With Means For Covering A Majority Of The User's Body Patents (Class 4/536)
  • Patent number: 9835344
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a support surface cooling device configured to reduce the skin temperature of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Vrzalik, KZ Hong, Mathew Pickering
  • Patent number: 9744098
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling infrared radiation (IR) sources of a sauna including tuning IR wavelength-ranges and radiated power-levels of IR sources, and directing IR to locations on a user's body. In one illustrative embodiment, a sauna may be provided having adjustable heat sources to emit IR at any wavelength resulting in a desirable radiation treatment for the sauna user. In another illustrative embodiment, a method is provided for tuning IR sources in a sauna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SUNLIGHTEN, INC.
    Inventors: James T. O'Keeffe, Aaron Michael Zack, Martin C. Ku, Ian Richard Kuklenski, Steven J. Murray
  • Patent number: 9526348
    Abstract: A person-support surface comprises a non powered mattress and a coverlet positionable on the non powered mattress. The coverlet includes an entry positioned at a first end of the coverlet, an exit positioned at a second end of the coverlet opposite the entry, an upper air impermeable layer, and a lower air impermeable layer coupled to the upper air impermeable layer to form an air flow path along the coverlet between the entry and the exit. The upper air impermeable layer is a vapor permeable and the lower air impermeable layer is a vapor permeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Sam M. Alsaeede, Andrew Kerr, Stephen C. Flint, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 9451758
    Abstract: A box-type pet dryer is provided, by using a unitization and modularization technique of an electric control device and a casing. An electric control device has a function to adjust air volume and temperature by a temperature sensor and controls a rotational speed of a fan motor by a humidity sensor. A partition plate is provided to divide between the electric control device and a side opening part of the casing A filtered window is attached to the partition plate, and a warm air discharge port is formed in a lower part of the partition plate. A door is attached to a front surface of the casing, and a side plate is attached to a side surface opposite from the side opening part. The pet dryer is configured to be easily assemblable and disassemblable by coupling the electric control device and the casing at the side opening part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: DREAM INDUSTRY Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kaneda, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Norio Saeki
  • Patent number: 9398814
    Abstract: A person-support surface comprises a non powered mattress and a coverlet positionable on the non powered mattress. The coverlet includes an entry positioned at a first end of the coverlet, an exit positioned at a second end of the coverlet opposite the entry, an upper air impermeable layer, and a lower air impermeable layer coupled to the upper air impermeable layer to form an air flow path along the coverlet between the entry and the exit. The upper air impermeable layer is a vapor permeable and the lower air impermeable layer is a vapor permeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Sam M. Alsaeede, Andrew Kerr, Stephen C. Flint, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 9247826
    Abstract: A mattress pad or topper is provided. The mattress pad or topper includes an outer layer defining an interior volume. The outer layer includes a body portion and one or more mesh portions. The mattress pad or topper further includes a filler material disposed within the interior volume. The interior volume is in fluid communication with external atmosphere via the one or more mesh portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Standard Fiber, LLC
    Inventors: Russ Holbrook, Chun Leung Chan
  • Patent number: 9222685
    Abstract: A method for controlling performance of an MCM capable support surface having a flowpath for guiding a stream of air along at least a portion of the surface, comprises specifying a desired evaporative rate greater than an evaporative rate achievable with unconditioned ambient air, chilling the unconditioned ambient air to a temperature at least as low as that required to achieve 100% relative humidity, thereby demoisturizing the air, and supplying the chilled, demoisturized air to the flowpath. The method may also include the step of heating the chilled, demoisturized air prior to step of supplying it to the flowpath. A system for carrying out the method includes a microclimate management (MCM) capable support surface 22, a chiller 60 for cooling air to be delivered to the MCM capable surface, a user interface 42 for receiving instructions concerning desired microclimate management performance, and a controller 50, responsive to the instructions, for operating the chiller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles A Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 7944675
    Abstract: A negative ion generating device includes a housing having a number of water flowing passages, a number of electrically conductive boards engaged with sockets of the housing and electrically coupled to negative and conductive electricity respectively and disposed alternatively with each other for generating an electromagnetic field in the water, a copper plate is disposed in the housing and disposed above the electrically conductive boards for attracting and removing positive ions and for generating negative ions, and a processor device coupled to the conductive boards for receiving signals and for controlling the conductive boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Wen Kuei Chang
  • Patent number: 6829841
    Abstract: A drying cabinet is used to dry a person's body after bathing or showering. The drying cabinet includes a plurality of adjustable air-dispensing nozzles on two sides and on the rear wall of the cabinet. The nozzles are fluidically connected to each other and to a source of hot dry air by manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Jonathan G. Edwards
  • Patent number: 6782566
