Vertically Movable Support For Whole Body Of User Patents (Class 5/611)
  • Patent number: 11350758
    Abstract: An adjustable base is provided that includes a fixed frame and an articulating frame connected to the fixed frame. The articulating frame includes an upper body frame pivotally connected to the upper section of the fixed frame, a seat frame pivotally connected to the upper body frame and movable along a central section of the fixed frame, and a leg frame pivotally connected to the fixed frame. An actuator is further included and has a first end connected to the seat frame adjacent to the leg frame and a second end that is connected to a linkage attached to the articulating frame. Upon activation of the actuator, the upper body frame is articulated upward and the seat frame moves linearly along the central section of the fixed frame toward the upper section of the fixed frame. Systems and methods for controlling an adjustable base assembly are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: TEMPUR WORLD, LLC
    Inventors: Mario A. G. Nava, Horace R. Eskridge, III, Leslie A. Burton, Daniel Boyko
  • Patent number: 11344228
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a bedside handle system having two-stage laser motion detection and wireless communication alert. The system detects and sends wireless alerts when a patient sits up and when the patient stands up. The system further includes a mobile app for receiving and displaying the alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Wernher Ovalle, Brian Ross
  • Patent number: 11202729
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprising a patient support deck operatively attached to a base with a lift mechanism interposed between the base and the patient support deck to move the patient support deck between first and second vertical configurations relative to the base. A user interface configured to operate the patient support apparatus is provided and comprises a screen configured to display visual content in first and second content layouts. The screen is coupled to the patient support deck for concurrent movement between the vertical configurations A controller disposed in communication with the screen and the lift mechanism is configured to display the visual content in the first content layout when the patient support deck is in the first vertical configuration, and further configured to display the visual content in the second interface layout when the patient support deck is in the second vertical configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Annie Desaulniers
  • Patent number: 11185456
    Abstract: In a medical system including a medical imaging device and a robotic bed, the table may be movable between a first position where a maximum dimension of the robot arm not hidden under the table is less than one fourth of a longitudinal dimension of the table when the table is viewed from vertically above, and a second position where a maximum dimension of the robot arm not hidden under the table is one fourth of a longitudinal dimension of the table or more when the table is viewed from vertically above. The second position may be an imaging position or an imaging preparation position where an image is taken by the medical imaging device. The first position may be surgery position where a shortest distance between the robotic bed and a location of the medical imaging device is at least a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: MEDICAROID CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuichi Hiratsuka, Yoshiyuki Tamura, Tetsuya Nakanishi, Yukihiko Kitano, Yutaro Yano
  • Patent number: 11116683
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a base and a support frame. The patient support apparatus also comprises a lift assembly that operates to lift and lower the support frame relative to the base. The lift assembly comprises lift members that extend and collapse to lift and lower the support frame. A timing link is pivotally connected to one of the lift members and pivotally connected to the base. Guides operate to guide movement of the lift members during operation. In some cases guided bodies coupled to the lift members move passively in the guides. In other embodiments, driven members coupled to the lift members move actively in the guides to cause lifting and lowering of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Jason John Connell, Joseph Steven David Elku, Jeffrey C. Shiery
  • Patent number: 11116681
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a scale system, an air system, and a lift system. The patient support system also includes a control system configured to graphically communicate information about the scale system, the air system, and the lift system to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, James M. Allen, Jennifer Fearing, Mark Chiacchira
  • Patent number: 11116680
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprising a base movable about a floor surface and a deck comprising sections movable between deck configurations including an egress deck configuration. An articulation system coupled to the deck moves the sections. A lift mechanism moves the deck relative to the base between lift configurations including an egress lift configuration. An egress input is arranged for actuation by a user. A bed detection system monitors data associated with the patient support apparatus and communicates with a remote station. A controller interrupts communication of the bed detection system with the remote station, drives the articulation system to move the sections to the egress deck configuration, and drives the lift mechanism to move the support frame to the egress lift configuration in response to actuation of the egress input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Derenne, Brian J. Tessmer, Justin R. Murray, Kurosh Nahavandi, Cory P. Herbst
