Foldable Or Knockdown Patents (Class 5/627)
  • Patent number: 9375375
    Abstract: A nursing bed, including at least a net-shaped fabric with a plurality of mesh openings and a bearing frame. The net-shaped fabric includes a warp and a weft. The diameter or inscribed circle diameter of the mesh opening is 2 to 6 times the diameter of the warp and the weft. The ratio of the sum of the areas of the mesh openings with respect to the area of the net-shaped fabric is 35% to 78%. The diameter or the inscribed circle diameter of the mesh opening is less than 1.5 mm. The diameter of the warp and the weft is less than 0.55 mm. The thickness of the net-shaped fabric is less than 1.1 mm. At least two edges of the net-shaped fabric are connected to two opposite edges of the bearing frame, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Xiading Wang
  • Patent number: 9289341
    Abstract: A lift apparatus has a frame with open sides and a web assembly slidably retained along the sides which extends from one end of the frame to the other. While the web assembly is retracted, the frame moves to pass around a mobility-impaired individual and rest against the surface supporting the individual. The web assembly is then extended to move underneath or behind the individual, providing lifting support. The frame is configurable for orientations ranging continuously between horizontal and upright sitting. The web assembly has an upper web contacting the individual, a lower web contacting the support surface, a strength layer carrying the individual's weight, and a roller nose bar assembly which is pulled to extend the web assembly. A hand-held power tool can drive the web assembly, adjustment of inclinations of the back and leg sections of the frame, and vertical motion of the lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Richard A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9125783
    Abstract: A folding, lightweight, portable, and rugged surgical operating platform apparatus that can be erected quickly under adverse conditions at any location and without tools other than the users hands and without the need to attach any loose pieces to form the unitary platform. As needed, the surgical platform will hold, support, elevate, move, and tilt a stretcher (or litter in military terms) bearing a wounded person and the portable surgical support equipment such as IV poles, surgical instrument trays, armboards, wrist restraints, leg stirrups, light poles, and other equipment that a surgeon needs to treat major injuries and save lives. In the folded position, the platform takes up limited, uniform space for ease of portability by a single individual. Different users have different applications and requirements for how the platform is supported using stationary supporting legs or wheels when rolling capability are required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Morzine Medical, LLC
    Inventor: John H. Doak
  • Patent number: 9084707
    Abstract: A lift apparatus has a frame with open sides and a web assembly slidably retained along the sides which extends from one end of the frame to the other. While the web assembly is retracted, the frame moves to pass around a mobility-impaired individual and rest against the surface supporting the individual. The web assembly is then extended to move underneath or behind the individual, providing lifting support. The frame is configurable for orientations ranging continuously between horizontal and upright sitting. The web assembly has an upper web contacting the individual, a lower web contacting the support surface, a strength layer carrying the individual's weight, and a roller nose bar assembly which is pulled to extend the web assembly. A hand-held power tool can drive the web assembly, adjustment of inclinations of the back and leg sections of the frame, and vertical motion of the lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Richard A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9044364
    Abstract: A portable human transport system for use in field medical rescue operations comprising a fully collapsible litter element attached to one or more rescue harnesses via a choke braking system which minimizes unnecessary patient movement during transport. The transport system may be used by a single rescuer or by multiple rescuers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Damien H. Dominick
  • Patent number: 9021634
    Abstract: A stretcher including an upper frame for mounting a lifter thereon, a front leg pivotably attached to the upper frame, a rear leg pivotably attached to the upper frame, a fixed caster attached to one end of the front leg, a swivel caster attached to one end of the rear leg, and an auxiliary swivel caster attached to the front leg, wherein the upper frame is vertically adjustable by folding the front and rear legs relative to the upper frame, and wherein the auxiliary swivel caster is positioned relative to the fixed caster such that the auxiliary swivel caster is in contact with the ground when the upper frame is fully lowered and the front leg is folded away from the rear leg, and the auxiliary swivel caster is out of contact with the ground when the upper frame is fully lowered and the front leg is folded toward the rear leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Matunaga Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Goto, Noriyuki Matunaga, Shigeyuki Matunaga
  • Publication number: 20150052682
    Abstract: A foldable elongate body supporting device comprising an elongate body supporting surface (1) formed of a flexible material and comprising a plurality of linearly aligned support sections (1a) to (1e), each support section having secured on opposed sides a rigid tube (3) extending in the longitudinal direction of the device, the tubes (3) on each side of the sections being axially aligned, a space (4) being formed between each of the aligned tubes and the aligned tube of the adjacent section. A locking member (5) is slidably located in and extending through the aligned tubes on (3) each side of the device, the locking member (5) comprising a plurality of rigid locking tubes (6) each adapted to the movable into a locking position overlapping the spaces (4) between adjacent aligned tubes (3). The locking tubes (6) are joined by hinges (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin Biswell, Stephen Marshall-Rees, Guy Wilson
  • Patent number: 8959682
    Abstract: A disposable transporter that is absorbent, portable, and lightweight, and having sufficient strength to carry an injured soldier or medical patient is provided. The transporter has a backing substrate, an absorbent body, and a gripping device in an edge formed by the backing substrate. The absorbent body absorbs a large amount of body fluids, and can have an active agent that reduces contamination, infection, and odor. A transporter kit that encloses the transporter in a case for ease of storage and transport is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Paper-Pak Industries
    Inventors: Ronald Jenson, Richard Beu, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Patent number: 8938828
    Abstract: A roll-up patient-evacuation mattress has a bottom sheet having a head end and a foot end. A mattress is disposed above the bottom sheet. A patient support sheet is disposed above the mattress, and has a left wing and a right wing which are dimensioned to respectively enclose at least portions of left and right sides of a patient lying on the patient support sheet. A foot section is coupled to the bottom sheet and is dimensioned to substantially enclose the patient-evacuation mattress when the bottom sheet, the mattress, and the patient support sheet are rolled from the head end to the foot end in a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the patient-evacuation mattress into said foot section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Patent number: 8936253
    Abstract: A system related to providing a rescue sled vehicle to move an injured or wounded person from a hostile ‘battlefield condition’ environment to a safer environment for medical triage. The rescue sled comprises flexible hinged sections allowing for serpentine movement as well as vertical flexible movement to assist in rescue operations needing extraction from almost any type of structure or environment, particularly narrow areas and/or sloped ground/stairs. Further, the rescue sled is single rescuer carryable while providing the rescuer hands-free operation during entrance and exit operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas J. Rizzi
  • Patent number: 8898839
    Abstract: An evacuation sled for non-ambulatory patients preferably including a sheet having a plurality of handholds disposed about the left and right side edges of the sheet, each handhold comprising an opening with a reinforcement above the opening. A plurality of patient retention straps are coupled to the sheet and are configured to secure a patient in the sheet when the sheet is curved upward about the patient. A pull strap is coupled through a head of the sheet and is configured to permit a person to drag the patient strapped to the sheet. Preferably, a foot strap is affixed to the head pull strap and coupled to the foot of the sheet. The foot strap is configured to cause, when tension is applied to the head pull strap, at least one portion of the plastic sheet foot to raise upward and at least partially enclose the feet of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Evacusled Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Patent number: 8893330
    Abstract: A foldable stretcher for transporting an object. The stretcher comprising: a plurality of substantially plane members pivotally connected with each other in series by means of hinges there between; handles pivotally connected to outermost of the plane members; and, at least two pluralities of props. The stretcher further comprises at least two pairs of sufficiently stiff wires. Each pair of the wires arranged along a corresponding long side of the stretcher; each the wire is mechanically connected to the stretcher at least two connection points; the handles adapted for actuating a tautening of at least one of the wires of each pair of wires by fixation of the handles when the stretcher is in the unfolded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Telestretch Ltd
    Inventors: Dan Sion, Alazar C. Yinbal
  • Patent number: 8887330
    Abstract: A flat backboard for an injured person to lie upon is supported between two rigid support poles. The support poles are connected at each end of the stretcher to each other by an elevated support assembly. The support assembly has a handlebar structure and a mount assembly; this mount assembly has a central axle, around which the handlebar assembly fits, allowing for the handlebars to rotate without the mount assembly or the backboard rotating. When the holder of the handlebars generates a rocking motion, the central shaft rotates in the mount assembly, such that the weight of the injured person is supported by the mount assembly, but the rocking motion is not communicated to the mount assembly or the backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Grinberg, Shane Skikne, Alex Deardorff, Ben Deardorff
  • Patent number: 8881327
