Cushioned Patents (Class 4/456)
  • Patent number: 8978184
    Abstract: A patient moving station provides fluid bladders connected to a fluid transfer station. Fluid, preferably air, is provided to a first compartment to lift the buttocks of a patient to provide a gap to assist in changing diapers. Second and third compartments below shoulders are useful to inflate and deflate to turn the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Rick Garrett
  • Patent number: 8453274
    Abstract: A polymer gel enclosure that encompasses a bedpan to increase the comfort of the user and decrease the risk of irritation and injury thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Lisa M. Olmstead
  • Patent number: 8359680
    Abstract: A bedpan for use by a patient may include a bottom section to define a cavity for waste of the patient and a top section to define a seat for the patient. The bottom section may be integral with the top section, and the top section may include a central soft texture section. The central soft texture section may be foam, and the bedpan may be formed by reaction injection molding process. The portion of the bedpan may include an anti-infection coating to prevent micro-bacterial formation and growth, and the bottom portion may include a rib for support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Deborah Lynn McQuary
  • Patent number: 8196230
    Abstract: A toilet unit for use in a supine position comprises a depressed section formed on a mattress, a U-shaped casing adapted to mount a butt-pad provided with a U-shaped central groove section thereon, and a urination and defecation treating unit of a substantially T-shape loosely fitted into the U-shaped central groove section of the butt-pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Minoru Nakamura, Sanyo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Nakamura, Kim Yong Ha, Do Hyun Ok
  • Patent number: 8185978
    Abstract: A bedpan for collecting waste includes a seating area and a plurality of cavities. The seating area is located in a main body of the bedpan. The plurality of cavities is formed within the seating area and includes a first cavity for collecting liquid waste and a second cavity for collecting solid waste. The first cavity and the second cavity are separated by a divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Mosler, Scott P. Jarnagin, Todd M. Korogi, Andrew J. DiMeo, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20110191952
    Abstract: The Cushioned Bed Pan provides consumers a comfortable alternative to the standard stainless steel or plastic bedpans available on the market. As the name implies, The Cushioned Bed Pan is a specially designed bedpan featuring a generously padded, cushioned seat. Similar in size and function of a standard bedpan, The Cushioned Bed Pan is generally oval in shape and features an ample, built-in receptacle for collecting waste. As with traditional bedpans, The Cushioned Bed Pan features an integrated handle hidden flush against the underside of the seat and designed specifically to afford easy transport while also enabling caregivers to quickly and efficiently empty the device after use. The Cushioned Bed Pan is manufactured primarily of stainless steel and, in another embodiment, heavy duty plastic material. The most notable aspect of this device however, and that which sets this product apart from standard bedpans is found in the cushiony soft padding which encompasses the top of the unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Tracy Brazier
  • Patent number: 7891029
    Abstract: A bedpan for collecting waste includes a seating area and a plurality of cavities. The seating area is located in a main body of the bedpan. The plurality of cavities is formed within the seating area and includes a first cavity for collecting liquid waste and a second cavity for collecting solid waste. The first cavity and the second cavity are separated by a divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Mosler, Scott P. Jarnagin, Todd M. Korogi, Andrew J. DiMeo, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20100050332
    Abstract: A bedpan for use by a patient may include a bottom section to define a cavity for waste of the patient and a top section to define a seat for the patient. The bottom section may be integral with the top section, and the top section may include a central soft texture section. The central soft texture section may be foam, and the bedpan may be formed by reaction injection molding process. The portion of the bedpan may include an anti-infection coating to prevent micro-bacterial formation and growth, and the bottom portion may include a rib for support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Deborah Lynn McQuary
  • Patent number: 6851132
    Abstract: A padded seat is provided, similar to a toilet seat, that is attached or clipped to a conventional bedpan. Friction fit snaps are provided for attaching the padded cushion to a bedpan. The snap on/snap off design extends the versatility of existing bedpans while remaining easy to empty and clean. The padded nature is not only more physically comfortable for the user, it also provides a psychological advantage for those who find it difficult to use a bedpan as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Cynthia L. Jones-Lowe
