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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
128204180 Means for supplying respiratory gas under positive pressure 1064
128203120 Means for mixing treating agent with respiratory gas 860
128207140 Respiratory gas supply means enters mouth or tracheotomy incision 303
128206210 Face mask covering a breathing passage 262
128205270 Means for removing substance from respiratory gas 188
128200260 Means placed in body opening to facilitate insertion of breathing tube 93
128207180 Respiratory gas supply means enters nasal passage 69
128201220 Including body or head supported means covering user's scalp 58
128202130 Combined with or convertible to a nonrespiratory device, or having nonrespiratory function other than hyperbaric treatment 54
128202220 Means for indicating improper condition of apparatus 50
128204170 Means for heating respiratory gas or respiration device 44
128202270 Means for quickly connecting or disconnecting apparatus components 32
128202260 Gas produced by electrolysis or chemical reaction 27
128201130 Inhaled gas heated or humidified by exhaled gas 23
128201110 Draw-type snorkel 21
128202210 Smoking device simulator 17
128204150 Means for cooling respiratory gas or respiration device 13
128201210 Using liquified oxygen 7
128202120 Hypobaric body chamber 7
128201190 Means for transmitting, or facilitating, voice communication from face mask, hood, or helmet 5
20120180788APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNDERWATER VOICE COMMUNICATION BY A DIVER - Embodiments of the invention provide a system, apparatus and methods for underwater voice communication by a diver to other divers and surface ships. In many embodiments, the system includes a mouthpiece voice communication apparatus having a microphone for sensing the diver's voice and an acoustic transducer that conducts sound via conduction through the diver's teeth and skull to the cochlea so as to allow the diver to hear sounds. The mouthpiece is adapted to be easily attached to portions of a SCUBA or other underwater breathing apparatus. It may also be attached to or integral with a snorkel or similar apparatus.07-19-2012
20090272378RESPIRATORY PROTECTION DEVICE - A respiratory device includes a face seal and a unitary body that forms an interface with the face seal and includes a lens and a chassis. The chassis includes at least one port for fluidic connection.11-05-2009
20100218761UNITARY RESPIRATOR WITH MOLDED THERMOSET ELASTOMERIC ELEMENTS - A respiratory protection composite facepiece is disclosed and includes a polymeric rigid facepiece body portion having a first surface and a second surface and a silicone sealing facepiece element chemically bonded at least one of the first surface or the second surface. The first and second surfaces can be opposing major surfaces. A second silicone element is chemically bonded to at least one of the first surface or the second surface. Methods of making the same are also disclosed.09-02-2010
20120055471VALVE ACCESSORY FOR AIDING SPEECH DURING NON-INVASIVE RESPIRATORY THERAPY - A valve arrangement interposed between a compressor and a user, in a respiratory pressure support system. A connecting element connects a breathing tube to a human interface apparatus. A shutter is formed within the connecting element. The shutter is placed in a first position allowing pressurized air to flow from the compressor to the user. This shutter is placed in a second position preventing pressurized air from flowing from the compressor to the user.03-08-2012
20110308517Arm for Supporting a Sensor - A sensor support arm, adapted for use with a breathing mask such that the arm is extendable underneath a sealing surface of a breathing mask is disclosed. The arm is adaptable at one end for fixing on to equipment worn by a user, having a sensor disposed at an opposing end positionable in the interior of a breathing mask. The arm has lead connections necessary for the sensor extending along the arm. The arm has a greater width than thickness and comprises a flexible material such that it is flexible about both longitudinal and transverse axes. The arm is provided with a substantially planar side. A breathing mask having a freely self-supporting sensor arm is also disclosed.12-22-2011
128202280 Means using rescuer's breath for supplying respiratory gas to another person 3
20120216804CPR VOLUME EXCHANGER VALVE SYSTEM WITH SAFETY FEATURE AND METHODS - A method for regulating gas flows into and out of a patient includes repetitively forcing respiratory gases out of the lungs. Respiratory gases are prevented from entering back into the lungs during a time between when respiratory gases are forced out of the lungs. Periodically, an oxygen-containing gas is supplied to the lungs.08-30-2012
20080257344VOLUME EXCHANGER VALVE SYSTEM AND METHOD TO INCREASE CIRCULATION DURING CPR - A method for regulating gas flows into and out of a patient includes repetitively forcing respiratory gases out of the lungs. Respiratory gases are prevented from entering back into the lungs during a time between when respiratory gases are forced out of the lungs. Periodically, an oxygen-containing gas is supplied to the lungs.10-23-2008
20090145430Breathing Mask with Sticky Edge - Breathing assist kits having a cranio-cervical extension device and a strapless breathing mask are presented. The mask comprises a seal that couples the mask to a victim's face preferably using an adhesive gasket that ensures the mask does not become dislodged while a care giver provides assisted breathing. The mask can also include, among other enhancements, a window or a light gathering lens to provide a view into the victim's mouth06-11-2009
128201150 Means for keeping viewing member (e.g., eyeglass, transparent face shield, etc.) clear 3
