Head Or Neck Patents (Class 5/622)
  • Patent number: 11484125
    Abstract: A multi-axis headrest system for simultaneously locking or adjusting all axis of an adjustable headrest with a single lever or a single point of adjustment is provided. No external tools are required but may be used if desired. The single lever or point of adjustment allows the headrest to be correctly positioned optimizing the comfort, function and safety of the user. The single lever or point of adjustment provides the caregiver, or attending individual, the ability to adjust the positioning of the headrest with greater ease, more control and confidence. The single lever or point of adjustment causes a locking mechanism or means to generate a clamping force that locks the headrest in place. The same lever or point of adjustment also causes the locking mechanism or means to release the clamping force to allow adjustment of the headrest. The ease of adjustability is achieved without compromising security and durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: INVACARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ivan Daniel Samila
  • Patent number: 11351081
    Abstract: A back stretcher that has a basket shaped held support and an extending foot holder. In use, the patient is placed on the table. The patient' head is placed in the head support basket. The patient's feet are secured to the foot support. Once activated, the device slowly extends the foot support outwards, which causes the patient to be stretched. This system is safer than other systems because the patient's head, although supported, is not tied to the apparatus-especially under the chin or around the patient's neck. Unlike other tables, this table is one-piece making construction simpler and less costly. Finally, inasmuch as the foot portion is the only section that is moved, the mechanism is simpler and therefore more economical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Ali Azzam
  • Patent number: 10946967
    Abstract: A seat assembly including a first armrest having a first lateral side and a first mounting panel pivotally attached to the first lateral side, and a second armrest having a second lateral side facing the first armrest, and a second mounting panel pivotally attached to the second lateral side. The mounting panels are pivotable between stowed positions and deployed positions. A bridge table is removably positionable between the first and second armrests and has a first lateral side for mounting upon the first mounting panel and a second lateral side for mounting upon the second mounting panel, each lateral side including a respective engagement feature for releasably engaging one of the mounting panels. When not in use, the bridge table stores within a box attachable below a seat position of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. McKee, Bradley J. Smith, Rohn A. Bowden, Brett A. Hall
  • Patent number: 10905614
    Abstract: A system for positioning a patient before, during or after a medical procedure can include an arm assembly having a proximal end, an opposing distal end, and at least one joint therebetween. The joint can be configured to permit the distal end of the arm assembly to move with respect to the proximal end of the arm assembly. The proximal end of the arm assembly can be configured to be fixed with respect to a surgical table. The system can also include a ball joint mechanism attached to the distal end of the arm assembly and to a head support configured to support a patient's head. The ball joint mechanism can include a ball joint and a motor. Activation of the motor can permit or prevent movement of the ball joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mizuho OSI
    Inventors: Mark Edward DeSilets, Stephan John Schmid, Vincent Hodges, Peter Thien Van Le
  • Patent number: 10555861
    Abstract: A dynamic headset system is provided. The dynamic headset system includes a head cradle configured to receive a head of a subject and having a bottom surface configured to face a platform on which the dynamic headset apparatus is placed. The dynamic headset system further includes a device including an instrument adjacent to the head of the subject when the head of the subject is in the head cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Neural Analytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Zwierstra, Trevor Dunlop, Lane Stith
  • Patent number: 9889037
    Abstract: A cervical spine traction device and method of use to apply a controlled tractional force to the cervical spine of a patient to remodel and correct improper spinal positioning. The device is affixed to an end of a table and includes a mounting plate, a riser, a height adjusting means, an angular adjusting means, a tensioning means, and a headrest. The patient is placed into the device in a prone position and a tractional force is applied to cervical spine of the patient to remodel proper spinal positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Kelly Sheehan
  • Patent number: 9827046
    Abstract: A frame for fixation of equipment to the head of a patient during neurological diagnosis, therapy or surgery is adapted to enclose the head of the patient. The frame includes a number of mounting slots arranged in the frame. The mounting slots are adapted to receive a number of fixation pins adapted to fixate the frame to a bone in the head. The frame further includes two anterior longitudinal posts and two posterior longitudinal posts, extending along a longitudinal axis A, an anterior portion, adapted to be arranged at the anterior side of the head, the anterior portion interconnecting the two anterior longitudinal posts, and a posterior portion, adapted to be arranged at the posterior side of the head, the posterior portion interconnecting the two posterior longitudinal posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ELEKTA AB (PUBL)
