Patents by Inventor James R. O'Reagan

James R. O'Reagan 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: 10314752
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for reducing humidity (i.e., moisture) and/or heat within and/or adjacent a patient support mattress, without requiring any electrical power. A spacer fabric is used to create a non-crushable area of support below a patient's core area, where moisture and heat more commonly buildup. Integrated air cells in the mattress have resilient elements such as open-celled foam interiors. The air cells are connected by air tubing to the spacer fabric, and the mattress is otherwise vented externally from the spacer fabric. As a result, the patient's movement causes air to be expelled from or drawn into the air cells, which in turn results in air movement in the spacer fabric below a patient or user, resulting in cooling effects by removing moisture and/or heat, all without requiring external or internal electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Patent number: 10265231
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for reducing humidity (i.e., moisture) and/or heat within and/or adjacent a patient support mattress, without requiring any electrical power. A spacer fabric is used to create a non-crushable area of support below a patient's core area, where moisture and heat more commonly buildup. Integrated air cells in the mattress have resilient elements such as open-celled foam interiors. The air cells are connected by air tubing to the spacer fabric, and the mattress is otherwise vented externally from the spacer fabric. As a result, the patient's movement causes air to be expelled from or drawn into the air cells, which in turn results in air movement in the spacer fabric below a patient or user, resulting in cooling effects by removing moisture and/or heat, all without requiring external or internal electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Publication number: 20180078436
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for reducing humidity (i.e., moisture) and/or heat within and/or adjacent a patient support mattress, without requiring any electrical power. A spacer fabric is used to create a non-crushable area of support below a patient's core area, where moisture and heat more commonly buildup. Integrated air cells in the mattress have resilient elements such as open-celled foam interiors. The air cells are connected by air tubing to the spacer fabric, and the mattress is otherwise vented externally from the spacer fabric. As a result, the patient's movement causes air to be expelled from or drawn into the air cells, which in turn results in air movement in the spacer fabric below a patient or user, resulting in cooling effects by removing moisture and/or heat, all without requiring external or internal electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Publication number: 20170319413
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for an adjustable width foam mattress which involves the use of modified lateral or side edges of an engineered foam mattress. Such lateral portions include collapsible structures for lateral adjustment of the overall width of the mattress. While different shapes are possible, one exemplary arrangement includes plural elongated octagonally-shaped openings. The long sides of such elongated structures form stops against each other as they fill the void of the opening. The relatively shorter sides of such structures articulate during collapse to accommodate such movement. As a result, and as the long sides fill in voids, the support structure essentially switches uniformly from one density to another, when moved from its expanded to its compressed position. An inflatable/deflatable member may be used to assist with expansion and compression of a lateral support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: James R. O'Reagan, Ryan Poole, Shawn Pauley
  • Publication number: 20170252245
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for reducing humidity (i.e., moisture) and/or heat within and/or adjacent a patient support mattress, without requiring any electrical power. A spacer fabric is used to create a non-crushable area of support below a patient's core area, where moisture and heat more commonly buildup. Integrated air cells in the mattress have resilient elements such as open-celled foam interiors. The air cells are connected by air tubing to the spacer fabric, and the mattress is otherwise vented externally from the spacer fabric. As a result, the patient's movement causes air to be expelled from or drawn into the air cells, which in turn results in air movement in the spacer fabric below a patient or user, resulting in cooling effects by removing moisture and/or heat, all without requiring external or internal electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Patent number: 9717638
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for reducing humidity (i.e., moisture) and/or heat within and/or adjacent a patient support mattress, without requiring any electrical power. A spacer fabric is used to create a non-crushable area of support below a patient's core area, where moisture and heat more commonly buildup. Integrated air cells in the mattress have resilient elements such as open-celled foam interiors. The air cells are connected by air tubing to the spacer fabric, and the mattress is otherwise vented externally from the spacer fabric. As a result, the patient's movement causes air to be expelled from or drawn into the air cells, which in turn results in air movement in the spacer fabric below a patient or user, resulting in cooling effects by removing moisture and/or heat, all without requiring external or internal electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Publication number: 20150250670
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for reducing humidity (i.e., moisture) and/or heat within and/or adjacent a patient support mattress, without requiring any electrical power. A spacer fabric is used to create a non-crushable area of support below a patient's core area, where moisture and heat more commonly buildup. Integrated air cells in the mattress have resilient elements such as open-celled foam interiors. The air cells are connected by air tubing to the spacer fabric, and the mattress is otherwise vented externally from the spacer fabric. As a result, the patient's movement causes air to be expelled from or drawn into the air cells, which in turn results in air movement in the spacer fabric below a patient or user, resulting in cooling effects by removing moisture and/or heat, all without requiring external or internal electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: SPAN-AMERICA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Patent number: 8893340
    Abstract: A mattress cover is disclosed for redirecting shear on a patient's skin away from the areas of the body relatively more likely to develop decubitus ulcers. The mattress cover includes an upper portion designed to cover the topside of a mattress, and at least one shear transfer zone attached to an underside of the upper portion of the mattress cover. The shear transfer zone(s) may be made of a low shear material so as to create a low friction interface between the mattress and the mattress cover to reduce shear forces exerted by the mattress. Additionally, the shear transfer zone(s) may be arranged such that a large portion of the shear forces exerted by the mattress can be redirected to areas of the body that are relatively less likely to develop decubitus ulcers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. O'Reagan, Richard W. Raburn
  • Publication number: 20140137874
    Abstract: A heel elevating positioner is provided. The heel elevating positioner includes a foam block. The foam block includes a top surface having a curved portion or curved top edge. Such features can assist with supporting a leg of a patient and hinder dropping or rotation of an associated foot and toes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Publication number: 20130247304
    Abstract: A mattress cover is disclosed for redirecting shear on a patient's skin away from the areas of the body relatively more likely to develop decubitus ulcers. The mattress cover includes an upper portion designed to cover the topside of a mattress, and at least one shear transfer zone attached to an underside of the upper portion of the mattress cover. The shear transfer zone(s) may be made of a low shear material so as to create a low friction interface between the mattress and the mattress cover to reduce shear forces exerted by the mattress. Additionally, the shear transfer zone(s) may be arranged such that a large portion of the shear forces exerted by the mattress can be redirected to areas of the body that are relatively less likely to develop decubitus ulcers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: James R. O'Reagan, Richard W. Raburn
  • Patent number: 8438682
    Abstract: A mattress cover is disclosed for redirecting shear on a patient's skin away from the areas of the body relatively more likely to develop decubitus ulcers. The mattress cover includes an upper portion designed to cover the topside of a mattress, and at least one shear transfer zone attached to an underside of the upper portion of the mattress cover. The shear transfer zone(s) may be made of a low shear material so as to create a low friction interface between the mattress and the mattress cover to reduce shear forces exerted by the mattress. Additionally, the shear transfer zone(s) may be arranged such that a large portion of the shear forces exerted by the mattress can be redirected to areas of the body that are relatively less likely to develop decubitus ulcers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. O'Reagan, Richard W. Raburn
  • Patent number: 8397327
    Abstract: An insert for a bed facilitates use of a mattress having one cross-sectional profile with a bed frame having a different cross-sectional profile. An insert includes a base extending between sidewalls which have various contoured surfaces. The contoured sidewall surfaces enable the insert to be disposed in a bed frame in association with a mattress. Inner surfaces of the sidewalls are configured to accommodate receipt of a mattress while outer surfaces of the sidewalls are configured for the insert to be disposed in a bed frame. The surface sidewalls may further be configured to provide the insert with a safety feature which prevents or reduces the likelihood of a user falling from the side of a mattress associated with the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Publication number: 20120047651
    Abstract: An insert for a bed facilitates use of a mattress having one cross-sectional profile with a bed frame having a different cross-sectional profile. An insert includes a base extending between sidewalls which have various contoured surfaces. The contoured sidewall surfaces enable the insert to be disposed in a bed frame in association with a mattress. Inner surfaces of the sidewalls are configured to accommodate receipt of a mattress while outer surfaces of the sidewalls are configured for the insert to be disposed in a bed frame. The surface sidewalls may further be configured to provide the insert with a safety feature which prevents or reduces the likelihood of a user falling from the side of a mattress associated with the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: SPAN-AMERICA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Publication number: 20110131733
