Waterproof Patents (Class 5/484)
  • Patent number: 9393169
    Abstract: A patient transfer package for laterally transferring a supine patient between adjoining horizontal surfaces includes: (a) a first nonwoven sheet having a top and a bottom surface for which the coefficient of friction of the top surface is less than 50% of the coefficient of friction of the bottom surface, (b) a second nonwoven sheet that is similarly constructed as the first sheet but which is not as wide, (c) assembling these sheets into a package with the second sheet turned upside down and laid on top of the first sheet whose top surface is facing upward, (d) a specified percentage of the first sheet's side portions extends beyond the edges of the second sheet and turn upwards and over upon the bottom surface of the second sheet, and (f) a means for temporarily and releaseably attaching the first sheet's edges to the bottom surface of the second sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Patricia Schiro
  • Patent number: 9179783
    Abstract: A bed bug protection device for protecting humans, animals and objects from crawling pests such as bed bugs. The device includes a top component for contacting the top surface of bedding such as a mattress or box spring. The top component includes barrier material suitable for preventing pests from biting humans or animals resting on the bedding. The device further includes a fitted side skirt joined to the periphery of the top component that hinders bed bugs and similar pests from climbing up the covered bedding and gaining access to humans, animals, or objects resting atop the bedding. The device may be part of a system including pillow protectors, headboard and/or footboard protectors for preventing contact by traditional bed coverings with walls or bed structures that may be infested by bed bugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Snell R&D, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Snell, Carrie Snell
  • Patent number: 9021631
    Abstract: Systems relating to a safe and easily removable and reusable waterproof pad with accompanying bottom layer that attaches to a crib mattress. The detachable waterproof pad of the present invention seeks to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by providing a tightly fitted pad to comply with current SIDS recommendations. The pad can be changed, cleaned, and replaced frequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Louise Miner
  • Publication number: 20150096120
    Abstract: An active mattress may include a top panel, a bottom panel and multiple side panels. One or more of the side panels are zippered together, The un-zippered side panels fixedly connect the top and bottom portions of the side panels. In another embodiment, an inflatable volume is integrated into the bottom panel. Alternatively, the inflatable volume may be integrated with a separate detachable cover and attached to the bottom panel by conventional means. The various configurations of the encasement allows a mattress to be easily rotated, installed, or removed. Optional straps may be provided, fixedly attached to the encasement, to allow the encasement to be snugged against the mattress. This enables the encasement to be used with a relatively wide range of mattress sizes and still provide a snug fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Levitation Sciences LLC
    Inventor: William John Scarleski
  • Publication number: 20150096121
    Abstract: A passive mattress encasement is disclosed which can be relatively easily installed or removed over a mattress supported by a foundation. The encasement is formed to encapsulate a mattress and includes a top panel, a bottom panel and multiple side panels. One or more of the side panels are zippered together. The unzippered side panels, i.e., the panels without zippers, fixedly connect the top panel to the bottom panel. The top and bottom panels as well as the side panels may be made from conventional materials. The underside of the top panel and optionally the inside of the side panels may be coated with a waterproof coating, such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU/PU), silicone, or urethane to form a waterproof membrane. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, the bottom panel is formed with a slick interior surface and a non-slick exterior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Levitation Sciences LLC
    Inventor: William John Scarleski
  • Publication number: 20150074906
    Abstract: An Incontinence bed cover includes a stretchable three layer cover with elastic corner straps. Incontinence bed cover has elastic corner straps attached for fitting around the corners of a mattress. The incontinence bed cover can be sized to fit any mattress, including the four standard mattress sizes. The incontinence bed cover has a top layer, preferably made of flexible, breathable 100% poly-mesh fabric that wicks moisture and enhances evaporation, helping to guard against potential skin breakdown. The incontinence bed cover has a middle layer, preferably made of quilted polyester batting for maximum absorbency and reduced drying time. The incontinence bed cover has a bottom layer that is waterproof, preferably made of a blend of vinyl and polyester. The three layers are sewn together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Cindy Mae Hiatt, Polly Kirkwood
  • Patent number: 8959675
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for facilitating rotation of a mattress. Covers with slick surfaces are selectively placed in engagement with each other between the mattress and the box spring or platform . One cover is provided with a slick and non-slick surface. The other cover may be the same as the first cover or may have slick surfaces on two sides. In an alternate embodiment of the invention, one cover may is a protective cover that encapsulates the entire mattress. In another alternate embodiment, one cover cooperates with a slick surface that is integrally provided on one or the other of the mattress or box spring or platform. In yet another alternate embodiment of the invention, slick surfaces are provided on both the mattress and the box spring or platform. The mattress is secured relative to the box spring or platform by removable fasteners in a normal mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Levitation Sciences LLC
    Inventor: William John Scarleski
  • Publication number: 20150013070
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for covering a mattress. A first layer may include a bed sheet. A second layer includes an absorbent pad disposed adjacent to the bed sheet. A third layer may include a blanket disposed adjacent to the absorbent pad and coupled to the bed sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Heather Phillips
  • Patent number: 8914923
    Abstract: Bedding assemblies useful in the management of incontinence are provided herein. Preferred bedding assemblies include a top wicking layer, an electrical circuit configured to detect the presence of moisture, an absorbent layer, and a waterproof layer. Assemblies are configured to signal to a receiving device which in turn can communicate an alarm signal or be operably coupled with a notification device. Assemblies can include mattress overlays, mattress covers, and mattresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Dean Preston Smith
  • Publication number: 20140259403
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for preventing the soiling of bedclothes such as bedsheets, blankets and bedspreads. The apparatus incorporates waterproof material placed in strategic locations to prevent urine from reaching the bedclothing. The waterproof material is advantageously placed beneath and above the individual user to prevent soiling of both the bedclothing underneath and the bedclothing on top of the individual user. The waterproof material on top of the individual user is limited to a central portion, and the remaining material is a breathable fabric to allow for a more comfortable sleep environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BEDTIME SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Christiana R. Valley, Joseph Valley
  • Patent number: 8826473
    Abstract: A moisture detection and alarming system connected to a person-support apparatus has been described. The system comprises a moisture detection sheet connected to at least one pressure sensor, at least moisture sensor and a controller. The pressure sensor can be configured to send a signal to the controller. The controller can be configured to receive the pressure signal from the pressure sensor and determine the presence of a person supported on the person support apparatus. If a person is supported on the person-support apparatus then a moisture sensor is activated by the controller to sense the moisture content on a mattress pad. If the moisture content on the mattress pad is out of a predefined range then an alarming unit can be activated. The controller may further be connected to at least one of a hospital network, communication station and nurse call system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Flanagan, Chris Newport
  • Publication number: 20140215715
    Abstract: A layered mattress protector and sheet, comprising: a bottom fitted portion; at least three fitted sheet layers, each fitted sheet layer having a top side, bottom side, right side and left side and an upper portion and lower portion; a waterproof coating on the lower portion of each of the at least three fitted sheet layers; wherein the at least three fitted sheet layers are stitched along the right side and left side to the bottom fitted portion and the top side and bottom side are unstitched; and wherein each of the at least three fitted sheet layers has at least one perforation that is at least substantially parallel to the right side and left side in each of at least three fitted sheet layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Carol Suchman, Maxwell Cohen
  • Publication number: 20140143954
    Abstract: Systems relating to a safe and easily removable and reusable waterproof pad with accompanying bottom layer that attaches to a crib mattress. The detachable waterproof pad of the present invention seeks to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by providing a tightly fitted pad to comply with current SIDS recommendations. The pad can be changed, cleaned, and replaced frequently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Louise MINER
  • Patent number: 8707481
    Abstract: An insulated pocketed and sock or slippered blanket is provided. The blanket may be used to quickly warm hands, arms, legs and feet with ease requiring no wires or electricity as with electric blankets. The design of the blanket allows the user to place their legs, feet, arms and hands into insulated and padded pockets and thus ensure that extremities remain warm. The present invention includes a blanket for warming extremities comprising: an arm warmer; a leg pocket configured for receiving legs; and two foot warmers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Saul Fernandez Juarez
  • Patent number: 8701225
    Abstract: A reusable, washable, absorbent under pad has built-in handles to aid in the transfer and accommodation of bedbound or chairbound patients, for example. The under pad can have at least two handles on each side thereof to facilitate transfer of patients by caregivers and to facilitate proper body mechanics, thereby preventing work related and home injuries by caregivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Bibi-Akleema Latiff
  • Publication number: 20140101849
    Abstract: A liquid absorbing pad comprising a top layer and a bottom layer and an interior portion therebetween. The interior portion includes a liquid absorbing material. The top layer is made from microfiber bed sheet material. The bottom layer is made from microfiber terry, preferably non-oiled, the top of which is laminated with liquid-impermeable material. The top layer and interior portion are quilted together and glued to the bottom layer. When the pad is laid on a bed sheet made of microfiber bed sheet material extending horizontally, the pad resists horizontal movement relative to the bed sheet. The interior portion preferably may further includes a non-woven polypropylene layer below the liquid absorbing material so that the top layer, the liquid absorbing material and polypropylene layer are quilted together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Caber Sure Fit Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard Weinstein
  • Patent number: 8683627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover for a mattress and bed deck. More particularly, the present invention relates to a mattress and bed deck cover for an adjustable bed that reduces the exposure of the mattress and bed deck to unsanitary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Trinity Guardion, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce M. Rippe, Catherine Marie Wagner, Douglas E. Borgman, Bernard F. Voegele, David John Ulrich
  • Patent number: 8656534
    Abstract: A laminated bed covering has a puncture resistant outer layer, a waterproof but water vapor permeable central layer and an inner layer, the entire structure protecting the bed and bed clothing from dog claws, pet urine, and pet odors while providing a comfortable sleeping environment to the bed's occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Orvis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Canning
  • Publication number: 20130326810
    Abstract: A multi-purpose blanket including substantially rectangular first and second waterproof portions each having a first and second side, substantially rectangular first and second insulated portions, generally rectangular first and second insulated portions, first and second detachable attachment means connected to the first side of the first waterproof portion and extending substantially along the length of the first waterproof portion at opposing edges of the first waterproof portion, third and fourth detachable attachment means connected to the second side of the second waterproof portion and extending substantially along the length of the second waterproof portion at opposing edges of the second waterproof portion, and a substantially rectangular bottom waterproof portion interconnecting the first and second waterproof portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: BLOCKIT BLANKET LLC
    Inventor: Mark Edward Davidson
  • Publication number: 20130305450
    Abstract: A multi-purpose device configurable between a blanket and a pad, such as an arm pad includes a fabric sheet forming at least a portion of the blanket. A first fastener is disposed on the first surface of the sheet and a second fastener, distally located from the first fastener, is disposed on the second surface of the sheet. The sheet is configurable in a non-folded arrangement as a blanket such that the first and second fasteners are not fastened, and the blanket is configurable in a folded arrangement as a pad such that the first and second fasteners are connected. The pad may be configured to be wrapped around and fastened to an object, such as a car seat handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Kelly Douglas
  • Publication number: 20130167296
    Abstract: Bedding assemblies useful in the management of incontinence are provided herein. Preferred bedding assemblies include a top wicking layer, an electrical circuit configured to detect the presence of moisture, an absorbent layer, and a waterproof layer. Assemblies are configured to signal to a receiving device which in turn can communicate an alarm signal or be operably coupled with a notification device. Assemblies can include mattress overlays, mattress covers, and mattresses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: PottyMD LLC
    Inventor: Dean Preston Smith
  • Publication number: 20130160206
    Abstract: Bed-ridden patients may need to be removed from their beds several times a day, for changing of soiled linens, or showering. This may create an exceptional burden on cardiac, paralyzed, traumatized, post-operative, burned or obese patients. It also takes a toll on medical staff and caretakers. Close monitoring of fluid balance in such patients and those suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, incontinence, or bodily discharges, is often required, but currently such fluid losses cannot be measured. Handling of contaminated sheets can spread life threatening infections, and replacement of stained sheets is costly. The Bib sheet Poop sheet System addresses these problems and the problem of pressure sores. The Bib sheet, Poop sheet and Poop mattress may be made of impervious fabric to protect the patient's clothing, underlying sheets and mattress. A porous mat and marginal rim conduct fluids down to tubes draining into measuring buckets at the foot of the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Ian Campbell Cree
