Garment Type (e.g., Sleeping Bags) Patents (Class 128/873)
  • Patent number: 10258176
    Abstract: The current invention is directed towards a rectangular portable tent providing the user easy, assisted and custom storage of gear and personal shelter from unwanted environmental elements. The rectangular portable tent is easily folded, packed or rolled for storage during transportation by the user. The rectangular portable tent may furthermore be adjoined to or a member of another piece of portable gear, such as a backpack. Additionally, the internal volume size of the rectangular portable tent is expandable or reducible by the connection of multiple rectangular portable tents to each other. Adjustment, removal or addition of multiple dividers, openings and accessory components give the user the most optimal tent they desire for specific needs and conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Wade Lowe, Paul Merrill
  • Patent number: 9060549
    Abstract: A method and device for securing arms an infant. The device includes a pouch having an open end and a closed end, the pouch configured to receive the infant through the open end, an elongate piece of material with vertical and horizontal axes, a right wing having a right fastener at a distal right end, the right fastener part disposed along the horizontal axis and on the back side of the material; a left wing having a left fastener part at a distal left end, the left fastener part disposed along the horizontal axis and on the front side of the material, the sleeve attaching component including a pair of sleeves symmetrically disposed about the vertical axis, the pair of sleeves including a right sleeve and a left sleeve, the sleeves disposed and configured to respectively retain right and left arms of the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Craig Alan Buckson
  • Patent number: 9032963
    Abstract: Wraps for swaddling babies are provided that include a body having a base side. The wrap can further include two arms that are attached to the base side of the body of the wrap. The arms can extend outward in an opposite direction to one another along the base side of the body of the wrap. Related methods of using the wrap are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Carolyn Grissom
  • Patent number: 8808212
    Abstract: A shoulder support device includes a flexible elastic continuous ring band and a slide adjustably movable on the band that divides the band into a pair of loops defining arm receiving apertures that are cupped over the curved deltoid region of each shoulder of a wearer to pull the shoulders back and downward under tension to achieve a correct posture position. The slide is moveable to adjust tension distributed to the wearer's shoulders. When the slide is positioned midway between the shoulder blades at the back of the wearer, it provides equal distributed tension on both shoulders. Moving the slide more to the left or more to the right allows the wearer to selectively adjust which shoulder receives more tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Virginia Obana Redmond
  • Publication number: 20140209102
    Abstract: A post-surgery, high-back, compression garment is described for post-operatively immobilizing surgically corrected tissues to ensure proper healing and provide molded gluteal-shaping power-net domes that preserve desired anatomic curvature enhancements and corrections in the gluteal regions of the human body during convalescence following contouring gluteoplasty procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Veronica C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8359687
    Abstract: An adjustable incubator/crib infant positioning blanket for holding a premature baby securely in an incubator. The blanket includes a pouch to securely hold the baby with its head in an upright position on an inclined plane such as a raised mattress and the blanket is secured to the mattress by a strap. The pouch securely prevents the baby from rolling or sliding toward the bottom of the inclined mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Ellen T. Marlowe
  • Patent number: 8276224
    Abstract: A bed sheet includes a bottom fabric layer sized to extend over the sides of and underneath a mattress. A top fabric layer is generally co-extensive with, and fastened to, the bottom fabric layer and defines a pocket therebetween. A sleeping garment integrated into the top fabric layer has a pair of garment halves removably coupleable to each other via a zipper that zips up into a fastener pocket that covers the zipper when the garment is fully closed. A flap can extend from one half of the garment, over the fastener pocket and fasten to the opposite half of the garment to inhibit the user from unzipping and removing the garment. The garment can hold a lower portion of the user within said pocket, allowing the user to remain warm without the use of a separate blanket, while being able to sit or stand on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Joanna von Yurt, Jan Marco von Yurt
  • Patent number: 8240310
    Abstract: Provided is a medical positioner having an immobilizer function. The medical positioner includes a vacuum pad allowing air to freely flow in and out through ports and regulating movement of beads, and is configured to firmly fix positioning lock bars to an outer surface of the vacuum pad. Thereby, when a patient wears the vacuum pad applied to the medical positioner, the beads held in the vacuum pad are prevented from being lopsided. The beads are grouped in cell units by partitions, so that movement of the beads from a designated cell to the neighboring cell through the ports is controlled. When the patient is examined using medical equipment, the medical positioner freely and accurately corrects a posture of the patient wearing the vacuum pad for diagnosis or treatment, and maintains the corrected posture to enhance accuracy of the diagnosis or treatment carried out through the medical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Il-Ho Soung
