Support Means For Discrete Portion Of User, Useable With Bed Or Surgical Support Patents (Class 5/630)
  • Patent number: 9693918
    Abstract: A lower leg elevation and support device for elevating and supporting a lower leg includes a lift and a plurality of wedges. The lift and each wedge having a thick end, a thin end, a bottom, a top, and a pair of opposing sides. The tops, the bottoms and the thick ends are substantially rectangular. The opposing sides are triangular, such that the lift and the wedges are cuneal. A slot extends from the thick end of the lift to proximate to the thin end of the lift, defining an upper section and a lower section of the lift. Each wedge is insertable into the slot, elevating the upper section of the lift relative to the lower section of the lift. A plurality of fasteners is configured to secure the lift to a leg of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Donna McCoy
  • Patent number: 9381107
    Abstract: A post shoulder surgery rehabilitation apparatus in the form of a bed wedge having a shoulder support wedge structure attachment to provide the optimal support and comfort to a patient while resting or sleeping on a bed or similar structure. An exemplary embodiment of the bed wedge apparatus is capable of being inflated and deflated to the optimal angle for comfort and support for the repaired shoulder by means of a remote control switch by the patients themselves without assistance from a caregiver. Alternate embodiments of the bed wedge apparatus include ones without the need for inflation or deflation and ones that have shoulder support wedge structures for both shoulders after surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Scott MacLeod
  • Patent number: 9259098
    Abstract: A patient support surface includes a cushion and an inflatable patient positioning unit. The cushion is adapted to support a patient. The inflatable patient positioning unit is arranged over a portion of a top side of the cushion at a foot end of the cushion. The inflatable patient positioning unit includes a plurality of positioner bladders shaped so that when inflated a distal end of each positioner bladder is taller than a proximal end of the positioner bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua A. Williams, Neal Wiggermann, Timothy Joseph Receveur, Gregory W. Branson, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Luke Gibson, Rachel L. Williamson, Andrew R. Kerr, Kathryn Smith, Darrell Borgman, Bryan W. Wuebker
  • Patent number: 9161642
    Abstract: An adjustable positioning roll including a support portion having a support side and a substantially flat base surface, and one or more separately formed base portions, or elevating portions, configured to have a substantially same length and width as the flat base surface, the one or more base portions being detachably coupled to the flat base surface of the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Latitute Innovations
    Inventors: Tracy Thompson, Edward Mobley, Eric Cox
  • Patent number: 9125678
    Abstract: The surgical orientation system is used to assist a surgeon to orient a prosthetic component relative to a patient's anatomy during surgery. An embodiment is particularly suited for assisting surgeons to locate an acetabular cup into a reamed acetabulum. The system includes: an implement (1) for releasable attachment of a prosthetic component; an electronic orientation monitor (2) attached to the implement (1); and a brace (3). The brace (3) is releasably attachable to the patient so as to define a reference point (4) relative to the patient's anatomy. This reference point (4) is external of the patient and includes at least one surface (5) defining a reference plane that is used to orient the monitor (2) into a reference orientation to calibrate the monitor (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: INERTIAL ORTHOPAEDIC NAVIGATION SOLUTIONS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Robert Lye
  • Patent number: 9095489
    Abstract: A planar support assembly for use with a patient body support, an extension support assembly, and a plurality of interchangeable head supports is provided. The extension support assembly is releasably mounted on a portion of the patient body support such that the extension support assembly extends outwardly from the patient body support. The planar support assembly includes a generally planar support configured to releasably attach to an end of the extension support assembly opposite the patient body support. The planar support is configured to receive and support one of a plurality of interchangeable head supports, and the planar support is adjustable with respect to the patient body support in two or more dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Joel L. Berry, John E. Reynolds, Charles L. Branch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9078528
    Abstract: The present embodiment is a therapeutic cushion for relieving lower back pain. The therapeutic cushion comprises a flat, elongated base, a rounded arc, and two semicircles slopping downwards on both sides of a rounded arc. The flat, elongated base of the therapeutic cushion is positioned on a surface of mattresses, sofas, and seats. When a user utilizes the therapeutic cushion in the supine position, the rounded arc elevates the lumbar spine, thus providing support for the lumbar area. The two semicircles serve to provide support for the sacroiliac joint and upper lumbar area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Vee Ramdath
  • Patent number: 9072612
    Abstract: An extra-oral medical device is disclosed for treating respiratory conditions and maintaining an open airway. The device comprises a pair of jaw thrusters that affix to a headgear appliance encircling or otherwise attaching around a user's head. The thrusters include a pair of pads that attach to the headgear via two adjustable ear surrounds and place a forward load against the angle of a user's mandible. The forward load forces the mandible and the tongue forward, displacing the tongue from the posterior oropharynx and performing a jaw thrust maneuver for airway management. The device is adapted for medical and personal use, wherein the headgear can be worn while sleeping to treat sleep apnea, excessive snoring and other respiratory disorders, or alternatively may be used by medical professionals to maintain an open airway during a procedure or medical emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Manu Sethi, Sangeetha Sethi
