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MASK WEAR-OUT ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a wear-out assessment system (10) comprising a patient interface (12) for delivering a flow of breathable gas to an airway of a patient, wherein the patient interface (12) comprises a first wireless communication unit (18), a communication device (14) comprising a second wireless communication unit (19) configured to wirelessly communicate with the first wireless communication unit (18) and a wear-out assessment unit (16) for determining wear-out data relating to a wear-out of the patient interface (12). The first and second wireless communication unit (18, 19) are configured to exchange at least parts of the wear-out data.



ELECTRONIC RESPIRATOR MASK

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electronic respiratory mask capable of filtering air that passes through is disclosed herein. In an embodiment, a face mask includes a body having an inner volume that surrounds the user's mouth when the body is placed over the user's mouth, a first electrode located on the body, the first electrode sized and shaped to allow air to pass between the inner volume of the body and an outside environment when the body is placed over the user's mouth, and a second electrode located on the body, the second electrode sized and shaped to allow air to pass between the inner volume of the body and the outside environment when the body is placed over the user's mouth, wherein the first and second electrode create an electric field gradient that is capable of suspending microbes as air passes between the inner volume of the body and the outside environment.



POWERED AIR BREATHING APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A safety breathing apparatus has a sensor for measuring the difference in pressure between two point in the gas delivered to a head unit. The sensor is used to measure the difference in the pressure of the gas supplied through the apparatus between the two points in the gas flow, and the pressure difference is then used to calculate the gas flow rate.



METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DELIVER THERAPEUTIC NON-ULTRAVIOLET ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION FOR AN ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly is provided for insertion into a patient's trachea to ventilate, to maintain patency of the patient's airway, and to deliver therapeutic electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to the patient. The therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly has an endotracheal tube and an EMR delivery system. The EMR delivery system has an EMR source for emitting non-ultraviolet, therapeutic EMR having intensity sufficient to activate desired therapeutic properties within the patient and an EMR conduction line conducive to the propagation of EMR from the EMR source along the endotracheal tube. The EMR conduction line is removably insertable into the endotracheal tube. The therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly may be custom made or may be constructed by retrofitting a removably insertable EMR delivery system to an existing endotracheal tube.



REVERSIBLE COMPONENT FOR MULTIPLE RESPIRATORY SUPPORT MODES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for coupling a respiratory support circuit (5, 5a) to a pressure generator (140) include multiple flow paths 13,17) for corresponding modes of operation. A first flow path (13) for a first mode of operation couples fluidly between the pressure generator, through a control port (12) and a circuit port (14), to an exhalation limb (20) of a dual-limb configuration of a respiratory support circuit. A second flow path (17) for a second mode of operates couples fluidly between the pressure generator, through a control port (16) and a circuit port (18), an exhalation valve (21) of a single-limb configuration of the respiratory support circuit.



APPARATUS FOR MEASURING PROPERTIES OF GASES SUPPLIED TO A PATIENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 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.



CO-EXTRUDED HOSE WITH SYMMETRY PROPERTIES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A hose having an asymmetrical cross-section but which exhibits symmetrical bending and crush resistance regardless of the direction of the bending and/or crushing forces exerted on the tube. The tube includes an outer wall and an inner strengthening rib which is coextruded with the outer wall, the inner rib fabricated from a material having a durometer which is at least equal to, or higher, i.e., equal or higher resistance to deflection and/or indentation, than the material out of which the outer wall is fabricated. In one embodiment the rib defines a third lumen.



ADJUSTABLE NASAL PRONG AND HEADGEAR ASSEMBLY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention is directed to a ventilation interface, which includes a cannula having one or more nasal prongs, a ventilation tube connected to the cannula and headgear. The cannula is secured onto the patient through one or more arced couplers positioned between the cannula and headgear. The cannula has a first side wall, a second side wall and a top wall which form a reservoir. The top wall includes a first portion, a second portion and a notch positioned between the first portion and second portion. The ventilation tube includes one or more bleed ports and provides breathable gas to a patient. The headgear includes a first strap and a second strap. The first strap includes a first portion and second portion that contains two or more slots to connect the second strap. Each portion of the first strap includes an inner layer and an outer layer.



COMPLIANT COUPLER OR ADAPTOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A CPAP device includes a flow generator including an outlet, a humidifier including an inlet, and an adaptor connector between the outlet of the flow generator and the inlet of the humidifier. The connector includes a flexible and conformable sealing portion that is movable to accommodate misalignment.



CONNECTOR FOR COUPLING A TRACHEAL TUBE TO AN AUXILIARY DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments of a connector assembly are provided to removably couple a proximal end of a tracheal tube to components associated with a ventilator or an anesthesiology machine. The disclosed embodiments include a compression fitting, which creates an airtight seal between walls of the tracheal tube and components of the compression fitting, thus allowing air to flow to and from a patient.



STRAPLESS NASAL INTERFACE DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A nasal interface device configured to be positioned about a user's nose includes an air supply interface connected to an air tube and a bendable element connected to the air supply interface. The bendable element bends to match contours of the user's nose and holds its shape so as to secure a position of the air supply interface relative to the user's nose.



ERGONOMIC AND ADJUSTABLE RESPIRATORY MASK ASSEMBLY WITH CUSHION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A patient interface has a frame with an opening to receive pressurized gas; a cushion permanently co-molded to frame and defining a breathing chamber; an elbow assembly releasably snap-fittable to the frame with an audible click signaling secure attachment between the elbow assembly and the frame, the elbow assembly including a rotatable swivel elbow; headgear to support the patient interface on the patient's head; and a plurality of gas washout holes to allow escape of CO2 from the breathing chamber.



PATIENT INTERFACE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Patient interface (50) optically indicating a user that a member (22) of the patient interface (50) needs to be replaced due to wear. In particular, it relates to a member (22) for patient interface (50) which comprises at least one functional material (32, 34) having a predefined functionality and at least one indicator (28, 30) wherein the concentration of said at least one indicator (28, 30) in said member (22) correlates with the predefined functionality of said at least one functional material (32, 34).



APNEA TREATMENT METHOD AND DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A closure for use during Positive Airway Pressure treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea for controlling air leakage through the lips and mouth of a person. The closure includes a first member formed of an air-sealing layer for extending over the lips of and to an adjacent region on the skin of the person. The closure includes a second member formed of an adhesive layer adhered to the first member for placement on at least the adjacent region on the skin for adhering the closure to the skin to form an air seal over the mouth. The closure includes a quick-release member for breaking the air seal.



FLEXIBLE AIRWAY DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An airway tube for an airway device for human or animal use said airway tube having a first end and a second end, wherein the airway tube includes a first lumen and a second lumen, each of said first and second lumens extending from the first end to the second end of the airway tube. A a flexible wall is provided between the first lumen and the second lumen extending from the first end to the second end of the airway tube wherein movement of the flexible wall varies the cross-sectional area of the first lumen and the second lumen.



AUTOMATIC PAIRING OF WIRELESS PERIPHERALS IN A SYSTEM SUCH AS PRESSURE SUPPORT RESPIRATORY THERAPY SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An automatic wireless pairing method includes causing a base unit to wirelessly communicate with a number of wireless peripheral devices and wirelessly receive a peripheral device data signal from each of the wireless peripheral devices, wherein the peripheral device data signal received from each of the wireless peripheral devices is based on one or more measurements made by a sensor of the wireless peripheral device, analyzing in the base unit each of the peripheral device data signals, selecting in the base unit one or more of the wireless peripheral devices based on the analyzing of the peripheral device data signals, and responsive to the selecting step, establishing or maintaining wireless communication according to the wireless communications protocol between the base unit and the selected one or more of the wireless peripheral devices and not the wireless peripheral devices other than the selected one or more of the wireless peripheral devices.



FAN UNIT WITH IMPROVED SURGE CHARACTERISTICS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A fan unit that forms part of a gases supply unit used as part of a breathing assistance system for providing heated gases to a user. The fan has an impeller surrounded by an upwardly sloped surface to facilitate improved airflow performance under surge conditions.



DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR LUNG VENTILATOR SETTINGS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a ventilator system capable of displaying complex information patterns in a GUI, thereby allowing a clinician to get subtract complex information from multiple parameters inputs.



PORTABLE HAND PUMP FOR EVACUATION OF FLUIDS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A manually operable pump for the effective removal of fluids to include blood, blood clots, fluid, and air from a body cavity of a subject is provided. The manually operable pump is adapted to be connect to a range of fluid conduits and is equipped with one-way valves that effectively permit flow of fluid through the pump in only one direction. The sensitivity of the one-way valves is such that when properly positioned, fluid can flow through the valves and out of the pump without manual compression of the pump and with the aid of gravity power alone.



CONDOM WITH WARMTH IMPARTING LUBRICANT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A condom together with a lubrication composition the lubricating composition containing a minimal amount of free water, and comprising one or more glycols, such that the glycols in the lubricant release heat and warmth when contacted with compositions containing free water.



