Patents by Inventor James D. Voll

James D. Voll 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: 20190262201
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus may include a support surface configured to conduct air along a top face of the support surface so that heat and moisture from a patient lying on the support surface are drawn away from the top face of the support surface. An opening may be formed in a side of the support surface. A cavity may extend from the opening into the support surface. An inlet port may be positioned within the cavity and fluidly coupled to the top face. A blower assembly may be configured to position within the cavity. The blower assembly may have an outlet port that couples to the inlet port when the blower assembly is positioned within the cavity. The blower assembly may conduct air through the inlet port to the top face of the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Darrell L. Borgman, Douglas E. Borgman, Arpit Shah, Wui Hsien Wong, Keith Moores, Jason M. Gilreath, Michael R. Montini, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Eric R. Meyer, Frank E. Sauser, Catherine M. Wagner, Rachel L. Williamson, Brandon P. Fisk, Jason B. Grace, Brian Guthrie, Nicole Johannigman, Gregory J. Shannon, David C. Newkirk, Michael Churilla, Jnanesha Ramegowda, Taylor Franklin, Kathryn R. Smith, John G. Byers, Frederick K. Schultz, Andrew R. Wager, Sridhar Karimpuzha Seshadri, Gary R. Gibbons, Scott M. Corbin, John Goewert, Thomas L. Simpson, Faron L. Blessing, James D. Voll, Kin Meng Choi, Stephen S. Amrhein, Herve Gautier, Jean-Francois Lellig, Philippe Kaikenger, Matthieu Guetta
  • Publication number: 20190254583
    Abstract: A system for detecting an incontinence event includes a pad which is deployable on a mattress and which, as deployed, has a first conductor and a second conductor and in which the first conductor and the second conductor are not in electrical communication with each other. The system also incudes an RFID reader subsystem having a processor and an array of two or more spatially distributed antennas. The system is adapted to A) command transmission of energy from the antenna array at a variety of powers and at various frequencies, B) monitor the antenna array for a return signal resulting from the spatially and temporally varying transmission, and C) communicate a WET or DRY status to a destination. The WET or DRY status depends on a moisture status indicator of the return signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Marwan Nusair, Joseph T. Canter, John D. Christie, Dan Tallent, James D. Voll, Bryan Weidman
  • Patent number: 10349881
    Abstract: A system for detecting an incontinence event includes a pad which is deployable on a mattress and which, as deployed, has an open circuit comprised of a first conductor extending from a first terminal of an RFID inlay, and a second conductor extending from a second terminal of the RFID inlay. The system also includes an RFID reader subsystem having an array of two or more spatially distributed antennas. The detection system commands spatially and temporally varying transmission of energy from the antenna array at a variety of powers and frequency settings. The detection system monitors the antenna array for a return signal resulting from the transmission. The return signal has a moisture status indicator which indicates whether or not liquid is present on the pad. The detection system also causes communication of a WET or DRY status to a destination. The reported WET or DRY status depends on the moisture status indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Marwan Nusair, Joseph T. Canter, John D. Christie, Dan Tallent, James D. Voll, Bryan Weidman
  • Patent number: 10350116
    Abstract: An incontinence detection system includes an incontinence detection pad for placement beneath a person to be monitored. The incontinence detection pad has a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. A reader is provided and a plurality of antennae is coupled to the reader. The reader includes a bistatic radio frequency (RF) switch matrix which is operable to establish a first antenna of the plurality of antennae as a transmit antenna that is used to wirelessly energize the passive RFID tag and to establish a second antennae of the plurality of antennae as a receive antenna that is used to read backscattered data that may be emitted from the passive RFID tag. The first and second antennae are situated in respective housings that are spaced apart from each other. An arrangement of first and second electrodes on an electrical sheet of an incontinence pad is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Marwan Nusair, James D. Voll, Ryan S. Severns, Dan R. Tallent, Bryan Weidman, Joseph T. Canter, David C. Newkirk
  • 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: 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: 20180325744
    Abstract: An incontinence detection pad has an RFID tag in which an authentication code, such as an electronic product code (EPC), is stored. A reader in wireless communication with the RFID tag of the incontinence detection pad verifies that the incontinence detection pad is an authorized detection pad. Thus, unauthorized incontinence detection pads that do not have the proper authentication code are not able to be used in an incontinence detection system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Bryan Weidman, Gavin M. Monson, John D. Christie, James D. Voll
  • Patent number: 10115291
    Abstract: The present disclosure include devices, systems, and methods for location-based incontinence detection and monitoring including a communication device receiving incontinence event indicators occurrence and location indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan R. Tallent, Gavin M. Monson, James D. Voll, Victor Potter
  • 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: 20180228678
    Abstract: An occupant support system includes a framework, a mattress supported by the framework and having at least one bladder, an electromagnetic signal source, and an electromagnetic signal receiver. The receiver is spaced from the occupant facing side of the mattress. The signal source is configured to direct an electromagnetic signal at a target. The signal receiver is configured to receive a return signal from the target in response to the directed signal. The system also includes a processor adapted to determine immersion of the target as a function of the information content of the return signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Frank E. Sauser, Marwan Nusair, Nicholas C. Batta, James D. Voll
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20170309155
    Abstract: The present disclosure include devices, systems, and methods for location-based incontinence detection and monitoring including a communication device receiving incontinence event indicators occurrence and location indicators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Dan R. Tallent, Gavin M. Monson, James D. Voll, Victor Potter
  • Publication number: 20170246063
    Abstract: An incontinence detection system includes an incontinence detection pad for placement beneath a person to be monitored. The incontinence detection pad has a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. A reader is provided and a plurality of antennae is coupled to the reader. The reader includes a bistatic radio frequency (RF) switch matrix which is operable to establish a first antenna of the plurality of antennae as a transmit antenna that is used to wirelessly energize the passive RFID tag and to establish a second antennae of the plurality of antennae as a receive antenna that is used to read backscattered data that may be emitted from the passive RFID tag. The first and second antennae are situated in respective housings that are spaced apart from each other. An arrangement of first and second electrodes on an electrical sheet of an incontinence pad is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Marwan Nusair, James D. Voll, Ryan S. Severns, Dan R. Tallent, Bryan Weidman, Joseph T. Canter, David C. Newkirk