  • Patent number: 9027184
    Abstract: An acupressure pillow includes pressure members that are interconnected by an elastic member and arranged so that, when the user rests a body part (e.g., head or neck) on the pillow between the pressure members, the pressure members automatically adjust to accommodate the body part and produce pressure on the body part due at least in part to the elastic member, which biases the pressure members toward one another. Thus, the pressure exerted on the body part may have different vector components, including some pressure produced essentially perpendicular to the pillow surface on which the body part rests and some pressure produced at other angles due to the shape of the pressure members and the inward force on the pressure members produced by the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Steven M. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9021635
    Abstract: A reconfigurable support pillow comprising an elongate center section with a short, curved arm on each end. Between each of the arms and the center section is a substantially flat connecting section with inwardly curved side edges. This shape allows the pillow to be placed into several configurations. In a first configuration, the center section is bent and the connecting sections overlap each other without creating a thickened area at the point where the connecting sections cross. Additionally, the curved ends of the pillow arms can be overlapped providing an oval configuration with a double thickness at one side. Still further, the pillow can be used with the center section straight and curved arms turned inward towards each other. Each configuration provides different advantages and use. The pillow may comprise a washable cover with removable inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Publication number: 20150113732
    Abstract: An accessory flat-top panel for use with a surgical table includes a board adapted to support a patient, a left attachment pylon coupled to the board, and a right attachment pylon coupled to the board. The left and right attachment pylons are each formed to include channels sized to receive a rail included in a surgical table. The width of the board between a left side and a right side of the board is greater than the width of a pair of rails included in a surgical table to support portions of a patient wider than pair of rails included in the support top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jesse S. Drake
  • Patent number: 9009891
    Abstract: A method and a system have been described to determine a pressure relief set point for a person-support apparatus. The method includes determining the change in pressure or volume in a zone from a vacant mode to a person occupied mode and computing the weight supported there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Receveur, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150074910
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow designed to address the limitations in current available shoulder pillows. An orthopedic pillow according to at least one embodiment of the present disclosure has a bottom surface bounded by a leading edge, a trailing edge, and first and second side edges; a first end surface intersecting with the leading edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; a second end surface intersecting with the trailing edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; and a contoured upper surface extending from the first side edge to second side edge, the contoured upper surface intersecting with the first end surface and the second end surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Bieniek, Kristi Bieniek
  • Publication number: 20150052685
    Abstract: Conformable support systems for conforming to a body are described in which a support assembly may be provided to support particular regions of the body where pressure ulcers tend to form. The conforming support may generally comprise a central portion, a first side portion attached to the central portion, and a second side portion attached to the central portion opposite to the first side portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil BHAT, George Y. CHOI, Allen J. LI, Anuj BHAT
  • Patent number: 8931127
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a Compartmented Cushioning Device and Method offering one or more cool or warm feeling compartments, formed between or surrounded by one or more components, with each component, including filler material encased in surface material. The presence of one or more compartment openings provide access to the one or more compartments; whereby a user has multiple options when placing all or part of one or more of their fingers, hands, wrists, or arms into either the same or separate compartments to cushion, insulate, or protect them; while in addition, allowing the user to cushion, insulate, or protect, as well as support, adjust, or precisely position their head, face, or other parts of their body. An assortment of configurations, ranging from soft to firm, can be designed in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes, for a wide variety of uses: indoors, outdoors, or in vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Moses
  • Publication number: 20140359944
    Abstract: An adjustable positioning roll including a support portion having a support side and a substantially flat base surface, and one or more separately formed base portions, or elevating portions, configured to have a substantially same length and width as the flat base surface, the one or more base portions being detachably coupled to the flat base surface of the support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Tracy Thompson, Edward Mobley, Eric Cox
  • Publication number: 20140345055
