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MEANS OR METHOD FOR FACILITATING REMOVAL OF NON THERAPEUTIC MATERIAL FROM BODY

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604544000 Urinary catheter 122
604543000 Wound or abscess 55
604542000 Liposuction 27
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20080281295VISCERAL PLEURA RING CONNECTOR - A visceral pleura ring connector that may be utilized to anchor and seal the visceral pleura to a conduit or other device entering the lung from a non-native airway. The visceral pleura ring connector may be positioned around the visceral pleura and an insertion device and seal them together without having to make any holes in the pleura. The visceral pleura ring connector may be utilized with a pulmonary pleural stabilizer to hold the visceral pleura of the lung during surgical procedures involving accessing the lung or lungs of a patient directly through the lung and not the native airways.11-13-2008
20120172847VACUUM ASSIST DEVICE TO REMOVE OBJECT FROM TRACHEA - A semi-rigid tube connected to an inflatable ring and a vacuum source is provided. The inflatable ring may be inserted into the trachea air passageway of a person, then inflated to form a seal against the inner surface of the air passageway of the person. A central through hole of the ring is in fluid communication with the tube as well as a lower portion of the air passageway of the person below the ring. The vacuum source applies a vacuum to the tube as well as the central through hole of the ring and the lower portion of the air passageway of the person to remove lodged objects stuck in the air passageway of the person. Once the lodged object is removed from the air passageway, the ring may be deflated and the tube/ring removed from the air passageway of the person so that the person can now breathe normally.07-05-2012
20100114071APPARATUS FOR CLEANING A NASAL CAVITY - One embodiment of an apparatus for cleaning a nasal cavity includes a housing member and a hollow cleaning member. The housing member includes a first orifice, a second orifice and a chamber communicated with the first orifice and the second orifice. The chamber may be adapted to store fluid therein. The hollow cleaning member may be adapted to be received in the second orifice. The hollow cleaning member includes a head portion adapted to be received in the chamber of the housing member and a handle configured to fill the fluid from the chamber into the head portion. The head portion filled with the fluid is capable of cleaning the nasal cavity.05-06-2010
20100076411Medical electrocautery instrument assistant device - A medical electrocautery instrument assistant device is disclosed including a pump tube, a hollow sleeve tube on an end of the pump tube, and a tube interface on another end of the pump tube and opposite to the hollow sleeve tube. At least a clip is provided between the hollow sleeve tube and the tube interface, each clip forming a position adjusting portion and a clipping portion. Different types of electrocautery instruments remain optimal pump positions relative to the pump tube, drawing out waste blood water and the electrocautery smoke almost entirely, and avoiding hiding operation cuts from view during operations.03-25-2010
20090137984TISSUE RETRACTORS - Methods and devices are provided for performing surgical procedures using tissue retractors. In general, the methods and devices allow a surgeon to use a retractor to capture a large or small amount of tissue in the retractor and to move the retractor to relocate tissue to one or more convenient locations during a surgical procedure. The retractor can be configured from a pliable state to a substantially rigid state to hold the retractor and the tissue in a substantially fixed position during the procedure.05-28-2009
20120184942COAXIAL STIFFENER FOR DRAINAGE CATHETER - A co-axial two-piece stiffener for use with an indwelling percutaneous catheter during insertion and removal of the catheter. The stiffener comprises inner and outer stiffener members with the inner member having a large diameter portion with an unconstrained diameter that is the same as or larger than the diameter of the outer stiffener member and a reduced diameter when constrained by the outer stiffener member that is smaller than the diameter of the outer stiffener member.07-19-2012
20130046288METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING NOXIOUS MATERIALS FROM CELLS - A method and apparatus are provided for removing noxious or unneeded materials from cells in a subject's body.02-21-2013
20130072911ANTI-CLOG SUCTION TIP APPARATUS AND METHOD - An anti-clog suction tip apparatus includes a suction tip having a suction opening and an interior defining a suction channel. An ejection wire channel extends to a wire exit opening into the suction channel that is located proximate the suction opening. An ejection wire including a ball tip at an end thereof occupies the ejection wire channel and is transitionable between a retracted configuration and an advanced configuration such that, in the retracted configuration, the ejection wire including the ball tip is retained within the ejection wire channel and does not obstruct suctioning of debris through the suction channel; and in the advanced configuration, the ball tip of the ejection wire does not extend more than three millimeters beyond the suction opening.03-21-2013
20130072910METHODS AND DEVICES TO ACCELERATE WOUND HEALING IN THORACIC ANASTOMOSIS APPLICATIONS - A minimally invasive lung reduction device which overcomes the disadvantages associated with treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by utilizing the phenomenon of collateral ventilation to increase the expiratory flow from a diseased lung. The device also provides a means for assisting in or facilitating pulmonary decompression to compress the diseased area or area of the lung or lungs to a smaller volume.03-21-2013
20120116356Cleansing Device - A cleansing device for cleaning a body cavity is provided to a user. The cleansing device comprises an inner membrane fabricated from an elastomeric material and an outer membrane fabricated from a hypoallergenic material. The inner surface of the inner membrane defines a cavity that conforms to and accommodates the user's finger. The inner membrane is in contact with and enveloped by the outer membrane to form the cleansing device. The user inserts the finger into the cavity of the cleansing device, where the inner surface of the inner membrane contacts the inserted finger, and the outer surface of the outer membrane is exposed for cleaning the body cavity. The user introduces the enclosed finger into the body cavity for cleaning. A string attached between the outer surface of the inner membrane and the inner surface of the outer membrane enables removal of the cleansing device from the user's finger.05-10-2012
20120203208APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ELECTROSURGICAL SUCTION - The invention pertains to techniques or processes for managing surgical smoke. In one embodiment a suction apparatus evacuates the surgical smoke. For example, the suction apparatus may be arranged adjacent to an electrocautery electrode, which may generate smoke during operation, for evacuating smoke from a surgical site.08-09-2012
