For Lower Body Portions Patents (Class 5/648)
  • Patent number: 9739853
    Abstract: When imaging a patient using a magnetic resonance (MR) imager, it is desirable to locate an radio frequency (RF) head coil at a position lower than the flat table top patient surface in order to optimize the geometry of the patient anatomy and the RF coil. A flat table top is provided for an MR patient support table (10) that includes a pocket or recessed portion (50) that accepts an RF head coil (14), thereby optimizing imaging geometry. When the RF coil is not mated to the recessed portion of the table (10) a filler insert (20) is mated therewith. This allows an operator to use the table top without the filler insert to position a neurovascular coil at an optimized location below the table top surface for brain imaging, as well as to convert the patient support table back to a completely flat top by removing the coil and installing the flat surface filler insert for additional positioning requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Dennis K Everett
  • Patent number: 9730616
    Abstract: A method of imaging a body part includes locating a first, second and third anatomical reference area. The third anatomical reference area is disposed generally between the first and second anatomical reference areas. Furthermore, the method includes positioning a first member of a reference tool relative to the first anatomical reference area, positioning a second member of the reference tool relative to the second anatomical reference area, and a pivotal coupling member relative to the third anatomical reference area. The pivotal coupling member pivotally couples the first and second members of the reference tool. In addition, the method includes imaging a target area of the body part to produce an image. The image includes the target area of the body part and the first and second members. The first member indicates a first axis of the body part, and the second member indicates a second axis of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Troy W. Hershberger
  • Patent number: 9510986
    Abstract: A height-adjustable pillow for supporting a patient's head. The pillow includes a casing of flexible material defining a casing volume and a volume of filler material partially occupying in said casing volume. The casing volume is compressible and expandable. The casing volume includes a support portion positioned above a base portion. An air valve is associated with the casing for introducing air into and evacuating air from said casing volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Todd Nesley
  • Patent number: 8997286
    Abstract: An adapter (10) is described for connecting at least one accessory device (12) to an operating table (14), comprising a first fixing device for attaching a base body of the adapter (10) to the operating table (14) and a second fixing device for attaching the accessory device (12) to the adapter (10). The base body is formed from an X-ray transparent plate (16), said X-ray transparent plate (16) including a part lying on a support surface (15) of the operating table (14) and another part extending beyond the support surface (15) and forming a support surface extension for supporting a patient, when said X-ray transparent plate (16) is attached to the operating table (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Wyslucha, Marco Reif
  • Patent number: 8997284
    Abstract: A femoral support system includes a plate configured to support the pelvis of a patient on a table. In addition, the system includes a femoral support pivotally coupled to the plate and configured to support the thigh of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Orthopedic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Kreuzer, Joseph W. Pieczynski, Adam Freedhand
  • Patent number: 8986228
    Abstract: Apparatus is described for measuring and displaying the magnitude of traction forces applied to a patient's lower limbs during surgery, and for measuring the direction and magnitude of counter-traction forces applied to the patient's body by the perineal post located at the patient's groin to oppose traction forces applied to the patient's lower limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Trimanus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Auchinleck, Stephen Lewis Leckenby, Kyle Cameron, Gregory Vincent Browne
  • Patent number: 8978182
    Abstract: A bed frame includes a weight bearing framework 30, and a footboard 82 that cooperates with the framework to define an edge 90 of an occupant region 92 of the bed. The footboard 82 includes a footboard frame 100 and a pressurizable cushion 104. A mattress system 160 includes a main occupant support portion 162 with a support surface 168 and a cushion 170 located footwardly of the occupant support portion. The cushion has a deployed state in which it projects vertically higher than the support surface and a stored state in which it does not project vertically higher than the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Joseph Receveur
  • Patent number: 8973188
    Abstract: A pelvic positioning system for positioning a patient's pelvic area for a pelvic or rectal exam featuring a base with an indentation disposed in the front end for providing the physician access to the patient's pelvic region. Two peaks for the patient's thighs are disposed at the front end of the base and are separated by the indentation. An inward curvature is disposed in the top surface of the base between the indentation and the back end of the base. The system functions to position a patient's pelvic region comfortably and effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Amini
  • Publication number: 20140352070
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses for supporting a person in an upright position while sleeping or resting in a bed such that the person can avoid sliding down into a horizontal position as a result of natural forces of gravity and normal movement during sleep. According to an aspect, an apparatus includes a harness configured to hold a person, an anchor to secure the harness to a bed, and a tether having one end connected to the harness and another end connected to the anchor. The anchor can include a support member and an insert extending from the support member such that the upper surface of the insert comes into contact with a mattress and the lower surface of the insert comes into contact with a bed-base. The insert can be positioned underneath the mattress and on top of the bed-base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan Andrew McGann
