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MASKS FOR UNDERWATER USES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Mask of the so-called full face type comprising a transparent visor (2), a frame or strapping (3), a sealing skirt (4) preferably made of rubber designed to ensure the water-tight seal and suitable straps (5) for fitting the mask on the face. The face part of the mask is associated with breathing tube (6) which engages on the upper part of the mask and which allows the flow of air to enter into the compartment made between the frame and the visor. The path of the air being inhaled and exhaled both in the mask and in the breathing tube are different from each other, the tube is made with separate ducts for the air inhaled and exhaled and the inside of the mask is made with two compartments, an upper front compartment (6) and a lower oronasal compartment (7) separated by a separating wall.The path inside the mask is such that the inhaled air is introduced from the tube in the front compartment and then in the oronasal compartment and the air exhaled from the oronasal compartment travels on a perimetric path of the mask up to the tube.



ADJUSTABLE FACIAL CONFORMING FACE MASK

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An adjustable face mask having a body conforming substantially to the facial structure of a wearer. The face mask is provided with a neck protector and removable filter and with a strip of fabric designed to push air down to the sides of the wearer's face in order to eliminate fogging of the wearer's goggles. The face mask can optionally provide neck protection with a descending neck member.



BREATHING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A humidifier and humidity sensor is disclosed for use with a breathing assistance apparatus. The humidity sensor preferably includes means to sense absolute humidity, relative humidity and/or temperature at both the patient end and humidifier end. The humidifier may also include provision to both control independently the humidity and temperature of the gases. Further, a chamber manifold is disclosed to facilitate easy connection of the humidifier to various outlets, inlets and sensors. A heated conduit is described which provides a more effective temperature profile along its length.



HUMIDIFICATION CHAMBER FOR A RESPIRATORY ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A respiratory assistance apparatus includes a flow generator and a humidifier. The humidifier includes a humidification chamber. The humidification chamber comprises a water tub that is configured to receive a volume of water. A lid is hingedly coupled to the water tub for enclosing a volume contained within the water tub.



RESPIRATORY SYSTEM WITH HUMIDIFIER AND CONFORMABLE RESERVOIR

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A humidifier for humidifying a flow of air to be delivered to a patient includes a base unit having at least one wall defining a receiving space. The base unit also includes a variable volume reservoir configured to hold a body of water and receive the flow of air to humidify the flow of air for delivery to the patient. The receiving space is configured to receive the variable volume reservoir and the variable volume reservoir is conformable to a shape of the receiving space. The humidifier further includes a heater for heating the body of water.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANALYZING AND DELIVERING NITRIC OXIDE GAS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A gas analyzer for analyzing and delivering a therapeutic blend of nitric oxide gas to a patient is disclosed. The analyzer includes a nitric oxide metering circuit to meter a flow of nitric oxide into a blended gas mix, a gas sampling circuit to sample the blended gas mix, a user interface to allow a user to input a lower threshold concentration and an upper threshold concentration of nitric oxide in the blended gas mix, and a controller. In some cases, the controller is configured to operate the nitric oxide metering circuit to meter a flow of the nitric oxide into the blended gas mix to maintain the concentration of nitric oxide in the blended gas mix between the lower threshold concentration and the upper threshold concentration. Other implementations are described.



Device And Method For Diffusing High Concentration NO With Inhalation Therapy Gas

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods of the present invention can enable high concentration NO to be delivered into ventilator breathing circuits, via a diffusing device, without generating undesirably large amounts of NO2.



APPARATUS FOR MEASURING PROPERTIES OF GASES SUPPLIED TO A PATIENT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The gases temperature supplied to a patient when the patient is undergoing treatment such as oxygen therapy or positive pressure treatment for conditions such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is often measured for safety and to enable controlling of the humidity delivered to the patient. The invention disclosed is related to measurement of properties, particularly temperature (thermister 23), of gases flowing through a heated tube (3), supplying gases to a patient, which utilises the heating wire (21, 28) within the tube.



