US Pat. No. 10,918,619

FORMULATIONS OF PACLITAXEL WITH POLY(AMINO ACID) BLOCK POLYMERS

Tyndall Formulation Servi...

1. A composition comprising paclitaxel and a copolymer of Formula I:
wherein:
x is 175;
y is 30-35; and
z is 20-25.

US Pat. No. 10,918,617

FUMARATE ESTER PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS

BANNER LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. An oral immediate release pharmaceutical composition comprising a single phase non-aqueous liquid vehicle comprising a suspension of a fumarate esters or a salt thereof having the formula:
wherein R1 and R2, may be the same or different, and independently represent hydrogen or methyl.

US Pat. No. 10,918,616

FUMARATE ESTER PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS

BANNER LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. A method of treating or reducing symptoms of a multiple sclerosis or psoriasis in a subject, the method comprising administering an oral pharmaceutical composition comprising an immediate releasing single phase non-aqueous liquid vehicle comprising a suspension of a fumarate ester or a salt thereof having the formula:
wherein R1 and R2, may be the same or different, and independently represent hydrogen or methyl.

US Pat. No. 10,918,614

TOPICAL COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS

DS Biopharma Limited

1. A method for treating skin inflammation in a mammal caused by an autoimmune disease, the method comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a composition comprising 15-HETrE to the skin of the mammal.

US Pat. No. 10,918,611

METHODS FOR FORMING IMPLANTS FROM INJECTED THERMOREVERSIBLE GELS

PATHAK HOLDINGS LLC, Pho...

1. A method of forming an implant in a tissue, the method comprising:providing an injectable liquid composition comprising one or more precursors of a crosslinkable composition;
injecting the injectable composition into the tissue at the rate of about 10-12000 injections per minute and/or at an amount of 1.0E-02 ml to 1.0E-16 ml per injection; and
crosslinking the one or more precursors of the crosslinkable composition so as to form a crosslinked composition.

US Pat. No. 10,918,610

COMPOUNDS AND METHODS OF PROMOTING MYELINATION

Case Western Reserve Univ...

1. A method of treating a subject with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, comprising administering an effective amount of Cis-N-cyclohexyl-N-ethyl-3-(3-chloro-4-cyclohexylphenyl)prop-2-enylamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof to the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,918,609

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION FOR PREVENTING OR TREATING ARTHRITIS OR INFLAMMATORY DISEASE CONTAINING 2-METHOXY-4-(3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)PROPYL-1-EN-1-YL)PHENOL AS ACTIVE INGREDIENT

Chungbuk National Univers...

1. A method for preventing STAT3-mediated inflammation comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of 2-methoxy-4-(3-(4-methoxyphenyl)prop-1-en-1-yl)phenol having Formula 1:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
wherein the STAT3-mediated inflammation is associated with septicemia, septic shock, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, pleurisy, pericarditis, ischemic-related inflammation, inflammatory aneurysms, nephritis, hepatitis; chronic pulmonary inflammatory disease, bronchial inflammation, rhinitis, dermatitis, gastritis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, fever, myalgia caused by infection or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,918,605

PREPARATION OF SIZE-CONTROLLED MICROPARTICLES

Bracco Suisse SA, Cademp...

1. A method for preparing a suspension of liquid- or gas-filled microparticles stabilized by a layer of an amphiphilic material with a transition temperature, comprising:providing a first fluid flow and, separately, a liquid flow comprising the amphiphilic material;
directing the first fluid flow through a first inlet channel and the liquid flow through a second inlet channel towards a contact zone;
directing the first fluid flow and the liquid flow from the contact zone through a calibrated orifice to obtain the suspension of liquid- or gas-filled microparticles; and
directing the suspension of liquid- or gas-filled microparticles towards an outlet channel;wherein an initial portion of the outlet channel is kept at a controlled temperature (° C.) of not less than 20% lower with respect to the transition temperature of the amphiphilic material.

US Pat. No. 10,918,603

SPRAY DRYING PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF POWDERS WITH ENHANCED PROPERTIES

Hovione Holding Limited, ...

1. A spray drying apparatus comprising at least one secondary gas stream inlet, for one or more secondary gas streams, in at least one of multiple locations in the spray drying apparatus, wherein the spray drying apparatus comprises a spray dryer chamber comprising an atomization nozzle and a drying gas inlet; and a means for recovering spray dried particles from the spray dryer chamber, wherein the means comprises, immediately downstream from the spray dryer chamber, a cyclone or a filter bag, and a solids container downstream of the cyclone or the filter bag, wherein an outlet of the spray dryer chamber is connected with an inlet of the cyclone or the filter bag via a first connection, wherein an outlet of the cyclone or the filter bag is connected with an inlet of the solids container via a second connection, and wherein at least one of the at least one secondary gas stream inlets is in at least one of the following locations selected from the group consisting of:i) the first connection;
ii) the second connection; and
iii) the solids container.

US Pat. No. 10,918,599

SERUM-STABLE COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR LIGHT-TRIGGERED RELEASE OF MATERIALS

The Research Foundation f...

1. A composition comprising nanovesicles, said nanovesicles having a bilayer, wherein the bilayer of the nanovesicles comprises 0.1 to 5 mol % porphyrin-phospholipid (PoP), 30 to 45 mol % sterol, 45 to 61.5 mol % of one or more phospholipids which is/are not conjugated to porphyrin, and optionally 1 to 6 mol % polyethylene glycol-lipid (PEG-lipid), wherein the porphyrin-phospholipid has the following structure (pyro-phospholipid):
and wherein the one or more phospholipids which is/are not conjugated to the porphyrin are chosen from 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DSPC), 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DSPE), 1,2-dihexadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphate (DPPA), 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-(1?-rac-glycerol) (DSPG), hydrogenated L-?-phosphatidylcholine (HSPC), 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphocholine (DOPC), 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP), 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC), and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC), and wherein the nanovesicles are loaded with cargo comprising doxorubicin or irinotecan.

US Pat. No. 10,918,597

GASTRORETENTIVE DOSAGE FORMS FOR SUSTAINED DRUG DELIVERY

KASHIV SPECIALTY PHARMACE...

1. A floating gastroretentive dosage form comprising:a) a matrix core that is a sustained release swellable matrix core comprising an active agent, a swellable water-soluble polymer, an acid, and a gas-generating agent; and
b) a water-insoluble permeable elastic membrane containing an orifice and surrounding the matrix core;
wherein the active agent is a highly soluble drug,
wherein the membrane comprises a plasticizer, and a copolymer of ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, and methacrylic acid ester with quaternary ammonium groups,
wherein the plasticizer is present in an amount of about 5% to about 20% w/w of the total plasticizer and copolymer weight, and the copolymer is present in an amount of about 80% to about 95% w/w of the total plasticizer and copolymer weight,
wherein the dosage form provides extended release of the active agent in the patient's stomach for a period of at least 8 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,918,596

ORAL DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of infusing a delivery device, comprising:pre-treating the delivery device with baking soda, and forcing water and baking soda into an interior of the delivery device, thereby making alterations to a lignum structure and an interior structure of the delivery device;
locating a plurality of ingredients within the delivery device;
testing the delivery device for the predetermined presence thresholds and predetermined concentration thresholds of the plurality of ingredients;
packaging the delivery device;
pretreating the delivery device to increase the porosity of the delivery device, thereby creating parking spaces;
hardening the delivery device; and
after hardening, removing the baking soda by rinsing, but leaving the parking spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,918,593

PERSONAL LUBRICANT DISK

1. A method of using a personal lubricant disk, the method comprising:providing the personal lubricant disk having a bottom side and a top side, the disk being substantially solid at ambient room temperature, and having a melting temperature of between 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit, the disk being sized to be received on a finger pad of an adult person and substantially contained within the boundaries of the finger pad;
receiving the bottom side of the personal lubricant disk on the finger pad of an applying user;
placing the top side of the personal lubricant on an external vaginal tract of a female user;
moving the personal lubricant disk while received on the finger pad across the external vaginal tract thereby allowing the personal lubricant disk to melt; and
lubricating the external vaginal tract with the personal lubricant disk until the personal lubricant disk is at least substantially melted.

US Pat. No. 10,918,592

INJECTABLE AQUEOUS IMPLANT FORMULATION CONTAINING ASCORBIC ACID

Geistlich Pharma AG, Wol...

1. An injectable aqueous implant formulation which has been sterilized by gamma-ray or X-ray-irradiation and which comprises 25-45 w/w % of a mixture of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles derived from natural bone having a size of 50 to 200 ?m as determined by sieving and fragments of naturally crosslinked fibrous collagen material that pass through a 0.5 mm sieve, whereby the w/w ratio of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite to collagen is from 1.8 to 4.5 and the injectable aqueous formulation comprises 0.1-1% (w/w) ascorbic acid.

US Pat. No. 10,918,591

COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING KAKADU PLUM EXTRACT OR ACAI BERRY EXTRACT

Mary Kay Inc., Addison, ...

1. A method of treating skin with a fine line or wrinkle, the method comprising topically applying to the fine line or wrinkle of the skin a composition consisting of Terminalia ferdinandiana fruit extract, glycerin, water, and optionally alcohol.

US Pat. No. 10,918,587

LONG LASTING COSMETIC COMPOSITION COMPRISING SILICONE ELASTOMER

Dow Silicones Corporation...

1. A composition comprising:(a) an elastomer; and
(b) an additive comprising siloxane-based polyamide for stabilizing the elastomer;
wherein the elastomer is according to the general formula:

wherein
each of R1, R4, R5, R11, R14, and R15 independently a substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl group,
each of w and ww is independently an integer from zero (0) to 1,000,
each of x and xx is independently an integer from 1 to 100,
each of y and yy is independently an integer from 0 to 1,000, and
X is of the following general formula:

wherein each Y is a divalent group and wherein each of R3 and R13 is independently a divalent group.

US Pat. No. 10,918,583

COSMETIC OR DERMATOLOGICAL COMPOSITION COMPRISING A MEROCYANINE, AN ORGANIC UVB-SCREENING AGENT AND AN ADDITIONAL ORGANIC UVA-SCREENING AGENT

1. A cosmetic or dermatological composition comprising, in a physiologically acceptable support:a) at least one oily phase and
b) 0.1% to 10% by weight relative to the total weight of the composition of at least one merocyanine compound chosen from the following compounds, and the E/E- or E/Z-geometrical isomer forms thereof:

c) at least one organic UVB-screening agent chosen from:
i) 0.1% to 40% by weight relative to the total weight of the composition of a liquid lipophilic organic UVB-screening agent
ii) 0.1% to 15% by weight relative to the total weight of the composition of a hydrophilic organic UVB-screening agent
iii) 0.1% to 30% by weight relative to the total weight of the composition of a triazine UVB-screening agent and
iv) mixtures thereof; and
d) at least one organic UVA-screening agent other than the said merocyanine compound;when the said UVB-screening agent is liquid and lipophilic, the said composition contains less than 2% by weight of cyclohexasiloxane relative to the total weight of the composition.

US Pat. No. 10,918,578

DENTAL CURABLE COMPOSITION

GC Corporation, Shizuoka...

1. A dental curable composition comprising:polymerizable monomers;
inorganic particles (A1) or the inorganic particles (A1) and inorganic parties (A2); and
inorganic particles (B),
wherein the inorganic particles (A1) are surface-treated with a compound expressed by a general formula
(in the formula, R1 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 is a hydrolyzable group, R3 is a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, p is 2 or 3, and q is an integer greater than or equal to 6 and less than or equal to 13), and the inorganic particles (A1) have a volume-median particle size of greater than or equal to 0.1 ?m and less than or equal to 0.9 ?m,wherein the inorganic particles (A2) are surface-treated with a compound expressed by a general formula
(in the formula, R1 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 is a hydrolyzable group, R3 is a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, p is 2 or 3, and q is an integer greater than or equal to 1 and less than or equal to 5), and the inorganic particles (A2) have a volume-median particle size of greater than or equal to 0.1 ?m and less than or equal to 0.9 ?m,wherein the inorganic particles (B) are particles where a group expressed by a following general formula
(in the formula, R4 and R5 are independently a methyl group or an ethyl group) is present at surfaces, are particles where a group expressed by a following general formula(in the formula R6, R7, and R8 are independently a methyl group or an ethyl group) is present at surfaces, and/or are particles surface-treated with a compound expressed by a general formula(in the formula R1 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 is a hydrolyzable group, R3 is a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, p is 2 or 3, and q is an integer greater than or equal to 1 and less than or equal to 6), and the inorganic particles (B) have an average primary particle size of greater than or equal to 5 nm and less than or equal to 50 nm, andwherein a ratio of a mass of the inorganic particles (B) to a total mass of the inorganic particles (A1), the inorganic particles (A2), and the inorganic particles (B) is greater than or equal to 0.001 and less than or equal to 0.015.

US Pat. No. 10,918,576

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING AND REGULATING REMOVAL OF PATIENT MEDICATIONS

Medication Adherence Tech...

1. A pill packet dosage tracking device, the device comprising:a container comprising:
a reservoir configured to hold a stream of pill packets; and
an extraction channel configured to guide passage of the stream of pill packets from the reservoir out of the container;
a gate comprising:
an inner slider;
an outer slider slidably coupled to the inner slider and having an engagement edge for engaging the stream of pill packets;
a motor for positioning the gate; and
a linkage connecting the motor to the inner slider wherein the linkage converts rotational movement of the motor to linear movement of the gate;
wherein the gate is disposed in the extraction channel and vertically transitions between a closed position blocking extraction of a pill packet of the stream of pill packets and an open position allowing extraction of a pill packet; and
a controller monitors the extraction of pill packets and controls the transition of the gate between the closed position and the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,575

INTELLIGENT DRIPPING PILL MACHINE FOR CONTINUOUS LIQUID SOLIDIFICATION

Tasly Pharmaceutical Grou...

1. An dripping pill machine for continuous liquid solidification comprising:a feeding device;
a material combining device;
a homogenizing device;
a dripping device; and
a de-oiling device sequentially connected via a transmission channel,
wherein the de-oiling device comprises:
a horizontal driving shaft; and
a spiral separator rotating around the horizontal driving shaft as the center and having a spiral transmission channel,
wherein an inlet of the spiral transmission channel is in communication with a distribution hopper, and a plurality of de-oiling holes having sizes smaller than those of the dripping pills are opened at one side of the spiral transmission channel.

US Pat. No. 10,918,574

MULTI-CHAMBER MEDICAMENT DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A multi-chamber multi-cannabinoid medicament dispensing device, comprising:a first medicament vial having a tip, and containing a first nanoemulsion comprising a first cannabinoid, the first cannabinoid comprising a non-psychoactive Cannabis molecule;
a first plunger configured to dispense an amount of the first nanoemulsion from the tip of the first medicament vial;
a second medicament vial having a tip, and containing a second nanoemulsion comprising a second cannabinoid, the second cannabinoid comprising a psychoactive Cannabis molecule;
a second plunger configured to dispense an amount of the second nanoemulsion from the tip of the second medicament vial;
a front housing;
a rear housing coupled with the front housing, wherein the coupled front housing and rear housing contain the first plunger and the second plunger; and
a dispensing spout coupled with the front housing and the rear housing, the dispensing spout comprising a first proximal aperture, a second proximal aperture, an interior chamber, and a distal aperture;
wherein the first medicament vial is positioned partially within the first proximal aperture of the dispensing spout and the second medicament vial is positioned partially within the second proximal aperture of the dispensing spout, and
wherein the tip of the first medicament vial is positioned within the interior chamber of the dispensing spout and the tip of the second medicament vial is positioned within the interior chamber of the dispensing spout, such that the amount of the first nanoemulsion is dispensed from the tip of the first medicament vial into the interior chamber, and the amount of second nanoemulsion is dispensed from the tip of the second medicament vial into the interior chamber to combine with the dispensed amount of the first nanoemulsion within the interior chamber, and
wherein the distal aperture of the dispensing spout is configured to allow the combination of the dispensed amount of the first nanoemulsion and the dispensed amount of the second nanoemulsion to pass from the interior chamber of the dispensing spout therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,918,573

PRESSURE-REGULATING VIAL ADAPTORS

ICU Medical, Inc., San C...

1. A vial adaptor being configured to couple with a vial, the vial adaptor comprising:a housing assembly comprising a connection interface;
an access channel being in fluid communication with the connector interface, the access channel being configured to permit withdrawal of fluid from a vial when the vial adaptor is coupled to the vial, at least a portion of the access channel passing through at least a portion of the housing assembly;
a regulator channel passing through at least a portion of the housing assembly, the regulator channel being configured to permit gas to flow into and out of the vial in order to regulate pressure within the vial during withdrawal of fluid from the vial; and
a valve being positioned within the regulator channel and being configured to transition between a closed position and an open position, the valve being configured to permit passage of fluid through the valve when in the open position, the valve being configured to inhibit passage of fluid through the valve when in the closed position, the valve comprising:
a first cracking pressure being configured to transition the valve from the closed position towards the open position and to permit fluid flow through the valve in a first direction, and
a second cracking pressure being configured to transition the valve from the closed position towards the open position and to permit fluid flow through the valve in a second direction,
wherein the first cracking pressure is higher than the second cracking pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,572

PROTECTING SYSTEM FOR CONTAINING A BIOPHARMACEUTICAL FLUID

SARTORIUS STEDIM NORTH AM...

1. A protecting system (10) for containing a biopharmaceutical fluid, comprising:a flexible pouch (14) configured to contain a biopharmaceutical fluid;
a protecting package (112) with two frames (112A, 112B) which respectively form a lower frame and an upper frame and which have a peripheral area; and
a fastening system (200) configured to clamp the two frames (112A, 112B) of the protecting package (112) to each other, the frames (112A, 112B) sandwiching the flexible pouch (14),
wherein the fastening system (200) comprises an assembly (202) having only
a snap (210) comprising a backing part (212), and
a cap (220) comprising a washer (222),
wherein the lower and upper frames (112A, 112B) of the protecting package (112) are directly clamped between the washer (222) of the cap (220) and the backing part (212) of the snap (210) in a clamping position,
wherein the snap (210) further comprises at least two shaft parts (214) extending from the backing part (212) according to a longitudinal direction of the snap (210),
wherein the cap further comprises a captive locker (224), and
wherein the captive locker (224) is locked between the shaft parts (214) of the snap in the clamping position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,571

CONTAINER FOR A LIQUID MEDICAMENT

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A container for a liquid medicament, the container comprising:at least one flexible casing forming at least one cavity configured to receive the medicament, wherein the casing comprises a first wall portion and a second wall portion, wherein the second wall portion is located opposite to the first wall portion;
at least a first outlet in fluid connection with the cavity and extending through the casing; and
multiple filaments extending through the cavity, wherein each of the multiple filaments comprises a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end, wherein the second longitudinal end is opposite to the first longitudinal end, and wherein each of the first longitudinal ends of the filaments are connected to the first wall portion and each of the second longitudinal ends of the filaments are connected to the second wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,570

MEDICATION CONTAINER INFORMATION CONCEALMENT AND TRACKING SYSTEM

1. A tamper deterrent medication container information concealment system comprising:a prescription medication container comprising a body, the prescription medication container having a circumference;
a prescription label affixed to an outer surface of the body of the prescription medication container, the prescription label providing private information;
a privacy label comprising a first side and a second side, the privacy label constructed of a material comprising at least one of plastic or waterproof material, wherein the material deters tampering of the private information, wherein a length of the privacy label is longer than twice the circumference of the prescription medication container;
an adhesive is applied to an entirety of the second side; and
a backing, configured to be peeled off of the second side, detachably adhered to the second side, wherein the adhesive is applied between the second side and the backing; and
a tab of the privacy label permanently adhered to a first portion of the prescription label;
wherein in response to a user peeling off the backing from the second side, the user permanently affixing the second side, via the adhesive, to:
a second portion of the prescription label, and
a first portion of the first side, by wrapping, in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, an entirety of the second side of the privacy label around the second portion of the prescription label and the first portion of the first side to conceal the private information provided on the prescription label, leaving a second portion of the first side exposed outwardly, wherein a length of the first side adhered to the second side is longer than the circumference of the prescription medication container; and
wherein the first side maintains tracking information comprising a re-ordering reminder system comprising a symbol marked on a calendar to remind a user when to re-order medication.

US Pat. No. 10,918,569

INTEGRATED MANIFOLD AND VALVE ASSEMBLY

Wexco Incorporated, York...

1. A valve assembly for a hot tub, comprising:a water valve body having a water inlet and first and second water outlets;
first and second air channels attached to the water valve body; and
an assembly top including:
an air valve having an air inlet and an air outlet;
an air coupler configured to couple the air outlet to the first and second air channels;
an air valve actuator; and
a water valve actuator;
wherein the assembly top is configured to be separated from the water valve body by a manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,918,568

DUAL PLUMBING SYSTEM FOR A HOT TUB OR SPA

WEXCO INCORPORATED, York...

8. A hot tub plumbing system comprising:a manifold including (i) a water conduit defining a first longitudinal axis and configured to receive water from a water supply line and (ii) an air conduit defining a second longitudinal axis parallel to the first longitudinal axis and configured to receive air from an air supply line, wherein the air conduit has a periphery joined to a portion of a periphery of the water conduit, and wherein the manifold is configured to channel an air stream from the air supply line into an air egress port and to channel a water stream from the water supply line into a water egress port;
a dual extrusion tube including a first hollow portion configured to couple to the water egress port, and a second hollow portion configured to couple to the air egress port; and
a jet back including:
a first hollow protrusion configured to receive the water stream from the first hollow portion of the dual extrusion tube;
a second hollow protrusion configured to receive the air stream from the second hollow portion of the dual extrusion tube;
a circular ring attached to an outlet end of the jet back; and
at least two spring-biased hooks each extending from the circular ring into a respective opening defined between the circular ring and a rim of the outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,918,567

QUICK DISCONNECT LOCKING SYSTEM FOR SECURING CPR DEVICE

Defibtech, LLC, Guilford...

1. A quick disconnect locking system for securing a compression system in a support assembly of a mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation device, the quick disconnect locking system comprising:a first mount having an insert and lock, the lock defining a bore dimensioned to accept the insert,
the lock having at least one keeper positioned on an inner surface of the lock projecting into the bore, the at least one keeper having a generally triangular shape defining a first apex opposite a first base, the first base having a notch and two base vertices,
the insert having an outer surface with at least one key positioned thereon, the at least one key having a generally triangular shape defining a second apex opposite a second base, the second base dimensioned to fit within the notch, the at least one key extending outwardly from the outer surface, and the at least one key and the at least one keeper dimensioned to permit them to pass by each other,
a direction of insertion of the insert into the lock whereby the first apex and second apex are oriented toward each other thereby permitting the second apex to impact and to slide down the at least one keeper toward the first base,
the lock further including a displaceable bias plate having an undisplaced position and a displaced position, the bias plate mounted under the first base, and having an inner surface to engage the insert, a first distance between the inner surface of the bias plate in the undisplaced position and the first base being less than a second distance between the second apex and the second base, and a third distance between the inner surface of the bias plate in the displaced position and the first base being greater than the second distance between the second apex and the second base,
wherein upon insertion of the insert into the lock the at least one key engages the at least one keeper, then the at least one key slides down the at least one keeper until the insert contacts and sufficiently displaces the displaceable bias plate thereby permitting the insert to be rotated such that the second base slides along the first base until the second base is forced into the notch by the bias plate.

