Patents by Inventor Michael M. Frondorf

Michael M. Frondorf 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: 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: 20180243518
    Abstract: A nebulizer assembly for a respiratory device is provided having a housing defining a chamber. The housing also has a nebulizer port configured to receive a nebulizer to discharge atomized medication into the chamber. An outlet of a handle is coupled to the inlet of the housing. A hose is coupled to an inlet of the handle. A patient interface is coupled to the outlet of the housing. Air flows from the hose to the patient interface via the handle and the housing. The air mixes with the atomized medication within the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Jack B. SING, Nookarajesh Varma SANGADI, Michael M. FRONDORF, Pratheep K. MAHALINGAM, Suresha VENKATARAYA, Yue WANG, Chau Chong YE, Joel Preetham FERNANDES, Cong JIANG, Wei T. TAN, Eugene KUNG, Siew Ying KOH, Tak Wei David TEO, Leah NOAEILL
  • Publication number: 20140221764
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus a frame, an emergency switch, and a controller. The frame is movable from an operating position to one of a plurality of emergency switches as a result of engagement of the emergency switch. The controller is configured to determine a time interval in which the frame is in one of the plurality of emergency positions as a result of engagement of the emergency switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: William G. PITTENGER, Michael M. FRONDORF
  • Publication number: 20140130257
    Abstract: A person support surface configured to maximize pressure relief when the various portions of the support surface are at an angle with respect to a reference plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. FRONDORF, Christopher R. O'KEEFE, Mark LANNING
  • Patent number: 8620625
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring a patient in a patient-support apparatus includes a detector, a standard, and a controller. The detector detects electromagnetic radiation in a field. The standard conveys a predetermined electromagnetic signature to the detector. The controller monitors the electromagnetic radiation in the field and compares the electromagnetic radiation to the standard to determine the position of a patient supported on a patient-support apparatus positioned in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Barney Sing, Michael M. Frondorf
  • Patent number: 8584282
    Abstract: An adjustable bed comprises an occupant support having adjustable settings that include an elevation, a profile and an angular orientation. The bed also includes an interface for allowing desired values of the adjustable settings to be individually commanded. The bed also includes a single-action boost control for commanding a boost configuration comprising a boost elevation setting and a boost profile setting and a boost angular orientation setting. The bed also includes an adjustment system for adjusting the bed to the desired values of the adjustable settings in response to inputs to the interface and for adjusting the elevation, profile and angular orientation to the boost configuration settings in response to input applied to the single-action boost control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. Frondorf, Mitchell A. Smith, James R. Risk, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130081205
    Abstract: A person support surface configured to maximize pressure relief when the various portions of the support surface are at an angle with respect to a reference plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Michael M. Frondorf, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Mark Lanning
  • Publication number: 20130069771
    Abstract: Apparatus for communicating with a nurse call system is provided. The apparatus includes a hospital bed and a module spaced from the hospital bed. The hospital bed has a power cord including a first AC plug that plugs into an AC receptacle of the module. The module has a separate power cord that plugs into a standard AC power receptacle. Thus, power is provided to the hospital bed via the module. Bed data is communicated to the module via at least one conductor of the power cord that couples the bed to the module. The module has circuitry that extracts the bed data sent from the bed via the power cord and communicates the bed data to the nurse call system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael M. Frondorf
  • Patent number: 8286282
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a bed frame with movable portions and a mattress supported on the bed frame. A control system synchronously controls inflation and deflation of at least one air bladder of the mattress and movement of at least one of the movable portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kummer, Gregory W. Branson, Eric R. Meyer, Bradley T. Wilson, Tanya Taber, Kenith W. Chambers, Michael M. Frondorf, John Vodzak, James R. Stolpmann, Roger D. Dalton, Kenneth R. Smith, Jeffrey A. Heyser
  • Patent number: 8267206
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Publication number: 20120215360
    Abstract: A patient support may, among other things, support a person in a number of positions including a reclined, laying-down and/or seated position. An electronic writing tablet enables the capture of handwritten input in electronic form. The patient support may include one or more electronic writing tablets operably coupled thereto. Handwritten input of a patient or a caregiver may, among other things, be captured at the electronic writing tablet, stored at the patient support, converted into a bed command, communicated to an external system (such as an EMR system or a patient-nurse communication system) and/or displayed at the point of care.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, Michael M. Frondorf
  • Publication number: 20120029879
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring a patient in a patient-support apparatus includes a detector, a standard, and a controller. The detector detects electromagnetic radiation in a field. The standard conveys a predetermined electromagnetic signature to the detector. The controller monitors the electromagnetic radiation in the field and compares the electromagnetic radiation to the standard to determine the position of a patient supported on a patient-support apparatus positioned in the field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Jack Barney Sing, Michael M. Frondorf
  • Publication number: 20120012408
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Publication number: 20110309802
    Abstract: Embodiments of apparatus and methods for charging a battery are disclosed. The apparatus may comprise a connector configured to electrically couple to a battery, an adjustable current source capable of supplying current to the connector at a plurality of charge rates, and a resistor network configured to bias the adjustable current source to supply current at one of the plurality of charge rates in response to a digital input signal. The method may comprise receiving a digital input signal having a plurality of bits, the digital input signal indicating a desired charge rate for the battery, configuring a resistor network in response to the digital input signal, biasing an adjustable current source using the configured resistor network, and supplying current to the battery at the desired charge rate using the adjustable current source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Adam Hoffman, Michael M. Frondorf, Shichun Zhu
  • Patent number: 8056165
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a rotation therapy device, a pulsation therapy device, a dynamic therapy device, and a control system for operating the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-ROM Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A Kummer, Gregory W Branson, Eric R Meyer, Bradley T. Wilson, Tanya Taber, Kenith W. Chambers, Michael M. Frondorf, John Vodzak, James R. Stolpmann, Roger D. Dalton, Kenneth R. Smith, Jeffrey A Heyser
  • Patent number: 8051931
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Patent number: 7934276
    Abstract: An end panel 312 for a patient-support apparatus 310 includes a main portion 316 and one or more movable portions 330, 332. The movable portions 330, 332 are movable to provide a barrier 318 in a gap between a siderail 360 of the patient-support apparatus 310 and the main portion 316 of the end panel 312.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Kenneth W. Meyer, John B. Wilker, Jr., Richard H. Heimbrock, James L. Walke, Robert M. Zerhusen, Michael M. Frondorf
  • Publication number: 20110035883
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Patent number: 7828092
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support. The traction device includes a storage position and a use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Publication number: 20100125952
    Abstract: An adjustable bed comprises an occupant support having adjustable settings that include an elevation, a profile and an angular orientation. The bed also includes an interface for allowing desired values of the adjustable settings to be individually commanded. The bed also includes a single-action boost control for commanding a boost configuration comprising a boost elevation setting and a boost profile setting and a boost angular orientation setting. The bed also includes an adjustment system for adjusting the bed to the desired values of the adjustable settings in response to inputs to the interface and for adjusting the elevation, profile and angular orientation to the boost configuration settings in response to input applied to the single-action boost control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventors: Michael M. Frondorf, Mitchell A. Smith, James R. Risk, JR.