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 new patent  Method and apparatus of assessment of access flow in hemodialysis patients by video imaging processing

Systems and methods are provided for assessing patient blood flow using video image processing. According to one aspect, a method of analyzing at least one blood flow characteristic of a patient includes capturing a video including a plurality of frames of an arterio-venous (av) fistula on the patient; amplifying motion in the video to produce a motion-amplified video; determining a difference in intensity between consecutive frames in the motion-amplified video to produce a time-function of an amplitude of the optic flow representing movement in an area of interest on the patient; and determining the at least one blood flow characteristic of the patient based on the time-function.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Luer lock tools and methods of assembling a luer lock fitting

Devices and methods for assembling a luer lock fitting (e.g., fitting for use in a hemodialysis and/or a peritoneal dialysis machine) may include a luer lock tool comprising a tool base including a grip portion adjacent a tool portion, the grip portion having an outer diameter and an internal cavity. The tool portion may have an internal cavity and may be configured to selectively receive and retain a male luer lock fitting at a first end of the cavity. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Check valve and method of forming a check valve

A check valve includes a hollow body. The hollow body includes an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end having a first connector and the outlet end having a second connector. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Method of detecting a leak in a heat exchanger of a hemodialysis machine

A leak may be detected in a heat exchanger of a hemodialysis device. A drain valve is opened by the controller, and then closed by the controller after a pre-selected time period. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Enhanced backflow prevention in a hemodialysis device

A hemodialysis system according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a hydrochamber, and a water circuit for water to flow from an external water source into the hydrochamber via a water inlet valve. The hemodialysis system further includes a spent dialysate circuit for a disinfecting agent to flow to the hydrochamber via a recirculation valve during a disinfectant operation, and a drain valve disposed in the spent dialysate circuit. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Electrical plug for a dialysis machine

A dialysis machine comprising: a power supply for providing power to the dialysis machine, the power supply including a power supply cable that includes a first ground wire electrically connected to a first ground prong; and a hydraulics system for making dialysate, supplying the dialysate to a dialysate circuit, and draining spent dialysate from the dialysate circuit, the hydraulics system including a hydraulics grounding cable that includes a second ground wire electrically connected to a second ground prong.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Control of home dialysis machines using a network connected system

This disclosure relates to remote control of home dialysis machines, for example, using a network connected system including a network device. In an aspect, a dialysis system includes a network device, a dialysis machine configured to connect to the network device over a network, and a mobile device configured to connect to the network device over the network. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Fluid container for a hemodialysis system

A container for forming a solution for use in a hemodialysis device comprises a first portion comprising a powder, a second portion disposed separate from and in fluid communication with the first portion, and a filter disposed between the first portion and the second portion. The container is configured to receive a fluid flow into the first portion to at least partially dissolve the powder thereby forming a solution, such that the solution and at least a portion of the dissolved powder is passable through the filter into the second portion, and further such that any undissolved portion of the powder is not passable through the filter into the second portion. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Alert on a dialysis machine

A dialysis machine comprising: a first sensor for detecting motion of a patient; a second sensor for detecting a health condition of the patient; a processing module for: controlling dialysis functions of a dialysis treatment; receiving information related to a status of the dialysis treatment in which toxins are removed from blood of the patient; receiving, from the first sensor, information related to the motion of the patient; receiving, from the second sensor, information related to the health condition of the patient; and identifying an emergency condition based at least in part on the information related to the motion of the patient, the information related to the health condition of the patient, and the information related to the status of the dialysis treatment; and a transceiver for: in response to identifying an emergency condition, sending a notification that includes patient information to one or more remote entities.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Cannulation site selection apparatuses and methods

In one aspect, a cannulation site selection apparatus includes a flexible member, a first marking on the flexible member, and an array of cannulation site selection markings on the flexible member, wherein the array of cannulation site selection markings is positioned at a set distance from the first marking, and wherein the cannulation site selection markings are spaced at set distances from one another.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Cartridges useful in cleaning dialysis solutions

