Upper Body Portions Of User Supported By Adjustable Section Patents (Class 5/617)
  • Publication number: 20040068797
    Abstract: A medical examination table which is movable between a lowered patient entry/exit position and a raised patient examination position. A scissor-lift assembly is provided to raise and lower the examination table. The examination table includes a drawer having a pivotal front panel which is adapted to support instruments or other items thereon when the drawer is folded to a downward position. The examination table further includes a storage pocket located beneath the backrest. The storage pocket and its contents are concealed when the backrest is lowered and are accessible when the backrest is inclined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Applicant: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur D. Smith, Bart L. Milbourn, Joseph P. Schlater, Leo R. Hanus, Richard L. Turner, Rainer B. Teufel, Jeff T. DeBord
  • Patent number: 6718580
    Abstract: An illustrative patient support apparatus includes a first section adapted to support a first portion of a patient, a second section adapted to support a second portion of the patient and pivotably movable relative to the first section about a first pivot axis, a third section adapted to support a third portion of the patient and pivotably movable relative to the second section about a second pivot axis that is parallel with the first pivot axis, a first locking mechanism that, when locked, prevents the second section from pivoting relative to the first section, a first lever that is movable to unlock the first locking mechanism to allow the second section to pivot relative to the first section, a second locking mechanism that, when locked, prevents the third section from pivoting relative to the second section, and a second lever that is movable to unlock the second locking mechanism to allow the third section to pivot relative to the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Jonathan D. Turner, D. Scott Manlove
  • Publication number: 20040034932
    Abstract: A patient support system for medical treatments is disclosed having an attached table section, an exchangeable table section and a fastener for the sections, the fastener including a sleeve, a rod and a cam-lock mechanism. The system also includes an easily operated and precisely located clamp for mounting accessory devices to the top of the table sections. The sections include peripheral channels and ridges which are used by the clamp to make a tight engagement. The channels also are used to form a coordinate number scale so that the patient, clamp and accessory devices may be consistently located time after time for multiple periodic treatments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: Aktina Corp.
    Inventors: Nick Zacharopoulos, Thomas R. Pherson
  • Patent number: 6694549
    Abstract: A patient support is provided having a frame, a deck positioned on the frame, and a mattress. The deck includes a deck section configured to move relative to the frame. The frame includes a recessed portion configured to receive the deck section during movement of the deck section relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Perez, Sohrab Soltani, James J. Romano
  • Patent number: 6687932
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjusting device which is provided for pivoting a pivotal element of a piece of furniture in relation to a fixed element of the same, said furniture being used in households, work areas and in health care fields. The inventive device comprises a retaining arm (16), an actuating drive (24) held on said retaining arm (16), and an actuating arm (26), whereby the retaining arm (16) and the actuating arm (26) can be moved in relation to one another by the actuating drive (24). The adjusting device (10) is held on the fixed element (18) via a free end of the retaining arm (16) and is held on the pivotal element (12) via a free end of the actuating arm (26). The actuating arm (26) is pivotally connected, via the end thereof situated opposite the free end, to the retaining arm (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Linator GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Bangert, Stefan Hessler, Ingo Uhlenhaut
  • Patent number: 6684423
    Abstract: An adjustable bed having a bed frame and a center support section supported by the bed frame. A second support section has one end pivotally attached to one end of the center support section, and the second support section has an opening therethrough. A massage motor assembly has a housing mounted to the second support section over the opening. A massage motor is disposed in the housing, and a resilient material is disposed in the housing between the massage motor and the housing. Enclosing the massage motor in the resilient material reduces its operational noise and permits the massage motor to move in its natural orbital motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Robert G. Godette
  • Patent number: 6672668
    Abstract: An examination chair for gynecological and urological examinations, comprising a chair part (14) with a seat (22) and a backrest (24), and a support column (12) that has a column head which can be adjusted heightwise through an actuator (20), on which the chair section is mounted, the backrest (24) being pivotally mounted on the column head (18) for movement about a horizontal pivot axis (28) and being so pivotable by a drive mechanism (30), the seat (22) being pivotally mounted on the backrest (24) for movement about a second pivot axis (36) parallel to the axis (28) and also connected to the backrest (24) by a four-corner linkage (38) that includes both pivot axes (28,36), a link axis (40) fixed to the seat, and a free link axis (42), the link (46) of the linkage (38) connecting the first pivot axis (28) to the free axis (42) being a first lever arm of a two-armed control lever (48) and cooperating with a stop (54) secured to the column to determine the fundamental position of the seat (22), the second leve
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Ivan Boruta, Vilem Neuman
  • Publication number: 20030213065
    Abstract: Bed for long-stay patients, in particular for bedridden patients suffering from bedsores, comprising a metal frame supporting a support platform for a mattress, characterized in that said mattress consists of a plurality of independent sections, each of them being firmly connected to a frame peripherally protruding from said support platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Elena Bristotti
  • Patent number: 6647571
    Abstract: A bed assembly for invalids or patients includes a bed frame assembly having an opening provided near a center portion thereof. A mattress is provided on the bed frame assembly and has an opening provided therein for receiving a non-rigid, inflatable insert having an opening. The insert opening communicates with the bed frame assembly opening. The bed assembly further includes a waste container that is slideably received on a bottom portion of the bed frame assembly. The waste container also has an opening that communicates with the non-rigid, inflatable insert opening and the bed frame assembly opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Hawaiko, Inc.