  • Patent number: 6554817
    Abstract: A device for disposing excrement is provided which can feed air to an interior of a diaper cup main body 2. The diaper cup main body 2 forms a space A as a passage for feeding the air from an air feed hose to air blow ports 2e, 2f, 2g of the diaper cup main body. The space A is formed by joining together an upper cup 2a and a lower cup 2b. The upper cup 2a is adapted to be placed on a pelvic region of a human body and has the air blow ports 2e, 2f, 2g. The lower cup 2b has a connecting cylinder portion 2i to be connected to a wash-water feed hose 17, a connecting cylinder portion 2h to be connected to an excrement suction hose 16, and a connecting cylindrical portion 2j to be connected to an air feed hose 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Niles Parts Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Oki, Syuei Tamura, Hiroshi Sakai, Kimio Sato
  • Patent number: 6256804
    Abstract: A pillow-like protector and body support device having a central section stuffed with polyurethane and covered with soft hypoallergenic material is provided with cut-away air gaps and medial seams that form air grooves or channels. The pillows and supports are made for supporting various body parts, e.g., the neck, shoulder, torso, elbows, and tailbone. Many of the pillows/supports are capable of being used together into an integrated system for alleviating bedsores and other medical problems associated with sitting or lying in the same position for long periods of time. One embodiment of the invention relates to a coccyx protector and is adapted to slip over a bedpan. In addition, embodiments are disclosed related to breast supports. One version is a small pillow/protector with an airflow pocket. Another version is sling-like and includes an air circulation seam for the skin just beneath the pillow. Yet another version of the breast support for protecting both breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Emeline Stevens
  • Patent number: 6167578
    Abstract: A device for washing the crotch region of a patient, including an air chargeable, double-walled soft cover bag capable of forming a washing chamber for accommodating the crotch region of the patient when air is charged into a space between the double walls. A washing liquid injection nozzle is secured within the washing chamber to wash the crotch region. A discharge port is provided in the cover bag to withdraw the washing liquid from the washing chamber. Similar device includes a T-shaped flexible diaper having a looped soft ridge provided on an inside surface thereof. The ridge is contacted with the skin of the patient to define therebetween a washing chamber in which a washing liquid nozzle and air nozzle is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Teruo Kitamura
  • Patent number: 5867845
    Abstract: An improved bedpan apparatus is disclosed, including a bedpan having a base and a wall defining a receptacle, and a lip which can support a person; and a bedpan cushion coupled to the bedpan on the lip. The apparatus also can include a layer of material which provides frictional resistance to movement of the cushion on the lip. The apparatus can be provided with a retainer, such as an elastic material, for retaining the cushion on the lip. The apparatus also can be provided with one or more tabs which are coupled to the cushion and engage the bedpan for retaining the cushion on the bedpan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Norine Fangmann
  • Patent number: 5839130
    Abstract: An inflatable bed-pan pad-support of the invention has a shape geometry and configuration in its deflated state that is different from that in its inflated state, so that, when the pad is inflated, it assumes a natural, rectilinear-shaped outline, with the bed-pan receiving, U-shaped opening thereof having a substantially uniform width along its length when the pad is in inflated. Strengthening ribs are provided in the interior of the pad, which additional strengthening ribs extend between the closed, head end of the bed-pan receiving, U-shaped opening and the opposite, head-end end-wall of the pad, which strengthening ribs provide the necessary support to the bed-pan receiving, U-shaped opening so that it assumes, in its inflated state, a uniform width substantially along its length. Another pair of outer strengthening ribs are also provided, one on either lateral side of the U-shaped opening strengthening ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Robert Markus
  • Patent number: 5619757
