Including Restraining Means Patents (Class 5/650)
  • Patent number: 9259632
    Abstract: A unitary ankle float buoy for immobilizing the legs during swim training. The buoy is formed of a central portion connecting a top wall and a lower wall and a pair of ankle openings disposed on each side of the central portion. The ankle float buoy is designed and configured to be worn upon both ankles of a swimmer below the calf and above the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TYR SPORT, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew V. DiLorenzo, Philip M. Bayer, Kyle D. Sola, Yang Wang
  • Patent number: 9161632
    Abstract: A foot pillow including at least one cushion having a top side, a flat bottom side a right side and a left side. The flat bottom of the at least one cushion prevents the at least one cushion from rolling. A cover having an outer wall and a right side and a left side is provided. The at least one cushion is removably insertable through each of the right side and the left side of the cover. An elastomeric strap having a right end and a left end is provided and attached to the cover. The strap wraps around the perimeter of a foot rest item such as a foot end of a mattress or a recliner foot rest, securing the foot pillow in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Delfina Tomaini
  • Patent number: 8973189
    Abstract: A device for positioning and immobilizing the head of patient on a treatment table is disclosed. The device comprises a bridge member, a longitudinal arm, and two transverse arms. The bridge member is releasably mounted on the treatment table. The longitudinal arm is pivotably coupled to the upper portion of the bridge member and is arranged to be pivoted from one side of the bridge member to the other side of it, and vice versa, above the patient's head. The transverse arms are releasably secured to the longitudinal arm and are positionable along a portion of the length of the longitudinal arm. Each transverse arm is rotatable about its longitudinal axis and mounts an anatomy engagement component, e.g., a nasion pad or a bite tray, thereon which can be moved into engagement with the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Medtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Wilson, Willet F. Whitmore, III, Bruce Ribble
  • 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: 8689793
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for restraining a patient's leg during knee surgery or similar procedure features and improved restraining member that is attachable to an operating room table. The restraining member has a lower concave portion that engages the upper portion and sides of the patient's leg. The restraining member has an upper convex portion that is reinforced with a plurality of ridges. The concave portion can be fitted with an inflatable bladder. The concave portion in other embodiments is fitted with a belt arrangement that enables different degrees of constriction to be imparted to the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Bob Kring
  • Patent number: 8667969
    Abstract: A foam positioner device utilized for maintaining resting limb positioning, hand shape and strength therapies, and other modality therapies. Said device, by means of an integrated strap slot base, incorporates a generic strap which wraps around furnishings such as pillows, recliner footrests, beds, chairs, and various medical apparatus exclusively and does not attach to the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: David Bruce Tannahill, Kristi Lynn Tannahill
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8099808
    Abstract: A leg holder assembly includes a leg support apparatus and a rail attachment mechanism. The leg support apparatus includes a planar support apparatus and a plurality of adjustable arms. The adjustable arms are pivotable. A patient's leg can be received within a space defined between the adjustable arms and rested on the planar support apparatus. The leg support apparatus also includes a support shaft. The rail attachment mechanism includes a body and a plurality of attachment arms. The rail attachment mechanism can be secured to the rail of an operating table by hooking the arms of the rail attachment mechanism over the rail of the operating table. A slot formed within the body of the rail attachment mechanism receives the support shaft and enables the support shaft to be slid into and out of the slot for attachment and detachment of the leg support apparatus to the operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Perseus Athletics, LLC
    Inventor: Brian P. McKeon
  • Publication number: 20110289688
    Abstract: A pelvic support application apparatus for positioning a flexible pelvic support (300) adjacent a patient/casualty. The application apparatus comprises at least a first semi-rigid or rigid elongate planar element (100), and a means (204, 206) of releasably securing a flexible pelvic support (300) adjacent the planar element (100) such that, in use the planar element (100) and pelvic support (300) can be slid between a person and a surface against which the person is supported. The apparatus may also comprise a second elongate planar element (200) releasably attachable to the first elongate planar element (100). The second elongate element (200) may also be rigid or semi-rigid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Simon Lewis
  • Publication number: 20110197362
    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: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: David E. Chella, Paul J. Skavicus
  • Publication number: 20100263129
