Adapted For Infant Support Patents (Class 5/603)
  • Patent number: 9375343
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for positioning a patient on an operating table. The patient positioning system includes a positioning pad having a body formed from a compressible material including a slip-resistant surface, a first end and a second end. The body has a thickness which increases from the first end of the positioning pad to the second end of the positioning pad. A plurality of tethers is fixedly secured to the body. Each of the tethers includes a fastening member adapted to secure the body to an operating table. The body includes a transverse cut which extends transversely from one side wall of the body to an opposite side wall of the body. The system also includes a sheet positioned within the transverse cut of the body of the positioning pad spaced from the slip-resistant surface of the positioning pad and at least one strap for securing the patient to the operating table. The positioning pad may include a perforated section to mirror a perineal cutout of an operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stephen Marshall, Byron Wesley Kerns
  • Patent number: 9332791
    Abstract: A multipurpose infant positioning device that includes a lower pad with front and back surfaces, wings attached to lateral sides of the lower pad and a bottom flap attached to the bottom portion of the lower pad. At least one of the wings and bottom flap have fastening segments attached thereto for adjustably attaching these components to portions of the lower pad. The fastened wing and bottom flap are made of a material having sufficient resiliency to maintain and bring an infant back to flexed midline position within the infant positioning device. These infant positioning devices may further include a headpiece, brim, pocket at the back surface of the lower pad and a detachable readjustable multipurpose pillow for positioning the infant from and between supine, prone and side-lying positions, all while maintaining and reinforcing the flexed midline position of the infant for normal development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Tarry Medical Products, Inc
    Inventors: Cathy Bush, Scott Bell, Lou Casella, John Chappel, Sandy Conner, George Quattropani, Mary Raney, Chrysty Sturdivant
  • Patent number: 9278039
    Abstract: An improved incubator assembly includes a number of movable walls and a circulation system having a fluid guide apparatus adjacent each movable wall. The fluid guide apparatuses generate a first jet of air in a direction generally parallel with a wall in the closed position and a second jet of air in a direction oblique to the wall in the closed position. Whenever one of the movable walls is moved from its closed position to its open position, the jet of air that had been flowing parallel with such wall continues to flow and forms an air curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Sanjay Bharadwaj, Thejasvi Mysore Sathyasundara, Roopesh Edavana
  • Patent number: 9015882
    Abstract: A transformable bed for examinations in pediatric ophthalmology, especially suitable for the use of general anesthesia when conducting eye examinations, is provided. The bed may include a fixed bed board, a movable bed board, a movable seat, a movable support, a securing strap, and a main frame. The bed may be fixedly connected to the top of the main frame, the movable bed board may be rotationally connected to the top of the main frame, and the movable seat may be rotationally connected to the top of the main frame. The securing strap may be disposed on the movable bed board, in which one end of the movable support may be removably connected to the movable bed board, and another end may be removably connected to the main frame. The transformable bed may function both as an anesthesia bed and a handcart, and may be quickly switched therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, SYSU
    Inventors: Yizhi Liu, Haotian Lin, Weirong Chen, Lixia Luo
  • Patent number: 8918933
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile feeding table providing varied inclination angles to facilitate the secured feeding of one or more infants and providing ease of use for a parent or caregiver. The invention provides a moveable base frame, a body support frame supporting an infant and providing a variably inclined surface, and a sliding drawer supporting the support frame that promotes ease of use for a parent or caregiver when, for example, in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Baby Squared, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Andrew Holden, Sarah Holden Greene
  • Patent number: 8887336
    Abstract: The present inventors disclose a bed comprising a bed insert and a base. An insert comprises one or more openable loops which can receive medical tubing or other types of medical lines. In some configurations, the one or more openable loops can be reversibly attached to the insert. An insert can be attached to the base by a reversible attachment such as Velcro. A patient, along with an insert, can be lifted from the base. A patient who has medical lines which extend through the loops can be lifted with the insert from the base without disrupting connections between the medical lines and the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joan Pezzani, Martin Pezzani
  • Patent number: 8875330
    Abstract: An invention designed for head, neck, chest and abdomen; providing support and protection for sleeping children while being transported. The said invention comprises of head, neck, chest and abdomen safety. It is constructed in the shape of a heart and extends between the head and abdomen of child. The invention is comprised of filling and cushion and is able to separate between sections for washing capability. It is worn over the front of the child, secured by elastic straps that slip over each arm of the child, represented on the backside of invention. It is further secured by seatbelts that are placed under confinement of the situated seatbelt safety controllers located on the front side of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Nikesha Nicole Wallace
  • Publication number: 20140289963
    Abstract: A positioning device is described for supporting an infant with myelomeningocele during surgery, transport and pre- and post-operative procedures. The device allows the patient to be expeditiously re-positioned from prone to supine and lateral positions and vice versa before, during and after surgery. The device allows access to the myelomeningocele while the patient is secured in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Bharat Shah, Dawn Zablocki, Sami Khoshyomn
  • Patent number: 8844072
    Abstract: An infant supporting apparatus includes a base frame, a support frame and a resting support. The base frame includes a first and a second leg frame portion pivotally connected with each other about a first pivot axis, wherein the first and second leg frame portions have foot portions. The support frame is assembled with the base frame, and includes a first and a second support frame portion pivotally connected with each other about a second pivot axis spaced apart from the first pivot axis, the first and second pivot axes being vertically aligned with each other. The resting support is suspended from the first and second support frames for receiving the placement of a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: William B. Bellows, Jonathan M. Pacella, Jonathan K. Mountz, Jennifer E. Craig, Nathanael Saint
  • Publication number: 20140208511
    Abstract: An apparatus for caring for infants, which is used for caring for infants at home or during visits of doctor's offices, public places or private homes. The apparatus relates to cribs and bouncers for caring for infants and protects infants from respiratory infections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Glazman
  • Patent number: 8763177
    Abstract: A positioning device is described for supporting an infant with myelomeningocele during surgery, transport and pre- and post-operative procedures. The device allows the patient to be expeditiously re-positioned from prone to supine and lateral positions and vice versa before, during and after surgery. The device allows access to the myelomeningocele while the patient is secured in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventors: Bharat Shah, Dawn Zablocki, Sami Khoshyomn
  • Patent number: 8758283
    Abstract: The present invention is a simple, adaptable orthotic device that can correct and/or prevent deformational posterior plagiocephaly, especially if used before the infant is 4 months of age. The manufactured article provides an anatomically correcting, adjustable, concave-shaped resting surface for an infant's head in a manner that effectively eliminates uneven pressure on the infant's occiput. The orthotic device has a modular design which permits easy adjustments of the devices' head cavity to accommodate differences in individual infant head size and shape, thereby providing the infant's head with a custom fit. Also, as the infant continues to grow in size, the adjustable head cavity and torso recess features of the orthotic device allow the contoured spatial volume and dimensions of the molded supporting surfaces to expand as the infant's calvaria grow; and thereby facilitate a progressive, normalization and rounding of the infant's occiput.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Boston Brace, Children's Hospital Boston
    Inventors: Gary F. Rogers, James R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8756731
    Abstract: A swaddling blanket comprises a continuous sheet of fabric material having a generally “T”-shaped configuration and being substantially light-transmissive for light having a wavelength in the range of 350 nm to 500 nm. An infant undergoing a course of phototherapy is swaddled in the sheet of fabric material so that the infant is snugly wrapped in the sheet of fabric material, the sheet of fabric material limiting arm and leg movement of the infant, with only a single layer of the sheet of fabric material between a phototherapy lamp and the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Bionix Development Corporation
    Inventors: James Huttner, Susan Brangham
  • Patent number: 8590075
    Abstract: A mattress assembly structured for comfortable support of an infant, such as a prematurely born or newborn infant. The mattress assembly includes a base and a compressible material border disposed on the base in at least partially retaining and surrounding relation to a cushioning assembly. The cushioning assembly comprises a plurality of compartments containing a viscous material, such as silicone, collectively underlying and disposed in alignment with the placement area. A smoothing section is disposed and structured to prevent excessive sinking of the infant into the plurality of compartments. Damage to the infant's skin is prevented or reduced by the provision of a particulate section comprising a casing at least partially filled with a plurality of silicone microbeads, and a contact section formed of shear resistant material collectively defining outer portions of the mattress assembly and extending throughout the placement area on which the infant is intended to be disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Ibrahim H. Amjad, Norman Raul Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8584280
    Abstract: A pediatric surgical table configured to allow easy and quick positioning of an infant prior to craniofacial surgery which includes a head cradle with cheek supports, a chest ramp and a body support pad. The body support pad is provided with an abdominal trough to facilitate unhindered abdominal movement during breathing and a genital trough to allow placement of a urinary catheter. The chest ramp stabilizes the infant once positioned and decreases the risk of hyperextension of the neck. The cheek supports reduce the risk of ocular compression and a open chin rest area allows unrestricted placement of endotracheal tube. Straps are provided to secure the infant in place. The orientation of the chest ramp and head cradle allows for substantial adjustment of cervical extension and provides the surgeon with clear and unobstructed access to the frontal, parietal and occipital portion of the infant's skull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventor: Bharat Shah
  • Patent number: 8572782
    Abstract: A infant positioning kit assembly for positioning an infant in a supine position while in a crib includes a mattress cover that has a top wall, a bottom wall and a perimeter wall that is attached to and extends between the top and bottom walls. The bottom wall has a mattress aperture extending therethrough for inserting a mattress into the mattress cover. An elastic band is attached to and is coextensive with a perimeter edge of the aperture and a first mating member is attached to the top wall. An attachment member is configured to be worn by an infant and a second mating member is attached to the attachment member. The second mating member is releasably attachable to the first mating member to retain an infant in a selected position on the mattress cover. The first and second mating members comprise hook and loop couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Kamyar Amini
  • Patent number: 8468629
    Abstract: An infant holding device, including an infant holding portion, including a ductile sheet covered with infant-compatible material and a stand portion, adapted to support the infant holding portion in a vertically diagonal position, so that the infant holding portion thereby has a top and a bottom. In one preferred embodiment the ductile sheet is made of aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Beevers Manufacturing & Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine K. Beevers, Timothy R. Beevers
  • Patent number: 8453282
    Abstract: A patient support system particularly suited for pediatric twin separation surgery. The patient support system includes a frame coupled to a swing circle that has a plurality of holes about the perimeter. A patient support structure is coupled to the swing circle, and disposed in a fixed relationship to the frame after rotation of the swing circle relative to the frame. A chain-and-sprocket mechanism is coupled to the frame and swing circle and positioned within the frame. At least one support leg depends from the frame, and may extend or retract relative to the frame. A drape cage is coupled to the frame for supporting a surgical drape thereon. At least one support wheel is connected to the support leg, and adapted to be interchangeably fixed in a static position and rotatable to move the frame. A substantially identical second frame may be connected in series to the frame for operative procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Bruce Phillips, Cesar Lina
  • Publication number: 20130074264
    Abstract: A positioning device is described for supporting an infant with myelomeningocele during surgery, transport and pre- and post-operative procedures. The device allows the patient to be expeditiously re-positioned from prone to supine and lateral positions and vice versa before, during and after surgery. The device allows access to the myelomeningocele while the patient is secured in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Bharat Shah, Dawn Zablocki, Sami Khoshyomn
  • Publication number: 20120260427
    Abstract: A circumcision board may include a generally rectangular board of a hard but lightweight plastic with a memory foam pad covered with disposable plastic sheet. The board may feature a drainage hole to facilitate draining of fluids that may be released during the procedure (i.e., blood or urine). Disposable restraint straps may be secured to the sides of the board to hold the infant down firmly but comfortably. The board may also feature a raising top portion for the child's comfort and for ease of positioning the child and possible prevention of aspiration. The upper half of the board could be adjusted by use of a quick-release mechanism. The entire board may lay completely flat when the top portion is not raised, and may be suitable for storage or for easy transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Toan Lam