Cartridges useful in regenerating or purifying dialysis solutions are described as well as methods to regenerate or purify spent dialysis solutions. Dialysis methods using the sorbent cartridges of the present invention are further described.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Dialysis systems, components, and methods

A dialysis system including a housing, a dialysate pump disposed in the housing, and a dialysate line configured to be operatively connected to the dialysate pump such that the dialysate pump can pump dialysate through the dialysate line when the dialysate line is in fluid communication with a dialysate source.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Digital hydrometer assistant reader

A digital hydrometer and methods of digitally displaying a specific gravity measured by a hydrometer are provided. The digital hydrometer can comprise a base, a displacement vessel, an inductive distance sensor, an output circuit, and a hydrometer float. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

Dialysis systems and methods

This invention relates to dialysis systems and methods. In some implementations, a method includes applying vacuum pressure to a device of a dialysis system, and then determining, based on a detected fluid level or measured pressure, whether the device is functioning properly.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/12/18 / #20180099135

Medical fluid line connector

A medical fluid line connector includes a main body configured to accept a corresponding connector, where the main body defines an opening permitting fluid communication between an interior region of the medical fluid line connector and the corresponding connector when the corresponding connector is connected to the main body. The connector also includes a breakaway body detachably connected to the main body, such that, when the breakaway body is inserted into an open end of a flexible medical fluid line, the breakaway body has a portion creating an interference fit against an inner surface of the flexible medical fluid line, and the breakaway body is detachable from the maim body such that detachment of the breakaway forms a second opening in the main body that permits fluid communication between the medical fluid line and the interior region of the medical fluid line connector.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/05/18 / #20180093033

Automatic detection and adjustment of a pressure pod diaphragm

A system for controlling the position of a diaphragm in a diaphragm-containing pressure pod, is provided. The system can include a peristaltic pump, a pressure pod having a flow-through fluid side and a gas side that are separated by a diaphragm, and a pressure sensor operatively connected to the gas side. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/05/18 / #20180093031

Medical fluid temperature control

Devices, systems, and methods can be used to deliver temperature-controlled medical fluids to patients. For example, this disclosure provides devices, systems, and methods for controlling the temperature of dialysate delivered to a patient during a peritoneal dialysis treatment.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

03/08/18 / #20180064871

Optical blood detection system

The present invention relates to an optical blood detector system that rapidly detects the presence of blood due to a blood leak in a system. The blood detector system contains a reusable blood sensor that is able to accurately detect the presence of blood in, for example, an extracorporeal blood treatment system by optically sensing light from a sensing region and determining if the light came from a leaked blood. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

03/08/18 / #20180064865

Voice interface for a dialysis machine

A dialysis system, comprising: a dialysis machine; an authentication component configured to determine that a source of a voice command received by the dialysis system is an authorized user of the dialysis system; and a processor configured to carry out a function determined based on the voice command.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

02/08/18 / #20180036469

Remote user interfaces for dialysis systems

Mobile electronic devices can be used as remote user interfaces for medical devices such as dialysis machines. For example, this disclosure describes various ways mobile electronic devices can be networked with medical devices, and various ways users can remotely control the medical devices via the mobile electronic devices.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

02/08/18 / #20180036467

Dialysis machines with integral salt solution chambers and related methods

A hemodialysis machine includes a main body and a door connected to the main body. The door and the main body cooperate to define a non-removable chamber. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

02/08/18 / #20180036466

Adjusting sound on a medical device

A dialysis machine comprising: a microphone; an alert module for producing an audible alert related to an operating condition of the dialysis machine; and a processing module configured for: receiving, from the microphone, information related to measured noise; determining, based on the information related to measured noise, an audible alert that will not be masked by the measured noise when the audible alert is produced by the alert module; and providing, to the alert module, instructions for producing the audible alert.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/18/18 / #20180017542

