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GRAPHICAL CONTROLS FOR PROGRAMMING MEDICAL DEVICE OPERATION

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An example method includes presenting, by a computing device, a range of available parameter values for the therapy parameter via a circular track, indicating, by the computing device, a present parameter value for the therapy parameter via the circular track, and receiving, by the computing device, via a user interface (UI), user input specifying a target parameter value for the therapy parameter, indicating, by the computing device, the target parameter value in conjunction with the present parameter value via the circular track, receiving by the computing device, via the UI, user input activating an adjustment from the present parameter value to the target parameter value, and in response to receiving the user input activating the adjustment, controlling, by the computing device, the medical device to adjust the therapy parameter value from the present parameter value to the target parameter value.



ASEPTIC COUPLING DEVICES

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An aseptic coupling arrangement includes a first coupling device and a second aseptic coupling device. In one example, the first and second coupling devices are substantially similar, each having a main body having a front face and a fluid passageway therethrough. A first connecting feature on the main body of each coupling device may be provided for aligning and coupling the aseptic devices together. Each coupling device may also include a sealing member received in the main body and a membrane removably coupled to the main body front face to cover the sealing member. The first aseptic coupling device may also include a rotatable protective cover that is removably attached to the main body and connected to the membrane. In one example, the removal of the protective covers away from two coupled main bodies, in a direction parallel to the front faces, causes removal of the membranes.



MICRO INFUSION DEVICE FOR DRUG DELIVERY

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device introduced small volumes of fluid for delivery to a patient through a fluid line. The device includes a first arm adapted to receive a syringe and a second arm fluidly connected to an upstream reservoir that defines an internal volume adapted to receive a volume of fluid. The device includes a fluid obstruction mechanism configured to selectably block flow of fluid from the reservoir toward the patient, wherein the fluid obstruction mechanism transitions between a first state that permits fluid flow from the reservoir toward the patient and a second state that directs fluid flow from the syringe into the reservoir while blocking fluid flow from the reservoir toward the patient.



DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING A DRUG

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for dispensing a topically administered drug has a spreader which is used to actuate a pump to release the drug and then to spread the drug on the skin and. The spreader is coupled to a lock that prevents it from actuating the pump after a number of drug doses have been dispensed. The pump can be actuated to release no more than the selected quantity of drug per day or actuation.



CELL ENCAPSULATION LOADING DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a loading fixture for loading cells, cell clusters, and media to an immune-isolation device. The loading fixture permits the loading of cells into the immune-isolation device without manual manipulation of the immune-isolation device, until the loading device is opened at the point of use, thereby minimizing the risk of contamination of the immune-isolation device.



INSUFFLATION PUMP

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An insufflation pump includes a pump body having a first end and a second end. The pump body includes a syringe mechanism at the first end and an actuation mechanism at the second end. The syringe mechanism includes a plunger. The plunger of the syringe mechanism and the actuation mechanism are linked by a toggle assembly facilitating transfer of power from the actuation mechanism to the syringe mechanism.



MEDICAL DEVICE, MEDICAL DEVICE ASSEMBLY, BALLOON DEVICE, AND TREATMENT METHOD FOR TREATING URETHRAL STRICTURE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medical device is disclosed for delivering a medical member which is intended to indwell in a treatment site of a urethra includes a flexible main body that extends in an axial direction, a balloon that includes an effectively dilatable portion on which the medical member is mounted, that has a dilating space into which a pressurizing medium flows between an outer surface of the main body and the balloon, and that is capable of dilating deformation and deflating deformation, an elongated guide member that is arranged across the treatment site and the outside of a living body via the urethra, and an attachment portion to which at least a portion of the guide member is detachably attached at a position between both end portions in the axial direction of the main body.



EXPANDABLE MEDICAL DEVICES

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medical device with an expandable element and expandable tubular sleeve surrounding at least a portion of the expandable element which influences the rate, shape and/or force required to expand the expandable element and methods for use in a body lumen are provided.



