Means For Holding Applicator Against Body Tissue Patents (Class 607/149)
  • Patent number: 10363410
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing life support are provided. A life support system includes a first life support device that has a control unit and is configured to apply a life support protocol to a subject. The first life support device also includes a memory unit that can store life support protocol information, and the control unit can provide the life support protocol information to a second life support device. The control unit can also receive operating instructions from the second life support device based on the life support protocol information, and can implement the operating instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick J. Geheb, Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10258788
    Abstract: Electrodes having an active region formed of a plurality of layers in which one or more conductive layers is formed of a pattern having a plurality of branches and/or holes (e.g. a grid pattern, a snowflake pattern, etc.) to provide a greater density of edges, so that the ratio of edges in the patterned conductive layer to the perimeter of the active region is greater than a minimum value (e.g., 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.). The multiple layers may include the patterned conductive layer and a second conductive layer, which may also be patterned, with a less conductive layer sandwiched between them to achieve a more even charge distribution across the face of the active region than in addition to the greater current density provided by the large number of edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Thync Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Jeffery
  • Patent number: 10232169
    Abstract: A burr hole plug includes a first plug base defining a burr hole aperture and including first grooves; a second plug base to be disposed around the first plug base and including second grooves to receive a portion of an electrical stimulation lead; a cover to be disposed on the second plug base; a cap to be disposed over the burr hole aperture and coupled to the first plug base; and an extension coupled to, and extending away from, the cover. The extension includes conductors and the second plug base and the cover include conductive elements to electrically couple the terminals of the electrical stimulation lead, when disposed in the second grooves, to the conductors of the extension. An alternative burr hole plug includes a lead connector disposed on the cap and having a connector aperture to receive the proximal end of the electrical stimulation lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael X. Govea, Joshua Dale Howard, David Ernest Wechter
  • Patent number: 9907947
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing life support are provided. A life support system includes a first life support device that has a control unit and is configured to apply a life support protocol to a subject. The first life support device also includes a memory unit that can store life support protocol information, and the control unit can provide the life support protocol information to a second life support device. The control unit can also receive operating instructions from the second life support device based on the life support protocol information, and can implement the operating instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick J. Geheb, Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 9793742
    Abstract: There is provided a wireless charging device including: a case part including at least two case portions which are configured to be overlapped with each other; and a power supply part including power supply units disposed in the case portions, respectively, wherein when the case portions are overlapped with each other, power supply electrodes of the power supply units are disposed to be overlapped with each other in the same direction, so as to charge at least one target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In Wha Jeong, Jong Heum Park, Hugh Kim
  • Patent number: 9675802
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stimulating the lower back and abdominal muscles in a patient comprising applying a first electrode A1/A2 substantially centrally to the lower lumbar region of the patient's body, and applying second and third electrodes B, C respectively to opposite side flanks of the patient's body. The electrodes are energized to apply a first group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the second and third electrodes and a second group of muscular stimulation current pulses which flow between the first electrode and the second and third electrodes alternately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Bio-Medical Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: 9616224
    Abstract: A functional electrical stimulation method for rehabilitating, treating, retraining, and/or otherwise improving upper extremity mobility and control in persons having impaired or disabled upper extremities due to stroke or spinal cord injury, comprising stimulation of the lumbricalis muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: MyndTec Inc.