  • Patent number: 8215313
    Abstract: A medical garment system for comfortably restraining at least one limb of a gown wearer while permitting the wearer to receive medical treatment. The medical garment system is particularly useful for special needs patients, such as autistic children, who may become frightened when medical personnel are attempting to administer medication. Such patients may react by violently moving their arms, causing themselves or the medical personnel harm. When the arms of such a patient are comfortably subdued during such procedures, the patient is better protected from injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Lisa R. Waltz
  • Publication number: 20120125347
    Abstract: A garment for selective swaddling of an infant includes an upper body portion for enclosing the torso region of the infant, a pair of sleeves extending outward from the upper body portion and crotch portion. Each of the outwardly extending sleeves is selectively closable such that a respective arm of the infant is precluded from passage therethrough and the crotch portion is selectively openable such that access is thereby provided to the interior of the garment. The upper body portion is provided with a selectively closable vertical opening extending downward from a collar of the upper body portion across a front portion of the upper body portion, thereby providing access into the upper body portion for tucking the infant's arms therein. A zipper is provided for selective opening and closing of the vertical opening. Snaps are provided for selective closure of the sleeves and selective opening of the crotch portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Bree Ana Soileau
  • Patent number: 8118761
    Abstract: Traction devices, systems, and methods for their use provide simultaneous axial distraction and one of flexion, extension, or lateral flexion of the spine. The devices permit aligning at least a portion of the spine prior to traction. Traction is applied through air chambers configured and dimensioned to independently apply traction to the chin, and both occipital processes. Spiral traction procedures use sequential inflation of the air chambers, thereby providing axial distraction with spinal joint decompression and simultaneous paraspinal soft-tissue mobilization and/or manipulation. Automated systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Richard J. Rogachevsky
  • Patent number: 8020226
    Abstract: A crib safety sheet and separable blanket with a sheet portion for selectively removing at least the blanket from the sheet, when the sheet is attached to a sleep surface. The separable blanket defining at least two edges for wrapping the blanket about an infant. The blanket may be removed from the sheet by separating the blanket, or by separating a sheet material portion attached to the blanket, from the sheet covering the sleep surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Safety Roo, Inc.
    Inventor: Jo-Ann Landry
  • Publication number: 20110180079
    Abstract: A new or alternative swaddling suit that swaddles infants by sufficiently restraining movement of the limbs to suppress the startle reflex, yet allowing movement of hand to mouth thereby facilitating non-nutritive sucking and allowing the infant to self-soothe by sucking the hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Hana-Lia Krawchuk
  • Publication number: 20110162660
    Abstract: A garment system having a torso-covering garment with at least one internal sleeve for receiving a body positioner therein, and a body positioner removably insertable in the sleeve. The garment also has a retention member for releasably retaining the body positioner within the internal sleeve. When a person wearing the garment is in a supine position, the body positioner will position the person's upper torso in a predetermined orientation. The garment system may be used to prevent positional plagiocephaly in infants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Claire Sanger
  • Patent number: 7934507
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a modified woman's undergarment that includes a peri-pubic light compression panel allowing for compression at the incision site and a treatment dressing means for exposing the wound to a medicament. The combination of light compression and treatment with applicable medicament functions to minimize the formation of scars following cesarean section incisions performed in the lower transverse uterine or peri-pubic area. Considering the long phase of wound healing, this design flexibility allows for the use of the garment under a variety of street clothes. Unlike a girdle or abdominal support device, the crux of the invention does not require heavy or high abdominal support, although for those applications requiring girdle-type support, the invention could also be fabricated in a style that allows abdominal support along with the focused incision peri-pubic compression and incision care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Catherine Brooks
  • Patent number: 7785282
    Abstract: A spinal orthosis comprising a torso unit, a base member secured to the torso unit, a spring biased hinge connected at a first end to the base member and connected at a second end to a sternal support, and one or more sternal pads (or plates) connected to the sternal support. The sternal pads (or plates) may be adapted to provide a posteriorly directed force based on a bias of the spring biased hinge. The spring biased hinge may include a receiving portion that can have an adjustment mechanism at a first end and a spring to provide bias for the spring biased hinge, wherein the adjustment mechanism can be moveable through the receiving portion so as to adjust the bias of the spring biased hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Isabelle E Rauch
  • Patent number: 7673354
    Abstract: A resting method and apparatus for a young child. The young child can be either a newborn, infant, or toddler. The resting apparatus will attach to a cushion such as a mattress, or other back supporting device which is generally associated with a crib or other child's sleeping environmental structure. The resting apparatus has a base sheet or cover which attaches to the cushion. On top of the base cover is attached a pouch section. The pouch section is sized to allow the child to fit comfortably within the interior of the pouch from the child's neck to the child's feet. The pouch fits securely against the outer surface area of the child. The child is laid on its back within the pouch. The arms and legs are held in longitudinal alignment within the pouch. The pouch is designed to restrain the child from overturning from its back position to a front facing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Sarath Fader
  • Patent number: 7628157
    Abstract: An anterior trunk support. The anterior trunk support is shaped like a vest and is formed of non-stretch or limited stretch material over a lower portion that extends over the upper belly and lower ribs of a user, and stretch material that extends from the non-stretch material to over the shoulders of the user. In this manner, a wearer may lean slightly forward, with the stretchable shoulder portion flexibly permitting such movement. The lower section may be stretchable in a width dimension only. As such, the lower section provides movement for user's respiration, thus providing additional comfort. By not stretching in the vertical direction, the anterior trunk support does not slide up the wearer's chest when tension is applied to the upper stretchable material. Thus, comfort is maintained, and the lower section does not approach the neck of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Bodypoint, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Kosh
  • Publication number: 20090229618
    Abstract: A sleep positioning apparatus for restricting the movement of a person wearing a garment from a desired sleeping position to an undesired sleeping position, comprising an interchangeable resiliently deformable roll inhibiting element having openings there through; and a fastener assembly for connecting the roll inhibiting element to the garment of a person, wherein the fastener assembly comprises an elongated band with a clip on one end and a separable ring on the opposite end, the clip for connecting with the garment of a person and the separable ring for connecting within the openings of the roll inhibiting element, thereby allowing interchangeability of the roll inhibiting element, and the clip and the garment forming a substantially flexible joint, thereby maintaining the roll inhibiting element in substantially the same orientation and position relative to the person, when the person is in the desired sleeping position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: James P. Sotelo, JR., Karen M. Sotelo
  • Patent number: 7549971
    Abstract: A garment (1) for providing compressive forces to a torso to help eliminate or reduce swelling caused by an accumulation of lymph fluid in the torso region. An embodiment of the present invention includes an outer covering (10) of compression fabric, wide shoulder straps (22, 24), front and back panels of compression fabric (12, 14, 16, 18), a non-rolling rib band (72), axilla gussets (82, 84), and both front closure (40) and back closure (50). The garment may also include one or more princess seams (102, 104, 102?, 104?) so as to enable the front panel(s) to encapsulate and hold the user's breasts in place at the same time that compressive forces are applied, as well as one or more front shelves (132, 134) in the front panel(s) for providing upward compressive support to the breast tissue, thereby holding the tissue in a proper neutral position so that inward compressive forces acting on the tissue provide maximum effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Lightning2 LLC
    Inventors: Lesli R. Bell, Eugenie Z. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 7533673
    Abstract: A surgical drape for use during surgery on a patient includes a sheet configured for covering at least a portion of the patient during the surgery. At least one pair of straps are configured on an underside of the sheet and extend in generally opposite directions laterally beyond sides of the sheet. The straps have a sufficient length so as to extend down below the support surface upon which the patient rests and engage with each other below the support surface, or with structure alongside the support surface, in order to restrain the patient in a desired position on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea L. Lewis, Uyles W. Bowen, Gwendolyn E. Simpson
  • Publication number: 20090113630