    Abstract: The present inventive subject matter is the method of use as well as a device or fixture for positioning and manipulating a patient's lower extremity for surgical and diagnostic procedures where alignment is critical and minute adjustments may be required. Once firmly attached to the operating table, the device prevents the patient's extremity from moving after the physician has selected the precise position for the elected procedure. This is achieved by a combination of a fracture reduction plate, posts, shimming blocks and an articulating and rotating frame or cradle with an adjustable and lockable rack and gear configuration and pivot joints attached to a foot assembly which acts as a leg and foot splint. The cradle is attached to the patient via a series of adjustable straps preventing the extremity from moving independently of the cradle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Emad Aboujaoude
  • Patent number: 7584516
    Abstract: A knee pillow assembly comprises a pillow and a tether assembly. The tether assembly comprises a tether and a waistband. The tether is supported in relation to the pillow at a first end and in relation to the waistband at a second end. The waistband is structured for attachment about a person's waist. The tether is adjustable in relation to the pillow so that the pillow may be positioned in relation to the waistband and between the person's knees to reduce the risk of the knees coming into contact. In accordance with a method of the invention, a waistband is attached to a person's waist by forming a first releasable knot with the waistband. A pillow is attached to the tether in relation to the pillow by forming a second releasable knot between a free end of the tether and a loop supported in relation to the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Ernest S. Sneed
  • Patent number: 7536735
    Abstract: A system configured to ensure a sleeping person remains in a desired position. The system includes a head pillow and a leg pillow. The head pillow includes a locating area configured to receive a portion of the head of the sleeping person. In addition, the head pillow includes a receiving area configured to receive a portion of an arm of the sleeping person. The leg pillow includes a receiving area configured to receive a portion of the leg of a sleeping person. The leg pillow is generally located between the legs of the person and maintains the legs in a substantially parallel and spaced relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Sharon P. Stump
  • Patent number: 7351216
    Abstract: Apparatus for suspending the calf and foot of a patient recumbent on a bed to relieve pressure on the thigh of the patient includes a leg lift unit in the form of a rigid, trough-like posterior shell shaped to engage under the patient's calf and foot. A bail having opposite ends is connected to the side walls of the shell so that the bail loops above the shell and a support frame extends up and over the bed. A cord hanging from the frame is releasably connected to the bail. By appropriately adjusting the position of the frame, the patient's calf may be subjected to the necessary amount of lift and/or tension to minimize localized pressure on the patient's thigh and buttock areas and to relieve compression forces on the patient's spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew C. Walsh
  • Patent number: 7296313
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an inflatable knee pillow including a body having an outer fabric surface, and an inflation valve, wherein the body defines straps (preferably two pairs of straps) and encloses a bladder (an inflatable volume), and the inflation valve is in fluid communication with the bladder. When deflated, the pillow has a thin profile and can be folded into a compact configuration. The straps are releasably fastenable around a user's leg so as to position an inflatable portion of the pillow against the inside of the user's knee (for example, to cushion and separate the user's knees from each other while the user sleeps on his or her side with the pillow inflated). Preferably, the body includes two sheets of multilayer material shaped and attached together so as to define the straps and the bladder, and the pillow has releasable fasteners (e.g., hook-and-loop fasteners) defined by or attached to the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Matthaus Hense
  • Patent number: 7118544
    Abstract: An elevation device for resiliently supporting an extremity of a patient that utilizes the packaging for the device to form the finished product. The elevation device includes a support cushion and a planar surface for supporting the support cushion at a desired elevation. At least one guide member is associated with the planar surface for positioning the support cushion on the planar surface. An orthopedic block comprising an upright foot block is removeably positioned on the support cushion and is held in place by buckling opposed ends of a web belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Scott L. Murray
  • Patent number: 7036169
    Abstract: A device for positioning at least one extremity of a patient during medical imaging is disclosed. The device comprises a radiotranslucent platform, at least one radiotranslucent support object, and at least one attachment to releasably secure the support object to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Mabel E. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6969193
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ankle and foot immobilizer has a base, a spine perpendicular to the base, and a shoulder perpendicular to both the base and spine. A foot cover is rotatably attached to the shoulder and engageable to the foot so that the sole is either resting upon the base to obtain a top view of the foot or so that the sole is resting against the spine to obtain a side-view of the foot. A vertical leg support that is releasably attached to the spine is provided to secure the leg in a vertical fashion. A horizontal leg support that is releasably attached to the spine is provided to secure the leg in a horizontal fashion. The base can have a cassette holder so that a separate cassette holder is not required. The immobilizer has an anchor that can be releasably secured to a standard x-ray table such as a suction cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Modern Way Immobilizers, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Pigg
