With Rigid Frame Or Base, Or Rigidifying Or Reinforcing Means Patents (Class 5/643)
  • Patent number: 10357113
    Abstract: Mattress assemblies that provide increased user comfort and increased airflow. The mattress assemblies generally include a multilayered mattress core including at least one coil spring layer disposed on and in direct contact with a viscoelastic foam layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Richard F. Gladney
  • Patent number: 9462902
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a user-customizable health pillow allowing a user to configure characteristics of the pillow to meet user needs and/or desires, or alternatively, to preconfigure during manufacture of the health pillow that inhibits misconfiguration of the pillow. The health pillow includes a special filling having fiber balls and high resiliency foam contained within an inner felt liner and an outer breathable fabric. A special access sleeve permits customization of the fill level for user needs/desires when the pillow includes a closure system permitting end user configuration of the filling type and/or quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: John Rukel
  • Patent number: 9021636
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein are related to a supportive head and neck pillow with a supportive bone structure inside the pillow. The pillow is used for head and neck support, and comfort while sleeping sitting up during transportation. It can also be used for head and neck support for people who have neck injuries, or to prevent neck injuries during transportation. The sleepy heads neck pillow disclosed comprises a pillow with a bone structure support inside it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Alice Jean Schwingendorf, Gabriel Olivier Durand
  • Patent number: 8943626
    Abstract: A system for displaying a pillow in a vertical position features a pillow and a sham located on and fully encasing the pillow. The sham features a flange located on a sham outer periphery and extending out and away from the sham. A second attachment means is located on a flange second surface. The system features a rigid display frame with a frame aperture centrally located in the display frame. A first attachment means is located on a frame first surface. A removable base is located on a frame bottom edge perpendicular to the display frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Martha Stephens
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140289966
    Abstract: A treatment device (1) for use in a massage treatment, cosmetic treatment or wellness treatment, has a plate element (3) with a seat surface (5), a support area (7) and a support part (9). In a use position of the treatment device (1), a user sits on the seat surface (5) and a body part of a person being treated rests on the support part (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Cornelia Miller
  • 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: 8814106
    Abstract: An embodiment is a travel head support to support a traveler's head as, for example, they sleep while sitting substantially upright. By supporting the traveler's head, the travel head support of an embodiment may increase the comfort, quality, and restfulness of the traveler's sleep. In particular, by supporting the traveler's head, the travel head support of an embodiment may substantially prevent the embarrassment and/or sleep interruption of one or more hypnic jerks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Leo Aguilera
  • Publication number: 20140201918
    Abstract: A pillow is disclosed which keeps a user cool by providing for the free flow of air about the user's head. The pillow comprises a substantially u-shaped frame further comprising a support structure encased in a padding layer with a mesh element stretched over the frame. The support structure may have a folded over shape with two opposing bend points and two opposing horizontal members such that the frame will be resiliently flexible about the bend points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Miguel Angel Ordonez
  • 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: 8732879
    Abstract: A device for supporting a patient during a radiological imaging procedure is disclosed. The device includes a base, a support member pivotally coupled to the base and configured to receive a portion of the patient undergoing the radiological imaging procedure and an adjustment device comprising an inflatable bladder. The inflatable bladder has a first portion acting on the base and a second portion acting on the support member. An inflatable state of the adjustment device is controllable to selectively adjust an angular positioning of the support member relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Worldwide Innovations & Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Patton, Daniel Lowe, William W. Orrison
  • 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: 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: 8418293
    Abstract: Disclosed is a travel pillow for providing the head and neck alignment of a human user resting against a seat back. The travel pillow has an interior shell of a semi-stiff unitary construction. There is a head support region defining a head supporting space for supporting the user's head, a neck support region defining a neck supporting space for supporting the user's neck posteriorly, an enlarged portion bridging together the head support region and the neck support region, the enlarged portion varying in radius from the head support region to the neck support region all elements functioning together as a single unit to maintain the columnar alignment of the user's head directly above the user's neck, and lobes extending upwardly on either side of the head support region to support the head at the intersection of the occipital bone, parietal bone and temporal bones on either side of the head to prevent lateral bending of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Edward Tansingco