    Inventors: Abudulkadir Bulsen, Naaz Ankur Desai, Milos Popovic
  • Patent number: 9440069
    Abstract: The invention includes an electro-acupuncture stimulation system for in vivo and in situ analgesia and tissue repair and regeneration. Electrodes, which can be acupuncture needles, are percutaneously implanted that deliver a pulsed electrical current that creates an electrical field, which envelopes the targeted tissue and restores cell-generating homeostasis to the affected tissue and thereby promotes analgesia and tissue re-growth in otherwise debilitated or deteriorating tissue. Methods and apparatuses are also disclosed that may include a needle locking system and acupuncture-needle assemblies for long-term in situ electrical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Y. King Liu
  • Patent number: 9433781
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and apparatus for improving electrode-skin contact. The electrode is a segmented electrode having an array of energy applying surfaces mounted on a substrate via at least one electro-mechanical energy converting element to a segment of skin. The electrode is coupled to the skin and a mechanism monitors the quality of electrode-skin contact under the energy applying surfaces. Activation of the electro-mechanical energy converting elements effects mechanical movement of the skin and energy applying surfaces and redistributes the skin surface coupled to the electrodes conforming it to the topography of the RF energy applying surfaces to optimize electrode-skin contact. The segmented electrode is operative to be disposable while enabling reuse of costly components of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SYNERON MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Shimon Eckhous, Lion Flyash
  • Patent number: 9393437
    Abstract: A conductive fluid reservoir can be used to dispense conductive fluid to increase electrical connectivity between an electrode of a defibrillator and a patient. The reservoir includes a container that holds the conductive fluid, one or more outlets on the container, and an inflatable pouch located at least partially within the container. The inflatable pouch is capable of being inflated from a deflated state to an inflated state. In the deflated state, a free end of the inflatable pouch covers the one or more outlets. In the inflated state, the free end of the inflatable pouch is removed from the one or more outlets such that the conductive fluid is allowed to flow out of the container via the one or more outlets. Inflating the inflatable pouch causes the conductive fluid to be dispensed from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: WEST AFFUM HOLDINGS CORP.
    Inventor: Dallas Meeker
  • Patent number: 9248286
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat a medical condition, such as migraine headache, by electrical noninvasive stimulation of a vagus nerve. The system comprises a stimulator that is applied to the surface of the patient's neck, as well as a docking station that is used to charge a rechargeable battery within the stimulator. The docking station and stimulator housing transmit data to one another regarding the status of a stimulation session, as well as to a computer program in a patient interface device such as a mobile phone or computer. The interface device in turn communicates with medical record and billing databases contained within other computers, via the internet. The system is designed to address problems that arise particularly during self-treatment, when a medical professional is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Electrocore, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 9198792
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the invention, an electrode for an orthotic device, includes: a conductive layer for receiving and distributing electrical current, the conductive layer formed to have a connection portion, the connection portion configured to receive an electrical current from at least one contact disposed on an orthotic device, according to an electrophysical modality; and, an interface layer attached to the conductive layer, the interface layer configured to conform to a wearer's anatomy and to conduct electrical current from the conductive layer to the wearer's anatomy. The connection portion is configured to be electrically connected to the at least one contact disposed on the orthotic device when applied by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: VISION QUEST INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael Skahan, Kevin Lunau, Timothy Stoltenburg, Robert Gilmour
  • Patent number: 9174066
    Abstract: A non-invasive electrical stimulation device shapes an elongated electric field of effect that can be oriented parallel to a long nerve, such as a vagus nerve in a patient's neck, producing a desired physiological response in the patient. The stimulator comprises a source of electrical power, at least one electrode and a continuous electrically conducting medium in which the electrode(s) are in contact. The stimulation device is configured to produce a peak pulse voltage that is sufficient to produce a physiologically effective electric field in the vicinity of a target nerve, but not to substantially stimulate other nerves and muscles that lie between the vicinity of the target nerve and patient's skin. Current is passed through the electrodes in bursts of preferably five sinusoidal pulses, wherein each pulse within a burst has a duration of preferably 200 microseconds, and bursts repeat at preferably at 15-50 bursts per second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electrocore, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Simon, Joseph Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 9168001