  • Patent number: 6920657
    Abstract: An elevation device for resiliently supporting an extremity of a patient that utilizes the packaging for the device to form the finished product. The elevation device includes a support cushion and a planar surface for supporting the support cushion at a desired elevation. At least one guide member is associated with the planar surface for positioning the support cushion on the planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Scott L. Murray
  • Patent number: 6807697
    Abstract: A postural pillow for spacing apart a user's knees when the user is in a lateral recumbent position. The pillow is kidney-shaped, rendering it useful as both a knee pillow and as a cervical pillow for supporting the head and neck. The pillow is provided with two lateral straps positioned about the user's calf for securing the pillow to the knee area. A third strap extends longitudinally, fitting over the user's lower thigh just above the knee so as to prevent the pillow from slipping down the user's leg. The straps ensure the pillow remains in place between the user's knees when at rest or walking, while minimizing the tension placed upon the user's legs by the straps so as to ensure freedom of mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventors: Annie Roelofina Druery, Andrew Stuart Arthur Holland
  • Publication number: 20040172761
    Abstract: A postural pillow for spacing apart a user's knees when the user is in a lateral recumbent position. The pillow is kidney-shaped, rendering it useful as both a knee pillow and as a cervical pillow for supporting the head and neck. The pillow is provided with two lateral straps positioned about the user's calf for securing the pillow to the knee area. A third strap extends longitudinally, fitting over the user's lower thigh just above the knee so as to prevent the pillow from slipping down the user's leg. The straps ensure the pillow remains in place between the user's knees when at rest or walking, while minimizing the tension placed upon the user's legs by the straps so as to ensure freedom of mobility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Annie Roelofina Druery, Andrew Stuart Arthur Holland
  • Patent number: 6760936
    Abstract: The sleeping posture of a user is improved by the use of a cotton cushion (10) which is attached to one of the legs of the user by means of an elasticated tubular bandage (11) and fits between the two knees of the user when the user's legs are located one on top of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Guy Beechey Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20040093673
    Abstract: A device for positioning at least one extremity of a patient during medical imaging is disclosed. The device comprises a radiotranslucent platform, at least one radiotranslucent support object, and at least one attachment to releasably secure the support object to the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Mabel E. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6725481
    Abstract: A device for positioning a patient for medical imaging comprising an inclined surface comprising a radiotranslucent low end segment and a high end segment. The inclined surface comprises a concave-shaped recess for supporting the patient's torso at the low end segment and legs at the high end. The low end and high end of the inclined surface form an obtuse angle with respect to each other. The device also comprises at least one inclined surface support that may be attached to the inclined surface at the low end or, alternatively, to the high end. The support supports the inclined surface such that the high end has a height greater than the low end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Mabel E. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6640368
    Abstract: A therapeutic between the legs support pillow having a generally rectangular foot print when not in use, having a first surface and a second channeled surface opposite the first surface, the second channel surface having a plurality of intersecting channels cooperative with the thighs, knees and calves of an individual when the therapeutic between the legs pillow is folded upon its first surface, the therapeutic between the legs support pillow having a biasing means cooperable with the weight of the thighs, knees and calves so as to maintain proper spinal alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Stewart A. Roston
  • Patent number: 6634045
    Abstract: A heel elevating foam cushion is used to relieve heel pressure ulcers in patients confined to bed. The cushion elevates the lower legs and thereby supports the feet without any contact with the feet. Bolsters or palisades on either side of the cushion prevent the legs from falling from the bed, while allowing normal movement of the legs associated with cleaning of the patient, medical treatment of the limbs, etc. The surface of the cushion is covered by a waterproof covering. The cushion may be in a single use or multiple use configuration. A compression process is used to reduce the volume of the cushion by a factor of approximately eight, thereby allowing the convenient storage of cushions without the requirement for extensive storage facilities. The cushion finds application in treating persons with heel or foot pressure ulcers, in treatment of persons after orthopedic surgery, and in recovery from venous surgery for insufficient circulation in the lower limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventors: Matt DuDonis, Leslie Rowan
  • Publication number: 20030182726