    Inventor: Deanna Hynansky
  • Patent number: 6643873
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame and a deck carried on the frame. The deck includes longitudinally-spaced apart and transversely-extending back, seat, thigh and foot sections, with at least the back, thigh and foot sections articulated relative to the frame. A back section drive is coupled to the back section to raise and lower the back section. A thigh section drive coupled to the back section and the thigh section to initially raise and then lower the thigh section as the back section is raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Jonathan D. Turner, Kenneth W. Meyer, Bernard F. Voegele
  • Patent number: 6638299
    Abstract: A chiropractic treatment table and method for treating a patient's spine for providing true longitudinal distraction alone or in combination with vertical flexion and extension, lateral flexion, and/or rotation. The treatment table includes a longitudinally moveable head support portion slidingly mounted on an anti-friction structure whereby the head support portion is freely moveable with practically no frictional or drag. In view of the anti-friction structure, the net longitudinal distraction force is primarily only that which is applied by the chiropractor thereby not requiring adjustment or compensation for drag or other forces, and thereby providing the chiropractor substantially improved control of the actual applied distraction force for administering the desired distraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: James M. Cox
  • Publication number: 20030115672
    Abstract: A medical device control system and related method for simultaneously controlling operation of first and second patient supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventor: David C. Newkirk
  • Publication number: 20030115674
    Abstract: An illustrative patient support apparatus includes a first section adapted to support a first portion of a patient, a second section adapted to support a second portion of the patient and pivotably movable relative to the first section about a first pivot axis, a third section adapted to support a third portion of the patient and pivotably movable relative to the second section about a second pivot axis that is parallel with the first pivot axis, a first locking mechanism that, when locked, prevents the second section from pivoting relative to the first section, a first lever that is movable to unlock the first locking mechanism to allow the second section to pivot relative to the first section, a second locking mechanism that, when locked, prevents the third section from pivoting relative to the second section, and a second lever that is movable to unlock the second locking mechanism to allow the third section to pivot relative to the second section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Jonathan D. Turner, D. Scott Manlove
  • Patent number: 6578215
    Abstract: An illustrative eye surgery stretcher includes a head rest configured to support a patient's head, a head frame configured to support a patient's shoulders, a back frame configured to support a patient's back, and a seat frame configured to support a patient's seat. The head rest is adjustably movable relative to the head frame. The head frame is adjustably movable relative to the back frame. The back frame is adjustably movable relative to the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Jonathan D. Turner, D. Scott Manlove
  • Patent number: 6568008
    Abstract: A medical examination table is adapted to receive at least one two-way drawer assembly with a removable locking mechanism and an articulating backrest. The backrest is controlled by a linear actuator and can be adjusted to any desired position. The backrest requires a relatively small amount of space in the table, and therefore, storage capacity of the table is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: The Brewer Company, LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Siepmann, Michael J. Marchant, Edward A. Raleigh
  • Patent number: 6564412
    Abstract: A mattress having a head end and a foot end includes a first support section configured to support an occupant's feet, legs, and seat, and a second support section located adjacent the head end of the mattress to support an occupant's back and head. A portion of the head support section is movable toward the head end of the mattress as the second support section is moved to an elevated position relative to the first support section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Henley, Dana H. Delk, Robert C. Novack, James J. Romano
  • Patent number: 6519795
    Abstract: A nursing bed has a lifting device mounted on the front frame so that the patient is still able to change the upper part of the body and a sliding device mounted between the mediate frame and the rear frame so that the rear frame is able to move sidewardly relative to the mediate frame of the nursing bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Tung Tai Chuang Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Da Dun Liu
  • Patent number: 6516480
    Abstract: A system for producing adjustable articulated beds. These beds use measurements taken from a particular human form applied to the bed construction. All beds made using this system have the following in common: a standard distance of four inches from the top of the intended user's head to the head end of the mattress; a mattress that increases in length as the bed is articulated upward and decreases in length when returning to supine position thus matching the change that occurs to the posterior length of the user with no slippage; standardized articulating mechanisms, to articulate the thighs and legs plus and increases the length of the thigh supporting sections when articulated upward, thus matching the movement of the human form; and standardized orbiculators to articulate the torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Franklin E. Elliott
