University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Patent

System for Monitoying Neuromuscular Blockage


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Embodiments relate generally to medical devices, and more particularly to medical devices comprising sensors for monitoring patient neuromuscular blockage status, e.g., during surgery or other procedures.

A device in accordance with the invention is defined in claim 1.

Furthermore, a kit is disclosed which comprises at least one patch device comprising a unitary patch body, at least two electrodes and at least one sensor, the at least one sensor arranged between the at least two electrodes on the unitary patch body; a stimulator device operatively coupled to the patch device and configured to provide at least one electrical signal to the at least two electrodes to stimulate a muscle motor point and to receive a signal from the at least one sensor related to a result of the stimulation of the muscle motor point; and user instructions related to the at least one patch device and the stimulator device.

The above summary is not intended to describe each illustrated embodiment or every implementation of the present invention. The figures and the detailed description that

Patent No.: EP 3 169 231 B1
Date of Patent: Nov. 12, 2019

Inventors: William Durfee (Edina), Paul Iaizzo (White Bear Lake), Jesús Cabrera (Minneapolis)

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