Support Means For Discrete Portion Of User, Useable With Bed Or Surgical Support Patents (Class 5/630)
  • Patent number: 6601252
    Abstract: A double pillowcase assembly comprising a pair of fabric envelopes connected together along a central seam line, the envelopes being capable of holding pillows therein and an anchor pad extending outwardly from the double pillowcase and being connected thereto along the central seam line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Publication number: 20030131415
    Abstract: The abstract of the invention is a concept of a design as shown in drawings. The original design offers non limited added ornamental features, materials, colors, textures, features, size to the original concept. The design as shown in drawing offers non limited purpose with the change of added features and ordimental added design to the original concept. The purpose is to offer the ordimental features and added features to the original concept in creation of marketing and sales.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Laurie A. Stancil
  • Publication number: 20030126684
    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: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Wan-Seok Han
  • Patent number: 6578218
    Abstract: A pillow having a pivoting butterfly structure with two cushions pivotably interconnected by a hinge element to pivot between an open position and a closed position. Each cushion has a hinge end adjacent the hinge element, and a connecting end disposed at the end of the cushion opposite the hinge end. A middle portion is located between the hinge end and connecting end of each cushion. The cushions have a relatively flat inner surface and a curved contoured surface that extend the length of each cushion. The contoured surface projects away from the inner surface and forms two peaks near the hinge end and connecting end of each cushion. Between the peaks, the contoured surface curves inward back toward the inner surface and forms a concave groove near the middle portion of each cushion. A cover encases both cushions and contours the shapes of the cushions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Tempur World, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerda Wassilefsky
  • Patent number: 6564801
    Abstract: A medical device for positioning a patient correctly in the sitting position when performing spinals or epidurals. The medical device is wedge shaped and inflexible. The device can have handles adjacent to the front wall of the wedge or can be used without the handles. The device is used by first placing it on an elevated surface, then having a patient sit on the device so that the patient's knees flex at the front and upper juncture of the device. The patient is then instructed to sit upright. By sitting upright, the pelvis will rotate backwards thereby promoting flexion of the lumbar/thoracic spine. On the medical device with handles, the flexion of the lumbar/thoracic spine can be augmented by having the patient push upward, palms up, on the handles. The upward pushing forces will force the lumbar spine posteriorly and further increase thoracic/lumbar flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Simon Jacob Frank
  • Patent number: 6560800
    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: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew Draves
  • Patent number: 6557197
    Abstract: A surgical pillow is provided for supporting, cushioning and positioning a patient while in a prone position on an operating table during rectal surgery. The pillow comprises an elongated, self-sustaining, flexible body unit of compressible material having shape return memory. The body unit is provided with an indented upper face defined by a longitudinally extending, centrally located channel and chamfered downwardly inclined patient positioning surfaces on opposite sides of the central channel. Converging, inclined side surfaces of the body unit are configured and strategically located to accommodate the axilla areas of a patient while the patient is supported on the body unit. A removable cover that substantially conforms to the configuration of the body unit is provided in full covering relationship to the body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Bruce D. Graham
  • Publication number: 20030079291
    Abstract: A surgical pillow is provided for supporting, cushioning and positioning a patient while in a prone position on an operating table during rectal surgery. The pillow comprises an elongated, self-sustaining, flexible body unit of compressible material having shape return memory. The body unit is provided with an indented upper face defined by a longitudinally extending, centrally located channel and chamfered downwardly inclined patient positioning surfaces on opposite sides of the central channel. Converging, inclined side surfaces of the body unit are configured and strategically located to accommodate the axilla areas of a patient while the patient is supported on the body unit. A removable cover that substantially conforms to the configuration of the body unit is provided in full covering relationship to the body unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventor: Bruce D. Graham
  • Publication number: 20030041380
