With Means To Permit The Passage Of Air For Breathing Patents (Class 5/638)
  • Patent number: 10201240
    Abstract: The headrest is a table top pillow. The headrest is self-supporting structure that supports the head of a user in such a manner that a user may lie face down in the headrest. The headrest provides support for the face of the user. The headrest incorporates passages that allow for breathing while lying face down. The headrest is suitable for domestic and medical uses. The headrest comprises a base, a first pad, and a second pad. The first pad and the second pad are mounted on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Chandler A. Arrighi
  • Patent number: 9980587
    Abstract: A pillow is provided, including a first longer fabric panel extending to a first length-wise edge of a first shorter fabric panel and folded over a first fold line and extending to a first length-wise edge of a second shorter fabric panel; and a second longer fabric panel extending to a second length-wise edge of the second shorter fabric panel and folded over a second fold line and extending to a second length-wise edge of a first shorter fabric panel, the first longer fabric panel and the second longer fabric panel being different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hollander Sleep Products, LLC
    Inventors: Tracy Laskowski Miller, Brandon Palmer
  • Patent number: 9888783
    Abstract: A mattress structure for providing different degrees of relief or support to various body parts of a user or in accordance with different body lengths of the users. The mattress structure includes a principal axis and two or more relief units, distributed in different positions along the principal axis. At least one relief unit provides a degree of relief different from that of another relief unit, to define a relief layer that provides different degrees of relief corresponding to various parts of the body. The relief layer is dividable into two or more relief zones and these zones are divided according to the body parts of the user. The relief units in a relief zone are inter-changeable or re-arrangeable according to needs of the user for accommodating users of different body heights and different lengths of various body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: GLORIOUS MASTER LIMITED
    Inventor: Cheung Wing Hui
  • Patent number: 9737152
    Abstract: A support element, for example a plate, a mattress, a pillow, a seating plane of a chair, of an armchair, a saddle for vehicles and the like, equipped with a resting surface for a user, includes at least one first layer in gel associated with at least one second layer of different material; such a first layer in gel and such a second layer, that are associated, are crossed by through openings that are suitable for the proper circulation of air from one side to the other of the support element, so as to allow the optimal transpiration and thermal regulation of the parts of the body of the user positioned resting on the support element itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TECHNOGEL ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Matteo Mason
  • Patent number: 9737146
    Abstract: A frameless furniture assembly adapted to be converted between an unfilled configuration and a filled configuration including: an outer liner having an inner surface and an outer surface; a plurality of pieces of fill material, wherein the fill material is retained within the outer liner; and at least one configuration support member associated with the inner surface of the outer liner. The frameless furniture assembly is preferably adapted to support a human in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Comfort Research, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. George, II, Matthew Jung
  • Patent number: 9433309
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to pillows that allow the user to rest comfortably in a variety of different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: Tech Cheng, Neale Castillo
  • Patent number: 9308147
    Abstract: A prone positioning device is described for supporting the chest and head of a patient in a prone position during a medical procedure. The device allows medical personnel to view the face of the patient while the patient is in the prone position by means of a reflective surface disposed in a cavity in the device beneath the patient's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventors: Keela Davis, Martin Reuter
  • Patent number: 9131792
    Abstract: A supporting pillow structure for a user to sleep or to perform sedentary activity facing down toward the pillow structure with the user's hands and arms placed underneath their face. The pillow structure includes a top opening substantially on the top surface of the pillow structure for the user's face to lean into the pillow structure, at least two side openings in the side of the pillow structure for the user to insert the user's arms into the pillow structure and place the user's arms underneath their head or body comfortably and to increase airflow for the user to breathe comfortably while resting, and a cavity in the middle of the pillow structure for airflow between the openings and for placing objects within the pillow structure, allowing the user to perform tasks requiring minimal physical activity while remaining comfortable and sedentary for an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: John Jay Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150121626