    Abstract: A mattress cover is disclosed for redirecting shear on a patient's skin away from the areas of the body relatively more likely to develop decubitus ulcers. The mattress cover includes an upper portion designed to cover the topside of a mattress, and at least one shear transfer zone attached to an underside of the upper portion of the mattress cover. The shear transfer zone(s) may be made of a low shear material so as to create a low friction interface between the mattress and the mattress cover to reduce shear forces exerted by the mattress. Additionally, the shear transfer zone(s) may be arranged such that a large portion of the shear forces exerted by the mattress can be redirected to areas of the body that are relatively less likely to develop decubitus ulcers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: SPAN-AMERICA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: James R. O'Reagan, Richard W. Raburn
  • Publication number: 20100281618
    Abstract: A bladder comprising an outer and inner surface having a length, height and width, first and second ends, and an internal volume. A support structure is disposed within the bladder and has a length, width, height as well as an inner and outer region. The outer region of the support structure comprises support projections which define openings in the outer region of the support structure. The support projections have an engaging end which contacts the inner surface of the bladder and exerts force upon the inner surface of the bladder. The support projections maintain the internal volume of the bladder in a no-load sate. The openings in the support structure allow air to move freely in the bladder versus a solid support structure lacking openings. This aids in distribution of air within the bladder and provides air-like pressure management and comfort in addition to the structural support provided by foam inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: SPAN-AMERICA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Publication number: 20100043143
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for controlling humidity (i.e., moisture) within and/or adjacent a coverlet associated with a multi-layer air mattress. Humidity sensors may be incorporated at selected locations within the coverlet and coupled to a controller that is configured to provide a closed-loop control signal to vary air flow rate through the coverlet to control the rate of moisture adjustment, such as removal. In part, present subject matter may include a combination of a Low-Air-Loss (LAL) topper, having a pair of humidity sensors, one of which is at an inlet to the LAL topper and the other of which is at a selected one of existing outlets of the LAL topper. Air flow through the LAL topper is kept constant, in accordance with its basic operation, while the two humidity sensors are part of a closed-loop feedback control system, which adjusts the humidity of the air being input at the inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: SPAN-AMERICA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: James R. O'Reagan, Joseph A. Lazich, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080263776
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for controlling humidity (i.e., moisture) within and/or adjacent a coverlet associated with a multi-layer air mattress. Humidity sensors may be incorporated at selected locations within the coverlet and coupled to a controller that is configured to provide a closed-loop control signal to vary air flow rate through the coverlet to control the rate of moisture adjustment, such as removal. In part, present subject matter may include a combination of a Low-Air-Loss (LAL) topper, having a pair of humidity sensors, one of which is at an inlet to the LAL topper and the other of which is at a selected one of existing outlets of the LAL topper. Air flow through the LAL topper is kept constant, in accordance with its basic operation, while the two humidity sensors are part of a closed-loop feedback control system, which adjusts the humidity of the air being input at the inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. O'Reagan, Joseph A. Lazich
  • Patent number: 7100229
    Abstract: A foam mattress system having transverse support ribs is provided for reduction of shear stress between a person's skin and the surface of the mattress system. The mattress system may include a mattress to be used independent of other mattresses or springs, or a mattress pad to be used atop other mattresses or springs, and either may be used on both a flat bed and a bed with an inclined torso section. The mattress system includes transverse, lateral support ribs upon the support surface of the mattress. The support ribs have a predetermined cross-sectional geometry that is curvilinear with a superior aspect generally disposed for receipt of a person and a smaller inferior aspect opposite. The inferior aspect of the cross-section of the support ribs may undercut the portion of the support ribs vertically above it. Having such cross-sectional geometry, the support ribs are thereby directionally oriented, either toward the foot or toward the head of the mattress system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Patent number: 4182566
    Abstract: In a camera, a motion transmitting member has a wedge-shaped end portion inserted between a shutter release member and a shutter restraining member. Manual depression of the release member pivots the motion transmitting member, which moves the restraining member to free the camera shutter for exposure. A spring member urges the motion transmitting member to maintain its wedge-shaped end portion in mutual contact with the release and restraining members. The spring-urging automatically adjusts the position of the motion transmitting member between the release and restraining members to compensate for wear of their contacting surface portions and substantially prevents any lost motion or lag between manual depression of the release member and movement of the restraining member to enable shutter actuation. Following shutter actuation, manual movement of a film member causes an extracting member to remove the motion transmitting member from between the release and restraining members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Patent number: D502350
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan