Bed Patents (Class 362/130)
  • Patent number: 9827156
    Abstract: A person support apparatus with an extendable mattress, a night light message display system, a screen key pendant, egress handle siderails, and various other features. The extendable mattress includes hinged extensions along the sides of the extendable mattress that are moved from a nested position to the extension position. The screen key pendant includes a plurality of screen keys that can be pressed to cycle through various control modes for the person support apparatus. The night light message display system can be configured to display a message or image on the floor communicating information to the person and/or alerting the person as to when they are able to exit the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Mark Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 9622905
    Abstract: A thermotherapy device with a reclining surface (6) for a patient and with two radiant heaters (3, 4) directed towards the reclining surface (6) and with a control unit (5), which is set up to control the heat output of each of the radiant heaters (3, 4). The reclining surface (6) includes structure for pivoting about an axis of rotation (12) at right angles to a body axis (11) of the patient. An angle or slope sensor (13) detects the deviation of the position of the reclining surface (6) from the horizontal plane. The control unit (5) is connected to the angle or slope sensor and adapts the heat output of each of the first radiant heater and of the second radiant heater (4) as a function of the detected measured value of the slope such that the heat output of each heater differs by a predetermined factor and the heat output of each heater is equal when the reclining surface is in the horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Jochim Koch
  • Patent number: 9486084
    Abstract: An illuminable indicator for a bed includes a body configured to be attached to the bed. The body can include a resilient portion and a light-transmitting portion. The body can be shaped to protrude from an outer perimeter of the bed. A light source can be positioned to emit light to the light-transmitting portion to illuminate the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Connell, Richard Roussy
  • Patent number: 9360199
    Abstract: An electric actuator system for hospital and care beds (1, 20) for adjusting e.g. the lying surface of the bed (1, 20). The actuator system is connected to one or more light sources (19, 23, 24), which may be switched on if a change in the patient's movement pattern and/or position in the bed (1, 20) is registered. The electric actuator system may thus help the patient navigate around the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Karsten Westermann
  • Patent number: 9220650
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a bed frame having a head end and a foot end and control circuitry carried by the bed frame. The control circuitry receives information about conditions of the patient support apparatus. A light is coupled to the bed frame adjacent the foot end and is coupled to the control circuitry. The light is in a first state when the patient support apparatus is operating normally and the light is in a second state when the control circuitry detects an alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Bobey, Stephen L. Douglas, Eric R. Meyer, Jonathan H. Mueller, Robert Petrosenko, Stephen R. Schulte, Andrew F. Skinner, Michael Z. Sleva, Richard B. Stacy, Daniel K. Stevens, Mayur Yermaneni
  • Patent number: 8910333
    Abstract: A control panel of a sickbed having a light source is disposed around a sickbed and includes a casing, a light module and a control module. The light module and the control module are provided on two opposite surfaces of the casing respectively. The control module is electrically connected to the light module for controlling the height of the sickbed and an ON/OFF state of the light module. The control panel of the present invention is used to adjust the height of the sickbed and also provides illumination, so that it really demonstrates practicability and convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Timotion Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chou-Hsin Wu
  • Publication number: 20140313700
    Abstract: An illuminable indicator for a bed includes a body configured to be attached to the bed. The body can include a resilient portion and a light-transmitting portion. The body can be shaped to protrude from an outer perimeter of the bed. A light source can be positioned to emit light to the light-transmitting portion to illuminate the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Connell, Richard Roussy
  • Patent number: 8832881
    Abstract: A bed frame wherein the side rail and/or cross rails are fully encased in plastic shields. A plastic shield or shields cover the entire cross sectional area of the side and cross rails so that the side rail and cross rails are easy to handle and esthetically pleasing. The system avoids the need for a person to handle cold, sometimes dirty, steel and the cross and side rails may be T-shaped or L-shaped angle irons, or other configurations and covered with plastic shields. With the plastic shields, the steel members need not be finished since the outer appearance of the steel is encased by the plastic shields and not seen by persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Finger Lakes Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Polevoy, Paul Eric Carlson
  • Patent number: 8668372
    Abstract: Windows, or other types of transparent materials, may be constructed to passively allow light from alternate sources to pass therethrough, while also being able to actively produce artificial light for providing illumination from one side of the window by means of an incorporated optical waveguide that accepts light from an edge of the window and disperses it from only one side of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Gary Lynn Duerksen, Seth Adrian Miller
  • Publication number: 20140009917
    Abstract: An electric actuator system for hospital and care beds (1, 20) for adjusting e.g. the lying surface of the bed (1, 20). The actuator system is connected to one or more light sources (19, 23, 24), which may be switched on if a change in the patient's movement pattern and/or position in the bed (1, 20) is registered. The electric actuator system may thus help the patient navigate around the room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Karsten Westermann
  • Patent number: 8434896
    Abstract: An under-bed mounted accent lighting apparatus comprises a series of lamps which automatically illuminate to cast a soft glow from underneath the bed is herein disclosed. The lamps are electrically interconnected via standard wiring and adhesively affixed along the bed frame. The lamps are powered by a common user configurable timer module which plugs into a standard wall outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: David R. Embry
  • Patent number: 8267922
    Abstract: A phototherapy light device for directing light onto an infant. The phototherapy light device has a base containing an illumination source and a gooseneck type of elongated neck that extends outwardly from the base and has a distal end adapted to be positioned to direct the light onto the infant. An optical fiber transmits the light from the illumination source to the distal end through the optical fiber where the light is passed through a light emanating device located at the distal end of the elongated neck. The elongated neck has two flexible sections, one of which has two coaxial springs to provide flexibility in positioning as well as to impart sufficient strength and rigidity to the elongated neck. The dual spring concept provides a system having reduced stresses while creating a double fault structural system without compromising the flexibility of the elongated neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Colin G. Hodge, Michael H. Mackin
  • Publication number: 20120198619
    Abstract: Accessory for beds, characterised by the inclusion of an articulated support, anchored to the bed head that presents an axis of rotation which is approximately vertical with respect to the bed head, and operatively capable of lateral displacement of the telescopic arm and which is associated to a primary telescopic arm by means of a folding action, at the free end of this primary telescopic arm is a secondary laterally revolving, arm carrying folding support rods, which allow its arrangement in an approximate upright position to hold a book or similar, an approximate horizontal position, which enables the support of a tray or similar and a position of withdrawal on the revolving arm for its complete withdrawal on the telescopic arm next to the bed head. It includes a reading lam which is joined to the articulated support by means of a flexible neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Jorge Juan Garcia Garcia
  • Publication number: 20120023670
    Abstract: A siderail assembly comprises a siderail body and an indicator. The siderail body includes a handle configured to be gripped by a person. The indicator is configured to emit light to identify the location of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Publication number: 20110255271
    Abstract: A coordinated bedroom set that incorporates a lighting means to provide a decorative furniture set with improved illumination. The bedroom set comprises matching design bed headboard, footboard, and dresser backstop. The design comprises two main posts with New England style caps, two horizontal boards and a plurality of smaller vertical posts distributed between the main posts. Illuminating lanterns are mounted on the upper region of each main post. Electrical cords for the lanterns are fed through a hollow center of each post, and on/off switches are provided thereon. The device provides improved lighting in the bedroom, without the drawbacks of overhead lighting or ceiling fan lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Ernella Oliver
  • Publication number: 20110219540
    Abstract: A bed frame wherein the side rail and/or cross rails are fully encased in plastic shields. A plastic shield or shields cover the entire cross sectional area of the side and cross rails so that the side rail and cross rails are easy to handle and esthetically pleasing. The system avoids the need for a person to handle cold, sometimes dirty, steel and the cross and side rails may be T-shaped or L-shaped angle irons, or other configurations and covered with plastic shields. With the plastic shields, the steel members need not be finished since the outer appearance of the steel is encased by the plastic shields and not seen by persons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Richard S. Polevoy, Paul Eric Carlson
  • Patent number: 7874695