    Abstract: An evacuation sled for non-ambulatory patients preferably includes a plastic sheet having a plurality of handholds disposed about left and right side edges of the sheet, each handhold comprising an opening with a plastic reinforcement above the opening. A plurality of patient retention straps are coupled to the plastic sheet and are configured to secure a patient in the plastic sheet when the plastic sheet is curved upward about the patient. A pull strap is coupled through a head of the plastic sheet and is configured to permit a person to drag the patient strapped to the plastic sheet. Preferably, a foot strap is affixed to the head pull strap and coupled to a foot of the plastic sheet. The foot strap is configured to cause, when tension is applied to the head pull strap, at least one portion of the plastic sheet foot to raise upward and at least partially enclose the feet of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Patent number: 8863331
    Abstract: Embodiments of a height adjustable emergency roll-in cot comprise a cot support frame comprising having a leading end, a trailing end, and a pair of opposing side frame members disposed between the leading and trailing ends, a pair of wheeled front legs slidingly coupled to the cot support frame via a slideable front transverse support member, and a pair of wheeled back legs slidingly coupled to the support frame via a slideable back transverse support member, wherein the slideable front transverse support member, the slideable back transverse support member, or both include a pair of locking pins (90, 92).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Vittorio Valentino, Bryan Robert Keller
  • Patent number: 8856989
    Abstract: A stretcher includes a patient support, a base, a plurality of support members supporting the patient support relative to the base, which are adapted and arranged to raise or lower the base relative to the patient support, and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is actuatable between a locked position wherein the locking mechanism locks the support members at a fixed height and an unlocked position wherein the support members are released from being locked at the fixed height so that the base or the patient support may be moved relative to the other. Further, the locking mechanism is configured to provide a stop for the support members and absorb energy from the support members are release and the support members engage the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Cliff Lambarth, Steve Knipfel, Jason Kneen
  • Patent number: 8800081
    Abstract: A bed with a leg assembly coupled to a support link assembly by a joint, the joint comprising a slot having at least two paths. A support link assembly defining a length that automatically varies as the support link assembly moves relative to the leg assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki
  • Patent number: 8793827
    Abstract: A field stretcher comprising a subject transporting portion, the subject transporting portion comprising a region capable of forming a subject retaining compartment for retaining a subject positioned within the subject transporting portion, is disclosed and described. A method of transporting a subject generally horizontally, is provided, the method comprising providing a field stretcher comprising a subject transporting portion, positioning a subject in the subject transporting portion, and drawing at least a portion of the subject transporting portion about at least a portion of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: TSG Associates, LLP
    Inventors: Colin John Smart, Simon Eric Pennells, Mark Pittaway
  • Patent number: 8782833
    Abstract: An inflatable body includes an elongate chamber delimited by two substantially parallel main walls and defining at least a portion of a base suitable for holding a person laid down thereon, the chamber being extended, integrally, on both sides of the base, beyond a transition area where the main walls are close to each other, by two raised lateral strips extending along at least the base portion, so as to laterally flank the person, wherein the main walls are braced by a plurality of drop stitch links, and at the location of the transition area, the inflatable body has seams bringing the main walls together, thereby causing a fold between the base and each of the raised lateral strips, with the seams being covered by a sealed lining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Aerazur
    Inventors: Laurent Beurguet, Amelie Cavillac, Valerie Mondoly
  • Patent number: 8746771
    Abstract: A removable litter support assembly for installation on a interior wall of a transport vehicle. The removable litter support assembly includes a plurality of wall supports and a plurality of straps. Each of the plurality of wall supports are generally oriented vertical and parallel to each other and in a linear orientation and each of the plurality of straps are generally oriented vertical and parallel to each other and in a linear orientation. The linear orientation of the plurality of wall supports being parallel to the linear orientation of the plurality of straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Farber Specialty Vehicles, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Farber
  • Patent number: 8745791