20110271955SURGICAL MASK - A surgical mask provides a wide range of wearers with a good fit and improved comfort, facilitates proper use of the mask, and reduces or eliminates fogging of eyewear, as compared with typical masks. The mask may include a pair of ties that are joined to the upper, central, and lower parts of either side of the body of the mask with the assistance of restraint members. The mask may also include a sealing member that reduces or eliminates gaps between the wearer's face and the upper part of the mask by forming a seal between the wearer's face and the mask in use. In addition, the mask may include a barrier panel that reduces or prevents the wearer's breath from escaping through the mask and rising to the wearer's eyewear.11-10-2011
20090320835Full-Face Germproof Respirator - The present invention relates to a full-face germproof respirator, which comprises a respirator body and a three-dimensional mask. The three-dimensional mask is assembled on the respirator body. The full-face germproof respirator is disposable owing to its adoption of low-cost materials and fabrication. All joints of the full-face germproof respirator are heat-sealed, achieving excellent germproof effects. Besides, the full-face germproof respirator adopts the three-dimensional mask, and thereby mists produced by a user are reduced.12-31-2009
20100126503SCUBA MASK PURGING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A scuba mask purging apparatus and method providing selective introduction of pressurized air into a scuba mask to initiate purging, pressure balancing, and de-fogging. An inlet valve, typically positioned conveniently on the top or the side of the mask may control the release of pressurized air into the mask. A pressure-sensitive outlet valve releases the pressurized air to force water from the mask. The outlet valve may be positioned on the lower portion of the mask or at a location where water is likely to collect.05-27-2010
128200250 Artificial gill, or means for separating entrained air from liquid stream 2
20080295828Artificial gills for deep diving without incurring the bends and for scavenging O2 from and dispelling CO2 into water or thin air - The invention provides a system whereby oxygen can be derived from seawater or from thin air at higher altitudes while simultaneously eliminating carbon dioxide from the blood. This allows prolonged underwater liquid breathing at greater depths without suffering from the bends or, alternatively, the ability of workers to breathe underwater or at high altitudes without having to rely upon air tanks or the like. The artificial gill comprises a plurality of concatenated modules each containing a semi-permeable membrane operative to transfer oxygen in a first direction and carbon dioxide in a second direction across the membrane. By providing multiple concatenated interconnected modules, oxygen becomes concentrated to allow breathing thereof. Because the system is connected in series with a person's blood supply, CO12-04-2008
20100258116DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING THE CONCENTRATION OF A CHEMICAL ENTITY IN FLUIDS - A device for removal of at least a portion of carbon dioxide from an aqueous fluid includes at least one membrane through which carbon dioxide can pass to be removed from the fluid and immobilized carbonic anhydrase on or in the vicinity of a first surface of the membrane to be contacted with the fluid such that the immobilized carbonic anhydrase comes into contact with the fluid. The first surface exhibits carbonic anhydrase activity of at least 20% of maximum theoretical activity of the first surface of the membrane based on monolayer surface coverage of carbonic anhydrase in the case that the carbonic anhydrase is immobilize on the first surface.10-14-2010
128201180 Means for preventing nasal inhalation 2
20110023872ENTERTAINING NOSE CLIP ASSEMBLY FOR DIAPER CHANGING - A dual function nose clip assembly is provided for use by a person changing another person's diaper. The assembly includes a nose clip with opposite pads for pinching the diaper changer's nostrils closed and an ornamental or whimsical cover. The nose clip assembly minimizes or eliminates smelling of diaper odors by the diaper changer while simultaneously entertaining or distracting the diaper wearer while the diaper is being changed. A cover or ornamental piece disguises the nose clip and may substantially hide the nose clip from view by the diaper wearer. The natural or spring biased nose clip is maintained on the diaper changer's nose without the use of straps or elastic bands extending around their head.02-03-2011
20110005520QUIET NASAL RESPIRATORY DEVICES - Described here are devices for altering the flow of air in a respiratory cavity such as the mouth and nostrils of the nose. These methods and devices may be useful for affecting a physiologic benefit in patients suffering from a variety of medical diseases, particularly those that may benefit from “pursed-lip” breathing and non-invasive ventilation, such as COPD, heart failure, sleep apnea, and other medical disorders. The devices are typically removable devices that may be placed over or in a respiratory cavity to increase resistance to airflow within the respiratory cavity. Resistance to expiration may be selectively increased relative to inspiration. Removable oral and removable nasal devices are described. Oral and nasal devices that filter inhaled airflow of debris and allergens are also provided. A nasal device that increases patency of the nares is also provided.01-13-2011
128201120 Corrective or magnifying lens combined with face mask having eyepiece or transparent viewing portion 1
