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Battery management for a breathing assistance system

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:00:00 EST

A method for providing battery security in a breathing assistance system configured to provide breathing assistance to a patient is provided. A battery security system of the breathing assistance system receives battery data from a battery received in the breathing assistance system, and analyzes the received battery data to determine whether the battery is approved for use in the breathing assistance system. If the battery is determined to be approved for use in the breathing assistance system, the battery is allowed to provide power to the breathing assistance system. If the battery is not determined to be approved for use in the breathing assistance system, the battery is prevented from providing power to the breathing assistance system.



Mask

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:00:00 EST

To provide a mask less liable to cause a shift in wearing position. The mask includes a main-body portion for covering a lower face portion of a wearer and a fixation portion, coupled to the main body portion, for fixing the main-body portion to the lower face portion of the wearer. The main-body portion includes: a main-sheet portion; a lower body for holding a lower jaw of the wearer, the lower body being made of a stretchable material and provided across right and left end portions of the main-sheet portion on a lower, inner side of the main-sheet portion; and/or an upper body for holding the nose of the wearer, the upper body being made of a stretchable material and provided across the right and left end portions of the main-sheet portion on an upper, inner side of the main-sheet portion.



Passive gas regulating valve for a respiratory system

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a gas regulating valve (1) for a respiratory system comprising: —a main path between an inlet (2) and an outlet (3), and —an evacuation path between the outlet (3) and an evacuation orifice (4), characterized in that: —the main path is provided with at least a non-return valve for preventing gas to circulate from the outlet (3) to the inlet (2), and —the evacuation path is provided with an obstructing membrane (10) arranged and designed for being deformed by gas from the inlet (2) to partially or fully obstruct the evacuation path. The invention also relates to a mask integrating such gas regulating valve, and to a respiratory system also comprising such gas regulating valve.



Model based positioning system

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a model based positioning system that includes a positioning device having at least one transmitter configured to be in a tracking environment, e.g. inserted into a body, a receiver having a plurality of receiver elements arranged outside the tracking environment, a control unit configured to measure amplitude and/or phase information of a signal transmitted from the at least one transmitter and received at each receiving element, and a memory unit M for storing a model for each receiving element. The control unit is also configured to estimate the position P of the positioning device by comparing the model for each receiving element with the measured received signal for each receiving element.



Shape memory polymer foams for endovascular therapies

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system for occluding a physical anomaly. One embodiment comprises a shape memory material body wherein the shape memory material body fits within the physical anomaly occluding the physical anomaly. The shape memory material body has a primary shape for occluding the physical anomaly and a secondary shape for being positioned in the physical anomaly.



Method and device for treating an ocular disorder

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for treating ocular disorders such as blepharitis, meibomitis, and dry eye syndrome. The method includes using an electromechanical device to move a swab relative to the eye to create cyclical movement that impacts debris present at the eyelid margin and effectively removes the debris from the eye to encourage healing and prevent further digression of the health of the eye. The apparatus is an electromechanical device that includes a mechanical drive unit operatively connected to a swab to create a precise relative movement of the swab to the eye to remove debris present therein.



System and method for fractional treatment of skin

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for treatment of skin including a treatment surface having numerous small energy emitting points for fractional skin treatment as well as negative pressure outlets. During a treatment, negative pressure from the outlets may exert a pulling force on an opposing tissue surface to bring the tissue into contact with the energy points.



Rod-shaped body

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a rod-shaped body (1) comprised of one or more filaments (2) and of a non-ferromagnetic matrix material (3). The matrix material (3) surrounds the filament(s) (1) and/or adheres them to one another. The rod-shaped body is also comprised of a dopant consisting of particles that generate magnetic resonance tomographic artifacts that is introduced into the matrix material (3). Rod-shaped bodies of this type can be used to construct guide wires, catheters and other instruments to be used in minimally invasive surgical interventions.



Infant protection assembly

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An enclosure for protecting an infant from smothering by a parent while feeding features one or more load bearing elements supported above a significant portion of an infant's upper body half, an infant supporting bottom surface, and a removable access panel to provide access to the infants face for feeding.



