AU2012261793B2 - Wound dressing with inflatable bladders - Google Patents

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AU2012261793B2
AU2012261793B2 AU2012261793A AU2012261793A AU2012261793B2 AU 2012261793 B2 AU2012261793 B2 AU 2012261793B2 AU 2012261793 A AU2012261793 A AU 2012261793A AU 2012261793 A AU2012261793 A AU 2012261793A AU 2012261793 B2 AU2012261793 B2 AU 2012261793B2
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
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    • A61F13/00068Accessories for dressings specially adapted for application or removal of fluid, e.g. irrigation or drainage of wounds, under-pressure wound-therapy
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    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
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    • A61M1/0088Drainage tubes; Aspiration tips with a seal, e.g. to stick around a wound for isolating the treatment area
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    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F13/00Bandages or dressings; Absorbent pads
    • A61F2013/00089Wound bandages
    • A61F2013/0017Wound bandages possibility of applying fluid
    • A61F2013/00174Wound bandages possibility of applying fluid possibility of applying pressure
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    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
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    • A61F2013/00361Plasters
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    • A61F2013/00536Plasters use for draining or irrigating wounds

Abstract

A system for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site (102) of a patient includes a reduced-pressure source (107) for supplying reduced pressure, a fluid source (116) for supplying a fluid, and a plurality of inflatable bladders (108) for placing adjacent the tissue site. The inflatable bladders (108) are operable to receive the fluid to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position. The system also includes a plurality of chambers (120) that are compressible. At least one of the plurality of chambers is disposed between a first inflatable bladder and a second inflatable bladder of the plurality of inflatable bladders. (FIG. 1) cv) 0 C() 00- r C(N :> C

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AUSTRALIA PATENTS ACT 1990 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION FOR A STANDARD PATENT ORIGINAL Name of Applicant: KCI Licensing, Inc. Actual Inventors: Richard Marvin Kazala and Justin Alexander Long and Robert Peyton Wilkes and Carrie Ann Kauffmann Address for Service is: SHELSTON IP 60 Margaret Street Telephone No: (02) 9777 1111 SYDNEY NSW 2000 Facsimile No. (02) 9241 4666 CCN: 3710000352 Attorney Code: SW Invention Title: Wound dressing with inflatable bladders Details of Original Application No. 2009262882 dated 29 May 2009 The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method of performing it known to me/us: File: 68431AUP01 -2 WOUND DRESSING WITH INFLATABLE BLADDERS RELATED APPLICATIONS [0001] The present application is a divisional application of Australian Patent Application No. 2009262882 which claims the benefit, under 35 USC § 119(e), of the filing of U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,807, entitled "Reduced-pressure Surgical Wound Treatment System," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,798, entitled "Dressing Assembly For Subcutaneous Wound treatment Using Reduce Pressure," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,808, entitled "See-Through, Reduced-Pressure Dressing," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,802, entitled "Reduced-Pressure Dressing Assembly For Use in Applying a Closing Force," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057, 803, entitled "Reduced-Pressure, Linear-Wound Treatment System," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,800, entitled "Reduced-Pressure, Compression System and Apparatus for use on a Curved Body Part," filed , May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,797, entitled "Reduced-Pressure, Compression System and Apparatus for use on Breast Tissue," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,805, entitled "Super Absorbent, Reduced-Pressure Wound Dressing and System," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/057,810, entitled "Reduced-Pressure, Compression System and Apparatus for use on a Joint," filed May 30, 2008; U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/121,362, entitled "Reduced-Pressure Wound treatment System Employing an Anisotropic Drape," filed December 10, 2008; and U.S. Provisional Patent Application serial number 61/144, 067, entitled "Reduced-Pressure, Compression System and Apparatus for use on a Joint," filed January 12, 2009. All of these provisional applications are incorporated herein by reference for all purposes.

-3 BACKGROUND [0002] The present invention relates generally to medical treatment systems, and more particularly, to inflatable bladder dressings, systems, and methods. [0003] Any discussion of the prior art throughout the specification should in no way be considered as an admission that such prior art is widely known or forms part of common general knowledge in the field. [0004] Clinical studies and practice have shown that providing a reduced pressure in proximity to a tissue site augments and accelerates the growth of new tissue at the tissue site. The applications of this phenomenon are numerous, but application of reduced pressure has been particularly successful in treating wounds. This treatment (frequently referred to in the medical community as "negative pressure wound therapy," "reduced pressure therapy," or "vacuum therapy") provides a number of benefits, which may include faster healing and increased formulation of granulation tissue. Unless otherwise indicated, as used herein, "or" does not require mutual exclusivity. In addition, wounds may heal more quickly with additional care using other devices, such as sutures, staples, or other devices to help close the wound. SUMMARY [0005] According to a first aspect of the invention, there is provided a method of manufacturing an apparatus for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site, the method comprising: forming a plurality of inflatable bladders; forming a plurality of chambers coupled to the inflatable bladders; wherein the inflatable bladders are operable to receive a fluid and to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position, the inflatable bladders further adapted for placement adjacent the tissue site; and coupling the plurality of inflatable bladders and the plurality of chambers. [0006] According to a second aspect of the invention, there is provided a system for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site, the system comprising: a reduced pressure source for supplying reduced pressure; a fluid source for supplying a fluid; a first sheet and a second sheet coupled to the first sheet to form a plurality of inflatable bladders for placing adjacent the tissue site and being operable to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position in response to receiving fluid from the fluid source, the first sheet and second sheet also forming a plurality of compressible chambers and a distribution conduit for providing -4 fluid communication between the inflatable bladders; a dual-lumen conduit fluidly coupled to the reduced-pressure source and the fluid source, the dual-lumen conduit having a first lumen for transferring the reduced pressure and a second lumen for transferring the fluid; and an interface for fluidly coupling to the plurality of compressible chambers and the reduced pressure source and to the fluid source and the plurality of inflatable bladders, the interface operable to transfer the reduced pressure and the fluid. [0007] According to a third aspect of the invention, there is provided an apparatus for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site, the apparatus comprising: a first sheet and a second sheet coupled to the first sheet to form a plurality of inflatable bladders, a plurality of compressible chambers, and a distribution conduit providing fluid communication between the inflatable bladders; a dual-lumen conduit for fluidly coupling to a reduced-pressure source and a fluid source, the dual-lumen conduit having a first lumen for transferring reduced pressure and a second lumen for transferring fluid; and an interface for fluidly coupling to the plurality of compressible chambers and the reduced-pressure source and to the fluid source and the plurality of inflatable bladders, the interface operable to transfer the reduced pressure and the fluid. [0008] According to an illustrative embodiment, a system for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site of a patient includes a reduced-pressure source for supplying reduced pressure, a fluid source for supplying a fluid, and a plurality of inflatable bladders for placing adjacent the tissue site. The inflatable bladders are operable to receive the fluid to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position. The system also includes a plurality of chambers that are compressible. At least one of the plurality of chambers is disposed between a first inflatable bladder and a second inflatable bladder of the plurality of inflatable bladders. [0009] According to another illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a plurality of inflatable bladders for placing adjacent the tissue site. The inflatable bladders are operable to receive a fluid and to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position. The system also includes a plurality of chambers that are compressible. At least one of the plurality of chambers is disposed between a first inflatable bladder and a second inflatable bladder of the plurality of inflatable bladders. [0010] According to another illustrative embodiment, a method for providing reduced pressure treatment to a tissue site of a patient includes applying a multi-compartment dressing to the tissue site. The multi-compartment dressing includes a plurality of inflatable bladders for -5 placing adjacent the tissue site. The inflatable bladders are operable to receive a fluid and to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position. The multi-compartment dressing also includes a plurality of chambers that are compressible. At least one of the plurality of chambers is disposed between a first inflatable bladder and a second inflatable bladder of the plurality of inflatable bladders. The chambers are compressed when the inflatable bladders expand to the inflated position or when reduced pressure is supplied to the chamber. The method also includes applying the fluid to the inflatable bladders to cause the inflatable bladders to expand into the inflated position, and applying a reduced pressure to the tissue site via the multi-compartment dressing. [0011] According to another illustrative embodiment, a method of manufacturing includes the steps of forming a plurality of inflatable bladders and forming a plurality of chambers. The method further includes coupling the plurality of inflatable bladders and the plurality of chambers. The inflatable bladders are operable to receive a fluid and to expand from an un inflated position to an inflated position. [0012] Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, throughout the description and the claims, the words "comprise", "comprising", and the like are to be construed in an inclusive sense as opposed to an exclusive or exhaustive sense; that is to say, in the sense of "including, but not limited to". BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS [0013] FIGURE 1 is a schematic diagram, with a dressing shown from a top view, of a system for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a patient according to an illustrative embodiment; [0014] FIGURE 2A is a schematic, cross-sectional view of the dressing shown in FIGURE 1 having inflatable bladders in an un-inflated position; [0015] FIGURE 2B is a schematic, cross-sectional view of the dressing shown in FIGURE 