Adapted To Turn Or Move User Patents (Class 5/715)
  • Patent number: 10064770
    Abstract: The invention comprises of a device that allows health care providers to position the body of a patient for progression of labor, for assistance in fetal resuscitation, and for other medical procedures. The device has inflatable chambers that assist the labor and delivery health care provider in turning a patient onto her right or left side while laying in bed. An inflatable positioning pad is used to further assist with the turning of a patient and/or with the shifting of a patient toward the head or the foot of the bed as needed. This device and method will allow turning to be done frequently, rapidly and safely, especially in pregnant patients with epidurals, that are overweight, or that otherwise have difficulty moving on their own.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Anne Marie Reiners, Rebecca Lee Kujawa
  • Patent number: 9968201
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for facilitating rotation of a mattress in a horizontal plane carried by a box spring or a platform. In order to facilitate rotation, slick surfaces between the mattress and the box spring or platform are selectively placed in contact in order to reduce the normal friction therebetween. The slick surfaces may be provided by two (2) separate covers; one cover for the mattress and one cover for the box spring or platform. A first cover is provided with a slick and non-slick surface. In order to further facilitate rotation, a second cover includes a slick surface on one side and forms part of a levitation device. The other side of the second cover may be formed with a slick or a non-slick surface. The levitation device creates an air cushion between the mattress and the box spring under the influence of an air supply which lifts the mattress and allows the mattress to be rotated in a horizontal plane virtually effortlessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Levitation Sciences LLC
    Inventor: William John Scarleski
  • Patent number: 9492001
    Abstract: System and method for treating a surface are provided. A flexible or adaptable pad for treating a surface may be particularly suitable for treatment of uneven surfaces. An apparatus may include a mounting section and a flexible surface comprising a plurality of treatment sections. The treatment sections may comprise an abrasive material. Cracks or grooves on a surface of the apparatus enable a first and second treatment sections to assume a respective first and second positions with respect to a treated surface. An edge of a groove may be designed to increase an abrasiveness of the apparatus and may remove material from a treated surface. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Derma Dream Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Josef Luzon, Martin Gurovich
  • Patent number: 9204732
    Abstract: A therapeutic mattress assembly comprising a mattress having a substrate assembly that includes a plurality of cylinders positioned side by side over the length of the mattress. Each cylinder is configured as a low air loss system to allow air to flow into the cylinder from a source and out of the cylinder through small holes located on the top of each cylinder. An overlay assembly provides a foam cushion that provides a supporting surface above the substrate assembly for the patient. A calf lift bladder operates to effectively raise or lower the patient's feet to prevent pressure related injuries. A lateral rotation assembly selectively raises and lowers a selected half of the mattress to turn patients in a lateral direction. A bolster inflates in response to the lateral rotation assembly to secure the patient within the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Wyatt, Ricky J. Fontaine
  • Publication number: 20150101126
    Abstract: The invention comprises of a device that allows health care providers to position the body of a patient for progression of labor, for assistance in fetal resuscitation, and for other medical procedures. The device has inflatable chambers that assist the labor and delivery health care provider in turning a patient onto her right or left side while laying in bed. An inflatable positioning pad is used to further assist with the turning of a patient and/or with the shifting of a patient toward the head or the foot of the bed as needed. This device and method will allow turning to be done frequently, rapidly and safely, especially in pregnant patients with epidurals, that are overweight, or that otherwise have difficulty moving on their own.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Vision of Labor, LLC
    Inventors: Anne Marie Reiners, Rebecca Lee Kujawa
  • Patent number: 8978184
    Abstract: A patient moving station provides fluid bladders connected to a fluid transfer station. Fluid, preferably air, is provided to a first compartment to lift the buttocks of a patient to provide a gap to assist in changing diapers. Second and third compartments below shoulders are useful to inflate and deflate to turn the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Rick Garrett
  • Publication number: 20150052685