    Abstract: A supportive pillow braces a sleeping user's head in a supine position. The pillow has a viscoelastic body with a flat base and contoured top. The contoured top has two neck supporting ridges, positioned on either side of a head-receiving depression. A user rests their neck on the most comfortable neck supporting ridge (taller one for heavier people, shorter one for lighter people), with the head positioned in the depression. Lateral movement and rolling of the head is prevented by two bracing supports, positioned on either side of the viscoelastic body. For comfort, a softer cover is positioned over the viscoelastic body and bracing supports, improving the cushioning and breathability of the supportive pillow. The bracing supports and cover are also viscoelastic, with them and the viscoelastic body commonly being made from viscoelastic polyurethane, e.g. memory foam. The benefits of the supporting pillow have applications in medical and other fields.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: John Raymond Carver
  • Publication number: 20150107025
    Abstract: A travel pillow cushion designed with means and devices for anchoring pillow cushion to the head rest of train seats or bus seats using the special adjustable strap with pouch. And for future seat designs you will be able to mount the pillow cushion in front of you using the special bracket with female catch slots and the pillow cushion support tray with male hook hanger end. So that a person can rest during travel in a forward leaning inclined position on a bus seat or train seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Dauphin
  • Patent number: 9009897
    Abstract: A device for use with a respiratory mask comprises a pillow having at least one recess structured to receive the mask so that the pillow does not exert substantial pressure on the mask, and a cover that at least partially covers the exterior surface of the pillow and substantially follows the contours of the at least one recess. A method of using a respiratory mask comprises providing a pillow having at least one recess, positioning a cover on the pillow so that the cover substantially follows the contours of the at least one recess, positioning a respiratory mask on the head of a user, and positioning the user's head on the cover and pillow such that the mask is received in the at least one recess so that the pillow and cover do not exert substantial pressure on the mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Banyan Licensing L.L.C.
    Inventors: Edmund Scott Davis, Antonio Arcieri
  • Patent number: 8984690
    Abstract: A side rail assembly for supporting an edge of a mattress includes a layer of a polyurethane foam comprising an open cellular structure, wherein the open cellular structure comprises about 10 to about 40 cells per inch, a hardness of about 35 pounds-force to about 100 pounds-force, and a density of about 1.2 pounds per cubic foot to about 2.0 pounds per cubic foot, wherein the layer is configured to be disposed about a perimeter of an inner core of the mattress and is configured to permit the flow of fluid from and to the inner core through the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dreamwell, Ltd.
    Inventor: Christopher F. Chunglo
  • 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: 20150040322
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to pillows that allow the user to rest comfortably in a variety of different positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Tech Cheng, Neale Castillo
  • Patent number: 8914922
    Abstract: A mountable fan for massage table that is removably installable to an underside of an extant massage table headrest, said mountable fan for massage table having a generally ovoid hoop with an upper surface and a lower surface, a vent circumferentially disposed around the upper surface, a fan chamber radially disposed from the hoop, an electric fan disposed within the fan chamber, and an intake duct with a removable filter disposed therein, the intake duct disposed on the fan chamber, whereby air is drawn into the intake duct by the fan and forcibly expelled through the vent to relaxingly stimulate the face of a patient lying on the massage table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Charles D. Wells, Wanda L. Wells
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140317850
    Abstract: A pillow is provided herein which includes a cover having opposing first and second panels. A gusset perimetrically bounds, and joins, the first and second panels. The gusset is formed of an open cell construction. Compliant fill material is disposed within the cover. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a pillow is provided allowing for lateral ventilation between opposing panels. This permits a cooling effect while a user is resting or sleeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto
  • 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: 8776292
    Abstract: A pillow having a resilient pillow body with a sound transmitting passageway extending through the pillow to bring sound from outside the pillow through an inlet in the side of the pillow to an outlet in the central area of the top of the pillow so that a person using the pillow, with his ear on the outlet, can hear the sound. The passageway has an inlet section leading from the inlet into the pillow which section forms an exponential acoustic horn to amplify and clarify the sound transmitted by the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Richard T. Ryan, Paul Regan
  • Patent number: 8769745
    Abstract: A base for supporting a C-shaped pillow is disclosed. The pillow support includes a C-shaped body and a plurality of partition boards. The C-shaped body has an opening, a central hollow, a top plate and a bottom plate. The partition boards are vertically connected between the top plate and the bottom plate to form a plurality of compartments for receiving sachets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ying-Ling Lin
  • Patent number: 8708406