US Pat. No. 10,918,566

CHEST COMPRESSION BELT WITH BELT POSITION MONITORING SYSTEM

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A system for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a patient, the system comprising:a housing providing a platform adapted to be disposed under a thorax of the patient during CPR;
an automated chest compressor coupled to the housing and configured to provide chest compressions to the patient;
two or more sensors attached to the automated chest compressor and configured to generate data indicative of movement of at least a portion of the automated chest compressor relative to the thorax of the patient; and
a controller configured to:
instruct the automated chest compressor to compress the thorax of the patient at a resuscitative rate and depth,
receive the data indicative of the movement of the at least a portion of the automated chest compressor,
calculate a positioning of the at least a portion of the automated chest compressor relative to the thorax of the patient based on the received data,
detect the movement of the at least a portion of the automated chest compressor along an inferior/superior axis relative to the thorax of the patient based on the calculated positioning; and
an output device communicatively coupled to the controller that provides feedback based on the detected movement of the at least a portion of the automated chest compressor along the inferior/superior axis relative to the thorax of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,918,565

PERCUSSIVE MASSAGE DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

THERAGUN, INC., Beverly ...

1. A percussive massage device comprising:a housing, wherein the housing includes first, second and third handle portions that cooperate to at least partially define a handle opening, wherein the first handle portion defines a first axis, the second handle portion defines a second axis and the third handle portion defines a third axis, wherein the first, second and third axes are co-planar, wherein the first handle portion is generally straight, wherein the second handle portion is generally straight, and wherein the third handle portion is generally straight, such that a user can grasp any of the first, second or third handle portions independently to use the percussive massage device,
an electrical source,
a motor positioned in the housing,
a switch for activating the motor, and
a push rod assembly operatively connected to the motor and configured to reciprocate in response to activation of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,918,564

STIMULATION DEVICE

NOVOLUTO GmbH, Berlin (D...

1. A stimulation device comprising:a chamber having a flexible wall;
a drive unit in physical communication with the flexible wall to cause at least a portion of the flexible wall to deflect in opposing directions, thereby resulting in a changing volume of the chamber, the changing volume of the chamber resulting in modulated positive and negative pressures with respect to an ambient pressure;
an opening configured to sealingly engage a portion of a body of a user including a clitoris, the modulated positive and negative pressures to be applied to the portion of the body via the opening, the opening being a sole opening of the chamber to an exterior of the stimulation device;
a control device configured to receive input from the user and control the drive unit to cause the at least the portion of the flexible wall to deflect to create the modulated positive and negative pressures based on modulated frequencies; and
a housing enclosing the drive unit and the control device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,563

STIMULATION DEVICE

NOVOLUTO GmbH, Berlin (D...

1. A stimulation device comprising:a chamber having a flexible wall;
a drive unit in physical communication with the flexible wall to cause at least a portion of the flexible wall to deflect in opposing directions, thereby resulting in a changing volume of the chamber, the changing volume of the chamber resulting in modulated positive and negative pressures with respect to an ambient pressure;
an opening configured to sealingly engage a portion of a body of a user including a clitoris, the modulated positive and negative pressures to be applied to the portion of the body via the opening, the opening being a sole opening of the chamber to an exterior of the stimulation device, the flexible wall to sealingly separate the drive unit from the portion of the body;
a control device configured to receive input from the user and control the drive unit to create the modulated positive and negative pressures; and
a housing enclosing the drive unit and the control device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,562

PIN-SHAPED STIMULATION DEVICE

NOVOLUTO GMBH, Berlin (D...

1. A stimulation device for a clitoris, comprising:a housing;
a pressure field generation device having a drive unit which generates a pressure field from temporally alternating negative and positive pressures of a medium in a hollow space; and
a control device which controls the drive unit;
wherein:
the housing has a longitudinal axis, which extends from a front end of the housing up to a back end of the housing,
an opening for placing over the clitoris is provided in the front end of the housing with a center of the longitudinal axis passing through an opening plane of the opening, wherein the opening plane is defined by outer edges of the opening,
the hollow space is arranged inside the housing and is connected to the opening of the housing,
the pressure field generation device comprises a flexible wall which is configured to be displaced by the drive unit, and
a direction of the displacement of the flexible wall is provided by the drive unit at an angle relative to an alignment axis that is defined by an alignment of currents of the medium in the hollow space when generating the positive pressures.

US Pat. No. 10,918,561

COMPRESSION DEVICE

Recovery Force, LLC, Fis...

1. A compression device for applying controllable compression to a portion of the anatomy of a user, comprising:a panel formed of a wearable material, the panel sized and configured to be applied to a portion of the anatomy of the user, the panel having opposite ends configured to oppose each other when the panel is applied to the portion of the anatomy;
a plurality of shape memory wires supported by the panel between said opposite ends and configured to apply a compressive force to the portion of the anatomy of the user;
a pre-tensioning apparatus connectable between said opposite ends when the panel is applied to the portion of the anatomy, the pre-tensioning apparatus operable to adjustably draw the opposite ends toward each other to thereby apply an adjustable initial tension to the panel and/or the plurality of shape-memory wires, wherein the pre-tensioning device includes:
at least one connector affixed to one end of the panel and a corresponding mating connector adapted for releasable engagement to a corresponding one of said at least one connector;
at least one rotary dial fastened to said opposite end of the panel; and
one of the plurality of shape memory wires passing through said at least one rotary dial and one or more of said corresponding connector, said rotary dial configured to reduce the length of said one of the plurality of shape memory wires between said dial and said corresponding connector, whereby when the corresponding connector is engaged to a corresponding one of said at least one connector at least a portion of the panel adjacent said rotary dial is pre-tensioned; and
a controller configured to selectively actuate one or more of the plurality of shape-memory wires to reduce the effective length of the wires and thus the panel about the portion of the anatomy, to thereby apply pressure to the portion of the anatomy of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,918,560

HEALTH MULTIFUNCTIONAL CHAIR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

1. A health multifunctional chair, comprising: a chair seat, a massage backrest, an exercise standing plate, and a general management system, wherein the general management system comprises: a detecting and controlling unit and a health analyzing unit; the health analyzing unit is provided locally or on a cloud, and is in communication connection with the detecting and controlling unit; the massage backrest is provided at one side of the chair seat, and the exercise standing plate is provided at another side of the chair seat in a way that said plate can be turned over; the exercise standing plate is adjustable in angle with one side edge as a reference and towards a direction of the chair seat; the massage backrest is provided with a meridian massage mechanism therein, and the meridian massage mechanism is configured to do massage to a back; the health analyzing unit is configured to analyze health information of a user collected by the detecting and controlling unit, acquire a health analysis result of the user, and provide a health solution and the detecting and controlling unit is further configured to manage and control massage of the meridian massage mechanism to corresponding human body positions and angle adjustment of the exercise standing plate,.wherein the massage backrest is further provided with a 3D positioning module therein, the 3D positioning module is electrically connected to the detecting and controlling unit, and the 3D positioning module is configured to detect and acquire human body positioning information and human body type information under the control of the detecting and controlling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,918,559

INTERFACE SYSTEM IN AN EXOSKELETON

OSSUR ICELAND EHF, Reykj...

1. An interface system, comprising:a base support;
a strap assembly; and
a posterior strut having a vertical member defining a first end connecting to the base support, and a second end connecting to first and second transverse members extending in opposed directions from the vertical member, the first and second transverse members connecting to the strap assembly;
wherein the posterior strut has a length arranged to position the first and second transverse members from the vertical member at a spine of a scapula, and to create a concentric relationship between a humeral head and a rotational axis in a coronal plane, the vertical member is arranged in length distally to position the base support at or above an inferior costal margin of a user, wherein the vertical member has a widened configuration with a width arranged and positioned to transfer loads over a user's spine, and is wider than a width of the first and second transverse members;
wherein the first and second transverse members have ends arranged at an angle out of plane relative to the vertical member;
wherein an intermediate section of the posterior strut is arranged for deflection in sagittal and transverse planes.

US Pat. No. 10,918,558

PORTABLE HUMAN EXOSKELETON SYSTEM

1. A portable human exoskeleton system, comprising:a pelvis module (10), comprising:
a bendable module (11), being configured to be wrapped around a body of a user for being configured to fix the pelvis module (10) to a hip (92) of the user and comprising a waist belt (111), two groin belts (112), two holding belts (113), and a tension belt (114), the waist belt (111) being connected to a proximal end of the pelvis module connector (12) and configured to be worn around a waist (91) of the user, each of the two groin belts (112) being connected to a distal end of the pelvis module (10), and being configured to be along a lateral side of a pelvis (93), a groin and an ischium of the user, and back to the lateral side of the pelvis (93), wherein the waist belt (111) and the two groin belts (112) are annular members with fixed shapes, the two holding belts (113) being connected between the waist belt (111) and the two groin belts (112) in order to prevent the groin belts (112) from sliding downwards, the tension belt (114) being connected between the two groin belts (112) behind the hip (92) for preventing the two groin belts (112) from sliding along two thighs (94) of the user or limiting sliding ranges; and
a pelvis module connector (12), being connected to the bendable module (11) and configured to be positioned near a lateral side of a hip joint (93) of the user, the waist belt (111) and the groin belt (112) being respectively connected to a proximal end and a distal end of the pelvis module connector (12);
a foot module (30), being configured to be worn on a foot (98) of the user and having a foot frame (31), at least one support element (32) and a foot module connector (33), the foot frame (31) being configured to be extended along a lengthwise direction of the foot (98) of the user and configured to be positioned at a lateral side of the foot (98) of the user, the support element (32) having a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the foot frame (31) and the second end being configured to be extended along a medial direction of the foot (98) of the user; and
a leg module (20), being configured to be positioned at a lateral side of a leg of the user, comprising:
a femur module (21), being detachably coupled to the pelvis module connector (12) and comprising a first linkage (212) having a first curvature configured to be fit a thigh (94) of the user, wherein at least one fastening member (2121) is provided on the first linkage (212) along a lengthwise direction of the first linkage (212); and a second linkage (213) having the first curvature and comprising a slot (2131) formed along a lengthwise direction of the second linkage (213), the fastening member (2121) of the first linkage (212) being inserted into the slot (2131) of the second linkage (213) at a specific position to fix a relative position of the first linkage (212) and the second linkage (213);
a tibia module (22), being detachably coupled to the foot module connector (33), the foot module connector (33) being connected to one end of the foot frame (31) and comprising a second coupling part (331), the tibia module (22) comprising a third linkage (221), a fourth linkage (222), a shank belt (223), and a tibia module connector (224), the tibia module connector (224) being at a distal end of the tibia module (22), a second coupled part (2241) of the tibia module connector (224) being attached to the second coupling part (331), wherein the tibia module connector (224) and the foot module connector (33) form detachable coupling, the tibia module (22) being coupled to the foot module (30) when the second coupled part (2241) is attached to the second coupling part (331), the tibia module (22) being separated from the foot module (30) when the second coupled part (2241) is detached from the second coupling part (331), the third linkage (221) having a second curvature configured to be fit a shank (96) of the user and comprising a slot (2211) formed along a lengthwise direction of the third linkage (221), the fourth linkage (222) having the second curvature wherein at least one fastening member (2221) is provided on the fourth linkage (222) along a lengthwise direction of the fourth linkage (222), the fastening member (2221) of the fourth linkage (222) being inserted into the slot (2211) of the third linkage (221) at a specific position to fix relative positions of the third linkage (221) and the fourth linkage (222), the shank belt (223) being fixed to the third linkage (221) or the fourth linkage (222), the shank belt (223) being configured to be worn around the shank (96) of the user by connecting two ends of the shank belt (223) together; and
a knee joint component (23), being pivotally coupled between the second linkage (213) and the third linkage (221) and having at least two linkages (231, 232) with different lengths, each of the linkages (231, 232) being pivotally coupled to the femur module (21) and the tibia module (22) at pivot joints (231a, 231b, 231c, 232a, 232b);
wherein weight above the hip (92) of the user is exerted on the pelvis module (10), transferred from the pelvis module (10) to the leg module (20), and then transferred to the foot module (30).

US Pat. No. 10,918,557

TWO-PART NON-PLANAR GRADUATED COMPRESSION DEVICE FOR THE TREATMENT OF CIRCULATORY DISORDERS

MEDI MANUFACTURING, INC.,...

1. A therapeutic compression garment, comprising:(a) a first body portion having a first side and a second side, a top edge and a bottom edge, with a first plurality of bands extending from the first side of the first body portion between the respective top edge and the respective bottom edge in a first band width;
(b) a second body portion having a first side and a second side, a top edge and a bottom edge, with a second plurality of bands extending from the first side of the second body portion between the respective top edge and the respective bottom edge in a second band width; and
(c) a guide band having a guide band length spanning between the first body portion and the second body portion and attached to both the first side of the first body portion and the first side of the second body portion,
wherein the first body portion is defined by a first body width measured between the respective top edge and bottom edge, and the second body portion is defined by a second body width measured between the respective top edge and bottom edge, and the guide band is defined by a guide band width measured perpendicular versus the guide band length, wherein guide band width along its entire length is smaller than the first and second body widths and smaller than the first and second band widths,
wherein the guide band, the first plurality of bands and the second plurality of bands attach the first body portion and the second body portion together when the first body portion and the second body portion are wrapped around a body limb,
wherein the second side of the first body portion and the second side of the second body portion are secured together by a connector spanning shared edges of the body portions, the connector being releasably attached onto both of the first body portion and the second body portion at the second side of the respective body portions such that the connector is flexible perpendicular to an axis of the connector, and wherein the first body portion and the second body portion are formed of two separate pieces,
wherein a geometry defined by the second side of at least one of the first body portion or the second body portion body causes the garment to form a non-planar shape when the first body portion and the second body portion are attached to each other, and
wherein the second side of the first body portion and the second side of the second body portion are curved in shape.

US Pat. No. 10,918,556

THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT FOR BEING WORN BY A SUBJECT

CHEZLEON PTY LIMITED, Wa...

16. A garment adapted for the prophylaxis or treatment of the accumulation of fluid in an area of a subject body, the garment comprising a flexible support and means for fitting the flexible support to the body area, the support being formed from an outermost front layer of webbing and an outermost rear layer of webbing, said support having a plurality of spaced apart foam protuberances formed by raised elements disposed on the rear layer of webbing and each having an upper outermost surface extending toward the front layer of webbing, said support comprising an exterior surface configured to face away from the body formed from an outer surface of the rear layer of webbing, the front and rear layers of webbing being directly adhered together in areas between the raised elements, the front layer of webbing conforms to the shape of each of the raised elements over its upper outermost surface so as to present said protuberances on an inner surface of the support configured to face the body area, wherein the areas adhered between the raised elements having perforations to provide ventilation through the front and rear layers of webbing, and outermost surfaces of the areas adhered between the raised elements being formed by the outer surface of the rear layer of webbing and the inner surface of the front layer of webbing, the protuberances being flexible and adapted to be partially compressed when fitted against the body area so as to operatively apply localized pressure to the body area, whereby movement of the subject body induces a passive massaging action by the protuberances.

US Pat. No. 10,918,555

HEALTH PROMOTING APPARATUS

Sominoya, inc., Tokyo (J...

1. A health promoting apparatus to benefit health of a user based on medical factors underlying moderate exercise, the apparatus comprising:an oscillation generator configured to oscillate a head of the user in a vertical direction or an anteroposterior direction; and
an oscillation controller connected to the oscillation generator, and configured to control an oscillation generated by the oscillation generator,
wherein the oscillation controller is configured:
to control the oscillation generator to apply shear stress to cells in the brain of the user by moving interstitial fluid in the brain, in order to promote the health of the user;
to set a frequency of the oscillation from 1 to 3 Hz, and
to control acceleration applied to the head of the user from ±0.3 to 2.0×g,
wherein the health promoting apparatus further comprises:
a seat part to which the oscillation is applied by the oscillation generator;
a backrest part; and
a headrest part, and
wherein the apparatus is configured to oscillate the head of the user in the vertical direction, in such a state that the user is seated on the seat part and the head is supported by the headrest part.

US Pat. No. 10,918,554

CREMATION URN AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Terrybear, Inc., St. Pau...

1. A method of manufacturing a cremation urn comprising:forming a container body and a lid for storing ashes;
attaching filigree wires to at least one of the container body and the lid, the attached filigree wires forming a plurality of cells on the at least one of the container body and the lid;
filling first and second layers of enamel into the plurality of cells, leaving the filigree wires extending beyond the first and second layers of enamel such that the layers of enamel leave exposed portions of the filigree wires which extend beyond exterior surfaces of the at least one of the container body and the lid; and
applying a finish to the exposed portions of the filigree wires.

US Pat. No. 10,918,553

MEDICAL TABLE STIRRUP INSERT

ComenityMed, LLC, Traver...

1. A stirrup insert for covering a stirrup of a medical examination table, wherein perimeter edges of the stirrup includes an upper edge and outer edges of the stirrup, said stirrup insert comprising:a foot support portion having a contoured upper surface configured to receive a patient's foot and a lower surface opposite the contoured upper surface configured to engage a front surface of a stirrup, wherein the foot support portion includes a heel section that comprises a concave upper surface and a convex lower surface and is configured to receive a patient's heel;
an engagement portion extending from a perimeter edge of the foot support portion and curving toward the lower surface of the foot support portion to form a curved lip, wherein the curved lip includes an upper section and lateral sections that extend inwardly for receiving the stirrup;
wherein the upper section and the lateral sections of the engagement portion are substantially flexible and configured to wrap over the upper edge and the outer edges, respectively, of the stirrup when engaged therewith;
wherein the engagement portion defines an insert opening providing access into the curved lip for receiving the stirrup and exposing and surrounding the convex lower surface of the heel section such that a portion of the convex lower surface of the heel section partially protrudes through the insert opening; and
wherein the foot support portion and the engagement portion comprise a single integral flexible polymeric piece.

US Pat. No. 10,918,552

LIMB POSITIONING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

1. A limb positioning apparatus comprising:a support member having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end configured to be attached to a table adjacent a shoulder of an arm of a patient;
a boom member extending above and moveable relative to the support member via a hinge assembly coupled between the distal end of the support member and a proximal end of the boom member, the boom member configured to extend along the arm of the patient;
a cable/traction system extending through the support member and the boom member, a distal end of the cable system configured to be attached to the arm of the patient and a proximal end of the cable system configured to be attached to a weight for providing traction to the arm of the patient; and
a gas spring operatively connected between the support member and the boom member, the gas spring configured to assist with the movement of the boom member relative to the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,550

ADJUSTABLE BED SYSTEMS WITH ROTATING ARTICULATING BED FRAME

PPJ, LLC, Natick, MA (US...

1. A rotating and articulating bed comprising:a fixed bed frame comprising a horizontal support surface; and
an articulating bed member comprising:
an articulating head portion;
an articulating foot portion separate from the articulating head portion; and
a rotating and pivoting frame mounted on the horizontal support surface and in communication with the articulating head portion and the articulating foot portion, the rotating and pivoting frame rotatable with respect to the horizontal support surface around a vertical axis passing through the horizontal support surface and providing pivoting and sliding movement of the articulating head portion and the articulating foot portion with respect to the horizontal support surface to tilt and to provide lateral movement in at least one of the articulating head portion and the articulating foot portion with respect to the horizontal support surface of the fixed bed frame.

US Pat. No. 10,918,549

PERSON LIFT DEVICES AND SCALE ASSEMBLIES FOR PERSON LIFT DEVICES INCLUDING ACCESSORY TRACKING FEATURES

1. A scale assembly comprising:an upper member comprising a first outer portion, a second outer portion, and a recessed portion offset from and positioned below the first outer portion and the second outer portion of the upper member;
an upper coupling for coupling the scale assembly to a person lifting device, the upper coupling coupled to the recessed portion of the upper member;
a lower member spaced apart from the upper member, the lower member comprising a first outer portion, a second outer portion, and a recessed portion offset from and positioned above the first outer portion and the second outer portion of the lower member;
a lower coupling for coupling a sling bar to the scale assembly, the lower coupling coupled to the recessed portion of the lower member;
a first force sensor coupled to the first outer portion of the upper member and the first outer portion of the lower member;
a second force sensor coupled to the second outer portion of the upper member and the second outer portion of the lower member; and
an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the first force sensor, the electronic control unit comprising a processor and a computer readable and executable instruction set, which when executed by the processor detects a force applied to the scale assembly with the first force sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,918,548

SIZE ADJUSTABLE SLING

1. A sling for supporting a subject comprising:a panel assembly including a left flank with a left end, a right flank with a right end, and an interflank panel, the interflank panel having a left extremity permanently joined to the left end and a right extremity permanently joined to the right end and a width W;
the left flank including a left closure element, the right flank including a right closure element, the left and right closure elements being securable to each other and releasable from each other to adjust an effective dimension of the sling between an effective dimension D1,EFF when the left closure element and the right closure element are secured to each other and an actual dimension D1,ACT when the left closure element and the right closure element are released from each other;
the interflank panel including a medial segment, at least one intermediate segment, and at least one additional closure element in addition to the left and right closure elements,
wherein each of the left closure element and the right closure element extend in a closure direction, and a difference between D1,EFF and D1,ACT is the width W of the interflank panel along the closure direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,547

PEDIATRIC AIR MATTRESS AND SYSTEM

EHOB, INC., Indianapolis...