1 having inflatable bladders in an inflated position; [0016] FIGURE 2C is a schematic, cross-sectional view of the dressing shown in FIGURE 1 having inflatable bladders in the inflated position and with reduced pressure applied to the chambers between the inflatable bladders; -6 [0017] FIGURE 3 is a schematic, perspective view of the inflatable bladders shown in FIGURE 1; [0018] FIGURE 4A is a schematic, cross-sectional view of an inflatable bladder having a strut and shown in the un-inflated position according to an illustrative embodiment; [0019] FIGURE 4B is the inflatable bladder of FIGURE 4A in the inflated position; [0020] FIGURE 5 is a schematic, perspective view of another illustrative embodiment of a portion of a system for providing reduced-pressure treatment; [0021] FIGURE 6 is a schematic, top view of a planar structure having inflatable bladders and chambers between the inflatable bladders according to an illustrative embodiment; [0022] FIGURE 7A is a schematic, cross-sectional view of the planar structure in FIGURE 6 taken along line 7A-7A; [0023] FIGURE 7B is a schematic, cross-sectional view of the planar structure shown in FIGURE 7A with inflatable bladders in the inflated position while reduced pressure is applied to the chambers located between the inflatable bladders; [0024] FIGURE 8 is a schematic, top view of another illustrative embodiment of a dressing having inflatable bladders and chambers; [0025] FIGURE 9A is schematic, cross-sectional view of the dressing shown in FIGURE 8 taken along line 9A-9A; [0026] FIGURE 9B is a schematic, cross-sectional view of the dressing shown in FIGURE 9A with the inflatable bladders in the inflated position; and [0027] FIGURE 10 is a schematic, cross-sectional view of the dressing shown in FIGURE 8 taken along line 10-10.

-7 DETAILED DESCRIPTION [0028] In the following detailed description of the illustrative embodiments, reference is made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof. These embodiments are described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, and it is understood that other embodiments may be utilized and that logical structural, mechanical, electrical, and chemical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. To avoid detail not necessary to enable those skilled in the art to practice the embodiments described herein, the description may omit certain information known to those skilled in the art. The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the illustrative embodiments are defined only by the appended claims. [0029] Referring now to FIGURES 1, 2A-2C, and 3, an illustrative embodiment of a system 100 for applying reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site 102 of a patient 104 is shown. The reduced-pressure treatment may include reduced-pressure therapy or a reduced pressure generated closing force. The system 100 includes a multi-compartment dressing 106 to which reduced pressure is supplied from a reduced-pressure source 107 and a fluid may be supplied from a fluid supply 116. [0030] The reduced-pressure source 107 may be any device for supplying a reduced pressure, such as a vacuum pump, wall suction, or other source. While the amount and nature of reduced pressure applied to a tissue site will typically vary according to the application, the reduced pressure will typically be between -5 mm Hg and -500 mm Hg and more typically between -100 mm Hg and -300 mm Hg. [0031] As used herein, "reduced pressure" generally refers to a pressure less than the ambient pressure at a tissue site that is being subjected to treatment. In most cases, this reduced pressure will be less than the atmospheric pressure at which the patient is located. Alternatively, the reduced pressure may be less than a hydrostatic pressure at the tissue site. Unless otherwise indicated, values of pressure stated herein are gauge pressures. The reduced pressure delivered may be constant or varied (patterned or random) and may be delivered continuously or intermittently. Although the terms "vacuum" and "negative pressure" may be used to describe the pressure applied to the tissue site, the actual pressure applied to the tissue site may be more than the pressure normally associated with a complete vacuum. Consistent with the use herein, an increase in reduced pressure or vacuum pressure typically refers to a relative reduction in absolute pressure.

-8 [0032] The multi-compartment dressing 106 includes inflatable bladders 108 that may be fluidly coupled to one another by one or more distribution conduits 110. The inflatable bladders 108 also include an interface 112 to which a fluid supply conduit 114 may be fluidly coupled so that fluid may be supplied to the inflatable bladders 108 by the fluid supply 116. As used herein, the term "coupled" includes coupling via a separate object and includes direct coupling. The term "coupled" also encompasses two or more components that are continuous with one another by virtue of each of the components being formed from the same piece of material. Also, the term "coupled" may include chemical, such as via a chemical bond, mechanical, thermal, or electrical coupling. Fluid coupling means that fluid is in communication between the designated parts or locations. [0033] The multi-compartment dressing 106 also includes a drape 118 that covers the inflatable bladders 108 to form a plurality of chambers 120. A chamber 120 is disposed between each pair of the inflatable bladders 108. Thus, multiple compartments, e.g., inflatable bladders 108 and chambers 120, are formed. The drape 118, when covering the inflatable bladders 108 and sealed against the patient's epidermis 125 forms a sealed space 122 in which the inflatable bladders 108 are located. The drape 118 may be any material that provides a fluid seal. The drape 118 may, for example, be an impermeable or semi-permeable, elastomeric material. "Elastomeric" means having the properties of an elastomer. It generally refers to a polymeric material that has rubber-like properties. More specifically, most elastomers have elongation rates greater than 100% and a significant amount of resilience. The resilience of a material refers to the material's ability to recover from an elastic deformation. Examples of elastomers may include, but are not limited to, natural rubbers, polyisoprene, styrene butadiene rubber, chloroprene rubber, polybutadiene, nitrile rubber, butyl rubber, ethylene propylene rubber, ethylene propylene diene monomer, chlorosulfonated polyethylene, polysulfide rubber, polyurethane, EVA film, co-polyester, and silicones. Specific examples of drape 118 materials include a silicone drape, 3M Tegaderm@ drape, acrylic drape such as one available from Avery Dennison, or an incise drape. [0034] The sealing of the drape 118 to the patient's epidermis 125 is facilitated by an adhesive 124 that is disposed at the periphery of the inward, or tissue-facing, side of the drape 118. The adhesive 124 may be used to hold the drape 118 against the patient's epidermis 125 or another layer, such as a gasket or additional drape. The adhesive 124 may take numerous forms. For example, the adhesive 124 may be a medically acceptable, pressure-sensitive adhesive 124 that extends about a periphery of the drape 118.

