Patents by Inventor Thomas Joseph Durlach

Thomas Joseph Durlach 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: 20200352475
    Abstract: Patient support apparatuses include a frame, support surface, and a controller. The controller provides notification to a user of a service event relating to the patient support apparatus. The controller limits functionality of a component of the patient support apparatus based upon a severity of the service event. The controller may also, or alternatively, detect when a control is activated by a user and, in response to such activation, determine whether the patient support apparatus has been marked for use or marked for servicing. If marked for use, the controller responds in a first manner, and if marked for service, the controller responds in a different manner. In other embodiments, a method is provided for determining an order in which multiple patient support apparatuses should be service. In still other embodiments, the patient support apparatus automatically changes to an unusable configuration when in need of high priority service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie Désaulniers, Kevin Mark Patmore, Thomas Joseph Durlach
  • Publication number: 20200305766
    Abstract: A caregiver assistance system is disclosed for assisting a caregiver to ensure the beds of high fall risk patients are in desired states for reducing the likelihood of a patient falling. The system may also help the caregiver to perform rounding tasks. The system comprises a server in communication with the patients' beds and one or more mobile electronic devices (e.g. smart phones). The mobile devices receive answers to a plurality of fall risk questions and forward them to the server. The server generates a patient fall risk assessment from the answers, determines a desired state for fall-risk components of the bed if the patient fall risk assessment indicates the patient has a high risk of falling, compares the states of the fall-risk components to corresponding desired states, and issues an alert at the mobile device if any of the fall-risk components are not in their desired state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Durlach, Ross Michael Nave
  • Publication number: 20200312452
    Abstract: A caregiver assistance system is disclosed for helping caregivers manage the care of existing bed sores and/or reduce the risk of a patient developing bed sores. The system may also help the caregiver to perform rounding tasks and/or to reduce the likelihood of patient falls. The system comprises a server application in communication with the patient's bed and one or more mobile electronic devices (e.g. smart phones). The mobile devices receive individual assessments of a plurality of bed sore risk factors and forward them to the server. The server generates bed sore risk scores from the answers and forward them to an EMR server. The server may also determine one or more risk reduction steps, display them on the mobile electronic device, and/or forward them to the patients' beds for implementation thereon. Additional bed sore information may be captured and sent to the EMR.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Durlach, Ross Michael Nave
  • Publication number: 20200312115
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus system and patient support apparatus, such as a bed, cot, stretcher, operating table, recliner, or the like, include a litter frame, a support deck, a sensor configured to detect caregiver activity, a transceiver communicating with a server, and a controller. The controller is configured to send alerts or messages to the server when caregiver assignment errors or caregiver inattention issues are identified. An alert is sent when a caregiver has not attended to a patient within a certain period of time, or when a caregiver has not been assigned to a particular patient or a particular location within a healthcare facility to which a patient has been assigned. The patient support apparatus and system are in communication with other healthcare facility systems and devices that gather and share information and data to alert caregivers in an effort to avoid patient neglect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Durlach, Ross Michael Nave
  • Patent number: 10750978
    Abstract: Patient support apparatuses include a frame, support surface, and a controller. The controller provides notification to a user of a service event relating to the patient support apparatus. The controller limits functionality of a component of the patient support apparatus based upon a severity of the service event. The controller may also, or alternatively, detect when a control is activated by a user and, in response to such activation, determine whether the patient support apparatus has been marked for use or marked for servicing. If marked for use, the controller responds in a first manner, and if marked for service, the controller responds in a different manner. In other embodiments, a method is provided for determining an order in which multiple patient support apparatuses should be service. In still other embodiments, the patient support apparatus automatically changes to an unusable configuration when in need of high priority service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie Désaulniers, Kevin Mark Patmore, Thomas Joseph Durlach
  • Publication number: 20200203010
    Abstract: A caregiver assistance system for assisting a caregiver in a healthcare facility to perform his or her rounding duties comprises a server in communication with one or more patient beds and one or more electronic devices (e.g. smart phones) that are remote from the beds and that include a display, a user input, and a web browser. The server executes a caregiver assistance application that causes the electronic device to perform the following actions after the web browser of the electronic device accesses a particular URL whose content and function are controlled by the caregiver assistance application: (a) display rounding information on the display relating to a patient associated with the bed, and (b) forward a completion indication to the caregiver assistance application wherein the completion indication is generated in response to a caregiver manipulating the user input when the caregiver has completed a rounding task associated with the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Durlach, Ross Michael Nave