    Inventors: Erik Rurling, Anna Wik, Malin Svensson, Ivars Alksnis, Marianne Plantz, Mathias Stavervik
  • Patent number: 9814646
    Abstract: A system for securely positioning a cervical spine during surgery includes a donut-shaped frame to receive and hold a patient's head, straps integrated into the donut-shaped frame to securely hold a patient's head within the harness at least one of a patient's chin and forehead, a rubber bladder can integrated with the harness locatable beneath a patient's neck, and a pump to provide air into the rubber bladder. Air pumped into the rubber bladder by the pump can cause a patient's neck to be lifted into an arch in preparation for and during cervical spine surgery. A release valve can be provided to release air from the rubber bladder and lower a patient's neck during and after surgery. Rods can be integrated into the donut-shaped frame at each side of the rubber bladder. The rods can affix the harness to an operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Delolmo Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Lorenzo Delolmo
  • Patent number: 9283132
    Abstract: A patient positioning apparatus is provided. The patient positioning apparatus includes a positioning table, a transfer plate, which is arranged on the positioning table so as to be moveable relative to the positioning table, and a positioning unit for a positioning of a surgical head securing unit on the transfer plate, wherein the positioning unit exhibits a joint unit with at least one first rotational joint unit, wherein the at least one first rotational joint unit exhibits a predetermined stop position for a rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Patent number: 9216126
    Abstract: A table adapter and joint assembly are configured for use with a table during a medical procedure, e.g. a medical imaging procedure or combined imaging and surgical procedure. The table adapter is connectable, directly or indirectly, to a portion of the table. The joint assembly connects with the table adapter about a shaft such that the joint assembly is rotatably adjustable. A head fixation device in the form of a skull clamp is attachable to the joint assembly. The joint assembly generally has a parallelogram shape that has four joints for adjustment where these four joints can be selectively locked or unlocked relative to each other using a single actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: PRO MED INSTRUMENTS GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias E. Schuele, Tilman Niederfuehr
  • Patent number: 9038219
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus having a support table, a transfer plate, which is disposed movably in relation to the support table in a direction and on which a patient is supported for a surgical intervention and/or a medical imaging examination, and a surgical head restraint unit, which is disposed on the transfer plate is provided. The patient support apparatus includes a position monitoring apparatus for monitoring and/or checking a position of the surgical head restraint unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Patent number: 9016283
    Abstract: A backboard for an automated cardio pulmonary resuscitation system, said backboard comprising a board element, the board element defining a plane and having a top edge, a bottom edge a first side edge and a second side edge; a set of connectors adapted for connection of the backboard to an automated cardio pulmonary resuscitation unit, said connectors being provided at said side edges; and at least one set of stabilizing elements extending away from an edge and transversely to said plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Igor Wilhelmus Franciscus Paulussen, Pierre Hermanus Woerlee, Gerrit Jan Noordergraaf
  • Patent number: 9009894
    Abstract: The claimed invention provides an improved posture correction tool in the form of a table to be used by chiropractic practitioners to treat mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. The improved posture correction tool provides a plurality of pads to support the various major areas of the body and has built in drop capability and adjustment capability for the pelvic pad, the lumbar pad, the thoracic pad and the head and cervical area. The claimed invention also has a novel cervical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Posture Correction Tools, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Radermacher
  • Patent number: 8997749
    Abstract: A surgical assembly (20) comprises a post (100) having a longitudinally extending axis (104), a support (56) for resisting movement of the post in a negative longitudinal direction, and a platform (70) offset from the support in a positive longitudinal direction. The platform includes an opening (82) through which the post projects. The opening includes a throat (86). The post has a first dimension which renders the post incapable of passing through the throat and a second dimension which renders the post capable of passing through the throat. Alternate embodiments in which the post can be removably engaged with the support and platform and disengaged therefrom without translating the post in the longitudinal direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Scott Drake, Dustin T. Libby