20130081615REPLACEMENT LENS CARTRIDGE - Embodiments relate generally to a replaceable lens cartridge for use with a face mask, for example a respirator. The cartridge comprises a plurality of molded lenses, each lens sized to extend over one or more eyes of a wearer and typically having a curved shape and a plurality of catches; and a molded carrier mounting the lenses in stacked arrangement, the carrier having a first set of catches receiving the catches on one of the lenses.04-04-2013
128200290 Underwater exhalation dispersing means 1
20120260914METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALTERING AND OR MINIMIZING UNDERWATER NOISE - To reduce or eliminate the startle response in aquatic life, embodiments of the present invention alter the sound produced by a diver's exhaled bubbles by adjusting up or down the frequency of the sound produced by the bubbles.10-18-2012
128200280 Body or head supported means, other than face mask or hood, with gas stream to screen face or penetrate contaminated atmosphere 1
20130206139INTERLOCK SYSTEM FOR A RESPIRATOR WAIST BELT - A respiratory component system including a respiratory component and a wearable belt is disclosed. The respiratory component includes a projection, and the wearable belt is configured to receive the projection to releasably secure the respiratory component to the wearable belt.08-15-2013
128202250 Ozone or ion generation 1
20090114218ELECTROTHERAPEUTIC TREATMENT DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention is directed to a treatment method and system that (a) while controlling ozone production, electrically charges a plurality of (i) atomic particles (e.g., diatomic oxygen and water molecules) and/or (ii) electrically charged droplets in an input gas stream to form a charged gas stream and (b) provides the charged gas stream to a living organism to be treated.05-07-2009
128202240 Means for protecting user from pressure wave or flame resulting from gas ignition 1
20130008438OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR - To provide an oxygen concentrator that can ensure safety by interrupting oxygen in a case where the oxygen concentrator is exposed to fire or an abnormal high-temperature environment when a user thereof is inhaling oxygen with a cannula. The oxygen concentrator includes: a compressor separating compressed air by compressing raw air; an oxygen outlet for discharging oxygen acquired from the compressed air; a coupler mounted on a tube of a cannula and removably connecting the tube to the oxygen outlet, and moreover having a temperature sensor; and a control unit stopping operation of the compressor to interrupt the supply of oxygen when a temperature sensed by the temperature sensor reaches a predetermined temperature or higher.01-10-2013
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20090194100Nostril plug for improving articulatory disorder - The present invention provides a nostril plug which can reduce functional articulatory disorder by closing a nostril thereby preventing the leaking of exhalation from the nostril and can be used with substantially no discomfort.08-06-2009
20080257341Nasal dilator with means to direct resilient properties - A nasal dilator comprises a laminate of vertical layers each consisting of one or more members or components. The laminated layers form a unitary, or single body, truss featuring horizontal regions adapted to engage outer wall tissues of first and second nasal passages and to traverse the bridge of a nose therebetween. When in use the dilator acts to stabilize and/or expand the nasal outer wall tissues and prevent said tissues from drawing inward during breathing. The dilator includes means to direct its resilient properties comprising one or more interior or exterior material separations, or discontinuity of shape of material, formed in at least one region of the truss and extending through at least one layer of the dilator. Said material separation or discontinuity of shape may comprise an opening, relief cut, slit or notch, and which may be configured to separate or vertically protrude, in part, from the truss when the dilator is in use on the nose of a wearer. Said separation or vertical protrusion changes the angle of focused delaminating spring biasing forces generated by the resilient layer, transforming said forces, at least in part, from primarily peel forces into primarily shear forces, and further redistributing or imparting said transformed forces to tissue engaging surface areas extending outward and beyond said material separation.10-23-2008
20100163022RESPIRATORY TRIPLE SWIVEL MANIFOLD - A respiratory triple swivel manifold is provided which has a base port, which is coupled to a central body. The central body has two laterally-positioned arms, and each arm has a lateral port. Each base port and each lateral port has an inner sleeve which is movable relative to its port. The manifold also has a proximal port coupled to the central body, which may or may not have a rotatable inner sleeve. At least one of the arms and its respective lateral port is positioned at an angle in a range of greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees relative to the central body. Desirably, the base port, the central body and its arms and their respective ports form a Y-shape. The proximal port may intersect the Y-shaped manifold. The base port includes a ramp to direct an object moved through one port into a passageway of the manifold and through the base port to an endotracheal tube without folding, twisting or bunching of any portion of the object within the manifold.07-01-2010
20120180786CRIB SHIELD SYSTEM AND OTHER BREATHABLE APPARATUS - An apparatus and method for making same utilizing a breathable mesh material having a reduced suffocation resistance level for infant and toddler use. The breathable mesh material includes an inner and outer fabric that includes larger openings on the front substructure than on the back substructure and a pile substructure is integrated and extends between the front and back substructures allowing air to substantially move effectively therethrough.07-19-2012
