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: 9456780
    Abstract: Systems for delivery of therapeutic agents and related methods are disclosed. A sensing system is configured to detect a chemical in the vicinity of a patient and transmit a signal to a controller upon detection. A controller is configured to release a therapeutic agent which is transported to the site of interest. The controller communicates with an electronic medical records database, an alarm and a nurse call system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Laetitia Gazagnes, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Publication number: 20160235210
    Abstract: One embodiment of a climate management topper includes a flowpath boundary which defines a flowpath adapted to carry a stream of fluid in a principal direction. A flow compliant filler occupies at least part of the flowpath. The filler is comprised of a spacer and a set of shape change actuators (SCA's) each comprised of a shape change material (SCM). The properties of the SCM include a critical temperature T0. The SCA's are configured to regulate distribution of the fluid stream through the flowpath in a direction transverse to the principal direction as a function of temperature. In one example the flowpath boundary is formed by liner panels and the SCA's are linear elements that elongate at a temperature TH which is higher than T0 thereby distending the spacer and reducing its resistance to fluid flow. One suitable shape change material is a nickel/titanium alloy known as NiTiNOL.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, David L. Ribble, Sandy M. Richards, Laetitia Gazagnes
  • Publication number: 20160213255
    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: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventor: David L. Ribble
  • Publication number: 20160136356
    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: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    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: 20160120716
    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: September 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Michael S. Hood, Charles A. Howell, Eric D. Agdeppa
  • Publication number: 20160125716
    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: October 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, David C. Newkirk, Michael S. Hood, Joshua P. Lingenfelser, Robert M. Zerhusen, Steven A. Dixon, Timothy D. Wildman
  • Patent number: 9311804
    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: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Ribble
  • Publication number: 20150335507
    Abstract: A sleep apparatus, such as a mattress, comprises a head support surface sized to support a person's head, and a torso support surface sized to support a person's torso. The head support surface is generally laterally sloped moving from a first side toward a second side of the mattress, and the torso support surface is generally laterally sloped moving from the first side toward the second side. In some embodiments, the lateral slope of the head support surface is at least about 15°, the lateral slope of the head support surface is greater than the lateral slope of the torso support surface, and/or, the sleep apparatus slopes in the longitudinal direction as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kirsten M. Emmons, David L. Ribble, Yongji Fu, Michael S. Hood, Frank E. Sauser, Eric D. Agdeppa, Joshua A. Williams, John V. Harmeyer
  • Publication number: 20150294549
    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: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventor: David L. RIBBLE
  • Publication number: 20150216474
    Abstract: A person monitoring system is operable to predict the onset of an adverse condition of a person. The system receives first information corresponding to a feature of a person support apparatus and second information corresponding to a physiological characteristic of the person. The system calculates a condition score as a function of the first and second information. In some instances, the system alerts a caregiver if the condition score exceeds a predetermined threshold. Alternatively or additionally, the person monitoring system alerts a caregiver when a person supported on a person support apparatus is regaining consciousness by monitoring one or more of a change in position, a heart rate, and a respiration rate. A person monitoring system that monitors a person's quality of sleep and presents information concerning the quality of sleep to one or more interested parties is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble
  • Publication number: 20150216451
    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: April 14, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 9044204
    Abstract: A person monitoring system is operable to predict the onset of an adverse condition of a person. The system receives first information corresponding to a feature of a person support apparatus and second information corresponding to a physiological characteristic of the person. The system calculates a condition score as a function of the first and second information. In some instances, the system alerts a caregiver if the condition score exceeds a predetermined threshold. Alternatively or additionally, the person monitoring system alerts a caregiver when a person supported on a person support apparatus is regaining consciousness by monitoring one or more of a change in position, a heart rate, and a respiration rate. A person monitoring system that monitors a person's quality of sleep and presents information concerning the quality of sleep to one or more interested parties is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble
  • Publication number: 20150136146
    Abstract: A method comprises determining a person's level of risk for developing an adverse condition; selecting a care protocol based on the level of risk; displaying a proposed configuration of a person support structure corresponding to the care protocol for a caregiver to approve; and upon approval by the caregiver, implementing the configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Hood, David L. Ribble, Laetitia Gazagnes, Pierre Deguignet, Aziz A. Bhai, Eric D. Agdeppa, Neal Wiggermann, Charles A. Howell, Varad N. Srivastava, Jason A. Penninger
  • Patent number: 9013315
    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 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble
  • Publication number: 20150005675
    Abstract: A system includes a person-support structure, a sensor configured to sense a characteristic of a person supported on the person-support structure, and a control configured to calculate a condition score as a function of the characteristic of the person. The control is operable to change a characteristic of the person-support structure as a function of the condition score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble, Dan R. Tallent
  • Publication number: 20140296755
    Abstract: A care system including a medical device, a mobile computing device, and a information system. The medical device configured to generate data graphics to transfer information from the medical device to the mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Lack, Steven A. Dixon, Todd P. O'Neal, David L. Ribble, Thomas F. Heil, James M. Allen
  • Publication number: 20140276504
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method of interrogating a sensor to detect the presence of moisture on an occupant support comprises the steps of A) providing a moisture responsive sensor in a surveillance zone of the occupant support, the sensor being tuned to a center frequency; B) exciting the sensor with an electromagnetic signal having a frequency approximately equal to the center frequency; C) monitoring for a center frequency response from the sensor; D) comparing the center frequency response to an expected center frequency response; and E) if the center frequency response compares favorably to an expected center frequency response, issuing a first output consistent with the favorable comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven A. Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, II, David L. Ribble, Varad N. Srivastava
  • Publication number: 20140236611
    Abstract: Systems and methods to track proximity of articles, locations and people are disclosed herein. Radio frequency tags are configured to communicate proximity of articles, locations and people over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Steven A. Dixon
  • Publication number: 20140236629
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for associating a patient with a bed or a room includes sensing wireless information transmitted by a transmitter worn by the patient, such as an RFID transmitter of a wristband, and relying on automatic communication between the bed, a bed status computer, and an admission, discharge and tracking (ADT) computer to verify the patient-to-room or patient-to-bed association. The verification is achieved without the need for any manual data entry at the bed or at the bed status computer. The bed status computer stores bed data sent from the bed until the verification is made and then the bed status computer transmits the stored bed data to an electronic medical records (EMR) computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter S. Kim, Eric D. Agdeppa, David L. Ribble, Dan R. Tallent, Richard J. Schuman, William B. Bishop, Keith A. Huster
  • Publication number: 20140221962
    Abstract: Systems for delivery of therapeutic agents and related methods are disclosed. A sensing system is configured to detect a chemical in the vicinity of a patient and transmit a signal to a controller upon detection. A controller is configured to release a therapeutic agent which is transported to the site of interest. The controller communicates with an electronic medical records database, an alarm and a nurse call system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Laetitia Gazagnes, Charles A. Lachenbruch