9860982
    Abstract: A process makes electrical connections between electrical wires and flexible conductive elements, such as conductive fabrics. The process makes strong electrical connections that are mechanically flexible and can simultaneously create multiple electrical connections. The process involves creating an assembly that includes at least a TPE layer, an electrical wire, an insulating layer, and a flexible conductive element, and applying heat and pressure to the assembly. For example, a conductive fabric is disposed on an insulating layer, a wire is positioned onto a surface of the insulating layer, and a TPE layer is disposed over the wire and overlaps the conductive fabric element. When applying the heat and pressure, the wire melts through the insulating layer to make electrical contact with the conductive fabric element, and the TPE layer conforms to an exterior of the wire and bonds to the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: XSENSOR Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ian Main, Timothy Carl Gorjanc
  • Patent number: 9826878
    Abstract: Cleaning articles including a heat engine incorporated therein. The cleaning article may include a substrate (e.g., a non-woven wipe) including one or more layers. The heat engine may be in the wipe or pad, and includes a reactive metal composition which upon contact with a salt water (e.g., saline) composition, reacts to produce heat. The cleaning article may thus produce water vapor and/or steam upon activation of the heat engine. A venting structure may be provided adjacent to or surrounding the heat engine that includes an impermeable material (e.g., impermeable to water and/or air or other gas), which includes one or more vents through the impermeable material. The venting structure directs water vapor and/or steam to a desired face of the cleaning article, away from the user. A heat barrier layer may insulate a user's hand from the generated heat, and/or a handle may be attachable to the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: William R. Ouellette, Kerry Azelton, Brian Lin, Vismadeb Mazumder, Maria Ochomogo, Bryan K. Parrish, Michael J. Petrin, Richard J. Uriarte
  • Patent number: 9809789
    Abstract: Cleaning articles including a heat engine incorporated therein. The cleaning article may include a substrate (e.g., a non-woven wipe) including one or more layers. The heat engine may be in the wipe or pad, and includes a reactive metal oxide which upon contact with water, reacts to produce heat. The cleaning article may thus produce water vapor and/or steam upon activation of the heat engine. A venting structure may be provided adjacent to or surrounding the heat engine that includes an impermeable material (e.g., impermeable to water and/or air or other gas), which includes one or more vents through the impermeable material. The venting structure directs water vapor and/or steam to a desired face of the cleaning article, away from the user. A heat barrier layer may insulate a user's hand from the generated heat, and/or a handle may be attachable to the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Brian Lin, Kerry Azelton, Vismadeb Mazumder, Maria G. Ochomogo, William R. Ouellette, Bryan K. Parrish, Michael J. Petrin, Richard J. Uriarte
  • Patent number: 9724231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heating and/or cooling assembly such as a heat pad. The assembly includes a plurality of modules articulated together by connection means so that the assembly can be manipulated by a user to adopt a desired profile. At least one of the modules contains a thermal store in the form of a solid, liquid or gel responsive to heating or cooling externally applied to the assembly so that the solid, liquid or gel is heated or cooled, respectively, and remains in a heated or cooled state for a prolonged period of time after the externally applied heating or cooling is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Greybull Innovation Ltd
    Inventor: Darran Ainsley Thacker
  • Patent number: 9636521
    Abstract: The current invention discloses a treatment device having a heat source, a power source, a heat applicator and a lighting mechanism. The power source includes at least one nanotech battery, ensuring superior properties such as prolonged electricity production and prompt recharging. The heat applicator includes a heat conductive layer made from nanofibers, providing highly efficient heat distribution to the targeted regions. The lighting mechanism employs light emitting nano fibers to treat targeted regions. The power source provides energy to the heat and light source, which generates heat and light so that the applicator may distribute to an injury site or wound bed of a user. The current device may also be used for cooling, instead of heating applications. In addition to the medical utilizations, the current device may also play a central role in other apparatus that require thermal control capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Jonathan Isserow, Laura Isserow
  • Patent number: 9492303