20090101139NASAL DILATOR COMBINED WITH STIMULATOR - Internal or external nasal dilator combined with stimulator to enhance nasal dilation for improved breathing.04-23-2009
20090056709Method and apparatus for alleviating nasal congestion - The present invention relates generally to the field of treatments for nasal congestion, and in particular, to a method and apparatus for alleviating nasal congestion in a patient by mechanically stimulating the sneezing reflex in the patient to urge drainage of the nasal passageways. The method includes inserting an instrument having a work tip portion provided with at least one filament into the nostril of the patient. The nasal mucosa of the patient is then probed with the at least one filament to stimulate in the patient the sneeze reflex. This probing action causes the patient to sneeze. With the patient's mouth closed, the sneeze urges at least one of mucus, fluid and debris in the nasal passages of the patient to be forcibly expelled through the nostrils of the patient thereby draining the nasal cavity of the patient. The instrument used in the performance of this method includes a handle portion upon which the work tip portion is carried. The handle portion may be integrally formed with the work tip portion or releasably attachable thereto. The instrument is further provided with a physical stop associated with one of the work tip portion and the handle portion to prevent injury resulting from the working tip portion being inserted too deeply into the nasal passages of the patient.03-05-2009
20090050145NASAL CATHETER WITH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL AIR FLOWS - A nasally introduced catheter (nasal catheter) has a portion in which a user's breath (breathing air) air travels internally and a portion in which the breath travels externally. The portion in which air flow travels internally preferably includes a mesh or a whisk-like portion that expands and contracts, and the portion in which air flow travels externally preferably comprises a proximal tubular element having a sufficiently small cross-sectional area that at least 50% of the breathing air flows externally to the proximal portion. A sheath can optionally be positioned about the distal portion, and pulled back along the proximal portion to allow the distal portion to expand. In other aspects users can anchor the proximal and distal portions relative to the sheath using a nose clip or by removably coupling an extension arm to proximal portion.02-26-2009
20090205647PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HAVING A COSMETIC AND/OR PROTECTIVE COVER - A pneumostoma management system which includes a pneumostoma management device and a cover. The pneumostoma management device maintains the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management device includes a hydrophobic filter and/or a one-way filter. The cover serves to protect the pneumostoma management device and/or provide a cosmetic skin to make the pneumostoma management device more acceptable to the patient and thereby encourage patient compliance with a pneumostoma treatment regimen.08-20-2009
20090205650VARIABLE LENGTH PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A flexible pneumostoma management device maintains the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management device includes flange attaches to the chest of the patient to secure the device in position. The pneumostoma management device also includes a tube which enters the pneumostoma to allow gases to escape the lung. The length of the tube is selected to match the dimensions of the pneumostoma of a patient. In order to manufacture devices having different tube lengths, the tube is formed at a longer length than required, cut to size and tipped. The tube may be formed by molding or extrusion.08-20-2009
20090205646FLEXIBLE PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A flexible pneumostoma management device maintains the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management device includes a pneumostoma vent having a tube which enters the pneumostoma to allow gases to escape the lung, a flange and a filter/valve to control flow of materials through the tube. The flange is a thin flexible patch which conforms and attaches to the chest of the patient. The flange secures the tube in position in the pneumostoma.08-20-2009
20090205645PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A method for maintaining the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. A pneumostoma management system includes a two-part pneumostoma management device and associated insertion and removal tools. The pneumostoma management device includes a pneumostoma vent and a chest mount for positioning and securing the vent into a pneumostoma. To use the system, the chest is first cleaned and the chest mount secured to the chest adjacent the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma vent is then inserted into the pneumostoma through an aperture in the chest mount until it is engaged and secured by a coupling of the chest mount. The pneumostoma vent may be replaced periodically such as daily. The chest mount may be changed less frequently such as weekly.08-20-2009
20090205644PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A pneumostoma management system for maintaining the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management system includes a two-part pneumostoma management device and associated insertion and removal tools. The pneumostoma management device includes a pneumostoma vent and a chest mount for positioning and securing the vent into a pneumostoma. The pneumostoma vent includes a hydrophobic filter and/or a one-way valve.08-20-2009
