Adapted To Immobilize Head Or Neck Patents (Class 5/637)
  • Patent number: 10362888
    Abstract: A therapeutic pillow for improving the posture of a person and to add comfort to a person's neck and back when in use. The therapeutic pillow provides a central pouch for storing a heat pack to promote healing or cool pack to reduce swelling. Additional feature of the therapeutic include a unique, ergonomic shape with specifically located curvilinear cutouts within the shape of the pillow to provide benefits to the user. Cutouts within the shape of the pillow provide the user with a location to breath more easily. These same cutouts when the pillow is placed in a different position relative to the user will allow the user's eyes to not be pressed against the pillow when in use. When a user's eyes are not pressed against a pillow, a user's eyes will show less wrinkles commonly known as crow's feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Babak Barcohana
  • Patent number: 10231798
    Abstract: A head fixation device in the form of a skull clamp comprises an opening device having an actuator positioned along an upright portion of the skull clamp near where a pin assembly contacts a patient's head for stabilization. The opening device can be actuated such that the relative distance between arms of the skull clamp can be opened, closed, or adjusted. The opening device is substantially positioned within one of the arms of the skull clamp. In some versions the skull clamp further comprises an attachment feature having an offset configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias E. Schuele, Bernhard Gantner
  • Patent number: 10172685
    Abstract: A head fixation device in the form of a skull clamp comprises an opening device having an actuator positioned along an upright portion of the skull clamp near where a pin assembly contacts a patient's head for stabilization. The opening device can be actuated such that the relative distance between arms of the skull clamp can be opened, closed, or adjusted. The opening device is substantially positioned within one of the arms of the skull clamp. In some versions the skull clamp further comprises an attachment feature having an offset configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias E. Schuele, Bernhard Gantner
  • Patent number: 9610050
    Abstract: An imaging device for a joint of a human is made of an HF transparent material. The imaging device has a base element that may be fastened to a patient bed of a magnetic resonance system. The imaging device includes a bearing element, in which a joint region of an extremity of the human may be supported when the base element is fastened to the patient bed. The bearing element and the base element are connected movably to each other by a guiding structure such that when the base element is fastened to the patient bed, the bearing element may be positioned in a plurality of defined positions relative to the base element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stephan Biber
  • Patent number: 9538869
    Abstract: The present invention provides a height-adjustable pillow comprising: a lower member; an upper member which is disposed above the lower member, in such a way as to be able to move vertically relative to the lower member; and a raising and lowering device for adjusting the height of the upper member by moving the upper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Motex Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Bin Chang
  • Patent number: 9314313
    Abstract: Wrist, hand, or arm support devices are provided. The support devices include a support member having a top surface and a front surface. The top surface is oriented at either a parallel angle or a non-parallel angle with respect to a work surface. The front surface curves upon itself to form either a symmetric or an asymmetric arc. Preferred versions of the support devices described herein include at least one of a top surface oriented at a non-parallel angle with respect to the work surface or a front surface that curves upon itself to define an asymmetric arc. Mounting members for connecting the support member to an operating surface are also provided. The support devices described herein permit an operator to comfortably rest his or her hand on the support devices while directing procedures toward non-centered portions of work objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Benjamin Wolf, Jacob Wolf, Mitchell Wolf, Stephanie Wolf
  • Patent number: 9204818
    Abstract: A head clamp for Magnetic Resonance and X-ray imaging is generally C-shaped including a base and two legs carrying pin clamp members. A course and fine adjustment system allows one of the clamp members to move inwardly relative to the other and then to be finely adjusted so as to apply a clamping force to the skull. The C-shaped support member comprises a truss with a C-shaped inner band adjacent the skull, an outer band generally following the shape of inner band and a plurality of openings defining spaced bars between the inner band and the outer band. The adjustment system comprises a screw that adjusts the width of the C-shaped member at the base and at one leg and includes a gauge to measure force applied with the mechanism located outside the field of view of the head both vertically and horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Imris Inc
    Inventor: Steven Moffatt
  • Patent number: 9138087
