Body Rests, Supports Or Positioners For Therapeutic Purpose (e.g., Sexual, Postural, Head, Etc.) Patents (Class 128/845)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9521282
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: a sheet feeding portion configured to feed a sheet to a sheet conveying path; an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet; a sheet discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet; a sheet re-conveying path configured to guide the sheet on which the image has been formed to the sheet conveying path again; an original feeding portion configured to feed an original; an original feeding path configured to guide the original to the sheet re-conveying path; an image reading portion configured to read an image of the original; an original discharging path configured to guide the original guided along the sheet re-conveying path to an original discharging portion; and an original conveying portion configured to convey the original which has been guided along the original feeding path toward the original discharging path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kato, Atsushi Ogata, Daisuke Kaneko, Kazushi Ino, Tomoyuki Iwakoshi, Ichiro Yasumaru, Masaru Aoki
  • Patent number: 9478122
    Abstract: A motorized furniture drive assembly (10) comprises at least one motorized furniture drive (3); at least one drive control device having a receiving device for wireless radio transmission; and at least one communication device (4) for operating the furniture drive (3). The motorized furniture drive assembly (10) is provided with at least one communication adaptation device (5), which is designed to communicate with the at least one communication device (4) by means of a primary wireless transmission path and to communicate with the at least one receiving device by means of a secondary wireless transmission path. An assembly comprises the motorized furniture drive assembly (10) and a piece of furniture (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: DEWERTOKIN GMBH
    Inventor: Armin Hille
  • Patent number: 9421144
    Abstract: A system for patient rehabilitation is disclosed. The system includes a first movable frame including an articulating bed, wherein the bed is configured to be selectively articulated to an inclined position, a suspension system, wherein the suspension system is disposed within the articulating bed and is selectively adjustable to accommodate varying patient height, a harness, wherein the harness is selectively engageable with the suspension system, wherein the harness is selectively adjustable to accommodate varying patient sizes, a second movable frame including a walker, wherein the walker includes a pair of legs and a motor, wherein approximation of the two movable frames permits the patient to easily utilize the walker from the bed. A method of using the system for patient rehabilitation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Eugene Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 9414860
    Abstract: A manipulation device includes a body portion, a plurality of articulatable legs, and at least one lock member. The legs extend from the body portion. Each of the legs is configured to engage a surgical instrument at a distal end thereof. Each of the legs is transitionable between an unlocked condition, wherein the leg is free to articulate, and a locked condition, wherein the leg is fixed in position. The at least one lock member is operably disposed within the body portion and is coupled to at least one of the articulatable legs. The lock member is rotatable relative to the body portion between an unlocked position and a locked position for transitioning the at least one articulatable leg coupled thereto between the unlocked condition and the locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, John Kish, Craig Kashuba, Jennifer Moore, Michael Barrus, Nicholas A. Psaltos
  • Patent number: 9414984
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of sexual aids and more particularly to a machine that facilitates copulation by positioning the female participant so that her genitalia are more easily penetrated by her male partner when he copulates with her from the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Mauro Jaguan
  • Patent number: 9375286
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a pelvic fastener for lumbar traction of physical therapy device and head fastener for cervical traction, which supports a pelvis in a comfortable and firm manner, maintains a predetermined level of traction intensity without being detached or slid down, maximizes a treatment effect by concentrating a traction force on the lumbar and preventing power dispersion, is intended for patient treatment or correction by means of cervical traction, and does not pressurize a patient's head or function in an unstable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Won-ha Jung
  • Patent number: 9333142
    Abstract: An adjustable-position support arm for a medical table, the adjustable-position support arm comprising: a plurality of tubular elements connected to one another in series at a plurality 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 normally configured in a locked condition so as to prevent rotation of the first tubular element relative to the second tubular element, and further wherein the locking mechanism may be selectively reconfigured in an unlocked condition so that the first tubular element is rotatable relative to the second tubular element; and an actuator for simultaneously reconfiguring all of the locking mechanisms from their locked condition to their unlocked condition, whereby to permit the plurality of tubular elements to be rotated about the plura
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Peter E Schuerch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9321465
    Abstract: A track system that uses a truck that can negotiate curves to allow a curved track system to be used. The track can be all curved or can be a combination of straight and curved tracks. The track can be run also as a straight track if desired. One key element of this system is an attachment bracket that is suspended from the truck that can accept different mounting systems. Thus, a buyer does not necessarily have to purchase a new harness for use with this system. The system is designed to be purchased as a kit. As such, buyers can choose from models that have a complete system including a harness, or just a track system that can be used with an existing harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Jose Cazares