CATHETER SECUREMENT DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for securing a medical implement, such as a catheter to a body of a patient. The device having an adhesive pad for securing the pad to the body of a patient. An adjustable plate is rotatable with respect to the fixed plate to secure a catheter. In some aspects, a pair of adjustable plates can be rotated with respect to the fixed plate. Tabs affixed to the fixed plate and the adjustable plate cooperate with each other to secure a catheter there between. The adjustable plate can be rotated so as to retain a catheter between the tabs. Complementary pawl and ratchet members are used to enable limited rotation of the plates with respect to one another and to fix the plates in a selected adjustment position.



Dresssing

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The dressing has a pad for adhesive securement to a patient that includes a bubble for covering over a housing of a Huber needle assembly embedded in the patient. A slit is formed in the pad to allow passage of the tubing of the Huber needle assembly. In one embodiment, an insert of foam material is provided in the bubble to rigidify the bubble. A second section may also be provided for folding over the pad to encase the tubing, catheter and clamp of the Huber needle assembly.



Dressing

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The dressing has a first section that includes a bubble for covering over a housing of a Huber needle embedded in a patient and a second section that folds over the first section to encase a tubing of the Huber needle between the two sections. A slit is formed in the first section to allow passage of the tubing. In one embodiment, an insert of foam material is provided in the bubble to rigidify the bubble.



Self-limiting Optical Disinfecting Catheter

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to an implanted catheter that reduces infection by heating a portion of the catheter wall. Light absorption within the wall is used to heat the surface. A thermochromic layer can be used to limit temperatures and accurately control the temperature distribution.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF TREATING MALACIA BY LOCAL DELIVERY OF HYDROGEL TO AUGMENT TISSUE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, devices, and methods for maintaining patency in a bronchus of a patient are presented. A catheter is positioned within the bronchus. A target region of one or more of a bronchial wall, submucosa, media, and adventitia is punctured with an injection needle disposed on a distal end of the catheter. Such puncturing is achieved by expanding a balloon disposed on the distal end of the catheter. The balloon may be comprised of at least two materials of different elastic modulus, which allows for a flexible but relatively non-distensible, unfolding component of the balloon as well as an elastomeric, inflatable component of the balloon. Through the injection needle, an amount of one or more crosslinking agents is delivered to the target region. The delivered amount is effective to provide structural support for the bronchial wall, substituting for the bronchial cartilage thereby treating bronchomalacia.



URINARY CATHETER, KIT AND METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention provides a catheter including: a first lumen adapted for draining a first fluid from a subject; a second lumen adapted for passing a second fluid through the second lumen; and a third lumen adapted for passing a third fluid through the third lumen such that the third fluid can exit the third lumen to bathe at least a part of an outside surface of the catheter. The invention further provides a kit and/or system including said catheter and method of use for said catheter.



CATHETER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This invention relates to a catheter (220), and in particular to a urinary catheter. A catheter comprises an elongate shaft (222) having a longitudinal drainage bore (224) for conveying fluid along the shaft; an elongate, tapered tip portion (228) extending from an end of the shaft, the tip portion having a distal end (230) furthest from the shaft; a drainage aperture (232) provided in the tip portion, said aperture being in fluid communication with said bore; and an inflatable balloon element (236) attached to said tip portion, the balloon element being configured such that, when fully inflated, the balloon element fully surrounds the distal end of the tip portion and extends along the tip portion to a point on an opposite side of the drainage aperture to said distal end, a surface of the balloon element including a depression (242) providing a passageway in fluid communication with the drainage aperture.



SMART MODULE FOR AUTOINJECTION DEVICES

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Described herein is a smart module configured to work with injection devices. The smart module may include electronics such as sensors and indicators, and be programmed to detect environmental parameters. If the sensors detect that a parameter is outside of a predetermined boundary or range, then the indicators may be activated to notify the user that the injection device may not be safe for administering medicine.



INJECTION NEEDLE HAVING VARYING CALIBER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An injection needle including a guide portion configured to have a first outer diameter, and a delivery portion, configured with a tip to penetrate tissue and deliver a medication, and to have a second outer diameter smaller than the first outer diameter, extending from a distal end of the guide portion, wherein the guide portion is configured to have a bend proximate the distal end such that the delivery portion extends at a predetermined angle from a line of the guide portion opposite the bend.