RESUSCITATOR WITH DISTAL OXYGEN INLET, BREATHING CIRCUITS HAVING REUSABLE AND DISPOSABLE COMPONENTS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESUSCITATION AND PROVIDING ASSISTED VENTILATION AND ANESTHESIA, AND KITS AND COMPONENTS THEREFORE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A resuscitation device is disclosed comprising a bag, a non-rebreathing valve (NRV), a breathing conduit, a filter, a pressure limiting valve, a patient airway device, and an oxygen inlet located distally (on the patient side) of the bag. The device can be operatively connected to a patient airway device to provide gases to and/or exhaust gases from a patient. Also disclosed are methods of using the resuscitation device, components, and kits for constructing same. Breathing circuits for use in assisted ventilation and anesthesia are disclosed having disposable and reusable circuit components along with systems incorporating same. Methods of using the breathing circuits are described, along with descriptions of circuit components and kits for constructing systems using the breathing circuits.



Oxygen Port Nasal Cannula

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A device for use in delivering oxygen to a human patient while measuring carbon dioxide exhaled from that patient, comprises: (a) a base member having an oxygen delivery inlet port and a carbon dioxide detection outlet port formed therein separate from the oxygen delivery port; (b) a flexible cannula extending from the base, the cannula having a proximal end portion, an intermediate portion, a distal end portion, a first lumen formed therein, and a second lumen separate from the first lumen formed therein, with the distal end portion connected to the base member, the first lumen in fluid communication with the oxygen delivery inlet port, and the second lumen in fluid communication with the carbon dioxide detection outlet port.



TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE ASSEMBLIES AND INNER CANNULAE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A tracheostomy tube assembly includes an outer tube (1) and an inner cannula (20, 120, 220 51, 61) inserted into and removable from the tube. The inner cannula has a constant internal diameter along its length and has at its patient end (22, 122, 222) a seal member (23, 123, 223) extending around the cannula. The seal member may be a separate ring 23 of resilient material attached to the outside of the shaft of the cannula or it may be formed of the material of the shaft (121, 221) itself. Alternatively, the seal member (50, 60) may be of a kind that expands when exposed to an elevated temperature or humidity, and may include a shape memory effect material.



DEVICE TO REDUCE DISCOMFORT IN THE UPPER AIRWAY

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A device for delivering a substance to an airway of a patient may include a laryngeal mask airway device, at least one substance delivery reservoir coupled with the laryngeal mask airway device for delivering the substance to the airway of the patient, and at least one conduit coupled with the laryngeal mask airway. The at least one conduit may have a proximal end configured to couple with a source of the substance residing outside the patient and a distal end in fluid communication with the at least one substance delivery reservoir.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADAPTIVE BASE FLOW AND LEAK COMPENSATION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure describes systems and methods for providing adaptive base flow scheduling during ventilation of a patient to optimize patient-machine synchrony and accuracy of estimated exhaled as well as inhaled tidal volumes. Further, this disclosure describes systems and methods for providing adaptive inspiratory trigger threshold scheduling during the adaptive base flow scheduling. Further still, this disclosure describes systems and methods for determining an estimated leak flow and adjusting the adaptive base flow scheduling and the adaptive inspiratory trigger threshold scheduling based on the estimated leak flow. Moreover, this disclosure describes systems and methods for determining a change in the estimated leak flow and adjusting the adaptive base flow scheduling and the adaptive inspiratory trigger threshold scheduling based on the change in the estimated leak flow.



Inhaler Device

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A device (20) is disclosed for dispensing a fluid supplied from an external fluid source. The device comprises a transducer (32) adapted to receive a fluid from the fluid source, and a collapsible linkage and trip link (502) coupling the transducer and the fluid source. The linkage has a collapsible joint inhibiting discharge of the fluid source when in a locked orientation. The device (20) further comprises a moveable member coupled to the linkage such that inhalation forces on the device cause the linkage to collapse thereby discharging the fluid from the fluid source. The device may further include a dose counter coupled to the fluid source for registering the amount of doses administered from the fluid source.



DRY POWDER INHALER WITH DOSE DEPLETION EVALUATION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A dry powder inhaler is provided herein which includes a dose chamber having a staging area configured to accommodate an inhalable dose of active pharmaceutical agent. A nozzle is provided having a discharge aperture with an inhalation channel communicating the staging area with the discharge aperture. The inhalation channel is configured such that sufficient negative pressure applied to the discharge aperture draws a dose from the staging area towards the discharge aperture. An arrangement is provided for evaluating the level of depletion of a dose from the staging area. Advantageously, the subject invention allows for evaluating physical depletion of a staged dose so as to recognize the level of delivery thereof.



