Body Rests, Supports Or Positioners For Therapeutic Purpose (e.g., Sexual, Postural, Head, Etc.) Patents (Class 128/845)
  • Patent number: 11071683
    Abstract: A personal sex toy includes vertical legs and a support body fixedly adjustable along a length of the vertical legs. Slide mount plates are coupled to the support body. The slide mount plates each include a linear slide support. A sliding rod includes a first end and a second end. The sliding rod is slidably engaged within the linear slide supports. A handle is coupled to the first end of the sliding rod. A phallic member is releasably coupled to the second end of the sliding rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: William Jaimie Ray
  • Patent number: 11064913
    Abstract: A mouth guard, or wearable device, senses impact forces, calculates risk factors for injury, and displays status of risk and potential injury. A mouth guard may be used to identify, treat and prevent exacerbating brain injury. A wearable device can be programmed with biometric data to better calculate and anticipate impact thresholds and more precisely predict and prevent injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Force Impact Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Gonzales, Robert Merriman
  • Patent number: 11064956
    Abstract: A breast compression paddle for use in an imaging system includes a compression surface and a jacket. The jacket includes at least one inflatable chamber disposed adjacent to the compression surface and a sheet covering at least a portion of the compression surface. The at least one inflatable chamber is configured to selectively inflate and induce the sheet to slide along the compression surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Defreitas, Timothy R. Stango
  • Patent number: 11013648
    Abstract: A wheelchair comprising a support frame (200), a seat frame (210), which is connected movingly in its front part to the support frame (200), and is connected in its rear part to the support frame (200) via a spring shock absorbing mechanism in the form of a torsion beam (105) connected to the rear axle (101) of the wheelchair, via at least one connecting element (104) allowing for immobilization of the connection between the torsion beam (105) and the rear axle (101), wherein at least one end of the torsion beam (105) is fixedly connected to the lever (110) which is pivotally connected to the connector (120) connected to the rear part of the seat frame (210), furthermore, the ends of the torsion beam are pivotally supported by the slide sleeves (103) located in the brackets (102) mounted on the rear axle (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MBL Poland Sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Przemyslaw Misztela, Sebastian Zawalski, Adam Szymczak, Bichel Mogens Lauritsen
  • Patent number: 10993549
    Abstract: A diaper changing apparatus that restrains an infant, child, or special need individual in a way that aids the caregiver's ability to manipulate his or her position and orientation to provide access to the diaper area during diaper changing activities. The apparatus allows the caregiver to easily lift the legs and buttocks, providing access to the underside of the infant, child, or special need individual for diaper changing activities. In some embodiments, adjustments to the height of the legs and buttocks and the separation of the legs may be made during a diaper change by moving a restraint of the apparatus in the direction of the desired adjustment. Some embodiments aid a caregiver by restraining the arms, chest, or torso to prevent the infant, child, or special needs individual from interfering with the diaper change, but without immobilizing him so much that the caregiver cannot easily adjust his position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Aaron James Karavias
  • Patent number: 10925492
    Abstract: A system and method of producing a medical support device is disclosed. The disclosure determining a three-dimensional shape of the medical support device for supporting an anatomical body part of a patient, the method executed by a computer and including acquiring body part geometry data describing a geometry of the anatomical body part; acquiring medical procedure data describing a medical procedure to be carried out on the patient; acquiring atlas data describing a general three-dimensional shape of the anatomical body part; determining, based on the body part geometry data and the medical procedure data and the atlas data, support device geometry data describing the geometry of the support device. The method and system further includes generative forming of the device by issuing at least one control command to the generative forming device for forming the medical support device based on the support device geometry data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BRAINLAB AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Steinle, Christoffer Hamilton, Nils Frielinghaus
  • Patent number: 10925552
    Abstract: A mobile CBCT imaging system is constructed on a mobile base. A scanning ring having an x-ray source and one or more curved detectors is connected to the mobile base. The scanning ring is configured to be spatially positioned as desired by an operator. The source is configured to revolve about an imaging axis and to emit radiographic energy toward the imaging axis, and the one or more detectors has an array of photosensors disposed along a curved surface facing the imaging axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaohui Wang, David H. Foos, Timothy J. Wojcik, Craig F. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10905615
