Upper Body Portions Of User Supported By Adjustable Section Patents (Class 5/617)
  • Patent number: 10272007
    Abstract: A bed frame 36 disclosed herein includes a calf section 72 with a foot end 74 and an upper end 76 longitudinally spaced from the foot end, an upper body section 54 with a head end 56 and a lower end 58 longitudinally spaced from the head end, and a medial section 66 longitudinally intermediate the calf and upper body sections. The bed frame is capable of assuming a chair state and a chair egress state. The upper body section and medial section define a sacral corner 68, and the calf section and medial section define a popliteal corner 70 spaced from the sacral corner by an intercorner distance. The intercorner distance is smaller in the chair egress state than in the chair state. A mattress 100 disclosed herein includes an upper body segment 102, a calf segment 116, and a medial segment 124 The lower end 106 of the upper body segment cooperates with the upper end 120 of the calf segment to define an intersegment distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Eric R. Meyer, Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach, Kirill Andrienko
  • Patent number: 9979786
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage device, a piece of medical equipment, a portable computing device, and a hub portal. The piece of medical equipment has at least one electrically powered feature and comprises either a medical examination table or a storage cabinet. The storage device is operable to store data and is remotely located relative to the first piece of medical equipment and relative to the portable computing device. The hub portal is operable to provide communication of one or both of data or commands between the storage device, the piece of medical equipment, and the portable computing device. A method includes enablement or activation of an electrically powered feature of medical equipment upon entry of a portable computing device into a medical examination room. The method also includes disablement or further activation of the electrically powered feature upon exit of the portable computing device from the medical examination room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Asad Abu-Tarif, Thomas L. Treon, Steven K. Cordonnier, Carlos J. Castillo, Robert Menke, Ruomei Zhang, Jon E. Wells
  • Patent number: 9913545
    Abstract: A slatted bed base having an outer frame as well as a reclining surface which surface comprises at least two parts and is arranged at the outer frame, wherein at least one part is configured as a pivotable part, which is pivotable around a pivot axis relative to the outer frame by an adjustment unit from a flat position into at least one adjusted position, wherein the adjustment unit is pivotable relative to the outer frame about a first pivot point and relative to the pivotable part about a second pivot point. In order to provide a slatted bed base that can be produced in a particularly cost-efficient manner and at the same time has a compact construction mode as well as a low construction height, the first pivot point for arranging the adjustment unit relative to the outer frame is arranged between the pivot axis of the pivotable part and the second pivot point of the adjustment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sino Europe GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jakob Loewen
  • Patent number: 9877883
    Abstract: A fail-safe release mechanism for use with patient positioning support apparati having a base structure and a patient support structure, to prevent collapse of the patient support during disconnection of the patient support structure from the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9744087
    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: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9687399
    Abstract: A fail-safe release mechanism for use with patient positioning support apparati having a base structure and a patient support structure, to prevent collapse of the patient support during disconnection of the patient support structure from the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9572736
    Abstract: A sliding thorax assembly subframe is mounted to a thorax assembly main frame section of an articulating bed and is adapted to descend as the torso section of the bed is raised to an inclined position. The mechanism, which is optionally combined with a slideback mechanism to extend the pelvic area of the bed in a longitudinal direction, reduces compressive and shear forces on the patient during bed articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: BEDLAB, LLC
    Inventors: William Jenkins, Mark Heflin
  • Patent number: 9572734
    Abstract: A fail-safe release mechanism for use with patient positioning support apparati having a base structure and a patient support structure, to prevent collapse of the patient support during disconnection of the patient support structure from the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9549863
    Abstract: A surgical table including a patient support structure and a base assembly including a first and a second support column supporting respective ends of the patient support structure. The patient support structure including a head end section and a foot end section, the head end section coupled at a pair of outer ends to the first support column, the foot end section coupled at a pair of outer ends to the second support column, the head and foot end sections each comprising a pair of inner ends that are pivotally and slidingly coupled together at an inward articulation, each of the inner ends of the head end section comprise a slot at the inward articulation, each of the inner ends of the foot end section are coupled with the respective slot via a hinge pin that engages the slot, the hinge pin configured to pivot and slide within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9314386
    Abstract: An adjustable platform bed frame includes first and second frame segments, wherein each frame segment has an outer frame member and a plurality of cross-members, with the first frame segment being positioned at a height that is slightly lower than that of the second frame segment; an adjustable frame member pivotally connected with and positioned above the first frame segment; and an adjustment mechanism connected at one end with the first frame segment and at its other end with the adjustable frame member, with the adjustment mechanism being operable for temporarily fixing the adjustable frame member in an inclined position relative to the second frame segment. The first and second frame segments may also be connected with one another by a lateral hinge connection that allows the first and second frame segments to fold relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Dennis Boyd
  • Patent number: 9228647
    Abstract: An actuator with a quick-release mechanism includes a base (10); an electric motor (20) including a worm shaft (212); a transmission mechanism (30) including a worm gear assembly (31), a lead screw shaft (32) and a bearing (33); a quick-release mechanism (40) including first and second cylinders (41, 42) attached to the lead screw shaft (32); an elastic member (50) clamped between the worm gear assembly (31) and the second cylinder (42) and a dialing mechanism (60) including a rotating piece (62) pivotally attached to the base (10); and wherein the worm gear assembly (31) including protruding teeth (316); the second cylinder (42) includes teeth slots (424) engaged with the protruding teeth (316) for engaged or disengaged transmission; and the rotating piece (62) includes a dial arm (621) to push the second cylinder (42) to disengage from the worm gear assembly (31) for torque transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TIMOTION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chou-Hsin Wu
  • Patent number: 9173793
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns a wallhugger bed with a plurality of mattress retaining brackets secured to one or more corners of the mattress platform to keep the mattress from shifting on the mattress platform during operation of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ASCION, LLC
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9149403
    Abstract: A bed frame 36 disclosed herein includes a calf section 72 with a foot end 74 and an upper end 76 longitudinally spaced from the foot end, an upper body section 54 with a head end 56 and a lower end 58 longitudinally spaced from the head end, and a medial section 66 longitudinally intermediate the calf and upper body sections. The bed frame is capable of assuming a chair state and a chair egress state. The upper body section and medial section define a sacral corner 68, and the calf section and medial section define a popliteal corner 70 spaced from the sacral corner by an intercorner distance. The intercorner distance is smaller in the chair egress state than in the chair state. A mattress 100 disclosed herein includes an upper body segment 102, a calf segment 116, and a medial segment 124 The lower end 106 of the upper body segment cooperates with the upper end 120 of the calf segment to define an intersegment distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Eric R. Meyer, Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach, Kirill Andrienko
  • Patent number: 9138173
    Abstract: A system for interoperability of a person support apparatus and various patient mobility devices are disclosed. The system allows for communication between the person support apparatus and various patient mobility devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Penninger, Christopher R. O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 9038217
    Abstract: A patient support includes a frame, a patient support surface supported at the frame, a display incorporated into the frame, and a user interface incorporated into the frame. The patient support frame includes a controller incorporated into the frame, which has a plurality of prompts stored therein. The user interface is in communication with the controller and may be used to select a selected prompt from the plurality of prompts stored in the controller. When a prompt is selected, the controller generates a display image or text associated with the selected prompt at the display in response to a passage of time or an input to provide a visual prompt to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Derick Elliot, David Mayen Moreno, Martin Plante, Chad Rohrer, David Kim Soui Wan Fong, Annie Désaulniers
  • Publication number: 20150121624
    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: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Alain Clenet
  • Publication number: 20150107023
    Abstract: An electric bed includes a base and an upper body adjustment unit is pivotably connected to a top portion of the base. A head support frame is pivotably connected to the upper body adjustment unit. A front adjustment unit has a power source located at the underside of the top portion of the base. An output end of the power source is connected to a push link and a support member. The push link is connected to the underside of the head support frame to tilt the head support frame. The support member is pivotably connected to the upper body support frame which has a support face. An angle is defined between the support face and the underside of the upper body adjustment unit. The head support frame is adjusted by using the front adjustment unit and the upper body support frame is then lifted to adjust the inclination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: CHI-TZUNG HUANG
  • 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: 8990984
    Abstract: A medical bed for positioning the patient in the lithotomy position having a mattress pad including a flexible footrest section. The footrest section cascades over and down an end of the medical bed as the mattress pad is translated, or slid, toward the end thereof. The mattress pad is positioned atop the frame, and includes a backrest section, a medial section, and a footrest section. The mattress pad is translatable, or slidable, with respect to the frame. The footrest section includes a plurality of partitioned segments that are pivotable with respect to each other such that the footrest section cascades down and over the foot-end of the frame when the mattress pad is translated toward the foot-end of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Leon Hochman, Nancy Valvona, Stephen Nicolato
  • 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: 8984681
    Abstract: A system for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a base sheet having a top surface and a bottom surface adapted to be placed above the supporting surface, and a glide sheet positioned above the top surface of the base sheet. The base sheet has fasteners located around the peripheral edges, which are configured to releasably fasten the base sheet to the bed. The base sheet and the glide sheet each have a tether strap, and the tether straps are configured to be connected together to secure the glide sheet in place. One or both of the tether straps may include at least a portion that is elastic. The system may also include a wedge, where the wedge has a hook-and-loop or other releasable connecting material that is configured for connection to a complementary connecting material on the base sheet and/or the glide sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Ponsi
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 8926535
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an adjustable bed handheld remote control that may include a handheld housing, a touch sensor on a front face of the handheld housing, a transmitter and the like. The touch sensor may be presented in a slider form and may be adapted to facilitate a user in adjusting a frame position of an adjustable bed. The transmitter may be electrically coupled to a processor and may receive input from the touch sensor, for communication control signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with the input received from the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Publication number: 20150000035
    Abstract: A patient handling device includes a deck for supporting a patient support surface, a controller, and two light sources, which are operable to output light of different colors. The controller is in communication with the light sources and operable to monitor the plurality of conditions and to generate a first unified indication by illuminating one of the lights when all the conditions remain in their desired state, and to generate a second indication by illuminating the other light when any of the conditions change from their desired state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation, a corporation of the State of Michigan
    Inventors: David Terrance Becker, Christopher John Hopper, Michael Joseph Hayes, Vivek Shankar, Richard C. Mayoras, JR.
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140325761
    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: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: ASCION, LLC
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 8863332
    Abstract: An adjustable bed is provided that has an articulating mattress a number of articulating sections. The bed has an adjustable base with a mechanism to move the articulating mattress into a plurality of positions. The articulating mattress has a number of rigid deck boards. Each articulating section has a corresponding deck board. Adjacent deck boards are hinged together so they can move or rotate with respect to one another. A suspension material, such as pocketed coil springs and/or foam, is disposed above each of said deck boards. A surrounding covering material that encases the deck boards and the suspension material to provide a mattress that can be moved to a number of different positions without any further retaining mechanisms being needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: William Robert Rohr
  • Publication number: 20140304918
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jeff Steffens, Paul Fowler, Larry Ponsi, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Publication number: 20140259417
