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Care Innovations | Date: 2015-12-08

A particle filled neck brace is used for immobilizing the neck of a patient and includes a single handedly operable vacuum hand pump disposed on the neck brace, which pump is communicated to the interior of the neck brace. After the neck brace is secured around the neck of the patient, the vacuum hand pump is manipulated to remove air from the neck brace to form a rigid mold about the patients neck. The vacuum hand pump has a one way directional valve so that the neck brace remains in a rigid configuration for as long as the neck brace is applied to the patient. The vacuum hand pump also includes a plurality of springs which assist the user in completing a vacuum pump cycle. To release the neck brace, the user opens a release valve which allows ambient air to refill the neck brace and increase its flexibility.


A particle filled neck brace is used for immobilizing the neck and chin of a patient and includes a vacuum pump disposed on the neck brace, which pump is communicated to the interior of the neck brace. After the neck brace is secured around the neck and chin of the patient, the vacuum pump is manipulated to remove air from the neck brace to form a rigid mold about the patients neck and chin. The vacuum pump has a one way directional valve so that the neck brace remains in a rigid configuration for as long as the neck brace is applied to the patient. The neck brace also specifically forms a rigid mold over the patients chin so as to immobilize the patient as well as to provide a comfortable fit without inducing further stress onto the patient.


Tullman M.J.,Care Innovations
American Journal of Managed Care | Year: 2013

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic immune-mediated disease that potentially requires symptomatic and disease-modifying therapies. Numerous symptoms (eg, fatigue, spasticity, depression, bowel and bladder dysfunction, pain, and impaired mobility) are associated with the neurologic damage that results from MS. Several therapies (eg, modafinil, dalfampridine, baclofen, diazepam, gabapentin, opioids) are used for symptomatic treatment of disability and symptoms, but these do not improve disease outcome. Intravenous corticosteroids (with or without an oral corticosteroid taper) are used in the management of MS exacerbations, but do not appear to affect the degree of improvement from acute exacerbations. A more definitive therapy for MS should reduce relapse rate, prolong remission, limit the onset of new MS lesions, and postpone the development of long-term disability. The currently available MS disease-modifying therapies have been shown to reduce relapse rate, have beneficial effects on magnetic resonance imaging measures, and delay accumulation of disability. In addition, a number of agents are in development, but thus far no beneficial agent has been established in primary-progressive MS.


Tullman M.J.,Care Innovations
American Journal of Managed Care | Year: 2013

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system that affects approximately 400,000 people in the United States. The etiology of MS is unknown, but it is likely the result of a complex interaction between genetic and environmental factors and the immune system. The clinical manifestations of MS are highly variable, but most patients initially experience a relapsing-remitting course. Patients accumulate disability as a result of incomplete recovery from acute exacerbations and/or gradual disease progression. This article briefly reviews the immunopathology of MS, the symptoms and natural course of the disease, and the recently revised MS diagnostic criteria.


Patent
Care Innovations | Date: 2016-04-05

Introducing ultraviolet (UV) light to interior portions of footwear alters the environment inside a shoe or other footwear to destroy microorganisms or inhibit their growth. Visible light can also be used to prevent further microorganism growth. Introducing forced air flow through the footwear removes dampness in and thereby deodorizes the footwear. A preferred embodiment comprises an adjustable shoe tree equipped with a UV germicidal light source and electronic safeguards that prevent appreciable leakage of UV radiation outside the shoe.


Patent
Care Innovations | Date: 2015-10-19

Introducing ultraviolet (UV) light to activate a light sensitive chemical compound applied to interior portions of footwear alters the environment inside a shoe or other footwear to destroy microorganisms or inhibit their growth. Visible light can also be used to prevent further microorganism growth. Introducing forced air flow through the footwear removes dampness in and thereby deodorizes the footwear. A preferred embodiment comprises an adjustable shoe tree equipped with a UV germicidal light source and electronic safeguards that prevent appreciable leakage of UV radiation outside the shoe.


A system, method, and apparatus is provided for estimating a risk of falls from pressure sensor data and inertial sensor data. A classifier function may be generated to relate the inertial sensor and the pressure sensor data with the falls risk (e.g., falls risk or prospective falls data) of the person who generated the pressure sensor data and inertial sensor data. The classifier function may be used to predict a persons risk of falls based on inputs of pressure sensor data and inertial sensor data. Separate classifier functions may be generated for men and women, or separate classifier functions may be generated for patients who closed their eyes while data was being collected and for patients who opened their eyes while data was being collected.


Patent
Care Innovations | Date: 2015-04-24

A collapsible joint for use with a nebulizer includes a housing connected to the source of carrier gas flow, an extensible and flexible airway and an extension connected to a patient applicator. A swivel joint for use with a nebulizer includes a swivel housing, a rotating airway pivoted in the swivel housing about a first axis of rotation; and an airway base coupling coupled to the swivel housing rotatable with respect to the swivel housing about a second axis of rotation. The first and second axes of rotation are mutually orthogonal at least in part to each other.


Patent
Care Innovations | Date: 2015-03-16

A nebulizer apparatus for delivering medication in the form of an aerosol to a patient. The apparatus includes a medication reservoir for receiving liquid medication, a face mask for direct attachment to the medication reservoir for delivering aerosol to a patient, an attachment to a nebulizer machine, a mouthpiece, and hosing to inter-connect the nebulizer components. The medication reservoir of the nebulizer apparatus includes rapid injection ports for the addition of medication to the medication reservoir, and is connected to either the face mask or to a T-junction connector element.


Patent
Care Innovations | Date: 2014-06-02

A device and method for recording medication to be introduced into a body.

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