    Abstract: A support system for positioning a patient in lateral position during surgery procedures with a removable, adjustable support pad assembly, comprising a first support unit arranged for attachment to side rail on a lateral edge of an operating table, and a second support unit comprising an arm connected movably by the using of a movable connection with a pad plate adapted to position a support pad connected by a biasing connector to a support plate with degrees of freedom of angular rotational movement of the support pad in relation to the patient. The biasing connector comprises a channel formed between a base plate support segment and a projection clamping the pad plate apart from the support plate to allow flow of air and/or fluids from the support pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Innovative Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Blackwell
  • Patent number: 10881570
    Abstract: A surgical frame and method for use thereof is provided. The surgical frame is capable of reconfiguration before, during, or after surgery. The surgical frame includes a main beam that can be rotated, raised/lowered, and tilted upwardly/downwardly to afford positioning and repositioning of a patient supported thereon. The surgical frame also includes a pelvic support for supporting a patient during movement of the main beam. The pelvic support is articulable between at least a retracted first position where the pelvic support is withdrawn from the pelvic area of the patient, and an extended second position where the pelvic area is supported thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC
    Inventors: Roy K. Lim, Richard A. Hynes
  • Patent number: 10828187
    Abstract: An arm positioning device for supporting the arms of a patient in an arms-up position for some therapeutic or diagnostic procedure on the patient is disclosed. The device includes a base, a pair of wings or panels, and a pair of arm supports. The wings or panels extend upwardly and outwardly from the base and each mounts a respective one of the pair of arm supports thereon. The arm supports are configured to be slid along the wing or panel on which they are mounted to any one of plural working positions wherein they are located above the wing to hold the upper arm of a patient thereon. Each of the arm supports includes a cuff, which is pivotable to a retracted position located below the wing on which the arm support is mounted so as not to interfere with the placement of the patient on the arm positioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTEC, INC.
    Inventor: Roger F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10813582
    Abstract: An automated medical apparatus for providing medical care in remote areas to a patient is provided. The apparatus includes a container having corrugated steel enclosure on all sides and transportable using a standardized commercial shipping mechanism, the container having a door with a handle and lock mechanism for secure entry and secure accommodation of the patient for treatment. The container has integrated into an inner ceiling side of the container, a plurality of automated dispensers, the dispensers configured for dispensing sterilization material upon determining by the apparatus that the door has been opened and closed, a first time and a second time respectively, such that the patient is assumed to have completed the treatment and exited the container. Further, the apparatus includes a power management device, a processor, a medical device interface, and a patient interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Fleming, Christina Lara, Michael P. Copeland, Calline K. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10812914
    Abstract: A tactile sound device in proximate contact with a user, comprising a multistage arrangement of vibrotactile materials to impart visceral sensations to a user. The device imparts a physical sensation via a multistage arrangement of vibrotactile materials embodied in a wearable or seated configuration, in response to a wired or wireless signal input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUBPAC, INC.
    Inventors: John Alexiou, Todd Chernecki, Sarosh S. Khwaja
  • Patent number: 10786371
    Abstract: An aid device for the motor disabled, suitable for allowing walking of transfemoral amputees, having: a lower-limb prosthesis of an amputated limb; a lower-limb orthosis suitable to be worn at a sound contralateral lower-limb; an orthotic pelvis module connecting the prosthesis to the lower-limb orthosis; and a control unit for the operational coordination of movements of the prosthesis and the lower-limb orthosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA
    Inventors: Nicola Vitiello, Tommaso Lenzi, Stefano Marco Maria De Rossi, Francesco Giovacchini, Marco Cempini, Maria Chiara Carrozza
  • Patent number: 10722418
    Abstract: An ankle-less walking assistant apparatus includes: a body supporting the back of a wearer; left and right hip joint-drivers extending from both sides of the body; left and right thigh links having first ends connected to the left and right hip joint-drivers, respectively; left and right knee-drivers connected to second ends of the left and right thigh links, respectively; left and right calf links having first ends connected to the left and right knee-drivers, respectively; and ground-contact feet fixed to second ends of the left and right calf links, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Jin Hyun, Kyung Mo Jung, Sang In Park, Hyun Seop Lim
  • Patent number: 10639231
    Abstract: An intercourse assistance device for reducing the length of a penis that enters a vagina. The intercourse assistance device has a support body with a front side and a rear side. The support body is made of resistantly-rigid material. The device includes a region of deformably-soft material monolithically positioned centrally within the support body. The deformably-soft material is adapted to deform when in contact with the penis. The device also includes a reflexively-closable opening cut out from the region of reflexively-deformable material. The opening is adapted to removably receive the penis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ovid, LLC
    Inventors: Julie Fryman, Michelle Larue
  • Patent number: 10610720
