Support For Users Body Or Part Thereof Patents (Class 5/652)
  • Patent number: 9434126
    Abstract: An odor controlling device includes a panel structure to which an adjustable holding component is detachably secured. The panel structure includes at least one layer. The at least one layer includes double woven activated charcoal fiber cloth. The panel structure may have another layer which includes a flexible foam material positioned below the charcoal fiber cloth. The foam material may be incorporated with a suitable and effective odor absorbing, neutralizing, controlling, removing and/or adsorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Erwin B. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150143636
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cushioning device that includes a plurality of fluid cells each containing fluid for supporting a load. The cushioning device further includes a manifold system interconnecting the plurality of fluid cells, a first reservoir, and a second reservoir connected to the first reservoir in series. The first and second reservoirs are connected with a pressure relief valve allowing fluid to escape from the first reservoir to the second reservoir when the pressure in the first reservoir exceeds a threshold and a check valve allowing fluid to flow back from the second reservoir to the first reservoir. Further disclosed is a method of cushioning a body with a cushioning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20150143628
    Abstract: A patient positioning system for use with a patient on a bed includes a sheet having a bottom surface configured to be placed above the supporting surface of the bed and a top surface opposite the bottom surface, and a wedge having a base wall, a ramp surface, and a back wall, with the ramp surface joined to the base wall to form an apex. The wedge is positioned under the sheet such that the base wall confronts the supporting surface of the bed and the ramp surface confronts the bottom surface of the sheet. The bottom surface of the sheet and the ramp surface of the wedge have engagement members forming a selective gliding assembly that resists movement of the sheet with respect to the wedge in at least one direction and permits movement of the sheet with respect to the wedge in at least one other direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Paul M. Fowler, Craig S. Golden
  • Patent number: 9032571
    Abstract: The invention discloses a body cushioning pad, a body contact mat and a multi-layered cushioning structure composed of the body cushioning pad and the body contact mat. The cushioning pad consists of a plurality of foam blocks, each provided with an internal cavity having a predetermined size and shape to control the firmness of the block and means for maintaining the foam blocks as a unit. The body contact mat is a bi-dimensional latticed structure of spaced-apart studs made of a compressible material linked together by flexible linking elements. The multi-layered cushioning structure comprises both the cushioning pad and the body contact mat, and a wrapper to wrap the cushioning pad and the contact mat together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nubatech Inc.
    Inventors: Denis Rancourt, Jean-Luc Lessard, Marc Denninger, Nicolas Huppe, Paule Cousineau-Pelletier
  • Publication number: 20150089744
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a Compartmented Cushioning Device and Method offering one or more cool or warm feeling compartments, formed between or surrounded by one or more components, with each component, including filler material encased in surface material. The presence of one or more compartment openings provide access to the one or more compartments; whereby a user has multiple options when placing all or part of one or more of their fingers, hands, wrists, or arms into either the same or separate compartments to cushion, insulate, or protect them; while in addition, allowing the user to cushion, insulate, or protect, as well as support, adjust, or precisely position their head, face, or other parts of their body. An assortment of configurations, ranging from soft to firm, can be designed in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes, for a wide variety of uses: indoors, outdoors, or in vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Moses
  • Patent number: 8990987
    Abstract: A layered cushion that may be fully disassembled for easy cleaning is disclosed herein. The sleep system is durable and fire retardant. The layered cushion may include a foam layer, a layer of void cells, and a cover. The foam permits fluids to move freely there through and contours to a user's body to maximize comfort and reduce interface pressure. The reticulated foam layer resists compression set and thermosetting. The layer of void cells also permits fluids to move freely there through and provide additional support to the user's body. The individual void cells of the void cell layer are perforated to allow the transmission of fluids there through. The cover couples the other layers together to form the layered cushion and prevents the layers from deteriorating. The cover is removable to permit cleaning each of the layers independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Thomas Wyman, Daniel Antonio Feighery, Eric William Sugano, Peter Foley, Thomas Manney, Collin Metzer, Gerald Michael Buchen, John Marcel Danis
  • Patent number: 8984688
    Abstract: An inflatable resting pillow comprises two inflatable compartments, the lower compartment providing a base to support the attached upper compartment; both compartments being separately inflatable. The upper compartment provides an opening facing the user for receiving the user's head with a number of inner support surfaces providing lateral, longitudinal and vertical stability. The upper compartment also includes lateral passageways allowing air circulation to the implanted face of the user, and other passageways for the user's arms by which to keep the device in stable contact with the user's body and to also provide means for the user to rest on the forearms to provide a stable and comfortable resting position with the person's head and upper body leaning forward upon the upper compartment; the combination of support structures designed to render stable support of the reposing user while achieving and maintaining optimum spinal alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gateway Global Limited
    Inventor: Jimmy Arifino Ibrahim
  • Publication number: 20150052683
    Abstract: A cellular cushioning system includes cells or support units arranged in one or more stacked arrays. The cells are hollow chambers that resist deflection due to compressive forces, similar to compression springs. The arrays are attached to one or more intermedial binding layers. The intermedial binding layer(s) links the cells together while allowing the cells to deform independently of one another. An external load compresses of one of the void cells within an independent compression range without significantly compressing at least one void cell adjacent the compressed void cell. The independent compression range is the displacement range of the compressed void cell that does not significantly affect the compression of adjacent void cells. If the void cell is compressed beyond the independent compression range, the intermedial binding layers may be deflected and/or the void cells adjacent the compressed void cell may be compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Eric W. Sugano, Collin Metzer, Peter M. Foley, Eric T. DiFelice, Bryant R. Hadden
  • Publication number: 20150040327
    Abstract: A body support cushion, such as a mattress, mattress topper or overlay, or pillow, is comprised of a layer of flexible foam and further has a volume of gelatinous material, e.g., elastomer gel, applied to a surface thereof. The gelatinous material alters a physical property, such as firmness or feel, of the layer of flexible foam. The gelatinous material can be applied in a number of ways including, but not limited to a spray application whereupon the spray force can be used to control how much gelatinous material penetrates into the layer of foam. The foam layer may be comprised of reticulated or non-reticulated foam. The foam layer may also be comprised of viscoelastic or non-viscoelastic foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Tom Mikkelsen
  • Publication number: 20150020316
    Abstract: One exemplary aspect of the present disclosure relates to, among other things, a tunable cushion including a core made of a polymer material, and at least one topper layer adjacent the core, which is also made of a polymer material. Further, the core and the at least one topper layer provide a cushion assembly having a support factor of less than or equal to 4 with an Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) determined using a 4 inch batt sample of the cushion assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Surendra Khambete
  • Publication number: 20150020315
    Abstract: A pad structure contains a pad unit having a lateral gap formed along a peripheral side thereof. The pad unit has a first pad body and a second pad body which are at least partially spaced apart from each other by the lateral gap. The pad unit is used as a pillow and has two pad bodies for increasing support capability. In addition, the lateral gap between the two pad bodies can absorb a part of deformation. In other words, the two pad bodies flexibly expend and retract in the lateral gap so as to prevent the pad unit from depression and deformation and to well support a user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: MIN-CHIA CHANG
  • Patent number: 8931127
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a Compartmented Cushioning Device and Method offering one or more cool or warm feeling compartments, formed between or surrounded by one or more components, with each component, including filler material encased in surface material. The presence of one or more compartment openings provide access to the one or more compartments; whereby a user has multiple options when placing all or part of one or more of their fingers, hands, wrists, or arms into either the same or separate compartments to cushion, insulate, or protect them; while in addition, allowing the user to cushion, insulate, or protect, as well as support, adjust, or precisely position their head, face, or other parts of their body. An assortment of configurations, ranging from soft to firm, can be designed in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes, for a wide variety of uses: indoors, outdoors, or in vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Moses
  • Publication number: 20150000041
    Abstract: A body support is provided for a support structure. The body support includes a top plate, a bottom plate, and plurality of elastic cushions. The top plate includes a first planar surface, while the bottom plate includes a second planar surface facing the first planar surface. The plurality of elastic cushions is disposed between and positioned to engage the top plate and the bottom plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riach, Pete Edwards, Adam Fodor
  • Publication number: 20140366271
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for positioning a patient on an operating table. The patient positioning system includes a positioning pad having a body formed from a compressible material including a slip-resistant surface, a first end and a second end. The body has a thickness which increases from the first end of the positioning pad to the second end of the positioning pad. A plurality of tethers is fixedly secured to the body. Each of the tethers includes a fastening member adapted to secure the body to an operating table. The body includes a transverse cut which extends transversely from one side wall of the body to an opposite side wall of the body. The system also includes a sheet positioned within the transverse cut of the body of the positioning pad spaced from the slip-resistant surface of the positioning pad and at least one strap for securing the patient to the operating table. The positioning pad may include a perforated section to mirror a perineal cutout of an operating table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen Marshall, Byron Wesley Kerns
  • Patent number: 8910331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cushion for preventing pressure sore. The cushion for preventing pressure sore includes an air cell layer, an air passage layer, a base layer, and a plurality of air ducts. The air cell layer has a plurality of air cells; the air cell layer is divided into at least four air cell zones. Air cells in each air cell zone are in communication with each other, but air cells in any two adjacent air cell zones are not in communication with each other; the air passage layer is under the air cell layer and has a plurality of air passages therein. Each air passage is in connection and communication with at least one of the air cell zones; the air passage layer and the air cell layer are disposed on the base layer; an end of each air duct is in communication with a corresponding air passage, and the other end extends out of the cushion and is provided with a joint; and each air duct has a respective valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Shanghai Chuangshi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd., Xi'an Jiatong University
    Inventors: Jue Wang, Litao Fan, Yong You, Sujiao Li, Jianshu Tian, Yuchen Guo, Le Li
  • Patent number: 8904584
    Abstract: A cellular cushioning system includes cells or support units arranged in one or more stacked arrays. The cells are hollow chambers that resist deflection due to compressive forces, similar to compression springs. The arrays are attached to one or more intermedial binding layers. The intermedial binding layer(s) links the cells together while allowing the cells to deform independently of one another. An external load compresses of one of the void cells within an independent compression range without significantly compressing at least one void cell adjacent the compressed void cell. The independent compression range is the displacement range of the compressed void cell that does not significantly affect the compression of adjacent void cells. If the void cell is compressed beyond the independent compression range, the intermedial binding layers may be deflected and/or the void cells adjacent the compressed void cell may be compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Sugano, Collin Metzer, Peter M. Foley, Eric T. DiFelice, Bryant R. Hadden
  • Publication number: 20140317856
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include cushioning assemblies with thermoplastic elements encapsulated in thermoset providing customizable support and airflow. A cushioning assembly for a cushion provides cushioning and support for a user. Thermoplastic elements are encapsulated within a thermoset matrix to provide additional support at specific sections of the cushion. The shape and location of the thermoplastic elements may be configured to provide the support and cushioning characteristics desired by a user. The thermoplastic elements may include air passageways in communication with the outside. In this manner, support is provided precisely where needed for the user, the weight and expense of the cushion is reduced by eliminating expensive redundant support, and the heat and humidity that can cause user discomfort is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Noel Group LLC
    Inventor: Michael Allman
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140289964
    Abstract: A sleep system includes a sleep surface with a customized profile. The profile of the sleep surface is particularly and specifically designed to maintain a proper sleeping position for an individual. The sleeping surface can include two or more portions that have configurations that ensure the straight alignment of the spine for a person sleeping on the sleep surface. This type of sleep system is customized to each person and, thus, provides a beneficial sleeping position that is individualized and provides the best support for the particular sleeper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jon Dodd
  • Publication number: 20140284988
    Abstract: The invention provides a seat cushion for an individual suffering from loss of sensation in the buttocks but having sensation in higher regions of the trunk. The cushion may be used, for example, in individuals who have undergone spinal cord injury (SCI). The seat cushion is formed from a flexible material and includes two closed systems containing a fluid. Each closed system includes a one or more buttock cells and one or more lateral cells, each buttock cell of the system being in fluid communication with at least one of the lateral cells of the system. The buttock cells determine a cushion layer and at least a portion of the lateral cells is above the cushion layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Amit Gefen
  • Patent number: 8832879
    Abstract: The female cushion/pillow support devices described herein may provide comfort and/or support to a woman's breasts while lying in a prone position, e.g., on their stomach. For example, the support devices herein may enhance comfort for women after an operation and/or experiencing other medical issues, women with breast augmentation, and the like, to facilitate them lying in the prone position. In addition, the support devices may protect the breasts when flattened by the woman's weight. The support device may have a thickness sufficient to raise the user's body away from the support surface to reduce or substantially eliminate pressure on the breasts received within the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Ilse Rubio
  • Publication number: 20140257402
    Abstract: A device for positioning a patient on a surgical table for a surgical procedure includes a main body with a footprint-receiving portion configured to accept and permanently maintain a footprint of at least a portion of a contact tissue of a patient's body. The footprint imposes a desired position of the contact tissue for the surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Wael K. Barsoum
  • Publication number: 20140232406
    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: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Dennis K Everett
  • Publication number: 20140208516
    Abstract: Embodiments of a fluid absorption and distribution enhancement (FADE) product comprises at least one flow media layer, and at least one superabsorbent polymer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CORNERSTONE RESEARCH GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Sunday, Joseph H. Althaus, Brian E. Henslee, Benjamin C. Mac Murray
  • Patent number: 8776798
    Abstract: Method and devices for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers are described in which a portable support assembly may be worn by a bed-stricken individual around particular regions of the body where pressure ulcers tend to form. The portable support assembly may generally include one or more individual fluid filled pods which are enclosed entirely within an inner fluid pad localized along a central portion. Both the one or more pods and inner fluid pad are then enclosed entirely by another layer of fluid within an outer fluid pad which extends over the entire assembly. Each of the fluid layers may be secured to an outer shell which is relatively stiffer than the fluid layers and may restrict or limit the expansion or movement of the fluid pods and/or fluid pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Y. Choi, Nikhil Bhat
  • Patent number: 8776292
    Abstract: A pillow having a resilient pillow body with a sound transmitting passageway extending through the pillow to bring sound from outside the pillow through an inlet in the side of the pillow to an outlet in the central area of the top of the pillow so that a person using the pillow, with his ear on the outlet, can hear the sound. The passageway has an inlet section leading from the inlet into the pillow which section forms an exponential acoustic horn to amplify and clarify the sound transmitted by the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Richard T. Ryan, Paul Regan
  • Patent number: 8763181
    Abstract: A multipurpose mat including: a first side made from a water-resistant material; a second side fixedly secured to the first side and made from an absorbent material; a plurality of first straps fixedly secured to the first side; and a plurality of second straps fixedly secured to the second side. The first and second sides form a perimeter including first and second protrusions with a recess between the first and second protrusions. Respective straps in the plurality of first straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of first straps. Respective straps in the plurality of second straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of second straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Penfold, Nicole Penfold
  • Patent number: 8756733
    Abstract: A disposable gel pad for cushioning the plate of an operating table's patient support apparatus is a block of gel with one face of the block adapted to locate the pad on the plate. Usually the pad will be enclosed in a film envelope. A pocket in the envelope allows the pad to engage the plate. Stick on patches which provide a pocket and sacroiliac pads axe variants. Sacroiliac pads can be cast with a soft gel front for patient contact joined to a hard gel rear for screw or bayonet fixing to the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Noel Robert Hughes, John Robert Copeland
  • Patent number: 8752221
    Abstract: A support apparatus configured to support a prone user in a position that is conducive to interacting with a media item that is also supported thereon. The apparatus includes an upper body support that is configured to support an upper body of a prone user. The upper body support includes a base support member that provides a cushioned surface. The upper body support includes a chest support member extending upwardly from the base support member. The apparatus includes a strip extending frontwardly from the upper body support. The strip is a sheet of flexible material is a width that is substantially equal to the base support member. The apparatus includes a media support member that is coupled to the strip, opposite of the upper body support. The media support member includes a media support structure that is configured to support a media item in a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Melissa Diane Ortega
  • Patent number: 8732880
    Abstract: A diaper changing station assembly includes a mat that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The peripheral edge includes a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side. A top pad is attached to and covers a portion of the top side. A bottom pad has a top surface, a bottom surface and a peripheral edge. The bottom surface is attached to and covers a portion of the bottom side. A portion of the bottom pad is unattached to the mat adjacent to the peripheral edge to define a bag pocket extending between the mat and the bottom pad. The bag is removable from the pocket after the soiled diaper is changed to receive the mat. The bag is configured to receive the soiled diaper for disposal of the mat and the soiled diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Chante L. Carrothers-Smith
  • Patent number: 8732873
    Abstract: A portable baby changing station fabricated from a soft, flexible material for changing diapers in automobiles. When fully extended, it provides a soft surface to rest a baby while changing a diaper. In this mode, the head end is affixed to the rear portion of the back seat by a fastener such as Velcro. One or more netted pockets are positioned at the head end to hold diapers and changing supplies. Once the baby has a new diaper, the changing station folds up into a compact shape while remaining fastened to the back seat. It is held in the closed position by fasteners such as Velcro or snaps. It is always affixed to the automobile, and always ready to unfold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Rose Marie Iskowitz
  • Publication number: 20140130264
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide: a cushion cell with a new structure which is designed to disperse stresses when the cushion cell is in an inflated state such that excellent durability is achieved and in which a large support area for the human body can be obtained with excellent space efficiency relative to a square shaped space for disposal in an inflated state; and a cushion body with a new structure using the same. The cushion cell is formed with a fluid chamber inside and the height of the cushion cell can be changed by adjusting the pressure in the fluid chamber. The planer shape of the cushion cell in a deflated state is a square shape, and each side part has a curved shape protruding outwards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: TOKAI RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Akitsugu MISAKI, Takahiro KODA
  • 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: 8678007
    Abstract: A patient support system for a wheelchair is provided. At least a portion of the patient support system components form a no-air-loss patient support surface. At least one fluid pump can supply air pressure to a plurality of no-air-loss air cells, and at least one pressure release valve can release air pressure from the no-air-loss air cells. A computer can compare air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure set point and can modulate the air pressure by actuating the at least one fluid pump and/or the at least one pressure release valve to bring the air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure. After the initial air pressure adjustments are made and the desired air pressure is achieved, no further adjustments during the operation are able to be made by the computer so that the patient positioned thereon the patient support system will not be moved by the patient support system during an operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Winston Allen Porter, III
  • Patent number: 8677532
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Exodus Traffic Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Desiree Legare
  • Patent number: 8678006
    Abstract: A patient support system for an operating room table is provided. At least a portion of the patient support system components form a no-air-loss patient support surface. At least one fluid pump can supply air pressure to a plurality of no-air-loss air cells, and at least one pressure release valve can release air pressure from the no-air-loss air cells. A computer can compare air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure set point and can modulate the air pressure by actuating the at least one fluid pump and/or the at least one pressure release valve to bring the air pressure within the air cells to a desired air pressure. After the initial air pressure adjustments are made and the desired air pressure is achieved, no further adjustments during the operation are able to be made by the computer so that the patient positioned thereon the patient support system will not be moved by the patient support system during an operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Winston Allen Porter, III
  • Patent number: 8672401
    Abstract: An automotive bolster pillow for providing a barrier that prevents personal items from falling into a gap between a vehicle seat and a center console. The device comprises an elongated pillow adapted to be pressed into the seat/console gap and optionally have an attached insertion tab or seat belt securement loop. Tab insertion or loop attachment limits the bolster freedom of movement such that the apparatus stays securely in place while the vehicle is in motion. The compressible nature of the interior pillow stuffing material provides users with a comfortable cushion for the driver or passenger while its outward appearance is that of a decorative bolster pillow that matches the interior decor. The device provides a boundary to prevent personal articles and loose change from falling into the seat/console gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Catherine Schreiber
  • Patent number: 8661586
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing therapeutic treatment for symptoms associated with GERD and/or other digestive disorders and/or other medical conditions are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a support element that has a first end portion and a second end portion and a top surface disposed at an angle relative to a bottom surface of the support element. The second end portion has a height greater than the first end portion. A riser element is configured to be coupled proximate to the second end portion of the support element. A body element is configured to be disposed on at least one of the support element or the riser element. The body element has a first arm and a second arm connected together by an arc portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amenity Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Melcher, Aaron Clark, Clint Erickson
  • Patent number: 8661587
    Abstract: A generally C-shaped infant support pillow ideal for small, premature or disabled infants. The pillow comprises a center section with two curved arms. The arms may be the same length or one may be longer than the other. Preferably, the end of one arm is receivable in a recess formed in or near the end of the other arm, so that the pillow has an open and a closed position. The arms may have opposing, inwardly-extending bulges that divide the central well into a larger and a smaller secondary well. The inner perimeter of the center section may be elasticized to “hug” the infant. The pillow may include a strap that extends from one arm and attaches to the other. The strap can be stored in a pocket and then unfurled and removably connected to the other arm to hold the ends of the pillow together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8640290
    Abstract: An adjustable breast support apparatus and method of use having a base, an upright support, and one or more breast supporter assemblies having breast supports for supporting the breasts and easing the weight and strain placed upon a user's back and torso. The base rests or attaches with a table, a chair, or another structure or the base may be mounted with the user's belt. The breast supports are shaped to comfortably conform to the underside of the users breasts. A retaining strap holder and retaining strap allow for a third point of support whereby the apparatus is further secured with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Randall D. Avett, Sarah E. Deweese
  • Patent number: 8595872
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventor: Kristin A. Tidwell
  • Publication number: 20130312190
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow designed to address the limitations in current available shoulder pillows. An orthopedic pillow according to at least one embodiment of the present disclosure has a bottom surface bounded by a leading edge, a trailing edge, and first and second side edges; a first end surface intersecting with the leading edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; a second end surface intersecting with the trailing edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; and a contoured upper surface extending from the first side edge to second side edge, the contoured upper surface intersecting with the first end surface and the second end surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Bieniek, Kristi Bieniek
  • Patent number: 8590078
    Abstract: Support structures which can be placed around the waist of a user, for example a mother nursing twins. A front member and a rear member cooperate to provide an openable enclosure which can first be placed around, and then closed around, the waist of the user. The front member provides a platform which is in front of the user and on which are placed one or more babies, or other items desired by the user. The platform has desired characteristics, for example a first surface which is horizontal and a second surface which is inclined towards the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew R. Zenoff
  • Publication number: 20130291307
    Abstract: A device for lying or sitting on includes a frame and also a covering which is stretched over the frame and defines a surface for lying or sitting on of the device for lying or sitting on. A tensioning device is adapted to interact with the frame and/or the covering in order to vary the pre-tensioning force which acts upon the covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Andreas BAATZ
  • Patent number: 8572779
    Abstract: The pillow includes upper and lower substantially identical fabric sections, each having a peripheral edge with a gusset extending therebetween. A zipper assembly includes a gusset zipper portion and a pillow zipper portion which extends around substantially the entire periphery of the pillow from the end of the gusset zipper portion to a terminating point just before the end of the gusset zipper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Coast Feather Company
    Inventors: Janice Pratt, André Marie Cabrera
  • Patent number: 8561232
    Abstract: A configurable cushion device is provided that protects from injury or discomfort caused by items in contact with a person. In one embodiment, the device includes a cushioned pillow wrapped in a protective case that includes a plurality of fastener straps for attaching the device to an object such as a seat belt. The protective case may include an internal or external pocket and may be made of a frictional material or include one or more grippers that provide additional friction against the object to keep the cushion device in a desired location with respect to the object or the person. The cushion device may also include a strap with a connector to allow the device to be secured around a larger object such as the waist of a person. The device may also include a drape cloth that is secured to the interior of the protective case and can be taken out and draped around an object or a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Owie Pillow, LLC
    Inventor: Kristine Elizabeth Currier
  • Patent number: 8549684
    Abstract: A cushioning element has a first gelastic cushion element made from a flexible, resilient, gel cushioning media having shape memory. The first gelastic cushion element has a first hub section, and a first spoke and a second spoke. Each spoke has a proximal end that extends from the first hub section. Each distal end and the spoke area between the distal end and the proximal end does not interconnect to the other spoke, and/or a second gelastic cushion element having a second hub section and corresponding spokes. Each distal end is positioned near and/or contacts the second gelastic cushion element. At least one of the first hub section, the first spoke and the second spoke is capable of buckling beneath a protuberance that is located on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Joel T. Jusiak
  • Patent number: 8539624
    Abstract: A climate controlled seat assembly includes a seat cushion that has an outer surface with a first side for supporting an occupant in a seated position and a second side, which generally faces in an opposite direction than the first side. An air passage extends from the first side to the second side of the seat cushion. A support member has a first side that is configured to provide support to the seat cushion and a second side. the first side and the second side of the support member generally face in opposite directions. A distribution passage is in communication with the air passage and is formed at least in part by a recess formed at least in part in one of the first side of the support member and the second side of the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: John Terech, David Marquette
  • Publication number: 20130198962
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing therapeutic treatment for symptoms associated with GERD and/or other digestive disorders and/or other medical conditions are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a support element that has a first end portion and a second end portion and a top surface disposed at an angle relative to a bottom surface of the support element. The second end portion has a height greater than the first end portion. A riser element is configured to be coupled proximate to the second end portion of the support element. A body element is configured to be disposed on at least one of the support element or the riser element. The body element has a first arm and a second arm connected together by an arc portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: AMENITY HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: AMENITY HEALTH, INC.
  • Patent number: 8496007
    Abstract: A device avoiding the use of any motor or perpendicular or rectangular elements, having a convex asymmetrical longitudinal curve, a central longitudinal groove, and mirrored perpendicular and latitudinal, symmetrically-matched convex curves extending from the central groove to the sides, and optimally surfaced with a soft dense foam, uses gravitational force on the body of a user to provide an effective, yet gentle stretch along the length and across the width of the back, particularly at the thoracic vertebrae thereby relieving postural mechanical shoulder, back or spine pain. Additional alternative embodiments using a heating, cooling, or vibrational element along the central longitudinal groove are also described and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventors: John Rambo, Vincent Chang