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120084920
    Abstract: A device for emergency transport of pediatric patients that safely and efficiently transports a pediatric patient to a medical facility is described. The device facilitates a variety of rapid attachment mechanisms to support emergency medical personnel's ongoing need to quickly transport pediatric patients despite continuously, significantly changing specifications for conventional stretchers. Additionally, the device provides for safer, more stable transport of infants and more effective treatment of children with severe temperature imbalances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Stefanie A. Zucker, Charles F. Bergh, Suzanne J. Hantke, Robert D. Ciappenelli
  • Patent number: 8147396
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging sub-system for treating neonates is disclosed. The subsystem includes a radiographic compatible incubator for providing a controlled environment for a neonate, a radiographic compatible RF coil selectively coupled to the incubator for providing radiographic imaging of the neonate, and a radiographic compatible trolley for transporting the incubator and the RF coil. Additionally, the sub-system can include a radiographic MR compatible vital signs monitor, a radiographic compatible infusion pump, a radiographic compatible injector, a radiographic compatible ventilator, a radiographic compatible blender, radiographic compatible intravenous pole, tanks, pressure reducers/gauges and flow pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Imaging Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Ravi Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 8028361
    Abstract: An infant support device for supporting an infant in a prone position, comprising a base with a front, a back, a top, a bottom and two side members, said base having a support surface extending between the side members on the top of the base; the support surface being defined by two portions: (I) a body support surface disposed proximate the front of the support device and terminating adjacent the front of the device, and (II) a leg support surface extending rearwardly from terminus of the body support surface toward the back of the device; and having a grip for retaining the posterior side of the legs of the infant and extending upwardly from the support surface between the side members; wherein an infant is supported in a prone position on the support surface between the side members, and the legs are supported on the leg support surface and are retained by said grip to minimize infant rollover toward a supine position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventors: Kevin Ramer, Gabriela Ramer
  • 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: 7966678
    Abstract: An infant care bed for supporting an infant having incorporated therein, certain testing and evaluation devices to carrying out the evaluation of an infant in a medical care facility. The apparatus can carry out at least one of the following tests on the infant: determining the weight of an infant, determining the sucking strength of an infant, determining the ability of the infant to hear certain frequencies and determining the bilirubin level of the infant's blood. The infant care bed includes a computer with a memory device such that the hospital can input a customized protocol of the tests to be performed on the infant and the criteria for passing the tests. A data input allows the personnel to input test results and a display provides an account of the tests performed and the tests not performed to assure that all of the tests required by the protocol are conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ten Eyck, Richard Smith
  • Publication number: 20110113555
    Abstract: A patient care apparatus comprises a platform carrying a mattress configured to allow the care of and facilitate the transfer of a patient from one support platform to another support platform with minimal stimulation or disruption to the patient. The patient care apparatus further comprises of a base designed to allow the platform to be used on any stationary or mobile patient support platform including a mechanism for lifting the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Richard A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7735170
    Abstract: The invention provides a stabilizing platform, a diaper changing pad which includes the stabilizing platform and a diaper changing bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Parental Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke A. Emerson
  • Publication number: 20100122414
    Abstract: A pediatric surgical table configured to allow easy and quick positioning of an infant prior to craniofacial surgery which includes a head cradle with cheek supports, a chest ramp and a body support pad. The body support pad is provided with an abdominal trough to facilitate unhindered abdominal movement during breathing and a genital trough to allow placement of a urinary catheter. The chest ramp stabilizes the infant once positioned and decreases the risk of hyperextension of the neck. The cheek supports reduce the risk of ocular compression and a open chin rest area allows unrestricted placement of endotracheal tube. Straps are provided to secure the infant in place. The orientation of the chest ramp and head cradle allows for substantial adjustment of cervical extension and provides the surgeon with clear and unobstructed access to the frontal, parietal and occipital portion of the infant's skull.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Bharat Shah