    Abstract: A universal pillow to accommodate a head of a patient in a prone and in a supine position, including a support surface having a frontal/parietal support portion, a mental/occipital support portion, and two side portions extending between respective ends of the frontal/parietal and mental/occipital support portions, a recessed head receiving portion, provided in the support surface, configured to be lower than the frontal/parietal support portions, mental/occipital support portions, and side portions, and having an opening configured to receive at least a portion of a face of the patient, and a bottom surface disposed opposite to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Latitude Innovations
    Inventors: Edward Mobley, Eric Cox, Tracy Thompson
  • Patent number: 9032961
    Abstract: A universally adjustable pillow for use in healthcare and/or therapy includes a base board (1), and pillows for, respectively, right lateral recumbency (4), supine recumbency (2), left lateral recumbency (5) and for the neck (3) that are arranged on said base board (1). The pillows for left and right lateral recumbency (5,4) each include an external cushion, a mechanism enabling adjustment to fit vertebral curvature (52, 42), a mechanism enabling adjustment to inhibit too great an angle of lateral tilt (53, 43) and height adjustment members (51, 41). The longitudinal axes of the pillows for left and right lateral recumbency (5, 4) are set an angles ? and ? to the longitudinal axis of the pillow for supine recumbency (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Wenbing Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150128348
    Abstract: An ergonomic headrest is disclosed that holds a user's head substantially in place to reduce turning during sleep. The headrest comprises two large, substantially conical mounds that are positioned beside each other to form a channel between the mounds. The user's neck rests between the mounds, and the top portion of the mounds provide support for the user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel D. Gottlieb
  • Publication number: 20150000040
    Abstract: A patient protective system that preferably includes at least an adjustable bed providing a bed frame, and a side rail in sliding communication with the bed frame and a mattress supported by the bed frame. The patient protective system further preferably includes a side impact absorbing pad supported by the mattress and in contact adjacency with the side rail a patient access flap secured to the side impact absorbing pad and attached to the mattress, and a patient head entrapment impediment secured to the side impact absorbing pad and the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Deese
  • Patent number: 8919843
    Abstract: A device for removing a person in a life-threatening situation comprises an elongate, soft, flexible body (1) provided with a central zone (2) that is thicker than two tapered ends (3). A method for removing a person in a life-threatening situation involves passing the central zone (2) around an accident victim's neck, crossing the tapered ends (3) over the nape of the neck and arranging the tapered ends under the armpits, from front to back, so that the tapered ends (3) project behind the accident victim and a rescuer can pull thereon in order to move the accident victim while the latter's neck is immobilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Francisco Javier Gil Vizuete
  • Patent number: 8898840
    Abstract: A head and neck support device is disclosed for positioning about a neck of an individual. A generally U-shaped pillow encircles the neck. The head and neck support device comprises a rear supporting panel, primary supporting panel and a secondary supporting panel for defining a pillow enclosure frame and a pillow cavity. The pillow cavity receives the generally U-shaped pillow. The primary supporting panel applies a first opposing force for supporting the head and neck in a generally vertical position. The secondary supporting panel applies a second opposing force for supporting the head and neck in a generally vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Michael S. Majette
  • Patent number: 8893333
    Abstract: A surgical head support apparatus includes a headrest, a bracket, and a joint member. The headrest includes a first spherical joint and the bracket includes a second spherical joint. The joint member includes a joint lock. The joint member couples the headrest to the bracket. The joint lock moves the joint member between a locked and an unlocked configuration. In the locked configuration, the joint member disallows movement of the headrest relative to the bracket. In the unlocked configuration, the joint member allows movement of the headrest relative to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Soto, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8893334
    Abstract: A pillow in the present invention may include a main pillow body and a neck support. The main pillow body may include three sections: a head support section and a pair of lateral support sections; and the shape of the main pillow body resembles a reverse letter “U.” In an exemplary embodiment, each lateral support section extends from the main pillow body with an enlarging rear end, and the length of lateral support sections is designed to be slightly longer than conventional pillows, so that the pillow would be long and wide enough to support the user's shoulders, no matter which rest position the user adopts. Also, the rear ends of the lateral support sections are thicker by inserting more stuffing materials inside to provide better lateral support to the user when he/she rests on the side during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Danny C. Wong
  • Patent number: 8887333