DEVICE FOR RECEIVING AN INJECTION SYRINGE COMPRISING A PROTECTIVE CAP FOR THE NEEDLE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for receiving an injection syringe, configured to receive an injection syringe including a needle and a protective cap for the needle. The receiving device has a distal end and includes a member for removing the protective cap, removably fastened onto the distal end of the receiving device, the removal member including a gripping section for gripping by a user and a catch on the cap, able to drive the cap when the removal member is removed from the receiving device, so as to strip the needle. An assembly including a receiving device and an injection syringe as well as a method for assembling a receiving device and an injection syringe.



DOSE DIVIDER SYRINGE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A syringe includes a barrel having an internal surface defining an internal bore therein; a plunger having a distal end disposed within the internal bore of the barrel, and a proximal end disposed outside the internal bore of the barrel, the proximal end of the plunger being opposite the distal end of the plunger along a longitudinal direction; and a dose divider. The dose divider includes a divider flange extending at least partly in a radial direction, the radial direction being perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the divider flange having a distal surface that faces the barrel, the distal surface of the divider flange bearing on the proximal end of the plunger, and a concave shell extending away from the distal surface of the divider flange along the longitudinal direction.



Dose Setting Mechanism for an Injection Device and having a Preset Feature

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dose setting mechanism for an injection device having a rotatably operated dose setting member, a presetting member being operable to limit the maximum dose settable by the dose setting member, and a first stopping member is operatively connected to the presetting member where the position of the first stopping member indicates the preset maximum dose. The first stopping member is adapted to rotatably engage with a second stopping member when the preset maximum dose has been set, thereby preventing setting of a further dose. The first and/or the second stopping member is/are movable along with the dose setting member, the first and second stopping members thereby being moved into engagement when a dose is set. Thereby a dose can be preset and the preset dose can easily be repeatedly set while ensuring an accurate dosage. The contemplated device can aid persons being visually impaired or having poor dexterity in setting a correct and accurate dose.



SLIDING PLUNGER-PLUG AND SYRINGE DEVICE COMPRISING SUCH A PLUNGER-PLUG

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A stopper/piston, in particular made of elastomer, having a cylindrical body having a front axial end that is closed by a front wall. The cylindrical body includes an outside surface provided with at least one sealing profile, the front wall including a front axial outside surface that is provided with a coating, advantageously a film made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). The front wall includes a sealing profile on its radially-outer edge, the front axial outside surface of the front wall including a deformation profile that is arranged radially inside the sealing profile of the front wall. The deformation profile is adapted to deform radially so as to make it easier to insert and/or to slide said stopper/piston into a syringe body.



MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE WITH TWO DRIVE SPRINGS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Described is a medicament delivery device (1) comprising a case (2), a first plunger (8), a second plunger (9) arranged telescopically with the first plunger (8), a first drive spring (10) biasing the second plunger (9) relative to the case (2), and a second drive spring (11) biasing the first plunger (8) relative to the second plunger (9).



SYRINGE SYSTEMS, PISTON SEAL SYSTEMS, STOPPER SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF USE AND ASSEMBLY

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A syringe system, piston seal systems, stopper systems, and methods for assembling and using the syringe systems. The piston seal system including a piston seal member and a piston head member. The injection system including a container, a piston seal system positioned within the container, and a stopper system coupled to an end of the container. The method of assembling an injection system, the method includes obtaining a container, a piston seal system, and a stopper system. The method also includes inserting the piston seal system into a cavity within the container. The method further includes securing the stopper system at an end of the container in an opening of the cavity. Methods of using the syringe system, piston seal systems, and stopper systems are also disclosed.



CONVERTIBLE PLUNGERS, FILM COATED PLUNGERS AND RELATED SYRINGE ASSEMBLIES

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A convertible plunger is provided comprising an internal portion and a generally cylindrical exterior surface. At least a portion of the exterior surface is maintained in an initial expanded state by a property of the internal portion. The expanded state is reducible to a constricted state by an operation that is applied to the internal portion of the plunger to alter the property. A film coating may also be applied to a sidewall of the sleeve to reduce a sliding friction between the sleeve and barrel. A film coating may also be applied to a nose cone of the plunger to provide a barrier between the plunger and product in the barrel.