    Abstract: Conformable support systems for conforming to a body are described in which a support assembly may be provided to support particular regions of the body where pressure ulcers tend to form. The conforming support may generally comprise a central portion, a first side portion attached to the central portion, and a second side portion attached to the central portion opposite to the first side portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil BHAT, George Y. CHOI, Allen J. LI, Anuj BHAT
  • Patent number: 8887326
    Abstract: A patient transfer kit including an inflatable mattress, alternatively with a rigid top board with a patient restraint system on which a patient can be placed, when patient immobilization is required. A portable cart is included with a chamber for storage of a plurality of mattresses. The cart also has a gas/air blower and power supply system for powering the blower. The power system includes provision for drawing power from line AC/DC, and has a rechargeable battery and charger for maintaining the battery by connecting the supply to the line AC/DC. The mattress has a perforated bottom surface for exit of air to provide an air cushion, and is constructed with a white top surface and a dark bottom surface for optimum recognition of contamination, and identification of the bottom surface which must be placed downward. The cart is coated with an antimicrobial substance to minimize the risk of contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Smart Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Patrick
  • Patent number: 8832887
    Abstract: A bedding product (5) comprises a mattress (10) and padding (20) and an inflatable bladder assembly (30). The bedding product (5) may have a plurality of inflatable members (31, 32) located underneath select portions of the padding (20). The bedding product (5) may have a sensor (41) adapted to detect a sound associated with human snoring and an air supply system (50) operatively coupled to the sensor (41) and adapted to control a supply of air to one of the inflatable members (31, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Niels S. Mossbeck
  • Patent number: 8806681
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for maintaining a patient in a position in which the patient's torso can be moved during surgery, for example by which the sternum can be closed after open chest surgery. The device has two contact members for contacting a respective scapula and support structures for maintaining the contact members in a grip position. In use, each contact member imparts a force on the respective scapula to close the patient's sternum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
    Inventor: Hazem Bahaa Fallouh
  • Patent number: 8801635
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are adapted for characterizing human tissue type. A plurality of inflatable bladders enable the application of kinetic energy to the human tissue. Collected data responsive to the applied kinetic energy differentiates between different tissue types and patient loading. The data can be routed via a network to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: HLZ Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: George Hovorka
  • Patent number: 8756732
    Abstract: A method for operating an occupant support, at least part of which is orientation adjustable relative to other parts of the occupant support, is disclosed. The method comprises providing, in response to a change of orientation of the orientation adjustable part, a relatively lower occupant/support interface pressure (OSIP) at a location A and a relatively higher OSIP at a location B followed by providing a relatively higher OSIP at the location A and a relatively lower OSIP at the location B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles A Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 8756737
    Abstract: An air tool with a modularized air pad includes several air pad units, each of which has one pad body whose top surface is formed with an accommodating recess and whose one side has an air opening; two air bags disposed at the bottom of the accommodating recess, each of the air bags having two air chambers and connecting to the air opening via an air pipe; and one buffer pad accommodated in the accommodating recess on the air bags. When the air opening is selected to inflate the air chamber of one air bag, the buffer pad undergoes an upward swing motion according to the inflated air bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Trinity Biotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui-Peng Chan
  • Patent number: 8757165
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and apparatuses for enhanced comfort through contact pressure reduction. In particular, the systems and apparatuses disclosed herein prevent or otherwise mitigate pressure by actively orienting a patient over an anatomy-specific pressure-mitigating contact surface on which the patient rests. A pressure-mitigating contact portion of the contact surface includes a plurality of independently pressurized chambers configured in a specific geometric pattern that is designed to mitigate contact pressure between a support surface (e.g., bed or chair) and a specific anatomic region of a patient's body when the specific anatomic region of the patient's body is oriented over an epicenter of the geometric pattern. Additionally, a plurality of elevated side support portions and a wedge interconnected on the base material are configured to actively orient the specific anatomic region of the patient's body over the epicenter of the geometric pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: TurnCare, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael P. Squitieri
