With Human Body Support Patents (Class 4/621)
  • Patent number: 9084459
    Abstract: A convertible luggage device that opens to form a mat or work surface that has a raised lip or edge structure that contains items on the mat or work surface. The convertible luggage device closes from the mat configuration to create a sealed bag or sealed flexible container for holding the items inside, where the seal is formed by the lip or edge structure. In some embodiments, the convertible luggage device may include a cinch cord that can be used to change from the open mat configuration into the closed bag configuration. In such embodiments, the cinch cord may include a cord lock that may be adjustably deployed to clamp the cinch cord in a position that maintains the convertible luggage device in a closed bag configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventors: Amy S. Fazackerley, Adam D. Fazackerley
  • Publication number: 20140259374
    Abstract: A spa chair with a novel pedicure basin is disclosed. The pedicure basin has a main basin and a secondary basin. The main basin is where the feet of the person sitting in the spa chair goes. This main basin is generally filled with water. In one embodiment, the main basin has water overflow protection through a lowered rim, directing the overflow of water to a secondary basin. This method of overflow protection is especially useful where the main basin has a liner blocking the drain hole within the main basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lan Van Ta
  • Publication number: 20140237716
    Abstract: Various embodiments of irrigation fluid collection basins are disclosed. The basin is configured for irrigation of a wound or fracture generally located on a portion of the human anatomy, such as a knee, shin, calf, elbow, or otherwise. The basin can include two recesses located on opposite sides of the basin along an upper periphery of the basin. The recesses are configured to receive the portion of the human anatomy (e.g., a leg) at two regions proximal to the location of the wound or fracture, so that the wound or fracture is located over the cavity of the basin. The recesses can be sized so that one is broader than the other, the broader recess configured to comfortably accommodate a larger region of the leg and the other recess configured to comfortably accommodate a smaller region of the leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Dilip Tapadiya
  • Patent number: 8763174
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Footsiebath, LLC
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinkur, Michael Vinokur
  • Patent number: 8726430
    Abstract: A pedicure spa station platform that includes a raised platform having a front and a rear, and a seat area on the top surface of the platform for attaching a seat or chair. The platform has a basin tray for holding a basin. The basin tray area is positioned in front of the seat mount location. A well entrance is located between the seat area and the basin tray. The well has a sidewall with a front portion and a back portion, and a drain positioned in the sidewall. The sidewall forms a rim near the front portion (the well entrance). A vertical riser is positioned in front of the basin tray, and the vertical riser terminates in a footrest, where the footrest extends in part over and above the basin tray. The foot rest is movable with respect to the raised platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Gulfstream Inc.
    Inventors: Minh Sang Tran, Christopher Alexander
  • Patent number: 8387175
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Footsiebath LLC
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinokur, Michael Vinokur
  • Patent number: 8381328
    Abstract: The present invention features a spa manicure apparatus 100 for providing comfort to a user's hands during a manicure comprising a housing 200; a right basin 400 and a left basin 300 for retaining a solution 700 disposed in the housing 200; a wrist rest 600 disposed on the basins; a heating element 450; and a massaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Anita Y. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8302218
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tub for bathing infants or children. The tub includes a receptacle for containing water and for receiving an infant. The tub also includes a selectively removable insert or positioning member that can be used to change the bathing area inside of the tub. When the positioning member is locked to the tub, the positioning member defines two separate infant seating positions within the tub. The positioning member is removable from the tub to allow the entire receptacle to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Dignitti, John L. Jones, Jr., Juliette Welch
  • Publication number: 20120204341
    Abstract: A sterilizing machine of any appropriate type enclosed within a pull-out drawer positioned in a pedicure salon chair forward of its water basin and below its footrest in the occupation of dead space characterizing prior art pedicure chair base designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Quoc Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20120084912
    Abstract: A cervical spine and head supporting device is described herein for supporting a user's head when extended at least partially over the sink or basin. The device maintains alignment of the head with the neck or spine particularly as the user moves their head relative to the device or sink to prevent or minimize straining of the user's neck while washing their hair. The device generally comprises a base which is shaped for positioning within a sink or basin, a support column adjustable attached to the base, a supporting member extending from the support column, and a head support which is shaped to support a posterior region of a head of a user, where the head support is pivotably coupled to the supporting member such that the head support is adjustable with a movement of the head when the head is moved relative to the supporting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: John BARMAN
