With Heating Or Cooling Patents (Class 5/421)
  • Patent number: 9756968
    Abstract: A head-neck posture restoration/correction, strengthening device formed from a portable pad having a shape retaining inner core including highly compressed rubber spheres. The inner core top surface has multiple protrusions and is covered by a thin outer shell coating. The shape of the top surface provides a designated neck and head placement area, allowing the user's neck to curve around the designated neck area while translating the weight of the user's head to compress into the semi-resistant designated head area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Tec-Human Integration Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Robert Gewant
  • Patent number: 9744374
    Abstract: A magnetic therapeutic device is provided, comprising a non-electrically conductive strand and a plurality of magnetic beads. Each bead has a hole through its center (“bead hole”) and has a North pole edge and a South pole edge forming a magnetic field parallel to the bead hole. The plurality of beads are in a linear touching arrangement in which the North pole edge of a first bead touches the South pole edge of a second bead, the North pole edge of the second bead touches the South pole edge of a third bead, and continuing until the North pole edge of a next-to-last bead touches the South pole edge of a last bead and the North pole edge of the last bead touches the South pole edge of first bead, thereby completing a magnetic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Jay W. S. Bower, II, Michael L. Tennant
  • Patent number: 9737650
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein are directed to an apparatus, system, and method for storing liquid from a tissue site. The apparatus may include a drape having an aperture, and a fluid pouch coupled to the drape such that the fluid pouch is in fluid communication with the aperture. In one embodiment, the fluid pouch is operable to transfer reduced pressure to the aperture such that the liquid from the tissue site is drawn into the fluid pouch. The fluid pouch may have a cavity that stores the liquid that is drawn from the tissue site. In another embodiment, the fluid pouch may include at least one baffle. The fluid pouch may also include a fluid channel at least partially defined by the at least one baffle. The fluid channel may be operable to store liquid from the tissue site when reduced pressure is applied through the fluid channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Daniel John Coulthard, Timothy Mark Robinson, Christopher Brian Locke, Aidan Marcus Tout
  • Patent number: 9510994
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention relates to therapy wraps for the application of compression and/or thermal therapy to a patient. The wraps are formed of at least two layers of material which are sealed together to form at least one cavity between them. At least two layers of the wrap are sealed together using a plurality of different seal patterns. A first seal pattern is provided in at least one zone. The zone is surrounded by a perimeter seal, an internal seal or at least one different seal pattern or a combination thereof. The pattern within the zone or zones provides higher volume fluid flow paths than the pattern or patterns surrounding the zone or zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Michael L Wilford, Fernando A. Ubidia
  • Patent number: 9357855
    Abstract: A flexible vibrating mat for soothing a child includes a plurality of electric vibratory motors and a plurality of cylindrical motor casings. Each motor casing is associated with a single electric vibratory motor and is generally the same size as the associated electric vibratory motor. The mat additionally includes a controller. The controller is configured to selectively electrically couple the plurality of electric vibratory motors to an electric power supply. The mat further includes a flexible core coupled with the plurality of motor casings and a water-resistant cover covering the core, the plurality of motor casings, and the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Tranquilo, LLC
    Inventor: Melissa G. Gersin
  • Patent number: 9345336
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention relates to a method and system of receiving information of a user's support facility comfort requirements; using a software application to determine a proper support facility firmness configuration to match the user's requirement; selecting foam springs with the proper user required firmness as determined by the software application; and configuring the selected foam springs within the support facility to match the user's firmness requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Martin B Rawls-Meehan
  • Publication number: 20150121621
    Abstract: A bedding climate control apparatus that delivers, in a quiet manner, forced airflow from a fan/blower within a housing to selectively deliver tempered (heated via a thermal element) and untempered (room temperature) air through a flexible hose to bedding. The quiet manner is attained with acoustic foam in the path of incoming airflow to the fan/blower and by oversizing each of the components that create a pressure drop including the capacity of the fan/blower over what is needed to deliver a required amount of airflow. Temperature may be set remotely via a wireless remote control and via a protocol access enabled device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Aramli
  • Patent number: 8997287
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a pressurized air source, a dehumidifier, and a support surface including a topper having a vapor-permeable surface. The dehumidifier is configured to selectively treat pressurized air communicated to the dehumidifier from the pressurized air source and communicate the treated pressurized air to the vapor-permeable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lanning, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Publication number: 20150082545
    Abstract: A bedding article is provided. A bedding article may include a mattress pad, a pillow shell, comforter, blanket and/or a pillow protector. The bedding article includes a first layer having a first edge region defining a size and a shape of the first layer. The first layer includes a gel pack, the gel pack having an outer surface storing a gel therein. The gel is configured to provide temperature control, and in particular a cooling effect to a user in contact with the bedding article. The bedding article may alternatively include a mesh insert including a plurality of apertures configured to allow ambient air adjacent to a first side of the bedding article to fluidly communicate with air adjacent to a second side of the bedding article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Standard Fiber LLC
    Inventor: Russ Holbrook
  • Patent number: 8984683
    Abstract: A bed top covering, includes a top portion; a second portion; and a bottom portion. The second portion includes a back-folded, electrically heated, foot canopy therein configured to allow the feet of a user to be extended in an upward direction therewithin and providing room and maneuverability and warmth for the feet of the user. The third portion is tucked under the mattress for snugness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Harold P. Mintz
  • Publication number: 20150074904
    Abstract: A blanket apparatus for accepting and distributing a pressurized flow of conditioned air into a zone around the body of a bed occupant. The apparatus includes an upper layer and lower layer of differing air permeability, joined to form a flow cavity between them for the pressurized air. A plurality of joining methods between the upper and lower layer is provided within the flow area to prevent the blanket from ballooning under the pressurized air flow. The blanket apparatus contains means to cover an entire bed while directing pressurized conditioned air to specific zones of the bed. The invention also contemplates connection of two independent supplies of conditioned air into a single top layer of bedding under which multiple bed occupants sleep, to evenly distribute such independent supplies into specific dual zone areas. The apparatus achieves its function by utilizing materials that are ordinarily used in existing bed linens and comforters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Darius Aramli
  • Patent number: 8978178
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fabric arrangement and pillow designed to prevent skin lines and wrinkle formation while improving sleep using combinations of fabrics, cooling technologies and scents. The present invention is designed with a specific fabric and materials combination that create a surface in which the shear stresses causing skin lines and wrinkles are eliminated. Multiple layers make up the fabric arrangement include a top layer comprising a stretchable material and a second layer comprising a low friction material relative to the first layer. Supporting the first two layer is a support layer such as foam. Lower layers may comprise a cooling material, an antimicrobial or anti-allergenic material and a scent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Stan Batiste, Maryann Batiste, Steven Achstein
  • Publication number: 20150033474
    Abstract: A support cushion for providing individualized heating and cooling to a user resting on the support cushion is provided. The support cushion includes a body supporting portion, a plurality of thermoelectric elements positioned and configured to selectively provide heating or cooling of the body supporting portion, and a heat dissipating portion that is comprised of a thermally-absorbent material and is operably connected to the thermoelectric elements. Methods of controlling a surface temperature of a support cushion are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC
    Inventors: Tom Mikkelsen, Kelly Wood Chandler
  • Publication number: 20150000036
    Abstract: A new or improved ventilation system for an infant sleeping bag that overcomes the problem of inadequate ventilation while wholly containing the legs within the sleeping bag and reducing the risk of providing pressure points. The invention also provides a new or alternative sleeping bag for infants and young children with an improved air ventilation system, a new or alternative sleep garment for infants and children, and a new or improved ventilation system for sleeping bags generally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Hana-Lia Krawchuk
  • Publication number: 20140373274
    Abstract: A cushion for inserting in the legwell between individual seats in rows of seats, for example in a vehicle, is disclosed. The top of the cushion can act as a surface for a user to lie down. The cushion can be inflatable and can be deflated for easy transport. The cushion can have multiple reservoirs so the internal pressure can be separately adjusted for the base and for the mattress of the cushion, similar to a box spring and a mattress in a common bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Chia-Ao William LU
  • Publication number: 20140359939
    Abstract: Embodiments of mattress systems comprise a mattress base, a multifunctional foam layer having a substantially planar top side and a non-planar bottom side contacting a top side of the mattress base, and wherein at least one air passage is present in spacing formed between the top side of the mattress base and the non-planar bottom side of the multifunctional foam layer, and a thermo-regulating gel layer affixed to at least a portion of the top side of the multifunctional foam layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Stuart Carlitz
