Lake Zurich, IL, United States
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.


Patent
Fenwal Inc. | Date: 2016-10-19

A flow control clamp having a first member and a second member movable from a first open position to a second irreversibly closed position wherein flow through a tube associated with the clamp is irreversibly prevented and cannot be restored. Systems and methods using such clamps are also disclosed.


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.


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: 2017-05-24

A centrifuge rotor assembly (32) includes a chamber assembly (42), a bearing support (70), and a counterweight (80) that is substantially diametrically opposed to the bearing support with respect to the chamber assembly. The chamber assembly receives a processing chamber (16) of a fluid circuit, while the bearing support (70) receives a portion of an umbilicus (24) that is fluidly connected to the processing chamber (16). The bearing support and counterweight are rotated about a central axis of the chamber assembly by an electric drive (56) of the centrifuge rotor assembly (32), with the bearing support and counterweight remaining substantially diametrically opposed to each other with respect to the chamber assembly while being rotated about the central axis. The electric drive (56) may rotate the bearing support (70) and counterweight (80) at a plurality of different speeds, with the counterweight automatically moving with respect to the bearing support between radially innermost and radially outermost positions to balance the centrifuge rotor assembly (32).


A server computer processes infusion pump data for presentation on an operator interface. The computer includes a network circuit configured to provide communications over a network and a processing circuit. The processing circuit receives infusion pump history data from a plurality of infusion pumps, including an indication that a user inputted to an infusion pump a parameter which was outside of a prestored limit, an indication that a user was notified that the parameter was outside the prestored limit, an indication that the infusion pump parameter was returned to within the prestored limit, and an indication that the user started infusion on the pump at the parameter within the prestored limit. Display data indicating reprogram and override events is generated for display on an operator interface.


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.

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