1. A pediatric air mattress adapted for therapeutic usage, comprising:a first air bladder comprising at least one plastic liner defining an outer edge, said liner sealed about said outer edge to define a first air chamber within said first air bladder, said first air bladder including a first exterior surface inside said outer edge;
a first two-way valve through which air is selectively imported to and exported from said first air chamber;
said first air bladder defining a first plurality of apertures extending therethrough arranged in a plurality of rows extending along the length of the first air bladder;
a second air bladder comprising at least one plastic liner defining an outer edge, said liner sealed about said outer edge to define a second air chamber within said second air bladder, said second air bladder including a second exterior surface inside said outer edge; and
a second two-way valve through which air is selectively imported to and exported from said second air chamber;
said second air bladder defining a second plurality of apertures extending therethrough arranged in a plurality of rows extending along the length of the second air bladder,
wherein said second air bladder is attached to and superposing said first air bladder with said second exterior surface arranged at least partially in contact with said first exterior surface such that said second air bladder is supported by said first exterior surface of said first air bladder in a manner to permit access between the first and second exterior surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,918,546

MULTI-ALERT LIGHTS FOR HOSPITAL BED

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A patient support apparatus comprisinga bed frame having a head end, a foot end, and a pair of laterally spaced part sides, the bed frame being configured to support a person, the bed frame having a lateral frame member at the foot end,
a set of alert lights coupled to the lateral frame member and arranged to emit light upwardly, and
a footboard coupled to the bed frame, the footboard having a set of light pipes overlying the alert lights and extending from a bottom of the footboard toward a top of the footboard, upper ends of the light pipes being visible and emitting light from a light emitting region at the top of the footboard.

US Pat. No. 10,918,545

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUSES WITH WIRELESS HEADWALL COMMUNICATION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus system for a healthcare facility, the person support apparatus system comprising:a person support apparatus having a support surface adapted to support a person;
a first transceiver attached to the person support apparatus;
a plurality of headwall interfaces mounted to a plurality of headwalls of rooms within the healthcare facility, each of the headwall interfaces having a second transceiver adapted to wirelessly communicate with the first transceiver, and each of the headwall interfaces having a unique identifier, each of the headwall interfaces coupled to a connector of a nurse call system and each of the connectors mounted to one of the plurality of headwalls;
a third transceiver attached to the person support apparatus; and
a controller attached to the person support apparatus and adapted to establish a communication link with a specific one of the headwall interfaces by sending a signal to the specific headwall interface via the first transceiver, the signal including the unique identifier for the specific headwall interface, and wherein the controller receives the unique identifier via the third transceiver.

US Pat. No. 10,918,544

WHEELCHAIR LIFT APPARATUS

1. A wheelchair lift apparatus comprising:a base frame having a front end, a rear end, a left side, and a right side;
a plurality of wheels coupled to the base frame;
a vertical frame coupled to the base frame, the vertical frame having a front side, a rear side, a top end, and a bottom end, the bottom end being perpendicularly coupled to the rear end of the base frame;
a lift track coupled to the vertical frame, the lift track being coupled to the front side;
a lift car coupled to the lift track, the lift car having a track engagement portion and a perpendicular platform, the track engagement portion being slidably engageable with the lift track;
a seat coupled to the lift car, the seat being coupled to the perpendicular platform;
a lift bracket coupled to the base frame, the lift bracket being coupled to the rear end of the base frame;
a lift mechanism coupled to the lift bracket, the lift mechanism being in operational communication with the lift car, the lift mechanism moving the lift car to and from a lowered position and an alternate raised position;
a battery bracket coupled to the base frame, the battery bracket being coupled to the front end of the base frame;
a battery coupled to the battery bracket, the battery being in operational communication with, and providing power to, the lift mechanism; and
the lift mechanism comprising
a motor coupled to the lift bracket, the motor being in operational communication with the battery,
an actuator arm coupled to the motor, the actuator arm having a proximal end pivotably coupled to the motor and a distal end having a hinged tip, the hinged tip being coupled to the perpendicular platform of the lift car, the actuator arm having a compacted position when the lift car is in the lowered position and an alternate extended position when the lift car is in the raised position, and
a control switch coupled to the vertical frame, the control switch being in operational communication with the motor to move the actuator arm from the compacted position to the alternate extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,543

TRACKED CHAIR

1. A tracked chair comprising:a motor assembly attached to a frame, the frame comprising a cab portion for surrounding an occupant's legs;
a movable seating assembly attached to the frame;
a propulsion assembly operatively connected to the motor assembly; and
a steering assembly operatively connected to the propulsion assembly;
wherein the propulsion assembly comprises a powered sprocket; a forward non-powered pivoting bogey wheel set comprising a respective pivot member: and a rearward non-powered pivoting bogey wheel set comprising a respective pivot member: the powered sprocket positioned above the rearward non-powered bogey wheel set; and all wheels of the bogeys rest on a propulsion assembly contact section;
wherein the seating assembly non-pivotally translates forward and rearward in an arcuate movement; and
wherein a portion of the seating assembly non-pivotally translates in front of the propulsion assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,542

ATTACHMENT FOR A WHEELCHAIR

1. An attachment for a wheelchair having a seat frame with a foot support, the attachment comprising:a frame supporting an electric motor, a battery and a steering mechanism, and a wheel, said wheel being powered by the electric motor and is steerable by the steering mechanism,
wherein the attachment comprises a hook on said frame so as to directly support the foot support of the wheelchair when the attachment and the wheelchair are attached to one another,
wherein the attachment further comprises an engagement means for said frame on the seat frame, said engagement means being on said frame so as to connect a seat portion of the seat frame of the wheelchair vertically spaced from the foot support when the attachment and the wheelchair are attached to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,918,541

WHEELCHAIR PASSENGER SECUREMENT SYSTEM WITH CONTOURED BUMPER

VALEDA COMPANY, LLC, Oak...

1. A securement system adapted for securing a mobility aid in a vehicle, the securement system comprising at least one bumper adapted for contact with a surface of the mobility aid when secured in the securement system, the bumper having a generally stepped configuration with at least one step wherein each and every step progressively increases in a height along a length of the bumper the generally stepped configuration being defined by a recessed bumper area separated from a projected bumper area by a generally vertical boundary zone, wherein prior to contact with the mobility aid the projected bumper area and the recessed bumper area are positioned exclusively at opposite sides of the generally vertical boundary zone, wherein the recessed bumper area prior to contact with the surface of the mobility aid defines a pocket adapted to receive a rear wheel of the mobility aid when secured in the securement system, wherein the recessed bumper area and the projected bumper area define a non-flat contour that generally corresponds to a shape of the surface of the mobility aid.

US Pat. No. 10,918,540

ADJUSTER FOR USE WITH FLEXIBLE RESTRAINTS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An adjuster for use with a flexible restraint, the adjuster comprising:a frame defining an opening and having a clamping surface;
a restraint guide coupled to the frame and positioned relative to the opening so that the flexible restraint is capable of being routed over the clamping surface, wrapped about the restraint guide, and passed through the opening; and
a cam rotatably coupled to the frame about a rotational axis and comprising a lever portion arranged to be actuated by a user and a clamping portion arranged to clamp the flexible restraint against the clamping surface, the cam being rotatable to a plurality of clamping positions,
wherein the clamping portion defines a cam profile in cross-section that has a spiral shape, the cam profile having clamping points, each of the clamping points defined as a nearest point on the cam profile to the clamping surface at each of the plurality of clamping positions,
wherein the cam defines a fixed plane passing through the rotational axis normal to the clamping surface, and the cam defines a clamping plane parallel to the clamping surface passing through each of the clamping points, wherein each of the clamping points are offset from the fixed plane by a first distance and the clamping plane is offset from the rotational axis by a second distance, with a ratio of the second distance to the first distance being in a range of from 2.5 to 5.5 for each of the clamping positions.

US Pat. No. 10,918,539

GURNEY COMPRISING A MAGNETIC MEMBER FOR SECURING STRAPS

1. A gurney comprising:base members coupled to axle members;
support frame members coupled to the axle members;
a frame member coupled to the support frame members, wherein the gurney comprises a patient support, wherein said frame member includes a lower frame member and an upper frame member, wherein said lower frame member includes a first end and a second end, wherein said lower frame member includes lower frame brackets at said first end, wherein said lower frame member includes a housing located at said second end, wherein said upper frame member is a tubular frame member;
straps provided at either side of the frame member to secure a patient to the patient support, wherein the straps comprise a male buckle member and a female buckle member; and
magnetic members coupled to the upper frame member, said upper frame member including a first side and a second side, wherein a first magnetic member having a rectangular shape is removably coupled to an outer surface of said first side, wherein a second magnetic member having a rectangular shape is removably coupled to an outer surface of said second side,
wherein the male buckle member and the female buckle member are coupled to the magnetic members to secure the straps from falling down when the male buckle member and the female buckle member are not coupled or not in use.

US Pat. No. 10,918,538

ABSORBENT ARTICLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an absorbent article, comprising:forming a wet paper sheet from a source material;
adding a fragrance material solution to the wet paper sheet, said fragrance material solution containing 88.4 wt. % of water, 10.3 wt. % of ?-cyclodextrin, 1 wt. % of fragrance material and 0.3 wt. % of xanthan gum;
dehydrating and drying the wet paper, thereby obtaining a pulp raw fabric sheet;
defibrating the pulp raw fabric sheet; and
accumulating defibrated fluff pulp, thereby manufacturing an absorbent body.

US Pat. No. 10,918,537

ABSORBENT ARTICLE COMPRISING FLEXIBLE POLYMERIC FOAM AND INTERMEDIATES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An absorbent article comprising:a first absorbent layer comprising a polymeric foam having an average cell size of at least 100 microns, a density of less than 3 lbs/ft3, and a gel content greater than 90% wherein the polymeric foam comprises superabsorbent polymer pieces distributed therein and has at least one property selected from
a) an indentation force at 65% deflection of less than 5 kPa;
b) a constant deflection compression set of less than 25%; and
c) a combination of a) and b); and
a second absorbent layer in fluid communication with the first absorbent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,536

DISPOSABLE WEARING ARTICLE

UNICHARM CORPORATION, Eh...

1. A disposable wearing article having a vertical direction and a lateral direction, and a skin facing surface and a non-skin facing surface on an opposite side thereof, said disposable wearing article comprising:a front waist region;
a rear waist region;
a crotch region positioned between the front waist region and the rear waist region; and
a pair of leg openings, and a waist opening defined by side edges of the front waist region and the rear waist region being connected,
wherein
at least one of the front waist region and the rear waist region includes a pair of tape fasteners fixed to the non-skin facing surface of the side edges,
at least one of the front waist region and the rear waist region includes a pocket openable toward the crotch region, on the skin facing surface,
an upper end of a fixing part of each tape fastener in the pair of tape fasteners is positioned at a lower side of a closing edge positioned on the waist opening side of the pocket in the vertical direction,
at least one of the front waist region and the rear waist region has a belt-shaped area positioned on the skin facing surface and extending in the lateral direction,
the pocket is positioned on the non-skin facing surface, facing the belt-shaped area in a direction of thickness, at a middle part in the lateral direction,
the pocket includes
a pocket outer area extending from a side of the crotch region toward a side of the waist opening, and
a pocket inner area facing the pocket outer area and the belt-shaped area in the direction of thickness, continuous with the pocket outer area, and connected to the belt-shaped area,
the upper end of the fixing part of each tape fastener in the pair of tape fasteners is positioned at a lower side of an upper end of the pocket outer area in the vertical direction, and
the upper end of the fixing part of each tape fastener in the pair of tape fasteners is either positioned at a lower side of a lower end of the pocket inner area in the vertical direction, or coinciding with the lower end of the pocket inner area in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,535

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH IMPROVED FECAL MATTER CONTAINMENT FLAPS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORDWIDE, ...

1. An absorbent article comprising a chassis having a front end section with a front waist region including a front waist edge and a rear end section having a rear waist region including a rear waist edge, said front waist region and rear waist region being joined by a crotch region, said chassis including an absorbent body, said chassis further including a body facing surface, said article defining a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis located midway between said front waist edge and said rear waist edge, said article further defining a vertical axis;a pair of containment flaps attached to said body facing surface of said chassis, each of said pair of containment flaps having a proximal edge adjacent and attached to said body facing surface of said chassis and a distal edge joined to said proximal edge by a medial section, each said containment flaps defining a length and having a first end and a second end, said first end being located in said front waist region and said second end being located in said rear waist region,
each of said containment flaps having an absorbent facing surface and a body facing surface and at least one elastomeric strand disposed proximate the distal edge,
each of said containment flaps further having a first portion at least a portion of which is located in said front waist region of said article and a second portion at least a portion of which is located in said rear waist region of said article, the second portion of each containment flap further comprising an elastomeric material coupled to one of the absorbent facing surface and the body facing surface with the elastomeric material extending between a first longitudinally extending edge disposed proximate the proximal edge of the containment flap and a second longitudinally extending edge disposed proximate the distal edge of the containment flap, the second longitudinally extending edge disposed no closer to the longitudinal axis than the distal edge of the containment flap, and
the elastomeric material imparting the second portion of each of said containment flaps with at least one property that is different in value from a same at least one property of the first portion of each of said containment flaps, the elastomeric material extending in a continuous manner between the rear waist region and the crotch region and having a first end edge forming a juncture between the containment flap first portion and the containment flap second portion, the juncture located within the crotch region.

US Pat. No. 10,918,534

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH LEG GASKETING CUFF

1. A disposable absorbent article for wearing about the lower torso of a wearer, the disposable absorbent article comprising: a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region disposed between the first and second waist regions, a first waist edge, a second waist edge, a first longitudinal edge, and a second longitudinal edge, the disposable absorbent article comprising:)1.) a topsheet;
2.) a backsheet;
3.) an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet; and
4.) a leg gasketing system, wherein the leg gasketing system comprises an inner cuff and an outer cuff, wherein the inner cuff comprises an inner cuff folded edge and an inner cuff material edge, and wherein the outer cuff comprises an outer cuff folded edge and an outer cuff material edge, such that at least one web of material is folded laterally inward to form the outer cuff folded edge and folded laterally outward to form the inner cuff folded edge;
wherein the leg gasketing system is joined to the topsheet and/or backsheet between the inner cuff folded edge and the outer cuff folded edge in the crotch region, and the inner cuff has an air permeability of less than 36.9 m3/m2/min and the outer cuff has an air permeability that is greater than about 5 m3/m2/min and less than 65.6 m3/m2/min.

US Pat. No. 10,918,533

DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING ELASTICIZED OUTER LEG CUFF

1. A disposable absorbent article comprising a longitudinal centerline, a lateral centerline, an outer surface and an inner surface, a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region disposed between said front waist region and said back waist region, said disposable absorbent article comprising:a liquid pervious topsheet comprising first and second longitudinal side edges, a wearer-facing surface, and a garment-facing surface;
a liquid impervious backsheet comprising a liquid impervious backsheet film and an outer nonwoven covering, said liquid impervious backsheet film comprising first and second longitudinal side edges;
an absorbent core disposed between said liquid pervious topsheet and said liquid impervious backsheet film;
a first barrier leg cuff comprising a lateral outer portion and an elastic strand, wherein said first barrier leg cuff and said topsheet are formed of separate webs of material, wherein said elastic strand of said first barrier leg cuff is disposed inboard of said first longitudinal side edge of said liquid impervious backsheet film, and wherein said first barrier leg cuff is joined to said wearer-facing surface of said topsheet;
a first elasticized outer leg cuff comprising a plurality of elastic strands that extend longitudinally in said crotch region, wherein at least a portion of said first elasticized outer leg cuff extends outboard of said first longitudinal side edge of said liquid impervious backsheet film, and wherein said first barrier leg cuff and said first elasticized outer leg cuff are formed from separate layers of material;
a second barrier leg cuff comprising a lateral outer portion and an elastic strand, wherein said second barrier leg cuff and said topsheet are formed of separate webs of material, wherein said elastic strand of said second barrier leg cuff is disposed inboard of said second longitudinal side edge of said liquid impervious backsheet film, and wherein said second barrier leg cuff is joined to said wearer-facing surface of said topsheet; and
a second elasticized outer leg cuff comprising a plurality of elastic strands that extend longitudinally in said crotch region, wherein at least a portion of said second elasticized outer leg cuff extends outboard of said second longitudinal side edge of said liquid impervious backsheet film, and wherein said second barrier leg cuff and said second elasticized outer leg cuff are formed from separate layers of material
wherein the lateral outer portion of the first barrier leg cuff extends laterally outward beyond the first longitudinal side edge of the liquid pervious topsheet; and
wherein the lateral outer portion of the second barrier leg cuff extends laterally outward beyond the second longitudinal side edge of the liquid pervious topsheet.

US Pat. No. 10,918,532

METHODS OF MAKING ELASTIC BELTS FOR ABSORBENT ARTICLES

1. A method of forming absorbent articles on an absorbent article manufacturing line, the method comprising:providing an elastic belt, wherein the elastic belt comprises a first nonwoven substrate, a second nonwoven substrate, and a plurality elastic strands positioned intermediate the first nonwoven substrate and the second nonwoven substrate, wherein the plurality of elastic strands are generally oriented in a machine direction, wherein the first nonwoven substrate has a first cross-directional width, wherein the second nonwoven substrate has a second cross-directional width, and wherein the first cross-directional width is larger than the second cross-directional width;
conveying the elastic belt in the machine direction on the absorbent article manufacturing line, wherein the elastic strands are strained in the machine direction;
attaching a portion of an absorbent article chassis to a portion of the second nonwoven substrate, wherein the absorbent article chassis comprises a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed at least partially intermediate the topsheet and the backsheet;
folding a portion of the first nonwoven substrate that extends beyond the second nonwoven substrate in the cross-machine direction over a portion of the second nonwoven substrate to create a fold over region;
forming apertures through the elastic belt in areas within the fold over region and areas outside of the fold over region, but not in areas of overlap between the elastic belt and the absorbent core of the absorbent article chassis; and
forming compressed regions in a nip.

US Pat. No. 10,918,531

ABSORBENT ARTICLE

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION, ...

1. A disposable diaper, whereinan absorbent article includes an absorber,
the absorber has a first slit formation region in a width-direction intermediate portion where one or more first slits extending in a front-back direction are provided at width-direction intervals,
the absorber has second slits continuing from each of front end side and back end side of the first slit formation region toward width-direction both sides to side edges,
the absorbent article has second slit elastic members comprising elastic members, wherein the elastic members are provided on a back surface of the absorber, the elastic members cross the second slits, extend in the front-back direction, and exert a contraction force in the front-back direction to close the second slits,
a duplicate sheet including a fixation portion fixed to the absorber, is provided on the back surface of the absorber, and
the elastic members are fixed between the duplicate sheet in the fixation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,530

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MONITORING DEFECATION, URINATION, NEAR-BODY TEMPERATURE, BODY POSTURE AND BODY MOVEMENTS IN YOUNG CHILDREN, PATIENTS AND ELDERLIES

Mavin Wear Inc., San Jos...

1. A system comprising:a sensor configured to change a parameter in the presence of feces or urine, wherein the sensor comprises a working electrode and a counter electrode, wherein the counter electrode and the working electrode comprise a membrane covering that is selective for a chemical compound found in the feces or the urine; and
a first device communicatively coupled to the sensor and configured for receiving a first data from the sensor associated with the change in the parameter and transmitting a second data associated with the first data;
wherein the second data is indicative of the feces or the urine, and wherein the first device comprises a wireless transmitter that is configured to wirelessly transmit the second data to, or wirelessly receive a third data from, a second device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,529

ABSORBENT CORES AND METHODS FOR FORMING ABSORBENT CORES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A method of forming a pulpless absorbent core comprising:moving a foraminous forming surface in a machine direction, the foraminous forming surface having unmasked portions and masked portions, and wherein the un-masked portions define an absorbent core region of the foraminous forming surface;
depositing particulate material at a velocity of less than 1200 meters per minute through a particulate material inlet and at the foraminous forming surface in the absorbent core region while applying a vacuum to the foraminous forming surface;
depositing a second amount particulate material at a velocity of less than 1200 meters per minute through a second particulate material inlet and at the foraminous forming surface in the absorbent core region while applying a vacuum to the foraminous forming surface;
and prior to depositing the second amount particulate material, applying adhesive to the deposited first amount of particulate material;
wherein the absorbent core region comprises:
a front core region spanning a front third of the absorbent core region;
a rear core region spanning a rear third of the absorbent core region; anda crotch region disposed between the front core region and the rear core region and spanning a middle third of the absorbent core region, the crotch region having a cross-machine direction width that is less than a width of the front core region and less than a width of the rear core region;wherein the front core region trails the rear core region in the machine direction; and
wherein the masked portions of the foraminous forming surface block airflow through the foraminous forming surface to cause greater than 40% of the particulate material deposited in the absorbent core region to locate in the front core region.

US Pat. No. 10,918,528

HEAD SUPPORT DEVICE

1. A device for supporting a person's head in a horizontal position when the person is standing or walking or sitting in an erect position, comprising:A. A support member which is configured to attach to the person's body and configured to be positioned above the head;
B. A head rest attached to the support member, the head rest is configured for a person to rest the person's forehead on with the head facing down in a horizontal position and the person's face looking at and parallel to the floor;
C. The support member could take the shape of one or two “L” shaped bars, “D” shaped bars, “C” shaped bars or “U” shaped bars;
D. A securing member that is configured to be positioned behind the person through which the support member is configured to be attached to the person's body, wherein the securing member comprises two bars that keep the support member in position, and;
E. Two cross-bars connecting the two bars of the securing member to the support member, wherein each bar of the securing member has a plurality of openings configured to receive a hook at one end of each cross-bar.

US Pat. No. 10,918,527

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR INSTILLATION OF FOAMED FLUID WITH NEGATIVE PRESSURE WOUND THERAPY

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A wound treatment apparatus comprising:a drape for securing to a skin of a patient around a wound, thereby creating a space between the wound and the drape;
a wound filler for placement on the wound in the space between the wound and the drape;
a vacuum source in fluid communication with the space between the wound and the drape for applying a negative pressure to that space; and
a source of liquid in fluid communication with the space between the wound;
where the wound filler comprises a foaming agent for forming a foam when liquid from the liquid source contacts the foaming agent.

US Pat. No. 10,918,526

REDUCED-PRESSURE WOUND DRESSINGS

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A reduced-pressure system, comprising:a dressing bolster adapted for placing on an epidermis;
an over-drape adapted for providing a fluid seal over the dressing bolster and a portion of the epidermis;
a first reduced-pressure interface adapted to be fluidly coupled to the dressing bolster; and
a second reduced-pressure interface adapted to be coupled to the over-drape and adapted to be fluidly coupled to the dressing bolster, wherein the second reduced-pressure interface is sized and configured to receive a subcutaneous delivery conduit and to generate a compressive force against an outer circumference of the subcutaneous delivery conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,918,525

FEATURES TO IMPROVE AND SENSE TYMPANIC MEMBRANE APPOSITION BY TYMPANOSTOMY TUBE DELIVERY INSTRUMENT

TUSKER MEDICAL, INC., Me...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first elongate member comprising a distal end and defining a lumen therethrough;
a second elongate member configured to translate within the lumen to deploy a pressure equalization tube within a tympanic membrane of an ear;
a tip member coupled to the distal end of the first elongate member and including a set of sensors configured to measure a parameter associated with the tip member;
a vacuum source configured to apply a vacuum to the tympanic membrane through the lumen of the first elongate member; and
a controller in communication with the set of sensors and configured to:
determine a state of contact between the tip member and a surface of the ear based on data associated with the measured parameter from the set of sensors;
activate a feedback device to present information associated with the state of contact between the tip member and the surface of the ear; and
deactivate the vacuum source based on the measured parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,524

PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR

1. Protective eyewear, comprising:an eyewear frame including a topmost frame member extending from a left pivotable temple to a right pivotable temple; and
a lens coupled directly to a lower edge of the topmost frame member, the lens being unitary from a left side to a right side of a nose bridge of the eyewear, such that the lens is configured to cover both eyes of a user when worn;
wherein both the lower edge of the topmost frame member and an upper edge of the topmost frame member include a discrete central raised portion extending upward from left and right segments of the topmost frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,523

APPARATUS FOR WORKING ON EYE TISSUE BY MEANS OF A PULSED LASER BEAM

Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems...