20080208172Colostomy Pump System - A waste evacuator device (08-28-2008
20110282326VACUUM REGULATORS WITH VAP FEATURES - A vacuum regulator apparatus for continuous subglottic aspiration is provided. In one version, the regulator apparatus attaches to a standard vacuum regulator and shares the same vacuum supply outlet as the standard vacuum regulator. Sufficient airflow is provided through the regulator apparatus and calibrated bleed orifice to provide proper continuous subglottic aspiration. Vacuum levels to maintain the airflow are in a range suitable to provide patient comfort. A ball flow indicator provides visual indication of flow through a subglottic tube interlace port of the regulator apparatus. A direct flow channel can be momentarily opened causing flow to bypass the regulator module in for clearing blockages affecting the subglottic tube interface port.11-17-2011
20120004644PLEURAL DRAINAGE SYSTEM LOCKING DILATOR - In one embodiment, a locking connector for a pleural access valve comprises an elongated access tip operable for engaging a lumen in a pleural access valve, the elongated access tip defining an internal lumen and the elongated access tip having a radial ridge. The locking connector also comprises a handle section connected with the elongated access tip and substantially concentric to the elongated access tip, the handle section having a first end and a second end, the first end defining an opening in fluid communication with the internal lumen of the elongated access tip, the handle section further comprising at least one support arm extending between the first end and the second end of the handle section. The locking connector also comprises a latch arm connected with the second end of the handle section, the latch arm being substantially concentric and spaced from the elongated access tip, the latch arm defining a notch for engaging a detent on a pleural access valve, wherein the at least one support arm defines an opening and the radial ridge is viewable through the opening.01-05-2012
20110295236RECTAL DRAIN APPLIANCE - A rectal drainage appliance is disclosed comprising a tubular element having an inflatable balloon at a distal end for anchoring the appliance in the rectum. The appliance includes one or more of: (i) first and second auxiliary lumens communicating with the inflatable balloon to provide independent inflation and pressure monitoring paths coupled to the balloon; (ii) a pressure state indicator defined by a mechanical element configured to flip between first and second states or shapes responsive to sensed pressure; and (iii) a collapsible auxiliary lumen larger than the inflation lumen, and configured to permit admission of irrigation fluid. The pressure state indicator may also be used in intestinal drains.12-01-2011
20110295237SUTURE WINDING FOR A DRAINAGE CATHETER - Drainage catheters for use in a variety of medical procedures are presented herein. The drainage catheter features an improved tension member locking mechanism. In use, once the drainage catheter is placed as desired, a second connector piece is rotated relative to a first connector piece to wind the tension member around a spooling region and pull the distal end of the catheter tube into a locked configuration. Once the tension member is tensioned, the first and second connector pieces are pulled into a locking engagement thereby securing the catheter tube in the locked configuration.12-01-2011
20100069885SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE - A method and system for controlling inflammatory response at an internal tissue site of a patient utilizes a reduced-pressure treatment device. Controlling the inflammatory response may be accomplished in a number of ways that involve treating the inflammatory milieu. Treating the inflammatory milieu may include removing or moderating pro-inflammatory stimuli, e.g., fluids, enhancing perfusion of the tissue at or near the internal tissue site, or providing reduced-pressure therapy. The reduced-pressure treatment device is placed at or near the internal tissue site and is fluidly coupled to an external reduced-pressure source. The reduced-pressure treatment device provides reduced pressure proximate the tissue site and treats the inflammatory milieu. The reduced-pressure treatment device for controlling inflammatory response may be a minimally-invasive treatment device.03-18-2010
20090149836Vent-rite - This invention provides an apparatus and method for administration of animal venting therapy in which relieves excess bodily gases (Barotraumas) from the body cavity. The apparatus includes a spring loaded device for making the puncture; this in turn acts as a safety sheath when not in use. A non slip surface is on the front of the device. A main locking device is incorporated for additional safety when the unit is not in use. A soft touch cover for users comfort and with the use of a waist lanyard is additional items added for safety.06-11-2009
20100280497TRANSCECAL ILEOSTOMY SET - Described herein is a transcecal ileostomy set including a balloon catheter equipped with a blocking balloon, which serves for obstruction of a small intestine, and a fixation balloon, which serves for fixation of the balloon catheter inside the large intestine when inflated. Furthermore, it includes a holder, adapted to be fixed to a patient's body from the outside, which serves for closing a large intestine wall by tightening a bioresorbable loop passing through the large intestine wall and abdominal wall. A rotary part of the plastic holder may be affixed with a protrusion serving as a block when turning to tighten the bioresorbable loop.11-04-2010
20080208171DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING EDEMA - The present invention relates to a device and method for removing edema from an edematous tissue. The device includes at least one aciculated component disposed in fluid communication with a suction manifold. A suction source is fluidically connected to the suction manifold to provide a suction force to the suction manifold. The suction force is transmitted through the suction manifold to the at least one aciculated component to withdraw the edema from edematous tissue through the suction manifold and the at least one aciculated component.08-28-2008
20090240238Clot Retrieval Mechanism - A clot retrieval device for removing thrombi or other emboli from a body lumen is disclosed. The clot retrieval device includes an elongate shaft portion, a self-expanding snare disposed at a distal end of the shaft portion and a flexible bag portion attached to the self-expanding snare. The snare may be a loop or circlet formed in a distal end of the elongate shaft portion or may be a separate component attached thereto. An opening of the bag portion for receiving the thrombi or emboli there through faces proximally when the snare is fully deployed. The bag portion is made of a flexible, non-porous material, such as a balloon-type or elastomeric material, that is foldable or otherwise collapsible to achieve a low-profile while the clot retrieval device is being tracked to the treatment site through the body lumen.09-24-2009
20110208166CATHETER HAVING COMMUNICATING LUMENS - A catheter having a plurality of longitudinal lumens for removing biological, natural and/or man-made materials from cavities, ducts, vessels, or other locations in a patient's body. The multi-lumen catheter comprises a longitudinally-extending suction lumen with suction holes through which materials pass into the lumen in response to suction forces generated by a source of negative pressure coupled to a proximal end of the lumen. A longitudinally-extending vent lumen coupled to a source of at least neutral vent pressure through, for example, an opening to ambient air at the proximal end of the lumen, and preferably, through vent holes disposed along a length of the catheter. A dividing septum between the adjacent lumens has one or more ports fluidically coupling the lumens. The ratio of the area of the suction holes and ports is such that the suction force at unobstructed suction holes is maintained below a desired maximum force for a given negative pressure when none or more of the suctions holes are obstructed. When a suction hole obstruction occurs, fluid is drawn into the suction lumen through the communication port(s). This compensating fluid flow prevents the suction forces from exceeding a predetermined maximum value during use even when one or more suction holes become obstructed. This maximum force may be set, for example, to avoid hematoma, to permit repositioning of the catheter during use, etc. thereby allowing for continuous suction.08-25-2011
20090118709Tissue Excision Tool, Kits and Methods of Using the Same - An invention is disclosed that describes devices, kits and methods for providing percutaneous access to a surgical site. Suitable devices comprise a hollow body having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end comprises one or more apertures; a first pivot member disposed within the hollow body; and a tissue excision member mounted in rotatable communication with the pivot member, wherein at least a portion of the tissue excision member is exposed through the one or more side apertures, and wherein the tissue excision member moves in a longitudinal direction around the pivot member in relation to the hollow body.05-07-2009
20100004636DRAINAGE CATHETER HUB WITH ROTATABLE LEVER HANDLE - A drainage catheter hub having a rotatable lever handle adapted to secure a suture thread to maintain the anchor configuration of the distal end of the catheter to secure the position of the catheter within the patient's body. The rotatable lever handle has a released position for allowing movement of the suture and a secured position for preventing movement of the suture. A suture securement ridge adapted to secure the proximal portion of the suture that may otherwise remain loose during the procedure. The rotatable lever handle and associated rotatable barrel can be depressed relative to hub body in a locked configuration to prevent inadvertent rotational movement of the rotatable lever handle and a release slot or release button that can be actuated by the practitioner to allow for rotational movement of the rotatable lever handle.01-07-2010
20090030402Suctioning System, Method and Kit - A suction head in fluid communication with a pump head provides a sub-ambient working pressure to a target area, enabling drainage thereof to a waste container. The pump head is coupled non-mechanically to a pump drive. A control system for a suction system is also provided.01-29-2009
20120197237MULTI-LAYER CATHETER TUBES WITH ODOR BARRIER - A multi-layer odor barrier catheter tube for a fecal drainage catheter. The layers of the catheter tube include one or more thermoplastic elastomer layers and one or more odor barrier layers. For example, the catheter tube may comprise an inner thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) layer, an intermediate odor barrier film layer, and an outer TPE layer. Alternately, the multi-layer catheter tube includes an inner TPE layer sandwiched between outer layers of odor barrier film material.08-02-2012
20090326514DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RETRIEVING MEDICAL CAPSULE - A medical capsule is taken into the human body to collect biomedical information about the human body. When the medical capsule is discharged from within the human body, a medical capsule retrieval device detects the medical capsule using a magnet or a sensor, and catches the medical capsule with a net.12-31-2009
20090326513DEVICE FOR PLACING AN OCCLUSION REMOVING STRUCTURE IN AN OPEN-ENDED TUBULAR STRUCTURE - A device and method for placing an occlusion removing structure into a tubular structure with an open distal end, where placing results in the distal end of the occlusion removing structure being positioned at or near the distal end of the tubular structure as disclosed in this disclosure.12-31-2009
20130218134FLEXIBLE 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.08-22-2013
20120078233WOUND BED PREPARATION - A wound bed preparation device for delivering a fluid jet to tissue includes a handpiece having a deck height in the range of −0.0254 mm to 0.2032 mm, a channel width in the range of 0.8636 mm to 1.1684 mm, and a nozzle diameter in the range of 0.10668 mm to 0.12192 mm. The handpiece has a constant channel width over a majority of a tissue impacting section of the handpiece.03-29-2012
20080262476Powered Surgical System - A system for treating tissue includes a device including a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member to treat tissue. The system also includes a processor configured to automatically control movement of the second member relative to the first member using position control methodology. A method of treating tissue includes providing a device having a first member and a second member arranged to move relative to the first member, moving the second member relative to the first member, and automatically controlling the movement of the second member using position control methodology.10-23-2008
20090221991Multi-Purpose Surgical Instrument With Removable Component - A combination aspiration/irrigation and illumination device using optical fibers circumferentially disposed around the aspiration conduit for transmitting illuminating light to a cavity to be aspirated. The aspiration conduit having a tip that is detachably affixed to and end of the aspiration conduit. The optical fibers terminated at a distance (d) from a distal end of the tip. Also provided is an image fiber(s) for transmitting image data from the distal end of the device.09-03-2009
20090221990SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING EXUDATES - A reduced pressure treatment system includes a porous pad positioned at a tissue site and a canister having a collection chamber, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet is fluidly connected to the porous pad. A reduced pressure source is fluidly connected to the outlet of the canister to such that fluid from the tissue site may be drawn into the collection chamber. A hydrophobic filter is positioned adjacent the outlet to prevent liquid from exiting the collection chamber through the outlet. A baffle is positioned within the canister to create a tortuous path between the inlet and the outlet to prevent premature blocking of the hydrophobic filter.09-03-2009
