With Support Or Fastening Means Patents (Class 607/112)
  • Publication number: 20110190855
    Abstract: A cooling assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a substrate and one or more cooling devices. The cooling device includes water and a reactant (such as ammonium nitrate), which when mixed, result in an endothermic reaction. One type of cooling device has an impermeable bag and a selectively breakable bag inside. Another type of cooling device has an impermeable bag and a selectively breakable barrier, which divides the bag into two packages. In use, when the water and reactant are allowed to mix, the cooling device becomes cool. The cooled device absorbs heat from an injured person placed on the device, thereby minimizing inflammation that may occur from injuries sustained by the person. One type of substrate that is in keeping with the invention includes a body portion, a first wrap-around portion, a second wrap-around portion, and a hood. Another type of substrate that is in keeping with the invention includes a body portion, a first side cooling flap, a second side cooling flap, and a hood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Amalfi
  • Publication number: 20110166635
    Abstract: A therapeutic pad holder has a flexible body with a pocket for holding a hot pack, cold pack or cushion. Releasable fasteners on the body and pads separated from the body with elastic members cooperate to retain the holder around a cylindrical member or part of the human body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel E. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110152986
    Abstract: A therapeutic device for relieving an affected organ or part of the body comprises a mass of material such as beeswax which in use is capable of maintaining a temperature range of 36 to 38 degrees Celsius at the affected part of the body when retained on the skin near the affected part. The invention also extends to articles of apparel containing such a therapeutic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Simon Allen, Ariana Adjani
  • Patent number: 7959657
    Abstract: A portable thermal therapeutic apparatus, adapted to transfer heat between a creature and the atmosphere by circulating heat transfer fluid within a conduit held in contact with the creature. The apparatus includes a housing with a support structure that is particularly adapted for portable use. A heat pump is disposed within the housing, and operates to transfer heat between a first portion and a manifold. A heat sink is thermally coupled to the first portion, and transfers heat between the first portion and the atmosphere. A pump is disposed within the housing and circulates the fluid through the manifold and the conduit. A power supply is disposed within the housing and drives the pump, thereby causing the fluid to circulate within the manifold and the conduit. The power supply is also provides direct current to the heat pump, thereby causing heat to flow from the manifold to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas R. Harsy
  • Patent number: 7959588
    Abstract: A compression wrap for application to body members having a top layer and a bottom layer with an inflatable bladder of smaller dimension positioned therebetween, an interiorly positioned pocket for insertion of a gel pack and a hand-bulb for increasing the pressure within the bladder and thereby applying pressure to the gel pack. To remove the compression wrap, the hand bulb is mounted in a reverse direction and pumped to deflate the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Wolpa
  • Publication number: 20110137388
    Abstract: A heating support (1) for a patient comprises a heating mat or a heating blanket (2) of a heat-insulating material, at least one heating element (3) that is integrated into the heating mat or heating blanket (2), and at least one temperature sensor (4). The heating support (1) is divided into a patient support area (7) suited for diagnostic imaging applications, and a temperature measurement area (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Axel Stihler
  • Publication number: 20110130690
    Abstract: Device to thermally affect delimited regions of the body of a patient, wherein it possesses at least one heating or cooling means that can be inserted into a blood vessel of the patient or can be attached to a blood vessel of the patient in order to heat or cool the blood in a portion of the blood vessel that leads into or away from a tissue to be treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Patrick Gross, Clifford Weiss
  • Publication number: 20110130813
    Abstract: The Self-Regulating Heated Wound Dressing includes an energy storage section adapted to store electrical energy; an energy release section coupled to the energy storage section and configured to receive electrical energy from the energy storage section and to utilize the electrical energy in the generation of a thermal energy used to self-regulate the temperature of a heated wound dressing; and an energy recharge section, coupled to the energy storage section, adapted to receive or collect energy and convert the received or collected energy to electrical energy either for storage by the energy storage section or for use by the energy release section or simultaneous storage in the energy storage section and immediate use by the energy release section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Kinaptic, LLC
    Inventor: Wylie Moreshead
  • Patent number: 7947068