  • Patent number: 8141184
    Abstract: A portable personal hygiene apparatus, includes a water-impermeable user support shaped to support a person in a reclined posture, including a support surface contoured to receive a person's body thereon and a raised side surface extending continuously from the support surface completely around upper and lateral side edges of the support surface such that water discharged onto a person seated on the support surface is contained by the user support and flows downwardly to a front lower edge of the support surface, and a support frame fixed to the user support and having at least one wheel permitting rolling movement of the apparatus. The raised side surface of the user support is narrow in width such that an overall width of the user support substantially corresponds to a width of the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald Mondrush
  • Patent number: 8091158
    Abstract: A shower bathing apparatus is described as including a seat and a first water discharger provided rearward and upward in relation to the seat. The first water discharger is configured to discharge water in a direction forward of the seat. A water discharge direction from the first water discharger and a positional relationship between the first water discharger and the seat may be adjustable so that the water discharged from the first water discharger is able to reach the seat or forward of the seat. The water discharged from the first water discharger may further flow from above a seat occupant's shoulder to the seat occupant's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Toto, Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Sato, Yutaka Aihara, Tomohisa Kato
  • Patent number: 8037557
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sink access device which is utilized to facilitate a child or a diminutive person to wash their hands at a lavatory located in a public restroom. The sink access device includes a step support mount having a base and an upwardly extending arm. The step support mount is fixedly attached to a portion of a public restroom. A step is pivotally mounted to the upwardly extending arm of the step support mount. The step has a first position wherein the step is in a vertical position and a second position wherein the step is in a horizontal position providing a platform for a diminutive person to step onto. The step is positioned either at or behind a vertical plane defined by the front profile of a sink when the step is in the first position and the step breaks the plane when in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Sumpton, Joi Sumpton, John Evans
  • Publication number: 20110203047
    Abstract: An automatic washing device includes a plurality of fluidic oscillators arranged on the periphery of a rotating drum. The fluidic oscillators emit a pulsatile stream of fluid at a predetermined angle through a slit that is perpendicular or at an angle to a longitudinal axis of the oscillator. The automatic washing device can remove microorganisms from the pliant epidermal surface of a human hand that comprises brushlessly scrubbing the pliant epidermal surface of the human hand with a plurality of cleansing fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Warren R. Jewett, Thomas E. Plowman, Craig A. Dupree, Matthew D. Khare
  • Publication number: 20110047692
    Abstract: A baby cleaning device includes a container and a substantially flat portion attached to the container. The device further includes a cover attached to the flat portion by a hinge portion which allows the cover is movable relative to the flat portion. A first water tank positioned in the container for collecting used (waste) water and a second water tank positioned in the container and configured to contain water for baby cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Sang Won LEE
  • Publication number: 20110010842
    Abstract: A representative seat adjustment device includes a body, at least two extensions that are connected to the body, and attachment elements that are placed at the tip of the at least two extensions. The attachment elements attach to each other securing the at least two extensions together. The seat adjustment device further includes a cover that covers the body and the at least two extensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 7861332
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sink access device which is utilized to facilitate a child or a diminutive person to wash their hands at a lavatory located in a public restroom. The sink access device includes a step support mount having a base and an upwardly extending arm. The step support mount is fixedly attached to a portion of a public restroom. A step is pivotally mounted to the upwardly extending arm of the step support mount. The step has a first position wherein the step is in a vertical position and a second position wherein the step is in a horizontal position providing a platform for a diminutive person to step onto. The step is positioned either at or behind a vertical plane defined by the front profile of a sink when the step is in the first position and the step breaks the plane when in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Sumpton, Joi Sumpton, John Evans
  • Patent number: 7716757
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sink access device which is utilized to facilitate a child or a diminutive person to wash their hands at a lavatory located at a public restroom. The sink access device includes a step support mount having a base and an upwardly extending arm. The step support mount is fixedly attached to a portion of a public restroom. A step is pivotally mounted to the upwardly extending arm of the step support mount. The step has a first position wherein the step is in a vertical position and a second position wherein the step is in a horizontal position providing a platform for a diminutive person to step onto. The step is positioned either at or behind a vertical plane defined by the front profile of a sink when the step is in the first position and the step breaks the plane when in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Sumpton, Joi M. Sumpton, John Evans
  • Publication number: 20100101015
    Abstract: A portable personal hygiene apparatus, includes a water-impermeable user support shaped to support a person in a reclined posture, including a support surface contoured to receive a person's body thereon and a raised side surface extending continuously from the support surface completely around upper and lateral side edges of the support surface such that water discharged onto a person seated on the support surface is contained by the user support and flows downwardly to a front lower edge of the support surface, and a support frame fixed to the user support and having at least one wheel permitting rolling movement of the apparatus. The raised side surface of the user support is narrow in width such that an overall width of the user support substantially corresponds to a width of the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald Mondrush
  • Publication number: 20100095983
    Abstract: A system is provided for providing automated washing for debris removal from the skin of a user's hands. At least some embodiments of the present include a friction enhancing structure such as a brush. In at least one embodiment of the invention, the system includes an RFID capability for identifying when at least one component, such as a removable brush, is due to for replacement for sanitation reasons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: RESURGENT HEALTH & MEDICAL,LLC
    Inventors: Paul R. Barnhill, James Glenn, Timothy Prodanovich
  • Publication number: 20090158521
    Abstract: A baby bathing apparatus comprising an easily stored, relatively planar expanse of material configurable into a relatively concave configuration for deployment at least partially within a basin, and a method of forming the same. A material and configuration of a deployed bathing apparatus comfortably and securely retain a baby during bathing. One or more fastening means can be employed to securely yet detachably retain the expanse in a deployed configuration, while also allowing the bathing apparatus to resume a non-deployed, relatively planar configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Benjamin Todd Richardson, Kathryn A. Richardson
  • Publication number: 20090094739
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinokur, Michael Vinokur
  • Patent number: 7490374
    Abstract: A spa apparatus includes an internal support structure having a front end and a rear end; a basin removably coupled and supported by the internal support structure proximate the front end, with the basin including a fluid circulation device; a seat coupled to the internal support structure, intermediate the basin and the rear end of the internal support structure; and at least a first and second shroud panel removably coupled to the internal support structure and configured to enclose a portion of the internal support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: European Touch Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman R. Fugate, Robert J. Miller
  • Patent number: 7165555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cosmetology manicure spa bath for two hands, wherein the user's nails and hands receive pulsating, heated jets of liquid solution. The basin of the invention is disposed at a declining angle from the user. The receiving area in the invention for the two hands is disposed within the basin and is comprised of two depressions generally in the shape of a hand, with raised projections distributed within these two depressions for massaging the hands while keeping the hands from touching the bottom of these depressions. Features of the invention include at least one wrist rest, at least one built in nail brush, and a manicure implement receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
  • Patent number: 7100220
    Abstract: A bath apparatus for bathing a body part, such as feet, includes a bath chamber for containing fluid and receiving the user's feet therein. The bath apparatus includes a heater for heating the bath chamber fluid, and a fluid pump for directing streams of water into the bath chamber to massage the user's feet. A float switch is provided so that the heater and the fluid pump only operate if there is an adequate amount of fluid in the bath chamber. The bath apparatus also includes a selection device disposed within the bath chamber, that is configured to be actuated by the user's feet when they are submerged within the bath chamber fluid. This provides a higher water pressure only after the feet are disposed within the bath chamber, thereby reducing the likelihood that water will be expelled from the bath chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Roman S. Ferber, Stephen Chung
  • Patent number: 6973683
    Abstract: A bath apparatus for bathing a body part, such as feet, includes a bath chamber for containing fluid and receiving the user's feet therein. The bath apparatus includes a heater for heating the bath chamber fluid, and a fluid pump for directing streams of water into the bath chamber to massage the user's feet. A float switch is provided so that the heater and the fluid pump only operate if there is an adequate amount of fluid in the bath chamber. The bath apparatus also includes a selection device disposed within the bath chamber, that is configured to be actuated by the user's feet when they are submerged within the bath chamber fluid. This provides a higher water pressure only after the feet are disposed within the bath chamber, thereby reducing the likelihood that water will be expelled from the bath chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Roman S. Ferber, Stephen Chung
  • Patent number: 6886191
