Fluid Inflatable Bag Adjusts Position Of Support Section Patents (Class 5/615)
  • Patent number: 10085912
    Abstract: An adjustable air bladder apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an outer enclosure, a first interior section within the outer enclosure that contains a plurality of air bladders, a second interior section within the outer enclosure that contains a support layer, and an air pump pneumatically coupled to the plurality of air bladders, where the air pump is configured to selectively supply pressurized air to the air bladders independently through a pneumatic coupling. The pneumatic coupling includes one or more supply valves, outlet valves, and pressure sensors coupled to each air bladder or to one or more groupings of air bladders. A control device is provided for monitoring the pressure within the air bladders and for controlling an amount of air provided to or released from the bladders or groupings of bladders. A method of providing rolling massage with the apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: William Robert Rohr, Vinod Kumar Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 9808093
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to an adjustable bed apparatus, in particular an adjustable bed foundation. The adjustable foundation includes independently adjustable lumbar and/or neck support structures on an adjustable back/head section of the adjustable bed foundation. In some embodiments, the lumbar and neck support structures include inflatable air bladder structures. In other embodiments, the lumbar and neck support structures include mechanically actuatable subsections of the adjustable back/head section of the adjustable bed foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: ASCION, LLC
    Inventors: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan, Man-Chi Liu, Qianyu Liang
  • Patent number: 9707142
    Abstract: A method of positioning an occupant (98) of a bed includes identifying (204) the presence of a discrepancy between an existing occupant position and a target occupant position, and establishing (206) an elevation gradient having a direction, magnitude and position compatible with moving the occupant from the existing occupant position to the target position. In one variant of the method the step of establishing an elevation gradient is one substep of a preordained sequence of bladder inflations and deflations. In another variant, the method includes determining (210) if the discrepancy has been corrected and responding to any noncorrection of the discrepancy. An associated bed (20) includes a mattress (82) at least one layer (100) of repositioning bladders (102, 104, 106, 108) a sensor array (130) a controller (140) and a pump (142).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Rachel Williamson
  • Patent number: 9585490
    Abstract: A pneumatic mattress has two edge cells and transverse inner cells, arranged in adjacent pairs as alternate cells. An inflation hose has internal pipes, which receive alternating pneumatic pressure for the cells via extensions to connectors at both ends of cells. The edge cells are physically connected to the inner cells via the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Linet spol. S.R.O.
    Inventor: Brian Pile
  • Patent number: 9358168
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a patient support surface to support a patient. The patient support surface has at least one air bladder that is inflated and/or deflated to achieve a turn assist function and/or a therapy function of the patient support surface. A graphical user interface (GUI) is configured to receive user inputs from a caregiver to initiate the turn assist or therapy functions. The patient support apparatus has control circuitry coupled to the GUI. The GUI is controlled by the control circuitry to display information indicating that the patient is improperly positioned on the patient support surface for either the turn assist function or the therapy function. Alternatively or additionally, the control circuitry indicates that the patient is improperly positioned for raising a head section of a bed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel L. Williamson, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur, Robert M. Zerhusen
  • Patent number: 9339114
    Abstract: A lounger includes at least a weatherproof base frame, a weatherproof lounger frame with at least two movably mounted lounger frame elements, and at least one weatherproof drive unit for supplying at least one drive device with electric energy. The drive unit preferably includes a combination of an accumulator, a solar cell, and a grid connection, and contributes in connection with a weatherproof design of the frames to portable and grid-power-independent lounger with an automatic adjusting functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Johanna Strolka-Echols, Deloyise Echols
  • Patent number: 9205014
    Abstract: A height-adjustable pillow for supporting a patient's head. The pillow includes a casing of flexible material defining a casing volume and a volume of filler material partially occupying in said casing volume. The casing volume is compressible and expandable. The casing volume includes a support portion positioned above a base portion. An air valve is associated with the casing for introducing air into and evacuating air from said casing volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Todd Nesley
  • Patent number: 9107783
    Abstract: A patient handling device, such as a bed, stretcher, cot, or the like, includes a deck on which a patient may lie and which is surrounded by siderails. Control panels may be mounted on the siderails in a staggered fashion to improve the ease of accessing the control panels. A handle assembly may be included near the top of the Fowler section of the deck which allows a pair of handles to be squeezed independently for manual pivoting of the Fowler section. Squeezing one handle does not increase the force required to subsequently squeeze the other handle. The pivoting of the Fowler section may also be carried out automatically through an electrical actuator. The raising of the deck may be carried out through an electrical pump that pumps hydraulic fluid, and which may be activated near the top end of the stroke of a reciprocating pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Childs, Steven L. Birman, William V. Bleeker, Jr., Paul M. Radgens, Dickson J. Brubaker, Anish Paul, Dennis B. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8978182
    Abstract: A bed frame includes a weight bearing framework 30, and a footboard 82 that cooperates with the framework to define an edge 90 of an occupant region 92 of the bed. The footboard 82 includes a footboard frame 100 and a pressurizable cushion 104. A mattress system 160 includes a main occupant support portion 162 with a support surface 168 and a cushion 170 located footwardly of the occupant support portion. The cushion has a deployed state in which it projects vertically higher than the support surface and a stored state in which it does not project vertically higher than the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Joseph Receveur
  • Patent number: 8978184
    Abstract: A patient moving station provides fluid bladders connected to a fluid transfer station. Fluid, preferably air, is provided to a first compartment to lift the buttocks of a patient to provide a gap to assist in changing diapers. Second and third compartments below shoulders are useful to inflate and deflate to turn the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Rick Garrett
  • Patent number: 8968183
    Abstract: A support apparatus, for use in supporting a device such as a sex toy, the inflatable apparatus comprising an attachment portion and a holding portion which is attached to the attachment portion, and which defines an aperture therethrough, the holding portion having an inflatable element which is operable to adjust the size of said aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: James Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8938831
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a framed air pillow system, using air pressure to provide stability and comfort for a user when sitting in an upright position. The invention comprises of a base frame structure, an inflatable air chamber having an air pump and a rectangular cushion pad, wherein said system having means to adjust the angle between said base and said rectangular cushion pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Deka A. Gilao
  • Patent number: 8914928
    Abstract: An alternating pressure pad (1) comprises inflatable cells (9,10) supplied with air by supply lines (7, 8) from a compressor (2) via supply line (3). A pressure controller controls the output of the compressor. Also connected to supply line (3) is an angle detection valve (40) restricting flow of air to atmosphere with increase in its angular position and a pressure transducer (17). Any increase in pressure due to an increase in angle of the detection valve (19) results in back pressure in the detection line. The pressure controller (2) uses the pressure transducer (17) to detect this change in pressure and then acts to adjust compressor output to the cells (9, 10) accordingly. The angle detection valve (40) is positioned under the head section of the pad to move with the head rest section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jan Huyser, Simon Roff, Bob Hibberdine, Rhys Davies
  • Patent number: 8806681
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for maintaining a patient in a position in which the patient's torso can be moved during surgery, for example by which the sternum can be closed after open chest surgery. The device has two contact members for contacting a respective scapula and support structures for maintaining the contact members in a grip position. In use, each contact member imparts a force on the respective scapula to close the patient's sternum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
    Inventor: Hazem Bahaa Fallouh
  • Patent number: 8793824
    Abstract: A tilt bed for assisting a patient to a standing position comprises a frame, a tilting mechanism, a mattress support plate, a mattress, and a foot support. The tilting mechanism attaches to the frame. The tilting mechanism is movable between a generally horizontal position, and a generally vertical position. The foot support is fixedly mounted to the tilting mechanism. The main portion of the mattress and the patient thereon moves closer to the foot support during tilting of the bed from the generally horizontal position to the generally vertical position, and the main portion of the mattress and the patient thereon moves distal the foot support during tilting of the bed from the generally vertical position to the generally horizontal position in a low shear manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Kreg Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Poulos, Joseph Immordino
  • Patent number: 8776290
    Abstract: A turning platform having longitudinally extending side portions hinged to a central portion and hydraulic, or pneumatic, expansion means beneath each side portion operated by control means to raise and lower said side portions by rotating them about the hinges in a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Genie Care
    Inventors: Mike Wilkinson, Robert Footitt
  • Publication number: 20140123390
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: 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: 8701230
    Abstract: A system to cause instability for a person supported by a person support surface is disclosed. The system is configured to cause the person supported by the person support surface to compensate for the instability caused by the system in order to exercise their core or trunk region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, John Sparkman, Charles A. Howell
  • Patent number: 8678007
    Abstract: A patient support system for a wheelchair is provided. At least a portion of the patient support system components form a no-air-loss patient support surface. At least one fluid pump can supply air pressure to a plurality of no-air-loss air cells, and at least one pressure release valve can release air pressure from the no-air-loss air cells. A computer can compare air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure set point and can modulate the air pressure by actuating the at least one fluid pump and/or the at least one pressure release valve to bring the air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure. After the initial air pressure adjustments are made and the desired air pressure is achieved, no further adjustments during the operation are able to be made by the computer so that the patient positioned thereon the patient support system will not be moved by the patient support system during an operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Winston Allen Porter, III
  • Patent number: 8678006
    Abstract: A patient support system for an operating room table is provided. At least a portion of the patient support system components form a no-air-loss patient support surface. At least one fluid pump can supply air pressure to a plurality of no-air-loss air cells, and at least one pressure release valve can release air pressure from the no-air-loss air cells. A computer can compare air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure set point and can modulate the air pressure by actuating the at least one fluid pump and/or the at least one pressure release valve to bring the air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure. After the initial air pressure adjustments are made and the desired air pressure is achieved, no further adjustments during the operation are able to be made by the computer so that the patient positioned thereon the patient support system will not be moved by the patient support system during an operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Winston Allen Porter, III
  • Patent number: 8656541
    Abstract: An inflatable bed system (1) includes a primary inflatable section (2) having a centrally located abdomen cavity shaped to allow a user's abdomen to be positioned therein. The system further includes a secondary inflatable section (3), which is independently inflatable and positioned inside the cavity. At least one tertiary inflatable section (15,22) is provided to allow further configuration of the bed. The bed may be inflated by a pump that is operatively connected with a valve which directs the movement of air into each of the inflatable sections under user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Gianna Muollo
  • Publication number: 20130340168
    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: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    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: 8549686
    Abstract: An inflatable bed having a primary body, a backrest selectively inclinable relative to the primary body, a slit defined at a junction of the primary body and the backrest, and a pouch received in the slit to be selectively inflatable to move the backrest relative to the primary body. The slit is defined in a manner that when the pouch is inflated and the backrest is lifted by the pouch, friction of a bottom face of the backrest to a top face of ground where the inflatable bed is rested is minimized so as to facilitate the inclinable movement of the backrest relative to the primary body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Wang, Chien-Hua Wang
  • Publication number: 20120266382
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bed for providing support in sitting up to a person lying thereon, comprising an approximately rectangular frame, which comprises at least two frame parts, which are separated from each other in the transverse direction and are connected to each other in an articulated manner and are completed to form a planar element by flexible slats, woven wire fabric, or the like and can be swiveled about a transverse axis oriented transversely to the respective frame part from the horizontal to an inclined position, wherein at least one sit-up area lies on at least one frame part, said sit-up area being integrated into the surface of the frame part in the deactivated state, the outward-facing edge of said sit-up area extending approximately to the border of the frame and the inward-facing edge of said sit-up area being at a distance from the center line of the frame extending in the longitudinal direction, wherein said sit-up area can be swiveled about a sit-up axis extending parallel or at an
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Marco Goddert
  • Patent number: 8286282
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a bed frame with movable portions and a mattress supported on the bed frame. A control system synchronously controls inflation and deflation of at least one air bladder of the mattress and movement of at least one of the movable portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kummer, Gregory W. Branson, Eric R. Meyer, Bradley T. Wilson, Tanya Taber, Kenith W. Chambers, Michael M. Frondorf, John Vodzak, James R. Stolpmann, Roger D. Dalton, Kenneth R. Smith, Jeffrey A. Heyser
  • Patent number: 8146187
    Abstract: A mattress for use on a bed frame has a lower body section 42 and a upper body section 40. The mattress upper body section is orientation adjustable in as a function of the orientation of the upper body section of the frame upon which the mattress rests. At least part 60 of the mattress lower body section is profile adjustable as a function of the orientation of the mattress upper body section without being dependent on profile adjustment of the lower body section of the frame. A mattress replacement system includes a mattress having an orientation adjustable upper body section and a lower body section. The mattress replacement system also includes an angular orientation sensor 58 for determining the orientation of the upper body section. At least part 60 of the mattress lower body section is profile adjustable in response to the determined orientation of the mattress upper body section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy Joseph Receveur
  • Publication number: 20120073052
    Abstract: An actuator for a extendable deck section of a patient support apparatus comprises a flexible inflatable vessel, a variable length enclosure having a first end coupled to a base portion of an extendable deck section and a second end coupled to an extender portion of the extendable deck section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Eric R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20120054965
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a bed frame with movable portions and a mattress supported on the bed frame. A control system synchronously controls inflation and deflation of at least one air bladder of the mattress and movement of at least one of the movable portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kummer, Gregory W. Branson, Eric R. Meyer, Brad Wilson, Tanya Taber, Ken Chambers, Mike Frondorf, John Vodzak, Jim Stolpmann, Roger Dalton, Ken Smith, Jeffrey A. Heyser
  • Patent number: 8128065
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device for lifting an article comprising a housing having an inner chamber, the housing having a leading edge region in fluid communication with the inner chamber, the leading edge region being arranged to engage an access region between an article and a support surface beneath the article, an elongate tubular member having a first open end region and a second closed end region, the first open end region being directly or indirectly in fluid tight relation with the leading edge region, the elongate tubular member having a first surface in fluid communication with the inner chamber and an opposite second surface, the housing being arranged to provide a retracted position in which the elongate tubular member is held relative to the leading edge region and responsive to an operative pressure within the inner chamber to unfurl beyond the leading edge region to cause the elongate tubular member to migrate along the access region with the second surface in contact with the article and the supp
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
    Inventors: Emily Catherine King, Adam Mathew Sobchak, Gerald Thomas Griggs, Geoffrey Roy Fernie, Philip Joseph Wilcox, Tilak Dutta
  • Patent number: 8108957
    Abstract: A patient support surface including a cover defining an interior region, a layer of three dimensional material, located at the interior region, and an air circulation device disposed adjacent the layer of three dimensional material. The patient support surface includes at least one of a percussion device and a vibration device, located at the interior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson, Kenith W. Chambers, Mayur Yermaneni, Gregory W. Branson, Michael Z. Sleva, Karen M. Gove, Andrew F. Skinner, Stephen R. Schulte, Todd P. O'Neal, Rachel Hopkins King, Teresa M. Mirabella, Paula M. Cooper, Eric R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20120016281
    Abstract: A patient support surface including a cover defining an interior region, a layer of three dimensional material, located at the interior region, and an air circulation device disposed adjacent the layer of three dimensional material. The patient support surface includes at least one of a percussion device and a vibration device, located at the interior region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson, Kenith W. Chambers, Mayur Yermaneni, Gregory W. Branson, Michael Z. Sleva, Karen M. Gove, Andrew F. Skinner, Stephen R. Schulte, Todd P. O'Neal, Rachel Hopkins King, Teresa M. Mirabella, Paula M. Cooper, Eric R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8056165
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a rotation therapy device, a pulsation therapy device, a dynamic therapy device, and a control system for operating the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-ROM Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A Kummer, Gregory W Branson, Eric R Meyer, Bradley T. Wilson, Tanya Taber, Kenith W. Chambers, Michael M. Frondorf, John Vodzak, James R. Stolpmann, Roger D. Dalton, Kenneth R. Smith, Jeffrey A Heyser
  • Patent number: 8037563
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a mattress, has multiple air sources to inflate air bladders of the apparatus. In one embodiment, a first air source provides air to one or more main support bladders and a second air source provides air to one or more microclimate bladders when a control system of the patient support apparatus operates according to a first mode of operation. The first and second air sources provide air to a turn bladder when the control system operates according to a second mode of operation. In another embodiment, a first air source provides air to at least one main support bladder and to at least one microclimate bladders. A second air source is dedicated for inflating at least one turn bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Eric R. Meyer, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8006333
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a support surface, with at least one fluid bladder, a base wall, and a cradle, and a fluid delivery system configured to deliver fluid to the bladder. The cradle is formed from a compressible material and is supported by the base wall, with the bladder being anchored at the base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Genaro, Lydia Biggie
  • Publication number: 20110191960
    Abstract: A surgical positioning system includes a flexible air-impermeable shell filled with beads that is wrapped against the patient and subjected to a vacuum to hold the patient in place. An air-impermeable top wall can be joined with an air-impermeable bottom wall to define a plurality of chambers. Each of the chambers can include a peripheral edge that extends around the periphery of the respective chamber. The plurality of chambers can include a first shoulder chamber, a second shoulder chamber, and a main chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Eugene Lloyd Hiebert
  • Publication number: 20100325798
    Abstract: An adjustable personal treatment apparatus that is usable by women of all sizes to enable them to enjoy, without harm, the full healthful benefits of proper and necessary massage and therapy. More particularly, the apparatus permits the proper pressure to be applied to a female patient during massage, or therapeutic treatment, without causing discomfort and possible damage to breast tissue or breast implants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Rebecca Savich
  • Patent number: 7802332
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a rotation therapy device, a pulsation therapy device, a dynamic therapy device, and a control system for operating the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kummer, Gregory W. Branson, Eric R. Meyer, Brad Wilson, Tanya Taber, Ken Chambers, Mike Frondorf, John Vodzak, Jim Stolpmann, Roger Dalton, Ken Smith, Jeffrey A. Heyser
  • Publication number: 20100138998
    Abstract: A turning platform having longitudinally extending side portions hinged to a central portion and hydraulic, or pneumatic, expansion means beneath each side portion operated by control means to raise and lower said side portions by rotating them about the hinges in a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Mike Wilkinson, Robert Footitt
  • Patent number: 7562409
    Abstract: An adjusting structure for adjusting the rise and fall of a mattress by air spring, comprises a plurality of air springs and a control device. The air springs are located under the mattress, and the control device controls the amount of air in the respective air springs so as to control their extension and retraction, thus adjusting the rise and fall of the mattress and producing a massage effect. Further, according to different figures of different users, the mattress can be adjusted to a most appropriate sleeping posture for the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Jui-Peng Chan
  • Patent number: 7557718
    Abstract: A lack of patient movement monitor and method. The monitor and method patient support includes a plurality of sensors located beneath a patient support to determine movement of a patient. An alarm is activated when patient movement over time is determined to be lacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Petrosenko, David Lokhorst, Mayur Yermaneni, Michael Z. Sleva, William L. Jacques, II, Karen Janoff, John A. Bobey, Jonathan H. Mueller, Richard B. Stacy, Andrew F. Skinner
  • Patent number: 7546650
    Abstract: A surgical table includes a horizontal patient support with a base extending therefrom and supporting the patient support at a desired height. The surgical table also includes an adjustment platform positioned upon the patient support. The adjustment platform includes a plurality of expansion members adapted to selectively adjust the relative position of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Yale University
    Inventor: James J. Yue
  • Patent number: 7513003
    Abstract: A bedding product having a pocketed spring assembly comprising a plurality of parallel strings of springs joined to each other. Each of the strings of springs has a length and a width and comprises a row of interconnected pockets. Each of the pockets contains at least one spring encased in fabric. The bedding product may have a plurality of inflatable members located underneath select portions of at least some of the strings of springs. Each of the inflatable members may be of a width substantially equal to the width one of the string of springs. The bedding product may have a sensor assembly adapted to detect a sound associated with human snoring and an air supply system operatively coupled to the sensor assembly and adapted to control a supply of air to the inflatable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Niels S. Mossbeck
  • Publication number: 20090013470
    Abstract: A patient support surface including a cover defining an interior region, a layer of three dimensional material, located at the interior region, and an air circulation device disposed adjacent the layer of three dimensional material. The patient support surface includes at least one of a percussion device and a vibration device, located at the interior region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson, Kenith W. Chambers, Mayur Yermaneni, Gregory W. Branson, Michael Z. Sleva, Karen M. Gove, Andrew F. Skinner, Stephen R. Schulte, Todd P. O'Neal, Rachel Hopkins King, Teresa M. Mirabella, Paula M. Cooper
  • Patent number: 7464422