  • Patent number: 8887329
    Abstract: A hospital bed includes a base, a lifting mechanism, a rotating frame configured to rotate horizontally relative to the base, and a patient support surface pivotally secured to the rotating frame. The patient support surface includes a back section, a seat section, and foot section that articulate relative to each other. The patient support surface translates from a bed configuration to a side-egress chair configuration. The foot section includes a plurality of panels that translate relative to each other from a substantially co-planar relationship when the patient support surface is in a bed configuration to a relationship where one of the foot section panels is substantially orthogonal to another foot section panel when the patient support surface is in a chair configuration. A mattress supported by the patient support surface has a retractable foot portion that adjusts its length in response to translation of the foot section panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Piedmont 361, LLC
    Inventor: Sohrab Soltani
  • Patent number: 8875327
    Abstract: A new and useful portable pelvic exam device is provided, which is lightweight for convenient transport or storage, and is readily used atop existing surfaces in the environment such as a bed and maintains a patient in a dorsal or modified lithotic position for a pelvic examination or procedure. The device comprises a substantially wedge shaped prismatic base with a concave semispherical well along the front surface, over which a patient orients her vulva to create a theatre in which the examiner may observe the anatomy, operate ancillary tools and perform an indicated procedure or exam. Stirrup assemblies may be utilized in concert with the device to support the patient's feet and keep her knees spaced apart from each other and legs in an abducted position. Additionally, the device has a drawer moveably attached into an aperature in the device, which can be opened or closed and houses therein ancillary tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Schnell Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Pamela Gilley, Antonio Gandia Tapia
  • Patent number: 8863334
    Abstract: A pillow system includes a head pillow having a top end, a bottom end, and a connector disposed at the bottom end. A leg pillow has a top end, a bottom end, and sides extending between the top end and the bottom end. The leg pillow also includes a top connector at the top end, and a side connector at one of the sides. The connector of the head pillow is configured to be coupled to the top connector of the leg pillow. The pillow system also includes a torso pillow having a top end, a bottom end and two sides, and a connector disposed at one of the sides. The connector of the torso pillow is configured to be coupled to the side connector of the leg pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Haley Gibbons, Eric Bradley Greene, Keith LaMar Poulson, Nancy Gale Hackett Harrison, Rachel Cynthia Carter
  • Patent number: 8856988
    Abstract: A support structure for an amputee that has lost his foot is shown. The support structure is adjustable vertically and may be removably attached to the residual limb to support the residual limb when the amputee is in a wheelchair or is sitting upright in a seat or chair. The vertical height is adjusted by a spring-loaded pin and telescopic members. Pads provide cushions for the residual limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Michael O. Frazier
  • Publication number: 20140283305
    Abstract: A pillow, mattress pad, mattress pad and pillow system, and mattress are provided having a plurality of zones for providing a selected distribution of pressure across different parts of a sleeper's body. The pillow has a first zone of elasticity for supporting the head of a sleeper and an integral second zone of elasticity for supporting the neck and upper thoracic spine, said pillow comprising a firm high resistance foam lower portion and a viscoelastic foam upper portion matingly contoured to the lower portion and internally sealed to the lower portion along a surface of predetermined curvature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Simon Zysman
  • Publication number: 20140259425
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pillow for supporting the lower leg of a used and methods of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lynn A. Lovechio
  • Patent number: 8806683
    Abstract: A portable boot style stirrup assembly with leg support for use during medical procedures. The portable boot style stirrup assembly affixes to the existing stirrup footrests found about medical examination tables, resultantly increasing procedural efficiency and decreasing doctor cost of the performance of in-office medical procedures, increasing patient comfort during prolonged procedures, and increasing doctor and patient safety during procedures. The portable boot style stirrup assembly includes a boot shell structure which supports a patient's foot and calf and a receptacle constructed and arranged to receive the existing stirrup footrest of medical procedure tables and allow for adjustment of the adductive and abductive angle positioning of a patient's leg for examination and surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Gauta
  • Patent number: 8782832
    Abstract: An approach is provided for patient positioning. A patient is arranged on a table having a positioning assembly coupled thereto, the positioning assembly including a plurality of spatially configurable members. A spatial configuration of at least one of the plurality of spatially configurable members is arranged to support the patient in a multipoint bending position during a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: New York Society for the Ruptured and Crippled Maintaining the Hospital for Special Surgery
    Inventors: Arkady Blyakher, John Denneen, Howard J. Hillstrom, Andrew Phillip Kraszewski, Mark William Lenhoff, Roger Franklin Widmann, Helene Pavlov, Edward T. White, Mary Campolongo
  • Publication number: 20140182049
