And Means To Facilitate Changing Thereof Patents (Class 5/488)
  • Patent number: 7743440
    Abstract: The bed with automatic mattress lifting system is a bed with a frame and an internal drive system for raising a mattress above the frame, allowing the user to easily change the sheets or other bed coverings. The mattress rests on a mattress supporting platform, which, in the lowered position, is received within the frame. In operation, driven motion of an internal rod caused by a drive system located within the frame generates rotation in a lever arm. The lever arm is secured to a shaft that extends across the frame, and rotation of the shaft causes a pair of supports to rotate. Upper ends of the supports are joined to a lower surface of the mattress supporting platform, thus driving upward movement of the mattress supporting platform. The sheets cover both the mattress and the platform, allowing the sheets to be changed without having to manually lift the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: John A. Burnett
  • Publication number: 20100154119
    Abstract: A bed sheet, comprising in combination, a top panel for covering a mattress top, a surrounding side panel adapted to surround the side edges of the mattress, the top panel removably attachable to the side panel to form a bed sheet for the mattress wherein in use, the top panel can be detached and removed from the side panel when the bed sheet is covering the mattress whereby the side panels are left in position on the side edges of the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Kym Shuttleworth
  • Patent number: 7730567
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for vertically lifting an end of a horizontally disposed mattress which includes an elongated member being disposed beneath the mattress and movable by way of a handle which is disposed on and secured to one end of the elongated member between a resting position wherein the elongated member is disposed coplanar with a bottom surface of the mattress and a lifting position wherein the elongated member is disposed generally perpendicular to the bottom mattress surface for lifting the end of the mattress in the vertical direction. The handle is releaseably secured to the end of the end of the elongated member for ease of securing the handle to an opposed end of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Arthur W. Jaeger
  • Publication number: 20100115699
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bedmaking system (1) for a bed (10) provided with a base mattress (11), the bed making system comprising a flexible topping mattress (12) for covering the base mattress; two fastening feet (5) for fastening the be system to the bed; an essentially U-shaped brace (2) defined by two parallel arms (3) and a bar (9) connecting one of the ends of the arms. The other ends of the arms are each mounted to a said fastening foot at a pivoting connection to be swingable around a common pivoting axis between a normal position and an assisting position. The bar of the brace extends along the first length edge (20) of the topping mattress and is mounted to said first length edge. The second length edge (21) of the topping mattress extends along the second length side of the base mattress. In the normal position, the bar of the brace extends along the first length side of the base mattress and the topping mattress lies flat on the base mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: OSIB IP HOLDINGS LTD.
    Inventor: Izaak Van Houte
  • Publication number: 20100064434
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting a mattress to an optimal work level so as to facilitate the bed making process. A generally rectangular size specific inflatable member is disposed between a mattress and box springs in an unsecured manner so as to create a functional space between the mattress and inflatable member into which the bed linen can be secured during the bed making process. A fluid communication means is engageable with the inflatable member and an air pump is engageable with the fluid communication means for providing air for inflating the inflatable member. A power means provides power to operate the air pump and a switch activates and deactivates the air pump. A valve controls inflation and deflation of the inflatable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: FRED R. AMSLER, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100050341
    Abstract: A duvet cover (10) including an envelope portion (20) substantially closable for enveloping a duvet to shield the duvet from soiling. The envelope portion (120) is removable from the duvet for laundering. The duvet cover further includes a sheet portion (30) attachable to the envelope portion (20) to underlie the envelope portion (20) to shield the underside (21) of the envelope portion (20) from soiling. The sheet portion (30) is removable from the envelope portion (20) for laundering. There is also provided a method of minimising duvet cover laundering requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Helen Jane Tepper
  • Publication number: 20090229053
