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Peritoneal dialysis

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604019000 - MEANS FOR INTRODUCING OR REMOVING MATERIAL FROM BODY FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES (E.G., MEDICATING, IRRIGATING, ASPIRATING, ETC.)

604027000 - Material introduced into and removed from body through passage in body inserted means

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20100130919SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOVING AIR FROM THE PATIENT'S PERITONEAL CAVITY - A peritoneal dialysis (“PD”) connection apparatus includes a first connector for connecting to a PD fluid fill line; a second connector in fluid communication with the first connector, the second connector including a filter configured to allow air but not fluid to pass through the filter; and an air-tight cap manually removeable and resealable to the second connector so as to selectively expose the filter to allow air trapped in a patient's peritoneum to be vented to atmosphere.05-27-2010
20130030357SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PAIRING A DIALYSIS MACHINE WITH PERIPHERAL DEVICES - A dialysis system includes: a dialysis machine; and at least one of a blood pressure sensor and a weight sensor in wireless communication with the dialysis machine, wherein the dialysis machine is so positioned and arranged relative to the at least one blood pressure sensor or weight sensor that the dialysis machine is discoverable by the at least one blood pressure sensor or weight sensor when the at least one blood pressure sensor or weight sensor, respectively, is powered, and such that the at least one blood pressure sensor or weight sensor becomes paired automatically with the dialysis machine for secure wireless communication.01-31-2013
20110196289CASSETTE SYSTEM FOR PERITONEAL DIALYSIS MACHINE - A peritoneal dialysis (PD) system that includes a disposable PD cassette including a base having a substantially planar portion and a dome-shaped protrusion extending from the substantially planar portion and a flexible membrane attached to the base and covering a recessed region of the dome-shaped protrusion to form a pumping chamber between the flexible membrane and the recessed region of the dome-shaped protrusion. The system also includes a PD machine including a deck and a door hinged from one side to the deck. The door and the deck can cooperate to form a cassette compartment, and the door has a cylindrical recess positioned to receive the dome-shaped protrusion of the base of the disposable PD cassette when the disposable PD cassette is disposed in the cassette compartment and the door is closed.08-11-2011
20130079705METHOD FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A dialysis apparatus includes a housing; a first electrical contact carried by the housing; a hydrogel material located within the housing; a second electrical contact connected to the hydrogel material, the hydrogel material located so as to be contacted by a liquid flowing through the housing; and wherein the hydrogel material expands as the material absorbs the liquid such that the second electrical contact is moved and eventually engage the first electrical contact.03-28-2013
20130079706DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING DISPOSABLE CASSETTE - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument and a disposable cassette. The dialysis instrument includes three pump actuators. The disposable cassette includes three dialysate pump chambers. The three dialysate pump chambers are positioned and arranged to operate with the three dialysate pump actuators of the dialysis instrument.03-28-2013
20110009810PERITONEAL DIALYSIS THERAPY WITH LARGE DIALYSIS SOLUTION VOLUMES - Patients suffering from acute renal failure must be diagnosed and treated quickly so that a physician can confidently prescribe either peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis. In one way of quickly treating the patients, software is used to calculate a suitable peritoneal dialysis prescription without regard to how short or how long a dialysis cycle is used, and without regard to a total dialysate fluid volume for a therapy. For patients with suitable peritoneal membrane transport properties, the software program suggests that, at least over a short period of time, unexpectedly high ultrafiltrate volumes and high clearances may be achieved.01-13-2011
20110060273PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEM - A dialysate regeneration system for removing contaminants from spent dialysate according to this invention includes a dialysate circulation flow path including a pump that pumps spent dialysate through the dialysate circulation flow path, a first cartridge adapted to remove contaminants from the spent dialysate, including a first cleaning solution inlet and a first cleaning solution outlet, a second cartridge adapted to remove urea from the spent dialysate, the second cartridge including semi-permeable hollow fibers adapted for transport of urea across the walls of the semi-permeable hollow fibers and adapted to retain at least calcium, magnesium, and sodium ions in the spent dialysate, and including a second cleaning solution inlet and a second cleaning solution outlet. Ancillary to the two cartridges, the dialysate regeneration system further includes a first dialysate cleaning flow path including a pump that pumps first cleaning solution from the first cleaning solution outlet of the first cartridge through a first cleaning stage to the first cleaning solution inlet of the first cartridge, and a second dialysate cleaning flow path including a pump that pumps second cleaning solution from the second cleaning solution outlet of the second cartridge through a second cleaning stage to the second cleaning solution inlet of the second cartridge.03-10-2011
20120116294SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREASING STERILIZATION DURING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A device for use in dialysis includes an elongated tubular body having a first end, a second end, and a lumen extending between the first end and the second end, and a first UV source coupled to the elongated tubular body at the second end, wherein the first UV source is configured to direct UV light for sterilizing at least a part of the elongated tubular body, wherein the second end of the elongated tubular body includes an opening in fluid communication with the lumen of the elongated tubular body, and a cover, the cover positionable at a first location to close the opening and at a second location to unblock the opening.05-10-2012
20090012459PERITONEAL DIALYSIS PATIENT CONNECTION SYSTEM USING ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT EMITTING DIODES - A light applicator for a peritoneal dialysis conduit connection includes a housing having a inner surface; a plurality of ultraviolet (“UV”) light-emitting diodes (“LED's”) positioned on the inner surface of the housing; and circuitry connected to the UV-LED's such that power can be supplied to energize the UV-LED's simultaneously.01-08-2009
20090012458DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING DUAL PATIENT LINE CONNECTION AND PRIME - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument; a disposable cassette operable with the dialysis instrument; a dual lumen patient line including dual lumens, the dual lumen patient line connected to the disposable cassette; and a priming sequence in which ends of the dual lumens are connected together, a first pump chamber of the disposable cassette pumps fluid through the dual lumens until fluid reaches a second pump chamber of the disposable cassette.01-08-2009
20090012457DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING DISPOSABLE CASSETTE AND INTERFACE THEREFORE - A medical fluid flow control system includes an interface including a first pump area, the first pump area of the interface including a pneumatic actuator port and a gasket seal port; and a membrane gasket including a second pump area for mating with the first pump area, the second pump area including a blind section which covers the pneumatic actuator port when the gasket is mated with the interface, the second pump area further including an aperture, the aperture sized and positioned to seal around the gasket seal port, allowing a negative pressure to be applied through the gasket seal port to a flexible sheet of a pumping cassette.01-08-2009
20090012456DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING DISPOSABLE CASSETTE - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument; a disposable cassette, the cassette including a rigid portion defining at least one pumping chamber, a pouch fitted over the rigid portion, the pouch including at least one flexible sheet sealed so as to provide a sealed environment inside the pouch; and wherein the instrument is configured to press the at least one flexible sheet against the pumping chamber to seal the pumping chamber for operation.01-08-2009
20090012455DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING SUPPLY CONTAINER AUTOCONNECTION - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument including at least one pump actuator; a disposable cassette operable with the at least one pump actuator, a plurality of supply lines connected to the disposable cassette, each supply line including a supply line connector and a supply line tip protector; a plurality of dialysis fluid containers, the dialysis fluid containers each including a solution line having a solution line connector and a solution line tip protector; and an auto-connection mechanism including a solution line connector holder, a supply line connector holder, one of the holders fixed, the other of the holders moveable, and a moveable tip protector remover.01-08-2009
20090012454DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING NON-INVASIVE TEMPERATURE SENSING - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument; a disposable item configured to hold a dialysis fluid and including an at least substantially opaque portion and an at least substantially clear portion; at least one non-invasive temperature sensor mounted to the dialysis instrument so as to be pointed selectively at the at least substantially clear portion and the at least substantially opaque portion; and a processor configured to calculate a temperature of the dialysis fluid within the disposable item using (i) a first temperature measurement from the at least one sensor while pointed at the at least substantially opaque portion, and (ii) a second temperature measurement from the at least one sensor pointed at the at least substantially clear portion.01-08-2009
20090012453MOBILE DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING SUPPLY CONTAINER DETECTION - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument including at least one pump actuator; a disposable cassette operable with the at least one pump actuator; a plurality of supply containers connected fluidly to the disposable cassette; and a cart which includes a rotatable bearing plate onto which the instrument and supply containers are loaded, the bearing plate allowing a patient to turn the instrument and supply containers relative to the cart for selective access to the instrument or the supply containers.01-08-2009
20090012452DIALYSIS FLUID MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS USING CONDUCTIVE CONTACTS - A dialysis system instrument includes a dialysis instrument, a disposable pumping and valving cassette apparatus operable with pumping and valving actuators of the dialysis instrument, the disposable cassette including an electronic cell and electronics associated with the electronic cell, the electronics configured to determine an electrical property of a solution flowing through the electronic cell of the disposable apparatus.01-08-2009
20090012451PERITONEAL DIALYSIS PATIENT CONNECTION SYSTEM - A peritoneal dialysis patient assist device includes (i) a port holder shaped to hold a first connector and a first plug, (ii) a transfer set holder shaped to hold a second connector and a second plug, the transfer set holder rotatable and translatable with respect to the port holder, and (iii) an ultraviolet (“UV”) applicator positioned to radiate UV light on at least part of the first and second connectors when loaded into the port and transfer set holders, respectively.01-08-2009
20090012449FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH AUTOCONNECT FEATURES - A fluid dispensing machine, such as a peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis machine, includes a dispenser or cassette that pumps a medical fluid for dialysis or other treatments for patients. The machine includes and uses an autoconnect device for connecting containers of liquid, such as bags of dialysis fluid or medication fluids, to the machine, while maintaining the sterility of the connection. The autoconnect device removes the cap from the fluid bag and pierces the scaling membrane on tubing from the bag. This makes it easier for patients to receive treatment, especially home treatment. Other embodiments are useful for dispensing other liquids from other types of dispensing or pumping machines.01-08-2009
20090012448FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH SPIKED CASSETTE - A fluid dispensing machine, such as a peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis machine, includes a dispenser or cassette that pumps a medical fluid for dialysis or other treatments for patients. The machine includes and uses an autoconnect device for connecting containers of liquid, such as bags of dialysis fluid or medication fluids, to the machine, while maintaining the sterility of the connection. The autoconnect device removes the cap from the fluid bag and pierces a sealing membrane on tubing from the bag. This makes it easier for patients to receive treatment, especially home treatment. The cassettes preferably have tubing ports with integral spikes for piercing the membrane on tubing from bags of liquids. The ports may be staggered for sequential engagement with the spikes. Other embodiments are useful for dispensing other liquids from other types of dispensing or pumping machines.01-08-2009
20090299272DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING AUTOMATED EFFLUENT SAMPLING AND PERITONEAL EQUILIBRATION TEST - A dialysis system includes at least one dialysis fluid pump actuator, a disposable cassette including at least one pump chamber operable with the at least one pump actuator, the disposable cassette further including a plurality of fluid ports configured to be connected fluidly to a plurality of fluid containers, and a processor programmed to cause the at least one pump actuator to operate the at least one pumping chamber to selectively move effluent dialysis fluid to a drain container or to a sample container.12-03-2009
20110040242PORTABLE PERITONEAL DIALYSIS CARTS AND RELATED SYSTEMS - A lightweight, easy-to-assemble, and portable cart for the performance of peritoneal dialysis is disclosed. The cart includes a top shelf, bottom shelf, and at least four adjustable connecting members or legs. The top shelf has a top surface designed to receive a PD cycler, and at least one hook to hang bags of solution. Various components of the cart include a plastic and foaming agent additive.02-17-2011
20090187139PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEM - Peritoneal dialysis system comprising pumping means, therapy data receiving means and processing means, said processing means being designed to process said therapy data and to impart a switching sequence to said pumping means characterized by the fact that said processing means are furthermore designed to impart a specific exchange profile for each exchange cycle.07-23-2009
20090312694DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIALYSIS MACHINES - A dialysis machine includes a control unit having a user interface; a heater(s) located separate from the control unit; a supervisory processor located with the control unit; a delegate control processor located with the heater(s), the delegate control processor in communication with the supervisory processor and configured to receive load cell, heater(s) plate and supply bag temperature sensor inputs; and a sub-delegate heater(s) processor in communication with the control processor and configured to control power to the heater(s). The machine can also include primary and secondary monitoring processors that perform a safety check to the control processing and monitor the load cell.12-17-2009
20120035533PERITONEAL DIALYSIS MACHINE TOUCH SCREEN USER INTERFACE - A peritoneal dialysis machine including a membrane pump and a touch screen display that includes a mode-indicating portion and an operation-descriptive portion, the mode-indicating portion having a plurality of touch sensitive indicia each indicating one of a plurality of modes in which the machine can operate, the display being used to keep a patient continually informed of which one mode of at least three operating modes the machine is operating in, as the operation-descriptive portion changes to display details of a specific operation being carried out within the one mode, the indicia for each of the three operating modes always being visible to the patient while the machine is operating, the operating mode being selected by the patient touching one of the indicia on the screen.02-09-2012
20100087777PERITONEAL DIALYSIS MACHINE WITH VARIABLE VOLTAGE INPUT CONTROL SCHEME - A dialysis machine includes: (i) a source of peritoneal dialysis solution; (ii) a patient line for passing the peritoneal dialysis solution to the peritoneal cavity of a patient; (iii) a pump for pumping the peritoneal dialysis solution to the peritoneal cavity via the patient line; (iv) a heater for heating the peritoneal dialysis solution prior to the dialysis solution reaching the patient line, the heater including first and second heating elements; (v) a voltage input from a remote power source; and (vi) a control scheme responsive to the voltage input and configured to (a) automatically maintain a proper dialysis solution temperature for the patient via the first and second heating elements regardless of the voltage input wherein the control (b) account for an inlet temperature of the dialysis solution to the heater and (c) account for heater efficiency.04-08-2010
20080208111Peritoneal Dialysis Sensor Apparatus Systems, Devices and Methods - A sensor apparatus and sensor apparatus system for use in conjunction with a cassette-based peritoneal dialysis system is described, including a disposable cassette. In some embodiments, the cassette includes a thermal well for permitting the sensing of various properties of a dialysate. The thermal well includes a hollow housing of a thermally conductive material. In other embodiments, the cassette includes sensor leads for sensing of various properties of a dialysate. The thermal well has an inner surface shaped so as to form a mating relationship with a sensing probe. The mating thermally couples the inner surface with a sensing probe. In some embodiments, the thermal well is located on a disposable portion and the sensing probe on a reusable portion.08-28-2008
20100100034METHOD FOR PREPARING A TREATMENT MACHINE AND TREATMENT MACHINE - The present invention relates to a method for the preparation of a treatment machine for the treatment of a medical liquid comprising a coupling surface with actuators, with a cassette comprising a hard part with liquid-conducting passages which are covered by a flexible film being able to be coupled to the coupling surface of the treatment machine so that the actuators can control the liquid flow in the liquid-conducting passages by pressing the flexible film down into the cassette. In this connection, a switch is made after the setting up of the treatment machine and before the start of treatment into a stand-by mode in which the actuators are alternately moved to relieve the flexible film. It is possible for the first time by the stand-by mode before the start of treatment in accordance with the invention to completely uncouple the time-consuming setting up of the treatment machine from the treatment itself in a time aspect. The present invention furthermore comprises a corresponding treatment machine having a control for the carrying out of the method in accordance with the invention.04-22-2010
20090281484PERITONEAL DIALYSIS MACHINE - A peritoneal dialysis machine including: a housing; a mechanically actuated piston head extending from a pump actuator housed by the housing, the mechanically actuated piston head positioned to extend towards and away from a fluid pumping cassette, the fluid pumping cassette coupled operably to the housing such that a flexible membrane of the fluid pumping cassette faces the piston head; a pressure sensor positioned by the housing adjacent to the mechanically actuated piston head so as to sense a pressure of a medical fluid moved by the mechanically actuated piston head within the fluid pumping cassette; and a vacuum chamber formed about the mechanically actuated piston head, the vacuum chamber holding a vacuum that sucks the flexible membrane of the fluid pumping cassette onto the mechanically actuated piston head as the mechanically actuated piston head extends away from the fluid pumping cassette.11-12-2009
20120271226MEDICAL FLUID PUMPING SYSTEMS AND RELATED DEVICES AND METHODS - This disclosure relates to medical fluid pumping systems and related devices and methods. In some aspects, a medical fluid pumping system includes a medical fluid pumping machine including a piston head that can be linearly displaced and a medical fluid cassette that can be secured to the medical fluid pumping machine. The medical fluid cassette includes a fastening member attached to a region of a flexible membrane overlying a fluid pump chamber, and the piston head is configured to be mechanically connected to the fastening member of the cassette.10-25-2012
20090299273REMOTE EXCHANGE PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A portable, flexible peritoneal dialysis system is disclosed. The system includes a flexible harness, such as canvas or cloth, to mount a stiff housing with a heater for holding and heating fresh dialysis fluid. The harness includes straps or other suspending devices for holding a second, flexible housing for a drain bag for holding sent dialysis fluid. The upper portion of the system includes a hook and a load cell for suspending the remaining portions. The load cell is used to measure the weight of the apparatus. By keeping track of the weight and the changes, the quantity of fluid removed from the patient, spent dialysate, is tracked, as is fresh dialysate infused into the patient. An electronics or control portion controls heating of the fresh dialysate, and operation of pumps and valves for moving the dialysate. This portion also includes alarms and communications equipment.12-03-2009
20090299271NOVEL HEATING SOLUTIONS FOR FLUID MEDIA - A system and method for heating a fluid for delivery of the fluid in the context of a particular medical, pharmaceutical, industrial or mechanical application. A cassette is associated with an application, such as, for example, a peritoneal dialysis machine. The cassette includes one or more outlet tubes for delivery of the fluid to, for example, a patient. A heating device is associated with the cassette, and heats a portion of the fluid prior to delivery of the fluid to the patient, thereby saving time and electrical power during delivery of the fluid to the patient. Additionally, a controller can be employed to control the heating range of the heating device and thereby provide a temperature of the fluid that is adaptable to the patient or a particular application.12-03-2009
20120035534DIALYSIS SYSTEM INCLUDING WIRELESS PATIENT DATA AND TRENDING AND ALERT GENERATION - A peritoneal dialysis system includes an automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machine including a logic implementer and a wireless interface receiver. The system also includes at least one of a scale or a blood pressure monitor including a wireless interface transmitter. The scale or blood pressure monitor is operable to send at least one of patient blood pressure data and patient weight data wirelessly, respectively, to the wireless interface receiver. The logic implementer is configured to store the patient blood pressure data or patient weight data. A server computer is configured to communicate with the logic implementer to receive the stored at least one patient blood pressure data and patient weight data.02-09-2012
20110144570SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - Systems and methods for providing multiple pass continuous flow dialysis therapy are provided. The present invention includes a fluid circuit connected to a patient via a catheter thereby defining a fluid loop along which a therapy fluid including a dialysate can be continuously circulated into, through and out of a peritoneal cavity of a patient to remove a therapeutically effective amount of excess water and solutes including uremic toxins. The feed rate and discharge rate of therapy fluid into the fluid loop can be controllably regulated in proportion to the circulation rate of fluid in the fluid loop such that the therapy fluid can pass a multiple number of times along the fluid loop prior to discharge.06-16-2011
20080281258COUPLING DEVICE AND MEDICAL LINE SET INCLUDING SAME - The present invention refers to a medical line set (11-13-2008
20090264812SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - Systems and methods relating to dialysis therapy, particularly continuous flow dialysis therapy, are provided. The present invention includes a single closed fluid path along which a minimal amount of therapy fluid including dialysate is fed into, continuously circulated and cleaned such that a therapeutic effective amount of solutes, excess water and the like can be removed from the patient connected to the closed fluid loop during treatment.10-22-2009
20120296267DIALYSIS SYSTEM AND MACHINE HAVING THERAPY PRESCRIPTION RECALL - In an embodiment, an automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machine includes at least one pump, a logic implementer storing a plurality of therapy prescriptions by which to operate the at least one pump, each therapy prescription pre-approved for a particular patient, and an input device operating with the logic implementer to allow the patient to select one of the therapy prescriptions for a particular therapy. In another embodiment, the input device operating with the logic implementer allows a doctor/clinician to select or approve one of the therapy prescriptions to be run on the APD machine. In a further embodiment, the logic implementer is programmed to select or suggest one of the therapy prescriptions to be run on the APD machine.11-22-2012
20090187138REUSABLE EFFLUENT DRAIN CONTAINER FOR DIALYSIS AND OTHER MEDICAL FLUID THERAPIES - A dialysis system includes a source of dialysis fluid; at least one pump for pumping dialysate to or from a patient or dialyzer; and a drain container configured to receive effluent dialysis fluid from the patient or dialyzer through a drain tube, the drain container including an at least semi-rigid body, the body including a handle, a drain tube receiving portion, a spout, and wherein at least a portion of the body is non-opaque such that effluent dialysis fluid inside the at least semi-rigid body can be viewed.07-23-2009
20090143723FLOW CONTROL DEVICE FOR PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A peritoneal dialysis flow control device in one embodiment includes: (i) a first cap including a first medical fluid line connection and a second medical fluid line connection; (ii) a gasket mated with the first cap where the gasket defines a first aperture in fluid communication with a first port and a second aperture in fluid communication with a second port; and (iii) a second cap including a third medical fluid line connection where the second cap is sealed rotatably to the gasket.06-04-2009
20110144569PERITONEAL DIALYSIS MACHINE TOUCH SCREEN USER INTERFACE - A peritoneal dialysis machine including a membrane pump and a touch screen display that includes a mode-indicating portion and an operation-descriptive portion, the mode-indicating portion having a plurality of touch sensitive indicia each indicating one of a plurality of modes in which the machine can operate, the display being used to keep a patient continually informed of which one mode of at least three operating modes the machine is operating in, as the operation-descriptive portion changes to display details of a specific operation being carried out within the one mode, the indicia for each of the three operating modes always being visible to the patient while the machine is operating, the operating mode being selected by the patient touching one of the indicia on the screen.06-16-2011
20110230822MEDICAL FLUID MACHINE WITH SUPPLY AUTOCONNECTION - A medical fluid machine with supply autoconnection, the machine comprising: a cassette-receiving wall; a disposable cassette held firmly by the wall, the disposable cassette including a port spike, the port spike fitted with a spike cap; a translating shuttle including a channel sized to hold a portion of a supply tube and including a fixture for releasably holding a supply tube end; a supply tube including an end configured to be releasably held by the fixture of the channel of the translating shuttle, the supply tube fitted with a supply tube cap; a cap removal device selectively positionable between the disposable cassette and the translating shuttle; and a controller programmed to (i) translate the shuttle holding the supply tube at the supply tube end towards the disposable cassette, so that the cap removal device is likewise moved towards the disposable cassette and the spike cap of the disposable cassette is engaged, (ii) translate the shuttle holding the supply tube at the supply tube end away from the disposable cassette and the cap removal device, so that the cap removal device can pull the spike cap off of the port spike and the tube cap off of the tube end, and (iii) translate the shuttle back towards the disposable cassette to allow the port spike of the cassette to spike the tube end.09-22-2011
20120078168DEVICE FOR COLLECTING SAMPLES - The present invention relates to a device (03-29-2012
20120078167Stoma Length Indicator Assembly and Positioning System - An indicator assembly for use with a non-vascular catheter device The indicator assembly includes: a first retainer secured to a catheter tube, the first retainer being an indwelling retainer which is deployed within a non-vascular lumen or cavity of the body; a second retainer secured to the catheter tube, the second retainer deployed outside the human body; and an indicator located outside the body on the catheter tube between the first retainer and the second retainer. The first retainer and the second retainer are configured to maintain substantially the same position with respect to each other on the tube and the indicator is configured to signal a change in position with respect to either the first or the second retainer, thereby indicating a change in the length of a stoma.03-29-2012
20120197183DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING FILTERING METHOD FOR DETERMINING THERAPY PRESCRIPTIONS - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a logic implementer configured to: (i) generate a number of peritoneal dialysis therapy regimens that meet at least one therapy target input; (ii) accept a filter input; and (iii) filter the generated therapy regimens according to the filter input to refine the number of therapy regimens available for selection.08-02-2012
20090198174SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a cycler operable with a disposable cassette, the cassette connected to a patient line, the cassette capable of fluid communication with a catheter having access to a patient's peritoneal cavity, the cycler configured to: (i) convey dialysis fluid to the peritoneal cavity through the patient line and the catheter during a patient fill phase; (ii) allow the dialysis fluid to dwell within the peritoneal cavity during a patient dwell phase; (iii) convey dialysis fluid away from the peritoneal cavity through the patient line and the catheter during a patient drain phase; and (iv) sense, at first and second sensing locations of the disposable cassette via first and second pressure sensors, an intraperitoneal pressure through the catheter to optimize an amount of fluid conveyed during the patient fill phase, so that the peritoneal cavity is not overpressurized during the patient dwell phase.08-06-2009
20090275883SMART PATIENT TRANSFER SET FOR PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A peritoneal dialysis system includes: a dialysis fluid container associated with an identifier; a reader for reading the identifier; a signal transmitter for communicating data based on the identifier; and a patient transfer set for semi-permanent connection to a patient, the patient transfer set including: (i) a signal receiver for receiving the data sent by the signal transmitter, (ii) an output device for communicating with the patient, and (iii) electronics configured to received the data and command the output device to communicate with the patient accordingly.11-05-2009
20100217181Peritoneal Dialysis Methods and Apparatus - A peritoneal-based (“bloodless”) artificial kidney processes peritoneal fluid without need for additional fluids (“waterless”). Fluid is separated into a protein-rich stream and a protein-free stream. The protein-rich stream is regenerated using a sorbent assembly, and its protein composition can be modified by removal of selected protein(s) (“dialysate-pheresis”). It is then reconstituted with additives and returned into the peritoneal cavity, thereby reducing protein-loss and providing oncotic-pressure for ultrafiltration. The protein-free stream is used to produce free water, and an alkaline or acid fluid for optimization of the composition of the regenerated stream. The unused protein-free stream can be used to “reverse flush” the separator to maintain its patency and the excess discarded for fluid-balance regulation. Compared to prior art, immobilization of urease allows more protein rich fluid to be regenerated and re-circulated into the peritoneal cavity for toxin removal and allows practicable development of portable and wearable artificial kidneys.08-26-2010
20100217180SIMULATION OF PATIENT DRAIN PHASE IN PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A method of modeling a patient's peritoneal dialysis drain phase includes (i) modeling a first segment of a drain phase curve as having a constant flowrate; (ii) modeling a second segment of a drain phase curve as having a decaying exponential flowrate; and (iii) incorporating a switching component into the first and second components so that (a) at a first time the first segment is active and while the second segment is inactive and (b) at a second time the first segment is inactive and while the second segment is active.08-26-2010
20100222735PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR PERITONEAL DIALYSIS THERAPY - A portable peritoneal dialysis apparatus having (1) a hinged door for enclosing a disposable cassette that seals tightly shut using air pressure; (2) accurate pressure sensing of pressures applied to the patient through an enclosure in the disposable cassette; (3) two pumps that can operate separately or in tandem actuated by two separate stepper motors; and (4) a touch screen user interface where indicia of the operating mode is always visible along with indicia for the other possible operating modes and the mode can be changed by touching one of these indicia.09-02-2010
20110028892PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING CASSETTE-BASED-PRESSURE-CONTROLLED PUMPING - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a removable cassette defining a flexible pump chamber and a pressure sensing area that is fluidly connected to the pump chamber wherein, during operation of the peritoneal dialysis system, peritoneal dialysis fluid is contained in the pump chamber; and a peritoneal dialysis machine configured to secure the removable cassette, peritoneal dialysis machine including (i) a pressure sensor positioned to align with and to contact the pressure sensing area of the removable cassette when the removable cassette is secured to the peritoneal dialysis machine, and (ii) a controller connected to the pressure sensor and adapted to change the operation of the peritoneal dialysis machine in response to changes in pressure sensed by the pressure sensor, wherein the pressure sensor and the pressure sensing area are arranged so that the pressure sensor measures a pressure of fluid in a fluid passage between the pump chamber and a patient during operation of the peritoneal dialysis system.02-03-2011
20120143124PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEM - The invention relates to a method for prescribing a dialysis treatment comprising the following steps: 06-07-2012
20090112151DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING INTEGRATED PNEUMATIC MANIFOLD - A dialysis machine valve manifold assembly includes a plurality of pneumatic valves; a plate including a first side and a second side, the plurality of pneumatic valves mounted to the first side of the plate, the second side of the plate defining a plurality of pneumatic flow paths; and a port header mounted removably to the plate, the port header including a plurality of ports configured to connect sealingly to pneumatic tubing, the ports in fluid communication with the pneumatic valves via the pneumatic flow paths defined in the plate.04-30-2009
20110172592MEMBRANE PORT COMPATIBLE WITH STEAM STERILIZATION - A medical connector comprising a body having a first end, a second end and a body wall defining an interior. A removable cap is fixed to the first end to seal the first end, the cap having a first filter. A filter plug having a proximal end, a distal end, a second filter and defining a spike path on an interior of the filter plug fluidly seals to an inside surface of the body wall. The distal end of the filter plug also has a removable membrane that blocks the spike path. The medical connector also provides a steam path with at least a portion of which is provided between the body wall and the filter plug. The medical connector can also comprise a first port and second port connected together to define the connector interior. The medical connector can provide the first filter on the connector body.07-14-2011
20110034866BROADBAND INFRARED HEATING OF MEDICAL FLUIDS - A system for heating a medical fluid includes a container including a fluid path including an inlet side and an outlet side. A broadband infrared radiation source including a power supply is coupled to a broadband emitter for emitting infrared radiation. The broadband emitter provides a focal location within the fluid path to heat the medical fluid to generate a heated medical fluid. A flow turbulence enhancing structure mixes the heated medical fluid to reduce temperature gradients therein. A fluid detector senses a presence of the medical fluid in the fluid path and generates a fluid sensing signal. A controller is coupled to receive the fluid sensing signal and has an output coupled to the power supply for controlling a power output of the power supply based on the fluid sensing signal indicating a presence of the medical fluid in the container.02-10-2011
20130150781AUTOMATED DIALYSIS SYSTEM USING PISTON AND NEGATIVE PRESSURE - A peritoneal dialysis system is provided that includes a hardware unit, a disposable unit received by the hardware unit, and a controller. The hardware unit includes a recessed area, a piston having a contact surface, a pneumatic source for supplying a negative pressure, and an actuator configured to move the contact surface of the piston into and out of at least a portion of the recessed area. The disposable unit includes an outer member fitted at least partially within the recessed area of the hardware unit and a moveable membrane positioned between the contact surface of the piston and the outer member when the disposable unit is received by the hardware unit. The controller is configured to cause the pneumatic source to apply the negative pressure to the moveable membrane so as to conform the moveable membrane to a shape of the contact surface of the piston and follow the contact surface when the piston is moved towards and away from the outer member fitted at least partially within the recessed area.06-13-2013
20110040243AUTOMATED DIALYSIS SYSTEM INCLUDING A PISTON AND VACUUM SOURCE - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a hardware unit including a piston and at least one vacuum source; a door connected to the hardware unit, the door including a cavity, the cavity having a diameter; the hardware unit further including a structure positioned opposite the door, the structure defining an aperture; a disposable unit including first and second fluid receiving membranes, the disposable unit disposed between the structure and the door; the at least one vacuum source operable to apply a vacuum to at least one of the first and second membranes of the disposable unit; the piston, at least a portion of which moves through the aperture, in operation contacting one of the membranes, the piston including a piston head having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the cavity in the door; and a dialysis fluid opening enabling dialysis fluid to be pulled in between the first and second membranes.02-17-2011
20110040244AUTOMATED DIALYSIS SYSTEM INCLUDING A PISTON AND STEPPER MOTOR - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a hardware unit including a piston having a contact surface and a stepper motor configured to move the piston; and a disposable unit received by the hardware unit, the disposable unit including a moveable membrane operable with the contact surface of the piston, the piston moveable towards and away from the disposable unit, wherein (i) the piston and the membrane are positioned relative to each other and (ii) the hardware unit is configured to apply a negative pressure to the moveable membrane of the disposable unit so that the negative pressure causes the moveable membrane to contact and conform to a shape of the contact surface and to follow the piston as the piston is moved away from the disposable unit by the stepper motor, and wherein the shape-contacted membrane moves with the piston as the piston is moved into the disposable unit by the stepper motor.02-17-2011
20100130918SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOVING AIR FROM SUPPLY CONTAINERS AND ASSOCIATED FILL TUBING - In one embodiment, a patient connection system for peritoneal dialysis includes: a housing; a fill container occluder valve carried by the housing; a drain container occluder valve carried by the housing; a shunt connector positioned at the housing, so as to be removeably connected into a fill container line and a drain container line to allow fresh dialysis fluid to run from the fill container to prime the fill container line when the fill and drain container occluder valves are open; and a patient transfer set support provided by the housing, the patient transfer set support configured to allow a patient transfer set to be connected to the fill container line after the fill and drain container occluder valves have been closed and the shunt connector has been disconnected from the fill and drain container lines.05-27-2010
20110098635FLUID FLOW OCCLUDER AND METHODS OF USE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT SYSTEMS - An occluder (04-28-2011
20120302945METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE DETERMINATION OF GAS IN A FLUID PUMPED THROUGH A PUMPING DEVICE - This invention relates to a method for the determination of gas in a fluid, wherein the mixture of gas and fluid both is delivered by a pump and is subjected to a change in volume and pressure, operating parameters of the pump, which represents the change in volume and pressure, are detected, and from the operating parameters of the pump the gas content is determined in consideration of a system compressibility, wherein the system compressibility in the pumping device filled with gas is determined by sequence of process steps. The invention furthermore relates to an apparatus for performing this method into a dialysis machine which contains a corresponding apparatus.11-29-2012
20100004590Apparatus for Peritoneal Dialysis - The invention relates to an apparatus for peritoneal dialysis having a device for the regular dispensing and reuptake of dialysate. The device has a pressure measuring device for the measurement of intraperitoneal pressure.01-07-2010
20080200867DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING DISPLAY WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPLIANCE ("EMC") SEAL - A medical machine includes: an enclosure defining an opening, at least a portion of the enclosure being electrically conductive and acting as a first capacitor plate; a medical device component located inside the enclosure; a window placed adjacent to the opening; a video display with an at least partially conductive case acting as a second capacitor plate; and a dielectric member placed between the first and second capacitor plates, the plates and dielectric member forming a capacitor configured to prevent leakage of electromagnetic energy from the enclosure.08-21-2008
20100292633COUPLING DEVICE AND USE THEREOF - A coupling device (11-18-2010
20110125085DISPOSABLE COMPONENTS FOR FLUID LINE AUTOCONNECT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Components for a medical infusion fluid handling system, such as an APD system, in which one or more lines (05-26-2011
20100331768METHOD FOR CHECKING AND/OR MONITORING THE TIGHTNESS OF A PLURALITY OF PNEUMATICALLY OR HYDRAULICALLY ACTUATED ACTUATORS, AND MACHINE, ESPECIALLY MEDICAL TREATMENT MACHINE - The present invention relates to a method for checking and/or monitoring the leak tightness of a plurality of pneumatically or hydraulically actuated actuators of a machine, in particular a plurality of valve actuators of a medical treatment machine, wherein pressure is exerted on the actuators in different combinations during the operation of the machine, wherein the common pressure drop occurring during a stationary operating phase at the actuators on which pressure is exerted in the respective combination is measured for a plurality of different combinations of actuators on which pressure is exerted, and wherein a respective leak tightness value is determined for individual actuators and/or groups of actuators with the pressure drop which is measured for those combinations and in which the respective actuator and/or the respective group of actuators on which pressure is exerted being taken into said leak tightness value. The invention furthermore includes a machine, in particular a medical treatment machine, having a corresponding valve actuator monitoring.12-30-2010
20110137237DIALYSIS SYSTEMS AND METHODS HAVING VIBRATION-AIDED AIR REMOVAL - A dialysis system includes a dialysis fluid disposable configured to hold and transport a dialysis fluid; an air separation chamber in fluid communication with the dialysis fluid disposable; and a dialysis instrument operable to pump dialysis fluid through the dialysis fluid disposable, the instrument including a vibrator configured to vibrate the air separation chamber to separate air from the dialysis fluid traveling through the chamber.06-09-2011
20100198138TRANSFER SETS FOR THERAPY OPTIMIZATION - Transfer sets are disclosed in the present patent. The transfer set provides a connection between a source of peritoneal dialysis fluid and a patient for whom peritoneal dialysis has been prescribed. The transfer sets disclosed herein are smaller and provide a more compact and convenient device by which a dialysis patient controls the flow of dialysis fluid to and from the peritoneum of the patient. The devices are more compact and convenient because they include more convenient mechanisms for starting and stopping flow of the dialysis fluid. It is also easy to determine whether the mechanism is in a closed or open configuration by simply looking at the mechanism.08-05-2010
20100191181DRAIN AND FILL LOGIC FOR AUTOMATED PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A system and method for automatically adjusting a Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (“CCPD”) therapy to minimize the potential for excess intra-peritoneal volume. The adjustments are made at the end of the drain, just prior to the next fill. The adjustments short the next fill, if necessary, to limit the intra-peritoneal volume, add a cycle, if necessary, to use all of the available dialysis solution and will average the remaining dwell time to maximize the therapeutic benefit of the therapy in the allotted time. In another embodiment, a tidal therapy using trended patient UF data is provided.07-29-2010
20110190691APPARATUS FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A dialysis apparatus includes a housing; a first electrical contact carried by the housing; a hydrogel material located within the housing; a second electrical contact connected to the hydrogel material, the hydrogel material located so as to be contacted by a liquid flowing through the housing; and wherein the hydrogel material expands as the material absorbs the liquid such that the second electrical contact is moved and eventually engage the first electrical contact.08-04-2011
20110218486TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION FOR PNEUMATIC PUMPING SYSTEM - Temperature compensation is applied to correct for temperature mismatch between a reference chamber and a disposable chamber in a pneumatic pumping system for dialysis fluid for peritoneal dialysis. The mismatch creates an error in the calculation of pumping volume of dialysate fluid. Applying a correction for the temperature mismatch helps to more precisely control the volume of dialysate that is metered to the patient. Also disclosed are ways to keep temperatures constant and to use temperature sensors to accurately measure the temperatures of the chambers. In other aspects, the temperature of the dialysate fluid itself may be measured and used to apply a correction to the volume of fluid that is pumped to the patient.09-08-2011
20110218487PUMPING MATERIAL FOR CASSETTE BASED DIALYSIS AND PUMPING MECHANISM USING SAME - A fluid pumping mechanism in one embodiment includes a fluid reservoir, and a multiple layer film extending over a portion of the fluid reservoir, wherein fluid is moved through the reservoir by movement of the film from a first position to a second position, the film including first and second layers, each of first and second layers comprising a blend of a polypropylene and a styrene ethylene butadiene block copolymer. Peritoneal dialysis systems are also provided and may include a peritoneal dialysis machine and a disposable cassette defining at least one pump chamber and having a multiple layer film extending over a portion of the at least one pump chamber, the film including first and second layers, each of the first and second layers comprising a blend of a polypropylene and a styrene ethylene butadiene block copolymer.09-08-2011
20110077586PERITONEAL DIALYSIS THERAPY VALIDATION - A peritoneal dialysis device displays on a graphical interface a plurality of parameters and any values currently assigned to the parameters, and in response to a user selecting one of the displayed parameters, allows the user to input a value to be assigned to one of the parameters. A value is set for a number of fills parameter or a dwell time parameter based on the value received from the user.03-31-2011
20100168652METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS (PD) SOLUTION WITH A PERISTALTIC PUMP - In one aspect, the invention provides methods and apparatus for delivering peritoneal dialysis (PD) solution (or other fluids), from a supply to a patient. A first pump, in fluid coupling with the supply, delivers PD solution from the supply to a “mesne” (or intermediate) measuring element, and generates signals indicative of a volume of that delivered PD solution. The mesne measuring element, in fluid coupling with the first pump, generates signals indicative of a volume of PD solution received from that pump. A second pump, fluidly coupled to the mesne measuring element, routes PD solution from the mesne measuring element for delivery to the patient.07-01-2010
20120232471NON-INVASIVE RADIO FREQUENCY MEDICAL FLUID LEVEL AND VOLUME DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A medical fluid system includes a medical fluid pump; a container holding a fluid to be pumped by the medical fluid pump, the fluid at a first time having a first conductivity, the fluid at a second time having a second conductivity; and a radio frequency level sensor positioned in operable relation with the container, the radio frequency operation of the level sensor configured so as to be (i) indicative of a level of the fluid in the container and (ii) at least substantially independent of whether the fluid has the first conductivity or the second conductivity. The medical fluid system can determine the level of medical fluid by measuring the resistance, impedance or phase shift seen by the sensor.09-13-2012
20090012450EXTENDED USE DIALYSIS SYSTEM - A medical fluid machine, such as a dialysis machine, includes a pump that pumps a medical fluid and sterile water or other disinfecting liquid, such as ozonated water, for flushing and reconditioning the medical fluid machine. The machine may also include a heater that heats the medical fluid or disinfecting solution in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms that may contaminate the machine after use. Disinfecting the machine, and a disposable kit used with the machine, may allow re-use of the disposable within a reasonable amount of time after completion of the disinfecting procedure. Dialysate treated with ultra-violet light or water with low concentrations of ozone also helps make the disposable kits suitable for reuse.01-08-2009
20120310150Multi-Chamber Bag - Method of dissolving/mixing of a concentrate in/with a fluid in a multi-chamber bag and a method for the production of a medical fluid, in particular a dialysis fluid, in a multi-chamber bag. Moreover, the multi-chamber bag itself is disclosed. In all embodiments, at least two different concentrates can be included separately in powder form, liquid form or semi-liquid slurry form for dissolution in a fluid in the multi-chamber bag. In addition, the use of the multi-chamber bag in haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis or a haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis device, in particular as a container for a dialysis fluid in a haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis device, is described.12-06-2012
20120209168PERITONEAL DIALYSIS PATIENT CONNECTION SYSTEM - Peritoneal dialysis connectors, connector sets, connector systems and methods are disclosed. In an embodiment, a connector includes, a body, a spike located at a first end of the body, a sealing ring sized to seal inside a female connector and located adjacent to the spike end, threads located adjacent to the sealing ring, and at least one barbed ring located adjacent to the threads at a second end of the body. The at least one barbed ring is configured to seal the second end of the body to a tube.08-16-2012
20120209169MEDICAL FLUID PUMP SYSTEMS AND RELATED COMPONENTS AND METHODS - A medical fluid delivery cassette configured for use with a medical fluid pumping system. The cassette includes a base, a membrane attached to the base, and an adhesive disposed on a portion of the membrane overlying a fluid pump chamber of the cassette. The portion of the membrane overlying the fluid pump chamber is moveable such that the volume of the fluid pump chamber can be changed.08-16-2012
20120022442DIALYSIS SYSTEM AND MACHINE HAVING THERAPY PRESCRIPTION RECALL - In an embodiment, an automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machine includes at least one pump, a logic implementer storing a plurality of therapy prescriptions by which to operate the at least one pump, each therapy prescription pre-approved for a particular patient, and an input device operating with the logic implementer to allow the patient to select one of the therapy prescriptions for a particular therapy. In another embodiment, the input device operating with the logic implementer allows a doctor/clinician to select or approve one of the therapy prescriptions to be run on the APD machine. In a further embodiment, the logic implementer is programmed to select or suggest one of the therapy prescriptions to be run on the APD machine.01-26-2012
20120022441MEDICAL FLUID PUMP VALVE INTEGRITY TEST METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A valve integrity method for a medical fluid pump includes pumping fluid into the medical fluid pump while an outlet valve is closed and an inlet valve is open, closing the inlet valve while the outlet valve is closed, attempting to pump fluid out of the medical fluid pump while the inlet valve and the outlet valve are closed, and determining that at least one of the valves is leaking if a change in medical fluid volume within the medical fluid pump is detected.01-26-2012
20120022440DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING DISPOSABLE CASSETTE - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument and a disposable cassette. The dialysis instrument includes three pump actuators. The disposable cassette includes three dialysate pump chambers. The three dialysate pump chambers are positioned and arranged to operate with the three dialysate pump actuators of the dialysis instrument.01-26-2012
20120065581DIALYSIS SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCLUDING CASSETTE WITH AIR REMOVAL - In an embodiment, a dialysis fluid cassette is disclosed. The cassette includes a plurality of walls defining at least one valve chamber, a dialysis fluid inlet, a dialysis fluid outlet and a dialysis fluid pathway. The cassette further includes a baffle extending from a first one of the walls to an opposing second one of the walls. The baffle includes an end fixed to a third one of the plurality of walls and a free end. The fixed end separates the dialysis fluid inlet from the dialysis fluid outlet and the baffle and the plurality of walls are constructed and arranged such that the flow of dialysis fluid along the pathway defined in part by the baffle slows as the flow approaches the free end of the baffle.03-15-2012
20110092895DIALYSIS SYSTEMS HAVING SPIRALING FLUID AIR SEPARATION CHAMBERS - A dialysis fluid cassette includes a rigid portion defining at least one valve chamber, the rigid portion further defining an air separation chamber, the air separation chamber when in an operating position including an inner surface, a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet and configured to cause a dialysis fluid to spiral around the inner surface toward the fluid outlet, such that air is removed from the dialysis fluid.04-21-2011
20110092894PUMP CASSETTE AND METHODS FOR USE IN MEDICAL TREATMENT SYSTEM USING A PLURALITY OF FLUID LINES - A fluid handling cassette (04-21-2011
20110092893MEDICAL TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS USING A PLURALITY OF FLUID LINES - A medical treatment system, such as peritoneal dialysis system, may include control and other features to enhance patient comfort and ease of use. For example, a cycler device (04-21-2011
20120071815DRAIN AND FILL LOGIC FOR AUTOMATED PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - The present system and method in one embodiment limit a maximum instantaneous peritoneal volume to a comfortable level, while allowing the dialysis machine to advance to fill a prescribed volume whenever the drain ends after a minimum drain percentage has been attained. If a low drain condition occurs, the nominal fill volume is lowered and a therapy cycle is added, so that a prescribed total amount of fresh therapy fluid is used during therapy, maximizing therapeutic benefit. An allowable residual volume at the end of an incomplete drain is increased, thereby lowering the probability of a subsequent low drain condition.03-22-2012
20120071816AUTOMATED DIALYSIS SYSTEM INCLUDING TOUCH SCREEN CONTROLLED MECHANICALLY AND PNEUMATICALLY ACTUATED PUMPING - A peritoneal dialysis system includes: a hardware unit including a piston having a contact surface, a pneumatic source for supplying a negative pressure, a stepper motor, a controller including a processor and memory programmed to control the pneumatic source and the stepper motor, and a video monitor operating with a touch screen for sending and receiving information to and from the controller; and a disposable unit including a moveable membrane positioned adjacent to the contact surface, the programmed processor and memory operable to (i) cause the pneumatic source to apply the negative pressure to the membrane so that the negative pressure moves the membrane to conform to a shape of the contact surface and (ii) control the stepper motor so that the membrane follows the piston as the piston is moved away from the disposable unit and moves with the piston as the piston is moved into the disposable unit.03-22-2012
20110106003DIALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CASSETTE-BASED PUMPING AND VALVING - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a disposable cassette including a flexible sheet; a hardware unit including (i) at least one pump actuator and piston head moved by the pump actuator, (ii) at least one valve actuator, (iii) at least one sensor, and (iv) a disposable cassette interface for interfacing with the disposable cassette, the disposable cassette interface including: (a) at least one pump aperture, the at least one piston head moveable out of and retractable into the at least one pump aperture to move a corresponding pumping portion of the flexible sheet of the disposable cassette, the piston head moving within a vacuum chamber, the vacuum chamber enabling a vacuum to be pulled around the piston head to the flexible sheet of the disposable cassette; (b) at least one valve aperture, at least a portion of the at least one valve actuator located in the valve aperture to move a valve portion of the flexible sheet of the disposable cassette; and (c) at least one sensor aperture, the at least one sensor located in the at least one sensor aperture, the at least one sensor operable with a sensor portion of the flexible sheet of the disposable cassette.05-05-2011
20110106002FLUID LINE AUTOCONNECT APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT SYSTEM - A medical infusion fluid handling system, such as an APD system, may be arranged to de-cap and connect one or more lines (05-05-2011
20100241062MEDICAL FLUID PUMP SYSTEMS AND RELATED COMPONENTS AND METHODS - A medical fluid delivery cassette configured for use with a medical fluid pumping system. The cassette includes a base, a membrane attached to the base, and an adhesive disposed on a portion of the membrane overlying a fluid pump chamber of the cassette. The portion of the membrane overlying the fluid pump chamber is moveable such that the volume of the fluid pump chamber can be changed.09-23-2010
20120123322MEDICAL TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS USING A PLURALITY OF FLUID LINES - A medical treatment system, such as peritoneal dialysis system, may include control and other features to enhance patient comfort and ease of use. For example, a peritoneal dialysis system may include patient line state detector for detecting whether a patient line is primed before it is to be connected to the patient. The patient line state detector can also the ability to detect whether a patient line has been properly mounted for priming. Both patient line presence/absence and fill state can be determined using an optical system, e.g., one that employs a single optical sensor.05-17-2012
20120220927PERITONEAL DIALYSIS CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT EMITTING DIODES - Peritoneal dialysis systems are provided by the present disclosure. In a general embodiment, a peritoneal dialysis system includes a cycler, a disposable cassette operable with the cycler, a supply bag connected to the disposable cassette, a supply connector, a supply line extending from the disposable cassette, a patient connector in fluid communication with a patient's indwelling catheter, a device to connect the supply connector to the patient connector, and a housing around the device. The housing includes a plurality of ultraviolet (“UV”) light-emitting diodes (“LED's”) for directing energy towards at least one of the supply or patient connectors. The LED's are configured to deliver about 200 milliJoules in a period of about a minute.08-30-2012
20110184340FLOW SYSTEM OF A DIALYSIS DEVICE AND A PORTABLE DIALYSIS DEVICE - There is provided a flow system of a dialysis device including a dialysate conduit which is capable of being in fluid communication with the peritoneal cavity of a patient's body and of being in fluid communication with a flow path, the flow path allowing dialysate to flow from a patient's body to a sorbent capable of removing contaminants within the dialysate in an outflow mode and in an inflow mode returning the dialysate substantially free of contaminants to the patient's body. The device also includes a pump for moving the dialysate along the flow path in both the outflow mode and inflow mode and a plurality of valves disposed along the flow path. There is also provided a portable dialysis device.07-28-2011
20100191180METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING TIDAL THERAPIES EMPLOYING ULTRAFILTRATE TRENDING - A system and method for automatically adjusting a Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (“CCPD”) therapy to minimize the potential for excess intra-peritoneal volume. The adjustments are made at the end of the drain, just prior to the next fill. The adjustments short the next fill, if necessary, to limit the intra-peritoneal volume, add a cycle, if necessary, to use all of the available dialysis solution and will average the remaining dwell time to maximize the therapeutic benefit of the therapy in the allotted time. In another embodiment, a tidal therapy using trended patient UF data is provided.07-29-2010
20130172807Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter - A refined catheter for percutaneous access to the peritoneal cavity for the deliver/removal of fluid in medical procedure such as peritoneal dialysis including a flexible tubular member having a distal portion that features either a coiled segment with multiple secondary ports and/or a bolus tip with a large scalloped orifice on the side, and a proximal segment that can be oriented cephalad or caudally by means of a 90° angle and a connecting portion with a luer fitting and an inner diameter of at least 0.375 cm is maintained (3.75 mm) through the entire length of the catheter to optimize its flow rate capabilities.07-04-2013
20100010430PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEMS AND METHODS THAT REGENERATE DIALYSATE - An artificial kidney that regenerates dialysate includes: a catheter having an inflow lumen and an outflow lumen for communication with a peritoneal cavity of a patient; a fluid circuit in fluid communication with the catheter for circulating dialysate into, through and out of the peritoneal cavity; a pump configured to circulate the dialysate; a cleaning cartridge coupled to the fluid circuit for removing solutes from the dialysate, including a therapeutically effective amount of urea from the dialysate as the dialysate circulates along the fluid circuit; and wherein the fluid circuit is configured to receive a volume of ultrafilterate removed from the patient, such that the pump can mix the ultrafiltrate volume with the dialysate to an increase an overall therapy fluid volume.01-14-2010
20100010429SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - A regenerative peritoneal dialysis system includes a dialysis fluid loop; a filter located in the dialysis fluid loop, a first portion of the dialysis fluid sent to the filter rejected by the filter and returned upstream of the filter, a second portion of the dialysis fluid sent to the filter forming permeate, the permeate being rich in urea; and a urea removing apparatus located in the dialysis fluid loop downstream from the filter to receive the permeate and absorb urea from the permeate.01-14-2010
20100010428DIALYSIS SYSTEM AND MACHINE HAVING THERAPY PRESCRIPTION RECALL - In one embodiment an automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machine includes: at least one pump; a logic implementer storing a plurality of therapy prescriptions by which to operate the at least one pump, each therapy prescription pre-approved for a particular patient; and an input device operating with the logic implementer to allow the patient to select one of the therapy prescriptions for a particular therapy. In another embodiment, the input device operating with the logic implementer allows a doctor/clinician to select or approve one of the therapy prescriptions to be run on the APD machine. In a further embodiment, the logic implementer is programmed to select or suggest one of the therapy prescriptions to be run on the is APD machine.01-14-2010
20100010427DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING TRENDING AND ALERT GENERATION - A peritoneal dialysis system includes: an automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machine configured to remove ultrafiltrate (“UF”) from a patient and record how much UF has been removed; and a logic implementer configured to (i) form a first moving average UF removed trend, (ii) determine a trending range around the first moving average UF removed trend, (iii) determine at least one of an upper and lower UF removed limit from the trending range, (iv) form a second moving average UF removed trend, and (v) alert if the second moving average UF removed trend moves outside of the at least one UF removed limit.01-14-2010
20100010426DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING INVENTORY MANAGEMENT INCLUDING ONLINE DEXTROSE MIXING - A peritoneal dialysis system includes: a plurality of automated peritoneal dialysis (“APD”) machines; and a server computer in communication with the APD machines, the APD machines programmed to inform the server computer of how much dialysate is consumed over a first delivery period, the server computer configured to use the amounts consumed to determine dialysate delivery amounts for the plurality of APD machines for a second delivery period.01-14-2010
20100010425PERITONEAL EQUILIBRATION TEST AND DIALYSIS SYSTEM USING SAME - An ultrafiltration (“UF”) evaluation method includes: (i) determining an amount of UF removed from a patient over a first dwell time; (ii) determine an amount of UF removed from the patient over a second, different dwell time; (iii) determining an amount of UF removed from the patient over a third, different dwell time; and (iv) fitting a curve to the UF removal amounts for the first, second and third dwell time. A peritoneal dialysis therapy generation method using the curve determined according to the “UF” evaluation method to generate at least one peritoneal dialysis therapy regimen.01-14-2010
20100010424DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING REGIMEN GENERATION METHODOLOGY - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a logic implementer configured to: (i) accept at least one therapy target input; (ii) accept at least one patient transport characteristic input; (iii) accept at least one solution input; (iv) accept at least one fluid volume input; (v) accept at least one therapy time input, at least one of the inputs (ii) to (v) including an input range; and (vi) generate each therapy regimen using the inputs of (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v), including each of the possibilities within the at least one input range, that satisfy the at least one therapy target input.01-14-2010
20100010423DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING FILTERING METHOD FOR DETERMINING THERAPY PRESCRIPTIONS - A peritoneal dialysis system includes a logic implementer configured to: (i) generate a number of peritoneal dialysis therapy regimens that meet at least one therapy target input; (ii) accept a filter input; and (iii) filter the generated therapy regimens according to the filter input to refine the number of therapy regimens available for selection.01-14-2010
20120271227Peritoneal Dialysis Methods and Apparatus - A peritoneal-based artificial kidney processes peritoneal fluid without need for additional fluids. Spent dialysate is separated into a protein-rich stream and a protein-free stream. The protein-rich stream is regenerated using a sorbent assembly, and its protein composition can be modified by removal of selected protein(s). Alternatively, the spent dialysate is first processed in a sorbent assembly and then separated into the protein-rich and protein-free streams. Immobilization of urease allows more protein rich fluid to be regenerated and re-circulated into the peritoneal cavity for toxin removal and allows practicable development of portable and wearable artificial kidneys.10-25-2012
20090018493Implantable catheter assembly - Assemblies, kits and methods are provided for catheter assemblies that include a coupling member with first and second access ports to which first and second intrabody members are coupled. The coupling member defines an internal chamber which is in communication with lumens of the first and second intrabody members. In an implantation orientation each of the first and second intrabody members is in a straightened configuration relative to the coupling member and in an implanted orientation each of the first and second intrabody members is in a contracted configuration relative to the coupling member.01-15-2009
20120323169APPARATUS FOR HEATING A MEDICAL FLUID - The present invention relates to an apparatus for heating a medical fluid, a method for heating a medical fluid, and a blood treatment device.12-20-2012
20100234795SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGENERATION OF A FLUID - A method and a system for regenerating a body fluid, such as a peritoneal dialysis fluid. The body fluid is removed into an extracorporeal circuit comprising an electrofilter for removing charged ions from the body fluid, a nanofilter for removing large molecules, such as Dextran 40, and a reverse osmosis filter for concentrating the body fluid, for producing a synthetic urine to be discarded. The removed ions and large molecules are returned to the patient together with pure water from the reverse osmosis filter through an ultrafilter.09-16-2010
20120089085DIALYSIS METHODS AND SYSTEMS HAVING AUTOCONNECTION AND AUTOIDENTIFICATION - A dialysis system includes at least one pump actuator, a disposable cassette operable with the at least one pump actuator, a plurality of disposable cassette supply connections, and plurality of dialysis solution lines. Each of the plurality of solution lines is connected to a dialysis solution container. The system further includes an autoconnection mechanism configured to connect the plurality of supply connections to the plurality of dialysis solution lines. The system additionally includes an autoidentification system configured to automatically identify information associated with the plurality of dialysis solution lines to determine at least one of (i) dialysis solution type (ii) dialysis solution volume, or (iii) a number of the plurality of dialysis solution supply containers.04-12-2012
20120330225Active Catheter - A catheter assembly includes a tubular member having a first connector at its distal end for coupling with the proximal end of a catheter. The tubular member has at least one external guide wire that is slidably contained inside the tubular member. The at least one external guide wire has an attachment member for attaching to an internal guide wire catch that is slidably contained inside the catheter, whereby manipulation of the guide wire causes motion in the distal end of the catheter. The catheter assembly can be articulated within an internal cavity of a patient to more completely and accurately fill and/or drain the cavity during, for example, peritoneal dialysis.12-27-2012
20100168653Identifying a Self-Powered Device Connected to a Medical Device - In some aspects, a method includes determining whether a universal serial bus (USB) peripheral device is connected to a USB monitoring device that is connected to a medical device and drawing power from the medical device. The medical device is configured for use in a medical procedure with a patient. The method also includes determining whether the USB peripheral device is drawing power from the medical device if the USB peripheral device is determined to be connected to the USB monitoring device.07-01-2010
20100130920DIALYSIS MACHINE HAVING AUTO-CONNECTION SYSTEM WITH ROLLER OCCLUDER - A medical fluid or dialysis system includes an auto-connection mechanism that connects connectors from the supply bags to dialysis cassette ports or cassette supply lines. The system provides for multiple, e.g., four, supply bags, which can be connected to a manifold of the auto-connection mechanism. Tip protecting caps that protect the supply line ends and cassette ports or cassette supply line ends are made to be compatible with the auto-connection mechanism. The auto-connection mechanism removes all the caps and connects the supply lines to the cassette. At least one roller occluder is provided that occludes the supply tubing prior to the tip protecting caps being removed. The roller occludes prevent medical dialysis fluid from spilling out of the supply lines between the time that the caps are removed and connection to the cassette is made.05-27-2010
20080228131Microdialysis Probe with a Spiral Line - A microdialysis probe with a probe body, a probe needle for introduction into a tissue, an inlet line and an outlet line for a perfusion solution and a dialysis membrane, wherein at least one hollow channel forms the outlet line and extends at least partly spirally about the probe needle on an external surface of the probe needle. The inlet for the perfusion solution may also be in the form of spiral about the external surface of the probe needle.09-18-2008
20080200869DIALYSIS SYSTEM WITH EFFICIENT BATTERY BACK-UP - A medical fluid machine includes: an enclosure; at least one medical fluid delivery component located inside the enclosure, the component capable of being powered by an external power source or a back-up battery; a transistor in electrical communication with the battery; and a regulator configured to: (i) receive as feedback a supply voltage; and (ii) vary a gate voltage at the transistor to maintain the supply voltage at least substantially at a desired level.08-21-2008
20080200868DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING VIDEO DISPLAY WITH AMBIENT LIGHT ADJUSTMENT - A medical therapy machine includes: an enclosure; a medical therapy machine component located inside the enclosure; a video monitor supported by the enclosure and displaying at least one of information and indicia relating to the medical therapy; an ambient light sensor positioned with respect to the enclosure so as to be able to sense a level of ambient light impinging the enclosure; and a logic implementor configured to control a level of backlight brightness for the video monitor based on the level of ambient light sensed by the sensor.08-21-2008
20080200866DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING INDUCTIVE HEATING - A medical fluid machine includes (i) a pump that pumps a medical fluid and (ii) a heater that heats the medical fluid, the heater including an electrically insulative housing, at least one flat sheet of electrically conductive material suitable for contacting the medical fluid, the sheet disposed within the insulative housing, the sheet defining a flow path for the medical fluid in which the medical fluid changes direction at least one time, a primary coil of a transformer located outside the insulative housing, the primary coil configured to induce a current into the at least one conductive sheet, creating heat that may be transferred to the medical fluid.08-21-2008
20080200865DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING OPTICAL FLOWRATE DETECTION - A medical fluid machine includes an enclosure; a disposable unit accepted by the enclosure, the disposable unit including a conduit through which a medical fluid can flow, the conduit including a viewing portion; a light source configured and arranged to emit light onto the viewing portion of the conduit; a camera focused on the viewing portion of the conduit; and a processor configured to determine a speed of a particle entrained in the medical fluid based on at least two images of the particle in the viewing area taken by the camera.08-21-2008
20110275984CUSTOMIZABLE PERSONAL DIALYSIS DEVICE HAVING EASE OF USE AND THERAPY ENHANCEMENT FEATURES - A peritoneal dialysis machine includes an enclosure; dialysate pump located within the enclosure; a graphical user interface allowing a patient to program a treatment including at least one patient fill performed by the dialysate pump, at least one dwell, and at least one drain performed by the dialysate pump; and the GUI further programmed to provide an alert when it is time to begin the treatment so as to complete the at least one patient fill, dwell and drain by a prescribed time.11-10-2011
20100312174Peritoneal Dialysis System - The present invention is a sorbent-based portable peritoneal dialysis system that uses 2.5 liters of tap water per day. The system comprises a control unit, a sterilized disposable cassette, a sterilized disposable glucose solution cartridge and a sterilized sorbent cartridge, and a three liter removable fluid storage container. A supply of concentrated electrolytes solution and a venting sterilizing dialysate filter are contained in the cassette. The glucose and sorbent cartridges snap into the cassette, which snaps onto the control unit. The cartridges are replaced daily, and the cassette is replaced weekly. During use (typically while the patient sleeps at night), the system removes all spent dialysate from the patient every two hours. The system then returns two liters of regenerated, sterilized dialysate to the patient. The patient discards the spent dialysate in the morning.12-09-2010
20120283628Artificial Kidney - Artificial kidney for gradual, and at least semi-continuous, blood treatment, wherein a blood stream is fed from a body of a living human or animal being into the artificial kidney, where anticoagulation is first effected, blood cells and molecules of large and medium molecular weight, such as proteins, are then primarily separated from plasma and fed back to the blood stream, regulating a water and salt balance by diverting excess plasma water and further removing from the blood stream, plasma or plasma water accumulated and toxic substances, by removal of specific electrolytes and waste products and wherein purified or partially purified plasma and plasma water is being carried back to the blood tract of the body.11-08-2012
20120283629PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEM HAVING HEATER PAN AND WEIGHT SENSOR - A peritoneal dialysis machine includes: (i) a housing; (ii) an actuator carried by the housing so as to be able to interact with a peritoneal dialysis fluid carrying disposable; (iii) at least one heating element carried by the housing; (iv) a heater pan providing an upper surface of the housing, the heater pan cooperating with the at least one heater element to provide heat to a container of peritoneal dialysis fluid placed onto the heater pan, the container being part of or in communication with the peritoneal dialysis fluid carrying disposable; and (iv) a weight sensor cooperating with the heater pan to sense the weight of the peritoneal dialysis fluid located within the container.11-08-2012
20120095392SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF PERITONEAL DIALYSIS (PD) SOLUTIONS WITH INTEGRATED INTER-CHAMBER DIFFUSER - The invention provides, in some aspects, a container system for medical solutions such as peritoneal dialysis (PD) solutions. The invention particularly features a system which includes a first compartment that contains a first medical solution, e.g., a PD osmotic agent, and a second compartment that contains a second medical solution, e.g., a PD buffer agent. The compartments maintain their respective contents separately from one another for purposes of transport, storage and/or sterilization. However, the compartments are fluidly couplable, so that their respective contents can be combined with one another, e.g., following sterilization of the agents and prior to their introduction into the patient's abdomen. To that end, a container system can include a diffuser that is disposed in a fluid pathway between the first and second compartments, e.g., to facilitate homogeneous mixing of the first and second PD agents. That diffuser is disposed within and moves relative to a structure, such as a port that defines the fluid pathway between those compartment. Thus, for example, the diffuser can comprise a body that “floats” within that pathway-defining structure and that moves from one end to the other (and/or to from points there between), depending on a direction of solution flow through the structure.04-19-2012
20130211322SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING CHRONIC LIVER FAILURE BASED ON PERITONEAL DIALYSIS - An artificial liver system for treating liver failure includes a reservoir to provide albumin-containing dialysis fluid to the patient's peritoneum, an implantable device including a pump to pump the fluid from the peritoneum to the bladder via respective catheters, control circuitry, battery and transceiver; a charging and communication system configured to periodically charge the battery and communicate with the implantable device to retrieve data reflective of the patient's health; and monitoring and control software, suitable for use with conventional personal computers, for configuring and controlling operation of the implantable device and charging and communication system. The monitoring and control software allows a treating physician to remotely adjust the volume, time, and frequency with which fluid is pumped from the peritoneal cavity to the bladder based on the data reflective of the patient's health.08-15-2013

Patent applications in class Peritoneal dialysis