Thermal Material Receptacle Patents (Class 607/114)
  • Patent number: 10213333
    Abstract: A method for regulating immune cells includes applying a stimulus to a specific area to be stimulated at a body surface by a stimulus applying apparatus so as to bring an increase rate of a blood flow to 60% or more, preferably, 100% or more. The blood flow is measured by a laser Doppler tissue blood flow meter attached to a central part of an inner side of a wrist joint. The regulating and balancing these T cell groups finely is essential to maintain the immune system of human beings and increase in blood flow volume by thermal therapy enables a regulatory T cell to regulate and balance the immune cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Kenji Ryotokuji
  • Patent number: 10195074
    Abstract: The present invention provides a disposable body warmer that makes it possible to suppress scattering of moisture contained in the exothermic composition from the outer bag, and thereby ensure a desired exothermic duration of the exothermic composition when the disposable body warmer is kept in an unused state for a long period of time. The disposable body warmer is structured such that an exothermic composition that contains moisture and generates heat by contact with air is enclosed in one or more air-permeable inner bags, which are accommodated in an airtight outer bag. The outer bag comprises two accommodation units that are partitioned from each other and capable of containing the one or more inner bags. The one or more inner bags each comprise at least one enclosure unit capable of enclosing the exothermic composition, and are accommodated in each accommodation unit in a manner such that at least one of the enclosure units is overlaid with another enclosure unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KOBAYASHI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Igaue
  • Patent number: 10160990
    Abstract: An analysis bag for receiving a biological sample for microbial culture with a culture broth powder disposed within an inner volume of the container and retained by a porous wall. The culture broth powder can be disposed in at least one pouch comprising an envelope of porous material with an open inner volume. The container can have two compartments sharing a common porous wall with one compartment adapted to receive the culture broth powder and the other compartment adapted to receive the biological sample. The pouch can be manufactured with a panel of porous material folded over and sealed with the culture broth powder retained therein. A microbial culture process can be implemented with such analysis bags retaining at least one pouch or having compartments separated by a common porous wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTERSCIENCE
    Inventor: Emmanuel Jalenques
  • Patent number: 9686967
    Abstract: A toy for a pet generally includes a housing defining an opening, and an insert configured to fit at least partly within the opening of the housing. The insert is expandable from a first configuration in which the insert is capable of freely moving into and/or out of the opening of the housing to a second configuration in which the insert is inhibited from moving out of the opening of the housing. In some aspects, the insert is configured to substantially fill the opening of the housing when in the second configuration. In some aspect, the housing may have multiple openings, each capable of receiving an insert. And, in some aspects, the insert is expandable from the first configuration to the second configuration by heating the insert or exposing the insert to microwave energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Louis Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9622906
    Abstract: A dermatological device for cooling the skin comprised of an ice pack and a heat conductive shield configured to operate as an aseptic separator between said skin and the ice pack and to conduct heat from the skin to the ice pack. This invention is also a method of cooling the skin which comprises cooling an ice pack, placing the ice pack over an aseptic shield and applying the other side of the shield to the skin. Heat flow is controlled by adjusting the contact surface between components within the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Elizabeth Joyce Levy
  • Patent number: 9259346
    Abstract: A method comprises preparing a cooling device for use in a therapeutic cooling apparatus. The cooling device comprises a self-contained unit. The therapeutic cooling apparatus comprises a cavity being configured to accept a portion of a user's body part, a quantity of a liquid for surrounding the body part and an apparatus portion being configured to retain the cooling device. The apparatus portion further comprises a divider separating the apparatus portion from the cavity. The divider is configured to be operable for transferring heat from the liquid to the cooling device. The method further comprises chilling the cooling device, placing the body part into the cavity, and filling the cavity with the liquid to surround the body part enabling a heat transfer from the body part to the liquid and a heat transfer from the liquid through the divider to the cooling device to cool the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Kyle E Kingsley
  • Patent number: 9210954
    Abstract: The bib for relieving a fever is a child-care accessory adapted for us in caring for an infant or small child. The bib for relieving a fever is a bib that can be secured around the neck of a child or a caretaker. The bib contains a cold pack that) prevents heat transfer from the caretaker to the child when the child is being held, and helps to cool the child. The bib for relieving a fever includes a bib and a cold pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jo Ann Eischeid
  • Patent number: 9132030
