US 10,888,642 B2
Method and system for signaling responsive to sensing contamination in a suction regulator device
Sarah Corey, Uxbridge (CA)
Assigned to Amico Patient Care Corporation
Filed on Aug. 21, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/107,364.
Application 16/107,364 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/918,293, filed on Oct. 20, 2015, granted, now 10,074,260.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/066,013, filed on Oct. 20, 2014.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/159,807, filed on May 11, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2019/0192747 A1, Jun. 27, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G01N 21/94 (2006.01); A61M 1/00 (2006.01); G08B 21/18 (2006.01); G01N 21/01 (2006.01); G01N 21/53 (2006.01)
CPC A61M 1/0049 (2013.01) [A61M 1/0031 (2013.01); G01N 21/01 (2013.01); G01N 21/534 (2013.01); G08B 21/18 (2013.01); A61M 2205/15 (2013.01); A61M 2205/18 (2013.01); A61M 2205/584 (2013.01); A61M 2205/8206 (2013.01); G01N 21/94 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A suction regulator device comprising:
a layer defining an entry point, a plurality of channels and a pathway that connects the entry point to the channels, the channels connectible to a vacuum terminal of a vacuum supply system;
at least one sensor located beside the pathway, wherein the sensor is configured to sense a change in clarity of a gas passing from the entry point to the vacuum terminal;
an alerting device that is configured to generate an alert; and
a processor configured to:
receive, from the sensor, a contamination indication based on the sensed change in clarity;
determine, from the indication, that the suction regulator device has been contaminated; and
transmit, to the alerting device, an instruction to generate an alert indicative of contamination.