20090205648PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH SECRETION MANAGEMENT FEATURES FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A flexible pneumostoma management device maintains the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management device includes a pneumostoma vent having a tube which enters the pneumostoma to allow gases to escape the lung, a flange and a filter/valve to control flow of materials through the tube. The flange is a thin flexible patch which conforms and attaches to the chest of the patient. The flange secures the tube in position in the pneumostoma. The device has features to control secretions from the pneumostoma. The secretion management features include, ridges, pores, absorbent materials, and combinations thereof.08-20-2009
20090205642Nasal Inspiratory Resistance Trainer - Devices and methods useful for enhancing respiration quality in humans are described herein. In particular, the present invention relates to devices and methods useful for the treatment, prevention, and/or management of respiratory disorders and associated complications. Herein, a training device is described that increases the difficulty of nasal breathing.08-20-2009
20090205640APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING NASAL BREATHING - An apparatus and a method for improving nasal breathing are disclosed. The apparatus contains a first end, a second end, and an adhesive layer disposed on at least a portion of the first end, and a portion of the second end, wherein the first end is configured to adhere to a first skin tissue located above a bridge of a user's nose and a distance away from a tip of the user's nose, the second end is configured to adhere to a second skin tissue located above the first skin tissue, wherein the first skin tissue is pulled in a direction generally towards the user's eyes. The method disclosed teaches how to apply the apparatus.08-20-2009
20100170505DEVICE FOR ENHANCING WELL-BEING - A method of creating well being using an inhaling device. The inhaling device is provided which has an inlet for oxygen or air containing oxygen, and an outlet in the form of a mouthpiece. A permanent magnet of strength between about 1500 and 3000 gauss is located between the inlet and the mouthpiece so that the user can draw oxygen through the device into the mouth past the magnet which induces paramagnetism to the oxygen.07-08-2010
20100031955BREATHABLE AIR SAFETY SYSTEM FOR BOTH EMERGENCY AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL - A method and/or system for a breathable air safety system for both emergency and civilian personnel are disclosed. In one embodiment, a safety system includes a supply unit of a structure to facilitate delivery of a breathable air from a source of compressed air to an air distribution system of the structure, a civilian air supply enclosure of the structure to provide a civilian pressure of the breathable air such that the civilian pressure is suitable for direct human consumption through a civilian breathable air apparatus coupled with the civilian air supply enclosure, a firefighter air supply enclosure of the structure to provide a high-pressure of the breathable air such that the high-pressure is suitable to fill the breathable air in a firefighter breathable air apparatus through a RIC/UAC connector of the fill panel and/or a CGA connector.02-11-2010
20090205643ACCELERATED TWO-PHASE SURGICAL PROCEDURE FOR CREATING A PNEUMOSTOMA TO TREAT CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - An accelerated two-phase surgical procedure is disclosed for creating a pneumostoma to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The first phase includes creation of a localized pleurodesis. The localized pleurodesis is created using chemical agents and/or mechanical fasteners to secure the visceral membrane to the pleural membrane. The second phase includes introduction of a surgical instrument into the lung via the pleurodesis to create the pneumostoma. The first and second phases are performed as parts of a single surgical procedure. The formation of a stable pleurodesis is to prevent pneumothorax during the procedure.08-20-2009
20090050144ADHESIVE NASAL RESPIRATORY DEVICES - Whole-nose nasal respiratory devices and methods of making and using whole-nose nasal respiratory devices are described and illustrated herein. These devices are typically configured to be adhesively secured to a subject so that they engage both of the subject's nostrils and allow airflow from both nostrils to communicate with an airflow resistor. The airflow resistor is configured so that it inhibits exhalation through the nostrils more than it inhibits inhalation through the nostrils.02-26-2009
20090205649MULTI-LAYER PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A flexible pneumostoma management device maintains the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of material through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management device includes a pneumostoma vent having a tube which enters the pneumostoma to allow gases to escape the lung, a flange and a filter/valve to control flow of materials through the tube. The flange is a thin flexible patch comprises of multiple thin layers of materials and which conforms and attaches to the chest of the patient. The flange includes a filter, a protective outer layer and an inner hydrocolloid layer. The flange secures the tube in position in the pneumostoma.08-20-2009