    Abstract: An electrical actuator system, especially for hospital and care beds and patient beds, comprising a number of actuators (6,7; 10,11), a control box (12) with a mains-based power supply, and typically also a rechargeable battery package and a control unit with a microprocessor, a number of controls (15,16), an orientation light (17) for mounting under the bed. The system comprises at least one junction box (13,14) and the orientation lighting is, with its own control unit, located in this. This enables a flexible location of the lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Svend Erik Knudsen Jensen
  • Publication number: 20100319227
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for displaying illuminated images. In some embodiments a light box is capable of receiving a wide variety of images, which may be changed as desired by a user. The light box may be framed independently for wall hanging or display on a stand, or incorporated within or attached to pieces of furniture, including but not limited to beds, dressers, changing tables, book shelves, chests of drawers, toy chests, and the like. In various embodiments, the light box may include a dimmer, a timed dimmer, a motion sensor, and/or equipment for playing music or generating white noise. In certain embodiments, a single light box may be used, while in other embodiments a plurality of light boxes and/or digital picture frames may be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Gerald R. Sanders
  • Patent number: 7824058
    Abstract: In a wake-up apparatus for waking up a sleeper by light stimulus, it wakes the sleeper comfortably without feeling glare. A lighting device has a first lighting unit at a position that a light emitting face cannot be observed directly by the sleeper, and a second lighting unit at a position that a light emitting face can be observed directly by the sleeper. A control device activates the lighting device a predetermined time before a preset wake-up time so as to vary illuminance of light emitted from the lighting device in an order of low illuminance, middle illuminance and high illuminance, to light only the first lighting unit in a low illuminance condition and a middle illuminance condition, and to light both of the first lighting unit and the second lighting unit in a high illuminance condition, and quickly varies from the middle illuminance condition to the high illuminance condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Inoue, Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20100132113
    Abstract: A retractable bed is disclosed which can be raised and lowered in a vertical fashion. The retractable bed includes a frame for holding a mattress; and a counterbalance system to raise and lower the bed through vertical displacement. When the bed is in the lowered configuration it will come into contact with the floor thereby permitting a person to sleep on the bed. When the bed is in the raised configuration it will be near the ceiling thereby permitting a person to pass under the bed. The counterbalance system provides a convenient way to take the bed down and to put it away.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Emmett James Roepke
  • Patent number: 7641356
    Abstract: A bedside flashlight cradle for supporting a flashlight from the side of a bed frame for ready access. The cradle includes a grasper end for connection to the bed frame, a middle section, and a cradle. The grasper end may attach to the bed frame without fastener, for example, by sliding over the vertical side wall of the bed frame. The middle section may cant backward in order to support the flashlight flush with the edge of the bed frame. The cradle may be provided in spaced apart pairs to support the flash light or in other configurations such as an integral unit that has sufficient width to support a flashlight or an integral unit that has a single grasper end of sufficient width with a pair of spaced-apart cradles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Robert F. Pieroth
  • Publication number: 20090300840
    Abstract: A bed frame comprising T-shaped side rails provides support for a box spring and mattress. The T-shaped side rails provide more resistance to twisting and bowing and enables the overall bed frame to support more weight with less deflection than the convention L-shaped side rails. The T-shaped side rails may be two L-shaped angle irons affixed together or a unitary T-shaped member that can also be used for other structural components of the bed frame such as a center beam. The vertical flange of the T-shape can be non-linear. In a further embodiment, the side rails are comprised of a metal skin enclosing a hollow area with a horizontal, flat shelf for supporting the box spring and a contiguous vertical surface generally at a right angle to the horizontal shelf to retain the box spring in it desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Richard S. Polevoy, Paul E. Carlson, Howard Scott Ryan
  • Patent number: 6955448