    Abstract: The invention comprises an apparatus for determining the contextual or physiological status of the individual wearing the apparatus. The apparatus is designed to be consumable or disposable. In most embodiments the invention comprises an adhesive housing. In some embodiments, two different sensors are secured to the housing. The apparatus is in electronic communication with a processing unit that can derive analytical status data by using the data received from the two sensors. In some embodiments, the processing unit is programmed to control other devices, or is programmed to trigger an event. In still other embodiments, the apparatus is in electronic communication with a separate computing device, which may contain the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Stivoric, Scott K. Boehmke, Eric Teller, Christopher Kasabach
  • Patent number: 9132267
    Abstract: An electrode assembly includes a first surface to be placed adjacent a person's skin and a second surface including a plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel. The plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel are disposed on sections of the electrode assembly that are at least partially physically separated and may move at least partially independently of one another to conform to contours of a body of a patient. The electrode assembly is configured to dispense an amount of the electrically conductive gel onto the first surface in response to an activation signal and to provide for a defibrillating shock to be applied to the patient through the amount of the electrically conductive gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas E. Kaib
  • Patent number: 9043001
    Abstract: Non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches), irrespective of whether those symptoms arise from an allergy that is co-morbid with the headache. The disclosed methods may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Electrocore, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20150126846
    Abstract: Electrodes providing excellent recording and physical stability. Electrodes are disclosed that may include a plurality of small teeth that possess a novel design shape and orientation. The shallow and relatively long teeth run parallel to the rim of the electrode that presses against the patient's skin. When the electrode is twisted onto skin, the tiny teeth penetrate the stratum corneum and move nearly horizontally under the stratum corneum, thus anchoring the electrode securely to the skin. The electrodes cause minimal discomfort to the patient since the small teeth do not extend to the pain fibers which are located in deeper layers of the skin. The electrodes may be fabricated in a variety of geometries including cylindrical, disk, and blunt bullet or top shapes. In some instances, the electrodes may be connected to detachable leads having magnetic properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: University of Pittsburgh - of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Wenyan Jia, Mingui Sun, Robert Joseph Sclabassi
  • Patent number: 9020598
    Abstract: Non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches), irrespective of whether those symptoms arise from an allergy that is co-morbid with the headache. The disclosed methods may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: ElectroCore, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 9014824
    Abstract: A bandage having at least one support element and at least two electrodes that are spaced apart from one another, characterized in that at least two pads that are finable with a fluid are arranged on the at least one support element, and at least one electrode is fastened to each pad, wherein the at least two pads are connected to each other via at least one fluid connection in such a manner that an internal pressure compensation can take place between at least two of the pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Olaf Kroll-Orywahl, Holger Reinhardt, Erik Albrecht-Laatsch
  • Patent number: 9014821
    Abstract: This invention provides a method of using a catheter for mapping parasympathetic or sympathetic renal nerve for treatment of disease caused by systemic renal nerve hyperactivity, wherein the catheter comprises a shaft having a proximal end configured to be connected to an energy source, and a distal end (catheter tip) which is in the form of a single helix, double helix or multiple prongs having one or more electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Symap Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jie Wang
  • Patent number: 9007216
    Abstract: A wearable therapeutic device is provided. The wearable therapeutic device includes a garment, and the garment includes an electrode and a conductive thread. A control unit is coupled to the conductive thread and identifies an electrical connection between a conductive surface of the electrode and the conductive thread, and an alarm module can provide information about the positioning of the electrode in the garment based on the electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Emil Oskin, Philip C. Skalos, Thomas E. Kaib
  • Patent number: 9002479
    Abstract: A handheld apparatus (100) provides a treatment level current to an outer conductive surface of the human body and includes an electrically conductive polyvinyl case (105) that provides a handhold to a user and an electrical ground to an apparatus circuit contained therein, the electrically conductive polyvinyl case (105) being electrically connected to a metal probe tip (170) which is electrically connected to a microchip (210) which provides the treatment level current to the metal probe tip, the treatment level current traveling through the outer conductive surface of the human body with the electrically conductive polyvinyl case (105) completing the apparatus circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Teodoro A Unarce, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8989875
