Patents Examined by E. P. Raciti
  • Patent number: 5370111
    Abstract: A hospital bed supported on a wheeled base, and a ventilator supported on a wheeled cart and docked to the base of the bed, the combination of ventilator and bed capable of being rolled as a single unit. The ventilator cart includes a wheeled base, and supports connected to the base for supporting a ventilator, with the supports providing for selective raising and lowering of the ventilator. The hospital bed base is wheeled and has a generally Y-shaped base frame. The outspread arms of the Y-shaped base frame receives the ventilator cart so that the two may be docked together. The ventilator when docked to the hospital bed base falls within the footprint of the bed as projected downwardly onto the floor. A latch secures the ventilator to the bed base. A disabling switch disables the high/low function of the bed preventing the bed from being lowered downwardly onto the ventilator. A power supply mounted to the bed base provides for uninterrupted operation of the ventilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, Leslie D. Foster
  • Patent number: 5193531
    Abstract: To compensate for load losses in a downstream part of a line for supplying gas under controlled pressure through a valve which is controlled by a pick-up upstream of the line, the pressure read by the pick-up is supplied by a pressure intake which is formed in a tube extending in the line and which is angularly orientable with respect to the flow of gas delivered. Application for example to systems of supplying breathing gas to the passengers of an airship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Richard Zapata, Jean Arnault
  • Patent number: 5188099
    Abstract: An apparatus for practicing gymnastics, which imparts to a user an enhanced slimming effect with special regard to reducing cellulitis, comprises a base on which a gymnastic implement is arranged, a rigid hood mounted on the base, a means of delivering an ozonized flow of heated air under the hood, and a humidifier device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Inventors: Carlo Todeschini, Gabriella Togni
  • Patent number: 5156474
    Abstract: In a shuttle dot line printer including a hammer bank shuttling back and forth at a given speed in a direction to transverse a sheet of print paper while turning around at two opposite ends, and an endless ink ribbon uni-directionally moving through a space between the hammer bank and the sheet of print paper, the ink density of the characters printed when the hammer bank is moving in the direction opposite to the ink ribbon is lowered. To prevent such occurrence, the ink ribbon is moved at a low speed lower than a regular speed when the moving direction of the hammer bank is opposite to that of the ink ribbon. On the other hand, when the moving direction of the hammer bank is same as that of the ink ribbon, the ink ribbon is moved at the regular speed after a predetermined period of time has been expired when the hammer bank turns around at one end and starts moving in the same direction as the ink ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurosawa, Yoshikane Matsumoto, Shozo Ishii, Kiichi Morota
  • Patent number: 5117816
    Abstract: An anti-snore device as disclosed which is intended to alleviate benign loud snoring and to minimize mild to moderate sleep apnea disorders. The anti-snore device comprises a mouthpiece formed from a moldable thermal-plastic material having an upper surface portion which substantially covers the entire maxillary (upper) dentition and a lower surface portion which contacts substantially the entire mandible (lower) dentition of a user's mouth. In addition, the lower surface portion includes a downwardly extending flange intended to extend into the lingual (tongue side of the teeth) vestibule of a user in order to maintain a forward posture of the lower jaw. An airway passage is centrally located to permit adequate breathing through the mouthpiece if nasal blockage is present. An interior portion of the mouthpiece, surrounding the airway passage, is concave in shape to enable proper positioning of a user's tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventors: Norman A. Shapiro, Scott E. Feldman
  • Patent number: 5092317
    Abstract: A method for accelerating the alleviation of fatigue resulting from muscular exertion in a body limb wherein the limb is mechanically subjected to a succession of compression waves each of which progresses in a venous direction, with successive waves following substantially continuously on each other, the compressive pressure exerted on a limb portion at any instant in time ranging substantially from 40-70 mm Hg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: Avigdor Zelikovski
  • Patent number: 5081927
    Abstract: In a rotary printing press, there is provided a device for bringing a rubber-covered cylinder into and out of engagement with at least one of a pair of cylinders consisting of an impression cylinder and a plate cylinder, the rubber-covered cylinder being mounted on a shaft, which includes a substantially circular ring turnably disposed on the shaft of the rubber-covered cylinder, the ring being spring biased in a direction towards a middle location between two circumferentially rounded bracing stops and being formed with an indentation at a section of the circumference thereof, the ring being turnable on the shaft so as to move the indented section of the circumference thereof into a position opposite one of the bracing stops for bringing the rubber-covered cylinder out of engagement with the impression cylinder, the indented section being formed as an insert channel for accommodating therein the circumferentially rounded one bracing stop, the other of the pair of bracing stops being in continual engagement w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Hans-Georg Jahn
