Patents Assigned to Hill-Rom Service, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10433652
    Abstract: Embodiments include a person support apparatus including a plurality of air fluidizable material, a tub, a foam bolster disposed along at least one wall of the tub and extending over the at least one wall, and an inflatable air bladder disposed above the foam bolster along the at least one wall of the tub. A method of assisting a person with ingress or egress of a person support apparatus by deflating the inflatable air bladder and adjusting a level of fluidization of the air fluidizable material such that the surface supporting the portion of the person is substantially level with a top of the foam bolster is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC
    Inventors: Darrell Borgman, Frank E. Sauser, Joshua A. Williams
  • Patent number: 10437213
    Abstract: A method for controlling an angular orientation of a person support apparatus including a bladder portion containing fluidized particulate material, an upper frame, and a base frame may include adjusting a height of the upper frame with respect to the base frame with at least one of a first and second actuator at respective speeds, determining a dynamic angular orientation of the upper frame with respect to the base frame based on at least one of a respective operating characteristic of the first and second actuator, determining a corrected angular orientation based on the dynamic angular orientation and a floor angle indicative of the orientation of the base frame with respect to horizontal, comparing the corrected angular orientation with an orientation reference range, and adjusting at least one actuator speed when the corrected angular orientation is outside the orientation reference range until it is within the orientation reference range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Aziz Ali Bhai, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 10426681
    Abstract: A topper for a patient support surface includes an actively-cooled region that is positioned to deliver air flow under a specific area to provide localized treatment and/or moisture removal to a patient supported on the topper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Gibson, Joshua A. Williams, Rachel L. Williamson, Bryan W. Wuebker
  • Patent number: 10426680
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a patient support system includes a patient support device having extension chambers and a deck including extendable side deck portions. Upon caregiver selection, the side deck portions extended and retract by inflation and deflation of the extension chambers to provide an extended patient support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua A Williams, Luke Gibson, Fengshuan Zhou
  • Patent number: 10426396
    Abstract: A pressure ulcer detection system includes a support surface assembly including a transparent window, a signal generator/receiver, and an optical fiber embedded at least in part in the support surface assembly. The fiber conveys outgoing radiation from the signal generator/receiver to the window thereby illuminating a tissue site which overlies the window and conveys incoming radiation reflected from the tissue site and through the window back to the generator/receiver. The system also includes a controller in communication with the signal generator/receiver. The controller comprises a processor adapted to assess health status of tissue at the tissue site based on a property of at least one of the outgoing radiation and the incoming radiation, and to communicate an outcome of the assessment to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 10413465
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a hospital bed, includes an alert light assembly or an alert light module having separate zones that are individually illuminated to convey information regarding respective alert conditions. The zones each have indicia related to a particular condition of the patient support apparatus. The illuminated zones are each sufficiently large so as to be seen from afar, such as on the order of ten feet or more. Alternatively or additionally, a GUI of the patient support apparatus displays alert indicia as part of a screen saver. Further alternatively or additionally, the patient support apparatus illuminates an alert light in a manner indicating an optimal time for taking a patient's vital signs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, Keith R. Kubicek, John D. Christie, Timothy A. Lane, II, Brandon P. Fisk
  • Patent number: 10413464
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a patient support apparatus includes a mattress having an air bladder system configured to sense pressure levels along the mattress surface and perform unloading of mattress areas corresponding to specific patient body areas to relief loading to the area, and to perform unloading independently or in combination with lateral rotation. The air bladder system may include a support bladder system and a rotation bladder system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A Lachenbruch, Rachel L Williamson, Kathryn Smith, Robert M Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 10406050
    Abstract: An occupant support comprises a frame (30), a deck comprising at least one deck section (20, 22, 24, 26) pivotably connected to the frame, and a lift system (60) for changing the angular orientation of the deck section in response to a noncyclical user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian H. Reinke, Lindsey M. Gault, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Patent number: 10391008
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a scale system, an air system, and a lift system. The patient support system also includes a control system configured to graphically communicate information about the scale system, the air system, and the lift system to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, James M. Allen, Jennifer Fearing, Mark Chiacchira
  • Patent number: 10391009