  • Patent number: 8893329
    Abstract: A climate-conditioned bed includes an upper portion having at least a first climate zone and at least one fluid module associated with such a first climate zone. The fluid module comprises a fluid transfer device for selectively moving a fluid and a thermoelectric device for selectively heating or cooling a fluid. The bed additionally includes one or more control modules configured to regulate the operation of the fluid module, at least one input device configured to allow an occupant to select a setting or mode associated with the first climate zone and at least a first temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature associated with the first climate zone of the thermally-conditioned bed. In some embodiments, the fluid module is operatively connected to the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Dusko Petrovski, Barry Steele, Michael Brykalski, John Terech, David Marquette
  • Patent number: 8887328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods, and devices for treating the effects of menopause. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and devices used while sleeping for automatically detecting an imminent hot flash and for preventing and/or controlling the symptoms associated with hot flashes, such as an elevated body temperature, sweating and/or chills so that the person using the system remains sleeping and is not disturbed by the hot flash onset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher McKlarney
  • Publication number: 20140325758
    Abstract: A body support assembly includes a layer including a visco-elastic foam, a heating element in thermal communication with the foam, a temperature sensor, such as a Peltier device, in thermal communication with the foam, and a controller coupled to the sensor and programmed to control the heating element based on input from the sensor, wherein the Peltier device is operable to heat and cool the foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC
    Inventors: Tom D. Mikkelsen, Kally W. Chandler
  • Publication number: 20140259418
    Abstract: In one example, this disclosure describes a method including determining, at a central controller of an air mattress system, whether a user is present on a mattress of the air mattress system, initiating a timer in response to determining that the user is present on the mattress, enabling a light control feature of the air mattress system upon determining that the user is present on the mattress after expiration of the timer, and after enabling the light control feature, transmitting, from the central controller, at least one instruction to turn on at least one light of the air mattress system in response to determining that the user is no longer present on the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rob Nunn, Wade Daniel Palashewski, Yi-ching Chen, Steven Young, Carl Hewitt
  • Publication number: 20140259400
    Abstract: A microclimate management support, for placing under a person's body, includes a flexible breathable upper layer and a generally liquid impermeable intermediate layer beneath the upper layer. An inlet operative to be in fluid communication with the space between the two layers for delivering a gas to the space to control the moisture under the upper layer and increase the wicking of moisture away from the interface between the patient and the upper layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Martin W. Stryker, Scott Davis, Thomas William Granzow
  • Publication number: 20140250595
    Abstract: A blanket assembly for swaddling an infant (e.g., newborn baby) includes a blanket body defining a pocket between an upper layer and a lower layer of the body at one end of the blanket body, the pocket accessible via an opening selectively closeable to seal the pocket. A neck, spine and spinal cord support device of a semi-rigid material is removably insertable in the pocket of the blanket body and secured within the blanket by the pocket so as to maintain the support device in a substantially fixed position within the blanket body. The support device supports the head, neck, spine and spinal cord of a newborn baby or infant when the infant is laid on the blanket body in a supine position and wrapped in the blanket body, so as to inhibit injury to the infant's head, neck, spine and spinal cord while carried by a person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Paperno
  • Publication number: 20140237719
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat can be configured to releasably secure to a top of a bed assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: GENTHERM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, David Marquette, John Terech, Robert Vidojevski
  • Patent number: 8816251
    Abstract: The invention concerns a heating or cooling mat (1) with a carrying sheet (2) having a top side (9) and a bottom side (11), and at least one heating and cooling unit (5) located on the carrying sheet (2), an adhesive being located on the bottom side (11) of the carrying sheet (2). It is endeavored to improve the handling properties of the heating or cooling mat. For this purpose, the adhesive is located on a double-sided adhesive tape (12), which is fixed on the bottom side (11) of the carrying sheet (2), the adhesive on the bottom side of the adhesive tape (12) being covered by the top side of the carrying sheet (2) and the adhesive tape (12) bonding with the top side of the carrying sheet (2) in the rolled up state of the heating or cooling mat (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Danfoss A/S
    Inventors: Leif Olsen, Thomas Melballe, Taj Bernth, Verner Utoft
  • Patent number: 8800078
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a mattress 20, a detector 54 and an energy management system comprising thermally conductive pathways and a controller 60. The controller activates one or more selected pathways in response to information from the detector to regulate energy transfer at a detected region of risk 66 on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur
  • Patent number: 8782830
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a climate controlled bed includes an upper portion comprising a core with a top core surface and a bottom core surface. The core includes at least one passageway extending from the top core surface to the bottom core surface. The upper portion of the bed further includes at least one fluid distribution member positioned above the core, wherein the fluid distribution member is in fluid communication with at least one passageway of the core. The fluid distribution member is configured to at least partially distribute fluid within said fluid distribution member. The upper portion of the bed further comprises at least one comfort layer positioned adjacent to the fluid distribution member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, John Terech, Dusko Petrovski
  • Patent number: 8769737
    Abstract: An infant bed system having a base, a mattress with a top surface having a half-pipe indentation, the mattress is shaped and sized to be snugly placed atop the base, legs that extend downwardly from the base, and raised side walls that extend upwardly from the side wall of the base. A vibrating component in the base is adapted to provide vibrations to the mattress. A speaker produces womb sounds or heartbeat sounds. A control panel on the base allows for turning on and off of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D. Duggins
  • Patent number: 8768520
    Abstract: A system for controlling a bedroom environment includes an environmental data collector configured to collect environmental data relating to the bedroom environment; a sleep data collector configured to collect sleep data relating to a person's state of sleep; an analysis unit configured to analyze the collected environmental data and the collected sleep data and to determine an adjustment of the bedroom environment that promotes sleep of the person; and a controller configured to effect the adjustment of the bedroom environment. A method for controlling a bedroom environment includes collecting environmental data relating to the bedroom environment; collecting sleep data relating to a person's state of sleep; analyzing the collected environmental data and the collected sleep data; determining an adjustment to the bedroom environment that promotes sleep; and communicating the adjustment to a device that effects the bedroom environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Kingsdown, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Oexman, David B. Scott
  • Publication number: 20140173825
    Abstract: A medical air mattress has a mattress body, a lower bedspread and an upper bedspread. The mattress body is formed by multiple air cells substantially parallel arranged in a row forming an air cell row. The upper bedspread covers the mattress body and is securely connected to the lower bedspread. The mattress further comprises a pumping assembly with a pump and at least a pipeline connecting the pump with the air cells such that inflating and/or deflating of the air cells is controllable selectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: PICARD HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY (DONGGUAN) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Kuang-Neng Chiang, Hsui-Lun Liang
  • Patent number: 8732874
    Abstract: A climate controlled bed comprises a cushion member having an outer surface comprising a first side for supporting an occupant and a second side, the first side and the second side generally facing in opposite directions. In some embodiments, the cushion member includes one or more recessed areas along its first side or its second side. In one embodiment, the bed further includes a flow conditioning member that may be at least partially positioned with the recessed area of the cushion member, an air-permeable topper member positioned along the first side of the cushion member and a fluid temperature regulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, Jay C. Clark, Brian D. Comiskey
  • Publication number: 20140109314
    Abstract: A system for adjusting the microclimate of a bed environment, the system comprising a multi-zone mattress-style support including a plurality of individual heating zones, means for heating the individual heating zones, means for cooling the multi-zone mattress-style support, and a plurality of temperature sensors, wherein the means for cooling the multi-zone mattress-style support comprises at least one air duct within the multi-zone mattress-style support for transporting ambient air through the multi-zone mattress-style support, as well as a method for adjusting the microclimate of a bed environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Joldert Maria Boersma, Jacqueline Van Driel
  • Publication number: 20140090169
    Abstract: Particular infant support or nursing pillows are disclosed, for supporting an infant in a variety of settings by providing a stable surface upon which to rest. Various embodiments include a generally crescent shaped device, including a resilient fill material surrounded by a fabric shell and having a top and a bottom surface connected by a band of uniform width extending vertically and wholly about the perimeter of the pillow. The support pillow may be combined with an accessory device to form a support pillow assembly. An attachment mechanism may be configured to attach the accessory device to the support pillow such that the accessory device is arranged to direct a perceptible effect to at least one of the first arm, the second arm, and the medial region of the support pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: KIDS, II, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Sclare, David Gilbert, Cary Costello, Daniel Corso, Alex Soriano, Joseph Staley, Katherine Buchanan
  • Publication number: 20140082839
    Abstract: A supporting device for the newborn baby comfort comprising an ergonomic newborn supporting system, at least a power supply to operate the electronic devices, at least an audio system recording and reproducing the mother's voice and heartbeat using a recording device and a plurality of loudspeakers so that the emitted sound allows a soft rumble/vibration of the outermost layer of the support, leverage system to expand and shrink the outer surface of the support so that the mother's breath is simulated, at least a heating system to reproduce the human temperature, an electronic console and a set of safety holding devices for the newborn baby such as harnesses, bands and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Marco Piombino
  • Patent number: 8664572
    Abstract: A limited use or disposable nonwoven blanket including at least one spunlace layer having an inner surface and outer surface and at least one continuous filament layer having an inner surface and outer surface, wherein the outer surface of the continuous filament layer is metallized. The limited use or disposable nonwoven blanket further includes at least one heating element proximate to the metallized surface of the continuous filament layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: PGI Polymer, Inc.
    Inventor: Cliff Bridges
  • Publication number: 20140041118
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a mattress 20, a detector 54 and an energy management system comprising thermally conductive pathways and a controller 60. The controller activates one or more selected pathways in response to information from the detector to regulate energy transfer at a detected region of risk 66 on the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur
  • Patent number: 8640281
    Abstract: A non-inflatable resting device used for heating and cooling is provided with a plurality of interconnected channels located close to an external surface of the resting device. Each channel substantially occupies the space between two support beams and the interior of said external surface. The comfort level of the resting devices is considerably increased while maintaining adequate structural integrity of the channels when the support beams are constructed with a cushion material having layers of different hardness levels. The top layer is a cushion material with high initial softness ratio. The arrangement of the channels and beams allows a non-pressurized conditioned fluid to flow underneath of the external surface providing a resting device with a heating and cooling system with unmatched energy efficiency. The high energy efficiency of the proposed resting device is due to the elimination of the compressor motor and the thick cushion layer used on the top surface as required by the competition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jacobo Frias
  • Publication number: 20140007346
    Abstract: A control system of a patient support surface calculates a surface performance index as a function of pressure and shear. The control system also receives information from an electronic medical record (EMR) corresponding to a person's susceptibility of developing at least one of a pressure ulcer and a superficial lesion and adjusts at least one of a component and a characteristic of the person support surface based on the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc
    Inventor: Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 8621687
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat can be configured to releasably secure to a top of a bed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, David Marquette, John Terech, Robert Vidojevski
  • Publication number: 20140000027
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sleeping device, such as a mattress, quilt or pillow, wherein the sleeping device is adapted to be used by a person during rest and comprises a core element, wherein said core element is covered by a first layer of a material having temperature regulating properties by absorbing and releasing heat and a second layer of down. By using a material with temperature regulating properties together with a layer of down filling, very good properties of minimizing temperature variations are obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: QUILTS OF DENMARK A/S
    Inventor: Hans-Erik SCHMIDT
  • Publication number: 20130312179
    Abstract: An improved bed apparatus (4) includes a bed (12) and a movable heater assembly (16). The bed (72) is movably disposed on a support (8), and the heater assembly (76) is movable to enable alignment between the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76) to promote uniformity of irradiance on a patient situated on the bed (72). In an embodiment, the bed (72) and heater assembly (76) are movable together to maintain alignment between the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76). In another embodiment, the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76) are independent, but one or more indicators (244, 254) are provided to enable manual alignment between the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Sanjay Bharadwaj, Roopesh Edavana, Samik Das
  • Patent number: 8578527
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a mattress 20, a detector 54 and an energy management system comprising thermally conductive pathways and a controller 60. The controller activates one or more selected pathways in response to information from the detector to regulate energy transfer at a detected region of risk 66 on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur
  • Publication number: 20130291302
    Abstract: A bed top covering, including a top portion; a second portion; and a bottom portion. The second portion including a back-folded, electrically heated, foot canopy therein configured to allow the feet of a user to be extended in an upward direction therewithin and providing room and maneuverability and warmth for the feet of the user. The third portion is tucked under the mattress for snugness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Harold P. Mintz
  • Publication number: 20130283526
    Abstract: A therapeutic bed or treatment table capable of being employed for a massage or rendering chiropractic, medical, therapeutic, or other treatment to a patient or customer includes an upper torso support cushion having a plurality of breast recesses configured for accommodating human breasts; and an abdominal support cushion having an abdominal recess configured for accommodating a mid-section of an obese person or pregnant woman, wherein the plurality of recesses is configured to provide an adjustable support structure adaptive to the size of the human breasts and/or the mid-section of an obese person or pregnant woman. In an alternative embodiment, an unitary torso-abdominal support cushion is provided having a recess configured for accommodating human breasts and accommodating the mid-section of an obese person or pregnant woman.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Nella Gagliardi
  • Publication number: 20130254989
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a frame forming a sleeping space. The apparatus includes a climate control system connected to the frame, the climate control system having a hot side and a cold side, wherein the cold side is positioned toward the sleeping space. The apparatus includes an insulating canopy supported by the frame. The insulating canopy includes an outer layer, a separator layer, a reflective layer, and an inner layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Mario Garcia Garcia, Leif Douglas Karlen
  • Publication number: 20130198954
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat can be configured to releasably secure to a top of a bed assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: GENTHERM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: GENTHERM INCORPORATED
  • Patent number: 8499389
    Abstract: In order to adjust the firmness of a shaped product in a targeted way, it is proposed to provide at least one section made of a thermoelastic and viscoelastic plastic, a temperature-regulating device placed in thermal contact with the at least one section made of thermoelastic and viscoelastic plastic, and a control device for the temperature-regulating device configured to adjust the firmness of the at least one section made of thermoelastic and viscoelastic plastic by changing the temperature. Such a shaped product can be used as a seat base or bed support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Tobias Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 8499503
    Abstract: An architectural system adaptable to patient acuity level has a headwall unit with a cavity, a ceiling unit, and a column coupled to the ceiling unit. The column is movable between a first position in which at least a majority of the column is situated in the cavity and a second position in which the column is situated outside the cavity. Various types of patient-care equipment is also disclosed. The patient-care equipment is included in, or is coupleable to, one or more of the ceiling unit, the headwall unit, or the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallant, Dennis M. Lanci, John P. Biondo
  • Patent number: 8474079
    Abstract: A body support pillow assembly is provided for holding a person in an upright position facilitating eating, performing certain tasks, or inhibiting acid reflux. The assembly includes a wedge having a top surface and a bottom surface. A pair of opposed side walls is coupled to the wedge and each of the side walls extends upwardly from a perimeter edge of the upper surface of the wedge. A pair of opposed arms grooves is provided. Each arm groove is positioned in a respective one of the side walls. A neck support is coupled to and extends between upper ends of the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Frances Gangitano
  • Publication number: 20130139315
    Abstract: A foot warmer securable at the foot of a bed includes a fabric pocket having a front edge with an opening extending along the front edge, a closed rear edge, and first and second side edges extending between the front and rear edges. The foot warmer includes a first attachment flap having a first end that is connected with the first side edge of the fabric pocket and a free end remote therefrom, and a second attachment flap having a first end connected with the second side edge of the fabric pocket and a free end remote therefrom. The free ends of the respective first and second attachment flaps are inserted between a mattress and a box spring for securing the foot warmer to the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Paul J. Pimenta
  • Patent number: 8418286
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a climate controlled bed includes an upper portion comprising a core with a top core surface and a bottom core surface. The core includes at least one passageway extending from the top core surface to the bottom core surface. The upper portion of the bed further includes at least one fluid distribution member positioned above the core, wherein the fluid distribution member is in fluid communication with at least one passageway of the core. The fluid distribution member is configured to at least partially distribute fluid within said fluid distribution member. The upper portion of the bed further comprises at least one comfort layer positioned adjacent to the fluid distribution member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, John Terech, Dusko Petrovski