    Abstract: The present invention is an infant protective and support system and method. The system includes two support pillows having a case and a filling. The support pillows are connected with one another via adjustable releasable fastening strips such as Velcro® strips. The invention may be used to constrain an infant in a desired position during sleeping periods or diaper changes. It may also be used to support and infant's head and neck during periods of travel in an automobile. Lastly, the invention may aid in teaching a child to sit. The system may be used with multiple infants such is the case in of daycare centers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Scott Hanley, Lita Hanley
  • Patent number: 6499164
    Abstract: A body pillow having an upper end which is essentially in the shape of a horseshoe and a lower end which is essentially in the shape of a J, a straight portion connecting the horseshoe-shaped top with the J-shaped bottom, the cross-sectional diameter of the body pillow being between 7 and 12 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 6490742
    Abstract: A support for an appendage comprising a plurality of stackable bolsters in which mating surfaces are engaged to provide both frictional and lateral support between adjacent bolsters to stabilize the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventors: Toni Hall, Ronald Hall, Edwina Conley, Jerome Raynor
  • Publication number: 20020166788
    Abstract: An inflatable web, and method and apparatus for inflating the web, which generally includes two sheets having inner surfaces sealed to each other in a pattern defining a series of inflatable chambers of predetermined length, each of the chambers having at least one change in width over their length; an inflation port located at a proximal end of each chamber, the inflation ports being formed by intermittent seals between the sheets; and longitudinal flanges formed by a portion of each of the sheets that extend beyond the inflation ports and intermittent seals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventors: Charles R. Sperry, Suzanne Scott
  • Publication number: 20020162172
    Abstract: Disclosed is a 22″×72″ air cushion levitation apparatus that is used when a medical patient is required to be moved from a hospital bed to a gurney and ten to examination tables. The apparatus is placed under the patient on the bed, a pressurized air supply is then applied, causing the apparatus to vent air from the bottom of the apparatus which causes the apparatus to lift in the air on a cushion of air. An attendant can then glide the apparatus and the patient from the bed to the gurney without physical exertion. The air supply is then terminated and the patient is gently lowered onto the gurney and taken to an examination table. The same procedure is employed to return the patient to their bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Edward Federowicz
  • Patent number: 6467486
    Abstract: An extricating device for persons with spinal injuries including a support board positionable on the back, neck, and head of the person. The support board is conformable to the back, neck, and back of the person. The support board includes a main section and an upper section extending upwardly from the main section. The upper section is positionable under the neck and head of the person. A plurality of straps are coupled with the support board for securing the support board to the person. Each of the straps are adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Kleinschmidt
  • Patent number: 6449788
    Abstract: A therapeutic pillow having a malleable core and at least one layer of foam surrounding the malleable core. The malleable core allows the therapeutic pillow to retain the bent shape as needed by a user. If the therapeutic pillow has more than one layers of foam and the layers of foam may be of different firmness allowing the user to have increased comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: Mary L. Nichols
  • Patent number: 6438777
    Abstract: A supporting device includes a plurality of frame elements. Each end of the frame elements is hingedly connected to one end of an adjacent frame element to define a closed structure. The length of each frame element is adjustable, and the angle formed between adjacent frame elements is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Tri-Medics, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley D. Bender
  • Patent number: 6434770
    Abstract: A support pillow comprises a resilient pillow body having a medial region and two opposing arms extending from the medial region to form a generally open well. The pillow body includes an outer periphery and an inner periphery adjacent the well. A handle is coupled to the medial region at the outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventor: Susan H. Matthews Brown
  • Patent number: 6381782
    Abstract: A body supporting tool for a bed includes a guide rail (3) releasably fixed to a frame (1) of the bed, a slide housing (6) guided by the guide rail (3), a turning support (11), and an abutment plate (19) moving forward and backward along the guide rail (3) together with the slide housing (6) and supporting a body of a person lying on the bed while abutting the body. When an operating handle (14) is turned in a set direction by a set angle, the slide housing (6) switches its states from a moving state to a fixing state, and when the handle (14) is turned in a direction opposite to the set direction by the set angle, the slide housing (6) switches its states from the fixing state to the moving state. As a result of this construction, a simply operable body supporting tool is provided, which can releasably be mounted on a bed easily and whose position can be adjusted conveniently, quickly, and reliably after mounted on the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nihon M.D.M.
    Inventors: Yasuo Watanabe, Toru Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20020040501
    Abstract: An inflatable positioning device is provided. The device includes a pump, a tube extending from the pump, a valve intermediate the length of the tube and non-rectangular inflatable pillow connected to the end of the tube remote from the pump. The non-rectangular inflatable pillow is dimensioned for positioning portions of a patient's body during surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Applicant: O.R. Comfort, LLC
    Inventors: Nigel E. Sharrock, William F. Urmey, L. Henri Marguet
  • Patent number: 6367105
    Abstract: A device to comfortably support the body regions and body limbs of physically disabled children or adults. The device consists of a plurality of aesthetically shaped malleable pillows and a pillow case. The malleable pillows have a firm and pliable inner core and an outer layer that is soft and resilient, which makes the malleable pillow easy to mold to conform to a person's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Linda F. Farley
  • Patent number: 6360387
    Abstract: A support pillow for elevating the hips of a woman after sexual intercourse to facilitate entry of sperm into the uterus, the pillow including a generally wedge-shaped resilient body having a pair of generally triangular side surfaces, a sloping generally rectangular hip support surface extending between the sloping upper edge of the triangular side surfaces, a generally rectangular flat bottom surface, a rear surface connected generally perpendicular to the rear edge of the flat bottom, the wedge-shaped resilient body having a wedge-shaped piece of rigid material therein, the wedge-shaped resilient body having a soft cover thereon, the cover having a strap on each side thereof for grasping by the hands of user to position the pillow beneath the hips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Mirchana S. Everhart
  • Patent number: 6357829
    Abstract: A body cushion, comprising: a posterior portion for placement against the posterior of a user; and a pair of leg extensions integrally formed with the posterior portion and extending therefrom, the leg extensions for placement against the upper portions of the legs of the user, wherein each of the leg extensions includes extendable features which permit the leg extensions to extend and contract along a length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Colby Enterprises
    Inventor: Robert C. Hanke
  • Patent number: 6327713
    Abstract: A pair of pajama pants with incorporated knee pillows including pajama bottoms comprised of a pair of legs adapted for receiving legs of a person therein. The pair of legs have inner seams and outer seams. A pair of pockets are secured to the inner seams of the pair of legs of the pajama bottoms. The pair of pockets are positioned to be aligned with the knees of the legs of the person. A pair of pillows are dimensioned for being received within the pair of pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Frank Gomez
  • Patent number: 6327724
    Abstract: An inflatable positioning device is provided. The device includes a pump, a tube extending from the pump, a valve intermediate the length of the tube and non-rectangular inflatable pillow connected to the end of the tube remote from the pump. The non-rectangular inflatable pillow is dimensioned for positioning portions of a patient's body during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: O.R. Comfort, LLC
    Inventors: Nigel E. Sharrock, William F. Urmey, L. Henri Marguet
  • Patent number: 6324710
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a patient support device specifically designed to facilitate punctures and injections into the cervical (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back). The cushion support device provided by this invention has a raised V-shaped support cushion surface and a raised and rounded transverse cushion at one end for supporting a patient reposing therein in a facedown (prone) position and resisting lateral movement or rotation by that patient and reducing the lordosis (natural inward curve) of the lumbar spine or alternatively maximizing the flexion of the cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventors: Arthur S. Hernandez, Maria Christina G. Herrera
  • Patent number: 6305040
    Abstract: An Acupressure pillow provides selective pressure by location and force applied to a body of a user. By selection of a body member, a location on that body member, and a pressure point thereat, an acupressure pillow may be used for gauging and applying a localized, selective force or pressure at a designated point for a user. For example, headaches have been attributed to various causes including stress, tension, and so forth, all of which may result in involuntary tightening of muscles. Tightening of muscles affects blood flow. Restriction of blood flow may be responsible for certain headache pain. By applying a steady, predictable, reliable, continuing pressure at a designated acupressure location on member of a body of a user, muscles may be relaxed. Massage therapy requires knowledgeable application of pressure and motion. An acupressure pillow applies steady pressure, to which the body will become accustomed and relax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Scott G. Myler
  • Patent number: 6292964
    Abstract: An inclined support pillow includes a foam wedge and a resilient foam section substantially of the same length and width as a top surface of the foam wedge, with the bottom surface of the foam section attached to the top surface of the foam wedge. A covering of fabric or cloth is dimensioned for securement over the foam wedge and the foam section. At least two fastening strips are attached to the covering on a plane parallel to a top surface of the foam section. Two resilient cushions, each having a semi-circled top surface, a flat bottom surface and a covering of fabric or cloth, are provided with complementary fastening strips attached to the covering on a plane parallel to the flat bottom surface. The two cushions are aligned with the top surface of the foam section by press mating the complementary fastening strips to the fastening strips. The first of the cushions is relatively larger than the second cushion. The first cushion is to be used for lower back support and the second cushion for neck support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventors: Macarena M. Rose, Erin L. Koogle
  • Patent number: 6279185
    Abstract: A support pillow comprises a cushion body having a medial region and two opposing arms that define an outer perimeter and a generally open well. A cover is disposed about the cushion body and comprises an outer section that extends about the outer perimeter and an inner section that extends about the open well. Further, the inner section has a width in the range from about 1 inch to about 6 inches. Such a configuration facilitates separation of the arms without tearing or damaging the cover while also permitting the pillow to return to its original shape upon release of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Susan H. Matthews
  • Patent number: 6272703
    Abstract: A knee support pillow is configured with a main body disposed between a pair of end members configured to have an elliptical cam-shape cross-section that allows for variable height and support by rotating or adjusting the unit to provide any number of heights to comfortably support a user's knees and legs. The cam-shape is configured to provide handles built into the end members act as handgrips to facilitate easy gripping to rotate the unit forward and back to obtain an optimal comfort setting for the user. The user can position and adjust the support pillow while remaining in a seated or reclining position, and can re-adjust the support as needed to accommodate changing tasks or activities. An easily removable and replaceable fabric outer cover extends over the usable region of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventors: Robert L. Swezey, Richard Swezey
  • Patent number: 6256804
    Abstract: A pillow-like protector and body support device having a central section stuffed with polyurethane and covered with soft hypoallergenic material is provided with cut-away air gaps and medial seams that form air grooves or channels. The pillows and supports are made for supporting various body parts, e.g., the neck, shoulder, torso, elbows, and tailbone. Many of the pillows/supports are capable of being used together into an integrated system for alleviating bedsores and other medical problems associated with sitting or lying in the same position for long periods of time. One embodiment of the invention relates to a coccyx protector and is adapted to slip over a bedpan. In addition, embodiments are disclosed related to breast supports. One version is a small pillow/protector with an airflow pocket. Another version is sling-like and includes an air circulation seam for the skin just beneath the pillow. Yet another version of the breast support for protecting both breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Emeline Stevens
  • Patent number: 6253400
    Abstract: A cushion, particularly positioning, supporting and nursing cushion, has a tubular cushion body which is formed of or filled with a flexible or shape-variable filler material. A cushion cover encloses the cushion body. At least one fastening device is mounted on an end area on the cushion cover or the cushion body, and can be brought into a detachable connection with at least one anchoring point mounted on the interior side of the cushion cover or the exterior side of the cushion body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Troesch Scheidegger Werner AG
    Inventors: Sylvia Rüdt-Sturzenegger, Christoph Rüdt-Sturzenegger
  • Patent number: 6223368
    Abstract: A support device provided to be arranged on a base member (1) such as a mattress, a bunk or a bed, and comprising an inflatable portion (2) which is arranged to be in an inflated state in order to lift a person resting upon the inflatable portion (2), the inflatable portion (2) comprising an inlet opening (5) and an outlet opening (6) for the supply and evacuation respectively of an inflation medium. The inflatable portion (2) comprises a lateral projection (4) provided to project beyond a lateral edge (3) of the base member (1) and at which the inlet opening (5) and the outlet opening (6) are arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Jyrki Anslin
  • Patent number: 6223749
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing the cervical spine includes a generally U-shaped upper structure for fitting about the back and opposing sides of a head of a user, a lower support structure connected to and extending downwardly from the upper structure, a pair of shoulder restraints connected to and extending from the lower support structure in a forward and downward arcuate direction to overlie the upper thoracic region on opposite sides of the spinal column of the user. The lower support structure having a length extending to a position which would underlie the scapulas of the user, and a width being generally the approximate width of a person's back. The shoulder restraints having an interior side which substantially conforms with the shape of the posterior midline portions of the shoulders and upper thoracic region of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: W Roger Beaty
  • Patent number: 6182314
    Abstract: A stress reducing orthopedic pillow having a low density polyurethane foam outer region, a high density polyurethane foam middle region that are provided in both a unitary embodiment and in an embodiment that includes removably attachable layers, so that the size of the device may be adjusted to accommodate different sizes and preferences of individual users. The pillow advantageously includes leg clasps for securely engaging the inner thighs of an individual in a side lying position, the clasps including a stem and a pair of crescent shaped buttresses. The buttresses resist rotation to the prone and supine lying positions. The foam within the stem separates the knees to reduce spinal stress. Advantageously, a supine sleeping position is accommodated by positioning said pillow under the legs to flatten out the spine while supporting the legs at the thigh and calf regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Larry G. Frydman
  • Patent number: 6154901
    Abstract: A patient support device for supporting a patient at four points during back-related surgery. The device includes a generally rectangular frame having two opposing end members and two opposing side members. Two front posts are slidably mounted to one of the two end members. A travelling member is slidably mounted to both side members and may be displaced in a longitudinal direction between the two end members. Two rear posts are slidably mounted to the travelling member and may be displaced therealong, in a transverse direction between the side members. A front lead screw assembly is connected to the two front posts and allows simultaneous and opposing displacement of both front posts along the end member so that both front posts may be moved an equal distance from a center axis. Similarly, a rear lead screw assembly is connected to the two rear posts to allow simultaneous and opposing displacement of both rear posts along the travelling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: New York Society for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled Maintaining the Hospital for Special Surgery
    Inventor: James Carr
  • Patent number: 6095894
    Abstract: A pillow-like protector and body support device having a central section stuffed with polyurethane and covered with soft hypoallergenic material is provided with cut-away air gaps and medial seams that form air grooves or channels. The pillows and supports are made for supporting various body parts, e.g., the neck, shoulder, torso, elbows, and tailbone. Many of the pillows/supports are capable of being used together into an integrated system for alleviating bedsores and other medical problems associated with sitting or lying in the same position for long periods of time. One embodiment of the invention relates to a coccyx protector and is adapted to slip over a bedpan. In addition, embodiments are disclosed related to breast supports. One version is a small pillow/protector with an airflow pocket. Another version is sling-like and includes an air circulation seam for the skin just beneath the pillow. Yet another version of the breast support for protecting both breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Emeline Stevens
  • Patent number: 6070585
    Abstract: A device is provided for supporting thereon a baby when it has gas pains, and a method for using the device. The support device has a main body with a top surface and a bottom surface opposite each other. It is placed by the bottom surface on a fixed surface. The bottom surface is shaped suitably for rocking against the fixed surface without slipping or transmitting vibration. The baby is placed faced down on the top surface of the support device. The top surface is shaped suitably so that it compresses the baby's abdomen at least in part, and thus facilitates the escape of gas that causes the pain. A fabric placed on the top surface increases the baby's comfort, with a heating pad under it. If the main body is ball shaped, knobs prevent tipping over, and straps secure the baby from sliding off the top surface. The bottom surface is preferably flatter than the top surface, which eliminates the need for knobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Wendy Fery
    Inventors: Wendy Fery, Gregory T. Kavounas
  • Patent number: 6067679
    Abstract: A prop to hold a patient on his/her side while in a hospital bed in which a standard-sized hospital pillow is stowed in a rolled condition within a launderable sleeve having a sleeve-attached flap of approximately eight inches tucked beneath the patient's side which allows limited patient rolling movement against the prop which contributes to patient comfort. The eight inch dimension of the flap keeps the prop close to the patient so that more drastic movement which could cause injury does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: John G. Rice
  • Patent number: 6065166
    Abstract: A support cushion for a person in a lateral decubitus position, comprising a base, two lateral structural supports, and a central concavity, said lateral supports being sufficiently stiff to resist rolling of the person, said central concavity distributing a weight of the person. The support may be adapted for supporting the human flank above a surface, relieving pressure on an upper arm, and having comprising a structural bladder and a support cushion. The support cushion may be employed to limit a pressure on an upper arm and to maintain a patient in the lateral decubitus position during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: O.R. Comfort, LLC
    Inventors: Nigel Sharrock, William Urmey
  • Patent number: 6052848
    Abstract: A body support pillow stuffed with a resilient deformable filler having a U-shaped central section and depending legs, the pillow having a center opening equal to the body width of a user. In a first embodiment the pillow's total length is substantially equal to the height of a user, and the legs are selectively foldable over one another to create a double thickness for additional support under the user's knees, with a detachable body-encircling strap securing the pillow about the user. In a second embodiment for use in a chair the legs support the arms of a user, and may be raised by rotating them 90 degrees. In a third embodiment, the interior of the pillow is divided by sewn-in baffles into three separately stuffable compartments all accessible through a single continuous zipper opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Jean Kelly
  • Patent number: 6047419
    Abstract: A support system that is used to provide support to a pregnant patient positioned in the lateral recumbent position. The support system includes a wedge shaped main body portion for elevating one side of a patients body while lying thereon and a contoured, inclined pillow section having a spaced curved neck and head support portions defining an ear positioning trough therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia A. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6041457
    Abstract: A backrest device having a supporting surface presenting two elongate continuous or discontinuous protuberances which extend alongside one another and are arranged to engage the back of a person, resting in use against the supporting surface, on each side of the spine, with a channel between the protuberances to accommodate the bony part of the spine with substantially no pressure on the bony part of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Neil Summers
  • Patent number: 6032309
    Abstract: The adjustable surgical frame of the present invention comprises two side frame members made from rectangular rods forming closed loop, disposed in parallel and spaced apart relationship that provides the surgical frame with the predominate portion of its structural integrity. The configuration of the side frame members is such that the base portion of each side frame member is substantially narrower than the base portions of the surgical frames of the past. The reduced width of the base portion permits the surgical frame of the present invention to be placed closer to the end of the operating table without diminishing the strength and stability of the surgical frame. The side frame members are configured so as not to interfere with the area near the wound and permit the placement of peripheral surgical equipment, such as an instrument stand, adjacent to the wound site and level with the patient's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Gary Karlin Michelson
  • Patent number: 6009873
    Abstract: A light weight, inflatable, readily compactible, inexpensive bed sore treatment and prevention method and apparatus. Two inflatable wedges are held in close approximation to a patient/person by a plurality of straps that each encircle the person and the two wedges to a moderate and readily adjustable degree of snugness. Internal partitions help maintain the shapes of the respective wedges. The edges of the wedges can be rounded to optimize comfort for the user. The device is readily portable due to its light weight and its fabrication from flexible, foldable material, which can be plastic, rubber, or any other suitable material that is durable, resilient, and air tight. The wedges are used for a predetermined period of time to maintain the person in one position, after which the person is moved to a different position. The wedges can be used to treat and/or prevent various conditions, such as sleep apnea, snoring, bed sores, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas J. Neviaser
  • Patent number: 6001076
    Abstract: A device for positioning a patient for surgery. The device is used with an operating table, and includes two arms for resting on the operating table, a patient support, and a lifting mechanism arranged to move the patient support between a first position in which the patient support lies level with the operating table, and a second position above the table. The patient is rolled onto the support in the first position, and is then raised to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignees: Nuffield Nursing Homes Trust, University of Northumbria at Newcastle
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Wilson, Daniel Martin
  • Patent number: 5996583
    Abstract: A chiropractic device having front and rear portions, a central semi-circular raised portion extending upwardly from the upper surface of the device and notches formed in the sides of the front portion of the device. A patient rests his or her torso on the device by placing his or her sternum on the central semi-circular raised portion of the device. The device has first and second sides, each side having a front side portion, a middle slanted side portion extending outwardly from the front side portion to define a notch in the front portion of the device, and a rear side portion. The patient's arms are accommodated by the notches formed in the sides of the front portion of the device. The central raised portion places the patient in a superior position for treatment and protects the patient's chest from being pressed against the upper surface of the device during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Wallace E. King
  • Patent number: 5987674
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ergonomically designed pillow having a shape that offers support for a user's head and/or limbs through a portion of their range of motion with respect to the user's torso without having to reposition or reconfigure the pillow. In the preferred embodiment the pillow has a substantially fixed radius curved shape designed to correspond to the rotation of the head with respect to the shoulders. Therefore, the head of a user resting on their side can be comfortably supported on the pillow and will be similarly supported as the head is rotated forward and backward with respect to the shoulders. In addition, this substantially uniform curved design enables the pillow to be rotated forward or backward and provide the same head support while also providing support for the user's arms or back, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventors: Todd Schaffner, Casey Powell
  • Patent number: 5974606
    Abstract: A CPR backboard is provided with a pair of straps disposed on opposite ends of the backboard, the straps being attached to hooks attachable to a bed frame. The straps are provided with adjustable self-locking buckles. In use, a mattress is placed between the backboard and a bed frame with the opposed hooks hooking opposite sides of the bed frame with the mattress disposed therebetween. The straps are adjustable to compress the mattress between the backboard and the bed frame with the self-locking buckle maintaining the straps at a preselected compressing position thereby providing for a firm surface on which chest compressions can be performed upon a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Jeffrey Moberly
  • Patent number: 5971006
    Abstract: A gasproof inflatable cushion with a hole which perforates it and whose edge is provided with an inner valve part on the inside and with an outer valve part on the outside such that the hole is enclosed and the construction is gasproof. The inner valve part is provided with a through-opening which ends in the cover hole and has such inner dimensions that the cover material can be pulled through the inner valve part and the outer valve part is provided with a through-part which ends in the cover hole at an inner opening and which ends outside at an outer opening. Gas pumped into the outer opening or extracted from the outer opening is pumped into or extracted from the inside of the cover through the through-part of the outer valve part and the through-opening of the inner valve part. The sealed edges of the covers forming the cushion are located on the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Helmut Seigerschmidt
  • Patent number: 5953749
    Abstract: One or more generally wedge shaped foam support cushions (20A, 20B) covered by a soft, washable, and close fitting material (29) for supporting an enlarged abdomen (24). The support cushions (20A, 20B) are uniquely and adjustably secured adjacent to the abdomen by hook and loop fasteners (22A, 22B, 22C, 22D) on an elastic belt (21). The elastic belt (21) encompasses the person (23) and the support cushions (20A, 20B) and has opposite ends that overlap and engage adjustably with hook and loop fasteners (22E, 22F).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Jason Backs