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus according the present disclosure has a head end and a foot end. The patient-support apparatus includes a source of pressurized air, a plurality of bladders, a manifold, a plurality of pressure sensors, and a controller. The controller includes a processor, a timer, and a memory device. The processor configured to execute instructions from the memory so that the processor retrieves a baseline patient-specific profile from the memory, calculates a first patient outcome corresponding to an amount of migration of a patient toward the foot end of the bed over time, updates the baseline patient-specific profile to include the first patient outcome, calculates a set of operating parameters based on the updated patient-specific profile, the set of operating parameters including a set of target pressures for the plurality of bladders, and adjusts the pressures in the bladders to the target pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Aziz A. Bhai
  • Patent number: 10391010
    Abstract: A sleep system is provided comprising a head support section, a torso support section, a leg support section, and a cradle surface provided on at least an upper portion of the torso support section. The head support section is generally laterally angled at an angle greater than the lateral angle of the torso support section and the leg support section. The cradle surface has at least a partial curvature and a lateral width of from about 12 inches to about 36 inches. The lateral angle of the head support section is at least about 10 degrees, the lateral angle of the torso support section is greater than the lateral angle of the leg support section, and the lateral angle of the leg support section is less than about 10 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Joshua A. Williams, Kirsten M. Emmons, Brian L. Lawrence, Douglas A. Eckstein
  • Patent number: 10395769
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a system includes a patient support device and a power line network for communicating data, such as patient identifying information. The patient support device locally indicates information about an assigned patient. A patient care apparatus is communicatively connected to the power line network to receive data and to provide a local indication of the data received. The local indication of the device and the apparatus includes respective lights that flash substantially synchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Steven A. Dixon
  • Patent number: 10381116
    Abstract: A point-of-care computer system is provided, including a display positioned in a point-of-care location. The point-of-care computer includes hardware coupled to a frame of a hospital bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mark Zerhusen, Ryan A. Reeder, John D. Vogel, Michael E. Cerimele, Carl W. Riley, Timothy D. Wildman
  • Patent number: 10363416
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for encouraging perfusion by electrostimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Baker, Timothy A. Lane
  • Patent number: 10363184
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes an upper frame that is movable to raise and lower relative to a base frame frame. A mattress support deck is coupled to the upper frame and includes a foot deck section. The foot deck section is movable with respect to the rest of the mattress support deck to raise and lower. A drainage bag support is coupled to the foot deck section and is configured to support a drainage bag. Control circuitry controls movement of the upper frame and the foot deck section. The control circuitry has a lockout mode to limit the movement of the upper frame and foot deck section to prevent the drainage bag from touching a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M Zerhusen, Richard H. Heimbrock, Richard J. Schuman, Daniel McCoy
  • Patent number: 10363181
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a patient support surface to support a patient. The patient support surface has at least one air bladder that is inflated and/or deflated to achieve a turn assist function and/or a therapy function of the patient support surface. A graphical user interface (GUI) is configured to receive user inputs from a caregiver to initiate the turn assist or therapy functions. The patient support apparatus has control circuitry coupled to the GUI. The GUI is controlled by the control circuitry to display information indicating that the patient is improperly positioned on the patient support surface for either the turn assist function or the therapy function. Alternatively or additionally, the control circuitry indicates that the patient is improperly positioned for raising a head section of a bed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel L. Williamson, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur, Robert M. Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 10363183
    Abstract: Catheter monitor integration with patient support systems, such as patient beds, and with other healthcare communication systems including hand hygiene systems is provided. A patient bed that transmits bed data and catheter monitor data is disclosed. When catheter tubing is connected to a catheter monitor integrated into a patient bed, the bed automatically implements a falls prevention protocol. A countdown timer pertaining to removal of catheter tubing from a patient is displayed on one or more display devices. Monitoring for caregiver handwashing compliance in connection with use of a catheter monitor or a catheter kit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Nicholas A. Mann, Brian L. Lawrence, Kirsten M. Emmons, Eric D. Agdeppa, Michael S. Hood, Robert M. Zerhusen, Joshua P. Lingenfelser, Steven A. Dixon, Ryan S. Severns
  • Patent number: D855369
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, James L. Walke
  • Patent number: D858166
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Zerhusen
  • Patent number: D860685
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ribble, Charles A. Howell, Neal Wiggermann, Michael Scott Hood, Travis Pelo, Kirsten M. Emmons, Eric D. Agdeppa