Patents by Inventor David C. Newkirk

David C. Newkirk has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20090050756
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support is transferable between a first device having a first coupling member and a second device having a second coupling member. The equipment support comprises an equipment supporting portion configured to support patient care equipment and a coupler coupled to the equipment supporting portion and having first and second clamps. The first clamp is configured to grip the first coupling member and the second clamp is configured to grip the second coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Cristian J. Daugbjerg
  • Publication number: 20080263769
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a hospital bed, comprises a lower frame, an upper frame supported above the lower frame and configured to support a patient, and a support structure coupled to the lower frame. The support structure includes a lift having a movable portion that is movable generally vertically relative to the lower frame and relative to the upper frame. The movable portion of the lift is configured to carry a patient care equipment support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach
  • Publication number: 20080235872
    Abstract: A user module for a patient support apparatus is provided. The user module has a user interface operably coupled thereto. The user interface includes an input device and an output device. The output device includes a visual display including textual and non-textual elements. The non-textual elements include enhanced, graphical, and animated portions relating to one or more operational features of the patient support or to a person positionable on the patient support. The input device includes one or more touch sensors corresponding to defined regions of the visual display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, John B. Wilker, James M. Allen, Robert M. Zerhusen, Douglas A. Seim, Irvin J. Vanderpohl
  • Publication number: 20080217910
    Abstract: A patient care equipment support is transferable between a first device having a first spherical socket and a second device having a second spherical socket. The equipment support comprises an equipment supporting portion configured to support patient care equipment and a coupler extending downwardly from the equipment supporting portion. The coupler has first and second spherical portions configured for receipt in the first and second spherical sockets, respectively. The first and second spherical portions are rotatable within the respective first and second spherical sockets about a multitude of axes to compensate for misalignment between the coupler and at least one of the first and second spherical sockets during transfer of the equipment support between the first and second devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: James L. Walke, David C. Newkirk, Douglas A. Seim
  • Patent number: 7418749
    Abstract: An equipment support includes an equipment supporting portion to support patient care equipment, a downwardly extending coupler coupled to the equipment supporting portion, an upper lock and a lower lock. The coupler has upper and lower portions configured for receipt in upper and lower sockets, respectively. The upper lock moves to a locking position to lock the upper portion to the upper socket as the lower lock moves to an unlocking position to unlock the lower portion from the lower socket. The upper lock moves to an unlocking position to unlock the upper portion from the upper socket as the lower lock moves to a locking position to lock the lower portion to the lower socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Graham, Michael E. Cerimele, Christian H. Reinke, David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 7254850
    Abstract: A system for supporting patient care equipment alongside a patient support is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of arms supported by a support structure. The arms may be pivoted to either side of the patient support. The arms may be stored in a console. At least one of the arms may carry service conduits that provide medical air, oxygen, vacuum, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C Newkirk, Michael E Cerimele, Mark A. Graham, Christian H Reinke, Jonathan D Turner
  • Publication number: 20070181751
    Abstract: A patient line management device to manage one or more patient care lines. The line management device includes a line manager coupled to a support. The support is adapted to be coupled to a patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard H. Heimbrock, James L. Walke, Robert A. Till
  • Publication number: 20070180624
    Abstract: An end panel 312 for a patient-support apparatus 310 includes a main portion 316 and one or more movable portions 330, 332. The movable portions 330, 332 are movable to provide a barrier 318 in a gap between a siderail 360 of the patient-support apparatus 310 and the main portion 316 of the end panel 312.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Kenneth W. Meyer, John B. Wilker, Richard H. Heimbrock, James L. Walke, Robert M. Zerhusen, Michael M. Frondorf
  • Publication number: 20070180616
    Abstract: A user module for a patient support is provided. The user module is coupled to a patient support barrier, such as a siderail or a footboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Brian T. Wiggins, James L. Walke, Jack B. Wilker, Carl William Riley, Robert Mark Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 7216382
    Abstract: An equipment support system has a first telescoping arm and a second telescoping arm. The arms are pivotable relative to a room wall about a generally vertical axis and are extendable and retractable along respective generally horizontal axes. A first equipment support is coupled to the first telescoping arm and is configured to support patient care equipment thereon. A second equipment support is coupled to the second telescoping arm and is configured to support patient care equipment thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C Newkirk, Mark A. Graham, Steven J Schwartz, Michael E Cerimele, John W Ruehl
  • Patent number: 7083150
    Abstract: A line management system for supporting patient care lines that extend between a patient and patient care equipment is provided. The system has an elongated support member that can be manipulated into a plurality of positions by a caregiver. A line holder is coupled to the support member and is configured to selectively retain lines (tubes).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Steven J. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7073765
    Abstract: A patient care apparatus is disclosed for use with a patient. The patient care apparatus is configured to support equipment for care of the patient. An illustrative patient care apparatus has a suspension system and a pair of modules that are coupleable together to form a cart and that are separable for attachment to different portions of the suspension system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 7065812
    Abstract: An equipment management system provides an equipment support for supporting patient care equipment. The equipment support may be mountable on an arm that extends from a wall, on a column depending from the arm, on a wall mount, on a stand, or on a patient support. Various methods may be used to vertically move the equipment support up and down to engage and disengage the equipment support from supporting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Mark A. Graham, Steven J. Schwartz, Michael E. Cerimele, John W. Ruehl
  • Patent number: 7065811
    Abstract: A system for supporting patient care equipment alongside a patient support is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of arms supported by a support structure. The arms may be pivoted to either side of the patient support. The arms may be stored in a console. At least one of the arms may carry service conduits that provide medical air, oxygen, vacuum, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Michael E. Cerimele, Mark A. Graham, Christian H. Reinke, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Patent number: 7008371
    Abstract: A patient warming apparatus includes a patient support and a canopy that moves upwardly and downwardly relative to the patient support. A first heater is coupled to the canopy and moves upwardly and downwardly with the canopy. A second heater is coupled to the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Draeger Medical Infant Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Goldberg, David C. Newkirk, William Olson, Michael M. Donnelly, Robert G. Moll, Alan Gutwillig
  • Patent number: 6934987
    Abstract: A surgical table includes a patient support deck includes a central section and at least one side section movably coupled to the central section. The at least one side section is movable between a first position substantially coplanar with the central section and a second position extending upwardly relative to the central section to inhibit lateral movement of a patient lying on the patient support deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard L Borders, Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Patent number: 6886200
    Abstract: A patient support is provided comprising a support surface, a base, and a lift assembly positioned to support the support surface above the base. The lift assembly includes an actuator configured to adjust the height of the support surface. The actuator includes a housing formed to include first and second cylinders. The actuator further includes a first piston positioned in the first cylinder and a second piston positioned in the second cylinder. The first piston includes a first fluid passage therein. The second piston includes a second fluid passage therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Blyshak, Greg Figel, Gary S. Siegle, Jon Tekulve, Mark Haufler, Paul Weil, Stephen R. Schulte, David C. Newkirk, David W. Hornbach, Richard L. Borders
  • Patent number: 6880188
    Abstract: An infant-support apparatus for an incubator or warmer. The apparatus comprises a frame and an infant supporting deck having a central position relative to the frame. The deck is movable relative to the frame to laterally extended positions away from the central position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Draeger Medical Infant Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick A. Schmidt, David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 6832398
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a base, a frame coupled to the base, and a mattress supported by the frame. The apparatus also includes a coupler for coupling a power pack to one of the base, the frame and the mattress. The power pack is pivotable between a first area substantially underneath the frame and a second area substantially outside the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Borders, David C. Newkirk
  • Publication number: 20040232286
    Abstract: A line management system for supporting patient care lines that extend between a patient and patient care equipment is provided. The system has an elongated support member that can be manipulated into a plurality of positions by a caregiver. A line holder is coupled to the support member and is configured to selectively retain lines (tubes).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Steven J. Schwartz