-9 [0035] The drape 118 also may include an aperture (not shown) into which a reduced pressure interface 126 may be coupled. The reduced-pressure conduit 128 may be coupled to the reduced-pressure interface 126. Reduced pressure from the reduced-pressure source 107 may be transferred to the sealed space 122 via the reduced-pressure interface 126 and the reduced-pressure conduit 128. One function of the reduced pressure that is transferred to the multi-compartment dressing 106 is to provide reduced-pressure treatment to the tissue site 102. [0036] The tissue site 102 may be the bodily tissue of any human, animal, or other organism, including bone tissue, adipose tissue, muscle tissue, dermal tissue, vascular tissue, connective tissue, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, or any other tissue. Treatment of tissue site 102 may include removal of fluids, e.g., ascites, exudate, or delivery of reduced pressure. The tissue site 102 may be or include a wound 129. The wound 129 on the tissue site 102 may be due to a variety of causes, including trauma, surgery, etc. [0037] A medial portion 130 of reduced-pressure conduit 128 may have one or more devices, such as device 131. For example, the device 131 may be a fluid reservoir, or collection member to hold exudates and other fluids removed. Other examples of devices 131 that may be included on the medial portion 130 of reduced-pressure conduit 128 or otherwise fluidly coupled to the reduced-pressure conduit 128 include the following non-limiting examples: a pressure-feedback device, a volume detection system, a blood detection system, an infection detection system, a flow monitoring system, a temperature monitoring system, etc. Some of these devices may be formed integral to the reduced-pressure source 107. For example, a reduced-pressure port on the reduced-pressure source 107 may include a filter member that includes one or more filters, e.g., an odor filter. Also, the reduced-pressure conduit 128 and the fluid supply conduit 114 may be combined into a multi-lumen conduit having two or more lumens. [0038] Any number of inflatable bladders 108 may be included in the multi-compartment dressing 106. The inflatable bladders 108 may be substantially parallel to one another. However, in other embodiments the inflatable bladders 108 may have a different orientation relative to one another. For example, the inflatable bladders 108 may have a radial configuration, wave pattern, etc. Also, the inflatable bladders 108 may be formed from any flexible material that allows the inflatable bladders 108 to expand and contract. For example, the inflatable bladders 108 may be formed from a soft polymer or any other flexible material.

- 10 [0039] Fluid may be supplied to the inflatable bladders 108 from the fluid supply 116 in order to inflate the inflatable bladders 108 from an un-inflated position to an inflated position. Reduced pressure may also be supplied to the chambers 120 to reduce the chambers' 120 volume or to provide reduced-pressure treatment to the tissue site 102. FIGURES 2A-2C show various states of the multi-compartment dressing 106 at different points in time. In FIGURE 2 A, the inflatable bladders 108 are in an un-inflated state and no reduced pressure is being applied to the chambers 120. In FIGURE 2B, the inflatable bladders 108 are in an inflated position and reduced pressure is not yet being applied to the chambers 120. In FIGURE 2C, the inflatable bladders 108 are in an inflated position and reduced pressure is being applied to the chambers 120, causing the chambers 120 to collapse and providing reduced-pressure treatment. [0040] As shown in FIGURES 2B and 2C, the inflatable bladders 108 have a larger internal volume and a larger cross-section when in the inflated position. The distance between walls of adjacent inflatable bladders 108 may also decrease as the inflatable bladders 108 are filled with fluid from the fluid supply 116, thereby compressing the chambers 120. The volume of the chambers 120 may be further reduced by applying reduced pressure to the sealed space 122 under the drape 118. The chambers 120 are collapsible when such reduced pressure is applied from the reduced-pressure source 107 such that inflatable bladders 108 move closer to one another. Applying reduced pressure to the chambers 120 decreases the distance between the inflatable bladders 108. Thus, the distance is d\ in the un-inflated portion shown in FIGURE 2B and a distance d2 in the inflated portion shown in FIGURE 2C and d 1 >d 2 . [0041] With particular reference to FIGURE 2C, the movement of the inflatable bladders 108 towards one another facilitates an inward, or closing, force 134 that can help to close or heal the wound 129. The inflation of the inflatable bladders 108 and the compression of the chambers 120 facilitate the overall compression of the multi-compartment dressing 106 along one direction, such as the direction indicated by bidirectional arrow 138. However, the multi compartment dressing 106 may be compressed along two or more directions in other embodiments. The inflation of the inflatable bladders 108 may also help to create a compressive force 136 downward upon the tissue site 102. [0042] The amount by which the inflatable bladders 108 are inflated and the amount of reduced pressure applied to the chambers 120 may be adjusted depending on the tissue site 102 being treated. For example, different magnitudes of the inward force 134 may be created by varying the amount of fluid supplied to the inflatable bladders 108 by the fluid supply 116.