    Abstract: A medical stirrup device includes a base adapted for fixed securement to an associated support member. The device further includes a gooseneck shaft member having a proximal end connected to the base and a distal end spaced from the base. The gooseneck shaft member is selectively manually bendable by an end-user into a curvilinear operative shape between an unbent linear position and a bendable limit of the gooseneck shaft member. A fastener is located at the distal end of the gooseneck shaft member. The fastener is adapted to engage a mating fastener of an associated limb support member to connect the associated limb support member to the shaft. In one version of the development, the shaft member includes first and second co-axial spiral-wound tubular members. In another version, the shaft has adjustable rigidity and is defined from a series of articulated links. A method of positioning a human limb for a medical procedure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventors: Saul P. Greenfield, Julian H. Wan, Clifford P. Limpert
  • Patent number: 6572573
    Abstract: A heel elevating device is adapted for being applied to the lower leg of a reclined patient to elevate the heel of the patient above a supporting surface. The heel elevating device includes a generally U-shaped lower leg support having a base and first and second opposed extensions. The extensions define an opening therebetween for receiving and supporting the lower leg of the patient. A comfort liner is secured to an interior of the lower leg support for cushioning the lower leg and providing a soft, protective surface against the skin of the patient. Adjustable fitting straps are provided for adjustably fitting the lower leg support to the lower leg of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Tharos LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Klein
  • Patent number: 6553995
    Abstract: The patient positioning kit described herein is a set of vinyl-coated polyurethane foam forms and storage unit. The kit functions to support injured patient extremities during specific surgical procedures. The kit may be tailored to certain surgical specialties such as orthopedic traumatology or orthopedic sports medicine. For the given surgical specialty, each kit is composed of foam forms specifically for the most often performed surgical procedures within that specialty. Each kit contains a significant variety of support pieces such that various patient sizes and extremity positions may be stabilized. Both arm and leg associated procedures are facilitated by component pieces of the patient positioning kit. The kit pieces are coated with a polymeric material that forms a protective shell that increases piece durability and reduces fluid uptake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventors: Peter Alexander Cole, Douglas Eric Parsell
  • Patent number: 6523201
    Abstract: The sleep support 10 of the present invention is a pillow-like device that includes a first rest plane 11, and second rest plane 13, such that the first rest plane 11 and the second rest plane 13 intersect. Associated with the first rest plane 11 is a thickness t1 and associated with the second rest plane 13 is a thickness t2, such that t1 and t2 are different. The sleep support 10 further defines a long axis 17 and a short axis 18. The long axis 17 is approximately parallel to the second rest plane 13 and the short axis 18 is approximately parallel to the first rest plane 11. The short axis 18 thus defines the orientation of the first rest plane 11 and the long axis 17 thus defines the orientation of the second rest plane 13. The long axis 17 forms an internal angle &THgr; that, preferably, is nominally a right angle with the short axis 18, where the long axis 17 and the short axis 18 intersect. Thus, the sleep support 10 is generally “L-shaped”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Eliza A. De Michele
  • Patent number: 6446285
    Abstract: A stretcher table assembly is provided for attachment over an ambulance stretcher. The stretcher table assembly includes a tiltable support surface for securing emergency medical equipment used during an emergency thereon. The tiltable support surface may be inclined to permit technicians to more easily view the equipment secured thereon. Additionally, the support surface has a grid of holes upon which anchoring devices may be positioned. The anchoring devices permit emergency medical equipment to quickly and easily secure to the support surface without the need of adjusting a strap or buckle. A pair of legs extends away from the support frame and has attachment feet for engaging the rails of the stretcher. Each of the legs is secured to the rails by an attached securing mechanism. The securing device releasably holds the tiltable stretcher table assembly in place over the stretcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: FernO-Washington, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Chinn
  • Patent number: 6182311
    Abstract: An assembly of two therapeutic support pillows is provided: one pillow for placement between the thighs and another pillow for placement between the calves of a person resting on his or her side. The shapes of the pillows are carefully designed to closely conform to the shape of the human legs. Means are provided, which do not come between the knees, for connecting the two pillows together. Means are also provided for attaching the pillows to the user's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventors: Richard Lawrence Buchanan, Luigi Anthony Daniel Berdusco
  • Patent number: 6154905
    Abstract: A stress reducing device is defined by a dual use orthopedic pillow having a low density polyurethane foam outer region, a high density polyurethane foam middle region that are provided in removably attachable layers, so that the size of the device may be adjusted to accommodate different sizes and preferences of individual users. The pillow advantageously includes leg clasps for securely engaging the inner thighs of an individual in a sideling position defined by a stem and a pair of crescent shaped buttresses. The buttresses resist rotation to the prone and supine lying positions. The high foam within the stem separates the knees to reduce spinal stress. Advantageously, a supine sleeping position is added by positioning said pillow under the legs to flatten out the spine while supporting the legs at the thigh and calf regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Larry G. Frydman
  • Patent number: 6149613
    Abstract: A heel elevating device is adapted for being applied to the lower leg of a reclined patient to elevate the heel of the patient above a supporting surface. The heel elevating device includes a generally U-shaped lower leg support having a base and first and second opposed extensions. The extensions define an opening therebetween for receiving and supporting the lower leg of the patient. A comfort liner is secured to an interior of the lower leg support for cushioning the lower leg and providing a soft, protective surface against the skin of the patient. Adjustable fitting straps are provided for adjustably fitting the lower leg support to the lower leg of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Tharos LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Klein
  • Patent number: 6032669
    Abstract: A surgical support for positioning a patient's lateral thighs during liposuction thereof. The support comprises an elongate pillow positionable between the thighs of the patient such that a respective one of the patient's lateral thighs is maintained in an upwardly-oriented position and abducted from the patients body such that the greater trochanter of the femur of such abducted leg is rotated interiorally and medially to such a degree that pseudobulging of the greater trochanter is eliminated or substantially minimized. The pillow preferably includes a tapered proximal end oriented to be positioned towards the crotch of the patient and a gradually upwardly-extending distal end that defines a top support surface upon which the lateral thigh is intra-operatively positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Klein
  • Patent number: 6026812
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable, positional limb support device having a limb supporter coupled to a base that supports the limb supporter. The combination contains at least one cam and a notched, load-bearing camming surface for each cam, so that the limb supporter can be adjusted in its longitudinal and vertical axes relative to the base, providing a limb support device that is capable of assuming a number of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Equip for Independence, Inc.
    Inventors: Walda B. Lipson, Carl Yurdin
  • Patent number: 6003175
    Abstract: A lateral decubitus positioning device with a detachable limb support including an L-shaped rigid member that has a back portion and a base portion. The back portion of the L-shaped rigid member has a plurality of elongated back slots. The base portion of the L-shaped rigid member has a plurality of base slots. A pad member is sized for positioning onto an interior face of the base portion of the L-shaped rigid member. A ridged J-shaped member that has a cradle portion and a cradle extent is provided. A cradle support has a lateral channel. The cradle support is coupled to the cradle extent of the J-shaped member with an adjustment knob positioned through the lateral channel and the cradle extent. A spacer member is fixedly attached to the cradle support and sized to be positioned within one of the back slots of the L-shaped rigid member. Finally, a locking bar secures the cradle support to the L-shaped rigid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Denver Couch
  • Patent number: 5957874
    Abstract: A heel elevating device is adapted for being applied to the lower leg of a reclined patient to elevate the heel of the patient above a supporting surface. The heel elevating device includes a generally U-shaped lower leg support having a base and first and second opposed extensions. The extensions define an opening therebetween for receiving and supporting the lower leg of the patient. A comfort liner is secured to an interior of the lower leg support for cushioning the lower leg and providing a soft, protective surface against the skin of the patient. Adjustable fitting straps are provided for adjustably fitting the lower leg support to the lower leg of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Tharos LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Klein
  • Patent number: 5839139
    Abstract: A heel support for supporting an person's extremity includes an inflatable air bag having three panels, a middle panel and two side panels. An upper surface of the middle panel has a smaller radius of curvature than upper surfaces of the side panels. The panels are connected together in a manner which allows the two side panels to collapse inwardly toward the bottom panel. The side panels fold inwardly toward one another and are secured by an attachment means, preferably hook-and-loop strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: John Fink
    Inventor: John Fink
  • Patent number: 5836026
    Abstract: An orthopedic trapeze for a hospital bed for use with an overhead frame bar. The orthopedic trapeze includes an upper base assembly mounted on the overhead frame bar, a lower base assembly attached to the upper base assembly. The upper base assembly can slide linearly upon the overhead frame bar, the lower base assembly can rotate 360 degrees in a horizontal plane with respect to the upper base assembly, and the trapeze bar can slide linearly within the lower base assembly, giving the trapeze handle the ability to be positioned anywhere over the hospital bed, including the ability to be positioned past the edges of the bed. In the absence of any external weight on the trapeze handle the lower base assembly and trapeze bar and trapeze handle will rotate freely, while a weight placed on the trapeze handle will lock the lower base assembly in position. A patient can therefore position the trapeze handle at any desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventor: Michael C. Reed
  • Patent number: 5791000
