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Details for Patent: 8,932,252

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Details for Patent: 8,932,252

Title:Medical injector simulation device
Abstract: An apparatus includes a simulated medicament delivery device and an electronic circuit system coupled to the simulated medicament delivery device. The electronic circuit system is configured to output an electronic output associated with a use of the simulated medicament delivery device.
Inventor(s): Edwards; Eric S. (Moseley, VA), Edwards; Evan T. (Charlottesville, VA), Licata; Mark J. (Doswell, VA), Meyers; Paul F. (Fishers, IN), Williamson; T. Spencer (Richmond, VA), Worrell; Kai R. (Hopkins, MN), Weinzierl; David A. (Andover, MN)
Assignee: kaleo, Inc. (Richmond, VA)
Filing Date:Jun 21, 2013
Application Number:13/924,037
Claims:1. An apparatus, comprising: a simulated medicament injector configured to simulate an operation of an actual medicament injector, the simulated medicament injector being devoid of any medicament and devoid of a medicament delivery mechanism such that the simulated medicament injector is incapable of delivering medicament, the simulated medicament injector including: a housing defining a window corresponding to a status window of the actual medicament injector; an actuator coupled to a proximal end portion of the housing; an electronic circuit system coupled to the housing, the electronic circuit system including a start button and a speaker, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a recorded speech output associated with an operation of the simulated medicament injector when the start button is manipulated; and a status indicator configured to display a visual indicia to simulate a status indicator of the actual medicament injector when the actuator is pressed, the visual indicia being visible through the window.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the status indicator is configured to stimulate a color change associated with the status indicator of the actual medicament injector when an actual injection is complete.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the status indicator is configured to display a first color visible through the window when the status indicator is in a first configuration, the status indicator is configured to display a second color through the window when the status indicator is in a second configuration.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the status indicator includes an electronic device.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the status indicator includes at least one of a light-emitting diode, a liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen, an optical polymer and a fiber optic component.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the electronic circuit system is configured to produce the recorded speech output in a plurality of different languages.

7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein any one of a shape, a size or a weight of the simulated medicament injector corresponds with any one of a shape, a size or a weight of the actual medicament injector.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the simulated medicament injector is configured to produce an audible output that simulates the actuation of the actual medicament injector when the actuator is manipulated.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: a simulated needle cover removably coupled to a distal end portion of the housing, a portion of the simulated needle cover disposed within the housing through a distal end opening of the housing when the simulated needle cover is coupled to the distal end portion of the housing.

10. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: a battery isolation member removably coupled to the housing such that a first portion of the battery isolation member is disposed within the housing and electronically isolates a battery from the electronic circuit system and a second portion of the battery isolation member is disposed outside of the housing.

11. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the medicament delivery mechanism includes a needle.

12. An apparatus, comprising: a simulated medicament injector configured to simulate an operation of an actual medicament injector, the simulated medicament injector being devoid of any medicament and devoid of a medicament delivery mechanism such that the simulated medicament injector is incapable of delivering medicament, the simulated medicament injector including: a housing defining a window corresponding to a status window of the actual medicament injector; an actuator coupled to a proximal end portion of the housing; an electronic circuit system coupled to the housing, the electronic circuit system including a start button and a speaker, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a recorded speech output associated with an operation of the simulated medicament injector when the start button is manipulated; and a visual output assembly disposed within the housing, the visual output assembly configured to move from a first configuration to a second configuration when the actuator is moved relative to the housing, the visual output assembly being visible through the window such that the visual output assembly and the window collectively simulate the status window of the actual medicament injector.

13. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the visual output assembly is configured to display a first color visible through the window defined by the housing when the visual output assembly is in the first configuration, the visual output assembly is configured to display a second color visible through the window when the visual output assembly is in the second configuration.

14. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the visual output assembly is configured to gradually change color when moved from the first configuration to the second configuration.

15. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the visual output assembly includes at least one of a light-emitting diode, a liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen, an optical polymer and a fiber optic component.

16. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the simulated medicament injector is configured to produce an audible output that simulates the actuation of the actual medicament injector when the actuator is manipulated.

17. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein: the recorded speech output is a first recorded speech output; and the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a second recorded speech output at a predetermined time period after the first recorded speech output, the second recorded speech output different from the first recorded speech output.

18. The apparatus of claim 12, further comprising: a battery isolation member removably coupled to the housing such that a first portion of the battery isolation member is disposed within the housing and electronically isolates a battery from the electronic circuit system and a second portion of the battery isolation member is disposed outside of the housing.

19. The apparatus of claim 12, further comprising: a simulated needle cover removably coupled to a distal end portion of the housing, a portion of the simulated needle cover disposed within the housing through a distal end opening defined by the housing when the simulated needle cover is coupled to the distal end portion of the housing.

20. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the medicament delivery mechanism includes a needle.

21. An apparatus, comprising: a simulated medicament injector configured to simulate an operation of an actual medicament injector, the simulated medicament injector being devoid of any medicament and devoid of a medicament delivery mechanism such that the simulated medicament injector is incapable of delivering medicament, the simulated medicament injector including: a housing defining a window corresponding to a status window of the actual medicament injector; an actuator coupled to a proximal end portion of a housing, the actuator configured to simulate an actuator of the actual medicament injector; an electronic circuit system coupled to the housing, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a first recorded speech output associated with an operation of the simulated medicament injector, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a second recorded speech output at a predetermined time period after the first recorded speech output, the second recorded speech output different from the first recorded speech output; and a visual output assembly disposed within the housing, the visual output assembly configured to display a first color visible through the window when the visual output assembly is in a first configuration, the visual output assembly configured to display a second color through the window when the visual output assembly is in a second configuration.

22. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the visual output assembly is configured to gradually change color when moved from the first configuration to the second configuration such that the visual output assembly and the window collectively simulate the status window of the actual medicament injector.

23. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the visual output assembly includes at least one of a light-emitting diode, a liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen, an optical polymer and a fiber optic component.

24. The apparatus of claim 21, further comprising: a simulated needle cover movably coupled to a distal end portion of the housing, a protrusion of the simulated needle cover disposed through a distal end opening defined by the housing.

25. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the simulated medicament injector is configured to produce an audible output that simulates the actuation of the actual medicament injector when the actuator is manipulated.

26. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the electronic circuit system includes: a flexible circuit board coupled to a switch; a processor operably coupled to the switch via the flexible circuit board, the processor configured to produce an electronic signal associated with the first recorded speech output; and a speaker coupled to the housing, the speaker spaced apart from the flexible circuit board, the speaker configured to receive the electronic signal and produce the first recorded speech output.

27. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the medicament delivery mechanism includes a needle.
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