- 11 Likewise, the magnitude of the inward force 134 may be varied by adjusting the amount of reduced pressure that is applied to the chambers 120 by the reduced-pressure source 107. In addition to varying the reduced pressure and fluid applied to the multi-compartment dressing 106, the structure of the multi-compartment dressing 106 may also be modified for different treatment types. For example, the cross-sectional area, the cross-sectional shape, and the length of each of the inflatable bladders 108 can be modified from that shown in the figures. Also, the inflatable bladders 108 need not be uniform and may instead each have different structure and each receive different amounts of fluid, thus inflating the inflatable bladders to varying degrees. In similar fashion, the chambers 120 may each receive varying amounts of reduced pressure, thereby creating different compression forces 136 between each pair of the inflatable bladders 108. [0043] The inward compression of the multi-compartment dressing 106, and in particular the compression of the inflatable bladders 108 toward one another, is facilitated by the corrugated structure of the distribution conduit 110 as shown clearly in FIGURE 1. In particular, the corrugations in the distribution conduit 110 allow for the inflatable bladders to be compressed in an accordion-like manner. The distribution conduit 110 may be formed from any flexible material that facilitates the functions of the multi-compartment dressing 106. [0044] A healthcare provider may implement treatment by applying the inflatable bladders 108 to the tissue site 102. The drape 118 may be applied over the inflatable bladders 108 such that the drape 118 covers the inflatable bladders 108. The reduced-pressure interface 126 is applied to the aperture in the drape 118. The conduits 128 and 114 may then be applied to the reduced-pressure interface 126 and the interface 112, respectively. Before, during, or after applying reduced pressure to the sealed space 122 by the reduced-pressure source 107, fluid may be supplied to the inflatable bladders 108 by the fluid supply 116. The application of both reduced pressure and fluid in this manner facilitates treatment of the tissue site 102. [0045] In other embodiments, a third bladder or chamber (not shown) that is independently pressurized may be included in the multi-compartment dressing 106. Also, the chambers 120 may also receive positive pressure, instead of reduced pressure, to create an altered dressing structure. Although only a single layer of inflatable bladders 108 are shown, two or more layers of inflatable bladders 108 may be stacked atop one another in other embodiments. The walls of the inflatable bladders 108 may also include rigid structures, such as rigid, embedded plates, to alter the shape of the inflatable bladders 108 when in the inflated position. Fluids, including -12 healing and growth factors that facilitate healing of the wound 129, may be introduced into the chambers 120 during reduced-pressure treatment. The fluid and reduced pressure levels that are supplied to the multi-compartment dressing 106 may be modulated over time to create dynamic loading of the tissue site 102. Such modulation may include pulsed or pressure wave rapid insufflations of air or other gas. Such modulation may also take place over the span of the multi-compartment dressing 106 to encourage directed interstitial fluid flow in the tissue site 102. [0046] Referring now to FIGURES 4 A and 4B, an inflatable bladder 208 is shown according to another illustrative embodiment. The inflatable bladder 208 may be used as part of a system for applying reduced-pressure treatment, such as the system 100 in FIGURES 1-3. The inflatable bladder 208 includes a strut 240 coupled to a wall 245 of the inflatable bladder 208. The strut 240 limits the expansion of the inflatable bladder along one direction, indicated by bidirectional arrow 242, when the inflatable bladder 208 is in the inflated position. The inflatable bladder 208 is shown in the un-inflated position in FIGURE 4A, and in the inflated position in FIGURE 4B. The strut 240 may be inserted in all or a portion of the inflatable bladder 208 located in the multi-compartment dressing 106. By limiting the expansion of the inflatable bladder 208, the compression and other forces applied to a tissue site may be customized to enhance tissue treatment. [0047] The strut 240 may be any length and may be attached to the wall 245 of the inflatable bladder 208 in any manner. For example, the strut 240 may have flanges 244 on each end that are embedded in walls 245 of the inflatable bladder 208. In other embodiments, the strut 240 may be inserted in the inflatable bladder 208 in multiple orientations such that the inflatable bladder 208 is limited from expanding in two or more directions. [0048] Referring now to FIGURE 5, another illustrative embodiment of inflatable bladders 308 is shown. In contrast to the inflatable bladders 108 shown in FIGURES 1 through 3, which have a substantially cylindrical shape when