Planar Support (e.g., Table, Step, Etc.) Patents (Class 5/507.1)
  • Patent number: 9649068
    Abstract: The table for performing breast biopsies is characterized by features that enhance patient comfort and facilitate performance of the biopsy. An opening in the table allowing the breast to extend below the table top is formed in a removable insert. An area of the insert includes padding. An alternate insert having a different diameter opening may be selected based on patient breast size. Another insert having an asymmetrical opening may accommodate the patient's arm when it is desirable to position both the arm and breast of the patient below the table top. The table top is contoured such that symmetrical distal end sections are elevated relative to a central section to support the patient in multiple positions. A removable pad may be placed over the insert. An end portion for padding the hip of the patient is thicker than an end portion for padding the head/neck of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. DeFreitas, Ian Shaw, Kathy Pickett, Aaron Fand, Agnes Mercurio, Linda Volpe, Kelly Farmer, Darrin Manke, Erin-Anne A. Lemieux, Christopher Paul Loughnane, Christopher Labak
  • Patent number: 9636266
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a supine patient to a prone position on a patient support structure, and for rotating such a prone patient between prone and supine positions without removing the patient from the patient support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9492340
    Abstract: A combined siderail/over-bed table unit 42 for a bed 20 has a table position in which at least part 62 of the unit overlies a mattress region 48 of the bed thereby serving as an over-bed table and also has a siderail position allowing the unit to serve as a siderail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Richard H. Heimbrock, Jonathan D. Turner, Stephen Hutchison, Joseph A. Ernst
  • Patent number: 9314106
    Abstract: A bed step device is provided for assisting a human or pet in climbing into and/or out of a bed. The device includes a base, at least one step attached to the base, and a retention member attached to the base. The retention member is configured to be disposed and retained between opposed surfaces of a bed, typically either the opposed surfaces of a mattress and a box spring or those of a box spring and a bed frame. The disposition of the retention member between the opposed surfaces results in a retention force, typically a friction force, to resist sliding movement of the device across a floor surface on which the device is supported. The retention member may be a rigid panel or a flexible sheet. The base and step or steps may comprise a folding staircase linkage or a rigid, unitary housing including a storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy Brown
  • Patent number: 9199520
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an adjustable hitch assembly for coupling a towed vehicle with a towing vehicle. An embodiment of the adjustable hitch assembly may include a base member, a ball support member, and a hitch ball member. The base member may include a connecting portion and a shank member, wherein the shank member may extends perpendicularly away from the connecting portion. The ball support member may include a support rod extending perpendicularly away from the shank member. The ball support member may also include an opening there though that may be attached to the shank member. The hitch ball member may be attached to the support rod, wherein the hitch ball member may have at least one accessory aperture. The connecting portion may be attached to the towing vehicle and the hitch ball member may be attached to the towed vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Cequent Towing Products
    Inventors: Neal Weipert, Richard W. McCoy, Jacob Belinky
  • Patent number: 9167192
    Abstract: A display system includes a base member, a rear support member which is connected to one end of the base member in an upward and downward direction, a display device, a support unit which is disposed on an upper portion of the rear support member, and supports the display device such that the display device is movable in position and changeable in position in at least two axial directions, a sound output device which is disposed on the display device and the rear support member, and a control device which controls operations of the support unit, the sound output device and the display device. A bed, a mattress, a bedding covering or the like is provided on the base member such that a user can watch a screen of the display device in a posture where the user has lain above the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Shik Eoh
  • Patent number: 9060599
    Abstract: Described herein is a support for a Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. The support comprises a table for supporting the CPAP with portion extended between the mattresses of the bed, and a stabilizer extending downward from the bottom of the table surface to brace against the lower mattress. The table may be foldable for travel purposes. The table also comprises a hook for securing the power cord, and a raised lip around the edge of the table top to prevent accidentally knocking the device from the table surface. A hook extending from one side of the table top provided a convenient place to store a CPAP mask between uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventors: Brenda Verbois Jones, Kevin Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 8997275
    Abstract: An article of furniture 10 comprises a box frame 12 defining a void 14 and having a first opening 18 and an opposed, second opening 20. A lid arrangement 22 is associated with the first opening 18 of the frame 12 for closing the first opening 18. The article of furniture 10 includes a tub member 24 for closing the second opening 20. The tub member 24 comprises a dished portion 28. The tub member 24 is reversibly connectable to the box frame 12 so that, in a first orientation, at least the dished portion 28 is received within the void 14 of the box frame 12 to form an assembly of reduced volume for transportation or storage purposes and, in a reversed, second orientation, the dished portion 28 of the tub member 24 extends away from the void 14 to form an assembly of increased volume defined by a combination of the void 14 defined by the frame 12 and the dished portion 28 of the tub member 24 in its second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: King Furniture Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Steven Leonard Higgs, David Russell King
  • Patent number: 8950344
    Abstract: A surgical support device can provide members for attaching various medical accessories in a safe, stable and secure manner. The surgical support device can also configured to isolate the sterile field from the non-sterile field to better enhance infectious control measures. The surgical support device may include at least two side supports configured to extend vertically from the side rail, each side support including a support member; a transverse member disposed between the two side supports; at least two support members; at least one platform configured to be pivotable between the transverse member and the support member; and at least one accessory arm extending from at least one of the at least two side supports and configured to pivot around the at least one of the at least two side supports; and a plurality of accessory attachment members configured to secure and/or support one or more accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Gerald L. Lewis, Peggy G. Duke
  • Patent number: 8898836
    Abstract: A caddy for use with hospital staff or patients provides a rigid housing having a carriage with at least one vertically and, preferably, at least one horizontally accessible compartments. The housing provides a semi-circular opening above the carriage to act as a handle while also, for many embodiments, a back to which a pivot connects to a connector which connects to a hospital bed rail to maintain the caddy in a pre-determined relationship while the rail is angled relative to a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fitsi Health, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen F. Puri, Caroline F. Puri, John C. Ekholm
  • 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: 8806679
    Abstract: An operating room table adapter is disclosed herein for use with a surgical table includes an adapter board, a rail receiver, and a rail assembly. The adapter board includes a slot formed in the adapter board and a strap extending through the slot. The adapter board has a first side including a first coupler. The first coupler is configured to engage a coupler of the surgical table and the strap is configured to wrap around at least a portion of the surgical table. The rail assembly extends beyond an edge of the adapter board and is operable to couple to a patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Soto, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas K. Skripps
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140215716
    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: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Brent A. Mohr, Edward Peisner
  • Publication number: 20130318714
    Abstract: A surgical station (50), including a patient support base (300) and an operation platform (60), wherein the patient support base is adapted for mounting on a patient bed. The operation platform includes a first platform portion (100) and a second platform portion (200). The second platform portion is moveably connected to said first platform portion such that said first and second platform portions are moveable between a preparation configuration and an operation configuration. The first and second platform portions collectively form a support platform surface (115/215) for supporting the hands of an operator in the operation configuration, such that the operator can operate catheters, guide wires or other surgical instruments with stable hands during surgical operation, wherein said first platform portion is mounted on said patient support base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Chun Ho Yu
  • Patent number: 8578528
    Abstract: An accessory storage system used with a mattress unit and a box springs unit. The system has a mounting member with a generally planar bed securing member and a generally planar storage securing member. The system has a storage member with a large storage cavity and a small storage cavity. The small storage cavity is located on the large storage cavity. For use, the mounting member is pivoted fully open to about a ninety degree angle. The bed securing member is fully inserted in between a mattress unit bottom surface and a box springs unit top surface. The back surface of the storage securing member is located flush against the mattress unit. The first large storage cavity side is located flush against the front surface of the storage securing member and held securely into place via the securing slots and the securing extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Greg Heare
  • Patent number: 8528136
    Abstract: A surgical station (50), including a patient support base (300) and an operation platform (60), wherein the patient support base is adapted for mounting on a patient bed. The operation platform includes a first platform portion (100) and a second platform portion (200). The second platform portion is moveably connected to said first platform portion such that said first and second platform portions are moveable between a preparation configuration and an operation configuration. The first and second platform portions collectively form a support platform surface (115/215) for supporting the hands of an operator in the operation configuration, such that the operator can operate catheters, guide wires or other surgical instruments with stable hands during surgical operation, wherein said first platform portion is mounted on said patient support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Chun Ho Yu
  • Patent number: 8505133
    Abstract: A bed/desk combination wherein the desk is disposed above the bed and unneeded space above the foot of the bed is used for the sitting portion of the desk and unneeded space below the desk surface as well as further space unneeded by the desk function is used for the space above the head of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Albert C. Pollard, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130111663
    Abstract: A bed step device is provided for assisting a human or pet in climbing into and/or out of a bed. The device includes a base, at least one step attached to the base, and a retention member attached to the base. The retention member is configured to be disposed and retained between opposed surfaces of a bed, typically either the opposed surfaces of a mattress and a box spring or those of a box spring and a bed frame. The disposition of the retention member between the opposed surfaces results in a retention force, typically a friction force, to resist sliding movement of the device across a floor surface on which the device is supported. The retention member may be a rigid panel or a flexible sheet. The base and step or steps may comprise a folding staircase linkage or a rigid, unitary housing including a storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Brown
  • Patent number: 8375487
    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: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Brent A. Mohr, Edward Peisner
  • Publication number: 20130000039
    Abstract: A step platform with attached handles comprising a platform at a bottom portion, where the platform is placed on the ground next to a medical exam table, and where the platform includes a front wall, a back wall, a pair of lateral walls, and a top surface to create a generally rectangular shape; a set of lateral support members attached at each corner of the platform, where the set of lateral support members extend vertically from the platform and then extend out at an upper portion; an inner handle bar connecting the lateral support members at the upper portion, where the inner handle bar provides a first handle for a user to grasp when stepping onto the platform; and an outer handle bar connecting the lateral support members, where the outer handle bar provides a second handle for the user to grasp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Constance Hardenburg
  • Patent number: 8308243
    Abstract: An accessory for a chair having two or more front legs, for use in cooperation with at least one of the front legs of the chair and for providing a good platform for a person's foot or feet while sitting in the chair working on motor skills, the accessory comprising one or more board items comprising one or more board-like items, including planks, of various thicknesses having on or in each item at least one restraining device having one or more chair-leg contacting surfaces that will prevent a child, while sitting in the chair, from moving the board-like item out of its functional place with his feet. The chair accessory is used with a chair including a child's chair to provide a foot rest when the chair occupant's legs are too short to allow the occupant's feet to reach the floor to provide stability necessary to permit more advanced fine motor development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Jan Renee Stoffer
  • Patent number: 8196238
    Abstract: A surgical table for infants and small animals has a bed assembly that is rotatable. The bed assembly includes a stationary plate and a rotating plate with a brake that controls rotation. The bed assembly may be connected by a clamp to the frame of a conventional operating table and supported alongside or above. The bed assembly may also be permanently mounted on its own vertical support. The bed assembly may also be permanently mounted to the operating table by an articulated clamp that allows the bed assembly to be stored alongside. A central opening is present in both plates so that hoses and wires connected to the patient will pass through this opening to permit rotation of the patient with the table with no stress on the hoses or wires where they connect to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Hejkal, Kimberly Ryland, Carl Nelson
  • Patent number: 8146874
    Abstract: An adapter plate assembly which provides a convenient interface between a mounting support assembly for suspending an instrument driver robotic instrument system above a operating table. The adapter plate securely mounts to the operating table, and may be adjustable so that it can be adjusted to fit various sizes and models of operating tables. The adapter plate assembly comprises a main plate which rests on the surface of the operating table. A first clamp assembly which removably attaches to the operating table is mounted on one or more horizontal adjustment rods which are slidably received in one of the main plate in order to provide adjustability to the width of the adapter plate assembly. On the opposing end of the main plate, a second clamp assembly is coupled main plate. In order to secure the support assembly of a robotic instrument system, an adapter rail is also coupled to the main plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hansen Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan L. Yu
  • Patent number: 8132277
    Abstract: An emergency response treatment bed system. The emergency response beds may include a frame having a pair of opposing tubular stainless steel side supports and a pair of opposing tubular stainless steel end supports. The side supports and end supports are affixed each to the other by corner fixtures. A plurality of collapsible support legs are affixed to the frame. The support legs have an upper end and a lower end, and are adapted to support the frame above a selected substrate. A support deck is coupled to the frame. The support deck is adapted to support a patient body, and is provided with a liquid impervious, molded thermoplastic contaminant resistant cleanable surface. The support deck also has, above at least some of the support legs, a cutout portion defined by edgewalls, to provide access through the support deck to the support legs, so that multiple beds may be stacked one above the other, using support inserts between vertically adjacent support legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: United Industry, LLC
    Inventor: John Buchanan
  • Patent number: 8123300
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chair accessory comprising one or more board-like items, including planks, of various thicknesses having on or in each item at least one restraining device having one or more chair-leg contacting surfaces that will prevent a child, while sitting in the chair, from moving the board-like item out of its functional place with his feet. The chair accessory is used with a chair including a child's chair to provide a foot rest when the chair occupant's legs are too short to allow the occupant's feet to reach the floor to provide stability necessary to permit more advanced fine motor development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jan Renee Stoffer
  • Patent number: 7992238
    Abstract: A surgical table for infants and small animals has a bed assembly that is rotatable. The bed assembly includes a stationary plate and a rotating plate with a brake that controls rotation. The bed assembly may be connected by a clamp to the frame of a conventional operating table and supported alongside or above. The bed assembly may also be permanently mounted on its own vertical support. The bed assembly may also be permanently mounted to the operating table by an articulated clamp that allows the bed assembly to be stored alongside. A central opening is present in both plates so that hoses and wires connected to the patient will pass through this opening to permit rotation of the patient with the table with no stress on the hoses or wires where they connect to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas Hejkal, Kimberly Ryland, Carl Nelson
  • Patent number: 7937790
    Abstract: Rotation device is configured at the bottom of the body of a diaper changer so that the diaper changer is capable of rotating horizontally relative to the playard frame via the rotation device when mounting thereon. The rotation device includes a rotator and a supporter where the rotator connects to the body and mounts on the supporter for allowing the body to rotate relative to the supporter. The supporter is further configured at one side of the playard frame. The body can also be rotatably mounted on the playard frame by mounted the rotator directly into a shafting hole on the playard frame. With the rotation device, the diaper changer can be selectively set in a first using status for changing a baby's diaper or a second using status for allowing a babysitter for easy holding the baby up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Guang-Hui Zhao, Hong-Bin Xu
  • Publication number: 20110078856
    Abstract: A bed-side structure that is mounted to the upright portion of the rail of a bed frame and extends outwardly to provide a platform for supporting a person's foot, the structure having a slot for fitting over the upright portion of the bed rail that is dimensioned to provide detachable mounting of said platform to said bed frame, minimize downward sloping of said platform, and to permit sliding of said member along said rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: John J. Schulte
  • Patent number: 7865983
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a hospital bed, comprises a lower frame, an upper frame supported above the lower frame and configured to support a patient, and a support structure coupled to the lower frame. The support structure includes a lift having a movable portion that is movable generally vertically relative to the lower frame and relative to the upper frame. The movable portion of the lift is configured to carry a patient care equipment support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach
  • Publication number: 20100242174
    Abstract: An adjustable height lift platform for a surgeon to stand on while he or she performs a surgical procedure that is comfortably and beneficially performed at a desired height. The lift platform comprises a base platform having a lower surface that rests on the floor, an upper platform having an upper surface on which the surgeon stands and a lifting mechanism that interconnects the base and upper platforms to raise and lower the upper platform. The lifting mechanism has a first linkage assembly pivotally connected to a second linkage assembly, slotted tracks at each of the base and upper platforms, cam followers associated with the linkage assemblies that are received in the slotted tracks and linear actuators that engage the linkage assemblies to pivot them in a scissor-like manner to raise and lower the upper platform. Preferably, a foot operated switch controls the movement and positioning of the upper platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Morrison, SR., Kelvin Dwight Higa
  • Patent number: 7735266
    Abstract: An architectural system adaptable to patient acuity level has a headwall unit with a cavity, a ceiling unit, and a column coupled to the ceiling unit. The column is movable between a first position in which at least a majority of the column is situated in the cavity and a second position in which the column is situated outside the cavity. Various types of patient-care equipment is also disclosed. The patient-care equipment is included in, or is coupleable to, one or more of the ceiling unit, the headwall unit, or the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallant, Dennis M. Lanci, John P. Biondo
  • Publication number: 20100017963
    Abstract: Two side mounted panels (30) slide along the slots provided in side rails (20) so that a main board can be positioned at a convenient distance from bed. The main board tilt can be adjusted to a particular angle and locked in that angle with the tilt locking disks (34) on extendable arms (32) A laptop can be mounted on main board easily by just sliding laptop holders (56) to the appropriate position. The laptop can also be operated with an external keyboard seated on keyboard cradle (76) and by an external pointing device. Read-write box (64) secured on to read write holders (58) has a compartment with light for holding a book in open position. It can be positioned and locked at a convenient reading angle. The position of the laptop and the read/write box can be rearranged independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Gopalakrishnan Kannan
  • Patent number: 7636966
    Abstract: A docking station includes a column and a docking port coupled to the column. The docking port is coupleable to a hospital bed. A service is deliverable to the hospital bed through a service outlet coupled to the docking port. A communication and control unit is coupled to the column. A patient table is coupled to the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallant, Dennis M. Lanci, John P. Biondo
  • Patent number: 7600280
    Abstract: In order to make it possible for a patient to easily and safely mount a patient table in a manner which requires little effort, at least one, especially extendable and retractable and/or fold-up and fold-down step is integrated into a patient mounting aid in the inventive patient table. In the inventive method there is provision for the at least one step initially to be extended and/or folded down, then for a beginning of the examination to be automatically determined and finally for the at least one step to be retracted and/or folded up again, depending on the determination of the beginning of an examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Mathias Hörnig
  • Patent number: 7559099
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a resting area for an infant or a pet is disclosed. The resting area includes a support structure and a holding structure for holding the resting area over, or at least partially above an adult sleeping area. This enables the resting area to be easily accessible to an adult located in the adult sleeping area. The resting area is optionally movable in various manners, such as vertically, horizontally, rotatably, and swingably. The apparatus may include a horizontal arm extending from a support frame. A sleep divider is optionally provided in order to enable one adult to attend to an infant or pet while decreasing the disturbance to another adult on the opposite side of the divider. Various additional optional features may include providing heating means to a portion of the rest area, a convenient supply tray, lighting means, and various holding structure configurations for convenience and comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventors: Yefim Epshetsky, Svetlana Lapan, Leonid Shmagin
  • Patent number: 7509696
    Abstract: A device for providing a dining support that is extendable from and retractable and concealable on furniture is disclosed. The device has a platform that is movable between a deployed position for supporting food and drinks, and a retracted position beneath the furniture. To move device from the retracted position to the deployed position, the platform is pulled from beneath the furniture and then elevated to a horizontal position. The height of the platform is vertically adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventors: Oscar Q. Soto, Richard Herrera
  • Publication number: 20080307578
    Abstract: A dog bed platform and leg comprising: a generally rectangular shaped sheet of material with a rounded end and a squared off end; at least one handle located on the generally rectangular shaped sheet of material, located near an edge of the generally rectangular shaped sheet of material; a safety indicator located on a surface of the generally rectangular shaped sheet of material near a center of the gravity of the generally rectangular shaped sheet of material; a first target located at the rounded end; a second target located at the squared off end; an extendible leg configurable to support an end of the generally rectangular shaped sheet of material from the group consisting of the rounded end and the squared off end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Noelle Geremia, Mary Jane Rogers, Pam Lindgren
  • Patent number: 7458743
    Abstract: An accessory clip for attaching medical equipment and the alike to a litter stand that is for attaching to a litter. The accessory clip preferably includes at least one attachment for a piece of medical equipment such as medical monitors, ventilators, infusion pumps, and IV bags. The accessory clip preferably includes components that allow it to be attached to the litter stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Eric M Smeed
  • Publication number: 20080282467
    Abstract: An upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11, comprising an access-ladder 7 with step-landing-platform 52, the upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11, defining at least one surface for use as any or all, a surface for sleeping on, a surface for sitting on, a surface for leaning on, wherein at least part of either or both the access-ladder 7 and the step-landing-platform 52, is positioned on or adjacent the upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11, and the step-landing platform 52 facilitates access between the access-ladder 7 and the upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11. The invention relates to improvements in accessing at least one upper bed for either or both domestic and commercial use within a room of a building, or within a passenger space; said passenger space defining a passenger cabin, either motorised or towable, and comprising any of, a motorised caravan, a trailer, a trailer caravan, a fifth-wheel trailer, a fifth-wheel trailer caravan, a boat, a ship, a bus, a coach, an aircraft, and a railway carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: John Anthony Edwards
  • Patent number: 7448099
    Abstract: The present invention provides an attachment for an operating table preferably including two base portions adapted to rest on the frame of an operating table, a frame portion adapted to support a tray within the sterile field during surgery, and at least two support portions extending upwards from the first and second base portions, respectively, in order to support the frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Dennis L. Abernathie
  • Patent number: 7386899
    Abstract: A medical examination table has a step that is movable between a stowed position within the base of the table, to an extending position for use by persons mounting or dismounting the table. Slide members are coupled to the step inboard from the lateral sides of the step, so that the slide members are hidden from view even when the step is placed in the extended position. The step is suspended above a floor surface by the slide members and lower support members provided on a bottom side of the step, to facilitate movement of the step between the stowed and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20080098530
    Abstract: A changing table for a playard comprises an upper end rail member, a pair of upper side rail members, and a pair of comer pieces connected to the upper end rail member and upper side rail members respectively. The changing table is mounted on top of the playard, and characterized in that: a first rail is disposed on top of the upper end rail member a second rail opposed to the first rail, and a pair of side rails are respectively connected to the first and second rails. The pair of side rails comprises a first portion connected to the first rail, and a second portion connected to the second rail. The first portion is connected to the second portion at an angle so that a portion of the side rail is disposed below the upper side rail members of the playard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: Wonderland Nurserygoods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Min Chen, Jianqun Li
  • Patent number: 7360260
    Abstract: A bed frame may include a footboard. The footboard may have two corner posts and at least one cross member that may extend between the corner posts. A platform may be pivotally coupled to the footboard for movement between a stowed position and an extended position. The platform may be pivotally coupled to the corner posts and/or the cross member. A support member may be pivotally coupled to the footboard for movement between a stowed position and an extended position in which the support member may support the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Night and Day Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Mike Gallawa, Joel Grossman
  • Patent number: 7296311
    Abstract: A tray is supported by a tubular frame residing between a mattress and box spring. The frame is a single continuous loop of tubing having a substantially horizontally residing supported portion, a vertical center portion, and a substantially horizontal tray support portion. The tray is rectangular with a raised edge and includes clips residing on a tray bottom to snap onto the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Philip F. Navarrette
  • Patent number: 7234182
    Abstract: An assist device to help a user move from a sitting or reclined position to an upright position, and vice versa, with a functional tray. The assist device includes a base, a receiver, a handle, and a tray. The base may be positioned between a mattress and a box spring, or a couch frame and a couch cushion, or the like. The handle includes various gripping sections. The handle pivotably couples to the receiver and the tray rotatably couples to the handle. The tray moves from a closed position to an open position, or a usable position, to allow the user to place objects thereon, or to use the tray for any other purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Standers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Miller, Troy Miller
  • Patent number: 7043778
    Abstract: The Crib Attachment can be used to fulfill the need to provide a means to easily access the required items for a baby's care and/or other items need by a cargiver. The crib attachment can be attached to the outer side of the crib and can be used to hold items that are used regularly for a baby's care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventors: Barbara Georgitsis, Vasilios Georgitsis
  • Patent number: 7036160
    Abstract: A footboard desk designed to extend over the foot of a bed to provide for an efficient use of space while maintaining the aesthetically pleasing aspects of a room's décor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Deborah S. Pecoraro
  • Patent number: 6978499
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a transfer top adapted to carry a patient is transferable between a mobile base and a docking station in a hospital room. Thus, instead of transferring a patient between a stretcher and a hospital bed, the entire transfer top with the patient thereon is transferred between the mobile base and the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallant, Dennis M. Lanci
  • Patent number: 6928676
    Abstract: A surgical table which includes a patient support surface and one or more trays pivotally connected to the patient support surface and selectively deployed to hold objects such as surgical instruments. Each tray has a first condition in which angular rotation of the tray about the axis of rotation is inhibited and a second condition in which the tray is rotatable angularly about the axis of rotation. In the first condition, the tray is capable of receiving and supporting the surgical instruments. This also permits a width reduction of the back section of the patient support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Reliance Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary G. Schwaegerle