    Abstract: A low profile night light adapted to be positioned in a substantially level plane atop a floor has cylindrical sidewalls and apertures formed in the sidewalls at regularly spaced intervals. At least one light source such as an incandescent or fluorescent light or a light-emitting diode is positioned in registration with at least one of the apertures so that the at least one light source illuminates a fan-shaped area of a floor. A circular area is illuminated if a light source is placed into registration with each aperture. The night light may be positioned under a bed or other item of furniture and may be battery operated or connected to a wall outlet by an elongate power cord. Unlike a conventional night light that illuminates only an area near an electrical wall outlet, the novel night light can be positioned anywhere on a floor where a tripping hazard might exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Peter Lefferson
  • Patent number: 6870673
    Abstract: A system and method for providing biosynchronized therapy to a patient that creates a therapeutic environment and therapeutic stimulations that are sensitive to psychological and sensory human issues, including those particular to the patient, and that reduce psychological stress experienced by the patient so that other forms of treatment provided to the patient are enhanced and benefited. In one embodiment, the environment and stimulations can be predetermined. The therapy is applied using an overhead system that includes a suspended, multi-function that performs predetermined tasks and a lighting system, both of which provide the room with natural ambient light, artificial ambient light and predetermined task lighting. An image display system is also included for applying preselected images to the canopy over a bed of the patient. The overhead system can be used in a variety of circumstances such as a home, commercial facilities and health care facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Archie E. Cromer, Bonnie K. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20040093672
    Abstract: A patient support including a frame and a patient support portion supported by the frame. The patient support portion includes a storage area configured to receive a light assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Ruehl, Jeffrey R. Welling, Brian Wiggins, Matthew W. Weismiller, Sandy Richards, Brent Goodwin
  • Patent number: 6595654
    Abstract: The invention concerns a lighting system for furniture, in this case a bed fabricated of PVC pipe, which combines bedpost-mounted halogen illumination and under-bed electroluminescent illumination. The arrangement of the low-voltage lamps within the bed frame itself provides sufficient ambient lighting for the whole bedroom. This eliminates the need for other bedroom lighting such as table lamps or floor lamps, therefore conserving space. The touch switch feature makes turning on the lights extraordinarily convenient by allowing for operation while still in bed, by locating the touch pads on or near the headboard within easy reach. The dimmer feature adjusts the intensity of the lights for appropriate atmosphere and easy wake up lighting as opposed to typical harsh lighting first thing in the morning. Under lighting provides sufficient non-intrusive late-night visibility without interrupting sleep, in addition to the aesthetically pleasing “floating” appearance of the bed itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Patrick Lem Washburn
  • Publication number: 20020197217
    Abstract: Tanning can be effected much more safely if radiation limited to the range between 330 nm and 360 nm is used for tanning human skin. Other wavelengths, which may tend to induce MMPs, promote erythema, and/or cause DNA damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: Sewon Kang, John J. Voorhees, Gary J. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20020126475
    Abstract: The invention concerns a lighting system for furniture, in this case a bed fabricated of PVC pipe, which combines bedpost-mounted halogen illumination and under-bed electroluminescent illumination. The arrangement of the low-voltage lamps within the bed frame itself provides sufficient ambient lighting for the whole bedroom. This eliminates the need for other bedroom lighting such as table lamps or floor lamps, therefore conserving space. The touch switch feature makes turning on the lights extraordinarily convenient by allowing for operation while still in bed, by locating the touch pads on or near the headboard within easy reach. The dimmer feature adjusts the intensity of the lights for appropriate atmosphere and easy wake up lighting as opposed to typical harsh lighting first thing in the morning. Under lighting provides sufficient non-intrusive late-night visibility without interrupting sleep, in addition to the aesthetically pleasing “floating” appearance of the bed itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Patrick Lem Washburn
  • Patent number: 6443591
    Abstract: A canopy assembly is provided for use over a hospital bed in a health care environment. The canopy assembly includes an elongated housing which is preferably a unitary molded plastic shell. The housing has a straight first end for abutting a wall adjacent a head of the bed and has a rounded second end over the foot of the bed. The housing has a rectangular shaped interior opening disposed therein within which is received a rectangular shaped light box having a backlit translucent scenic panel thereon. The housing includes a semi-circular shaped opening within which is received an air diffuser which is connected to an HVAC system in the ceiling of the room. The housing includes a horseshoe shaped interior panel having a plurality of circular openings defined therein within which are received a plurality of task lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Wellness, LLC