BARRIER SYSTEM TO REDUCE THE RATES OF INFECTIONS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A barrier system is provided for use in reducing infections associated with post-operative surgical incision and/or a percutaneous medical device, such as a catheter, that is disposed within the surgical incision. Such a barrier system may include: a barrier device having a skin-contacting surface and a catheter-receiving surface; and an adhesive composition configured for adhering to skin, the barrier device, and/or the catheter so as to form a barrier at or adjacent to an incision in the skin where the catheter is percutaneously inserted through the skin. A tensioning anchor and associated system of two or more tensioning anchors is provided for post-operative wound closure. A method for applying and removing the barrier device and tensioning anchors is also provided.



A CUSTOMIZABLE EAR INSERT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a customizable ear insert for fitting within a user's outer ear or ear canal or both and methods therefor. In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a customizable ear insert having: a body formed of photocurable polymer, the body having a first shape configured for insertion into the outer ear canal of a user; a light source, the light source positioned adjacent the body, and wherein the body can be cured into a second shape by application of light generated by the light source, the second shape snugly conforming to the interior surface of the user's outer ear or ear canal or both.



A SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for preventing snoring and sleep apnea, the system comprising: a first element (18) and a second element (20) magnetically attracted to each other; wherein the first element (18) is implanted in a patient's tongue (14) that turns to pharynx (16) of the patient; means for continuously adjusting a magnetic attraction between said first element (18) and said second element (20) without relocating the magnetic elements (18, 20); holding means (22), for holding the second element (20), on the exterior front side of the neck of the patient, thereby placing the second element (20) in vicinity with the first element (18); thereby a magnetic attraction of the first and second elements to each other pulls the first element (18) along with the tongue (14) away from the trachea (26), resulting in keeping open the airway of the patient.



Method And Apparatus For Weight Management Utilizing An Intra-Oral Device

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An intra-oral device for weight management includes a carrier having a resiliently deformable protuberance on its outer surface. The protuberance may comprise a bite-pad having a height that varies along its length, with the apex being aligned with a first molar of a dental arch of the user. The protuberance may comprise a planar ridge structured and arranged to increase resistance to lateral movement of the user's jaw during a normal chewing cycle. Multiple resiliently deformable protuberances may include a bite-pad and a planar ridge on a buccal side of the bite-pad. Either or both of the bite-pad and planar ridge may be provided with an uneven, textured exterior surface. A method for promoting weight management may include positioning the carrier over an arch of teeth of the user instead of eating. The method may further include chewing on the carrier so as to deform the protuberance.



HEAD RESTRAINING APPARATUS FOR A MEDICAL PROCEDURE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A head restraining device is provided for securing a patient's head to a bed. The head restraining device comprises a frame, a lower compliant support strap, and an upper compliant support strap. The frame has a first anchor assembly, a second anchor assembly, and a connecting mechanism for connecting the frame to the bed. The compliant support straps have a first end and a second end and support a portion of the patient's head. The first end of the upper compliant support strap and the first end of the lower compliant support strap are securable by the first anchor assembly and the second end of the upper compliant support strap and the second end of the lower compliant support strap are securable by the second anchor assembly. The head restraining device may be used for any surgical procedure where head fixation is needed.



Radiation Shield Assembly and Method of Providing a Sterile Barrier to Radiation

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A radiation shield assembly and method of providing a sterile barrier to radiation is provided. An assembly includes a rigid support member and a radiopaque sheet operably fixed to the support member. A sterile flexible drape covers the radiopaque sheet. Another assembly includes a sterile flexible drape and a through opening. A radiopaque member is disposed about the through opening. A method includes laying a first flexible drape having an access opening over a patient and then laying a radiopaque member substantially about the access opening on the first flexible drape. Another method includes providing a flexible drape having a sterile outer surface and a through opening and disposing a radiopaque member about the through opening. Another method includes laying a sterile flexible drape having a pocket and a through opening over a patient. Then, disposing at least one radiopaque member in the pocket about the through opening.



FASHIONABLE VERSATILE MASK GARMENT RETAINS A FILTER ELEMENT IN A CONCEALED STATE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A fashionable versatile mask garment made of a plurality of layered materials conceals a respiratory filter element releasably retained within, and as part of the garment, to protect a wearer's nose and mouth from airborne particulates. Two right and left upper straps and two right and left lower connectors extend outwardly from each of the opposing side edges, contain engaging mechanisms to secure garment at the wearer's lower-face, head, and neck. For versatility in purpose, the mask garment is adaptable from a first alternative position as a mask, into a second alternative position as a neck warmer, or a third alternative position as a head cover, while continuing to contain the filter element in a concealed state so as to be accessible to a wearer at a moment's notice. Its function as a fashionable versatile mask garment with a concealable capability, is accomplished by using design methods, sewing techniques, embellishment and fabric applications common to casual and professional fashion attire.