    Abstract: A shoulder immobilizer (20) includes a semi-rigid or rigid orthosis, in the form of an arm support (22), which supports the upper arm, elbow, forearm and wrist of a patient. A bolster (24) is positioned between the patient and the arm support (22). A body strap (26) extends around the patient and attaches to the arm support (22) and/or the bolster (24), holding the arm support and bolster in position against the body of the patient. In embodiments, the shoulder immobilizer (20) may utilize a shoulder strap (28), but such a shoulder strap is not necessary for shoulder immobilization of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Golden, Nathaniel Cohen, Ronald Joseph, Marc Safran
  • Patent number: 9375345
    Abstract: A cooling device for removing heat from subcutaneous lipid-rich cells of a subject having skin is provided. The cooling device includes a plurality of cooling elements movable relative to each other to conform to the contour's of the subject's skin. The cooling elements have a plurality of controllable thermoelectric coolers. The cooling elements can be controlled to provide a time-varying cooling profile in a predetermined sequence, can be controlled to provide a spatial cooling profile in a selected pattern, or can be adjusted to maintain constant process parameters, or can be controlled to provide a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Levinson, Jesse N. Rosen, William Pennybacker
  • Patent number: 9279151
    Abstract: A portable, disposable in-vitro diagnostic apparatus and method of performing an in-vitro diagnostic test is provided. The apparatus includes a body configured to be hand held. The body has a reaction medium supply chamber configured in selective fluid communication with a reaction chamber via a fluid conveying channel. The reaction chamber is located beneath a sample reaction chamber. The reaction medium supply chamber contains a reaction fluid therein and the reaction chamber contains a thermal reaction medium therein. The reaction fluid is selectively reactive with the thermal reaction medium to produce one of an endothermic or exothermic reaction beneath the sample reaction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: David W. Wright
  • Patent number: 9132031
    Abstract: A cooling device for removing heat from subcutaneous lipid-rich cells of a subject having skin is provided. The cooling device includes a plurality of cooling elements movable relative to each other to conform to the contour's of the subject's skin. The cooling elements have a plurality of controllable thermoelectric coolers. The cooling elements can be controlled to provide a time-varying cooling profile in a predetermined sequence, can be controlled to provide a spatial cooling profile in a selected pattern, or can be adjusted to maintain constant process parameters, or can be controlled to provide a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Levinson, Jesse Nicasio Rosen, William Pennybacker
  • Publication number: 20150148874
    Abstract: A multi-zone electric heating blanket. The blanket may be shaped to cover the outstretched arms or other body parts of a patient. The blanket includes first and second body part portions and a connecting bridge. The interconnection via the bridge leaves an open gap between the first and second body part portions for unblocked access to the patient. A power controller may supply power to heating elements in both body part portions based on a temperature sensor in one of the body part portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Keith J. Leland, Joshua P. Waldman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Thomas F. Neils
  • Publication number: 20150142088
    Abstract: A device and method is taught for providing thermo therapeutic relief through the positioning of a heating element at a predetermined position in association with a garment to support and sustain the heat generated by the heating element in a designated area. The invention more particularly relates to a method and a device for treating menstrual cramps by application of thermo therapeutic relief to specific areas associated with a woman's abdomen. In addition a kit is taught for providing a particular type of undergarment and reusable heating pad for use therein, effective for relieving the discomfort of menstrual cramps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: LESLIE E. RIVA GODOY
  • Patent number: 9028537
    Abstract: A heat pack for warming the heel of an infant with a front panel and a rear panel wherein the rear panel is adapted for placement on the infant's heel and has an outer layer formed of a nonwoven material which may be wetted. A band is provided for attaching the heat pack to the infant's heel. Heat from the heat pack effectively drives water applied to the nonwoven material into the infant's heel where it is then trapped in the skin under the heat pack. By thus moisturizing and softening the skin, a puncture necessary for taking a blood sample is eased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Dale E. Walters
  • Publication number: 20150119963
