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Details for Patent: 9,022,980

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Details for Patent: 9,022,980

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. (Mosely, 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:Feb 27, 2007
Application Number:11/679,331
Claims:1. An apparatus, comprising: a simulated medicament delivery device having a housing, a removable member and a simulated actuator member; an electronic circuit system coupled to the simulated medicament delivery device, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a plurality of electronic outputs, the electronic circuit system including a switch operably coupled to the removable member such that the removable member actuates the switch in response to the removable member being removed from the housing, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a first electronic output from the plurality of electronic outputs in response to the switch being actuated, the electronic circuit system configured to output a second electronic output from the plurality of electronic outputs in response to the simulated actuator member being manipulated, at least one of the first electronic output or the second electronic output including at least one of a visual output, an audible output or a tactile output that simulates the actuation of an actual medicament delivery device; and a container configured to receive at least a portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a recorded speech output in response to the portion of the simulated medicament delivery device being removed from the container.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, 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 in response to the simulated actuator member being manipulated.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the recorded speech output is a first recorded speech output; and the electronic circuit system includes a visual output device, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a second recorded speech output and a visual output via the visual output device to collectively identify the removable member.

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

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the recorded speech output is a first recorded speech output; and the electronic circuit system includes a sensor configured to detect at least one of a position, location or orientation of the simulated medicament delivery device, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a second recorded speech output in response to an input received from the sensor.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the electronic circuit system is configured to produce the visual output adjacent to identify the simulated actuator member.

7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the recorded speech output is a first recorded speech output; and the electronic circuit system includes a light output device, the first electronic output includes a light output produced via the light output device and a second recorded speech output, the light output and the second recorded speech output configured to identify a location of the simulated actuator member.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the plurality of electronic outputs is produced in a sequence determined based on input received from at least one of the switch, a sensor or a timer.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the electronic circuit system is configured to repeat at least one electronic output from the plurality of electronic outputs when no user interaction with the simulated medicament delivery device has been detected by the electronic circuit system within a time period after the at least one electronic output was first produced.

10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the electronic circuit system includes at least one of a position sensor, a force sensor, a pressure sensor or an optical sensor; and the electronic circuit system is configured to output a third electronic output in response to an input received from the at least one of the position sensor, the force sensor or the optical sensor.

11. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the simulated medicament delivery device further includes a label configured to be coupled to the housing of the simulated medicament delivery device; and at least a portion of the electronic circuit system is disposed within the label.

12. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the removable member container is removed from about the portion of the simulated medicament delivery device.

13. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the removable member is a simulated needle guard disposed about an end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the apparatus further comprising: a contact member coupled to the end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device such that the contact member is exposed when the simulated needle guard is removed from the end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the contact member configured to contact a body to simulate use of the actual medicament delivery device.

14. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the simulated medicament delivery device is devoid of a medicament delivery mechanism such that the simulated medicament delivery device is incapable of delivering a medicament.

15. An apparatus, comprising: a simulated medicament delivery device having a contact member coupled to an end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the contact member configured to contact a target location to simulate use of an actual medicament delivery device; a removable member configured to be coupled to the end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device; and an electronic circuit system coupled to the simulated medicament delivery device, the electronic circuit system including a visual output device on the removable member, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a visual output via the visual output device to identify the removable member in response to the electronic circuit system being actuated, the electronic circuit system includes a switch operably coupled to the contact member, the electronic circuit system configured to produce an electronic output when the switch is actuated.

16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a first recorded speech output to identify the removable member; and the contact member actuates the switch in response to the contact member contacting the target location at a force greater than a predetermined force threshold, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a second recorded speech when the switch is actuated.

17. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the electronic circuit system is configured to output a recorded speech output in response to the manipulation of a simulated actuator.

18. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the electronic circuit system includes a sensor configured to detect at least one of a position, location or orientation of the simulated medicament delivery device, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a recorded speech output in response to an input received from the sensor.

19. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the visual output is a first visual output; the simulated medicament delivery device includes a simulated actuator configured to simulate an actuator of the actual medicament delivery device; and the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a second visual output to collectively identify the simulated actuator.

20. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a plurality of recorded speech outputs in a sequence determined based on input received from at least one of a switch, a sensor or a timer.

21. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a recorded speech output in response to the contact member contacting the body at a force greater than a predetermined force threshold.

22. An apparatus, comprising: a simulated medicament delivery device having a contact member coupled to a housing, the contact member configured to contact a target location to simulate a use of a corresponding medicament delivery device used to deliver a medicament to the target location; an electronic circuit system coupled to the housing of the simulated medicament delivery device, the electronic circuit system including a switch, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a first electronic instruction in response to the switch being moved from a first state to a second state, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a second electronic instruction in response to the contact member being moved into contact with the target location; and a removable member configured to be coupled to an end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the removable member having an end portion and a switch portion extending from the end portion of the removable member, the switch portion disposed within the housing and in contact with the switch of the electronic circuit system when the removable member is coupled to the end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the end portion of the removable member covering the contact member when the removable member is coupled to the end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the switch portion configured to move the switch between the first state and the second state when the removable member is removed from the simulated medicament delivery device, the contact member being exposed when the removable member is removed from the simulated medicament delivery device.

23. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein at least one of the first electronic instruction or the second electronic instruction includes a recorded speech output.

24. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein: the simulated medicament delivery device includes a simulated actuator configured to simulate an actuator of the corresponding medicament delivery device; and the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a visual output via a light output device disposed adjacent the simulated actuator.

25. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein: the simulated medicament delivery device is a simulated auto-injector; the removable member is a simulated needle guard; and the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a recorded speech output and a visual output to collectively identify the simulated needle guard.

26. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a plurality of recorded speech outputs in a sequence determined based on input received from at least one of the switch, a sensor or a timer.

27. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein: the electronic circuit system is configured to repeat the first electronic instruction when no user interaction with the simulated medicament delivery device has been detected by the electronic circuit system within a time period after the first electronic instruction was first produced.

28. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein at least one of the first electronic instruction or the second electronic instruction includes a signal associated with at least one of a visual output or an audible output.

29. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein: the first electronic instruction is a recorded speech output; and the electronic circuit system includes a visual output device disposed on the end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device, the electronic circuit system configured to produce the recorded speech output and a visual output via the visual output device to collectively identify the end portion in response to the removable member being removed from the end portion of the simulated medicament delivery device.

30. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein at least one of the first electronic instruction or the second electronic instruction includes an instruction for using at least one of the simulated medicament delivery device or the corresponding medicament delivery device.

31. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein at least one of the first electronic instruction or the second electronic instruction is associated with an orientation of the simulated medicament delivery device.
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