Device for preventing aspirated substance from going inside the lungs and enabling speaking

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for preventing aspirated substance from going inside lungs of a patient and enabling speaking. The device comprises an outer tube, an inner tube, an inner tube opening in the inner tube to allow air to travel from the inner tube to the outer tube, an outer tube opening in the outer tube to allow air to escape out of the device, a valve disposed on the outer tube opening, which allows the air to escape out of the device to the trachea of the patient while exhaling, such that the valve closes by gravity and prevents any material to go inside the device from the outer tube opening and a inflatable cuff disposed around the inner end of the outer tube.



Laryngeal mask

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for maintaining an airway in a patient comprises mask having a peripheral portion that forms a seal with the larynx when the mask is positioned in the laryngo pharynx to thereby prevent ingress of extraneous fluids into the larynx airway tube connected to or formed with the mask for passing gas to the larynx when the mask is properly inserted into the laryngo pharynx. The peripheral portion of the mask includes a soft, flexible portion that contacts tissues surrounding the laryngeal opening when the device is inserted into a patient, the soft, flexible portion being arranged whereby application of pressurized gas to the airway tube urges the soft, flexible portion into contact with the tissues surrounding the laryngeal opening or the pharyngeal wall.



Ventilation mask with integrated piloted exhalation valve

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The disclosure is directed to various tubing arrangements and an associated Y-connector which may be used to facilitate the operative interface of the mask to a ventilator within a ventilation system. The tubing arrangement may comprise a pair of bi-lumen tubes. One end of each of the bi-lumen tubes is fluidly connected to the mask, with the opposite end being fluidly connected to the Y-connector. The Y-connector is in turn fluidly connected to one end of either a tri-lumen tube or a quad-lumen tube also included in the tubing arrangement, the opposite end of such tri-lumen tube or quad-lumen tube being fluidly connected to the ventilator. The Y-connector is uniquely configured to fluidly connect certain lumens of the tri-lumen tube or the quad-lumen tube to dedicated, corresponding ones of the lumens included in respective ones of the bi-lumen tubes, and to further allow for the selective detachment of the tri-lumen tube or the quad-lumen tube from the bi-lumen tubes.



Ventilation mask with integrated piloted exhalation valve

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a mask for achieving positive pressure mechanical ventilation (inclusive of CPAP, ventilator support, critical care ventilation, emergency applications), and a method for a operating a ventilation system including such mask. The mask of the present invention includes a piloted exhalation valve that is used to achieve the target pressures/flows to the patient. The pilot for the valve may be pneumatic and driven from the gas supply tubing from the ventilator. The pilot may also be a preset pressure derived in the mask, a separate pneumatic line from the ventilator, or an electro-mechanical control. The mask of the present invention may further include a heat and moisture exchanger (HME) which is integrated therein.



Ventilator-initiated prompt regarding high delivered tidal volume

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure describes systems and methods for monitoring and evaluating ventilatory data to provide useful notifications and/or recommendations. Indeed, many clinicians may not easily identify or recognize data patterns and correlations indicative of certain patient conditions or the effectiveness of ventilatory treatment. Further, clinicians may not readily determine appropriate adjustments that may address certain patient conditions or the effectiveness of ventilatory treatment. Specifically, clinicians may not readily detect or recognize the occurrence of high-delivered VT, during various types of ventilation. According to embodiments, a ventilator may be configured to monitor and evaluate diverse ventilatory parameters to detect an occurrence of and potential causes for high-delivered VT, and may subsequently issue suitable notifications and/or recommendations. The suitable notifications and/or recommendations may further be provided in a hierarchical format such that the clinician may selectively access information regarding the high-delivered VT, and/or potential causes for the high-delivered VT.



Breathable gas apparatus with humidifier

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A humidifier has a base unit with an engagement face that is configured to interface with a flow generator. The humidifier also has a tank configured to be removably received by the base unit and hold a volume of liquid. The tank has a side wall with an air inlet. The humidifier further has an air flow passage configured to receive an air connector of the flow generator at the engagement face of the base unit. The air flow passage is axially offset from a tank inlet. In addition, a cross-section of the airflow passage inlet and a cross-section of the tank air inlet are substantially perpendicular to a horizontal plane.