    Abstract: Mechanically bistable thermal devices and methods of utilizing the same. The mechanically bistable thermal devices include a mechanically bistable element and a thermal element. The mechanically bistable element is configured to be selectively transitioned between a straight conformation, in which the mechanically bistable element defines an elongate shape, and a wrapped conformation, in which the mechanically bistable element defines an arcuate shape and is configured to at least partially encircle an encircled form. The thermal element is configured to exchange thermal energy with the encircled form when in thermal contact with the encircled form and includes a thermal material that includes a fluid and/or a granular solid. The methods include activating the thermal element and transitioning the mechanically bistable element from the straight conformation to the wrapped conformation to at least partially encircle the encircled form with the mechanically bistable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher C. Cosse
  • Publication number: 20150119849
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) with cooling. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by cooling tissue having a high density of cold sensitive thermoreceptors and/or by cooling BAT depots directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicants: The General Hospital Corporation D/B/A Massachusetts Gerneral Hospital, ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Lee M. Kaplan, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Jason L. Harris, Dwight D. Henninger, James W. Voegele, Mark S. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150105845
    Abstract: The present device generally relates to an adjustable heating/cooling pack. The heating/cooling pack is especially suitable for use on an injured or sore leg or arm of a user. The heating/cooling pack may first be placed in a freezer or refrigerator (or microwave if heat is desired) and removed prior to use. The device has a securing means which allows it to remain in a rolled up tube configuration having a closed environment prior to use. As a result, the device remains cool or warm for a longer period of time than other heating/cooling packs. In addition, items may be stored and carried inside the device while the device is in the closed configuration (third position).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Edward Lee Duckworth, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150094671
    Abstract: A system and method for portably delivering a therapeutic dose of heat to the skin to relieve pain, reduce accommodation of thermal nerve receptors, promote healing, and deliver transcutaneous medications. The heating device is user programmable or preprogrammed to deliver according to a variety of cycles, patterns and algorithms. The cycles, patterns, and algorithms of the heat are programmable parameters, are under the user's control, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the device. The heating algorithms are designed to interact with an individual user's thermal nerve receptors and other tissue characteristics and to reduce the tendency of the receptors to accommodate to the external stimuli with back pain, muscular pain, dysmenorrhea, headaches, fibromyalgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, nerve injuries and neuropathies, and sprains and strain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: CAREWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dunbar, Charles Chabal
  • Publication number: 20150057726
    Abstract: Provided is a plurality of reusable freezable cold packs that are applied to a user's extremity via a strap assembly. The device includes a strap assembly that resembles an adjustable bottomless sandal or a wrist brace. The cold packs include multiple attachment points for use with the strap assembly. The strap assembly comprises an elastic strap and a fastener to enable a user to apply the cold packs to a desired area on hands and feet without holding it in place for a prolonged period of time. The freezable cold packs help sooth pain on contact and eliminate the need to use hard ice cubes, which may cause pain or melt and cause water to drip on the floor, furniture, and other surfaces. The present device provides a simple and convenient means for a user to apply cold therapy to his or her hands or feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Stephanie B. Plass
  • Publication number: 20150045859
    Abstract: A therapeutic ice bag shaped to cover a specific body part of a wearer. A timer is positioned on the bag to enable the user to determine when to remove the bag after a period of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Neil J. Kay
  • Patent number: 8937212
    Abstract: A feminine cooling pad is configured for use in cooling a woman's vulva and/or adjacent region. The cooling pad may be configured for single use and be disposable so as to include a liquid permeable layer configured to be oriented toward a user's skin during use. A liquid absorbent layer is adjacent to the liquid permeable layer and configured to absorb bodily fluids or discharges during use. A cooling layer is adjacent to the liquid absorbent layer and configured to provide a cooling effect for a period of time of at least about 15 minutes when the cooling pad is placed against a user's skin. An adhesive layer is adjacent to the cooling layer and adheres the feminine cooling pad to a user's undergarment during use and maintains the cooling pad in a desired orientation relative to the user's body. A feminine heating pad may be provided by including a microwavable material that becomes warm or hot when placed in a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Michelle Fogg, John Guynn