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable device for rotating bed-ridden patients from their back to their side with little or no assistance from the care provider. The device comprises of a base material, a plurality of elongated air chambers interconnected on the base material consisting of five independent air chambers configured to lie beneath the patient in a secured manner that allows the air chambers to function between the patient and a bed like supporting surface. The device rotates the patient, functions as armrest, acts as a cushion support for the patient to lie against while on their side or on their back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Bobie Kenneth Townsend
  • Patent number: 7441290
    Abstract: A rotational mattress has (a) a support surface and a rotating bladder object or (b) the support surface, the rotating bladder and a cushion material object. Depending on the embodiment used, the rotating bladder object and/or cushion material object has at least one longitudinal hinge; a longitudinal hinge extends from the object's head end toward the object's foot end. In one embodiment, the longitudinal hinge can be a shaped aperture and within the shaped aperture is a second cushion material. The second cushion material is less rigid than the cushion material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Gaymar Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Roland E. Flick
  • Patent number: 7437787
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a patient on a hospital bed includes load cells and a controller for detecting patient movement on, exit from, and impending exit from the hospital bed, including movement across or outside a virtual boundary or region located on the bed. The controller is configured to detect changes in the distribution of patient weight among the load cells. The controller is also configured to accommodate the installation or removal of medical equipment or other tare weights on the bed, head incline adjustment, and bed frame deformation or other changes in the system causing redistribution of weight among the load cells, while minimizing false alarms. A caregiver may select between various patient monitoring modes and remotely monitor patient movement relative to a reference load cell distribution, impending patient exit from the bed and patient exit from the bed. Pressures in an air mattress may be controlled based on signals from the load cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Aziz Ali Bhai
  • Publication number: 20080250563
    Abstract: A graphic design consists of graphic elements such as text, logos, images and texture. On the front surface of transparent substrate, a white translucent copy in the form of chosen graphic elements in the design (such as text) is applied, so when viewed from front is right-reading. The complete original graphic design is then applied in register onto the front surface, so that the parts of the design that were copied onto the front surface first come directly onto contact with that copy. A white copy in the form of the other areas (the graphic elements that were not copied onto the front) is applied onto the back of the substrate (i.e. the side facing away from the viewer) in register with the rest of the design (in reverse, so when viewed from front is right-reading). Further copies of this one may be applied behind it (i.e. on the back) to increase its opacity. A light-source is placed behind the substrate. See FIG. 3 for an exploded view of the layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Kristjan Freyr Arnthorsson
  • Publication number: 20080250564
    Abstract: A patient support including a patient support surface, a fluid movement system provided at the patient support, and a plurality of ports mounted at the patient support, which are in selective fluid communication with the fluid movement system. At least one of the ports is adapted for coupling to a device for delivering fluid to the device from the fluid movement system or delivering a vacuum pressure to the device from the fluid movement system for suctioning fluid through the device when the device is coupled to the port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin Stryker, Kevin Conway, Scott Davis
  • Publication number: 20080244830
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress having an inflated torso support pad, a first leg extending out from a first portion of the inflated torso support pad, and a second leg spaced from the first leg and extending out from a second portion of the inflated torso support pad. The first leg and the second leg define a gap between them to allow the legs to be spread apart for toileting or cleaning of the patient, or deflated and rolled upon themselves so as to provide easy access to the patient during clinical procedures. A method is provided for positioning a patient with the inflatable mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: WOODLARK CIRCLE, INC.
    Inventor: David T. Davis
  • Patent number: 7418751
    Abstract: An apparatus adjusts the pressures of a therapeutic mattress surface in accordance with the angular position of that surface. The apparatus comprises an angular position sensor and a rotation sensor which are housed together in an enclosure having a top surface in the form of a circular plate. The circular plate mounts either on the surface of the mattress or on the bottom of a bed frame supporting the mattress. The angular position and rotation sensors measure the horizontal plane referenced perpendicular to the direction of the force of gravity. The apparatus further comprises a controller blower valve assembly which processes data received from the angular position and rotation sensors to maintain, increase, or decrease the pressures within the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan L. Bartlett, Randall L. Ohman, Dan G. Dimitriu