Breathable gas apparatus with humidifier

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A humidifier has a base unit with an engagement face that is configured to interface with a flow generator. The humidifier also has a tank configured to be removably received by the base unit and hold a volume of liquid. The tank has a side wall with an air inlet. The humidifier further has an air flow passage configured to receive an air connector of the flow generator at the engagement face of the base unit. The air flow passage is axially offset from a tank inlet. In addition, a cross-section of the airflow passage inlet and a cross-section of the tank air inlet are substantially perpendicular to a horizontal plane.



Delivery devices

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A delivery device for delivering a metered amount of substance, the delivery device comprising: a mouthpiece (17) through which a user in use exhales; an outlet (19) through which substance is in use delivered; a housing (21) fluidly connected to the mouthpiece and the outlet, such, that exhalation by the user through the mouthpiece creates an air flow through the housing and from the outlet; and a substance-dispensing unit (25) which is disposed within the housing and operative to dispense a metered amount of substance into an entraining air flow as created through the housing.



Humidifier and/or flow generator for CPAP device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A CPAP device includes a humidifier including humidifier tub having a heat conducting base plate; and a cradle to support the humidifier tub in an operative position. The cradle may also support a flow generator in operative relation to the humidifier tub. The cradle includes a heater plate in communication with the heat conducting base plate of the humidifier tub in use. The cradle further includes a retaining mechanism to retain the humidifier tub in the cradle, the retaining mechanism being structured to force the base plate into engagement with the heater plate. The humidifier and/or flow generator may include various features to manage inadvertent back-spill of water from the humidifier to the flow generator.



System and method for an oxygen system alarm

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention may be embodied as a system and/or a computer-based method for determining safe operation of a breathing gas system comprising the step of receiving a present oxygen concentration value from an oxygen concentration sensor. The method further comprises the step of receiving, at the computer, a present altitude value from an altimeter of the aircraft and using the computer to calculate an alarm flow rate, where the alarm flow rate is a function of the present oxygen concentration value and the present altitude value. The method may further comprise the step of receiving, at the computer, a present flow value from a flow meter, where the present flow value represents the rate of flow of breathing gas to the user. The method may comprise the step of comparing the calculated alarm flow rate to the received present flow value to determine a safe operation of the oxygen system.



Artificial oral airway, esophageal blocker, and pharyngeal airway assembly

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An artificial oral airway, an esophageal blocker, and a pharyngeal airway assembly are disclosed. The artificial oral airway includes a main body and an airway. The airway penetrates the main body, and the main body has a body front end. The esophageal blocker is slidably connected to the artificial oral airway and penetrates the main body to contact the esophagus of a patient. The esophageal blocker has an opening portion, an esophageal blocking portion, and a slice body. The opening portion touches the body front end, and the esophageal blocking portion is used for blocking the esophagus of the patient. The slice body is used for connecting the opening portion and the esophageal blocking portion.



Liquid tank for aerosol inhalator

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid tank for an aerosol inhalator has a reservoir channel opening into air at one end thereof and containing flavor solution inside; a supply pipe connecting the other end of the reservoir channel to an inhalation passage of the aerosol inhalator and guiding the flavor solution to the inhalation passage through either one of inhalation pressure in the inhalation passage and capillary action; and an outflow valve located between the other end of the reservoir channel and the supply pipe, for allowing only the flow of the flavor solution running from the reservoir channel towards the supply pipe.



Liquid spray device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid spray device includes a container defining a reception space for receiving a liquid medicine therein, having a discharge outlet for discharging the liquid medicine to an exterior of the container; a spray module disposed in the discharge outlet, and connected electrically to a driving source such that the liquid medicine forcefully collides against the discharge outlet due to ultrasonic oscillation of the spray module and spraying out a plurality of mist droplets; and a particle sorter disposed downstream to a discharging direction of the liquid medicine, spaced from the spray module at a predetermined distance to permit once against collision of the liquid medicine during the discharging operation such that the mist droplets are sprayed out through the particle sorter in terms of a plurality of micro-mist droplets along the discharging direction.



