Patents Assigned to Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20190110607
    Abstract: Selectable control valves and mattress systems incorporating the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, an inflatable mattress system includes a pump, a selectable control valve in fluid communication with the pump, and a mattress pad having a plurality of inflatable chambers that are in fluid communication with the selectable control valve. The selectable control valve includes a valve case having an inlet port and a plurality of supply ports, a stepper motor having a motor body that is coupled to the valve case, a rotating plate having a passage and coupled to the stepper motor, and a plurality of seal cartridges positioned within the valve case. The seal cartridges each include an engagement spring and a compliant seal, where the engagement spring maintains a load on the compliant seal such that the compliant seal forms a fluid tight seal with the rotating plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Chau Chong Ye, Yue Wang, Suresha Venkataraya
  • Patent number: 10251797
    Abstract: A patient support includes a frame and a mattress supported by the frame. The frame includes a deck support and a deck supporting the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L Kramer, Eugene E Osborne, James K Findlay, Glenn C Suttman, Jeffrey R Welling, Robert A Kinker, Jr., John W Koenig, Matthew C Visca, John B Wilker, Jr., Gregory W Branson, Bruce E Dickman, Jr., Dean M Valvano, William L Jacques, II, Francis C Ganance, Douglas J Menkedick, Robert Mark Zerhusen, David A Albersmeyer, Roger S Philbeck, Aziz A Bhai, Nicholas C Batta, Terry L Richter, Thomas F Riggs, Kenith W Chambers, Steven J Schwartz, Matthew R Knue, Steven A Dixon, Joshua W Shenk, Brent E Goodwin, Andrew F Skinner, Gregory J Figel, James R Stolpmann, Brian J Hoffman, Irvin J Vanderpohl, III, David W Hornbach, Paul R Weil, Eric R Meyer, David P Lubbers, Roberta M Murnyack, Cami S Bright
  • Patent number: 10254727
    Abstract: A method for triggering a pause event in a turn and hold operation applied to a mattress replacement system of a person support apparatus may include inflating at least one air bladder in only one of a right side portion and a left side portion of the mattress replacement system; detecting, automatically with at least one sensor, a force applied to at least one of a frame of the personal support apparatus and the at least one air bladder as the at least one air bladder is inflated; determining, automatically with a microcontroller communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor, if the force applied has a force duration that is greater than a threshold force duration to trigger the pause event; and discontinuing inflation of the at least one air bladder when the pause event is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua A. Williams, Nicholas C. Batta, Gregory J. Shannon, Andrew Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 10238560
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes an air supply and an air fluidization therapy bed including a fluidization space and a fluidizable medium positioned in the fluidization space. The air fluidization therapy bed receives a flow of pressurized air from the air supply. The flow of pressurized air operable to fluidize the fluidizable medium. The patient support apparatus is configured to provide other therapies, such as pulmonary therapies, in addition to the air fluidization therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. O'Keefe, Frank E. Sauser, Kristopher A. Klink
  • Patent number: 10238292
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a patient support apparatus, a camera, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive image data from the camera and to determine at least one of pulmonary and circulatory characteristics of a patient supported on the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Patent number: 10238566
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a mattress having a seat and a leg portion which are deflatable during movement of the patient support apparatus. The mattress includes a covering that is generally air impermeable so that a negative pressure can be developed inside of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Jonathan D. Turner, David W. Hornbach
  • Patent number: 10231891
    Abstract: An occupant support includes at least one non-fluidizable module 100 having a support structure for supporting the non-fluidizable module on a ground surface 76 and at least one fluidizable module 66 also having a support structure for supporting the fluidizable module on the ground surface. The fluidizable and non-fluidizable modules cooperate with each other to support an occupant. The support for the non-fluidizable module bears less than all the weight of the fluidizable module and, in the limit bears none of the weight. An alternative occupant support includes at least one non-fluidizable module and at least one fluidizable module cooperable with the fluidizable module to support an occupant. The fluidizable module is sized to support no more than about 50 percent of the length of an adult human body and most preferably no more than about 30 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A Howell, Scott Peer
  • Publication number: 20190070054
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a subject transfer apparatus including a base unit comprising a lifting mechanism, a body unit coupled to the lifting mechanism, a subject support platform coupled to the body unit, and a slide assembly coupling the subject support platform to the base unit such that the subject support platform is slidable between a first position in which the subject support platform positioned over the base unit and a second position in which the subject support platform is cantilevered from the base unit. The subject support platform includes a first extension platform and a second extension platform slidably disposed within the subject support platform. In various embodiments, the first extension platform and the second extension platform are extendable away from the subject support platform opposite one another. Methods of transferring a subject using the subject transfer apparatus are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Keng Hoe Tee, Bobby Gee Han Png, Yong Sern Gwee
  • Patent number: 10219725
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a control system that measures changes in the pressure of one or more zones of a patient supporting surface and utilizes the changes in pressure to determine the mobility of a person supported on the patient supporting surface. The mobility of the person may be measured using one of several methods. The mobility measurement results in the determination of a mobility score. The mobility score is graphically displayed on a user interface that is interactive and allows a user to view additional information besides the mobility score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel L. Williamson, Robert M. Zerhusen, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur, Nicholas C. Batta, Yaoning Wu
  • Publication number: 20190060126
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a wound includes a wound dressing configured to cover a wound surface of the wound, one or more sensing devices attached to the wound dressing, a network interface hardware, and a controller. The controller includes one or more processors, and one or more memory modules storing computer readable and executable instructions. The controller receives data measured by the one or more sensing devices, determines whether an infection is likely to occur based on the data measured by the one or more sensing devices, and outputs an alert, through the network interface hardware, in response to determining that the infection is likely to occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ribble, Yongji FU, Kirsten Emmons, Charles Lachenbruch, Bob Lawrence, Michael Hood, Craig Meyerson
  • Patent number: 10206837
    Abstract: A system for use with a hospital bed having circuitry and a standard AC power outlet spaced from the hospital bed is provided. The system includes a cable assembly couplable to the circuitry of the hospital bed. The cable assembly has power conductors and at least one data conductor. The cable assembly also has a plug including a first power coupler coupled to the power conductors and a first data coupler coupled to the at least one data conductor. The system also includes a second data coupler mountable adjacent the standard AC power outlet. The second data coupler is configured to couple to the first data coupler when the first power coupler is coupled to the standard AC power outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig McNeely, Richard H. Heimbrock, Carl W. Riley, Keith A. Huster, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, Paul J. McDaniel, Williams F. Collins, Jr., Oscar A. Manguiat, Terry L. Tincher
  • Patent number: 10206836
    Abstract: A person support apparatus with an extendable mattress, a night light message display system, a screen key pendant, egress handle siderails, and various other features. The extendable mattress includes hinged extensions along the sides of the extendable mattress that are moved from a nested position to the extension position. The screen key pendant includes a plurality of screen keys that can be pressed to cycle through various control modes for the person support apparatus. The night light message display system can be configured to display a message or image on the floor communicating information to the person and/or alerting the person as to when they are able to exit the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Mark Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 10197553
    Abstract: A method for assessing the condition of a tissue sample includes the steps of: 1. illuminating the sample with incident electromagnetic radiation exhibiting P polarization types, 2. for each of the P polarization types, inspecting the scattered incident radiation for at least one and possibly all of Q polarization types; 3. establishing a transfer function M relating the intensity of the P polarization types of the incident radiation to the intensity of the polarization types for which the scattered radiation was inspected; 4. comparing the established transfer function to one or more reference transfer functions; and 5. reaching a conclusion about the condition of the tissue sample based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongji Fu, Eric D. Agdeppa, David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 10176895
    Abstract: Configurable user interface systems for a patient support structure are disclosed. As described a control interface comprises the capability to allow limited impact on processes deemed important when other applications and programs are run. The configurable user interface systems described herein allow for customized display of information and display options available to a user in various environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Patent number: 10172471
    Abstract: A siderail assembly comprises a siderail with a siderail body. The siderail body has a storage area integrated therein. The storage area has a bottom surface, at least one side surface, and an opening. The storage area is configured to removably retain at least one object therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 10172522
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a control system operable to gather physiological information about a patient supported on the patient support apparatus. The information may be gathered from sensors, a user interface, or a hospital information system. The control system uses the data gathered to predict whether a patient is likely to be in need of care from a caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 10176700
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing data communication and power to a device located in a room having a power outlet is disclosed. The power outlet may be a standard AC outlet, for example. The apparatus includes a cable extending from the device and having a plug comprising a plug body. Prongs extend from the plug body and couple to the power outlet to receive power. A first near field communication antenna is carried by the plug body. A communication module has a second near field communication antenna and is located in the room in proximity to the plug. At least one of the first near field communication antenna and the second near field communication antenna communicates data wirelessly to the other of the first near field communication antenna and the second near field communication antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A Dixon, Keith A Huster, Irvin J Vanderpohl, III, Thomas F Heil, Richard J Schuman, Christopher K Lack
  • Patent number: 10176297
    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: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 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: 10159607
    Abstract: An incontinence detection system monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. The system has a pad that includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. Portions of the system are included in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Todd P. O'Neal, David L. Ribble, Dan R. Tallent, John D. Christie, Kirsten M. Emmons, Yongji Fu, Michael S. Hood, Douglas A. Seim, Ryan S. Severns, James D. Voll, Gregory Wiley, Steven A. Dixon, Bryan Weidman, Eric D. Benz, Brett Knittle, Marwan Nusair, Neal Wiggermann, John V. Harmeyer
  • Patent number: 10163322
    Abstract: A system comprises a patient bed having a reader to read wireless signals. In some embodiments a wound dressing has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In other embodiments, a garment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In still further embodiments, other medical equipment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, David C. Newkirk, Michael S. Hood, Joshua P. Lingenfelser, Robert M. Zerhusen, Steven A. Dixon, Timothy D. Wildman