    Abstract: An enclosure including a quasi-bathtub embedded in a structure and underneath a treatment hood has a shallow, substantially rectangular, practically flat bottom and a longitudinal basin extending from the head side. The basin is and has less depth than the tub. Air evacuation ports are on a ledge of the tub and air intake ports slightly project above the upper ledge of the tub. A semi-cylindrical, removable hood fits on the upper ledge of the tub. A blower is connected between the evacuation ports and air intake ports. Pivoting manifolds are connected to laterally orientable shower heads. Red and blue lights are alternately on for stimulation and relaxation, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: TTS Concept Sarl
    Inventor: Jean Gedouin
  • Patent number: 6745412
    Abstract: A portable and personal sauna that provides an inexpensive and easy to operate system, which provides steam with low operating costs. The portable sauna has an electric steamer with a timer, a safety thermostat, and a plate for containing herbs. When steam passes through the herb plate, the herbal steam can provide some healthy benefits to users. The preferable and safest place for the steamer is outside of the tub/shower area, where a flexible tube is used to guide the steam inside the tub/shower area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Zoltan Egeresi
  • Patent number: 6549809
    Abstract: A far infrared radiation health appliance which can effectively stimulate sebaceous glands together with perspiratory glands for dioxins egestion. The appliance includes a plurality of semicylindrical members to be axially coupled to each other in a bush-like manner, and carbon-black-containing planar heating elements arranged over the general entire inner surfaces thereof. The planar heating elements are energized and heated to a temperature of 55-70° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Patent Kaihatsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisata Ono
  • Patent number: 5425753
    Abstract: A portable steam unit for use with a conventional table including a massage table includes a cloth canopy, bowed reinforcing battens and collapsible reinforcing poles. The battens are slidably engaged within first sleeves transverse to a longitudinal length on the canopy, and the poles are slidably engaged within second sleeves extending along the longitudinal length of the canopy. The unit also includes a cloth pad having edges shaped to form fit open edges of the table. A closure at the back end of the canopy extends beyond the back edge of the table. A bottom side on the closure which extends back to the table, a cylindrical stack extending downward therefrom to engage the exhaust exit of a hot pot resting on the floor supporting the table. The hot pot provides warm moist air to the interior of the cloth canopy. A fan can be provided :for circulating heated air from the hot pot within the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Perfect Health Development
    Inventors: Christopher H. Wege, Richard Eidson, Bolton S. Carroll
  • Patent number: 5069207
    Abstract: A physiotherapy device includes a bed structure having a horizontally disposed upper plate with a plurality of orifices. An apertured plate which forms a network having apertures rests on the upper plate. A plurality of spray nozzles are mounted below respective orifices for spraying upwardly through the orifices and the apertured plate. A shade and canvas provide a space for the user and are raisable and lowerable. A mounting means is provided for mounting the shade for pivoting movement about a horizontal axis. A controller then includes a heating tank filled with a suitable physiotherapeutic liquid, a conduit for delivering the heated liquid to the spray nozzles, and a control unit for controlling a heating of the liquid in the heating tank and a period of delivery of the liquid to the spray nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventor: Shin-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 4862526
    Abstract: A portable vapor bath comprising a contoured superstructure and interior having a top, bottom, front, rear and plurality of sides; having disposed upon its front an opening closed by a closure member; said front and rear having a top and bottom said front and rear extending in planes substantially diverging from one another proximate the top of the vapor bath to a position intermediate the top and bottom of said vapor bath whereat said front and rear extend in planes substantially converging towards one another proximate the bottom of the vapor bath, said front being inclined from said top at an angle to both the normal horizontal and vertical planes away from the rear to a position intermediate its top and bottom and thereafter sloping to its bottom at an angle to both the normal horizontal and vertical planes in the opposite direction towards the rear; the rear sloping from its top at an angle to both the normal horizontal and vertical planes towards a position intermediate its top and bottom away from the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Inventor: Franz R. Berger
  • Patent number: 4572188
    Abstract: An airflow cover for controlling the body temperature of a patient covers a portion of the patient's body and provides a generalized thermal bathing of the covered portion through the delivery of a temperature controlled gas mixture to the covered portion. The cover is formed from a series of inflatable tubes which are joined together in a parallel array having an upper surface facing away from the patient's body and an oppositely directed lower surface which faces the covered portion of the patient's body. An entry port is provided through the upper surface and into one tube, transverse ports open between the tubes, and exit ports are formed in the lower surface. A thermally controlled gas mixture is introduced through the entry port, circulates in the tubes by means of the transverse ports and inflates the tubes, and exits through the exit ports in the direction of the covered body portion to provide the desired thermal bathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Douglas J. Augustine
  • Patent number: 4340981
    Abstract: A bathing device (10) comprises a cabinet having an upper part (11) with an access opening (56) and a seat within the cabinet on which a person can sit, means (59) at least substantially to close the opening (56), means providing an aperture through which the head of the person can project, and a lower casing part (12) containing a reservoir (17) for water, a heating element (30), means (34) to supply water from the reservoir to the heating element (30) to generate steam, means to supply water from the reservoir (17) to the interior of the cabinet to wash a person, a holding tank (18) for used water, and means to collect the used water and deliver it to the holding tank (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Portasauna Limited
    Inventor: Paul Vanags