    Abstract: A disposable, inflatable, sanitary toilet seat cover which both prevents contact of a person with the surface of the seat and creates a restricted seat opening for use by a small child. A pair of preshaped vinyl or plastic layered sheets form a top and a bottom layer, secured to one another by welds, which welds are permanent and air-tight, to form an inflatable, generally U-shaped cover adapted in size and dimension to seat on the upper surface and over edges of a standard hard toilet seat. The top layer is preformed and dimensioned to be slightly larger in surface area than the bottom layer. Upon inflation, this added surface area results in a greater curvature of the upper surface of the cover than its lower surface with resultant bulging. A series of approximately parallel, spaced welds extend generally perpendicularly from near the peripheral weld across the width of the cover, whereby the top layer and the bottom layers are bonded to one another on their interior surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventor: Richard A. Baratta
  • Patent number: 5394571
    Abstract: An inflatable bedpan assembly having an inflatable horseshoe-shaped seat and a detachable waste collection bag which is sealed by use of a drawstring is provided. The bedpan is almost flat in its deflated condition and has a shape similar to a thick toilet seat when inflated. A waste collection bag substitutes for the bowl in a regular toilet. The bag is inserted prior to use, then is pulled out through a gap in the front of the seat. The bag closes and seals as it is pulled out. The collection bag is attached to the bedpan by means of a sleeve which is around the opening of the bag and which contains a drawstring. The sleeve containing the drawstring is wedged into a groove or channel formed around the inner circumference of the seat just below the top surface. After use, the drawstring and sleeve, with the suspended collection bag, are pulled out of the groove in the horseshoe and removed through the front gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventor: Susan N. Vernon
  • Patent number: 5224223
    Abstract: The invention includes in part of a disposable. inflatable receptacle formed from a thermoplastic material, which when inflated can withstand compressive pressures, for body wastes of persons who are unable to use conventional bathroom facilities because they are confined to a bed due to illness or injury. The receptacle is larger than the conventional metal receptacle to provide more stability for a patient because of his bed confinement. The receptacle also provides improved positioning for the patient on the receptacle by the presence on at least two opposing sides of a rim surrounding the seating area. The receptacle has an upstanding portion on the front part of the seat which acts as a urinary shield. In a second form, the receptacle has a wedge-shaped rearward extension to support the back of a patient who cannot sit upon the receptacle but must use it from the prone position. The remaining part of the invention is a super absorbent pad inserted into the interior of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: Grace S. Royal
  • Patent number: 5193232
    Abstract: A collapsible bed-pan support or pad for bed-ridden persons. The pad has a U-shaped opening provided with a pair of camming, catch members for removably retaining a bed pan in place. The U-shaped opening is reinforced along its annular wall to prevent bulging, in order to better retain the bed pan in the U-shaped opening of the pad. A bottom apron is provided to protect bed sheets while the bed pan is being used. A specially-designed bed pan cooperates with the camming members of the pad to retain the bed pan in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventors: Robert Flood, Robert Markus
  • Patent number: 5189745
    Abstract: A system is provided for the collection, storage and disposal of human wastes. An externally positionable patient interface directs wastes to a storage container. Accumulated wastes are sealed within the storage container to prevent cross-contamination. The patient interface is extendible through an aperture formed within a seat portion of a support structure which can be converted between bed and chair configurations. A mattress includes a permeable core and an air-impermeable covering bonded to the core. The mattress is inflatable to provide the desired supporting pressure for the patient and also to assist in positioning the patient in relation to the aperture and the patient interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Burke Mobility Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Workman, Thomas S. Hargest, Myles D. Nolte
  • Patent number: 5136733
    Abstract: A bedpan for use by bedridden patients which includes a shallow pan appropriately shaped to fit under a patient's buttocks. The top of the pan is partially covered with a flexible sheet which holds the patient's weight and provides a significantly improved comfort as compared with the prior art hard surfaced tops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Inventor: Judith A. Church
  • Patent number: 5129111
    Abstract: A differentially inflatable toilet comprising flexible plastic sheet structure forming, when inflated, a hollow body having a central well; gusset structure in the hollow inflated body for resisting lateral relative closing of the well when the body is sat upon to become deformed, and; a flexible sheet receptacle that has a first portion received in the well, and a second portion overlying and supported on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventors: Jacob Feinzilberg, Michael L. Brown