Modular reservoir assembly for a hemodialysis and hemofiltration system

The present specification discloses a dialysis system having a reservoir module with a reservoir housing defining an internal space, a surface located within the internal space for supporting a container that contains dialysate, and a conductivity sensor located within the internal space, where the conductivity sensor has a coil, a capacitor in electrical communication with the coil, and an energy source in electrical communication with the circuit.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013835

Associating dialysis accessories using near field communication

A method comprising: establishing a wireless connection between a first medical device and a second medical device, comprising: receiving, by the first medical device, via a short-range wireless technology protocol, connection information related to the second medical device; and establishing, by the first medical device, a wireless connection with the second medical device based on the connection information.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/11/18 / #20180008798

Packaging and organizing coils of medical tubing

A device and method for holding coils of medical tubing is provided to simplify packaging and organizing the various coils of medical tubing needed for a medical device. This will make it easier for the patient to manipulate each coil of tubing, particularly in a home setting involving a home dialysis machine operated by the patient. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001009

Capacitance-based patient line blockage detection

A dialysis machine (e.g., a peritoneal dialysis (pd) machine) can include a pressure sensor mounted at a proximal end of a patient line made of a distensible material that provides pd solution to a patient through a catheter. During treatment, an occlusion can occur at different locations in the patient line and/or the catheter. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/04/18 / #20180000394

Method and system for creating a diagnostic vascular window

Embodiments of the disclosure provide a method and system for providing a diagnostic vascular window that may be used in real time to monitor a patient's fluid conditions in a variety of settings. The diagnostic vascular window may, for example, be used pre-surgery, during surgery, and post-surgery to determine whether a correct type and dose of diuretic drugs are being used for the patient. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

12/28/17 / #20170367646

System and method for managing nocturnal treatment

Treatment controllers and methods are provided that can be integrated with treatment systems, such as peritoneal dialysis systems, hemodialysis systems, and nocturnal treatment systems, to manage execution of treatment operations or a course of treatment based on timing information and/or patient sleep state.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

12/21/17 / #20170361005

User interfaces for dialysis devices

In general, a dialysis device includes a first processing device for monitoring dialysis functions of the dialysis device, a second processing device, a display device, and memory. The memory is configured to store instructions that, when executed, cause the dialysis device to provide, on the display device, a first display region and a second display region, where the first display region is associated with the first processing device and the second display region is associated with the second processing device. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

12/07/17 / #20170348473

Sensor clip assembly for an optical monitoring system

Systems and sensor clip assemblies for optically monitoring blood flowing through a blood chamber are provided. A sensor clip assembly includes emitters and photodetectors positioned on opposing arms, a signal conditioning circuit for conditioning raw analog signals generated by the photodetectors while the sensor clip assembly is fastened to a blood chamber, and an analog-to-digital converter for converting the conditioned analog signals to raw digital data. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

11/30/17 / #20170340798

Pressure output device for extracorporeal hemodialysis machine

A pressure output device (pod) assembly for sensing fluid pressure in a fluid processing system, is provided. This pod assembly includes a shell defining a shell interior, and a movable diaphragm disposed in the shell interior and separating the shell interior into a flow-through chamber and a pressure sensing side. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

09/14/17 / #20170260560

Amperometric creatinine biosensor with immobilized enzyme-polymer composition and systems using same, and methods

An amperometric biosensor is provided for determination of creatinine in a sample fluid. The biosensor can be an enzyme-polymer composition having at least one redox polymer and a plurality of enzymes immobilized on an electrode surface. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258979

Methods and systems of generating rapidly varying pressure amplitudes in fluidic circuits in a dialysis treatment system

The present specification describes a modular, portable hemofiltration system, for providing improved clearance levels of blood toxins, which includes at least one roller pump that is designed and operated to generate a rapidly varying pressure profile of fluid within at least a blood circuit of the hemofiltration system.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258975

Methods and systems for detecting an occlusion in a blood circuit of a dialysis system