in the inflated position, each of the inflatable bladders 308 is a ring or annulus. The inflatable bladders 308 form concentric rings. [0049] The inflatable bladders 308 are fluidly coupled to one another by a distribution conduit 310, which is corrugated to allow for movement of the inflatable bladders 308 towards one another. The distribution conduit 310 includes an interface 312 to which fluid may be applied via a supply fluid conduit. Like the inflatable bladders 108 in FIGURES 1 through 3, the inflatable bladders 308 shown in FIGURE 5 may be covered by a drape to form a sealed space -13 which comprises individual chambers between each pair of the inflatable bladders 308. The use of annular inflatable bladders 308 can facilitate particular compression and healing characteristics at a tissue site to which the inflatable bladders 308 are applied. For example, the inflatable bladders 308 may be compressible along multiple radial directions 346. [0050] Referring now to FIGURES 6, 7 A and 7B, another illustrative embodiment of a multi compartment dressing 606 is presented. The multi-compartment dressing 606 includes a planar structure 648 having inflatable bladders 608 and chambers 620. The planar structure 648 is formed from a top wall 650 and a bottom wall 652. The top wall 650 and the bottom wall 652 are joined together by a plurality of flexible side walls 654 that a plurality of compartments are formed that include inflatable bladders 608 and chambers 620. As shown in FIGURE 7A, when the inflatable bladders 608 are in an un-inflated position and reduced pressure is not applied to the chambers 620, both the inflatable bladders 608 and the chambers 620 have substantially rectangular cross-sections. In other embodiments, however, the inflatable bladders 608 and the chambers 620 may have other cross-sectional shapes. [0051] Fluid is supplied to the inflatable bladders 608 by a fluid supply conduit 614. Reduced pressure is supplied to the chambers 620 by a reduced-pressure conduit 628. The fluid supply conduit 614 and the reduced-pressure conduit 628 each have forked structures so that fluid and reduced pressure can be supplied to the individual inflatable bladders 608 and chambers 620. However, in other embodiments, only a single fluid supply conduit 614 and reduced pressure conduit 628, each having non-forked structures, may be used or a plurality of individual conduits may be used. In the absence of such a forked conduit structure or individual conduits, the inflatable bladders 608 may be in fluid communication with one another and the chambers 620 may each be in fluid communication with one another. In this manner, reduced pressure supplied to a single chamber 620 may be transferred to the remaining chambers 620 in the planar structure 648. Likewise, fluid supplied to a single inflatable bladder 608 may be transferred to the remaining inflatable bladders 608. [0052] FIGURE 7A shows the inflatable bladders 608 in an un-inflated position due to an absence of fluid supply and also shows the chambers 620 in the absence of reduced pressure. In FIGURE 7B, fluid has been supplied to the inflatable bladders 608 such that the inflatable bladders 608 are in an inflated position. In addition, reduced pressure has been applied to the chambers 620, thereby collapsing the chambers 620 and moving the inflatable bladders 608 closer to one another. The planar structure 648 has been compressed along the bidirectional - 14 arrow 638. Such compression can provide desirable compression forces upon a tissue site to enhance healing, as described above. In some instances, the planar structure 648 may be covered by a drape, such as drape 118 in FIGURE 1. In an alternative embodiment, apertures may be formed on the bottom wall 652 to allow reduced pressure in chambers 620 to communicate with a tissue site Although the inflatable bladders 608 and the chambers 620 are shown to be substantially parallel to one another, the inflatable bladders 608 and the chambers 620 may have any orientation relative to one another and may have any shape. For example, either or both of the inflatable bladders 608 or chambers 620 may be concentric rings. (0053] Referring now to FIGURES 8 through 10, another embodiment of a dressing 806 is shown, which includes a first sheet 856 and a second sheet 858 that are coupled to one another at bonding sites 860 to form an inflatable bladder 808 and a chamber 820. While shown as a single inflatable bladder 808 and a single chamber in FIGURE 8, it should be understood that multiple bladders and chambers may be formed as well. The first and second sheets 856, 858 may be made from any flexible material, including those materials described above from which the drape 118 in FIGURE 1 may be formed. The first and second sheets 856, 858 are bonded to one another along lines 862, which generally define a border of the inflatable bladder 808 and the chamber 820. Fluid is prevented from flowing through the lines 862 and 863 by the bonds. To facilitate fluid impermeability along lines 862 and 863, the first