    Abstract: A crib safety sheet and separable blanket with a sheet portion for selectively removing at least the blanket from the sheet, when the sheet is attached to a sleep surface. The separable blanket defining at least two edges for wrapping the blanket about an infant. The blanket may be removed from the sheet by separating the blanket, or by separating a sheet material portion attached to the blanket, from the sheet covering the sleep surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Jo-Ann Landry
  • Publication number: 20080230075
    Abstract: An article of clothing that can be worn by suicidal inmates and medical patients is provided. In one embodiment, the article of clothing is comprised of a high-strength fabric consisting of an outer layer of tear-proof material, an inner layer of soft material, and a third layer of insulating material between the outer and inner layers that provides warmth and bulk to the fabric. The three layers are joined together with a nylon thread. The article of clothing is further comprised of at least one sleeve section that is removably attached to at least in part to a torso section, wherein the at least one sleeve section detaches from the torso section to prevent a user from injuring or killing himself. In another embodiment, the article of clothing is comprised of a non-woven cellular material with very low tensile strength that cannot effectively be fashioned into a rope or noose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Ayla Tasezen, Robert E. Schilling
  • Patent number: 7370377
    Abstract: A crib safety sheet and separable blanket with a sheet portion for selectively removing at least the blanket from the sheet, when the sheet is attached to a sleep surface. The separable blanket defining at least two edges for wrapping the blanket about an infant. The blanket may be removed from the sheet by separating the blanket, or by separating a sheet material portion attached to the blanket, from the sheet covering the sleep surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Safety Roo, Inc.
    Inventor: Jo-Ann Landry
  • Patent number: 7275265
    Abstract: The garment made of stretchable material is adapted for an upper part of a body. The garment has front and back sections and a hem; a front of the hem is provided with a pair of slits, while a back—with a pair of apertures. A lace for fastening the garment to the upper part of the body is used. This lace has a pair of ends and is adapted to encircle a waist and to interact with the pair of slits and apertures. The first and second ends, after exiting from the pair of slits, are manipulated so as to extend downwardly and brought under the crotch area and then up toward the back of the wearer. There, first and second ends are inserted into the pair of apertures, behind lace, then brought forward, stretched and tied together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: John Grant
  • Patent number: 7125391
    Abstract: The device with vacuum bag for pressure therapy solves the problem of accurate measuring of the under-pressure created in the vacuum bag and the problem of appropriate adjustment of the liner clothing to individual patients. he device with vacuum bag for pressure therapy according to the invention consists of a vacuum bag, specially designed liner clothing, and a control and measuring unit, situated in a housing, including a pressure gauge, which has direct connection to the vacuum bag through a tube. The air is sucked out from the bag through tubes attached on the one side to six connections on the vacuum bag and on the other side to connections provided on the housing. The liner clothing consists of several pieces designed for different parts of the body. The liner clothing pieces are made of two layers of porous fabric sewn together with longitudinal seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventors: Jeienc Joze, Vogrin Sasa
  • Patent number: 6837880
    Abstract: A combination diaper and holder secures a baby in a safe and comfortable position while unattended by an adult. The holder is formed of a sheet large enough to fit about a crib mattress or, at least one end of the mattress. The holder has elongated straps for placement about the mattress. A diaper having front and back waistband portions connected by a crotch section is attached to the middle portion of the holder by fastening through one of the waistband portions. The waistband portions each have cooperating fasteners on the ends. The crotch section and the other unattached waistband portion is folded through the baby's legs and the cooperating fasteners are secured to fix the baby within the diaper and on the sheet. A wedge shaped pillow may be provided for elevating the baby. The holder is attached to the wedge shaped pillow by the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Lynn Trimble
  • Patent number: 6817048
    Abstract: A device and method for restraining the movement of an infant within a crib significantly reduces the risk of accidental injury or death of a child. An infant is placed within the sleeping pouch which is then attached to the mattress or a cover on the mattress. The device allows an infant to lie on it's back and roll from side to side. The device and method prevents an infant from rolling over on its stomach and from placing limbs between crib rail slots and between the crib frame and the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Penilopee Lee LaRosa
  • Patent number: 6631528
