Patents by Inventor Douglas A. Seim

Douglas A. Seim 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: 10376434
    Abstract: In the embodiments described herein, the scale assembly automatically determines if an accessory, such as a sling, is properly connected to a sling bar of the person lifting device and, if the accessory is not properly connected, the scale assembly provides a user with a visual and/or audible warning and, in some embodiments, may lock-out the actuation controls of the person lifting device to prevent the person lifting device from being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Liko Research & Developmetn AB
    Inventors: Mattias Andersson, Andreas Bolin, Marica Demby, Peter Rydstrom, Douglas A. Seim
  • Patent number: 10335334
    Abstract: A patient-support status system includes a patient support apparatus adapted to support a patient thereon. A user interface is coupled to the patient support apparatus to move therewith and configured to receive a user input associated with a status of the patient. A location-detection system is configured to provide location data associated with a location of the patient support apparatus in a healthcare facility. A communication unit is coupled to the patient support apparatus and configured to communicate the status and the location data to a remote computer in response to receipt of the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Seim
  • 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: 20190074912
    Abstract: Monitoring a patient can include a vital sign device including a skin contact and a demodulator circuit in communication with the electrically conductive skin contact, the demodulator circuit including: a physiological waveform data processing module configured to process the waveform data received from the electrically conductive skin contact; and a digitally encoded data processing module configured to detect and decode digitally encoded data modulated at the carrier frequency. Also included can be a signal conductive blanket including an extended touch point. A clinician contacts the extended touch point of the signal conductive blanket and the patient monitoring device to connect the vital sign device and the patient monitoring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: David E. Quinn, Kenzi L. Mudge, Stephen Embree, Douglas Seim, Collin Davidson, Timothy Receveur, Britten Pipher
  • 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: 20180296415
    Abstract: A patient-support status system includes a patient support apparatus adapted to support a patient thereon. A user interface is coupled to the patient support apparatus to move therewith and configured to receive a user input associated with a status of the patient. A location-detection system is configured to provide location data associated with a location of the patient support apparatus in a healthcare facility. A communication unit is coupled to the patient support apparatus and configured to communicate the status and the location data to a remote computer in response to receipt of the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: Douglas A. SEIM
  • Publication number: 20180289572
    Abstract: A method of determining information about a device includes the steps of 1) acquiring an image of at least a portion of the device, 2) comparing the information content of the image to the information content of at least one record of a library, and, 3) if the comparison is positive, reporting that the device is in the possible state represented by the library record. A method which depends on calculations based on the acquired image rather than on comparison of the information content of the image to the information content of one or more library records is also disclosed. A system for determining the state of the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Eric D. Benz, John D. Christie, Michael M. Frondorf, Gavin M. Monson, Douglas A. Seim, Arpit S. Shah, Dan R. Tallent, James D. Voll
  • Publication number: 20180161225
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a base frame, lift mechanism supporting an upper frame relative to the base frame, a load frame, and a plurality of deck sections, a patient support surface, and a number of barriers positioned about the patient supporting surface. The patient support apparatus includes a notification system for visually notifying a caregiver of a condition or status of a component of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Mark ZERHUSEN, Richard Henry HEIMBROCK, Arpit SHAH, Aziz A. BHAI, Bradley Thomas SMITH, Catherine Marie WAGNER, Charles A. LACHENBRUCH, Clay Gerome OWSLEY, Dan R. TALLENT, Daniel NACHTIGAL, David L. BEDEL, David J. BRZENCHEK, David J. HITCHCOCK, David P. LUBBERS, Douglas A. SEIM, Douglas E. BORGMAN, Eric David BENZ, Florin IUCHA, Frank E. SAUSER, Gavin M. MONSON, James W. PASCOE, James L. WALKE, Jared RUDE, John G. BYERS, John D. CHRISTIE, Jonathan D. TURNER, Joshua A. WILLIAMS, Karen LANNING, Kathryn SMITH, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Mary Kay BRINKMAN, Michael BUCCIERI, Nathaniel William HIXON, Neal WIGGERMANN, Richard Joseph SCHUMAN, Sr., Scott M. CORBIN, Sravan MAMIDI, Todd P. O'NEAL, Todd Steven VENTROLA, Travis PELO, Unnati OJHA, David Lance RIBBLE, Brian L. LAWRENCE, Douglas A. ECKSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20180104123