sheet 856 may be bonded to the second sheet 858 using any known technique, including without limitation welding (e.g., ultrasonic or RF welding), bonding, adhesives, cements, etc. [0054] The inflatable bladder 808 is in fluid communication with an interface 866 via a distribution conduit 810. In the dressing 806, the distribution conduit 810 is also formed by the configuration of the lines 862 at which the first and second sheets 856, 858 are bonded. [0055] FIGURES 9A and 9B show the inflatable bladder 808 in an un-inflated position and an inflated position, respectively. Fluid is supplied to the inflatable bladder 808 by a conduit 864, for which additional detail will be provided below. The dressing 806 may be adhered to a tissue site 802 by an adhesive 824, which may be located at the periphery 865 of the dressing 806. [0056] When fluid is supplied to the inflatable bladder 808, the inflatable bladder 808 expands into the inflated position, thereby moving the dressing 806 along the surface of the tissue site 802. The direction along which the dressing 806 moves when the inflatable bladders 808 are inflated is indicated by the bidirectional arrow 838. The contracting force along the - 15 bidirectional arrow 838 helps to cause an inward, or closing, force 834, which may be beneficial to the closing or healing of the wound 828. The adherence of the dressing 806 to the tissue site 802 by the adhesive 824 may also assist in providing or transmitting this inward force 834. Compression forces to the tissue site 802 along the arrow 836 may also be provided when the inflatable bladders 808 are in the inflated position. [0057] In the embodiment represented by FIGURES 8 through 10, the chamber 820 is not subjected to reduced pressure to cause the collapse of the chambers 820. However, the chambers 820 do provide a spatial region along which the inflatable bladders 808 may move closer to one another when the inflatable bladders 808 are in an inflated position. In other embodiments, however, reduced pressure may be applied to the chamber 820. Moreover, in one embodiment, reduced pressure may be delivered to chamber 820 and apertures may be formed on the bottom of the dressing 806 that allow the reduced pressure in chamber 820 to be communicated to the tissue site 802. [0058] Both fluid and reduced pressure may be supplied to the dressing 806 by a multi lumen conduit 864, which is coupled to an interface 866. The interface 866 may be disposed in an aperture 868 that is through the first sheet 856 and the second sheet 858. [0059] The multi-lumen conduit 864 includes at least a fluid lumen 870 and a reduced pressure lumen 872. The interface 866 is structured to route the fluid transmitted through the fluid lumen 870 to the distribution conduit 810, which transmits the fluid to the inflatable bladder 808. The interface 866 is also structured to transmit reduced pressure from the reduced pressure lumen 872 through the aperture 868 in the first and second sheets 856, 858 and to a tissue-facing side 874 of the dressing 806; in this manner, a fluid, including a gas, is drawn into the reduced-pressure lumen 872 from the tissue-facing side 874 of the dressing 806. Upon travelling through the dressing 806, the reduced pressure may be received by another structure, such as a bolster or manifold for a tissue site or wound. The multi-lumen structure of the conduit 864 and the routing function of the interface 866 allow reduced pressure and fluid to be supplied to the dressing 806 using a single multi-lumen conduit 864. [0060] In other embodiments, reduced pressure may be supplied to the chamber 820 by the interface 866. Also, another conduit, such as a tube, may be inserted between the first sheet 856 and the second sheet 858 to transfer fluid from the interface 866 to the inflatable bladders 808. If such a conduit is used, the conduit may have perforations at those regions that are located within the inflatable bladders 808 so that conduit may be transferred thereto. The -16 dressing 806 may also be used in conjunction with other parts described in the illustrative embodiments, such as the drape 118 in FIGURE 1. [0061] Although the present invention and its advantages have been disclosed in the context of certain illustrative, non-limiting embodiments, it should be understood that various changes, substitutions, permutations, and alterations can be made without departing from the scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.

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1. A method of manufacturing an apparatus for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site, the method comprising: forming a plurality of inflatable bladders; forming a plurality of chambers coupled to the inflatable bladders; wherein the inflatable bladders are operable to receive a fluid and to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position, the inflatable bladders further adapted for placement adjacent the tissue site; and coupling the plurality of inflatable bladders and the plurality of chambers.
