Invalid Bed Or Surgical Support Patents (Class 5/600)
  • Patent number: 9707141
    Abstract: This disclosure describes certain exemplary embodiments of a patient support having a plurality of vertically-oriented on substantially can-shaped inflatable bladders. In one embodiment, the patient support includes a support layer positioned above the vertical bladders. In another embodiment, the patient support includes a high air loss device. In still another embodiment, the patient support includes a pneumatic device located within the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Bobey, Gregory W. Branson, Rebecca A. Ginther, Reza Hakamiun, Charles Lachenbruch, Jonathan H. Mueller, Sohrab Soltani, Bradley T. Wilson, Stephen L. Douglas, Kenith W. Chambers, Rachel H. King, Eric R. Meyer, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Richard B. Stacy, Thomas Uzzle
  • Patent number: 9700475
    Abstract: A patient support includes a bed, one or more mechanisms configured for manipulating at least one of position and orientation of the bed, and a display configured for displaying a user interface and receiving inputs to control at least the one or more mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Elekta AB
    Inventors: Anthony Paul Morris, Alexander John Baker, Alexander James Woolley, Daniel Paul Jenkins, Sarah Witheford, Timothy Lewis Sharpe, John David Cross, Malcolm Stanley Boyd
  • Patent number: 9655793
    Abstract: A surgical patient support includes a foundation frame, a support top, and a brake system. The foundation frame includes a first column and a second column. The support top is coupled to the first column and the second column for rotation about a top axis extending along the length of the support top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ben Hertz
  • Patent number: 9610204
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a field transport system that converts readily from a litter or stretcher to a gear bag for carrying loose items. The invention includes a base layer strengthened and supported by a frame that permits the use of litter poles. The invention also includes a novel zipper arrangement whereby the litter can be quickly folded and zipped into a bag having a drawstring closure at a top end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: MATBOCK, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary L. Steinbock, Sean M. Matson
  • Patent number: 9539157
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rotating bed for medical care, which includes: a bed frame structure, a bed body structure as well as a pivotal turning structure. The bed frame structure includes a fixed support. The bed body structure includes a connecting support, and the connecting support is located on top of the fixed support. The pivotal turning device includes a rotating axis that is fixed on the connecting support and a starting unit that is in connection with the bed frame structure. Moreover, the rotating axis includes a plurality of pivoted arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: CAREMED SUPPLY INC.
    Inventor: Tsung Hsuan Liu
  • Patent number: 9504619
    Abstract: A bed device includes: an operation section that receives an operation input; a controller that controls a movement of the bed in accordance with the operation input; a detector that detects a position of a patient on the bed; and, a limitation table that stores a limitation area set on the bed in association with a limitation content, wherein when the position of the patient detected by the detector is included in the limitation area, the limitation content is read out from the limitation table so as to control the controller in accordance with the limitation content. With this configuration, it is possible to provide a higher safety bed device which can not only notify the danger based on the bed movement but also limit the movement of the bed in accordance with the status of the patient or the bed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Murai
  • Patent number: 9486377
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus with multiple user interfaces is disclosed herewith. The apparatus comprises: a base; a frame member extending upwardly from said base; an infant platform extending outwardly from said frame member positioned above the base and having lateral side walls and a bottom support. The apparatus further comprises a heating arm extending outwardly from said frame member, positioned above the infant platform and at least one drive mechanism connected to the frame member and to the infant platform. The drive mechanism is provided with at least one user interface extending to the lateral side walls of the infant platform for moving the infant platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Melwyn Dominic Dmello, Meenakshisundaram Ramkumar
  • Patent number: 9474672
    Abstract: Devices and methods for supporting and elevating the pelvis of a patient in a supine position during surgery are disclosed. The device comprises a generally flat main body configured to extend from the patient's lower back to the patient's upper legs, a proximal upper surface with a downward slope towards the proximal end, a distal upper surface with a downward slope towards the distal end, and vertically extending ridges on an upper surface of the device for partially containing one or more portions of the patient's body. In use, the device is positioned on a surgical platform beneath the iliosacral region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Bone Foam Inc.
    Inventors: Chad L. Robran, Douglas Parsell
  • Patent number: 9433357
    Abstract: A system comprising a biometric monitoring device including a housing including a platform to receive at least one foot of the user, a body weight sensor to generate body weight data, processing circuitry to calculate user weight data which corresponds to the user's weight, using the body weight data, and communication circuitry to: (a) receive user identification data which identifies the user or a portable activity monitoring device, and (b) transmit the user weight data to data storage associated with the user identification data. The system further includes the portable activity monitoring device including a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the user's body, a sensor to generate sensor data, and communication circuitry to receive physiologic data which is based on the user weight data, and processing circuitry to calculate activity data using the sensor data and physiologic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Eric Nathan Friedman, James Park
  • Patent number: 9427365
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a patient support structure, such as a bed frame or mattress or both, that is configured to support a patient in a recumbent position. The patient support structure is configured to provide at least one therapy to a patient. A therapy enabler token is coupleable to the patient support structure. The at least one therapy is disabled when the therapy enabler token is decoupled from the patient support structure and the at least one therapy is enabled in response to the therapy enabler token being coupled to the patient support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Stephen L. Douglas, Ruchik A. Amin, Timothy J. Receveur, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Patent number: 9393168
    Abstract: The cantilevered stretcher has a transfer belt mechanism which includes two rollers mounted on the side having two flexible non endless belts, where ends of these two flexible non-endless belts attached to one roller and the other ends of these two flexible non-endless belts attached to second roller. Further one belt goes around the stretcher and the other belt goes around the plate below the stretcher. The arrangement of flexible non endless belts moving between the stretcher and plate in same directions, with upper flexible non endless belt going around the stretcher and lower belt going around the plate can be implemented in three and four roller systems. This mechanism can load the patient onto itself in a way that is efficient and easy to operate, thereby making the patient transfer process easier. Further this mechanism is conducive to sterilization, easier to maintain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Vishweshwar Reddy Konda
  • Patent number: 9358169
    Abstract: A bariatric patient management system includes a single-wheel drive system having bi-directional variable speed control through use of a variable control joystick. The single-wheel drive system is disposed on an underside of the bariatric patient management system and engages a floor surface when the bariatric bed is in a lowermost position. The bariatric patient management system further includes a removable headboard having a disconnect feature for disconnecting the variable control joystick from the single-wheel drive system when the headboard is removed. A plurality of three-setting casters is used in conjunction with the single-wheel drive to allow the bariatric patient management system to be manually turned when transported from one location to another. The bariatric patient management system further includes an improved trapeze boom that allows for additional access to a patient adjacent the headboard of the bariatric patient management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Gendron, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Ottenweller, Isaac W. Martin
  • Patent number: 9301784
    Abstract: A spontaneous-extending and anti-rotation scoliosis correcting system comprises pedicle screws and a plurality of correcting rods locked with the pedicle screws. Each correcting rod includes at least one sleeve and at least one inserting rod which can be inserted into the sleeve. The inner wall of the sleeve and the inserting rod are the same in shape and are in clearance fit. A positioning mechanism for restricting the relative rotation of the inserting rod with respect to the sleeve is arranged on a matching surface between the inserting rod and the sleeve. The scoliosis correcting system has the benefits of ensuring the lateral stability and the anti-rotation function for scoliosis correction; having the performance of spontaneous extending along the growth direction of the spine; and ensuring both the short-term operating effect and the long-term curative effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventors: Sheng Zhao, Xiaochun Wei, Kai Li
  • Patent number: 9253259
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes an electronic control system with client browser software running on a general purpose operating system that connects with a remote server via a high speed network connection. The browser and operating system allows the patient support apparatus to access and run programs not designed exclusively for patient support apparatus electronics systems. A general purpose microprocessor along with network converter circuitry allows the patient support to deliver messages in frames having intended recipient addresses. The microprocessor communicates with one or more graphical user interfaces and with a control system that controls actuators of the patient support. The control system may comprise networked nodes, such as CAN nodes for example. Isolation circuitry isolates the patient support from a network of a care facility with which it communicates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan R. Tallent, James M. Allen, Keith A. Huster, William G. Pittenger, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, Christian Saucier, John T. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9241858
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for moving a patient to and from various locations, care units, etc., within a care facility. For example a transport and support vehicle includes a body structure including a plurality of rotatable members operable to frictionally interface the vehicle to a travel path and to move the vehicle along the travel path, and a surface structured and dimensioned to support an individual subject. A transport and support vehicle can include, for example, an imager operably coupled to one or more of a power source, a steering assembly, one or more of the plurality of rotatable members, etc., and having one or more modules operable to control the power source, steering assembly, one or more of the plurality of rotatable members, etc., so as to maintain an authorized operator in the image zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Stephen L. Malaska
  • Patent number: 9233039
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for moving a patient to and from various locations, care units, etc., within a care facility. For example a transport and support vehicle includes a body structure including a plurality of rotatable members operable to frictionally interface the vehicle to a travel path and to move the vehicle along the travel path, and a surface structured and dimensioned to support an individual subject. A transport and support vehicle can include, for example, an imager operably coupled to one or more of a power source, a steering assembly, one or more of the plurality of rotatable members, etc., and having one or more modules operable to control the power source, steering assembly, one or more of the plurality of rotatable members, etc., so as to maintain an authorized operator in the image zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Stephen L. Malaska
  • Patent number: 9214307
    Abstract: In an operating element for a furniture control for controlling an electrically adjustable piece of furniture, the operating element includes a flat sensor module with a plurality of proximity-sensitive sensor surfaces arranged on the sensor module. An operating panel covers the plurality of sensor surfaces. A set of switching surfaces is marked on the operating panel. A control module is designed for detecting an actuation of one of the switching surfaces based on sensor signals delivered by the sensor surfaces and for generating an actuation signal for the furniture control based on a detected actuation. The sensor module and the control module are arranged in a housing of the operating element, wherein the operating panel forms a cover of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Koch, Stefan Lukas
  • Patent number: 9205009
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a rolling base, a push handle unit, and a siderail. The push handle unit is coupled to a head end of the rolling base to provide a hand hold for a user pushing the rolling base from along the head end of the rolling base. The siderail is extends along a side of the rolling base to provide a hand hold for a caregiver pushing the rolling base from along the side of the rolling base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Koors, Joshua W. Shenk, Brian P. Michael, Brian S. Guthrie, Michael P. Bish
  • Patent number: 9198815
    Abstract: A bed device includes: an operation section that receives an operation input; a controller that controls a movement of the bed in accordance with the operation input; a detector that detects a position of a patient on the bed; and, a limitation table that stores a limitation area set on the bed in association with a limitation content, wherein when the position of the patient detected by the detector is included in the limitation area, the limitation content is read out from the limitation table so as to control the controller in accordance with the limitation content. With this configuration, it is possible to provide a higher safety bed device which can not only notify the danger based on the bed movement but also limit the movement of the bed in accordance with the status of the patient or the bed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Murai
  • Patent number: 9196521
    Abstract: An adjustable pick-up head, a collet head, a method to adjust a pick-up head and a method of manufacturing a device are disclosed. In one embodiment a pick-up head includes a shank having a holder and an intermediate body connected to the holder by a first joint. The pick-up head further includes a collet head connected to the intermediate body by a second joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Subaramaniym Senivasan, Zakaria Abdullah, Ralf Otremba
  • Patent number: 9182750
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns an adjustable bed facility including a system for executing a computer-based safety-action during a motor-actuated adjustable bed position adjustment, comprising an adjustable bed facility comprising a computer-based controller, an actuator, and a sensor, the computer-based controller providing control of adjustable bed position adjustments, the actuator configured to adjust a height of the adjustable bed facility upon receiving a height-adjustment command from the computer-based controller, and the sensor for determining an actuator action parameter measured value of the actuator, the computer-based controller in communicative connection with the sensor to monitor and compare the motor action parameter measured value to an actuator action parameter normal operation value range, and when the controller determines the monitored motor action parameter measured value is outside the range of the actuator action parameter normal operation value range the controller sends a safety-ac
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9173795
    Abstract: A brake system for a patient support apparatus having a base frame includes pedals positioned to be moved by a user to move a brake and a mechanism positioned to coordinate movement of the pedals so that downward movement of one pedal positioned adjacent the head end of the base causes movement of the mechanism in a first direction and downward movement of another of the pedals causes movement of the mechanism in a second direction, opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Heidlage, David W. Hornbach
  • Patent number: 9107510
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an ultimate comfort n care bed, and a bed apparatus capable of seamlessly changing bed sheets while being occupied by a person, a method of relieving ulcers, and a method thereof. The present invention also relates to a medical or a hospital bed, and, more particularly, to a hospital bed capable of seamlessly changing bed-sheets while the hospital bed is occupied by a patient. The present invention also comprises of a medical bed apparatus which allows the seamlessly changing of a used bed sheet with a new bed sheet while the bed is occupied by a person, and a method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Ultimate Comfort n Care Products LLC
    Inventor: Nimer Mohammed Ead
  • Publication number: 20150135436
    Abstract: A patient support includes a patient support surface, a DVT pump mounted in the patient support, and a port mounted at the patient support in selective fluid communication with the DVT pump. Optionally, the patient support further includes a control system to detect when a DVT device is coupled or in close proximity to the port and/or the type of DVT device. Further, the control system may be configured to control the pump based on the type of DVT device coupled to the port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Martin W. Stryker, Kevin Conway, Scott Davis, Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Richard A. Derenne
  • Publication number: 20150113732
    Abstract: An accessory flat-top panel for use with a surgical table includes a board adapted to support a patient, a left attachment pylon coupled to the board, and a right attachment pylon coupled to the board. The left and right attachment pylons are each formed to include channels sized to receive a rail included in a surgical table. The width of the board between a left side and a right side of the board is greater than the width of a pair of rails included in a surgical table to support portions of a patient wider than pair of rails included in the support top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jesse S. Drake
  • Publication number: 20150113733
    Abstract: A surgery table utilizing first and second hinged supports that form a frame supporting a patient. First and second connectors hold the first and second supports to first and second piers. Each pier is formed with a base with a linked positioning mechanism for each connector and support member. Each positioning mechanism utilizes a column and a first arm having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The first arm proximal portion is axially rotatable relative to the first column. The second arm possesses a proximal portion and a distal portion such that the second arm proximal portion is axially rotatable relative to the distal portion of the first arm. The second arm distal portion links to the frame connector. A controller determines the axial rotation of the proximal portions of the first and second arms to determine an overall configuration of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Diel, Charles Ladd, Steve Lamb
  • Publication number: 20150115638
    Abstract: A patient support including a base; a patient support surface supported by the base; an electrically powered device; a rechargeable power storage device for powering the electrically powered device; and a receiving coil electrically coupled to the rechargeable power supply for inductive coupling with a transmitting coil. The receiving coil is for recharging the rechargeable power supply when the receiving coil is inductively coupled to the transmitting coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Clifford Edwin Lambarth, Chad Conway Souke
  • Patent number: 9009891
    Abstract: A method and a system have been described to determine a pressure relief set point for a person-support apparatus. The method includes determining the change in pressure or volume in a zone from a vacant mode to a person occupied mode and computing the weight supported there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Receveur, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 9009893
    Abstract: A patient support includes a frame and a mattress supported by the frame. The frame includes a deck support and a deck supporting the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Eugene E. Osborne, James K. Findlay, Glenn C. Suttman, Jeffrey R. Welling, Robert A. Kinker, Jr., John W. Koenig, Matthew C. Visca, John B. Wilker, Jr., Gregory W. Branson, Bruce E. Dickman, Jr., Dean M. Valvano, William L. Jacques, II, Francis C. Ganance, Douglas J. Menkedick, Robert Mark Zerhusen, David A. Albersmeyer, Roger S. Philbeck, Aziz A. Bhai, Nicholas C. Batta, Terry L. Richter, Thomas F. Riggs, Kenith W. Chambers, Steven J. Schwartz, Matthew R. Knue, Steven A. Dixon, Joshua W. Shenk, Brent E. Goodwin, Andrew F. Skinner, Gregory J. Figel, James R. Stolpmann, Brian J. Hoffman, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, David W. Hornbach, Paul R. Weil, Eric R. Meyer, David P. Lubbers, Roberta M. Murnyack, Cami S. Scheele
  • Patent number: 8997281
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to operating table top assemblies and related devices. In some aspects, an operating table top coupling assembly includes a receiver assembly and a hook assembly. The receiver assembly includes first and second spaced walls that define a central recess therebetween. The hook assembly includes an elongate hook member attached to or integrally formed with a housing that is configured to be at least partially disposed within the central recess of the receiver assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Trumpf Medizin Systeme GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Edward Daley, Patrick Schleitzer, Ivo Mueller, Rene Harig, Rene Lenk, Peter Schumann, Heinz-Hermann Dalbert
  • Publication number: 20150089741
    Abstract: A central bed having a single longitudinal bed frame and a bed section mounted to the frame for rotation about a substantially vertical axis between a home position aligned with the bed frame and an away position and with a lower leg bed section that is movable away from the central bed section to enable rotation of the central bed section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Publication number: 20150082542
    Abstract: A location detection system for person support apparatuses includes multiple network wireless access points that communicate with a plurality of mobile transceivers positioned on board the person support apparatuses. Based upon signal strength data (e.g. RSSI or RCPI) of messages from the access points to the transceivers, the locations of the person support apparatuses are determined. In some embodiments, the person support apparatuses include an additional location detection system that utilizes fixed locators having short range transceivers to generate a second location determination of the person support apparatuses. In still other embodiments, the person support apparatuses utilize the second location detection system to determine the location of the wireless access points. The person support apparatuses may also broadcast their location to other devices that then utilize the received signal strengths of those messages to determine their own location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Hayes, Anuj K. Sidhu, Jonathan Mark Greenbank, Aaron Douglas Furman, Richard C. Mayoras, JR., David Terrance Becker
  • Patent number: 8987616
    Abstract: A weight scale for a patient lift system includes a frame assembly. A plurality of force sensors are coupled to the frame assembly. Each of the plurality of force sensors is configured to generate a signal indicative of a measured weight force. A foot rest panel is coupled to the frame assembly. The foot rest panel is configured to support a patient. An angle sensor is operatively coupled to the frame assembly. The angle sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of an angle of the frame assembly with respect to a horizontal reference plane. A controller is coupled in signal communication with each force sensor and the angle sensor. The controller includes one or more processors configured to receive signals from each force sensor and the angle sensor to determine an actual weight force of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Liew Chooi Ngoh, Wen Yuanqiang
  • Patent number: 8978181
    Abstract: An examination table including an integrated scale with automatic taring, weight capture in the presence of patient motion, and automatic table height adjustment. The examination table includes a controller that periodically tares the integrated scale when a patient is not on the table so that the scale is ready to measure the weight of a patient without manual taring by the table operator. When a patient is on the table, the controller detects the presence of patient motion based on signals from load sensors, and captures weights for patients experiencing uncontrolled motion or tremors by averaging and comparing sampled weight values over predetermined periods of time. To insure that the patient is fully supported by the examination table before weighing the patient, the controller automatically adjusts the height of the examination table support surface so that the patient's feet are not touching the floor prior to weighing the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Menke, Douglas Oda, John Alton
  • Patent number: 8973187
    Abstract: A bed frame assembly includes a base frame 32, an elevatable frame 40 and a lift system 80. The lift system includes a carriage 82 longitudinally translatably mounted on the base frame and a lift arm 84 having a crank end 86 and a remote end 88. The crank end of the lift arm is mounted to the carriage at a pivotable joint A for pivoting about a laterally extending crank axis 100. The remote end of the lift arm is connected to the elevatable frame by a lift arm connector 102, which may take various forms. The lift system also includes an actuator 120 mounted on the carriage at a juncture B and connected to the lift arm such that operation of the actuator rotates the lift arm about the crank axis. The lift system also includes a part span connector 130 pivotably connected to the lift arm at a joint D and pivotably connected to the base frame at a joint C. In one embodiment the lift arm connector is a single link 132.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Hornbach
  • Patent number: 8973186
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus according the present disclosure includes a source of pressurized air, a plurality of bladders, a plurality of pressure sensors, and a controller. The controller is configured to execute instructions to adjust pressures in the bladders based on information from the plurality of pressure sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Aziz A. Bhai
  • Patent number: 8973185
    Abstract: Support device, which is adjustable by an electric motor, for cushioning of a piece of furniture for sitting and/or lying on has a first support part, and a second support part pivotable about a pivot axis, between which a third support part is provided. Support device has an electric motor drive which has an adjusting element connected in a force-transmitting manner to the second support part by an actuating element for pivoting second support part. Actuating element has a rod-like configuration, by which the adjusting element is guided in a linearly displaceable manner in guide formed on third support part. Actuating element engages with second support part for pivoting the second support part eccentrically relative to pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bionical Systems AG
    Inventors: Eckhart Dewert, Jörg Henle
  • Publication number: 20150059092
    Abstract: A surgical table having a table top for receiving a patient thereon, a support for supporting the table top, two rails connected to the table top one on each side in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the table top, and at least one slide means on each side of the support for slidingly receiving the rail along the longitudinal axis. The rails are connected to the table top at two connection points on each side of the table top or is connected to the table top at one connection point only and the other end of the table top lies on a pin that may be joined in the corresponding connection point on each side of the table top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Leif Hall, Elin Rondahl
  • Publication number: 20150059093
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus configured to actively assist the support, positioning, or support and positioning of a patient on a patient support apparatus is provided. The positioning apparatus includes a sliding bearing unit to allow the positioning apparatus to be supported in a movable manner on the patient support apparatus, and a bearing unit with at least two bearing regions. At least a first of the at least two bearing regions is configured to support and/or provide support on the patient support apparatus, and at least a second of the at least two bearing regions is configured to assist the positioning of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yvonne Candidus, Daniel Driemel, Hubertus Fischer, Wolfgang Kraus, Thomas Kundner, Martin Zigann, Stephan Zink
  • Patent number: 8966686
    Abstract: A couch top includes a top, a base, a universal joint coupling the top and the base, and actuators mounted on the base to pitch and roll the top. Feedback devices may be fitted on the rotating ends of the universal joint to provide feedback for a control loop. Each actuator has an actuated end that translates vertically to lift or lower the top. The vertical movement may be derived from a carriage riding in place on a translating inclined plane. When the actuated ends move in the same direction, they pitch the top. When the actuated ends move in the opposite directions, they roll the top. Feedback devices may be fitted on motors in the actuators to provide feedback for the control loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Robert T. Wiggers, Bernhard Pultar, Daniel Seiler, Pascal T. Hofer, Reto W. Filiberti, Christof Frey
  • Patent number: 8966685
    Abstract: Apparatuses for assisting patient movement to/from a gurney to/from a patient handling system are provided. In one embodiment, a bariatric overlay is provided that includes a flexible top pallet and a rigid bottom pallet. A bladder resides between the flexible top pallet and the rigid bottom pallet. When actuated, the bladder expands and props up the flexible top pallet. The flexible top pallet, rigid bottom pallet, and bladder are made of a material translucent to an imaging modality. In various embodiments, the shape of the rigid bottom pallet is similar to the shape of a scanning bed of the patient handling system. For example, when the shape of the scanning bed is concave the rigid bottom pallet is concave in shape also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ansgar Graw, Way Moy
  • Patent number: 8959681
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling movement of members of a patient support apparatus by detecting obstructions to movement of members of the frame of the patient support apparatus and controlling the drives that move the members to prevent contact with the obstruction while achieving a desired position as quickly as possible. Proximity sensors positioned on member of the patient support apparatus at potential contact points prevents members of the patient support apparatus from contacting other members or obstructions such a floor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandy M. Richards
  • Patent number: 8950022
    Abstract: A mattress-bearing hospital bed comprises a hospital bed body on which a plurality of hook-and-loop fasteners are installed and a mattress structure which comprises a silicone layer with straight grooves thereon, a polyurethane film covering the silicone layer, and a velvet fabric layer whose one surface is melt to the plane bottom of the polyurethane film covering the silicone layer and other surface contacts the hospital bed body by means of the hook-and-loop fasteners in order to attach the mattress structure to the hospital bed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Hui-Mei Chen
  • Patent number: 8935815
    Abstract: An operating table comprises a patient support carried by a column, wherein the column has a foot having at least two base arms which are arranged next to one another and which extend with variable spacing in the longitudinal direction of the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Berchtold Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Silvio Marugg
  • Patent number: 8931124
    Abstract: A surgical table for supporting a patient, the surgical table including: a base assembly (3); a table top (1) for supporting a patient thereon, the table top (1) being moveable with respect to the base assembly (3); at least one actuator (13) for controlling the position of the table top (1) with respect to the base assembly (3); and an overload detection means for detecting when the surgical table is overloaded, the overload detection means including a sensor (25) for sensing a parameter of the surgical table such as hydraulic fluid pressure in the actuator (13), wherein the overload detection means emits a signal if the parameter sensed exceeds a predetermined value, due to the weight and/or position of the patient on the table top (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Medsell Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael William Daley
  • Publication number: 20150007390
    Abstract: A patient transport system includes a patient transport device configured to be docked on a medical instrument, and a detection device configured to determine information relevant to an approach, occurring during docking, of the patient transport device to the medical instrument. The patient transport system assists the docking procedure of the patient transport device on the medical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Sultan Haider, Ludwig Kreischer
  • Publication number: 20150000035
    Abstract: A patient handling device includes a deck for supporting a patient support surface, a controller, and two light sources, which are operable to output light of different colors. The controller is in communication with the light sources and operable to monitor the plurality of conditions and to generate a first unified indication by illuminating one of the lights when all the conditions remain in their desired state, and to generate a second indication by illuminating the other light when any of the conditions change from their desired state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation, a corporation of the State of Michigan
    Inventors: David Terrance Becker, Christopher John Hopper, Michael Joseph Hayes, Vivek Shankar, Richard C. Mayoras, JR.
  • Patent number: 8918932
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bed configured to support a subject and having an insertion hole through which a subject portion that is part of the subject is inserted; a pair of compression plates configured to hold and compress the subject portion when the subject portion is inserted through the insertion hole; and a unit including therein the pair of compression plates and having an opening through which an operator inserts a hand when the subject portion is inserted through the insertion hole. The unit includes a receiving plate at a position opposite to the opening in an insertion direction of the hand within a range of the insertion hole when viewed from the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masakazu Taku
  • Patent number: 8914924
    Abstract: A patient support includes a patient support surface, a fluid movement system provided at the patient support, a port mounted at the patient support in selective fluid communication with the fluid movement system, and a device selected from the group consisting of an inflatable device, a conduit, an air operated device, an actuator, a ventilator, and a chamber, with the port adapted for coupling to the device for delivering fluid to the device from the fluid movement system when the device is coupled to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Stryker, Kevin Conway, Scott Davis
  • Patent number: 8910328
    Abstract: An articulating bed incorporating a frame having side frame members and a rigid cross frame member extending between the side frame members employs a flexible support member secured to the rigid cross frame member. Support arms engage an upper body portion of the flexible support member with lubricious support and are rotatable through a range of motion from an aligned position with the side frame members to a fully elevated position angularly supporting the upper body portion in a raised position. A leg portion adjustment member engages the flexible support member at a knee position intermediate a thigh portion and a leg portion of the flexible support member. The leg portion adjustment member is rotatable through a range of motion from an aligned position with the side frame members to a fully elevated position placing the knee position at an elevated location with angular positioning of the thigh portion and leg portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ergomotion, Inc.
    Inventor: Alain Clenet