The present specification describes systems and methods for detecting an occlusion in a tubing carrying a patient's blood through a manifold and into a dialyzer in a dialysis system. A controller measures pressures value of the blood at a predetermined point after exiting the manifold and before entering the dialyzer, calculates a historical running average, calculates a weighted sum of the most recent pressure values, and determines whether to trigger an occlusion alarm based on a function of the historical running average and the weighted sum of the most recent pressure values.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

08/31/17 / #20170246442

Organizer anchor assembly for dialysis system

An organizer anchor assembly may include an organizer unit coupled to an anchor base having a flat bottom with sufficient surface area in contact with a table or other surface to secure the organizer assembly in place during use. The organizer unit holds and organizes lines of a medical device, such as a peritoneal dialysis machine. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

08/31/17 / #20170246371

Line holder assembly for dialysis system

A line holder assembly may include a molded nest coupled to an anchor pad or base having a flat bottom with sufficient surface area in contact with a table or other surface to secure the line holder assembly in place during use. The nest is designed to extend around a cart or table edge and having tabs to accept a line holder for holding and organizing lines and which may be disposed in a vertical position. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

08/24/17 / #20170239409

System for analyzing vascular refill during short-pulse ultrafiltration in hemodialysis

A method includes: receiving measurements of a blood-related parameter corresponding to a patient undergoing hemodialysis; estimating a value of one or more hemodialysis treatment-related parameters by applying a vascular refill model based on the received measurements of the blood-related parameter, wherein the one or more hemodialysis treatment-related parameters are indicative of an effect of vascular refill on the patient caused by the hemodialysis; determining, based on the one or more estimated values of the one or more hemodialysis treatment-related parameters, a hemodialysis treatment-related operation; and facilitating performance of the treatment-related operation. The vascular refill model is a two-compartment model based on a first compartment corresponding to blood plasma in the patient's body, a second compartment based on interstitial fluid in the patient's body, and a semi-permeable membrane separating the first compartment and the second compartment.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

08/17/17 / #20170232177

Portable dialysis machine

The specification discloses a portable dialysis machine having a detachable controller unit and base unit. The controller unit includes a door having an interior face, a housing with a panel, where the housing and panel define a recessed region configured to receive the interior face of the door, and a manifold receiver fixedly attached to the panel. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

07/20/17 / #20170203023

Medical fluid cassettes and related systems and methods

This disclosure relates to medical fluid cassettes and related systems and methods. In certain aspects, a medical fluid cassette includes a base having a first region and a second region, a first membrane overlying the first region of the base, and a second membrane overlying the second region of the base. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

07/20/17 / #20170203021

Methods of making medical solutions and related systems

This disclosure relates to making medical solutions. In certain aspects, a method is performed by a data processing apparatus. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

07/06/17 / #20170189598

Cartridge systems useful in cleaning dialysis solutions

Sorbent cartridge systems useful in regenerating or purifying dialysis solutions are described as well as methods to regenerate or purify spent dialysis solutions. Dialysis systems using the sorbent cartridge system of the present invention are further described.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

07/06/17 / #20170189597

Resource-generating dialysis system

A dialysis system (e.g., a hemodialysis (hd) system) can be designed to operate in alternative environments, such as disaster relief settings or underdeveloped regions. The dialysis system can include a solar panel for generating electricity to power the dialysis machine and an atmospheric water generator for extracting water from ambient air. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/29/17 / #20170182235

Electrical sensor for fluids

An electrical sensor for sensing electromagnetic properties of process fluids in a dialysis machine or a similar medical device can include a probe for interfacing with the fluids that is made from electronic fabric materials. The electronic fabric probe can include one or more conductors embedded in a non-conductive fabric layer. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180482

Remote control of dialysis machines

This disclosure relates to remote control of dialysis machines. In certain aspects, a method includes receiving a request for a network connection from a dialysis machine and establishing the network connection with the dialysis machine. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176558

Medical fluid sensing and concentration determination using radio frequency energy and a magnetic field