  • Patent number: 6507964
    Abstract: A bed having a base, a pedestal mounted on the base and a patient supporting member mounted on the pedestal. The pedestal is generally centrally oriented relative to the base and to the patient supporting member and includes a mechanism for effecting an elevating of the patient supporting member relative to the base. A stabilizing mechanism is provided for enabling the pedestal to accommodate differing elevations between the base and the patient supporting member and yet facilitate a maintaining of longitudinal axis congruency between the relatively movable components of the pedestal so that an orientation of the patient supporting member will remain relatively fixed with respect to the base independent of a height of the patient supporting member relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Lewandowski, Martin W. Stryker, William V. Bleeker, Jr., James R. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20020189014
    Abstract: A medical examination table is adapted to receive at least one two-way drawer assembly with a removable locking mechanism and an articulating backrest. The backrest is controlled by a linear actuator and can be adjusted to any desired position. The backrest requires a relatively small amount of space in the table, and therefore, storage capacity of the table is maximized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Applicant: Main Street Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Siepmann, Michael J. Marchant, Edward A. Raleigh
  • Publication number: 20020162170
    Abstract: Motor-driven, adjustable supporting device for the upholstery of seating and/or reclining furniture, e.g. a mattress or a bed, has a first supporting part and at least a second supporting part for the support of a mattress over its surface. The first supporting part and the second supporting part are jointedly connected to one another and are pivotable relative to one another by a drive. The drive may have at least one electromotive drive which is disposed on the first supporting part in such a way that an output element of the drive is disposed between an upper limiting plane and a lower limiting plane of the first supporting part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Eckhart Dewert
  • Patent number: 6463607
    Abstract: A mattress support, in particular a bed lath grid with a neck support that can be raised with respect to an adjustable backrest has an adjustment mechanism that can be produced easily and economically and that ensures a direct support on the backrest. This is achieved with an adjustment mechanism which has an adjustment lever that is pivotally positioned on a rotational axis. The adjustment lever has a guidance arc that is guided in a restricted guidance fixed on a longitudinal or a transverse beam and a lever arm which is supported on the neck support, so that the adjustment lever can be pivoted around the rotational axis by guiding the guidance arc in the restricted guidance when raising the backrest, and so that the neck support, which moves together with the backrest through the use of the lever arm, can be raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Siegbert Hartmann
  • Patent number: 6421855
    Abstract: An infant bed of the present invention includes a frame, a mattress having a first portion and a second portion, and a mattress support that is supported on the frame for supporting the mattress. The mattress support has a first portion that supports the first portion of the mattress. The mattress support also has a second portion that is mechanically tilted about a central longitudinal axis so as to laterally tilt the second portion of the mattress to either side relative to the first portion of the mattress. The infant bed of the present invention is particularly useful for preventing positional plagiocephaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Robert J. Mann
  • Publication number: 20020066142
    Abstract: A bed for a person is provided. The bed includes a frame, a deck, a mattress, a pair of head end siderails, and a pair of foot end siderails. The bed further includes a controller configured to be coupled to the head and foot end siderails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Eugene E. Osborne, John W. Koeing, Glenn C. Suttman, Matthew Visca, Jack Wilker, Jeffrey R. Welling, Gregory W. Branson, Kenneth L. Kramer, Bruce E. Dickman, Dean M. Valvona, Robert A. Kinker, William L. Jacques, James K. Findlay, Francis C. Ganance
  • Patent number: 6393641
    Abstract: An articulating mechanism includes a drive pivotally connected at a first end to the upper body section about a first pivot axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the bed and pivotally connected at a second end to the base frame about a second pivot axis parallel to the first pivot axis for translating the upper body section relative to the base frame, and a link pivotally connected at a first end to the upper body section about the first pivot axis and pivotally connected at a second end to the base frame about a third pivot axis parallel to the first pivot axis such that translation of the upper body section relative to the base frame results in tilting of the upper body section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Hensley