    Abstract: A therapeutic wrap includes a plurality of substantially rectangular chambers configured to receive a first amount of a thermoconductive material, and a plurality of substantially square chambers coupled to at least one of the substantially rectangular chambers, the square chambers configured to receive a second amount of a thermoconductive material. The substantially rectangular chambers and the substantially square chambers collectively define a substantially rectangular apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Karen Koudelka
  • Patent number: 9074793
    Abstract: An air permeable envelope has a gripper for securing the envelope to a seat. A mixture contained in the air permeable envelope can react exothermically upon exposure to air. A sealed bag that is relatively air impermeable, initially holds the air permeable envelope and mixture together with the gripper. Upon opening and unsealing the bag, the mixture is exposed to air in order to start an exothermic reaction. The envelope and the gripper are removed from the bag and the gripper is used to attach the envelope upon the seat to warm it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Baureis
  • Patent number: 9039747
    Abstract: A thermal therapy device comprising a flexible, water-impermeable container containing a plurality of discrete, non-water-soluble hydrophillic absorbers, a hydrating liquid mixture comprising water, means for physically separating at least two adjacent absorbers thereby providing a means for preventing clumping, and a plurality of insulating members. The means for preventing clumping maintaining the pliability of the device in a frozen state after prolonged and extend cycles of freezing/thawing. A rigid storage container is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Nebolon, Sarah Joan Gardner
  • 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: 20150114858
    Abstract: This invention provides a thin and discreet coolant device, and single and multiple unit dispenser containers containing the same. The coolant device comprises a first packet being comprised of a waterproof or water-resistant material containing water therewithin and further comprising a fold and further adapted to have a selectively permanent connection between external and internal layers of said fold, such that upon applying a force to laterally extend the ends of said packet, a rupture of said first packet occurs allowing for the leakage of the water contained therewithin. The coolant device further comprises a second packet which encases said first packet, comprising an exterior and interior layer, wherein said interior layer is comprised of an absorbant material and said exterior layer is comprised of a waterproof or water-resistant material and wherein an amount of powdered urea is located within an interior of said second packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Sarah Rothenberg
  • Publication number: 20150107601
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new and improved positioning device for stabilizing a subject on an operation table without a clinician's manual fitting. The inventive positioning device comprises a mattress/pad with a shell filled with a substance and a vacuum outlet on the sidewall of the shell. The invention also provides a warming device for preventing hypothermia of a subject on an operation table. The inventive warming device comprises a single cavity or an array of closed cuboid cavities contained in a shell and filled with a phase change material (PCM) in a form of liquid, and a triggering means for activating nucleation of the phase change material, which leads to an exothermic crystallization of the material to start the heat emission. The invention further provides a combination device that performs positioning and warming functions simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua Clay Arnone, Charles Matthew Sweat, Jr., Khushbu Jain, Paul S. Dale, Hongbin Ma
  • 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: 20150088236
    Abstract: A moist heat therapy compress for therapeutic treatment of a treated body part. The moist heat therapy compress includes a fluid-permeable shell, a flexible backing fastened to the shell to define an enclosure, and hydrophilic zeolite fill granules loosely contained within the enclosure. The moist heat therapy compress is exposed to a source of moisture to cause absorption of water into the hydrophilic zeolite, and the moisture is delivered from the hydrophilic zeolite through the fluid permeable shell to the treated body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: BRUDER HEALTHCARE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Patent number: 8979915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a separable device for the application of compression and thermal therapy to a patient. A first section includes a reservoir, liquid pump and a thermal exchange system for the application of thermal therapy as well as a dock. The second section of the device includes an air compressor and at least one controller for the application of compression therapy and can be operated independently from the first section. Additionally, the second section may be engaged with a dock of the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Michael L. Wilford, Aaron Stein, John Lewis, Fernando Ubidia
  • Publication number: 20150073516
    Abstract: The present invention provides a low-cost, low-power therapeutic hypothermia device for use in developing nations. The device includes a first and second receptacle separated by a space filled with a porous material such as sand. A cooling chemical can also be added to the porous material in order to speed cooling. Water is added to the porous material and a neonate is placed into the device for therapeutic hypothermia treatment. The neonate is monitored carefully using temperature sensors and a feedback system integrated into the device. Cooling can be modulated and/or warming commenced by adding Styrofoam blocks to raise the neonate off the surface of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Soumyadipta Acharya, Robert Allen, Winston J. Aw, Samrie Beshah, Michael V. Johnston, John J. Kim, Robert Kim, Ryan Wai Yan Lee, Erika M. Moore, Neil P. O'Donnell, Youseph Yazdi, Simon Ammanuel, Nathan Buchbinder
