Fenwal Inc.

Lake Zurich, IL, United States

Fenwal Inc.

Lake Zurich, IL, United States

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Patent
Fenwal Inc. | Date: 2017-01-25

Blood separation systems and methods are provided for controlling the interface between separated blood components. The system includes a centrifuge assembly having a light-transmissive portion, a light reflector, and a fluid processing region therebetween. An optical sensor system emits a scanning light beam along a path toward the light-transmissive portion, which transmits at least a portion of the scanning light beam to the fluid processing region and the light reflector. The light reflector reflects at least a portion of the scanning light beam toward the optical sensor system along a path substantially coaxial to the path of the scanning light beam from the optical sensor system toward the light-transmissive portion of the centrifuge assembly. The scanning light beam may be a white light beam or narrow spectrum beam. The reflected beam may be directed through the optical sensor system via optical fibers.


Methods and systems are provided automatically removing air from a collection container for a blood product. The system comprises a disposable flow circuit including a tubing in fluid communication with the collection container and a durable hardware component. A programmable controller operates the pump in a first/forward direction to flow the target product into the collection container; determines that substantially all the target product has been pumped into the collection container; and operates the pump in the first/forward direction to pump a chase volume of air into the collection container along with any target product remaining in the tubing. In one embodiment, after the chase volume of air is pumped into the collection container, the controller operates the pump in a second/reverse direction for removing air from the collection container, and stops operation of the pump when the amount of air removed from the collection container is substantially equal to the residual volume of air.


Flexible housing filters for filtration of fluids and methods of making such filters are disclosed. The filters may include one or more peripheral seals in the flexible housing.


Flexible housing filters for filtration of fluids and methods of making such filters are disclosed. The filters include a molded frame with no peripheral seal that houses a filter medium.


Patent
Fenwal Inc. | Date: 2017-02-01

Filter assemblies are processing biological fluid, such as blood or a blood component containing leukocytes. The filter assemblies include a flexible housing with first and second walls. A filtration medium and a support member are at least partially positioned between the walls of the housing, with a seal joining the walls of the housing, the filtration medium, and the support member. The filter assemblies may further include a pre-filter and/or a post-filter positioned between the walls of the housing. If provided, the pre- and post-filter may be positioned on opposite walls of the filtration medium, with the post-filter being a mesh positioned between the filtration medium and one of the walls of the housing or within an opening defined by the support member. A seal of the filter assembly may pass through the filtration medium, with the filtration medium being substantially omitted in a section of the seal.


A system and method are provided for controlling fouling and complement protein activation during separation of plasma from whole blood using a spinning membrane separator. The separator includes a pair of relatively rotating surfaces spaced apart to define a gap therebetween, with at least one of the surfaces comprising a membrane that allows plasma to pass therethrough but substantially prevents the passage of red cells. In accordance with the method, the membrane material and membrane fabrication technique are selected so as that the resulting membrane both resists fouling and complement protein activation. In a specific embodiment, the membrane is has a smooth surface and substantially linear pores. The pores have a nominal diameter of less than 2 microns (so as to exclude platelets) and preferably a diameter of from 0.6 microns to 0.8 microns, as may be obtained by use of track-etching. In addition, the membrane material preferably is polycarbonate, as it has been determined that polycarbonate does not activate complement proteins.


Patent
Fenwal Inc. | Date: 2017-02-13

Systems are provided for anticoagulating blood. Whole blood is drawn from a donor into a system at a draw flow rate. Anticoagulant from an anticoagulant source is pumped into the system at an anticoagulant flow rate to mix with the blood. The anticoagulated blood may be subsequently processed in any of a number of known ways, including separating it and removing at least a portion of one of the components of the blood. Thereafter, at least a portion of the remaining blood may be returned to the donor. The anticoagulant flow rate is independent of the draw flow rate and can be based on a number of factors, including the weight of the donor and the rate at which the donor can metabolize the anticoagulant.


A fluid circuit for cell washing is provided that comprises a spinning membrane separator and a fluid management system comprising a cassette that defines the fluid pathways, and including internally mechanical valving, pressure sensing and air sensing for controlling flow through the fluid pathways, thus minimizing the volume of the fluid circuit. Additionally, the fluid circuit comprises syringes that are acted on by syringe pumps associated with the hardware component of the system to provide pressure for moving fluid through the circuit. Preferably, the syringes are connected directly to the cassette, or formed integrally within the cassette housing, thus further minimizing the volume of the fluid circuit.


A fluid circuit for cell washing is provided that comprises a spinning membrane separator and a fluid management system comprising a cassette that defines the fluid pathways, and including internally mechanical valving, pressure sensing and air sensing for controlling flow through the fluid pathways, thus minimizing the volume of the fluid circuit. Additionally, the fluid circuit comprises syringes that are acted on by syringe pumps associated with the hardware component of the system to provide pressure for moving fluid through the circuit. Preferably, the syringes are connected directly to the cassette, or formed integrally within the cassette housing, thus further minimizing the volume of the fluid circuit.


Patent
Fenwal Inc. | Date: 2017-04-12

An optical monitoring system is provided for use with a blood processing system. The system includes a light source configured to illuminate a disposable flow circuit received in a centrifuge and a light detector configured to receive an image of the disposable flow circuit. A controller combines two or more of the images received by the light detector to generate a two-dimensional output. The output is used to control the separation of blood within the disposable flow circuit. The monitoring system may also be used to verify that the disposable flow circuit is suitable for use with the centrifuge or that the disposable flow circuit is properly aligned within the centrifuge. The monitoring system may be positioned outside of the centrifuge bucket which receives the centrifuge.

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