  • Patent number: 5078525
    Abstract: An entrance structure for introducing a continuous form paper from a paper feeder into a printer, and comprises an entrance forming member disposed above a front end of the paper feeder and having a sloped guide surface defining an entrance opening for the paper. The sloped guide surface is constituted such that although a leading edge portion of the paper set in the paper feeder is pushed upward, the raised leading edge portion thereof can pass smoothly through the entrance opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kakuguchi
  • Patent number: 5076260
    Abstract: A sensible body vibrator has a vibration unit mounted in a human body support such as a bed or a chair and adapted to generate mechanical vibrations upon receipt of a low-frequency signal. The inputting of various kinds of signals (including a low-frequency signal from an acoustic device, a pleasant sleep signal for inducing the user to pleasant sleep, an awakening signal for generating a signal at a preset time, a signal for transmitting a routine time schedule to particularly the deaf and dumb, a security signal for detecting and announcing the entry of an intruder entering a house through a door or a window or by climbing a wall, an emergency signal for announcing an emergency situation at the time of an emergency such as a fire, and similar other signals) is selectively controlled. The emergency signal is given priority over the other signals when the emergency signal is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Bodysonic Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Komatsu
  • Patent number: 5069205
    Abstract: A quick-donning head harness assembly (10) used in combination with a respirator face mask assembly (12) of the type including a rigid facepiece (14) and a flexible face seal (16), which head harness assembly and face mask assembly may be quickly donned and adjusted without becoming entangled with the wearer's hair. The head harness assembly includes a cap (24) provided with a lower strap casing (24.2) and an upper strap casing (33). A lower elasticized strap passes through the lower casing, the forward ends of the strap passing through adjusting buckles (46) supported by lower corners of the facepiece. Rings (38) are connected to the upper corners of the facepiece (14) and an upper adjustable strap (48) has right and left temple portions (48.2) passing through the ring, the strap being folded back upon itself, the end portions (48.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Figgie International, Inc.
    Inventor: Tina Urso
  • Patent number: 5067835
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a feed cassette detachably loaded in a main body of the printing apparatus for containing cut sheets, a sheet feeder unit for feeding a cut sheet contained in the feed cassette to the main body of printing apparatus, a printing unit for printing on the cut sheet feed by the sheet feeder unit, a bar code provided on the feed cassette or the cut sheet contained in the feed cassette for representing various information about the cut sheet, a bar code reader for reading the bar code, and an electronic control apparatus for controlling the sheet feeder unit and the printing unit. The bar code reader is provided on the main body of the printing apparatus at which the bar code reader is able to read the bar code when the feed cassette is loaded in the main body of the printing apparatus. The electronic control apparatus controls the sheet feeder unit and the printing unit based on the bar code read by the bar code reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takemi Yamamoto, Shigeo Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5058501
    Abstract: A self-inking pad has a reversible mechanism (3) for the print characters (4) arranged in a housing (2) and a metallic actuator yoke (7) slidably mounted on the housing (2), overlapping the same. The actuator yoke can be pressed down against the force of a return spring (9) in order to effect printing of the print characters, a handle (10) being arranged on the actuator yoke for that purpose. The handle is hollow, receives and supports an end (9a) of the return spring (9), whereas the other end (9b) of the return spring (9) is supported by a crosspiece (11) of the housing (2) and is surrounded by a sleeve (12) arranged on said crosspiece. When the actuator yoke is pressed down, the sleeve is pushed into the cavity of the handle (10). The sleeve is provided with at least one recess into which a sliding catch (17) arranged in a guide and linked to the actuator yoke (7) can be pushed in order to lock the actuator yoke in a determined position of its path of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventor: Karl Skopek
  • Patent number: 5056513
    Abstract: A micro air-wave detection device particularly for breathing monitoring and surveillance, which comprises a tube (2) having a ball (5) disposed therein with minimum clearance. The tube (2) is disposed in a horizontal or slightly inclined position and is connected to a conduit (38) which picks up the pressure variation of a nasal respirator (53). Detection of the to-and-fro movement of the ball at the level of an independent detection unit (10) containing the tube is transmitted by optical fibers (45) to an electronic control and alarm module (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Revo' Air
    Inventor: Guy Boutin
  • Patent number: 5054478
    Abstract: A nebulizer has a body with oxygen inlet and outlet ends through which oxygen flows. An aspirator is provided within the body in communication with a water supply conduit for aspirating water into oxygen flowing through the body. A float valve interconnects the water inlet and the aspirator for controlling the flow of water into the oxygen flowing through the nebulizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Trudell Medical