  • 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: 8316489
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow frame effective for facilitating the ideal position of the human head on a pillow while the body is at a resting position comprising in some embodiments primary and complimentary arcs, primary and complimentary inverted arcs, primary and complimentary side bars, a bottom platform, and where the various components are oriented around a first plane and a second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Silviano Leal
  • Publication number: 20120240338
    Abstract: The invention generally pertains to a pillow convertible between an open position as a food and beverage holder and a closed position as a pillow. By way of example, the pillow has a first and second pillow portion that may be coupled and uncoupled to switch between a closed position and an open position. The pillow also has a food surface member with one or more beverage holders that is sized to fit within the interior of the pillow in the closed position. In another example, the food surface member is a two-piece construction with a slidable tray lock that moves between a first position when the pillow is closed and a second position that secures the two pieces together as a substantially coplanar surface when the pillow is open. In yet another example, the beverage holder is tapered so as to fit a variety of sizes of beverage containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel A. Yarmer, Jay Brock Matthews, Lawrence M. Pelletier
  • Publication number: 20120227184
    Abstract: The invention generally pertains to a pillow convertible between an open position as a food and beverage holder and a closed position as a pillow. By way of example, the pillow has a first and second pillow portion that may be coupled and uncoupled to switch between a closed position and an open position. The pillow also has a food surface member with one or more beverage holders that is sized to fit within the interior of the pillow in the closed position. In another example, the food surface member is a two-piece construction with a slidable tray lock that moves between a first position when the pillow is closed and a second position that secures the two pieces together as a substantially coplanar surface when the pillow is open. In yet another example, the beverage holder is tapered so as to fit a variety of sizes of beverage containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel A. Yarmer, Jay Brock Matthews, Lawrence M. Pelletier
  • 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: 8181291
    Abstract: The invention generally pertains to a pillow convertible between an open position as a food and beverage holder and a closed position as a pillow. By way of example, the pillow has a first and second pillow portion that may be coupled and uncoupled to switch between a closed position and an open position. The pillow also has a food surface member with one or more beverage holders that is sized to fit within the interior of the pillow in the closed position. In another example, the food surface member is a two-piece construction with a slidable tray lock that moves between a first position when the pillow is closed and a second position that secures the two pieces together as a substantially coplanar surface when the pillow is open. In yet another example, the beverage holder is tapered so as to fit a variety of sizes of beverage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventors: Jay Brock Matthews, Daniel A. Yarmer
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8151388
    Abstract: A patient transport device for transporting a patient secured to a secured area thereof may include a first restraint arm disposed about a first longitudinal side of the secured area and a second restraint arm disposed about a second longitudinal side of the secured area opposite the first longitudinal side of the secured area. A head-cage restraint arm may further be disposed about a third leading end of the secured area between the first and second longitudinal sides of the secured area. The first restraint arm, the second restraint arm and the head-cage restraint arm may be operable to transition between an open configuration and a restrained configuration relative to the secured area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. West, III
  • Publication number: 20120030876
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein are related to a supportive head and neck pillow with a supportive bone structure inside the pillow. The pillow is used for head and neck support, and comfort while sleeping sitting up during transportation. It can also be used for head and neck support for people who have neck injuries, or to prevent neck injuries during transportation. The sleepy heads neck pillow disclosed comprises a pillow with a bone structure support inside it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Alice Jean Schwingendorf, Gabriel Olivier Durand
  • Publication number: 20100229306
    Abstract: A head-restraint system includes a rotatable base portion; a stationary platform positioned underneath the base portion, wherein the platform supports the base portion; a rotatable head cradle positioned within an open region of the base portion; a first pivoting mechanism that allows the head cradle to rotate with respect to the base portion; and a second pivoting mechanism that allows the base portion to rotate with respect to the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: Ralph F. Reeder, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Reeder, JR., Hans R. Bronner
  • Patent number: 7788749
    Abstract: A foldable neck/waist support includes a foldable board and a soft pad. The foldable board includes a central flat portion, a pair of inner oblique portions extending from two opposing sides of the central flat portion, a pair of outer oblique portions extending from the pair of inner oblique portions, a pair of insertion portions extending from the pair of outer oblique portions. The soft pad is a rectangular sheet to be stuck on the central flat portion and the pair of inner oblique portions with adhesive to form one piece. The soft pad has two opposing ends extending over the pair of inner oblique portions. An engaging slot is not coated with adhesive. When fording the present invention, top dents formed on the foldable board are bent rearward such that the outer oblique portions and the insertion portions are folded behind the central flat portion. When assembling the present invention, the top dents are pushed forward and inner dents and outer dents are pushed rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-Chou Ku
  • Patent number: 7779495
    Abstract: A composite rod design having a core element, the core element made of at least one flexible and resilient core, a foam cell material shaped into annulus configuration and having the core element snuggly located therein, the foam cell material having a length of at least equal to the length of the core element, and an outer covering provided upon the foam cell material and wrapped around the composite rod design to the extent necessary to provide the necessary diameter for the composite rod for convenient usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Prabhakar D. Paranjpe, Amod P. Paranjpe
  • Publication number: 20100175193
    Abstract: A method of making foam imparts antimicrobial and antiodorant qualities to the foam. Green tea powder is added to the polyol raw materials for making memory foam. The green tea memory foam is used to make pillows, cushions and mattresses. Green tea foam in the top layer of a mattress acts as an antiodorant such that less of the chemical smell of the memory foam is perceived by the user. In addition, the bacteria and mold that would otherwise develop in the moist warmer sleeping environment on memory foam are killed by the green tea additive to the foam. Measurable antimicrobial and antiodorant qualities in the green tea foam are achievable by adding green tea powder constituting less than 2% of the weight of the resulting green tea foam. A neck-support contour pillow is made using memory foam that contains green tea and a green dye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Suk Kan Oh, Youn Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 7676870
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pillow to prevent snoring. The pillow includes a base and a mobile seat A shift control assembly shifts the mobile seat between positions and includes a motor, gear set and drive assembly. The shift control assembly also contains a motor output control module for controlling the rotational cycle of output end of the motor. The mobile seat shifts to different positions prior to and after shift based on the set value of the rotational cycle, and this rotational cycle is accurately controlled. The head position or posture happens through different positioning of the mobile seat prior to and after shift, thus helping to stop the snore with improved applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Jian Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fu-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 7676867
    Abstract: A restriction-free face support for health practitioner's tables designed for work on a prone person, comprising a plurality of optionally interconnected, adjustable support straps padded with memory foam designed to cradle the person's face over a headrest or cutout during a spa treatment, massage, chiropractic, or acupuncture sessions, or any other treatment involving a person lying face-down on a table. The face support allows for the person to rest and breathe comfortably and without the restrictive facial pulling/squeezing found in the prior art. The invention is simple, inexpensive, and can be built into massage tables or retrofitted onto existing tables, and the support straps are adjustable through use of buckles, hook-and-loop, or other means. Optionally, the support straps can have removable beads and other devices attached that allow for the device to put pressure on particular pressure points during the massage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Sharon Teresa De Laura
  • Patent number: 7673356
    Abstract: A flexible tubular frame, comprising an upper section and a lower section, supports a person's neck and head for hygienic, therapeutic, or cosmetic purposes. The upper section has a depressed portion shaped for supporting a person's neck when the person lies within the open ends of the base frame and the upper frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Christie C. Conyers
  • Patent number: 7640609
    Abstract: A headrest assembly (212) for supporting a face of a user (16) of a massage device (10) includes a support frame (226) and a resilient assembly (220). The support frame (226) is coupled to the massage device (11). The resilient assembly (220) includes a first resilient subassembly (256) that is coupled to the support frame (226), and a second resilient subassembly (258) that engages the first resilient subassembly (256). The first resilient subassembly (256) and the second resilient subassembly (258) cooperate and act in parallel to support the face of the user (16). The first resilient subassembly (256) can include a plurality of spaced apart resilient members (360).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Earthlite Massage Tables, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon W. Roleder, William W. Chow