    Abstract: A cushion for supporting a user relative to a support surface is provided. The cushion has material with sufficient flexibility to deform under a weight of the user and sufficient resilience to return to its original state when the weight is removed. A supporting face contacts the support surface and is characterized by a plurality of points. The supporting face is contoured such that, when the cushion is in an unloaded configuration, a first subset of the plurality of points contact the support surface and a second subset of the plurality of points do not contact the support surface. When a user then sits on the cushion so that it is in a loaded configuration, at least some of the points in the second subset are displaced under the user's weight and contact the support surface. The cushion thus both bends and compresses to distribute the weight of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Raft Global, LLC
    Inventors: Peter C. Prust, Allen Siekman
  • Patent number: 8726435
    Abstract: A pillowcase having one or more pockets is provided. In one embodiment, the pillowcase includes a first panel, a second panel, an open end adapted to receive a pillow, and a pocket. The pocket is coupled to the pillowcase to form a pocket cavity, and an entry thereto. The pocket cavity is adapted to receive, through the entry, an appendage of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Joan McMillen Briody
  • Patent number: 8719983
    Abstract: An inflatable body contour support cushion comprises a bladder comprising a flexible material. Said bladder is configured to retain a quantity of material to maintain said bladder in a flaccid state in which the material flows freely within said bladder. Said bladder is further configured to support a body contour by filling the space between the body contour and a surface against which the body contour is resting. A valve mechanism is configured to enable addition and removal of the material from said bladder in which a user can adjust a level of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Leigh Anne Nash
  • Patent number: 8713733
    Abstract: This invention relates to a postural system which can advantageously be used by both properly walking persons and non-ambulant and partially ambulant persons, and in the latter case is suitable for use with or incorporation with medical support devices for mobility, medical devices for rehabilitation and social or domestic life and the like: this system may also be advantageously used with or incorporated with transport means. The postural system according to the invention provides a supporting structure comprising a flat base plate (10) and a plurality of modular blocks (20a-20f, 30a-30d, 40a-40f, 50a-50e, 80a-80b) intended to support various segments of the user's body (legs, pelvis, spine and so on). The number, shape, size and orientation of the said modular blocks can be suitably selected to obtain a perfect fit for the user's shape (whether male or female) and encourage perfect housing of the body and a correct weight distribution over the entire surface of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Pro Medicare S.R.L.
    Inventor: Rosaria Eugenia Caforio
  • Publication number: 20140115789
    Abstract: The present embodiment is a therapeutic cushion for relieving lower back pain. The therapeutic cushion comprises a flat, elongated base, a rounded arc, and two semicircles slopping downwards on both sides of a rounded arc. The flat, elongated base of the therapeutic cushion is positioned on a surface of mattresses, sofas, and seats. When a user utilizes the therapeutic cushion in the supine position, the rounded arc elevates the lumbar spine, thus providing support for the lumbar area. The two semicircles serve to provide support for the sacroiliac joint and upper lumbar area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Vee Ramdath
  • Patent number: 8707486
    Abstract: A surgical support apparatus comprising a surgical boot sized to receive a portion of a limb of a patient therein and a tightening device positioned between a first end and a second end of the surgical boot. The tightening device is configured to apply a clamping force to the portion of the limb of the patient positioned in the surgical boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Chella, Paul J. Skavicus
  • Patent number: 8695135
    Abstract: A sacrum support pillow comprises a three-sided deformable member having a length and a width. The length defines a central region disposed between first and second ends. The width in the central region is greater than the width in the first and second ends such that the width tapers to points near the first and second ends. The three sided deformable member defines three edges, and wherein a deformable member surface is located between the first and second edges, the second and third edges, and the third and first edges, and wherein each surface is concave and may have a different width. An outer covering encloses the three sided deformable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel James Berube
  • Patent number: 8671485
    Abstract: An infant apparatus includes a top panel and a bottom panel having securing means that form an aperture between the top panel and the bottom panel. A longitudinally extending wall connects the top panel and the bottom panel forming at least a first leg holding section and a second leg holding section. The bottom panel further includes a sleeping surface securing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Derek Smallman, Susan Smallman
  • Patent number: 8671479
    Abstract: A vacuum patient positioning cushion includes an integrated rigid or semi-rigid positioning element located within a gas-impermeable outer cover, making it possible to easily and correctly position a patient for a radiation therapy or other procedure without the need or use of external positioning devices. The gas-impermeable outer covering defines an airtight enclosure having a valve stem and closeable vacuum control valve in selective fluid communication with the enclosure. The enclosure houses a filler material and a rigid or semi-rigid positioning element. A method of positioning a patient using the vacuum patient positioning cushion is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bionix Development Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Huttner, Edward Markewitz
  • 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: 8640287
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus includes a patient-support deck movable from a use position to a stowed position. The patient-support deck is configured to engage receivers of the patient-support apparatus to support the deck in a cantilevered configuration. The patient-support deck may be secured to the patient-support apparatus by a locking mechanism. A storage structure is configured to support the patient-support deck in a stowed position. The storage structure is configured to deflect under load to prevent damage to the storage structure or patient-support deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Wukusick, Kenneth L. Kramer, Jerome E. Reckelhoff, Francis C. Ganance, Robert Cooks, Jr., Robert M. Zerhusen, Mark E. Haufler, Darrell L. Metz, Kenneth Q. Rudolf, Stephen M. Holl, Richard W. Chance, David W. Hornbach, John P. Biondo, James K. Findlay, David W. Hensley
  • Publication number: 20130312195
    Abstract: A sacrum support pillow comprises a three-sided deformable member having a length and a width. The length defines a central region disposed between first and second ends. The width in the central region is greater than the width in the first and second ends such that the width tapers to points near the first and second ends. The three sided deformable member defines three edges, and wherein a deformable member surface is located between the first and second edges, the second and third edges, and the third and first edges, and wherein each surface is concave and may have a different width. An outer covering encloses the three sided deformable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel James Berube
  • 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: 8572781
    Abstract: A device and method for elevating and supporting a patient's extremity to facilitate convenient examination and treatment of the extremity. The device includes a base, longitudinally-spaced upstanding support members extending upwardly from the base, and extremity securing mechanisms mounted to the upstanding support members upon which a patient's extremity can be positioned. The method generally includes extending a patient's extremity longitudinally across the extremity securing mechanisms and bringing the extremity to rest thereon. Caregivers and surgical teams are thus provided with access to the full circumference of the portion of the patient's extremity that extends between the extremity securing mechanisms. Several embodiments of the device incorporate means for assisting in the lifting of a patient's extremity to a desired height, including hydraulic rams, levers, and inflatable bladders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Ohio State University
    Inventors: Richard E. Schlanger, Patsy E. Martinsek
  • Patent number: 8561231
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes devices, methods, and systems for leg elevation. The leg elevating device includes a leg support platform, a base platform positioned adjacent the leg support platform, and a first and second lift positioned between and coupled to the leg support platform and the base platform. The leg support platform can have a first horizontal position relative the base platform when the first and second lift are in a first position, an angled position relative the base platform when the first lift is in a second position and the second lift is in the first position, and a second horizontal position relative the base platform when the first and second lift are in a second position. Also, the leg support platform can be a predetermined height above a floor surface when in the first horizontal position, such that the leg elevating device is locatable under furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Brenner
  • Publication number: 20130269112
    Abstract: A portable, unitary, lightweight, weather-proof support mat to reduce physical stress on a user caused by standing, sitting or kneeling on a hard surface for prolonged periods. The support mat provides a non-slip surface and an integral handle opening. The support mat is manufactured of rubber or other resilient material and may be provided in a variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Desire LEGARE
  • Patent number: 8544127
    Abstract: A foot support device applicable to a surgery table for locating and supporting a patient's foot, which includes: a main body; a space being formed in the main body; a bottom end of the main body being connectable to the surgery table; an operation member up and down movably fitted around the main body, the operation member having an insertion pin therein; and a support including a bracket and at least one support body; an insertion hole is formed on the bracket. The bracket is rotatably mounted in the space of the main body. When the operation member is moved downward, the insertion pin is inserted into the insertion hole of the bracket to fix the support. By means of rotating the operation member, the operation member can be latched with the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kabo Tool Company
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20130219625
    Abstract: A foot support device applicable to a surgery table for locating and supporting a patient's foot, which includes: a main body; a space being formed in the main body; a bottom end of the main body being connectable to the surgery table; an operation member up and down movably fitted around the main body, the operation member having an insertion pin therein; and a support including a bracket and at least one support body; an insertion hole is formed on the bracket. The bracket is rotatably mounted in the space of the main body. When the operation member is moved downward, the insertion pin is inserted into the insertion hole of the bracket to fix the support. By means of rotating the operation member, the operation member can be latched with the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: KABO TOOL COMPANY
    Inventor: Chih-Ching HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20130198961
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a device comprising a body that defines a first surface and a second surface and defines a first, second, third and fourth lateral sides. In one embodiment, the first surface defines a first aperture and a second aperture. In one embodiment, the thickness of the body along the first lateral side is greater than the thickness of the body along the third lateral side such that the first surface slopes downwards from the first lateral side towards the third lateral side. The device not only reduces the pressure on the tailbone or on the hemorrhoids for a person in a seated position, but also reduces the discomfort or pain associated with settling into a seated position or emerging from a seated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: BANYAN LICENSING, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Banyan Licensing, L.L.C.