  • Publication number: 20150066119
    Abstract: Infant warming systems are described herein generally comprising a temperature regulation assembly which encloses a phase change material (PCM). The temperature regulation assembly may be initially heated (or re-heated) by water contained within a heating assembly and then placed within a retaining pouch of an infant bedding. The PCM may then provide constant heat over a period of time to the infant. A control/indicator interface coupled to the regulation assembly may constantly monitor the temperature of the PCM as well as the ambient temperature to provide one or more indications or alerts to the user with respect to one of several states of the warming assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Embrace Innovations
    Inventors: Rahul A. PANICKER, Eu-wen DING, Srishti SUNDRAM, Satyan RAJ, Honey BAJAJ, Jane CHEN, Naganand MURTY, Linus LIANG
  • 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: 8942808
    Abstract: A coin-sized implantable electroacupuncture (EA) device defines a stimulation paradigm, or stimulation regimen, that controls when EA stimulation pulses are applied to a selected acupoint, or other specified tissue location, to treat hypertension or nondipping. The stimulation regimen is applied when the patient is sleeping in order to minimize or mitigate the occurrence of nondipping or reverse dipping of the patient's blood pressure. In one embodiment, medical personnel, set a timing reference marker at the time of implant that defines how much time should elapse before a nighttime stimulation window opens that allows an EA stimulation session to be applied to the patient. In another embodiment, the patient sets the time when the nighttime stimulation window opens or when the EA stimulation session begins. Typically, an EA stimulation session is applied to the patient at a low duty cycle, e.g., only once a week during the nighttime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Valencia Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: David K. L. Peterson, Stacy O. Greiner
  • Patent number: 8940035
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for treatment of urinary tract disorders is provided. The device includes a catheter having multiple lumens for insertion into a urinary bladder and for providing fluid flow within the bladder and within the fluid reservoir within the urethra. The device further includes an anchor to be placed within the bladder. A port hub having multiple ports is connected at a proximal end of the catheter. A method of treatment includes providing heated fluid to a urinary bladder and to a fluid reservoir for insertion into an adjacent organ such as the urethra. Simultaneous treatment or separate treatment may be done. Optionally, a medicated solution may be added to the heated fluid. Additionally, pressure may be adjusted so as to optimize the therapeutic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Elmedical Ltd.
    Inventor: Uzi Eshel
  • Publication number: 20150012075
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for regulating body temperature. The system includes a housing that comprises compartments for a phase change material and a heat transfer material. The compartments are configured to transfer heat from the heat transfer material to the phase change material. A temperature sensor is used to determine when the phase change material has reached a pre-determined temperature. When the pre-determined temperature is reached, a release mechanism or lever is coupled to the temperature sensor to separate the phase change material compartment from the heat transfer material compartment or to remove the heat transfer material away from the phase change material compartment. The heated phase change material compartment can be used to regulate body temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Linus Liang, Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty, Eu-wen Ding, Rajan Patel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8876875
    Abstract: The present invention is a two-layer garment adapted to receive one or more body parts to provide a user with compression and thermal therapy. The two layers comprise of an inner base layer having a compression fit and an outer mesh layer. The layers are attached to one another such that an intermediate space exists between the two layers. The intermediate space is accessible through one or more openings to the intermediate space. The opening and intermediate space are adapted to receive a thermal transferring element. A thermal pouch having a plurality of projections on an outward facing surface may receive the thermal transferring element prior to insertion into the intermediate space or the projections may be located on the thermal transferring element itself. The outer mesh layer receives the projections securing the thermal transferring element at any location, resulting in unmatched customizable thermal and compression therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Snapbac, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Nilforushan, Kevin Bello
  • Patent number: 8864807
    Abstract: A thermal regulation blanket includes a plurality of cells with a first reagent. A plurality of pouches with a second reagent are disposed within the plurality of cells. A plurality of dividers are disposed between each of the plurality of cells. A thermally conductive layer is disposed over the cells and the plurality of dividers. When the first reagent and the second reagent mix, a thermal reaction occurs which modifies a temperature of the thermally conductive layer. A method of providing thermal therapy to a patient includes positioning the patient on a thermal regulation blanket, an abdomen of the patient is engaged with at least one abdominal blanket of the thermal regulation blanket. At least one cell of the thermal regulation blanket is activated to begin providing thermal therapy to the patient. A temperature of the thermal regulation blanket is monitored with a temperature sensor. At least one additional cell is activated to adjust the temperature of the thermal regulation blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Medical Thermodynamics LLC