20090240239APPARATUS FOR CLEANING A NASAL CAVITY - A nasal cleaning apparatus is described that includes a grip portion and a cleaning portion. The grip portion may include a handle and one or more gripping members attached to the handle. Such gripping members may facilitate rotation of the grip portion or other handling of the apparatus. The cleaning portion includes a head that is attached to a nasal cleaning cloth. The nasal cleaning cloth is disposed around and attached to the head, and is formed of a flexible, anti-microbial material. An extension member connects the cleaning portion to the grip portion. The nasal cleaning apparatus may be disposable and/or modular to facilitate multiple uses of all or only portions of the apparatus.09-24-2009
20100217237INTRAVASCULAR FOREIGN MATTER SUCTION ASSEMBLY - An intravascular foreign matter suction assembly is insertable into a blood vessel having a relatively small diameter and exhibits a high suction force. The intravascular foreign matter suction assembly includes a combination of a guiding catheter for being inserted to an ostium of a coronary artery of the aorta and a suction catheter inserted in the lumen of the guiding catheter and extending farther than the distal end of the guiding catheter for removing foreign matter in a blood vessel which exists at a target location in the coronary artery. The suction catheter includes a tubular portion provided on the distal end side and a wire portion provided on the proximal end side of the tubular portion and wherein the wire portion has a distal end embedded in a wall which forms the tubular portion.08-26-2010
20110112515ACTUATED SELF UNPLUGGING SURGICAL SUCKER WAND - A suction wand for use during a surgical operation involving cutting of bone which yields bone debris, the wand comprising a suction conduit, a suction tip, a filter screen for retaining bone debris, and a carbon dioxide gas conduit for directing gas toward the suction tip to expel debris from the filter screen.05-12-2011
20110009849CATHETER CONNECTION SYSTEMS - A catheter connection system is disclosed. In one embodiment, a catheter connection system may include at least two components and a deformable sealing element positioned between the at least two components configured to allow, upon deformation, fluid flow through the at least two components. In another embodiment, the catheter connection system may include a sealing element positioned between at least two components, wherein the components are coupled to one another by a locking member.01-13-2011
20110040285BODY-SPACE DRAINAGE-TUBE DEBRIS REMOVAL - In accordance with embodiments of the present invention, a debris removal system is provided for a body-space drainage system having one or more body tubes with a body tube lumen disposed therein. The debris-removal system comprises an elongated cleaning member and a cleaning head adapted to be advanced distally at least a portion of a length of the body tube lumen to dislodge debris therein. A collapsible sheath can be used to maintain a sterile field in the body tube lumen while the cleaning member is being used by enclosing at least a portion of the cleaning member that is not contained within the body tube lumen, and permitting external digital manipulation of the cleaning member through the sheath to advance and/or retract the cleaning member, and cleaning head, in the body tube lumen.02-17-2011
20110040286METHODS AND DEVICES TO CLEAR OBSTRUCTIONS FROM MEDICAL TUBES - A device for clearing obstructions from a medical tube, such as a chest tube, is disclosed in various embodiments. The device features a clearance member in the form of a loop. The loop desirably has a diameter that substantially corresponds to the inner diameter of the medical tube. Also desirably, the loop presents a substantially unobstructed pathway therethrough for the flow of material from a location in the medical tube distal to the loop to a location in the medical tube proximal to the loop regardless whether the clearance member is being translated or is at rest in the medical tube. Methods of utilizing such a device are also disclosed.02-17-2011
20110087197ANTEGRADE COLONIC INSTILLATION APPARATUS - The present invention provides an apparatus for instilling fluid into a patient having an intestinal stoma so as to administer an antegrade colonic enema. The portable instillation apparatus comprising in combination: a fluid reservoir, a pump assembly, a control module, a fluid delivery tube and an intestinal stoma catheter wherein the control module is operable to automatically deliver a predetermined volume of instillation fluid at a specific flow rate and pressure range suitable for a particular patient. The portable instillation apparatus utilities a gear pump manifold and a robust empty reservoir detection mechanism, facilitating the portability, durability and reliability of the apparatus over-coming the disadvantages of traditional peristaltic pump mechanisms. The portable instillation apparatus maximizes the ease of transport and use of the device while also enabling a method for a patient to self-administer an antegrade colonic enema within a short time period and without intervention.04-14-2011
20100249755Surgical Hair Evacuation Device (SHED) And Method Of Use - A device and method for the removal and disposal of transected hair from the body of a patient in an operating room or other sterile location. The hand-held device is single-use, latex-free, sterile-packaged, non-conductive, fully disposable and comprises a hollow handle with a projecting wand ending in an enlarged distal tip. The other end of the hollow handle opposite the enlarged distal tip is connected to a vacuum source, such as the one readily available in most operating rooms, via flexible tubing. When the wand and the enlarged distal tip are passed over transected hair, the hair is suctioned into the hand-held device. The hand-held device includes a particulate filter to prevent the suctioned hair from entering the vacuum system, one or more internal circumferential ribs to create a turbulent flow within the handle, a reservoir to collect transected hair, and venturi apertures to regulate the suction pressure.09-30-2010
20090048582DEVICE TO REDUCE BRAIN EDEMA BY SURFACE DIALYSIS AND COOLING - We have developed a novel method of brain surface dialysis that reduces intracranial pressure and modifies movement of extracellular fluid in a rat model of brain injury. A chamber with a semipermeable membrane at the site of brain contact is perfused with a hyperosmolar solution (e.g. 15% dextran, inulin, hydroxyethyl starch). It is also capable of providing local brain cooling. In principle, osmotic forces draw water and small molecules from the injured brain into the dialysis chamber thereby reducing brain swelling. The dialysate does not move into the brain.02-19-2009