System and methods for detecting liver disease

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A noninvasive, quantitative imaging technique is presented for detecting and diagnosing liver disease, such as cirrhosis. The technique includes: capturing scan data from a subject using computed tomography or another type of imaging method and extracting image data representing the liver from the scan data. Various measures of the liver may be obtained from image data and then used to compute random variables of a statistical model, where the model is predictive of a medical condition of the liver and comprised of random variables that are indicative of at least one of a shape or texture of the liver. Output from the statistical model provides an indication of an undesirable condition of the liver.



Methods and system for image guided cell ablation with microscopic resolution

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention provides systems and method for the removal of diseased cells during surgery.



Method and system for processing cancer cell electrical signals for medical therapy

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A scientific computer system with processor capable of recording, storing, and reprogramming the natural electrical signals of cancer cells as found in tumors of humans and animals. The reprogramming process is designed to create a confounding electrical signal for retransmission into a malignant tumor to damage or shut-down the cellular internal electrical communication system. Altering the electrical charge on the glycocalyx of the outer cell membrane is also part of the treatment by application of ions. The invention causes cancer cell death as a medical treatment using ultra-low voltage and amperage encoded signals which are reprogrammed from cancer cell communication signals.



Wraps for swaddling babies during medical procedures and methods of using the same

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Wraps for swaddling babies are provided that include a body having a base side. The wrap can further include two arms that are attached to the base side of the body of the wrap. The arms can extend outward in an opposite direction to one another along the base side of the body of the wrap. Related methods of using the wrap are also provided.



Apparatus, composition, and method to treat amblyopia

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An ophthalmological device, comprising an eye patch, a photovoltaic, and a battery, wherein said photovoltaic is interconnected to said battery.



Universally adjustable pillow for use in healthcare and therapy

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A universally adjustable pillow for use in healthcare and/or therapy includes a base board (1), and pillows for, respectively, right lateral recumbency (4), supine recumbency (2), left lateral recumbency (5) and for the neck (3) that are arranged on said base board (1). The pillows for left and right lateral recumbency (5,4) each include an external cushion, a mechanism enabling adjustment to fit vertebral curvature (52, 42), a mechanism enabling adjustment to inhibit too great an angle of lateral tilt (53, 43) and height adjustment members (51, 41). The longitudinal axes of the pillows for left and right lateral recumbency (5, 4) are set an angles α and β to the longitudinal axis of the pillow for supine recumbency (2).



Male condom skin dressing

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A male condom skin dressing, a kit, and a method of using it. The skin dressing may include a waterproof, generally conically-shaped shell having a base portion and a tip portion, and securing material circumferentially wrapped around at least the base portion of the shell to aid in releasably securing the shell. The securing material may be flexible adhesive strips or elastic material.



Cannula for minimizing dilution of dosing during nitric oxide delivery

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention generally relates to, amongst other things, systems, devices, materials, and methods that can improve the accuracy and/or precision of nitric oxide therapy by, for example, reducing the dilution of inhaled nitric oxide (NO). As described herein, NO dilution can occur because of various factors. To reduce the dilution of an intended NO dose, various exemplary nasal cannulas, pneumatic configurations, methods of manufacturing, and methods of use, etc. are disclosed.



Support for tracheostomy or endotracheal tubes

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for securing a tracheostomy or endotracheal tube to a patient.



Endotracheal cuff and technique for using the same

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An inflatable balloon cuff may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. Configurations of these cuffs that include tapered regions with certain characteristics, such as cuff wall diameter and thickness, may provide improved sealing of the trachea.



Cushion for mask system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mask system for use between a patient and a device to deliver a breathable gas to the patient includes a frame including a channel and a cushion provided to the frame. The cushion includes an end portion that is inserted and retained within the channel. The frame includes a recess that communicates with the channel and a hole that connects the recess to a frame exterior. The hole and recess provide an exit route for air contained within the channel.



Mask system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mask system for use between a patient and a device to deliver a breathable gas to the patient includes a mouth cushion, a pair of nasal prongs, an elbow, and a headgear assembly. The mouth cushion is structured to sealingly engage around an exterior of a patient's mouth in use, and the pair of nasal prongs are structured to sealingly communicate with nasal passages of a patient's nose in use. The elbow delivers breathable gas to the patient. The headgear assembly maintains the mouth cushion and the nasal prongs in a desired position on the patient's face. The headgear assembly provides a substantially round crown strap that cups the parietal bone and occipital bone of the patient's head in use.