This disclosure relates to medical fluid sensors and related systems and methods. In certain aspects, a method includes using a medical fluid pump of a medical fluid pumping machine, such as a hemodialysis machine, to deliver medical fluid to a first portion of a cartridge that is positioned within a magnetic field, exciting atoms in the medical fluid in the first portion of the cartridge by applying radio frequency energy to the medical fluid in the first portion of the cartridge, receiving radio frequency energy generated by the excited atoms in the medical fluid in the first portion of the cartridge, and determining a concentration of a substance in the medical fluid based on the received radio frequency energy generated by the excited atoms in the medical fluid in the first portion of the cartridge.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/22/17 / #20170173251

Modular blood treatment systems, units, and methods

A portable adapter is provided that can include a closure system configured to control the flow of blood and/or dialysate between the adapter and a blood treatment apparatus. Modular systems are also provided that include the portable adapter engaged with various units such as a portable blood processing module, a non-portable base module, and/or a remote module. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/22/17 / #20170173248

System and method for controlling venous air recovery in a portable dialysis system

The present specification discloses a portable dialysis system comprising a mechanism that allows the user to accurately position an air bubble in a venous line, so that it can be safely removed. When an air bubble is detected, the system automatically runs the blood pump in a direction such that the air bubble is placed close to the extraction point on the venous line, from where it can safely be removed using a needleless syringe.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/22/17 / #20170173243

Extracorporeal circuit blood chamber having an integrated deaeration device

A deaeration device includes a vent structure with a porous material capable of swelling when moistened such that the vent structure can inhibit liquid from escaping while allowing for the removal of gases from liquids. The deaeration device is integrated into a blood chamber of an extracorporeal circuit. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168688

Configuring a user interface of a dialysis machine

In one aspect, a dialysis system includes one or more tubes for transporting fluid to and from a dialysis patient, a display and one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to determine an identity of a user of the dialysis system. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/08/17 / #20170157311

Medical fluid pumping systems and related methods

In one aspect of the invention, a medical fluid pumping system and method of pumping medical fluid are provided. The medical fluid pumping system includes a medical fluid pump chamber. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

06/01/17 / #20170153191

Medical fluid sensing and concentration determination in a fluid cartridge with multiple passageways, using a radio frequency device situated within a magnetic field

This disclosure relates to medical fluid sensors and related systems and methods. In certain aspects, a method includes reading an indicia of a medical fluid cartridge to determine a volume of a fluid passageway of the medical fluid cartridge indicated by the indicia, receiving radio frequency energy generated by excited atoms in medical fluid in the fluid passageway of the medical fluid cartridge, and determining a concentration of a substance in the medical fluid based on the determined volume of the fluid passageway of the medical fluid cartridge indicated by the indicia and the received radio frequency energy generated by the excited atoms in the medical fluid in the fluid passageway of the medical fluid cartridge.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141601

Charging systems for devices related to dialysis treatments

In one aspect of the invention, a method of charging a medical device includes receiving radiofrequency signals from a remote machine remote from the medical device via a receiver of the medical device. The method includes converting the radiofrequency signals into electrical energy via a generator of the medical device. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

05/11/17 / #20170128655

Dialysis medical system with a portable control unit

This disclosure relates to detecting fluid in medical tubing. In certain aspects, a method is performed by a data processing apparatus. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

05/11/17 / #20170128653

Activating peripheral devices in a dialysis system

In certain aspects, a method includes determining that one or more alarm criteria of a first alarm condition of a dialysis machine is satisfied, and in response to determining that the one or more alarm criteria of the first alarm condition is satisfied, activating an alarm corresponding to the first alarm condition and activating a peripheral device.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

05/04/17 / #20170119258

Method and apparatus of assessment of access flow in hemodialysis patients by video imaging processing