20090048581Aspirator assembly - An assembly structured aspirate nasal cavity of individuals including, but not limited to, children. A hand held and operative casing includes a negative pressure source preferably battery operated, and a cover assembly removably connected to the casing and structured to at least partially define a receiving chamber. An inlet assembly is formed in the casing and communicates with the negative pressure source at least partially by means of a path of fluid flow. A container is removably disposed within the receiving chamber in a predetermined, operative orientation sufficient to receive and collect a predetermined portion of the aspirated fluid, such as mucus removed from the nasal cavity. The path of fluid flow is disposed, dimensioned and structured to restrict passage of the heavier, predetermined portion of the aspirated fluid thereby facilitating its collection within the container, which is disposable along with the collected aspirated fluid after use.02-19-2009
20100057055METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE - A drainage apparatus is disclosed to reduce intraocular pressure in an eyeball that includes an anterior chamber having aqueous humor disposed therein, a cornea and a surrounding marginal limbus by which the cornea is continuous with a scleral layer and a conjunctival layer disposed on an exposed surface of the eyeball and under eyelids, the apparatus comprising an inlet assembly configured to be disposed at the anterior chamber of the eyeball, an outlet assembly configured to be disposed at the external surface of the eyeball, the assembly having a central chamber, a tube extending between the inlet and outlet assemblies and configured to promote fluid communication between the inlet and outlet assemblies, and control means disposed within the outlet assembly for controlling a flow of aqueous humor through the tube from the anterior chamber of the eyeball to the external surface of the eyeball, the control means further comprising a replaceable filter disposed within the central chamber of the outer member to prevent intraocular infection, the filter having a medicinal agent applied thereto for preventing occlusion of the filter or bacterial contamination by inhibiting at least one of the formation of fibrotic membranes, inflammatory membrane, or bacterial adhesions or biofilms, thereby preventing increased of intraocular pressure or infection.03-04-2010
20120035594MECHANICAL PUMP FOR REMOVAL OF FRAGMENTED MATTER AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND USE - Material transport catheters and methods for their use rely on rotation of an impeller within a catheter body and a clearing element for preventing buildup of materials at the opening of the catheter body. The impeller preferably comprises an inner tube or shaft having a helical rotor formed over an outer surface thereof. The clearing element may comprise a free end of a structure near the distal end of the catheter body for disrupting clot, wherein the free end of the structure extends into the distal opening of the catheter body to break up materials as the impeller is rotated. Alternatively, the clearing element may comprise a cutting member disposed at the distal opening of the catheter body.02-09-2012
20110071505Intraocular Pressure Sensor with External Pressure Compensation - An intraocular pressure sensor system has a first pressure sensor located in an anterior chamber of an eye and a remote pressure sensor located remotely from the first pressure sensor. The remote pressure sensor measures or approximates atmospheric pressure. A difference between readings from the first pressure sensor and the remote pressure sensor approximates intraocular pressure.03-24-2011
20120302998SKIN TREATMENT METHOD - River rocks are used in a therapy regime whereby the river rocks are used to absorb excess oils from the skin of a user. In one method, river rocks are collected from a source (e.g., river or supplier), sorted for size and color, engraved with logo or other content, packaged and shipped to customers or retailers with instructions on use. Use comprises placement of the river rocks on oily portions of the user's skin for an appropriate time period allowing the river rock to absorb the excess oils. The river rocks are reusable after being washed with mild soap and water.11-29-2012
20120203209APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ELECTROSURGICAL SUCTION - The invention pertains to techniques or processes for managing surgical smoke. In one embodiment a suction apparatus evacuates the surgical smoke. For example, the suction apparatus may be arranged adjacent to an electrocautery electrode, which may generate smoke during operation, for evacuating smoke from a surgical site.08-09-2012
20110257631ACCELEROMETER BASED LASER LEVELING DEVICE - A laser leveling device is disclosed for use with an external medical drainage system. The laser leveling device includes a housing enclosing an accelerometer and a laser module. At least one level indicator is electrically coupled to the accelerometer to provide an indication of whether the housing is level with respect to gravity.10-20-2011
20110054448MEDICAL DEVICE CONTAINING CATHETER ANCHORING FEATURE - An indwelling drainage catheter is disclosed that is configured to include spiral, helical or radial geometry on the external surface that allows the catheter to be introduced and locked into the anatomy via threading, linear indexing or similar action.03-03-2011
20110054447LOCKABLE DRAINAGE CATHETER - A drainage catheter includes a shaft having a flexible distal portion to be anchored in a cavity of a patient and a proximal portion attached to a hub. The hub includes a side port with a deformable sealing insert having self-sealing passageways for tensioning members, such as nylon filaments, passing through the catheter shaft and exiting the side port. The tensioning members are pulled proximally to deform and thereby anchor the distal portion of the catheter. Excess filament length is wrapped around a resilient pinch washer and held inside a groove in the pinch washer, with the groove thereafter compressed by a C-clip to secure the excess filament length inside the groove.03-03-2011
20100004635Implantable glaucoma drainage device - An implantable glaucoma drainage device (GDD) system is disclosed. The GDD system comprises a microflow control system for controlling intraocular pressure, a protective capillary carrier tube housing the microflow control system, and anchoring arms holding the implanted device in place. The overall GDD size can be in a needle-implantable form factor for minimally invasive implantation. The GDD may be implanted via subconjunctival needle implantation to mimic the normal aqueous humor drainage pathway.01-07-2010
20110137295PULMONARY DECOMPRESSION DEVICE FOR TREATING CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - A lung reduction device is provided for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by utilizing the phenomenon of collateral ventilation to increase the expiratory flow from a diseased lung. The device is adapted to penetrate the outer pleura of the lung to access the most collaterally ventilated area of a lung to remove trapped air. A conduit of the lung reduction device is positioned within the parenchyma of the lung while the housing of the lung reduction device is secured to the patient's body external to the lung. The housing includes means for allowing air from the lung of the patient to vent to an area external of the lung and may include suitable means for allowing one-way airflow such as a check valve, a reed valve, needle valve, or any other suitable device.06-09-2011