    Abstract: A crib safety sheet/blanket with a fitted sheet portion having a front surface and a back surface two opposing ends defining pockets for snugly fitting the sheet to a mattress. A blanket is sewn along its midline to the center of the fitted sheet, defining two blanket halves. Mating strips of hook and loop fastening material are attached to the two halves of the blanket, so that an infant may be placed on the blanket with the two halves of the blanket wrapped around the infant and fastened to retain the infant in a supine position. A plurality of elastic straps may extend across the bottom of the fitted sheet and be removably secured to the side of the sheet with mating strips of hook and loop fastening material to retain the sheet on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: Jo-Ann C. Landry
  • Publication number: 20020108617
    Abstract: This device is used for compressing the abdominal wall and colon during colonoscopy so as to facilitate the colonoscopy exam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Burton Rindfleish
  • Patent number: 6286145
    Abstract: A breathable composite barrier fabric for protective garments including a low-strength nonwoven web; a high-strength nonwoven web containing multicomponent fibers that have a first polyolefin component and a second polyamide component, the high-strength web having a grab tensile strength of at least 1.5 times the low strength web; and a water impermeable barrier layer positioned between the low-strength web and high-strength web, the webs and barrier layer being joined by thermal bonding. Protective garments may be constructed from the breathable composite barrier fabrics. The low-strength nonwoven web is on the bodyside of the garment and the high-strength nonwoven web is on the exterior of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Debra Nell Welchel, Alan Edward Wright, Mary Lucille DeLucia
  • Patent number: 6253380
    Abstract: An apparatus for irradiating an infant includes a frame for supporting the infant, and a source of radiation positioned below the frame and the infant. The frame includes a fully transparent section for allowing the radiation to pass therethrough to the infant. The apparatus further includes a therapy blanket detachably connected to the frame to cover the infant. The therapy blanket includes a transparent section through which radiation can pass to the infant. The therapy blanket forms a restraining garment and defines a pouch having a pair of sleeves for passively restricting the infant to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Michael Larsson, Hans R. Kunzler
  • Patent number: 6212684
    Abstract: A strait jacket including a front panel for positioning against the chest of a wearer and a rear panel for positioning against the back of a wearer. The front panel is disguised to look like the front of a conventional jacket. The rear panel is divided into side-by-side parts and has a releasable fastener joining these parts together. A pair of tubular sleeves for receiving the arms of a wearer is joined to the front and back panels and extends therefrom. The sleeves are sewn to the front panel so that a wearer cannot raise such.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Keith Waheed
  • Patent number: 6101634
    Abstract: A garment for wearing by non ambulatory patients is shown and described as having at least two pair of handholds near the top seam of the garment for transport of such patients. The garment is made of front and rear portions connected to one another by a reinforced crotch portion. A pair of rear straps extend from the rear section of the garment and extend upward so that they may be crossed upon the back and the front of the patient and then joined to the front section of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Dolores D. Martinez
  • Patent number: 6024091
    Abstract: The present invention provides a restraining garment for restraining a person. The restraining garment includes a body (10); a right sleeve (30) having a reinforced cuff (38) that is securable around the wrist of a wearer, a left sleeve (32) having a reinforced cuff that is securable around the wrist of a wearer; a right arm strap (46) extending from the body and securable to a portion of the right sleeve that is proximate to the cuff; and a left arm strap (48) extending from the body and securable to a portion of the left sleeve that is proximate to the cuff. The right and left arm straps, when secured to the cuffs of the right and left sleeves, respectively, restrain the movement of the arms of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: James P. Bennett
  • Patent number: 5852827
    Abstract: An article for wrapping a baby or infant and adapted to keep the infant warm and secured. The article for wrapping the infant comprising a sheet of flexible material having an inner surface for receiving the infant and an outer surface. The sheet of flexible material is configured to include a central area which extends between a first side and a second side. A first side flap extends outwardly from the first side and the central area to a first side flap end. In a similar configuration, a second side flap extends outwardly from the second side to a second side flap end. A slit is disposed in the central area and extends between the inner surface and the outer surface. The first side flap is configured to be wrapped around the infant, inserted through the slit and secured to the outer surface. The second side flap is configured to be wrapped around the infant and over the previously folded first side flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Laura Lear
    Inventor: Laura Lear