1. Ophthalmological apparatus for working on eye tissue, comprising a laser source that is configured to produce a pulsed laser beam; a focusing optical unit that is configured to focus the pulsed laser beam into the eye tissue; a scanner system, comprising a first scanner module and a second scanner module, for deflecting the pulsed laser beam onto work target points in the eye tissue; and a circuit for controlling the ophthalmological apparatus; whereinthe circuit is configured to control the second scanner module in such a way that the second scanner module guides the pulsed laser beam in a feed direction onto work target points along a work line that extends along an outer face of a lenticule to be cut in the eye tissue, transversely to meridians of the lenticule;
the first scanner module is configured to guide the pulsed laser beam onto work target points along a scan line that extends across the work line at an alignment angle in a horizontal work plane, with a substantially higher scanning speed in comparison with the scanning speed of the second scanner module in the feed direction; and
the ophthalmological apparatus comprises a z-modulator that is configured to tilt the scan line out of the work plane depending on a specific work target point of the second scanner module on the work line such that the scan line runs substantially along the outer face of the lenticule.

US Pat. No. 10,918,522

PHOTODISRUPTION-BASED VITRECTOMY SYSTEM

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. A photodisruption-based vitrectomy system comprising:a laser source configured to generate optical pulses having a pulse energy greater than a threshold energy for causing photodisruption in vitreous humor;
an optical switching device arranged to receive an output of the laser source; and
an optical fiber comprising multiple cores arranged in a pattern across a cross-sectional area of the optical fiber to define an area over which the photodisruption of the vitreous humor occurs at a distal end of the optical fiber disposed proximate an opening sized to allow the vitreous humor to enter the opening, the optical fiber arranged to receive an output of the optical switching device;
wherein the optical switching device is configured to select a core of the optical fiber and direct optical pulses received from the laser source into the selected core;
wherein the optical switching device is configured to scan the cores of the optical fiber to cover the defined area over which the photodisruption of the vitreous humor occurs at the distal end of the optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,918,521

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING AN OCULAR DISORDER

INNOVATIVE GLAUCOMA SOLUT...

1. A method for performing a trabeculotomy of an eye ab interno, the method comprising the steps of:making an incision in a cornea to access a trabecular meshwork of an eye;
making an incision in the trabecular meshwork to access a lumen of a Schlemm's canal of the eye;
threading a distal tip of a device through the incision and into an interior of the Schlemm's canal;
pulling the distal tip of the device out of the Schlemm's canal into an anterior chamber of the eye; and
applying tension to the device within the Schlemm's canal to rupture the trabecular meshwork in an area cannulated by the device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,520

METHOD FOR TREATING STAGE 1 MACULAR HOLE WITHOUT VITRECTOMY AND THE INSTRUMENT FOR REALISATION THEREOF

1. The method for treating stage 1 macular hole without vitrectomy comprising peeling the posterior hyaloid membrane away from the foveola, wherein an ophthalmological instrument is inserted through the vitreous body until it comes into contact with the posterior hyaloid membrane in the macular area, the posterior hyaloid membrane then being gripped by said instrument and peeled away from the foveola,characterized in that after the contact between the instrument and the posterior hyaloid membrane an opening is made therein, whereby the edge of the opening is then used to lift the posterior hyaloid membrane and peel it away from the foveola until the posterior hyaloid membrane and the foveolar are separated; wherein the instrument used is an ophthalmological membrane spatula comprising a handle and a pointed working part with a tip shaped as a hook.

US Pat. No. 10,918,519

INTRAOCULAR LENS INSERTION APPARATUS

KOWA COMPANY, LTD., Aich...

1. An intraocular lens insertion apparatus comprising a substantially tubular apparatus body for accommodating an intraocular lens therein and extruding the intraocular lens through an insertion tube provided in an axial leading end of the apparatus body so as to insert the intraocular lens into an eyeball while moving the intraocular lens forward in an axial direction of the apparatus body and compactly deforming by an extrusion member inserted into the apparatus body from a rear side in the axial direction,wherein a leading end opening end at a leading end of the insertion tube is formed as an inclined surface which is inclined with respect to a plane perpendicular to a center axis of the insertion tube,
the insertion tube comprises a circumferential edge surrounding the leading end opening end;
wherein when viewed in a direction perpendicular to a first cross-section of the insertion tube taken longitudinally in a plane including the center axis and a base end point of the leading end opening end opposite to the leading end tip thereof,
a periphery of the inclined surface of the leading end opening end is formed from the leading end to the base end point with the first radius of curvature (R2),
a first region (10k) of the circumferential edge at the base end point is formed as a curved shape protruding outward at the first cross section,
the curved shape is formed from a backside of the insertion tube to the base end point with a second radius of curvature (R4) smaller than the first radius of curvature (R2) and having a thickness greater than a second curved shape formed from the leading end tip to the base end point with the first radius of curvature (R2).

US Pat. No. 10,918,518

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR NEUROSTIMULATION WITH MODULATION BASED ON AN AUDIO WAVEFORM

Scion Neurostim, LLC, Ra...

1. A method of neurostimulation, comprising:generating an electrical signal comprising an amplitude and a carrier frequency; and
stimulating a vestibular system of a patient via galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) by delivering a modulated version of the generated electrical signal to a plurality of electrodes connected to the patient,
wherein the generated electrical signal is modulated based on an audio waveform, and
wherein the carrier frequency is greater than 3 kilohertz (kHz).

US Pat. No. 10,918,517

INTRAUTERINE DEVICE INSERTER

MERIL ENDO SURGERY PVT. L...

1. An inserter comprising:a handle having an upper cover and a bottom cover, the upper cover having a longitudinal opening, said longitudinal opening having a longitudinal axis parallel to a longitudinal axis of the inserter, a proximal end and a distal end, the bottom cover comprising:
a knob hole in the bottom cover provided to mate with a safety knob removably insertable through the longitudinal opening in the upper cover to mate with the knob hole in the bottom cover,
a mounting member extending from an inner surface of the bottom cover of the handle, the mounting member having a through-hole; and
an inner tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the inner tube attached to the mounting member;
an insertion tube movably coupled to the inner tube with a longitudinal axis essentially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the inner tube, the insertion tube having a proximal end and a distal end;
a switch coupled to the proximal end of the insertion tube and arranged in the longitudinal opening; and
a string having a length, a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the string removably coupled to the safety knob, the proximal end of the string being passed through the proximal end of the inner tube and the through-hole of the mounting member, the string being finally wound around the knob hole such that removal of the safety knob from the knob hole releases the string, and the distal end of the string coupled to a device to be inserted inside a human anatomy,
wherein the length of the string corresponds to the summation of length of the inner tube, width of the mounting member and distance between the mounting member and the knob hole to ensure that the device is held in position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,516

INTRAUTERINE DEVICE WITH CONTROLLED COPPER ION ELUTION

SEBELA VLC LIMITED, Hami...

1. A method of manufacturing an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception that has a desired copper elution rate, the method comprising:selecting an elongate shape memory member comprising a first metal having a first galvanic potential;
selecting at least one attachment member comprising a second metal having a second galvanic potential that is different from the first galvanic potential;
attaching the at least one attachment member to the shape memory member; and
shaping the shape memory member to form a frame of the intrauterine contraceptive device,
wherein the first metal and the second metal are specifically selected as materials for the shape memory member and the at least one attachment member, in order to achieve the desired copper elution rate.

US Pat. No. 10,918,515

VAGINAL RING APPLICATOR

1. A vaginal ring applicator for insertion of a vaginal ring comprising:a barrel having an outer surface and an inner surface, comprising a barrel polymer and at least one friction reducing agent, wherein the at least one friction reducing agent is distributed throughout the barrel polymer and reduces a friction coefficient between the inner surface and the vaginal ring, wherein the barrel is a flattened cylinder having two curved and opposing sides connected by two arcs, wherein the barrel extends between an insertion end and a plunger end; and
a plunger comprising a polymer and extending between distal and proximal ends, wherein the distal end of the plunger engages the plunger end of the barrel and wherein the plunger fits telescopically within the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,918,514

TAMPER EVIDENT PACKAGING

1. A condom package comprising:a first barrier having a first surface and an oppositely facing second surface;
a first substance;
a second barrier, said second barrier having an first surface and an oppositely facing second surface and, the first surface of the first barrier faces the second surface of the second barrier, the second surface of the second barrier faces the first substance and said first substance is between the first surface of the first barrier and second surface of the second barrier;
a second substance and a condom are partitioned from the first substance and first barrier by the second barrier; and wherein when the second barrier has a tamper opening therethrough, the first substance interacts with the second substance, the interaction produces touch detectable formations absent from the packaging prior to the interaction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,513

SHOULDER IMMOBILIZER AND FRACTURE STABILIZATION DEVICE

DJO, LLC, Vista, CA (US)...

1. A fracture stabilization device, comprising:an arm support, comprising:
a rigid or semi-rigid lower forearm support extending outward when the fracture stabilization device is worn by a patient, the lower forearm support comprising a receiving surface configured to receive a forearm of the patient and support the forearm;
a rigid or semi-rigid upper arm support configured to extend along a back portion of an arm of the patient when worn by the patient;
a compression plate; and
a strap configured to hold the compression plate against a first portion of the arm of the patient, the compression plate thereby configured to apply a compressive force to the arm, wherein the upper arm support is configured to support a second portion of the arm of the patient opposite the first portion of the arm of the patient and wherein the upper arm support is configured to be supported in a fixed position against the body of the patient; and
an expandable bolster directly removably attached to the lower forearm support, the expandable bolster comprising:
cushioned outer surfaces, and
an expandable section disposed between the cushioned outer surfaces and configured to adjust a desired spacing between the cushioned outer surfaces such that an angle of orientation between the cushioned outer surfaces remains unchanged as the desired spacing between the cushioned outer surfaces is adjusted;
wherein the rigid or semi-rigid lower forearm support and the rigid or semi-rigid upper arm support are locked in place during use to provide a fixed position for an elbow of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,918,512

GIRD COMPRESSION TENSIONING GARMENT WITH CERVICAL COLLAR

James Earl Jackson, Bron...

1. A gird compression garment, comprising:a plurality of resiliency flexible panels adapted to conform to a body of a wearer, said plurality of resiliently flexible panels made from a bi-directionally stretchable material that is more stretchable in a first direction than it is in a second, perpendicular direction, and said plurality of resiliently flexible panels oriented so that a more stretchable axis of the bi-directionally stretchable material is diagonal to a vertical plane of the body of the wearer;
wherein said plurality of resiliently flexible panels comprise a right-side panel adapted: to compressively gird a right-hand side of the body of the wearer and a left-side panel adapted to compressively gird a left-hand side of the body of the wearer,
wherein said right-side panel and said left-side panel are joined by a vertically oriented yoke panel on a rear side of said garment, wherein said vertically oriented yoke panel is made from a bi-directionally stretchable material that is more stretchable in a first direction than it is in a second, perpendicular direction, and said vertically oriented yoke panel oriented so that the more stretchable axis of the bi-directionally stretchable material is parallel to a sagittal plane of the body of the wearer;
a resiliently flexible cervical collar adapted to provide compressive support for the wearer, wherein said resiliently flexible cervical collar is formed by coupling together a left-side collar portion, a right-side collar portion, and an upper portion of said vertically oriented yoke panel; and
a fastening placket adapted to adjust a compressive force exerted by said garment on the wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,511

INGESTIBLE INTRAGASTRIC BALLOON

VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. An intragastric balloon device comprising a deformable material, wherein the balloon device is in an ingestible form for delivery to a stomach of a patient, expands in response to stimuli in the stomach, and degrades within 72 hours to diminish to passable form in which remains of the intragastric balloon device are passable from the stomach, wherein the balloon device further comprises:a mouth of the balloon, the mouth defining a transition passage between (i) an interior volume defined and bounded by the deformable material of the balloon, and (ii) an exterior of the balloon;
a plug disposed in the mouth of the balloon, the plug comprising a vent conduit blocked by a fuse that prevents fluid passage through the vent conduit in the presence of the fuse; and
a liquid disposed within the interior volume of the balloon, sealed within the interior volume by the plug, and present in a sufficient amount to cause the balloon to inflate to a size configured to facilitate a sensation of satiety as the liquid converts to gas as a temperature of the liquid rises in response to the balloon being located within the body of a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,918,510

SPACE-FILLING DEVICE

1. A medical device, comprising:a vessel member that defines a compartment interior of the vessel member, the vessel member being configured to be inserted into a body of a patient;
a port, the port coupling the compartment interior of the vessel member to a region exterior of the vessel member; and
a tubular member that defines a lumen and includes a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end of the tubular member being attached to an internal surface of the vessel member within the compartment interior so that a portion of the internal surface of the vessel member provides a seal at the distal end of the lumen, wherein the tubular member extends through the port and wherein the proximal end of the tubular member is configured to remain exterior of the compartment interior,
a delivery catheter configured to insert within the lumen of the tubular member;
wherein the tubular member is configured to receive a delivery of a filling material into the lumen from the delivery catheter, the vessel member and the tubular member are porous or micro-porous, and the filling material includes a therapeutic substance configured to diffuse out of the tubular member through the pores or micro-pores of the vessel member and the tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,509

ALIGNING DEVICE FOR STENT GRAFT DELIVERY SYSTEM

Bolton Medical, Inc., Su...

1. A system for implanting a prosthesis, comprising:a) a prosthesis extending about a major longitudinal axis;
b) a flexible prosthesis delivery sheath in direct contact with and constraining the prosthesis for delivering the prosthesis to a treatment site; and
c) an alignment device connected to the flexible prosthesis delivery sheath, the alignment device appearing asymmetric across a plane coplanar to a longitudinal axis of the flexible prosthesis delivery sheath when viewed both along the plane and transversely to the longitudinal axis of the flexible prosthesis delivery sheath, the alignment device also lying in a plane parallel to and spaced apart from the longitudinal axis of the flexible prosthesis delivery sheath, and wherein the alignment device is visible to a user, thereby indicating a rotational and an axial position of the flexible prosthesis delivery sheath and the prosthesis with respect to the treatment site prior to implantation of the prosthesis at the treatment site.

US Pat. No. 10,918,508

RELEASE SYSTEM FOR A SELF-EXPANDING ENDOPROSTHESIS

Bentley Innomed GMBH, He...

1. A release system for a self-expanding endoprosthesis, comprising:a catheter having a proximal end and a distal end;
a pusher for holding an endoprosthesis;
wherein the endoprosthesis is movably arranged in the catheter and has a first contracted shape when an external constraint is present and a second expanded shape when the external constraint is removed; and
a tubular film to exert said external constraint on the endoprosthesis, said tubular film having a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, wherein the distal end portion of the tubular film encloses the endoprosthesis in the first contracted shape and the proximal end portion of the tubular film extends is folded over the distal end portion and extends towards the proximal end of the catheter in such a way that the tubular film can be withdrawn from the endoprosthesis at a placement site via the proximal end portion thereby eliminating said external constraint, and wherein the distal end portion of said tubular film is in contact with the endoprosthesis, extends to the distal end of the endoprosthesis, and further comprises perforations arranged along at least one longitudinal line that cause the tubular film to tear open along said perforations when it is withdrawn via the proximal end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,507

DELIVERY CATHETER FOR ENDOVASCULAR DEVICE

TriVascular, Inc., Santa...

1. A delivery catheter for delivery of an inflatable endoluminal prosthesis, comprising:an elongate shaft with sufficient column strength for percutaneous advancement within a patient's body lumen, the elongate shaft including a proximal section, a distal section, and at least one lumen extending therein;
a plurality of releasable belts disposed on the proximal section of the elongate shaft and configured to releasably constrain a self-expanding member of the inflatable endoluminal prosthesis;
a plurality of elongated release members in communication with a distal end of the elongate shaft and including a proximal section configured to releasably secure at least one respective releasable belt of the plurality of releasable belts while said at least one releasable belt is in a configuration that constrains at least a portion of the inflatable endoluminal prosthesis;
a release wire lumen comprising an elongate release wire sleeve therein, said release wire lumen being different from and excluding the at least one lumen and extending within the elongate shaft, the elongate release wire sleeve including a low friction material and extending from the distal section to the proximal section of the elongate shaft upon which the self-expanding member is configured to be disposed, said elongate release wire sleeve comprising a separate lumen for each of the plurality of elongated release members, each of the separate lumens extending within the release wire lumen;
a fitting releasably interlocking with the inflatable endoluminal prosthesis, the fitting comprising a passage;
at least one release member different from said plurality of elongated release members, having an outer transverse dimension and axial bending stiffness that allows said at least one release member to pass through the passage of the fitting; and
a fill tube including a fill tube lumen extending axially within the elongate shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,918,506

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TREATING A BIFURCATION

Advanced Bifurcation Syst...

1. A method for treating a bifurcated vessel, said method comprising:simultaneously advancing a first and a second delivery catheter through a mother vessel toward a bifurcation,
wherein the mother vessel bifurcates into a first daughter vessel and a second daughter vessel, the first daughter vessel having a diameter larger than a diameter of the second daughter vessel,
wherein the first delivery catheter comprises a first elongate shaft having a first expandable member disposed adjacent a distal end of the first elongate shaft and a first stent coupled to the first expandable member,
wherein the second delivery catheter comprises a second elongate shaft having a second expandable member disposed adjacent a distal end of the second elongate shaft and a second stent coupled to the second expandable member, the second stent further comprising a side hole extending through a side wall of the second stent, and
wherein the first expandable member is distal of the second expandable member during the advancement;
disposing a distal portion of the second stent in the second daughter vessel while a proximal portion of the second stent remains in the mother vessel;
disposing the first stent in the first daughter vessel;
proximally retracting the first delivery catheter through the side hole and under a proximal portion of the second stent;
radially expanding the first expandable member thereby simultaneously expanding the first stent to engage a wall of the first daughter vessel and the proximal portion of the second stent to engage a wall of the mother vessel; and
radially expanding the second expandable member thereby expanding the second stent to engage a wall of the second daughter vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,918,505

UNCAGING STENT

Elixir Medical Corporatio...

1. An endoluminal prosthesis comprising:a scaffold patterned from a non-degradable material, said scaffold having a plurality of circumferential rings, said rings comprising struts joined by crowns,
wherein at least two adjacent circumferential rings are circumferentially separable, said adjacent circumferential rings are joined by at least one circumferentially separable axial link;
wherein the scaffold is expandable from the crimped configuration to an expanded deployed configuration in a physiologic environment;
said at least one separable axial link and separable circumferential rings being configured to be held together during expansion and to separate after expansion of the scaffold to the deployed configuration in a physiologic environment,
wherein said scaffold is configured to form one continuous structure after all separable rings and all separable axial links have separated,
and wherein said scaffold has sufficient strength in the deployed configuration to support a body lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,918,504

VASCULAR IMPLANT

Silk Road Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of forming a stent assembly comprising:forming an inner stent structure of a plurality of interconnected struts;
forming an outer stent structure of a plurality of interconnected struts;
positioning the inner stent structure within the outer stent structure to form a space therebetween, wherein the inner stent structure and outer stent structure collectively form a stent body sized and shaped to fit within a blood vessel;
forming a tubular knit structure having a plurality of pores wherein at least some of the pores are circular, square or rectangular in shape;
stretching the tubular knit structure longitudinally onto a mandrel to form the at least some of the pores into tear drop shaped pores;
heat setting the tubular knot structure to form a mesh structure;
positioning the mesh structure at least partially in the space between the inner stent structure and outer stent structure;
sandwiching the mesh structure in the space between the inner stent structure and outer stent structure to attach the mesh structure to the inner stent structure and outer stent structure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,503

ADJUSTABLE SOCKET SYSTEM

OSSUR ICELAND EHF, Reykj...

1. An adjustable socket system comprising:a distal portion including a base, and a proximal portion;
an axis and a length extending between the distal and proximal portions; and
a plurality of struts connected to the distal portion and distributed circumferentially about the axis, the struts at least in part defining a receiving volume adapted to receive a residual limb and movable between an expanded configuration in which at least some of the struts are moved radially outward relative to the axis to loosen the fit of the adjustable socket system, and a closed configuration in which at least some of the struts are moved radially inward relative to the expanded configuration to tighten the fit of the adjustable socket system;
a tightening system operatively connected to the struts and arranged to tighten and loosen the fit of the adjustable socket system on the residual limb, the tightening system including a tensioning control mechanism operatively connected to a first area of the receiving volume and to a second area of the receiving volume along the length of the adjustable socket system above the first area, the tensioning control mechanism operable to differentially load the residual limb between the first area and the second area via a single input;
wherein the tightening system includes a first tensioning element attached to the tensioning control mechanism and the first area, and a second tensioning element attached to the tensioning control mechanism and the second area;
wherein the tensioning control mechanism includes a gear assembly operatively coupled to the first and second tensioning elements, the gear assembly arranged to output a first torque to the first area, and a second torque to the second area that is different from the first torque.

US Pat. No. 10,918,502

ADJUSTABLE PROSTHETIC INTERFACES AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Click Holdings, LLC, Ste...

1. A system for interfacing a residual limb with a prosthetic device, the system comprising:a socket member that is configured to be connected to a prosthetic device, the socket member comprising a receptacle portion that defines a cavity sized to receive at least a portion of a residual limb therein;
a tensioning line extending through a tubular guide, the tubular guide disposed within a wall of the socket member; and
a tightening mechanism that comprises an actuator and a base, the base comprising an opening through which the tensioning line can enter the tightening mechanism, wherein an end of the tubular guide terminates at the opening of the base, the end of the tubular guide being disposed within the wall of the socket member, and wherein the tightening mechanism is coupled with the tensioning line such that actuation of the actuator effects movement of the tensioning line, and wherein movement of the tensioning line in a first direction due to actuation of the actuator is configured to tighten a fit between the socket member and the residual limb.