20110203581APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEPLOYMENT OF A BRONCHIAL OBSTRUCTION DEVICE - An apparatus and method deploy a self-expandable bronchial obstruction device in an air passageway. The apparatus includes a catheter configured to be passed down the trachea. The apparatus further includes a capsule for housing the self-expandable bronchial obstruction device in a sterile environment. The capsule is configured to be advanced down the catheter. The capsule further includes a tubular extension. The capsule has a breakable seam so as to release the bronchial obstruction device in the air passageway upon a proximal force being exerted upon the bronchial obstruction device. The method includes guiding a conduit down a trachea into the air passageway. The method further includes advancing a capsule having a bronchial device therein down an internal lumen of the conduit into the air passageway. The method further includes releasing the bronchial device from the capsule. The method further includes deploying the bronchial device into the air passageway.08-25-2011
20080308097METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEARING BLOCKED FLUID PASSAGES IN THE HEAD - Blocked fluid passages in the head are cleared by applying vibratory forces through the jawbone using a handheld appliance supporting a battery powered vibratory mechanism at one end of a handle and a mouthpiece at the other end.12-18-2008
20080251069Therapeutic Device - In a therapeutic device (10-16-2008
20090188493NASAL DEVICES - Described herein are adhesive nasal devices. In particular, the adhesive nasal respiratory devices described herein are configured to be worn in communication with a subject's nasal cavity and may include a rim body having a passageway therethrough, an airflow resistor in communication with the passageway of the rim body, and a flexible, adhesive holdfast layer extending outward from the periphery of the rim body. The rim body region may be formed from multiple parts (e.g., a first and a second rim body region), and the airflow resistor may be secured between the parts forming the rim body. Methods of manufacturing and assembling these adhesive nasal devices are also described.07-30-2009
20110220102CRIB SHIELD SYSTEM AND OTHER BREATHABLE APPARATUS - An apparatus and method for making same utilizing a breathable mesh material having a reduced suffocation resistance level for infant and toddler use. The breathable mesh material includes an inner and outer fabric that includes larger openings on the front substructure than on the back substructure and a pile substructure is integrated and extends between the front and back substructures allowing air to substantially move effectively therethrough.09-15-2011
20110226238IMPLANTED BRONCHIAL ISOLATION DEVICES AND METHODS - Disclosed are methods and devices for regulating fluid flow to and from a region of a patient's lung, such as to achieve a desired fluid flow dynamic to a lung region during respiration and/or to induce collapse in one or more lung regions. Pursuant to an exemplary procedure, an identified region of the lung is targeted for treatment. The targeted lung region is then bronchially isolated to regulate airflow into and/or out of the targeted lung region through one or more bronchial passageways that feed air to the targeted lung region.09-22-2011
20100147294DEVICES AND METHODS TO MAINTAIN THE PATENCY OF AN OPENING RELATIVE TO PARENCHYMAL TISSUE OF THE LUNG - A mechanical device and/or chemical process is utilized to maintain luminal patency in conduits or other devices implanted in the lung or lungs of a patient. The mechanical device and/or chemical process ensures that air flows freely through a conduit implanted through an anastomosis into a lung. The device is suitable for use in conjunction with ventilation bypass treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.06-17-2010
20100175693PULMONARY OCCLUSAL STENT DELIVERY CATHETER, LOADING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE - Methods, systems and devices are provided for performing lung volume reduction in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other conditions where isolation of a lung segment or reduction of lung volume is desired. The methods are minimally invasive with instruments being introduced through the mouth (endotracheally) and rely on isolating the target lung tissue segment from other regions of the lung and occluding various lung passageways with the use of occlusal stents. The occlusal stents are delivered with the use of an occlusal stent delivery system which is loaded with the occlusal stent with the use of an occlusal stent loading system.07-15-2010
20100147295DEVICES AND METHODS TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN THE PATENCY OF AN OPENING RELATIVE TO PARENCHYMAL TISSUE OF THE LUNG - A mechanical device and/or chemical process is utilized to maintain luminal patency in conduits or other devices implanted in the lung or lungs of a patient. The mechanical device and/or chemical process ensures that air flows freely through a conduit implanted through an anastomosis into a lung. The device is suitable for use in conjunction with ventilation bypass treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.06-17-2010
20090114216System And Method For Improving Breathing Pattern With Interactive Multi-Sensory Approach - A system for improving a breathing pattern with an interactive multi-sensory approach is provided. The system includes a breathing condition detector and a processor, for guiding a user to learn a suitable breathing pattern. The breathing condition detector attached to the user, is adapted to detect a breathing condition according to a natural expansion or a natural shrinkage of a body of the user. The breathing condition at least includes a breathing mode (breast breathing or belly breathing), breathing rate, and breathing depth. The processor displays a relative breathing condition picture reflecting the detected breathing condition detected by the breathing condition detector on a monitor. As such, the user can understand the practical breathing condition by viewing the breathing condition picture, so as to be instructed to learn to use a breathing pattern suitable for him.05-07-2009