  • Patent number: 9301899
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus adapted to hang from an overhead structure used for providing walking and ambulation assistance to users in aid of exercise and physical rehabilitation. The device has a pulley assembly adapted for anchoring directly to an overhead structure or indirectly by a track secured thereto, and includes a hoist line permitting manual force to be used to raise and lower a sling assembly that is secured in the underarms of the user for lifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Louis J. Amer
  • Patent number: 9302122
    Abstract: A rotatable patient positioning apparatus and method of use thereof is described in combination with a rotatable magnet at a termination of a beamline arc. The rotatable patient positioning system optionally: (1) rotates a median of the person in place about a vertical axis and/or (2) rotates the entire person along a path around a vector, such as a vertical axis, where no part of the person intersects the vector. The rotatable targeting magnet rotates independently of a beamline arc at the end of the beamline arc, where the arc is after an accelerator and before the patient in a cancer therapy system. The rotatable targeting magnet directs the charged particle beam, such as vertically, using applied current to the targeting magnet while rotation of the magnet allows scanning across the tumor. The rotatable patient positioning system and targeting magnet combine to target the tumor in three-dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Vladimir Balakin
  • Patent number: 9220653
    Abstract: A therapeutic exercising device that can simultaneously increase temporomandibular joint range of motion and strengthen jaw muscles comprises two bite members with bite portions for insertion between a user's teeth and a bellows between the bite members that moves them relative to each other toward an open position that separates the user's upper and lower jaws. A spring exerts a predetermined opening force on the bite members open, and one or more elastic members attached between the bite members exert an opposing closing force. A user-operated pneumatic pump introduces air under pressure into the bellows to open the bite members when the closing force is sufficient to overcome the opening force. The device can be used with air bladders that massage the jaw muscles, with the optional application of heat or cold. The device is usable with a mandible translation adapter to exercise a user's mandible in the posterior-anterior direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Therapeutic Mobilization Devices, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Howard A. Israel
  • Patent number: 9211224
    Abstract: A pediatric headrest for skull stabilization and a method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a horseshoe shaped head support includes first and second wings pivotally coupled to a body to adjust the angle therebetween. A gel pad is superposed on the horseshoe shaped head support. First and second arcuate base members are coupled to the first and second wings, respectively, to accept a plurality of placement subassemblies, which are circumferentially adjustably positioned and secured within the channels. Each placement subassembly is configured to receive a skull pin and provide adjustable horizontal, vertical, and angular positioning of the skull pin with respect to the arcuate base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Frederick H. Sklar
  • Patent number: 9198615
    Abstract: A wearable positional therapy device for influencing a position of a user. In an embodiment, the device comprises a position detector that generates positional data used to determine a position of a user, a feedback generator that generates feedback to the user, and a microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to receive and analyze the positional data to determine whether the user is in a target position, while, in response to the device being turned on or a reset operation, delaying feedback for a delay period. If it is determined that the user is in the target position during the delay period, no feedback is provided. However, if it is determined that the user is in the target position following the delay period, feedback is provided to the user to induce the user to change to a different, non-target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Levendowski, Timothy Zavora, Philip R. Westbrook, Mirko Mitrovic, Bratislav Veljkovic, Chris Berka, Jonny Trejo
  • Patent number: 9161876
    Abstract: A method of securing a patient onto an operating table when the patient is in the Trendelenburg position and apparatus therefor including a kit. A viscoelastic pad is used to support and hold a patient on a medical procedure table during a medical procedure performed while the table, and thus the patient lying thereon, is in an inclined position, such as the Trendelenburg position. The viscoelastic pad has characteristics which promote a minimization of pressure forces on the patient's body, as well as promote a secure cushioning and holding of the patient in a desired position on the table, in order to minimize injury to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: Alessio Pigazzi, Glenn Keilar
  • Patent number: 9095401
    Abstract: A support system (10) and method for the viewer-dependent positioning and alignment of a monitor (20) is disclosed. The support system (10) comprises a central support column (14), a first arm (16) having an adjustable length L, wherein the first arm (16) is rotatably connected at its proximal end to the central support column (14) and is pivotally connected at its distal end to the monitor (20), a second arm (18), wherein the second arm (18) is connected at its distal end to a camera (50), and control means for positioning and aligning the monitor (20) such that irrespective of the angular position of the viewer (i) the monitor (20) is positioned along the line of sight of the viewer pointing towards a reference position, (ii) the distance from the monitor (20) to the viewer (40) is held constant, and (iii) the monitor (20) is at a right angle with respect to the line of sight of the viewer (40) pointing towards a reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Forstgarten International Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Laxhuber, Stefan Kaltenbach, Joachim Luber
  • Publication number: 20150136146
    Abstract: A method comprises determining a person's level of risk for developing an adverse condition; selecting a care protocol based on the level of risk; displaying a proposed configuration of a person support structure corresponding to the care protocol for a caregiver to approve; and upon approval by the caregiver, implementing the configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Hood, David L. Ribble, Laetitia Gazagnes, Pierre Deguignet, Aziz A. Bhai, Eric D. Agdeppa, Neal Wiggermann, Charles A. Howell, Varad N. Srivastava, Jason A. Penninger
  • Publication number: 20150136145
    Abstract: A lifting system is provided for lifting a person who is incapacitated, where the lifting system includes a torso enclosure that may encase a substantial portion of the person's torso without requiring the person to slip one or both of their arms through the enclosure, and orthogonally-aligned structural straps positioned on the enclosure to stabilize and strengthen the enclosure during use, where portions of the straps are detached between two respective junction points to permit grasping of such straps by others when attempting to lift the incapacitated person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: DANIEL KEITH BINDER
  • Patent number: 9032961
    Abstract: A universally adjustable pillow for use in healthcare and/or therapy includes a base board (1), and pillows for, respectively, right lateral recumbency (4), supine recumbency (2), left lateral recumbency (5) and for the neck (3) that are arranged on said base board (1). The pillows for left and right lateral recumbency (5,4) each include an external cushion, a mechanism enabling adjustment to fit vertebral curvature (52, 42), a mechanism enabling adjustment to inhibit too great an angle of lateral tilt (53, 43) and height adjustment members (51, 41). The longitudinal axes of the pillows for left and right lateral recumbency (5, 4) are set an angles ? and ? to the longitudinal axis of the pillow for supine recumbency (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Wenbing Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150128956
    Abstract: A neck extension device that positions a subject's chin away from the subject's upper chest lengthens the frontal area of the subject's neck and facilitates unobstructed breathing by opening the airway. According to some embodiments, the neck extension device includes a first surface and a second surface, where the first surface is configured to contact an area of the subject's head (e.g., the subject's mandible) and the second surface is configured to contact an area of subject's upper chest. The neck extension device may comprise a body member, which includes the first surface and the second surface on generally opposing sides. According to some embodiments, the neck extension device is configured to removably attach to the subject's neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jerome Matula, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150128957
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of vacuum activated evacuatable medical positioners, warming devices for use with such positioners, systems that include a positioner and a warming device, and related methods. The disclosed embodiments include an electrical warming medium that is positioned, or adapted to be positioned, external to the patient-bearing side of an air-tight shell of a positioner. The electrical warming medium may be an integral part of a positioner, a part of a circumferential sleeve adapted to be placed around a positioner, or part of a pad adapted to be placed over a positioner, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Eugene Lloyd Hiebert
  • Publication number: 20150122267
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pelvic alignment adjustment device for correcting pelvic misalignment, comprising a vertical column; one or more push point assembly components attached to the vertical column to allow inward exertion by the knees; and one or more push point assembly components attached to the vertical column to allow outward exertion by the knees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Garry L. Brady, Larry L. Brady
  • Publication number: 20150122268
    Abstract: A method includes placing a patient's foot in a boot comprising a cam buckle, a pad, and a retention strap. The retention strap is placed over the top of the foot, and the pad is arranged relative to the top of the foot. Pressing on the pad positions the foot within the boot. While pressing on the pad, tension is applied on the retention strap to advance the retention strap through the cam buckle. The cam buckle is configured to automatically limit movement of the retention strap through the cam buckle when tension on the retention strap is released. Tension on the retention strap is released to cause the cam buckle to impede the retention strap from receding through the cam buckle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: John Albert Slusarz, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150122266
    Abstract: Shear-reduction cushioning devices are provided for the prevention of shear related wounds. Cushioning devices include upper and lower cushioning layers that contact each other through at least one internal shear reduction layer provided between the cushioning layers and extending over a shear reduction region, such that dynamic relative translation of the two cushioning layers is permitted within the shear reduction region while absorbing friction and shear internally. The interface between the cushioning layers (where the shear reduction layer is provided) may be angled relative to an external surface of the cushioning device. The cushioning layers may be attached or attachable to one another beyond the shear reduction region, to limit an amount of relative translation of the cushioning layers and to re-center or reset the cushioning layers after use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin Saunders, Jenifer Atkinson