Patents Examined by Michael Trettel
  • Patent number: 9364380
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable end columns supporting a centrally hinged, jointed or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes a powered rotation assembly. The patient support includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for both upwardly and downwardly breaking or jointed orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions. Cable, cantilevered and pull-rod systems are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P Jackson
  • Patent number: 9339430
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus for supporting a patient in a prone position during a surgical procedure includes a patient support structure incorporating an open fixed frame suspended above a floor and a pair of spaced opposed radially sliding joints cooperating with the frame, each joint including a virtual pivot point and an arc of motion spaced from the pivot point, the joints being movable along the arc providing a pivot-shift mechanism for a pair of pelvic pads attached to the joints. A base supports and suspends the patient support structure above the floor, for supporting a patient during a surgical procedure, the base including a pair of spaced opposed vertical translation subassemblies reversibly attachable to the support structure, a cross-bar, and a rotation subassembly having two degrees of rotational freedom; wherein a location of each vertical translation subassembly is substantially constant during operation of the patient support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9333139
    Abstract: A patient positioning device for restoring a patient to a desired position in a hospital bed. An example patient positioning device may include a flexible track positioned along each of the lateral edges of a sleep surface and extending substantially the entire length of the sleep surface, a sheet including beaded edges for slidably engaging the tracks such that the sheet spans between the first track and the second track on the sleep surface, and/or a drive mechanism located proximate a head end of the sleep surface and configured to pull the sheet towards the head end of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Hillenbrand Management Company LLC
    Inventor: William A Hillenbrand, II
  • Patent number: 9314115
    Abstract: Play yards and methods of operating the same are disclosed. An example play yard includes a plurality of posts, a lower frame supported by the plurality of posts, and a top frame supported by the plurality of posts when the play yard is in an erected position. The top frame includes a first rounded rail; a second rounded rail opposite the first rounded rail; a third rounded rounded rail between the first rounded rail and the second rounded rail; and a fourth rounded rail opposite the third rounded rail. In the erected position, the third rail curves upward and a center of the third rail is at a first height and a center of the first rail is a second height. The second height is closer to the lower frame than the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KOLCRAFT ENTERPRISES
    Inventor: Damon Oliver Casati Troutman
  • Patent number: 9308145
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable end columns supporting a centrally hinged, jointed or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes a powered rotation assembly. The patient support includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for both upwardly and downwardly breaking or jointed orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions. Cable, cantilevered and pull-rod systems are included. Primary and secondary elevators and a failsafe locking system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9301897
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9301623
    Abstract: A portable baby change apparatus (10) may include a first part (20), adapted to be removably suspended from a support structure (110); a second part (30), pivotably attached to the first part (20), and providing at least a portion (32) of a surface for changing a baby; wherein the first and second parts (20, 30) are pivotable relative to each other, between a closed configuration wherein the first part (20) covers said portion (32) of said surface, and an open configuration wherein, when the first part (20) is suspended from a support structure (110), said surface (32) is substantially horizontal. Extension parts (40), coupled to the second part (30), are movable relative to the second part (30) between a first position and a second position wherein, the extension parts (40) provide further portions (42) of said surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: HERDTEX PRODUCTS LTD
    Inventor: George Kenneth Herdman
  • Patent number: 9295433
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a supine patient to a prone position on a patient support structure, and for rotating such a prone patient between prone and supine positions without removing the patient from the patient support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9295340
    Abstract: The invention provides a cushioning system having an adjustable contoured surface, the system comprising a panel, a plurality of cells; and attachment means for detachably attaching one or more cells to the panel at any location on the panel and in any orientation relative to the panel to provide the contoured surface. The contoured surface is determined by the number, shape, size, position, and orientation of cells on the panel. Optionally, the cells can be attached to each other and stackable upon one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Roger Thomas Mascull and Elizabeth Jocelyn Mascull as Trustees of the RT and EJ Mascull Family Trust
    Inventors: Rouand James Mortimer Scarlett, Roydon Mark Scarlett
  • Patent number: 9289342
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable end columns supporting a centrally hinged, jointed or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes a powered rotation assembly. The patient support includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for both upwardly and downwardly breaking or jointed orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions. Cable, cantilevered and pull-rod systems are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9289074
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a sleeping system capable of customization so that at least six different levels of firmness may be achieved per bed. The present invention discloses three layers which may be positioned by the end user in order to achieve the desired firmness. The present invention also includes a method of selling such interchangeable modular bedding. In the method, after selling the bedding, at least one of the three layers may be exchanged in order to achieve yet another alternate firmness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: David R. Corbin, Stephen S. Russo