  • Publication number: 20140371828
    Abstract: Plastic sheet can be heat-sealed to form a water-tight envelope having an open top. A water-tight frangible container can be loaded into the envelope through the open top. The water-tight frangible container can contain a predetermined amount of water. A predetermined amount of urea can be loaded into the envelope through the open top. Separate from the loading of the urea, a predetermined amount of ammonium chloride can be loaded into the envelope through the open top. The relative proportions of the predetermined amount of urea, the predetermined amount of ammonium chloride, and the predetermined amount of water can be selected to provide a target cooling effect to a portion of a body to which cooling is to be applied. The open top of the envelope can be heat-sealed to form a water-tight outer pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Thomas Whitely
  • Publication number: 20140358044
    Abstract: A normothermic maintenance system sand method for maintaining patient normothermia, during surgical intervention is disclosed. The invention will reduce patient morbidity during surgical intervention while beneficially expediting patient flow in the hospital environment. The application of heat, via advantageously independent systems and methods, is an objective of the invention which results in the improvement of the economics of surgical treatment by the use of either disposable or re-usable simple normothermic maintenance systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Laurence Anthony Kirwan, Stephen John McLouglin
  • Publication number: 20140358183
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for cooling tissue, and in particular for applying therapeutic hypothermia to the spinal canal, tissue disposed within the spinal canal, and nerve roots extending from the spinal canal. Bone screws, intervertebral implants, stabilization rods, spinous process spacers, and other devices are described which define a chamber through which a chilled fluid, expandable gas, or other coolant means can be circulated, delivered, or activated to cool adjacent tissue. The degree of cooling can be regulated using a controller, which can be configured to increase or decrease the cooling effect based on any of a variety of measured or predicted physiological or thermodynamic properties. Methods are disclosed for implanting cooling instruments and for carrying out various treatment regimens that involve cooling tissue using such instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Todd Sheppard Saunders, Jared Samuel Fry
  • Publication number: 20140358205
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus of evaporative cooling which targets one or more of an animal's muscle tissue areas, as the head and neck, chest, shoulder, back or gluteal muscles, and leg and ankle of the body chest, shoulder, back and gluteal muscles, and does not otherwise restrict movement of the animal. The apparatus of the present invention is formed of a lower layer and an upper layer, which together form a pocket for receiving a cooling means, wherein the pocket is adapted to open and dose. The apparatus of the present invention is contoured to position around one or more body areas of the animal and secured in the position for evaporative cooling of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Mary Jo Margaret Robke, Vicki Shapero Lurie
  • Publication number: 20140358203
    Abstract: A thermal assistance device is useful to provide supplemental heating or cooling to a user's circulating core blood, or to the blood supply to an extremity of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Li
  • Publication number: 20140358206
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide devices and methods for thermal treatment, e.g., cooling and heating, of body parts for purposes of alleviating discomfort, pain, stress and inflammation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Laurie Hirokane
  • Patent number: 8894698
    Abstract: Thermal therapy pads for providing a temperature controlled therapy to a portion of a patient's body. The pad includes an inner surface and an outer surface that define a tortuous path for the fluid flow throughout the pad. The pad receives a temperature controlled fluid from a pumping unit via an inlet, and the fluid circulates throughout the pad before being returned to the cooling unit via an outlet. The pads are configured to conform to the shape of the portion of the body receiving the therapy. One such pad is a convertible vest that has one configuration that covers the upper torso and another configuration that covers the back and arms. Another such pad wraps around the wrist after being secured at the thumb. Another pad conforms to the face of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Adroit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gammons, Clifford E. Gammons
  • Publication number: 20140316494