    Inventors: Earl S. Swensson, David S. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 6402681
    Abstract: A phototherapy apparatus which includes a filter unit that is coupled to a light generating unit. The light generating unit includes a plurality of light sources and an electrical control board which can regulate and control the power applied to the light sources so as to affect the wattage output of the light sources. The filter unit includes housing which contains a filter slide that is movable within the housing. The filter slide includes a plurality of filter elements and apertures which separate adjacent filter elements. The filter slide is movable between a first position in which light produced by the light generating unit passes through the apertures in the filter slide and a second position in light produced by the light generating unit passes through the filter elements in the filter slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. McDonough, Richard Hude
  • Patent number: 6256811
    Abstract: A fiber optic illuminated starlight scene on a headboard. By using a plurality of optical fibers (22) lighted by an illuminator (20) and the optical fiber/visible end (16) are positioned flush with front panel (12) decorative scene (14) a realistic rendition of a starlight scene is created. The optical fibers/visible ends (16) placement and dispersion in the decorative scene (14) along with the distance and angle of the optical fibers (22) to the illuminator makes each individual optical fiber/visible end (16) appear as starlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Eric S. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6234642
    Abstract: A hospital bed or nursing bed has movable components which can be adjusted by a drive including a plastic casing and an electric motor accommodated in the casing. A control block is operatively connected to the drive and includes a circuit board for the control of the electric motor. In order to realize a night light when the lighting of the room is switched off, without significant modification of the plastic casing, a light source is provided which is connected to an electrically conductive pathway of the circuit board. The light source is suitably disposed inside the casing and directly placed onto the electrically conductive pathway of the circuit board. Juxtaposed to the light source is a luminescent rod or light-conducting rod penetrating a wall or lid of the casing for transmitting light rays radiating from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Dewert Antriebs- und Systemtechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ralf Bokämper
  • Patent number: 5792214
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Medela, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Larsson, Hans R. Kunzler
  • Patent number: 5683169
    Abstract: An improved bed-lighting mechanism having a headboard (10) and footboard (11) attached perpendicular to left (12) and right (13) side rails which have left (20) and right (21) cable guards attached beneath and parallel to them, respectively. Four-foot (14A and 14B) and six-foot (17A and 17B) bedposts sandwich four-foot (15) and six-foot (18) fluorescent-light tubes and are attached perpendicular to the corner joint formed by the headboard (10) and footboard (11) to the left (12) and right (13) side rails. End caps (16 and 19) sit atop and below the bedposts (14A, 14B, 17A, and 17B). The fluorescent-light tubes (15 and 18) are encased by protective plastic sheaths (54). A ballast and switch box (55) houses a ballast (25) that powers the two, four-foot fluorescent-light tubes (15) and a ballast (26) that powers the two, six-foot fluorescent-light tubes (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventors: Donald R. Lucas, Ronald W. Allen
  • Patent number: 5613757
    Abstract: Canopy apparatus for use with a bed, for creating the visual impression of a star-lit sky. In a preferred embodiment, the canopy comprises a frame suspendable above a bed, at least one light fixture disposed within the frame for generating light, and a screen having a plurality of openings formed therein suspended by the frame beneath the light fixture. Light passing from the fixture through the openings creates the appearance of a plurality of stars and a moon for the user reclining on a bed beneath the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Bryan T. Polk
  • Patent number: 5466249
    Abstract: In an operating lamp device comprising a light source a guiding apparatus for the light source is provided which has a stationary position relative to the operating table or treatment chair for directing a light beam towards a certain treatment area and keeping it there. The guiding apparatus offers the light source a spherical cap-shaped area of movement of which the center of curvature coincides with the respective treatment area of a patient. The guiding apparatus might be attached to a movable back support or neck support, but might also be attached to a carrier not mechanically coupled to the operating table or treatment chair. In the latter case control signals generate a motion of the carrier in correspondence with a motion of the operating table or treatment chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Cornelis de Putter
  • Patent number: 5148356
    Abstract: A crib light is provided having front and rear housing portions which cooperate to clamp the light to a horizontal rail of a crib. The rear housing portion may be removed to permit the front housing portion to be mounted flush to a vertical wall surface. In addition, a lens cover is provided adjacent to a light emitting aperture of the front housing portion for controlling the brightness of light emitted and a control circuit is further provided for automatically shutting the light off after a predetermined interval of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Gerry Baby Products Company
    Inventors: T. Brent Freese, Joseph E. Janicke
  • Patent number: 5019950
    Abstract: A timed bedside night-light combination is disclosed that turns on a bedside lamp when a person steps on a mat adjacent the bed and turns on a timer when the person steps off of the mat. The timer turns off the lamp after a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Inventor: Gerald L. R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4951181
    Abstract: An article of transportable furniture is provided including a generally planar platform portion and a base portion for supporting the platform portion. The base portion includes a plurality of interengaged glass blocks and a frame for enclosing the glass blocks. A light source is disposed within the base portion for providing illumination through the glass blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Hardman and Phillips Partnership
    Inventor: Jacob T. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4947298
    Abstract: A bed lighting apparatus is set forth wherein at least one, elongate elastomeric pad switch member is arranged between a mattress and box spring of an associated bed. Upon an individual arising from the bed, contact is made within the switch to illuminate a series of lights of conventional configuration, or alternatively LED lighting may be utilized. A manual over-ride switch is also utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventor: John L. Stephen
  • Patent number: 4905433
    Abstract: One or more horizontally disposed, vertically spaced raceways have passageways for medical gases and electrical wiring which may communicate with a vertical chase at the ends of the raceways which contain conduits for such gases and wiring. The gases are piped inside a compartment at the top of the raceway and then by branch pipes to outlets on the front or the bottom of the raceway. Wiring of different voltages are contained in vertically spaced passageways in the back of the raceway and are electrically connected to socket outlets at convenient intervals on the front. Vertical separators isolate the various voltage wires from each other. Detachable covers provide access to the various compartments. Rails are formed on the exterior so that auxiliary eqipment may be clamped thereto at desired intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Hospital Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Miller
  • Patent number: 4882566
    Abstract: A safety control system for an electrically operated hospital bed utilizes a wireless disconnect signal from an above mounted safety light to an outlet below which supplies electrical power to the bed, thereby to interrupt power to the outlet upon the detection of physical contact with the safety light, as perhaps caused by an IV pole raising with the bed. In a preferred embodiment, a two-way transmission path is utilized to verify no blockage of the line of sight transmission path between the outlet and the light, with power to the outlet being disconnected upon contact with the light or blockage of the line of sight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Clement J. Koerber, Sr., Dennis J. Gallant, L. Dale Foster
  • Patent number: 4832029
    Abstract: A radiation arrangement provides heat to a bed surface for accommodating a patient thereon. Heat sources are arranged at a spatial distance above the bed surface in such a way that uniform radiant warming of the bed surface is obtained and that sides of the bed surface are maintained clear of radiation to facilitate access by persons attending the patient so that these attending persons are not subjected to the radiant heat especially in the region of the head. The arrangement includes small-surface heat radiators which are located and spaced vertically above the corner points of a polygon border enclosing the bed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Dragerwerk Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jochim Koch, Wolfgang Franz
  • Patent number: 4816969
    Abstract: The housing for the fixture is mounted on a wall over the patient's bed. The housing accommodates a first non-rotatable fixture which directs light from fluorescent tubes downward through a conventional flat prismatic lens. There is also a longitudinally extending lens mounted within the outline of the housing and rotatable by means of handles at either end so that light from a second set of fluorescent tubes may be adjusted to function as a reading lamp for the patient, as an examining light at different locations of the patient's body and as a room illumination source, the intensity of room illumination being adjustable. A safety switch is moved to "off" position when the housing is struck by an object such as an IV rod fixed to an adjustable bed to stop the motor which moves the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Hospital Systems Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Miller
  • Patent number: 4802066