20110017207BRONCHIAL FLOW CONTROL DEVICES WITH MEMBRANE SEAL - Disclosed is a flow control device for a bronchial passageway. The device can includes a valve member that regulates fluid flow through the flow control device, a frame coupled to the valve member, and a membrane attached to the frame. At least a portion of the flow control device forms a seal with the interior wall of the bronchial passageway when the flow control device is implanted in the bronchial passageway. The membrane forms a fluid pathway from the seal into the valve member to direct fluid flowing through the bronchial passageway into the valve member.01-27-2011
20110017206APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DIRECT INHALATION OF SCENTS AND MEDICINES - An intranasal tab may provide temporary, controlled and direct inhalation of scents and/or medicine into the nose, thereby increasing the overall effectiveness and velocity of impact that scents and/or medicine may have on the mind and/or body. The tabs may provide increased convenience, speed, comfort and effectiveness of mobile aromatherapy and medicinal therapy. The tabs may be substantially flat, triangular, and designed from various types of absorbent materials. The center of the tab may be comprised of highly absorbent material compared to the perimeter and external surfaces of the tab which remain relatively dry to the touch. The tabs are adapted to be inserted separately into either nostril of the nose without falling out.01-27-2011
20110079221ONE-WAY VALVE DEVICES FOR ANCHORED IMPLANTATION IN A LUNG - An intra-bronchial device placed and anchored in an air passageway of a patient to collapse a lung portion associated with the air passageway. The device includes a support structure, an obstructing member carried by the support structure that reduces ventilation to the lung portion by preventing air from being inhaled into the lung portion, and at least one anchor carried by the support structure that anchors the obstruction device within the air passageway. The anchor may engage the air passageway wall by piercing or friction, include a stop dimensioned for limiting the piercing of the air passageway wall, and may be releasable from the air passageway for removal of the intra-bronchial device. The anchors may be carried by a peripheral portion of the support structure, or by a central portion of the support structure. The obstructing member may be a one-way valve.04-07-2011
20090020115Nasal dilator with cushion layer and variable spring rate - A nasal dilator capable of introducing separating stresses in nasal outer wall tissues has a resilient member and a pair of spaced-apart end surfaces which can be forced toward one another from an initial flat position of the dilator to thereby substantially reduce the direct spacing therebetween by an external spacing reducing force. This results in restoring forces in the dilator tending to return it to the original direct spacing between the end surfaces. Resilient members, which can be asymmetrical with respect to a centerline of the dilator that is parallel to the long axis of the dilator, have a spring rate which continuously diminishes from the centerline to the end surfaces. The edges of the resilient members are contiguous to the edge of the cushion layer so that adhesive on the cushion layer is at the same level as the bottom surface of the resilient members. An adhesive on the end surfaces adhesively engages exposed surfaces of nasal outer wall tissues sufficiently to keep the dilator attached to the nasal wall surfaces while subjecting them to the restoring forces.01-22-2009
20110146674DEVICES FOR DELIVERING SUBSTANCES THROUGH AN EXTRA-ANATOMIC OPENING CREATED IN AN AIRWAY - Devices and methods for delivering substances to lung tissue through an extra-anatomic passage created in an airway.06-23-2011
20110146673METHODS FOR TREATING CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - The methods and devices disclosed altering gaseous flow within a lung to improve the expiration cycle of individuals having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.06-23-2011
20110146672Breathing aid - In accordance with the principles of the present invention, breathing aid is provided. The breathing aid includes a middle portion that defines a breathing aperture that provides air flow out of the mouth of the user. An incisor is defined on the top of the middle portion and sized to receive the upper incisors teeth of the user. The location of the incisor aperture along the middle portion providing proper placement of the breathing aid in the user's mouth. An inside end of the middle portion is provided at an angle. A pair of wing-like protrusions extend sideward from the middle portion, the protrusions sized to extend outwardly beyond the sides of a user's mouth in order to prevent the breathing aid from entering the mouth.06-23-2011
20110000483EXTERNAL NASAL DILATOR - A nasal dilator with improved functionality by virtue of a resilient element comprised of at least three resilient bands, a first outer resilient band that is secured to run along the length of the nasal dilator truss member, a second outer resilient band that is spaced apart from the first resilient band and is secured to run along the length of the nasal dilator truss member and at least one intermediate resilient band positioned between said first and second outer resilient bands that is spaced apart from both first and second outer resilient bands and is also secured to run along the length of the nasal dilator truss member. The intermediate resilient band or bands alters the force vector characteristics of the nasal strip as a whole, thereby providing targeted spring force to a more concentrated area of the nose when in use.01-06-2011
20100300434ANESTHESIA TUBE ASSEMBLY - An anesthesia tube assembly with a fixture that can secure an anesthesia tube to a patient. The fixture can be secured to a patient with a strap. The tube can be inserted into a channel of the fixture.12-02-2010
20090205641PNEUMOSTOMA MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A pneumostoma management device for maintaining the patency of a pneumostoma while controlling the flow of gases and discharge through the pneumostoma. The pneumostoma management device includes a bulb connected to a tube which enters the pneumostoma. A flow control device regulates air flow in and out of the pneumostoma via the tube. A hydrophobic filter traps discharge in the bulb while allowing gases to escape.08-20-2009
20090183734Nasal Dilator - A nasal dilator includes a contact pad attachable to a user's facial region below the user's eye and outboard from the user's nose. A tugging device is coupled with the contact pad and urges the contact pad in a direction away from the user's nose. With this structure, effective dilation of the nasal passages can be achieved in a comfortable manner. The dilator may also be incorporated into a CPAP mask and/or form part of an automated control system.07-23-2009
20090025715Breathing Assistance Device - A breathing assistance device comprises a resiliently stretchable band member dimensioned to wrap generally around a user's head; and adhesive elements removably connected to respective ends of the band member for temporarily adhering to respective cheeks of a person. During use, the band member of the device under tension exerts a tangential pull on the skin of a person's cheeks thereby to open the person's sinuses and/or nasal passages. An adhesive element for a breathing assistance device, the adhesive element comprises a base layer having a connection element for removably connecting the base layer to a platform that is connected to a respective end of a resiliently stretchable band member of the breathing assistance device; and an adhesive layer overlying at least a portion of the base layer.01-29-2009
20110180064METHODS AND DEVICES FOR FOLLOW-UP CARE AND TREATMENT OF A PNEUMSTOMA - A pneumostoma assessment and treatment system includes methods and devices for aftercare of a pneumostoma and for additional patient care utilizing a pneumostoma. The system utilizes a number of modalities to assess the health and functionality of the pneumostoma, the lungs and/or the patient as a whole. In response to an assessment of the health and functionality of the pneumostoma, lungs and patient, the tissues of pneumostoma may be treated with a treatment device and utilizing one or more different modalities to preserve or enhance the health and function of the pneumostoma and/or treat other conditions of the patient. Particular treatment modalities may be utilized to reduce tissue growth in and around the pneumostoma in order to prevent stenosis and maintain patency of the pneumostoma.07-28-2011
20080302359EXTRAPLEURAL AIRWAY DEVICE AND METHOD - This is directed to improving the gaseous exchange in a lung of an individual and particularly, this is directed to improving the gaseous exchange in individuals having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It generally includes fluidly connecting the lung to an extrapleural airway such as the trachea. In one variation, a conduit is deployed to place the lung and the trachea in fluid communication which allows trapped oxygen-reduced air to pass directly out of the lung and into the trachea. Removing nonfunctional air from the lung tends to improve the gaseous exchange of oxygen into the blood and decompress hyper-inflated lungs. Sealant and biocompatible adhesives may be provided on the exterior of the conduit to prevent side flow, leaks and to otherwise prevent air from entering spaces not intended to receive air such as the pleura space.12-11-2008
20100326434APPARATUS FOR ALLEVIATING PRESSURE ON EARS WHILE USING OXYGEN - An oxygen tubing holder may support oxygen tubing away from a person's ears by providing a clip that may attach to a hat, headband or the like. The oxygen tubing holder may be placed near the ears, thereby permitting standard oxygen tubing to be used with the oxygen tubing holder. The oxygen tubing holder may include a clip end for attaching onto, for example, a hat or headband, and a U-shaped tubing holding end.12-30-2010
20100326433Oral appliance for altitude sickness - A method and use of an oral appliance device for improving breathing and subsequent blood oxygenation for an individual in high altitude conditions thereby preventing or treating altitude sickness, improving altitude acclimatization, and enhancing general and athletic performance12-30-2010
20100275910DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPENING AN AIRWAY - A device and a method for creating and/or maintaining an obstruction free upper airway. The device is configured to fit under the chin of a subject adjacent to the subject's neck at an external location corresponding approximately with the subject's internal soft tissue associated with the neck's anterior triangle. The device is capable of exerting negative pressure on the surface of a subject's neck, displacing the soft tissue forward and enlarging the airway.11-04-2010
20110283998REMOVABLE ANCHORED LUNG VOLUME REDUCTION DEVICES AND METHODS - An intra-bronchial device may be placed and anchored in an air passageway of a patient to collapse a lung portion associated with the air passageway. The device includes an obstructing member that prevents air from being inhaled into the lung portion, and an anchor that anchors the obstruction device within the air passageway. The anchor may piercingly engage the air passageway wall. The anchor may be releasable from the air passageway for removal of the obstructing member. The anchor may be releasable by collapsing a portion of the obstructing member, or by drawing the obstructing member toward the larynx. The obstructing member may be a one-way valve.11-24-2011
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