Patents by Inventor David L. Ribble

David L. Ribble 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: 10395769
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a system includes a patient support device and a power line network for communicating data, such as patient identifying information. The patient support device locally indicates information about an assigned patient. A patient care apparatus is communicatively connected to the power line network to receive data and to provide a local indication of the data received. The local indication of the device and the apparatus includes respective lights that flash substantially synchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Steven A. Dixon
  • Patent number: 10391010
    Abstract: A sleep system is provided comprising a head support section, a torso support section, a leg support section, and a cradle surface provided on at least an upper portion of the torso support section. The head support section is generally laterally angled at an angle greater than the lateral angle of the torso support section and the leg support section. The cradle surface has at least a partial curvature and a lateral width of from about 12 inches to about 36 inches. The lateral angle of the head support section is at least about 10 degrees, the lateral angle of the torso support section is greater than the lateral angle of the leg support section, and the lateral angle of the leg support section is less than about 10 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Joshua A. Williams, Kirsten M. Emmons, Brian L. Lawrence, Douglas A. Eckstein
  • Patent number: 10363183
    Abstract: Catheter monitor integration with patient support systems, such as patient beds, and with other healthcare communication systems including hand hygiene systems is provided. A patient bed that transmits bed data and catheter monitor data is disclosed. When catheter tubing is connected to a catheter monitor integrated into a patient bed, the bed automatically implements a falls prevention protocol. A countdown timer pertaining to removal of catheter tubing from a patient is displayed on one or more display devices. Monitoring for caregiver handwashing compliance in connection with use of a catheter monitor or a catheter kit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Nicholas A. Mann, Brian L. Lawrence, Kirsten M. Emmons, Eric D. Agdeppa, Michael S. Hood, Robert M. Zerhusen, Joshua P. Lingenfelser, Steven A. Dixon, Ryan S. Severns
  • Publication number: 20190224060
    Abstract: Dynamic support surface technologies configure a person support surface in various ways, including configurations in which the person support surface at least temporarily assumes an apnea therapy position, such as a progressive lateral tilt or a ramp-like position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Michael S. Hood, Charles A. Howell, Eric D. Agdeppa
  • Patent number: 10292881
    Abstract: Dynamic support surface technologies configure a person support surface in various ways, including configurations in which the person support surface at least temporarily assumes an apnea therapy position, such as a progressive lateral tilt or a ramp-like position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Michael S. Hood, Charles A. Howell, Eric D. Agdeppa
  • Publication number: 20190117152
    Abstract: A therapeutic support apparatus includes a user support surface extending along a longitudinal axis. The user support surface has a head section and a torso section. Each of the head section and the torso section are operable to angle relative to the longitudinal axis. An elevation unit is operable to position at least one of the head section and torso section at angles relative to the longitudinal axis. A monitor acquires data related to a user while sleeping on the user support surface. An alarm is operable to activate based on the data acquired by the monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Craig M. MEYERSON, Thomas F. HEIL
  • Publication number: 20190099007
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a bed assembly. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to a bed assembly that is compatible with a traditional consumer bed and can enhance the traditional consumer bed so it provides features of a traditional hospital bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Thomas F. HEIL, Brian L. LAWRENCE, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Craig M. MEYERSON
  • Publication number: 20190091074
    Abstract: An incontinence detection system monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. The system has a pad that includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. Portions of the system are included in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Todd P. O'Neal, David L. Ribble, Dan R. Tallent, John D. Christie, Kirsten M. Emmons, Yongji Fu, Michael S. Hood, Douglas A. Seim, Ryan S. Severns, James D. Voll, Gregory Wiley, Steven A. Dixon, Bryan Weidman, Eric D. Benz, Brett Knittle, Marwan Nusair, Neal Wiggermann, John V. Harmeyer
  • Publication number: 20190060137
    Abstract: An absorbent article has one or more fluid filter layers to inhibit electrode traces from being exposed to low volumes of fluid to reduce the number of false positives that are indicated by an RFID tag of the incontinence detection pad. An antenna inlay has a sacrificial trace portion to permit testing for proper operation of an RFID chip electrically coupled to the antenna inlay. After testing, the sacrificial trace portion is severed. A fluid barrier layer blocks fluid from reaching portions of electrode traces that are located on a backsheet outside a periphery of an absorbent core of an incontinence detection pad. The power at which an antenna transmits to wirelessly energize a passive RFID tag of an incontinence detection pad is controlled to reduce the number of false positives indicated by the RFID tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan S. Severns, James D. Voll, Brett A. Knittle, Gavin M. Monson, John V. Harmeyer, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Frank E. Sauser, Joseph T. Canter, Yongji Fu, Kirsten M. Emmons, David L. Ribble, Neal Wiggermann, John D. Christie, Dan R. Tallent, Marwan Nusair, Edward J. Koors
  • Patent number: 10197553
    Abstract: A method for assessing the condition of a tissue sample includes the steps of: 1. illuminating the sample with incident electromagnetic radiation exhibiting P polarization types, 2. for each of the P polarization types, inspecting the scattered incident radiation for at least one and possibly all of Q polarization types; 3. establishing a transfer function M relating the intensity of the P polarization types of the incident radiation to the intensity of the polarization types for which the scattered radiation was inspected; 4. comparing the established transfer function to one or more reference transfer functions; and 5. reaching a conclusion about the condition of the tissue sample based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongji Fu, Eric D. Agdeppa, David L. Ribble
