Simultaneous Support For Multiple Body Portions Patents (Class 5/632)
  • Patent number: 9770113
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a portable head support designed to fit in the interior of a carry-on article carried by a passenger. The device provides head support for those who prefer sleeping in a face-down position and comprises a base and a head support connected along at least one of their abutting edges by a mechanism which permits the angle between the base and head support to be adjusted by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Miller
  • Patent number: 9687398
    Abstract: A shower stretcher assembly including a frame which supports a platform having panels that define a back rest section, a seat section, and a foot section. The seat section is flexible and capable of conforming to the shape of a person lying thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ARJO HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Bodil Akesson, Kajsa Haraldsson, Andreas Thomasson, Mats Edberg, Richard Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9635948
    Abstract: A blanket/sheet lifter comprising a small resilient foam cushion blanket/sheet support having a flat bottom, an upwardly extending back, vertically extending sides, a front face and a top. The cushion is tall enough to accommodate the length of a user's foot, and is wide enough, such that it does not tip over readily to either side, and yet does not take up too much space on either side or below of a user's foot or feet. The bottom insufficiently long that the blanket/sheet lifter supports blankets/sheets above a person's knee, and the bottom provides a firm base such that it does not tip over front to back or back to front when positioned on its bottom; a cover for said cushion which includes pockets on the front face and sides for holding hot/cold packs. In use, the cushion rests on either its flat bottom surface or its flat back surface, depending on whether it is to be positioned adjacent the user's foot or knee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Lisa M. Spaugh
  • Patent number: 9623624
    Abstract: An insert is assembled to a base interior part at either an edge or a corner of the part that is later wrapped with a cut and sewn jacket cover. The assembly comprises a substrate, an insert and a cover. The substrate has a base edge and the insert has a contour defining edge attached to the substrate with the contour defining edge aligned with the base edge. The cover is wrapped over the insert and the substrate to provide a wrapped edge that covers over the contour defining edge. A method of manufacturing a covered interior part of a vehicle comprises securing an insert having a contour defining edge to the interior panel and wrapping the insert and the interior panel with a cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Hadley Muiter, Alan Curtis Moran, Jr., Shariq Alam
  • Patent number: 9585802
    Abstract: A shower stretcher assembly includes a frame which supports a platform having panels that define a back rest section, a seat section, and a foot section. The seat section is of flexible material which conforms to the shape of a person lying thereon. This flexible material provides increase in the effective length of the mattress support that conforms to person's body between navel and knees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ARJO HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Bodil Akesson, Kajsa Haraldsson, Andreas Thomasson, Mats Edberg, Richard Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9516951
    Abstract: An anatomical pillow configured for use by a woman includes a compressible body having an upper surface, lower surface, a top, a first side, a second side, a bottom, and a central recess. The relative dimensions and geometries of the segments and surfaces are selected to accommodate a woman lying prone on the pillow with her head above the upper surface and her torso lying on the bottom segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Marnie Rustemeyer
  • Patent number: 9439821
    Abstract: A bolster structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having anti-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable bolsters are configured for selective placement in conditions of lateral under-engagement with the sides of an overlay to create inclined, lateral side elevations of these sides at locations along the length of the overlay. The bolster structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Patent number: 9408768
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing a patient's arm during a surgical procedure including a base configured to fit on an operating table. A support arm has a proximal end attached to the base and a distal end extending away from the base. A cuff is mounted on the distal end of the support arm to support the wrist of a patient. One or more bicep pads are connected to the support arm and are positioned to fit about the bicep of a patient lying on an operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Alton Lee Hunter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9186004
    Abstract: An orthotic device comprising a body having a base, a first support surface. In use, the first support surface supports a selected region of a patient's neck whilst suspending the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: DENNEROLL HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Adrian Dennewald
  • Patent number: 9173805