  • Patent number: 8726908
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and apparatuses for enhanced comfort through contact pressure reduction. In particular, the systems and apparatuses disclosed herein prevent or otherwise mitigate pressure by actively orienting a patient over an anatomy-specific pressure-mitigating contact surface on which the patient rests. A pressure-mitigating contact portion of the contact surface includes a plurality of independently pressurized chambers configured in a specific geometric pattern that is designed to mitigate contact pressure between a support surface (e.g., bed or chair) and a specific anatomic region of a patient's body when the specific anatomic region of the patient's body is oriented over an epicenter of the geometric pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: TurnCare, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael P. Squitieri
  • Patent number: 8701230
    Abstract: A system to cause instability for a person supported by a person support surface is disclosed. The system is configured to cause the person supported by the person support surface to compensate for the instability caused by the system in order to exercise their core or trunk region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, John Sparkman, Charles A. Howell
  • Publication number: 20140059780
    Abstract: A patient support for supporting a patient includes a plurality of cushioning layers arranged such that their supporting surfaces when unloaded are generally arranged in a plane, and with each cushioning layer interlocked with each adjacent cushioning layer wherein each cushioning layer provides lateral and longitudinal support to each of its adjacent cushion layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Patrick Lafleche, Stephen F. Peters, Mike Brubaker
  • Publication number: 20140059770
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a patient support surface to support a patient. The patient support surface has at least one air bladder that is inflated and/or deflated to achieve a turn assist function and/or a therapy function of the patient support surface. A graphical user interface (GUI) is configured to receive user inputs from a caregiver to initiate the turn assist or therapy functions. The patient support apparatus has control circuitry coupled to the GUI. The GUI is controlled by the control circuitry to display information indicating that the patient is improperly positioned on the patient support surface for either the turn assist function or the therapy function. Alternatively or additionally, the control circuitry indicates that the patient is improperly positioned for raising a head section of a bed frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Rachel L. Williamson, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy J. Receveur, Robert M. Zerhusen
  • Publication number: 20140013515
    Abstract: A patient support surface including a cover defining an interior region, a layer of three dimensional material, located at the interior region, and an air circulation device disposed adjacent the layer of three dimensional material. The patient support surface includes at least one of a percussion device and a vibration device, located at the interior region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson, Kenith W. Chambers, Mayur Yermaneni, Gregory W. Branson, Michael Z. Sleva, Karen M. Gove, Andrew F. Skinner, Stephen R. Schulte, Todd P. O'Neal, Rachel Hopkins King, Teresa M. Mirabella, Paula M. Cooper, Eric R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140007353
    Abstract: A patient turner for positioning on a mattress includes a base layer and a turning bladder layer, with the turning bladder layer being configured for positioning either immediately under the patient or under a non-supporting layer, which is immediately under the patient, and with the base layer supporting the turning bladder above the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin W. Stryker, Sean Stephen Daugherty, Jason James Wroblewski
  • Publication number: 20130312199
    Abstract: A lateral tilting device for a patient lying on a mattress is capable of being inserted between the mattress and a level bed base or bed frame on which the mattress rests. The lateral tilting device comprises at least two independent first and second inflatable cells, pneumatically independent and positioned at least partly symmetrically from one another in relation to a median axis of the tilting device. The lateral tilting device includes two ‘U’ shaped inflatable compartments that are fitted into one another. A method for the lateral tilting of the mattress includes inflating a said first or second cell and concomitant deflation of the other second or respectively first cell of the tilting device laid out under the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Industries S. A.
    Inventor: Hill-Rom Industries S. A.