    Abstract: A soaking apparatus utilizing a soaking basin and a disposable liner configured to fit within the basin cavity. The basin is comprised of a material layer formed to define an integral floor and a peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The basin floor and peripheral wall together define the boundary of a basin cavity. An elongate protrusion protrudes from the floor into the basin cavity between left and right foot areas. The liner is comprised of a thin (e.g., 3-12 mils) material layer formed to define an integral floor and peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The liner floor and peripheral wall are dimensioned to closely nest within the basin cavity. The liner floor also defines left and right foot areas spaced by a protrusion projecting into the liner cavity. The underside of the liner protrusion forms a concave recess for accommodating the basin floor protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Vladimir Zolotnik
  • Patent number: 6609257
    Abstract: A basin generally for use in health-care industries for debridement and/or irrigation of wound areas. The basin is best used for treatment of wounds on extremities and comprises a stable basin having contoured seats on opposing side walls and a filtering device to prevent clogging of the drainage hole and tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Fiore Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. O'Geary
  • Patent number: 6539560
    Abstract: A head support device comprised of adjustable occipital pads which provide cranial support through placement on the mastoid process of the skull. The support device is vertically and laterally adjustable so that the complete weight of the skull is supported by the pads placed over the mastoid process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventors: Amanda Jill Grieco, Carolyn Jean Kopprasch, Amelia Christoforou, Jamie Elise Kates
  • Patent number: 6502254
    Abstract: A wheelchair accessible vanity panel has a panel that is cantilevered at a space over a floor or other surface, and has a free edge along a side or along a curve or angle extending around two or more sides. The cantilevered panel leaves a free space over a vertical height that preferably is dimensioned to admit the lower part of a wheelchair or can be used with a stationary-type chair. A hand grip is formed integrally with the horizontal panel, the grip being defined by at least one strip along the free edge of the panel subdivided from the free edge by a slot extending for a distance along the free edge. The handgrip is durably and attractively integral with the panel and provides a readily and securely grasped part of the panel by which the user of a wheelchair can displace the chair toward or away from the panel and the work surface it defines. Preferably the hand grip is provided by laminating multiple thicknesses, forming a slot and rounding over the edges of the slot and the free edges of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Ewing Cole Cherry Brott, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Anthony De Menna
  • Patent number: 6434761
    Abstract: A portable soaking and bath pan is provided for treating perineal wounds of a bedridden patient. The pan comprises a bottom portion having a generally flat lower surface for being supported upon the patient's bed and upwardly and outwardly flaring sides that define a relatively wide and shallow treatment area that can receive the thighs and buttocks of the patient to be treated. A collection reservoir or basin is formed within the bottom portion immediately beneath the treatment area which is used to collect cleansing fluid as the patient is treated. The collection reservoir has a drain outlet that is used to convey the accumulated cleansing fluid from the reservoir through flexible tubing to a discharge receptacle in the patient's room. A discharge valve controls the flow of cleansing fluid from the reservoir. A handheld, detachable spray head mounted to the pan is provided for introducing cleansing fluid into the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventors: Betty G. Wing, Allen J. Wing, Troy N. Wing
  • Patent number: 6405389
    Abstract: A versatile, compact, rapidly deployable and easily disposable contamination device that can accommodate various regions of the human body in isolation is provided. The device is deployable in a few seconds; isolates a patient's body region; accommodates any of the extremities of the human body, as well as the head and limbs, while minimizing the patient's discomfort; allows for the drainage and storage of contaminants and body fluids; and is easily disposable as a whole in a container provided for that purpose. Portions of the device are re-usable while other portions of the device are utilized to store contaminating fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Robert D. Harty
  • Patent number: 6256803
    Abstract: A baby changing and washing station is disclosed, designed as an apparatus to aid in the washing and/or cleansing of an infant. The present invention comprises a frame that is attached to a wall and provides for a fold down table portion, similar in design to a conventional diaper changing station. A padded vinyl area for the infant is provided along with restraining straps to hold the infant. A water bottle is provided in a heated container to allow the water to be slightly warmed. Tubing is designed to carry the water through a release device at the end of the tube to allow cleansing of the infant after a diaper change or may be used to wash the entire infant. A drain system in the fold down table collects the waste water in a catch basin which may be removed and emptied after bathing duties are complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventors: Roxanne Sauerbrei, Sasha Orihuela Dorsey
  • Patent number: 6243890
    Abstract: A bathtub includes an integrally formed rectangular body with a recess having an appropriate depth. The four corners of the body are formed with four cylindrical holes. The bathtub is provided with positioning indents on the surface of the recess for fastening a shaped pad therein. The shaped pad, which is molded according to the shape of a baby, can be used to prop up a baby for washing. When the pad is removed, the bathtub can be used to wash a bigger baby. The space inside the bathtub can also be used as a parcel barrel. The cylindrical holes on the four corners can be inserted with legs of different length in order to lift up the bathtub for the ease of an adult to wash a baby. Alternatively, the legs can be inserted in the opposite direction and the bathtub can be upside down so that the construction can be used as an end table or a study desk, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Chao-Chun Yang