Systems and methods are provided for assessing patient blood flow using video image processing. According to one aspect, a method of analyzing at least one blood flow characteristic of a patient includes capturing a video including a plurality of frames of an arterio-venous (av) fistula on the patient; amplifying motion in the video to produce a motion-amplified video; determining a difference in intensity between consecutive frames in the motion-amplified video to produce a time-function of an amplitude of the optic flow representing movement in an area of interest on the patient; and determining the at least one blood flow characteristic of the patient based on the time-function.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/27/17 / #20170117931

Wireless communication for a dialysis system

A dialysis system comprising: a dialysis machine; a communication module for allowing the dialysis system to communicate using a wireless protocol; an antenna coupled to the communication module, the antenna for transmitting and receiving wireless signals according to the wireless protocol; and an intravenous (iv) pole configured to: support one or more containers of solution; and house at least a portion of the antenna.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/27/17 / #20170115178

Medical fluid cassette leak detection methods and devices

A method is provided for detecting leaks in a disposable medical fluid cassette that includes a base and a flexible membrane attached to the base in such a way that the base and the flexible membrane cooperate to at least partially form a fluid passageway. The method includes applying a first force to the flexible membrane, measuring a first physical property of a system that includes the medical fluid cassette a medical fluid pumping machine, removing the first force from the flexible membrane, applying a second force to the flexible membrane, measuring a second physical property of the system, and determining whether the medical fluid cassette leaks based on a comparison of the first physical property and the second physical property.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/27/17 / #20170112994

System and method of monitoring blood leaks during hemodialysis therapy employing wireless communication

According to at least one example embodiment, a system of monitoring blood leaks during hemodialysis therapy includes a wetness sensing device and a hemodialysis machine. The wetness sensing device is configured to transmit information wirelessly, the information being indicative of an absence of a liquid or a presence of a liquid. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/27/17 / #20170112992

Peritoneal dialysis systems and related devices and methods

A peritoneal dialysis system includes a base peritoneal dialysis system and a peritoneal dialysis fluid exchange system that operates independently of the base system. The base system includes a first cassette including a first patient line configured to be connected to a patient, and a pd cycler. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

04/20/17 / #20170106151

Medical wetness sensing devices and related systems and methods

A medical wetness sensing device includes a cover, a first and second electrically conductive portions housed in the cover, an electrically insulative portion housed in the cover, and a compressible portion. The cover defines an outer surface. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

03/30/17 / #20170092227

Automated display dimness control for a medical device

A medical device, such as a peritoneal dialysis machine, includes a sensor for sensing motion and/or user proximity in the vicinity of the medical device for the purpose of automated dimming a display of the medical device. In the event of a lack of user-activity on a machine interface and a lack of movement detected by the proximity sensor, the machine display is automatically dimmed to minimize power-consumption and provide an enhanced medical device for night therapies in a home or clinic environment. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

03/30/17 / #20170087290

Short-range wireless communication for a dialysis system

A dialysis system comprising: a dialysis machine; a communication module configured to communicate using a short-range wireless technology protocol; data storage configured to store data corresponding to identities of one or more short-range wireless devices; and a processor configured to: identify presence of a short-range wireless device; and cause the dialysis machine to carry out an action when one or both of i) the presence of the short-range wireless device is identified, and ii) the presence of the short-range wireless device is no longer identified.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

03/16/17 / #20170072124

Detecting a heater bag

In one aspect, a peritoneal dialysis (pd) machine can be used to detect a heater bag filled with dialysate. The pd machine has a heater tray that includes a temperature sensor and also has a processor that determines a status of the heater bag based on data received from the temperature sensor. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

03/09/17 / #20170065757

Voice interface for a dialysis machine

A dialysis machine (e.g., a peritoneal dialysis (pd) machine) can include a microphone and a component that provide voice recognition capabilities to the machine. For example, in some implementations, the component is configured to identify and/or authenticate voice commands that are issued by a user. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

03/02/17 / #20170056576

Plasma generation with dialysis systems

Embodiments for a blood plasma and red blood cell generation device are disclosed. The device may operate as an alternative modality of the dialysis machine, as part of the dialysis machine and/or as an add-on module. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

