Sectional User Supporting Surface Patents (Class 5/613)
  • Patent number: 9642762
    Abstract: A device for controlling an operating table is disclosed. The device has a controller that controls a traction drive device that moves the operating table. The device also has at least one control element disposed on the controller. The traction drive device moves the operating table from a stopped state to a first speed based on a first actuation of the at least one control element. The traction drive device increases the operating table speed from the first speed to a second speed based on the first actuation of the at least one control element being interrupted for a first time period that is shorter than a first interruption time period and based on a double actuation of the at least one control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Frueh, Matthias Joerger, Timo Pfirrmann
  • Patent number: 9591995
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the digital bed system is comprised of an array of support cells. Each support cells is capable of communicating with a controller and increasing and decreasing in firmness in response to commands issued by a controller. The support cells are operatively connected to a communication channel that is also connected to a controller. The controller is capable of receiving data from the support cells and is also capable of issuing commands to each of the support cells. The controller is programmed issue commands to increase or decrease the firmness of individual support cells within the support cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: J. Seth Blumberg
  • Patent number: 9592415
    Abstract: An auxiliary device for muscle strength training is provided, which includes: a base; a sliding member slidingly coupled to the base; and a connecting-rod mechanism connected to the base and the sliding member in such a way that a positional shift of the sliding member allows the connecting-rod mechanism to rotate relative to the base and change its state. As such, the auxiliary device has first and second configurations to assist patients who are incapable of controlling their muscles by themselves to effectively train specific muscle groups. Further, elastic members are connected to the base and the connecting-rod mechanism and provide elastic potential energies so as to keep the auxiliary device in static equilibrium. The auxiliary device has a simple structure and is easily manufactured at a low cost and applicable for patients with muscle strength lower than grade 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Tzu-Yu Tseng, Chin-Hsing Kuo
  • Patent number: 9573502
    Abstract: A seat cushion device capable of adjusting hardness of a seat cushion including a seating surface, on which a user is seated, includes a recessed part that is formed in a back surface of the seating surface in the seat cushion, a left plate that faces a back surface of a left thigh holding part of the seating surface, on which a left leg thigh of the user is located, and that is movable inside the recessed part vertically, a right plate that faces a back surface of a right thigh holding part of the seating surface, on which a right leg thigh of the user is located, and that is movable inside the recessed part vertically, and a gap adjustment mechanism that moves the left plate and the right plate vertically in an independent manner, and that can adjust a clearance from the back surface of the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: UD TRUCKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kunio Seki, Tsubasa Yahagi
  • Patent number: 9526346
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns an adjustable bed with a deck-on-deck appearance. A concealing assembly is attached to the center frame of an articulating bed, wherein the concealing assembly is situated below the mattress platform and conceals the base frame as the center frame moves along the base frame when the bed articulates. In other embodiments, such as for non-wall hugger beds where the center frame is stationary, a concealing assembly may still be used but will also be stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ASCION, LLC
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9468576
    Abstract: An articulated patient support apparatus includes upper and lower body support frames hinged together to form a patient support assembly which is hinged to head and foot end supports. One end of the assembly includes a length compensator to enable hinged angulation between the body support frames. Hinge motors are connected between the frames to cause hinged articulation therebetween. One or both of the body support frames has a body slide assembly mounted thereon to enable part of a patient's body to move linearly along the particular body support frame by operation of a slide motor to compensate for hinged articulation of the frames. The hinge motors and slide motor have encoders interfaced to a controller to digitally coordinate sliding movement with hinging articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9356547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for operating an operating table (30) comprising a plurality of components (32 to 46) which are adjustable by means of control elements. By actuating at least a first control element (14 to 24), a first action of at least a first drive unit for adjusting at least a first component (32 to 46) is performed. By actuating a second control element (26), the first action performed by actuating the first control element (14 to 24) is automatically completely reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Maquet GMBH
