Support Means For Discrete Portion Of User, Useable With Bed Or Surgical Support Patents (Class 5/630)
  • Patent number: 7325266
    Abstract: A cushion or pillow device may comprise first and second tubular members joined at respective lateral portions to define valleys between the tubular members. The tubular members may comprise an outer covering and an inner portion comprising a pliable filler. The outer covering may be fabric that is joined to define the tubular members. The outer covering may be closed to contain the pliable filler. The outer cover may also have open ends for receiving inserts containing pliable filler that are placed within the outer covering. The cushion or pillow device may be manufactured in a number of manners, such as by joining of a fabric or another material to define sleeves, or by molding. The cushion or pillow device may be inserted in a case having an elongate portion for tucking between the frame and mattress of a gurney, hospital bed or the like. The elongate portion may be provided with a cutaway or slit defining separate arms, or a perforation that allows tearing to form the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel Jonathan Olson
  • Patent number: 7322061
    Abstract: A multipurpose support pillow is provided. The pillow is generally apostrophe-shaped and can be placed and adjusted along any part of the body to provide the desired comfort and support useful for countless applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: NuAngel, Inc.
    Inventor: Teresa P. Carroll
  • Patent number: 7288077
    Abstract: A device to alleviate lower back pain, aligning the spine in the lumbar region, stretching the spine and reducing inward curvature of the spine which is an integral, elongate, symmetrical ovoid-section rigid sheet on which the user lies in a supine position, device opening upward to receive the individual, spanning the back of the user from the buttocks to the shoulder blade area. The device, upon the user lying supine on the device, forms an air pocket formed between the user's lower spine and the surface of the device. Raising his/her knees to the chest and then lowering the feet, puts the user in a therapeutic position, the lower spine being forced down against the surface of the back due to the vacuum formed. This action applies a stretching pressure and pulls the spine down, allowing the vertebrae in the spine to align, due to the shape of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Russell L. Notestine
  • Patent number: 7284290
    Abstract: Dual-modal-shaping capability is added as a new feature in bed lounges of the type having a fabric slip-cover enclosing foam padding on a main structure formed from plastic sheet material. User adjustment is provided for back tilt, head-rest tilt and height, arm-rest spacing, and back support location. Modal transition is provided by an internal mechanism that interlinks the two arm-rests via a weighted lock-pin that locks the arm-rests in place for normal use but that can be disengaged by merely inverting the bed lounge so the lock-pin drops out from the linkage gravitationally, thus allowing the arm-rests to be folded out to convert to an overall flat modal-shape that can be conveniently stored, e.g. under a bed or hanging in a closet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventors: Robert L. Swezey, Richard Swezey
  • Publication number: 20070214572
    Abstract: A cushion for use with sexual stimulation devices is disclosed. The cushion has a plush body with a first flap and a second flap extending from the plush body. The first flap and the second flap selectively interconnect to arch the plush body outwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Buben
  • Patent number: 7255396
    Abstract: A pad for supporting a thigh of a person sitting on a seat in a position that alleviates pressure applied to the lower surface of the thigh and thus for improving blood circulation through the leg without numbness or similar phenomena associated with long-time sitting. The pad is made in the form of a soft deformable body filled, e.g., with a silicone gel. The pad has a flat rectangular bottom surface and curvilinear lateral sides. In the plane perpendicular to the bottom, the pad has a triangular cross-section with heights of the triangles gradually reduced from one end face of the pad to the opposite end face of the pad so that the ridge that connects the apexes of the triangular cross-sections from one end face to the other is inclined with respect to the flat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Sergey Anikin
  • Patent number: 7213280
    Abstract: A pillow with ellipsoidal surface configurations between each of a length and a width of a rectangularly shaped peripheral boundary. An elastic frame provides an internal cavity between sidewalls joined by protruding arcuate corners for receiving an elastically displaced overlying internal mass. This mass is bounded by elongated internal hinged segments terminating at spaced apart parting lines extending in the direction of the length and width of the rectangular pillow boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Lavin Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Lavin, Steven Majoros
  • Patent number: 7195660
    Abstract: A travel pillow has one or more air filters and a body with a soft material coupled to the one or more air filters. The air filters can be powered by a power source located within the pillow. The one or more air filters can have an air intake and an air outflow in communication with an exterior surface of the body. The air filters may be an electrostatic precipitator filter or use a filtering material to clean the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Baird M. Little, Steven H. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7188381
    Abstract: A portable prayer cushion comprises a top surface partitioned to a front portion and a rear portion, the front portion including first and second loop lines each having a foremost. A first imaginary line through the first foremost point toward the rear portion is substantially parallel to a second imaginary line through the second foremost point toward the rear portion where surface portions inside the loop lines are recessed to form first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Elois Lombert