  • Patent number: 5842231
    Abstract: A head covering for preventing spitting comprises a mesh portion, which provides good ventilation and a fabric patch portion. The fabric portion is positioned on the head covering so that it covers the wearer's mouth. The wearer has good visibility and ventilation, but is prevented from spitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Kerry G. Dawes
  • Patent number: 5746219
    Abstract: An infant sleep positioning device for maintaining an infant in a back sleeping position upon an underlying support surface. The positioning device comprises an elongate belt member which is extensible along the support surface and defines opposed ends. Attached to the belt member adjacent respective ones of the opposed ends thereof is a pair of fastener straps. Additionally, disposed upon the belt member substantially intermediate the opposed ends thereof is a first attachment member. The positioning device further comprises a diaper member sized and configured to be wrapped about the pelvic region of the infant. The diaper member includes a second attachment member disposed thereon which is positioned over the buttocks of the infant when the diaper member is wrapped about the pelvic region. The second attachment member is releasably engagable to the first attachment member for purposes of maintaining the back of the infant upon the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas E. McConnell
  • Patent number: 5713373
    Abstract: A restraint garment has a front body portion, permanently connected to a rear body portion, both extending from the neck of the patient down to the mid-height of the patient's thighs. The rear body portion has two detachable pieces connected to each other by a zip fastener. The garment also has first and second rear shoulder portions extending from the shoulder edges of the front body portion down to the bottom of the shoulder blades in the back of the patient, which are detachably connected to each other by another zip fastener. The bottom parts of the front and rear portions are detachably connected to each other by a third zip fastener extending continuously form one thigh to the other, thereby making it possible to completely open the garment at the patient's fork. Each of the zip fasteners are preferably locked either with a key-operated lock or with a buckle made of a snap fastener and a sliding sleeve. This restraint garment makes it difficult not to say impossible for a patient to undress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Giovanni Argentino
  • Patent number: 5494052
    Abstract: A garment-type personnel restraint apparatus secures a person to a chair and includes a garment assembly adapted to be worn by the person and a strap assembly that is connected to the chair. The garment assembly includes a front portion, a middle portion, and a rear portion. The garment assembly includes a connector assembly located on an outer surface of the garment assembly. The strap assembly includes a strap connection assembly adapted to connect to the outer-surface garment connector assembly when the garment assembly is worn by a person and when the strap assembly is affixed to the chair. The strap assembly includes a strap array which encompasses either the seat portion or the back portion of the chair. When the strap assembly encompasses the seat portion of the chair, both the outer-surface garment connector assembly of the garment assembly and the strap connection assembly of the strap assembly are located adjacent to the seat portion of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Sylvia J. Grohman
  • Patent number: 5400803
    Abstract: An article for support of an individual is disclosed which includes a body supporting member having a first portion adapted to encircle the waist of an individual, and a second portion adapted to pass through the crotch of an individual. The article for support further includes at least one attachment member which is attached through a first seam to a rear portion of the body supporting member and attached through a second seam to a base sheet that covers at least a portion of inclined surface, bed, wheelchair, or the like. The attachment member and said seams are configured so that when the attachment member is extended, the distance between the base sheet and the first portion of the body supporting member is greater than the distance between the base sheet and the second portion of the body supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Tracy Medical Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Amy B. Vines
  • Patent number: 5392785
    Abstract: A device sized and shaped to comfortably restrain and support a premature infant on his side. The device has a toroidal perimeter wall defining a central cavity, open at the top and bottom and sized and shaped to enclose the infant in side-lying position. The wall has a head-support portion sized to support the infant's head and neck, a foot-brace portion spaced from the head-support portion, and a back-support portion connecting the foot-brace portion and the head-support portion. The back-support portion is curved to support the infant's spine, and it is sized to maintain a spacing between the head-support portion and the foot-brace portion less than the infant's length. Therefore, the sidelying infant's feet are braced or supported by the foot-brace portion with his hips and knees flexed, with his spine and neck curved, and with his head supported by the head-support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Deborah Donahue
  • Patent number: 5267352
    Abstract: An upper torso restraining device is disclosed for maintaining an individual in a seated position in a chair or similar by providing attachment and support of the upper torso. An external upper body garment with appearance similar to ordinary clothing is provided with side slits. An interior vest having straps extending from front crossover and crossunder portions is attached to the upper body garment along the upper edges of the interior vest. Straps from the crossunder portion pass through one side of the interior vest through interior slits and straps from the crossover portion pass through external loops located on the opposing side of the interior vest. The straps then pass through the side slits, and may be secured together behind an individual wearing the interior vest and upper body garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: Pamlea A. Rodarmel
  • Patent number: 5233714
    Abstract: An improved infant restraining device that is adapted for use with a mattress or other infant-supporting structure and which is used for dealing with infants afflicted with gastroesophageal reflux comprises an elongated flexible sheet having opposing first and second ends, two opposing side edges each provided with a flared portion capable of being wrapped around respective opposing side edges of the mattress on which the device is placed and cooperating releasable attachment means associated with the first end of the flexible sheet and with each of the flared portions to permit the infant restraining device to be firmly anchored to one end of the mattress when the opposing flared portions are attached to the first end of the flexible sheet on the underside of the mattress. The second end of the flexible sheet is designed to engage the lower torso of an infant and to restrain movement of the infant even though the mattress to which the device is anchored may be inclined at angles up to 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventor: Janice De Bell Daniel
  • Patent number: 5146932
    Abstract: A bladder-less counterpressure garment primarily used in the treatment of a victim suffering from hypovolemic shock. The garment is made of a resilient material, like elastic, with a means for stretching the material to or near its stretch limit. This stretching supplies the requisite counterpressure to increase blood circulation to the vital organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Francis J. McCabe
  • Patent number: 5129406
    Abstract: An infant garment, particularly for premature and drug addicted infants, that is comprised of a saclike body with two extended sleeves that cross over each other, wrap around the child, and then attach in the back. The garment places the child's arms in the midline position and constrains them to prevent unnecessary motor releases. The garment is designed to allow for passage of test leads and tubes through the opening in the front of the garment while the garment remains closed. The garment swaddles the infant in warm clothing and will enable the child to rest more easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventors: Debbe A. Magnusen, David A. Magnusen
  • Patent number: 5111850
    Abstract: A body restraining device for physically restraining an individual and comprised of a foraminous shroud defined by an elongated length and tubular section having the upper shroud end closed and the lower shroud end open. The shroud is preferably comprised of a high-strength netting material such that drawing the open end downward over the head of an erect person to past the feet, effectively restrains the person against injurious movement. Once the shroud is in place, the restrained person can easily be forced into a bent posture enabling the shroud ends to be knotted together for securing the restraint device. Strap means are provided for maintaining the shroud in a collapsed position in readiness for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: Morris I. Kunofsky
  • Patent number: 5109801
    Abstract: An animal restraint for holding all of an animal's body, except for its head, while the animal is being examined, medicated or treated. The animal restraint comprises a sleeve of material having a large opening at one end and a smaller head opening at its other end. The animal restraint may include closures for the large opening and for the head opening. In addition, the animal restraint may include shoulder closures and hip closures for securely holding the animal with its legs folded comfortably beneath it, in order to help prevent the animal from struggling to escape. The animal restraint may be made from mesh material in order to permit the animal to be conveniently bathed, powdered or injected while inside of the animal restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Vicki S. Gahagan
  • Patent number: 5060324
    Abstract: A substantially rectangular confining envelope characterized by an exterior and interior polymeric skin bonded to each other in bonding seams which include gaps for conveying air to the adjacent sections. The longitudinal edges of the envelope may include fastening devices for engagement of the envelope around the body of a patient. One or more of the gaps may then be selectively closed to control the distribution of compressed air in the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Inventors: Boris V. Marinberg, Leah W. Ratner
  • Patent number: 5031639
    Abstract: Apparatus for maintaining the wrists and hands of an individual adjacent the individual's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: Joseph A. Wolfer