    Abstract: A pillow has a body having a medial region and a pair of legs that extend from the medial region to define an opening therebetween. A sleep mask is attached across the front of the pillow by two elastic straps. A storage bag with handles is kept within a storage pocket of the pillow and is attached to the pillow. The bag can be removed from the interior and pulled over the pillow to form a carrying bag. Pouches are retained at the interior of the pillow body and can extend outward from the body. The pouches can fill with fillable material from the interior of the pillow body, allowing the firmness of the pillow to be adjusted. In addition, the legs can then be pushed together so that the pillow can be used as a more traditional pillow rested against a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sourcing Network International, LLC
    Inventor: Randall P. Cohen
  • 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: 8863335
    Abstract: A neck support device comprises a flat, portable device comprised of a central malleable but supportive inner core or endoskeleton covered by a comfortable padded shell. The device shapes into a structure, supporting a user's head by translating the weight of the user' head to the user's shoulder, bypassing the neck, thus allowing relaxation of the supportive structures of the neck. The neck support device comprises a flexible and bendable inner core and an outer sheath material. Portions of the device may be bent into a support position by the user to support the user's head. The device may be bent into a substantially flat configuration for storage. The device may comprise contoured padding located for support or comfort and slip-resistant materials or surfaces. The device may translate the weight of the user's head from a head portion to a shoulder portion via a neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Ravi Shamaiengar
  • Patent number: 8856991
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pillow (10), comprising two sheets of flexible material, joined together to define a space, suitable for inflating to provide a cushioned support. The pillow has a head zone (16) for providing cushioning means to a user's head and two wings (18), configured to extend away from the head zone such that the pillow is substantially U-shaped in the plane of the pillow, when deflated. A channel (22) is provided between the sheets of flexible material to connect the wings (18). The channel (22) is positioned at a point in the head zone (16) furthermost from the wing ends (20). The width of the channel increases from the center line (24) such that when the pillow is inflated, the pillow has a substantially V-shaped profile, formed about the center line (24) and centered on the channel (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: D G Capital Limited
    Inventors: Barnaby Bevan Edwards, Steven Richard Spong
  • Patent number: 8850642
    Abstract: A support device such as a head support is disclosed. The head support has a frame configured for arrangement between collapsed and assembled dispositions. The head support may also have a pad and/or a cushion. In an example, the frame includes a base, a front riser, a support and a rear riser. After assembly, the central plane of the front riser is configured at an angle relative to the central planes of the base and the support, and may be substantially parallel with the central plane of the rear riser. To prepare the head support for transport, the central plane of the base can be configured substantially parallel to central planes of the front riser, the support, and the rear riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Steven W. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8844536
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for use with a head fixation device allows for a stabilizing fixture, such as a rocker arm having a pair of skull pins, to be selectively secured so that the stabilizing fixture can be adjustably rotated to a desired position. In some version the locking apparatus includes a connector that is retained within an opening in a portion of the head fixation device. The connector can translate within the opening and is restricted from rotation. The translating of the connector permits the connector to engage an arch member that retains the stabilizing fixture. The engagement of the connector and arch member is accomplished, in some versions, by way of matching axial oriented toothed portions or starburst features. In some versions the teeth on the starburst features include a chamfer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias E. Schuele
  • Patent number: 8806679
    Abstract: An operating room table adapter is disclosed herein for use with a surgical table includes an adapter board, a rail receiver, and a rail assembly. The adapter board includes a slot formed in the adapter board and a strap extending through the slot. The adapter board has a first side including a first coupler. The first coupler is configured to engage a coupler of the surgical table and the strap is configured to wrap around at least a portion of the surgical table. The rail assembly extends beyond an edge of the adapter board and is operable to couple to a patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Soto, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8800569
    Abstract: A system including a support panel and a fixation device for use in radiation therapy is disclosed. The support panel comprises a generally planar member that is arranged to be disposed adjacent an apparatus for producing a radiation beam to support a portion of the patient to which the radiation beam will be directed. The fixation device is arranged to be releasably secured to the support panel to hold the portion of the patient's body at a desired position. The fixation device includes attachment components which enable the releasable securement of the fixation device to the support panel without creating any attenuation discontinuities of a radiation beam passing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Medtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Willet F. Whitmore, III, Colin Arne Brue