  • Patent number: 6230345
    Abstract: A moveable pedicure table for combination with a reclining facial bed as provided having a table frame with side portions and a central open portion. Legs extend downward from the frame and rollers are attached to the legs for movement along a horizontal ground or floor surface. Projections extend inward into the central open area from the sides of the table frame. The projections are constructed for supporting a pedicure basin at a predetermined height. A connector mechanism is attached to the table frame for detachable engagement with a facial bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventors: Maria Alba Borrero, Ilba Moreno
  • Patent number: 6029292
    Abstract: A hand washing device for helping handicapped people with only one hand and people with one hand in a cast wash the free hand. The hand washing device includes a scrubbing member that is adapted to be coupled to a faucet. The scrubbing member is adapted for being rubbed by a hand of a user for cleaning the hand. The scrubbing member has a water reservoir formed inside of it. The water reservoir is in fluid communication with the faucet. The scrubbing member has a plurality of apertures that extend through it and provides openings into the water reservoir of the scrubbing member. The apertures are adapted to permit passage of water through them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventors: Gerald J. Leiferman, Mary Leiferman
  • Patent number: 6018826
    Abstract: A collapsible infant bathtub in the present invention is made of a base, a headrest, a footrest and pressing devices. On each end of the headrest and footrest is respectively provided with a slider to receive each head end and foot end of the base. When being pulled outward along each skirt of the base, each slider will touch the slant surface of the button of each pressing device to force each button to shrink inside for each slider to pass on, and then each button will protrude outward the hole of each slider and stop each slider so as to prevent the headrest and footrest from being wholly pulled outward. On the bottom of each slider is provided with a catching member so as to stop against each stopping block of the base to firmly secure the headrest and footrest. After each button being pressed to shrink inward, each slider can be pushed inward along each skirt of the base to a secured position so as to collapse the infant bathtub for storage or carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Peng-Yao Yang
  • Patent number: 6016578
    Abstract: The front wall of this washbasin forms a central recess to receive the surgeon's waist while the bowl forms, on each side of the recess, a pocket which extends down to the bowl bottom. The surgeon's elbows are received within the pockets while the hands and forearms are being washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Hanna Malouf
  • Patent number: 5636391
    Abstract: A baby bidet adapted to be placed on the top of the rim of a toilet bowl in order to facilitate cleaning a baby placed in the bidet, such as when changing a soiled diaper. The bidet is shaped so as to fit within and on the toilet bowl, and includes a sloping surface suitably sized to received the baby's bottom. The bidet also includes at least one rearwardly located ear that acts to engage the rim of the toilet bowl in its rear area and at least one forwardly located detent that acts to engage the rim of the toilet bowl in its front area so as to removably secure the baby bidet in place during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Jesse M. Greene, III
  • Patent number: 5588161
    Abstract: A wet/dry foot bath having a tub with foldable sides a motor with vibrating coils for reciprocating movement of the tub floor, a rope heating with reflecting plates for radiating heat throughout the floor of the tub, the floor having foot massage bumps and a central arch massager, and a remote control device for operating the foot bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: George Barradas
  • Patent number: 5588159
    Abstract: Combination bathtub and infant-supporting insert are provided with interengagable members for firmly holding the insert in any of multiple inclined positions, enabling support of an infant on its back from a near horizontal position shortly after birth to a near-upright position at the stage that it is almost ready to outgrow the tub. The tub and insert are each preferably injection molded as a single piece from an appropriate plastic material. The infant-supporting surface is smoothly contoured to properly support the back, head and bottom of the infant in all angles of inclination, regardless of the infant's size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Gerry Baby Products Company
    Inventors: Keith L. Poulson, Robert M. Parker, Jeffrey T. Samson, Harry B. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5425149
    Abstract: A baby bathtub having a base with a reservoir therein in which the baby is supported and an outwardly extending headrest and leg rest that support the baby's head and legs when the baby is in the reservoir. The headrest and leg rest are pivotally connected to the base so that they can move from the extended operative positions to a retracted position over the base for convenient storage or toting of the bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Safety 1st, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crossley, Brian C. Sundberg, Michael S. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 5393299