  • Patent number: 11076701
    Abstract: Convertible multifunctional furniture comprising at least one support base, at least one lifting device which is supported on the support base, a usage unit, a horizontal rotational axis in the longitudinal or transverse direction about which the usage unit can be rotated, and a mounting pin at each end of the rotational axis. At least one scissor mechanism is arranged between the lifting devices and each mounting pin of the rotational axis, at least one scissor limb is connected to a drive of the lifting device at one end and to a support at the other end. The other end of the scissor both is connected to a linear element for controlling purposes, said linear element having a surface which can be coupled to a surface of a wheel that is rotatably coupled to a complementary element of the mounting pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Roberto Salin
  • Patent number: 11020297
    Abstract: A patient support system comprises a patient support apparatus for patients. The patient support apparatus comprises a base and a patient support surface supported by the base. The patient support apparatus also comprises side rails that move between raised and lowered positions. One or more actuators are coupled to each of the side rails. A controller communicates with the actuators to raise and lower the side rails, either without any manual assistance from the user, or with manual assistance from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Tessmer, Christopher Ryan Sweeney, Ammon K. Wright
  • Patent number: 10987262
    Abstract: A medical chair includes a base, a seat, and a leg rest pivotally mounted relative to the seat and adapted to move between an extended position and a retracted position. The chair further includes a first actuator for tilting the seat with respect to the base, a second actuator for lifting the seat with respect to the base, and a leg rest actuator adapted to move the leg rest. The chair also includes a controller adapted to control the first and second actuators to move the seat between a first position and a second position such that the seat is both lifted and tilted at the same time as the seat moves from the first position to the second position, and wherein the controller is adapted to control the leg rest actuator such that the leg rest maintains a substantially constant orientation with respect to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Adam Upchurch, Christopher S. Hough, Richard A. Derenne, Cory Patrick Herbst
  • Patent number: 10940066
    Abstract: A central bed having a 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Patent number: 10918550
    Abstract: A rotating and articulating bed includes a fixed bed frame with a horizontal support surface and an articulating bed member attached to the horizontal support surface. The articulating bed member includes an articulating head portion and a separate articulating foot portion. A rotating and pivoting frame mounted on the horizontal support surface and connect to the articulating head portion and the articulating foot portion rotates with respect to the horizontal support surface around a vertical axis passing through the horizontal support surface and provides pivoting movement of the articulating bed member with respect to the horizontal support surface to tilt the articulating bed member toward at least one of the articulating head portion and the articulating foot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: PPJ, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Reid Sherman, Philip Woods McCarty, Chuan-Hang Shih, Horace Robert Eskridge, III
  • Patent number: 10911715
    Abstract: A tele-presence system that includes a portable robot face coupled to a remote station. The robot face includes a robot monitor, a robot camera, a robot speaker and a robot microphone. The remote station includes a station monitor, a station camera, a station speaker and a station microphone. The portable robot face can be attached to a platform mounted to the ceiling of an ambulance. The portable robot face can be used by a physician at the remote station to provide remote medical consultation. When the patient is moved from the ambulance the portable robot face can be detached from the platform and moved with the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Teladoc Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Yulun Wang, Charles S. Jordan, Marco Pinter, Daniel Steven Sanchez, Kevin Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 10811136
    Abstract: An access system for managing users engaged in providing care to patients. A patient support apparatus is provided and comprises a frame, a patient support surface configured to support the patient, and a powered device having a function. An input system is disposed in communication with the powered device and is configured to receive input data. A user control system is disposed in communication with the input system and comprises an authorization module. The authorization module is configured to access a permission level for a user dictating whether the user has permission to operate the powered device with the input system to perform the function. The authorization module is further configured to determine performance data relating to performance of the user in caring for the patient based on the input data, and to modify the permission level based on the performance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna S. Bhimavarapu, Daniel V. Brosnan, Aaron Douglas Furman, Alexey Titov, Michael Hayes
  • Patent number: 10806655
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to patient support systems, such as hospital beds, and particularly to reconfigurable patient support systems movable among a number of different positions. The present disclosure further relates to control algorithms and interfaces for use in patient support systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, Darrell Borgman, Timothy Joseph Receveur, Gregory W. Branson, Sandy Mark Richards, Howard J. Boyd, David W. Hornbach, Robert Mark Zerhusen, James Maurice Allen, Jennifer Fearing, Mark S. Chiacchira, Jonathan D. Turner, Mark Lanning, Aziz A Bhai
  • Patent number: 10736803
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a base and a support frame. The patient support apparatus also comprises a lift assembly that operates to lift and lower the support frame relative to the base. The lift assembly comprises lift members that extend and collapse to lift and lower the support frame. Guides operate to guide movement of the lift members during operation. In some cases guided bodies coupled to the lift members move passively in the guides. In other embodiments, driven members coupled to the lift members move actively in the guides to cause lifting and lowering of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Jason John Connell, Joseph Steven David, Elku, Jeffrey C. Shiery
  • Patent number: 10736798
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot may include a support frame, a pair of back legs, a pair of front legs, and a cot actuation system. The pair of back legs and the pair of front legs can be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each of the pair of front legs can include a front wheel and an intermediate load wheel. The intermediate load wheel is offset from the front wheel by a load wheel distance. A front actuator can raise the pair of front legs such that the front wheel and the intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs are aligned along a loading level. The intermediate load wheel of each of the pair of front legs can be offset from the pair of back legs by a loading span. The load wheel distance can be greater than the loading span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Matthew Michael Palastro, Zhen Y. Shen, Timothy R. Wells, Timothy Paul Schroeder, Joshua James Markham, Robert L. Potak
  • Patent number: 10709624
    Abstract: Patient care devices, such as person support apparatuses and thermal control units, include one or more internal high speed networks, such as an Ethernet, for transmitting data between internal nodes or modules. A lower speed network may also be included with the Ethernet for redundantly transmitting some, but not all, types of data. Devices external to the patient care device can be granted limited access to the internal high speed network. Such devices may connect to the high speed network to utilize one or more user interfaces of the patient care device and/or to piggyback onto the patient care device's connection to an external local area network (e.g. a hospital LAN), or the patient care device's connection to yet another device. Some nodes may include web servers for serving up web pages of diagnostic information relevant to that node. The web servers are accessible via an external web browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Christopher J. Cummings, Jonathan Mark Greenbank, Michael Joseph Hayes
  • Patent number: 10674831
    Abstract: A mattress set lifting apparatus and method(s) of use thereof is described. Embodiments of the mattress set lifting apparatus include pneumatic cylinders coupled to a box spring of a mattress set. The pneumatic cylinders can be adapted to elevate a mattress set allowing a user to more easily change their sheets. After the sheets have been changed, the user can lower the mattress set back down for regular use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Richard P. Braden
  • Patent number: 10654538
    Abstract: An adjustable seat cushion. The adjustable seat cushion provides a frame defining an interface. The interface receives a plurality of dynamic supports and a plurality of static supports. The plurality of dynamic supports is disposed alternatingly between the plurality of static supports upon the interface. A handle is in operable connection with the plurality of dynamic supports. Rotation of the handle in a first direction elevates the plurality of dynamic supports relative to the plurality of static supports. Rotation of the handle in a second direction depresses the plurality of dynamic supports relative to the plurality of static supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Eugene Krakowski, Leah Krakowski, Steven Krakowski
  • Patent number: 10588801
    Abstract: A central bed having a 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Patent number: 10561233
    Abstract: A workstation includes a partition unit to form a workspace, in which a desk board, two pneumatic devices and a synchronizing device are provided. Each of the pneumatic devices has a fixed section and a movable section while the fixed section is fixed to the partition unit and the movable section is connected to desk board to lift and lower the desk board. The synchronizing device is connected to the pneumatic devices to synchronize movements of the pneumatic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hi-Max Innovation Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jhih-Fan Lin
  • Patent number: 10555850
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a patient support apparatus and a support surface mounted on the patient support apparatus. The patient support apparatus is reconfigurable among a plurality of different configurations for supporting a patient on the support surface in a plurality of positions. The support surface is mounted on the patient support apparatus to move in response to reconfiguration of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, Darrell Borgman, Timothy J. Receveur, Gregory W. Branson, Sandy M. Richards, Howard J. Boyd, David W. Hornbach, Jonathan D. Turner, Aziz A. Bhai
  • Patent number: 10555859
    Abstract: A height adjustment system for a delivery table or the like having a table top supported upon a height adjustable column with an assist cylinder. The system includes an actuator assembly to operate the assist cylinder from manual actuators, such as paddles, located approximately in four corners of table top. The system may include a pair of paddle assemblies mounted under the table top on opposite sides of said assist cylinder. The paddle assemblies may be coupled to the assist cylinder by a linear linkage that translates pivotal movement of a paddle into linear movement sufficient to actuate the assist cylinder. The linear linkage may include a straight drive rod coupled to one paddle assembly and an offset drive rod coupled to the other paddle assembly. The linear linkage may also include a pivot arm to reverse movement of the offset drive rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Industrial Woodworking Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford L. Davis, Lawrence W. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10529212
    Abstract: One embodiment of a monitoring system includes a sensing subsystem adapted to sense an external parameter within a region of interest relative to an occupant support or an occupant of the occupant support. The monitoring system also includes a processor. The processor is adapted to receive data representing the sensed external parameter and to execute machine readable instructions thereby causing the monitoring system to evaluate, based on the received data, a likelihood that the occupant will attempt an egress from the occupant support. The processor is also adapted to generate a notification of the likelihood of attempted egress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HIll-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Kirsten M. Emmons, Yongji Fu
  • Patent number: 10499133
    Abstract: An earphone provided with a charging and/or data wire, having an earphone portion and a wire portion; one end of the earphone portion is fixedly provided with a wire socket; the wire portion has a wire for charging and/or data transmission; one end of the wire is fixedly provided with an earphone plug that matches with the wire socket and is connectable thereto; another end of the wire is fixedly provided with a wire plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: UleEco Limited
    Inventors: Kiu Kin Chan, Hung To Li
  • Patent number: 10420687
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a bed, recliner, cot, stretcher, operating table, or the like, includes battery-powered circuitry whose functions are reduced, but not eliminated, as the battery charge level falls below a threshold. Electrical power may be cut off to one or more components of the battery-powered circuitry while still providing battery-supplied electrical power to the other components of the circuitry. A user interface provides battery status data, including a replacement status of a rechargeable battery, and allows a user to select different formats for displaying battery status data. Such formats include displays of battery charge level information not only in manners specific to the battery, but also in manners relative to the patient support apparatus, such as displays of how many, or how much of, one or more functions the patient support apparatus is able to perform based on the battery's current charge level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Douglas Furman, Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Lavanya Vytla
  • Patent number: 10406046
    Abstract: Embodiments of a cot comprise a support frame, legs coupled to the support frame, at least one hydraulic actuator configured to raise or lower the legs, and a manual release system coupled to the at least one actuator and configured to lower the cot manually at a controlled descent rate. The manual release system comprises a manual actuation component, a manual release valve operable to be opened upon actuation by the manual actuation component, a fluid reservoir operable to receive hydraulic fluid from the at least one actuator upon opening of the manual valve; and a flow regulator configured to control the flow rate of the hydraulic fluid into the fluid reservoir, wherein the release of hydraulic fluid into the fluid reservoir at the controlled flow rate is configured to manually lower the cot at the controlled descent rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Michael Jeffries, Brian Magill
  • Patent number: 10391013
    Abstract: A powered ambulance cot and methods of raising and lowering the cot as well as loading and unloading the cot are disclosed. The cot includes a support frame and legs, each leg having a wheel. An actuator of an actuation system interconnects the frame and legs, and is configured to effect changes in elevation of the frame relative to the wheel of each of the legs. A control system controls activation of the actuation system, and detects both the actuator at a first location relative to the frame, where the first location is remote from a second location and which situates an end of the actuator that is remote from each wheel closer to the frame, and a presence of a signal requesting a change in elevation of said support frame to thereby cause the legs to move relative to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Colleen Q. Blickensderfer, Brian M. Magill, Timothy R. Wells, Preeti Sar, Derick C. Robinson, Nicholas V. Valentino, Michael D. Clark
  • Patent number: 10285655
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a subject support motion disable signal indicative of at least one of power removal of an imaging system, a collision of a horizontally moving tabletop of the imaging system, a decoupling of a horizontal motion drive system configured to horizontally drive the tabletop, or a collision of a vertically moving subject support of the imaging system, wherein a vertical motion drive system drives the subject support vertical motion, and disabling, in response to receiving the subject support motion disable signal, at least one of tabletop horizontal motion or subject support vertical motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Shufang Dong, Terrance Joseph Nemenz, Patrick Cumpson, Jeremy David Pettinato, Sriram Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 10235845
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame, support surface, cable interface, switches, a location detector, and a controller. The switches are electrically coupled to the interface and the controller selects a configuration for the plurality of switches based on a current location of the patient support apparatus within a healthcare facility. Alternatively or additionally, a user interface may display a plurality of identifiers that each identifies a predefined configuration for the switches wherein the controller configures the switches according to an identifier selected by the user. A transceiver on board the patient support apparatus may communicate with different fixed transmitters and the controller may implement different switch configurations based on messages from the different fixed transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Jerald A. Trepanier
  • Patent number: 10231891
    Abstract: An occupant support includes at least one non-fluidizable module 100 having a support structure for supporting the non-fluidizable module on a ground surface 76 and at least one fluidizable module 66 also having a support structure for supporting the fluidizable module on the ground surface. The fluidizable and non-fluidizable modules cooperate with each other to support an occupant. The support for the non-fluidizable module bears less than all the weight of the fluidizable module and, in the limit bears none of the weight. An alternative occupant support includes at least one non-fluidizable module and at least one fluidizable module cooperable with the fluidizable module to support an occupant. The fluidizable module is sized to support no more than about 50 percent of the length of an adult human body and most preferably no more than about 30 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A Howell, Scott Peer
  • Patent number: 10130528
    Abstract: Embodiments of a cot comprise a support frame, legs coupled to the support frame, at least one hydraulic actuator configured to raise or lower the legs, and a manual release system coupled to the at least one actuator and configured to lower the cot manually at a controlled descent rate. The manual release system comprises a manual actuation component, a manual release valve operable to be opened upon actuation by the manual actuation component, a fluid reservoir operable to receive hydraulic fluid from the at least one actuator upon opening of the manual valve; and a flow regulator configured to control the flow rate of the hydraulic fluid into the fluid reservoir, wherein the release of hydraulic fluid into the fluid reservoir at the controlled flow rate is configured to manually lower the cot at the controlled descent rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Michael Jeffries, Brian Magill
  • Patent number: 10071009
    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: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Menke, Douglas Oda, John Alton
  • Patent number: 10051970
    Abstract: Height adjustable mattress assemblies generally include a foundation frame including side frame members and transverse frame members attached at respective ends by a corner bracket to define a generally rectangular shape. A deck is supported by the foundation frame and adjustable support legs are coupled to each one of the corner brackets. Each of the adjustable support legs includes an outer tubular member fastened to an interior facing portion of the corner bracket and a differential driven linear actuator including an extendible portion. The assemblies further include a single or dual actuator assembly mechanically engaged with the differential driven linear actuators in each one of the adjustable support legs to extend or retract the extendible portion so as to change an elevation of the foundation frame relative to ground upon actuation thereof. Also disclosed are processes for adjusting a height of a mattress assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan, Brian Wiggins
  • Patent number: 10045894
    Abstract: According to the embodiments described herein, a self-actuating cot can include a support frame, a pair of legs, and a hydraulic actuator. The support frame can extend from a front end to a back end. The pair of legs can be in movable engagement with the support frame. The hydraulic actuator can be in movable engagement with the pair of legs and the support frame. The hydraulic actuator can and extend and retract the pair of legs with respect to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Magill, Robert Potak, Sailesh Tangirala, Nicholas Valentino
  • Patent number: 9980574
    Abstract: The invention provides a bed capable of providing postural support to a user, the bed comprising: a headrest (10) having an adjustable height; a backrest (12) having an adjustable angle (?) of inclination to incline the user's back; and a shoulder and arm rest (11) positioned between the headrest and the backrest; wherein the headrest (10), backrest (12) and the shoulder and arm rest (11) are configurable to form a channel (14) extending between and separating the headrest (10 and the backrest (12) when the headrest (10) and backrest (12) are adjusted in elevated positions, and configurable to form a substantially even sleeping surface of the backrest (12) and shoulder and arm rest (11) without forming the channel (14) when the backrest (12) is adjusted to a flat angle of inclination. The invention also provides an insert capable of being inserted into an outer bed frame in the construction of the bed, and a kit for construction of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Oswald Abraham, Cynthia Abraham
  • Patent number: 9872806
    Abstract: A bed includes a base, a mattress-supporting device, two driving units and a limiting unit. The base includes two tracks. The mattress-supporting device includes a frame, a body-supporting element and a leg-supporting element. The frame includes rollers supported on the tracks. The body-supporting element is pivotally connected to an end of the frame. The leg-supporting element is pivotally connected to another end of the frame. The first driving unit is operable for pivoting the body-supporting element. The second driving unit is operable for pivoting the leg-supporting element. The limiting unit is movable between a first position to allow horizontal movement of the mattress-supporting device on the base as the body-supporting element is pivoted and a second position to avoid horizontal movement of the mattress-supporting device on the base as the body-supporting element is pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: DK CITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chiu Hsiang Lo
  • Patent number: 9833369
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to patient support systems, such as hospital beds, and particularly to reconfigurable patient support systems movable among a number of different positions. The present disclosure further relates to control algorithms and interfaces for use in patient support systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, Darrell Borgman, Timothy Joseph Receveur, Gregory W. Branson, Sandy Mark Richards, Howard J. Boyd, David W. Hornbach, Robert Mark Zerhusen, James Maurice Allen, Jennifer Fearing, Mark S. Chiacchira, Jonathan D. Turner, Mark Lanning, Aziz A. Bhai
  • Patent number: 9814638
    Abstract: A medical rehabilitation bed is disclosed, relating to the technical field of self-help rehabilitation bed structures in medical instrument products. The medical rehabilitation bed comprises a bed head, a bed tail and a bed board. A pull rod is arranged at the bottom of the bed board; one end of the pull rod is mechanically connected to a bed head gearbox arranged at the bed head, and the other end of the pull rod is mechanically connected to a bed tail gear device arranged at the bed tail. Transmission systems having the same structure and capable of controlling the bed head and the bed tail to ascend and descend are arranged in the bed head and the bed tail, respectively. The transmission systems are mechanically connected to the bed head gearbox and the bed tail gear device, respectively. The medical rehabilitation bed has a compact structure and comprehensive functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Weizhong Yang
  • 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