  • Publication number: 20190029903
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes a frame and a support surface cooperating with the frame to support a person. The person support apparatus also has a sensor coupled to one of the frame and the support surface. The sensor detects at least one characteristic associated with the person. A controller is coupled to the sensor. In response to at least one of a condition of the frame, a condition of the support surface, a position of the person, or a condition of the person, the controller operates to control the sensor by at least one of changing a gain of the sensor and changing a manner in which a signal from the sensor is filtered. In some instances, the controller turns the sensor off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble
  • Publication number: 20190015278
    Abstract: A lateral rotation apparatus is provided having a wedge positioned below a person support surface having head, torso and leg segments each having an independently rotatable person support plane. The wedge includes a plurality of layers stacked on one another. Each of the plurality of layers has a different area. The wedge is operable to rotate the head segment of the person support surface to a head tilt angle relative to a horizontal support plane. The wedge is also operable to rotate the torso segment of the person support surface to a torso tilt angle relative to the horizontal support plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Kirsten M. EMMONS
  • Publication number: 20190015274
    Abstract: A lateral rotation apparatus may include a person support surface having a head segment and a torso segment. An adjustable leg may have a head support positioned below the head segment. The adjustable leg may have a torso support positioned below the torso segment. The head support may be adjustable to rotate the head segment. The torso support may be adjustable to rotate the torso segment. A linkage assembly may be coupled to the head support and the torso support. The linkage assembly may have a sliding link that is movable between an open position and a closed position. The sliding link may also be rotatable between a first rotational position and a second rotational position. An actuator is operable to move the sliding link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Thomas F. HEIL
  • Publication number: 20190014911
    Abstract: A lateral rotation apparatus includes a first adjustable frame positioned under a head segment of a person support surface and operable to rotate the head segment of the person support surface to a head tilt angle in the range of about 7 to about 30 degrees relative to a horizontal support plane. A second adjustable frame is positioned under a torso segment of a person support surface and operable to rotate the torso segment of the person support surface to a torso tilt angle that is within a range of about 5 degrees to about 10 degrees less than the head tilt angle. Each of the first adjustable frame and the second adjustable frame includes an upper frame positioned below the person support surface, and a lower frame coupled to and positioned below the upper frame. The upper frame being moveable with respect to the lower frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Joshua A. WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20190015244
    Abstract: A lateral rotation apparatus includes a first frame, a second frame, and a third frame that are independently rotatable. The first frame, the second frame, and the third frame support a person support surface having head, torso, and leg segments. A first pair of legs is positioned below the first frame to rotate a head segment to a head tilt angle in the range of about 7 to about 30 degrees relative to a horizontal support plane. A second pair of legs is positioned below the second frame to rotate a torso segment to a torso tilt angle that is within a range of about 5 degrees to about 10 degrees less than the head tilt angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: David L. RIBBLE, Kirsten M. EMMONS
  • Patent number: 10172522
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a control system operable to gather physiological information about a patient supported on the patient support apparatus. The information may be gathered from sensors, a user interface, or a hospital information system. The control system uses the data gathered to predict whether a patient is likely to be in need of care from a caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 10163322
    Abstract: A system comprises a patient bed having a reader to read wireless signals. In some embodiments a wound dressing has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In other embodiments, a garment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In still further embodiments, other medical equipment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, David C. Newkirk, Michael S. Hood, Joshua P. Lingenfelser, Robert M. Zerhusen, Steven A. Dixon, Timothy D. Wildman
  • Patent number: 10159607
    Abstract: An incontinence detection system monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. The system has a pad that includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. Portions of the system are included in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Todd P. O'Neal, David L. Ribble, Dan R. Tallent, John D. Christie, Kirsten M. Emmons, Yongji Fu, Michael S. Hood, Douglas A. Seim, Ryan S. Severns, James D. Voll, Gregory Wiley, Steven A. Dixon, Bryan Weidman, Eric D. Benz, Brett Knittle, Marwan Nusair, Neal Wiggermann, John V. Harmeyer
  • Publication number: 20180322760
    Abstract: A system comprises a patient bed having a reader to read wireless signals. In some embodiments a wound dressing has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In other embodiments, a garment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In still further embodiments, other medical equipment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, David C. Newkirk, Michael S. Hood, Joshua P. Lingenfelser, Robert M. Zerhusen, Steven A. Dixon, Timothy D. Wildman
  • Patent number: 10111794
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes a frame and a support surface cooperating with the frame to support a person. The person support apparatus also has a sensor coupled to one of the frame and the support surface. The sensor detects at least one characteristic associated with the person. A controller is coupled to the sensor. In response to at least one of a condition of the frame, a condition of the support surface, a position of the person, or a condition of the person, the controller operates to control the sensor by at least one of changing a gain of the sensor and changing a manner in which a signal from the sensor is filtered. In some instances, the controller turns the sensor off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble