Wheeled Stretchers Patents (Class 296/20)
  • Patent number: 10745968
    Abstract: A caster assembly for use with varies structures, including ladders and elevated platforms is provided. In one embodiment, the caster assembly includes a first wheel coupled with a first bracket and configured to rotate about a first axis relative to the first bracket. A shaft is coupled to the first bracket as well as to a second bracket. The first bracket is rotatable relative to the second bracket about a second axis, which may be coincident with, or parallel to, an axis of the shaft. A third bracket is coupled with the shaft and is rotatable about the second axis, the third bracket being selectively locked in at least two positions relative to the second bracket. A second wheel is coupled with the third bracket, the second wheel being rotatable relative to the third bracket about a third axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: WING ENTERPRISES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: N. Ryan Moss, Aaron B. Major
  • Patent number: 10676131
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for at least semi-autonomously manoeuvring a motor vehicle (1), in which a sensor (4) is used to determine a position value describing a current relative position between an object (8) in an area (7) surrounding the motor vehicle (1) and the motor vehicle (1), a driving trajectory (13) is determined, the motor vehicle (1) is manoeuvred along the determined driving trajectory (13), the position value is continuously updated during manoeuvring of the motor vehicle (1) on the basis of odometry, and contact between at least one wheel of the motor vehicle (1) and the object (8) is detected, wherein the position value is corrected if the contact between the at least one wheel and the object (8) is detected and the position value describes a relative position which differs from the contact between the at least one wheel and the object (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventor: Thirumalai Kumarasamy Ayyappan
  • Patent number: 10647342
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein relate to powered pusher devices configured to push wheeled objects from one location to another. Further embodiments relate to wheeled objects such as carts for transporting items from one location to another. Other embodiments relate to platform powered pushers that can be coupled to a family of various wheeled objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Dane Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Johnson, Andrew Dvorak
  • Patent number: 10617579
    Abstract: A patient transport loading and unloading apparatus for an emergency vehicle includes at least one support configured for mounting at the access opening of the vehicle. The support is deployable between a stowed position (in which the support cannot support the patient transport apparatus) and a deployed or loading position. Further, the support is configured to remain generally horizontal when the patient transport apparatus is loaded onto the support and while the patient transport apparatus is moved into the vehicle through the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon David Naber, Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Jason James Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 10568787
    Abstract: Cot fastening systems (2) which fix and hold an emergency cot (14) to a crash stable cot fastener track (12) provided within an emergency vehicle (8). The track (12) has a longitudinal length with front (85) and back ends (80), open side rails (28, 30) longitudinally extending between the ends, and a channel (86, 88) centrally located between the rails. The side rails (28, 30) align, accommodate and guide a forward fixture (4) of the cot towards the front end (85) as the cot (14) is rolled within the vehicle to retain the forward fixture (4) adjacent the front end (85) at least vertically and laterally. The channel (86, 88) accommodates and retains a rearward fixture (6) adjacent the back end (80) at least vertically and laterally. A securing mechanism (70,102) releasably prevents removal of the forward fixture (4) from the open side rails and removal of the rearward fixture (6) from the channel (86, 88).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Timothy R. Wells, Christopher Way, Alan Raymond Cambridge, Gavin Lee Broadley
  • Patent number: 10561551
    Abstract: A patient support including a base; a patient support surface supported by the base; an electrically powered device; a rechargeable power storage device for powering the electrically powered device; and a receiving coil electrically coupled to the rechargeable power supply for inductive coupling with a transmitting coil. The receiving coil is for recharging the rechargeable power supply when the receiving coil is inductively coupled to the transmitting coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Chad Conway Souke, Michael Joseph Hayes, Aaron Douglas Furman, Martin Plante
  • Patent number: 10512571