  • Patent number: 8429774
    Abstract: A lateral tilting device for a patient lying on a mattress is capable of being inserted between the mattress and a level bed base or bed frame on which the mattress rests. The lateral tilting device comprises at least two independent first and second inflatable cells, pneumatically independent and positioned at least partly symmetrically from one another in relation to a median axis of the tilting device. The lateral tilting device includes two ‘U’ shaped inflatable compartments that are fitted into one another. A method for the lateral tilting of the mattress includes inflating a said first or second cell and concomitant deflation of the other second or respectively first cell of the tilting device laid out under the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Industries SA
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Tarsaud, Sylvain Nozieres, Florian Garnero, Gilles Camus, Thierry Flocard
  • Publication number: 20130035619
    Abstract: A therapeutic garment includes at least one first expandable bladder configured to underlie a wearer's left shoulder blade, at least one second expandable bladder configured to underlie the wearer's right shoulder blade, and an actuator configured to alternatingly (a) expand the at least one first expandable bladder from a collapsed state to an expanded state such that the wearer's torso is rolled in a rightward direction and (b) expand the at least one second expandable bladder from a collapsed state to an expanded state such that the wearer's torso is rolled in a leftward direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Robert M. Freund
  • Patent number: 8365330
    Abstract: A bed comprises a frame 34 with at least one orientation adjustable section (44, 46, 48), a mattress 58 supported by the frame and having at least one A bladder and at least one B bladder. The bladders are inflatable and deflatable out of phase with each other in coordination with at least one of a) issuance of a command for the frame section to change orientation and b) an actual change in orientation of the frame section. Also described is an associated method for operating an occupant support at least part of which is orientation adjustable relative to other parts of the occupant support. The method comprises providing, in response to a change of orientation of the orientation adjustable part, a relatively lower occupant/support interface pressure (OSIP) at a location A and a relatively higher OSIP at a location B followed by providing a relatively higher OSIP at the location A and a relatively lower OSIP at the location B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles A Lachenbruch
  • Publication number: 20130014324
    Abstract: A care delivery system includes a bed (20) having a bed-side interface unit (B), an appliance set (90) comprising one or more appliances (99) and two or more appliance-side interface units (A) distributed among the appliances, and a set (124) of one or more adaptors (126) each having a host interface unit (H) compatible with the bed-side interface unit, and a client interface unit (C). Each adaptor is arranged to accommodate fluid flow between its host interface unit and its client interface unit. Each client interface unit of the adaptor set, taken individually, is compatible with at least one but fewer than all of the appliance-side interface units of the appliance set and, taken collectively, are compatible with all of the appliance-side interface units of the appliance set. The system also includes an appliance annunciator (140) and an appliance discriminator (76) responsive to the annunciator thereby configuring the system for the pneumatic demands of the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Timothy Joseph Receveur, David Ribble, Jason Amrhein, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Rachel Williamson
  • Publication number: 20130000050
    Abstract: A patient transfer kit including an inflatable mattress, alternatively with a rigid top board with a patient restraint system on which a patient can be placed, when patient immobilization is required. A portable cart is included with a chamber for storage of a plurality of mattresses. The cart also has a gas/air blower and power supply system for powering the blower. The power system includes provision for drawing power from line AC/DC, and has a rechargeable battery and charger for maintaining the battery by connecting the supply to the line AC/DC. The mattress has a perforated bottom surface for exit of air to provide an air cushion, and is constructed with a white top surface and a dark bottom surface for optimum recognition of contamination, and identification of the bottom surface which must be placed downward. The cart is coated with an antimicrobial substance to minimize the risk of contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: James E. Patrick
  • Patent number: 8296887
    Abstract: A fluid bladder system has a conventional fluid bladder and a resilient member in the fluid bladder. The resilient member is of a size that it allows the fluid in the fluid bladder to be the principal support applied to the patient. The resilient member only applies a force to the patient only after the patient displaces the fluid in the fluid bladder so the resilient structure is the only entity that inhibits the patient from bottoming out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Doehler, James H. Price
  • Patent number: 8286282