    Abstract: A method can be provided that includes measuring sound waves using a sound measuring device, determining, at a central controller of an air mattress system, one or more parameter values of the sound waves, comparing the one or more parameter values with values, ranges, or patterns indicative of snoring, identifying a snoring state of a user, and initiating, with the central controller, a change to one or more adjustable features of the air mattress system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rob Nunn, Wade Daniel Palashewski, Matthew Wayne Tilstra, Stacy Stusynski, Steven Young, Carl Hewitt
  • Publication number: 20140259419
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Select Comfort Corporation
    Inventors: Stacy Stusynski, Yi-ching Chen, John McGuire
  • Publication number: 20140259418
    Abstract: In one example, this disclosure describes a method including determining, at a central controller of an air mattress system, whether a user is present on a mattress of the air mattress system, initiating a timer in response to determining that the user is present on the mattress, enabling a light control feature of the air mattress system upon determining that the user is present on the mattress after expiration of the timer, and after enabling the light control feature, transmitting, from the central controller, at least one instruction to turn on at least one light of the air mattress system in response to determining that the user is no longer present on the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rob Nunn, Wade Daniel Palashewski, Yi-ching Chen, Steven Young, Carl Hewitt
  • Publication number: 20140250600
    Abstract: An electric folding bed includes a base having a load-bearing element for supporting hips of a user and at least a track extending along a head-to-foot axis of the bed, a telescopic actuator having a body pivotally attached to the base and a telescoping element linearly moveable relative to the body along the head-to-foot axis substantially, a connecting unit pivotally connected with the telescoping element, a backboard fastened to the connecting unit for the user to lean thereon, at least a supporting element pivotally attached to the base and the connecting unit, and at least a moving element disposed to the track and pivotally attached to the connecting unit. The telescoping element drives the connecting unit and the backboard to swing up and displace away from the load-bearing element. Therefore, the electric folding bed can avoid user's uncomfort and injury when the user sits up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicants: PPJ. LLC, RUOEY LUNG ENTERPRISE CORP.
    Inventors: Philip Woods MCCARTY, Philip Reid SHERMAN, Chuan-Hang SHIH
  • Patent number: 8830069
    Abstract: A patient bed with a multimedia system is disclosed. A patient can access a net work through the multimedia system, and to join a net meeting to chat with other patients. The multimedia system can also provide a consolidated platform of medical information for a doctor or a nurse. An input device of the patient bed may have a touch pad, which allows the patient to control the position of patient support through finger gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Wei-Ting Liu, Wei-Hua Lu, Chih-Kuei Hu
  • Patent number: 8806680
    Abstract: A bed for nursing care comprises a mat unit including a hip receiving portion for supporting a hip portion of a care-dependent person, an upper half body receiving portion for supporting an upper half body portion that is upper than the hip portion, and a lower half body portion for supporting a lower half body portion that is lower than the hip portion; a bed frame unit for supporting the mat unit; and a toilet unit moveable to an opening portion formed when the hip receiving portion is stored in a lower portion. The lower half body portion comprises a thigh receiving portion that supports thigh portions of the care-dependent person, wherein the thigh portion is lifted with rising of the thigh receiving portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Takayuki Ishida
  • Patent number: 8806682
    Abstract: A bed including an articulation system is provided. The bed includes a frame and an actuator coupled to the frame. The bed further includes an arcuate member and a plurality of deck sections. The arcuate member is coupled to the actuator and one of the plurality of deck sections. The actuator operates to move the arcuate member to rotate the thigh section around a natural hip pivot point of a person positioned on the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Gregory W. Branson, Virgil J. Niese, Rachel H. King, Francis C. Ganance
  • 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: 8793826
    Abstract: A surgical operating table has a plurality of sections, connected to each other and capable of being pivoted at least in vertical plane, and upon which the patient is rested while a surgical procedure is performed. These sections include a back support, which comprises a lower back section, a middle back section protruding therefrom, and two shoulder sections disposed on either side of the middle back section and releasably secured to the lower back section. In the releasing process, the shoulder section is first pivoted to an inclined angle downward from a plane of the lower back section and the middle back section, thus enabling a protrusion on the shoulder section to be released from a clamping of the frame portion and the rod, on the lower back section after which the shoulder section is capable of being pulled away and removed from the lower back section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Merivaara Oy