    Abstract: An electrode apparatus may be configured to provide electro-stimulation. The apparatus may include a current spreader and a spongeless volume disposed adjacent to the current spreader. The current spreader may be configured to spatially distribute electrical current across a stimulation area of a subject's skin. The spongeless volume may be configured to carry liquid gel or other fluent conductive substance that is configured to conduct electrical current between the current spreader and the stimulation area of the subject's skin to provide electro-stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Timon Rutger Grob, Sima Asvadi, Antonius Wilhelmus Maria De Laat, Judith Petra Huurdeman, Dido Van Klinken
  • Patent number: 8977364
    Abstract: An external, head worn electrical nerve stimulation device, including a power source and a head band configured to fit around a patient's head, the patient's head including a front portion, a rear portion opposite the front portion, a first lateral side, and a second lateral side opposite the first lateral side. The device further includes a plurality of electrical electrodes circumferentially disposed along the head band, wherein the plurality of electrodes contacts each of the front portion, the rear portion, the first lateral side, and the second lateral side. The plurality of electrical electrodes is configured to stimulate, with electrical current, at least one of the greater occipital nerve, the lesser occipital nerve, the supraorbital nerve, the supratrochlear nerve, zygomatotemporal nerve, and the auriculotemporal nerve when the electrodes are energized by the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Ioannis Mihail Skaribas, Christopher Atkinson Durst
  • Publication number: 20150057735
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a wound dressing system is presented. The wound dressing system includes a fluid permeable support layer, the support layer configured for positioning within a wound and adapted to generally conform to a topography of the wound, and to permit exudates from the wound to pass therethrough. The wound dressing system further includes a plurality of beads supported by the support layer, the beads defining an insulated inter-connected elongate member and an electrode embedded within and extending through at least a portion of the elongate member. Also, a current is generated by an external energy source that electrically flows through the electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Arnaz Malhi
  • Publication number: 20150057734
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of using same for preventing pressure ulcers is provided. More specifically, the present apparatus and method may be used in individuals having compromised mobility and/or lack of sensation to prevent pressure ulcers by electrically stimulating pressure-loaded or compressed muscles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Vivian Mushahwar, Glen Isaacson, Alisa Ahmetovic, Ryan Sommer
  • Patent number: 8965535
    Abstract: An electrode for use in applying neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the pharyngeal region of a patient includes a connector to which a lead wire may be attached, a conductive film that is in electrical contact with the connector and an adhesive and conductive gel layer that is attached to the conductive film and adapted to be attached to the skin of the pharyngeal region of the patient. The electrode is sized and configured to conduct current at a density no greater than about 0.1244 mA/mM2 to the skin of the pharyngeal region for treatment of an oropharyngeal disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ESD Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Ed Dunlay, Tim Kretschmer
  • Patent number: 8938303
    Abstract: A therapeutic device for treating symptoms related to restless leg syndrome comprises a remote, a pair of pads, a plurality of electrodes, and a fastener assembly. The remote comprises a power source and an interface further comprising an ON/OFF switch and a method for providing variable power to the plurality of electrodes. Each pad comprises a brace-type fitting which fits around a user's afflicted area in a comfortable but secure manner. The plurality of electrodes comprises a number of electrodes affixed to the interior of each pad. A plurality of wires connects each electrode to the power source in the remote. The fastener assembly comprises a plurality of straps permanently attached to each pad, each disposed with fasteners to allow for the secure and comfortable affixation of the pads and electrodes to a user's desired area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Brandie Matsen
  • Patent number: 8938304
    Abstract: A cochlear implant system has an implantable portion that includes a stimulator module for producing for the auditory system of a user an electrical stimulation signal representative of an acoustic signal. The implantable portion further includes a battery for supplying power to the stimulator module, a receiver module for receiving an electrical power signal across the skin of a user, and a recharge module that uses the electrical power signal to recharge the battery. The recharge module recharges the battery at less than the maximum recharge rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Clemens M. Zierhofer, Ingeborg J. Hochmair
  • Publication number: 20150012079
    Abstract: Various aspects of this disclosure relate to a patch for treating a patient for chronic pain and for cosmetic treatment. As consistent with one or more embodiments, neurostimulation is carried out via stimulating electrodes and one or more reference electrodes applied externally to a region of pain (e.g., by applying current between 0.2 and 60 mA to skin). The area to be treated is located either by a stimulating device, or by using at least one of the stimulating electrodes on the device itself to locate the pain prior to treatment. The electrodes are applied to the patient's skin as located using firm pressure while a stimulating pulse is applied as treatment. This action produces a remarkable and unexpected level of pain relief over a wide area. Aspects of the disclosure extend to a method for the treatment of chronic pain using the above-mentioned parameters and procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Teodor Goroszeniuk
