And Lower Body Portions Of User Supported By Adjustable Section Patents (Class 5/618)
  • Patent number: 10206834
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a pinch event or obstruction to a movable component of a patient support. In some embodiments, the patient support apparatus may include a control system capable of controlling one or more actuator systems coupled to one or more movable components of the patient support apparatus. The control system may operate according to one or more modes of operation in controlling the actuator system to move a component from a first position to a second position. In one embodiment, the control system may receive sensor feedback indicative of one or more operating characteristics of an actuator system, and analyze the sensor feedback differently in one mode than in another. In one embodiment, the controller may receive sensor feedback indicative of both a speed of a component coupled to the movable component and a current of power supplied to an electric motor of the actuator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron D. Furman, Daniel V. Brosnan
  • Patent number: 10154932
    Abstract: Introduced are methods and systems for an adjustable bed frame. The adjustable bed frame comprises a plurality of adjustable sections, where each section can be adjusted independently. The adjustable bed frame is coupled to a processor configured to: gather biological signals associated with multiple users, such as heart rate, breathing rate, or temperature; analyze the gathered human biological signals; and adjust the adjustable bed frame, based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EIGHT SLEEP INC.
    Inventors: Matteo Franceschetti, Massimo Andreasi Bassi
  • Patent number: 9907715
    Abstract: An adjustable electric bed, comprising a bed frame, a plurality of mutually articulated bed boards and a driving motor for driving the bed boards to rise and fall, wherein the plurality of bed boards at least comprise a head bed board, a fixed bed board, a leg bed board and a foot bed board which are articulated successively, wherein the fixed bed board is fixed with the bed frame, the undersurface of the head bed board is fixedly provided with a head connector, wherein the driving motor at least comprises a head motor and a leg motor, two ends of the head motor are respectively articulated with the bed frame and the head connector, the undersurface of the leg bed board is fixedly provided with leg connector, two ends of the leg motor are respectively articulated with the bed frame and the leg connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Changzhou Yufeng Furniture Company Limited
    Inventors: Jie Zhou, Chulai Mao
  • Patent number: 9889054
    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: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9814639
    Abstract: Apparatus for selectively supporting a section (9) of an articulated bed platform in a raised position relative to a frame of the bed includes a stay (11) having engagement member (13) which is able to reciprocate in a guide (15) provided on the frame. Locking means allow the engagement member (13) to be selectively engaged, such that the engagement member (13) either reciprocates in the guide (15), or is prevented from doing so. When the engagement member (13) is engaged, the stay (11) can support the bed section (9) in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Hollyoak, Robert Hugh Jones
  • Patent number: 9808385
    Abstract: A lift-recliner chair includes a base section, movable seat and backrest sections and a powered actuator for relative moving the seat and backrest sections. The seat section is pivotally mounted with respect to the base section and the backrest is pivotally mounted with respect to the seat section. The base and seat sections each have a pair of side panels arranged substantially parallel with respect to each other on both sides of the chair with the actuator means enclosed in the interior region of the chair in all adjustment positions of the chair. The base and seat sections are arranged telescopically and moveable respect to the base section. The actuator has a first range of movement for moving the backrest with respect to the seat section and a second range of movement for moving the seat section and backrest with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: INTEGRATED FURNITURE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Dale Robertson
  • Patent number: 9706848
    Abstract: An electric bed, chair and the like includes a back frame, a waist supporting device pivotally connected with the back frame, and an actuator pivotally connected between the back frame and the waist supporting device in such a way that the waist supporting device is turnable by the actuator between a first position and a second position where the waist supporting device protrudes over a top surface of the back frame. The back frame supports a user's back and the waist supporting device can optionally support the user's waist to make the user feel comfortable when he/she lies or sits down. By controlling the actuator, the service of the waist supporting device can be optimally provided and the elevation protruding over the top surface of the back frame can be adjusted so as to adjust the supporting effect of the waist supporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignees: RUOEY LUNG ENTERPRISE CORP., PPJ.LLC
    Inventor: Chuan-Hang Shih
  • Patent number: 9687400
    Abstract: An exemplary bed platform frame includes first and second support frame assemblies, each including a pair of spaced apart rails, a cross member extending between the pair of spaced apart rails, and an actuator support member coupled to the cross member. The spaced apart rails of the first support frame assembly are connected to the spaced apart rails of the second support frame assembly when the first support frame assembly is assembled with the second support frame assembly. The actuator support member of the first support frame assembly is coupled to the cross member of the second support frame assembly when the first support frame assembly is assembled with the second support frame assembly. The actuator support member of the second support frame assembly is coupled to the cross member of the first support frame assembly when the first support frame assembly is assembled with the second support frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Invacare Corp.