    Inventor: Ari Nurminen
  • Publication number: 20140201916
    Abstract: An articulating bed incorporates an actuation system which employs an actuator pivotally attached at a first end to a midpoint of a head end rail of a frame. The actuator has a range of motion from a retracted position to an extended position. A roller assembly is pivotally attached to a central lateral rail in the frame and has a spacer bar. A second end of the actuator is pivotally attached to a midpoint of the spacer bar. The roller assembly further has rollers engaging a lower surface of an upper body support section. The upper body support section is substantially horizontal with the actuator in said retracted position and urged by the rollers for angular rotation about an axis through the range of motion for the actuator to a raised position in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: ERGOMOTION, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Ermalovich, Joey Krueger
  • Publication number: 20140189953
    Abstract: A therapy mat table has an upper surface and removable mat. A portion of the mat and a separate plate is rotatably mounted within the flat top so as to be capable of being selectively raised and lowered to form a seat back for a patient reclining or sitting on the pad on an elongated side edge of the table. The table may also include transfer bars which help to move a patient on and off the table or when moving to a standing position or while simply standing. The table may further include a stowable foot stop, which prevents backward movement of the patient's feet when the patient is standing between the transfer bars. The table may also include a knee blocker, which helps to limit or prevent buckling of the patient's knees when the patient is standing between the transfer bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Edward Estrada
  • Publication number: 20140173826
    Abstract: A surgery table utilizing first and second sections which are hingedly attached to one another. First and second sections are also connected to supports apart from the hinged portion. An elevator moves one of the sections upwardly and downwardly at the support. The resultant position of the frame formed by the first and second sections may take the configuration of a flat surface or an upwardly or downwardly oriented “vee”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8745788
    Abstract: A patient support (10, 14) includes a source of pressurized air (64), a bladder (30), a valve (66) in fluid communication with the source of pressurized air (64) and to the bladder (30), a pressure sensor (28) in fluid communication with the bladder (30), and a controller (26) responsive to a pressure signal from the pressure sensor (28). The controller (26) may determine a rate of change of pressure within the bladder (30) and may store historical pressure data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services. Inc.
    Inventor: Aziz A. Bhai
  • Publication number: 20140150183
    Abstract: The present invention is a collapsible portable field hospital bed that can be transported to remote location and is durable enough to remain at the remote location for subsequent local use. The invention can include a frame having a horizontal support assembly including a proximal end and a distal end hingably connected so that the proximal end and the distal end can be moved from an operational position to a storage position; a vertical support assembly pivotally connected to an angled support assembly and said horizontal support assembly, said angled support assembly pivotally connected to said horizontal support assembly; a stabilizing assembly included in said frame having a first hinge member pivotally attached to a second hinge member, said stabilizing assembly biased in said operational position, said first hinge member cooperating with said second hinge member to prevent said angled support assembly from folding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: North American Rescue, LLC
    Inventors: Matt Westra, Anthony Horton, Matthew Cupelli
  • Publication number: 20140115785
    Abstract: A spring assist system for use with a person support apparatus is described herein. The spring assist system comprises a spring which applies a spring force on a head support deck section to aid in motion from a first position at a higher inclination to a second position at a lower inclination with respect to a supporting frame member. The spring assist system is configured to exclusively apply spring force between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Turner
  • Patent number: 8683629
    Abstract: An articulating bed incorporates a support frame having an upper body support section. A lumbar actuation lever extends from a rotatable torque tube with angle arms extending from the torque tube to a lumbar support element. The lumbar support element is retracted against the upper body support section creating minimal deflection in a lumbar region of a mattress. The torque tube is rotated with to elevate the lumbar support element. A head support bracket is mounted to a neck angle adjustment section. The neck angle adjustment section is aligned with the upper body support section. or rotated about hinge elements to provide an angled head and neck position with respect to the upper body support section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ergomotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Clenet, Joseph Ermalovich