SYRINGE WITH NEEDLE, PREFILLED SYRINGE, AND MEDICAL LIQUID ADMINISTRATION TOOL USING THE SAME

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A syringe is disclosed, which includes a needle having an outer cylinder including an outer cylinder body part and a needle fixing part provided at a distal end part of the outer cylinder body part; an injection needle 6 having a puncturing needle tip at a distal end and fixed to the needle fixing part; and a gasket housed in the outer cylinder. The injection needle is such a tapered part holding injection needle that a puncturing time piercing part having a needle tip has an outer diameter of 0.42 mm or less and has a thickness of 0.1 mm or less, or the injection needle is such a small diameter thin injection needle as to have a thickness of 0.04 mm or less. The gasket includes a gasket body and a soft coating provided on a portion that comes into contact with the inner surface of the outer cylinder.



INFUSION PRESSURE CONTROL USING BLOOD PRESSURE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods, systems, and software for controlling infusion pressure, such as during a medical procedure, using systemic blood pressure are described. Systemic blood pressure, such as brachial arm blood pressure or radial artery blood pressure, may be used to estimate central retinal artery blood pressure to estimate critical closing pressure. Further, the disclosure relates to controlling infusion pressure to prevent an increase in intraocular pressure above the estimated critical closing pressure when such is not desired, and, when such is desired, using systemic blood pressure and infusion pressure to control an intentional increase in intraocular pressure above the estimated critical closing pressure to stop intraocular bleeding.



INTRAVENOUS FLUID SUPPLY DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is an intravenous fluid supply device that automatically extrudes and injects a predetermined amount of an infusion fluid at regular time intervals in a manipulated manner, regardless of the position of an infusion bag, using a microprocessor technology. The intravenous fluid supply device includes an extrusion means and a control means. The control means includes: an input means that sets an extrusion repetition cycle of the motor and a total amount of injection; a detection means that detects a top dead center of a motor fixing plate; a motor driving means that activates the motor; a microcontroller that controls the motor driving means according to a detection result of the detection means; and an LED lighting means that allows for monitoring of the flow of the infusion fluid according to the control of the microcontroller.



SUBCUTANEOUS INSERTER DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to an inserter device for subcutaneously inserting a medical device, the inserter device comprising an outer part comprising one or more locking elements including a first locking element and one or more release elements including a first release element; a housing; and a functional part accommodated in the housing; wherein the housing comprises a sidewall with an inner surface forming a cavity, the housing extending from a first end to a second end along a first axis and comprising one or more housing guide members including a first housing guide member for engagement with one or more guide members of the functional part, and where the housing is at least partly covered by the outer part; wherein the functional part comprises a first part with a first body extending from a first end to a second end along the first axis, the first part comprising one or more first locking members; a second part releasably connected to the first part and comprising a second body extending from a first end to a second end along the first axis, the second part comprising a second guide member and one or more second locking members; an insertion needle attached to the second part; an insertion spring adapted for moving the first part from a first position to a second position in an insertion direction along the first axis in relation to the housing; and a retraction spring adapted for moving the second part from the second position to a third position in an extraction direction along the first axis in relation to the housing.



SUCTION DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A suction device includes an outer tube having an inlet at a first end and an inner suction tube located within the outer tube, the inner suction tube having an inlet at a first end corresponding to the first end of the outer tube. The inlet of the inner suction tube is offset by a distance from the inlet of the outer suction tube, such that the inlet of the inner suction tube is located within the outer suction tube.



METHOD FOR ASSESSING A PATIENT'S FLUID STATUS AND/OR SENSITIVITY TO FLUID REMOVAL, CONTROLLER, AND DEVICES

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a method for assessing a patient's sensitivity to fluid removal from the patient's vascular system or to fluid replacement or addition with regard to the patient's hydration state, the method comprising the step of determining a value reflecting the distribution of fluid between at least two distribution spaces of the body of the patient or changes thereof from measured or calculated values, and assessing whether the value fulfils at least one criterion. It also relates to a controller, an apparatus, a device, a digital storage device, a computer program product, and a computer program.



