Patents Examined by Myles Throop
  • Patent number: 10492617
    Abstract: A support apparatus that is configured to support a person's head as he or she lies in a generally prone position with the apparatus in a horizontal support position and to support his or her back as he or she sits in an inclined position with the apparatus in an inclined support position. The apparatus has a transverse support member interconnecting a pair of vertical support members to provide an upper pillow-receiving surface and to define a gap under the transverse support member for receiving the user's arms when he or she is laying down. The apparatus also has base members on the vertical support members to distribute the weight, a rear support member to prevent a pillow from sliding off of the upper pillow-receiving surface and one or more rearwardly disposed stand-off members to space the apparatus from a wall or headboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: David A. Macedo
  • Patent number: 10477979
    Abstract: A pocketed spring assembly comprises a plurality of parallel strings of springs, each string joined to at least one adjacent string, each string comprising first and second opposed plies of fabric and a plurality of pockets formed along a length of the string by transverse seams joining the first and second plies. At least one spring is positioned in each pocket. Exterior strings have identical springs in their pockets. Interior strings have two different springs along their length, the outermost springs being firmer than the interior core springs. The pocketed spring assembly has increased firmness or edge support along all four sides due to the different coil springs of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Jason Jewett, Darrell A. Richmond
  • Patent number: 10477982
    Abstract: A baby crib comprises an upper frame, a lower frame and support members attached to the upper frame and the lower frame. The upper frame comprises a first part firmly attached to the support members and a second part. The second part is pivotally coupled with the support members to move reversibly from a first position to a second position to move said second part relative to said first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Artsana S.P.A.
    Inventor: Osvaldo Damiani
  • Patent number: 10478361
    Abstract: A person lifting device may comprise a lift actuator operatively connected to an accessory coupling. The person lifting device may also comprise at least one imaging sensor. An electronic control unit may be communicatively coupled to the lift actuator and the at least on imaging sensor, the electronic control unit comprising a processor and a non-transitory memory storing a computer readable and executable instruction set. When executed by the processor, the instruction set collects, with the at least one imaging sensor, at least one image of a person to be lifted with the person lifting device; determines a characteristic of the person to be lifted with the person lifting device based on the at least one image; determines an identification of a lift accessory for attachment to the accessory coupling based on the determined characteristic; and, in some embodiments, communicates the identification of the lift accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: John V. Harmeyer, Varad Narayan Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10470583
    Abstract: A bedding component includes a top portion having a gel foam, a middle portion having a foam layer with at least one gel disc, and a bottom portion have a foam core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SERTA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Gross, Leona Wightman
  • Patent number: 10463165
    Abstract: An air mattress includes a plurality of air cell groups including air cell groups corresponding to the back area, the buttock area and the thigh area of a person lying on the air mattress, each of which groups being made of a plurality of air cells, an air supply/release pump, an air tube connecting the air cell groups corresponding to the back area and the thigh area to the air supply/release pump and connecting the air cell group corresponding to the buttock area to the air supply/release pump in an independent system for each other, and a controller for controlling, when the back area is raised, so that the pressure of the air cell groups corresponding to the back area and thigh area is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ishibashi, Rika Matsumiya, Kenta Ohno
  • Patent number: 10465728
    Abstract: A connecting structure adapted for an infant carrier includes a connecting hole portion and a connecting component. The connecting hole portion is disposed on a frame body of the infant carrier. The connecting component includes a first connecting portion and a second connecting portion. The first connecting portion is coupled onto a cloth cover of the infant carrier. The second connecting portion is connected to the first connecting portion and for connecting the connecting hole portion. Therefore, the connecting structure of the present invention can provide a convenient way to connect a cloth cover and a frame body of the infant carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Jun-Jie Hu
  • Patent number: 10433654
    Abstract: A mattress with adjustable hardness comprises at least one resilience supplying module, at least one air bag module and a lining provided for the resilience supplying module and the air bag module to be placed therein. The lining is provided with a plurality of lattice-like units, each lattice-like unit defining a mounting space therein. The resilience supplying module is provided with a plurality of elastic bodies respectively provided in one of the mounting spaces. The air bag module is provided with a plurality of air bag units respectively provided in one of the mounting spaces. In this case, the air bag units may be inflated consistently, and the expanded volume of each of the air bag units after inflation may be limited to be uniform by the corresponding lattice-like unit. Thus, the problem of incapability of being kept evenness after inflation in the conventional practice is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Xing-Ming Deng
  • 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: 10420689
    Abstract: A one-piece vest garment having a fashionable appearance wearable in public settings, with an adjustable tapered/secure fit providing efficient manual transfer/lift assistance to caregivers with mobility challenged patients at risk for falling and in need of assistance during standing, walking, sitting, or repositioning activities. It provides secure, steady, and controlled patient lifting while promoting good body mechanics for reduced risk of caregiver shoulder, hand, wrist, and back injury. Since the vest more evenly distributes pressure around a patient's body, in lift maneuvers patient skin tears, bruising, and joint dislocations are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Cathy J Foster, Peggy S. Cauthen