  • Patent number: 5079785
    Abstract: This is an improvement in the way to inflate and deflate a doughnut-shape cushion device by doing it automatically. The electronic circuits of the device are activated by a user through a normally open momentary switch. This action turns on an electrical pump to start blowing air to the cushion and at the same time a solenold exhaust valve shuts off. This rubber cushion, attached to the underwear of a person, is inflated to a pressure pre-established in the microcomputer. The pressure sensing element monitors the changes in pressure inside the cushion. As long as the person wearing the cushion is seated, the computer maintains the solenoid exhaust valve closed. Once the person stands up, the pressure inside the cushion drops below the pre-established valve and then the microcomputer output voltage decreases to 0; the exhaust valve opens and consequently the cusion deflates. Later on, the cycle can be repeated by pressing the switch again to initiate the sequence of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: Luis A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 5079788
    Abstract: A bedpan which provides ease of use through its low lying configuration while also minimizing pain typically associated with pan usage by providing contoured, padded surfaces that complement the user's body contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: Annette Raupp
  • Patent number: 5058222
    Abstract: A collection, storage and disposal system for human wastes. An externally positionable patient interface directs wastes through a conduit to a storage container. Accumulated wastes are sealed within the storage container to prevent cross-contamination. The patient interface is extendable through an aperture formed within a seat portion of a support structure which can be converted between bed and chair configurations. A mattress has a foam insert which may be selectively inflated to maintain desired supporting pressure for the patient and to provide a resilient support surface should deflation of the mattress occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventors: James P. Workman, Thomas S. Hargest
  • Patent number: 5046205
    Abstract: An inflatable ring cushion device that includes a toroid shape inflatable cushion, a hose connected to the cushion and to an air pump through a T-coupler. The air pump has a one way valve and the T-coupler includes an air release valve to deflate the cushion as desired. A metal ring rigidly mounted to the T-coupler permits a user to removably attach it to the user's garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Inventor: Luis A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 4998301
    Abstract: A collapsible bed-pan support for bed-ridden persons, which has an upper supporting surface that inclines from its head-end toward its feet-end in order to gradually elevate the back of the patient. A series of webs of different height provide for the upper sloping supporting surface. The support is made of thin, flexible material that, when collapsed, is only about 1.5 mm. thick, so that the bed-pan support may remain underneath the patient until required for the next use of a bed pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventor: Robert Markus
  • Patent number: 4964153
    Abstract: The present invention entails a patient support structure designed to be utilized in conjunction with a cradle of a conventional x-ray machine. In particular, the patient support structure includes a box type base structure that includes a top central opening and a clear fluid filled buttock support mounted atop the central opening. While the patient sets on the patient support structure an infusion line designed to carry a radiopaque medium is threaded through the structure and inserted into the anus of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Pitt County Memorial Hospital
    Inventor: Donnie A. Lassiter
  • Patent number: 4947493
    Abstract: An apparatus to facilitate the use of bed pans for patients comfined to a bed comprising an inflatable compartment between a base and a removable seat support. The apparatus lifts the patient allowing replacement and retrieval of a bed pan within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventor: Frank T. Salonica
  • Patent number: 4899399
    Abstract: This invention is an inflatable bedpan apparatus and method whereby an inflatable torus is mounted to a liquid-impervious base sheet. The torus is placed under the pelvis of a bed-ridden patient and inflated to create a waste collection reservoir on the base sheet. An end of the base sheet is secured at the inside bottom of a waste disposal bas so that the base sheet can be pulled into the waste disposal bag while the mouth of the waste disposal bag is held stationary. The inflatable torus includes an inflation system from a pressure vessel and a deflation port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Inventor: J. Winslow Young
  • Patent number: 4891847