    Abstract: The invention provides an inexpensive orthopedic pillow comprising multiple cushion elements surrounding or associated with an inner air chamber in a composite pillow that is easily adjusted, reconfigured, broken-down, and customized such that the pillow can be conformed to suit the needs of any person in any environment wherever a pillow is necessary or desirable, whether for sitting, reclining, sleeping, or any other purpose. A covering sheath may or may not be included and an inflation control valve may regulate the volume and pressure of the inner air chamber. Each of the internal components may be adjusted and swapped for other components at any time according to user preferences or physician specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Conghua Li
  • Patent number: 8839472
    Abstract: A combination sleeve/glove pillow allows extra comfort for arm sleepers and in situations like workbreaks or unusual sleeping quarters. A padded cylindrical pillow material between 1 and 3 cm thick and between 20 to 30 cm long is covered with cloth, allowing an arm to slide through. The cylindrical section is then attach to an upper and lower hand portion, each of which include pillow material covered with cloth, and attached to each other. The pillow provides comfort under multiple scenarios while allow the user free hand movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Resting Concepts LLC
    Inventor: George Ferrell
  • Patent number: 8806683
    Abstract: A portable boot style stirrup assembly with leg support for use during medical procedures. The portable boot style stirrup assembly affixes to the existing stirrup footrests found about medical examination tables, resultantly increasing procedural efficiency and decreasing doctor cost of the performance of in-office medical procedures, increasing patient comfort during prolonged procedures, and increasing doctor and patient safety during procedures. The portable boot style stirrup assembly includes a boot shell structure which supports a patient's foot and calf and a receptacle constructed and arranged to receive the existing stirrup footrest of medical procedure tables and allow for adjustment of the adductive and abductive angle positioning of a patient's leg for examination and surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Gauta
  • Publication number: 20140215718
    Abstract: This application relates to operating tables and accessories designed to facilitate surgical procedures on a limb, especially, but not exclusively, orthopaedic procedures involving the distraction, dislocation or replacement of a joint. A such accessory includes a table-mounted component (200) including a patient support (103) and a floor-standing component (200) including an articulated limb support beam (205). Cooperating locating features including a notch 118 and guide channels (217) on the two components locate the components relative to each other. They are designed so that with the patient support (103) supporting at least some of the weight of the patient, the articulated limb support beam (205) is properly positioned to support and manipulate the limb. Moreover, they are so configured as to allow the table to be tilted relative to the floor-standing component (200) while continuing to locate the components relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Malcolm Wootton
  • Patent number: 8793826
    Abstract: A surgical operating table has a plurality of sections, connected to each other and capable of being pivoted at least in vertical plane, and upon which the patient is rested while a surgical procedure is performed. These sections include a back support, which comprises a lower back section, a middle back section protruding therefrom, and two shoulder sections disposed on either side of the middle back section and releasably secured to the lower back section. In the releasing process, the shoulder section is first pivoted to an inclined angle downward from a plane of the lower back section and the middle back section, thus enabling a protrusion on the shoulder section to be released from a clamping of the frame portion and the rod, on the lower back section after which the shoulder section is capable of being pulled away and removed from the lower back section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Merivaara Oy
    Inventor: Ari Nurminen
  • Patent number: 8752221
    Abstract: A support apparatus configured to support a prone user in a position that is conducive to interacting with a media item that is also supported thereon. The apparatus includes an upper body support that is configured to support an upper body of a prone user. The upper body support includes a base support member that provides a cushioned surface. The upper body support includes a chest support member extending upwardly from the base support member. The apparatus includes a strip extending frontwardly from the upper body support. The strip is a sheet of flexible material is a width that is substantially equal to the base support member. The apparatus includes a media support member that is coupled to the strip, opposite of the upper body support. The media support member includes a media support structure that is configured to support a media item in a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Melissa Diane Ortega
  • 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: 8745794
    Abstract: A method of swaddling a baby includes providing a blanket having a pair of spaced-apart sleeves attached to the blanket and a pair of leg openings that extend fully through the blanket. Each leg opening is located generally beneath a respective one of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Edison Nation, LLC
    Inventor: Julie McDermott
  • Patent number: 8732880
    Abstract: A diaper changing station assembly includes a mat that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The peripheral edge includes a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side. A top pad is attached to and covers a portion of the top side. A bottom pad has a top surface, a bottom surface and a peripheral edge. The bottom surface is attached to and covers a portion of the bottom side. A portion of the bottom pad is unattached to the mat adjacent to the peripheral edge to define a bag pocket extending between the mat and the bottom pad. The bag is removable from the pocket after the soiled diaper is changed to receive the mat. The bag is configured to receive the soiled diaper for disposal of the mat and the soiled diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Chante L. Carrothers-Smith
