Vertically Movable Support For Whole Body Of User Patents (Class 5/611)
  • Patent number: 9757293
    Abstract: A bed comprises a deck section having a width and left and right outboard deck edges. Left side and right side wings are movably coupled to the deck section. The bed also includes a left leadscrew receiver mounted on the left wing, a right leadscrew receiver mounted on the right wing, and left and right motor assemblies both mounted on the deck section. A left leadscrew is coupled to the left motor assembly and to the left leadscrew receiver. A right leadscrew is coupled to the right motor assembly and to the right leadscrew receiver. Motor operation is capable of moving the wing to which it is coupled between a deployed position in which the lateral extremity of the wing is outboard of the respective outboard edge of the deck section and a stored position in which the lateral extremity of the wing is inboard of its deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, John D. Christie, Joseph A. Ernst, David P. Lubbers, Scott M. Corbin, Mark E. Lanning, Mahesh Kumar Thodupunuri, Aziz Ali Bhai
  • Patent number: 9743776
    Abstract: A mattress lifting system includes a bed that includes a mattress, a frame and a headboard. The mattress rests on the frame. A lifting unit is positioned beneath the mattress and the lifting unit is movable beneath the mattress. The lifting unit includes a rotating portion. The lifting unit is positionable in a raised position such that the rotating portion engages and lifts the mattress off of the frame. The lifting unit is movable when the lifting unit lifts the mattress thereby facilitating the mattress to be rotated without contacting the headboard. The lifting unit is positionable in a lowered position such that the rotating portion is spaced from the mattress such that the mattress rests on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Henry Ray
  • Patent number: 9737150
    Abstract: Aspects of this invention relate to an adjustable bed frame assembly that includes a first frame that includes two substantially parallel side frame members and at least one connector member between the parallel side frame members, a second frame comprising two substantially parallel side frame members, each of the side frame members having a lower end pivotally attached to one of the at least one connector member of the first frame, a bracket that includes a sliding slot, where in the bracket is securely attached to the second frame; and an actuator with a first end pivotally attached to the first frame and a second end that is slidably connected to the sliding slot of the bracket, wherein, when the actuator extends or retracts, the second end travels within the sliding slot without moving the second frame until an extent of the sliding slot is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9440094
    Abstract: A treatment system for a patient includes a treatment couch to position the patient. The treatment couch includes a couch top and one or more stages to pitch the couch top about a lateral axis and/or roll the couch top about a longitudinal axis, translate the couch top along lateral directions and/or longitudinal directions, rotate the couch top about a vertical axis, and translate the couch top along vertical directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventor: Reto W. Filiberti
  • Patent number: 9306322
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus—such as a bed, stretcher, cot, chair, operating table, or the like—includes at least one electrical connector having at least one magnet integrated therein for magnetically retaining the connector with a complementary connector. The connector and the complementary connector may be designed such that they are retained together substantially only by magnetic forces, rather than frictional forces. Multiple magnets may be included within the connectors such that the connectors only couple together in a specific orientation. The connector may connect the patient support apparatus to a mattress positioned thereon, to a wall outlet, to a removable footboard or headboard, to a removable pedestal, or to other devices. The connector may include an internal safety switch that turns on a high voltage connection only when a low voltage connection is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Michael Joseph Hayes, Aaron Douglas Furman, Abel Laban-Dick Manumbu
  • Patent number: 9241577
    Abstract: A mattress corner lifter that includes a base and a lifting mechanism supported by the base. Also, a platform is rotatably supported at the top of the lifting mechanism. The lifting has a compressed state, an extended state and an intermediate state between the compressed and extended states. In the compressed state the mattress lifter pushes up with a force of less than 25 lbs, but in its intermediate state the force with which the mattress lifter presses up increases as the mattress lifter extends, until it reaches a maximum of at least 40 lbs, and wherein at the extended state the mattress lifter resists compression with a force of at least 40 lbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: THREE60 LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery Allen Shea
  • Patent number: 9226865
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support structure. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient support structures in an approximated position during such movements. Longitudinal translation structure provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. Patient translation structure provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the support structures are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9119474
    Abstract: A bench with a height adjustable top assembly that functions both as a massage platform when in the raised position and a bench for seating when in the lowered position and is designed with the aesthetic characteristics of furniture that can be left in place when not in use as a massage platform. The massage platform is raised into position by lifting the ends of the massage platform top assembly. The manual power assist assembly provides assistance when raising the top assembly. When not in use as a massage platform the top assembly can be lowered to rest on the base assembly and can be used for seating. Further, a portion of the top assembly massage platform can be raised providing a back rest with multiple reclining positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: Martin Husslage, Alexandra Darian Husslage, Devin Connor Husslage, Garret Staples Husslage
  • Patent number: 9101523
    Abstract: A table for supporting a recumbent patient includes at least one tabletop unit, at least one ground contact unit for supporting the tabletop unit, a first and at least one second adjustment unit for changing a spacing between the ground contact unit and the tabletop unit, and at least one first guide unit for guiding movement of the tabletop unit relative to a the ground contact unit, where at least a part of the guide unit is disposed between the first and the at least one second adjustment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Daniel Greilinger, Marcel Soltermann
  • Patent number: 9095263
    Abstract: A patient couch for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment device includes a metal-free fluoroscopy section and at least two couch sections that are connected to each other in an articulated manner and may be pivoted relative to each other using a motor-driven adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism is arranged outside of the metal-free fluoroscopy section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tobias Krieg, Michael Meyer
  • Patent number: 9095488
    Abstract: A device for driving the lifting movement of an examination bed includes a horizontal support frame and a base support component that is pivotally connected to a swing arm component. The device includes a swing bar component including a swing bar. A first end of the swing bar is connected to a lifting movement element, and a second end of the swing bar is connected to a set position of the swing arm component. The device includes a sliding component including a linear guide element and at least one sliding element slidable relative to the linear guide element. The device also includes a swing arm component including at least one swing arm, with the first end of each of the swing arms being connected to the base support component and the second end of each of the swing arms being connected to the sliding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hong Shang
  • Patent number: 9038216
    Abstract: A medical examination table includes a seat, a compartment below the seat, a first extension, a second extension, a lift mechanism, a base, and a storage section formed in the base. The first extension is configured to be stored in the compartment, and is further configured to project outward relative to the seat when in an extended configuration of the first extension. The second extension is configured to be stored in the compartment with the first extension, and is further configured to project outward relative to the first extension when in an extended configuration of the second extension. The lift mechanism is configured to raise and lower the seat, the compartment, and the first and second extensions. The base is coupled to the lift mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Brewer Company, LLC
    Inventors: Russell P. Buege, Michael F. Hoft, Jack A. DeBraal
  • Publication number: 20150135440
    Abstract: A system for adjusting the height of a patient support surface on a bed includes one or more height adjustment actuators operable to adjust a height of the patient support surface above a floor surface; a controller connected to the one or more height adjustment actuators, the controller including a memory; and one or more user interface units connected to the controller, wherein the controller is configured to record as a stored actuator state a current state of the one or more height adjustment actuators in the memory in response to a first input signal from the one or more interface units, and is configured to operate the one or more height adjustment actuators to automatically return them to the stored actuator state in response to a second input signal from the one or more interface units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Chiacchira, David Guyot, Etienne Yvernault
  • Publication number: 20150135439
    Abstract: Patient-support systems and apparatuses for supporting patients, including for example hospital beds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: HUNTLEIGH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Sammons Alexander G., Wilson Kevin S.
  • Patent number: 9021633
    Abstract: A movable lift device including a rotatable bed which can be lifted or rotated by a user, with laying a user thereon. The movable lift device having a rotatable bed includes a base frame comprising a plurality of wheels installed therein; a post rotatably coupled to the base frame, the post upwardly extended from the base frame a predetermined length in an “L” shape; and a bed comprising a bed part that is able to ascend along the post, the bed part allowing a user to lie thereon. The post rotatably supporting the bed has an “L” shape and the supporting point of the post rotatably supporting the bed is formed in the center of the base frame, such that the structure may be stably maintained even when the bed having the patient lying thereon is rotated, only to prevent an accident of overturning the movable lift device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Kyeoung Jin Chun, Cheol Woong Ko, Soo Taek Kim, Deok Yeon Cho
  • 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: 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: 9009894
    Abstract: The claimed invention provides an improved posture correction tool in the form of a table to be used by chiropractic practitioners to treat mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. The improved posture correction tool provides a plurality of pads to support the various major areas of the body and has built in drop capability and adjustment capability for the pelvic pad, the lumbar pad, the thoracic pad and the head and cervical area. The claimed invention also has a novel cervical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Posture Correction Tools, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Radermacher
  • Patent number: 8990982
    Abstract: Latching motion transfer arrangements may be used to raise an object up and out of the engagement with the ground or other support surface and to lower the object back onto the ground or other support surface. In one exemplary embodiment, the mechanism is caused to lift and latch by applying force in a first direction, a first time, and is caused to release and lower by applying force in the first direction, a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki, Michael A. Gregory
  • Publication number: 20150082543
    Abstract: In order to provide a mattress that has punched holes of the same number and the same area as conventional products, is easy to contract thanks to efficient application of shearing stress to the punched holes of the mattress without the need of corrugation forming, and will neither deteriorate in strength nor increase the number of processing steps compared to conventional products, as well as a bed device using the mattress, a mattress 10 has such a structure that the (core of) foot section 18 is formed with a plurality of linear shaped holes 28 that are penetrated at regular intervals in the thickness direction of the foot section with the orientation of the linear-shape inclined relative to the width direction of mattress 10, and the plurality of holes 28 are arranged in the mattress 10 in a staggered layout when viewed from top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Atsushi Katoh, Kenta Ohno
  • Patent number: 8984685
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus system includes sensors adapted to sense a gesture of a person, or forces exerted by the person on the patient support apparatus, and to control the movement of a component of the patient support apparatus based on the gesture or forces. The movement of the patient support apparatus matches the direction of the person's gesture or applied forces. The speed of the gesture and magnitude of the applied force also influence the movement of the patient support apparatus component. The controlled movement may be the upward and downward motion of a patient support deck on the patient support apparatus, or it may be the pivoting of a section of the patient support deck, or it may be other movement. Control of the patient support apparatus is carried out based on the intent of the user, as evidenced by the user's gesture or applied forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Donna-Marie Robertson, Rohit Subramanian, Thomas Joseph Newport, II, Richard Thomas Deluca
  • 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: 8978180
    Abstract: A modular, multi-articulated patient support system includes independently adjustable columns connected by an adjustable base and supporting a patient support structure. Each column includes rotation, angulation and separation adjustment structure. The patient support may be raised, lowered and rotated about a longitudinal axis in either horizontal or tilted orientation. The patient support includes a body support rotatably coupled with right and left leg supports disengageable at the outboard ends, that can be tilted, rotated and locked in place. An intermediate brace engages the base when the outboard ends of the leg supports are disengaged. The patient support structure may include two pairs of patient supports, each attached at the outboard end of a column and having a free inboard end. A coordinated drive system raises, lowers, tilts and rotates the patient supports, which may be positioned in overlapping relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150059095
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a floor cavity in the floor of a treatment room; a patient support device comprising a treatment table; a base; a first movement mechanism on which the treatment table is mounted; a second movement mechanism mounted on the base and attached to the first movement mechanism, wherein the first and second movement mechanisms are moveable independently of each other; the first movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the treatment table and the second movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the first movement mechanism such that in a lowered position the second movement mechanism is contained within the floor cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Per Harald Bergfjord
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150040317
    Abstract: An adjustable bed base adaptable to tilt in a number of different comfortable positions is presented. The adjustable bed base comprises a bed frame, a deck, a plurality of supporting legs, a plurality of lateral leg supporting members, a left elongated structure, a right elongated structure, a mattress retainer bar, a sliding member, a frame reinforcement bar, a control box, a power supply module, a remote control, a backrest motor, a footrest motor, a plurality of levers and a tilt arm assembly. The tilt arm assembly includes at least one motor claw, a sliding member and at least one bed tilt motor. The backrest motor, the footrest motor and the at least one bed tilt motor receives at least one operating signal transmitted by the remote control and tilts the adjustable bed base in the plurality of comfortable positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce Alan Sheppard
  • Patent number: 8938826
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable columns supporting a hinged bending or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for upwardly breaking and downwardly breaking orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8910325
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus for a lift system is disclosed. The apparatus includes a) a motor adapted for providing a lifting force, b) at least one connector operatively connected to the motor, the connector adapted for connecting a load-bearing component to the motor, c) an information receiver for receiving a load limit information about the load-bearing component, d) a motor controller electrically coupled to the motor and the information receiver, wherein the motor controller is adapted to limit the lifting force of the motor based on the load limit information received by the information receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ArjoHuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Marie-Lou Joncas, Dennis-Alexandre Brulotte
  • Publication number: 20140359941
    Abstract: A surgical table including a central bottom portion is provided. The surgical table includes at least one first wheel adjacent a first end of the table, at least one second wheel adjacent a second end of the table, and a first stabilizing bar connected to the first wheel and the second wheel. The stabilizing bar is movably connected to the central bottom portion. The stabilizing bar is configured for coordinated movement of the wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Operating Room Safety Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Sharps, Tony Sanchez, Peter Edwards
  • Publication number: 20140359942
    Abstract: A mobile patient bed includes a bench that may be moved vertically via a lifting mechanism. Vertical movement may be effected via a first, electric drive mechanism including a drive device that may be operated when connected to an energy supply. As an alternative, vertical movement may be effected via a second drive mechanism that may be actuated by the operator using a foot pedal. The drive device is a drive motor that is coupled to the lifting mechanism via a motor shaft and is coupled to the second drive mechanism via a clutch. The clutch is closed with no connection to the energy supply and is opened with connection established. The motor shaft may be driven via the second drive mechanism when the clutch is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Koerth, Matthias Müller, Wolfgang Neuber, Georg Walberer, Kerstin Waldbach, Paul Weidner
  • Publication number: 20140352067
    Abstract: A hospital bed obstacle detection device and related method for detecting an obstacle between first and second components of a hospital bed is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Carl William Riley, Keith Adam Huster, Gregory J. Figel, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Publication number: 20140331409
    Abstract: A therapeutic treatment table comprises a frame and a treatment platform that is mounted on the frame and adapted to support at least a portion of the body of a patient. A preferred treatment table also includes an arm support section which is mounted on the frame. The arm support section comprises an arm support that is moveable by a patient on the table independently of the treatment platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Greg Day, Ken Bolam, Jeff Powe, Rainer Teufel
  • Publication number: 20140333440
    Abstract: A patient safety system including an adjustable bed and a patient monitoring system is disclosed herein. The adjustable bed can automatically adjust to a safe default configuration when the safety system detects that a care provider has left the patient's room or when the safety system detects that the patient is trying to leave the bed. The patient monitoring system can send an alert to the care provider and/or sound an alarm if the patient tries to leave the bed and a care provider is not present with the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: MASIMO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Massi Joe E. Kiani
  • Publication number: 20140325759
    Abstract: An exemplary bed platform frame includes first and second support frame assemblies, each including a pair of spaced apart rails, a cross member extending between the pair of spaced apart rails, and an actuator support member coupled to the cross member. The spaced apart rails of the first support frame assembly are connected to the spaced apart rails of the second support frame assembly when the first support frame assembly is assembled with the second support frame assembly. The actuator support member of the first support frame assembly is coupled to the cross member of the second support frame assembly when the first support frame assembly is assembled with the second support frame assembly. The actuator support member of the second support frame assembly is coupled to the cross member of the first support frame assembly when the first support frame assembly is assembled with the second support frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki
  • Publication number: 20140317848
    Abstract: An adjustable bed system includes a first frame having four actuators coupled thereto and disposed between the head and foot ends thereof. The actuators define a generally-rectangular configuration wherein first and third actuators are diagonally-opposed and wherein second and fourth actuators are diagonally-opposed. A second frame coupled to the first frame includes a first section secured to the first frame, a second section pivotably coupled to the first section towards the head end of the first frame, and a third section pivotably coupled to the first section towards the foot end of the first frame. The first and third actuators are coupled to the second and third sections, respectively, for articulating the second and third sections, respectively. First and second leg assemblies are coupled to the second and fourth actuators, respectively, for selectively raising and lowering the first frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Norman A. Kay, Andrew P. Johnson, Daniel Desousa
  • Patent number: 8863331
    Abstract: Embodiments of a height adjustable emergency roll-in cot comprise a cot support frame comprising having a leading end, a trailing end, and a pair of opposing side frame members disposed between the leading and trailing ends, a pair of wheeled front legs slidingly coupled to the cot support frame via a slideable front transverse support member, and a pair of wheeled back legs slidingly coupled to the support frame via a slideable back transverse support member, wherein the slideable front transverse support member, the slideable back transverse support member, or both include a pair of locking pins (90, 92).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Vittorio Valentino, Bryan Robert Keller
  • Patent number: 8866610
    Abstract: A hospital bed obstacle detection device and related method for detecting an obstacle between first and second components of a hospital bed is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Keith A. Huster, Gregory J. Figel, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Patent number: 8856989
    Abstract: A stretcher includes a patient support, a base, a plurality of support members supporting the patient support relative to the base, which are adapted and arranged to raise or lower the base relative to the patient support, and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is actuatable between a locked position wherein the locking mechanism locks the support members at a fixed height and an unlocked position wherein the support members are released from being locked at the fixed height so that the base or the patient support may be moved relative to the other. Further, the locking mechanism is configured to provide a stop for the support members and absorb energy from the support members are release and the support members engage the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Cliff Lambarth, Steve Knipfel, Jason Kneen
  • Patent number: 8856986
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable columns supporting a hinged bending or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for upwardly breaking and downwardly breaking orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8844078
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame having a patient support deck that is movable between a horizontal position to support a patient in a lying position and a chair egress position to support the patient in a sitting position. Depending upon a height of the patient, a lift system is operated to support the patient support deck relative to an underlying floor at different heights when the patient support deck is moved to the chair egress position. Depending upon a weight of the patient, at least one bladder of a mattress is either deflated or further inflated when the patient support deck is moved to the chair egress position and the patient is in the process of egressing from the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Aziz A. Bhai, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Jason A. Penninger
  • Patent number: 8844077
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a supine patient to a prone position on a patient positioning support system, and for rotating such a prone patient between prone and supine positions without removing the patient from the patient positioning support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Patent number: 8839471
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable columns supporting a hinged bending or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for upwardly breaking and downwardly breaking orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20140259412
    Abstract: A compact patient support provides a full range of motion and function while optimizing compactness and achieving an improved “low height” position. Casters joined to the base of the support have a low profile and provide mechanical braking about a swivel axis and a rotational axis of the wheels. The low profile of the casters allows for a more compact base. The lift mechanism includes a lift actuator with the motor mounted on the upper of two stacked X-frames allowing for shorter cables and harnesses and allowing for a more compact folding of the X-frames when the support is in a lowered position thereby reducing bulk and contributing to the overall compactness of the patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Shiery, Christopher Gentile, Corey Hoffman, Jerry Allen Wheeler, Christopher S. Hough, John P. Zerbel, Nathan M. Stewart, Christopher Ryan Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20140259414
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a computer supported thereon that acts as a thin client for at least one network service available on a remote network to which the patient support apparatus has access. The thin client architecture of the patient support apparatus enables the patient support apparatus to dynamically change its functions, algorithms, features and other aspects more easily. The thin client architecture may be applied to generating alerts, performing maintenance functions, analyzing sensor data—including, but not limited to—weight sensors used to detect weight distributions on the patient support apparatus, implementing patient care protocols, performing patient assessments, accumulating information for billing, and monitoring patient movement. The patient support apparatuses may also function as local WiFi hotspots and/or as software access points to the healthcare network and/or the Internet. One or more Software-as-a-Service applications may run on the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Hayes, David Terrance Becker, Annie Désaulniers
  • Publication number: 20140259413
    Abstract: A bed is provided. The bed may include a lift system which raises and lowers a support deck of the bed. The lift system may include multiple individually actuatable lift systems. The bed may include an expandable support deck. The bed may include a powered caster braking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Karl Johnson, Taylor Allen Ressel
  • Publication number: 20140250598
    Abstract: Surgical table and system for positioning, or lifting, a patient for purposes of generally performing a medical procedure on a posterior-portion of the patent (such as spinal surgery). The surgical table and system comprise a patient support system, a patient-positioning system and a base. In one embodiment, the patient-positioning system is configured to lift the head or foot end of the patient independently from each other, such as in Trendelenburg or reverse-Trendelenburg positions, and is also configured to angle the patient laterally. In another embodiment, the patient support is configured with an electrically-powered track and/or rail system that extends the patient support assembly away from the base, whereby the extension of the patient support forms a cantilevered support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Operating Room Safety Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Operating Room Safety Enterprises, LLC
  • Patent number: 8826474
    Abstract: A modular, multi-articulated patient support system includes independently adjustable columns connected by an adjustable base and supporting a patient support structure. Each column includes rotation, angulation and separation adjustment structure. The patient support may be raised, lowered and rotated about a longitudinal axis in either horizontal or tilted orientation. The patient support includes a body support rotatably coupled with right and left leg supports disengageable at the outboard ends, that can be tilted, rotated and locked in place. An intermediate brace engages the base when the outboard ends of the leg supports are disengaged. The patient support structure may include two pairs of patient supports, each attached at the outboard end of a column and having a free inboard end. A coordinated drive system raises, lowers, tilts and rotates the patient supports, which may be positioned in overlapping relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8819878
    Abstract: An adjustable bed system includes first and second end boards. A first height adjustment mechanism is secured to the first end board via a first mounting member and a second height adjustment mechanism is secured to the second end board via a second mounting member. The second height adjustment mechanism is independent of the first height adjustment mechanism. An external housing member is engagable with one of the first and second mounting members. A transition box is operatively engagable with one of the first and second height adjustment mechanisms. The transition box is positioned within the external housing such that the transition box is substantially inhibited from rotation during height adjustment of the bed system. A drive shaft interconnects the transition box, at a first end thereof, and the other of the first and second height adjustment mechanisms, at a second end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Drive Medical Design & Mfg.
    Inventor: Michael Serhan
  • Patent number: 8819877
    Abstract: A method and device for accurately positioning patients for imaging and radiotherapy is disclosed. The device includes a support platform (such as a bed, a table, a couch, a chair, etc.) connected to a fixed base by at least two and preferably four offset supporting arms. The support arms are journaled into the support platform at passive-rotatable pivot joints and are journaled into the base at active-rotatable pivot points. The base contains actuators (manual or powered by motors, pneumatics or hydraulics) for articulating the support arms. The relative lengths of the support arms may be varied to create a pre-defined trajectory of the support platform, between a starting spatial position and orientation to an ending spatial position and orientation, and through a continuous range there between. This makes it possible to position a patient within a range from a low, standing up position to a high, forwarding, prone or supine position, or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Xcision Medical Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Q. Zheng, Xinsheng Cedric Yu, Xiumin Diao, Bo Zhou