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a bed frame with movable portions and a mattress supported on the bed frame. A control system synchronously controls inflation and deflation of at least one air bladder of the mattress and movement of at least one of the movable portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kummer, Gregory W. Branson, Eric R. Meyer, Bradley T. Wilson, Tanya Taber, Kenith W. Chambers, Michael M. Frondorf, John Vodzak, James R. Stolpmann, Roger D. Dalton, Kenneth R. Smith, Jeffrey A. Heyser
  • Patent number: 8281436
    Abstract: An improved inflatable body support with novel dog-bone-shaped hand wells that do not create material stress points when they are stretched while in use in place of the prior art oval-shaped hand wells that do create material stress points when they are stretched while in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: EHOB, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Spahn, Brian Conway, David P. Laughlin
  • Patent number: 8196240
    Abstract: The present invention includes a pressure relief patient support for use in combination with a bed frame. The pressure relief support surface includes a plurality of layers of a three-dimensional fiber material positioned above a plurality of vertical air cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, John Alan Bobey, Sohrab Soltani, Jonathan H. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20120096648
    Abstract: An air tool with a modularized air pad includes several air pad units, each of which has one pad body whose top surface is formed with an accommodating recess and whose one side has an air opening; two air bags disposed at the bottom of the accommodating recess, each of the air bags having two air chambers and connecting to the air opening via an air pipe; and one buffer pad accommodated in the accommodating recess on the air bags. When the air opening is selected to inflate the air chamber of one air bag, the buffer pad undergoes an upward swing motion according to the inflated air bags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicants: TRINITY BIOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jui-Peng Chan
  • Patent number: 8146187
    Abstract: A mattress for use on a bed frame has a lower body section 42 and a upper body section 40. The mattress upper body section is orientation adjustable in as a function of the orientation of the upper body section of the frame upon which the mattress rests. At least part 60 of the mattress lower body section is profile adjustable as a function of the orientation of the mattress upper body section without being dependent on profile adjustment of the lower body section of the frame. A mattress replacement system includes a mattress having an orientation adjustable upper body section and a lower body section. The mattress replacement system also includes an angular orientation sensor 58 for determining the orientation of the upper body section. At least part 60 of the mattress lower body section is profile adjustable in response to the determined orientation of the mattress upper body section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Timothy Joseph Receveur
  • Patent number: 8127386
    Abstract: In an air mattress (1) including a plurality of levels of air mattress layers (5, 7) which are vertically stacked, in each of the levels of air mattress layers (5, 7), flexible hollow air cells (43, 23) each extending along the width of the air mattress (1) are arranged in parallel with each other in the longitudinal direction of the air mattress (1), air cells (43, 23) in each of the upper air mattress layer (7) and the lower air mattress layer (5) are divided into a plurality of groups such that the air cells (43, 23) are expanded or contracted in units of the groups by supplying or discharging air to/from these air cells (43, 23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Molten Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Kajiwara, Maki Mimura, Shunji Hama
  • Patent number: 8122546
    Abstract: A mattress assembly includes an inner core assembly 48 including a core portion 49 having a head end and a foot end defining a core longitudinal length; a left width adjustment portion 56 comprising a plurality of left width adjustment bladders 60, the left width adjustment portion extending laterally away from a left side of the core portion; a right width adjustment portion 58 comprising a plurality of right width adjustment bladders 62, the right width adjustment portion extending laterally away from the right side of the core portion; the left and right width adjustment portions each having a head end substantially longitudinally aligned with the head end of the core portion and extending footwardly a longitudinal distance less than the core longitudinal length thereby defining left and right relief portions 66, 68.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventors: Kenith W Chambers, Mary Butter, Suzanne M. Bish
  • Patent number: 8108957
    Abstract: A patient support surface including a cover defining an interior region, a layer of three dimensional material, located at the interior region, and an air circulation device disposed adjacent the layer of three dimensional material. The patient support surface includes at least one of a percussion device and a vibration device, located at the interior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson, Kenith W. Chambers, Mayur Yermaneni, Gregory W. Branson, Michael Z. Sleva, Karen M. Gove, Andrew F. Skinner, Stephen R. Schulte, Todd P. O'Neal, Rachel Hopkins King, Teresa M. Mirabella, Paula M. Cooper, Eric R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8104126