US Pat. No. 10,918,501

POLYCENTRIC KNEE JOINT HAVING AN ADJUSTMENT-FREE MULTI-STAGE AIR CYLINDER

PRO LIMB INTERNATIONAL CO...

1. A polycentric knee joint having first and second anterior links pivotally connected to a chassis and a housing, and a posterior link pivotally connected to the chassis and the housing, an air cylinder arranged for adjustment-free multi-stage movement and pivotally connecting to the first and second anterior links and the housing, the air cylinder comprising:an air cylinder body having
a top portion;
a bottom portion, the bottom portion connecting to the first and second anterior links;
an air chamber defined inside the air cylinder body; and
a lower air way formed in the bottom portion of the air cylinder body and having two ends respectively connected to the air chamber and an outside of the air cylinder body;
a piston assembly slidably mounted on the air cylinder body and having
a piston rod mounted through the top portion of the air cylinder body and having an inner end, the piston rod pivotally connecting to the housing;
a piston attached to the inner end of the piston rod, mounted in the air chamber of the air cylinder body, and dividing the air chamber into an upper air chamber and a lower air chamber; and
an upper air way formed in the piston rod and having two ends respectively connected to the outside of the air cylinder body and the upper air chamber;
a first check valve disposed in the piston and having two ends respectively connected to the upper air chamber and the lower air chamber, and the first check valve only allowing air inside the upper air chamber to flow into the lower air chamber; and
a multi-stage air pressure valve mounted inside the lower air way and including
a first component including
a top part having a top surface and a side surface;
a protrusion part axially protruding from the top part and having a bottom surface and a side surface, wherein the bottom surface of the protrusion part and the top surface of the top part are oppositely defined on the first component;
a main channel formed inside the first component, penetrating through the first component from the top part to the protrusion part, forming an air inlet on the top surface of the top part, and forming a first air outlet on the bottom surface of the protrusion part; and
a first bypass channel penetrating through the protrusion part, communicating with the main channel, and forming a second air outlet on the side surface of the protrusion part;
a second component mounted around the first component and including
a bottom part;
an extension part axially protruding from the bottom part towards the top part of the first component and surrounding the first component; and
an outlet channel axially penetrating through the bottom part and having a uniform radial width;
wherein a widest radial width of the protrusion part of the first component is smaller than the uniform radial width of the outlet channel of the second component; and
a second bypass channel is defined between the protrusion part of the first component and the second component;
two sealing rings, one of the sealing rings is mounted around the side surface of the top part of the first component and abutting the extension part of the second component, and the other sealing ring mounted around the side surface of the protrusion part of the first component, wherein the second air outlet is disposed between the two sealing rings; and
a resilient element being compressible, mounted in the second component and around the protrusion part of the first component, and having two opposite ends respectively abutting the top part of the first component and the bottom part of the second component;
wherein the top part of the first component is positioned toward the lower air chamber of the air cylinder body; and
the bottom part of the second component is positioned toward the outside of the air cylinder body;
wherein the first component is slidable in the second component; the protrusion part of the first component is slidable in the outlet channel of the second component and selectively slides into the outlet channel; and
when the sealing ring on the protrusion part slides along with the first component to slide into the outlet channel of the second component, the sealing ring on the protrusion part abuts the bottom part of the second component and communication between the second bypass channel and the outlet channel is sealed;
wherein the first and second anterior links each have a proximal end connecting to an anterior side of the housing at a first pivot point and a distal end connecting at the anterior side of a distal end of the chassis at a second pivot point, the posterior link connects to a third pivot point at a posterior side of the housing and connects to the chassis at a fourth pivot point;
wherein the chassis defines a cavity in which extends at least part of the air cylinder and an adapter below the cavity, the air cylinder having a shaft extending through the adapter and the piston rod extends within the posterior link, the piston rod having a proximal link pivotally connected to the housing at a proximal end, the air cylinder pivotally connecting to the first and second anterior links above the first pivot point at the distal end of the first and second anterior links.

US Pat. No. 10,918,500

ARM PROSTHETIC DEVICE WITH ANTENNA INCLUDING HOUSING AS RADIATING ELEMENT

DEKA PRODUCTS LIMITED PAR...

1. A prosthetic limb segment comprising:a housing having an input interface and an output interface, the output interface and the input interface being moveable with respect to one another;
a motorized drive disposed within the housing, the motorized drive effecting movement of at least one of the output interface or the input interface; and
a controller disposed within the housing for controlling actuation of the motorized drive; and
an antenna connected with the controller, the antenna including the housing as a radiating element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,499

HIP REPLACEMENT NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

OrthAlign, Inc., Aliso V...

12. A method of positioning a medical prosthesis comprising:coupling a measuring device and probe to a patient;
positioning the probe to contact a first point;
recording the position of the probe when the probe is contacting the first point;
positioning the probe to contact a second point;
recording the position of the probe when the probe is contacting the second point;
positioning the probe to contact a third point;
recording the position of the probe when the probe is contacting the third point wherein the first point, the second point, and the third point define a plane; and
establishing an adjusted plane by rotating the plane by the direction of gravity.

US Pat. No. 10,918,498

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INTER-VERTEBRAL ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE PLACEMENT

1. Surgical apparatus, the surgical apparatus comprising:a rod-shaped implant, the rod-shaped implant comprising at least a proximal segment and a distal segment, the rod-shaped implant extending along a first longitudinal axis from the proximal segment to the distal segment; and
an implant holder, the implant holder configured to advance the rod-shaped implant to a target location within a subject, the implant holder comprising:
a handle assembly comprising a body, the body comprising (i) a front surface and a back surface opposing the front surface, (ii) a top side and a bottom side opposing the top side, and (iii) a first bore extending from the front surface to the back surface along a second longitudinal axis; and
an elongate member that extends from the front surface of the handle assembly, the elongate member comprising:
a proximal end and a distal end, the elongate member extending from the proximal end to the distal end along a curvilinear trajectory;
a convex outer surface;
a concave outer surface, the concave outer surface opposing the convex outer surface;
a second bore that extends along a curvilinear third longitudinal axis from the proximal end to the distal end of the elongate member, at least a portion the curvilinear third longitudinal axis of the second bore configured to align with the second longitudinal axis of the first bore of the handle assembly, the curvilinear third longitudinal axis defining a first plane of the elongate member; and
a locking mechanism, the locking mechanism comprising:
a lever, the lever extending outwardly from the handle assembly, the lever configured to reversibly transition from a first position to a second position; and
an elongate assembly extending from the lever, through the first bore of the handle assembly and into the second bore of the elongate member, a distal end segment of the elongate assembly configured to couple with at least a portion of the rod-shaped implant;
wherein the surgical apparatus is configured such that:
transition of the lever from the second position to the first position causes movement of the elongate assembly within the second bore along the curvilinear third longitudinal axis;
in the first position of the lever and when the distal end segment of the elongate assembly is coupled with the at least portion of the rod-shaped implant, (i) the locking mechanism is in a locked configuration, and (ii) the rod-shaped implant is non-rotatable relative to the elongate member; and
in the second position of the lever, (i) the locking mechanism is in an unlocked configuration, and (ii) the at least portion of the rod-shaped implant is releasable from the distal end segment of the elongate assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,497

MULTI-MATERIAL MULTI-COMPONENT SPINAL IMPLANT

Omnia Medical, LLC, Morg...

1. An implantable device,said device having a first bone-facing surface and an opposed second bone-facing surface and having a central opening extending from said first bone-facing surface to said second bone-facing surface along a central-opening direction, said device having a side-to-side direction and a front-back direction, said central-opening direction and said side-to-side direction and said front-back direction being mutually perpendicular to each other,
wherein said device comprises a first metallic component that extends in said side-to-side direction, said device further comprising a remaining portion that is mechanically joined to said first metallic component,
wherein said first metallic component comprises, in sequence along said central-opening direction:
a first porous metallic region that is part of said first bone-facing surface;
a first substantially solid metallic region, said first substantially solid metallic region being integrally adjoined to said first porous metallic region; and
a second porous metallic region that is part of said second bone-facing surface, said second porous metallic region being integrally adjoined to said first substantially solid metallic region,
wherein a surface of said first porous metallic region that is part of said first bone-facing surface is, on a size scale greater than a size of individual pores, entirely convex or flat,
wherein a thickness, measured along said central-opening direction, of said first porous metallic region varies as a function of position along said side-to-side direction, and a thickness, measured along said central-opening direction, of said first substantially solid metallic region varies as a function of position along said side-to-side direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,496

VERTEBRAL IMPLANTS AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method for stabilizing adjacent vertebral bodies comprising the steps of:providing a vertebral insert; and
positioning the vertebral insert between vertebral bodies; comprising:
wherein the vertebral insert includes a support member having a superior surface, an inferior surface, a first groove disposed between the superior surface and inferior surface on a first lateral side, a second groove disposed between the superior surface and inferior surface on a second lateral side, and a first keel extending from one of the superior and inferior surfaces;
a first lateral spacer having a portion configured to extend within the first groove, wherein the first lateral spacer includes a plurality of flange portions each configured to mate with lateral end surfaces of both the superior surface and inferior surface of the support member; and
a second lateral spacer having a portion configured to extend within the second groove.

US Pat. No. 10,918,495

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE INSERTION OF INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANTS

1. A method of performing an endoscopic procedure through a Kambin's triangle of a human, the method comprising the steps of:introducing an instrument through the Kambin's triangle so as to define a path to an intervertebral disc space, wherein the instrument includes a removable attachment at a proximal end of the instrument;
removing the attachment from the proximal end of the instrument;
after the removing step, advancing at least one dilation tube over the instrument to the Kambin's triangle; and
after the advancing step, advancing an access cannula over the at least one dilation tube to the Kambin's triangle, and removing the at least one dilation tube from the access cannula; and
performing the endoscopic procedure on the intervertebral disc space using at least one surgical tool through the access cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,918,494

ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT WITH INTEGRATED CORE

K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA ...

1. An orthopedic implant, comprising:(i) a rigid monolithic plate having a generally disc-like shape and comprising first and second opposing walls joined by a circumferential rim that define a hollow interior, each of the walls and rim having an interior and exterior face, the first wall comprising on its exterior face a tissue-contacting surface, the second wall comprising on its exterior face a core engagement surface and one or a plurality of apertures that open into the hollow interior,
(ii) a core having a generally disc-like shape that is complimentary to the shape of the rigid monolithic plate, and comprising a core body, a first side, a circumferential external wall, and a second side that is opposite the first side, wherein the first side extends through the one or plurality of apertures and into the hollow interior where the first side of the core is integrally engaged with and has an interface surface that is coextensive with at least one of the interior faces of the first and second walls and the rim of the rigid monolithic plate;
wherein the rigid monolithic plate and the core are engaged to provide a unitary construct.

US Pat. No. 10,918,492

GLENOID IMPLANT FOR A SHOULDER PROSTHESIS, AND SURGICAL KIT

Tornier SAS, Montbonnot ...

1. A glenoid implant for implantation in a glenoid, the glenoid implant comprising:a fixation element comprising a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinally-extending recess extending distally from the proximal end and through the distal end of the body, the recess centered about a longitudinal axis of the fixation element, the fixation element further comprising a groove disposed in the recess;
an articular body configured for articulation with a humerus, the articular body comprising a plate and a protrusion integrally formed with the plate, the plate extending radially outward beyond an outermost periphery of the proximal end of the fixation element, the articular body further comprising a peripheral projection extending radially outward from the protrusion, wherein the fixation element and the protrusion are configured for mechanical engagement when the groove cooperates with the peripheral projection, the peripheral projection configured to undergo flexible deformation when placed into engagement with the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,918,491

REPLACEMENT KNEE COMPONENT

INVIBIO KNEES LIMITED, T...

1. A femoral component of a knee replacement assembly, the knee replacement assembly arranged to articulate about an articulation axis, the femoral component comprising:an outer surface, wherein the outer surface is arranged to define a replacement condyle; and
an inner surface, opposed to the outer surface, wherein the inner surface is adapted for attachment to a prepared distal femur;
wherein the inner surface comprises portions provided with mutually-parallel ridges and grooves; and
wherein the ridges and grooves are arranged to provide an increased or reduced stiffness of the femoral component when cantilevered about the articulation axis compared with a stiffness of the femoral component when cantilevered about a transverse axis;
wherein an aspect ratio R of a ridge of the ridges is from 1 to 30, wherein the aspect ratio R is defined as R=h/w wherein the ridge has dimensions in cross-section of a width w and a height h.

US Pat. No. 10,918,490

ACETABULAR PROSTHESIS

LIMACORPORATE SPA, San D...

1. Acetabular prosthesis comprising:an acetabular cup;
an acetabular insert, configured to be stably coupled inside the acetabular cup and to receive an articulation head;
a centering unit configured to guide and center the insertion and stable positioning of the acetabular insert in the acetabular cup, said centering unit comprising a centering hole provided in the acetabular cup, the centering hole having a minimum radius R, and a centering pin provided on the acetabular insert and which develops along a centering axis, configured to be inserted in the centering hole,
wherein the centering pin is provided with an external lateral surface that has an undulating profile along the centering axis,
wherein the undulating profile is continuous and includes a concave part and a convex part connected by a connection inflection,
wherein the centering pin has a maximum radius R1 coinciding with the convex part, with the maximum radius R1 being less than the minimum radius R, and
wherein at least a portion of the convex part is disposed above the maximum radius R1 adjacent a top surface of the centering pin and defines a contact surface arranged to guide and center the centering pin upon first inserting the centering pin into the centering hole.

US Pat. No. 10,918,489

HIP JOINT DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A medical device for implantation in a hip joint of a patient, the medical device comprising a prosthetic caput femur comprising:an at least partially spherical portion adapted to be received in an acetabulum or a prosthetic acetabulum fixated to the pelvic bone of the patient; and
a releasing member having a first state and a second state, wherein the releasing member is adapted to, in the first state, restrain the at least partially spherical portion in the acetabulum or the prosthetic acetabulum; and in the second state, release the at least partially spherical portion from the acetabulum or the prosthetic acetabulum, and wherein
the releasing member is further adapted to change from the first state to the second state, thereby releasing the prosthetic caput femur from the acetabulum or prosthetic acetabulum, and from the second state to the first state, thereby reinstating the prosthetic hip joint in the acetabulum or prosthetic acetabulum, when a strain, exceeding a predetermined threshold, is exerted on the hip joint, and
the at least partially spherical portion is formed and sized to be compressed as the releasing member changes from the first state to the second state and/or from the second state to the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,918,488

INTERCARPAL SURGICAL IMPLANT

Orthopedix, Inc., Louisv...

1. A method of fabricating a surgical implant, comprising:receiving a scanned image of a plurality of adjacent skeletal structures designated for replacement, the plurality of adjacent skeletal structures defining a proximal carpal row (PCR) including an ordered arrangement of a scaphoid, lunate and triquetrum;
receiving a contralateral scan of each of the adjacent skeletal structures designated for replacement;
comparing the scanned image of each of the adjacent skeletal structures of the plurality of skeletal structures to the respective contralateral scan and a healthy image depicting an uncompromised skeletal structure of the respective skeletal structure;
generating, based on the scanned image, the healthy image and an inversion of the contralateral scan of each of the adjacent skeletal structures, a model of an implant corresponding to each of the adjacent skeletal structures;
fusing the models of each of the adjacent skeletal structures into a unitary, homogeneous model defined by a continuous combined shape based on an aggregation area between the adjacent skeletal structures resulting from a smoothing of the surfaces and planar shapes of the adjacent skeletal structures, the unitary, homogeneous model for implantation as replacement to the scaphoid, lunate and triquetrum and adapted for 3D printing for rendering the surgical implant configured for replacement of the adjacent skeletal structures; and
forming a surgical tunnel through the surgical implant for insertion of a surgical tether therethrough, the surgical tunnel extending linearly from an opening on a radial scaphoid side and longitudinally extending to an opening on an ulnar triquetrum side.

US Pat. No. 10,918,487

PROSTHETIC IMPLANT CAPS

Orthopedix, Inc., Louisv...

1. A method of forming a prosthetic implant comprising:selecting a biocompatible medium for a rendering a prosthetic implant, the prosthetic implant rendered from 3-dimensional extrusion of the biocompatible medium based on scans of the anatomy of the patient receiving the implant;
rendering the prosthetic implant using the biocompatible medium;
identifying an interface region on the prosthetic implant, the interface region defined by engaging contact with adjacent skeletal structures in response to patient movement;
forming a surface cap adapted for securement to the interface region, the surface cap disposed to contact the adjacent skeletal structures during articulated movement; and
adhering the surface cap to the interface region.

US Pat. No. 10,918,486

IMPLANT AND IMPLANT SYSTEM

Imperial Innovations, Ltd...

1. A prosthetic meniscus implant device for implantation at a knee joint, the prosthetic meniscus implant device comprising:a crescent-shaped body portion having an upper surface for engagement with a patient's femur, an opposing lower surface for engagement with a patient's tibia, a first end, a second end, and an arcuate outer rim extending from the first end to the second end,
a first elongate member extending from the first end of the body portion and terminating in a free end, at least a portion of the first elongate member being strap-shaped or substantially crescent shaped in cross-section,
a second elongate member extending from the second end of the body portion and terminating in a free end, at least a portion of the second elongate member being strap-shaped or substantially crescent shaped in cross-section,
a reinforcing element, which extends continuously through the first elongate member, through the body portion, and through the second elongate member, the reinforcing element being a planar, strap-shaped element, and
a structural element comprising a plurality of fibres embedded within the body portion,
the implant device being made from a functionally graded material, having at least one mechanical property that varies in a radial direction relative to the crescent-shaped body portion and/or in a circumferential direction relative to the crescent-shaped body portion,
wherein the reinforcing element is characterized by a planar face, and the body portion is characterized by a transverse plane corresponding to a transverse plane of the knee joint, and the planar face of the reinforcing element is disposed within the body portion substantially perpendicular to the transverse plane of the body portion,
wherein the first elongate member is insertable in a bone tunnel in a subject's tibia and the second elongate member is secureable to the subject's tibia,
wherein the body portion has a high tensile stiffness along an axis substantially parallel with the arcuate outer rim of the body portion of less than 2 GPa, and a low shear stiffness in a plane substantially transverse to the outer rim of the body portion of less than 50 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,918,485

PATIENT-SPECIFIC CRANIOFACIAL IMPLANTS

Plastic Surgery LLC, Coc...

1. A method of designing a craniofacial implant for filling a bony void in a facial skeletal region of a patient and for replacing facial soft tissue comprising:creating a three-dimensional model of the facial skeletal region having the bony void from three-dimensional photographs taken from various views for confirmation of aesthetic deformity size and/or shape of the bony void;
creating a preliminary implant model configured to replace the bony void in the facial skeletal region by mirroring contralateral bone of the bony void about a sagittal plane of the patient based on the three-dimensional model of the facial skeletal region having the bony void; and
creating an updated implant model by augmenting an outer contour of the preliminary implant model to account for facial soft tissue loss overlying at least a portion of the bony void the augmenting comprising:
providing a first cross-sectional view of the preliminary implant model in a coronal plane, providing on the first cross-sectional view a vertical line tangent to a most lateral portion of a zygomatic arch of the skull of the patient, and providing on the first cross-sectional view a contour line from a temporal crest of the skull until the contour line intersects the vertical line tangent to the most lateral portion of the zygomatic arch in the first cross-sectional view, the contour line representing a first portion of the augmented outer contour of the preliminary implant model,
providing a second cross-sectional view of the preliminary implant model in a coronal plane, providing on the second cross-sectional view a vertical line tangent to a most lateral portion of a zygomatic arch of the skull of the patient, and providing on the second cross-sectional view a contour line from a temporal crest of the skull until the contour line intersects the vertical line tangent to the most lateral portion of the zygomatic arch in the second cross-sectional view, the contour line representing a second portion of the augmented outer contour of the preliminary implant model, wherein the coronal plane of the first cross-sectional view is more posterior than the coronal plane of the second cross-sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,918,484

CONTINUOUS COMPRESSION FIXATION DEVICE FOR THE FUSION OF AN INTERCALARY STRUCTURAL AUGMENT

PRESSIO, INC., Atlanta, ...

1. A continuous compression fixation system adapted to couple a first bony structure to a second bony structure, comprising:a body structure comprising four outer edges and four corners;
four arm structures, each arm structure coupled to and extending from the body structure from one of the four corners; and
eight arcs, wherein:
each of the eight arcs is formed by one of the four outer edges and one arm structure of the four arm structures;
at least one pair of the four arm structures is adapted to be coupled to the first bony structure and at least one opposed pair of the four arm structures is adapted to be coupled to the second bony structure;
the body structure and the four arm structures are manufactured from a nitinol shape memory alloy;
at least tips of the at least one pair of the four arm structures and the at least one opposed pair of the four arm structures are biased towards one another relative to a perpendicular orientation with respect to the body structure and thereby adapted to provide a compressive force and resist torsional force between the first bony structure and the second bony structure; and
the body structure further comprises at least one exterior side surface forming a concave transition between an arm structure of the at least one pair of arm structures and an opposed arm structure of the at least one opposed pair of arm structures.

US Pat. No. 10,918,483

NATIVE VALVE REPAIR DEVICES AND PROCEDURES

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient, the valve repair device comprising:a base assembly comprising:
a shaft; and
a coupler movably attached to the shaft such that the coupler can be moved along the shaft;
a pair of paddles attached to the coupler of the base assembly, wherein the paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position;
a pair of gripping members attached to the base assembly, wherein the paddles and the gripping members are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient; and
a biasing member mechanically attached to the coupler of the base assembly, wherein the biasing member is configured to maintain the coupler in a position on the shaft that causes the paddles to be in the closed position when the valve repair device is attached to the native valve of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,918,482

HEART VALVE SEALING DEVICES AND DELIVERY DEVICES THEREFOR

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A recapturable valve repair system for repairing a native valve of a patient during a non-open heart procedure, the recapturable valve repair system comprising:a delivery device comprising;
a catheter;
a plurality of actuation lines; and
a coupler;
wherein the coupler comprises a plurality of flexible arms;
wherein each one of the plurality of actuation lines is connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of flexible arms;
a valve repair device configured to be delivered with the catheter of the delivery device, and configured to attach to a native valve of a patient, the valve repair device comprising:
a coaption element;
a proximal collar attached to the coaption element; and
first and second paddles connected to the coaption element;
wherein the plurality of flexible arms engage the proximal collar to releasably connect the proximal collar to the coupler;
wherein retraction of the actuation lines moves the plurality of flexible arms in a closing direction; and
a tethering line that connects the valve repair device to the delivery device for recapturing the valve repair device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,481

TECHNIQUES FOR DEPLOYMENT OF A PROSTHETIC VALVE

CARDIOVALVE LTD., Or Yeh...