    Abstract: A mouth-opening training device includes a water-filled bag having a zigzag edge or a sawtooth edge. By increasing or decreasing the amount of water located inside the water-filled bag to alter the total thickness of the water-filled bag, the device can accommodate different thickness of occlusion of teeth of a patient. The device can make a further improvement on layers of flavor in occlusion of the teeth. The device can further include a plurality of pivotable plate-shaped objects connected or coupled to the water-filled bag. The plate-shaped objects can provide different thickness combinations and further meet the user demands on thickness of occlusion of the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Changhua Christian Medical Foundation Changhua Christian Hospital
    Inventors: Mu-Kuan Chen, Gene Chen, Chih-Hua Chen, Mei-Hui Chang
  • Patent number: 10500015
    Abstract: A surgical robotic arm support system may include a base and at least one post and/or a connection for coupling a robot arm to the support system. The base may be configured to at least partially surround a surgical table. The at least one post may have a first end supported on the base and a second end configured to support a robotic arm. The at least one post may be configured to be coupled to a surgical table. The connection may support a mechanical and/or electrical connectivity between the support system and a coupled robot arm. Electrical connectivity may be configured to identify at least one of the robot arm connections to which at least one robot arm is connected. Each robot arm connection may be configured to maintain a portion of a connected robot arm at a predetermined position from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Eric Taylor, Josh Snow, Peter Hathaway, Michael Stow, Russell Pribanic, Andrew Miesse, Christopher Switalski, Michael Zemlok, Jason Iceman
  • Patent number: 10499928
    Abstract: A method and device for reducing the damaging effects of radiant energy, blast, or concussive events includes applying pressure to at least one jugular vein to reduce the egress of blood from the cranial cavity during or before the incidence of the imparting event. Reducing blood outflow from the cranial cavity increases intracranial volume and/or pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury and injuries to the spinal column. Reducing blood outflow further increases the intracranial pressure and volume, and thereby increases the pressure and volume of the cochlear fluid, the vitreous humor and the cerebrospinal fluid to thereby reduce the risk of injury to the inner ear, internal structure of the eye and of the spinal column. In addition, increasing intracranial pressure and volume reduces the likelihood of brain injury and any associated loss of olfactory function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TBI INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Smith, Kevin John Vititoe, Jamison Joseph Float, Chad Michael Leeder
  • Patent number: 10485087
    Abstract: A portable information terminal is separated from a charged particle beam irradiation apparatus for performing processing of a sample by irradiating the sample with a charged particle beam. The portable information terminal performs operation of a first operation item at a desired position and includes a display controller causing a display unit to display an image containing a graphical user interface (GUI) capable of operating the first operation item based on operation by a user, the first operation item being one or more operation items among a plurality of items operable in the charged particle beam irradiation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuma Aso, Atsushi Uemoto, Tatsuya Asahata, Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10431335
    Abstract: Certain examples provide systems, methods, and apparatus to provide information regarding medical devices via a mobile device. An example method for mobile medical device management includes providing a representation of one or more medical devices with a visual indication of a status for each device. The representation is to visually convey information regarding each of the one or more medical devices and is selectable by a user to provide additional information regarding each of the one or more medical devices. The method includes facilitating interaction with the one or more medical devices via the mobile device. The method includes dynamically updating the status for each medical device via communication between the mobile device and one or more facilities at which the one or more medical devices are located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Cork, Brian C. Case, Jonathan Prendergast, John W. Barry
  • Patent number: 10426460
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to syndesmosis reinforcement. Embodiments include a clamp having two jaws that extend toward each other to clamp two bone portions therebetween. The clamp may include an angle gauge and an adjustment mechanism having a force gauge that combine to enable the compression of the two bone portions in an optimal direction or angle and at an optimal, measurable compression force. Embodiments also include a tension instrument configured to knotlessly lock a flexible strand construct between two anchors at the same optimal direction and tension applied by the clamp. Further embodiments include an exemplary syndesmosis reinforcement procedure that employs the clamp and the tension instrument to construct a ligament reinforcement construct that achieves optimal anatomic positioning in both directional alignment and the reduction force applied by the construct. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Taber, T. Wade Fallin, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Patent number: 10413761
    Abstract: A line retraction device includes a rotatable drum having a line associated therewith, with the line including a first end directly or indirectly attached to the drum and a second end opposite the first end, and at least one retraction member biasing the drum in a first rotational direction of the drum opposite a second rotational direction of the drum, where the drum is configured to: (i) retract the line when the drum moves in the first rotational direction; and (ii) payout the line when the drum moves in the second rotational direction. The device further including a damper assembly configured to provide rotational resistance to the drum in: (i) the first rotational direction of the drum as the line is being retracted; and (ii) the second rotational direction as the line is being paid out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Mitchell H. Hetrich