    Abstract: A bed employed for use in light bathing. The bed comprises a transparent cloth stretched thereon and optical conductors arranged on the underside of the cloth. The optical conductors are arranged in such a manner that the light rays transmitted therethrough are radiated outside of the optical conductors and pass through the transparent cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Inventor: Kei Mori
  • Patent number: 4742437
    Abstract: A water bed illuminator in which the bed includes a rectangular box-like base having a longitudinally extending central support wall spaced equidistantly from each opposite side wall, and three laterally extending support walls spaced apart equidistantly between each opposite end wall, to form six separate compartments. A light fixture is placed in the center of each compartment, connected to an electric power source by an insulated conductor, with an electric switch connected therein to turn the lights on and off. A mattress box is positioned on the base, having a floor in which six holes are cut at locations which are in registration with respective ones of the light fixtures. The waterbed mattress comprises a transparent or translucent water tight rectangular container which forms a mattress when filled with water. When placed in the mattress box and the light fixtures are turned on, the mattress becomes illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Inventor: Rick Downey
  • Patent number: 4680684
    Abstract: A bed reading lamp, particularly for hospital rooms, includes a lamp housing attachable to a wall of a room, the lamp housing including at least one cover which closes a light outlet opening provided in the lower area of the housing and which is translucent and serves to guide the light. The cover includes a lower first portion having an inclined part and a horizontal part and a second portion connected to the first portion. The inclined part and the second portion have prismatic profiles on their sides facing the lamp. The height of the prismatic profiles of the inclined part of the first portion decreases toward the horizontal part of the first portion. The cover provides a light distribution which ensures that neither the person lying in the bed provided with the lamp nor a person in a bed on an opposite wall will be blinded by the light of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Zumtobel Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfgang Wolber
  • Patent number: 4332042
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for defining personalized environments for nursing homes are provided, which supply safety, comfort, control, and sense of personal ownership for aging people occupying the nursing home. A plurality of wall panels distinct from the nursing home permanent walls define a room environment, and utilize a bed assembly as the focal point with a plurality of miscellaneous clothing and article supporting and enclosing structures. The bed is integrated with the wall panels and miscellaneous structures so that the bed does not detract from the functioning of the structures, and all miscellaneous structures are supported on the wall panel so that they are spaced from the ground at least a distance sufficient to provide clearance for the toeboards of wheelchairs. The corners of all miscellaneous structures and the bed assembly are rounded, and sufficient clearance is provided between the bed assembly and any miscellaneous structures along both sides and the foot of the bed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1982
    Assignee: Burlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Koncelik
  • Patent number: 4231030
    Abstract: A safety device for a crib which provides an indicating light or alarm to alert a person to the fact that the crib gate is in a down position, to prevent the leaving of a child in a crib with the gate down and to insure that the crib gate is up and locked whenever the supervising person leaves the area or room. The device includes an illumination element and/or audible beeper having a switch that engages a structural portion of the crib gate when the gate is in a down position. The device may be readily installed on a conventional crib and may also provide subdued background lighting to allow observation of a child in the crib without disturbing the infant in the crib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Inventor: Mary G. Weiss
  • Patent number: 4220984
    Abstract: The present invention is an illumination device for use in combination with a waterbed which includes a plastic membrane which takes the shape of a mattress when it is filled with water and which is adapted to be filled with water and a frame having a headboard, four legs and base which is adapted to receive the elastic membrane after it has been filled with water. The illumination device includes a light source which is optically coupled to the water in the plastic membrane through the plastic membrane and which is mechanically coupled to the frame; and a transformer which has an on-off switch which is electrically coupled to a wall outlet and a transformer for stepping down the current through said on-off switch. The light source includes a lamp which is electrically coupled to the transformer and a prism-shape container in which the lamp is disposed and through a glass sidewall of which the lamp is optically coupled to the water in the plastic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1980
    Inventors: Michael B. Truher, Sheryl L. Truher