    Abstract: A method and an alignment system which auto-levels and/or auto-centers a loading platform (104) to load and unload a wheeled stretcher (106) to and from an emergency transport vehicle (100) are disclosed. A controller (114) of the alignment system receives a command to extend the loading platform from the emergency vehicle and extends the loading platform under power from the emergency transport vehicle. The controller recognizes an approaching wheeled stretcher, and aligns automatically the loading platform with a leading edge of the approaching wheeled stretcher to compensate automatically for any alignment issues between the loading platform and loading wheels (130) of the wheeled stretcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventor: Enrico Carletti
  • Patent number: 10501913
    Abstract: A multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) computer control system in a heavy equipment machine is in communication with multiple sensors in order to measure deviations from a path to be followed. Sensor corrections are applied to return the heavy equipment machine to a path to be followed or to restrain the machine from deviating from the path to be followed. Sensor corrections affect a controlled variable, such as cross-slope. Sensor corrections may account for false positives and false negatives. Sensor corrections are applied to the heavy equipment machine using a gain matrix (G). The multiple vectors of gain values comprising the gain matrix (G) are utilized by the MIMO computer control system to simultaneously and proportionally actuate each drive leg of the machine to obtain a desired grade including a compensated slope and/or elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Gomaco Corporation
    Inventor: Chad Schaeding
  • Patent number: 10335329
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot may include a support frame, a pair of front legs, a pair of back legs, and a cot actuation system. The pair of front legs may be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each front leg includes at least one front wheel. The pair of back legs may be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each back leg includes at least one back wheel. The cot actuation system includes a front actuator that moves the front legs and a back actuator that moves the back legs. The front actuator and the back actuator raises or lowers the support frame in tandem. The front actuator raises or lowers the front end of the support frame independently of the back actuator. The back actuator raises or lowers the back end of the support frame independently of the front actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Matthew Palastro, Zhen Y. Shen, Timothy R. Wells, Timothy Paul Schroeder, Joshua James Markham, Robert L. Potak
  • Patent number: 10335328
    Abstract: A harness system for a patient transport apparatus. The harness system comprises one or more harness assemblies. Each harness assembly comprises a flexible restraint member formed of a coated fabric and comprising one or more joints in which stitches join sections of the coated fabric. Covers are attached to the coated fabric over the stitches to provide a barrier to outside contaminants and to ease cleaning of the flexible restraint member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Levi Scheenstra, Tyler Ethen, Roy E. Holmberg, III
  • Patent number: 10123925
    Abstract: A siderail assembly for a person support apparatus comprises a siderail body, a grip portion, and a power communication device. The siderail body includes a front surface, a back surface, and a side surface extending between the front surface and the back surface. The side surface defines a perimeter of the siderail body. The grip portion includes a siderail opening through a portion of the siderail body. The grip opening has an upper grip opening portion that cooperates with the side surface to define a grip. The power communication device is configured to communicate power wirelessly to a device in communication therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Herman, Thomas F. Heil, Charles A. Howell
  • Patent number: 10098796
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot may include a support frame, a pair of back legs, a pair of front legs, and a cot actuation system. The pair of back legs and the pair of front legs can be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each of the pair of front legs can include a front wheel and an intermediate load wheel. The intermediate load wheel is offset from the front wheel by a load wheel distance. A front actuator can raise the pair of front legs such that the front wheel and the intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs are aligned along a loading level. The intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs can be offset from the pair of back legs by a loading span. The load wheel distance can be greater than the loading span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Matthew Palastro, Zhen Y. Shen, Timothy R. Wells, Timothy Paul Schroeder, Joshua James Markham, Robert L. Potak
  • Patent number: 10052085
    Abstract: A diagnostic assembly (30, 320) and method for detecting a presence of cancer in a breast of a patient. The diagnostic assembly (20, 320) comprises a frame (22, 322), at least one cold bar (26, 326, 426) supported by the frame (22, 322) for receiving a hand of the patient, and a temperature controller (72) in communication with the cold bar (26, 326, 426) to maintain a constant temperature of the cold bar (26, 326, 426). The method comprises the steps of cooling at least one hand of the patient and recording a test thermal image of the breast of the patient after the hand of the patient has been cooled. The step of cooling the hand of the patient includes receiving the hand of the patient on the cold bar (26, 326, 426) to transfer heat from the hand of the patient to the cold bar (26, 326, 426), and maintaining the cold bar (26, 326, 426) at a preselected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: First Sense Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Paul G. Angott, Richard Farkas, Ajay Mudunuri, Steven Henke
  • Patent number: 9999555
    Abstract: Roll-in cots having wheel alignment mechanisms. According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot includes a support frame, a pair of legs pivotably and slidably coupled to the support frame, and a pair of hinge members that are pivotably coupled to the support frame and to one of the legs. The roll-in cot also includes a wheel linkage pivotably coupled to the pair of legs and a wheel alignment mechanism. The legs and the hinge members pivot relative to one another in a relative angular rotation ratio and the wheel alignment mechanism rotates the wheel alignment mechanism relative to the hinge members at a reduction ratio. The relative angular rotation ratio of the legs and the hinge members is approximately inverse to the reduction ratio of the wheel alignment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Magill, Nicholas Vittorio Valentino
  • Patent number: 9962130
    Abstract: An MRI compatible stretcher has a plurality of non-magnetically susceptible and electrically conductive metal members in physically overlapping sections, each having electrically non-conductive spacers separating the overlapping sections to prevent electrical conductivity there between. The insulators break electrical conductivity and thereby prevent the formation of large and continuous metal current loops, while the overlap ensures continuous metal strength and integrity. In particular embodiments, flanges terminate longitudinally extensive metal members, and the electrically non-conductive spacers separate the flanges from adjacent metal members. Fasteners secure the flanges, spacers and adjacent metal members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory J. Ocel, Beth M. Lacy, Kenneth L. Lacy
  • Patent number: 9918888
    Abstract: A locking mechanism (100) includes one or more casters (102,103,104,105) coupled to a frame (101). A lift mechanism (106,107) is distally extendable from the frame to elevate the casters. A pivoting bar (108) is pivotable relative to the frame to distally extend the lift mechanism from the frame. A foot pedal (113) is pivotable relative to the pivoting bar between a closed position and an angularly displaced open position. When in the angularly displaced open position, the foot pedal can extend distally from the pivoting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffanie Boggs, Matthew Zlotow, Lisa Bauer, Jeff Hunt
  • Patent number: 9701482
    Abstract: A mobilization device adapted to be attached to a piece of conveying equipment such as a gurney. The device includes a base. The coupling structure is connected with the base for supporting at least a portion of the conveying equipment. The device also includes a wheel assembly that is sized to hold the wheels of the conveying equipment off of the ground. The wheel assemblies of the device are used to move the conveying equipment and include tires having a relatively larger height and width to aid in increasing the mobility of the conveying equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: ENHANCED MOBILIZATION SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Wilson Lawless, Charles Phillip Palanca, Phillip E. Chorney
  • Patent number: 9629770
    Abstract: A portable transfer board can facilitate moving a person having limited mobility, for example a person in a wheelchair transferring himself or herself into or out of a wheelchair. The portable transfer board can be transported in a compact configuration and placed in a transfer configuration on an as-needed basis. For example, a user or caregiver can tote the portable transfer board in a backpack, in a compartment on a wheelchair, or on his or her person. When needed for transfer, the user or caregiver can reconfigure the transfer board, so that at least one dimension is lengthened, and deploy the transfer board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph T. Dyer, Michael L. Wach
  • Patent number: 9629767
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liftable hospital bed, comprising a bedplate base frame (1) symmetrical about a transverse central plane and a longitudinal central plane, wherein two ends of the bedplate base frame (1) are provided with bed leg rods (2), the lower end of the bed leg rods (2) being hinged to a first roller device (3) in contact with the ground and the upper end of the bed leg rods (2) being connected to a second roller device (4), the second roller device (4) being slidable in tracks (5) on the bedplate base frame (1) and the tracks (5) being parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bedplate base frame (1); connecting rods (6) are hinged to the bed leg rods (2); and a turnover mechanism is further provided for changing included angles between the bed leg rods (2) and the bedplate base frame (1) to lift the bedplate base frame (1), the turnover mechanism comprises the connecting rods (6) and a thrust mechanism, end portions of the thrust mechanism drive the connecting rods (6) to rotate via a hinged four-rod mech
