Having Safety Device Patents (Class 5/424)
  • Patent number: 11400001
    Abstract: A mattress support includes a first section and a second section configured to be coupled to the first section. Each of the first section and the second section includes a base plate configured to be positioned on a box frame of a bed. A top plate is pivotable relative to the base plate. A bladder structure is positioned between the base plate and the top plate and inflatable to adjust a height of the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Craig M. Meyerson, Lori Zapfe, John V. Harmeyer, Xuan Teng, Jotpreet Chahal, Thomas F. Heil, Kirsten M. Emmons, David L. Bedel, Kenneth L. Lilly, Nicholas Mann, Andrew Robert Taylor, Alistair Andrew James Ward, Martyn Thomas Mitchell, Ibne Soreefan
  • Patent number: 11395776
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus supports a patient and includes a litter. The litter includes a patient support deck and extends longitudinally between first and second ends. The apparatus includes a litter lift device coupled to the litter and configured to raise and lower the patient support deck. The apparatus includes a care station coupled to the litter adjacent one of the first and second ends. The care station includes a docking frame coupled to the litter and defining an angle between the docking frame and the axis. The docking frame is arranged to pivot relative to the litter between a folded position an upright position. The angle in the folded position less than the angle in the upright position. The care station includes a utility module configured for use by a caregiver and arranged to selectively mount to the docking frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Shaofei Wilson Xu, Lance E. Larsen
  • Patent number: 11197726
    Abstract: Elastomer-based soft-robotic micro-tentacles capable of winding around and holding microscale objects and methods of fabricating same are provided. To realize the thin, highly deformable microtubes, a fabrication technique based on in situ thermal solidification of PDMS dip-coated around a cylindrical template and direct peeling of the cured structure is presented. This process is capable to asymmetrize the microtube's cross-sectional shape and enable the microtube to bend up to a single turn. To amplify the bending into a life-like, multi-turn spiraling motion, a semi-analytical model to shape-engineer the microtube and turn it into a micro-tentacle was produced. As a result, a hump is added to the microtube to enable the multi-turn spiraling motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaeyoun Kim, In Ho Cho, Jungwook Paek
  • Patent number: 11154445
    Abstract: A bed is provided. The bed may include a lift system which raises and lowers a support deck of the bed. The lift system may include multiple individually actuatable lift systems. The bed may include a powered bed mover system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: KAP Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Karl Johnson, Taylor Allen Ressel
  • Patent number: 11112761
    Abstract: A method for controlling an angular orientation of a person support apparatus including a bladder portion containing fluidized particulate material, an upper frame, and a base frame may include adjusting a height of the upper frame with respect to the base frame with at least one of a first and second actuator at respective speeds, determining a dynamic angular orientation of the upper frame with respect to the base frame based on at least one of a respective operating characteristic of the first and second actuator, determining a corrected angular orientation based on the dynamic angular orientation and a floor angle indicative of the orientation of the base frame with respect to horizontal, comparing the corrected angular orientation with an orientation reference range, and adjusting at least one actuator speed when the corrected angular orientation is outside the orientation reference range until it is within the orientation reference range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Aziz Ali Bhai, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 11000078
    Abstract: For people with reduced physical ability such as elderly people, risks of bodily injuries are high. Once an injury occurs, a victim suffers, sometimes a victim even may not survive. To help such people, a device without adding much inconvenience in normal life is disclosed. The device is able to detect dangerous conditions and automatically deploy airbags when needed to prevent or mitigate potential bodily injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Xin Jin
  • Patent number: 10959495
    Abstract: A secure zipper that can be used for enclosures that prevents manipulation of the zipper pulls when the enclosure is in a closed state, other than by use of the pull tabs of the zipper pulls, by use of a security barrier placed along side the zipper proximate to the end of the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Erin MacArthur
  • Patent number: 10940067
    Abstract: A robot system includes: at least one supporting unit, on which a person is placeable; a robot including a plurality of multi-jointed arms, each of which has a plurality of degrees of freedom, and at least one base provided with the plurality of multi-jointed arms; and at least one type of equipment mountable to the plurality of multi-jointed arms. The robot performs at least two nursing/medical actions on the person by operating the at least one type of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10722049