    Abstract: A support for copulating couples and method thereof including, in general, a pair of support blocks, each configured as a polygon and each having six sides, (four sides, top side and bottom side with five possible tops determined by right-hand, left-hand, full upright, or sloped orientation), wherein the top and/or bottom includes an elbow indent and at one side or more includes a contour for fingers that functions to support the body weight of the top partner during copulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: David Alan Troyka
  • Patent number: 9161870
    Abstract: A heel support for elevating the heel and bony prominences of a patient's lower limbs in multiple patient orientations. The heel support includes a plurality of apertures for floating the ankles and bony prominences when the patient is positioned on her side. The heel support additionally includes one or more edge contours for floating the heel and boney prominences of the foot when the patient is positioned on her back. The heel support has a size and shape which makes it comfortable to the patient whether the patient is on her back or side. The heel support is portable and convenient to manipulate for hospital staff. A washable or disposable cover may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Gwen Jewell
  • Patent number: 9119754
    Abstract: A bolster structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having and-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable bolsters are configured for selective placement in conditions of lateral under-engagement with the sides of an overlay to create inclined, lateral side elevations of these sides at locations along the length of the overlay. The bolster structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Patent number: 9060618
    Abstract: The present invention is an adjustable height bed side guard device and method to reduce the risk of a child from falling out of bed while sleeping and help wean or transition a child away from needing a bed side guard. The bed side guard height can be adjusted and reduced or raised in set time intervals, providing a simple, step-by-step process to help a child become confident as well as subconsciously accustomed to being in a bed. The device comprises at least one elongated bolster with two or more connected layers that are assembled on top of a conventional mattress and secured in operative position along one side of the mattress by a conventional mattress pad or fitted bed sheet covering the mattress and the bolster and is tucked under the mattress. Multiple devices may be used to provide further security on all sides of a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher William Sommer
  • Patent number: 9038220
    Abstract: A support pillow includes a flexible outer sleeve and a deformable inner cushion positioned wholly inside the outer sleeve. Both the outer sleeve and inner cushion are elongate. The outer sleeve is longer than the inner cushion and defines a pair of free end portions extending beyond the inner cushion. The inner cushion is moveable inside the outer sleeve such that the length of each of the free end portions is adjustable. A gripping device can be moved along each end portion to close the outer sleeve around the inner cushion and fix the length of the free end portion extending beyond the inner cushion. The free end portions extend far enough to enable a user to connect the end portions together to fix the support pillow in a desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BBCOMPANY AS
    Inventors: Elisabeth Christina Aas-Jakobsen, Ann Kristin Sveinsvoll Homdrum, Hilde Sjo Tavares, Marius Andresen, Rolf Blomvagnes, Kevin Geers
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8997285
    Abstract: A head rest (10) comprises a curved sheet member (12) having an upper surface (14), a lower surface (16), and front and rear ends (18, 20), wherein the upper surface (14) comprises a generally forwardly facing portion (26) and a generally rearwardly facing portion (28), and wherein the generally forwardly facing portion (26) includes a first concave portion (34) for receiving the head of a user, the front and rear ends (18, 20) are configured for contact with a resting surface (38) and, between the front and rear ends (18, 20), the lower surface (16) defines a passageway (36) dimensioned to receive at least one arm of the user. The head rest has sufficient rigidity such that when the user's head is resting on the member (12), one or both arms of the user may be positioned in the passageway (36) in a manner that does not require the arm(s) to support the weight of the head. In this way, the head rest allows comfortable resting without loss of circulation in the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Philip Moore
  • Patent number: 8997283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a work surface extension for an embalming table may include a sheet member, one or more spar members, at least one stiffening member, and a clamping member. The at least one stiffening member may include a table accepting opening partially formed by a table datum feature, a strut member that extends laterally from the table accepting opening in a first direction, and a sheet contacting surface the extends laterally from the table accepting opening in a second direction. The table datum feature and the processing surface of the sheet member can be aligned at an extension alignment angle that is acute. The clamping member can be rotatably engaged with the at least one stiffening member. The clamping member may include a table engagement feature that is biased to at least partially enclose the table accepting opening of the at least one stiffening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Elroy Bourgraf, Jr., Jon Carl Brunke
  • Publication number: 20150089742
    Abstract: A support pillow includes a flexible outer sleeve and a deformable inner cushion positioned wholly inside the outer sleeve. Both the outer sleeve and inner cushion are elongate. The outer sleeve is longer than the inner cushion and defines a pair of free end portions extending beyond the inner cushion. The inner cushion is moveable inside the outer sleeve such that the length of each of the free end portions is adjustable. A gripping device can be moved along each end portion to close the outer sleeve around the inner cushion and fix the length of the free end portion extending beyond the inner cushion. The free end portions extend far enough to enable a user to connect the end portions together to fix the support pillow in a desired shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Elisabeth Christina AAS-JAKOBSEN, Ann Kristin Sveinsvoll HOMDRUM, Hilde Sjo TAVARES, Marius ANDRESEN, Rolf BLOMVAGNES, Kevin GEERS
  • Patent number: 8984688
    Abstract: An inflatable resting pillow comprises two inflatable compartments, the lower compartment providing a base to support the attached upper compartment; both compartments being separately inflatable. The upper compartment provides an opening facing the user for receiving the user's head with a number of inner support surfaces providing lateral, longitudinal and vertical stability. The upper compartment also includes lateral passageways allowing air circulation to the implanted face of the user, and other passageways for the user's arms by which to keep the device in stable contact with the user's body and to also provide means for the user to rest on the forearms to provide a stable and comfortable resting position with the person's head and upper body leaning forward upon the upper compartment; the combination of support structures designed to render stable support of the reposing user while achieving and maintaining optimum spinal alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gateway Global Limited
    Inventor: Jimmy Arifino Ibrahim
  • Publication number: 20150067966
    Abstract: A pillow system includes a head pillow having a top end, a bottom end, and a connector disposed at the bottom end. A leg pillow has a top end, a bottom end, and sides extending between the top end and the bottom end. The leg pillow also includes a top connector at the top end, and a side connector at one of the sides. The connector of the head pillow is configured to be coupled to the top connector of the leg pillow. The pillow system also includes a torso pillow having a top end, a bottom end and two sides, and a connector disposed at one of the sides. The connector of the torso pillow is configured to be coupled to the side connector of the leg pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Haley Gibbons, Eric Bradley Greene, Keith LaMar Poulson, Nancy Gale Hackett Harrison, Rachel Cynthia Carter
  • Patent number: 8973188
    Abstract: A pelvic positioning system for positioning a patient's pelvic area for a pelvic or rectal exam featuring a base with an indentation disposed in the front end for providing the physician access to the patient's pelvic region. Two peaks for the patient's thighs are disposed at the front end of the base and are separated by the indentation. An inward curvature is disposed in the top surface of the base between the indentation and the back end of the base. The system functions to position a patient's pelvic region comfortably and effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Amini
  • Publication number: 20150040320
    Abstract: A pillow system includes a slipcover, a pillow body, and a torso pillow. The slipcover is disposed about the pillow body. The slipcover has a pocket for holding the torso pillow. The torso pillow can be removed from the pocket and the pocket stowed within the slipcover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Haley Gibbons
  • Publication number: 20150007392
    Abstract: An ergonomic body support comprises a deformable cushion module and a flexible cover closely encasing the cushion module. The cushion module has an undeformed state and forms an undeformed configuration along with the cover in the undeformed state. The undeformed state comprises a pair of substantially identical V-shaped panels, each defining a vertex having a width W1 and first and second diverging arms. The arms terminate in first and second ends of equal widths W2. The panels are equidistantly spaced a height h and the undeformed configuration is symmetric to a central plane through the vertices and equidistantly spaced between the ends. The undeformed configuration has a generally rectangular profile along the arms. The panels each have a boundary length defined by an outer circumference C1, an inner circumference C2 and the ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Nancy Creed
  • Patent number: 8898841
    Abstract: An encounter and contact mattress or pillow, is made up of at least one cloth-like or blanket-like base body having two functional sides that are configured to be the same, similar, or different, and serve for support, wherein the one side is suitable for facing toward a contact person and the other side is suitable for offering a premature or newborn baby or infant a support surface. The base body is divided up into at least three regions, namely into an edge zone region (8), a transition region (6), and an encounter region (5), and the encounter region (5) is configured in such a manner that a transfer of tactile and/or acoustic stimuli and/or heat from one side to the other side of the encounter and contact mattress (1) is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Barbara M. Esch
  • Patent number: 8887327
    Abstract: The invention involves a folding patient transfer apparatus with a material top layer and a material bottom layer. A plurality of inserts has handhold openings that are formed in the inserts that are positioned between the material top layer and the material bottom layer utilizing a sewn plurality of insert seams. The seams form enclosed material chambers containing the inserts. The materials can be disposed of due to contamination; however the inserts can be sterilized reducing hospital waste and cost. The apparatus is configured to slide and/or lift and/or carry a patient from a non-planer surface to a second planer or non-planer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: ACE Safety Gear, LLC
    Inventor: Calvin Paul Davis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8875330
    Abstract: An invention designed for head, neck, chest and abdomen; providing support and protection for sleeping children while being transported. The said invention comprises of head, neck, chest and abdomen safety. It is constructed in the shape of a heart and extends between the head and abdomen of child. The invention is comprised of filling and cushion and is able to separate between sections for washing capability. It is worn over the front of the child, secured by elastic straps that slip over each arm of the child, represented on the backside of invention. It is further secured by seatbelts that are placed under confinement of the situated seatbelt safety controllers located on the front side of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Nikesha Nicole Wallace
  • Patent number: 8863334
    Abstract: A pillow system includes a head pillow having a top end, a bottom end, and a connector disposed at the bottom end. A leg pillow has a top end, a bottom end, and sides extending between the top end and the bottom end. The leg pillow also includes a top connector at the top end, and a side connector at one of the sides. The connector of the head pillow is configured to be coupled to the top connector of the leg pillow. The pillow system also includes a torso pillow having a top end, a bottom end and two sides, and a connector disposed at one of the sides. The connector of the torso pillow is configured to be coupled to the side connector of the leg pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Haley Gibbons, Eric Bradley Greene, Keith LaMar Poulson, Nancy Gale Hackett Harrison, Rachel Cynthia Carter
  • Patent number: 8850641
    Abstract: A pillow (10) in the form of a ring (20) extending around a vertical axis (22), with a gap (24) between front ends (26, 28) of the pillow. A person can lie in a prone position with his/her face lying facedown in the vertical aperture (54) formed by the ring and with the periphery of the person's face supported by the upper surface of the ring. The pillow front ends and a rear portion (32) project downward to leave tunnels (Q) at opposite sides though which the person can breath. The person's chin projects into the gap between the pillow front ends. A separate chest support (12) has a rear portion of a soft elastomer that can support the person's abdomen, and has a front portion of a stiffer elastomer for supporting the chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Halo Mac Enterprise
    Inventor: Clinton Mac Marbury, III
  • Patent number: 8832879
    Abstract: The female cushion/pillow support devices described herein may provide comfort and/or support to a woman's breasts while lying in a prone position, e.g., on their stomach. For example, the support devices herein may enhance comfort for women after an operation and/or experiencing other medical issues, women with breast augmentation, and the like, to facilitate them lying in the prone position. In addition, the support devices may protect the breasts when flattened by the woman's weight. The support device may have a thickness sufficient to raise the user's body away from the support surface to reduce or substantially eliminate pressure on the breasts received within the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Ilse Rubio
  • Patent number: 8826476
    Abstract: A system for preventing pressure ulcers, where the system includes one or more actuators, one or more bearings assemblies each including a multiplicity of movable bearings and optionally an enveloping strip operatively associated with the actuator. The bearings can be rotated to allow shifting locations of the bearings in respect to a part of the patient's body laid thereover for changing pressured touch points between the part of the patient's body and the bearings over time for preventing development of pressure ulcers. This is done by moving the patient's body caused by the rotation of the bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Jorge Szeinberg, Miguel Benito Derfel
  • Publication number: 20140245538
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a multi-functional bed apparatus with a back support, comprising a head supporting pad, a neck supporting pad attached to one side of the head supporting pad, a waist supporting pad movably attached to the head supporting pad and a hip supporting pad movable attached to another lateral side of the waist supporting pad away from the head supporting pad; wherein the neck supporting pad comprises an arched portion adjacent to a lateral side of the waist supporting pad. The user can alter the curvature between any one of the pads such that the bed apparatus conforms to human ergonomics of an ergonomic bed or chair for the user body. The arched portion further provides adequate support to the arms of the user to prevent arm muscle pains. Therefore, the present invention is applicable to various fields and uses with simplified operations and great comforts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: XYZ SCIENCE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIU-SAN LEE
  • Patent number: 8806684
    Abstract: A pillow device for supporting a person's head without compression of nerves or arteries includes a main section having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a perimeter edge coupled to and extending between the top surface and the bottom surface. A projection extends from the perimeter edge of the main section. The projection is substantially T-shaped having a distal section relative to the main section and a connection section coupled to and extending between the distal section and the perimeter edge. Each of a pair of opposed end sections of the distal section of the projection is configured for positioning under an arm of a user when a head of the user is supported by the main section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Sandra E. Ortega, Douglas J. Wade
  • Patent number: 8806685
    Abstract: An axillary support device is provided for decompressing the axilla (armpit) and associated structures in a sidelying position. A thoracic cushion provides firm axillary support to a user at the level of the mid to upper thorax, distal to the axilla. A head cushion connected to the thoracic cushion supports the user's head and may maintain a neutral cervical spine alignment position. A connector connecting the cushions creates a valley to receive an upper arm of the user. A back support may be used to maintain the sidelying position. An inflatable bladder may be used to adjust the axillary support device in order to appropriately relieve pressure on the user's axilla and associated structures. With the axillary support device, the upper arm of the user is relatively free to extend perpendicularly in front of the body in the sidelying position with reduced stress on the lateral shoulder and axilla.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Axillan Corporation
    Inventor: James Karlson
  • Publication number: 20140215719
    Abstract: A pillow system includes a head pillow having a top end, a bottom end, and a connector disposed at the bottom end. A leg pillow has a top end, a bottom end, and sides extending between the top end and the bottom end. The leg pillow also includes a top connector at the top end, and a side connector at one of the sides. The connector of the head pillow is configured to be coupled to the top connector of the leg pillow. The pillow system also includes a torso pillow having a top end, a bottom end and two sides, and a connector disposed at one of the sides. The connector of the torso pillow is configured to be coupled to the side connector of the leg pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Haley Gibbons, Eric Bradley Greene, Keith LaMar Poulson, Nancy Gale Hackett Harrison, Rachel Cynthia Carter
  • Patent number: 8782829
    Abstract: A body enveloping sleeping device has a generally pear shaped body member that has a mat, cushioned or uncushioned, that is encompassed by a cushion about the mat's outer periphery with a pocket formed between the mat and the cushion on an interior area of the device. A scalloped pillow is located atop the cushion at the cushion's wide end. At least one side opening is located in the body member for allowing the user's arms to pass therethrough. A blanket is attached, fixedly or removably, to the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Shelley Ann Pierce, Skip A. Pierce
  • Patent number: 8763181
    Abstract: A multipurpose mat including: a first side made from a water-resistant material; a second side fixedly secured to the first side and made from an absorbent material; a plurality of first straps fixedly secured to the first side; and a plurality of second straps fixedly secured to the second side. The first and second sides form a perimeter including first and second protrusions with a recess between the first and second protrusions. Respective straps in the plurality of first straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of first straps. Respective straps in the plurality of second straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of second straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Penfold, Nicole Penfold
  • Patent number: 8763182
    Abstract: A diaper changing system utilizes a diaper holder member on which a diaper is to be positioned. Flaps extend outward from the holder member and are foldable over the diaper to maintain it in position on the holder member. The system also includes a unique baby supporting pad configured to be placed on the user's lap. The supporting pad can be utilized to maintain a diaper or in combination with the holder member supporting the diaper. A strap circumscribes the leg of the user to maintain the holder member and supporting pad on the user's leg. Once the supporting pad and/or the holding member, with diaper attached, is secured on the user's leg, the baby is placed on the diaper. The diaper is then wrapped around the baby and secured. The baby is removed from the system's components, which are then folded and compacted for storage and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Amanda N. Schambon
  • Patent number: 8763177
    Abstract: A positioning device is described for supporting an infant with myelomeningocele during surgery, transport and pre- and post-operative procedures. The device allows the patient to be expeditiously re-positioned from prone to supine and lateral positions and vice versa before, during and after surgery. The device allows access to the myelomeningocele while the patient is secured in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventors: Bharat Shah, Dawn Zablocki, Sami Khoshyomn
  • Patent number: 8756734
    Abstract: A pillow device supports a person's head without pinching of nerves or arteries. The device includes an envelope and a filling positioned in the envelope wherein the envelope and filling define a pillow. A main section of the pillow has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a perimeter edge. A projection of the pillow extends from the perimeter edge and the filling extends into the projection. The projection is substantially L-shaped wherein a distal section of the projection is configured for positioning under an arm of a user when a head of the user is positioned on the main section of the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Sandra E. Ortega
  • 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: 8732877
    Abstract: A body support system for relieving contact pressure on a joint in a body, according to various aspects of the present invention, may be configured to elevate a chest portion of the body with a chest support that may be configured to form a taper disposed between a top portion and a bottom portion such that the weight of the body compresses the chest support, which may result in the chest support assuming a substantially inverted arc shape. The compressed edges of the arc may be occupied by the joint. The chest support may further be adjustable for positioning substantially between a collarbone portion of the body and a xiphoid process portion of the body when the body is in a side rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Kathleen Ramp
  • 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: 8713733
    Abstract: This invention relates to a postural system which can advantageously be used by both properly walking persons and non-ambulant and partially ambulant persons, and in the latter case is suitable for use with or incorporation with medical support devices for mobility, medical devices for rehabilitation and social or domestic life and the like: this system may also be advantageously used with or incorporated with transport means. The postural system according to the invention provides a supporting structure comprising a flat base plate (10) and a plurality of modular blocks (20a-20f, 30a-30d, 40a-40f, 50a-50e, 80a-80b) intended to support various segments of the user's body (legs, pelvis, spine and so on). The number, shape, size and orientation of the said modular blocks can be suitably selected to obtain a perfect fit for the user's shape (whether male or female) and encourage perfect housing of the body and a correct weight distribution over the entire surface of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Pro Medicare S.R.L.
    Inventor: Rosaria Eugenia Caforio
  • Patent number: 8695134
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating sleep is disclosed. Embodiments of the sleep system receive a person's lower arm in an arm cavity of a person laying in a sleep-on-side position. An exemplary sleep system has a trunk rest and head rest. Two separated cantilevered supports extending outwardly from the base portion of the head rest are in contact with and supported by a top edge of the trunk rest, thereby defining an arm aperture that receives the person's lower arm when laying in a sleep-on-side position. An arm cavity is defined by lower surfaces of the two cantilevered supports and a trunk rest cantilevered arm cavity surface that extends generally downward and inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Squire Sleep Systems LLC
    Inventor: John Schultz
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140041122
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a face-down therapeutic system for improved posture and spine alignment. The system includes a face-piece including at least one cushion operable to receive a face of a user. The face-piece is adapted to be positioned on a flat surface. The system also includes two padded shoulder pieces, where each of the shoulder pieces is operable to receive a shoulder of the user. The shoulder pieces are adapted to be positioned on the flat surface. The system includes a padded pelvic-piece operable to receive a pelvis of the user. The pelvic-piece is adapted to be positioned on the flat surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Kacelia, LLC
    Inventors: Evelyn Haworth, Kelly Haworth, Richard Mazursky, Jeffrey Glass, John Herbst
  • Publication number: 20140041123
    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, elongated pillow having a longitudinal axis and being configured to assume a rest position at a back side of the individual and proximate to an adjacent surface of a bed when reclined in a side-sleeping orientation. The pillow includes a hinge-like 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 rotation to allow the pillow to rotate to the rest position in response to the force of gravity, ready to be engaged in a partial captured configuration between the individual's back and bed surface upon initial rotation of the individual from the side-sleeping orientation toward a supine sleeping position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: FAMILY CONCEPTS TJH, LLC
    Inventor: Vaughn W. North