  • Patent number: 8973189
    Abstract: A device for positioning and immobilizing the head of patient on a treatment table is disclosed. The device comprises a bridge member, a longitudinal arm, and two transverse arms. The bridge member is releasably mounted on the treatment table. The longitudinal arm is pivotably coupled to the upper portion of the bridge member and is arranged to be pivoted from one side of the bridge member to the other side of it, and vice versa, above the patient's head. The transverse arms are releasably secured to the longitudinal arm and are positionable along a portion of the length of the longitudinal arm. Each transverse arm is rotatable about its longitudinal axis and mounts an anatomy engagement component, e.g., a nasion pad or a bite tray, thereon which can be moved into engagement with the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Medtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Wilson, Willet F. Whitmore, III, Bruce Ribble
  • Patent number: 8914925
    Abstract: A mobile diagnostic assembly (20) of the type for supporting a patient in a prone position along an examination surface includes a support frame (22) having a top (26) extending between a front edge (38) and a rear edge (40) and defining at least one opening (48) for receiving pendant breasts of the patient in the prone position. The support frame (22) is movable to a testing position for disposing the rear edge (40) adjacent the examination surface. A flap (50) extends from the rear edge of the top for overlaying an examination surface in the testing position to support the prone patient along the examination surface and said flap and said top to prevent movement of the support frame relative to the examination surface. A pivot (54) is disposed between the flap and the top for establishing rotation of the flap from the testing position to cover said top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Wayne County Employees' Retirement System
    Inventor: Paul G. Angott
  • Patent number: 8904583
    Abstract: A pediatric catheterization collar for enlarging the working surface of a medical treatment bed to enable medical personnel to treat a child upon an adult-sized treatment bed. The collar having a U-shaped profile that mounts atop the cantilevered mattress support plate of the bed. The collar surrounding one end of the mattress and having a table top that is substantially coplanar with the top surface of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Cavitt, Dianne Cavitt
  • Patent number: 8893334
    Abstract: A pillow in the present invention may include a main pillow body and a neck support. The main pillow body may include three sections: a head support section and a pair of lateral support sections; and the shape of the main pillow body resembles a reverse letter “U.” In an exemplary embodiment, each lateral support section extends from the main pillow body with an enlarging rear end, and the length of lateral support sections is designed to be slightly longer than conventional pillows, so that the pillow would be long and wide enough to support the user's shoulders, no matter which rest position the user adopts. Also, the rear ends of the lateral support sections are thicker by inserting more stuffing materials inside to provide better lateral support to the user when he/she rests on the side during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Danny C. Wong
  • Publication number: 20140331409
    Abstract: A therapeutic treatment table comprises a frame and a treatment platform that is mounted on the frame and adapted to support at least a portion of the body of a patient. A preferred treatment table also includes an arm support section which is mounted on the frame. The arm support section comprises an arm support that is moveable by a patient on the table independently of the treatment platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Greg Day, Ken Bolam, Jeff Powe, Rainer Teufel
  • Patent number: 8875328
    Abstract: A positioning device is described for supporting the chest and head of a patient in a desired position during a medical procedure. The device includes removable inserts that allow the device to be adjusted to fit the size of the patient's head and torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventors: Scott Atkinson, Brarat Shah, Keela Davis, Martin Reuter, Anna Kelley, Rahul Eapen
  • Publication number: 20140323851
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a subject placement device for use in a diagnostic and/or therapeutical treatment setting. The subject placement device of the present invention includes: (a) a board for receiving a body of the subject, and (b) a head cradle extending from said board, said head cradle being enabled to receive a range of head diameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Enzo Antonio Barberi, Joseph Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 8869327
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is provided. The patient support apparatus has a patient table, a movable support plate for supporting a patient, a guide unit, which is designed to guide the support plate along at least one movement direction of the support plate, and a fastening unit for fastening an auxiliary unit to the support plate. The fastening unit has at least one setting unit for setting the position of the auxiliary unit in relation to the support plate in a flexible manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Requardt, Martin Ringholz, Markus Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8863327
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover for a massage table face cradle. Specifically, the invention is a fitted cover for a massage table face cradle that further includes a pocket for stowing the cover, providing a barrier between the user from any unprotected and potentially unsanitary areas of massage table and face cradle hardware, providing a secure space to store personal items such as but not limited to scented sachets, aromatherapy, personal items such as jewelry and electronic devices, and transport or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Cynthia L. Winn
  • Patent number: 8850642
    Abstract: A support device such as a head support is disclosed. The head support has a frame configured for arrangement between collapsed and assembled dispositions. The head support may also have a pad and/or a cushion. In an example, the frame includes a base, a front riser, a support and a rear riser. After assembly, the central plane of the front riser is configured at an angle relative to the central planes of the base and the support, and may be substantially parallel with the central plane of the rear riser. To prepare the head support for transport, the central plane of the base can be configured substantially parallel to central planes of the front riser, the support, and the rear riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Steven W. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8844076
    Abstract: A patient handling device includes a deck for supporting a patient support surface, a controller, and a user interface. The user interface is actuatable by a user to record a state of a plurality of conditions of the patient handling device. The controller is in communication with the user interface and operable to monitor the plurality of conditions and to generate a first unified indication when all the conditions remain unchanged from their recorded state, and to generate a second indication when any of the conditions change from their recorded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Terrance Becker, Christopher John Hopper, Michael Joseph Hayes, Vivek Shankar, Richard C. Mayoras, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8844536
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for use with a head fixation device allows for a stabilizing fixture, such as a rocker arm having a pair of skull pins, to be selectively secured so that the stabilizing fixture can be adjustably rotated to a desired position. In some version the locking apparatus includes a connector that is retained within an opening in a portion of the head fixation device. The connector can translate within the opening and is restricted from rotation. The translating of the connector permits the connector to engage an arch member that retains the stabilizing fixture. The engagement of the connector and arch member is accomplished, in some versions, by way of matching axial oriented toothed portions or starburst features. In some versions the teeth on the starburst features include a chamfer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias E. Schuele
  • Publication number: 20140245537
    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: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Dan Allen
  • Patent number: 8806679
    Abstract: An operating room table adapter is disclosed herein for use with a surgical table includes an adapter board, a rail receiver, and a rail assembly. The adapter board includes a slot formed in the adapter board and a strap extending through the slot. The adapter board has a first side including a first coupler. The first coupler is configured to engage a coupler of the surgical table and the strap is configured to wrap around at least a portion of the surgical table. The rail assembly extends beyond an edge of the adapter board and is operable to couple to a patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Soto, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8800569
    Abstract: A system including a support panel and a fixation device for use in radiation therapy is disclosed. The support panel comprises a generally planar member that is arranged to be disposed adjacent an apparatus for producing a radiation beam to support a portion of the patient to which the radiation beam will be directed. The fixation device is arranged to be releasably secured to the support panel to hold the portion of the patient's body at a desired position. The fixation device includes attachment components which enable the releasable securement of the fixation device to the support panel without creating any attenuation discontinuities of a radiation beam passing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Medtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Willet F. Whitmore, III, Colin Arne Brue
  • Publication number: 20140208513
    Abstract: A surgical positioning system includes a flexible air-impermeable shell filled with beads that is wrapped against the patient and subjected to a vacuum to hold the patient in place. An air-impermeable top wall can be joined with an air-impermeable bottom wall to define a plurality of chambers. Each of the chambers can include a peripheral edge that extends around the periphery of the respective chamber. The plurality of chambers can include a first shoulder chamber, a second shoulder chamber, and a main chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene L. Hiebert
  • Patent number: 8763180