  • Patent number: 8726435
    Abstract: A pillowcase having one or more pockets is provided. In one embodiment, the pillowcase includes a first panel, a second panel, an open end adapted to receive a pillow, and a pocket. The pocket is coupled to the pillowcase to form a pocket cavity, and an entry thereto. The pocket cavity is adapted to receive, through the entry, an appendage of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Joan McMillen Briody
  • Patent number: 8720447
    Abstract: A device and method for enabling an individual located on a bed to sustain a side-sleeping orientation on either a left or right side. The device comprises a light weight, elongate pillow having a longitudinal axis and being configured to concurrently rest at a back side of the individual and an adjacent surface of a bed when reclined in a side-sleeping orientation on the bed. The pillow includes a flexible attachment structure which is positioned along a longitudinal edge of the pillow to secure the pillow to the individual's bed clothing. The attachment structure provides sufficient flexibility to allow the pillow to rotate with respect to and rest against the individual's back to a laterally offset and suspended, partial captured configuration in general alignment with the individual's spine and in concurrent contact with the bed surface to prevent a supine sleeping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Family Concepts TJH, LLC
    Inventor: Vaughn W. North
  • Patent number: 8719983
    Abstract: An inflatable body contour support cushion comprises a bladder comprising a flexible material. Said bladder is configured to retain a quantity of material to maintain said bladder in a flaccid state in which the material flows freely within said bladder. Said bladder is further configured to support a body contour by filling the space between the body contour and a surface against which the body contour is resting. A valve mechanism is configured to enable addition and removal of the material from said bladder in which a user can adjust a level of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Leigh Anne Nash
  • Publication number: 20140101852
    Abstract: A post shoulder surgery rehabilitation apparatus in the form of a bed wedge with a shoulder support wedge attachment to provide the optimal support and comfort to a patient while resting or sleeping on a bed or similar structure. An exemplary embodiment of the bed wedge apparatus is capable of being inflated and deflated to the optimal angle for comfort and support for the repaired shoulder by means of a remote control switch by the patients themselves without assistance from a caregiver. Alternate embodiments of the bed wedge apparatus include ones without the need for inflation or deflation and ones that have shoulder support wedges for both shoulders after surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Macleod
  • Patent number: 8695135
    Abstract: A sacrum support pillow comprises a three-sided deformable member having a length and a width. The length defines a central region disposed between first and second ends. The width in the central region is greater than the width in the first and second ends such that the width tapers to points near the first and second ends. The three sided deformable member defines three edges, and wherein a deformable member surface is located between the first and second edges, the second and third edges, and the third and first edges, and wherein each surface is concave and may have a different width. An outer covering encloses the three sided deformable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel James Berube
  • Publication number: 20140090174
    Abstract: A back support device (100) having a first convex region (160) and a concave region (200) being connected to the first convex region (160), the first convex region (160) and the concave region (200) being configured to support respective regions of a user's back, wherein a ratio between a straight line distance across the first convex region (160) and a straight line distance across the concave region (200) approximates a geometric progression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Vladeta
  • Patent number: 8677532
    Abstract: A portable, unitary, lightweight, weather-proof support mat to reduce physical stress on a user caused by standing, sitting or kneeling on a hard surface for prolonged periods. The support mat provides a non-slip surface and an integral handle opening. The support mat is manufactured of rubber or other resilient material and may be provided in a variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Exodus Traffic Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Desiree Legare
  • Patent number: 8677531
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting the head and neck of a user for airway management includes a head-supporting surface dimensioned to receive and support the head of the user and a neck-supporting surface connected to the head-supporting surface, wherein the neck-supporting surface is dimensioned to receive and support the neck of the user; wherein the head-supporting surface and neck-supporting surface are configured so that when the user is lying on his or her side with a side of his or her head positioned on the head-supporting surface and a side of his or her neck on the neck-supporting surface, the user's head and neck are automatically aligned in the sniff position for improved airway management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D. Popitz
  • Patent number: 8671480
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pillow system. The pillow system comprises a pair of compressible, shape-sustaining pillows. One pillow is wedge-shaped with a knife-edge on its inner side. The second pillow has a broad flat bottom, so that it can maintain an upright position when standing alone, and an inwardly curved top. The system includes a connecting strap by which one of the pillows is removably and adjustably connected to the other. In this way, the distance between the pillows can be changed to suit the size of the user. When joined by the strap, the pair of pillows provides both back and abdominal support for a pregnant woman or can be used as back support for a sleeping infant. The second pillow with its curved top performs well as a nursing pillow or as a lap tray for an adult or child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8671479
    Abstract: A vacuum patient positioning cushion includes an integrated rigid or semi-rigid positioning element located within a gas-impermeable outer cover, making it possible to easily and correctly position a patient for a radiation therapy or other procedure without the need or use of external positioning devices. The gas-impermeable outer covering defines an airtight enclosure having a valve stem and closeable vacuum control valve in selective fluid communication with the enclosure. The enclosure houses a filler material and a rigid or semi-rigid positioning element. A method of positioning a patient using the vacuum patient positioning cushion is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bionix Development Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Huttner, Edward Markewitz
  • Patent number: 8671482
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for improving posture while sitting, having a foundation member including a front portion for upper legs and a bowl portion for lower pelvic area. The bowl portion has a central portion and an upwardly inclined lateral portion. The lateral portion and the front portion collectively surround the central portion. The central portion has regions of varying flexibility and the lateral portion has regions of varying flexibility. The bowl portion applies an upwardly and inwardly compressive force when the lower pelvic area is disposed in the bowl portion, and rotates on a supporting surface between a first position when the lower pelvic area is not disposed in the bowl portion, and a second position, rotationally forward of the first position, when the lower pelvic area is disposed in the bowl portion, to thereby cause a forward rotational tilting of the lower pelvic area into a forward lordotic position after the lower pelvic area is placed in the bowl portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Backjoy Orthotics, LLC
    Inventor: William Preston Willingham
  • Publication number: 20140068866
    Abstract: A carriage for a limb support includes a space for receiving a longitudinal member of a patient support apparatus, a plurality of rollers configured to engage the longitudinal member and a locking mechanism. The plurality of rollers is configured to maintain alignment of the carriage during movement of the carriage along the longitudinal member. The carriage also includes an elastomeric member that resists rotation to prevent unwanted motion of the carriage. The locking mechanism is configured to secure the carriage to the longitudinal member at any of an infinite number of positions along the length of the longitudinal member, the locking mechanism being lockable with a single action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: ALLEN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony V. CATACCHIO, Jesse S. Drake, Andrew D. Clark, Frederick K. Newey, Sarah M. Steinberg, Dustin T. Libby
  • Patent number: 8661587
    Abstract: A generally C-shaped infant support pillow ideal for small, premature or disabled infants. The pillow comprises a center section with two curved arms. The arms may be the same length or one may be longer than the other. Preferably, the end of one arm is receivable in a recess formed in or near the end of the other arm, so that the pillow has an open and a closed position. The arms may have opposing, inwardly-extending bulges that divide the central well into a larger and a smaller secondary well. The inner perimeter of the center section may be elasticized to “hug” the infant. The pillow may include a strap that extends from one arm and attaches to the other. The strap can be stored in a pocket and then unfurled and removably connected to the other arm to hold the ends of the pillow together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8661586
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing therapeutic treatment for symptoms associated with GERD and/or other digestive disorders and/or other medical conditions are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a support element that has a first end portion and a second end portion and a top surface disposed at an angle relative to a bottom surface of the support element. The second end portion has a height greater than the first end portion. A riser element is configured to be coupled proximate to the second end portion of the support element. A body element is configured to be disposed on at least one of the support element or the riser element. The body element has a first arm and a second arm connected together by an arc portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amenity Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Melcher, Aaron Clark, Clint Erickson
  • Patent number: 8656536
    Abstract: A device for supporting a breast during treatment. The device includes a support arm having one or more indexed joints for repeatably positioning the device relative a patient's breast. The device includes a scoop for wedging against the patient's breast for forming the breast to a preferred shape during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Amanda Gail Sorg
  • Publication number: 20130340171
    Abstract: A limb support device for patient care comprising a non-deformable, non-porous hollow polyhedron comprising a top surface, a bottom, and first, second, third and fourth sides; wherein the top surface and a first side are connected along an edge of each and form an obtuse angle; wherein the second side is connected to the top surface opposite the first side and forms an obtuse angle with the top; wherein the third and fourth sides are disposed opposite each other and between the first and second sides; wherein the bottom is open and further comprises one or more lips, each lip formed along the edge and extending outwardly from the opening in the bottom along the edge of at least one of the first, second, third and fourth sides to provide a handle; and wherein the top is defined further as comprising a channel for the support/positioning of a patient's extremity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Dawn Oberst