  • Patent number: 7185378
    Abstract: An adjustable support/pad that retains any shape to which it is configured and which may be reshaped to serve another purpose. The support/pad has at least one pliable coil spring in the shape of a flexible tube capable of being bent into multiple positions and holding any of the positions until it is again bent. The coil spring is embedded in a deformable cushion to provide comfort of the body wherever the support/pad is applied. The adjustable support can be made into a neck supporting pillow, or a cushion adapted to be removably attached to the back of a chair, to support the back of a seated user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Inventor: Nathaniel Smith
  • Patent number: 7127760
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pillow comprises a pillow body comprising a medial region and two opposing arms with ends extending from the medial region to define an inner well region. The pillow body is sized and configured to permit the medial region to rest on a user's lap, with the ends of the opposing arms being generally adjacent to the user's waist. A support member is disposed across at least a portion of the well region such that the ends of the arms extend beyond the support member. The support member is sized and configured to assist in supporting a baby when lying on the pillow body while the ends of the arms are generally adjacent to the user's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventors: Nancy Bartley, Teresa Mead, Clarice Bonzer, Sheila Littlehorn
  • Patent number: 7020918
    Abstract: A cushion set for positioning a human body, including a face support cushion, a spacer block cushion, an upper torso support cushion, a lower torso support cushion, a calf support cushion and a bolster. The face support cushion is generally in the shape of an inverted ā€œUā€ having a generally inverted U-shaped opening passing therethrough. The upper torso support cushion is adapted to be releasably attached to the face support cushion, the lower torso support cushion is adapted to be releasably attached to the upper torso support cushion, the calf support cushion is adapted to be releasably attached to the lower torso support cushion, and the bolster is adapted to be releasably attached to the calf support cushion. The spacer block cushion is adapted to be releasably attached to the underside of the face support cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Ronald E. Tinsley
  • Patent number: 7017213
    Abstract: A sleeper-support device designed to minimize cervical rotation with respect to the torso for a person lying prone. The device includes a wedge-shaped head support that maintains the head in repose at an intermediate orientation between zero rotation and the traditional 90-degree rotation typical of the prone sleeper. The device also includes a wedge-shaped torso piece that constrains the torso from rotating in the direction that would increase the angle between the head and neck (the head-turn angle). The support this device provides prone sleepers allows them to sleep comfortably without incurring the back and cervical stress and strain commonly associated with sleeping in the prone position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph Chisari
  • Patent number: 7017212
    Abstract: A support pillow comprises a pillow body having a medial region and two opposing arms a pillow body having a medial region and two opposing arms that define an outer periphery and an inner periphery, wherein the inner periphery defines a generally open well. At least one flap is coupled to the pillow body at the outer periphery to adjust the position of the pillow when worn about a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventor: Susan H. Matthews Brown
  • Patent number: 7000273
    Abstract: Shaped body pillows and pillowcases of comfortably curved shapes and hollows are provided. Articles of the invention include pillows and cases having three-dimensional shapes including a headrest portion, a trunk portion, and a tail portion, bounded by arcuate margins which form three-dimensional modified comma shapes or modified J-shapes. Advantageously, shaped pillows and pillowcases of the invention include a comfortable hollow formed between the headrest and trunk portions for supporting the head and other portions of a child's body. Pillows and pillowcases of the invention are provided with at least one character zone for permanently or reversibly holding and displaying one or more characters, such as a kitten, dog, rabbit or mouse. Articles of the invention may comprise one or more pockets or pouches that may be integrated with the design elements of the product, and may comprise a portion of the one or more characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventors: Deborah Rivera-Wienhold, Elizabeth Gradie-Chinn
  • Patent number: 6990699
    Abstract: A therapeutic cylindrical support device, preferably made of foam or some other such flexible, compressible material, that works on a pneumatic basis whereby once a person's head, neck, back or any other body part is rested upon the device, the weight of the person will cause a small amount of air to discharge from the device and at the same time, maintain a comfortable level of firmness, thus providing the desired outcomes for the therapeutic results from the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Charles Grant Hedges
  • Patent number: 6966088
    Abstract: A cushion to support patient with bed sores has a top sidewall, a bottom sidewall, an outer lateral sidewall and an inner lateral sidewall defining an aperture therewithin. An outer lateral sidewall periphery of the outer lateral sidewall is greater than an inner lateral sidewall periphery of the inner lateral sidewall. A plurality of ventilation channels are formed on at least one of the top sidewall and bottom sidewall of the cushioning support for promoting blood circulation and air ventilation for the bed sores of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Mary D. Hu
  • Patent number: 6957462
    Abstract: An elongated pillow has an insert through its interior adapted to slidably accommodate a strap which can releasably attach the pillow to a portion of a user's body. The ends of the straps can be releasably attached to each other with various fastener means. The pillow has pouches adapted to store the strap when coiled in a nonuse position. The pillow may be made from foam or may be filled with air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventor: Richard B. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6954953
    Abstract: A novelty cushion is disclosed including a plurality of grooves on a first side, a plurality of grooves on a second side, the second side opposite the first side, and wherein the at least two grooves of the plurality of grooves on the first side are substantially perpendicular to one another and wherein at least two grooves of the plurality of grooves on the second side are substantially perpendicular to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Nancy C. Bordan
  • Patent number: 6921372
    Abstract: A therapeutic acupressure device has a mat with a top surface shaped to conform to the back contour of a person lying on it in a supine position. Two elongated spaced mutually parallel fuzzy fabric strips are provided at the center of the mat. The mat has a transverse rounded hump to support the lordotic curve of the lumbar spine. A cervical support is adjustably positioned on the mat to support the person's neck portion. A plurality of resilient twin spherical acupressure balls of various hardnesses are placeable at selected positions on the fuzzy fabric strips to provide desired therapeutic treatment for the person. A grid is marked beside the sides of the fuzzy fabric strips to guide the placement of the acupressure balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Derek Shin
  • Patent number: 6918393
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for supporting and stabilizing an injured person. The device comprises a flexible film element whose two films define an air-tight inner space in between them that can be evacuated and in which loose particle-containing chambers are provided. The inventive device comprises a torso part and a head part that is provided on both sides with shoulder rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Kohlbrat & Bunz Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Hakan Rugfelt, Bo Renberg
  • Patent number: 6904632
    Abstract: An elastic cushion has a cover and an elastic body received inside the cover. The elastic body is made of multiple elastic folded tubes and has multiple gaps inside. Because the gaps are formed inside the elastic body, air can easily pass through the elastic cushion, and the elastic cushion can provide a non-sticky sitting feeling to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: Ching-Hsun Wu
  • Patent number: 6895619
    Abstract: A pillow that can be folded or rolled into a plurality of configurations is described. Preferred embodiments of the pillow typically comprise an elongated viscoelastic foam pad that can be evenly folding into half, thirds or quarters to create a formed pillow of varying thicknesses. Additional configurations are possible by rolling the pad or unevenly folding the pad. A pillow covering can also be provided that is longer than the foam pad such that the excess portion of the covering can be tucked under the formed foam pad to hold the pillow in its formed configuration. Because of its customizability, the pillow is adaptable for use by all types of sleepers including back sleepers, side sleepers, stomach sleepers and sleepers who switch sleeping positions during the night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Dennis Gun Lee
  • Patent number: 6874183
    Abstract: A body support pillow having a semi-toroidal head support section (12), a substantially straight tubular back support section (14), and a semi-toroidal leg support section (16). To enhance range of motion, the head support section (12) terminates distally in a flared end (18), while the leg support section terminates distally in a tapered end (20). The proximate ends of the head support section (12) and the leg support section (16) are joined to the back support section (14) in an opposing manner to form an S-shaped pillow overall. Made of resilient and pliable material, the invention provides for direct, simultaneous, integrated, and flexible support of the head, back, legs, and feet of a side-lying individual, while allowing the ventral portion of the body to remain unobstructed. Hence the S-shaped body support pillow can be used to provide less stressful positions for anatomical members, contributing thereby to quality rest and sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Miriam Louise Taylor
  • Patent number: 6868568
    Abstract: A head rest device is described. A plurality of spherical components are coupled via a plurality of adjustable connecting members. At least one end of each of the plurality of connecting members are coupled to a spherical component of the plurality of spherical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: Hamilton Souther
  • Publication number: 20040261179
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to surgical devices, systems, and methods, especially for minimally invasive surgery, and more particularly provides structures and techniques for aligning a robotic surgery system with a desired surgical site. The present invention describes techniques for mounting, configuring and arranging set-up arms for the surgical manipulators and endoscope drive mechanisms of a telesurgical system within an operating theater. The various aspects of the invention improve and optimize space utilization in the conduct of a surgical procedure, especially in the telesurgical systems which provide for concurrent operation by two surgeons using multiple robotic arm assemblies. In one aspect, the invention includes a method and apparatus for ceiling-height mounting of surgical set-up arms, and in another aspect, the invention includes a method and apparatus for the mounting of surgical setup arms to the table pedestal or floor below an operating table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Blumenkranz
  • Publication number: 20040250350
    Abstract: A therapeutic devise consisting of a wedge shaped base with sloping quadrilateral elevation contacting the sacrum and overlapping the iliac bones at the sacroiliac joint. The top surface of the base is concave bilaterally to comfortably accommodate the buttocks of the user. A sacral attachment is placed on top of the central quadrilateral elevation of the base, itself consisting of four smaller rhomboid elevations that contact each inferior lateral angle of the sacrum and overlapping each sacroiliac joint near the sacral base. The overlapping of the sacroiliac joint acts to bias the sacrum to remain square within the pelvis. The overall slope of the base is maintained in the sacral attachment and acts to simultaneously reduce lumbar lordosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald Lee Leonard
  • Publication number: 20040237200
    Abstract: A “non-slip” covered positioner for maintaining patient positioning by nurses or other healthcare personnel. This is a positioner covered in a non-slip material on the bed contact side, (and a patient friendly material at the patient side), to utilize the “non-slip” characteristic to keep the positioner from sliding out of position which defeats the medical purpose of using the device. This “non-slip” covered positioner is able to be cleaned and re-used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Haskell Lee Sells
  • Patent number: 6823545
    Abstract: There is provided a back support system of three foam members serving as a piece of recreational or therapeutic furniture. The three foam support members each have a generally rectangular shape when viewed from above and a triangular shaped when viewed from their sides and vary in size. The unique triangular shape of each of the three members enables the pieces to be assembled in a variety of positions depending upon the desires of the user. For example, one of the triangular pieces may be positioned to fit underneath the back and head area of the user while the second member may be placed under the legs of the user to lift the knee area and the third and smallest member may be placed under the lower leg area to keep the feet in an elevated position. Each cushion is made of a resilient foam polymeric material that is covered with a protective fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Banyan Licensing LC
    Inventor: Edmund Scott Davis
  • Patent number: 6810544
    Abstract: A transportable leg support includes a first leg support, a second leg support and a connection strap. The first leg support includes a first upper member pivotally connected to a first lower member. The second leg support includes a second upper member pivotally connected to a second lower member. One end of the connection strap is attached to one end of the first upper member and the other end of the connection strap is attached to one end of the second upper member. The length of the connection strap is preferably adjustable to accommodate individuals having different width posteriors. A first foot support is attached to an end of the first lower member and the second foot support is attached to an end of the second lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Trintus T. Smith
  • Patent number: 6810542
    Abstract: A lymphatic pump apparatus for use under the thoracic cage of a human patient in a supine position. The apparatus comprises a mat which supports a pair of longitudinal lifting members positioned to be parallel to and on opposite sides of the spine under the angle of the ribs. The apparatus provides intermittent rib cage excursion, or anterior displacement of the ribs, to assist and increase lymphatic flow. Enhancement of lymphatic flow is beneficial in numerous disease states characterized by capillary leak and abnormal excursion of fluids and proteins into the interstitial spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Charles H. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6810545
    Abstract: A pillow that has a body including a medial region and two cantilever arms is disclosed. Each of the cantilever arms extends from the medial region and includes a free end. The cantilever arms and the medial region are spaced apart to define an interior region. The interior region and the pillow body are substantially U-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra M. Darling, Denise A. Rowell
  • Publication number: 20040211004
    Abstract: A lumbar support pillow for supporting the lumbar spine of a person. The support pillow includes an elongate, fillable first chamber configured to engage and support a person along the longitudinal axis of the person's spine. The pillow may also include a fillable second chamber extending laterally on both sides of the first chamber, and configured to engage and support a person in a region laterally adjacent to the person's lumbar spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Harlyn J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6804846
    Abstract: An adjustable position shoulder arthroscopy chair for surgical operating tables consisting of a back supporting platform pivotally attachable to the end of the table and an externally powered position actuator mounted at the base of the platform nearest the table and pivotally mounted to the platform at a location spaced apart from the base. The actuator is extendable and retractable and may be powered either electrically, hydraulically, or by compressed air. The extension and retraction of the actuator is controlled by a suitable device within the actuator or remote from it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Peter Schuerch
  • Patent number: 6795990
    Abstract: A therapeutic pillow combination includes first and second pillow inserts, wherein the inserts are interconnected using a pillow case having a two ends shaped to removably receive and retain each pillow through a closable end portion, wherein the ends are connected by a gathered and seamed portion which forms a handle therebetween. Another pillow insert is removably connected to the gathered handle portion by way of a strap portion having a hook and loop fastener which is connected to one end of a pillow case to contain the third pillow insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Jason Hutchinson D. C.
  • Patent number: 6789282
    Abstract: A leg pillow having two opposing arcuate-shaped bolsters that defines a thigh channel. The bolsters are connected by a bridge having airflow channels on its upper surface and flex channels on its lower planar surface. The bolsters have terminal ends curving inward that form a friction fitting single leg clasp capable of clasping securely an inner thigh of an individual. The clasping of the thigh causes a deformation of the leg pillow which, when the alternate inner thigh rests on the lower planar surface of the bridge opposite the thigh channel, the flex channels therein allow for substantial conformity to the unique contours of the individual's lower body region, thus alleviating stress on the spine and maintaining the spine's natural alignment. The unique features of the present invention resist movement into the unhealthy prone or supine sleeping position and prevent shifting of the pillow while asleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Jonathan David Frydman
  • Patent number: 6763539
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pillow comprises a pillow body comprising a medial region and two opposing arms with ends extending from the medial region to define an inner well region. The pillow body is sized and configured to permit the medial region to rest on a user's lap, with the ends of the opposing arms being generally adjacent to the user's waist. A support member is disposed across at least a portion of the well region such that the ends of the arms extend beyond the support member. The support member is sized and configured to assist in supporting a baby when lying on the pillow body while the ends of the arms are generally adjacent to the user's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventors: Nancy Bartley, Teresa Mead, Clarice Bonzer, Sheila Littlehorn
  • Publication number: 20040123392
    Abstract: An adjustable body support device for applying supportive pressure to spaced areas of the human body comprising two elongated resilient foam-like cushions adjustably joined for adjusting the spacing between them. The cushions may be provided with covers having pockets for holding hot or cold packs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Applicant: The Idea People LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Stewart, Thomas Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20040123390
    Abstract: As the former triangle cushion is suitable for putting it between the body and the bed for body position changes at recumbency, effective for preventing bedsores, flexible enough to hold the correct position on the wheelchair for those who have difficulty in sitting upright, and it is helpful to sit straight, the five surface form cushion is used to avoid wear-out on vertex points of the triangle cushion without replacing hard materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Shigeo Takizawa
  • Publication number: 20040123391
    Abstract: A cushion for a wheelchair, including a matrix of cushion modules, wherein each cushion module includes a cushion element that has a phase change material included in its filler material that sits above an additional cushion element of a larger volume of filler material. The cushion also typically includes a support rail located on three sides of the matrix of cushion modules to align the body of the wheelchair user when sitting in the wheelchair. In addition, the cushion typically includes a base member that is positioned beneath the matrix and provides stability for the cushion. The cushion elements are typically enclosed in a moisture resistant envelope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Evan W. Call
  • Patent number: 6751818
    Abstract: An Airway Management Apparatus (AMA) and method for easing the breathing and aiding the alignment of the oral, pharyngeal, and laryngeal axes of the airway of an obese individual in the supine position. The AMA includes an upper-body support, and a head and neck support having a partially concave and partially convex surface coupled to the upper-body support. The AMA eases breathing by raising the individual's upper body at an angle, causing the individual's abdominal mass to fall away from the diaphragm. The AMA provides a support for the individual's neck to be extended, and for the head to be rotated backwards, to aid in the alignment of the oral, pharyngeal, and laryngeal axes of the individual's airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Craig Troop
  • Patent number: 6751817
    Abstract: A contoured body pillow adapted to permit unlimited positioning options to facilitate relief from persistent back and neck pain, respiratory and digestive disorders, and to provide a sensation of closeness, comfort and security by conforming to the body of a user, thereby permitting the user to sleep comfortably through the night, the contoured body pillow having a substantially candy cane shape comprising a first terminal end having a semi-bell shape connecting to a U-shaped portion, a downwardly extending leg connecting to the U-shaped portion, the leg expanding at its lowermost portion to form a bell shape, the bell shape terminating at a second terminal end in a beveled edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 6735798
    Abstract: Chiropractic aids for releasing tension in the muscle groups that act to form anteroposterior curvature in the lumbosacral region. Usable with wedge-shaped pads and a rectangular pillow, the principal aid is a convertible triangular pillow having two right-triangular members detachably hinged along their right-angle corners by a first surface fastener. A second surface fastener is provided on each right-triangular cylindrical member edgewise opposite the right-angle corner. Thus the surfaces defined by the counterpart short sides of the right-triangular cylindrical members can be detachably fastened together by the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Seishin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Sekizawa
  • Patent number: 6708353
    Abstract: A protective apparatus for human backbones is disclosed. This apparatus has an inside body, which is made of a fabric, such as a cotton fabric or a taffeta, and defines an interior space filled with an appropriate filler. An all-cotton fabric covers the inside body to form an outer cover of the apparatus, with two ends of the all-cotton fabric being fastened together using a zip-fastener or a Velcro fastener, thus forming a seamed junction. The apparatus has a columnar shape with a circular cross-section, a triangular cross-section, a rectangular cross-section, a hexagonal cross-section, or an octagonal cross-section. This apparatus properly aligns the spinal vertebrae of a user while sleeping or taking a rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Wan-Seok Han
  • Publication number: 20040031101
    Abstract: Our device is made of different materials that may stretch in four directions, aiding in support and comfort. The overlapping cylinder like shapes provide 3-D, 360° support to the anatomical area to which they are placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph Smith
  • Patent number: 6675417
    Abstract: A device is provided for aiding in conception. The device includes a wedge section with a top inclined face, a flat bottom face, and depending side faces. The top face is inclined in order to support and raise the lower torso of a female while keeping the upper torso flat. Also provided is a three-dimensional contoured member placed on the inclined top face of the wedge section to support and hold the buttocks of the female during sexual intercourse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventors: Daniela Spector, Juval Spector
  • Publication number: 20030204912
    Abstract: A device is provided for aiding in conception. The device includes a wedge section with a top inclined face, a flat bottom face, and depending side faces. The top face is inclined in order to support and raise the lower torso of a female while keeping the upper torso flat. Also provided is a three-dimensional contoured member placed on the inclined top face of the wedge section to support and hold the buttocks of the female during sexual intercourse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Inventors: Daniela Spector, Juval Spector
  • Patent number: 6640366
    Abstract: A lumbar reinforcement device for supporting the lower back of a contacting human body, including two cushionable structures connectively separated by a center structure, wherein the cushionable structures define inner spaces which hold removable inserts containing a deformably cushionable supporting material, said cushionable structures being deformable upon contact with a human body and which moldably deform to the shape of the contacting human body to provide support thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew Draves
  • Patent number: 6629324
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a pillow specifically designed to avoid pressure on the ears, lobes and cartilage and to evenly distribute pressure on the other surfaces of the face. Its top surface is contoured such that the curvature of the head and neck is accommodated. The ears are protected by the presence of recesses in the top surface of the pillow which are shaped similarly to the ear with one generally arcuate side and one generally flat side and positioned somewhat closer to the front edge of the pillow. The recesses are of sufficient size and depth so that as a person lies his head on one side with one ear positioned in a recess, there is no pressure on the ear, its lobe, or cartilage. The pillow is especially effective for reducing the pain of recovery from lobe or cartilage piercings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Ritalee Shapiro
  • Patent number: 6625831
    Abstract: A ring shaped medical positioner and method for its manufacture the positioner includes a ring shaped insert wrapped in a surgical vinyl. The vinyl is divided into a first and second pieces, the first piece being formed by forming dyes engaging opposite sides of the vinyl, which is stretched between the dyes and progressively relaxed as the material is drawn into the female forming dye by the male dye and suction. The insert is placed within the formed surgical vinyl. The second piece is a flat disc which is placed over one of the surfaces of the insert and sealed to the edges of the first piece of vinyl to thereby provide a wrinkle free covering which may be easily disinfected for repeated use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Kevin Laughlin