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki
  • Patent number: 9610206
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable columns supporting a hinged bending or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for upwardly breaking and downwardly breaking orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9554957
    Abstract: A bed chair apparatus has a user support surface which includes a back section 1, a seat section 14, a lower leg section 15 and a foot section 16 that are configured to articulate relative to each other. The support surface is configurable in a bed configuration in which the support surface is substantially flat and in a chair configuration in which the foot section 16 is disposed beneath the seat section 14. Some embodiments of the apparatus require only a single actuator 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Wayne Smeaton Manson
  • Patent number: 9351890
    Abstract: A medical chair includes a seat supported by a base and actuators adapted to both tilt and lift the seat with respect to the base. A controller controls the actuators to both lift and tilt the seat as the seat moves from the sitting position to the standing position. The movement from the sitting position to the standing position assists in the egress of an occupant from the chair, while the movement from the standing position to the sitting position assists in the ingress of an occupant to the chair. A backrest on the chair remains substantially vertically oriented during movement between the sitting and standing position so as to provide more comfort to the occupant during the sit-to-stand or stand-to-sit movement. The backrest also moves in a manner that generally keeps the occupant's torso vertically aligned with his or her hips during this movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Hough, John P. Zerbel, Richard A. Derenne, Matthew A. Cutler
  • Patent number: 9295598
    Abstract: A backrest of a bed is pivotable with respect to a bed frame. A backrest actuator assembly connects the backrest to the bed frame. The backrest actuator assembly is configured to raise and lower the backrest with respect to the bed frame by way of an actuator. The backrest actuator assembly is further configured with a lockable damper to release the backrest to lower due to gravity over a damped range of motion. The backrest can be so lowered during an emergency, such as an emergency that requires administration of CPR to the bed's occupant. The lockable damper can stop the lowering of the backrest at any position along the damped range of motion. After an emergency lowering, the backrest actuator assembly can automatically reset to a normal operation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard B. Roussy, Jason Connell
  • Patent number: 9265677
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to hospital beds that are convertible to side egress chair beds and include a pair of spaced stand-assist supports pivotally attached to the base frame so that when the patient support surface is in the side-egress chair configuration, the stand-assist supports are configured to reside upwardly above and on opposing sides of the scat panel with a respective upper portion thereof providing a handle for a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Piedmont 361, LLC
    Inventors: Nikou Manouchehri, Sohrab Soltani
  • Patent number: 9248039
    Abstract: The present invention includes a padded substantially planar upper-body surface, having a first end and is pivotally coupled at a pivot point to a floor-base containing a padded substantially planar lower-body surface, and having a second end and is pivotally coupled at a pivot point to a padded substantially planar pelvic surface. The present invention also includes a method wherein hemorrhoidal pain is relieved when a user, face down, positions its abdominal/pelvic area on the substantially planar pelvic surface, its lower body extremities on the substantially planar lower-body surface, and its upper body extremities and head on the substantially planar upper-body surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Sergio Adrian Pleszowski
  • Patent number: 9216123
    Abstract: A central bed having a single longitudinal bed frame and a bed section mounted to the frame for rotation about a substantially vertical axis between a home position aligned with the bed frame and an away position and with a lower leg bed section that is movable away from the central bed section to enable rotation of the central bed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Patent number: 9205010
    Abstract: Improved patient-support apparatuses and methods for rapid mattress inflation and pressure-compensation for changes in patient position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: HUNTLEIGH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Glenn C. Stroh, John H. Vrzalik, Cesar Lina
  • Patent number: 9198519
    Abstract: In order to provide a mattress that has punched holes of the same number and the same area as conventional products, is easy to contract thanks to efficient application of shearing stress to the punched holes of the mattress without the need of corrugation forming, and will neither deteriorate in strength nor increase the number of processing steps compared to conventional products, as well as a bed device using the mattress, a mattress 10 has such a structure that the (core of) foot section 18 is formed with a plurality of linear shaped holes 28 that are penetrated at regular intervals in the thickness direction of the foot section with the orientation of the linear-shape inclined relative to the width direction of mattress 10, and the plurality of holes 28 are arranged in the mattress 10 in a staggered layout when viewed from top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Katoh, Kenta Ohno
  • Patent number: 9186291
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Trevor A. Waggoner
  • Patent number: 9180062
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable end columns supporting a centrally hinged, jointed or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes a powered rotation assembly. The patient support includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for both upwardly and downwardly breaking or jointed orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions. Cable, cantilevered and pull-rod systems are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9173797
    Abstract: A siderail assembly includes a guide, a support coupled to the guide to move relative to the guide, and a barrier coupled to the guide. The barrier is movable between a lowered position, wherein the barrier is situated substantially below a frame of a patient support apparatus, and a raised position, wherein the barrier is situated substantially above the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirill Andrienko
  • Patent number: 9179051
    Abstract: A voice-activated hands-free camera holder system is removably-installable to a patient operating station for adjustably-positioning a micro-camera via a plurality of verbal commands to assist a medical provider, such as a surgeon, during a surgical procedure. The voice-activated hands-free camera holder system includes a voice-activation assembly and a manual controller unit enabling the user to manipulate the micro-camera such that both hands of the user remain free for use during the procedure while providing the user with an ideal vantage angle for observation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Clara Stoudt
  • Patent number: 9173794
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns an adjustable bed with a deck-on-deck appearance. A concealing assembly is attached to the center frame of an articulating bed, wherein the concealing assembly is situated below the mattress platform and conceals the base frame as the center frame moves along the base frame when the bed articulates. In other embodiments, such as for non-wall hugger beds where the center frame is stationary, a concealing assembly may still be used but will also be stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ASCION, LLC
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9161633
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns a memory position user interface for accessing a predetermined range of discrete acceptable positions that are stored in the memory of an adjustable bed controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9149406
    Abstract: A patient positioning device is provided for restraining movement of a body lying over a top surface of a table and includes a rigid support frame extending transversely over the top surface of the table. A cervical-thoracic notch restraint is securely fixed to the upper support surface of the support frame, via a repositionable fastener, to thereby inhibit movement of the cervical-thoracic notch restraint along the longitudinal axis of the table. The repositionable fastener comprises a holding strength per unit of surface area that is sufficient to support the weight of the body on the table when in an inclined position relative to a ground surface. In one example, a head stabilizer is used to inhibit lateral movement of the head. In another example, a lateral stabilizing pillow is used to inhibit torsional movement of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Dan Allen
  • Patent number: 9132051
    Abstract: Person support apparatuses with exercise functionalities are disclosed. In one embodiment, the person support apparatus may include a base frame and a primary support frame supported on the base frame. A carriage may be freely translatable at least between a head end of the primary support frame and a foot end of the primary support frame. A support surface may be supported on the carriage such that the support surface translates with the carriage. The support surface may include at least one support section which is collapsible in a length direction of the support surface. The at least one support section collapses as the carriage translates towards the foot end of the primary support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Heil
  • Patent number: 9119753
    Abstract: A bed is provided having a non-pivotal actuation mechanism for a foot deck to assist the bed in being converted to a chair bed and lowered close to the floor even when the foot deck is in a generally vertical position. In one embodiment, the bed has a longitudinal gap between the intermediate deck section and the foot deck section. As the foot deck transitions to the generally vertical position from the generally horizontal position the gap between the intermediate frame section and the foot deck section is decreased. In an alternate embodiment a foot deck side rail is operably connected to the foot deck section and driven by the non-pivotal actuation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Kreg Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Poulos, Luke Westra, Patrick Harris
  • Patent number: 9072646