  • Patent number: 8595872
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a support pillow comprises a pillow body having a medial region and two opposing arms that form a well region, a first side and a second side. The pillow body further includes an outer periphery and an inner periphery outlining the well region. The pillow body further comprises a fill material and a cover enveloping the fill material. The cover comprises a main section that extends about the first and second sides and the outer periphery, and a center panel coupled to the main section so as to be located along the inner periphery. Also, the center panel is constructed of a woven fabric having two grain directions that are generally perpendicular to each other and a bias. The woven fabric is generally non-stretchable in at least one of the grain directions, and the center panel is coupled to the main section so as to be substantially on the bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventor: Kristin A. Tidwell
  • Publication number: 20130312190
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow designed to address the limitations in current available shoulder pillows. An orthopedic pillow according to at least one embodiment of the present disclosure has a bottom surface bounded by a leading edge, a trailing edge, and first and second side edges; a first end surface intersecting with the leading edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; a second end surface intersecting with the trailing edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; and a contoured upper surface extending from the first side edge to second side edge, the contoured upper surface intersecting with the first end surface and the second end surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Bieniek, Kristi Bieniek
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8578936
    Abstract: In order to improve a support (2) for supporting a patient, particularly for surgical procedures in the shoulder region, said support comprising a substantially flat body part (4) and a bowl-shaped head part, said body part (4) comprising a back part (6) and a thorax part (8) tapered in relation thereto, the head part (10) being disposed on said thorax part by means of a transitional region, with the thorax part (8) and the transitional region sloping upwards such that the head part (10) is higher than the back part (6), and with said head part being adapted to the human profile and comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements, the invention proposes that the transitional region be designed as neck part (12) and also be adapted to the human profile, comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Samarit Medical AG
    Inventor: Willi Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8549684
    Abstract: A cushioning element has a first gelastic cushion element made from a flexible, resilient, gel cushioning media having shape memory. The first gelastic cushion element has a first hub section, and a first spoke and a second spoke. Each spoke has a proximal end that extends from the first hub section. Each distal end and the spoke area between the distal end and the proximal end does not interconnect to the other spoke, and/or a second gelastic cushion element having a second hub section and corresponding spokes. Each distal end is positioned near and/or contacts the second gelastic cushion element. At least one of the first hub section, the first spoke and the second spoke is capable of buckling beneath a protuberance that is located on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Joel T. Jusiak
  • Patent number: 8544127
    Abstract: A foot support device applicable to a surgery table for locating and supporting a patient's foot, which includes: a main body; a space being formed in the main body; a bottom end of the main body being connectable to the surgery table; an operation member up and down movably fitted around the main body, the operation member having an insertion pin therein; and a support including a bracket and at least one support body; an insertion hole is formed on the bracket. The bracket is rotatably mounted in the space of the main body. When the operation member is moved downward, the insertion pin is inserted into the insertion hole of the bracket to fix the support. By means of rotating the operation member, the operation member can be latched with the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kabo Tool Company
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8516638
    Abstract: A feeding pillow is constructed of a pillow body that is generally defined by a medial region and two opposing arms. The medial region is configured to be placed near or adjacent a user's stomach, with the arms generally near or adjacent the user's sides. The pillow body has a top surface that is adapted to hold a baby and a bottom surface that is adapted to be placed on the user's lap. The pillow body further includes a fabric cover and a fill material disposed within the fabric cover. Also, a support member is removably positioned at or above one of surfaces such that one surface is more firm than the other surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Kummerfeld, Paul Fair, Haley Gibbons, Clarice Bonzer
  • Patent number: 8468627
    Abstract: An elongated angular multiple position body pillow embodying an enlarged center section having a curved top portion and a substantially straight base, two arms extending longitudinally from the center section and at an adjustable angle thereto, the terminal ends of each arm being provided with one half of a fabric tie which fabric ties, when brought into contact with one another, cause the pillow to be temporarily fixed in a semi-toroidal shape, the elongated angular multiple position body pillow being adapted to support a user when the user is lying on her side, in a seated position, reclining with her back elevated, or nursing an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach