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).

  • Patent number: 6296606
    Abstract: A patient warming apparatus includes a patient support and a canopy that moves upwardly and downwardly relative to the patient support. A radiant heater noves upwardly and downwardly with the canopy. The patient warming apparatus also includes a convective heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventors: Charles Goldberg, David C. Newkirk, William Olson, Michael M. Donnelly, Robert G. Moll, Alan Gutwillig
  • Patent number: 6036634
    Abstract: A patient support and environmental control apparatus comprises a frame and an upwardly-facing patient-support surface carried by the frame. An air curtain generator is mounted to the frame. The air curtain generator provides first and second curtains of air. The patient-support surface has a perimeter and the first and second curtains of air originate adjacent to the perimeter and converge at a point positioned to lie above the patient-support surface. The first and second curtains of air cooperate with the patient-support surface to define a patient space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Goldberg, David C. Newkirk, William Olson, Michael M. Donnelly, Robert G. Moll, Alan Gutwillig
  • Patent number: 5971913
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus includes a base and a patient-support surface carried above the base. The patient-support apparatus further includes an indicator and a unit having at least one of a noise sensor and a light sensor which generates a sensor data signal. The patient-support apparatus further includes a control system coupled to the indicator and the at least one sensor. The control system is configured to process the sensor data signal and activate the indicator only when the sensor data signal exceeds a preset threshold level. The patient-support apparatus further includes a mechanism coupled to the control system to permit adjustment of the preset threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, John J. Kody, Michael M. Donnelly, D. Scott Prows
  • Patent number: 5759149
    Abstract: A patient support system having an environmentally controlled area over the patient including a frame with a patient support thereon and a moveable canopy thereover. The support is generally rectangular and is provided with a vertical fluid curtain at its perimeter on each of its four sides. The four vertical curtains are deflected inwardly by the canopy to provide the environmentally controlled area over the patient and with a fluid return to the perimeter to provide a closed fluid path. The air curtains can be heated and/or have water vapor added thereto. An infrared heater is provided in the canopy for a second source of heat. An integrated control system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Goldberg, David C. Newkirk, William Olson, Michael M. Donnelly, Robert G. Moll, Alan Gutwillig
  • Patent number: 5331698
    Abstract: A mattress for a birthing bed has three bladders inserted within a foam slab. A lumbar bladder and upper back bladder are on the birthing bed head panel and are attached at their borders to the foam mattress to promote uniform inflation. A seat bladder firms the seat when it is necessary for patient treatment procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Sandy M. Richards, Richard L. Borders
  • Patent number: 5129116
    Abstract: A hospital bed has a base and a patient support mounted on the base, the patient support including a head panel that pivots between a horizontal position and an upwardly-inclined position to raise the patient to a sitting attitude. The head panel is connected to a ball nut mounted on a screw driven by a motor to raise and lower the head panel. The ball nut has a ratcheting latch that enables the head panel to be lifted manually and prevents the head panel from being driven positively downwardly in such a way as to injure some thing or person in its path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Borders, David C. Newkirk, Sandy M. Richards, Daniel G. Stafford
  • Patent number: 5129117
    Abstract: A side guard for a hospital birthing bed has an elongated control panel and a shallow inverted U-shaped handrail extending from the front to the rear of the panel. The handrail is spaced from the panel and provides multiple positions for the mother to grip the panel during the time of her labor. A parallelogram linkage is provided for shifting the side guard from an operative position above the patient support to an inoperative position tucked below the patient support. A dashpot is provided to dampen the speed of the movement from the operative position to the inoperative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary A. Celestina, David W. Williams, David C. Newkirk
  • Patent number: 5109554
    Abstract: A birthing bed has a base, a frame supported by a parallelogram linkage above the base and articulating body support panels mounted on the frame. A mechanism, mounted in the frame, is provided for raising and lowering of the frame with respect to the base and for operating the articulating body support panels. The body support panels include a head panel that is pivoted adjacent a seat panel. A flexible plastic shield overlies the joint between the seat and head panel to protect the operating mechanism from fluids discharged during the birthing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Borders, David C. Newkirk, Daniel G. Stafford
  • Patent number: 5060327
    Abstract: A birthing bed has a labor grip on each side. Each labor grip has a free end terminating in a triangular hand grip providing at least three gripping positions. The labor grip is pivotable between a vertical operative position and a horizontal storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary A. Celestina, David W. Williams, David C. Newkirk