    Abstract: A patient support for use with a foundation frame is disclosed. The foundation frame includes a first column and a second column. The patient support includes a base beam, a leg support, and a guide. The base beam is coupleable to the foundation frame to be supported by the first column and the second column. The leg support has a first end pivotably coupled to the base beam and a second end spaced apart from the first end. The, guide is coupled to the base beam and to the second end of the leg support. The guide is configured to guide the second end of the leg support along an arcuate path when the leg support pivots relative to the base beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas K. Skripps, Joshua C. Hight, David P. Scott
  • Patent number: 9066603
    Abstract: A bedding foundation used to support a mattress has a mechanism therein for moving the mattress between inclined and flat positions. The foundation combines desirable features of conventional non-adjustable bed bases and adjustable bed bases. A wire assembly and a motorized lift assembly comprising a motorized drive mechanism may be secured to a base of the foundation. The motorized lift assembly pivots a lifter which has two curved portions which function to raise and lower a deck board to incline and lower the mattress. If desired, a second motorized lift assembly may be incorporated into a bedding foundation for use with another deck board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Niels S. Mossbeck, Ryan E. Chacon, Kelly M. Knewtson, Terrance L. Myers, Darrell A. Richmond, Daniel W. Williams
  • Patent number: 9038218
    Abstract: Person support apparatuses with selectively coupled foot sections are disclosed. In one embodiment, the person support apparatus includes a base frame, a primary support frame supported on the base frame, and a foot section coupled to the primary support frame. The person support apparatus also includes a carriage that is freely translatable between a head end of the primary support frame and a foot end of the primary support frame, the carriage comprising a torso portion and a seat portion having a thigh segment and a gluteal segment. The person support apparatus further includes a selectable trunnion that selectively and severally couples the foot section to the primary support frame and the thigh segment of the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Glenn C. Suttman
  • Patent number: 9032569
    Abstract: An electric bed has a bed frame, multiple boards, and a motor structure. The bed frame comprises a lower bed frame and an upper bed frame, and the upper bed frame and the lower bed frame are connected by a connecting structure. The multiple boards are hinged, and at least one board is fixed onto the upper bed frame. The motor structure comprises a connecting rod, a slide bar, and a horizontal pushing motor system. The connecting rod has one end hinged with the first board of the multiple boards. The slide bar extends in the width direction of the bed frame and is arranged in a sliding chute in the length direction of the bed frame, so that it can slide along the length direction of the bed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SOFTIDE
    Inventor: Jianchun Xu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9009896
    Abstract: An adjustable foldable bed frame comprises an outer assembly having a body section and a leg section. Each section has a substantially rectangular periphery with an opening and is pivotally coupled together by a pair of first coupling members for movement between an open configuration whereby the sections are co-planar, and a closed configuration whereby the sections are parallel with each other. An inner assembly having a body component and a leg component are positioned within the opening of the body section and the leg section, respectively. The body component comprises a torso portion which is independently adjustable from a flat configuration to a plurality of reclined configurations. The leg component comprises a calf portion which is independently adjustable from a flat configuration to a plurality of elevated configurations. A connecting bracket assembly fixedly couples adjacent adjustable foldable bed frames such that adjacent torso and calf portions are adjustable together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Pragma Corporation
    Inventor: Bernard J. Suh
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150074909
    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 portios 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 centre 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: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: INTEGRATED FURNITURE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: DALE ROBERTSON
  • Patent number: 8973188
    Abstract: A pelvic positioning system for positioning a patient's pelvic area for a pelvic or rectal exam featuring a base with an indentation disposed in the front end for providing the physician access to the patient's pelvic region. Two peaks for the patient's thighs are disposed at the front end of the base and are separated by the indentation. An inward curvature is disposed in the top surface of the base between the indentation and the back end of the base. The system functions to position a patient's pelvic region comfortably and effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Amini
  • 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: 8950026
    Abstract: The invention relates to an intelligent hospital bed comprising a lower main frame (1) and an upper frame (2) articulated to said lower main frame provided with movable parts, in which there is arranged a mattress (22) provided with several foldable sections, including a plurality of sensors arranged along the mattress (22) capable of measuring the initial force on the point at which the corresponding sensor is arranged, which sensors are interconnected to one another and associated with a control unit which controls servo-motors used for moving the movable parts of the upper frame (2) such that when a sensor detects a movement of the user in real time, a servo-motor which is associated with a corresponding sensor or a combination of sensors (S) moving at least one of the movable parts of the upper frame (2) is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Industrias Tobia, S.A., Lincis-Solucoes Integradas Para Sistemas de Informacao, Lda, Fos Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Oscar Valdemoros Tobia, Manuel Chica Serrano, Ruben Rodriguez Velazquez, Christopher Thorpe, Loftus Hall, Ewa Lada, Bernard Vaucher, Roberto Gueli, Erhard Giese, Adelino Figueiredo Da Silva
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8898838
    Abstract: A convertible patient bed is disclosed that includes: a middle section, a top section, and a bottom section, each section further includes a first lateral subsection and a second lateral subsection; a push-pull motor coupled to push the top section and to pull the bottom section to transform the patient bed into a chair, a sliding motor coupled to slide the said first lateral subsection and said second lateral subsection in and out of each of the middle section, top section, and bottom section respectively at a predetermined angle to change the width of the patient bed; and a motor coupled to an opening and a cover in the middle of the middle section to accommodate to the needs of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ton Duc Thang University
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Diep Tu
  • Patent number: 8887329
    Abstract: A hospital bed includes a base, a lifting mechanism, a rotating frame configured to rotate horizontally relative to the base, and a patient support surface pivotally secured to the rotating frame. The patient support surface includes a back section, a seat section, and foot section that articulate relative to each other. The patient support surface translates from a bed configuration to a side-egress chair configuration. The foot section includes a plurality of panels that translate relative to each other from a substantially co-planar relationship when the patient support surface is in a bed configuration to a relationship where one of the foot section panels is substantially orthogonal to another foot section panel when the patient support surface is in a chair configuration. A mattress supported by the patient support surface has a retractable foot portion that adjusts its length in response to translation of the foot section panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Piedmont 361, LLC
    Inventor: Sohrab Soltani
  • Publication number: 20140317848
    Abstract: An adjustable bed system includes a first frame having four actuators coupled thereto and disposed between the head and foot ends thereof. The actuators define a generally-rectangular configuration wherein first and third actuators are diagonally-opposed and wherein second and fourth actuators are diagonally-opposed. A second frame coupled to the first frame includes a first section secured to the first frame, a second section pivotably coupled to the first section towards the head end of the first frame, and a third section pivotably coupled to the first section towards the foot end of the first frame. The first and third actuators are coupled to the second and third sections, respectively, for articulating the second and third sections, respectively. First and second leg assemblies are coupled to the second and fourth actuators, respectively, for selectively raising and lowering the first frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Norman A. Kay, Andrew P. Johnson, Daniel Desousa
  • Publication number: 20140310875
    Abstract: Provided is a caregiving bed having a variety of usage aspects. A caregiving bed includes a bed main body, and one support platform and another support platform. The bed main body includes a rectangular pad part. Each of the support platforms is provided with an elevator device connected to the pad part to raise and lower the bed main body. Each of the support platforms is provided with a pair of support columns extending upward. A beam member is provided between the support columns of the one support platform and between the support columns of the other support platform. The distance between the pad part and the attachment part decreases when the bed main body is raised by the elevator devices, whereas the distance between the pad part and the attachment part increases when the bed main body is lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi IIDA
  • Patent number: 8866610
    Abstract: A hospital bed obstacle detection device and related method for detecting an obstacle between first and second components of a hospital bed is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Keith A. Huster, Gregory J. Figel, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8856987
    Abstract: A patient support is provided. The patient support is configurable to support a patient in a horizontal position and a seated position. The patient support includes a back section, and a thigh section coupled to the back section. The patient support also includes an adjustment member coupled to the thigh section. The adjustment member is movable to lengthen the thigh section. The patient support also includes a foot section coupled to the adjustment member. The foot section is pivotable into a first position substantially parallel to the thigh section to a second position substantially perpendicular to the thigh section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Scott A. Schultz, Virgil J. Niese