DRUG DOSE CARTRIDGE FOR AN INHALER DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Devices and methods are described for preparing, managing, and/or administering metered doses of substances for vaporized administration. In some embodiments, dose cartridges comprising at least one botanical substance include a heating element integrated into the cartridge in close contact with the botanical substance. In some embodiments, cartridge-mounted doses are stored in a magazine, optionally in carousel form, before use. Transport of a cartridge from a magazine to an electrically operated vaporizing chamber which activates the heating element is provided by a mechanical pickup means.



Device for Vaporization of Phyto Material

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A novel Aromatherapy Vaporization Device is disclosed having a heating chamber first portion with an airflow restricting member and a vapor capturing chamber disposed upstream thereof. A heating chamber second portion has a low thermal inertia conductive heating element having a control circuit first electrical coupling. Phyto material is inserted between the first and second heating chamber portions for heating thereof to a predetermined temperature. A hinge is disposed between the heating chamber first portion and the heating chamber second portion for facilitating loading of phyto material into the heating chamber.



VENTILATION SYSTEM WITH MECHANICAL VENTILATION AND EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD GAS EXCHANGE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system for supporting the blood gas exchange by means of mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal blood gas exchange comprises a ventilation device for mechanical ventilation of the lungs of a patient, and an ECLS device for the extracorporeal blood gas exchange, wherein the ventilation system is designed to perform mechanical respiratory support by the ventilation device on the one hand and an extracorporeal blood gas exchange by the ECLS device on the other hand in coordinated, automated manner in order to support the gas exchange in the blood circulation of the patient, wherein the ECLS device sets a level of the extracorporeal blood gas exchange, and the ventilation device, on the basis of the level of the extracorporeal blood gas exchange set by the ECLS device, adjusts in automated manner to a level of the mechanical respiratory support.



STABLE PRESSURISED AEROSOL SOLUTION COMPOSITION OF GLYCOPYRRONIUM BROMIDE AND FORMOTEROL COMBINATION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Aerosol solution compositions intended for use with a pressurized metered dose inhaler, comprising glycopyrronium bromide and formoterol, or a salt thereof, optionally in combination with one or more additional active ingredients, and stabilized by a selected amount of a mineral acid, exhibit improved stability when contained in an aerosol can provided with a metering valve having at least a butyl rubber gasket.



SURGICAL POSITIONING SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A surgical positioning system includes a flexible air-impermeable shell filled with beads that is wrapped against the patient and subjected to a vacuum to hold the patient in place. An air-impermeable top wall can be joined with an air-impermeable bottom wall to define a plurality of chambers. Each of the chambers can include a peripheral edge that extends around the periphery of the respective chamber. The plurality of chambers can include a first shoulder chamber, a second shoulder chamber, and a main chamber.



Device for protecting the human sensory hearing system while retaining quality sound

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure describes a cost-effective earplug device that delivers minimally distorted sound, offers sound protection, can fit most users, and can protect human hearing from dangerously-high acoustic levels without the cost or inconvenience of a custom earplug.



Surgical Drape Cinch

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A surgical covering cinch that improves visibility during a surgery. The cinch makes use of a drape, a pair of fasteners, a cable system, and a surgical access hole. The drape is used to cover the body of a patient. The surgical access hole passes through the center of the drape. The pair of fasteners are mounted onto opposite edges of the drape. The cable system is connected to the fasteners and enables a user to move them as desired. By attaching the pair of fasteners to the drape and tensioning the cable system, a user is able to cinch the drape around the body of a patient to improve visualization and patient temperature regulation.



PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND METHODS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Improved personal protective equipment facial wear including, in one embodiment, an at least partly adhesive mask, and one or more adhesive eye shields. In one implementation, the mask avoids significant contact with the delicate periorbital skin of the wearer, yet provides a substantially airtight seal so as to preclude moisture vapor transfer and “fogging” of eyeware or instruments. In another implementation, adherence of the eye shield is at least partially overlapping with the mask and creates an at least partial seal around a perimeter of the eye shield. Further, an at least partial seal is formed around a perimeter of the mask. The mask and eye shield additionally prevent nasal air flow obstruction, and address the problem of skin irritation and attachment during normal facial expression and movement of the wearer.