  • Patent number: 8495774
    Abstract: A hospital bed includes a base, a lifting mechanism, a rotating frame configured to rotate horizontally relative to the base, and a patient support surface pivotally secured to the rotating frame. The patient support surface includes a back section, a seat section, and foot section that articulate relative to each other. The patient support surface translates from a bed configuration to a side-egress chair configuration. The foot section includes a plurality of panels that translate relative to each other from a substantially co-planar relationship when the patient support surface is in a bed configuration to a relationship where one of the foot section panels is substantially orthogonal to another foot section panel when the patient support surface is in a chair configuration. A mattress supported by the patient support surface has a retractable foot portion that adjusts its length in response to translation of the foot section panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Piedmont 361, LLC
    Inventor: Sohrab Soltani
  • Patent number: 8479335
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a user comprising a platform extending between first and second edges each having two corners, a frame having four substantially parallel uprights located proximate to each of the first and second edges of the platform, each of said uprights slidably locating said platform proximate to a corner of said platform and an elastic support member extending between each of the first and second edges of the platform and the frame so as suspend the platform from the frame. The platform is biased from a first position located proximate to a ground surface to a second position vertically spaced above the first position by the elastic support members, wherein said first and second positions are substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Perry Kneelers, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Franklin Perry
  • Patent number: 8479333
    Abstract: A foot/leg cradle cushion prevents crossing of ankles or legs for long periods of time, which has been associated with circulatory problems related to cardiac or stroke episodes. The cradle cushion is a soft yet sufficiently supportive device whereby the feet and/or lower legs are held separated from each other and prevented from being crossed. The cradle cushion has a pair of outer flange walls extending upward from a base with a taller middle wall that separates the feet or lower legs of the user. Thus is formed a U-shaped recess on either side of the central wall which would receive each foot and/or leg separated by the width of the central wall. This effectively prevents leg crossing which causes compression of the user's circulatory system in both lower legs and ankle regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Edward S. Gould, Peter Georgatos
  • Publication number: 20130160211
    Abstract: A pelvic examination wedge made of medical grade foam with a medical grade vinyl cover. The pelvic exam wedge includes a sloping top surface portion that slopes backwards from a front vertical face along sloping edge walls toward a bottom portion. The bottom portion lies flat on a surface, such as an examination table or gurney. The front vertical face connects the bottom portion and the sloped top portion. A semi-circular cut-out extends from the front vertical face parallel to the sloping edge walls to form a cavity in the pelvic exam wedge that is sufficiently deep and wide to allow the unencumbered use of instruments during examination of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: TSK Products LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Klein, Eric S. Klein
  • Patent number: 8448274
    Abstract: A leg support instrument is designed to be fastened, in a table fastening condition, to a longitudinal side of an operating table. The instrument comprises a first frame part provided with fastening means having a table engaging portion. The instrument also comprises a second frame part with adjustable support means fastened thereto for supporting a lower leg of a person. A first hinge having a first axis of rotation connects the first frame part to the second frame part. In the table fastening condition, different distances can be set between the table engaging portion and the first axis of rotation. The instrument comprises aligning means for aligning a position of the first axis of rotation depending on a position of a person lying on the operating table. The aligning means are designed for projecting a light beam extending in line with the first axis of rotation on the lying person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen
    Inventor: Paulus Maria Antonius Broens
  • Patent number: 8443473
    Abstract: Devices and methods of the present invention are directed to positioning a patient in a prone position that exposes the posterior thoracic lumbar spine during a surgical procedure, such as a laminectomy procedure. The device has at least three support members, with a first support member configured and adapted to support at least a portion of a patient's torso and the patient's hips; a second support member, generally contiguous with the first, configured and adapted to contact a patient's thighs and to position the patient's thighs in a desired angular position relative to the patient's hips and torso; and a third support member, generally contiguous with the second support member, adapted to support a patient's knees and lower legs and to position the patient's lower legs in a desired angular position relative to the patient's torso and thighs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: John A Maxwell
