Patents by Inventor Eric D. Benz

Eric D. Benz 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 20180221216
    Abstract: An incontinence detection pad for detecting incontinence events includes a moisture absorbent layer that has non-embossed areas and embossed areas. The non-embossed areas have a first density of fibers of the layer, and the embossed areas have a second density of fibers of the layer that is greater than the first density. The incontinence detection pad further includes a plurality of electrodes positioned beneath the moisture absorbent layer and a transmitter connected to the plurality of electrodes and configured to transmit a signal indicative of a status of the moisture absorbent layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Eric D. Benz, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Gavin M. Monson, Ryan S. Severns, Dan R. Tallent, Bryan Weidman, Joshua A. Williams
  • Publication number: 20180184984
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a sensor capable of detecting vital signs, setting acceptable limits for the vital signs, and includes structures for monitoring the vital signs and providing local and/or remote indications to caregivers if the vital signs fall outside of acceptable limits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Robert M. ZERHUSEN, Dan R. TALLENT, Brandon P. FISK, Aziz A. BHAI, Eric D. BENZ, Robert D. WEITZ, John GOEWERT, Frank SAUSER, Nicholas C. BATTA, Edward J. KOORS, Jonathan D. TURNER, Richard H. HEIMBROCK, John G. BYERS, Nicholas A. MANN, Daniel MCCOY
  • 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