    Inventors: Jerry R. Grychowski, Alfred G. Brisson, Exequiel D. Cruz, Christopher Nowacki
  • Patent number: 5052833
    Abstract: A self-linking continuous ribbon cartridge is provided with an internal self-inking reservoir having a wick positioned in spaced relationship to the ribbon. The ribbon is wrapped around a drum associated with a slip clutch to provide a slight biasing force to a lever so that as the ribbon is moved or driven by the printer mechanism a shoe on the end of the lever moves the ribbon into contact with the wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Jing Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: George C. Huang, Peining Yu
  • Patent number: 5052376
    Abstract: Drive mechanism in an automatic massaging apparatus arranged to smoothly effect operational switching for a pair of massaging rollers which carry out a massaging operation and a percussion operation, and which reduces mechanical noise which occurs when carrying out either operation. The drive mechanism comprises two independently rotatable gears which respectively rotate with forward and reverse rotation of a main drive shaft which is rotated by a reversing actuating motor. Two different bearing-supported subordinate shafts are respectively engaged with the gears. Resilient members are respectively inserted between a first subordinate gear and a gearbox, and between a rotational gear and the gearbox. A connecting rod and a connecting member are arranged in such a way as to connect each of the massaging rollers to a respective end of each of the subordinate shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Fuji Iryoki, Kabushiki Kaisha Japan Health
    Inventor: Yoshikiyo Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 5050499
    Abstract: An arrangement for correcting registration during guiding of sheets in a multi-color rotary sheet printing press including a plurality of printing units, each having a printing cylinder, a transfer cylinder connected between printing cylinders of two adjacent printing units for transfer sheets between the printing units, and a plurality of gear drives for driving the printing and transfer cylinders, includes a plurality of adjusting devices arranged within gear drives. Each adjusting device has two conical sleeves fixedly mounted within a gear drive, two conical bushings cooperating with the two conical sleeves, and an adjusting spindle for supporting the two conical bushings for linear displacement toward and away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Otfried Rudolph, Gunter Peter, Christian Schneider, Steffen Piesch
  • Patent number: 5044363
    Abstract: A cartridge loosely containing powdered activated charcoal is connected to a conventional anesthetic administration system of the type commonly used in veterinary surgical facilities. The cartridge is readily supported by a conventional anesthetic cart and is usable in both rebreathing and pass-through operation of the anesthetic-administration system. Gases of vaporized anesthetic substances that typically are released from the pop-off valve of liquid anesthetic containers or in the exhalations from the animal patient are both selectively directed through the activated charcoal without the need for motors, blowers, or other devices requiring power. The invention utilizes commonly available materials such as PVC pipe and end fittings, powdered activated charcoal and fiberglass filter elements, and assorted commercially available pipe fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human services
    Inventor: Joseph E. Burkhart
  • Patent number: 5042469
    Abstract: A tracheal intubation guide comprises a tubular member having a curved forward end shaped to follow the curvature of the back of the tongue and throat of a patient, and a rear end for projecting out through the mouth of the patient, and an anterior guide surface extending along at least part of the length of the member to its forward end for guiding the member into the throat into a position opposite the opening into the larynx. The tubular member has a through bore for holding an endotracheal tube, and the guide surface has a forward edge of concave shape for engaging the front of the epiglottis and seating over the hyo-epiglottic ligament when the member is accurately positioned. Correct positioning can be detected by external palpation of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Augustine Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Augustine
  • Patent number: 5038772
    Abstract: A closed-cycle breathing equipment and gas mask for operation under pressure with a pressurized air source for respiratory air and with an air bag being under prestress during the inspiration phase includes an arrangement where the prestress is decreased by a control element recognizing the expiratory phase and so as to support respiration during the expiration phase. A pneumatic control valve is used which can switch connections between the inspiration and the expiration phase and which is directly controlled by the difference between the exhalation pressure and the pressure in the air bag. The control valve connects the pressurized air source with the air bag during the inspiration phase and during the expiration phase it interrupts the connection due to the occurring dynamic pressure of the pressurized air from the pressurized air source and thus actuates a pneumatic adjusting element so that the mechanical prestress at the air bag is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Dragerwerk Aktiengessellschaft
    Inventors: Ernst-Gunther Kolbe, Norbert Kollenbrandt, Hasso Weinmann, Wolfgang Drews, Karsten Vogeler, Hans-Burkhardt Fiedler