    Abstract: Methods, computer programming and devices for transferring heat to and/or from a body portion of a mammal are provided. One approach includes directly determining a state of vasoconstriction or vasodilation in a portion of a body, and supplying heat to the portion of the body when vasoconstriction is determined, and removing heat from the portion of the body when vasodilation is determined. The body portion preferably includes specific heat exchange vasculature. In another approach, a transition of the body portion from a state of vasodilation to vasoconstriction is determined and the body portion is then actively kept in a state of vasodilation while removing heat therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Dennis A. Grahn, H. Craig Heller
  • Publication number: 20110093050
    Abstract: The Footie is an insulated thermal wrap designed specifically for application to the foot, but can be used on other limbs such as ankles, knees and elbows as well. Noted unique features are that it is available in two sizes and a variety of colors and patterns. The interior layer of the wrap comprises an insulated pouch for containment of the thermal medium and can be used with either heat or cold pack therapy. The pouch itself is held closed by Velcro strips located at the top. The wrap encases the foot and is tapered at the top to fit the toe area. The wrap is held in place by two wide, stretchable Velcro straps which are strategically placed to allow for desired compression adjustability. The exterior layer of the wrap is made from flexible cloth. This is a low-cost treatment and allows the patient mobility while applying therapy for extended periods of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Damkoehler
  • Publication number: 20110087313
    Abstract: A thermal garment is tight fitting, often known as a compression shirt, and has a raw or composition rubber sleeve portion, which can be applied to either or both shoulder parts of the garment and/or to either or both elbow parts of the garment, with said rubber portion being covered in fabric and being attached to the garment and replacing that original portion of said garment. The garment with a composition sleeve portion is designed to avoid injury due to extreme playing conditions or improper muscle tension incurred by athletes, by insuring heat and compression to the shoulder joint or to the elbows. The garment also uses heat from the thermal portion of the garment to help in healing the area covered by way of thermotherapy (the use of heat on muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments which increases blood flow to expedite the healing process).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Brian C. Boatner, Charles L. Boatner, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110065977
    Abstract: A disposable housing including a single-use thermal exchange component can be configured to be mechanically, removably coupled to a receptacle on a cuff positionable around a joint to provide temperature-based therapy to the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: OrthoCor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kin-Joe Sham, Jared Jon Savela
  • Publication number: 20110066218
    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: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Craig Geibel
  • Publication number: 20110054577
    Abstract: A thermal regulatory system to reduce swelling caused by trauma to a variety of tissues and limbs is provided. One or more substantially flexible, at least partially thermally conductive housing containing optionally activatable thermal regulatory medium may be coupled with one or more applicator, such as a splint, that is adapted to apply the medium housing to the tissue. Methods of therapeutically regulating tissue temperature are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: TRAUMATEC, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Latham
  • Publication number: 20110054431
    Abstract: A heating array hold such as a garment is described having a heating device, and a monitoring device that may include a focused antenna. The garment may be used to heat and monitor internal tissue and/or fluid in an individual in a non-invasive way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas G. Turnquist, Brent W. Snow, Philip Eggers
  • Publication number: 20110040360
    Abstract: A pain-relief wrap comprising a plurality of pouch members and a pair of elastic members. Each pouch member comprises a first end portion, a second end portion, a pouch section enclosing at least one pain relieving medium, a first loop, and a second loop. Each of the pair of elastic members comprises a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The proximal end portion and the distal end portion of a first elastic member of the pair of elastic members are coupled to each other on reception of the first elastic member through the first loop of each of the plurality of pouch members, and, the proximal end portion and the distal end portion of a second elastic member of the pair of elastic members are coupled to each other on reception of the second elastic member through the second loop of each of the plurality of pouch members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Norlita Subia
  • Publication number: 20110034887
    Abstract: Cooling products and methods of manufacture are disclosed. The cooling product is comprised of a substrate impregnated with a polymer gel and an antimicrobial agent. The product may be a compression wrap, pad, body wrap, container wrap, blanket or article of clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: Arctic Ease, LLC
    Inventors: Carol M. Forden, Laurie A. Forden
  • Publication number: 20110015708