Anesthesia machine CO2 absorber bypass

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A CO2 absorber bypass for an anesthesia machine includes a diverter for diverting exhaled gas to bypass the CO2 absorber of the anesthesia machine when the diverter is activated. The CO2 absorber bypass further includes a shunt for conveying the diverted exhaled gas, a coupler for connecting the shunt to the inhalation limb of the anesthesia machine, a shunt one way valve, a shunt adjustable pressure limiting valve, and a shunt reservoir. The CO2 absorber bypass allows the CO2 absorber to be changed while the exhalation limb conveys exhaled gas from a patient and the inhalation limb conveys gas to the patient.



Modular aerosol delivery system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An adapter for use in a breathing circuit including a housing with a conduit having a ventilator port adapted to be coupled to a breathing circuit and a patient port adapted to communicate with a patient interface. A medicament container receptacle communicates with the conduit between the ventilator port and the patient port. The receptacle includes a support block having a well shaped to receive a valve stem extending from a container of medicament and an actuator finger extending upwardly in the receptacle adjacent the support block. The actuator finger is adapted to actuate a dose counter coupled to the container.



Apparatus having cross conditioned breathing air

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A self-contained breathing apparatus includes a tank of compressed air and an associated connector. A coaxial conduit extends from the connector to a face plate which might be used by a first responder. Air from the tank is coupled to the face plate via an internal conduit. Exhaled air from the face mask is carried away via an external conduit that surrounds the internal conduit, at least in part, and insulates the air being coupled to the face plate from ambient temperatures. The breathable air, flowing in the internal conduit also cools the exhaled air in the external conduit prior to that air flushing spaces between protective layers of the first responder's coat.



Aerosol delivery device

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An aerosol delivery system is disclosed that is a single-use (disposable) continuous nebulizer system designed for use with mechanically ventilated patients to aerosolize medications for inhalation with a general purpose nebulizer, or for connection with devices usable in endoscopic procedures. The system separates the liquid reservoir from the nebulization process taking place either at the adapter hub, where it fits into an endotracheal tube (ETT), or a gas humidifier, where the aerosol may treat a gas used in an endoscopic procedure, with a multi-lumen tube configured to nebulize liquid and air at its distal end. The refillable liquid reservoir is mounted away from the immediate treatment zone, avoiding orientation issues associated with other types of nebulizers having a self-contained reservoir. The system can produce aerosols having a wide range of droplet sizes, depending upon central lumen diameter, with values of MMAD that range from 4 to 30 μm.



Multiple channel tracheal tube placement device and technique for using the same

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

According to various embodiments, a tracheal tube may employ sensing techniques for determining a distance between the inserted tube and an anatomical structure such as a carina. The distance information may provide an indication as to whether or not the tracheal tube is properly placed within the trachea. Because a tracheal tube may rotate within the trachea, the sensing information may be gathered from multiple locations on the tracheal tube for a rotation-independent measurement technique.



Bioadhesive for tissue repair

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention provides a bioadhesive composition comprising a polysaccharide and an energy converter, wherein the energy converter is activated by non-UV light. The composition may be prepared by dissolving the polysaccharide and the energy converter in an aqueous acidic solution. The composition, in the form of a film or a gel, may be used for repairing a discontinuity in an area of tissue or for joining tissue.



Vertebral body nerve and vein cauterizing system and method

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed are vertebroplasty methods that include cauterizing an inner cavity of a vertebra of a mammal, such as a human, and injecting bone cement into the vertebra. Systems and kits for performing such methods are also disclosed.



Picosecond laser apparatus and methods for its operation and use

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Apparatuses and methods are disclosed for applying laser energy having desired pulse characteristics, including a sufficiently short duration and/or a sufficiently high energy for the photomechanical treatment of skin pigmentations and pigmented lesions, both naturally-occurring (e.g., birthmarks), as well as artificial (e.g., tattoos). The laser energy may be generated with an apparatus having a resonator with the capability of switching between a modelocked pulse operating mode and an amplification operating mode. The operating modes are carried out through the application of a time-dependent bias voltage, having waveforms as described herein, to an electro-optical device (e.g., a Pockels cell) positioned along the optical axis of the resonator.