2. The method of claim 1, further comprising: providing a distribution conduit; and fluidly coupling the inflatable bladders to one another using the distribution conduit.
3. The method of claim 1, further comprising: providing a distribution conduit; fluidly coupling the inflatable bladders to one another using the distribution conduit; and providing a drape adapted to cover the inflatable bladders to form a sealed space, the sealed space comprising the chambers.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein forming the inflatable bladders comprises: providing a first sheet; providing a second sheet; and coupling the first sheet to the second sheet to form the inflatable bladders, the chambers, and a distribution conduit, the distribution conduit providing fluid communication between the inflatable bladders.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein forming the inflatable bladders comprises: providing a first sheet; providing a second sheet; and welding the first sheet to the second sheet along weld lines to form the inflatable bladders, the chambers, and a distribution conduit, the distribution conduit providing fluid communication between the inflatable bladders. -18
6. The method of claim 1, wherein forming the inflatable bladders comprises: forming a top wall, a bottom wall, and flexible side walls coupling the top wall to the bottom wall.
7. A system for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site, the system comprising: a reduced-pressure source for supplying reduced pressure; a fluid source for supplying a fluid; a first sheet and a second sheet coupled to the first sheet to form a plurality of inflatable bladders for placing adjacent the tissue site and being operable to expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position in response to receiving fluid from the fluid source, the first sheet and second sheet also forming a plurality of compressible chambers and a distribution conduit for providing fluid communication between the inflatable bladders; a dual-lumen conduit fluidly coupled to the reduced-pressure source and the fluid source, the dual-lumen conduit having a first lumen for transferring the reduced pressure and a second lumen for transferring the fluid; and an interface for fluidly coupling to the plurality of compressible chambers and the reduced-pressure source and to the fluid source and the plurality of inflatable bladders, the interface operable to transfer the reduced pressure and the fluid.
8. The system of claim 7, wherein one or more of the plurality of compressible chambers are fluidly coupled to the first lumen to receive reduced pressure, and wherein the plurality of compressible chambers are operable to collapse under reduced pressure and move the inflatable bladders closer to one another.
9. The system of claim 7, wherein at least one of the plurality of compressible chambers is disposed between a first inflatable bladder and a second inflatable bladder of the plurality of inflatable bladders.
10. The system of claim 7, wherein the compressible chambers compress if the inflatable bladders expand from the un-inflated position to the inflated position.
11. The system of claim 7, wherein the first sheet is welded to the second sheet along weld lines to form the inflatable bladders, the compressible chambers, and the distribution conduit. -19
12. The system of claim 7, wherein at least one of the inflatable bladders comprises a strut for limiting expansion of the at least one inflatable bladder along one direction if the at least one inflatable bladder is inflated.
13. The system of claim 7, wherein the distribution conduit is corrugated to facilitate movement of the inflatable bladders.
14. An apparatus for providing reduced-pressure treatment to a tissue site, the apparatus comprising: a first sheet and a second sheet coupled to the first sheet to form a plurality of inflatable bladders, a plurality of compressible chambers, and a distribution conduit providing fluid communication between the inflatable bladders; a dual-lumen conduit for fluidly coupling to a reduced-pressure source and a fluid source, the dual-lumen conduit having a first lumen for transferring reduced pressure and a second lumen for transferring fluid; and an interface for fluidly coupling to the plurality of compressible chambers and the reduced-pressure source and to the fluid source and the plurality of inflatable bladders, the interface operable to transfer the reduced pressure and the fluid.
15. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein: at least one of the plurality of compressible chambers is disposed between a first inflatable bladder and a second inflatable bladder of the plurality of inflatable bladders; the inflatable bladders are fluidly coupled to the second lumen for receiving a fluid; the inflatable bladders expand from an un-inflated position to an inflated position in response to receiving the fluid; and the at least one of the plurality of compressible chambers are fluidly coupled to the first lumen to receive a reduced pressure and operable to collapse under reduced pressure to move the first inflatable bladder and second inflatable bladder closer to one another.
16. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein at least one of the inflatable bladders comprises a strut for limiting expansion of the at least one inflatable bladder along one direction if the at least one inflatable bladder is inflated.
17. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the distribution conduit is corrugated to facilitate movement of the inflatable bladders. - 20
18. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein: each of the inflatable bladders are substantially cylindrical if inflated, and the inflatable bladders are substantially parallel with one another.
19. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the inflatable bladders form concentric rings.
20. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the compressible chambers are operable to receive a reduced pressure, the reduced pressure causing the compressible chambers to collapse and move the inflatable bladders closer to one another such that a closing force is exerted upon the tissue site.
21. An apparatus, system, or method substantially as described herein with reference to any one of the embodiments of the invention illustrated in the accompanying drawings and/or examples.
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