    Abstract: A support device is disclosed that includes a base attached to two spaced straps with a plurality of adjustable footholds. The support device permits users to maintain a seated position with their legs drawn up on a bed or other support surface without requiring any effort or exertion on the part of the user to retain their legs in this position. The device does not require attachment to the support surface, but rather depends upon the user's own weight to anchor the base and support the user's feet and legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Lily Noyes
  • Patent number: 5745939
    Abstract: A leg rest for supporting a patient's legs while the patient is lying on a bed and during turning or otherwise managing the patient. The leg rest includes a pair of trough portions for receiving the patient's legs and a raised central portion and a pair of raised side portions for keeping the legs apart and restraining sideways leg movement. The central and side portions extend beyond the trough portions for restraining sideways movement of the patient's feet as the patient's legs rest on the trough portions with the patient's feet projecting beyond the trough portions for pressure relief of the patient's heels. The leg rest may be inflatable so that it may be inexpensively produced and disposable and so that its pressure may be adjusted for patient comfort. The leg rest may be contained within a case which has a bib for underlying the patient's upper legs to prevent slippage of the leg rest out of position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Gaymar Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland E. Flick, John K. Whitney
  • Patent number: 5718011
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a baby by supporting him/her by a flat cushioned surface at a parallel relationship with respect to a supporting ground. A rectangular frame supports the cushioned surface. Two elongated members are hingedly mounted to one end of the frame that includes a bay inbetween the elongated members. Straps are slidably and adjustably mounted over the length of the frame and elongated members. The angular position of the elongated members with respect to the flat cushioned surface is adjustable to one of several predetermined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Inventor: Nelson E. Nogues
  • Patent number: 5687742
    Abstract: A knee extension device and method for using same for rehabilitating an injured knee by gradually extending the knee into a straightened position is disclosed. The knee extension device includes an elongated body member, a lower leg support member attached to the body member, and pressure applying strap capable of being wrapped around the body member. A leg is positioned on the body member with the lower portion of the leg resting on the support member. Pressure is selectively applied to the leg using the pressure applying strap to gradually force the knee towards a straightened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventor: Lanny L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5603692
    Abstract: A foot drop leg splint used to stabilize a patient's foot who suffers from drop foot when at rest. The splint has a rigid support frame with a contoured foam insert with removable straps to hold the splint on the patient. An adjustable rotational restraint is selectively deployed from the splint to prevent axial rotation of the leg and foot when required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Richard H. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 5603336
    Abstract: A footbox for medical patient's that is placed at the foot of their bed. It has a horizontal base having a rear wall extending up from its rear end. Two pairs of laterally spaced walls form a left foot receptacle and a right foot receptacle and they extend from the rear wall. The three walls forming each of the respective foot receptacles have foam pads lining their inner surfaces to provide cushioning for the patient's feet. A cushioned pad extends across the width of the base in front of the respective left and right foot receptacles and is of such a height that the patient's heel will not contact the top surface of the base inside the respective foot receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Frank G. Shepich
  • Patent number: 5582379
    Abstract: An adjustable limb support system is provided for an operating room table to adjustably orient and position a stirrup or boot. The support system provides an adjustable support in combination with a vertically adjustable support. The vertically adjustable support includes a support arm, a ratchet wheel, a lock pin, and a ratchet release. The support arm is connected to a housing which both rotate about the ratchet wheel in a rotational plane extending upwardly and outwardly from the operating room table for automatic abduction. The lock pin engages the ratchet wheel and allows the support arm to be rotated upwardly but not downwardly. The ratchet release disengages the lock pin and allows the support to be rotated downwardly. The support arm can thus ratchet upwardly to fixed vertical positions and be lowered only by disengaging the lock pin. The adjustable support includes a retaining block, a compression block, and a compression head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems
    Inventors: Yury Keselman, George E. Skinner, Richard R. Navarro
  • Patent number: 5418991
    Abstract: A therapeutic appliance includes an elongate central cushion, four elongate peripheral cushions and opposing seams for interconnecting sets of two of the peripheral cushions to each other and to opposing sides of the central cushion. In one embodiment, the central and peripheral cushions collectively form a generally X-shaped configuration when viewed in transverse cross-section. In another embodiment, the central cushion can be eliminated so that the axes of the peripheral cushions lie at the corners of a rectangle when viewed in transverse cross-section. Each of the peripheral cushions is preferably of cylindrical configuration so as to provide snug support of a limb of a patient therebetween and prevent slippage of the appliance away from the patient during sleep, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Inventor: Diana C. Shiflett