And Means To Force Air Patents (Class 5/423)
  • Patent number: 11395759
    Abstract: A personal patient warming apparatus includes a blanket having at least one pneumatic pathway formed therethrough and a plurality of orifices formed through at least one side thereof through which warmed air can exit to warm a patient. The blanket further includes a first portion configured to cover a first appendage of the patient when the blanket is disposed over the patient and a second portion configured to cover a second appendage of the patient when the blanket is disposed over the patient. Both the first portion and the second portion each include at least one tear line configured to form, when torn, an opening in the blanket through which at least one of the patient's appendages and an operating room table appendage board is disposed when disposing the blanket over the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Medline Industries, LP
    Inventors: Andrew Giles, Robert Lockwood
  • Patent number: 11389356
    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: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, David Marquette, John Terech, Robert Vidojevski
  • Patent number: 11369219
    Abstract: A sleeping bag has an electronically adjustable interior temperature by using cooled or heated air created by a heat exchanger based on Peltier effect and connected to the sleeping bag by flexible hoses via interfaces in exterior walls of the sleeping bag for directing the cooled or heated air received from heat exchanger into an interior of the sleeping bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Jacob Gitman, Victor Lander
  • Patent number: 11337528
    Abstract: A dryer for a bed includes an air blowing device provided at a front portion or a rear portion of a frame and supplying hot air, so that a mattress may be easily dried or articles kept in a drawer may be easily dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minkyu Oh, Yanghwan No, Jaemyung Lim, Hyunshin Kee
  • Patent number: 11304534
    Abstract: A bed cooling assembly includes a blower unit that is positionable adjacent to a bed for sleeping. A pair of hoses is each of the hoses is fluidly coupled to the blower unit to direct the air blown by the blower unit. A pair of restraints is each removably attachable to a respective one of the hoses to mount the respective hose to the sleeping bed. A pair of exhaust vents is each fluidly coupled to a respective one of the hoses to receive the air from the blower unit. Each of the exhaust vents is positionable between the sleeping bed and a blanket on the sleeping bed to direct the air onto a user sleeping on the sleeping bed thereby cooling the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel Carreon
  • Patent number: 11297953
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, John Terech, Dusko Petrovski
  • Patent number: 11166856
    Abstract: Sensor devices and systems for monitoring the basic needs of an infant comprising feeding, sleeping, and/or voiding (urinating and/or defecating) are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Blanca Arizti, Mark Reidy
  • Patent number: 11160386
    Abstract: A body support cushion is provided with layered foam which receives airflow and allows passage in predefined areas through the body support cushion. Additionally, a cover is provided including a spacer fabric that allows air movement from the body support cushion to improve ventilation of the user of the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TEMPUR WORLD, LLC
    Inventors: Taylor M. Jansen, Hamid Ghanei, James A. Evans, Jr., Justin Alberto, Judson P. Gwaltney, Stephen Switzer, Henry Garma, Alanda Tar
  • Patent number: 11091072
    Abstract: A distribution system that includes a plenum. The plenum has a top layer, a bottom layer, an open space formed between the top layer and the bottom layer, and one or more ventilation holes within the top layer. The plenum includes a duct extending from one or more of the one or more ventilation holes that couples the plenum to a cushion hole within a cushion so that the plenum and the cushion are in fluid communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Shane Kyle Greenwood, Denis Michel Miron, Ajay Murgod
  • Patent number: 11091005
    Abstract: A method of controlling a ventilation bed having an airflow control apparatus to selectively deliver a required amount of air supplied from an air conditioning system into a region of a pad divided into a plurality of regions, a switch to select at least a portion among the regions of the pad, an airflow control portion to be rotatable and that regulates a total amount of the air discharged therefrom, includes detecting, by pressure detecting sensors, whether a pressure is applied on the regions of the pad or not, when an automatic mode is selected by a switch, determining a relative pressure ratio value of the regions of the pad, by a control portion, when the pressure is applied on the pad, and regulating the amount of the air delivered into the regions by controlling operation of the airflow control portion in accordance with the pressure ratio of the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: SangJun Kim
  • Patent number: 11051995
    Abstract: Sensor devices and systems for monitoring the basic needs of an infant comprising feeding, sleeping, and/or voiding (urinating and/or defecating) are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Blanca Arizti, Mark Reidy
  • Patent number: 11051996
    Abstract: Sensor devices and systems for monitoring the basic needs of an infant comprising feeding, sleeping, and/or voiding (urinating and/or defecating) are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Blanca Arizti, Mark Reidy
  • Patent number: 11013640
    Abstract: Sensor devices and systems for monitoring the basic needs of an infant comprising feeding, sleeping, and/or voiding (urinating and/or defecating) are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Blanca Arizti, Mark Reidy
  • Patent number: 10986933
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems, methods, and articles for temperature conditioning a surface. An article is formed from a first layer having a plurality of openings and a second layer having a corresponding plurality of openings. At least one interior chamber constructed and configured to retain a fluid without leaking is defined between an interior surface of the first layer and an interior surface of the second layer. At least one flexible fluid supply line delivers the fluid to the at least one interior chamber. At least one flexible fluid return line removes the fluid from the at least one interior chamber. At least one control unit that is operable to selectively cool or heat the fluid is attached to the at least one flexible fluid supply line and the at least one flexible fluid return line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KRYO, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Youngblood, Tara Youngblood
  • Patent number: 10889378
    Abstract: A system for heating and cooling a passenger seat utilizing a single unit for producing hot and cold conditioned air. The system includes a source of pressurized air, a vortex tube coupled to the source of pressurized air for producing hot and cold air streams, a duct network coupled to the vortex tube through a valve assembly, and a controller controlling passage of the flow of hot and cold air streams through the manifold assembly based on passenger selection. Conditioned air flow can be dispersed into a cushion assembly such as an interior of a spacer mesh component of the cushion assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Wilson, Peter A. Stahl, Daniel I. Udriste, Catalin Bunea
  • Patent number: 10827845
    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 layer and a base layer positioned adjacent to and below the body supporting layer. The base layer defines a cavity with a support insert positioned within the cavity. The support insert includes a bag defining one or more outlet holes positioned adjacent to the body supporting layer and further defining an inlet hole. A fan is operably connected to the inlet hole of the bag to provide air flow into the inlet hole of the bag and out of the one or more outlet holes of the bag. Methods of controlling the surface temperature of a support cushion are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Sealy Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Hamid Ghanei, Abdelkrim Bedja, Taylor M. Jansen, James Alva Evans, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10830507
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device comprising an elongated panel of two foam layers, and having an inserted thermoelectric string is incorporated into a seat cushion, planting pot, and battery thermal manager. Several enhancements to the string and the panel improve its durability, visual appeal, and tactile appeal over the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Tempronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Tarek Makansi, John L. Franklin, Mark N. Evers, Kevin C. Forbes, Jose Santos Dominguez, Michael T. Sato
  • Patent number: 10617581
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a turn assist layer which includes left and right side arrays of two or more longitudinally distributed turn assist members. Each array member comprises one or more longitudinally distributed turn assist bladders. At least two of the array members on the left side are longitudinally spaced from each other by a left intermember reach-in space having a left intermember dimension. At least two of the array members on the right side are longitudinally spaced from each other by a right intermember reach-in space having a right intermember dimension. A support layer resides above the turn assist layer. The support layer includes a collapsible zone at least part of which overlies the intermember spaces. The occupant support also includes a user interface for enabling a user to operate the turn assist layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Gibson, Andrew R. Kerr, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Eric R. Meyer, Joshua A. Williams, Rachel L. Williamson
  • Patent number: 10555854
    Abstract: A system for directing fluid flow in a mattress is disclosed. The mattress comprises a base support layer which is configured to spatially locate at least one insert support layer. The insert layer comprises a conduit to allow fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Rachel L. Williamson, Timothy J. Receveur
  • Patent number: 10426681
    Abstract: A topper for a patient support surface includes an actively-cooled region that is positioned to deliver air flow under a specific area to provide localized treatment and/or moisture removal to a patient supported on the topper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Gibson, Joshua A. Williams, Rachel L. Williamson, Bryan W. Wuebker
  • Patent number: 10051973
    Abstract: Air conditioned mattresses have a core and at least one encasement configured to receive a conditioned flow of air into the encasement and to allow conditioned air to flow out of the encasement to a sleep surface of the mattress. Additional conditioned air conducting layers are provided in combination with the encasement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Sealy Technology LLC
    Inventors: Todd M. Morgan, Eric Marshall Tevault, David Michael Moret, Evelyn Elizabeth Fenlon, Paul Watkins, Jeff Vanderslice
  • Patent number: 9907612
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for treating tissue with electromagnetic radiation. A handpiece includes a housing and a baffle that divides an interior space of the housing into first and second channels. The housing further includes a first opening and a second opening coupled in fluid communication with the first opening by the first channel. The apparatus further includes a heat-generating element, such as a source of electromagnetic radiation, disposed at least partially in the first channel and an air-moving device coupled with the first channel. The air-moving device is configured to generate a forced flow of cooling air entering at the first opening and exhausted at the second opening. The cooling air receives heat transferred from the heat-generating element, which cools the heat-generating element, and the heated cooling air is exhausted from the second opening in a direction away from the tissue that is being treated with the electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SOLTA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: David M. Bradley
  • Patent number: 9844277
    Abstract: A distribution system is adapted for use with a mattress and a personal comfort system with an air conditioning system operable for outputting a conditioned air flow. The distribution system includes at least top and bottom layers of fabric material and a spacer structure disposed between the bottom and top layers. The spacer structure defines an internal volume within the distribution layer and is configured to enable the received conditioned air flow to flow therethrough. This flow of conditioned air has a cooling or heating effect on a body on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Marlow Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Overton (Bud) Parish, Leonard Recine, Kevin Garrett, Mark L. Kutch
  • Patent number: 9756953
    Abstract: A climate controlled bedding system includes at least one coil spring layer; and an air supply fluidly coupled to the one or more fluid conduits. In some embodiments, a filter is disposed within a flow path of a fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD
    Inventors: Michael S. DeFranks, James G. Ruehlmann, Richard F. Gladney, Emma E. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9554956
    Abstract: The invention comprises of a device that allows health care providers to position the body of a patient for progression of labor, for assistance in fetal resuscitation, and for other medical procedures. The device has inflatable chambers that assist the labor and delivery health care provider in turning a patient onto her right or left side while laying in bed. An inflatable positioning pad is used to further assist with the turning of a patient and/or with the shifting of a patient toward the head or the foot of the bed as needed. This device and method will allow turning to be done frequently, rapidly and safely, especially in pregnant patients with epidurals, that are overweight, or that otherwise have difficulty moving on their own.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Vision of Labor, LLC
    Inventors: Anne Marie Reiners, Rebecca Lee Kujawa
  • Patent number: 9526349
    Abstract: A cover for a mattress for supporting a patient is adapted to provide a generally smooth top surface over the mattress while still accommodating the movement of portions of the mattress or changes in thickness of the mattress, for example, when turning the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Lafleche, Christopher Cate, Todd Zeilinger, Kent Douglas Pilcher, Stephen F. Peters, Michael T. Brubaker, Manikantan Seshradinathan, David Allen Dunlap, Ryan Ross
  • Patent number: 9392875
    Abstract: Body support systems include central cores having one or more internal air flow guides that form part of each system for pressure redistribution, and withdrawal of heat and moisture away from an uppermost comfort layer or body-supporting layer(s). During operation of the system, heat and/or moisture is directed from the uppermost comfort layer or body-supporting layer(s) into the central core portion of the body support system and out of the body support system. The internal air flow guide(s) are formed of cellular polymer material and are coupled to the uppermost comfort layer to form an air flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: FXI, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. Weyl
  • Patent number: 9326616
    Abstract: A climate controlled bedding system includes at least one coil spring layer; and an air supply fluidly coupled to the one or more fluid conduits. In some embodiments, a filter is disposed within a flow path of a fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Michael S. DeFranks, James G. Ruehlmann, Richard F. Gladney, Emma E. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9192244
    Abstract: Human skin surface cooling system used in bed during sleep, directing forced room air to an area above a flat mattress and under a top bed sheet, creating a tunnel of cool, moving air. User pre-selects air volume and run time, triggering a preset operating cycle from a remote actuator button. Weight bars isolate cooled bed area from non-cooled area. Optional fragrance and sound systems are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Bennet Rand
  • Patent number: 9125497
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a climate controlled bed or other seating assembly comprises an upper portion or mattress having at least one fluid distribution member (e.g., spacer fabric) that is in fluid communication with the at least one internal passageway of the upper portion, wherein the at least one fluid distribution member is configured to at least partially distribute fluid within the fluid distribution member. In some embodiments, the internal passageway terminates at or near a bottom surface of the upper portion or mattress. The bed or other seating assembly additionally includes one or more inlays or interlays or intermediate layers, or components thereof, positioned between the upper portion and a foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, David Marquette, Robert Vidojevski
  • Patent number: 9073466
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat having an air passage formed to extend in an in-plane direction in a pad for supporting a body of an occupant. The vehicle seat includes a seat frame which supports a peripheral portion of the pad from a rear side thereof; and a support body which is supported by the seat frame and is configured to elastically support, from a rear side, a high-load portion of a center of the pad on which a body pressure of the occupant is concentrated, wherein the air passage is formed at a position avoiding the high-load portion of the pad supported by the support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Ota
  • Patent number: 9066601
    Abstract: The heating and cooling mattress is a mattress for a bed that includes a heating member and a cooling member, which work to either heat or cool the mattress when in use. The heating member is constructed of a heating element that traverses along a first plane, and which evenly distributes heat along an entire surface area of the mattress. The cooling member is constructed of a refrigeration cycle from which a condensing line traverses along a second plane in order to cool down the mattress. The heating member and the cooling member are independent of one another, but work alternately such that either the cooling member or the heating member is only able to operate at a given time. The first plane for the heating member is located at a lower elevation with respect to the second plane for the cooling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventors: Zamarud Aminy, Mohammad Aminy
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150121619
    Abstract: An apparatus for conditioning a volume of air is provided. The apparatus includes a housing having an electric heating element; a high-pressure variable-speed centrifugal blower for providing constant velocity air flow. The apparatus also includes a controller adaptable to control the electric heating element and the high pressure variable speed blower to raise the temperature within the zone by substantially 15 degrees, or more, in substantially 7 minutes or less. The apparatus also includes an air output flange for disposition between the zone and an air duct disposed between the housing and the air output flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Aramli
  • Publication number: 20150121620
    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 Bluetooth enabled device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Aramli
  • Patent number: 8997279
    Abstract: A mattress including a plurality of layers, each layer extending in a substantially parallel, horizontal direction and being positioned in vertical relation to other layers and each layer further having a perforated or open-cell structure. At least one layer has a gel dispersed within the perforated or open-cell structure of the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: King Koil Licensing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry C. McKay, David J. Roberts, Pete Baroni, Ross Olinski, Owen Shoemaker
  • 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: 20150074905
    Abstract: A means of transport comprising an energy storage and an assembly of an air pump, an air conditioning device, a duvet and a mattress, wherein the air pump and the air conditioning device are powered by the energy storage, and the air pump is adapted to pump air conditioned by the conditioning device into an air receiving compartment of the duvet and/or mattress, the air receiving compartment being adapted to output received air toward a space between the duvet and the mattress. In this manner, not all of the compartment, such as a drivers compartment or a sleeping compartment needs be cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Climazleeper Holding Aps
    Inventor: Torsten Nordentoft
  • Patent number: 8973182
    Abstract: A devices and implements for staving off monsters, specters, demons and the like as imagined by a child at bedtime. A hand-held controller unit is provided having a user interface and which is capable of being used by the child under the bed covers of a bed. The hand-held controller unit may include any of a walkie-talkie capability, a flashlight capability, a nightlight capability, the capability to activate an external device, and other capabilities. At least one external device may be provided. The external device may be capable of being placed beneath the bed and is configured to be activated by the hand-held controller unit. At least one substantially hollow air-through member may be provided which is configured to facilitate airflow between underneath the bed covers of the bed and above the bed covers of the bed. A supplemental bed cover may be provided that is configured to be placed on the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Crucs Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Crucs
  • Patent number: 8966683
    Abstract: Devices and implements for staving off monsters, specters, demons and the like as imagined by a child at bedtime. A hand-held controller unit is provided having a user interface, which is capable of being used by the child under the bed covers of a bed. The hand-held controller unit may include any of a walkie-talkie capability, a flashlight capability, a nightlight capability, the capability to activate an external device, and other capabilities. At least one external device may be provided which is capable of being placed beneath the bed and is configured to be activated by the hand-held controller unit. At least one substantially hollow air-through member may be provided which is configured to facilitate airflow between underneath the bed covers of the bed and above the bed covers of the bed. A supplemental bed cover may be provided that is configured to be placed on the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Crucs Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Crucs
  • Patent number: 8918930
    Abstract: Improved patient support systems comprising a coverlet configured to be coupled (e.g., removably) to an airflow unit. Improved airflow units configured to be coupled (e.g., removably) to a coverlet of a patient support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: Glenn C. Stroh, John H. Vrzalik, Cesar Z. Lina, Daniel W. Dekruif, Bryan L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8914922
    Abstract: A mountable fan for massage table that is removably installable to an underside of an extant massage table headrest, said mountable fan for massage table having a generally ovoid hoop with an upper surface and a lower surface, a vent circumferentially disposed around the upper surface, a fan chamber radially disposed from the hoop, an electric fan disposed within the fan chamber, and an intake duct with a removable filter disposed therein, the intake duct disposed on the fan chamber, whereby air is drawn into the intake duct by the fan and forcibly expelled through the vent to relaxingly stimulate the face of a patient lying on the massage table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Charles D. Wells, Wanda L. Wells
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8881328
    Abstract: A body support assembly comprising a first layer (e.g., a visco-elastic foam) having a lower surface, and a second layer supporting the first layer and having an upper surface. One of the upper and lower surfaces is defined by a non-planar surface to define a plurality of passages. A fan is positioned to move air through the passages. Preferably, the non-planar surface comprises a plurality of protrusions (e.g., a convoluted surface). The body support can further comprise a sensor that detects a parameter and produces a signal, and a controller coupled to the sensor and programmed to control the fan. Multiple fans and sensors can be provided, and the controller can control the fans to provide different air flows through different locations of the body support assembly. A user interface can be coupled to the controller to allow selection of a desired parameter of the body support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC
    Inventors: Tom D. Mikkelsen, Kelly W. Chandler
  • Publication number: 20140310874
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, John Terech, Dusko Petrovski
  • Patent number: 8856993
    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: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    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: 8832884
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a patient support having an air permeable layer, a plurality of inflatable bladders, a pressure-sensing assembly and a controller. In one embodiment, a combination of transverse bladders and vertically oriented can-shaped bladders is provided. In one embodiment, one or more angle sensors are provided in articulatable sections of the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Stacy, Daniel Stevens, Karen Janoff, Jonathan H. Mueller, John Alan Bobey, Dennis Flessate, Reza Hakamiun, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Sohrab Soltani, Gregory Branson, Kenith W. Chambers, Rebecca Anne Ginther, Stephen L. Douglas, Eric R. Meyer, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell Borgman, Rachel Hopkins King
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140201910
    Abstract: Human skin surface cooling system used in bed during sleep, directing forced room air to an area above a flat mattress and under a top bed sheet, creating a tunnel of cool, moving air. User pre-selects air volume and run time, triggering a preset operating cycle from a remote actuator button. Weight bars isolate cooled bed area from non-cooled area. Optional fragrance and sound systems are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Michael B. Rand