    Abstract: A height adjustable pillow includes a neck support portion and a chin support portion integrally formed with the neck support portion. The neck support portion is used for surrounding the neck of a user while the chin support portion is used for supporting the chin of the user, has a cylindrical shape and is formed with a first Velcro strap at one side thereof. The neck support portion is formed with a second Velcro strap for adjustably connecting the first Velcro strap. An inflate valve is mounted on one of the neck support portion or the chin support portion for inflating and deflating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Tiger Point Metal & Plastic Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Chung Tsai
  • Patent number: 8732876
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame, a deck, and an upper body support assembly. The deck is coupled to the frame and configured to support a person. The deck includes a first section and a second section. The first section is configured to pivot between a first angular orientation and a second angular orientation with respect to the frame. The person is in a supine position when the first section is in the first angular orientation and is moved to a sitting position when the first section is moved to the second angular orientation. The upper body support assembly is movably coupled to the frame and includes a torso support. The torso support is configured to support a portion of the person's torso when the person is in a forward-leaning posture in the sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Rachel Williamson
  • Patent number: 8713732
    Abstract: An orthotic device 10 comprising a body 20 having a base 30, a first support surface 40. In use, the first support surface 40 supports a selected region of a patient's neck 70 while suspending the patient's head 80.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Adrian Dennewald
  • Publication number: 20140115786
    Abstract: A device for positioning and immobilizing the head of patient on a treatment table is disclosed. The device comprises a bridge member, a longitudinal arm, and two transverse arms. The bridge member is releasably mounted on the treatment table. The longitudinal arm is pivotably coupled to the upper portion of the bridge member and is arranged to be pivoted from one side of the bridge member to the other side of it, and vice versa, above the patient's head. The transverse arms are releasably secured to the longitudinal arm and are positionable along a portion of the length of the longitudinal arm. Each transverse arm is rotatable about its longitudinal axis and mounts an anatomy engagement component, e.g., a nasion pad or a bite tray, thereon which can be moved into engagement with the patient's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Medtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Wilson, Willet F. Whitmore, III, Bruce Ribble
  • Publication number: 20140096322
    Abstract: A headrest assembly includes a frame, a first head support configured and dimensioned to support a forehead of a patient, and a second head support configured and dimensioned to support a chin of the patient. An adjustment mechanism is mounted to the frame and is operable to adjust the position of at least one of the first and second head supports relative to the frame. The first and second head supports having at least two degrees of freedom relative to a longitudinal plane and at least one degree of freedom relative to an axial plane that is orthogonal to the longitudinal plane. The longitudinal plane extends parallel to an X axis and also extends parallel to a Y axis that is orthogonal to the X axis. The axial plane extends parallel to one of the X axis and the Y axis. The axial plane also extends parallel to a Z-axis that is orthogonal to both the X axis and the Y axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Ehad Farag, Maged Argalious
  • Patent number: 8689376
    Abstract: A patient handling device includes a controller, with a plurality of sensors, control panels, and lamps electrically connected to the controller. The patient handling device records the normal/desired state of the various components when power is applied. When one of the components goes outside the normal/desired state, the controller issues an alarm. This alarm includes illuminating a plurality of amber alert lamps which can normally be viewed by a user at any position around the outside of the patient handling device. The patient handling device also includes a position control. This control restricts movement of an upper (fowler) portion of the patient handling device in a certain range of angular positions, while permitting movement of the upper portion outside the certain range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Terrance Becker, Christopher John Hopper, Michael Joseph Hayes, Vivek Shankar, Richard C. Mayoras, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8692213
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are described herein for handling an examination surface for radiology or other operations. That is, an examination surface support structure can be integrally coupled with a support component of a radiology apparatus so that an examination surface and an object optionally placed thereon are supported during an operation. An examination surface transport component can be docked with an examination surface docking component that is operably coupled with the examination surface support structure so that the examination surface can be exchanged between the transport component and the radiology apparatus. An examination surface transit component that is operably coupled with the examination surface support structure can engage the examination surface in order to move the examination surface into and out of an operation region of the apparatus, such as during a scanning or dosage operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Analogic Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Abenaim, Gilbert McKenna
  • Patent number: 8683630
    Abstract: A patient head support system comprises a base unit, a head support, and an intervening member for connecting the base unit and the head support. The base unit includes a handle assembly with an elongated body, a bore at one end thereof, and a lever that moves relative to the body between closed and open positions to contract and to expand the bore, respectively. A sleeve retained within the bore is sized to receive and hold a shaft of the intervening member, so as to hold the intervening member in a fixed position when the lever is closed. The sleeve remains retained in the bore when the transition member is disconnected, to resist contracting of the bore caused by inadvertent closing of the lever when the intervening member is unattached, and to protect against the unwanted intrusion of material into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Integra LifeSciences Corporation
    Inventor: Sean Rolfes
  • Publication number: 20140059771
    Abstract: A table adapter and joint assembly are configured for use with a table during a medical procedure, e.g. a medical imaging procedure or combined imaging and surgical procedure. The table adapter is connectable, directly or indirectly, to a portion of the table. The joint assembly connects with the table adapter about a shaft such that the joint assembly is rotatably adjustable. A head fixation device in the form of a skull clamp is attachable to the joint assembly. The joint assembly generally has a parallelogram shape that has four joints for adjustment where these four joints can be selectively locked or unlocked relative to each other using a single actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias E. Schuele, Tilman Niederfuehr
  • Patent number: 8646452
    Abstract: A pediatric headrest for skull stabilization and a method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a horseshoe shaped head support includes first and second wings pivotally coupled to a body to adjust the angle therebetween. A gel pad is superposed on the horseshoe shaped head support. First and second arcuate base members are coupled to the first and second wings, respectively, to accept a plurality of placement subassemblies, which are circumferentially adjustably positioned and secured within the channels. Each placement subassembly is configured to receive a skull pin and provide adjustable horizontal, vertical, and angular positioning of the skull pin with respect to the arcuate base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Frederick H. Sklar
  • Publication number: 20140033437
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus having a support table, a transfer plate, which is disposed movably in relation to the support table in a direction and on which a patient is supported for a surgical intervention and/or a medical imaging examination, and a surgical head restraint unit, which is disposed on the transfer plate is provided. The patient support apparatus includes a position monitoring apparatus for monitoring and/or checking a position of the surgical head restraint unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Patent number: 8640289
    Abstract: An infant head cradle assembly including a bed rest that includes a groove in a bottom surface of the bed rest, a head rest that includes a housing component extending from a bottom of the head rest, and a receptacle at a center of the housing component, a base extending from the bed rest to provide support to the head rest. The base includes a receptacle that includes a hole, and a bed rest attachment adjacent to the receptacle. The assembly further includes a bearing retainer assembly that includes a plurality of ball bearings that facilitate a rotational movement of the head rest while the head rest is seated on the bearing retainer assembly. The housing component restricts movement of the head rest from extending further than a range of approximately 20 degrees from front to back and approximately 40 degrees from left to right.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ralph F. Reeder, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Reeder, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140020180
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is provided. The patient support apparatus may be used as an operating table apparatus for a neurosurgical intervention. The patient support apparatus includes a support couch and a transfer plate which may be moved relative to the support couch, wherein the transfer plate is designed to support a patient for the neurosurgical intervention, wherein the patient support apparatus includes a holding unit with a support shell, which is designed to support a head of the patient and/or a surgical head restraint unit, and a fastening unit for fastening the holding unit to the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Patent number: 8584280
    Abstract: A pediatric surgical table configured to allow easy and quick positioning of an infant prior to craniofacial surgery which includes a head cradle with cheek supports, a chest ramp and a body support pad. The body support pad is provided with an abdominal trough to facilitate unhindered abdominal movement during breathing and a genital trough to allow placement of a urinary catheter. The chest ramp stabilizes the infant once positioned and decreases the risk of hyperextension of the neck. The cheek supports reduce the risk of ocular compression and a open chin rest area allows unrestricted placement of endotracheal tube. Straps are provided to secure the infant in place. The orientation of the chest ramp and head cradle allows for substantial adjustment of cervical extension and provides the surgeon with clear and unobstructed access to the frontal, parietal and occipital portion of the infant's skull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventor: Bharat Shah
  • Publication number: 20130298329
    Abstract: Disclosed is a patient support apparatus having a patient support couch, a moveable support plate for supporting a patient, a surgical head fastening unit for fastening a head of the patient in an examination position and/or in an operation position. The patient support apparatus includes a marker unit for marking a maximum occupancy area for the surgical head fastening unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Patent number: 8555437
    Abstract: A massage and chiropractic table having a supporting frame and a surface supported on the frame, and having one or more comfort features, including a recess formed in the surface of the table for accommodating a person's anatomical configuration, such as a woman's breasts, a removable recess insert that may be removed and replaced to expose the recess as desired, a neck recess for facilitating supporting a user's neck in a comfortable position, and a head rest that is configured to reduce or eliminate pressure on a user's face when the user is lying face down on the table. The massage table may be foldable and may have a handle so that it may be readily stored and transported, or, according to other embodiments may be stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Marvin Gorovitz
  • Patent number: 8555439
    Abstract: A padded head support for use during surgery includes a head wrap and a chin wrap. The head wrap includes a headrest pad adapted to cover the back of a patient's head and a forehead band having a first portion and a second portion extending from the headrest pad to form a first closed loop around a patient's head. The chin wrap includes a chin pad adapted to cover the bottom of a patient's chin and a chin band having a first portion and a second portion extending from the chin pad to form a second closed loop around a patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Soto, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8549683
    Abstract: A cushioned head support device for safely and comfortably supporting a patient's head during procedures where the patient is positioned face down. The device affords easy access to the patient's face, providing multiple suitable openings for inserting medical devices as well as for viewing the patient. A mirror is provided so that medical personnel may view the patient's face conveniently and easily while working above the patient. The device is readily adjustable in multiple dimensions, providing for adjustment to accommodate any size face or head, as well as adjustments to raise or lower the height of the device or to tilt the device in any direction. The invention further comprises disposable cushions in various sizes to accommodate children as well as adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mercury Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bruce Ratner
  • Publication number: 20130205504
    Abstract: A cushioned head support device for safely and comfortably supporting a patient's head during procedures where the patient is positioned face down. The device affords easy access to the patient's face, providing multiple suitable openings for inserting medical devices as well as for viewing the patient. A mirror is provided so that medical personnel may view the patient's face conveniently and easily while working above the patient. The device is readily adjustable in multiple dimensions, providing for adjustment to accommodate any size face or head, as well as adjustments to raise or lower the height of the device or to tilt the device in any direction. The invention further comprises disposable cushions in various sizes to accommodate children as well as adults.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bruce Ratner
  • Publication number: 20130198960
    Abstract: A mobile diagnostic assembly (20) of the type for supporting a patient in a prone position along an examination surface includes a support frame (22) having a top (26) extending between a front edge (38) and a rear edge (40) and defining at least one opening (48) for receiving pendant breasts of the patient in the prone position. The support frame (22) is movable to a testing position for disposing the rear edge (40) adjacent the examination surface. A flap (50) extends from the rear edge of the top for overlaying an examination surface in the testing position to support the prone patient along the examination surface and said flap and said top to prevent movement of the support frame relative to the examination surface. A pivot (54) is disposed between the flap and the top for establishing rotation of the flap from the testing position to cover said top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: ANGOTT MEDICAL PRODUCTS,LLC
    Inventor: PAUL G. ANGOTT