  • Publication number: 20020056162
    Abstract: A stretcher comprised of a roller base, a scissor-type lift frame having a lower end rotatably connected to the base, a tubular undercarriage rotatably and slidably connected to an upper end of the frame, a foldable rigid support positionable over the undercarriage, a soft, foldable cushion positionable over the support and connected thereto to prevent disassociation therefrom, and first and second side-arm supports rotatably connected to the undercarriage. The undercarriage includes first and second longitudinal frame members and first and second movable end extensions. Internal to each of the longitudinal frame members is a releasably locking mechanism to lock the stretcher at a predetermined height. The internal locking mechanism is releasable allowing the stretcher to be vertically adjusted by either one or two thumb triggers, located at one of the movable end extensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Flynn, Christopher S. High, Jerry L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6374438
    Abstract: A mobile patient stretcher is provided and particularly adapted for additional use as a pain clinic treatment table designed to accommodate a C-arm of a fluoroscopic or like imaging apparatus. The stretcher litter top or patient support surface is radiolucent and includes selectively removable lateral side rail sections so that the litter top can be selectively converted into an hourglass shape without side rails as required for treatment procedures and/or C-arm access and imaging. On the other hand, with the lateral side rail sections in place, the stretcher includes a full-width patient support surface, and also includes a radiolucent fowler back rest, selectively deployable side rails, and a hydraulically or otherwise controlled conventional wheeled stretcher base that is adapted to place the patient support surface in a raised, lowered, Trendelenburg, or reverse Trendelenburg orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Steris INC
    Inventors: Michael D. Fox, Raymond A. Failor, Daniel J. Radden
  • Patent number: 6363556
    Abstract: A linkage for an articulating bed comprises a first latch arm which extends from the knee section of an articulating bed. A latch bar is connected between the first latch arm and the back section of the articulating bed. The latch bar is displaceable between a first position and a second position. The latch arm is engageable with the latch bar when the latch bar is in the first position to maintain movement of the back section independent relative to the knee section. The latch arm is engageable with the latch bar when the latch bar is in the second position to interconnect the back section and the knee section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical HHG Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard J. Krauska, John L. Edgerton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6357065
    Abstract: A variable width bariatric bed including a frame having a modular configuration with front end, rear end and middle frame sections that are detachable from one another to facilitate storage, transport and relocation through narrow entrances. A series of electric motors carried by the frame apply pushing forces to raise a plurality of mattress support deck sections to adjust the contour of a mattress. Each of the mattress support deck sections has a pair of pull out extensions that are adapted to slide outwardly and in opposite directions from a retracted position to an extended position at which the mattress support deck sections have a relatively wide width to support a correspondingly wide (e.g. 48 inch) mattress. Such mattress includes a mattress body and a pair of (e.g. foam or air filled) mattress extensions that are releasably connected at opposite sides of the mattress body and seated upon the pair of pull out extensions of the mattress support deck sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Mellen Air Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig D. Adams
  • Patent number: 6353950
    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: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Kinetic Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan L. Bartlett, Randall Ohman
  • Patent number: 6351861
    Abstract: A bed frame includes a base frame, an articulated support deck, an intermediate frame positioned between the base frame and the articulated support deck, and an auto-contour mechanism. The articulated support deck includes head, seat and foot deck portions. When engaged, the auto-contour mechanism adjusts the elevation of the seat deck portion and the foot deck portion in response to an adjustment of the head deck portion. The auto-contour mechanism is easily engaged/disengaged by manipulating a control lever. The bed frame can include siderails which are provided with a latching mechanism. The bed frame can also include a caster assembly that allows casters to be pivoted in an engaged position in which the bed frame rests on the casters, and a disengaged position in which the bed frame rests on legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kendall O. Shows, William S. Larisey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6343392
    Abstract: An adjusting device for a seat, couch or a bed utilizes a rotatably mounted eccentric in a round disc connected to the motor via a gearing. The round disc has an external tooth system that meshes with an internal tooth system a ring. A rod is connected to the ring is adapted to transmit adjusting force to one of the base sections of the seat, couch or bed. The adjusting device provides a more compact adjustable drive with the feature of single-base drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Recticel International Bettsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Becker, RĂ¼diger Ostholt
  • Patent number: 6295666
    Abstract: The posture of a patient on a nursing bed can be changed by separating a bed tray that is in a base of the nursing bed from leg-side lifts and hand-side lifts. Leg-side and head-side nets are fully stretched, and the body of the patient is supported on the leg-side net and the head-side net above the bed plate using the leg-side lifts and head-side lifts while the patient faces upwards. An elongate cushion is then placed lengthwise on the bed plate. The body of the patient is then lowered until the body comes into contact with the elongate cushion. Winding drums are then rotated to pull on the nets on the side toward which it is decide to turn the patient so as to loosen the leg-side and head-side nets, so that the body of the patient rolls on the elongate cushion toward that side, and so that the body of the patient is supported by the bed plate. The elongate cushion is then subsequently removed from the bed plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Takaura
  • Patent number: 6289536
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling incapacitated patients is disclosed in one presently preferred embodiment of the present invention as including a bed (1) having a base frame (2) which supports a central panel (5) for supporting the patient's bottom, a second panel (8) and a third panel (9) for supporting the upper and lower parts, respectively, of the patient's legs and a fourth panel (6) for supporting the patient's back, there being drive means for displacing the panels such that in one configuration their upper surfaces lie in a single horizontal plane and in another configuration adjacent panels are inclined with respect to each other, characterized in that the apparatus further includes a leg support (12) which is displaceable into and out of a position in which it forms a local widening of the bed (1), in which position it can support the lower parts of the patient's legs when the patient is in an attitude in which the legs are straight or are bent and the patient is lying on his side, and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: Simon Betson
  • Patent number: 6279183
    Abstract: A bed includes a base frame, a deck coupled to the base frame for supporting a body, a peer-to-peer communication network having a plurality of connection points, and a plurality of modules. Each module is electrically coupled to a selected connection point of the peer-to-peer communication network. Each module is configured to perform a dedicated function during operation of the bed, and each module is configured to communicate over the peer-to-peer communication network with selected other modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kummer, Matthew W. Weismiller, Daniel F. Dlugos, Jr., Stephen R. Shulte
  • Patent number: 6276011
    Abstract: An adjustable bed which includes a first frame and a second slide frame upon and relative to the first frame. The first frame includes side guides along which roll rollers carried by slide rails of the slide frame. The slide frame includes a backrest frame, a seat frame and a thigh/leg frame. The backrest frame is defined by opposite pairs of head arms and back arms transversely connected by crossbars between the head arm and between the back arms. A pair of extendable/retractable members are connected one to each of the crossbars. The extendable/retractable members are relatively extended in a first position in which the backrest frame, seat frame and thigh/leg frames are disposed in a substantially horizontal plane and a second position in which the backrest frame is raised and the seat frame is closer to a head end of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Santino Antinori
  • Patent number: 6237172
    Abstract: A tabletop has sections that are relatively movable to positions in which the tabletop is configured to support a patient in a generally kneeling prone position suitable for lumbar examination. An angular section of the tabletop has a torso support surface configured to receive the patient's torso when the patient is in the generally kneeling prone position. The angular section further has a leg support surface configured to receive the patient's upper legs when the patient is in the generally kneeling prone position. The torso and leg support surfaces of the angular section of the tabletop have a permanently fixed angular orientation relative to each other and face upward in directions that diverge from each other. This configuration of the angular section enables the tabletop to impart an especially accessible orientation to the patient's lumbar vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Morgan Medesign, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Henry Morgan, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6212713
    Abstract: An examination table including a base member supporting a seat section and including a back section pivotally supported on the seat section. The back section includes an elongated pivot frame connected to the seat section at a pivot connection, and a sliding frame supported for longitudinal sliding movement along the pivot frame. A coupling member is supported on the pivot frame for rotational movement and includes telescoping members engaged with the sliding frame wherein the coupling member is rotated by a linkage during pivotal movement of the back section to cause the sliding frame to move longitudinally of the pivot frame to accommodate movement of a patient's back relative to the pivot frame as the pivot frame is pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Jay L. Kuck, Paul P. Kolada, Sean W. Svendsen