  • Patent number: 10417510
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for in-vehicle fiducial mark tracking and interpretation According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for executing computer executable instructions by one or more processors. The method includes receiving the one or more images from at least one camera attached to a vehicle; selecting, from the one or more received images, a region of interest associated with an object in the vehicle; identifying fiducial marks within the selected region of interest by comparing the identified fiducial marks with one or more stored fiducial representations; determining, based at least in part on the comparison, spatial information associated with the object or an occupant of the vehicle; and sending information based at least in part on the determined spatial information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Graumann, Carlos Montesinos, Jennifer Healey
  • Patent number: 10391332
    Abstract: The present invention provides a kit for immobilization of a patient body part for radiotherapy applications. The kit includes two moldable thermoplastic sheets, a lower sheet for covering the anatomical contours of a first area of the body part and an upper sheet for covering the anatomical contours of a second area of the body part which is not covered by the lower sheet. The upper and lower sheets form a double shell mask enclosing the body part. The sheets may be connected and retained by a fixation device. The sheets have different physical and visual properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Reginald Nieberding
  • Patent number: 10376402
    Abstract: The present invention is a mechanical assembly for single point torque adjustment, an apparatus and method of use of an improved belt for body support and for assisting body during musculoskeletal activities like heavy lifting, kneeling, bending and walking. The belt employs the single point torque adjusting mechanical assembly with an adjustable hinge along with resilient means which stores potential energy when the user alters from a neutral position and may help the body to return to the neutral position. The belt employs structure to share and direct load from head, neck and back to waist and ground. The apparatus may prevent the user from acquiring spondylitis, kyphosis or osteoporosis. The apparatus may be used for users who are subjected to frequent muscular work like bending up and down while carrying heavy loads, sitting too long, walking and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Ganesh Ram Jangir
  • Patent number: 10342997
    Abstract: System and method of dynamically presenting visual representations of a target volume in an anatomical context to an operator-user of a charged particle radiation therapy system. The visual representations are integrated as a part of a treatment console graphical user interface (GUI) and presented as a part of a holistic view of treatment information. The visual representations are digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs) constructed based on anatomical images captured before the therapy session, or alternatively during a treatment session using an imaging system attached to the radiation treatment system. In an online mode, the on-screen visual representations are rendered in synchronization with the irradiation delivery process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Spatola, Richard Kane
  • Patent number: 10342692
    Abstract: A spine support device includes a support plate having front and rear faces, a central opening, and a pair of stabilizing stirrups formed on the rear face of the support plate in spaced parallel relationship to augment the support provided by the support plate when positioned at its front face in contact with a portion of a person's back surrounding a region of spinal vertebra visible through the central opening in the support plate. The support plate has opposing inner side edge portions at opposing sides of the central opening and opposite peripheral side edge portions spaced outwardly therefrom with the stabilizing stirrups therebetween. The opposing inner side edge portions and the opposite peripheral side edge portions of the support plate have respective alternating peak and valley shapes for accommodating interconnecting facets of the spinal vertebra region visible through the central opening in the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Pallone
  • Patent number: 10342632
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a head fixation apparatus including a number of support posts, and a curved ring portion including a number of connectors configured to adjustably and releasably mount support posts on the lower ring portion, such that the support posts are selectively mounted to a subset of the connectors in a customized arrangement for a patient. The apparatus may include a ring mount configured for fixation to a platform, including a curved channel substantially matching a curvature of the curved ring portion, and a mount locking mechanism for locking the curved ring portion within the channel of the ring mount. The curved ring portion may be configured to rotate within the channel of the ring mount while the ring mount is fixed to the platform, an angular head position of the patient being selectably adjustable while the patient is laying on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MONTERIS MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Andrews, Mark Grant, Brooke Ren, Richard Tyc
  • Patent number: 10342722
    Abstract: Surgical tables employing lordosis adjustment subassemblies connected by hinge portions to rigid support frames, and related systems and methods are disclosed. A surgical table includes a frame supporting a patient in a prone position through subassemblies including body and leg pads. Relative positions of the pads determine a lumbar sagittal lordosis for the patient, and movements of the frame may disrupt a sterile field during surgery and increase opportunities for infections. By rotatably coupling the leg pad as part of a lordosis adjustment subassembly to the frame, a distal end of the leg pad may pass through an inner space defined by the frame to change the relative position of the pads according to the surgical procedures performed while minimizing frame movement. In this manner, post-operative long-term patient outcomes may be improved by providing optimal degrees of lordosis for the surgical procedures occurring during a surgical visit while minimizing infections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Benito J. Garrido
  • Patent number: 10258348
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for specific shapes and combinations of the compression members amenable to the safest, yet most effective compression of the carotid and vertebral arteries aimed at prevention of embolic stroke. An associated method of achieving an optimal compression of said arteries for the purpose of stroke prevention is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Zhadkevich
  • Patent number: 10238568
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a surgical table and a limb support unit coupled to the surgical table. The limb support unit includes a support platform coupled to the surgical table in a fixed position, a first limb holder coupled to the support platform in a fixed position relative to the support platform, and a second limb holder coupled to the support platform and spaced apart from the first limb holder. The first limb holder includes a multi-axis joint coupled to the support platform in a fixed position and a spar coupled to the multi-axis joint to move relative to the support platform while supporting a patient's limb that has been coupled to the spar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Clark, Jesse S. Drake, Anthony V. Catacchio, Dustin T. Libby, Mark A. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 10213631
    Abstract: A lineman safety harness adapter system for use in association with a harness, having: a first harness adapter having a first strap having a first top end and a first bottom end loop configured to receive a first locking element at a first bottom end, a second strap having a second top end and a second bottom end loop configured to receive a second locking element at a second bottom end, a third strap having a third top end and a third bottom end loop configured to receive a third locking element at a third bottom end; the first strap, the second strap, and the third strap meeting at the first top end, the second top end, and the third top end into a first top loop configured to receive a fourth locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Nelson O. McKay
  • Patent number: 10098590
    Abstract: The table for performing breast biopsies is characterized by features that enhance patient comfort and facilitate performance of the biopsy. An opening in the table allowing the breast to extend below the table top is formed in a removable insert. An area of the insert includes padding. An alternate insert, having a different diameter opening may be selected based on patient breast size. Another insert having an asymmetrical opening may accommodate the patient's arm when it is desirable to position both the arm and breast of the patient below the table top. The table top is contoured such that symmetrical distal end sections are elevated relative to a central section to support the patient in multiple positions. A removable pad may be placed over the insert. An end portion for padding the hip of the patient is thicker than an end portion for padding the head/neck of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HOLOGIC INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. DeFreitas, Ian Shaw, Kathy Pickett, Aaron Fand, Agnes Mercurio, Linda Volpe, Kelly Farmer, Darrin Manke, Erin-Anne A. Lemieux, Christopher Paul Loughnane, Christopher Labak
  • Patent number: 10092442
    Abstract: A device and a method for creating and/or maintaining an obstruction free upper respiratory passages. The device is configured to fit under the chin of a subject adjacent to the subject's neck at an external location corresponding approximately with the subject's internal soft tissue associated with the neck's anterior triangle. The device is capable of exerting negative pressure on the surface of a subject's neck, displacing the soft tissue forward and enlarging the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SOMMETRICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jerome K. Aarestad, Richard Rose, John Nelson, Donna Palmer, Paulo Rangel
  • Patent number: 10058193
    Abstract: A diaper changing apparatus that restrains an infant, child, or special need individual in a way that aids the caregiver's ability to manipulate his or her position and orientation to provide access to the diaper area during diaper changing activities. The apparatus allows the caregiver to easily lift the legs and buttocks, providing access to the underside of the infant, child, or special need individual for diaper changing activities. In some embodiments, adjustments to the height of the legs and buttocks and the separation of the legs may be made during a diaper change by moving a restraint of the apparatus in the direction of the desired adjustment. Some embodiments aid a caregiver by restraining the arms, chest, or torso to prevent the infant, child, or special needs individual from interfering with the diaper change, but without immobilizing him so much that the caregiver cannot easily adjust his position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Aaron James Karavias
  • Patent number: 10028679
    Abstract: Mouth guards and related systems and methods for determining linear and angular accelerations of the head of a subject. A plurality of accelerometers are operatively associated with the mouth guard and spaced from one another about the mouth guard. The accelerometers produce outputs indicative of the linear and angular acceleration of the mouth guard. Optionally, the mouth guard can be used in conjunction with a helmet that is provided with a plurality of accelerometers spaced about the helmet. In use, the outputs of the accelerometers of the helmet can be correlated to the outputs of the accelerometers of the mouth guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: University of Alaska Anchorage
    Inventors: Anthony J. Paris, Jens Munk
  • Patent number: 9950191
    Abstract: A system for immobilization of a patient body part for radiotherapy applications which includes a device having at least one flanged support member which is suitable to be mounted to a fixation surface and is adapted to receive and retain at least two sheets is described. The first sheet covers the anatomical contours of a first area of the body part, and the second sheet covers the anatomical contours of a second area of the body part which is not covered by the first sheet. The system is capable of supporting the immobilized body part free from the fixation surface by the two sheets and the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Reginald Nieberding
  • Patent number: 9934767
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of an anterior load carriage stability and mobility support system, and more particularly to marching band equipment and marching drum stability and mobility support belt for a marching drummer in K-12 primary or secondary, a collegiate, a drum and bugle corps or the like. A device capable of providing a support mechanism for the lumbar region of a user's back that allows for load distribution from loads placed anteriorly and inferiorly to the drummer's body. A preferred embodiment of the device includes a large piece and two smaller pieces of neoprene fabric, dual straps sewn along the sides of the belt, removable commercial grade closed cell foam sheets, and two plastic tubing for a sturdy structure with flexibility and versatility, and Velcro® sewn along the straps and on the obverse side of the belt for easy and secure attachment of the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AUBURN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Andrea Michelle Sumner, Wendi Weimar, Sara Elizabeth Wolf
  • Patent number: 9889338
    Abstract: A foam roller exercise device is provided for allowing a user to stretch anatomical muscles and performing traction along a vertebral spine of the user. The foam roller exercise device includes a first large elongated body portion taking a semi-cylindrical shape, forms into two second parallel small elongated semi-cylindrical body portions, both body portions meeting the elongated central inner groove. The user applies a downward pressure with the body onto the device, causing both parallel elongated body portions to open outwardly, thereby carrying the force to stretch onto the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Chang Jun Yu
  • Patent number: 9888792
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a pillow system, in particular a pillow system that surrounds the subject's head, and moves with the subject. In some embodiments, the pillow system provides sound suppression. In some embodiments used with positive airways pressure (“PAP”) systems, the pillow system includes a tube that delivers breathable gas to a mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Laurent Brouqueyre, Peter Douglas Hill, Mark Wayne Barclay, Lauren Elizabeth Hueser
  • Patent number: 9808648
    Abstract: A system for immobilization of a patient body part for radiotherapy applications includes a device having at least one flanged support member which is mounted to a fixation surface. The device can receive and retain at least two sheets. A first sheet covers the anatomical contours of a first area of a body part. A second sheet covers the anatomical contours of a second area of the body part which is not covered by the first sheet. The system supports the immobilized body part free from the fixation surface by the two sheets and the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: DYNAMIC SYSTEMS HOLDING BV
    Inventor: Leendert Gerrit De Mooij
  • Patent number: 9782316
    Abstract: An adjustable-position support arm comprising a plurality of tubular elements connected to one another in series of joints; a locking mechanism disposed at each joint so that a first portion of the locking mechanism is secured to a first tubular element of that joint and a second portion of the locking mechanism is secured to the second tubular element of that same joint wherein the locking mechanism is configured in a locked condition to prevent rotation of the first tubular element relative to the second tubular element selectively unlocked condition so that the first tubular element is rotatable relative to the second tubular element; and an actuator for actuating all of the locking mechanisms from their locked condition to their unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Peter E. Schuerch, Jr., Hermanus Stephanus Pretorius
  • Patent number: 9730763
    Abstract: A head restraining device is provided for securing a patient's head to a bed. The head restraining device has a frame, a lower compliant support strap, and an upper compliant support strap. The frame has a first anchor assembly, a second anchor assembly, and a connecting mechanism for connecting the frame to the bed. The compliant support straps have a first end and a second end and support a portion of the patient's head. The first end of the upper compliant support strap and the first end of the lower compliant support strap are securable by the first anchor assembly and the second end of the upper compliant support strap and the second end of the lower compliant support strap are securable by the second anchor assembly. The head restraining device may be used for any surgical procedure where head fixation is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBADOS) INC.
    Inventor: Mariana Garcia Coni
  • Patent number: 9703321
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a wearable docking station containing magnets. A releasable module having matching magnets attaches to the docking station and may be programmed to respond to email or other messages arriving over a BLUETOOTH or other wireless connection to a mobile device. User alerts may also be provided as programmed images on the face of the module. The releasable module may be serviced using a direct physical connection between the module and a servicing device, the servicing device provided with a matching set of magnets, possibly embedded in a protective cover of a user's mobile device. As examples, servicing may comprise charging the module, syncing the module with the mobile device, transferring data, or establishing or amending a trusted pair relationship between the mobile device and the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: I-BLADES, INC.
    Inventor: Peter C. Salmon
  • Patent number: 9700452
    Abstract: A patient support system for a wheelchair is provided. At least a portion of the patient support system components form a no-air-loss patient support surface. At least one fluid pump can supply air pressure to a plurality of no-air-loss air cells, and at least one pressure release valve can release air pressure from the no-air-loss air cells. A computer can compare air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure set point and can modulate the air pressure by actuating the at least one fluid pump and/or the at least one pressure release valve to bring the air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure. After the initial air pressure adjustments are made and the desired air pressure is achieved, no further adjustments during the operation are able to be made by the computer so that the patient positioned thereon the patient support system will not be moved by the patient support system during an operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Winston Allen Porter, III
  • Patent number: 9699894
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a deformation sensing flexible substrate using a pattern formed of a conductive material. The deformation sensing flexible substrate, using the pattern formed of the conductive material, includes a flexible substrate; and conductive patterns in which conductors including a conductive material are arranged and formed to be contactable and non-contact to each other based on deformation of the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Seoul National University R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Maenghyo Cho, Kyu Jin Cho, Junghyun Ryu, Je Sung Koh, Jong Gu Lee
  • Patent number: 9649248
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a base portion comprising an aperture for receiving an organ of a user and a base support member extending downward. The base portion moves along a track. A pivotable and slidable cross member is joined to the base support member. A frame supports the base portion. The frame is joined to the track for moving the base portion relative to the frame. A first support member extends in a downward direction for a first distance. A second support member extends in a downward direction for a second shorter distance. A guide joins ends of the first support member and the second support member. A T-shaped member sliding on the guide is in engagement with the cross member wherein the user engaging the base portion and moving the base portion along the track imparts a lateral movement on the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Eduardo Manuel Lopez, Dina Monica Cordoba
  • Patent number: 9616781
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is a car seat for infants suffering from acid reflux, embodiments of which include a car seat base or wedge frame and a removable rectangular frame. The removable rectangular frame has a flat child support surface, allowing the child to be secured to the removable rectangular frame. The wedge frame has a support structure along the interior thereof for supporting the removable rectangular frame within the wedge frame. The wedge frame and the removable rectangular base support the child support surface at an angle of about 30 degrees, or 28-32 degrees, or 20-40 degrees, relative to the wedge frame's bottom plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Abigail N. Smith
  • Patent number: 9572739
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating or enhancing a person's breathing. The method provides for supporting the person's shoulders and elevating the person's spine, so as to enable the person's body weight to be distributed in the person's shoulders, expanding the person's chest cavity to enhance oxygen intake. The apparatus is especially adapted to perform the functions of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Deborah L. Bell
  • Patent number: 9539136
    Abstract: A patient positioning table has a transfer plate that is reversibly transferable from the patient positioning table to a table associated with an imaging modality, and a headrest-forming extension component having a fastening section and a supporting section is provided, which can be detachably fastened to fastening devices provided on the transfer plate in exchange for a framework-like head immobilizing fixture, which can be detachably fastened to the same fastening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Arne Hengerer, Markus Petsch, Martin Requardt, Martin Ringholz, Eva Rothgang