    Abstract: Embodiments include a heating blanket. The heating blanket may include a heating element and a shell covering the heating element. The heating element has elastic properties and is disposed in the shape of a sheet. The shell may have one or more sheets of polymeric material bonded together adjacent a perimeter of the heating element. One or more wires having malleable properties are secured within the shell. The wires allow the heating blanket to be secured to a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20140316495
    Abstract: Embodiments include a conformable heated mattress for patient warming during surgery. The mattress may include a base layer coupled to an operating table and a heated layer coupled to the base layer. The heated layer may include an electrical heating element. The heated layer is coupled to an opposing surface of the base layer at a portion of the opposing surface forming an attached area. The attached area is less than an area of the opposing surface allowing at least a portion of the heated layer to be folded substantially independently of the base layer. Embodiments also include a method of positioning a patient on such a heated mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Rudolf Andreas Deibel, Scott A. Entenman
  • Publication number: 20140296826
    Abstract: A safety syringe system including a safety syringe and an injection site preparation patch adapted for use with the safety syringe. The safety syringe includes a syringe body and a safety shield slidably disposed about the syringe body. The injection site preparation patch has a tissue-facing side and a syringe-facing side, and may include a substrate, a syringe adhesive layer adapted to adhere to a distal flange of the safety shield, a hydrogel layer adapted to adhere to tissue, and removable release liners disposed on either side. The patch may include a medicament, anesthetic, or a thermal compound. Adhesion between the patch and the flange is less than adhesion between the patch and tissue, so that the patch adheres to the shield with sufficient strength to enable the shield to slide over the needle upon withdrawal, but with insufficient strength to cause the patch to pull away from a patient's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Mel Finke, David Heagle, Jason Boulanger, Benjamin Silva, Warren Copp-Howland, Erick Garstka, Kathleen Tremblay, Michael Sellechio
  • Patent number: 8840573
    Abstract: An apparatus for the prevention of decubitus ulcers includes an overlay and a plurality of stimulation segments disposed throughout the overlay, wherein the stimulation segments provide stimulation. At least one sensor is disposed within at least one of the plurality of stimulation segments. A controller is electrically connected to the at least one sensor, wherein the controller gathers data from the sensor, processes the data, and transmits instructions to the stimulation segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Neustaedter, Doug Harris, Ron Lancaster, Martin W. Stryker, Michael J. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20140277220
    Abstract: A patient-treatment system and related method provide relief from, and treatment for, muscle spasticity disorders, Willis-Ekbom disease, contracture, sleep onset insomnia, sleep maintenance insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other similar disorders by applying controlled heat, and optionally muscle monitoring/stimulation, to one or more parts of a patient's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Birch Tree Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Brennan, Anthony K. Iacobucci
  • Publication number: 20140277308
    Abstract: An adaptive thermodynamic therapy system capable of comfortably increasing metabolic expenditure to facilitate excess weight loss, including one or more sensors for measuring a subject user's body temperature, current activity/metabolic level and providing data representative of said body temperature to a computer-based controller, and then actively controlling a thermal load in contact with subject user's body and responsive to the computer-based controller. In one embodiment, the controller is configured to receive input from at least one computer-based device configured to provide user body data and calculate a state value representative of the user body data and to adjust the thermal load to obtain a desired physiological response from the user by modifying the state values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Raymond J. Cronise, Anthony R. Kelley, Scott Parazynski, William D. Tepper
  • Publication number: 20140257443
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for removing heat from subcutaneously disposed lipid-rich cells are disclosed. In selected embodiments, suction and/or heat removal sources are coupled to an applicator. The applicator includes a flexible portion and a rigid portion. The rigid portion includes a thermally conductive plate and a frame coupling the thermally conductive plate and the flexible portion. An interior cavity of the applicator is in fluid communication with the suction source, and the frame maintains contiguous engagement between the heat removal source and the thermally conductive plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ZELTIQ AESTHETICS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark William Baker, Joseph Coakley, Paul William Martens, Albert L. Ollerdessen, William Patrick Pennybacker, Jesse N. Rosen, Peter Yee, John W. Allison, Bryan J. Weber
  • Publication number: 20140243941
    Abstract: An in-ear stimulation device for administering caloric stimulation to the ear canal of a subject includes (a) first and second earpieces configured to be insertable into the ear canals of the subject; (b) at least first and second thermoelectric devices thermally coupled to respective ones of the first and second earpieces; (c) a first heat sink thermally coupled to the first thermoelectric device opposite the first earpiece and a second heat sink thermally coupled to the second thermoelectric device opposite the second earpiece; and (d) a controller comprising a waveform generator in communication with the first and second thermoelectric devices, the waveform generator configured to generate a first control signal to control a first caloric output to the first thermoelectric device and a second control signal to control a second caloric output to the second caloric device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Lesco L. Rogers, Lanty L. Smith, Robert D. Black
  • Publication number: 20140243938
    Abstract: A system for the treatment of hypothermia includes an energy source controllably operable to output energy, a controller operably associated with the energy source, an encasing-structure being conformable over a treatment region, and one or more vital sign detectors adapted to generate an electrical signal indicative of a measurement of a vital sign of a patient. The encasing-structure includes an energy-applicator device including a configuration of energy-delivery elements disposed in association with the encasing-structure. The controller is adapted to receive the electrical signal from the one or more vital sign detectors. The controller is configured to adjust one or more treatment parameters based at least in part on the electrical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventor: JAMES W. MCPHERSON
  • Patent number: 8807127
    Abstract: A steam-generating warming article 1 which has a steam generating element 2 making use of chemical energy and is adapted to supply steam while in contact with a human body. The article 1, while in contact with the body, maintains the skin surface temperature at 38° to 49° C. for 3 to 15 hours and cumulatively generates 0.5 to 12 mg/3 hr·cm2 of steam. The steam-generating warming article 1 is used to improve the human body's physiology. The steam generating element 2 is preferably a heat generating sheet prepared by incorporating an aqueous electrolyte solution into a molded sheet containing an oxidizable metal, a reaction accelerator, and a fibrous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Michihito Igaki, Koichi Okisaka, Ichiro Sakamoto
  • Publication number: 20140228718
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus that provides cooling and mechanical and/or electrical simulation to the treated site may be used to overcome the problems associated with cryotherapy. In one embodiment, a cryotherapy device for producing a cooling effect for treating tissue includes a temperature control device which alters the temperature of at least a portion of the tissue being treated during treatment; and a blood flow device that alters the blood flow rate through the portion of the tissue being treated during and following treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Diller, Sepideh Khoshnevis, Robert Matthew Brothers
  • Publication number: 20140214142
    Abstract: A treatment system includes a holding section that has a heat generation section for applying thermal energy and holds a living tissue, a signal output section that supplies a drive signal to the heat generation section, a signal detection section that detects the drive signal, a signal extraction section that extracts an extracted signal of a predetermined frequency band from the drive signal detected by the signal detection section, a fault detection section that detects when a precursory phenomenon of a fault of the heat generation section the extracted signal reaches or exceeds a predetermined threshold, and a control section that performs control, when the fault detection section detects the precursory phenomenon, so as to reduce power of the drive signal supplied from the signal output section to the heat generation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka HONDA, Takashi IRISAWA, Sadayoshi TAKAMI, Toshifumi KATSURAGI, Kazue TANAKA
  • Patent number: 8790384
    Abstract: The present invention provides a skin patch laminate body, comprising a skin patch body including a base layer and a skin adhesive layer being formed on one surface of the base layer for being directly applied to the skin and a heat imparting body including an exothermic agent and an exothermic agent-accommodating layer that accommodates the exothermic agent therein, wherein the exothermic agent-accommodating layer on one surface of the heat imparting body, and the other surface of the base layer of the skin patch body are attached to each other via a peelable adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Okamoto Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Uchiyama
  • Publication number: 20140207219
    Abstract: A modular stimulus applicator system and method are disclosed. The system includes a plurality of wirelessly controlled stimulus pods, anchored to a patient's body, and configured to deliver stimulus to the patient's body. The stimulus can be heat, vibration, or electrical stimulus, or any combination thereof. The stimulus pods are controlled by a control station that can include a user-interface through which the patient can control application of the stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Peter J. Dunbar, Charles Chabal
  • Publication number: 20140207088
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a moxibustion therapy device and its use. The moxibustion therapy device comprises a housing, an integrated electric circuit board inside the housing, a power supply module, and a heating module. A protruding portion on one side of the housing is covered with a metal mesh cover. The integrated electric circuit board, the power supply module, and the heating module are connected to one another. The heating module is tightly pressed against one side of the metal mesh cover. Users can use the moxibustion therapy device at anytime anywhere without others' assistance. The moxibustion therapy device can help people expel cold and dampness and relieve pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: LIFERISING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zhengang GUO, Wenbin YAO, Weiguo CHEN, Peng PENG, Jingyang JIANG
  • Patent number: 8784391
    Abstract: A therapeutic compress system for treatment of a body part. For treatment of the eye region, the compress system comprises a deformable frame that is disposable upon the eye region and includes a first frame section joined to a second frame section at a central bridge. A gel pack is removably joined to the frame and comprises a gelatinous material contained in a pouch. A V-strap assembly may be required for securing the gel pack and frame to the eye user in a manner that optimizes pressure of the gel pack on the eye region and comfort of the user. The compress system may include a gel impressor that is inwardly deformable so as to contact portions of the gel pack with the nasal corners of the eyes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Seth Biser
  • Publication number: 20140194961
    Abstract: Clothing and an associated method of use for modifying body temperature by transdermally modifying blood temperature comprising having a thermal device retained within at least one garment pocket substantially overlying at least one major blood vessel so as to increase the temperature gradient of said blood across said at least one major blood vessel so as to use said blood to act as a heat transfer fluid, said garment being fitted so as to press said pocket and said thermal device closely to the skin of the wearer and said pocket being arranged to be substantially aligned along the length of said major circulatory vessel while minimizing overlap across tissue surrounding said major blood vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Dwaine Drew Evans, JR.
  • Patent number: 8771331
    Abstract: A wrap for applying thermal therapy to a body part includes a substantially liquid-tight, flexible polymer bag for containing a thermal agent which is attached to a wrap body formed from a non-expandable material. The bag is fastened to the wrap body such that the fastening area is 25% or less than the area of the bag. A pair of wings formed from an expandable, retractable material extends from each of opposite sides of the wrap body. Releasable fasteners are attached at the ends of at least two wings to attach to the ends of the opposite wings to secure the bag over the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Geibel
  • Publication number: 20140180369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a continuous thermotherapy device, and comprises: a belt; a receiving box which is provided on the belt; a hot pack case which is received by the receiving box; and a hot pack which is inserted into the hot pack case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Seo Jun Oh, Seo Min Oh
  • Patent number: 8753383
    Abstract: A sequential compression and temperature therapy blanket with a plurality of air chambers is disclosed. The air chambers are filled and released by a valve assembly that may be separate from or integrated within the blanket. The temperature therapy blanket includes a fluid bladder for delivering hot and/or cold therapy to a patient. The temperature therapy blanket may also include an air bladder for providing compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: ThermoTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Overton L. Parish, Niran Balachandran, Tony Quisenberry, Clark R. Havis
  • Publication number: 20140142668
    Abstract: An eyelid margin wipe comprising chemical means for adjusting the temperature of the wipe relative to the ambient temperature. The wipe is particularly useful for treatment of disorders of the eyelid or eyelid margin such as meibomian gland dysfunction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Optometric Technology Group LTD.
    Inventors: Michel Lucien GUILLON, Cecile Adrienne MAISSA