  • Patent number: 8429777
    Abstract: An improved encasement for a mattress which thwarts the escapement of bed bugs from a mattress through the encasement and which thwarts the encroachment of beg bugs through the encasement into the mattress. An elongated opening is provided in the encasement which is selectively closed by a zipper associated therewith. The encasement includes a flap secured to the lower side wall portion of a side of the encasement which is positioned inwardly of the zipper for retarding or preventing the escapement of bed bugs through the zipper. Hook and loop fasteners are also provided at the end location for further preventing the escapement of bed bugs from the mattress through the encasement and preventing the encroachment of beg bugs into the mattress through the encasement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: GBS Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Svoboda
  • Patent number: 8347430
    Abstract: A mattress protector having a top portion and a bottom portion configured to fasten together over the mattress and/or a mattress and box spring includes sides and ends extending from each of the top portion and the bottom portion. A fastener is also included on each of the top and bottom portions. The fastener includes a fastener assembly to seal the mattress against bed bugs and dust mites. When the top and bottom portions are placed around the mattress, and the fastener is secured, the entire mattress is surrounded by the mattress protector and protected from penetration by bed bugs and dust mites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Sam Malouf, Kacie Malouf, Nat Holfeltz
  • Patent number: 8343118
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes an enclosure with an aperture which is adapted for being placed in communication with an anus for the purpose of directing fecal matter into the enclosure. In one embodiment, the enclosure may include a polyethylene material with a thickness of less than 50 microns. In another embodiment, the enclosure may include an air hole formed therein for remaining open to allow air to escape therefrom upon the receipt of the fecal matter into the enclosure. In still yet another embodiment, the aperture may be circular and the enclosure may include a flexibility sufficient to allow the enclosure to be placed on an intended wearer in any orientation about an axis defined by the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Eugene Davis
  • Patent number: 8341783
    Abstract: A baby change mat has a rectangular base mat, and pockets attached to a side of the base mat. The base mat has a non-slip fastening belt for fastening the base mat to a change table. The base mat provides a first work surface for changing a baby. The pocket provides storage space for storing items needed for changing the baby. A cover is detachably attached to the base mat for providing a second work surface. A flap is detachably attached to a side of the rectangular base mat. The flap can be folded on top of the base mat or the cover for providing a third work surface. The baby change mat can be rolled up and held in the rolled up configuration with an elastic closure loop. A carrying handle facilitates attaching the rolled up baby change mat to a support such as a baby stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jennifer Kara Beck
  • Patent number: 8334424
    Abstract: An animal incontinence device comprises a base layer of a liquid-impervious polymer film, an intermediate absorbent layer comprising superabsorbent polymer particles intermediate a plurality of layers of tissue, and a top layer comprising a porous, hydrophilic, woven or non-woven polymer fiber mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Principle Business Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J Szypka
  • Patent number: 8332976
    Abstract: A multiple configured integrated bedding system that is removably secured over the bed mattress by multiple adjustable different length straps or additional bed frame engagement strap and fasteners. The bedding system provides for different cover and top sheet configurations including, but not limited to cover sheets have permanent or removable interchangeable top sheets, padded inserts, waterproof inserts and retaining perimeter cover lip with a variety of interfastener adaptive sheet restraints and fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Lisa Goldwater
  • Patent number: 8307478
    Abstract: A disposable comfort sheet has a waterproof layer and an absorbent layer, with adhesive strips applied to the waterproof layer along side edges. The sheet is adapted for use with a patient transfer device having upper and lower counter-rotating belts, and protects the upper belt against contamination. The patient transfer device may have registration marks for installation of the sheet, and indicator marks can be printed at predetermined locations on the waterproof layer for alignment with the registration marks. The sheet may include various means for indicating prior use by a patient, such as an ink pattern made of a heat-sensitive or moisture-sensitive ink. The sheet may further include a peel-away layer releasably bonded to the absorbent layer, with additional longitudinal adhesive strips applied to the side edges of the peel-away layer. The peel-away layer protects the lower belt against contamination from the sheet after a patient is delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: MediGlider Corp.
    Inventors: Richard A. Patterson, Bryan D. Blackford
  • Publication number: 20120260422
    Abstract: Among other things, the disclosure features a thermal blanket including a unitary fabric element having predetermined discrete regions of contrasting insulative capacities arranged based on insulative needs of corresponding regions of a user's body. At least two of the predetermined, discrete regions of contrasting insulative capacities, in one or more first discrete regions of the unitary fabric element, consisting of loop yarn having a first pile height, and in one or more other discrete regions of the unitary fabric element, consist of loop yarn having another pile height different from and relatively greater than the first pile height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: MMI-IPCO, LLC
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Gadalia Vainer, Jane Hunter, David Costello, Marcus Webster, William K. Lie, Edward P. Dionne
  • Patent number: 8247637
    Abstract: A mini pad is provided with a chilled skim milk additive which is useful for reducing vulvar inflammation and lowering the acidity of a female's vulva which result from vaginal secretions which leak onto the tissue of the vulva. The mini pad can be provided with a self-contained cooling component which can be frozen or, when compressed and ruptured, will lower the temperature of the mini pad to provide the soothing cold. The skim milk can be incorporated into the mini pad in several different ways. The mini pad is useful for soothing and healing vulvar irritation, and it is mobile and can be easily used during normal daily activities without any problems whatsoever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Femaceuticals, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen M. Renzin, William Schmitt
  • Publication number: 20120167303
    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: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: KCI LICENSING, INC.
    Inventors: GLENN STROH, JOHN H. VRZALIK, CESAR Z. LINA, DANIEL W. DEKRUIF, BRYAN L. JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20120167302
    Abstract: A mattress protector having a top portion and a bottom portion configured to fasten together over the mattress and/or a mattress and box spring includes sides and ends extending from each of the top portion and the bottom portion. A fastener is also included on each of the top and bottom portions. The fastener includes a fastener assembly to seal the mattress against bed bugs and dust mites. When the top and bottom portions are placed around the mattress, and the fastener is secured, the entire mattress is surrounded by the mattress protector and protected from penetration by bed bugs and dust mites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Sam Malouf, Kacie Malouf, Nat Holfeltz
  • Patent number: 8181293
    Abstract: A mattress is constructed from a mattress body having an upper and a lower deck, which is preferably pervious to moisture and air. A removable panel, which includes a top layer of breathable fabric, a bottom layer of a fabric that forms a moisture barrier, and a batting layer, is placed on at least the upper deck of the mattress body. The removable panel is removably attached along the perimeter of the deck or decks by a fastener, such as a zipper. The panel can be removed from the deck for cleaning and folded and secured by the fastener in an inverted configuration, with the top layer facing outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Dreamwell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael S. DeFranks, Kurtis A. Ling, Joyce A. Handley, James R. Peavyhouse, Ruben M. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8117692
    Abstract: A sheet system having a primary sheet adapted to fit around a mattress and a secondary sheet for attaching atop the primary sheet. The primary sheet has a protective layer disposed between the top and bottom surfaces for providing moisture protection, and the secondary sheet has a protective layer disposed between the top and bottom surfaces for providing moisture protection. A plurality of attachment means connect the sheets together temporarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Sean A. Richards
  • Publication number: 20120030874
    Abstract: Bedding material including a first fabric section manufactured from performance fabric and having a first and second side; and, a second fabric section attached to the first side of the first fabric section. Additionally, a third fabric section can be attached to the second side of the first fabric section. The first fabric section can be attached to the second fabric section through a flatlock stitch. The first fabric section can include a first zone and a second zone wherein the first zone contains different performance properties from the second zone and the first zone can have thermal or moisture wicking properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Susan Walvius, Michelle Marciniak
  • Publication number: 20120005830
    Abstract: The present invention is a two-ply convertible pillow blanket device with an internal pocket. The device can be used as a traditional blanket. Alternatively, if the user desires to use the device as a pillow, he or she simply unfastens the internal pocket, folds down the blanket toward the internal pocket, inverts and refastens the internal pocket with the folded portion of the blanket inside thereby forming the pillow. When the opening of the internal pocket is refastened it forms a pillow which is nearly identical to a traditional pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis Aaron Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8087111
    Abstract: An encasement includes a cover, an opening provided at an end of the cover, a closure mechanism coupled to the cover for selectively closing the opening and an encasement seal provided at an end of the opening, the encasement seal including a base coupled to the cover and a flap, the flap being movable between an open position and a closed position; wherein the encasement seal provides an outer cover for a portion of the closure mechanism at the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Armando Paris
  • Patent number: 8082612
    Abstract: A detachable absorbent/waterproof pad is held in place by any convenient fastening mechanism on top of a sheet. The detachable absorbent/waterproof pad can be easily changed even with a bedridden person on the bed. The detachable absorbent/waterproof pad should have a design similar to the bed sheet so as to make it inconspicuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Ange Saunders
  • Patent number: 8069517
    Abstract: A combination diaper changer and dispenser is provided, particularly for “on-the-go” diapering. A generally trifold structure of sheet material has an inside surface side and an outside surface side, and includes an intermediate panel serving as a rear cover when the structure is folded, a first end panel serving as a front cover when the structure is folded, and a second end panel serving as a diaper changing surface when unfolded. A bag dispenser compartment is secured to the intermediate panel on the inside surface side. The dispenser compartment includes a dispensing aperture for withdrawing bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: BRICA, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Jean Bush, Melissa De La Vega, Lawrence O. Freese
  • Patent number: 8024827
    Abstract: Provided is a method for using a patient rescue bag, particularly for extreme wet weather use. A substantially rectangular upper portion is sized wider than a substantially rectangular lower portion such that longitudinal edges of the upper portion are folded downwardly and inwardly so that an inner layer of the upper portion is releasably attached to an outer layer of the lower portion. A patient is placed within the patient rescue bag such that the patient rests upon the lower portion and the upper portion is above the patient. The longitudinal edges of the upper portion are folded downwardly and inwardly to extend under the longitudinal edges of the lower portion. In this manner, the exposed edges of the connection between upper and lower portions are not subject to accumulated rain or snow seeping into the patient chamber or being forced in by helicopter downdraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Robert A. Ricketts
  • Patent number: 7975331
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a device for controlling humidity at the surface of a supporting item (3) of the mattress or cushion type and in the vicinity of the body (13) of an individual resting thereon, comprising an envelope (1) formed by at least two parts (11, 12) connected with each other at their peripheral edges (1a, 1b), such as being sealed by welding (1c), defining an inner chamber (13), the two parts having a first part (11) intended to be positioned on the side of said body of the individual, and a second part (12) intended to be positioned on the side of said supporting item (3) of the mattress or cushion type, the first part including a material forming a barrier impervious to air and liquid water and pervious to water vapor, the second part including a material pervious to water vapor, the second part comprising at least one air injection port (4) and means for discharging air comprising perforated or porous areas pervious to air, such as perforations (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Industries SA
    Inventors: Thierry Flocard, Gilles Camus
  • Patent number: 7975334
    Abstract: Implementations for a bedding system are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Evangelia Vensel
  • Publication number: 20110092930
    Abstract: A disposable slip-resistant and preferably absorbent protective medical table sheet for protecting a medical table, such as an operating table or an examination table, from contamination due to contact with bodily fluids or other contaminants associated with a patient positioned upon the table sheet covering the medical table, and for resisting slippage between the patient and the table sheet and between the table sheet and the medical table and, if a lift sheet is used, between the table sheet and the lift sheet. The table sheet preferably includes an impermeable layer with a slip-resistant and absorbent layer of foam material on its upper side and a distribution of slip-resistant material on its lower side. The lower side of the impermeable layer may itself be comprised of slip-resistant material. The table sheet is preferably fan-and-book-foldable into a compact yet rapidly unfoldable table sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: TriMountain Medical Resources LLC
    Inventor: Christopher D. Poorman
  • Publication number: 20110078854
    Abstract: A mattress expander used to increase a width of a mattress, the mattress expander including a top pad having a width greater than the mattress to define overhanging portions on either side of the mattress, a pair of side members, under the overhanging portions; and, a mattress extending from one side portion and attachable to the other side portion to hold the side members under respective overhanging portions defining a mattress receiving channel there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Shaw
  • Publication number: 20110072582
    Abstract: A disposable comfort sheet has a waterproof layer and an absorbent layer, with adhesive strips applied to the waterproof layer along side edges. The sheet is adapted for use with a patient transfer device having upper and lower counter-rotating belts, and protects the upper belt against contamination. The patient transfer device may have registration marks for installation of the sheet, and indicator marks can be printed at predetermined locations on the waterproof layer for alignment with the registration marks. The sheet may include various means for indicating prior use by a patient, such as an ink pattern made of a heat-sensitive or moisture-sensitive ink. The sheet may further include a peel-away layer releasably bonded to the absorbent layer, with additional longitudinal adhesive strips applied to the side edges of the peel-away layer. The peel-away layer protects the lower belt against contamination from the sheet after a patient is delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Richard A. Patterson, Bryan D. Blackford
  • Patent number: 7886378
    Abstract: The invention is in the field of child, human, or animal or unnatural protective covers for beds, furniture, car seats, floors, or any surface that needs to be protected from spills, or waste or bedwetting or accidental discharges of any type. The invention is washable, and has patterns that look nice and can be varied. In its preferred form, there are about five layers, with the top pleasing to the human eye and skin, which is quilted or otherwise attached to the second layer that is substantially absorbent such as a batting type of material that allows some liquid or other material to pass to the third set of liquid catching layers, which is typically a polymer having bonded thereto two cotton type fabric layers. All layers are bound together in some fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Incog-Neato Corporation
    Inventor: Tammy Lynn Cheskis
  • Publication number: 20110010855
    Abstract: A low air loss universal coverlet includes a perforated top layer formed with a breathable waterproof material, a middle air permeable layer underlying the lop layer, and a bottom plenum layer underlying the middle air permeable layer. The bottom plenum layer includes air tunnels and air pockets. An air source is connected to the bottom plenum layer and supplies pressurized air to the air tunnels and the air pockets, where air flows from the air pockets, through the middle air permeable later, and through the top layer. The air pockets define tufts when filled with air that support a patient on the surface and prevent blocking of air flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis Flessate
  • Publication number: 20110005000
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover for a mattress and bed deck. More particularly, the present invention relates to a mattress and bed deck cover for an adjustable bed that reduces the exposure of the mattress and bed deck to unsanitary conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Bruce M. Rippe, Catherine Marie Wagner, Douglas E. Borgman, Bernard F. Voegele, David John Ulrich
  • Patent number: 7849536
    Abstract: Underlay for single use for protection of e.g. chair cushions, bedclothes or changing tables, having a liquid-receiving coversheet intended to face away from the object requiring protection, a liquid impermeable backsheet intended to face the object requiring protection upon use, wherein the underlay can be attached to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Åsa Lindström