  • Patent number: 7636968
    Abstract: A headrest assembly (212) for supporting a face of a user (16) of a massage device (10) includes a support frame (226) and a resilient assembly (220). The support frame (226) is coupled to the massage device (10). The resilient assembly (220) supports the face of the user (16). The resilient assembly including a resilient subassembly (258) having an interior resilient region (472) and an outer covering (474) that surrounds and protects the interior resilient region (472). The outer covering (474) can include a bottom section (474C) that is made of a stretchable material. The bottom section (474C) can couple the resilient subassembly (258) to the rest of the headrest assembly (12) in a nonskid fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Earthlite Massage Tables, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon W. Roleder, William W. Chow
  • Patent number: 7614362
    Abstract: A pet bed assembly includes a water resistant outer cover defining an enclosed space and a removable blanket that is removably attached to the exterior of the outer cover. The removable blanket is preferably constructed so as to be completely removable from the outer cover for washing and replacement and is further preferably constructed so as to be reversible, with an attachment mechanism that permits it to be secured to the outer cover with either surface facing the pet. An inner bed assembly is positioned within the enclosed space that preferably includes a perimeter bolster portion and an interior cushion portion. The perimeter bolster cushion has a greater height than the interior cushion portion and its uncompressed state and is less compressible than the interior cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Mark Hatherill
  • Patent number: 7571502
    Abstract: An anterior support for the head of a person seated in a wheelchair or other type of chair. The support can be pivoted from a position behind the chair to a position wherein a forehead strap engages the anterior portion of the head to hold the head adjacent a headrest pad. The forehead strap is attached to slide along one or more head bands which extend around the head to allow the head to turn without loss of support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical HHG, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Frano, Mitchell F. Komisar, David S. Pickett
  • Publication number: 20090188043
    Abstract: A graduated set of pillows includes a plurality of three or more pillows. Each pillow is configured for a particular range of human physiological development and has a plurality of critical dimensions targeting proper postural support of persons in such range. For each critical dimension, a first pillow has a minimum dimension and a last pillow has a maximum dimension. The other pillows in the set have distinct dimensions that form graduated increments in the critical dimension over the set from the minimum dimension to the maximum dimension. Specific magnitudes of these critical dimensions may depend on the height, weight, head circumference, length of vertebral column, or neck circumference of an average person within a particular age range, for example. By providing such a graduated transition in each critical dimension, the set of pillows provides proper postural support for the gradually changing anatomical characteristics of developing persons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Perry J. Kirch
  • Patent number: 7555794
    Abstract: Methods and systems for medical imaging using an ergonomic patient head an arm support are provided. A support for medical imaging is provided that includes a lower body configured to engage a portion of a medical imaging system and an upper surface having a plurality of depressions configured to receive therein at least one of a head and arm of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Israel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Deborah Ruth Zelnik, Pascal Salazar-Ferrer, Danny Hausner
  • Patent number: 7552492
    Abstract: A head support base unit enables enhanced capability for positioning the head of a patient at the end of a medical table, by incorporating into the handle assembly thereof an additional degree of freedom, namely rotatability along the longitudinal axis of the handle. More specifically, a pair of axially opposed, spring-biased ratchets are housed within the handle, to permit or prevent axial rotation of one end of the handle relative to the other. This enhanced flexibility an maneuverability is achieved without any added complexity, and without requiring any additional space. These advantages are further magnified if an additional like handle assembly is connected to the first handle assembly, with a link interconnected therebetween, because composite angles and off-axis positioning of the patient can be readily accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Integra LifeSciences Corporation
    Inventors: Sean Rolfes, Charles E. Dinkler, II
  • Publication number: 20090056024
    Abstract: A composite rod design having a core element, the core element made of at least one flexible and resilient core, a foam cell material shaped into annulus configuration and having the core element snuggly located therein, the foam cell material having a length of at least equal to the length of the core element, and an outer covering provided upon the foam cell material and wrapped around the composite rod design to the extent necessary to provide the necessary diameter for the composite rod for convenient usage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Prabhakar D. Paranjpe, Amod P. Paranjpe
  • Patent number: 7484255
    Abstract: A multifunctional pillow, comprises a cover including an upper cover, a lower cover and a top cover; a sliding track assembly installed between the upper cover and the lower cover; tile sliding track assembly including an upper frame and a lower frame; the upper frame being embedded into the upper cover; a bearing being installed in the upper cover; the lower frame having a trench; in assembling, the bearing being placed into the trench so that the bearing is slidable in the trench; and a control panel installed in the cover; an interior of the control panel having a control circuit board; the control circuit board being connected to the motor, a microswitch, an audio sensor, a trumpet, and a vibrator; one end of the microswitch being connected to a touch panel and another end thereof being connected to a control circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Ying-Chuan Ho
  • Publication number: 20090025146
    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: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: William J. Mazzei, Gregory P. Jordan, An B. Vu
  • Publication number: 20080301877
    Abstract: A device and method is presented for adapting existing articulating bedframes to prevent lateral movement of the user while the bedframe is articulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: David Crocker, David Vaughn
  • Publication number: 20080271742
    Abstract: A head support having a body with a recess defined along a recess edge of the body to receive a person's lower jaw. A torso engaging edge of the body opposite the recess edge being formed to engage a portion of the person's torso when the person is sitting in a substantially upright position to prevent the recess from falling away from the person's lower jaw area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph Gabriel Maginness
  • Patent number: 7426763
    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 view a patient's eyes through slots in the cushion and casing engaged over a patient's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Dupaco, Inc.
    Inventors: William Mazzei, Gregory P. Jordan, An B. Vu
  • Patent number: 7426764
    Abstract: A tubular-shaped, circulation-enhancing pillow or cushion device worn on any part of upper or lower extremities as a rest and/or sleep aid. The device may include a semi ridged, yet flexible and resilient tubular core, a soft fabric elastic liner and an outer cushioned tension wrap. The device may allow one to instinctively change sleeping postures, while remaining asleep or while resting, whether laying in a supine, prone, side or upright position. The device may isolate the part of an extremity that would otherwise have a tendency to become numb, achy or “fall asleep” due to pressure exerted from above by one's resting head, torso, knee, ankle, or other overlying body part, while at the same time act as a pillow or cushion to the overlying body part at rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventor: David Ekins
  • Publication number: 20080010750
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a support pillow comprises a pillow body having a medial region and two opposing arms that form a well region, a first side and a second side. The pillow body further includes an outer periphery and an inner periphery outlining the well region. The pillow body further comprises a fill material and a cover enveloping the fill material. The cover comprises a main section that extends about the first and second sides and the outer periphery, and a center panel coupled to the main section so as to be located along the inner periphery. Also, the center panel is constructed of a woven fabric having two grain directions that are generally perpendicular to each other and a bias. The woven fabric is generally non-stretchable in at least one of the grain directions, and the center panel is coupled to the main section so as to be substantially on the bias.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: The Boppy Company
    Inventor: Kristin A. Tidwell
  • Patent number: 7290303
    Abstract: A support pillow comprises a cushion body having a medial region and two opposing arms that define a generally open well, with the cushion body having an outer periphery and an inner periphery adjacent the well. An adjustable suspension system is used to suspend one or more objects above the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventors: Teresa M. Mead, Elizabeth A. Franqui, Julia N. Carmosino, Ronen Katz, Susan Matthews Brown
  • Patent number: 7195660
    Abstract: A travel pillow has one or more air filters and a body with a soft material coupled to the one or more air filters. The air filters can be powered by a power source located within the pillow. The one or more air filters can have an air intake and an air outflow in communication with an exterior surface of the body. The air filters may be an electrostatic precipitator filter or use a filtering material to clean the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Baird M. Little, Steven H. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7117551
    Abstract: A head support system for use with a patient support. The head support system has a support structure with a crossbar extending transverse to, and connected to, the patient support. A head support device is removably mountable to a portion of the support structure exclusive of the crossbar and provides a static support for the patient's head. A head stabilization device is removably mountable to the crossbar of the support structure and stabilizes the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Integra Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Dinkler, II, Kevin R. Easton