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Devices and methods obtain and use endovascular electrograms (or electrocardiograms/ECGs) in a number of clinical applications and settings. In one embodiment, a method for locating an indwelling medical device within a vasculature of a patient includes identifying an endovascular ECG waveform complex from an endovascular ECG signal associated with the indwelling medical device, then calculating an absolute value of the energy of the endovascular ECG waveform complex over a predetermined segment thereof. A position of the medical device within the vasculature is then determined by observation of the absolute value of the energy of the predetermined segment of the endovascular ECG waveform complex.


Patent
Access Inc. | Date: 2015-10-09

An embodiment is an electromechanical door latch system including a latch device configured for motion between a latched position and an unlatched position. A manually actuated mechanical apparatus is coupled to the latch device and configured to move the latch device to the unlatched position in response to force applied by a user to a component of the mechanical apparatus. An electromechanical actuator system moves the latch device to an actuator unlatched position in response to an electrical signal from an access control device. The electromechanical actuator system includes a control module, a motor, and a ball screw drive including a ball screw or threaded nut, with one coupled to the motor shaft and the other configured for connection to a latch mechanism, and at least one recirculating ball circuit including ball bearings for transferring torque from the motor to the ball screw drive.


Patent
Access Inc. | Date: 2017-02-08

A medical device comprising a subcutaneous access port having an access port body and at least one needle having a removable needle tip and a needle shaft defining a needle lumen; the at least one needle housed within the access port body, the at least one needle extendable and retractable relative to the access port body; and a needle shift mechanism operable such that the at least one needle is extendable from and retractable into the access port body at a plurality of positions of the access port body.


A method of performing a medical procedure, includes providing a catheter including a first lumen in fluid communication with a first distal opening and a second lumen in fluid communication with a second distal opening, advancing a distal end of a first intra-catheter stiffener element through the first lumen and out of the first distal opening, coupling the first intra-catheter stiffener element to the catheter, advancing a distal end of a second intra-catheter stiffener element through the second lumen and out of the second distal opening, coupling the second intra-catheter stiffener element to the catheter, and advancing the catheter into a patient.


Patent
Access Inc. | Date: 2016-01-15

A new device and method are introduced herein to facilitate vascular access in general and the placement of central venous access devices in particular. In one embodiment, the device consists of the following components: a wireless ultrasound imaging handheld scanner, a Bluetooth ECG (electrocardiography) data acquisition module with patient ECG cable and sterile adaptor, and a mobile medical application running on a mobile platform (device), e.g., a tablet, smartphone or smart watch. Ultrasound imaging and/or ECG-based catheter guidance provided by the device disclosed herein can be used to independently or simultaneously visualize the catheter in the vasculature and/or guide its placement at the desired location. In another embodiment of the present invention, ultrasound imaging of the blood vessel targeted for vascular access can be used for assessing the blood vessel size prior to cannulating the blood vessel, for guiding an access needle into the targeted blood vessel, and for visualizing the catheter in the vasculature after the introduction of the catheter. In another embodiment of the present invention, ECG-based navigation of an intravascular catheter can be used for tracking such intravascular catheter in the vasculature and positioning such intravascular catheter at a desired location. In one aspect of the present invention, the ultrasound imaging handheld scanner contains all the electronics required to acquire and process ultrasound images and to transfer them wirelessly to a mobile platform device, e.g., a tablet or a smartphone. In another aspect of the present invention, the ECG data acquisition module contains all the electronics required to acquire and process tracking and positioning information for ECG-based catheter guidance and to transfer such information wirelessly to a mobile platform device, e.g., a tablet or a smartphone. In another aspect of the present invention, algorithms are introduced for processing and synchronization of ultrasound images and ECG signals. In another aspect of the present invention, user interfaces for the handheld ultrasound imaging scanner, the ECG data acquisition module, and the mobile medical application running on a mobile platform are introduced in order to simplify the use of ultrasound imaging and/or ECG-based guidance for catheter placement on mobile platforms. In another aspect of the present invention, a new vascular access method is introduced using simultaneous ultrasound imaging and ECG-based catheter guidance. According to the present invention, using ultrasound imaging of a catheter in the vasculature simultaneously with detecting ECG signals at the tip of the catheter provide accurate and reliable catheter location information in adult and pediatric population for most of patients conditions and clinical environments.


A medical system, comprising an implantable access port including an implantable access port body and at least one implantable access port needle; wherein the at least one needle is concealable inside the access port body in a concealed position and is exposable outside the access port body in an exposed position; wherein the at least one needle is arranged within the access port body to penetrate outwardly through skin of a subject from within the subject when the access port is implanted in the subject; a transfer device coupled to the at least one needle of the access port, the transfer device configured to transfer a fluid to and/or from the access port; and wherein the transfer device is configured to form a closed system with the access port, wherein the transfer device includes a fluid flow passage configured to transfer the fluid to and/or from the access port.


Patent
Access Inc. | Date: 2016-04-25

A grate access floor panel comprising a support frame and a plurality of vanes supported by the frame, each of the plurality of vanes having an upstream end and a downstream end with respect to a direction of airflow across the plurality of vanes and faces that extend between the upstream and downstream ends, wherein at least some of the vanes have openings that extend through the faces thereof and have angled tips.


The present invention provides an apparatus for manufacturing a diagnosis kit, comprising: a molding member supplying unit; an upper molding unit for receiving an upper molding member from the molding member supplying unit and then molding the upper molding member into a predetermined upper diagnosis kit body; a lower molding unit for receiving a lower molding member from the molding member supplying unit and then molding the lower molding member into a predetermined lower diagnosis kit body, and inserting a diagnostic strip into the molded lower diagnosis kit body; a bonding unit for receiving an upper molding member and a lower molding member and then bonding the upper molding member and the lower molding member; and a cutting unit for cutting the bonded upper diagnosis kit body and lower diagnosis kit body into a predetermined diagnosis kit size.


Patent
Access Inc. | Date: 2016-09-15

A method for positioning an endovascular device in or near the heart using electrocardiogram (ECG) signals. The method includes receiving an endovascular ECG signal including a plurality of waveforms, processing the endovascular ECG signal to calculate a P-wave amplitude and a spectral power for each predetermined time period, determining a maximum P-wave amplitude and an associated maximum spectral power, associating the maximum P-wave amplitude and the maximum spectral power with a predetermined location in or near the heart, calculating a location based on a ratio of the P-wave amplitude to the maximum P-wave amplitude and a ratio of the spectral power to the maximum spectral power, and displaying the location to a user.


Patent
Access Inc. | Date: 2016-09-16

An access port, wherein the access port may include a body having an exterior surface and a chamber defined therein, a bore defined in the body providing fluid communication between the chamber and the exterior surface, a needle in fluid communication with the chamber, a passage defined in the body providing communication between the chamber and the exterior surface, a seal secured within the passage, and an actuator in communication with the needle, configured to move the needle relative to the passage or move the passage relative to the needle.

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