  • Patent number: 6209157
    Abstract: The bed frame includes a base frame and an articulating upper frame. The base frame includes a head end, a foot end, and oppositely disposed, longitudinally extending sides. The articulating upper frame comprises an upper body section, a seat section, a thigh section, and a lower leg section. The articulating upper frame is mounted on the base frame for longitudinal shifting of the articulating upper frame relative to the base frame. A first drive assembly for raising and lowering the upper body section includes linkage connected to the upper body section such that, tilting movement of the upper body section shifts the articulating upper frame longitudinally relative to the base frame. A second drive assembly for raising and lowering the thigh section includes linkage connected to the lower leg section such that, when the thigh section tilts upwardly, the lower leg section tilts downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: PaTMark Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Hensley
  • Patent number: 6209463
    Abstract: A medical examination table having an apparatus for support and securing the backrest to an inclined position, self-adjusting drawers having a resilient extension fixedly connected to at least one of two side panels of the drawer, wherein the drawer is slideably connectable within multiple sized drawer openings, a retractable footstep having a platform slideably received within a cavity of the table and able to be locked in an extended position and a retractable leg rest having a shelf member slideably received within another cavity of the table and having a lip and a pad for continuously supporting the patient's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: United Metal Fabricators, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis T. Koharchik, Michael A. Pribish, Jacob D. Radwanski, Mark J. Romano
  • Patent number: 6105187
    Abstract: Motorized adjustment of the configuration of a bed in its support of a user in an automatic "sleep" mode is controlled to establish the bed in state A (FIG. 3) pre-selected for sleeping on the side, or state B (FIG. 2) pre-selected for sleeping on the back, in dependence upon whether the user's shoulder as sensed by a pressure pad (26) is within a recess (27) of the mattress (1). A motor unit (8) adjusts the bed-configuration by inclining bed-base sections (4,5) under commands from a controller (15 FIG. 4) that for the "sleep" mode operates in conjunction with an auxiliary unit (16 FIG. 4) coupled to the pad (26). Delays for changeovers between states A and B and the changeover threshold are set by controls (31, 33 and 34) of the auxiliary unit (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Ljubomir Gnjatovic
  • Patent number: 6076208
    Abstract: A surgical stretcher includes a patient-support deck having a substantially planar back section coupled to a frame for pivoting movement about a transverse pivot axis. The back section includes a frame member having first and second corner portions. The first corner portion is transversely spaced apart from the second corner portion, and the first and second corner portions are longitudinally spaced apart from the transverse pivot axis. An actuator couples the back section to the frame. The actuator is lockable to prevent pivoting movement of the back section relative to the frame, and is releasable to allow pivoting movement of the back section relative to the frame. A release rod is coupled to the back section and movable to release the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, Patrick J. Minnelli, James L. Walke
  • Patent number: 6076209
    Abstract: An articulated medical bed for supporting a person in articulated movement is disclosed. The bed comprises a main frame defining a base and an articulated support frame including an upper body section pivotally connected to the base, a seat section pivotally connected to the upper body section and a detachably mounted lower leg section pivotally connected to the seat section. An elongated link member pivotally connects the lower leg section to the base. A glide member is mounted on the seat section and supported for linear movement along the base whereby the seat section is supported for rocking movement about the glide member. A linear actuator is connected to the upper body section for simultaneously actuating the upper body section, seat section and lower leg section in articulated movement. A side rail is supported on the base and includes telescoping inner and outer horizontal rail members extending between vertical rail members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Gerald S. Paul
  • Patent number: 6061873
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising a platform having a flank panel connected pivotally to a lateral margin of the seat or platform by means of a hinge device, wherein the hinge device comprises at least two mountings and a moulding comprising an elongate flexible web bridging mounting formation which are releasable securable on the mountings; wherein one of the mountings is provided on or secured to the lateral margin of the platform and the other of the mounting is provided on or secured to a margin of the flank panel; so that the web of the moulding provides a flexible bridge between the platform and flank panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Mangar International Limited
    Inventor: Timothy S Fry
  • Patent number: 6012186
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided to support a mattress. The apparatus includes a base platform that is formed to rest on a box spring and to include slots therethrough, a plate hinged to the base platform, and a bladder fastened between the plate and the base platform. In addition, the apparatus includes a fastener mechanism coupled to the plate and adapted to block sliding movement of the mattress relative to the plate and a strap coupled to the base platform. The strap extends through the slots and is configured to extend about the box spring to hold the base platform on the box spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Compnay, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohrab Soltani, David N. Ashcraft, Timothy W. Perez, James J. Romano, Elizabeth D. Kerrigan
  • Patent number: 6000076
    Abstract: A stretcher includes a first actuator coupled to a head section and a second actuator coupled to a thigh section. A set of buttons accessible to a patient carried by the stretcher are coupled to motors that drive the respective first and second actuators. The buttons are pressed to move the thigh section through a full range of motion and to move the head section through a limited range of motion. A switch inaccessible to the patient is pressed to move the head section through a full range of motion. Lockout switches are provided for disabling the buttons and the switch. A first hand crank is coupled to the first actuator and is manually rotated to move the head section through the full range of motion. A second hand crank is coupled to the second actuator and is manually rotated to move the thigh section through the full range of motion. A CPR release handle is provided for quickly lowering the head section to the lowered position without the use of the buttons, switch, or first hand crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Matthew Webster, James L. Walke, Charles A. Howell
  • Patent number: 5996151
    Abstract: A patient support stretcher which includes a base and a main frame portion coupled to the base through at least one pair of crossbars forming an X-shaped configuration. The crossbars are pivotally connected to one another and are pivotally connected to the base and the main frame portion. A back support or a fowler section is hinged to the main frame portion and a strut interconnects the back support to the main frame to provide the requisite balanced leverage for effecting the simultaneous lift of the main frame and the fowler section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Bartow, Martin W. Stryker, Geary A. North, Richard L. McDaniel
  • Patent number: 5926876
    Abstract: A device for adapting a surgical operating table such that the upper torso of the patient can be raised in order to place the patient in a seated position, the device further providing the means of exposing or supporting a side of said patient's upper torso and limbs. The device contains a continuously adjustable positioning mechanism, and corresponding actuator for said mechanism, in a way that a user can rapidly and conveniently put a patient in the desired position, from a supine posture to a fully seated position. Additionally, the device does not render the surgical table permanently modifed, as the process of modification is reversible by means of a simple attachment mechanism. The device uses a back support section hingedly connected to a base frame, this base frame providing the attachment support to the surgical table. Side support panels are either moved out of the way on the patient's operative side, or left in place to provide support to the unaffected side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Compacta International, Ltd.
    Inventors: James H. Haigh, Alfredo M. Choperena
  • Patent number: 5926877
    Abstract: An adjustable supporting table generally comprises a basic frame, a first moveable bracket, a first pulley assembly, and a first driving device. The basic frame includes a main traverse rod. The first moveable bracket is pivotally attached to the basic frame and is provided with a traverse rod. The first pulley assembly is configured with a plurality of basic frame pulleys, a plurality of first pulleys, and a first cable. The basic pulley assembly is rotationally disposed at the main traverse rod of the basic frame. The first pulleys are rotationally disposed at a traverse rod of the first moveable bracket. The first cable is routed along those plurality of basic pulleys and first pulleys. The first driving device is fixedly disposed on the basic frame for extending or rewinding the first cable. Wherein when the first driving device is actuated, the first cable can be extended or wound such that the first moveable bracket can be disposed at a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Joe Lin
  • Patent number: 5906017
    Abstract: A bed for supporting a patient having a seat panel and a back panel coupled together by a joint assembly that allows the panels to rotate about an axis coincident with the patient's hip joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Ferrand, Marc M. Thomas, Lincoln J. Alvord, Stephen D. Smith, Steven N. Roe, Richard W. O'Connor, William A. Gilmartin, William Loh, William R. Fish, Jonathan Salzedo, Charles W. Neder, Wesley E. Grass, John E. Looper, Dean I. Miller, Celia Oakley