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting a mattress so as to facilitate the bed making process. A generally rectangular inflatable member is disposed between a mattress and box springs in an unsecured manner so as to make such changing of such bed linens easy. The inflatable member is formed of a predetermined material. A fluid communication means is engageable with the inflatable member and an air pump is engageable with the fluid communication means for providing air for inflating the inflatable member. A power means provides power to operate the air pump and a switch activates and deactivates the air pump. A valve controls inflation and deflation of the inflatable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Fred R. Amsler, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090222986
    Abstract: A comfortable, smooth, and sanitary cover is provided for a ā€œUā€ shaped face cradle of a massage table or chair, the face cradle having a central portion and two arms extending from the central portion. The cover is formed of a fabric panel having a medial region and pair of lobes extending from the medial region and defining a notch between them. Each of the lobes is provided with a pocket and the medial region is provided with weights attached on an outer periphery. Each of the pockets is configured for partially receiving an arm of the face cradle. The cover may be draped onto the face cradle, with the medial region adjacent the central portion, with pockets receiving the arms, and with weights being suspended from the outer periphery, so as to overhang the central portion of the face cradle and to smoothly spread the cover over the surface of the face cradle. The cover contacts the face of an individual resting on the face cradle, during a massage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Beverly Lynn Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20090205134
    Abstract: An article for use on a mattress includes a bedding article and means for orienting the bedding article on a mattress. The means for orienting the bedding article on a mattress may be hidden from view when the bedding article is installed on a mattress. The means for orienting the bedding article on a mattress may be one or more of color contrasting sections, indicia, labels, or stitching. The bedding article has two sides, a top end, a bottom, an opening for seating around the bed, an edge around the opening, and four corners, with two corners being at the top end and two corners being at the bottom end. An article for use as a cover for an underlying item is also disclosed, with the article including a cover article and means for orienting the cover article on an underlying item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Gerald Wootten, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090205132
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting a mattress so as to facilitate the bed making process and make changing bed linens less strenuous. The apparatus comprises an inflatable member disposed between a mattress and box springs of a bed and having each of a predetermined shape and a predetermined size and being formed of a predetermined material. A fluid communication means is engageable at a first end thereof with the inflatable member and an air pump is engageable with a second end of the fluid communication means for providing air for inflating the inflatable member. A power means is engageable with the air pump for providing power to operate the air pump and a switch means is engageable between the power means and the air pump means for activating and deactivating the air pump. A valve means is disposed in one of the fluid communication means and the pump means for controlling inflation and deflation of the inflatable member as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Fred R. Amsler, JR.
  • Patent number: 7487560
    Abstract: The securing layer such as a fitted sheet is modified to provide one half of a fastener, such as a zipper, and a separable, absorbent panel as adapted to overlay the top surface of a mattress and to underlay and be in direct contact of the occupant on the mattress. The separable, absorbent panel includes another fastener portion, such as the other side of a zipper, so as to secure the absorbent panel to the securing layer. The first and second fastener portions are to be located on the side surface of the mattress at the top, outer circumference of the mattress when the securing layer is applied to the mattress. In this manner, the fastener cannot be easily accessed by an infant so as to prevent the infant from loosening and becoming entangled in the absorbent panel. However, the absorbent panel is easily removed for quick changes in case the occupant of the mattress, such as a baby, soils the absorbent panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventors: Deborah McGrath, Yvonne Goldman
  • Patent number: 7398569
    Abstract: The invention discloses differing embodiments of apparatus, and methods for their use, which are designed to aide in lifting bed mattresses and tucking in bed covers. In some embodiments, kits are disclosed which include wedge apparatus for lifting bed mattresses, and tuck apparatus for tucking in bed covers. In other embodiments, wedge apparatus for lifting portions of bed mattresses are disclosed. In still other embodiments, tuck apparatus for tucking in bed covers are provided. Additional embodiments disclose methods for using the kits, wedge apparatus, and tuck apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Hyatt Corporation
    Inventors: Elizabeth Sakaldasis, Carisa Harris-Adamson, Susan Schafer, Bradley Duvernay, Esther Soria Sonson, Gaye Frisby, Thomas Blundell
  • Publication number: 20070271706
    Abstract: A body, including a wedge-shaped sloped section, a level support section and a handle, for elevating a section of a mattress over a support surface upon which the mattress is lying. A distal end of the sloped section is small enough for the distal end to be directly inserted between the mattress and the support surface, while a proximal end of the sloped section has a height adequate to elevate the mattress high enough to aid in the changing of bedclothes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: William C. Gonser
  • Patent number: 7191479
    Abstract: A hospital bed that changes bed sheets without moving the patient. It is composed of a bedstead (including a headboard, a footboard and a bed frame), a deformable bed top, a spool rack and roller shafts on both sides; the ends of the deformable bed top are fixed on the headboard and footboard respectively, and the bed top is pressed into between the roller axles by the spool rack which forms a tightened and leveled bed top that is sunken in the spool rack. Two bed sheets cover the bed, extending respectively from headboard and footboard into the spool rack and rolling on a roller axle. The roller axles and roller shafts are parallel to the cross section of the bed, and are movable between the headboard and footboard with the spool rack. When the spool rack is moving, one bed sheet is spread, another one is rolled up automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventor: Xiao-Zhou Cheng
  • Patent number: 7168111
    Abstract: A combination jackknife bed and couch for a mobile vehicle. The jackknife bed and couch allows drivers to wake up and fold their sheets and pillow away from a seamless sleeping surface without the need to remove the sheets, blankets, pillows or other bedding materials. The sheets stay made within the folded up bed now turned into the couch. The couch may be unfolded with the sheets fully made so the driver may catch some well deserved post socializing rest without having to re-install the sheets. These features are made possible by folding the bed in and half and keeping it in the backrest of the couch. The sheets are held in place by stretchable retaining surface that may be extended over the bedding materials. When returned to the bed mode, the stretchable retaining surface must be released and potential energy in the winder may be used to retract the retaining surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: William M. Bernstein, Derek Blitz, Andrew Kilb, Megan M. Stanton, David M. Wynne, Deepshikha B. Antes, Edwin K. Chan, Benjamin G. Morris, Scott Raven
  • Patent number: 7036164
    Abstract: A bed making apparatus can lift, push, and pull the bedding layer by layer so as to manipulate bedding originally disorganized to a made up state. The apparatus includes a vision device that evaluates and detects the current state of the bedding sensors and a computing device that determines the process of the making the bed. Typically, a robotic arm or roving device traverses the surface of the bed and can be attached to the headboard of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen Lang Dickerson
  • Patent number: 6941594
    Abstract: A bed includes a main frame unit which rests on a floor and a mattress/box spring elevator unit that is movably connected to the main frame unit by a plurality of links so the mattress/box spring elevator unit can be moved relative to the main frame unit. The mattress/box spring elevator unit includes a first subframe unit connected to the main frame unit by springs and by the links, and a second subframe unit connected to the first subframe unit by a turntable so the second subframe unit can be rotated with respect to the first subframe unit. A mattress and box spring can be mounted on the mattress/box spring elevator unit and moved up from the main frame unit and then rotated as needed to change bedding on the mattress and box spring without requiring movement of the main frame unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Clinton L. Mosley
  • Patent number: 6886203
    Abstract: A mattress lifter having a base member and tubular lifting elements pivotably supported thereby. Handles at opposite ends enable the homemaker to lift the mattress with ease and convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventors: Louis J. Drakos, John P. Drakos
  • Patent number: 6795989
    Abstract: An assist device for facilitating bedding changes on a mattress includes an inflatable pneumatic bladder adapted to be positioned under a mattress. The bladder has a length and width somewhat less than those of the mattress. The pneumatic bladder is enclosed and is provided with an opening which is in fluid flow communication with a source of compressed gas, preferably a compressor. A switch is provided for controllably activating flow of compressed gas from the source into the bladder. The bladder may be configured with recessed sections so that the volume of air or other gas required to inflate said bladder is minimized. An opening to enable escape of compressed gas from the bladder may be provided in the compressor or may be valve extending through a surface of the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventors: William G. Fairchild, Virginia L. Fairchild
  • Publication number: 20040133978
    Abstract: An assist device for facilitating bedding changes on a mattress includes an inflatable pneumatic bladder adapted to be positioned under a mattress. The bladder has a length and width somewhat less than those of the mattress. The pneumatic bladder is enclosed and is provided with an opening which is in fluid flow communication with a source of compressed gas, preferably a compressor. A switch is provided for controllably activating flow of compressed gas from the source into the bladder. The bladder may be configured with recessed sections so that the volume of air or other gas required to inflate said bladder is minimized. An opening to enable escape of compressed gas from the bladder may be provided in the compressor or may be valve extending through a surface of the bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: William G. Fairchild, Virginia L. Fairchild
  • Patent number: 6502255
    Abstract: A connector (10), for removably securing a mattress (18) to a mattress supporting bed frame (22), that is provided a length that is sufficient to allow one to pull the mattress (18) from a first position in which it is fully supported on the supporting frame (22), to a second position in which it is supported on an edge of the frame (22) and hangs out beyond the edge of the supporting frame (22). The connector (10) is sufficiently short to retain the mattress (18) in the second position and not allow the mattress (18) to fall off the supporting frame (22). The connector (10) allows a person placing sheets on the mattress (18) to pull the mattress (18) toward oneself into the second position and thereby more easily reach the far edge of the mattress (18) when placing sheets on it, and can then put the mattress (18) back into the first position when the sheets are in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventors: Mark R. Perkins, Brandon J. Winkel
  • Publication number: 20020170114
    Abstract: A bed cover adjusting apparatus comprising mattress clamps which are adjustable for use with a range of mattress thicknesses and a bed cover engaging rod positioned below a bed cover, and which is length extensible corresponding to a range of mattress widths. An engagement positioning device pivots the engaging rod over a desired angular range, and a position controller is enabled for receiving and acting on wave energy signals of remote origin. The engagement positioning device is pivotally joined with the clamps for movement as driven by the positioning device under commend of the position controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: John Michael Wolcott
  • Patent number: 6363555
    Abstract: The invention provides a patient positioning apparatus for attachment to a patient examination table having a table pad and pad cover. The apparatus comprises a first table attachment device containing a first reel member and a first reel rotatably mounted on the first reel member, a second table attachment device containing a second reel member and a second reel rotatably mounted on the second reel member, an elongate web attached to at least one of the reel members for overlaying the table pad and pad cover of the examination table and a drive mechanism connected to at least the reel member attached to the web for rotating said reel member attached to the web thereby moving the web relative to the pad cover. The device is readily adaptable to existing examination tables and enables a physician to easily maneuver a patient for examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Paul E. LaRose
  • Patent number: 6230341
    Abstract: The center indicator for bedding of this invention includes an indicator of the center line or mid-point between edges of bedding materials, or bed cloths, sheets, blankets, bed spreads, comforters, quilts, coverlets, and other bedding. The center indicator marks or makes obvious the center line of the bedding. This provides an easy method for a person to quickly and properly make a bed with equal amounts of material falling on each side of the bed. It eliminates the need to move back and forth to adjust the bedding material. Since the use of the center indicator for bedding makes it easy to position the bedding, the provisions of this invention are very helpful in teaching and helping a child or mentally impaired person to make a bed. The center indicator could be by many different methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Alice P. Dudley
  • Patent number: 6006378
    Abstract: A bed permits changing of bedclothes without moving the person on it and without substantial burden for either the patient or the care-taker. A left and a right carriage member 5 and 6, wheels 15 to 18 and a shaft 7 constitute a carriage. The carriage supports mats 11 and 12 via balancing members 3 and 4 and shafts 1 and 2 and advances the mats 11 and 12 along rails 31 and 32. The mat 12 is stretched between the rails 31 and 32 by fasteners. The balancing members 3 and 4 are rotatably coupled by a shaft to downward extensions 5a and 6a of the carriage members 5 and 6. The shafts 1 and 2 are rotatably mounted in the balancing members 3 and 4. With advancement of the carriage caused by turning a grip 26, the slides 52 and 54 cause the old mat 12 to be released from the fasteners and wound on the shaft 2, while also causing the new mat 11 to be coupled to the fasteners and stretched between the rails 31 and 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: Mitsuru Hayashi
  • Patent number: 5926874
    Abstract: An automatic bed maker which uses the expansion of inflatable bladder (30) to straighten, align, and tuck-in bed-cover assembly (35). A blanket or insulating layer (29) and top bed sheet (33) are fastened to the bladder (30) forming assembly (35). Assembly (35) is anchored to the bed (38). A blower (55) inflates the bladder (30). A tuck platform (70) drops down to create a tuck opening (73) in the box frame (38B) below the mattress (38A). The tuck protrusion (45A) inflates and enters the tuck opening (73). The tuck opening (73) closes, restraining the left and right side periphery areas of assembly (35). The bladder (30) deflates, leaving the bed covers in their correct, made position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Tabor W. Browder
  • Patent number: 5913773
    Abstract: A paper handling device is provided to receive soiled paper following exposure of the paper to cover and protect a patient contact surface of a table used for medical examinations or treatments. Lateral coverage of the patient contact surface provides for usage to protect the area of the medical table corresponding to the head area of the patient, as typically used for chiropractic tables. Longitudinal coverage of the patient contact surface provides for usage to protect the entire medical table. The device provides for the repetitive usage of the medical table without requiring attending medical personnel to physically come into contact with the soiled paper following each usage. The method of measuring the paper being transferred ensure that with each respective cycle sufficient fresh paper is released from the dispensing device to provide for coverage of the patient contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventor: Dawn M. Cox
  • Patent number: 5718009
    Abstract: A continuous bedclothes apparatus includes a continuous bedclothes device which includes an elongated sheet and a delivery roller. The long sheet is made of disposable and recyclable material and one end of the sheet is attached to the delivery roller. The sheet is rolled on the delivery roller and has a plurality of transversal dividing lines parallelly and evenly positioned along the length of the sheet respectively. The dividing lines divide the elongated sheet into a plurality bedclothes units of same width. The continuous bedclothes device further comprises a delivery device including a housing and a pair of supporting axles. The housing has a delivery slit adapted for the delivery of the sheet via the delivery slit and the pair of supporting axles are affixed to two opposite sides of the housing so as to support the delivery roller in rotary manner and parallel to the delivery slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Inventor: Yi Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 5265296
    Abstract: An automatic disposable under pad apparatus for a hospital bed is provided which consists of a frame and a mattress having a central inflatable transverse section. The mattress is supported on the frame along with a structure for supporting a hip portion of a patient that is reclining on the mattress over the central inflatable transverse section. A dispensing mechanism allows a roll of clean under pads to have a portion extendable over the central inflatable transverse section of the mattress and under the patient. A device is also provided for inflating and deflating the central inflatable transverse section of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventors: Ahsan Abbas, Panagiotis Valeros
  • Patent number: 5257430
    Abstract: This invention relates to a bed having a base, a mattress, and a system for moving the mattress up and down to help a person to make the bed, which can be preferably adapted in a guest room of hotels or the like. The present invention provides a bed comprising a base, a mattress provided on a top face of the base, at least one inflatable means provided therebetween, and an air-supplying tube connected with a part of the inflatable means, wherein the inflatable means has a plurality of inflatable parts and a plurality of non-inflatable parts, each non-inflatable part is alternatively provided between the inflatable parts so as to communicate to each other to make a loop around an outer peripheral portion of the top face of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 5118553
    Abstract: A bed covering has connectable panels which are connected at overlapping borders by complementary fasteners. When used to make up a bed, one panel can be hidden by the bed's blanket while the other is folded over the upper portion of the blanket, or the foregoing appearance can be simulated, to provide an aesthetically pleasing visible effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Judi Boisson
  • Patent number: 4993091
    Abstract: A liner assembly is provided for covering a support surface. The liner assembly includes a film sheet for covering the surface, the film sheet allowing rays to pass therethrough, and a dispenser for storing an unused portion of the film sheet to permit a user to dispense a section of the film sheet onto the surface prior to each use. The liner assembly ensures that the surface is in a clean and sanitary condition prior to each use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Tan Sense, Inc.
    Inventors: Beverly Draper, Gayle Parkevich
  • Patent number: 4926513
    Abstract: In storage and utilization of disposable bedding materials as for example for institutional usage, non-woven bedding materials dispensably secured to a portable bed, and including tensioning therefor, whereby the two or more bedding materials such as sheets are held in superposed and stretched relation to the mattress of a bed, the system to include means for longitudinally shifting used portions of bedding materials, for cutting same, while simultaneously replacing same in bedding relation to a bed mattress. Sheets may either be pulled, hand-cranked or motorized on a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: Roll-in-Sheet Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin O. Oats
  • Patent number: 4815156
    Abstract: A bedspread with a panel attached to one end thereof to overlay pillows at the head of the bed, wherein the bedspread and the panel are provided with aligning tabs at the head end spaced apart a distance corresponding to the width of the mattress to thus enable centering the bedspread and the panel with respect to the mattress and pillows so that equal lengths thereof hang down at opposite sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventor: Linda E. Williams
  • Patent number: 4802250
    Abstract: Bedding for use a rectangular mattress which defines indicia thereon for alignment with the mattress to facilitate making the bed. The indicia includes a first transverse mattress foot alignment indicator and a mattress centering indicator. The foot alignment indicator is spaced inwardly from and extends parallel to the foot end of the bedding such that upon properly positioning the bedding on the mattress, the foot indicator is disposed over and extends parallel to the foot of the mattress and the centering indicator is disposed over a portion of the mattress so as to superimpose the central longitudinal axis of the bedding over the central longitudinal axis of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventor: Richard S. Farr
  • Patent number: 4787107
    Abstract: An arrangement for removing a blanket from a bed to clear the bed for transferring a person. The person lies on a transport sheet, and a cover sheet extends across and above the transport sheet and person. The cover sheet is removably fastened to a lift member in vicinity of a side of the bed. The lift member is operated by a motor to remove the cover sheet. The motor is controllable to remove or replace the cover sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Nova Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul DiMatteo, Charles F. Chubb
  • Patent number: 4441222
    Abstract: An electrically-operated bed cover making apparatus secured to the frame of a bed and operable to cause a framework carrying a plurality of arms to be lifted from the foot of the bed to the head by utilizing a pair of rotating wheels on either side of the bed frame, including on each of the plurality of arms, a roller having a helical screw like rib for engaging and smoothing wrinkles out of the bed covers from center to sides, a tie down structure for securing the covers to the foot of the bed, this tie down structure being pivotable via a lever system, such pivoting allowing for an interleaving of the plurality of arms carried on the framework with the securing structure upon the return to the foot of the bed of these arms, and a limit switch type control for automatically directing the electrical operation and limits of movement of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Inventor: Peter J. Tascarella
  • Patent number: 4358865
    Abstract: A stretcher for patient support which has a roll of disposable sheeting beneath an end portion of the stretcher. Individual sheets are manually separated from the roll at transverse weakened sections in the sheeting material that are longitudinally separated by a distance greater than the length of a mattress pad plus twice its thickness. In one embodiment, a roll of disposable sheeting is encased within a housing that has a pivotally mounted openable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: American Hospital Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Pagel, Lester A. Mueller, Gary E. Nei
  • Patent number: 4333637
    Abstract: A chiropractic table comprising a cushioned platform upon which a patient is positioned pronely for treatment, a strip of sanitary paper in rolled supply and covering a portion of the face cushions transversely, and a manually releasable paper retainer clamping the full width of the free end of the rolled strip. The free end of the paper strip is clamped between an elongate, tubular clamping member normally urged by suitable springs towards bearing upon a matching elongate surface of a base member, which is secured to a side of the base of the face cushions opposite the paper supply roll. A handle is provided by which the springs are manually overridden to release the paper, to allow the used portion of the paper to be drawn through the retainer off the cushions to be replaced by a fresh portion, the handle then being released so that the paper is again clamped. The table may be of the tilting or stationary type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Robert B. Shelton
  • Patent number: 4305167
    Abstract: A bed making device with a structural support base adapted to receive springs and mattress with two horizontal guide members attached at either end of the base on each side. A carrier arm is slideably positioned on each pair of guide members and contains a retractable detent pin at the top. The pin attaches to a mating opening in the bed linens and the linens are attached to the pins at the foot of the bed. A reversible electric motor with a two position foot switch, limit switch and gear driven belt drive is attached to the arms electromechanically, thereby transmitting linear direction to the mechanism. The carrier arms are horizontally propelled simultaneously forward pulling the bed linens in place. When the linens are so positioned the detent pin is retracted and the arms continue forward to a position near the head of the bed where they stop automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Inventor: Vicente Bargados