    Inventors: Jurgen Ruch, Michael Welsch
  • Patent number: 9265354
    Abstract: A modular supporting element has a supporting surface for a user and includes a plurality of elastic modules, suitable for being deformed according to a direction substantially perpendicular to the supporting surface of the user. Each module has a side surface and an upper portion, wherein the modules are arranged juxtaposed to each other with the side surfaces substantially in contact or with the side surfaces at such a distance as not to prevent contact between one module and another during the elastic deformation movement. The modules have anti-friction surfaces arranged in a part of the side surface of the modules in such a way as to prevent interferences by friction between one module and another. The modular supporting element is made up of a plurality of modules with different rigidity from area to area without any appreciable influence between one module and another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNOGEL ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Matteo Mason
  • Patent number: 9211223
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable end columns supporting a centrally hinged, jointed or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes a powered rotation assembly. The patient support includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for both upwardly and downwardly breaking or jointed orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions. Cable, cantilevered and pull-rod systems are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9173796
    Abstract: A bed comprises a fixed width deck section, a wing movably coupled to the fixed width section, a leadscrew having a rotational axis, a leadscrew driver coupled to the leadscrew for rotating the leadscrew about its axis, and a release unit. The release unit is coupled to the wing and configured to move between a) an engaged position in which the release unit engages the lead screw and moves therealong as the leadscrew rotates about the rotational axis thereby causing the wing to translate relative to the fixed width section; and b) a disengaged position in which the release unit is disengaged from the leadscrew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Tyler Rigsby, Brian Guthrie, Stephen E. Hutchison, Frank Lewis, David P. Lubbers, Christian H. Reinke, Mahesh Kumar Thodupunuri
  • Patent number: 9129054
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for surgical and interventional planning, support, post-operative follow-up, and functional recovery tracking. In general, a patient can be tracked throughout medical treatment including through initial onset of symptoms, diagnosis, non-surgical treatment, surgical treatment, and recovery from the surgical treatment. In one embodiment, a patient and one or more medical professionals involved with treating the patient can electronically access a comprehensive treatment planning, support, and review system. The system can provide recommendations regarding diagnosis, non-surgical treatment, surgical treatment, and recovery from the surgical treatment based on data gathered from the patient and the medical professional(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Namal Nawana, William C. Horton, Max Reinhardt, Jonathan Bellas, Cody Cranson, Jennifer DiPietro, Mary Louise Fowler, William J. Frasier, John Paul Griffin, Mark T. Hall, David D. Konieczynski, Michelle LeClerc, Thomas Martin, Christopher Nordstrom, Michael O'Neil, James Paiva, Matthew Parsons, Nicholas Pavento, Douglas Raymond, James J. Roveda, Sean P. Selover, Hassan A. Serhan, Michael A. Slivka, Robert E. Sommerich
  • Patent number: 9050223
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus includes an upper frame, a base frame, a link mechanism for connecting the upper frame and the base frame, and a linear actuator connected to the link mechanism for driving the link mechanism. The link mechanism includes at least a T-shaped first arm slidably supported on the base frame or the upper frame and provided with connections at four points, and an L-shaped second arm provided with connections at three points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Ohta, Shohei Tsukada, Yohei Kume, Tomohiro Shimoda, Hideo Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20150135441
    Abstract: A modular operating table comprises a support (10) and a base part (20) attached to the support (10), the base part (20) providing a first region of a support surface for a patient's body during surgery, the base part (20) comprising side bars (21) extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the support surface in lateral edge regions of the support surface. A seat element (30) is attached to the base part (20), the seat element (30) providing a second region of the support surface, a width of the second region decreasing in a distal direction, symmetric to a central longitudinal axis of the support surface, the seat element (30) having at least two first connection elements for the distal attachment of functional components, the at least two first connection elements being arranged along main axes of the side bars. A first functional component (40.1, 40.2) comprising a generally triangular plate (42.1, 42.2) provides a third region of the support surface. The first functional component (40.1, 40.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: SCHAERER MEDICAL MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Thomas Sommer, Michael Voegtle, Christian Zaugg
  • Patent number: 9009895
    Abstract: A bed comprises a deck having at least one section that is orientation adjustable about a laterally extending, longitudinally translatable axis and a mattress assembly including at least one volumetrically adjustable element associated with the orientation adjustable deck section. The volumetrically adjustable element is adapted to change the thickness of a portion of the mattress assembly adjacent to the deck section in a direction nonparallel to the orientation of the section and in response to a change in orientation of the deck section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, David W. Hornbach
  • 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: 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: 9003581
    Abstract: A support device for persons, such as a bed, treatment or operating table, chair, comprises: a frame; a first and a second movable member, which movable members can be adjusted independently of one another and which are designed to support the person or one or more parts of the person in various positions, and a hydraulic system for adjusting the movable members, the hydraulic system comprising: a reservoir for hydraulic liquid; a first and a second hydraulic actuator associated with the first and second movable member, respectively, which hydraulic actuators can each be moved in two directions; a hydraulic pump; a pump activating member which is operatively connected to the pump in order for an operator to activate the pump; a valve assembly which is provided in the hydraulic circuit between the pump and the respective actuators, and a valve assembly operating member which can be mechanically operated by an operator and is mechanically connected to the valve assembly for selecting and providing a connection
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventor: Jan Albertus Beumer
  • Patent number: 8997283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a work surface extension for an embalming table may include a sheet member, one or more spar members, at least one stiffening member, and a clamping member. The at least one stiffening member may include a table accepting opening partially formed by a table datum feature, a strut member that extends laterally from the table accepting opening in a first direction, and a sheet contacting surface the extends laterally from the table accepting opening in a second direction. The table datum feature and the processing surface of the sheet member can be aligned at an extension alignment angle that is acute. The clamping member can be rotatably engaged with the at least one stiffening member. The clamping member may include a table engagement feature that is biased to at least partially enclose the table accepting opening of the at least one stiffening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Elroy Bourgraf, Jr., Jon Carl Brunke
  • Patent number: 8997281
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to operating table top assemblies and related devices. In some aspects, an operating table top coupling assembly includes a receiver assembly and a hook assembly. The receiver assembly includes first and second spaced walls that define a central recess therebetween. The hook assembly includes an elongate hook member attached to or integrally formed with a housing that is configured to be at least partially disposed within the central recess of the receiver assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Trumpf Medizin Systeme GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Edward Daley, Patrick Schleitzer, Ivo Mueller, Rene Harig, Rene Lenk, Peter Schumann, Heinz-Hermann Dalbert
  • Patent number: 8997282
    Abstract: A method for governing care of a person includes determining the importance of a candidate activity (84) relative to the importance of patient sleep continuity (104) and, if the candidate activity is more important than sleep continuity, carrying out the activity or indicating the acceptability of carrying out the activity (106) and, if the candidate activity is not more important than sleep continuity, refraining from carrying out the activity or indicating the unacceptability of carrying out the activity (108). A system for patient care governance comprises a decision engine (80) for determining the importance of the candidate activity relative to the importance of sleep continuity, and a controller (92) responsive to the decision engine for issuing a command to carry out the activity or indicate the acceptability of carrying out the activity (106), refrain from carrying out the activity or indicate the unacceptability of carrying out the activity (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Bossingham, Stephen E Hutchison, Jeffrey A Ruschke, James D Lattimore, M Tyler Rigsby, John D Christie, Brian Guthrie
  • Patent number: 8990983
    Abstract: A bed frame with a support structure has a rigid structural frame for carrying an articulating structure for an adjustable bed. The support structure extends substantially to the extents of the articulating structure in an unarticulated position and has a padded bolster. The bolster incorporates a mounting support attached to the structural frame and a resilient foam bumper received on the mounting support with a fabric covering surrounding the bumper and fastened to the mounting support. The articulating structure includes rigid planar supports having edges with a surrounding resilient foam layer having a fabric covering secured to the planar support. The bumper and foam layer are resilient to deform upon contact with an intruding appendage inserted between them. For an exemplary embodiment, an electrical outlet is mounted in a housing which penetrates the support frame, mounting support and bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ergomotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Clenet, Joseph Ermalovich
  • Patent number: 8984686
    Abstract: There is disclosed a platform of an electric-movable bed for preventing bedsores and capable of changing a shaft including a plate unit. The platform includes a plurality of main plates rotatably provided to support the human body, a plurality of sub plates rotatably and hingedly coupled to the main plates, respectively, and a locking part provided between each main plate and each sub plate to enable or lock the rotation of each main plate or sub plate, the plate unit being configured to selectively rotate a corresponding portion to a position of the joint according to a user's body type; a first driving unit configured to tilt an upper part of the human body lying on the plate unit; and a second driving unit configured to tilt a lower part of the human body lying on the plate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Do Hyung Lim, Kyeoung Jin Chun, Jae Soo Hong, Hyun Ho Choi
  • 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: 8984687
    Abstract: A sleep system comprises at least one mattress including a first sleep area for a first occupant, the first sleep area including a first section for a portion of a body of the first occupant, and a second sleep area adjacent to the first sleep area for a second occupant, the second sleep area including a second section for a portion of a body of the second occupant, an articulation system for articulating the first section and the second section, a first user controller configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to control articulation of the first section, and a second user controller configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to control articulation of the second section, wherein the first user controller is further configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to move the second section into a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stacy Stusynski, Yi-ching Chen, John McGuire
  • 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: 8973186
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus according the present disclosure includes a source of pressurized air, a plurality of bladders, a plurality of pressure sensors, and a controller. The controller is configured to execute instructions to adjust pressures in the bladders based on information from the plurality of pressure sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Aziz A. Bhai
  • Patent number: 8973185
    Abstract: Support device, which is adjustable by an electric motor, for cushioning of a piece of furniture for sitting and/or lying on has a first support part, and a second support part pivotable about a pivot axis, between which a third support part is provided. Support device has an electric motor drive which has an adjusting element connected in a force-transmitting manner to the second support part by an actuating element for pivoting second support part. Actuating element has a rod-like configuration, by which the adjusting element is guided in a linearly displaceable manner in guide formed on third support part. Actuating element engages with second support part for pivoting the second support part eccentrically relative to pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bionical Systems AG
    Inventors: Eckhart Dewert, Jörg Henle
  • 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: 20150059093
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus configured to actively assist the support, positioning, or support and positioning of a patient on a patient support apparatus is provided. The positioning apparatus includes a sliding bearing unit to allow the positioning apparatus to be supported in a movable manner on the patient support apparatus, and a bearing unit with at least two bearing regions. At least a first of the at least two bearing regions is configured to support and/or provide support on the patient support apparatus, and at least a second of the at least two bearing regions is configured to assist the positioning of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yvonne Candidus, Daniel Driemel, Hubertus Fischer, Wolfgang Kraus, Thomas Kundner, Martin Zigann, Stephan Zink
  • Patent number: 8966687
    Abstract: A joint assembly for forming a two part radiation therapy treatment table is disclosed. The treatment table includes a patient support panel to which one portion of the joint assembly is secured, and a table extension panel to which another portion of the joint assembly is secured. The joint assembly self-aligns, self levels, is immediately stable, and locks automatically by its weight and downward pressure. The joint assembly also includes an automatic failsafe secondary lock that resists joint release if upward forces are applied. Disengaging the secondary lock requires and results in no displacement of the two panels. Upon separation of the two panels the lock resets automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: CIVCO Medical Instruments Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Wilson, Charles Klasson, Bruce Ribble
  • Patent number: 8959681
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling movement of members of a patient support apparatus by detecting obstructions to movement of members of the frame of the patient support apparatus and controlling the drives that move the members to prevent contact with the obstruction while achieving a desired position as quickly as possible. Proximity sensors positioned on member of the patient support apparatus at potential contact points prevents members of the patient support apparatus from contacting other members or obstructions such a floor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandy M. Richards
  • Patent number: 8955178
    Abstract: A novel article of adjustable bed is disclosed. The adjustable bed comprises at least two body-support portions and a base support for supporting the body support portions. The body support portions are mounted with respect to the base to allow angular adjustment of their relative positions to alter the configuration of the bed. Actuators are provided for angularly moving one or more of the body-support portions to effect angular adjustment of the bed. A load-bearing member projects from one of the moveable body-support portions and is supported by a bearing means arranged to run on a curved support such that each moveable body-support portion is pivotally mounted with respect to the base about a respective pivot axis defined by the center of curvature of the respective curved support. The pivot axis of the movable body-support portion is positioned above the base in a plane offset from the top edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Integrated Furniture Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Dale Robertson
  • Publication number: 20150040318
    Abstract: Aspects of this invention relate to an adjustable bed that may include one or more articulating portions, and may include one or more components, including an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed frame, a programmable logic controller, a remote memory storage facility, a remote storage location of user preferences, a cell phone remote control, a modular control device, an air purification facility, a power outlet controller, a Bluetooth remote control, an ultra wide band remote control, a wireless USB remote control, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 8950026
    Abstract: The invention relates to an intelligent hospital bed comprising a lower main frame (1) and an upper frame (2) articulated to said lower main frame provided with movable parts, in which there is arranged a mattress (22) provided with several foldable sections, including a plurality of sensors arranged along the mattress (22) capable of measuring the initial force on the point at which the corresponding sensor is arranged, which sensors are interconnected to one another and associated with a control unit which controls servo-motors used for moving the movable parts of the upper frame (2) such that when a sensor detects a movement of the user in real time, a servo-motor which is associated with a corresponding sensor or a combination of sensors (S) moving at least one of the movable parts of the upper frame (2) is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Industrias Tobia, S.A., Lincis-Solucoes Integradas Para Sistemas de Informacao, Lda, Fos Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Oscar Valdemoros Tobia, Manuel Chica Serrano, Ruben Rodriguez Velazquez, Christopher Thorpe, Loftus Hall, Ewa Lada, Bernard Vaucher, Roberto Gueli, Erhard Giese, Adelino Figueiredo Da Silva
  • Publication number: 20150026890
    Abstract: The invention relates to an emergency power supply device (200) for an electromotive furniture drive (100) of a piece of furniture (1), comprising a housing in which at least one energy accumulator is arranged, a connection cable having at least two power lines and several auxiliary lines for connecting to the electromotive furniture drive which is to be associated therewith, a socket for connecting a control unit of the electromotive furniture drive which is to be associated therewith, at least one control element which, when actuated, electrically connects the electric connections of the at least one energy accumulator to the at least two power lines of the connection cable. The housing is designed as a shell housing comprising securing sections and an inner compartment for receiving the at least one energy accumulator, said at least one control element and at least one night light. The invention also relates to an electromotive furniture drive (100) and a piece of furniture (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Armin Hille, Thomas Schröder
  • Patent number: 8938827