  • Patent number: 10390623
    Abstract: A pillow is provided that includes a u-shaped section having opposing ends. Each of the ends has an extension section extending outward there from. One or more of the extension sections has an opening therein that provides access to a pocket located within the extension section. The pockets preferably contain blanket halves therein removably attachable to each other, which may be removed from the pockets and coupled together to form a larger blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Beekaysage LLC
    Inventor: Nancy Konigsberg
  • Patent number: 10368796
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring pressure exerted on an individual at one or more points by a support structure and adjusting the support structure in response to the monitored pressure are disclosed. The method for monitoring pressure may include the step of periodically receiving with at least three radio frequency readers, localized contact pressure data from a radio frequency addressable sensor placed on an individual. The method may further include, when an adjustment is required, calculating a radial distance defining a radius of the radio frequency addressable sensor to the at least three radio frequency readers, and calculating an intersection location or overlap of the radii such that the location of the radio frequency addressable sensor is determined. The method may also include, when the location of the radio frequency addressable sensor is determined, adjusting cells within a zone or subzone corresponding to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TC13-Pressure Applications LLC
    Inventors: Marc C. Jacofsky, David J. Jacofsky
  • 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: 10349753
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a sofa-bed combination, having an inflatable air mattress, rather than a foam or spring mattress. A bed base would pull out from sofa base to provide sufficient support for the air mattress. Contained within storage spaces in the arms of the sofa would be an inflatable bladder forming a mattress. The sofa-bed features an electric air pump, which would rapidly inflate and deflate the mattress for use or stowage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jill Rox
  • Patent number: 10327560
    Abstract: A convertible sofa is convertible between a sofa configuration and a bed configuration. The convertible sofa includes articulated armrests. When the convertible sofa is in a sofa configuration, the arm rests are in an arm rest configuration. When the convertible sofa is in a bed configuration, the arm rests are in a generally flat or horizontal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Shannon Angle, Adalberto Collazo
  • Patent number: 10321768
    Abstract: A bed frame has: a left side component that includes an elongated left side rail and an extending segment at each end; and a right side component that includes an elongated right side rail and an extending segment at each end. Each such extending segment is pivotally attached to the corresponding elongated right side rail and is capable of being pivoted from substantially parallel it to substantially perpendicular it. Each of the elongated left side rail and the elongated right side rail includes two main sections that are pivotally attached to a shorter center member. At each end, the extending segments of the left side component and the right side component detachably couple to each other, forming lateral components of a bed frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Harrow
  • Patent number: 10285655
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a subject support motion disable signal indicative of at least one of power removal of an imaging system, a collision of a horizontally moving tabletop of the imaging system, a decoupling of a horizontal motion drive system configured to horizontally drive the tabletop, or a collision of a vertically moving subject support of the imaging system, wherein a vertical motion drive system drives the subject support vertical motion, and disabling, in response to receiving the subject support motion disable signal, at least one of tabletop horizontal motion or subject support vertical motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Shufang Dong, Terrance Joseph Nemenz, Patrick Cumpson, Jeremy David Pettinato, Sriram Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 10285888
    Abstract: An inflatable stretcher includes an upper and a lower cover member connected along their outer peripheral edges to define an internal air space. The lower cover member has a plurality of perforations forming an overall pattern contoured to the shape of a human body. First and second partitioning member are disposed in the air space and connected to the upper and lower cover members to divide the air space into a plurality of widthwise-extended air release passages and two lengthwise-extended air flow passages located at two lateral sides of the air release passages. A flow opening is formed between each second partitioning member and each corresponding first partitioning member. The flow openings respectively have a cross-sectional area smaller than that of each air release passage, enabling air supplied from an inflation device into the air space to produce an increased air lifting force at positions corresponding to a patient's hips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Oscar Liu
  • Patent number: 10238569
    Abstract: A fastening device is disclosed. The fastening device has a housing having a receptacle that receives a coupler of an operating table device and a locking member connected to the housing and movable relative to the housing between a locked position and an unlocked position. The locking member retains the coupler in the receptacle in the locked position, and the locking member releases the coupler from the receptacle in the unlocked position. The fastening device also has a resilient member that urges the locking member toward the locked position, an actuation member that moves the locking member from the locked position to the unlocked position, and a ratchet assembly that maintains the locking member in the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventors: Dieter Hafner, Siegfried Hund, Ulrich Wyslucha
  • 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