    Inventor: Charles F. Potter
  • Publication number: 20140303698
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system which employs a cooling or heating pad which is preferably a thin, flexible pad for placement at an intended area of the body. The pad includes a layer of highly conductive material which can be cooled or heated using a portable source of heat or cold material delivered to the conductive material by a delivery conduit. Valves can be included to regulate flow of the cooling or heating material from the source to the pad. The system can also include a dual-chambered canister for containing two different media for heating, cooling or for alternating heating and cooling the pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Behrouz Benyaminpour, Jim Benjamin, Ramin Benjamin
  • Patent number: 8834548
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for regulating body temperature. The system includes a housing that comprises compartments for a phase change material and a heat transfer material. The compartments are configured to transfer heat from the heat transfer material to the phase change material. A temperature sensor is used to determine when the phase change material has reached a pre-determined temperature. When the pre-determined temperature is reached, a release mechanism or lever is coupled to the temperature sensor to separate the phase change material compartment from the heat transfer material compartment or to remove the heat transfer material away from the phase change material compartment. The heated phase change material compartment can be used to regulate body temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Embrace
    Inventors: Linus Liang, Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty, Eu-wen Ding, Rajan Patel
  • Patent number: 8818510
    Abstract: A coupled/paired stimulus pulse is delivered to the heart at an inter-pulse interval following one of i) detection of an intrinsic depolarization or ii) delivery of a primary stimulus pulse. Capture resulting from the coupled/paired stimulus pulse is sensed for. In response to capture by a coupled/paired stimulus pulse, the inter-pulse interval is incrementally decreased by a first amount until there is no capture by a coupled/paired stimulus pulse. In response to no capture by a coupled/paired stimulus pulse, the inter-pulse interval is incrementally increased by a second amount greater than the first amount, until capture by a coupled/paired stimulus pulse is detected. Once capture is again detected, paired/coupled pacing is delivered at the inter-pulse interval which resulted in capture for a predetermined period of time or until loss of capture occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene A. Bornzin, Joseph J. Florio
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140135879
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the prevention and treatment of shivering encountered during therapeutic temperature regulation are disclosed that utilize an active system of counterwarming such that the timing and intensity of warmth provided to selected body areas is regulated dynamically in response to such factors as the extent of cooling applied to the core, the degree of shivering encountered, and patient temperature. Additionally, methods and apparatus are disclosed for the measurement and quantification of shivering for use in this and other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: BEDROCK INVENTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander C. Flint
  • Publication number: 20140128947
    Abstract: A thermal therapy device comprising a flexible, water-impermeable container containing a plurality of discrete, non-water-soluble hydrophillic absorbers, a hydrating liquid mixture comprising water, means for physically separating at least two adjacent absorbers thereby providing a means for preventing clumping, and a plurality of insulating members. The means for preventing clumping maintaining the pliability of the device in a frozen state after prolonged and extend cycles of freezing/thawing. A rigid storage container is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Nebolon, Sarah Joan Gardner
  • Patent number: 8696727
    Abstract: This invention is directed to the application of portable and reusable cooling devices that comprise fabric covered pillowettes filled with either an herbal blend or a self-contained gel pack designed to be frozen before application directly to the skin of hot or bruised humans and animals to relieve heat distress or swelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Lynda Emon
    Inventor: Lynda Emon
  • Publication number: 20140050672
    Abstract: In one aspect, an epidermal coolant dispensable by an aerosol container includes a phase change material that changes phase between about 28-degrees and 40-degrees Celsius. The coolant also includes a solvent in which the phase change material is dissolved and a surfactant. The coolant may further include a propellant to express the product from the aerosol container. In another aspect, an epidermal coolant includes a porous material and a phase change material retained in the porous material. The phase change material has a melting point between about 0-degrees Celsius and about 65-degrees Celsius and is retained in the porous material when the phase change material is in either the solid or liquid phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Arvind M. Rao
  • Publication number: 20140039585
    Abstract: A cold therapy apparatus, a cold therapy system and a method of using a cold therapy apparatus, including a method for lowering the body temperatures in a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Talus Research + Design, LLC
