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Richard J Melker, Frank J Fischer Jr: Vascular wire guiode introducer and method of use. Cook Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, July 12, 1994: US05328480 (161 worldwide citation)

Multi-lumen wire guide introducer and method of inserting a wire guide or the like into the introducer prior to positioning the introducer in a vessel of the vascular system of a patient. The multi-lumen wire guide introducer comprises a tubular member formed of a semi-rigid plastic material such as ...


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Richard J Melker, Frank J Fischer Jr: Multiple lumen vascular access introducer sheath. Cook Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, October 5, 1993: US05250038 (148 worldwide citation)

A multiple lumen vascular access introducer sheath having a main lumen for introduction of another device such as a catheter therethrough and into the vascular system and a secondary lumen having a cross-sectional area significantly less than that of the main lumen for infusion of small doses of med ...


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George A Arndt, Frank J Fischer Jr: Guided endobronchial blocker catheter. Cook Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, May 18, 1999: US05904648 (113 worldwide citation)

A balloon-tipped, wire-guided double lumen, endobronchial blocker catheter (6) is provided for insertion into the tracheal bronchial tree using a fiberoptic bronchoscope (2). The catheter incorporates a removable wire guide (14), which runs the entire length of the catheter exiting the tip as a smal ...


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Rodney W Bosley Jr, Umesh H Patel, Marvin O Andrews, LiKang Chin, Frank J Fischer Jr, Walter N Ryan, Peter L Rosenblatt, J Stephen Jones: Sling for supporting tissue. Vance Products Incorporated, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, August 3, 2010: US07766926 (62 worldwide citation)

A sling for supporting a urethra in a patient has characteristics for resisting pull-out, roll-over and a combination of both pull-out and roll-over. To facilitate resistance to pull-out, sling material has protuberances or serrations to resist movement once placed in the patient by the surgeon. Imp ...


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Frank J Fischer Jr: Method and apparatus for replacing a placed endotracheal tube. Cook, Richard J Godlewski, October 1, 1991: US05052386 (40 worldwide citation)

Method and apparatus are disclosed for replacing an endotracheal tube. The apparatus comprises an endotracheal tube obturator having an air passageway therein and a removable connector positioned at the proximal end of the obturator tube for ventilating the patient during replacement of the endotrac ...


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Pasquale Ciaglia, Frank J Fischer Jr: Percutaneous balloon dilational tracheostomy tube. Cook Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, August 5, 1997: US05653230 (35 worldwide citation)

A method and device 10 for providing an ostomy 102 through the wall 100 of the trachea are particularly advantageous in allowing the ostomy 102 to be formed atraumatically and to be enlarged without risk of perforating the rear of the trachea. The method employs a balloon catheter 16 including an in ...


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Shay Lavelle, Marvin O Andrews, Frank J Fischer Jr, Walter N Ryan, Valery Diamant, Stepan Khachin, Nadezda Yasko, Vladimir Khachin: Ureteral backstop filter and retrieval device. Vance Products Incorporated, Lithotech Medical, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, June 8, 2010: US07731722 (23 worldwide citation)

A retrieval device for use in renal, biliary, vascular or other systems of a body includes a collapsible basket in a narrow sheath. A surgeon advances the device beyond an object to be removed from a body, such as a kidneystone, a gallstone, or a thrombus. The surgeon then retracts the sheath or adv ...