    Abstract: A patient lifter is provided which includes a pair of side members with a patient support extending therebetween. Arcuate front supports extend from a first end of each side member and the inside bend of each arcuate front support generally faces the patient support. A handle at a second end of the side members facilitates a lift. As the lift begins, a first mechanical advantage is effected by the patient being relatively close to a fulcrum of the lifter. Large vertical travel by the lifting force results in relatively little vertical travel by the patient. As the lift progresses, and the one doing the lift is in a better position to exert additional lifting force, the fulcrum shifts to provide a second, lower, mechanical advantage, but the patient moves further in the vertical direction relative to the vertical travel of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Osmar A. Ullrich, Steven A. Sauer
  • Patent number: 8745792
    Abstract: A Firefighter Rapid Emergency Extraction device or F.R.E.E. Sled, is an emergency piece of equipment that acts as a rapid removal sled in which to apply to a downed firefighter, FF, within moments of locating or arriving at the victim. The F.R.E.E. Sled allows for the low profile loading and packaging of the downed FF as well as a securing strap for the RIC bag and air supply unit so that it stays with the victim. The instant invention allows the rescuer to quickly retrieve the compactly stored sled from the storage compartment of their own response vehicle, enter, locate and package the victim without the need for converting the gear that may be worn by the victim-firefighter. The F.R.E.E. Sled easily allows the operations level rescuer to secure the harness system in low-to-zero visibility environments with the “Twin Strap-Two Snap Buckle” method faster and more efficient than any other device available in the rescue art without having to remove the rescuers' protective gloves to accomplish this task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas McGlynn
  • Patent number: 8746637
    Abstract: A foldable frame includes two tubes, a rectangular tube and two base parts. The two tubes are pivotably or fixedly connected to the base parts. Two ends of the rectangular tube are connected to two respective extension portions of the two base parts by two pins, so that the two tubes are pivotable about the two pins. The frame can also be structured as one tube directly connected to the rectangular tube, and the other tube is pivotably connected to the base part. The extension of the base part is pivotably connected of the rectangular tube by a pin to form a single-point folding feature. An outer tube is rotatably movable between one of the tubes and the rectangular tube, and the outer tube hides the rectangular tube when the two tubes are arranged linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Chun-Sheng Liu
  • Patent number: 8739335
    Abstract: The tactical stretcher and convertible first aid table with detachable IV pole includes a small and lightweight stretcher that is manually lifted with two sets of handles located at distal ends of the stretcher. The stretcher includes a plurality of straps to secure and immobilize a patient lying on the top surface of the stretcher. Two pairs of foldable legs rotate downwardly from a bottom surface to convert the stretcher to a first aid table. The foldable legs are limited to 90 degrees range of rotational movement from a horizontal position to a vertical position. An IV holder accessory is optionally provided, and secures itself to one of the handles. The IV holder includes a telescoping construction in order to adjust the elevation of an IV bag with respect to the stretcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Johnathan D. Hoggatt
  • Patent number: 8713731
    Abstract: An evacuation mattress comprises an integral mattress including a mattress interior, a mattress top face sheet, four mattress side face sheets, and a bottom sheet. The bottom sheet forms both the mattress bottom face sheet and an evacuation bottom sheet. The integral evacuation mattress also includes a top evacuation sheet configured to be deployed over a patient who is disposed above the mattress top face sheet. The integral evacuation mattress further includes securing structure configured to secure the top evacuation sheet to the patient and the integral mattress. Transport structure is also included in the integral evacuation mattress and is configured for a person to drag the secured patient and integral mattress from a hospital.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Publication number: 20140082844
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foldable rescue stretcher having an open position for transporting a patient and a storing position for storing the foldable rescue stretcher. The foldable rescue stretcher includes a rigid supporting frame having a plurality of sections, a protective barrier, and an inflatable collar. Methods of using the foldable rescue stretcher are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Charles Bertsch
  • Patent number: 8677530
    Abstract: A stretcher including a flexible base panel sized to support a person lying thereon during a rescue or extrication operation. The base panel includes a header end and an opposite footer end, and further includes a head-supporting region and a body-supporting region. The head-supporting region is sized to support the head and shoulders of the person and the body-supporting region is sized to support a human torso. The stretcher further includes a securement strap extending from the head-supporting region along one side of the base panel and crossing over to the body-supporting region at the other side of the base panel. The securement strap extends diagonally across the shoulder and torso of the person to arrest the shoulder and limit sliding movement of the person toward the header end of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Skedco, Inc.
    Inventor: Carston R. Calkin
  • Patent number: 8640288
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a disposable transporter that is absorbent, portable, and lightweight, and having sufficient strength to carry an injured soldier or medical patient. The transporter has a backing substrate, absorbent body, and gripping device. The gripping device permits manual carrying or insertion of poles to form a litter or portable cot. The absorbent body may have active agents that kill microorganisms to reduce the risk of contamination, infection, and odors from blood or other body fluids. The disclosure provides a process for producing base materials for the transporter. Also disclosed is a transporter kit having a transporter and a water-resistant case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Paper-Pak Industries
    Inventors: Ronald Jensen, Richard Beu, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Publication number: 20140020183
    Abstract: A portable human transport system for use in field medical rescue operations comprising a fully collapsible litter element attached to one or more rescue harnesses via a choke braking system which minimizes unnecessary patient movement during transport. The transport system may be used by a single rescuer or by multiple rescuers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: ERIPIO, LLC
    Inventor: Damien H. DOMINICK
  • Patent number: 8615829
    Abstract: An economical emergency evacuation mattress for persons in areas with limited access, such as subways and high-rises, provides a warm and secure cocoon for the patient, allows easy transport over any type of surface (e.g., up and down stairs), provides proper support for all of the patient's body, allows the patient to feel a high degree of comfort in what is otherwise a very stressful situation, and provides securing means (e.g., straps) to firmly hold the patient in place during transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Evacusled Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Publication number: 20130276235
    Abstract: A roll-up patient-evacuation mattress has a bottom sheet having a head end and a foot end. A mattress is disposed above the bottom sheet. A patient support sheet is disposed above the mattress, and has a left wing and a right wing which are dimensioned to respectively enclose at least portions of left and right sides of a patient lying on the patient support sheet. A foot section is coupled to the bottom sheet and is dimensioned to substantially enclose the patient-evacuation mattress when the bottom sheet, the mattress, and the patient support sheet are rolled from the head end to the foot end in a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the patient-evacuation mattress into said foot section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Patent number: 8528137
    Abstract: A collapsible litter including a first flexible and elongated body support member having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of flexible grab strap elements attached to the bottom surface of the body support member. The strap elements extend substantially beyond the surface of the body support member. A second flexible body support member, is disposed on the top of the first flexible elongated body support member, and covers a substantial portion of the first flexible elongated body support member. At least one edge of the second flexible body support member is affixed the top surface of the first flexible body support member forming a compartment with an opening for securing and transporting items such that the first and second body support members form a compartment for securing and transporting items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Johnson, Alan Hester, Erick Ward, Chris Kopp
  • Patent number: 8505959
    Abstract: A cart transportable mobile medical emergency response facility includes a plurality of hand carried carts with cargo canisters with interchangeable components for establishing a decentralized mobile medical treatment facility at a disaster or other emergency area with a lack of usable hospital facilities. The rapidly deployable and accessible collection of carts and medical equipment delivers point-of-need critical care in the absence of conventional time consuming and complex assembly of medical response facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Valiant Rock, LLC
    Inventor: Charles W. Darling, III
  • Patent number: 8474077
    Abstract: A flat backboard for an injured person to lie upon is supported between two rigid support poles. The support poles are connected at each end of the stretcher to each other by an elevated support assembly. The support assembly has a handlebar structure and a mount assembly; this mount assembly has a central axle, around which the handlebar assembly fits, allowing for the handlebars to rotate without the mount assembly or the backboard rotating. When the holder of the handlebars generates a rocking motion, the central shaft rotates in the mount assembly, such that the weight of the injured person is supported by the mount assembly, but the rocking motion is not communicated to the mount assembly or the backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Joshua Grinberg, Shane Skikne, Alex Deardorff, Ben Deardorff
  • Publication number: 20130133509
    Abstract: A modular stretcher system includes a pouch having a releasable outer cover and an inner surface, and a stretcher comprised from a lightweight sheet material and stored within the pouch, wherein the stretcher is accessible upon release of the cover, and wherein the stretcher further includes at least two integrated load-bearing system fixings that engage the lightweight sheet and extend through the inner surface. The modular stretcher system may also be incorporated within a protective anti-ballistic jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: BCB INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: BCB INTERNATIONAL LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130086748
    Abstract: A carbon fiber frame assembly having a first collapsible frame pole and a second collapsible frame pole interconnected by a bed member. The bed member is reinforced with nylon strips for receiving and supporting a person between the frame poles. The first frame pole and the second frame pole consisting of a plurality of interlocking pole segments moveable between a collapsed configuration wherein the pole segments for each of the frame poles are generally disengaged from each other, and an erected configuration wherein the pole segments are aligned and connected end to end to form each of the frame poles. An elastic retention cord is disposed within a hollow interior of the first and second frame poles to bundle the frame segments together when in the disassembled configuration and to resist separation in the erected configuration. The distal end of each frame pole includes an extendable locking handle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Joanne S. Walter, Michael Duncan, Tommy Sweatman, Matthew S. Westra
  • Patent number: 8365326
    Abstract: An evacuation sled for non-ambulatory patients preferably includes a plastic sheet having a plurality of handholds disposed about left and right side edges of the sheet, each handhold comprising an opening with a plastic reinforcement above the opening. A plurality of patient retention straps are coupled to the plastic sheet and are configured to secure a patient in the plastic sheet when the plastic sheet is curved upward about the patient. A pull strap is coupled through a head of the plastic sheet and is configured to permit a person to drag the patient strapped to the plastic sheet. Preferably, a foot strap is affixed to the head pull strap and coupled to a foot of the plastic sheet. The foot strap is configured to cause, when tension is applied to the head pull strap, at least one portion of the plastic sheet foot to raise upward and at least partially enclose the feet of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Patent number: 8359084
    Abstract: An isolation system with imaging or radiation therapy capability is disclosed. At least one containment barrier (14, 15, 16, 17) defines an isolation region (10). An imaging or therapy system (20) is disposed outside of the isolation region. The containment barrier includes a substantially hollow tubular extension (24, 42, 44, 124, 224, 324) protruding away from the isolation region (10). The substantially hollow tubular extension surrounds an interior volume (26) that is in fluid communication with the isolation region and is in fluid isolation from the imaging or therapy system. The substantially hollow tubular extension is made at least partially of a material providing operative communication between the imaging or therapy system and the interior volume of the substantially hollow tubular extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke PHilips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Alan Love, King C. Li
  • Patent number: 8348301
    Abstract: A mission adaptable multi-purpose, collapsible portable cart/utility table, for use in emergency response and disaster situations, camping, hunting and other outdoors activities, which carries medical rescue carts, canoes, small boats, game, or hauled cargo by hand. It transports one or more cargo bins over long, rough terrain and each bin can include one or more cabinet drawers therein, wherein upon tilting of a cargo bin from a horizontal transport position to a substantially vertical position the cargo bin serves as a supply cabinet. Each bin is openable to expose the supply drawers for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Valiant Rock, LLC
    Inventor: Charles W. Darling, III
  • Patent number: 8336141
    Abstract: A rescuing and carrying device comprising a supporting portion, handhold belts, safety belts and shoulder belts, each made of flexible materials. The handhold belts, safety belts and shoulder belts are fixed on the supporting portion respectively. The device comprises lightweight, flexible and foldable materials. With the shoulder belts, the device can be lifted or carried on the shoulders of carriers, allowing for hands-free operation by the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Cho Kee Wong
  • Patent number: 8327482
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a durable, compact, two-piece, light weight, load sustaining litter system for the transport of humans, animals or objects. The litter system comprises a litter frame, a fabric disposed between the structure of the frame, at least one hinge and at least one coupling mechanism. The litter system may be quickly assembled under adverse conditions and may be particularly beneficial in transporting individuals who are injured, disabled and/or incapable of movement under combat and/or emergency conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Jonathan Awerbuch, Ryan A. Baum, Timothy A. Hampson, Kevin N. Kline, Benjamin A. Klopp, Kate C. Zinsky
  • Patent number: 8316487
    Abstract: An evacuation mattress comprises an integral mattress including a mattress interior, a mattress top face sheet, four mattress side face sheets, and a bottom sheet. The bottom sheet forms both the mattress bottom face sheet and an evacuation bottom sheet. The integral evacuation mattress also includes a top evacuation sheet configured to be deployed over a patient who is disposed above the mattress top face sheet. The integral evacuation mattress further includes securing structure configured to secure the top evacuation sheet to the patient and the integral mattress. Transport structure is also included in the integral evacuation mattress and is configured for a person to drag the secured patient and integral mattress from a hospital.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Publication number: 20120284923
    Abstract: A patient transporter having inflatable chambers or channels that provides improved support, rigidity, and height is disclosed. The patient transporter is lightweight, portable and durable. The inflatable chambers also provide buoyancy. A skid plate on the bottom surface of the transporter allows the transporter to be easily pulled over the ground when transporting a person. A hinged support assembly can be connected to the bottom of the transporter for additional rigidity and support. A method for using a patient transporter having inflatable chambers is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: PAPER-PAK INDUSTRIES
    Inventors: Ronald Jensen, Richard Beu, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Publication number: 20120272451
    Abstract: An emergency drag stretcher is disclosed that combines a base panel formed of a flexible sheet material and a harness. The harness securely restrains an individual and holds the base panel against the individual, allowing the individual to be dragged or vertically lifted using the emergency drag stretcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: MFT Internal Inc., d/b/a Rite Rescue Systems
    Inventors: Frank HASKELL, Thomas J. Fee, Michael P. Harty
  • Patent number: 8281430
    Abstract: An extraction and transfer sling facilitating lifting of an injured, incapacitated, or person of interest for any reason that may be warranted by emergency services or assistance. The sling has several embodiments each capable of supporting a thigh, buttocks, and back region of a person being lifted. Additionally the sling can include shoulder, head, and leg including foot support for transporting a lifted person from one location to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Bill Harold Hough, Chad Scott Frazier, Laura Jean Frazier
  • Patent number: 8256048
    Abstract: A bed with a leg assembly coupled to a support link assembly by a joint, the joint comprising a slot having at least two paths. A support link assembly defining a length that automatically varies as the support link assembly moves relative to the leg assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki
  • Patent number: 8250685
    Abstract: A body wrap for quick lifting and transport of a patient's body or provide assistance to a patient or accident victim in standing or securing an injured limb during transport in a wheelchair, comprising a flexible canvas wrap that is placed and secured around parts of the body and where the supporting wrap has flexible handles that permit the wrap to be grasped and lifted by one or more attendants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Lindsay Kocet
  • Publication number: 20120186021
    Abstract: A stretcher, suitable for carrying out rescue of injured persons in not easily accessible areas, such as speleologists trapped in caves, people in difficulty in the mountains, people to be rescued from the water, also with the intervention of helicopters, includes a rigid board, which can easily be dismantled and reassembled without tools, the rigid part including elements that slot together to form the rigid board, designed to support the weight of the person to be carried, and is characterized in that it envisages at least one element that develops basically in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the board and connects up directly to the other elements constituting the board, there being provided first members designed to prevent relative movements between the elements constituting the board, out of the plane of the board, and second members designed to prevent any relative sliding between the elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: MAKO SHARK S.R.L.
    Inventor: Federico Bonomelli
  • Patent number: 8209803
    Abstract: A patient transport device includes a generally planar board having a width, length, and thickness defining a volume. At least one handle element is movably connected to the board. The at least one handle element is movable between a first, storage position in which the handle element is contained within the volume of the board, and a second, deployed position in which the handle element extends outwardly from the board. At least one foot support element is movably connected to the board, and is movable between a first, storage position in which the foot support element is contained within the volume of the board, and a second, deployed position in which the foot support element extends outwardly from the board. At least one roller element is rotatably secured to a bottom surface of the board. A patient to be transported is secured to the board and partially supported by the foot support and rolled via the at least one roller element by a single user of the board grasping the at least one handle element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Bandel
  • Patent number: 8209802
    Abstract: A combination patient support table and stretcher assembly having a patient support surface including at least first and second planar sections convertible between first end-to-end secured and second collapsible arrangements. A plurality of legs extend from corner locations associated with the planar support sections, the legs are convertible at least between first downwardly supporting and second outwardly pivoting positions. The assembly operates in a selected configuration as a ground supported and elevated table, and which can further be reconfiguring through actuation of the legs to reconfigure as a patient transportable stretcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Linares Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Linares