US 10,376,618 B2
Thoracic catheter device
Alireza Hamidian Jahromi, Shreveport, LA (US); David Hilton Ballard, Shreveport, LA (US); Jeffery Adam Weisman, West Monroe, LA (US); and Horacio Ruben Vincent D'Agostino, Shreveport, LA (US)
Assigned to Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, LA (US)
Appl. No. 15/518,318
Filed by Alireza Hamidian Jahromi, Shreveport, LA (US); David Hilton Ballard, Shreveport, LA (US); Jeffery Adam Weisman, West Monroe, LA (US); and Horacio Ruben Vincent D'Agostino, Shreveport, LA (US)
PCT Filed Oct. 29, 2015, PCT No. PCT/US2015/057937
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Apr. 12, 2017,
PCT Pub. No. WO2016/069829, PCT Pub. Date May 6, 2016.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/072,075, filed on Oct. 29, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2017/0304508 A1, Oct. 26, 2017
Int. Cl. A61M 1/00 (2006.01); A61M 25/00 (2006.01); A61M 27/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61M 1/008 (2013.01) [A61M 1/0001 (2013.01); A61M 25/0068 (2013.01); A61M 27/002 (2013.01); A61M 2210/101 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A thoracic catheter system comprising:
a flexible thoracic catheter for inserting into a thoracic cavity of a human;
a distal end of the thoracic catheter has a plurality of apertures; and
a proximate end of the thoracic catheter designed to extend out of the thoracic cavity; and
a three way valve that is one of fused with and removably attached to the proximate end of the thoracic catheter,
wherein the three way valve includes an outer ring extending around a circumference of a body of the three way valve, the outer ring defining multiple external ports, and the outer ring may be rotated with respect to the body to open and close one or more of the multiple external ports; and
wherein the three way valve has four stable on positions and four stable off positions.