    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, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: David C. NEWKIRK, Robert M. ZERHUSEN, John B. Wilker, JR., James M. ALLEN, Douglas A. SEIM, Irvin J. VANDERPOHL, III
  • Publication number: 20180021184
    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: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    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
  • Patent number: 9849051
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C Newkirk, Robert M Zerhusen, John B Wilker, Jr., James M Allen, Douglas A Seim, Irvin J Vanderpohl, III
  • Publication number: 20170112696
    Abstract: A system includes a patient support apparatus that has one or more therapies. The therapies are optionally available depending on the acuity of the patient. A request for enablement of a therapy is transferred to a service provider for approval and, when approved, the therapy is enabled by the service provider. The patient support apparatus may be in communication with a server that is in communication with multiple patient support apparatuses so that the server is operable to selectively enable therapies on various patient support apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Nicole JOHANNIGMAN, William A. MORRISON, Douglas A. SEIM
  • Publication number: 20170035360
    Abstract: In a method or system for obtaining patient biometric parameter data from a patient support surface comprising at least one air pressure bladder inflated by air pressure through an air supply line from an air pump reservoir controlled by a bladder air controller receiving an air pressure signal from a pressure sensor in the air supply line, signal processing a variation of the air pressure signal from the pressure sensor to extract the patient biometric parameter data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, John D. Christie, Gregory John Shannon, John Goewert, John G. Byers, Dan R. Tallent, Douglas A. Seim
  • Publication number: 20170027794
    Abstract: In the embodiments described herein, the scale assembly automatically determines if an accessory, such as a sling, is properly connected to a sling bar of the person lifting device and, if the accessory is not properly connected, the scale assembly provides a user with a visual and/or audible warning and, in some embodiments, may lock-out the actuation controls of the person lifting device to prevent the person lifting device from being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Mattias Andersson, Andreas Bolin, Marica Demby, Peter Rydstrom, Douglas A. Seim
  • Patent number: 9539155
    Abstract: A system includes a patient support apparatus that has one or more therapies. The therapies are optionally available depending on the acuity of the patient. A request for enablement of a therapy is transferred to a service provider for approval and, when approved, the therapy is enabled by the service provider. The patient support apparatus may be in communication with a server that is in communication with multiple patient support apparatuses so that the server is operable to selectively enable therapies on various patient support apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicole Johannigman, William A. Morrison, Douglas A. Seim
  • Publication number: 20170000672
    Abstract: In the embodiments described herein, the person lifting device automatically determines if an accessory, such as a sling, is properly connected to a sling bar of the person lifting device and, if the accessory is not properly connected, the person lifting device provides a user with a visual and/or audible warning and, in some embodiments, may lock-out the actuation controls of the person lifting device to prevent the person lifting device from being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Mattias Andersson, Andreas Bolin, Marica Demby, John V. Harmeyer, Roger Karlsson, Douglas A. Seim, Varad Narayan Srivastava
  • Publication number: 20160199240
    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: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Robert M. Zerhusen, John B. Wilker, JR., James M. Allen, Douglas A. Seim, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Patent number: 9320664
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Robert M. Zerhusen, John B. Wilker, Jr., James M. Allen, Douglas A. Seim, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Publication number: 20140137025
    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: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: David C. NEWKIRK, Robert M. ZERHUSEN, John B. WILKER, JR., James M. ALLEN, Douglas A. SEIM, Irvin J. VANDERPOHL, III
  • Publication number: 20140115784
    Abstract: A system includes a patient support apparatus that has one or more therapies. The therapies are optionally available depending on the acuity of the patient. A request for enablement of a therapy is transferred to a service provider for approval and, when approved, the therapy is enabled by the service provider. The patient support apparatus may be in communication with a server that is in communication with multiple patient support apparatuses so that the server is operable to selectively enable therapies on various patient support apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Nicole JOHANNIGMAN, William A. MORRISON, Douglas A. SEIM