    Abstract: A crib liner constructed of breathable material having a reduced suffocation resistance level for infant and toddler use. In some configurations, the breathable material may include an inner fabric, outer fabric, and a pile substructure between the front and back substructures, thereby allowing air to move effectively therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BREATHABLEBABY, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Richard Waters, Susan Marie Waters
  • Patent number: 10694868
    Abstract: A crib liner constructed of breathable material having a reduced suffocation resistance level for infant and toddler use. In some configurations, the breathable material may include an inner fabric, outer fabric, and a pile substructure between the front and back substructures, thereby allowing air to move effectively therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BREATHABLEBABY, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Richard Waters, Susan Marie Waters
  • Patent number: 10660807
    Abstract: A sleep apparatus, such as a mattress for example, is provided in one embodiment. The apparatus comprises a head support surface sized to support a person's head, and a torso support surface sized to support a person's torso. The head support surface is generally laterally sloped moving from the first side toward the second side, and the torso support surface is generally laterally sloped moving from the first side toward the second side. In some embodiments, the lateral slope of the head support surface is at least about 15°, the lateral slope of the head support surface is greater than the lateral slope of the torso support surface, and/or, the sleep apparatus slopes in the longitudinal direction as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ribble, Charles A. Howell, Neal Wiggermann, Michael Scott Hood, Travis Pelo, Kirsten M. Emmons, Eric D. Agdeppa
  • Patent number: 10492624
    Abstract: A crib liner, suitable for use with a crib, wherein the crib has a first, second, third and fourth side configured for receiving a mattress is disclosed. The crib also includes four corners, wherein each corner is constructed as part of where two adjacent sides meet; wherein at least one first, second, third or fourth sides has a horizontal top bar and a plurality of vertical spaced support elements. The crib liner includes at least a first panel configured to cover a portion of the vertical spaced support elements. The first panel includes a breathable body portion, a bottom border, a top border and side borders and at least a first and second fastener at each end to attach the first panel to the crib. The breathable body portion includes a first material having a front layer and a back layer attached to each other and having different fabric weaves; the breathable body portion having an air permeability of between 385 CFM to 1530 CFM and a light permeability of between 47 and 99%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BreathableBaby, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Marton, Susan Klobuchar
  • Patent number: 10437213
    Abstract: A method for controlling an angular orientation of a person support apparatus including a bladder portion containing fluidized particulate material, an upper frame, and a base frame may include adjusting a height of the upper frame with respect to the base frame with at least one of a first and second actuator at respective speeds, determining a dynamic angular orientation of the upper frame with respect to the base frame based on at least one of a respective operating characteristic of the first and second actuator, determining a corrected angular orientation based on the dynamic angular orientation and a floor angle indicative of the orientation of the base frame with respect to horizontal, comparing the corrected angular orientation with an orientation reference range, and adjusting at least one actuator speed when the corrected angular orientation is outside the orientation reference range until it is within the orientation reference range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Aziz Ali Bhai, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 10238525
    Abstract: A strap attachment apparatus for a treatment table including a spanning belt formed of flexible material secured across opposite sides of said table with a pair of anchors connected at opposite ends of the spanning belt for attachment to the table. The anchors include body strap retainers that support at least one body strap. The body strap is movable on the retainers to adjust the position of the straps to fit a person on the treatment table while the anchors remain fixed to the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jordan Gold
  • Patent number: 10111794
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes a frame and a support surface cooperating with the frame to support a person. The person support apparatus also has a sensor coupled to one of the frame and the support surface. The sensor detects at least one characteristic associated with the person. A controller is coupled to the sensor. In response to at least one of a condition of the frame, a condition of the support surface, a position of the person, or a condition of the person, the controller operates to control the sensor by at least one of changing a gain of the sensor and changing a manner in which a signal from the sensor is filtered. In some instances, the controller turns the sensor off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 10072868
    Abstract: An apparatus captures and evacuates air from an area above a body of liquid, particularly a swimming pool. The apparatus exhausts the contaminants and water vapor to an area outside of an enclosure housing the swimming pool. The invention comprises an assembly mounted to a wall adjacent the body of liquid. The assembly is comprised of a top section, opposing side sections connected by the top section, and at least one flange extending from an edge of at least one side section. The wall-mounted and bench assembly may be formed integrally, but also may be formed from two or more pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Donald Cyrus Baker
  • Patent number: 9993095
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making same utilizing a breathable mesh material having a reduced suffocation resistance level for infant and toddler use. The breathable mesh material includes an inner and outer fabric that includes larger openings on the front substructure than on the back substructure and a pile substructure is integrated and extends between the front and back substructures allowing air to substantially move effectively therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BreathableBaby, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Richard Waters, Susan Marie Waters
  • Patent number: 9966997
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a bed, cot, stretcher, or the like, uses the ability to communicate with a device via near field communication to determine that the device is physically proximate the support apparatus. The support apparatus uses this determination to associate itself with the device. In some instances, the associated device is a mattress positioned on the support apparatus; a footboard on the support apparatus; a medical device used with a patient supported on the support device; a nearby piece of furniture; another patient support apparatus; or an ID tag worn by a caregiver or patient, or attached to a piece of equipment. After the support apparatus and device are associated, they communicate information between each other using far field communication, which supports higher data transfer rates. Flux concentrators are added in some embodiments to extend and/or shape the range of near the field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Hayes, Adam Darwin Downey, Aaron Douglas Furman, Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Jonathan Mark Greenbank
  • Patent number: 9907412
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing a baby from interfering with a diaper changing process. The apparatus includes an underlay segment and a barrier panel. The underlay segment is positionable underneath at least one of the shoulders, the head, the back, and the buttocks of the baby lying in the supine position. The barrier panel is coupled to the underlay segment and is extendable around the chest of the baby to form a partition between an upper body portion and a lower body portion of the baby. A proximal edge of the barrier panel is shaped to contour and rest on the chest or abdomen of the baby so that engagement between the proximal edge and the baby supports a distal edge of the barrier panel to extend outwardly and upwardly from the upper body portion of the baby. The barrier panel is foldable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael J. Perry
  • Patent number: 9907717
    Abstract: A bolster structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having anti-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable bolsters are configured for selective placement in conditions of lateral under-engagement with the sides of an overlay to create inclined, lateral side elevations of these sides at locations along the length of the overlay. The bolster structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Patent number: 9814990
    Abstract: An outdoor amusement rocking device having a frame and a support member that together form a curvature saddle-shaped play structure. The amusement device includes a hyperbole paraboloid frame structure defining an interior area and a resilient support sheet material disposed in the interior area of the frame and attached to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Plow & Hearth, LLC
    Inventors: Amanda Lacy, Beverly Fries, Ting Xu, David Yakos
  • Patent number: 9757296
    Abstract: A bolster structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having anti-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable bolsters are configured for selective placement in conditions of lateral under-engagement with the sides of an overlay to create inclined, lateral side elevations of these sides at locations along the length of the overlay. The bolster structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Patent number: 9205854
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the invention, systems, methods and devices are directed to a shopping cart with safety features which prevent or reduce the risk of injury caused to those using the cart as well as those in the vicinity of the shopping cart. A wheelbase of the shopping cart may have a set of wheels. Each wheel may have an airbag stored therein. The airbag may be deployable from any one of the wheels such the wheel is engulfed, fully or partially, within the inflated airbag. A pressure sensor may be attached to each of the wheels. The pressure sensor may constantly monitor the force being exerted in the wheel in order to identify moments when the traction may be comprised or when the cart may be at risk of toppling over. A speed or velocity sensor is attached to the wheelbase to monitor and detect for excessive speeds. The airbags may be inflatable by one or more compressed air or compressed gas cylinders or vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Man Lin Lee
  • Patent number: 9168410
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for agitating and rearranging a grouping of individual cushioning articles in an enclosed container are disclosed. The method and device may protect and individual from an injury resulting from landing in the enclosed container when the individual cushioning articles are overly compressed and lack appropriate spacing in order to absorb the kinetic energy of an individual landing in the enclosed container. The apparatus may include an air actuated inflatable bladder with inflatable extensions that may be utilized to lift and/or separate the cushioning articles, thus allowing the cushioning articles to be repositioned in a random, non-uniform, fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: TEAM USA PRODUCTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Palumbo, Christian Palumbo
  • Patent number: 9138365
    Abstract: A patient protective system that preferably includes at least an adjustable bed providing a bed frame, and a side rail in sliding communication with the bed frame and a mattress supported by the bed frame. The patient protective system further preferably includes a side impact absorbing pad supported by the mattress and in contact adjacency with the side rail a patient access flap secured to the side impact absorbing pad and attached to the mattress, and a patient head entrapment impediment secured to the side impact absorbing pad and the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Deese
  • Patent number: 9101224
    Abstract: A medical air mattress has a mattress body, a lower bedspread, an upper bedspread and a guardrail unit. The mattress body is formed by multiple air cells parallel arranged in an air cell row. The upper bedspread covers the mattress body and has two guardrail sleeves formed on the upper bedspread. The guardrail unit has multiple guardrail air cells mounted respectively in the guardrail sleeves. Since the guardrail sleeves are formed on the upper bedspread, the guardrail sleeves from each opposite side of the upper bedspread will draw each other to maintain the guardrail sleeves in position when pressed. Therefore, the guardrail sleeves do not fall down when pressed to remain providing optimal protection purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Picard Healthcare Technolgy (Dongguan) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuang-Neng Chiang, Hsiu-Lun Liang
  • Patent number: 9049946
    Abstract: A blanket for covering an infant in an infant supporting apparatus having one or more restraints to retain the infant in said infant supporting apparatus, said blanket comprising: a flexible panel having an interior surface that is adjacent to the infant when said blanket is in use and at least one strap for attaching said blanket to at least one of said one or more restraints, said at least one strap being affixed to the flexible panel and adjacent to the interior surface of the flexible panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: TYLER TWO, LLC
    Inventors: Sara Tyler, Brian Tyler
  • Patent number: 8925127
    Abstract: A baby crib includes a frame structure, a support base located at a bottom of the frame, the support base including at least one opening, and a cushion pad disposed on the support base, the cushion pad including at least one strap disposed at a position corresponding to the opening. The strap has a first end secured with the cushion pad, and a second end that is formed as a free end adapted to pass through the opening and detachably fasten with the frame structure via a fastener. As the cushion pad is securely held with the support base of the baby crib, injuries caused by accidental lift of the cushion pad can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited, Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Fang Xiang Yan, Brandon Michael Burkholder, Annette Carol Stella, Matthew Luis Rivera
  • Patent number: 8866610
    Abstract: A hospital bed obstacle detection device and related method for detecting an obstacle between first and second components of a hospital bed is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Keith A. Huster, Gregory J. Figel, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Patent number: 8850639
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for a siderail assembly comprises a handle, a link assembly, and a pin. The handle is configured to be moved between a first position and a second position. The link assembly is coupled to the handle and configured to move between a latch position and an unlatch position as a function of the movement of the handle. The pin is configured to be engaged by the link assembly and is configured to rotate from a first rotational orientation to a second rotational orientation to disengage the link assembly from the pin when a false latching condition occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian T. Wiggins
  • Patent number: 8850648
    Abstract: A bed plate attaches to inner rail plates on each side with hinges or the like, which slides into a bed and rail plate envelope. This bed and rail cover may be placed on top of a hospital bed. When the bed rails are locked in an upwards position the bed cover envelope may be fastened to the outer bed rails or bed frame to hold it in place. The firmness of the bed and rail cover eliminates the possibility of the patient enstranglment in-between the mattress, bed frame, or side rails. The padding within the bed and rail plate envelope eliminates the risk of patients injuring themselves while hitting the bed frame or bed rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Regina Jacqueline D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 8844074
    Abstract: A triangular prism-shaped wedge, fashioned of a sturdy foam core with soft and malleable properties, fashioned to occupy the space that commonly exists between the head of a mattress and the wall or headboard that the mattress is binding against. It is configured to occupy this space, aided via the force of friction, to ensure that items such as pillows, remote controls, and other bedside items do not fall behind the mattress, and onto the floor. It may be configured with an assortment of interchangeable pockets, as well as an embedded stereo speaker system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Brent A. Mohr, Edward Peisner
  • Patent number: 8844073
    Abstract: A person-support structure includes a control system, an input configured to communicate a first input signal to the control system, and a sensor configured to sense a physiological characteristic of a person supported on the person-support structure. The sensor communicates a second input signal corresponding to the physiological characteristic to the control system. The control system calculates a condition score as a function of the first input signal and the physiological characteristic of the person and compares the condition score to a predetermined threshold. The control system scales at least one of the physiological characteristic of the person and the predetermined threshold as a function of the first input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Dan R. Tallent
  • Patent number: 8800079
    Abstract: Bed cover holders having first sections that slide under and between a mattress and a box spring and second sections including upturned ends that are slidably secured to the first sections permitting the holder to telescope between extended and retracted positions are described. The upturned ends of the holders are positioned flush against the end of the mattress when retracted. The holders can be extended to form a shelf where bedding including pillows can be placed when the bed is in use. In at least one variation, the first and second sections comprise nesting tubular structures to facilitate the telescoping arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Doreen Eubank
  • Patent number: 8782836
    Abstract: A restraint device is disclosed for immobilizing an object, such as a child during diapering. The restraint device includes a strap extending through a base at a midsection thereof to prevent the object from rolling in a lateral direction. The device can also include a harness located within a pad of the base to firmly hold the strap in place. The harness can have a stiffness greater than the pad to provide the rigidity necessary to hold the strap in place, while having a hardness less than the support to provide comfort to the object restrained on the device. A cover can surround the base and can include sleeves to enclose a strap and protect the base from outside material such as excrement from a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Dana A. Fort
  • Publication number: 20140196211
    Abstract: A crib liner is provided for a crib that includes a plurality of sides and four corner posts. The liner includes a body that has a pair of opposing first panel sections for placement along two sides and a pair of opposing second panel sections for placement along the other two sides. Each panel section is defined by a top edge and an opposite bottom edge, wherein a length of the top edge is different than a length of the bottom edge for each of the panel sections. The body is configured for placement inside of the crib along inner surface of the sides of the crib. The liner is attached to the inside of the crib by a plurality of fasteners, each fastener being configured to attach around one corner post for securely attaching the liner body to the crib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Triboro Quilt Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Joel Kaplan, Jonathan Daugherty, Deborah Ashworth, Richard White
  • Patent number: 8776286
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a side rail is provided having a body selectably movable from a first up position to a second down position. Two parallel lever arms are also provided. The arms rotate over center when moving the body between the two positions. This increases the horizontal distance through which the side rail moves. A biasing mechanism can be provided to urge the side rail towards either the up or down position, and to bias away from an intermediate toggle position wherein the lever arms are vertical in a preferred embodiment. The biasing mechanism can include a cam and roller. A hard stop can be provided, whereby in the up position there is a strong component to prevent failure. A release lever is also provided. A person can actuate the release lever to move the side rail from the up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: GF Health Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John Edgerton
  • Patent number: 8752220
    Abstract: A patient support system, such as a bed, stretcher, wheelchair or the like, has an electronic control system and a user interface. The electronic control system and the user interface control bed functions, such as articulation of the head, seat, and leg sections of the bed deck, and control and/or monitor the operation of medical equipment, such as heart rate monitors, blood pressure monitors, thermometers, sequential compression therapy devices, chest wall oscillation devices, respiratory therapy devices, blood oxygen monitors, and the like. In some embodiments, the electronic control system and user interface communicate with patient personal digital devices, such as audio players, computers, and phones. The user interface is on the headboard, footboard, and/or on a siderail of the bed in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter H. Soderberg, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Timothy A. Stanley
  • Patent number: 8732876
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame, a deck, and an upper body support assembly. The deck is coupled to the frame and configured to support a person. The deck includes a first section and a second section. The first section is configured to pivot between a first angular orientation and a second angular orientation with respect to the frame. The person is in a supine position when the first section is in the first angular orientation and is moved to a sitting position when the first section is moved to the second angular orientation. The upper body support assembly is movably coupled to the frame and includes a torso support. The torso support is configured to support a portion of the person's torso when the person is in a forward-leaning posture in the sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Rachel Williamson
  • Patent number: 8713734
    Abstract: An aerated bumper and liner system for a baby crib provides increased airflow into and out of the baby crib while creating a soft pad to guard the baby against injury. The bumper and liner system includes pads with apertures that allow for added air circulation. Each pad may further include ties for attaching the pad to the bars of the crib. Support stays are included in the liner pads to help ensure that the liner pad do not sag once put in place in the crib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard A. Davis
  • Patent number: 8701231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mat intended for a person for whom some mobility is desired, and who can easily be taken care of while preventing any risk of fall when the person lying on the mat moves and is unattended. Such a secure fall-prevention mat mainly includes a core, holding means intended for holding a person lying on said mat and a ballasted set. As an exemplary preferred embodiment, such a mat is a mat used for changing babies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Pascale Malet
  • Publication number: 20140096320
    Abstract: A multilayer protective liner in the form of a cot bumper is provided to protect infants when sleeping or resting in a bedding arrangement such as a cot or crib. In one form, the cot bumper has two outer surfaces of a quilted padded mesh material which not only provides protection against accidental or inadvertent contact with exposed hard surfaces of the cot or crib, but also provides for air circulation around and through the protective layer so as to produce a healthier environment for the sleeping or resting infant. The cot bumper has at least one inner core layer of a perforated resilient panel located in a pocket or envelope of mesh material formed by rows of transverse stitching at spaced apart locations. The advantage of the cot bumper is that it provides more or less continuous protection whilst allowing air movement around and through the cot or crib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: THE LITTLE LINEN COMPANY PTY LTD
    Inventor: Ben Wilson
  • Patent number: 8689372
    Abstract: A perimeter panel for a person-support apparatus comprises a panel body and a handle. The panel body includes a perimeter edge. The handle is movably coupled to the panel body and configured to move between a storage position and a deployed position. The handle forms a portion of the perimeter edge of the panel body when the handle is in the storage position and extends from the panel body in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Patent number: 8689379
    Abstract: A bumper pad includes a base attached to a material that extends over the rail and couples as a crib teething rail cover. The bumper pad includes a base, mesh sides, and a teething rail cover. In some embodiments, the sides are separable from the base. In some embodiments, the teething rail cover is separable from the mesh sides. In still other embodiments, the sides are separable from the base and the teething rail cover is separable from the sides. A rail cover includes a rail cover base and at least one pair of fastener straps extending from one side of the rail cover base. The rail cover may also include tie straps and corresponding slits, fastener pads, or loops on the rail cover base. Methods of assembly of the bumper pad and rail cover are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Babee Talk IP Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Jennifer Cicci
  • Publication number: 20140068859
    Abstract: A child-support device includes a child-soothing device attached thereto in a position convenient for use and conveniently stored on the child-support device when not in use. The child-support device is for example a bouncer, rocker, swing, other motion device, high chair, car seat, carrier, stroller, bassinet, crib, or other device for supporting a child. And the child-soothing device is for example a blanket, pacifier, plush toy, other toy, or other device or object for soothing use by a child. In example embodiments, the child-soothing device is stored in a receptacle on a front lap-positioned junction member of a harness assembly of the child-support device and attached to the junction member, stored in a receptacle on a side-support portion of the child-support device and attached to the side-support portion, or attached to the junction member by a connector strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventor: Adriana ALEGRIA
  • Patent number: 8670017
    Abstract: A tele-presence system that includes a cart. The cart includes a robot face that has a robot monitor, a robot camera, a robot speaker, a robot microphone, and an overhead camera. The system also includes a remote station that is coupled to the robot face and the overhead camera. The remote station includes a station monitor, a station camera, a station speaker and a station microphone. The remote station can display video images captured by the robot camera and/or overhead camera. By way of example, the cart can be used in an operating room, wherein the overhead camera can be placed in a sterile field and the robot face can be used in a non-sterile field. The user at the remote station can conduct a teleconference through the robot face and also obtain a view of a medical procedure through the overhead camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Intouch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Stuart, Daniel Steven Sanchez, Fuji Lai, Kevin Hanrahan, Charles S. Jordan, David Roe, James Rosenthal, Amante Mangaser, Blair Whitney, Derek Walters
  • Patent number: 8661588
    Abstract: A slip cover for a crib mattress. The slip cover preferably comprises a mattress cover with a zippered end through which the crib mattress is easily insertable. Attached to one end of the mattress cover is a bolster, which may comprise a bolster cover and a foam insert. In most applications, the bolster will be generally U-shaped and will comprise an inclined back section and two arms. The slip cover allows continued use of a crib mattress after it is no longer needed in a crib or toddler bed. When placed on a standard crib mattress, the slip cover with its attached bolster forms an ideal portable toddler bed. Alternately, the slip cover converts the mattress into a child-sized chaise lounge ideal for reading or watching television. Still further, the slip-covered mattress may be used as a pet bed, especially for a large breed dog or for multiple smaller dogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8661581
    Abstract: A crib liner is provided for a crib that includes a plurality of sides and four corner posts. The liner includes a body that has a pair of opposing first panel sections for placement along two sides and a pair of opposing second panel sections for placement along the other two sides. Each panel section is defined by a top edge and an opposite bottom edge, wherein a length of the top edge is different than a length of the bottom edge for each of the panel sections. The body is configured for placement inside of the crib along inner surface of the sides of the crib. The liner is attached to the inside of the crib by a plurality of fasteners, each fastener being configured to attach around one corner post for securely attaching the liner body to the crib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Triboro Quilt Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Joel Kaplan, Richard White, Jonathan Daugherty, Deborah Ashworth
  • Patent number: 8646128
    Abstract: A crib bumper is provided for a crib that includes a plurality of spaced support elements and four corner posts. The bumper includes at least one panel that is configured to at least seat against the inner surfaces of the spaced support elements and a corner post attachment member that is coupled to the panel. The corner post attachment member defines a pocket that receives one corner post and permits the corner post attachment member to surround and be securely attached to the one corner post. The corner post attachment member has free edges that are attached to one another by means of a first fastener and includes a means for adjusting and changing at least one dimension of the corner post attachment member to provide a secure attachment of the corner post attachment member to the corner post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Triboro Quilt Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Joel Kaplan, Jonathan Daugherty, Deborah Ashworth, Richard White
  • Patent number: 8621688
    Abstract: A siderail assembly includes a guide, a support coupled to the guide to move relative to the guide, and a barrier coupled to the guide. The barrier is movable between a lowered position, wherein the barrier is situated substantially below a frame of a patient support apparatus, and a raised position, wherein the barrier is situated substantially above the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirill Andrienko