    Abstract: A device for reducing the risk of human incontininence while moving between a first standing position and a second seated position having an annular cushion structurally adapted for the posterior portion of a human while either in the first standing position or the second seated position. The device includes a ring-like member defining an opening therein to accommodate the seat of a commode and has straps for securing the cushion to the posterior of a human during movement between the second and first positions. A method of using the device is also disclosed which utilizes wrapping straps around the annular cushion and holding the cusion in firm contact with the posterior of the person by holding together opposite ends of each strap while in the first position and maintaining the firm contact when the person moves to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Inventors: Glenn R. Baker, Janet B. G. French
  • Patent number: 4827540
    Abstract: A disposable combination bedpan cushion and waste bag assembly having a cushion top formed into the size and shape of the seat portion of a bedpan and including a center opening similar to that of the seat portion of the bedpan. The waste bag is permanently attached to the cushion top to enclose the center opening from below. The waste bag is sealed after use. The cushion top is formed from layers of plastic-backed adhesive, rigid plastic, and cotton padding. An inner rim is provided around the inner periphery of the center opening to allow the cushion top to snugly fit onto a seat of a bed pan. In the preferred embodiment, an angular plastic clip is included as part of the assembly to secure the cushion top onto the bedpan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Inventor: Lillie M. Stokes
  • Patent number: 4752293
    Abstract: A cushion construction for positioning below a patient suffering from incontinence which is hygenic to use and which does not require permanent modification of a mattress or seat on which it is to be used is formed as a resilient body, particularly a foam block, having an upper surface (1) substantially parallel to its lower surface when the cushion is unstressed with the upper surface (1) being interrupted by a fluid collection and channelling area (3) including an inclined drainage plane extending downwardly into the body of the cushion to a drain hole (2) in an interior region thereof communicating the lowermost region of the inclined drainage plane with the underside of the resilient block. At least those surfaces of the cushion which will be contacted by urine will be covered with fluid impermeable sheet material (4). The cushion has optional urine collection systems either for use with a conventional incontinence pad or comprising a drainage duct (37) to a fluid container (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Inventor: Albert H. Smith
  • Patent number: 4747166
    Abstract: A urine aspiration system for the management of urinary incontinence comprising an absorptive pad adapted to temporarily receive and retain urine until it is drawn from the pad by an associated vacuum source. The pad comprises an absorptive core encased within a covering of hydrophobic material such as polyethylene sheet material. The upper cover sheet of the casing has a myriad of perforations to render it permeable to liquid, while the lower backing cover sheet is impermeable. Tubing from the vacuum source is coupled to a central opening of the pad so that urine may be readily drawn out of the pad when the vacuum source is activated, leaving the outer covering of the pad feeling dry and comfortable to the patient. A collection vessel is mounted between the vacuum source and the pad to collect the urine drawn from the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Inventor: David H. Kuntz
  • Patent number: 4437195
    Abstract: A self-inflating bedpan having means for readily, manually inflating the bedpan after it is positioned beneath a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Inventor: Ralph W. Mangels
  • Patent number: 4207633
    Abstract: An inflatable body support to facilitate bedpan use or treatment of pelvic or anal areas of a person confined to a hospital bed or a wheelchair, comprising a generally U-shaped inflatable hip-support cushion defining a space within the "U" thereof for receiving a bedpan or sanitary absorbent material when the hip-supporting cushion is inflated, and a separately inflatable, flexibly attached back support cushion. A flexible folding connection between the hip-support cushion and the back support cushion allows the body support of the invention to be used by persons in wheelchairs or in beds having tiltable or raised portions. A waterproof flexible sheet is attached to and extends under the hip-support cushion and prevents spilled matter from soiling bedding. Detachable flexible tubes interconnect the inflatable cushions, and an uninterrupted seam in the flexible connection between the cushions provides durability and complete separability of inflation between the cushions when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Assignee: Margj Imel
    Inventors: Ruby E. Smith, Margj Imel