    Abstract: A new and improved containment apparatus for lavaged fluids includes a container assembly and a transparent lid assembly placed on top of the container assembly with a patient's appendage contained therebetween. The container assembly is adapted to support and partially encompass an appendage of a patient. A transparent lid assembly is adapted to be supported by the container assembly. The transparent lid assembly and the container assembly define a lavage chamber. The transparent lid assembly is adapted to partially encompass the patient's appendage. The container assembly and the transparent lid assembly include respective sealing assemblies for preventing fluids from leaking past the patient's appendage and the respective container assembly and transparent lid assembly. The transparent lid assembly includes a plurality of entry ports for permitting a hand-held lavage nozzle to pass through the transparent lid assembly into the lavage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Larry W. Brettin
  • Patent number: 5381562
    Abstract: A portable basin is disclosed which is adapted to receive and support a selected part of a person's body for isolatable cleansing, treatment and the like with minimal discomfort to the person. The disclosed basin is of unitary, continuous sidewall construction having certain body supporting contour features on its bottom and top edge and certain self-stabilizing features. More particularly, a basin of this invention provides an integral elevated platform portion feature in its bottom for receiving and supporting a selected body part during cleansing or treatment within the interior of the basin and at least one seat defined in the top edge of its sidewall contoured for concurrently receiving and supporting an associated member of the selected body part. One disclosed preferred basin embodiment is particularly adapted for cleansing and treating the head of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Vollrath Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joan M. Holloway, Jeter L. Ridley
  • Patent number: 5224224
    Abstract: A foot bathing fixture includes a seat supported on a raised pedestal. The pedestal has a hollow interior for housing a whirlpool pumping apparatus and other fixtures, for example a drain control. A removable access panel is located on the top of the pedestal to permit access to the pedestal interior for servicing the whirlpool pumping apparatus and other fixtures. The seat is positioned to cover the access panel when it is in position on top of the pedestal, and is hinged on the access panel so that the seat may be easily pivoted forward to access the pedestal for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Hintz, Alan D. Bengtson
  • Patent number: 5105804
    Abstract: A method for producing mild, symmetrical (or asymmetrical) traction on lumbar invertebral discs and sacroiliac joints. A patient is supported in water in a spa for approximately 30 minutes by means of an annular floatation device engaging undersides of the patient's arms a predetermined distance from the patient's armpits, the spa being sufficiently deep that the patient's feet cannot touch the bottom. A submerged, symmetrical weight belt is supported on the patient's hips, the buoyant weight of the belt being in the range from approximately 10-20 pounds. The temperature of water in the spa is maintained in the range from approximately 88-94 degrees F. Preferably, the patient remains relatively motionless in the spa for a warm up/relaxation period of approximately 5-10 minutes, followed by a sequence of slow extension and flexion exercise of the patient's back, following by a plurality of side bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Inventor: Willard R. Van Nostrand
  • Patent number: 4922558
    Abstract: The present invention includes two frame members (10,12), each of which includes two elongated side legs (14,16) joined at the top by crossbars (20,21) and near the bottom by a cross piece (26). The two frame members (10,12) are rotatably connected to each other at approximately the center points of the side legs (14,16). A web-like support element (24) extends between the tops of the two frame members (10,12). Foot portions (E,E') are provided at the lower end of each side leg (14,16) and extend downwardly to a support surface. Suction cups (44) are positioned on the end of each side leg (14,16). The side legs (14,16) are configured and arranged such that the article angles forwardly when it is positioned on a horizontal surface, with the web-like support element (24) also being at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Inventor: Patricia A. Porco
  • Patent number: 4878257
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing the overflow and spillage of liquids from a sink or tub. The apparatus is attachable to the front portion of a counter top, and is provided with removable internal absorption means to prevent liquids from passing thereby and onto the user or the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Inventor: Elizabeth V. Hardin
  • Patent number: 4853988
    Abstract: A massage using a water jet without contact of the body of the subject with the water is effected by positioning the subject on an openwork support covered by a water impermeable flexible layer. An indicator above the patient displacing the location at which the massage is occurring and is coupled to the nozzle directing an upward jet against the layer from below. The operator can control the position of the nozzle in accordance with the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Theodor Mutzell
  • Patent number: RE37481
    Abstract: A baby bathtub having a base with a reservoir therein in which the baby is supported and an outwardly extending headrest and leg rest that support the baby's head and legs when the baby is in the reservoir. The headrest and leg rest are pivotally connected to the base so that they can move from the extended operative positions to a retracted position over the base for convenient storage or toting of the bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: Safety 1st, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crossley, Brian C. Sundberg, Michael S. Bernstein