    Abstract: A chair device for providing comfort to a individual such as a pregnant woman comprising a first, second, and third panel, wherein the first panel is pivotally connected to the second panel and the third panel is pivotally connected to the second panel opposite the first panel; legs for supporting the panels; a first hole disposed in the second panel for accommodating a user's stomach (a pregnant woman's stomach) when she lies on her stomach; a second hole disposed in the first panel for accommodating the user's face; a shelf hanging downwardly from and generally parallel to a bottom surface the first panel, wherein the shelf may be used as a book shelf, wherein the shelf is attached via an attachment means; the shelf can move between first position where the shelf hangs below the bottom surface of the first panel and a second position where the shelf flipped over a top surface of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Annitta Powell, Randy C. Ingram
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140053337
    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: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Clinton Mac Marbury III
  • Patent number: 8656537
    Abstract: Some embodiments of disclosed pillow comprise a first sleeve within which is retained a plurality of loose pieces of filler material, a second sleeve in which the first sleeve is received, and a unitary piece of foam retained between the first and second sleeves. In some embodiments, the unitary piece of foam comprises viscoelastic foam, and can be elongated to run along a side of the first sleeve, can be substantially flat to cover a face of the first sleeve, or can take other shapes and be located in other positions as desired. Also, in some embodiments the unitary piece of foam is shaped to mate with the first sleeve. Additional unitary pieces of foam can be located adjacent the first sleeve and can be retained between the first and second sleeves to provide pillows having other support and cushioning characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dan Foam ApS
    Inventors: Bente Leifermann, Trine Thrane, Kirsten Maarbjerg, Torben Mikkelsen
  • Patent number: 8578936
    Abstract: In order to improve a support (2) for supporting a patient, particularly for surgical procedures in the shoulder region, said support comprising a substantially flat body part (4) and a bowl-shaped head part, said body part (4) comprising a back part (6) and a thorax part (8) tapered in relation thereto, the head part (10) being disposed on said thorax part by means of a transitional region, with the thorax part (8) and the transitional region sloping upwards such that the head part (10) is higher than the back part (6), and with said head part being adapted to the human profile and comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements, the invention proposes that the transitional region be designed as neck part (12) and also be adapted to the human profile, comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Samarit Medical AG
    Inventor: Willi Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8572780
    Abstract: A multi-use therapeutic pillow for the head includes a cushioned frame having a central cavity that extends therethrough. A cushioned transverse member, operably coupled to the cushioned frame at its opposite ends, divides the central cavity into a lower cavity and an upper cavity. The lower cavity is larger than the upper cavity. In use, the multi-use therapeutic pillow is configured to protect and/or avoid contact with a sensitive anatomical structure, such as, the eyes, ears, nose, or mouth, while providing adequate support for the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Bridget Watters
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8468628
    Abstract: An innovative pillow which contains openings for a person to place their face as well as side openings which enable air to enter the cavity so that the person can breathe. The device contains a fan which blows air into the cavity of the pillow so that a person can have cooling air while their face is in the pillow. The device can also be impregnated with essential oils such as eucalyptus so that the various beneficial therapeutic effects can be blown into a person's face while they rest their face within the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: International Media Enterprise
    Inventor: Tom Kwok-Yung Cheng
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130086749
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lightweight, portable, ventilated facial pillow device constructed with compliant materials, and with a top surface, a bottom surface, sidewalls, a longitudinal plane of symmetry, areas void of material, and modified edges. The facial pillow device further contains three distinct support areas, and two (optionally three or four) ventilation areas. The second support area and third support area (if bifurcated by the optional third ventilation area) include two separate, mirrored portions. A bridge area links the first support area to the mirrored portions of the second support area, with the third support area contiguous with the second support area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Walter Crompton, Philip Crompton, Nancy Miceli
  • Patent number: 8370976
    Abstract: A folding headrest apparatus for massage consisting of an upper plate with a cushion attached thereto for the purpose of placing a massage receiver's head face-down. A rotatable mounted mechanism attached to an upper plate and an upwardly extending base portion for the purpose of rotating said upper plate generally 180-degrees. A lower plate portion for inserting between a mattress and box spring of a typical bed that meets said upwardly extending base portion at a generally 90-degree angle. A removable spacer element(s) sandwiched between the cushion and upper plate for the purpose of adjusting height of the cushion relative to a lower plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: David J Matt, Kevin Gard
  • Patent number: 8359686
    Abstract: A pillow 10 for sleeping on a bed is described. The pillow 10 comprises a body 12 of generally rectangular configuration, the body 12 being made from a resilient cushioning material and having a corner cut-away to form a recessed portion 14. In use, the recessed portion 14 permits unrestricted breathing when a user is sleeping on their side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Tammy-Jo Hunter, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Publication number: 20130007961
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pillow, which aids a user to sleep soundly when the user is lying on the back, and makes breathing easier and helps stimulate the acupuncture points on the face when the user is lying on the stomach and rests the face on the pillow. To this end, the present invention comprises: a main body; a neck support part, which is formed in the longitudinal direction at the front side of the main body and has a height higher than the height of the main body; a ventilation hole, which penetrates the center of the neck support part into the center of the main body; an incline support part, which is provided on the main body in contact with the ventilation hole, and has a gradual decline towards the ventilation hole; and an acupuncture point stimulation part provided in a protruding manner on the ventilation hole side of the neck support part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Kwang-Soo Noh
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120278992
    Abstract: An approach is provided for a pillow. The pillow comprises a lower pad and an upper pad. The lower pad has a first cavity and a pair of second cavity. The first cavity is mounted on a center of the lower pad, and the two second cavities are communicated with the first cavity. The upper pad is mounted on the lower pad and comprises a main hole and at least one air-flowed hole. The main hole is mounted on a center of the upper pad and is communicating with the first cavity of the lower pad. The at least one air-flowed hole is mounted adjacent to the main hole and vertically corresponded to the second cavities of the lower pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Mei-Yueh OU
  • Publication number: 20120255126
    Abstract: A pillow includes an upper surface having a raised edge proximate the upper and lower edges of the upper surface and at least one cut out through one of the raised edges. The pillow includes a recessed surface in the upper surface for supporting the back surface of the user's neck and cranium and the sides of the user's head. The pillow includes at least one internal armature that is flexible and bendable such that the pillow can be manipulated into a selected configuration with manual force. The pillow can be configured from a substantially flat configuration and into a substantially “U” shape where left and right edges are in front of the user's face. In the “U” shaped configuration, the user can roll from side to side while the pillow remains in direct contact and rolls uniformly with the user's head maintaining support for both the neck and head and thereby provide a more comfortable rest or sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: John S. Abdo
  • Patent number: 8261385
    Abstract: A support for the head of a patient lying in a generally prone position. The support features a tray adapted for support on an underlying operating table surface. A plurality of pins projecting from an engagement with the tray are positioned to engage and suspend either a cushion directly or a cushion engaged in a casing. The pins may be adjusted to raise or lower the engaged cushion or casing. A mirror is also provided to provide a reflective view a patient's eyes through slots in the cushion and casing engaged over a patient's face. A video camera may also concurrently be employed to capture electronic images of the patient's eyes and mouth through an aperture in the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: William J Mazzei, Gregory P. Jordan, An B. Vu
  • Patent number: 8256049
    Abstract: A kit of interactive soft-bodied components for sleep enhancement of a seated person includes a sling member having finger-accommodating pockets which enable the sling member to embrace the user's cheeks and chin when the user's forearms are upwardly raised from bent elbows, and an elbow accommodating member having an elongated central region with extremities having cushioned elbow receiving pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Michael D. Sinks
  • Publication number: 20120180220
    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: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Michael D. Popitz
  • Patent number: 8205283
    Abstract: A travel face pillow provides a portable soft cushion for resting while supporting the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Steven A Russell
  • Patent number: 8176587
    Abstract: A folding headrest product for massage consisting of an upper plate with a cushion attached thereto for the purpose of placing a massage receiver's head face-down. A height adjustment and locking element located on a downwardly extending male portion that is attached to said upper plate with a rotatable mounted mechanism for the purpose of rotating said upper plate generally 180-degrees. A height adjustment and locking element located on an upwardly extending female portion that receives said downwardly extending male portion. A lower plate portion for inserting between a mattress and box spring of a typical bed that meets said upwardly extending female portion at a generally 90-degree angle. A hanger element located on said upwardly extending female portion for the purpose of hanging said product on a closet pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: David J Matt, Kevin Gard
  • Publication number: 20120110742
    Abstract: A kit of parts for supporting a subject on an operating table comprises head, arm, leg, foot and trunk support devices (5 to 9). The head support device (5) comprises a central support element (12) and a neck support element (17) for supporting the back of the head and neck, respectively, of the subject, and primary and secondary side members (22,23) for engaging and supporting the sides of the head and neck, respectively, of a subject. First and second platform engaging elements (20,21) extend downwardly from the central support element (12) for supporting the central support element (12) spaced apart above the operating table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: VASOCARE PATENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael John Lawler, Noel Anthony Muldowney
  • Publication number: 20120017374
    Abstract: A pillow 10 for sleeping on a bed is described. The pillow 10 comprises a body 12 of generally rectangular configuration, the body 12 being made from a resilient cushioning material and having a corner cut-away to form a recessed portion 14. In use, the recessed portion 14 permits unrestricted breathing when a user is sleeping on their side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Tammy-Jo Hunter, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Publication number: 20120005833
    Abstract: An integrated padded mesh material may be used in pillows or pillowcases for improved air flow around a user of the pillow or pillowcase during rest. When used in a pillow, the material may substantially cover the side of the pillow that a user's head rests upon. Other materials, such as mesh and satin materials, may be used to complete construction of the pillow. The pillow may take on familiar shapes, such as a dog. When the integrated padded mesh material is used in a pillowcase the pillowcase may be wrapped around a conventional pillow to increase air flow during rest. The pillowcase may include several layers such as the integrated padded mesh material and an allergy-blocking fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: BreathableBaby, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Richard Waters, Susan Marie Waters
  • Patent number: 8082614
    Abstract: An infant sleep aid device for alleviating acid reflux symptoms, preventing suffocation and collecting spit up or vomit is disclosed. The device includes a wedge-shaped body with a substantially flat incline to receive and support the infant in a prone or supine position. In addition the infant sleep aid includes section to support the torso of the infant and a section to support the head of the infant. The head support section is uniquely devised to include a wire mesh cloth sufficiently tensioned to support the head of the infant and through which spit up and vomit can drain through down to a funnel shaped body attached thereto or placed underneath; and means for delivering fresh breathing air through holes on the sides of the support head section. The infant sleep aid also includes primary and secondary harnesses to support and secure the infant in either prone or supine position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Said Ibrahim Nour
  • Patent number: 8056166
    Abstract: A pillow support for a user featuring an engageable pillow body to a base and at least one storage cavity formed therebetween. An aperture in the pillow body dimensioned to accommodate the face of a user positioned on the pillow communicates with a cavity in the base which communicates with air and light adjacent to the base to provide the user fresh air and light when face down. The storage cavity is adapted to hold a personal music player or phone and the pillow engages to the base with a strap or ridge surrounding the perimeter of the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Calvert
  • Patent number: 8006335
    Abstract: The post-retinal operation pillow is comprised of a cylindrical top and a slightly angled base of which a plurality of vents extend therefrom. The slightly angled base has an opening that aligns with the open inner circle of the cylindrical top. The post retinal operation pillow may be of single construction or a plurality of pieces. The post retinal operation pillow provides enhanced comfort to those individuals that are required to maintain a horizontal position of their head after an operation involving the retina or eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth Andermann
  • 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: 7979933
    Abstract: A headrest assembly (212) for supporting a face of a user (16) of a massage device (10) includes a support frame (226) that is coupled to the massage device (10), and a resilient assembly (220) that supports the face of the user (15) and that is coupled to the support frame (226). The resilient assembly (220) includes an interior resilient region (472) and an outer covering (474) that surrounds and protects the interior resilient region (472). The interior resilient region (472) includes a first layer (472A) and a second layer (472B), with the first layer (472A) being stacked on top of the second layer (472B). The first layer (472A) can have a first stiffness that is different than a second stiffness of the second layer (472B). Further, the first layer (472A) can have a first thickness (472C) that is different than a second thickness (472D) of the second layer (472B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Earthlite Massage Tables, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon W. Roleder, William W. Chow