  • Patent number: 8886339
    Abstract: An extravascular nerve cuff that is configured to hold a leadless, integral, implantable microstimulator. The nerve cuff may include a cuff body having a pocket or pouch for removably receiving the implantable device within. The nerve cuff can be secured around the nerve such that the electrodes of the device are stably positioned relative to the nerve. Furthermore, the nerve cuff drives the majority of the current from the stimulation device into the nerve, while shielding surrounding tissues from unwanted stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: SetPoint Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Faltys, Roy C. Martin, Steven E. Scott, Gerald E. Loeb
  • Patent number: 8880196
    Abstract: An electrode assembly includes a first surface to be placed adjacent a person's skin and a second surface including a plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel. The plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel are disposed on sections of the electrode assembly that are at least partially physically separated and may move at least partially independently of one another to conform to contours of a body of a patient. The electrode assembly is configured to dispense an amount of the electrically conductive gel onto the first surface in response to an activation signal and to provide for a defibrillating shock to be applied to the patient through the amount of the to electrically conductive gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas E. Kaid
  • Publication number: 20140324130
    Abstract: A mechanical locating tool for self-locating the supraclavicular fossa region of the human body to activate the brown adipose tissue depot therein by referencing at least one of the clavicle, chin, neck and/or sternum. Also, a method for activation of brown adipose tissue depot in a human body by partially implanting a body piercing object proximate a target area of the human body in which the brown adipose tissue depot is located. An electrical stimulation signal is applied to the partially implanted body piercing object to generate an electric field to activate the brown adipose tissue depot The partially implanted body piercing object may also serve as a mechanical locating tool for positioning of a transdermal electrical stimulation patch and/or serve as a conduit for providing a secondary source of electrical stimulation to a target area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas E. Albrecht, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 8868217
    Abstract: Devices and methods of treating a targeted body tissue by stimulating the body tissue with an electric current. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an electrode carrier configured to be removably coupled to an interior surface of an orthosis. The electrode carrier includes a recess configured to matingly receive a portion of an electrode. The electrode carrier is electrically coupled to the electrode when the portion of the electrode is disposed within the recess. A connection member is electrically coupled to the electrode carrier and is configured to be releasably coupled to a surface of the orthosis. The electrode carrier is electrically coupled to the orthosis when the connection member is coupled to the orthosis. In some embodiments, the electrode carrier is configured to be removably coupled to the interior surface of the orthosis. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the electrode is constructed of an absorptive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd.
    Inventors: Amit Dar, Mark Rubin, Shmuel Springer, Amir Cohen
  • Patent number: 8868216
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a wearable garment device for application of electrical current to a patient's tissue. The garment device includes a material having a aperture and a mesh material extending across the aperture. At least one electrode is attached onto one side of the mesh material. The surface of the mesh material attached to the at least one electrode is defined as the outer surface. The other surface of the mesh material is defined as the inner surface. The inner surface of the mesh material is placed against the patient's tissue to receive the electrical stimulation from the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jay M. Dunagan
  • Publication number: 20140303705
    Abstract: A functional electrical stimulation (FES) orthosis for FES to a limb segment, including: (a) a semi-rigid, self-retaining C-shaped frame, the frame configured to substantially envelop the limb segment, the frame including a first flexible and elongated circumferentially retaining element and at least a first and a second opposing flexible and elongated circumferentially retaining elements disposed on the circumferentially opposite side of the frame, the first retaining element and the first opposing retaining element forming a pair of opposing retaining elements, and (b) a surface electrical stimulation electrode for contacting at least one stimulation point on a surface of the limb segment, associated with, and supported by, the frame, the surface electrode for electrically associating, via the frame, with a neuroprosthetic stimulator unit, so as to provide FES, wherein the opposing retaining elements are configured to be radially spring-loaded towards a center of the frame, such that in donning the orthosis
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd.