Distinguishing closed and open respiratory airway apneas by complex admittance values

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for determining the occurrence of a closed or open apnea. Respiratory air flow from a patient is measured to give an air flow signal. The determination of an apnea is performed by applying an oscillatory pressure waveform of known frequency to a patient's airway, calculating a complex quantity representing a patient admittance (12) and comparing its value with ranges (14,16) indicative of open or closed apneas. The method distinguishes open from closed apneas even when the model used to calculate admittance is not based on details of the respiratory apparatus. In addition the patient admittance may be compared with admittance during normal breathing to avoid having to characterize the airway.



Combined cognitive and physical therapy

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides method and apparatus to perform combined cognitive and motor rehabilitation on a computerized non-portable system or on single portable device. A patient can play a variety of games that require the patient to perform a variety of memory exercises which involve physical exertion. The activities of the patient are monitored with pattern analysis software which provides feedback to the patient. The feedback can include voice synthesis, video guidance, progression messages etc. Patient data obtained while the patient is performing each of the memory exercises is stored locally on a database module and then uploaded to a cloud server. A remote psychologist/psychiatrist monitors the patient by logging into the same cloud, and updating cognition exercises. The same therapist can have live chats with the patient for further interaction and coaching.



Inline vapor cooling and filtering apparatus

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A vapor inhalation device includes a first body portion defining a first chamber and a second body portion defining a second chamber provided at least partially within the first chamber, where the second body portion has at least one aperture placing the second chamber in fluid communication with the first chamber. An intake conduit defines a first air passageway from an exterior of the first body portion to within the second chamber. An output conduit has a proximal end located within the first chamber, a distal end opposite the proximal end and located at the exterior of the first body portion, is physically coupled to the first body portion at a location different from the proximal end of the output conduit, and defines a second air passageway extending from within the first chamber to the exterior of the body portion.



Method for treating a lung

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An embodiment of the invention includes a method for decreasing resistance to airflow within a bronchial tree of a subject. The method may include the step of moving an intraluminal device along a lumen of an airway of a bronchial tree, where the intraluminal device includes an expandable member and an energy emitter. The method also may include damaging nerves along the airway using the intraluminal device without destroying an inner surface of an airway wall disposed radially between the intraluminal device and the nerves.



Fallopian tube occlusion devices and methods

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for occluding body lumens such as fallopian tubes which has an occluder element which has a lumen and a fixation element located in the lumen of the occluder element. The fixation element has at least one looped wire which has a proximal region which is biased radially outwardly and be constrained prior to deployment of the device.



Flow metering connector and system for oxygen or air flow supply to nasal cannula

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A connector for connecting an oxygen input flow duct with two narrowed oxygen output flow ducts, is provided thereby to meter oxygen flow to nasal cannula, and includes a hollow body having a relatively large flow input chamber sized for telescopic interfit with the input flow duct, the body having two relatively smaller flow output chambers sized for telescopic interfit with the respective two output flow ducts. The two output chambers have direct and like-sized communication with the input chamber whereby input flow is equally divided into two output flow streams.



Medico-surgical tube assemblies

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tracheostomy tube assembly has a flange arrangement (2) movable along the shaft (1) of the assembly and lockable at different positions. The flange arrangement has a gel-filled member (22) with a flexible conformable surface (26) providing substantially the entire surface contacting the skin. The flange has aperture (28) through which a tape can be extended for use in securing the assembly with the patient's neck. The gel-filled member (122) may be provided separately for use on existing tube assemblies.



Breathing gas delivery system and method

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A breathing gas delivery system and method provides a flow of breathing gas to a patient. The gas flow is purposely interrupted for the patient's exhale phase in order to minimize irritation and injury to nasal tissues due to constant, uninterrupted flows. Embodiments include an oscillating ball valve that interrupts oxygen supply during the patient's exhale phase, cannula tips that are shaped to minimize trauma, and a sleep apnea treatment system that interrupts breathing gas supply during the patient's exhale phase.