20110190734Mechanical Advantage For Hub Linear Travel For A Drainage Catheter - An indwelling drainage catheter is disclosed that is configured to include a longitudinal catheter shaft having a distal and a proximal end, a cord in coaxial arrangement within said longitudinal catheter, a static hub operatively connected to said longitudinal catheter at said proximal end, a dynamic hub configured to move along a longitudinal axis of said longitudinal catheter substantially near said proximal end, wherein a first end of said cord is affixed to said longitudinal catheter at said proximal end and a second end of said cord is affixed to said longitudinal catheter at said distal end, and further wherein the longitudinal movement of the dynamic hub is substantially one half the distance needed to close the pigtail shape.08-04-2011
20110152842Drainage Catheter Tip Shape Configuration - A percutaneous catheter includes a longitudinal catheter shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, a hollow portion, and a wall portion, a wire embedded within said wall portion at said distal end wherein said wire forms a pigtail curve when in a relaxed state, and a stylet capable of entering said hollow portion of said longitudinal catheter at said proximal end wherein said stylet substantially straightens said longitudinal catheter at said distal end.06-23-2011
20110202039Method for Removing Kidney Stones and Endoscope Suitable for Said Method - The invention relates to a method for removing kidney stones and to an endoscope for performing said method. According to the invention, the kidney stones are suctioned and moved into an access region, from which they can be removed in the conventional manner. The endoscope according to the invention is designed such that it can rinse and suction at the same time.08-18-2011
20100030196APHERESIS OF A TARGET MOLECULE FROM CEREBROSPINAL FLUID - A system includes (i) a medium having a solid support to which an antibody directed to target molecule is bound, (ii) a reservoir for containing the medium, (iii) a first catheter, and (iv) a second catheter. The first catheter has a proximal end portion, an opening for removal of cerebrospinal fluid from a subject, and a lumen extending from the proximal end portion to the opening. The first catheter is operably couplable to the reservoir such that fluid is capable of flowing from the lumen to the reservoir. The second catheter has a proximal end portion, a delivery region for returning cerebrospinal fluid to the subject, and a lumen extending from the proximal end portion to the delivery region. The second catheter is operably couplable to the reservoir such that fluid is capable of flowing from the reservoir to the lumen.02-04-2010
20100204681Container for an anal irrigation system - The present invention relates to a container for anal irrigation. In particular it relates to a rigid container which is easy to operate and which easily is transformed from a storage configuration to a ready-to-use configuration. In one aspect the invention relates to a container for an anal irrigation system. The anal irrigation system comprises an anal probe; a reservoir for holding an irrigation liquid (e.g. water); a pump mechanism for pumping a fluid (e.g. air) into the reservoir; and a liquid tube connecting the reservoir with the anal probe. The container comprises an outer chamber wall, defining at least partly the outer dimensions of the container and an inner chamber wall arranged within the outer chamber wall, said outer chamber wall and inner chamber wall defining the reservoir. This provides a reservoir having a small surface area when filled with irrigation liquid. Thus only a low pressure is necessary to evacuate the irrigation liquid from the reservoir and out through the anal probe.08-12-2010
20110092957ADJUSTABLE DOUBLE BALLOON CATHETER WITH A THROUGH LUMEN FOR STONE MANAGEMENT - A method for removing an object from a body lumen includes dispensing fluid into the body lumen, and causing the dispensed fluid to propel the object along the body lumen. A device for removing an object from a body lumen includes a fluid dispenser for dispensing fluid into the body lumen, and a pump in fluid communication with the dispenser.04-21-2011
20110066140Low profile chest seal - A chest seal for treating an open pneumothorax that is low profile and thus unobtrusive so that the chest seal can be effectively maintained in position to seal a chest wound while allowing the pleural cavity to vent.03-17-2011
20120123393Medical Apparatus With Hypopharyngeal Suctioning Capability - A medical apparatus having a nasogastric tube with hypopharyngeal suctioning capability. In one embodiment, the medical apparatus has a flexible nasogastric tube for insertion through a patient's nose. The nasogastric tube has a first end defining a first opening, a distal, second end that defines a second opening, and a length sufficient to allow the second opening to be positioned in a patient's stomach. The medical apparatus also has a flexible oropharyngeal tube for insertion through a patient's mouth. The oropharyngeal tube has a first end defining a first opening and a distal, second end that defines a suction intake. The oropharyngeal tube has a length that is less than the length of the nasogastric tube and which allows the suction intake to be positioned in a patient's hypopharynx region.05-17-2012
20100174270Pleural Drainage Device and Valve for Such - A drainage device useable for treating patients with a pulmonary air leak, the device comprising suction mode control means, where a pressure sensor is connected to the suction mode control means for supplying a pressure signal representative of the pressure in a collection chamber, and an air flow sensor is connected to the suction mode control means to supply a flow signal representative of the flow of air evacuated from the collection chamber, and in that the suction mode control means is arranged to switch between a first suction mode and a second suction mode based on an algorithm involving the flow signal and the pressure signal.07-08-2010
20100174271DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR REMOVING CONTRAST FROM LUMINAL ORGANS - Devices, systems, and methods for removing contrast from luminal organs. In at least one embodiment of a device for removing contrast from luminal organs of the present disclosure, the device comprises an elongated body having at least one lumen extending therethrough and an aperture defined along the elongated body, said aperture configured to facilitate withdrawal of contrast from a mammalian luminal organ, a first detector for detecting a contrast present within the mammalian luminal organ, the detector positioned at or near a distal end of the elongated body, an inflatable balloon coupled to the elongated body proximal to the detector, and a second detector for detecting balloon inflation, the second detector positioned along the elongated body within the balloon.07-08-2010