    Inventors: Roger H. Nathan, Amit Dar, Jonathan Bar-Or
  • Publication number: 20140288613
    Abstract: A method for treating incontinence includes positioning a transcutaneous electrode on skin of a patient adjacent a stimulation site; inserting a leading end of a percutaneous needle electrode through the skin adjacent the stimulation site, the percutaneous needle electrode including a lead wire disposed opposite the leading end; securing a neurostimulator unit to the transcutaneous electrode such that the neurostimulator unit is electrically coupled to the transcutaneous electrode with no lead wire disposed between the neurostimulator unit and the transcutaneous electrode, the neurostimulator unit including a pulse generator; connecting the lead wire of the percutaneous needle electrode to the neurostimulator unit for electrically coupling the needle electrode to the neurostimulator unit; and activating the pulse generator such that current pulses traverse the stimulation site by passing between the transcutaneous electrode pad and the percutaneous needle electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Brent D. Laing, John Green
  • Publication number: 20140277325
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the invention disclosed herein provides systems, devices and methods for providing electrical stimulation to a patient. An electrical mechanical interconnection is provided to facilitate user friendly systems and devices. Exemplary therapeutic electrical stimulation devices include a shoe connected mechanically and electrically to a conductor that provides signals for electrical stimulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EMPl lnc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz
  • Publication number: 20140249613
    Abstract: An electrode assembly includes a first surface to be placed adjacent a person's skin and a second surface including a plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel. The plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel are disposed on sections of the electrode assembly that are at least partially physically separated and may move at least partially independently of one another to conform to contours of a body of a patient. The electrode assembly is configured to dispense an amount of the electrically conductive gel onto the first surface in response to an activation signal and to provide for a defibrillating shock to be applied to the patient through the amount of the electrically conductive gel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas E. Kaib
  • Patent number: 8818528
    Abstract: An internal paddle electrode includes: an electrode which is to be in contact with a living body to apply a voltage; a cable which includes a voltage supply path that extends between a voltage supply source and the electrode; a handle which includes: a first portion that supports the electrode and is hermetically sealed with the electrode; and a second portion that is connected to the cable and is hermetically sealed with the cable; and a gas passage through which a gas in the handle communicates with external air that is outside the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Nihon Kohden Corporation
    Inventors: Katsunori Satake, Koji Ishino
  • Patent number: 8812114
    Abstract: Single-use electrical leads for a nerve stimulator are disclosed. The leads include a status flag element such as a fuse, which is deliberately blown after use of the leads has begun to indicate that the leads are not to be reused. The nerve stimulator has a “test mode” that determines a current value for treatment, and a “therapy mode” that administers treatment with the chosen current value. If the fuse in the electrical leads is blown (not conducting), then the stimulator assumes that the leads have already been used and does not enter therapy mode, and optionally may not enter test mode. If the fuse in the electrical leads is intact (conducting), or not blown, then the stimulator assumes that the leads are as yet unused, and allows the user to enter either test mode or therapy mode. The fuse is deliberately blown after a particular amount of time spent in therapy mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Uroplasty, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes F. M. Van Den Biggelaar, Jeffrey M. Williams, Marc M. Herregraven, Paul Edward Sandstrom, Anthony W. Schauer
  • Patent number: 8798708
    Abstract: A garment is used to facilitate the placement of biomedical sensors or other electrodes on the body. The garment is comfortable and allows freedom of movement much like typical clothing. Textile based electrical components are included in the garment which are capable of transmitting an electrical signal to and from various external electrodes placed on the body. A textile based EMI shield protects the signals from electromagnetic interference. The garment may take any form such as a vest, sports bra, long sleeve shirt, bonnet, or other form and may provide access to an electrode placement site without requiring removal of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Kathleen Tremblay
  • Patent number: 8798710