  • Patent number: 9283875
    Abstract: A semi-active seat cushion and method of using the same. In one embodiment, the semi-active seat cushion comprises a plurality of chambers for containing a pressurized fluid, wherein each chamber is connected to at least one other chamber by an orifice that provides a fluid connection; a supply conduit for supplying a pressurized fluid to each of the plurality of chambers; and at least one relief valve that permits rapid and controlled deflation of the plurality of chambers. In another embodiment, the semi-active seat cushion comprises a smart fluid; a plurality of chambers configured for containing the smart fluid; a field generator; and a field controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Airforce
    Inventor: Joseph A. Pellettiere
  • Patent number: 9265353
    Abstract: A bed rail having a guard frame that prevents a child from rolling off a bed and a pair of legs that extend between the mattress and box spring. The guard frame swings between up and down positions and is pivotally connected to the legs via a first junction. A second junction locks the guard frame to the legs. The second junction includes a rotatable seat that engages a pin extending from the guard frame. The bed rail further includes a strap that engages a proximal end of a leg, a distal end of the leg, and an anchor, which engages the side of the bed opposite of the bed rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Regalo International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Porter R. Million
  • Patent number: 9265679
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable end columns supporting a centrally hinged, jointed or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes a powered rotation assembly. The patient support includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for both upwardly and downwardly breaking or jointed orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions. Cable, cantilevered and pull-rod systems are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P Jackson
  • Patent number: 9265677
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to hospital beds that are convertible to side egress chair beds and include a pair of spaced stand-assist supports pivotally attached to the base frame so that when the patient support surface is in the side-egress chair configuration, the stand-assist supports are configured to reside upwardly above and on opposing sides of the scat panel with a respective upper portion thereof providing a handle for a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Piedmont 361, LLC
    Inventors: Nikou Manouchehri, Sohrab Soltani
  • Patent number: 9254231
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a support system includes a cover sheet with a number of layers. In certain embodiments, a top layer and a bottom layer are bonded to a middle spacer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: HUNTLEIGH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Kz Hong
  • Patent number: 9247829
    Abstract: A portable diaper changing station includes a platform structure having a top that defines a baby changing surface configured for receiving and supporting a baby during a diaper changing process. A support structure is connected to and configured for supporting the platform structure. The support structure is extendable from a storage position to a first extended position suitable for supporting the platform structure at a first height and a second extended position suitable for supporting the platform structure at a second height that is greater than the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Rebecca Leigh Wyler
  • Patent number: 9248061
    Abstract: A mobile patient bed includes a bench that may be moved vertically via a lifting mechanism. Vertical movement may be effected via a first, electric drive mechanism including a drive device that may be operated when connected to an energy supply. As an alternative, vertical movement may be effected via a second drive mechanism that may be actuated by the operator using a foot pedal. The drive device is a drive motor that is coupled to the lifting mechanism via a motor shaft and is coupled to the second drive mechanism via a clutch. The clutch is closed with no connection to the energy supply and is opened with connection established. The motor shaft may be driven via the second drive mechanism when the clutch is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Koerth, Matthias Müller, Wolfgang Neuber, Georg Walberer, Kerstin Waldbach, Paul Weidner
  • Patent number: 9247827
    Abstract: A multi-chamber inflatable mattress includes a main air chamber, upper and lower peripheral air chambers, and an upper air chamber. The main air chamber includes internal tensioning structures which cooperate with a bottom mattress panel and a lower intermediate panel to provide a generally box-shaped, mattress-sized inflatable structure upon pressurization. A second, upper intermediate panel cooperates with a top mattress panel to define an upper air chamber which defines the sleeping surface. The main air chamber receives pressurized fluid directly from a valve, while the lower and upper peripheral air chambers are in direct fluid communication with the main air chamber but not the valve. The upper air chamber is in direct fluid communication with the upper peripheral air chamber, but not the main chamber or valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Intex Recreation Corp.
    Inventors: Hua Hsiang Lin, Yaw Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 9241580
    Abstract: A body transport apparatus may include top and bottom portions that have a perimeter seal and an interior seal offset from the perimeter seal to define a non-inflatable frame portion and an inflatable air mattress portion. The bottom portion includes a plurality of air exit holes configured to provide an air cushion under the mattress portion when the mattress portion is inflated. The frame portion includes a plurality of handle openings and a channel so that the inflatable air mattress portion extends through the frame portion for a remote receptacle disposed outside the perimeter seal. A partial body transport apparatus may include the channel extending into the frame portion so that a remote receptacle is disposed within the perimeter seal and an inflatable air mattress portion having a longitudinal extent that is approximately 75% to 125% of a lateral extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: James E. Patrick, Geoffrey David Pile