    Inventors: J. David Stienmier, Eric R. Kelso
  • Publication number: 20140039584
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a tube having an interior formed by a first and second film welded together. The tube has a peelable heat seal connecting a portion of the first film with a portion of the second film. The peelable heat seal divides the interior into a first chamber and a second chamber separated from the first chamber. The interior of the first chamber includes one or more materials which have an endothermic heat of solution in water. The interior of the second chamber contains water. The peelable heat seal has an adhesive force that is overcome by an application of an external force to one of the chambers allowing the material in the first chamber and the water in the second chamber to mix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: MEDICAL THERMODYNAMICS LLC
    Inventors: Charles F. Potter, John T. Ford
  • Publication number: 20140031748
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a heat generating body giving no uncomfortable feeling when in use and causing no direct close contact between a heat generating member and the skin by an adhesive to relieve the burden of the skin while eliminating a low temperature burn even for a person with a delicate skin and in the case of continuous use. The heat generating body of the present invention is characterized in that the heat generating member having a wide surface is provided on a mesh-like sheet larger in outer shape than the one-side wide surface of the heat generating member and that an adhesive layer is provided on the mesh-like sheet located at the outer peripheral part of the heat generating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: MYCOAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasumasa Usui
  • Patent number: 8635998
    Abstract: A flameless heater apparatus and method whose heating capacity and performance can be selected and tuned at the time of manufacture, and which is easily used and has a long shelf life. The apparatus and method may be used in flameless ration heaters, such as may be used in military or emergency situations. There is provided a flameless heating method and apparatus in which the solid reactive ingredients (not including liquid reactant, typically water) are not all blended or mixed together at the time of apparatus fabrication. Rather, at least one key ingredient (typically a super-corroding alloy of magnesium and iron) in a dry powder form is kept physically segregated from all the other ingredients, such as catalysts (normally acids such as acetic or tartaric acid or acidic mixtures) and surfactants. The exothermic chemical reaction is initiated only after at least one (typically a dry powder catalyst) goes into aqueous solution after the application of water (saline or non-saline).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Read Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Deepak Madan, John E. McConaghie, Richard S. Varga, Rajiv Tandon
  • Patent number: 8628561
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a water-absorbent pad that is made of impermeable cloth or sheet, that is capable of absorbing water when needed and that effectively cools and heats a human face, neck, head and the like. A cooling/heating water-absorbent pad, wherein a water-absorbent sheet made of a material containing water-absorbent polymer is inserted in a planate bag made of impermeable cloth having a closed periphery; the impermeable cloth and the water-absorbent sheet are stitched together such that the impermeable cloth and the water-absorbent sheet are divided into a plurality of areas in a planar view; and water is absorbed into the water-absorbent sheet through a channel formed at the stitched portion. In this moment, water is absorbed into the water-absorbent sheet only via holes made by the stitching and by a capillary action of a thread piercing through the water-absorbent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ishizaki Shizai Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Ishizaki
  • Publication number: 20140005759
    Abstract: NMES systems and methods for stimulating muscle tissue, and in some embodiments deep muscle tissue. The impedance near the surface of the skin is controllably increased to increase the percentage of energy delivered to a subject that stimulates muscle tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Brian J. Fahey, Zachary J. Malchano, Timothy Machold, Curtis Tom
  • Publication number: 20130345649
    Abstract: A self-heating patch includes a bottom barrier layer, an air-activated heat-generating layer, an air regulation layer, optionally a top barrier layer, and optionally a skin contact layer, wherein the air-activated heat-generating layer is encapsulated by the air regulation layer and bottom barrier layer, and/or the top and bottom barrier layers, and the temperature of the patch, when the air-activated heat-generating layer has been exposed to air, and when the top barrier layer if present is removed, is controlled at least in part by the air regulation layer; and a perimeter seal seals the air regulation layer to the bottom barrier layer around the perimeter of the patch. Optionally a temperature-responsive mechanism, such as a wax, can be used to reduce oxygen intake into the self-heating patch and thereby control the temperature of the self-heating patch during use. Optionally, a portion of the self-heating patch can be thermoformed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Sealed Air Corporation(US)
    Inventors: Henry Walker Stockley, III, William Peyton Roberts, Stephen F. Compton, Drew Ve Speer
  • Publication number: 20130310908