  • Publication number: 20200203007
    Abstract: A caregiver assistance system for assisting a caregiver in a healthcare facility to perform his or her rounding duties comprises a server in communication with one or more patient beds and one or more electronic devices (e.g. smart phones) that are remote from the beds and that include a display, a user input, and a web browser. The server executes a caregiver assistance application that causes the electronic device to perform the following actions after the web browser of the electronic device accesses a particular URL whose content and function are controlled by the caregiver assistance application: (a) display rounding information on the display relating to a patient associated with the bed, and (b) forward a completion indication to the caregiver assistance application wherein the completion indication is generated in response to a caregiver manipulating the user input when the caregiver has completed a rounding task associated with the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Durlach, Ross Michael Nave
  • Patent number: 10403401
    Abstract: A medical system includes a medical apparatus, a computer, a user input device, and at least one feature in communication with and controlled by the computer. The computer is in communication with the user input device, which is configured and arranged to allow a user to purchase the use of the feature. The computer is configured to enable the use of the feature after the user purchases use of the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Richard A. Derenne, Martin W. Stryker, Richard C. Mayoras, Jr., Thomas Joseph Durlach
  • Publication number: 20190167155
    Abstract: Patient support apparatuses include a frame, support surface, and a controller. The controller provides notification to a user of a service event relating to the patient support apparatus. The controller limits functionality of a component of the patient support apparatus based upon a severity of the service event. The controller may also, or alternatively, detect when a control is activated by a user and, in response to such activation, determine whether the patient support apparatus has been marked for use or marked for servicing. If marked for use, the controller responds in a first manner, and if marked for service, the controller responds in a different manner. In other embodiments, a method is provided for determining an order in which multiple patient support apparatuses should be service. In still other embodiments, the patient support apparatus automatically changes to an unusable configuration when in need of high priority service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie Désaulniers, Kevin Mark Patmore, Thomas Joseph Durlach
  • Patent number: 10231649
    Abstract: Patient support apparatuses include a frame, support surface, and a controller. The controller provides notification to a user of a service event relating to the patient support apparatus. The controller limits functionality of a component of the patient support apparatus based upon a severity of the service event. The controller may also, or alternatively, detect when a control is activated by a user and, in response to such activation, determine whether the patient support apparatus has been marked for use or marked for servicing. If marked for use, the controller responds in a first manner, and if marked for service, the controller responds in a different manner. In other embodiments, a method is provided for determining an order in which multiple patient support apparatuses should be service. In still other embodiments, the patient support apparatus automatically changes to an unusable configuration when in need of high priority service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie Désaulniers, Kevin Mark Patmore, Thomas Joseph Durlach
  • Publication number: 20180110445
    Abstract: Patient support apparatuses include a frame, support surface, and a controller. The controller provides notification to a user of a service event relating to the patient support apparatus. The controller limits functionality of a component of the patient support apparatus based upon a severity of the service event. The controller may also, or alternatively, detect when a control is activated by a user and, in response to such activation, determine whether the patient support apparatus has been marked for use or marked for servicing. If marked for use, the controller responds in a first manner, and if marked for service, the controller responds in a different manner. In other embodiments, a method is provided for determining an order in which multiple patient support apparatuses should be service. In still other embodiments, the patient support apparatus automatically changes to an unusable configuration when in need of high priority service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie Désaulniers, Kevin Mark Patmore, Thomas Joseph Durlach
  • Publication number: 20160140307
    Abstract: A medical system includes a medical apparatus, a computer, a user input device, and at least one feature in communication with and controlled by the computer. The computer is in communication with the user input device, which is configured and arranged to allow a user to purchase the use of the feature. The computer is configured to enable the use of the feature after the user purchases use of the feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Richard A. Derenne, Martin W. Stryker, Richard C. Mayoras, Jr., Thomas Joseph Durlach