    Abstract: A support mechanism in which one end of a knee bottom section (2) is supported on a bed frame (1) in such a manner that the knee bottom section can be pivotally raised and lowered. Also, one end of a leg bottom section (6) is pivotally rotatably connected with the other end of the knee bottom section, a support stay (7) is pivotally rotatably connected with the underside of the other end of the leg bottom section, and a support device (11) of a support portion (9) provided at the opposite tip of the support stay is provided on the bed frame. The support device includes a guide portion (12) and an engaging portion (13) for movably supporting the support portion of the support stay. The guide portion can support the support portion moved in relation with the pivotal rotation of the knee bottom section within the entire pivotal rotation range of the knee bottom section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Paramount Bed Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Shimada, Tooru Takada, Jun Tomikawa, Dan Kageyama, Yuri Sasaki, Katsuyoshi Nomura
  • 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: 8935817
    Abstract: A motorized foldable bed frame assembly configured to fold from an open co-planar assembly to a closed parallel assembly. An embodiment of the present disclosure is a dual-actuating adjustable bed frame that is collapsible and foldable for ease of shipping, and may be configured for use by extending pivoting frame sections and engaging collapsible support legs. A motorized foldable bed frame assembly may include a head adjustable frame, or a head and foot adjustable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Pragma Corporation
    Inventor: Bernard Suh
  • Patent number: 8931126
    Abstract: An electric bed with a sliding block linkage has a head board, an inner frame, an outer frame, and a head supporting part. Two ends of the head supporting part are in rotatable connection with the head board and the outer frame. The inner frame is in sliding connection with the outer frame. The head board is in rotatable connection with the inner frame. A sliding block linkage has a driving device used for driving the inner frame to move relative to the outer frame. Relative sliding in a horizontal direction controls a horizontal movement distance of the head board. Optionally, the inner frame is positioned on the outer frame and movably connected with it by a sliding chute. The inner frame is driven by a motor to horizontally move relative to the outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Jianchun Xu
  • Patent number: 8918928
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bed system which comprises a mattress supporting structure. The bed system comprises a height adjustment system which comprises at least one rotatable multi-angular transverse beam comprising a plurality of transverse beam sides and an eccentric rotation axis which is accessible from outside said outer frame. The height adjustment system further comprises a rotation imparting member which is accessible from outside the outer frame and provided for rotating said at least one rotatable transverse beam about its eccentric axis. Said rotation imparting member is displaceable between a first and a second position. The first position is provided for rotating said at least one rotatable transverse beam about its eccentric axis and said second position is provided for blocking said at least one rotatable transverse beam in a desired height position with respect to said outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: LS Bedding
    Inventors: Frank Verschuere, Peter De Meyer
  • Patent number: 8914925
    Abstract: A mobile diagnostic assembly (20) of the type for supporting a patient in a prone position along an examination surface includes a support frame (22) having a top (26) extending between a front edge (38) and a rear edge (40) and defining at least one opening (48) for receiving pendant breasts of the patient in the prone position. The support frame (22) is movable to a testing position for disposing the rear edge (40) adjacent the examination surface. A flap (50) extends from the rear edge of the top for overlaying an examination surface in the testing position to support the prone patient along the examination surface and said flap and said top to prevent movement of the support frame relative to the examination surface. A pivot (54) is disposed between the flap and the top for establishing rotation of the flap from the testing position to cover said top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Wayne County Employees' Retirement System
    Inventor: Paul G. Angott
  • Patent number: 8910328
    Abstract: An articulating bed incorporating a frame having side frame members and a rigid cross frame member extending between the side frame members employs a flexible support member secured to the rigid cross frame member. Support arms engage an upper body portion of the flexible support member with lubricious support and are rotatable through a range of motion from an aligned position with the side frame members to a fully elevated position angularly supporting the upper body portion in a raised position. A leg portion adjustment member engages the flexible support member at a knee position intermediate a thigh portion and a leg portion of the flexible support member. The leg portion adjustment member is rotatable through a range of motion from an aligned position with the side frame members to a fully elevated position placing the knee position at an elevated location with angular positioning of the thigh portion and leg portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ergomotion, Inc.
    Inventor: Alain Clenet
  • Patent number: 8910329
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame and seat, thigh, and head sections coupled to the frame. A linkage is coupled to the head, seat, and thigh sections. The linkage has a first mode of operation in which the seat and thigh sections remain substantially parallel to each other as the head section is raised and lowered and the linkage has a second mode of operation in which the thigh section tilts relative to the seat section as the head section is raised and lowered. A handle is movable relative to the head section between a first position in which the linkage is in the first mode of operation and a second position in which the linkage is in the second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Patent number: 8887732
    Abstract: Method and devices for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers are described in which a portable support assembly may be worn by a bed-stricken individual around particular regions of the body where pressure ulcers tend to form. The portable support assembly may generally include one or more individual fluid filled pods which are enclosed entirely within an inner fluid pad localized along a central portion. Both the one or more pods and inner fluid pad are then enclosed entirely by another layer of fluid within an outer fluid pad which extends over the entire assembly. Each of the fluid layers may be secured to an outer shell which is relatively stiffer than the fluid layers and may restrict or limit the expansion or movement of the fluid pods and/or fluid pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Y. Choi, Nikhil Bhat
  • Publication number: 20140331410
    Abstract: A patient helper apparatus for use with a patient support is disclosed. The patient helper apparatus includes a first L-shaped support tube coupled to the patient support, a shaft coupled to the first L-shaped support tube and extending over the patient support, and an egress handle coupled to the first L-shaped support tube. The egress handle moves between a stowed position and an assist position. In the stowed position, the egress handle is situated inside a footprint of the patient support. In the assist position, the egress handle extends outside the footprint of the patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Edward J. Koors, Jonathan D. Turner, David W. Hornbach
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8875331
    Abstract: An adaptive cushion for reducing pressure on body parts of a person positioned on a chair or bed includes an overlay cushion having a plurality of individual air bladder cells, each having thereon a force sensor. The cushion includes a controller for inflating and deflating individual air bladder cells to air pressures that tend to reduce the interface pressures sensed by the force sensors. A pressure reduction method includes varying the inflation pressure in a first air bladder cell while measuring the sum of the interface pressures exerted on all or a plurality of the air bladder cells, re-pressurizing the first cell to that air pressure for which a minimum total interface pressure was obtained, repeating this process for the remaining air bladder cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey L. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140310876
    Abstract: A patient support device, such as a bed, includes a frame, a backrest or other platform movable with respect to the frame, and an actuator connecting the backrest to the frame. The actuator is configured to raise and lower, or otherwise move, the backrest or platform with respect to the frame. An actuator sensor is provided to sense movement of the actuator. A backrest sensor is provided to sense movement of the backrest. A controller is coupled to the actuator, the actuator sensor, and the backrest sensor. The controller is configured to stop the actuator from raising the backrest in response to a characteristic signal from the actuator sensor. The controller is further configured to stop the actuator from lowering the backrest in response to at least a characteristic signal from the backrest sensor. The characteristic signals are defined to prevent the backrest or platform from moving when obstructed or overloaded in order to reduce the chance of damage or injury.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Richard B. Roussy, Christopher George
  • Patent number: 8856987
    Abstract: A patient support is provided. The patient support is configurable to support a patient in a horizontal position and a seated position. The patient support includes a back section, and a thigh section coupled to the back section. The patient support also includes an adjustment member coupled to the thigh section. The adjustment member is movable to lengthen the thigh section. The patient support also includes a foot section coupled to the adjustment member. The foot section is pivotable into a first position substantially parallel to the thigh section to a second position substantially perpendicular to the thigh section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Scott A. Schultz, Virgil J. Niese
  • Publication number: 20140289964
    Abstract: A sleep system includes a sleep surface with a customized profile. The profile of the sleep surface is particularly and specifically designed to maintain a proper sleeping position for an individual. The sleeping surface can include two or more portions that have configurations that ensure the straight alignment of the spine for a person sleeping on the sleep surface. This type of sleep system is customized to each person and, thus, provides a beneficial sleeping position that is individualized and provides the best support for the particular sleeper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jon Dodd