    Abstract: A biopotential electrode for transferring electrical signals with a subject that includes an electrical conductor, a membrane selectively permeable to ionic conduction for presenting a dry surface to the subject, and a conductive medium positioned in communication with a portion of the electrical conductor and a portion of the membrane. The electrical potentials are coupled from the subject across the membrane into the conductive medium and then transferred from the subject to the electrical conductor. In other embodiments, the electrical potentials may be transferred from the external conductor to the subject through the conductive medium across the membrane into the subject. Other embodiments include systems and methods for using the biopotential electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Cognionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yu Mike Chi
  • Patent number: 8788066
    Abstract: Devices and methods of use for introduction and implantation of an electrode as part of a minimally invasive technique. An implantable baroreflex activation system includes a control system having an implantable housing, an electrical lead, attachable to the control system, and an electrode structure. The electrode structure is near one end of the electrical lead, and includes a monopolar electrode, a backing material having an effective surface area larger than the electrode, and a releasable pivotable interface to mate with an implant tool. The electrode is configured for implantation on an outer surface of a blood vessel and the control system is programmed to deliver a baroreflex therapy via the monopolar electrode to a baroreceptor within a wall of the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: CVRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Cates, Eric Lovett, Loren Murney, Kip Ludwig, Paul Pignato, Brian Soltis
  • Publication number: 20140200573
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided, for selective destruction or temporary disruption of nerves and/or conduction pathways in a mammalian body for the treatment of pain and other disorders. Apparatus comprises catheters having electrodes for targeting and affecting nerve tissue at a cellular level to reversible and irreversible nerve portion and incapacitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Medtronic Ardian Luxembourg S.a.r.I.
    Inventors: Mark E. Deem, Hanson Gifford, III
  • Publication number: 20140188194
    Abstract: The article is a support to which an electrode pair, a positive and corresponding negative electrode, is attached. Leads are electrically attached to each of the positive and negative electrodes, wherein each lead has an insulated coating. A controller is electrically attached to the leads for delivering monophasic or biphasic electrical stimulation at a single frequency. A power supply is electrically connected to the controller, and may be attached to the support. The article may be a sock, a glove, a harness or an insole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Anthony Schepis, Matthew John Valaskey, Shawn Jeffery Sullivan, Martha Lillian Tate, Kaiyuan Yang, Martin S. Shamis, WonYeong Sohn
  • Patent number: 8761872
    Abstract: An apparatus for stimulating auricular points on the human ear is provided using low voltage pulses that are generated and delivered by portions of the apparatus that may be readily removed from the neck and ear, and then easily replaced by the patient to continue therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: 16Max Corporation
    Inventors: Uwe Hinrichsen, Jurgen Kruppa
  • Publication number: 20140172062
    Abstract: The present invention provides a medical device having a covering material and an electrical stimulator. The electrical stimulator includes a main body which generates electrical stimulation and a pad which is detachably arranged at a damaged part of a living body and transfers the electrical stimulation generated by the main body to the damaged part. The covering material is disposed on a lower surface of the pad and comes into contact with the damaged part, protecting and treating the damaged part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: YESU HOSPITAL MANEGEMENT FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Yong Soon Yoon
  • Patent number: 8755907
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide baroreflex activation to treat or reduce pain and/or to cause or enhance sedation or sleep. Methods involve activating the baroreflex system to provide pain reduction, sedation, improved sleep or some combination thereof. Systems include at least one baroreflex activation device, at least one sensor for sensing physiological activity of the patient, and a processor coupled with the baroreflex activation device(s) and the sensor(s) for processing sensed data received from the sensor and for activating the baroreflex activation device. In some embodiments, the system is fully implantable within a patient, such as in an intravascular, extravascular or intramural location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: CVRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Kieval, Martin A. Rossing
  • Patent number: 8755892
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, is a method for stimulating neural targets in the vicinity of a human ear. According to an embodiment, a device is clipped on a patient ear lobe, the device including a neural stimulation electrode. A neural stimulation signal is applied to the electrode to transcutaneously stimulate neural targets in the vicinity of the ear lobe, according to an embodiment. A physiological parameter is sensed using a sensor connected to the device. According to an embodiment, the neural stimulation signal is adjusted in response to the sensed parameter. The method is used is a variety of treatment regimens, including anti-hypertensive and cardiac improvement therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Badri Amurthur, Imad Libbus