02/16/17 / #20170045947

Touchless interface for a medical treatment system

A dialysis machine comprising: one or more processing units configured to transmit control data; a pump configured to pump medical fluid to and from a patient based at least in part on control data received from the processing unit; an electronic panel comprising: a display surface, and at least one panel control unit configured to cause the electronic panel to display at least one user interface element that can be invoked by a user; at least one projector; and at least one camera; wherein the one or more processing units are configured to: process input received by the camera, determine a location of a physical object in a field of view of the camera based on the processed input, determine, based on processed input received on at least one occasion, that the location of the physical object represents an invocation of the at least one user interface element displayed on the electronic panel, and determine the control data based on the processed input.. . ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

02/16/17 / #20170043079

Systems and methods for delivery of peritoneal dialysis (pd) solutions with integrated inter-chamber diffuser

The invention provides, in some aspects, a container system for medical solutions such as peritoneal dialysis (pd) solutions. The invention particularly features a system which includes a first compartment that contains a first medical solution, e.g., a pd osmotic agent, and a second compartment that contains a second medical solution, e.g., a pd buffer agent. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/26/17 / #20170023953

Smart actuator for valve

A system and method of monitoring and controlling the open and close states of a manifold diaphragm type valve includes using an actuator mechanism with feedback control. A pressure transducer and/or force gauge located on the contact end of the actuator mechanism monitors the pressure and/or force applied to the end of the actuator mechanism. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/26/17 / #20170021306

Manifolds for use in conducting dialysis

The present application discloses novel systems for conducting the filtration of blood using manifolds. The manifolds integrate various sensors and have fluid pathways formed therein to direct fluids from various sources through the requisite blood filtration or ultrafiltration system steps.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/26/17 / #20170021088

Manifold diaphragms

The specification discloses a portable dialysis machine having a detachable controller unit and base unit. The controller unit includes a door having an interior face, a housing with a panel, where the housing and panel define a recessed region configured to receive the interior face of the door, and a manifold receiver fixedly attached to the panel. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/26/17 / #20170021085

Priming system and method for dialysis systems

The application is directed to an extracorporeal blood processing system capable of using dialysate to prime the system. A plastic molded compact manifold supports molded blood and dialysate fluidic pathways along with relevant sensors, valves and pumps. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/26/17 / #20170021075

Mid-dilution hemodiafiltration with multi-line dialysate supply

A hemodiafiltration system in accordance with an embodiment of the described system at least two dialyzers for hemodiafiltration, at least one dialysate supply, a sterility filter for generating a sterile substitution fluid, and a control unit which controls fluid (e.g., dialysate, substitution fluid, and blood) inputs and outputs to and from each of the at least two dialyzers, the at least one sterility filter, and the dialysis machine. The hemodiafiltration system described herein is capable of executing blood processing with enhanced clearance of small, middle, and large molecules using features that include independently supplying dialysate to multiple dialyzers.. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/19/17 / #20170014613

Blood line sets with deformable blood lines

A tubing set includes a rigid medical fluid chamber, medical fluid tubing, and a cuff. The rigid medical fluid chamber includes a housing and a tubular fitting extending from the housing. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/12/17 / #20170011175

Social virtual dialysis clinic

A social virtual dialysis clinic is provided that simulates social community aspects of a clinic group environment for patients undergoing a medical treatment away from a clinic. The described social virtual dialysis clinic system provides for integrated display devices for medical treatment information functionality, such as for dialysis treatment, with social interaction capabilities among multiple remotely-located patients while the patients are undergoing medical treatments at home or while traveling. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007756

Disposable apparatus and kit for conducting dialysis

An extracorporeal blood processing system comprises a plastic molded compact manifold that supports a plurality of molded blood and dialysate fluidic pathways along with a plurality of relevant sensors, valves and pumps. A disposable dialyzer is connected to the molded manifold to complete the blood circuit of the system. ... Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc








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