    Abstract: Provided herein are silk fibroin-based photothermal elements and uses thereof. The silk fibroin-based photothermal elements comprise a plurality of plasmonic nanoparticle distributed in a silk fibroin matrix, and can generate heat when the plasmonic nanoparticles are exposed to electromagnetic radiation. The silk fibroin-based photothermal elements can be adapted to be conformable and biodegradable, and can further be integrated with various electronic components, such as a thermo-electric device for conversion of heat into electricity. The invention is useful for various in vivo applications, such as photothermal therapy, controlled drug-delivery devices or wireless powering of implanted micro-devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: TUFTS UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Omenetto, David L. Kaplan, Hu Tao
  • Patent number: 8574281
    Abstract: A device and method for the sanitary provision of wax to the skin of patrons. Paraffin wax containers shaped to conform to the patrons face, hands, and feet provide individual reservoirs of paraffin which are heated and subsequently applied to the patron's body. Exothermic pouches are provided to heat the individual portions of paraffin wax housed in the body-part-shaped containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas Vracknos
  • Publication number: 20130289680
    Abstract: Provided is a body temperature regulation pack which uses a solid-liquid phase change material to prevent body temperature increase or body temperature decrease of a wearer. When the pack is arranged on the inner side of a pack holder to be worn under clothing, the pack may be bent along a body shape even in a solid state. Even when the phase change material is in a liquid phase, the outer shape of the pack does not deform regardless of the orientation of the pack. The pack has a substantially tabular shape as a whole, and has high heat absorbing ability or heat releasing ability. In a body temperature regulation pack having a solid-liquid phase change material filled therein, the pack includes a plurality of bag members arranged in parallel to each other. The bag members are each filled with the phase change material without gaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: EIKAN SHOJI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20130245578
    Abstract: A method of providing moisture therapy to a subject by applying a moist therapy compress against a treated body portion. The moist therapy compress includes a fluid-permeable shell, a flexible backing fastened to the shell to define an enclosure, and a hydrophilic zeolite fill granules loosely contained within the enclosure. The therapy compress is exposed to a source of moisture to cause absorption of water into the a hydrophilic zeolite, and the moisture is delivered from the hydrophilic zeolite through the fluid permeable shell to the treated body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: BRUDER HEALTHCARE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Patent number: 8535362
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for conveying heated air to a person and comprises an air-permeable inner sheet and an air-impermeable outer sheet which are connected to one another by welds in order to form a panel-like shape in the inflated state. The welds produce a main duct having, viewed at the inlet end and in the non-inflated state, a main duct width. The main duct is delimited by at least one first series of elongate first welded strips, the first intermediate spaces which are in line with one another. The length of each of these first intermediate spaces, viewed in the non-inflated state, is in each case smaller than the main duct width. The length of each first welded strip is at least 15% of the main duct width and at most 80% of the main duct width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: The Surgical Company Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Josephus Van Liebergen, Roy Campe, Arthur Everardus Officier
  • Patent number: 8535364
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to apparati and associated methods for an easy on-off device to support and provide direct therapeutic cooling relief to the affected genitalia of persons having post-operative pain and swelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Urology Inventions, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Margolis, Mark Kelly, Peter Loisides
  • Patent number: 8535365
    Abstract: A moxa burning bowl is provided for application of heat treatment to body portions of a user, with the bowl having a flexible ring-shaped base member of a flexible cloth-like exterior and granular material therein, shaped in a ring-like or torus-like configuration, and having a generally concave shaped upper dish-like member and an open bottom, defining a zone therebetween when the bowl is placed on an exterior surface of a patient/user, for treatment. Moxa sticks or cones are carried by the dish-like member, projecting upwardly therefrom, and situated in sockets of the dish-like member, with the dish-like member having an upstanding periphery, enabling the dish-like member to catch fallen ash from burning moxa sticks or cones carried by the bowel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Scott R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130218245
    Abstract: The invention concerns the manufacture of personal care articles consisting of compresses having a cooling effect by swelling with water which are presented individually in vacuum packaging. According to the invention, successive doses of powder comprising absorbent particles are placed in grooves formed by elastic deformation in a lower sheet made of water-permeable textile material, which is continuously unwound, and covered with a upper sheet, which is continuously unwound at the same time as the lower sheet. Said lower sheet is then heat-welded in the intervals between adjacent grooves thus isolating the grooves from each other. Successive compartments each containing a dose of said powder are then enclosed in each groove by heat-welding said sheets along transverse weld lines across the width of the moving sheet assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: ALKANTIS SA
    Inventors: Patrick Caceres, Franck Caceres