External infusion device with remote programming, bolus estimator and/or vibration alarm capabilities

  • US 6,997,920 B2
  • Filed: 03/27/2003
  • Issued: 02/14/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An external infusion device for infusion of a liquid into a body a user from a reservoir, the external infusion device comprising:

  • a drive mechanism to operatively couple with a reservoir to infuse a liquid into a body;

    a housing adapted for use on an exterior of the body, wherein the housing is sized to contain at least a portion of the reservoir, wherein the drive mechanism is at least partially contained within the housing, wherein the drive mechanism operatively couples with the at least a portion of the reservoir within the housing, and wherein the housing is sized to fit in a clothing pocket;

    a processor coupled to the housing;

    an audible alarm to provide primarily audible indications and which is operatively coupled to the processor to provide an audible alarm indication; and

    a separate vibration alarm configured to provide primarily tactile indications and to provide at least some agitation to the fluid in the reservoir and that is operatively coupled to the processor to provide a vibration alarm indication, wherein the user commands the procesor to activate one or more of the audible alarm and vibration alarm independently of the other alarm such that the user determines that the alarms are given as either audible alarm indications, tactile alarm indications or a combination of audible and tactile alarm indications.

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