  • Patent number: 7716764
    Abstract: A device for supporting and positioning an infant, particularly a premature infant, in a tucked prone position. An elongated base layer extends lengthwise from a head end to a feet end, and includes, in order, a head support portion having a width at least sufficient to fully support the head of the infant, a torso support portion having a width sized to correspond to the width of the torso of the infant, and a pelvis support portion terminating in an upwardly extending rear support for the buttocks of the infant. Arm recesses are formed in the torso support portion, and pair of upwardly and rearwardly extending lateral supports extend lengthwise from the arm recesses to the feet end of the device. Leg recesses are defined between, on the one hand, the upwardly extending lateral supports, and, on the other hand, the pelvis support portion and the upwardly extending rear support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventors: Trinh Doan Joe, Cynthia Ann Miller
  • Publication number: 20090126113
    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: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas Hejkal, Kimberly Ryland, Cark Nelson
  • Patent number: 7482558
    Abstract: A thermotherapy device is operated as an incubator or as an open care unit. The care unit has a bed for receiving newborns, which can be closed with a hood (3). At least one heat radiation source (4) is provided. The hood (3) is located between the bed and the heat radiation source (4) when the thermotherapy device is closed and the hood is at least partially transparent to the radiation originating from the heat radiation source (4). The device allows only a small temperature drop during the transfer from the open mode of operation into the closed mode of operation and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Dräger Medical AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jochim Koch
  • Patent number: 7430765
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to articles which may be used as headwear for infants that address issues related to flat head syndrome. In a first aspect, an article of headwear for an infant is provided. The headwear is configured to reduce pressure at the rear portion of the head when the infant is lying or reclining in the supine position. The headwear generally includes a head receiving portion having at least a top region and rear region for covering at least the top and rear portions of the head of the infant. In accordance with the invention, the headwear also includes support cushion positioned in the rear region of the head receiving portion. The support cushion is configured to support at least the rear portion of the head of the infant and to at least partially surround a pressure relief region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventors: Susan Matthews Brown, Kristin A. Tidwell, Sheila Littlehorn
  • Publication number: 20080178387
    Abstract: The present infant or small child support device includes a wedge shaped foundation with an inclined upper surface formed to support a child or small child in an inclined supine position. At least one side panel projects away from a longitudinal periphery of an inclined upper surface. In a preferred embodiment, opposing side panels project from the longitudinal periphery of an inclined upper surface. An inverted T shaped lower extremity support projects away from a lower region of an inclined upper support surface. In a preferred embodiment, an inverted T shaped lower extremity support is positioned between and at a lower end of the opposing side panels to form a basin which securely holds an infant or small child in a inclined supine position. In a preferred embodiment, the present support device is constructed from a resilient non-absorbent material. In yet another embodiment, the present support device can be inflatable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Tracy Kachtick-Anders
  • Publication number: 20080163425
    Abstract: A transferring and holding device and method for holding infants having lifelines, such as IV tubes, monitor wire leads, and ventilator tubes, connected thereto. In one embodiment, the device includes a support surface adapted to hold an infant; a boundary attached to and bolstering the support surface; and at least one securing mechanism adapted to secure the lifelines and to impede the lifelines from being disconnected from the infant. The support surface preferably has openings to enable skin-to-skin contact between the infant and a person holding the infant, and at least a portion of the support surface can be a nonabsorbent, open-weave webbed material. The boundary may include a foam member, and/or a flexible plastic or metal member to provide structural support. The boundary may be removable for separate washing of or replacement of the support surface, and the support surface may include sleeves for insertion of at least a portion of the boundary to facilitate removable attachment thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Robert D. White
  • Patent number: 7311657
    Abstract: A combination comprises a patient-support device and one or more carts that dock to the patient-support device. Some of the disclosed carts that dock to the patient-support device have pivotable storage bins. Some of the disclosed carts have equipment-carrying surfaces. Some of the disclosed carts have work surfaces or trays that move between storage and use positions. One of the disclosed carts has a storage module that transfers from a frame of the cart to a base of the patient-support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Draeger Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Otho N. Boone, Ian McDermott, John H. Richards, Nancy St. Clair
  • Patent number: 7281285
    Abstract: A device for emergency transport of pediatric patients that safely and efficiently transports a pediatric patient to a medical facility is described. The device enables the transport of pediatric trauma patients on a conventional stretcher while still enabling a backboard to be used therewith to immobilize a critically-injured patient. Additionally, the device provides for more comfortable and sanitary transport of a pediatric patient by adding a disposable padded cushion, which is placed on the device prior to placing the child in the device for emergency transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventors: Stefanie A. Zucker, Charles F. Bergh
  • Patent number: 7178877
    Abstract: A diaper changing restraint system is provided which restricts movement of an infant during diapering activities. The restraint system comprises a portable base, at least a portion of which is substantially rigid. A pad is secured to the base. The pad has a top surface which supports the person intended to be restrained. A first cushion and a second cushion, each extending from the top surface, are secured to the pad. The first cushion is spaced a predetermined distance from the second cushion so as to accommodate the torso of the person lying between the first cushion and the second cushion during the restraining. The first cushion and the second cushion are capable of supporting sides of the torso of the person, restricting lateral movement of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Carol A. Watson
  • Patent number: 6981289
    Abstract: An external change aid having engaging means which can engage with a landing member on an absorbent article and having a specific peel force and/or shear force when engaged with such an absorbent article. Also provided are combinations of such external change aids and absorbent articles and methods for applying an absorbent article by use of the external change aid. Also provided are external change aids having specifically designed engaging means structures and absorbent articles with specifically designed engaging means structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Joerg Mueller, Mattias Schmidt, Lars Westerheide, Mark James Kline
  • Patent number: 6954951
    Abstract: A gurney is provided for a patient wearing a spica cast with a fixed bar extending between the legs. The gurney includes a base structure, a platform for holding the patient, and a bar support structure coupled to the platform. The platform is coupled to the base structure and is capable of being in at least one elevated position. The bar support structure supports the bar so as to support the patient when the platform is in the elevated position. In one embodiment, the gurney further includes a motorized elevation variance system coupled between the platform and the base structure for changing the elevated position of the platform, and the platform is rigid so as to always be substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventors: Leonard Lieboff, John DelGardo
  • Patent number: 6898811
    Abstract: A device for emergency transport of pediatric patients that safely and efficiently transports a pediatric patient to a medical facility. To confine the patient to the device frame, it includes a child restraint in the form of a restraining belt assembly. The device accommodates children of varying size using the restraining belt assembly. The device also includes a hinge assembly that controls the relative rotation of portions of the frame. A clamp that can releasably attach to an object with a rail, such as a medical transport device is also described. To increase efficiency, the clamp includes a width accommodation feature and a universality feature. These features enable it to secure the device to objects of varying shapes and widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Pediatric Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefanie A. Zucker, Suzanne J. Hantke
  • Patent number: 6898812
    Abstract: An adjustable tilt bed with a post and strap securing system particularly applicable to the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in sleeping infants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: Lucas M. Smart
  • Patent number: 6893390
    Abstract: An infant warming apparatus for supporting an infant upon an infant platform. A radiant heater is located above the infant platform at one end thereof. A canopy covers the infant platform and is movable between a closed position where the infant is enclosed and an open position providing access to the infant and/or the radiant heater can be energized to direct infrared energy toward the infant platform. The canopy is constructed of two sections, one of which is pivotally affixed with respect to the infant platform at or proximate the one end and the other section is movable relative the one section to create an open space so that when the canopy is pivoted to its open position past the radiant heater, the radiant heater is aligned with respect to the open space to allow the radiant energy to reach the infant platform without passing through the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Datex-Ohmeda, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael H. Mackin
  • Patent number: 6880188
    Abstract: An infant-support apparatus for an incubator or warmer. The apparatus comprises a frame and an infant supporting deck having a central position relative to the frame. The deck is movable relative to the frame to laterally extended positions away from the central position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Draeger Medical Infant Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick A. Schmidt, David C. Newkirk
  • Publication number: 20040244114
    Abstract: A pediatric spinal immobilization device and method for immobilizing a pediatric trauma patient are provided. The immobilization device in one embodiment is releasably secured to an adult-sized backboard, and in another embodiment is provided with a removably contained infant-sized backboard. The immobilization device provides body-straps mounted along a central section of the device, and individual appendage-restraints to permit removal of the body-straps without compromising control over the appendages of the injured patient. Compressible, crescent-shaped headblocks are tightly yet removably fastened to the immobilization device. A harness of the immobilization device helps secures the injured patient over an included adjustable elevation device and when used in conjunction with the headblocks, significantly reduces the risk of further injury from lateral and flexion movement of the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Lydia Marie Robinette
  • Patent number: 6761683
    Abstract: An infant support for an incubator or an infant warmer or a combination thereof is disclosed. The support comprises a frame, a mattress tray disposed above the tray, an x-ray tray and one or more weight cells having an actuator supporting the mattress tray above the frame. The x-ray tray is received in a space below the top surface of the mattress tray. The support is configured to be received on a tilt mechanism of the incubator or an infant warmer or a combination thereof to provide an inclination to the mattress tray. The support is configured to permit x-rays to be taken of an infant supported above the mattress tray and to provide an indication of the weight of the infant supported on the mattress tray regardless of its inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix J. Gryn, Leo Henry Greway
  • Publication number: 20040116771
    Abstract: An infant support for use with an incubator or a warmer or a combination thereof comprises a support surface having a head end and a foot end and a driver engageable with the head and foot ends. The driver comprises a first elevator and a second elevator. The first elevator is engageable with the head end and the second elevator is engageable with the foot end. The driver is movable to cause the head and foot ends to move between raised and lowered positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph A. Costanzo
  • Patent number: 6728982
    Abstract: A pediatric stretcher includes a base unit, attached to which are a number of lift assemblies. A frame is supported by the lift assemblies. Attached to the frame is a patient support deck. A railing is coupled to the frame by a plurality of coupling members and is configured to surround the patient support deck. The railing includes four individual rails, including a front rail, a rear rail, a left rail and a right rail. At least one of the four rails is configured to be raised and lowered with respect to the patient support deck and the plurality of coupling members. At least one of the four rails includes a gate that can pivot about a pivot axis. The gate is configured to be released and locked along the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Lemire, Michel Robitaille
  • Patent number: 6691343
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus comprises an overhead arm located over a patient support and a mounting assembly coupled to the overhead arm. The mounting assembly has an alignment mechanism and a drive assembly. The drive assembly moves the alignment mechanism and the overhead arm relative to the patient support. The alignment mechanism may be configured to permit adjustment of the overhead arm without movement of the drive assembly. A radiant heater may be coupled to the overhead arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Goldberg, Rick A. Schmidt, Rafael E. Aguilera, D. Scott Prows
  • Patent number: 6611978
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a frame and a deck that is laterally movable relative to the frame between a central position and extended positions away from the central position. The patient support apparatus may further include a mounting mechanism that is configured to secure the deck to the frame. The mounting mechanism allows lateral movement relative to the frame to the extended positions away from the central position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick A. Schmidt, David C. Newkirk