  • Publication number: 20130074269
    Abstract: A thigh supporting pillow includes a thigh sleeve, a wedge-shaped pillow, and one or more attachments for securing the pillow to the sleeve. The sleeve may be a continuous band or a sheet that may be rolled around a thigh. The pillow may be a foam pillow, inflatable pillow or a pillow slip encasing supportive filler material (e.g., down, polyester, buckwheat or plastic particles). The wedge shaped pillow fits between a wearer's crotch and thigh without reaching the knees. The pillow maintains proper alignment of the hips while side-sleeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: George R. Phillips, II
  • 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: 8365739
    Abstract: A patient support device for use in patients undergoing spinal or epidural procedures while seated on a standard labor and delivery, operating room or other table or bed is described. An exemplary embodiment of the device includes an upper body support tray and a foot support tray which are independently adjustable along the length of an extendable pole assembly. The pole also connects to a base which provides a stable support and slides under the bulky support bases which are a part of modern hospital beds used in labor and delivery and operating rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Kevin Jones
  • Publication number: 20120324650
    Abstract: The invention features devices for positioning and supporting the limb (e.g., an arm or leg) of a patient. The devices provide adjustable support for, e.g., the upper and lower leg. In addition, the device provides unfettered access to the patient's extremities and joints (e.g., the knee and portions of the leg above and below the knee). The invention further features methods of using the devices during diagnostic review, surgery, and rehabilitation. In addition, the invention features methods of treating a patient having a bone or tissue defect by using a device described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Innovision, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Russell
  • Patent number: 8336554
    Abstract: A device to hold one's foot in a neutral position while sitting in order to aid in healing includes a large plastic panel with a set of parallel plastic strips extending upward. These strips are adjustable upon the surface of the board using a series of small holes and corresponding pins. The strips are thus aligned to match the width of one's foot being held in a shoe. When aligned upon the floor, the foot, in a normal shoe without the use of a brace, is held in a neutral position which helps prevent contracture of the leg and foot muscles thus promoting faster healing after surgery. Additionally, the current device does not provide for pinching or twisting as commonly occurs with conventional prosthetic braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Michael A. Williams
  • Patent number: 8332977
    Abstract: A medical examination device is provided with a pair of foot support assemblies, a patient support mat, and a pair of legs. Wheel assemblies are attached to the legs facilitate the transportation of the device to and from a bed whereby the support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are extended and adjusted to support a patient on the bed to facilitate a medical examination. The foot support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are collapsible so that the device is transported and stored in a small, compact size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Gwenventions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronnie Z. Bochner, Kris D Eager, Michael S. Rozewicz, Dustin Worm, Vaughn Gerber, David Veldkamp, Timothy Laroy
  • Publication number: 20120311787
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for customization of flow characteristics of a support using permanent and controlled evacuation of interstitial gas during the manufacturing process. The flow characteristics can be customized to provide a stiffer or less stiff support by a comparative degree. The flow characteristics can be permanently changed. The support includes a bladder filled with a fluidized particulate material. The medium of the fluidized particulate material includes interstitial spaces. A predetermined amount of gas can be removed to provide a support having a desired specific support characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: William Purdy, Robert Purdy
  • Patent number: 8327480
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus includes receivers for supporting a patient-support deck. The patient-support deck is configured to engage the receivers to support the deck in a cantilevered configuration. The patient-support deck may be secured to the patient-support apparatus by a locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis C Ganance, Robert Cooks, Jr., Kenneth L Kramer, Jerome E Reckelhoff, Peter M Wukusick, Robert M Zerhusen, Mark E Haufler, Darrell L Metz, Kenneth Q Rudolf, Stephen M Holl, Richard W Chance, David W Hornbach, John P Biondo