    Abstract: An apparatus to relieve menstrual cramping includes one or more tapered pads having an inner and outer side, each outer side being semi-rigid and each inner side being flexible. The outer side of each pad is connected to one or more straps having first and second ends. A fastener is attached to the first end of each strap and a corresponding second fastener attaches to the second end of each strap. The apparatus includes a variable compression drive located proximate to one pad to create a compression force through each strap when the first and corresponding second fasteners connect. The drive includes an outer drum shell, an inner rotator having an inner diameter that is treaded, a motor which communications with the inner rotator, and a threaded shaft which engages the inner diameter of the inner rotator. A tab attaches the threaded shaft to the strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: EMBRACE, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen D. Lee, Glenn Akhavein, Robert Brady, Daniel Dugas
  • Patent number: 7871427
    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 pre-programmed 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: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Carewave, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dunbar, Charles Chabal
  • Publication number: 20110009931
    Abstract: A cooling pack device is adapted to be applied to an object, and includes a cooling pack unit and a fastening unit. The cooling pack unit includes first and second cooling packs, each of which has a periphery that has an outer peripheral section formed with at least one fastening ring portion, and a connecting peripheral section interconnecting two ends of the outer peripheral section. The cooling pack unit further includes a pack connecting component that interconnects foldably the connecting peripheral sections of the first and second cooling packs. The fastening unit includes at least one fastening member operable for extending through the fastening ring portions of the outer peripheral sections of the first and second cooling packs so as to fasten the cooling pack unit on the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Rong-Tai Hong
  • Patent number: 7857781
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Zoll Circulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 7854754
    Abstract: A cooling device for removing heat from subcutaneous lipid-rich cells of a subject having skin is provided. The cooling device includes a support having a first portion and a second portion. A first cooling element having a first heat exchanging surface is located at the first portion of the support. A second cooling element having a second heat exchanging surface is located at the second portion of the support. At least one of the first and second cooling elements is movable along the support and is configured to rotate for adjusting an angle between the first and second heat exchanging surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Ting, Samuel W. Tolkoff, Timothy Robinson, Richard Wisdom
  • Publication number: 20100305669
    Abstract: [Problems] A neck pad capable of enhancing fitting feeling to the neck and effectively warming or cooling the neck and its vicinity. [Means for Solving Problems] A neck pad for attaching to the neck comprising a housing unit (1) disposed at the back of the neck to house a cooling element or a heating element, and a pair of winding portions (2) connected with the opposite ends of the housing unit (1), constructed to be gradually more slender toward the tip ends, and arranged to be passed around the neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Yuichi Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20100298914
    Abstract: A therapeutic garment includes a brassiere having opposed first and second shoulder straps formed with opposed first and second breast-receiving cups, respectively, each having an outer surface. A reusable gel pack for heat or cold therapy is suspended from the first and second shoulder straps, extends downwardly from the first and second shoulder straps to the first and second breast-receiving cups, and overlies and extends across the outer surfaces of the first and second breast-receiving cups to provide heat or cold therapy to the first and second breast-receiving cups at the outer surface of each of the first and second breast-receiving cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: MOLLY M. ROSENBAUM
  • Publication number: 20100298915
    Abstract: A thermotherapeutic pad has an envelope containing a thermally active material attached to a flexible flap which can be wrapped a body part and fastened in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey Thomas Whitely
  • Patent number: 7837638
    Abstract: A flexible joint wrap includes a heat exchange bladder, which provides fluid circulation and compression to a joint. The joint wrap includes upper and lower sections for attachment above and below a joint. The bladder has an opening at a center section which provides flexibility of the bladder. The heat exchange bladder may be enclosed in a removable cover designed to conform to the shape of the bladder. The cover and bladder are formed with an opening in alignment with the joint to provide flexibility to the wrap. The cover may be formed of a fluid repellant inner lining to prevent fluid from the joint from soiling the bladder. The cover may further comprise a nylon loop outer surface to allow the upper and lower sections to be easily attached and adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H J Miros, Charlotte Hutter-Brock
  • Publication number: 20100286755
    Abstract: A cooling article of clothing and method for use of the same are disclosed for providing temporary cooling comfort to a human wearer. In one embodiment, sealed elongated envelopes are formed on the inside of a layer of the fabric, which may be fashioned into a vest or shirt. Each of the sealed elongated envelopes defines a volume for containing a pre-determined amount of polyacrylamide material. Offset spacings are interleaved between the sealed elongated envelopes. A diffusion gradient is formed from the polyacrylamide material to the sealed elongated envelopes to the layer of fabric. A diffusion gradient provides for the transfer of water from the polyacrylamide material to the layer of fabric. Water within the layer of fabric is evaporated by way of airflow through the layer of fabric, thereby providing temporary cooling comfort to the human wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Steven H. Gallaher
  • Publication number: 20100280581
    Abstract: A patient warming appliqué typically includes a cover layer, a tape layer for releasably securing the appliqué to the patient's skin and an array of encapsulated cells. The encapsulated cells include a chemical heating mechanism beneath the cover layer and a phase change gel sheet between the chemical heating mechanism and the tape layer. The phase change gel sheet is configured to melt and flow when the chemical heating mechanism is activated. The preferred appliqué further includes zones of weakness between the spaced cells allowing the individual cells or a subset of cells to be removed from the appliqué.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Barry Michael Cushman, Robert Kovar, Robert Mulligan, Daniel Babin, Anna Galea, Jeremiah Slade, Gordon B. Hirschman
  • Patent number: 7824437
    Abstract: A portable electronic device for reducing periodic cramping about an abdominal cavity of a user during a menstrual cycle includes an elastic panty garment, a controller removably attached directly to an outer surface of the panty garment and a plurality of electro-mechanical transducers generating output vibrations, and a plurality of heatable magnetic straps directly coupled to the outer surface of the panty garment. The heatable magnetic straps extend along anterior and posterior faces of the panty garment and are simultaneously actuated to a desired temperature level while the transducers are actuated to an on position. The heatable magnetic straps being freely movable along the outer surface of the panty garment while the transducers are nested within respective pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Gina Saunders
  • Patent number: 7825356
    Abstract: Certain embodiments pertain to a heater for warming a patient's extremity in order to cause vasodilation for facilitating venous catheterization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Augustine Biomedical and Design LLC
    Inventors: Karen Hewes, Scott D. Augustine, Mark C. Albrecht, Randall C. Arnold, Thomas F. Neils
  • Publication number: 20100241200
    Abstract: A two-piece heating pad cover formed of a first body and a second body. The first body has an inner layer and an outer layer. The inner layer is secured to the outer layer and forms a heating pad receivable container having a closable opening. The cover has a second body having a heat transfer layer. The first body is removably secured to the second body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Patent number: 7794486
    Abstract: A therapeutic kit for providing heat to an area of the body is provided. The therapeutic kit may be used to treat a variety of injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc., including arm, leg, ankle, knee, shoulder, foot, neck, back, elbow, wrist, hand, chest, finger, toe injuries, and so forth. Regardless of its intended use, the therapeutic kit generally employs a pad that receives a thermal insert. The thermal insert includes a substrate containing an exothermic coating that is capable of generating heat in the presence of oxygen and moisture. One particular benefit of the thermal insert of the present invention is that it is disposable. Thus, when the thermal insert exhausts its heat-producing capacity, a new insert may simply be utilized. This allows for the continued use of the extensible material, resulting in substantial cost savings to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Bradshaw Quincy, III
  • Publication number: 20100217363
    Abstract: A thermotherapeutic pad for applying heat or cold to a body part. The pad has a material for releasing or absorbing heat and a thermally conductive envelope for containing the granular material. The pad also has a holder for removably holding a cold pack adjacent to the envelope. The thermotherapeutic pad may provide heat by heating the material and placing the envelope against the body part, and the thermotherapeutic pad may absorb heat by placing a cooled cold pack into the holder and placing the portion of the pad comprising the cold pack against the body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey Thomas Whitely
  • Publication number: 20100217362
    Abstract: A moisturizing and therapeutic method and article of manufacture by utilizing non-electrical, heat generating objects to provide moisture and temporary pain relief to a user's hand, wherein the non-electrical, heat generating object is held closely against the inside of a user's palm to cause the temperature of the article of manufacture to gradually increase. The article of manufacture has a first glove half formed of natural materials and shaped to cover the back side of a user's hand. A second glove half is formed of the same natural materials to create an inner layer between the first glove half and the third glove layer (sheath). The third glove layer (sheath) is shaped to cover the under side (palm area only) of a user's hand and is joined with the first and second glove halves to form an opening at the wrist for receiving an enveloping a human hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Chanda R. Parsons
  • Patent number: 7783358
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for treating obesity by an energy delivery device, such as a high focus ultrasound transducer, mounted for movement along two or three axes relative to the esophagus to deliver transesophageal energy to interrupt the function of vagal nerves. Preferably, movement along a longitudinal axis of the esophagus changes the site to which the energy is directed and movement transversely along a radius of the esophagus focuses the energy on a vagal nerve. The third degree of freedom relative to the esophagus is to rotate the transducer about the longitudinal axis of the esophagus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Endovx, Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Aldrich, David Miller
  • Publication number: 20100211122
    Abstract: A device for application to a body part for the treatment of symptoms of injury or pain, comprising a holder for simultaneously applying (1) a thermal device capable of retaining hot or cold, and (2) a transcutaneous electrical nerve/muscle stimulator, whereby to allow the simultaneous application to a body part of transcutaneous electrical nerve/muscle stimulation and either hot or cold therapy. The holder can have a pocket for receiving the thermal device and a front surface bearing the nerve/muscle stimulator, for example, by hook and loop material, or adhesive, enabling the activatable surface of the nerve/muscle stimulator to be applied to the body part simultaneously with the hot or cold therapy of the gel pack in the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Hensley
  • Publication number: 20100198324
    Abstract: This system provides temporary heating and cooling of the body parts its applied to, one of the main focal points is that the design of these suites can range from physical activity to relaxing and the suites also have medical applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Leonard Charles Graaham, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100198325
    Abstract: A steam-generating warming device includes a holder including a first surface adapted to face the skin of a wearer and an opposite second surface adapted to face outward and a moist heat generating member held in the holder. The moist heat generating member is configured to generate heat as a result of oxidation of an oxidizable metal, generate steam by making use of the heat, and release the steam through the first surface. The steam-generating warming device further includes a water-impregnated, water-retaining sheet adjoining the moist heating member. The water-retaining sheet is preferably disposed between the moist heat generating member and the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 7766950
    Abstract: A hypothermia treatment sack comprising a top sheet and a bottom sheet releasably connecting along their perimeters to form a patient receiving cavity between the top and bottom sheets while allowing for patient access from any location around the perimeter. The top and bottom sheets include a weatherproof exterior side for repelling wind and water, and a heat reflective interior side for preventing heat from escaping. A plurality of self-activating heating pads are carried in the top sheet for producing heat when exposed to air. The heating pads have a first side exposed on the weatherproof exterior side of the top sheet to provide for a generally unrestricted airflow to the heating pads, and a second side exposed on the heat reflective interior side of the top sheet for radiating heat directly into the patient receiving cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: North American Rescue, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Castellani, Robert Miller
  • Patent number: 7763060
    Abstract: A flexible drape useful for warming a patient during surgery includes a base film defining a target region, where the base film is attachable to a body surface of the patient, and an evacuation port in fluid communication with the target region. In this regard, the evacuation port is configured to negatively pressurize the target region and vasodilate the body surface of the patient adjacent the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Nicholas R. Baumann
  • Publication number: 20100168825
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling a body part includes a flat and flexible closed container defining an interior volume with a plurality of interconnected chambers. An attachment member is connected with the container and is configured for removably attaching the apparatus to a body part. A superabsorber is disposed in the chambers, and the chambers are shaped to be filled with water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Ingrid Barbknecht
  • Patent number: 7744640
    Abstract: A thermal treatment garment of the present invention includes an outer structure layer, an interior lining formed of a gel material that directly contacts a body portion of a user when the garment is worn by the user and a thermal treatment layer to thermally treat and control temperature of the garment. The thermal treatment layer heats and/or cools the gel material to a selected temperature or selected temperature range and is controlled by a controller. In an exemplary embodiment, the garment includes a cap to thermally treat the user's head, where the structure layer has a generally convex outer surface and the interior surface of the gel layer is generally concave and contoured to engage with and at least partially envelop at least one selected portion of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, David Hendrix
  • Publication number: 20100161016
    Abstract: A patient warming blanket includes a pouch and a flexible heating assembly. The flexible heating assembly is enclosed within the pouch and includes, at least in part, a flexible sheet-like heater and a temperature sensor assembly attached to the heater in proximity to a surface thereof; a visible marker is located on an exterior of the pouch to identify a location of the temperature sensor. A method for covering a patient with the patient warming blanket, in order to effectively warm the patient, includes viewing the marker so as to position an area of the blanket, which corresponds to the sensor location, for direct contact with the patient, when the blanket is placed over the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Augustine BioMedical and Design, LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Keith J. Leland, Randall C. Arnold, Ryan S. Augustine, Gordon D. Lawrence, Thomas F. Neils
  • Publication number: 20100161015
    Abstract: K9 Therm-a-pack is designed to apply ice or heat packs to a dog's hip or lower back area with out the owner having to bold it in place. Comprised of water proof or resistant material to keep the dogs skin dry, two pockets hold the ice/heat pack in place while three adjustable straps secure the pack in place on the dog. Two straps go around the dog's hind legs and one around the waist attaching with a plastic clasp that allows the straps to be adjusted in length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Kimberly D. Wilson, Angela M. McHarness
  • Publication number: 20100152823
    Abstract: A therapy apparatus may include: a chamber portion; a first strap portion configured for disposal about a waist of a user; and a second strap portion configured for disposal about a leg of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Nicholas Muchowicz
  • Publication number: 20100137953
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling device, especially for cooling bodies or body parts of humans or animals, comprising at least one supporting material that contains superabsorber (SAP) which can absorb and re-dissipate moisture or liquid. The supporting material is wrapped in a covering fabric that has at least one moisture-permeable or air-permeable and steam-permeable zone. The invention is characterized in that at least one measuring instrument and/or sensor for measuring physical measuring values is provided on or in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Gabriele Stein
  • Publication number: 20100137704
    Abstract: The disclosure describes medical mats that provide electrical paths with connectors that connect to various electronic medical or surgical tools. The medical mats can reduce the lengths of cables and define routes that preventing cross-over, looping and/or bunching of loose lengths of long cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: SurgiVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamal Vij, Kimble Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7727267
    Abstract: A refrigerant-containing bladder or container is positioned underneath the body. Heat absorbed from the body vaporizes the refrigerant, which expands to cooler remote regions of the bladder. Heat is then withdrawn from the edges of the container by thermally conductive pathways that distribute heat from this container to a cooler area that is not underneath the body. The cooled refrigerant condenses, and is returned to the regions of the device that are under or adjacent to the central and warmest parts of the body. The heavier and warmer portions of the body force the bladder to the lowest point. Alternatively, heat is transferred from the body via a specific highly thermally conductive layer or layers of material(s) that is (are) soft, pliable, and comfortable to sit or lie on. This layer joins conductive materials that are configured to transport heat and diffuse it to the cooler environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Arthur Lachenbruch
  • Publication number: 20100125317
    Abstract: A long-acting cold pack structure for cold compress therapy on human body includes a cold maintaining layer, a fluid layer and an air bag layer which are stacked in sequence. The cold maintaining layer is filled with gel-like cold maintaining material. The fluid layer is adapted for circulating low temperature fluid. The air bag layer is filled with air as desired. With the circulation of the low temperature fluid in the fluid layer, the present invention permits the cold maintaining material in the cold maintaining layer to extend the time at a low temperature. The air bag layer is filled with air to compress the cold maintaining layer for depth cold compress therapy. The cold pack of the present invention provides better cold compress effect than the prior art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Nan Chih LU
  • Publication number: 20100089897
    Abstract: A heatable garment includes a front and back panel having an opening there between for receiving a wearer's head. The front and back panels include a first and second layer of material. A plurality of sealed enclosures is formed between the first and second layers. At least one of the plurality of enclosures is disposed on the front panel and the back panels. The plurality of enclosures each includes a heating device having a source of energy for producing heat. The enclosures are sealed to retain the heating devices therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Harvey T. Bart