Formulations and Methods for Increasing or Reducing Mucus

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure is directed to a pharmaceutical delivery device useful for the treatment of ocular diseases and disorders through sustained release of therapeutic doses of a pharmaceutical agent, while increasing or reducing formation and/or accumulation of mucus.



APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR TREATING OPHTHALMIC DISEASES AND DISORDERS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates generally to the fields of biology and health sciences. More particularly, the invention relates to compositions and methods for modulating cellular physiology and pathological processing using a combination of compounds that can be found in amniotic membrane tissue and umbilical cord tissue preparations.



THIOL-ENE POLYMERIZATION WITH VINYLESTERS AND VINYLCARBONATE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure is directed, in part, to a curable composition, a method for augmenting a structure in a patient with a resorbable biocompatible polymer, and a biodegradable, resorbable implant comprising a biocompatible copolymer. An exemplary embodiment of the curable composition comprises (a) 60 wt. % to 95 wt. % of one or more vinyl ester monomers and/or vinylcarbonate monomers, wherein said one or more vinyl ester monomers and/or vinylcarbonate monomers are respectively selected from compounds of the general formulas (I) and (II) below: wherein n, m R1 and R2 have the meaning defined herein; (b) 0.1 to 40 wt. % of one or more multifunctional thiols; and (c) 0 to 10 wt. % of a biocompatible polymerization initiator.



Effects of Heparin on Topical Use of Plasters Containing a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides for a method of improving the release of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) from a plaster or bandage comprising an adhesive layer with a pharmaceutically acceptable NSAID together with heparin or a heparinoid. The invention also provides for methods of reducing muscle hyperalgesia in subjects without spontaneous pain.



NANORASPBERRIES FOR PHOTOTHERMAL CANCER THERAPY

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Compositions and methods for cancer therapy are disclosed. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to tumor-selective chitosan protected gold nanoraspberries for photothermal cancer therapy.



Devices for Clearing Blockages in Artificial Lumens

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for clearing blockages is provided that may have a tube that is slit. The tube may have a lumen. A reciprocating member may be provided and a portion of the reciprocating member may be located within the lumen.



SAFETY DRUG HANDLING DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A drug mixing system including at least one receptacle port adaptor adapted to be inserted into a port of a fluid receptacle, at least one syringe adaptor adapted to be attached to a syringe and to the at least one receptacle port adaptor and at least one vial adaptor adapted for connection to a vial containing a drug and adapted for connection to the at least one syringe adaptor, the system being characterized in that at least one of the receptacle port adaptor, the at least one syringe adaptor and the at least one vial adaptor being vented to the atmosphere in a manner which prevents release to the atmosphere of possibly harmful contents of the vial in a liquid, solid or gaseous form.



PACKAGING UNIT HAVING IMPROVED SEALING AND A METHOD OF FORMING A PACKAGING UNIT HAVING IMPROVED SEALING

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A packaging unit for hygiene articles is formed from a sheet of material having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface includes an edge zone including an inner edge portion and an outer edge portion. The sheet has at least one folding axis dividing the sheet into a first region and a second region. The inner edge portion and the outer edge portion of the edge zone of the first region is provided with adhesive, and the other of the inner edge portion and the outer edge portion of the edge zone of the first region is adhesive-free. Further, one of the inner edge portion and the outer edge portion of the edge zone of the second region is provided with adhesive, and the other is adhesive-free in a complementary manner to the edge zone of the first region.



ONE-WAY VALVE NONWOVEN MATERIAL

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A material having one-way valve properties includes a nonwoven substrate having a first surface having a first surface hydrohead value and a second surface having a second surface hydrohead value; and a superhydrophobic formulation disposed on the first surface, wherein the first surface hydrohead value is less than about 1 cm, and wherein the second surface hydrohead value is at least 4 cm greater than the first surface hydrohead value. Also, a personal care article includes this nonwoven substrate in a nonwoven fluid permeable topsheet having a body-facing surface and an opposing backside surface, the article also including a fluid impermeable backsheet and at least one intermediate layer disposed therebetween.



ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH WAISTBAND HAVING CONTRACTION

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A disposable absorbent article comprising a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region disposed between the first waist region and second waist region; a first waist edge and a second waist edge; the disposable absorbent article comprising a first waistband near the first waist edge and a second waistband near the second waist edge, wherein the Front-to-Back Delta Chassis Contraction is greater than about 9.0%.



Patient Incontinence and Lifting Pad

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A patient incontinence and lifting pad is an apparatus utilized to absorb urine excreted by a bedridden patient as well as to facilitate turning and lifting the patient. The apparatus includes a bed pad on which the patient is able to lie as well as an attached first securing strap and a second securing strap used to anchor the bed pad to a hospital bed railing or similar structure. An elongated band of the first securing strap and the second securing strap may be attached to itself in order to anchor the bed pad. An absorbent incontinence pad insert for absorbing urine is inserted within a slot on the bed pad and may be removable/replaceable. The absorbent incontinence pad insert may be held in place within the slot by a peripheral hook fastener strip.



DRAIN VALVE IMPLANTABLE IN THE EYE OF A PATIENT FOR THE TREATMENT OF GLAUCOMA

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A drain valve (10) implantable surgically in the eye (O) of a patient for the treatment of glaucoma, comprising a main body (11), and a drainage tube (12), connected at one end with the main body (11) and provided to be implanted in the eye (O) so as to penetrate with its distal tip inside the anterior chamber (CA) of the eye globe (GO), so as to allow the drainage outwards of the aqueous humour (UA), wherein the valve (10) is characterised by a series of significant improvements, including: 1) an extractable configuration (12a, 12b) of the drainage tube (12), to allow the adaptation (f1) of the length of the drainage tube (12) during the surgical operation to implant the valve (10); 2) a flattened or flat shape in section (12′) of the drainage tube (12, 12a, 12b) suitable for reducing the dimensions in the radial direction (IR) of the drainage tube (12) with respect to the surface of the eye globe (GO); 3) a connection free from encumbrances between the tip portion (12f) of the drainage tube (12), provided to penetrate inside the eye globe (GO, CA), and the remaining part (12b′) of the drainage tube (12); 4) a series of retaining bags or compartments (11b), formed along the lower or soffit surface (S″) of the main body (11) in contact with the surface of the eye globe (GO), wherein these retaining bags (11b) are associated with respective through holes (11a) extended through the same main body (11) of the valve and are suitable for receiving and retaining the aqueous humour (UA), so as to improve lubrication of the eyeball in the zone of the valve, once implanted; 5) a divergent fan-shaped opening (11c) formed on the extrados (S′), not in contact with the eye globe, of the main body (11) of the valve, in order to convey the aqueous humour (UA) and improve the lubrication around the drain valve (10), once implanted; and 6. a modified configuration, with respect to conventional drain valves, such as to allow, during the surgical operation, an arrangement, closer to the iris, of the holes (11d) for the insertion of the yarn for fixing the valve to the surface of the eye globe. Thanks to these improvements the drain valve (10) ensures considerably improved and superior performances with respect to the currently known drain valves in use in the medical field for treating glaucoma.



OPHTHALMIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH PRE-SET TIP-TO-SHELL ORIENTATION

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ophthalmic surgical instrument comprises a multi-diameter shaft, a horn fixedly threaded into the shaft, a surgical tip for ophthalmic surgery including a tip end and threadably engaging the horn opposite the shaft, and a plug on the shaft. Weld material holds the plug on the shaft in a selected angular and longitudinal position with an angle-locating recess on the plug's circumference having a predetermined angular clocked relation to a face direction of the tip end. The plug's recess engages an irrigation tube on a subassembled handle with shell and irrigation tube, such that the subassembled handle has a known clocked position relative to the tip end of the tip, thus facilitating use by a surgeon. A related method is also disclosed and claimed.



METHODS FOR FLUID FLOW THROUGH BODY PASSAGES

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device includes a first end portion, a second end portion, an intermediate portion between the first end portion and the second end portion, and a graft material coupled to at least the intermediate portion. The first end portion has a first end diameter. The second end portion has a second end diameter larger than the first end diameter. The intermediate portion tapers between the first end portion and the second end portion. A method of diverting fluid flow from a first passage to a second passage comprising deploying the device in a third passage between the first passage and the second passage, expanding the first end portion against sidewalls of the first passage, and expanding the second end portion against sidewalls of the second passage.



ULTRASOUND CATHETER FOR DISRUPTING BLOOD VESSEL OBSTRUCTIONS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Ultrasound catheter devices and methods provide enhanced disruption of blood vessel obstructions. Generally, an ultrasound catheter includes an elongate flexible catheter body with one or more lumens. An ultrasound transmission member or wire extends longitudinally through the catheter body lumen and, in many embodiments, a guide wire tube also extends through the same lumen. A distal head is fixed to or otherwise mechanically coupled with the distal end of the ultrasound transmission member or wire and is positioned adjacent the distal end of the catheter body. Although the distal end of the catheter body overlaps the distal head, the distal head is not directly affixed to the distal end of the catheter body. Thus, the distal tip may move freely, relative to the distal end of the catheter body when ultrasonic energy is applied through the ultrasound transmission member. Such a freely floating distal head enhances the efficiency of an ultrasound catheter, enabling the catheter to ablate calcific occlusions and increasing the useful life of the ultrasound transmission member and catheter.



GALLBLADDER IMPLANTS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE DELIVERY THEREOF

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A filter device for implantation in a gallbladder, comprising: a filtering portion configured to filter gallstones of a certain minimum size to prevent them from exiting the gallbladder through an opening of the gallbladder; a tail extending from the filtering portion away from the opening of the gallbladder and towards a distal wall of the gallbladder; and, a stopper located at a distal end of the tail, near the distal wall of the gallbladder when the filter device is implanted; wherein the filtering portion, stopper and the tail are configured to be of sufficient overall length within the gallbladder that they, when taken together, prevent migration of the filtering portion away from the opening of the gallbladder.



VEIN ABLATION DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An endovascular catheter for vein ablation comprising: an elongated rod sized for insertion into a vein; at least one irritation element coupled to the distal end portion of the rod, the at least one irritation element having an expanded irritation state for contacting an inner wall segment of the vein to irritate the vein segment to trigger spasm of the vein segment and a non-irritation state, the at least one irritation element arranged for iterative changes between the irritation state and the non-irritation state; and at least one support element coupled to the distal end portion of the rod, the support element arranged to apply a mechanical force from the distal end portion to iteratively return the irritation element to the expanded irritation state in response to dynamic feedback of vein walls pressing against the irritation element to force the irritation element into the non-irritation state.



ANTIMICROBIAL HYDROCHLORIC ACID CATHETER LOCK SOLUTION AND METHOD OF USE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A catheter lock solution includes a hydrochloric acid solution having a concentration of 0.3 Molar to 1.0 Molar. This hydrochloric acid solution may be used to lock a catheter and/or salvage an infected catheter.



TOOLS FOR MEDICAL DEVICE CONFIGURATION

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An example method includes presenting, by a computing device, via a user interface (UI), a representation of the medical device and respective representations of one or more components that are attachable to the medical device, wherein the one or more components comprise at least one of leads, adaptors, extensions, or catheters, receiving, by the computing device, via the UI, an indication of a selected component included in the component(s) for attachment to the medical device, and responsive to receiving the indication of the selected component: indicating, by the computing device and via the UI, attachment of the representation of the selected component to the representation of the medical device, and updating, by the computing device, the presentation of the respective representations of the component(s) via the UI to include representations of one or more components that are attachable to the medical device with the selected component.



CROSSLINKING CONTROL

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A crosslinking control system, the use of the crosslinking control system, a laser system comprising the crosslinking control system, a crosslinking control method and a method for laser treatment are provided. The crosslinking control system comprises a photosensitizer providing unit, a light source configured to provide light having a wavelength suitable to activate the photosensitizer introduced into or applied onto the tissue for crosslinking, and a control computer.