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: NINGBO KANGMAILONG MEDICAL APPARATUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Luping Li
  • Patent number: 9623924
    Abstract: A two-wheeled cart is especially adapted for use as a game cart and may be easily towed by a conventional mountain bike. The cart has two interchangeable wheel positions. In the first wheel position the wheels are attached to the frame at opposite lateral sides of the cart and in this position the center of mass of a load carried on the bed of the cart is relatively low. In the second wheel position the wheels are aligned one in front of the other along the direction of travel as the cart is moved; in this position, the bed of the cart is raised to a relatively higher position than the position of the bed when the wheels are in the first wheel position so the center of mass of a load carried on the bed is relatively higher than when the wheels are in the first wheel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Theodore A. Huskey
  • Patent number: 9510982
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot may include a support frame, a pair of back legs, a pair of front legs, and a cot actuation system. The pair of back legs and the pair of front legs can be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each of the pair of front legs can include a front wheel and an intermediate load wheel. The intermediate load wheel is offset from the front wheel by a load wheel distance. A front actuator can raise the pair of front legs such that the front wheel and the intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs are aligned along a loading level. The intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs can be offset from the pair of back legs by a loading span. The load wheel distance can be greater than the loading span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Matthew Palastro, Zhen Y. Shen, Timothy R. Wells, Timothy Paul Schroeder, Joshua James Markham, Robert L. Potak
  • Patent number: 9510981
    Abstract: A transport apparatus includes a frame, a lift mechanism supporting the frame, and a litter deck for supporting a person. The litter deck is adapted to be reconfigured between a chair configuration and a cot configuration. The litter deck is also adapted to be removably mounted to the frame, with the litter deck being adapted to be supported by the frame while the litter deck is in its chair configuration and also while being reconfigured between its chair configuration and its cot configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Jason James Wroblewski, Brandon David Naber, Alfred James Dacy, IV, Thomas Alan Puvogel, Ross Timothy Lucas
  • Patent number: 9480615
    Abstract: A transport carriage for transport for transport of a patient support and/or an operating table column of an operating table includes a chassis which is connectable with the patient support and/or with the operating table column. The chassis includes a first longitudinal beam and a second longitudinal beam arranged at a distance thereto. The first and second longitudinal beams form a fork-shaped opening. At least one castor which is pivotable about a swiveling axis is arranged at each longitudinal beam forming the fork-shaped opening. The transport carriage includes at least one delimiting unit for delimiting the swiveling movement of at least one of the castors about its swiveling axis. This delimitation can be automatically revoked upon lifting the base of the operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventor: Gernot Eisenmann
  • Patent number: 9439823
    Abstract: A patient transfer device for transferring a patient resting on a sheet from a first resting device to a second resting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Nottingham Spirk Design Associates
    Inventors: Jason Tilk, William Rabbitt, Rebecca Blice
  • Patent number: 9414980
    Abstract: A bed is composed of combining a wheelchair and a bed main body portion. The wheelchair has a seating bottom portion composed of bendably coupling a plurality of divided members, a chair bottom support member supporting the seating bottom portion, a chair base portion for fixing the chair bottom support member, and traveling wheels supporting the chair base portion. The bed main body portion has a bed bottom portion composed of bendably coupling a plurality of divided members, a bed bottom support member supporting the bed bottom portion, and a bed base portion for fixing the bed bottom support member. In a case where the wheelchair and the bed main body portion are combined, a support member supporting the seating bottom portion is switched from the chair bottom support member to the bed bottom support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Kume, Toshihide Ueda, Shohei Tsukada, Hideo Kawakami, Tohru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9295596
    Abstract: A combined type nursing bed. A moveable backrest is provided on a fixed bed body, and a wheelchair is disposed at an end of the moveable backrest. The wheelchair includes three rectangular plates, a wheelchair support, and a second driving mechanism. When in use, the three rectangular plates are driven by the second driving mechanism and pivots around rotating shafts to form the wheelchair. The wheelchair can be separated from the bed body. Through separation and combination of the wheelchair and the bed body, a patient can be easily transferred. The transferring process does not require hard labor of the nursing personnel, and the patients do not suffer addition discomfort due to use of the nursing bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Jiangsu Hengai Medical Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hanzhong He
  • Patent number: 9289336
    Abstract: A patient support including a base; a patient support surface supported by the base; an electrically powered device; a rechargeable power storage device for powering the electrically powered device; and a receiving coil electrically coupled to the rechargeable power supply for inductive coupling with a transmitting coil. The receiving coil is for recharging the rechargeable power supply when the receiving coil is inductively coupled to the transmitting coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Chad Conway Souke
  • Patent number: 9227547
    Abstract: A slidable conveying assembly may include a latch frame and a latch rod rotatably engaged with, and extending at least partially through the latch frame. The latch rod may include a latch paddle at a first end. The assembly may also include a notch frame configured to slidably engage with the latch frame and a notched bar that may extend at least partially through the front notch frame and that may include multiple notches. The assembly may also include a biasing mechanism operably coupled to the latch frame and the latch rod and configured to bias the latch paddle into the multiple notches such that the latch paddle is biased into removable engagement with the multiple notches as the latch frame slides along the notch frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: CURRENTWRX LLC
    Inventor: Patrick G. Williams
  • Patent number: 9227644
    Abstract: A rolling cart comprises a frame unit defining an interior space in which items are transportable; a wheel, the wheel having a boundary defined by a circumference, a left edge maximum extent, and a right edge maximum extent; and the interior space at least partly within the boundary. The rolling cart may further comprise a container in which the items are transportable suspended within the interior space. The container can be integral to the frame unit. In another variation, the rolling cart further comprises: a plurality of left rollers rotatably connected to the frame unit; a plurality of right rollers rotatably connected to the frame unit; a left inner surface defined by the wheel, the left inner surface contacting the left rollers for rotatable support; and a right inner surface defined by the wheel, the right inner surface contacting the right rollers for rotatable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Real Wheel, LLC
    Inventors: Jacqueline L. Piscitello, Yavor Gegov
  • Patent number: 9192528
    Abstract: A foldable trolley for supporting a stretcher, including a foldable frame having a pair of vertical support members that are rigidly secured to each other by a first horizontal member, and a pair of elongated frame members that are pivotally secured to the pair of vertical support members at their respective bottom ends and rigidly connected by a second horizontal member, a wheel assembly including a first wheel and a second wheel rotatably attached to a corresponding vertical support member, and a plurality of clamp assemblies, each clamp assembly being mounted to a top end of each vertical support member and each elongated frame members, each clamp assembly being movable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Yen Wu Ling
  • Patent number: 9144409
    Abstract: An MRI compatible stretcher has a plurality of non-magnetically susceptible and electrically conductive metal members in physically overlapping sections, each having electrically non-conductive spacers separating the overlapping sections to prevent electrical conductivity there between. The insulators break electrical conductivity and thereby prevent the formation of large and continuous metal current loops, while the overlap ensures continuous metal strength and integrity. In particular embodiments, flanges terminate longitudinally extensive metal members, and the electrically non-conductive spacers separate the flanges from adjacent metal members. Fasteners secure the flanges, spacers and adjacent metal members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory J. Ocel, Beth M. Lacy, Kenneth L. Lacy
  • Publication number: 20150130205
    Abstract: A method for a two person rescue team to rescue an incapacitated person from a hazardous environment includes a wheeled platform with a contoured recess shaped to accommodate an air pack. The platform is sufficiently low to the ground so that a transported person, as well as the rescue personnel can be kept below the heat in an inflamed building. The platform straddles a water hose which is used as an escape path by the rescue team to extract the incapacitated person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: WESLEY WYATT CASKEY
  • Patent number: 9022706
    Abstract: A fastening system includes an energy absorbing or impact indicator and at least one or more of the following: (1) a fastening base for mounting in an emergency vehicle, (2) a patient support engageable with a base, (3) a patient securement mechanism for securing a patient on a patient support, (4) a patient securement mechanism for securing a patient to a vehicle, (5) a patient support securement mechanism operable to secure a patient support in an emergency vehicle, or (6) a patient support securement mechanism operable to secure a patient support to a base, wherein the energy absorbing or impact indicator is located (1) at the patient securement mechanism, or (2) at the patient support securement mechanism, or wherein the energy absorbing or impact indicator is between (1) the base and the vehicle, (2) the patient support and the base, (3) the patient securement mechanism and the patient support, (4) the patient support and the emergency vehicle, (5) the patient and the emergency vehicle, or (6) the patien
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Laike Misikir, Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Vishnu Mallapragada, Alfred James Dacey, IV, Keith Buffinga
  • Publication number: 20150115638
    Abstract: A patient support including a base; a patient support surface supported by the base; an electrically powered device; a rechargeable power storage device for powering the electrically powered device; and a receiving coil electrically coupled to the rechargeable power supply for inductive coupling with a transmitting coil. The receiving coil is for recharging the rechargeable power supply when the receiving coil is inductively coupled to the transmitting coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Chad Conway Souke
  • Patent number: 8973963
    Abstract: An ambulance cot and cot loading and unloading system for an emergency vehicle comprises a cot having a head end, a base for mounting to a deck of an emergency vehicle, a track mounted for linear movement along said base, and an arm mounted for linear movement along said track from a retracted position to an extended position. The arm is and configured to engage the cot, and wherein when the track is extended along the base and the arm is extended along the track the arm is extended from the base in an extended position and is configured for lifting the cot and providing cantilevered support to the cot while in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Chad Conway Souke, Kurosh Nahavandi, Adam Darwin Downey, Robert Gregory Cox
  • Publication number: 20150014959
    Abstract: Embodiments of a patient transport platform employing one or more adjustable columns interposed between a base having caster wheels with one or more intermediate large wheels, the adjustable columns accommodating deployment and retraction of the large wheels and elevation and positioning of an articulating patient stretcher chair. In various embodiments, the adjustable columns are in parallel or series connection, or combinations thereof. An articulating base frame assembly with a dampened interconnection between fore and aft sections, having three pairs of wheels for selective implementation in use is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Trevor Youngmann, Brian Huml, David Heidenreich, Nathan Yensho, Michael Maske
  • Publication number: 20150001871
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a rolling transport cot may include an elongate frame, one or more support linkages, an arcuate coupling member, and a swivel caster. The one or more support linkages may include a pivoting link that is in rotatable engagement with the elongate frame, a traveling link that is in sliding and rotatable engagement with the elongate frame, and an equalizing link that is in rotatable engagement with the traveling link. The arcuate coupling member can be in rotatable engagement with the pivoting link and the equalizing link. The swivel caster may include a wheel that rotates along a surface and a swivel mechanism that can rotate around an axis that is aligned with the surface at a swivel angle ?. When the traveling link is urged along the elongate frame, the swivel angle ? of the swivel mechanism can be substantially constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Akira Watanabe, Pavol Graf, Michal Vacula
  • Patent number: 8864205
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a bed, cot, stretcher, gurney, surgical table, or the like, is disclosed that includes at least one form of wireless energy transfer and/or at least one form of wireless communication amongst its components. The wireless energy transfer may include the inductive transfer of electrical energy from the main body of the patient support apparatus to a mattress positioned thereon that uses electrical energy. Alternatively, the wireless energy transfer may include the inductive transfer or electrical energy from a stationary power station to the patient support itself. Or, the patient support apparatus may include both types of inductive energy transfer. The wireless communication may be between a controller on the main body of the patient support apparatus and a controller within, or coupled to, the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Lemire, Martin W. Stryker, Pascal Castonguay, Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Chad Conway Souke, Kurosh Nahavandi, Adam Darwin Downey, Robert Gregory Cox, Michael Joseph Hayes, Aaron Douglas Furman, Martin Plante
  • Patent number: 8856989
    Abstract: A stretcher includes a patient support, a base, a plurality of support members supporting the patient support relative to the base, which are adapted and arranged to raise or lower the base relative to the patient support, and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is actuatable between a locked position wherein the locking mechanism locks the support members at a fixed height and an unlocked position wherein the support members are released from being locked at the fixed height so that the base or the patient support may be moved relative to the other. Further, the locking mechanism is configured to provide a stop for the support members and absorb energy from the support members are release and the support members engage the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Cliff Lambarth, Steve Knipfel, Jason Kneen
  • Publication number: 20140265181
    Abstract: A transport apparatus includes a frame, a lift mechanism supporting the frame, and a litter deck for supporting a person. The litter deck is adapted to be reconfigured between a chair configuration and a cot configuration. The litter deck is also adapted to be removably mounted to the frame, with the litter deck being adapted to be supported by the frame while the litter deck is in its chair configuration and also while being reconfigured between its chair configuration and its cot configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Jason James Wroblewski, Brandon David Naber, Alfred James Dacy, IV, Thomas Alan Puvogel, Ross Timothy Lucas
  • Publication number: 20140232129
    Abstract: A backpack employs a collapsible stretcher and a collapsible wheel assembly. The backpack may be transformed from a compact mode suitable for portability of the backpack to an extended mode wherein the stretcher is extended. A pair of wheels are inflated so that the wheels at one end contact the terrain and at the other end the stretcher is engaged to the backpack to provide for an efficient transport of an injured individual placed in the stretcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: David E. Mroczka
  • Patent number: 8800081
    Abstract: A bed with a leg assembly coupled to a support link assembly by a joint, the joint comprising a slot having at least two paths. A support link assembly defining a length that automatically varies as the support link assembly moves relative to the leg assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki
  • Publication number: 20140217764
    Abstract: A locking retractor is disclosed, as are stretchers and cots using the retractor to secure a patient. The retractor includes structure for locking the retractor spool to prevent rotation in both directions. However, a cam is coupled to the shaft and is arranged relative to the locking structure to prevent the spool from locking during an initial portion of the spool's rotation, until a first locking point is reached. Once the first locking point has been reached, a clutch prevents the locking structure from engaging while the spool is still rotating, but the locking structure will engage to lock the spool in both directions once active rotation stops. A user-actuatable lever is provided externally that disengages the locking structure when actuated to allow the spool to extend and retract freely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Bradley, Jeff Fields, Chase Parish, Tyler Butel
  • Publication number: 20140197654
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot may include a support frame, a pair of back legs, a pair of front legs, and a cot actuation system. The pair of back legs and the pair of front legs can be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each of the pair of front legs can include a front wheel and an intermediate load wheel. The intermediate load wheel is offset from the front wheel by a load wheel distance. A front actuator can raise the pair of front legs such that the front wheel and the intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs are aligned along a loading level. The intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs can be offset from the pair of back legs by a loading span. The load wheel distance can be greater than the loading span.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Matthew Palastro, Zhen Y. Shen, Timothy R. Wells, Timothy Paul Schroeder, Joshua James Markham, Robert L. Potak
  • Patent number: 8714612
    Abstract: A roll-in cot for patient transport and method thereof are disclosed. The cot provides a patient transporter having a support frame configured to support a stretcher on a top side of the support frame and having a sliding track mounted to an under-side of the support frame. A pair of collapsible leading legs is pivotally mounted on the underside of the support frame, and a pair of collapsible and retractable trailing legs is pivotally mounted to the underside of the support frame and also moveably coupled to the sliding track. The trailing legs are configured to swivel from a raised position to a collapsed, unretracted position wherein the pair of trailing legs extend a first horizontal distance past a trailing end of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Chinn
  • Publication number: 20140103677
    Abstract: A stretcher including an upper frame for mounting a lifter thereon, a front leg pivotably attached to the upper frame, a rear leg pivotably attached to the upper frame, a fixed caster attached to one end of the front leg, a swivel caster attached to one end of the rear leg, and an auxiliary swivel caster attached to the front leg, wherein the upper frame is vertically adjustable by folding the front and rear legs relative to the upper frame, and wherein the auxiliary swivel caster is positioned relative to the fixed caster such that the auxiliary swivel caster is in contact with the ground when the upper frame is fully lowered and the front leg is folded away from the rear leg, and the auxiliary swivel caster is out of contact with the ground when the upper frame is fully lowered and the front leg is folded toward the rear leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Matunaga Manufactory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Goto, Noriyuki Matunaga, Shigeyuki Matunaga
  • Patent number: 8662506
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-function cart for storing and transporting emergency or other supplies. The multi-function cart comprises two shells that can be secured together to form a transportable storage container. When separated, each shell is convertible into various configurations that can be used to sustain life during and after a disaster as well as to clean-up and rebuild after a disaster has occurred. The multi-function cart can also be used recreationally. In this manner, the multi-function cart enables victims to quickly care for themselves, and encourages victims to immediately begin the clean-up and rebuilding process. Each shell is convertible into different configurations using various tubes. Hub brackets on opposing sides of the shell include adapters to which any of the tubes can be connected. The tubes can be connected to the adapters in an upward or a downward orientation to form different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Troy Bengtzen
  • Patent number: 8657353
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo loading rail system includes inner vehicle rail portions connected to vehicle structure. Connecting rail portions have a rotatable connecting joint to rotatably connect the connecting rail portions to one of the inner vehicle rail portions. Step mounted rail portions are connected to a door rotatably connected to the vehicle and rotatable between closed and open conditions. The step mounted rail portions have a longitudinal slot. A roller fitting assembly is connected to the connecting rail portions and slidably received in the longitudinal slot. A trolley member is movable on a continuous rail surface created when the door is open having vehicle rail portion ends contacting connecting rail portion first ends, and connecting rail portion second ends in contact with step mounted rail portion ends. A trolley member cavity receives a support post of a member loaded into the vehicle by movement on the continuous rail surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Milton Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Frey, Jay W. Winborn, Linda G. Tucker, William K. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8640283
    Abstract: A cot operable to fold one or more legs thereof with the advancing of the cot onto a support object is disclosed. The cot comprises a wheeled transporter, having a frame and legs, and a leg release assembly. The leg release assembly comprises a contact member, a leg release member releasably engaged with at least one of the legs, and a linkage member operably connecting the contact member and the leg release member. The contact member is pressure-sensitive and activates with an application of pressure thereto. The leg release member releases the at least one of the legs from an engagement therewith with activation of the contact member. The at least one of legs folds relative to the frame with the release of the engagement with the leg release member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Broadley, Alan Cambridge
  • Publication number: 20130320688
    Abstract: A bariatric adapter for a portable patient-transport gurney provides a wider, secure and comfortable surface for carrying larger patients. The adapter may be constructed in multiple segments so that adjustments of the gurney (e.g., elevating head/torso support or leg supports) can still be used. The adapter does not require modifications to the gurney, so it can be removed when not needed. However, smaller patients may also find the wider bed more comfortable, so it may be left attached for all users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Larry D. HORNADAY, Joshua J. Sharp