1. Apparatus comprising an implant and a delivery tool, the tool comprising:a delivery capsule, disposed at a distal portion of the tool, the delivery capsule comprising a proximal capsule-portion dimensioned to house a first part of the implant, and a distal capsule-portion dimensioned to house a second part of the implant; and
an extracorporeal control portion, disposed at a proximal portion of the tool, the control portion comprising one or more controllers and one or more locks, the controllers being operatively coupled to the proximal and distal capsule-portions such that the proximal and distal capsule-portions are movable with respect to the implant via actuation of the controllers,wherein:the controllers and the locks are mechanically cooperative such that:
in a state A of the tool:
a first distal movement of the distal capsule-portion up to a first distance distally with respect to the implant is facilitated,
a second distal movement of the distal capsule-portion further distally with respect to the implant is inhibited, and
a proximal movement of the proximal capsule-portion proximally with respect to the implant is facilitated;
in a state B of the tool, the second distal movement of the distal capsule-portion is facilitated; and
in the state A:
a lock of the one or more locks is locked,
unlocking of the locked lock transitions the tool into the state B, and
the locked lock is not unlockable until the distal capsule-portion has been moved the first distance distally with respect to the implant.

US Pat. No. 10,918,480

MEDICAL DEVICE FOR A CARDIAC VALVE IMPLANT, AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE MEDICAL DEVICE

Medtentia International L...

1. A medical device for holding a cardiac valve implant, said medical device comprising:a support defining first and second peripheral edges each with a curvature about which said cardiac valve implant can be fitted, wherein said support comprises:
a flexible grip section positioned between and connecting said first and second peripheral edges at opposite sides of said flexible grip section, said flexible grip section defining an opening for engagement with a gripper tool in use of said support, wherein said flexible grip section is recessed inwards relative to said first and second peripheral edges and thereby defines said opening between said support and said cardiac valve implant when said cardiac valve implant is held in place by said support;
wherein said flexible grip section forms a resilient portion of the support for resiliently holding said cardiac valve implant in place in said medical device;
wherein said support has an expanded circumference (C) in a first configuration, and a reduced circumference (C?) in a second configuration;
wherein a flexing of the flexible grip section allows a relative motion between said first and second peripheral edges and thereby a radial movement of said support between said second configuration and said first configuration; and
wherein said flexing of said flexible grip section occurs essentially in a plane of said support.

US Pat. No. 10,918,479

HEART VALVE PROSTHESIS

SHANGHAI MICROPORT CARDIO...

1. A stent for use in a heart valve prosthesis, the stent configured to support a heart valve and comprising, along a longitudinal axis and from a proximal end to a distal end, an inflow section, a transition section and an outflow section, the stent having a contracted delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration,wherein in the expanded deployed configuration, the inflow section defines a concave contour that is complementary to a structure of a native valve annulus such that the concave contour closely adheres to a native valve annulus upon proper deployment of the stent; wherein the concave contour is located in a first or a second stent ring of the stent from the proximal end of the stent or the concave contour spans the first and second stent rings; and wherein the stent comprises a mesh having a plurality of mesh cells and ones of the plurality of mesh cells in the inflow section corresponding to the concave contour are larger than remaining ones of the plurality of mesh cells in the inflow section, each of the ones of the plurality of mesh cells in the inflow section corresponding to the concave contour having an area of about 0.6-0.8 cm2, and each of the remaining ones of the plurality of mesh cells in the inflow section having an area of about 0.5-0.6 cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,918,478

CRIMPING DEVICE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A crimping system for crimping a prosthetic heart valve, the system comprising:an elongate rigid body having an inner lumen extending along a central longitudinal axis between an insertion end and an outlet end, the inner lumen having a greater diameter at the insertion end than at the outlet end; and
a radially flexible, tubular sock configured to receive a radially compressible prosthetic heart valve in a radially expanded state within the sock and to pull the prosthetic heart valve through the inner lumen of the rigid body from the insertion end to the outlet end with the sock being positioned between an outer surface of the prosthetic heart valve and an inner surface of the rigid body, wherein the sock has an axial length greater than an axial length of the rigid body, and wherein the prosthetic heart valve is radially compressed by the inner surface of the rigid body as the sock pulls the prosthetic heart valve along the longitudinal axis toward the outlet end of the lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,918,477

REPLACEMENT HEART VALVES AND THEIR METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE

FOLDAX, INC., Salt Lake ...

1. A prosthetic heart valve, comprising:a support structure having a base portion, a first end, a second end, a central axis extending therebetween, and three extensions oriented in a direction of blood flow and each having an apex, wherein the support structure is substantially cylindrical; and
three artificial leaflets, each leaflet having a movable part with a leaflet base along the base portion of the support structure and a free edge allowed to move independent of the base portion of the support structure, wherein the leaflet base is a casting boundary between the movable part and the support structure, and wherein an intersection of the leaflet base and the support structure forms a continuous curved interface having convex portions on opposite sides of each apex wherein the convex portions contain a midway point along the continuous curved interface between the base portion and the apex; and
wherein the movable part of each leaflet is movable between a closed position and an open position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,476

ELECTROWETTING INTRAOCULAR LENS WITH ISOTONIC AQUEOUS PHASE

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. An eye-implantable device comprising:an electrowetting lens, wherein the electrowetting lens comprises:
a polymeric material, wherein the polymeric material is permeable to water in an aqueous humor of a human eye;
a lens chamber, wherein the polymeric material defines at least a portion of the lens chamber;
a first fluid disposed in the lens chamber, wherein the first fluid comprises an aqueous solution having an osmolality between 300 and 308 milliosmoles per kilogram;
a second fluid disposed in the lens chamber, wherein the second fluid is immiscible with the first fluid, and wherein a refractive index of the second fluid differs from a refractive index of the first fluid;
a first electrode, wherein the first electrode is disposed on an internal surface of the lens chamber in contact with the first fluid; and
a second electrode, wherein the second electrode is disposed on an internal surface of the lens chamber in contact with at least one of the first fluid or the second fluid, wherein the second electrode comprises a dielectric coating.

US Pat. No. 10,918,475

SHRINK-WRAP ANCHORED AND SHRINK-WRAPPED ACTUATED ACCOMMODATIVE INTRAOCULAR LENSES AND METHODS FOR IMPLANTATION THEREOF

1. A method to replace a cataractous or otherwise defective crystalline lens to be surgically extracted from an eye with an accommodatively biased intraocular lens (AIOL) in accordance with the AIOL being folded, disaccommodatively locked, and contained within an injector for implantation in, and shrink-wrap anchoring and shrink-wrapped actuation by, a capsule of the eye of a patient, the capsule being surgically modified for the purpose; the AIOL comprising a bifurcated haptic AIOL, the haptic outboard portions of which further comprise at least one of flexible outriggers, gridded outriggers and gridded outboard portions; the method comprising the steps of:applying anesthesia to the patient;
applying a speculum to the eye;
removeably affixing an fsl laser to a conjunctiva of the eye,
delineating, via a plurality of fsl cavitation burns, a guide on the anterior capsule capsulorhexis centered with respect to the optical axis of the eye and having a major diameter of 1.5-2 mm (millimeters) less than an equatorial diameter of the capsule and a minor diameter at least that of a disaccommodated distance between the outboard ends of the bifurcated portions of the haptics of the AIOL,
cutting at least a first small incision at an edge of a cornea of the eye via one of the fsl laser or otherwise to provide access to the anterior chamber,
one of (a) fsl cavitation cracking or otherwise preparing a cataractous or otherwise defective crystalline lens for extraction, and (b) inserting an ultrasonic probe into the anterior chamber via the incision and phacoemulsifying the crystalline lens,
detaching the fsl from the conjunctiva,
separating the capsulorhexis, from a portion of an anterior capsule outboard with respect thereto,
flushing debris from the eye,
inserting the prefolded disaccommodatively locked AIOL into the capsule of the eye via the incision,
aligning the haptics of the AIOL coincident with the minor diameter of the capsulorhexis,
flushing residual debris and foreign fluids from the eye as needed,
closing the incision(s) at the edge of the cornea as needed.

US Pat. No. 10,918,474

IMPLANTING DEVICE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. An implanting device, adapted to place a membrane in a biologic tissue, the implanting device comprising:a sleeve;
a membrane storage element, fixed at the sleeve;
an injection element, inserted in the sleeve and the injection element, comprising a capturing end and a connecting end, the capturing end for capturing the membrane and having a first hole; and
a bubble generating element, connected to the connecting end, for providing a gas that is outputted via the first hole;
wherein the capturing end, by rotation of the injection element, extends straight out of the membrane storage element or retracts straight into the membrane storage element;
wherein the injection element has a first outer diameter and a second outer diameter, and the first outer diameter is greater than the second outer diameter; the membrane storage element has a first inner diameter and a second inner diameter, and the first inner diameter is greater than the second inner diameter; the first outer diameter matches the first inner diameter, and the second outer diameter matches the second inner diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,473

TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVE STORAGE CONTAINER AND CRIMPING MECHANISM

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A storage container for a prosthetic heart valve, comprising:a container housing sized to receive a heart valve in an expanded configuration; and
a crimping mechanism incorporated into the storage container and operable to engage a heart valve and convert a heart valve from its expanded configuration to its crimped configuration as it exits the container housing, the crimping mechanism including:
a valve cover coupled to the container housing, the valve cover including a central opening in communication with an interior of the container housing for allowing passage of a heart valve therethrough, and
a base received within the container housing, the base having a central cavity sized and configured to receive a heart valve, the base axially movable with respect to the valve cover and the container housing for moving a heart valve through the central opening of the valve cover,
wherein axial movement of the base towards the valve cover causes a portion of the base to extend through an opening provided in the valve cover.

US Pat. No. 10,918,472

MUSCLE WALL DEFECT PROSTHESIS AND DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM

Bard Shannon Limited, Hu...

1. A method of repairing a muscle wall defect in a patient, the method comprising acts of:at least one of positioning or delivering a prosthesis relative to the muscle wall defect, the prosthesis including a first layer and a second layer, the first layer and the second layer forming a pocket therebetween, a support body of a delivery device nested in the pocket, the support body having flexibility when nested in the pocket sufficient to adopt a collapsed configuration and sufficient flexibility to adopt a stable, self-supporting expanded configuration when nested in the pocket, the support body including a first side, a second side, an opening passing through the first side and the second side, and a zone of weakness to facilitate adoption by the support body of the collapsed configuration, and a handle having a free, first portion extending through the opening and away from the support body and a second portion attached to the second side of the support body, a spine fixedly attached to the first side of the support body opposite the second portion of the handle,
whereby the free, first portion of the handle is manipulated to position or to deliver the prosthesis relative to the muscle wall defect.

US Pat. No. 10,918,471

INCREASED FILM TEAR STRENGTH

1. A method for increasing the load required for failure of a polymer film, the method comprising:creating a first series of macroscopic load distribution elements in a polymer film that is microporous and that has undergone in plane radial expansion, the first series of load distribution elements oriented circumferentially around the polymer film;
creating a second series of macroscopic load distribution elements that are smaller than the first series of load distribution elements in the polymer film, the second series of load distribution elements oriented concentrically with respect to the first series of load distribution elements;
attaching a tether to the polymer film proximate to at least one load distribution element of the first series of load distribution elements, wherein a width of the at least one load distribution element in a lateral dimension is oriented transverse to a longitudinal length of the tether, the lateral dimension defining a first direction and a second opposing direction; and
applying a tensile load to the polymer film via the tether such that the tensile load is applied to the polymer film along an interface width, the interface width being oriented transverse to the applied tensile load, wherein the width of the at least one load distribution element exceeds the interface width such that the at least one load distribution element extends further along each of the first and second directions of the lateral dimension than does the interface width, and
wherein the at least one of the first series of load distribution elements deforms under applied tensile load and yields an increase in the load required for failure compared to the polymer film prior to the creation of the at least one of the first series of load distribution elements.

US Pat. No. 10,918,470

WIRELESS TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM

JBL RADICAL INNOVATIONS, ...

1. A combination mouthpiece and control module, comprising:a) said mouthpiece comprising a body including a forward facing surface and a rearward facing surface, said body being arcuate in conformance with an oral cavity of a user including a central area and rearwardly extending sides;
b) a bite tab depending rearwardly from said rearward facing surface; and
c) said forward facing surface extending from said central area of said body and including rearwardly extending side surface portions in said rearwardly extending sides, said side surface portions extending rearward from said central area, said forward facing surface forming a part of a recessed area;
d) said recessed area having a forward facing arcuate shape including elongated pockets at each end of said recessed area, said pockets being located within said rearwardly extending sides; and
e) a control module having a body including a rear portion comprising opposed arcuate wings and a central portion where a circuit board is located, said arcuate wings being removably received within respective ones of said pockets to assemble said control module to said mouthpiece with said circuit board adjacent to said forward facing surface of said mouthpiece at said central area of said body, and a source of power connected to said circuit board to controllably supply power to said circuit board, said circuit board including at least one sensor exposed to a bodily fluid within said oral cavity and sensing at least one condition of said bodily fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,918,469

TOOTHBRUSH WITH FLUID DIRECTING DRIVE ASSEMBLY

WATER PIK, INC., Fort Co...

1. A toothbrush comprising:a handle including an end surface and a fluid inlet;
a brush shaft extending from the end surface of the handle, the brush shaft including a proximal end positioned within the handle and a distal end positioned external the handle, the brush shaft defining a fluid lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end;
a drive assembly including a rocker arm positioned within the handle, the drive assembly causing the brush shaft to oscillate upon actuation of a motor;
a brush tip removably coupled to the brush shaft and positioned adjacent to the end surface of the handle, the brush tip defining a fluid conduit therein in fluid communication with the fluid lumen of the brush shaft, wherein oscillation of the brush shaft causes the entire brush tip to oscillate correspondingly; and
a fluid tube positioned within the handle and extending between and coupled to an inlet barb of the rocker arm and the fluid inlet of the handle, wherein fluid is transported from the fluid tube to the fluid conduit of the brush tip by the fluid lumen of the brush shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,918,468

SYSTEM FOR THE CLEANING AND DISINFECTING OF GUM SURFACES SURROUNDING IMPLANT STRUCTURES THAT SUPPORT DENTURES

1. A system for the cleaning and disinfecting of gum surfaces surrounding denture support structures, said system comprises:a denture plate having a gum contact surface;
at least one Denture-Alveolar-Implant Liquid Dispenser (DAILD); and
a fluid streaming system, wherein
each said DAILD comprises:
a dental implant structure,
a locking component,
a basin-structure, and
a fastening-component,
said fluid streaming system comprises a connected assembly of a plurality of tubular components that construct a conduit, said plurality of tubular components comprising tubular components of different structural configurations,
said locking component, basin-structure, and fastening-component of said DAILD and said fluid streaming system are embedded into said denture plate, and said dental implant structure is adapted for implanting into the alveolar of a wearer of said denture plate,
said dental implant structure comprises a hollow tube,
said locking component comprises a plate with a protruding bar at a first side that connects and fixates to said hollow tube in said dental implant structure and a hollow tube at a second side that connects and fixates to said fastening component,
said fixated connections of said locking component are adapted to maintain said denture plate in a fixated contact with the gum of said denture wearer,
said basin structure is composed of a cylinder vessel with an opened side and a tube running through the center of the cylinder vessel,
said fastening component is composed of a bar with an expansion of the bar at one end of said bar,
said basin structure is embedded in said denture plate and is fixated in place in said denture plate by said fastening component that runs through said denture plate, through said tube in said basin structure and connects with said locking component by inserting into said hollow tube in said locking component,
said fluid streaming system connects to said cylinder vessel of said basin structure and is adapted such that liquid injected into said fluid streaming system reaches said cylinder vessel of said basin structure and flows from a rim of said cylinder vessel, such that said liquid flow cleans and disinfects an immediate surrounding area of said DAILD in said denture plate and in an immediate surrounding area of said dental implant structure, and
said system also comprises at least one Denture Liquid Sieve-Dispensers (DLSD), said DLSD comprises:
a hollow half-sphere vessel component having an open-side connected to a sieve plate component and a tube protruding from a bottom of said half-sphere vessel component, said DLSD being embedded into said denture plate with said fluid streaming system being connected to said protruding tube of said half-sphere vessel component,
wherein, said fluid streaming system is adapted such that liquid injected into said fluid streaming system reaches said half-sphere vessel component and flows through said sieve plate component to a surrounding area for cleaning and disinfecting an area surrounding the DLSD.

US Pat. No. 10,918,467

DISPOSABLE PORTABLE POCKET FLUID AND FLOSS DISPENSER

1. A dispenser configured to dispense fluids and floss, the dispenser being disposable, portable and sized to fit into a pocket of a user, the dispenser comprising:a rectangular frame with four angled corners, the rectangular frame disposed around three layers and configured to connect and secure the three layers together;
the three layers comprising a bottom layer, a middle layer and a top layer;
wherein the middle layer comprises a plurality of containers capable of holding the fluids;
wherein the top layer comprises a plurality of flaps capable of being pressed downward to exert pressure on the plurality of containers in order to dispense the fluids from the plurality of containers; wherein the top layer has a protruding tubular neck comprising a through-hole and a plurality of notches on an inside wall of the through-hole; wherein the middle layer has a central opening receiving the protruding tubular neck; wherein the bottom layer comprises a spindle holder aligned with the central opening and the protruding tubular neck; a plurality of nozzles, each of the nozzles disposed on one of the angled corners; wherein the nozzles are in fluid communication with the plurality of containers and the nozzles are configured to dispense the fluids as drops, foam, or spray; wherein each nozzle is covered by a hinged lid disposed on a respective angled corner;
a spindle with the floss wound around the spindle, wherein the spindle is sized to fit within the through-hole and sized so that when in a closed position, a top side of the spindle is flush with a top side of the top layer and a bottom portion of the spindle is positioned around the spindle holder; wherein a plurality of tabs are disposed on a circumferential side of the spindle, the tabs configured to engage with the notches in order to secure the spindle into the dispenser, the tabs configured so that, when the spindle is pressed downward and rotated, the tabs disengage from the notches so that the spindle pops up to dispense the floss to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,918,466

BASE PORTION, INTER-DENTAL CLEANING TOOL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING INTER-DENTAL CLEANING TOOL

KOBAYASHI PHARMACEUTICAL ...

1. An interdental cleaning tool comprising:a base part including:
a shaft part extending in a specific direction and having a shape insertable into an interdental space, the shaft part having an insertion end formed on one end in the specific direction and a base end formed on the other end in the specific direction; and
a grip part extending in the specific direction from the base end in a manner to separate from the shaft part and having a shape grippable with fingers,
a cleaning part around the shaft part and,
wherein the shaft part includes a groove forming part having a first guide groove formed on one side with respect to an axially parallel plane, the axially parallel plane including a center of the shaft part and being parallel to the specific direction, and a second guide groove formed on the other side with respect to the axially parallel plane, and
the first guide groove and the second guide groove extend in an axial direction of the shaft part from the insertion end toward the base end and have a shape recessed toward the center of the shaft part from an outer peripheral surface of a region other than the first guide groove and the second guide groove in the shaft part,
wherein the cleaning part includes a cleaning part body covering an outer peripheral surface of the groove forming part from the insertion end, and brush bristles each having a shape projecting outward in an axially perpendicular direction perpendicularly intersecting the axial direction of the shaft part from an outer peripheral surface of the cleaning part body, and
wherein a radial thickness of the cleaning part body is larger in a portion corresponding to the brush bristle than in a portion corresponding to a space between the adjacent brush bristles.

US Pat. No. 10,918,465

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT SCANNING DEVICE USING STRUCTURED LIGHTS AND METHOD FOR SCANNING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT USING STRUCTURED LIGHTS

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...

1. A three-dimensional object scanning device using structured lights, comprising:a projector comprising a first monochrome light source and a second monochrome light source, the projector projecting a predetermined image to a three-dimensional object, so as to form a constructed image on a surface of the three-dimensional object, the predetermined image comprising a plurality of default patterns, each of the default patterns comprising:
a first group of color blocks comprising at most two different color blocks; and
a second group of color blocks comprising at least two and at most four different color blocks; and
an image capturer capturing the constructed image formed on the surface of the three-dimensional object;
wherein the default patterns are square patterns and each of which comprises n*n color blocks, the n*n color blocks are arranged in a checkerboard manner to form the predetermined image, n is a positive integer larger than or equal to 5, the first group of color blocks of each default pattern comprises 3*3 color blocks in a center of the default pattern, the second group of color blocks comprises a plurality of color blocks surrounding the first group of color blocks, the first group of color blocks of each default pattern has a first pattern type and a second pattern type, four edge blocks of the first pattern type are black blocks, four corner blocks of the second pattern type are black blocks, other non-black blocks in the first group of color blocks with the first pattern type are blue blocks, green blocks, or cyan blocks and have identical color, other non-black blocks in the first group of color blocks with the second pattern type are blue blocks, green blocks, or cyan blocks and have identical color, the blue blocks are generated by projection of the first monochrome light source, the green blocks are generated by projection of the second monochrome light source, and the cyan blocks are generated by projection of both of the first monochrome light source and the second monochrome light source.

US Pat. No. 10,918,464

ADAPTOR SYSTEM FOR DENTAL PROSTHESIS

1. An adaptor system for mounting a dental prosthesis onto an implant comprising:an abutment:
an adaptor including a mating element adapted to irrotationally fit to the implant;
a connector configured for connecting the abutment to the adaptor preventing relative linear displacement along an axis of the abutment with respect to the adaptor while allowing rotation of the abutment with respect to the adaptor around the axis;
a tightener configured to lock said abutment to said adaptor thereby preventing rotation between said adaptor and said abutment,
wherein said adaptor includes an expanding element and wherein said tightening expands said expanding element against a surface of said abutment and wherein friction between said expanding element and said surface prevents said rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,918,463

BONY SCREW WITH MOVABLE BRACKET ARM

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY, Ri...

1. A bony screw with a movable bracket arm, comprising:a head;
an elongated shank extending from the head, the elongated shank defining a longitudinal direction, wherein the shank has an upper portion, a threaded lower portion adjacent to the upper portion thereby defining a junction, and a self-tapping tip extending from the threaded lower portion;
an annular flange disposed at the junction between the upper portion and the threaded lower portion of the shank, the annular flange being contiguous with respect to each of the upper portion and the threaded lower portion, the annular flange having a peripheral surface and a diameter greater than a diameter of the head and greater than a diameter of the upper portion to define a stop between the upper portion and the threaded lower portion;
a collar having first and second slots formed about its peripheral surface, the first slot being formed entirely through the collar whereby the upper portion of the shank is adapted to extend through the slot and be secured to the collar, the second slot extending vertically within the collar thereby forming upper and lower edges; and
a bracket arm having opposed first and second ends, the first end being disposed within the second slot of the collar and pivotally secured solely in a vertical plane between the collar and the upper portion of the shank, the second end being disposed external to the collar and defining a loop adapted for supporting a maxillofacial or distraction osteogenesis bar.

US Pat. No. 10,918,462

TOOL FOR REMOVING ORTHODONTIC O-RINGS

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY, Ri...

1. A tool for removing orthodontic O-rings, comprising:a handle having opposed first and second ends, wherein the first end is configured to define a frustoconical peripheral surface;
a hooked tool head having a free end and a fixed end, the free end defining a hook terminating in a sharp tip; and
an elongated neck having opposed first and second ends, the second end of the neck being attached to the first end of the handle, the fixed end of the head being attached to the first end of the neck;
an annular flange disposed adjacent the juncture of the fixed end of the head and the first end of the neck, the annular flange having a diameter greater than either of the fixed end of the head or the first end of the neck, wherein the first end of the neck has diameter less than the diameter of the second end of the neck, further wherein the second end of the neck being configured to define a frustoconical tapered configuration merging into the frustoconical peripheral surface of the first end of the handle;
whereby the sharp tip of the hook is adapted for removing used orthodontic O-rings from brackets supporting an archwire, the O-rings being raised over the annular flange and seated on the elongated neck of the tool, the annular flange preventing the used O-rings seated on the neck from sliding back down onto the head.

US Pat. No. 10,918,461

ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE

1. An orthodontic appliance for installation on an archwire running along an archwire axis within one arch, the orthodontic appliance comprising:two archwire sliding parts, the archwire sliding parts being co-axial with the archwire axis when installed on the archwire;
a telescoping assembly linking the two archwire sliding parts to one another, the telescoping assembly being offset from the archwire axis;
an external force conveyer; and
a spring secured to one of the archwire sliding parts and configured to encircle the archwire,
wherein the spring is used to directly dampen forces uni-axial to the archwire axis between the archwire sliding part to which it is secured to and a tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,918,460

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MAKING AN ORTHODONTIC ALIGNER HAVING FIXING BLOCKS

Oxilio Ltd, Larnaca (CY)...

1. A method for generating a digital aligner model of a desired aligner configured to be operatively coupled to a tooth of a given dental archform when in a desired orthodontic relationship relative to the tooth, the desired aligner having:an aligner body defining a channel arranged for receiving the tooth so as to establish the desired orthodontic relationship; and
a fixing block defined on the aligner body and extending into the channel, the fixing block being arranged relative to the aligner body for operatively coupling the aligner and the tooth,the method being implemented by a processor of a computer system, the method comprising:acquiring a digital archform model representing the given dental archform, the digital archform model including a digital tooth model representing the tooth;
defining a dark zone on the digital tooth model, the dark zone being representative of a portion of the tooth sheltered from a ray of light incident toward an occlusal side of the tooth;
determining, based on the dark zone, a tooth-coupling surface being indicative of an outer surface of the tooth for operatively coupling the tooth with the desired aligner;
obtaining a digital aligner body model having an inner body surface corresponding to the channel of the desired aligner;
generating, based on the determined tooth-coupling surface, a fixing block coupling surface being indicative of an outer surface of the fixing block of the desired aligner by digitally extruding the tooth-coupling surface by an interference length to inward of the digital tooth model so as to generate a digital fixing block model, the digital fixing block model having the generated fixing block coupling surface; and
generating the digital aligner model by joining the digital fixing block model with the digital aligner body model.

US Pat. No. 10,918,459

GUIDED DENTAL IMPLANTATION SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED DEVICE AND METHOD

Neocis, Inc., Miami, FL ...

1. A dental implantation system, comprising:a fiducial marker secured to a mouth of a patient;
an implantation device not physically engaged with the fiducial marker and configured to prepare a site within the mouth of the patient for receiving a dental implant, the implantation device being configured to be physically manipulated by, and to provide tactile feedback to, a user thereof;
an articulating arm member engaged with the implantation device;
a controller device configured to be in direct communication with the fiducial marker secured to the mouth of the patient, the implantation device, and the articulating arm member, the controller device being further configured to direct the articulating arm member to physically regulate movement of the implantation device, directly relative to a position of the implantation device with respect to the fiducial marker engaged with the mouth of the patient, the position of the implantation device with respect to the fiducial marker being determined by the controller device during movement of the implantation device and in accordance with a virtual implantation plan of the site within the mouth of the patient for receiving the dental implant, the articulating arm member thereby being responsive to the controller device to physically control allowable movement of the implantation device according to the virtual implantation plan during physical manipulation of the implantation device by the user to prepare the site for receiving the dental implant, the controller device being further configured to direct the implantation device to provide the tactile feedback to the user, if the implantation device physically manipulated by the user deviates from the virtual implantation plan.

US Pat. No. 10,918,458

DENTAL PREPARATION GUIDE

1. A method for digitally validating a previous preparation of at least one tooth in a prepared set of teeth for determining whether the prepared tooth is capable of accepting a dental restoration, said method comprising:obtaining a virtual dental preparation guide configured for digitally validating the previous preparation of the at least one tooth, the previous preparation of the at least one tooth including the removal of tooth material from the at least one tooth;
obtaining a digital 3D representation of the prepared set of teeth, the digital 3D representation including a digital 3D representation of the previous preparation of the at least one tooth;
visualizing on a display the virtual dental preparation guide together with the digital 3D representation of the prepared set of teeth; and
validating from the visualization of the virtual dental preparation guide together with the digital 3D representation of the prepared set of teeth whether the prepared at least one tooth is shaped such that it can accept the dental restoration.

US Pat. No. 10,918,457

ELECTRIC DENTAL HANDPIECE AND WEARABLE CONTROLLER

1. A system, comprising:a dental handpiece;
a wearable controller including a fluid reservoir and a battery; and
a conduit connecting the wearable controller and the dental handpiece, the conduit providing fluid communication between the dental handpiece and the fluid reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,918,456

PROTECTIVE COVER AND MEDICAL OBSERVATION APPARATUS

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. A protective cover comprising:a first cover section configured to hold at least a part of an arm that is connected to and supports an imaging device and includes a plurality of links joined to each other by one or a plurality of joint sections; and
a second cover section configured to cover the imaging device, the second cover section being continuously connected to the first cover section, wherein
an opening through which the arm passes is provided on the first cover section,
a protrusion configured to restrain a movement of a link of the plurality of the links joined to the held part of the arm is provided adjacent to the opening,
the first cover section and the second cover section in combination form a cylindrical hollow space for accommodating the part of the arm and the imaging device,
the first cover section and the second cover section extend in a longitudinal direction of the imaging device that is parallel to an optical axis of the imaging device,
the opening is provided on a lateral side of the first cover section, and
the protrusion is provided on the lateral side of the first cover section and adjacent to the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,918,455

VARIABLE LIGHT SOURCE

CamPlex, Inc., Germantow...

1. An illumination device comprising:a plurality of sub-sources, each sub-source configured to generate light beams;
at least one filter configured to controllably adjust a spectral power distribution of at least one of the light beams generated by a corresponding at least one sub-source of the plurality of sub-sources and incident on the at least one filter, the spectral power distribution controllably adjusted to provide a gradual transition or a variable change of the spectral power distribution; and
a color mixing assembly configured to receive the light beams from the at least one filter and to generate a composite light beam,
wherein the at least one filter has a spectral distribution that is altered when the at least one filter is tilted with respect to the light beam incident thereon or vice versa,
wherein the plurality of sub-sources comprises at least one sub-source comprising a plurality of light emitters configured to produce light flux, the illumination device further comprising a plurality of optical fibers, each optical fiber of the plurality of optical fibers comprising a first end portion configured to receive the light flux from a corresponding light emitter and a second end portion configured to emit the received light flux, the light emitters arranged in a first pattern, the first end portions arranged in the first pattern, and the second end portions are arranged in a second pattern different from the first pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,918,454

GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT CONSTRICTING METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A method for constricting a lumen in a gastrointestinal tract, the method comprising:while observing the gastrointestinal tract with an endoscope inserted into the gastrointestinal tract, placing a protection substance, which does not damage tissue, in at least one of a region between a mucosal layer and a muscular layer of the gastrointestinal tract and a region in a mucosal surface of the mucosal layer so as to form a protection region that protects a mucosa basal layer from a medical substance that damages the tissue; and
subsequent to the forming of the protection region, supplying the medical substance to a mucosal surface in a target region or to a position between the mucosal layer and the muscular layer in the target region, the target region being at a position different from the protection region in a circumferential direction of the gastrointestinal tract, the protection substance not being placed in the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,918,453

PORTABLE MONITORING SYSTEM TRANSPORT CASE

1. A portable transport system for containing and transporting monitoring system components, comprising:a case for enclosing the monitoring system components;
at least two wheels located on the case;
a collapsible monitoring component assembly that telescopes between a collapsed position wherein the collapsible monitoring component assembly is substantially contained within the case and an open position, the collapsible monitoring component assembly including a component bracket mounting handle for interfacing the monitoring system components with the collapsible monitoring component assembly, the component bracket mounting handle for moving the monitoring system components between a raised position and a lowered position; and
a handle assembly associated with the collapsible monitoring component assembly for moving the collapsible monitoring component assembly between the collapsed position and the open position, wherein the handle assembly further acts as a pull handle for moving the portable transport system on the at least two wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,918,452

STERILE ADAPTERS WITH A SHIFTING PLATE FOR USE IN A ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEM

Verb Surgical Inc., Sant...

1. A sterile adapter for use in a robotic surgical system, the sterile adapter comprising:a frame configured to be interposed between a tool driver and a surgical tool;
a plate assembly coupled to the frame and comprising a plurality of tool engagement features, wherein the plurality of tool engagement features have a varying size and are arranged according to an increase in the varying size along a longitudinal axis of the sterile adapter and each tool engagement feature is mateable with a corresponding adapter engagement feature on the surgical tool; and
at least one rotatable coupler supported by the plate assembly and configured to communicate torque from an output drive of the tool driver to an input drive of the surgical tool;
wherein the frame is configured to couple to the surgical tool when each tool engagement feature is mated with its corresponding adapter engagement feature on the surgical tool.

US Pat. No. 10,918,451

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT HOLDING DEVICE, MEDICAL SYSTEM, OPERATING METHOD OF MEDICAL INSTRUMENT HOLDING DEVICE, AND OPERATING METHOD OF MEDICAL SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A medical instrument holding device comprising:a holding portion configured to hold a first medical instrument having a first insertion portion to be inserted into an abdominal cavity of a patient;
an arm connected to the holding portion and including at least one joint;
a base connected to a proximal end side of the arm;
a first sensor configured to detect an external force caused by a second insertion portion of a second medical instrument in the abdominal cavity; and
a controller configured to generate a first control signal for actuating the arm based on the external force detected by the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,918,450

CONTROLLING A LASER SURGICAL DEVICE WITH A SENSATION GENERATOR AND A GESTURE DETECTOR

Alcon Inc.

1. A system for controlling a laser device, comprising:the laser device configured to generate a laser beam with a focal point to perform a procedure on a patient at a target location; a distance between the focal point and the target location;
a haptic sensation generator configured to generate an acoustic field that projects a sensory pattern onto a user, the sensory pattern operating as a user controller related to the procedure, the sensory pattern being a shape with a dimension, a length of the dimension corresponding to the distance between the focal point and the target location, wherein the shape is a circle and the dimension is a diameter of the circle;
a gesture detector configured to:
detect a gesture of the user interacting with the user controller; and
provide a description of the gesture; and
a computer configured to:
instruct the haptic sensation generator to generate the acoustic field that projects the sensory pattern operating as the user controller;
receive the description of the gesture of the user interacting with the user controller; and
provide instructions to perform an operation corresponding to the gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,918,449

SURGICAL SYSTEM INSTRUMENT MANIPULATOR

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A surgical instrument manipulator comprising:a frame;
a first actuator drive module comprising a first motor and a first actuator output, the first actuator drive module being coupled to the frame via a first spring coupling; and
a second actuator drive module comprising a second motor and a second actuator output, the second actuator drive module being coupled to the frame via a second spring coupling;
wherein the first spring coupling independently couples the first actuator output to mechanically drive a first mechanical input of a surgical instrument coupled to the surgical instrument manipulator without the first mechanical input receiving any mechanical actuation from the second actuator output; and
wherein the second spring coupling independently couples the second actuator output to mechanically drive a second mechanical input of the surgical instrument coupled to the surgical instrument manipulator without the second mechanical input receiving any mechanical actuation from the first actuator output.

US Pat. No. 10,918,448

SURGICAL TABLE BASE CONSTRUCTION FOR HEAT DISSIPATION FROM HOUSED POWER ELECTRONICS

Verb Surgical Inc., Sant...

1. A base of a surgical table comprising:the base of the surgical table coupled to a surgical table top through a column, the base comprising:
an enclosure defined by a cover, a bottom and a sidewall, the cover is sealed to the bottom by the sidewall and constructed of a material that is operable to support the column, the surgical table top and one or more surgical robotic arms;
one or more power electronics components configured to supply power to the one or more surgical robotic arms, the one or more power electronics components are mounted to the bottom within the enclosure,
a first end portion of a heat transfer element disposed between the one or more power electronics components and the bottom of the enclosure, a second end portion of the heat transfer element disposed proximate to the cover, the heat transfer element selected from a group consisting of a heat pipe and a heat transfer strip constructed of a material having a thermal conductivity greater than a thermal conductivity of the material of the cover and a material of the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,918,446

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTING, ACTIVATING, OR SELECTING AND ACTIVATING TRANSDUCERS

KARDIUM INC., Burnaby (C...

1. A transducer-activation system comprising:a data processing device system;
an input-output device system communicatively connected to the data processing device system; and
a memory device system communicatively connected to the data processing device system and storing a program executable by the data processing device system, the program comprising:
display instructions configured to cause the input-output device system to display a graphical representation of at least a portion of a transducer-based device, the at least the portion of the transducer-based device positionable within a bodily cavity, and the graphical representation comprising a first transducer graphical element associated with a first transducer of the at least the portion of the transducer-based device;
activation instructions configured to cause, via the input-output device system, an energy source device system connected to at least the first transducer to deliver energy to the first transducer;
determination instructions configured to cause determination of an energy-delivery status associated with at least the first transducer, the energy-delivery status indicating at least (a) a pre-energy-delivery status in a first non-activated state of the first transducer existing before a start of the energy delivery by the energy source device system to the first transducer, (b) a during-energy-delivery status in a first activated state of the first transducer existing during the energy delivery by the energy source device system to the first transducer, and (c) a post-energy-delivery status in a second non-activated state of the first transducer existing after a completion of the energy delivery by the energy source device system to the first transducer; and
energy-delivery-indication instructions configured to cause the input-output device system to display the first transducer graphical element with:
(i) a first visual characteristic set representing the pre-energy-delivery status in the first non-activated state of the first transducer existing before the start of the energy delivery by the energy source device system to the first transducer,
(ii) a second visual characteristic set representing the during-energy-delivery status in the first activated state of the first transducer existing during the energy delivery by the energy source device system to the first transducer, and
(iii) a third visual characteristic set representing the post-energy-delivery status in the second non-activated state of the first transducer existing after the completion of the energy delivery by the energy source device system to the first transducer,
wherein the first visual characteristic set, the second visual characteristic set, and the third visual characteristic set are all different from each other, such that at least the first non-activated state of the first transducer and the second non-activated state of the first transducer are associated with different visual characteristics of the first transducer graphical element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,445

SURGICAL SYSTEM WITH AUGMENTED REALITY DISPLAY

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical system comprising:a detector, comprising an array of pixels configured to detect light reflected by a surgical environment that includes a surgical stapler comprising a jaw and a shaft, and generate a first signal comprising a first dataset representative of a visible image of the surgical environment and the surgical stapler; and
a processor configured to:
receive the first signal and a second signal representative of one or more operating parameters of the surgical stapler,
determine an orientation of the surgical stapler,
identify the surgical stapler from the first signal based on a predetermined orientation between the detector and the surgical stapler;
identify the shaft of the surgical stapler from the first signal by comparing the identified surgical stapler with an image of the surgical stapler in a database,
determine a loading status associated with the surgical stapler;
generate a modified image in real-time that includes at least a portion of the surgical environment and the surgical stapler, and information related to the one or more operating parameters of the surgical stapler, wherein a location of the information related to the one or more operating parameters of the surgical stapler in the modified image is superimposed to be on or adjacent to an image of surgical stapler and is oriented based on the orientation of the surgical stapler,
wherein an attribute of the identified shaft is determined based on the loading status associated with the surgical stapler; and
update the location of the information related to the one or more operating parameters in the modified image based on a motion of the surgical stapler in the surgical environment in real-time.

US Pat. No. 10,918,444

VIDEO BASED PATIENT REGISTRATION AND TRACKING

BRAINLAB AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A computer implemented method for registering and tracking an anatomical structure of a patient, comprising:acquiring, via an associated camera array comprising at least two cameras, a first stereoscopic image dataset comprising video images having different viewing angles and providing a first image content showing the anatomical structure, at least one camera of the associated camera array having a fixed zoom;
registering the first image dataset to a three-dimensional (3D) image dataset showing the anatomical structure;
acquiring, via the associated camera array, a second stereoscopic image dataset comprising video images having different viewing angles and providing a second image content showing the anatomical structure, which differs from the first image content in that the second image content covers a smaller area of the anatomical structure than the first image content; and
tracking the anatomical structure based on the second image dataset.

US Pat. No. 10,918,443

NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND OPERATION METHOD OF NAVIGATION SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A navigation system comprising:a position detector configured to acquire position information of a viewpoint of an endoscope configured to be inserted in a subject; and
a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to:
generate corrected position information in which the position information of the viewpoint of the endoscope acquired by the position detector is aligned with a three-dimensional image of a predetermined luminal organ in the subject;
determine, with respect to a plurality of branch conduits in the predetermined luminal organ, whether each of the plurality of branch conduits is already observed or is still unobserved by the endoscope, based on the corrected position information;
set, when branch conduits determined as unobserved are given as unobserved conduits, one of the unobserved conduits as a first target region, the one of the unobserved conduits being closest to a current viewpoint position of the endoscope indicated by the corrected position information and that is on a distal end side in an insertion direction of an insertion section of the endoscope, based on a distance between the position information of the viewpoint of the endoscope at a current time acquired by the position detector and the one of the unobserved conduits; and
generate navigation information for the first target region set,
wherein, when the first target region is determined as unobserved, the processor is configured to determine whether the first target region is on a distal end side of the current viewpoint position of the endoscope indicated by the corrected position information, and if the first target region is not on the distal end side of the current viewpoint position, the processor is configured to set an unobserved conduit that is closest to the current viewpoint position, among unobserved conduits excluding the first target region, as a second target region, based on the corrected position information.

US Pat. No. 10,918,442

GLENOID COMPONENT FOR SHOULDER ARTHROPLASTY

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A glenoid component, comprising:a laterally facing bearing surface configured to engage a bearing surface of an element associated with a humerus; and
a stem portion extending medially away from the bearing surface, wherein the stem portion is configured such that when implanted in a scapula the stem portion includes
a first cross-section in an XY-plane perpendicular to an XZ-plane, wherein the XZ-plane is defined by an inferior tip of the scapula, a medial pole of the scapula where a spine intersects the scapula, and the center of the glenoid fossa,
a second cross-section parallel to the first cross-section and inferior to the first cross-section, and
a third cross-section parallel to the first cross-section and superior to the first cross-section, wherein
the first cross-section is shaped based upon a first triangle having a first length in the XY-plane along an X-axis defined by the medial pole of the scapula and the center of the glenoid fossa of the scapula,
the second cross-section is shaped based upon a second triangle having a second length along the X-axis,
the third cross-section is shaped based upon a third triangle having a third length along the X-axis, and
the first length is shorter than the second length and shorter than the third length.

US Pat. No. 10,918,441

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR ABLATION-ZONE SIMULATION AND VISUALIZATION

Canon U.S.A., Inc., Melv...

1. A device comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
obtain an image volume;
obtain a description of a surface that includes a shape of the surface, a size of the surface, and a location of the surface in the image volume;
sample the image volume in a first mode or a second mode of two modes such that sampled surface-image data is or are produced;
generate a visualization of the sampled surface-image data that defines one or more lanterns, each of the one or more lanterns being a visualization of a surface of a respective target zone of or in the image volume, the respective target zone being a volume that is to be affected by a medical procedure; and
displaying the one or more lanterns on a display of the device such that: (i) the one or more lanterns are overlaid on the image volume; and (ii) the one or more lanterns each include a respective image on its surface where the respective image maps to and displays a surface of the respective target zone,
wherein:
(i) in the event that the one or more processors operate in the first mode for sampling the image volume, the one or more processors sample the image volume on the surface; or
(ii) in the event that the one or more processors operate in the second mode for sampling the image volume, the one or more processors sample the image volume along a ray projected from the surface to another predetermined point within the shape.

US Pat. No. 10,918,440

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR POSITIONING BONE CUT GUIDE

Blue Belt Technologies, I...

1. A machine-readable storage medium including instructions that, when executed by a machine, cause the machine to:receive a target bone representation including a data set representing two or more landing sites of the target bone (Xpre-coupling);
select a cut guide configured to be adjustably positionable onto or otherwise to conform to the target bone, the cut guide including (1) a guide body having one or more guide members sized, shaped or otherwise configured to guide a cutting tool along a respective cutting plane, and (2) a plurality of landing members, each of the plurality of landing members including a respective coupling feature extending from the guide body and configured to removably couple to the target bone via two or more coupling receptacles created on the target bone;
receive a generic post-coupling bone model (Mcoupling) including a data set representing a bone having the two or more coupling receptacles; and
generate a cut guide positioning plan for positioning the cut guide onto or conforming to the target bone by:
registering Mcoupling to Xpre-coupling to create a registered generic post-coupling bone model,
determining, using the registered generic post-coupling bone model, the two or more landing sites of the target bone for creating the two or more coupling receptacles and geometric or morphological descriptors of the two or more coupling receptacles, and
providing one or more of:
the data set representing the two or more landing sites of the target bone (Xpre-coupling),
the generic post-coupling bone model (Mcoupling),
the landing site of the target bone, or
the size, shape, and geometric or morphological descriptors of the two or more coupling receptacles on the target bone.

US Pat. No. 10,918,439

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING GEOMETRIC PARAMETERS FOR TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

BRAINLAB AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method for determining geometric parameters of a leg bone using an extramedullar cutting guide having a cutting block at a proximal portion thereof, the cutting block including a passage adapted to receive a cutting tool and defining a cutting plane, wherein the cutting block is configured to directly contact a predetermined surface section of the leg bone, the method comprising:acquiring cutting guide position data describing the spatial position of the cutting guide when the cutting block has been brought into direct contact with the predetermined surface section;
acquiring, from an anatomical atlas or from at least one image of a patient, relative position data describing the spatial position of a first mechanical axis point relative to the predetermined surface section; and
determining, based on the cutting guide position data and the relative position data, first axis point position data describing the spatial position of the first mechanical axis point of the leg bone.

US Pat. No. 10,918,438

INTRA-CARDIAC MAPPING AND ABLATING

KARDIUM INC., Burnaby (C...

1. A catheter comprising:an expandable structure movable between an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration; and
a flexible circuit structure comprising a plurality of transducer elements, each transducer element of the plurality of transducer elements comprising a respective electrode and a respective sensor, a respective portion of each transducer element supported by a respective portion of a front surface region of the expandable structure, the respective portion of the front surface region of the expandable structure configured to face outwardly away from the expandable structure in a state in which the expandable structure is in the expanded configuration,
wherein each transducer element of the plurality of transducer elements comprises multiple layers including a first layer set and a second layer set, the first layer set comprising a first electrically conductive layer and a first electrically insulative layer, and the second layer set comprising a second electrically conductive layer and a second electrically insulative layer, the first layer set contacting the second layer set, and the second layer set of the multiple layers of the transducer element located at least closer to the respective portion of the front surface region of the expandable structure than the first layer set of the multiple layers of the transducer element,
wherein, for each transducer element of the plurality of transducer elements, the respective sensor is provided by at least part of the second layer set of the multiple layers of the transducer element,
wherein, for each transducer element of the plurality of transducer elements, the respective electrode is provided by at least part of the first layer set of the multiple layers of the transducer element, and
wherein a first via passes through at least a particular electrically insulative layer of the flexible circuit structure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,437

CATHETER WITH COAXIAL THERMOCOUPLE

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A medical device having a temperature sensing tensile member, comprising:(a) a distal tip electrode having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end configured to contact and ablate tissue for therapeutic procedures, the proximal end having first and second blind holes, the second blind hole having a known depth;
(b) a lead wire configured to deliver ablative energy to the tip electrode, wherein the distal end of the lead wire is anchored in the first blind hole; and
(c) an elongated body configured to sense a temperature of the distal tip electrode, the elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end and comprising:
(i) a core of a first metallic material, the core defining a longitudinal axis,
(ii) a first coaxial layer of ceramic material circumferentially surrounding the core,
(iii) a second coaxial layer of a second metallic material circumferentially surrounding the first coaxial layer, the second metallic material being different from the first metallic material, the first coaxial layer electrically insulating the core and second coaxial layer from each other along the length of the body, and
(iv) a solder cap on the distal end, the solder cap electrically connecting the core and the second coaxial layer at the distal end, wherein the core and the second coaxial layer form a hot junction of a thermocouple, wherein the distal end of the elongate body is potted linearly without any folds in the second blind hole such that the solder cap is in contact with the bottom of the blind hole, and configured such that the precise location of the distal solder cap is known relative to the distal tip electrode when temperature is measured by the elongated body.

US Pat. No. 10,918,436

VESSEL SEALER AND DIVIDER

Covidien AG, Neuhausen A...

1. An electrosurgical instrument, comprising:a housing having a shaft attached thereto including a longitudinal axis defined therethrough;
a jaw member operably coupled to a distal end of the shaft and movable between a first position wherein the jaw member is disposed at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis to a second position wherein the jaw member substantially aligns with the longitudinal axis;
a drive assembly disposed within the housing and configured to impart movement of the jaw member between the first and second positions upon actuation thereof; wherein the drive assembly includes a spring disposed along the longitudinal axis;
a handle assembly operably coupled to the housing and configured to actuate the drive assembly, the handle assembly including at least one linkage, an integral handle, and a movable handle that cooperate to reciprocate the drive assembly to move the jaw member between the first and second positions, wherein the spring cooperates with the at least one linkage to regulate the drive assembly;
a cutter disposed proximate the jaw member and configured to deliver ultrasonic energy to tissue to cut tissue upon activation of the cutter, the cutter including a proximal cylindrical body substantially aligned along the longitudinal axis and substantially coaxially disposed relative to the shaft, the cutter further including a distal cutting portion extending distally from the proximal cylindrical body and defining a curved cutting edge; and
a handswitch operably associated with the housing and configured to initiate supply of ultrasonic energy to the cutter upon activation of the handswitch.

US Pat. No. 10,918,435

VESSEL SEALER AND DIVIDER

Covidien AG, Neuhausen A...

1. A bipolar forceps, comprising:a housing;
a shaft defining a longitudinal axis, extending distally from the housing, and having a movable jaw member and a fixed jaw member at a distal end thereof, each of the movable and fixed jaw members adapted to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy such that the movable and fixed jaw members are capable of conducting energy through tissue grasped therebetween;
a drive sleeve defining a proximal end and a distal end, the drive sleeve operably coupled to the movable jaw member at the distal end of the drive sleeve and configured to move the movable jaw member relative to the fixed jaw member from a first position wherein the movable jaw member is disposed in spaced relation relative to the fixed jaw member to a second position wherein the movable jaw member is closer to the fixed jaw member;
a movable handle of unitary construction having a finger-receiving curve positioned towards a first end thereof, a clevis positioned towards a second end thereof, and a locking flange disposed between the finger-receiving curve and the clevis, the clevis operably coupled to the drive sleeve towards the proximal end of the drive sleeve such that movement of the movable handle from an open position to a closed position moves the movable jaw member relative to the fixed jaw member from the first position to the second position;
a selectively advanceable knife operable to cut the tissue grasped between the movable and fixed jaw members in a distal direction; and
a selectively actuatable finger actuator operably coupled to the knife,
wherein, when the movable handle is disposed in the open position, the locking flange impedes actuation of the finger actuator and advancement of the knife to cut the tissue grasped between the movable and fixed jaw members.

US Pat. No. 10,918,434

ABLATION SYSTEM, METHODS, AND CONTROLLERS

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOL...

1. A multi-electrode ablation system comprising:a power supply configured to be coupled to a plurality of electrodes; and
a controller coupled to the power supply, the controller configured to:
determine a thermal gain of each electrode of the plurality of electrodes;
compare the determined thermal gain of each electrode to a threshold thermal gain; and
for each electrode of the plurality of electrodes, set a power limit based at least in part on said electrode's determined thermal gain, wherein the power limit establishes a maximum power that may be dissipated through said electrode, wherein the controller is configured to set the power limit at a predetermined power limit for each electrode for which the determined thermal gain equals or exceeds the threshold gain, and wherein the controller is configured to set the power limit at a reduced power limit having a value less than the predetermined power limit for each electrode for which the determined thermal gain is less than the threshold gain.

US Pat. No. 10,918,433

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTIVENESS OF MEDICAL COLD PLASMA DISCHARGES

Apyx Medical Corporation,...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus comprising:a first fluid flow housing including a proximal end, a distal end, a first gas port, and a hollow interior, the first gas port configured to provide a first gas to the hollow interior, such that, the first gas flows through the hollow interior and is provided to the distal end of the first fluid flow housing;
a second fluid flow housing including a proximal end, a distal end, a second gas port, and a hollow interior, the second fluid flow housing coaxially disposed over the first fluid flow housing, the second gas port configured to provide a second gas to the hollow interior of the second fluid flow housing, such that, the second gas flows through the hollow interior and is provided to the distal end of the second fluid flow housing; and
an electrode disposed through the hollow interior of the first fluid flow housing, the electrode including a distal tip and configured to receive electrosurgical energy from an electrosurgical generator, such that, when the first gas passes over the distal tip of the electrode and the electrode receives electrosurgical energy, the first gas is at least partially ionized to generate a plasma discharge beam, the plasma discharge beam exiting the distal end of the first fluid flow housing,
wherein the distal end of the first fluid flow housing extends past the distal tip of the electrode and the distal end of the second fluid flow housing is configured to inject the second gas into the plasma discharge beam in a direction perpendicular to a direction of flow of the first gas beyond the distal end of the first fluid flow housing.

US Pat. No. 10,918,432

ENDOSCOPIC CRYOABLATION CATHETER

CPSI HOLDINGS LLC, Owego...

1. An cryoablation device comprising:a catheter shaft;
a cryogen return line disposed within the catheter shaft;
a cryogen supply line disposed within the cryogen return line, such that the cryogen supply line, the cryogen return line, and the catheter shaft are all substantially coaxial;
a needle tip probe affixed to a distal end of the cryogen return line,
wherein the cryogen supply line extends in a distal direction beyond a distal end of the cryogen return line and into the needle tip probe, and
wherein the catheter shaft is axially movable relative to the needle tip probe and the cryogen return line, and the catheter shaft is configured such that the catheter shaft is distally extended over the needle tip probe in an extended position,
an accessory injection tube disposed within the catheter shaft, such that the accessory injection tube is parallel to the cryogen return line; and
an insulating lumen circumferentially disposed around the return line, between an inner diameter of the catheter shaft and an outer diameter of the return line,
wherein the accessory injection tube is disposed within the insulating lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,918,431

BONE FIXATION SYSTEM, ASSEMBLY, IMPLANTS, DEVICES, ALIGNMENT GUIDES, AND METHODS OF USE

Paragon 28, Inc., Englew...

1. A bone fixation system, comprising:a targeting guide assembly comprising:
an alignment guide with a first end and a second end;
an alignment wire rotatably coupled to the first end of the alignment guide; and
a coupling member slidingly engaging a first portion of the alignment guide near the first end;
a guide wire sleeve removably inserted through the second end of the alignment guide, wherein the guide wire sleeve has a through hole and the through hole is positioned to align with at least a portion of an insertion end of the alignment wire;
a guide wire removably inserted through the guide wire sleeve, wherein the guide wire is positioned to align with at least a portion of the insertion end of the alignment wire;
a drill guide removably inserted through the second end of the alignment guide, wherein the drill guide comprises:
a cannulated opening extending along a longitudinal axis of the drill guide, wherein the guide wire sleeve is removably inserted through the cannulated opening of the drill guide; and
a bone plate removably coupled to the targeting guide assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,430

BONE SCREW WITH MULTIPLE THREAD PROFILES FOR FAR CORTICAL LOCKING AND FLEXIBLE ENGAGEMENT TO A BONE

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A bone screw, comprising:a) a head portion; and
b) a shaft portion, including:
an unthreaded proximal neck section,
a threaded mid-section; and
a threaded front section distal to said mid-section,
wherein the threaded mid-section has a first thread profile different from a second thread profile of the threaded front section and the threaded front section is configured for engaging cortical bone,
wherein the threaded mid-section has a first maximum core diameter, along the first thread profile, that is less than a second maximum core diameter, along the second thread profile, of the threaded front section, and
wherein a maximum diameter of the unthreaded neck section and the first maximum core diameter of the threaded mid-section are less than the second maximum core diameter of said front section.

US Pat. No. 10,918,429

FRACTURE FIXATION SYSTEM INCLUDING LOCKING CAP AND WIRE

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. A fracture fixation system, comprising:a bone plate having a plurality of threaded openings;
a locking cap threadably secured within one of said plurality of threaded openings; and
a wire threadably attached to said locking cap,
wherein said locking cap includes a passage having an internal thread and a non-threaded portion proximal of said internal thread,
wherein said internal thread includes a first diameter and said non-threaded portion includes a second diameter that is different from said first diameter,
wherein said internal thread and said non-threaded portion are unconnected to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,918,428

THORACIC PLATE IMPLANTS AND METHODS OF USE

Zimmer Biomet CMF and Tho...

2. The implant assembly of claim 1, the assembly further comprising:a lag screw configured to pass through a rib bore without threadably engaging the rib bore and including a lag distal threaded portion threadably securable to a second bore of the implant.

US Pat. No. 10,918,427

ANATOMIC DISTAL FIBULA PLATE WITH ANTEROLATERAL DIRECTED SYNDESMOSIS SCREW HOLES

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. An apparatus comprising:a fibula plate having a shape such that, when placed on a fibula, includes a distal portion facing in a lateral direction and an upper portion including an offset section that is wrapped around to a posterior aspect of the fibula;
the fibula plate having at least one fastener hole positioned in the offset section to direct fasteners anteromedially rather than directly medial, wherein the at least one fastener hole is structured and oriented to guide fasteners first through the fibula and then into the tibia; and
at least one fastener that is insertable through the fastener hole such that the at least one fastener is inserted first through the fibula and then through the tibia when implanted.

US Pat. No. 10,918,426

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF A BONE

CONVENTUS ORTHOPAEDICS, I...

1. Apparatus for placement in an interior of a bone, the apparatus comprising:a first intramedullary rod defining a screw hole having a central axis;
a second intramedullary rod configured to be coupled to the first rod;
an implant configured to be coupled to an end of the second rod, the implant including an expandable implant head that, when expanded, defines a volume; and
an elongated member configured to be advanced through the screw hole and to be anchored in the implant head when the implant head is expanded;wherein, in operation, the second rod is coupled to the first rod, the implant is coupled to the second rod, the implant head is in an expanded state, the central axis points to the volume, the elongated member is seated in the screw hole and is anchored in the implant head.

US Pat. No. 10,918,425

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR BONE TRANSPORT

NuVasive Specialized Orth...

1. A system for bone transport comprising:an adjustable length implant configured for intramedullary placement and comprising:
a housing configured to be coupled to a first bone portion and a rod configured to be coupled to a transport bone portion, wherein the housing and the rod are displaceable relative to each other along a longitudinal axis; and
a driving element configured to be non-invasively activated to displace the housing and the rod relative to one another along the longitudinal axis; and
a support member having a proximal end configured to be coupled to the first bone portion and a distal end configured to be coupled to a second bone portion, wherein the support member includes a longitudinally extending slot disposed between the distal and proximal ends of the support member, and wherein the support member is configured to maintain a position of the first bone portion relative to the second bone portion while the adjustable length implant moves the transport bone portion relative to both the first bone portion and the second bone portion; and
an elongate anchor configured to extend through the longitudinally extending slot to be coupled with the rod and the transport bone portion such that the elongate anchor is slidable within the longitudinally extending slot of the support member as the transport bone portion moves relative to both the first bone portion and the second bone portion such that the elongate anchor member also moves relative to both the first bone portion and the second bone portion, wherein the transport bone portion is separate from the first bone portion and the second bone portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,424

ROD REDUCER RATCHET LOCK-OUT MECHANISM

Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc....

19. A rod reduction instrument comprising:an inner shaft including a threaded proximal portion and a distal end, the distal end including a plurality of engagement members adapted to receive a housing of a pedicle screw,
an outer housing slidably received over at least a portion of the inner shaft, the outer housing including a top sleeve and a bottom sleeve, the bottom sleeve including a distal end adapted to engage a connecting rod;
a ratchet mechanism disposed along the top sleeve of the outer housing, the ratchet mechanism including a threaded portion to selectively engage the threaded proximal portion of the inner shaft, the ratchet mechanism including a locking mechanism including a slide lock disposed on an external surface of the ratchet mechanism, the slide lock including a first unlocked position and a second locked position to selectively lock the threaded portion of the ratchet mechanism against the threaded proximal portion of the inner shaft,
wherein the slide lock is a stepped cylindrical shaft positioned transverse the lever member and disposed within a bore extending across a portion of a width of the ratchet mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,918,423

SPINE-ANCHORED TARGETING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSTERIOR SPINAL SURGERY

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. A surgical positioning system, comprising:a cannulated surgical access device having first and second blades having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a sidewall, the sidewall extending between the inner and outer surface, the inner surface of each blade defining an access channel for accessing a surgery location therethrough with surgical tools; and
a support arm having first and second connectors and a first joint, the first connector having an anchoring end configured to connect to a bone fastener, the second connector having a working end configured to connect to the cannulated surgical access device, and the first joint being disposed at the working end, the anchoring end, or between the first and second connector such that, when the cannulated surgical access device is connected to the working end and the anchoring end is connected to the bone fastener in bone, the cannulated surgical access device is moveable in multiple degrees of freedom upon manipulation of the first joint,
wherein the first and second blades are configured to move relative to each other while the support arm is connected to the surgical access device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,422

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INHIBITING PROXIMAL JUNCTIONAL FAILURE

Medicrea International, ...

1. A method of inhibiting proximal junctional failure in a patient having posterior spinal instrumentation, comprising the steps of:creating a first transverse bore through a spinous process of a vertebral body of a spine, superior and adjacent an uppermost instrumented vertebral body, a second transverse bore through a spinous process of the uppermost instrumented vertebral body, and a third transverse bore through a spinous process of a vertebral body inferior and adjacent the uppermost instrumented vertebral body;
threading a tension band having a first end and a second end through the first, second and third bores;
extending the tension band inferiorly of the third transverse bore, under tension; and
locking the tension band with respect to the spine.

US Pat. No. 10,918,421

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal construct comprising:a body defining a first groove;
a transverse rod formed with the body;
a first band disposable in the first groove;
a base connectable with the body and engageable with the first band, the base defining a second groove and a slot;
a second band disposable in the second groove and defining an opening aligned with the slot; and
a shaft connectable with the base and engageable with the second band, the shaft being configured to penetrate tissue, the opening being aligned with the slot to facilitate an angular range of movement of the shaft relative to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,918,420

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLY WITH FORCED DOWNWARD DISPLACEMENT OF A COMPRESSION INSERT BY A TOOL

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivotal bone anchor assembly configured for arrangement with a displacement tool prior to securement of an elongate rod to a bone of a patient via a closure, the pivotal bone anchor assembly comprising:a shank comprising a head and an anchor portion opposite the head configured for fixation to the bone;
a receiver comprising a base defining an axial bore centered about a longitudinal axis and in communication with a bottom of the receiver through a bottom opening, and a pair of upright arms extending upwardly from the base to define an open channel configured for receiving the elongate rod, the axial bore extending upward through the open channel to a top of the receiver and having an interior insert-engaging surface, the receiver further including tool receiving structures configured for engagement by the displacement tool; and
a compression insert configured for positioning into an initial position in the axial bore separate from the head of the shank being received in the axial bore, with the compression insert in the initial position being constrained from vertical movement along the longitudinal axis of the receiver by surface engagements between the axial bore and the compression insert;
wherein after the head of the shank is received within the axial bore and prior to the elongate rod being securely locked in the open channel via the closure, the compression insert is configured for forced downward displacement within the axial bore by direct engagement with the displacement tool that is also engaged with the tool receiving structures of the receiver, the insert being configured for downwardly displacement from the initial position to a deployed position having an interference fit engagement against the interior insert-engaging surface of the axial bore, so as to inhibit the compression insert from moving back up within the axial bore.

US Pat. No. 10,918,419

SPINAL FIXATION DEVICE

K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA ...

1. A spinal fixation device comprising:an inner housing defining a slot therein, the slot configured to receive a portion of a spinal rod therein;
an outer housing circumferentially disposed around at least a portion of the inner housing, wherein translation of the outer and inner housings relative to one another transitions the spinal fixation device between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration;
a screw including a screw head pivotably coupled to a lower portion of the inner housing and a shaft extending from the screw head, the screw head rotatable relative to at least one of the inner and outer housings; and
a pivot inhibitor monolithically formed with and extending from one of the inner housing or the screw, such that the screw is free to pivot relative to the inner housing across a first angular range in a first plane and a second angular range in a second plane, and the first angular range is limited by the pivot inhibitor in a first direction along the first plane and is limited by a bottom surface of the outer housing in a second direction along the first plane, the second direction being opposite to the first direction, and such that the second angular range is limited by the bottom surface of the outer housing in both a third direction and a fourth direction along the second plane, the fourth direction being opposite to the third direction, wherein the second plane is transverse to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,918,418

SPINAL IMPLANT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A spinal implant that fixes a rod to a vertebra, the spinal implant comprising:a bone screw that is configured to be fixed to the vertebra, wherein the bone screw includes:
a screw head,
a screw body that is adapted to be screwed to the vertebra, and
an external thread on an outer circumference of the screw body;
a screw head holding member that holds the screw head of the bone screw via an outer surface of the screw head, wherein the screw head holding member includes:
a cylindrical section that is elastically deformable in a radial direction and includes a support section that supports the screw head from a lower side, wherein the lower side denotes a side to which the screw body extends from the screw head,
an engagement section, and
an elastic deformable section that is elastically deformable in the radial direction of the cylindrical section;
a housing that accommodates the screw head holding member and holds the rod, wherein the housing includes a groove in along an inner circumference of the housing;
an insert that is disposed on top of the screw head within the housing and fixes the housing to the screw head,
wherein the insert includes a protrusion that engages the groove when the insert is inserted in the housing using a first force,
wherein the groove allows the insert to rotate within the housing,
wherein the elastic deformable section comprises a first set of slits extending from a lower end of the cylindrical section to a position below an upper end of the cylindrical section and second set of slits extending from an upper end of the elastic deformable section to a position below a lower end of the elastic deformable section,
wherein the screw head holding member further comprises a plurality of segmented sections each of which extends from the cylindrical section in an axial direction of the cylindrical section and comprises the engagement section at a top portion of each of the segmented sections,
wherein the plurality of segmented sections serves as the elastic deformable section,
wherein the engagement section comprises a pawl section protruding outward from the top portion of a corresponding segmented section, and
wherein the housing comprises a groove that engages with the pawl section.

US Pat. No. 10,918,416

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PATELLA TENDON REALIGNMENT

ZKR ORTHOPEDICS, INC., S...

1. An implant sized and configured to be inserted through an incision during a surgical procedure and affixed to a tibia at an implant location beneath the patellar tendon such that the entire implant is between an end of the tibia proximate a femur and an attachment position of the patellar tendon to the tibia, the implant comprising:a first portion configured to be in proximity to a patella when the implant is at the implant location;
a second portion opposite to the first portion;
a third portion disposed between the first portion and the second portion, the third portion comprising
a curved surface configured to extend over the tibia when the implant is at the implant location,
a first ridge disposed between the first and second portions and extending away from the curved surface, the first ridge having a flat surface facing away from the curved surface, and
a second ridge disposed opposite to the first ridge between the first and second portions and extending away from the curved surface, the second ridge having a flat surface facing away from the curved surface;
a fourth portion opposite to the third portion and configured to change a position of the patellar tendon by elevating or lifting the patellar tendon when the implant is at the implant location;
a fifth portion having a length extending between the first portion and the second portion and a height extending between the first ridge of the third portion and the fourth portion; and
a sixth portion opposite to the fifth portion, the sixth portion having a length extending between the first portion and the second portion and a height extending between the second ridge of the third portion and the fourth portion, the height of the sixth portion being greater than the height of the fifth portion such that the implant has a wedge-shaped cross-section.