  • Patent number: 8763180
    Abstract: A height adjustable pillow includes a neck support portion and a chin support portion integrally formed with the neck support portion. The neck support portion is used for surrounding the neck of a user while the chin support portion is used for supporting the chin of the user, has a cylindrical shape and is formed with a first Velcro strap at one side thereof. The neck support portion is formed with a second Velcro strap for adjustably connecting the first Velcro strap. An inflate valve is mounted on one of the neck support portion or the chin support portion for inflating and deflating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Tiger Point Metal & Plastic Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Chung Tsai
  • Patent number: 8732878
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a method for securing a patient for a medical procedure and specifically for an innovative headrest system for securing a patient for an ocular imaging procedure. The approach avoids the need for linkages and sliding rods and such. Instead, it relies on three independently movable face rests (two for the forehead or temples and one for the chin) each with a deformable cushion that is urged into conformity with the patient's head and chin during an adjustment phase of operation. Once a comfortable position and suitable conforming shape is achieved, the positions of the face rests are rigidly fixed and the shape of the cushions are rendered rigid and non-deformable, by application of a light vacuum, for the procedural or imaging phase of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: ArcScan, Inc.
    Inventors: George J. Eilers, J. David Stienmier, Wes Weber
  • Patent number: 8726436
    Abstract: A sleeping pillow to promote only sleeping in the supine position by keeping the said user from sleeping on their side or belly. Constructed of three components; a contoured middle section where the head and neck rest upon and two identical opposing side mounds that flank the middle section. The side mounds prevent the said user from turning their head too much to either side when sleeping in the supine position. The three components of the pillow function as one unit and are covered in a form fitted fabric case with a zipper closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Louisa Carlotta Wright
  • Patent number: 8713732
    Abstract: An orthotic device 10 comprising a body 20 having a base 30, a first support surface 40. In use, the first support surface 40 supports a selected region of a patient's neck 70 while suspending the patient's head 80.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Adrian Dennewald
  • Patent number: 8683630
    Abstract: A patient head support system comprises a base unit, a head support, and an intervening member for connecting the base unit and the head support. The base unit includes a handle assembly with an elongated body, a bore at one end thereof, and a lever that moves relative to the body between closed and open positions to contract and to expand the bore, respectively. A sleeve retained within the bore is sized to receive and hold a shaft of the intervening member, so as to hold the intervening member in a fixed position when the lever is closed. The sleeve remains retained in the bore when the transition member is disconnected, to resist contracting of the bore caused by inadvertent closing of the lever when the intervening member is unattached, and to protect against the unwanted intrusion of material into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Integra LifeSciences Corporation
    Inventor: Sean Rolfes
  • Publication number: 20140075675
    Abstract: A sleeping pillow to promote only sleeping in the supine position by keeping the said user from sleeping on their side or belly. Constructed of three components; a contoured middle section where the head and neck rest upon and two identical opposing side mounds that flank the middle section. The side mounds prevent the said user from turning their head too much to either side when sleeping in the supine position. The three components of the pillow function as one unit and are covered in a form fitted fabric case with a zipper closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Louisa Carlotta Wright
  • Patent number: 8671481
    Abstract: A medical support pillow comprising of a pair of oppositely positioned sidewalls, a bottom portion having a bottom surface, and an upper portion. The support pillow includes a head support and neck support, which are dimensioned to automatically align the airways to facilitate CPR when head and neck are positioned thereupon. The upper portion has two opposing inclined surfaces. The first inclined surface for receiving and supporting the individual's neck, the second oppositely positioned inclined surface for supporting the individual's head. In a further embodiment, the medical support pillow has a circular indentation, which curves inwardly on the upper portion which hold and support and individual's neck to prevent substantial movement of the individual's head. In a further embodiment, the medical support pillow includes a hollowed out section on both right and left side of base creating handles making the medical support pillow easy to carry and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Damon Franklin
  • Patent number: 8650684
    Abstract: An airway management pillow operable to provide a secure airway of a patient in a supine position by providing a combination of a head-tilt chin lift technique and a jaw thrust technique. The airway management pillow further includes a base having a contoured surface. Integrally formed with the base on opposing sides thereof are a pair of formable lateral wings. Disposed within the pair of lateral wings are lateral wing support members that are manufactured from a malleable metal. A plurality of mandible engaging members are formed with the pair of lateral wings that project inwards in a perpendicular manner and are operable to engage at least a portion of the posterior of the mandible of the patient engaged with the airway management pillow. A support frame is disposed within the base and is operably coupled with the lateral wing support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Mackinnon
  • Patent number: 8646135
    Abstract: A neck support device comprises a flat, portable device comprised of a central malleable but supportive inner core or endoskeleton covered by a comfortable padded shell. The device shapes into a structure, supporting a user's head by translating the weight of the user' head to the user's shoulder, bypassing the neck, thus allowing relaxation of the supportive structures of the neck. The neck support device comprises a flexible and bendable inner core and an outer sheath material. Portions of the device may be bent into a support position by the user to support the user's head. The device may be bent into a substantially flat configuration for storage. The device may comprise contoured padding located for support or comfort and slip-resistant materials or surfaces. The device may translate the weight of the user's head from a head portion to a shoulder portion via a neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Ravi Shamaiengar
  • Patent number: 8636258
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an object, for example a human cranium, includes a base, rods, and a pivotal joint. The base contains a plurality of stabilizers, a plurality of mounting blocks, and a means for connecting said stabilizers to said mounting blocks. The rods connect to the base at one end and contact the supported object at the other end. The rods are bound together by a fastener at a point between the base and the supported object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Jolen Anya Minetz
  • Patent number: 8590536
    Abstract: A device and method for preventing and correcting abnormal shaping of an infant's cranium by applying external forces over time with the growth of an infant to achieve normal shaping of the infant's head. The device is a cranial orthosis having a depression with a contact surface in the shape of at least a portion of a normal infantile cranium. The orthosis further provides lateral support surfaces creating points of contact to restrict rotation of the infant's cranium and provide additional external forces for normal shaping of the infant's cranium. Because the present invention is non-conforming to the shape of an abnormal skull, the exerted forces cause accelerated expansion of the skull in less prominent areas coincident with brain and skull growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Micam W. Tullous
  • Patent number: 8584280
    Abstract: A pediatric surgical table configured to allow easy and quick positioning of an infant prior to craniofacial surgery which includes a head cradle with cheek supports, a chest ramp and a body support pad. The body support pad is provided with an abdominal trough to facilitate unhindered abdominal movement during breathing and a genital trough to allow placement of a urinary catheter. The chest ramp stabilizes the infant once positioned and decreases the risk of hyperextension of the neck. The cheek supports reduce the risk of ocular compression and a open chin rest area allows unrestricted placement of endotracheal tube. Straps are provided to secure the infant in place. The orientation of the chest ramp and head cradle allows for substantial adjustment of cervical extension and provides the surgeon with clear and unobstructed access to the frontal, parietal and occipital portion of the infant's skull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventor: Bharat Shah
  • Patent number: 8566985
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow for deep-sleep, preferably including: a pillow body to be horizontally put on a floor; a cervical vertebrae supporter having a transverse groove at a front center of the pillow body to slantly support the occipital bone and protruding upward to accommodate cervical vertebrae; an occipital base and upper cervical vertebrae supporter having a round-shape, longitudinal linear protruding groove placed at an inner end of the cervical vertebrae supporter transverse to the pillow body to support a user's upper cervical vertebrae; a back head-resting portion having a concave depression on a middle surface of a width and length structure of the pillow body in the occipital base and upper cervical vertebrae supporter; and a side head-resting portion having accommodating grooves symmetrically depressed from the back head-resting portion longitudinally from the pillow body to support a user's side head including the ear when a user lies on their side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: T & I Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee Su Kim
  • Patent number: 8555439
    Abstract: A padded head support for use during surgery includes a head wrap and a chin wrap. The head wrap includes a headrest pad adapted to cover the back of a patient's head and a forehead band having a first portion and a second portion extending from the headrest pad to form a first closed loop around a patient's head. The chin wrap includes a chin pad adapted to cover the bottom of a patient's chin and a chin band having a first portion and a second portion extending from the chin pad to form a second closed loop around a patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Soto, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8549683
    Abstract: A cushioned head support device for safely and comfortably supporting a patient's head during procedures where the patient is positioned face down. The device affords easy access to the patient's face, providing multiple suitable openings for inserting medical devices as well as for viewing the patient. A mirror is provided so that medical personnel may view the patient's face conveniently and easily while working above the patient. The device is readily adjustable in multiple dimensions, providing for adjustment to accommodate any size face or head, as well as adjustments to raise or lower the height of the device or to tilt the device in any direction. The invention further comprises disposable cushions in various sizes to accommodate children as well as adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mercury Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bruce Ratner
  • Publication number: 20130254998
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a travel pillow for sleeping in a vertical or near-vertical reclined position. When sleeping in these positions, gravity tends to pull the head forward of the shoulders causing it to droop. The current state of the art travel pillow does not provide a support means to counter this forward drooping tendency. Moreover, its rear support displaces the cervical spine forward, further increasing the tendency for the head to slump forward. The present invention holds a resting head in an upright and stable position to prevent forward head drooping and does so without forwardly displacing the cervical spine. The five novel elements of the present invention are integrally configured to maintain a healthy alignment between the occipital bone of the head, the cervical spine of the neck, and the thoracic spine of the upper back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Cedric Thelonious Macillian Walker
  • Patent number: 8510883
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a method for securing a patient for a medical procedure and specifically for an innovative headrest system for securing a patient for an ocular imaging procedure. The approach avoids the need for linkages and sliding rods and such. Instead, it relies on three independently movable face rests (two for the forehead or temples and one for the chin) each with a deformable cushion that is urged into conformity with the patient's head and chin during an adjustment phase of operation. Once a comfortable position and suitable conforming shape is achieved, the positions of the face rests are rigidly fixed and the shape of the cushions are rendered rigid and non-deformable, by application of a light vacuum, for the procedural or imaging phase of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Arcscan, Inc.
    Inventors: George J. Eilers, J. David Stienmier, Wes Weber
  • Patent number: 8469032
    Abstract: An airway positioning device facilitates the maintenance of a patent airway by correctly positioning a patient's head during anesthesia. A flat base supports a supine patient's head. A pair of rails slope downward from a first end of the base to a second end of the base. A track mounts with at least one of the rails. At least one adjustable support arm movably mounts with the track via a locking coupling device at an end of the arm distal to the patient's head. A patient engaging member mounted with an end of the arm proximal to the patient's head supports the patient's head in a desired position during an operation or procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy J. Farnum
  • Patent number: 8419128
    Abstract: An insert for positioning an infant in a car seat. The insert includes a head support section to support the baby's head on both sides. Connected to the head support section is a body support section with elongate side members connected by an elastic under-body support panel extending therebetween. This panel can be sewn to the side members or, even more preferably, can be attached by tubular sleeves that are slidably received on the side members of the body support section. In this way, the position of the panel can be adjusted along the length of the insert. Additionally, by rotating the side members, or the sleeves on the side members, the tension on the panel can be adjusted to increase or decease the tension, as desired, to create a swaddling effect under the infant. Alternately, the insert serves as an infant swing or carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Publication number: 20130047339
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow for deep-sleep, preferably including: a pillow body to be horizontally put on a floor; a cervical vertebrae supporter having a transverse groove at a front center of the pillow body to slantly support the occipital bone and protruding upward to accommodate cervical vertebrae; an occipital base and upper cervical vertebrae supporter having a round-shape, longitudinal linear protruding groove placed at an inner end of the cervical vertebrae supporter transverse to the pillow body to support a user's upper cervical vertebrae; a back head-resting portion having a concave depression on a middle surface of a width and length structure of the pillow body in the occipital base and upper cervical vertebrae supporter; and a side head-resting portion having accommodating grooves symmetrically depressed from the back head-resting portion longitudinally from the pillow body to support a user's side head including the ear when a user lies on their side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicants: T & I CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee Su Kim
  • Patent number: 8382692
    Abstract: A spine and neck support device adapted to support the anatomical structures in the cervical and upper thoracic spine when the user's neck is in flexion. A cushion conforms about the user's anatomical neck structures and rests on the upper chest of the user. The cushion has a chin support area that avoids contacting the user's chin when the user's head is in a neutral position and contacts the user's chin when the user's neck is in flexion. When the user's neck is flexed and the user's chin contacts the chin support area, the cushion unloads and supports the user's neck. At least one and preferably two straps are attached to the cushion and secure it to the user. The top is sloped downwards from back to front to maximize the user's downward field of vision. A groove in the posterior surface of the cushion accommodates the user's trachea/esophagus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: John Chao
  • Patent number: 8347889
    Abstract: A positioning device to facilitate the maintenance of a patent airway by correctly positioning a patient's head under anesthesia during an operation or procedure comprising at least one adjustable support including a plurality of segments or sections selectively positionable relative to adjacent segments or sections and selectively lockable relative to each other having a patient engaging member coupled to the proximal end portion thereof to engage a portion of the patient's head to maintain the position of the patient's head during an operation or procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Joseph Farnum
  • Patent number: 8316488
    Abstract: There is disclosed a support pillow. The support pillow includes a body with a head rest and a neck rest along with a pair of arms extending outward and forward from the body to thereby surround the sides of the head and neck of a user. The support pillow may also incorporate a storage bag for compressing and storing the body and arms of the support pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Ana C. Rojas
  • Publication number: 20120260429
    Abstract: A patient head support system comprises a base unit, a head support, and an intervening member for connecting the base unit and the head support. The base unit includes a handle assembly with an elongated body, a bore at one end thereof, and a lever that moves relative to the body between closed and open positions to contract and to expand the bore, respectively. A sleeve retained within the bore is sized to receive and hold a shaft of the intervening member, so as to hold the intervening member in a fixed position when the lever is closed. The sleeve remains retained in the bore when the transition member is disconnected, to resist contracting of the bore caused by inadvertent closing of the lever when the intervening member is unattached, and to protect against the unwanted intrusion of material into the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sean Rolfes
  • Patent number: 8234733
    Abstract: A sleeping pillow divided by a hinge web into head and neck sections, with a neck recess defining a neck roll formed in the neck section, and with the neck section moveable about web to hinged position with respect to a horizontal head section so that pillow supports a sleeper's head at the head section and neck on the neck roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Edward J Fuss
  • Patent number: 7997276
    Abstract: A device for face-down, prone respiration comprising a head support made of resilient material having a facial cavity conformable to the contours of a person's face, a plenum cavity in fluid communication with the person's face, a substantially L-shaped support base removably engaged to the head support, a horizontal member of the base engaged underneath the head support and a vertical member of the base engaged to an end of the head support proximate to the facial cavity and in fluid communication with the plenum cavity, the vertical member having at least one air pump intake pathway and at least one exhalation discharge pathway integral to the base whereby air pumped through at least one air pump intake pathway creates a plenum in plenum cavity which is inhaled by person and air exhaled by person is discharged back into plenum cavity and out the at least one exhalation discharge pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: James E. Goff
  • Patent number: 7958582
    Abstract: A travel pillow includes a U-shaped cushion formed of a pair of spaced side panels, each having a front end, a rear end, a lower surface and an upper surface. The lower surface of each side panel has an upwardly-inclined front portion that extends to a concave, downwardly-facing shoulder indention, proximal the rear end. Interconnecting the front ends of the side panels is a substantially-tubular cross member having a contoured upper surface that nudges the head rearwardly toward a seat backrest when engaged by a falling chin. On the rear end of each side panel is a fastener for engaging a mating fastener positioned on a passenger seat backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Mark C. Scamardo