20110208167VENTILATION BYPASS SYSTEM FOR TREATING CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE - The invention provides a ventilation bypass system for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a lung of a patient. The patient is provided with a surgically-created passage which passes through the thoracic wall, the parietal membrane and the visceral membrane into the lung. The parietal and visceral membranes are sealed surrounding the passage. The system includes a conduit which passes through the passage into the lung. At the distal end of the conduit there is an aperture for admitting gasses from the lung. At the proximal end of the conduit is a flange for securing the conduit to the chest of the patient and a gas venting device for venting gasses external to the patient. The gas venting device can include a filter, valve and/or trap.08-25-2011
20100049171DRAINAGE CATHETER AND METHOD FOR CATHETERIZING A PATIENT - In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a drainage catheter for draining part of patient's body is provided. The catheter comprises an elongated member having a proximal portion extending to a distal portion and a lumen formed therethrough for fluid communication with the patient's body. The distal portion is formed of a polymer material having a first phase transition temperature and a second phase transition temperature that is less than the first phase transition temperature but is greater than about body temperature. The distal portion has a first configuration when at about body temperature for at least one of moving and anchoring the distal portion within the patient's body. The distal portion self-configures to a second configuration when at a temperature of at least the second phase transition temperature for retrieval of the distal portion from the patient's body.02-25-2010
20120179143PROCESS FOR IN VIVO TREATMENT OF SPECIFIC BIOLOGICAL TARGETS IN BODILY FLUIDS - A process for treating biological targets in a fluid of a biological organism, including introducing a fluid comprising a biological target to an assembly comprising an inlet connected to receive the fluid and an outlet connected to pass the fluid from the assembly, wherein the assembly comprises a flow chamber for conveying a flow of the fluid, and a capture zone comprising a target-specific binding agent, wherein during flow of the fluid through the flow chamber, the biological target undergoes flux rolling along the target-specific binding agent.07-12-2012
20120259317METHOD AND DEVICES FOR PERFORMING MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY - A device for use in performing minimally invasive surgery. A system for performing minimally invasive surgery comprising the device according to the present invention. A method for performing minimally invasive surgery.10-11-2012
20120239004CATHETER WITH FRICTION REDUCING SURFACE SHAPING - A catheter comprising a tube member having an open and a closed end (09-20-2012
20120265173MEDICAL DEVICE CONTAINING CATHETER ANCHORING FEATURE - An indwelling drainage catheter is disclosed that is configured to include spiral, helical or radial geometry on the external surface that allows the catheter to be introduced and locked into the anatomy via threading, linear indexing or similar action.10-18-2012
20120265172DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PATIENT TEMPERATURE - Relatively non-invasive devices and methods for heating or cooling a patient's body are disclosed. Devices and methods for treating ischemic conditions by inducing therapeutic hypothermia are disclosed. Devices and methods for inducing therapeutic hypothermia through esophageal cooling are disclosed. Devices and methods for operative temperature management are disclosed.10-18-2012
20120101481Device for Capsule Retrieval - A collection device for retrieving a medical capsule discharges from the anus of a patient is disclosed. Medical capsules have been widely used for monitoring and diagnostic purposes. The capsule has to be retrieved to obtain the on-board data or for reuse of the capsule. Accordingly, cost effective, easy-to-deploy, and comfortable-to-use collection devices are disclosed for retrieving the capsule. The capsule collection device for retrieving a capsule discharged from anus of a patient into a bowl comprises a capture device to capture the capsule and to pass feces discharged from the anus, and a wand to pick up the capsule. A collapsible capture device is also disclosure which comprises a flange to adapt to a rim of the bowl, a sifting piece to separate the capsule from the feces, and a collapsible side walls to couple the sifting piece to the capture opening of the flange. Furthermore, a wand having ejection capability for ejecting a picked capsule is disclosed.04-26-2012
20120289941SELF-CLEANING SURGICAL SUCTION DEVICE - A suction device is disclosed that includes a suction tube having a first longitudinal axis, and proximal and distal openings; a guide tube that is substantially coextensive with and parallel to the suction tube, and has a second longitudinal axis, and proximal and distal openings; a stylet having proximal and distal ends; and a junction conduit having proximal and distal openings; wherein the stylet is disposed along the second longitudinal axis and encircled by the guide tube, and the proximal opening of the junction conduit contacts the distal opening of the suction tube and the distal opening of the guide tube such that the distal opening of the junction conduit is in fluid communication with the suction tube, and urging the stylet through the guide tube translates the stylet to the distal opening of the junction conduit.11-15-2012
20130172856DRAINAGE SYSTEM FOR BODY FLUIDS - There is disclosed a drainage system for body fluids comprising a catheter having a distal segment adapted to be inserted within the body of a patient and a proximal segment arranged outside the patient's body, a plurality of openings for the passage of fluids from outside the catheter to inside the catheter, a catheter spacing device from the patient's tissues, comprising an expandable balloon arranged helixwise about the distal segment laterally with respect to the openings. The catheter defines, on the external surface, a groove adapted to at least partially accommodate the expandable balloon. There is also disclosed a fastening device for a drainage system comprising a fastening element forming a through-seat for inserting the catheter and connectable to the patient's skin, and a retaining element releasably coupleable to the fastening element to lock the position of the catheter on the fastening element.07-04-2013
20130144268SEALING VALVE COVER USED IN SPUTUM SUCTION PIPE - A sealing vale cover used in a sputum suction pipe, which is mounted in a sputum suction pipe, includes a valve body and an elastic contractible cover. The valve body has a hollow interior and an open end. The elastic contractible cover seals the other end of the valve body. The inner wall surface of the elastic contractible cover is provided with a contact rib. The contact rib extends radially and outwardly from the top of an inner wall surface of the elastic contractible cover. The contact rib is formed with an arc-shaped surface on its protruding portion. When a long conduit of the sputum suction pipe is disposed through the elastic contractible cover, the arc-shaped surface of the contact rib is brought into contact with the outer surface of the long conduit, thereby preventing the leakage of the sputum.06-06-2013
20130144270METHODS AND DEVICES TO CLEAR OBSTRUCTIONS FROM MEDICAL TUBES - A device for clearing obstructions from a medical tube, such as a chest tube, is disclosed in various embodiments. The device features a clearance member in the form of a loop. The loop desirably has a diameter that substantially corresponds to the inner diameter of the medical tube. Also desirably, the loop presents a substantially unobstructed pathway therethrough for the flow of material from a location in the medical tube distal to the loop to a location in the medical tube proximal to the loop regardless whether the clearance member is being translated or is at rest in the medical tube. Methods of utilizing such a device are also disclosed.06-06-2013
20130103004LOCKING CATHETER HUB - A drainage catheter, comprising an elongate body member, an elongate flexible member and a hub, the hub including a base and a collar, the base an internal passageway and a side lumen and an outer surface including an engagement element and a mating surface portion, and the collar including a side lumen extending from the inner surface to the outer surface and wherein the inner surface of the collar includes a mating surface portion and a counter element, wherein the elongate flexible member extends through the side lumen side lumens, and wherein the hub has an unlocked position where the engagement element and the counter element are not engaged and a locked position where the engagement element and the counter element are engaged, the collar is tightened on the base and the elongate flexible element is clamped between the mating surface portions of the base and the collar.04-25-2013
20130131645TUBULAR DRAINAGE DEVICE - A medical device for draining a fluid from the body of a patient includes a tubular member having an open distal end that resides interiorly of the body of a patient and a proximal end that extends exteriorly of the body of the patient. The tubular member has an inner surface extending between the distal end and the proximal end, wherein the inner surface defines a lumen. An interior member is disposed in the lumen and extends along a length of the inner surface. The interior member is engaged with the inner surface such that a chamber is defined therebetween. A conduit is engaged with the tubular member for transmission of an inflation fluid to selectively vary a dimension of the chamber for freeing clogged debris in the lumen.05-23-2013
20130144269DRAINAGE SYSTEM WITH OCCLUSION MEMBER - A medical device includes a tubular member having a distal end residing interiorly of the body of a patient, a proximal end extending exteriorly of the body, and a lumen extending therebetween. A first passageway extends along the tubular member between a distal end in fluid communication with the lumen, and a proximal end extending exteriorly of the body. A second passageway extends along the tubular member between a distal end located distal to the distal end of the first passageway, and a proximal end extending exteriorly of the body. An occlusion member is associated with the distal end of the second passageway. The occlusion member is movable between an occluded configuration and a non-occluded configuration for selectively occluding the lumen of the tubular member. When the lumen is occluded, a flushing fluid may be passed therethrough via the distal end of the first passageway.06-06-2013
20110224652FRONTAL SINUS DILATION CATHETER - A balloon dilation catheter includes a substantially rigid inner guide member and a movable shaft coupled to a balloon that is slidably mounted on the substantially rigid inner guide member. To treat a sinus cavity of a subject using the balloon dilation the substantially rigid inner guide member is advanced into a drainage pathway of the sinus (e.g., frontal recess) of the subject via a nasal passageway. The shaft and balloon are advanced in a distal direction over the substantially rigid inner guide member to place the balloon in the drainage pathway. The balloon is inflated to expand or otherwise remodel the drainage pathway.09-15-2011
20100318070FLUID EXTRACTION OR FILTRATION DEVICE, ASSOCIATED MATERIALS AND METHODS - A fluid extraction or filtration device for removing fluid from a body, the device comprising an array of microneedles for contacting fluid in said body and an absorbent gel matrix in fluid communication with said array of microneedles. There is further provided a combined fluid extraction and sampling device and methods employing the device(s), for example in determining the level of a target species in a sample of fluid, transdermal dialysis and renal replacement therapy. There is further provided an absorbent gel matrix for use in the treatment of uraemia and a haemodialysis filter comprising an absorbent gel matrix. Use of such a matrix is described in the context of methods including haemodialysis, transdermal dialysis and gastrointestinal dialysis.12-16-2010
20110313403LOCKING MECHANISM FOR A CATHETER - A locking mechanism (12-22-2011
20120029486NASAL ASPIRATOR - A nasal aspirator comprising a resilient bulb and a stem for suction of liquids by vacuum created by compressing the bulb and thereafter gradually releasing the compression of the bulb, where the stem is removable connected to the bulb part, wherein the bulb part comprises a neck portion adopted to interact with a cap portion of the stem part to create a substantially airtight connection there between.02-02-2012
20120029485ANIMAL FECES SUCTION APPARATUS - An animal feces suction apparatus includes a tubular body having a stretching portion and a connection portion, a feces suction channel formed in the tubular body, a plurality of liquid channels disposed in a tube wall of the tubular body and formed with a plurality of liquid outlets in the stretching portion, an aspirator connected to the connection portion and communicated with the feces suction channel so as to generate a suction force within the feces suction channel, and a liquid supplying device connected to the connection portion and communicated with the liquid channels so as to provide a liquid to a large intestine of an animal via the liquid outlets. The stretching portion is stretched into the large intestine of the animal and transmits the liquid so as to soften the feces, and the feces is then sucked out from the large intestine through the feces suction channel by the suction force.02-02-2012
20130211385BODY CAVITY DRAINAGE DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS - Body cavity drainage devices and associated methods are disclosed herein. In some embodiments a body cavity drainage device comprises a drainage tube having a proximal end and a distal end; and an automated means to move the distal end of the drainage tube about a body cavity of a patient. In some embodiments, the distal end of the drainage tube may be moved by one or more of the application of a magnetic field, the insertion or withdrawal of fluid from a closed lumen, and manipulation by an external motion generator. In additional embodiments, a body cavity drainage device includes at least a second open lumen for the insertion of a fluid into a body cavity. In yet further embodiments, an internal tissue may be massaged from within a body cavity of a patient.08-15-2013

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