    Abstract: A method of inflating, in alternating manner, inflatable cells of a support device for supporting an element to be supported is provided, which device is of the mattress type for supporting the body of a patient, said mattress being made up of cells that are inflatable with a fluid, in particular air, and having at least one zone made up of first and second series of inflatable cells referred to respectively as “first” cells and as “second” cells, the cells of each series communicating fluidly with one another and with inflation means, in which method alternating deflation and re-inflation cycles are performed during which each of said series of cells is deflated and then re-inflated in alternation and in succession, said first cells being deflated and then re-inflated simultaneously respectively with the re-inflation and with the deflation of said second cells, the alternating deflation and re-inflation of said first and second cells of the support device taking place in a cycle controlled by said inflation
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Industries SA
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Caminade, Jean-Marie Basilio, Olivier Coupard, Thierry Flocard
  • Patent number: 8056165
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a rotation therapy device, a pulsation therapy device, a dynamic therapy device, and a control system for operating the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-ROM Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A Kummer, Gregory W Branson, Eric R Meyer, Bradley T. Wilson, Tanya Taber, Kenith W. Chambers, Michael M. Frondorf, John Vodzak, James R. Stolpmann, Roger D. Dalton, Kenneth R. Smith, Jeffrey A Heyser
  • Patent number: 8037563
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a mattress, has multiple air sources to inflate air bladders of the apparatus. In one embodiment, a first air source provides air to one or more main support bladders and a second air source provides air to one or more microclimate bladders when a control system of the patient support apparatus operates according to a first mode of operation. The first and second air sources provide air to a turn bladder when the control system operates according to a second mode of operation. In another embodiment, a first air source provides air to at least one main support bladder and to at least one microclimate bladders. A second air source is dedicated for inflating at least one turn bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Eric R. Meyer, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bradley T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8006333
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a support surface, with at least one fluid bladder, a base wall, and a cradle, and a fluid delivery system configured to deliver fluid to the bladder. The cradle is formed from a compressible material and is supported by the base wall, with the bladder being anchored at the base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Genaro, Lydia Biggie
  • Patent number: 7901193
    Abstract: A pump assembly (200) for therapeutic inflatable cell apparatus, the assembly comprising a common pump unit (210), control means (160), and, first and second valve means (201;202), each valve means comprising a cycle control valve means, said cycle control valve means being provided with at least one fluid passageway and each valve means being adapted to be positioned to predetermined conditions so as to regulate fluid quantity in respective therapeutic inflatable cell apparatus, each valve means is adapted to perform at least one respective inflation/deflation sequence, and the assembly being such that, in use, on air being required by a valve means at a particular instance during the respective inflation/deflation sequence, the control means activates the common pump unit and air is pumped to an air outlet to feed air to the at least two valve means, and the pump assembly being such that the first and second valve means are operable both singularly and simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: John James Henry Evans, Christopher Peter Evans
  • Patent number: 7832039
    Abstract: A mattress includes a core portion having independently inflatable head, seat and foot zones, each of which includes at least an A bladder and a B bladder. Pressure within all the core portion A bladders is adjustable separately from pressure within all the core portion B bladders. Pressure within the A bladders of a given zone are adjustable separately from pressure within the B bladders of the given zone. Pressure within the A bladders of a given zone are separately adjustable from pressure within the A bladders of zones other than the given zone, and pressure within the B bladders of a given zone are separately adjustable from pressure within the B bladders of zones other than the given zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenith W Chambers, Suzanne Bish, Mary Butler
  • Patent number: 7802332
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a rotation therapy device, a pulsation therapy device, a dynamic therapy device, and a control system for operating the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kummer, Gregory W. Branson, Eric R. Meyer, Brad Wilson, Tanya Taber, Ken Chambers, Mike Frondorf, John Vodzak, Jim Stolpmann, Roger Dalton, Ken Smith, Jeffrey A. Heyser
  • Patent number: 7784131
    Abstract: A distributed pressure control system for a support surface includes a main controller including a source of pressurized air and a communication interface, and an air manifold having an air inlet coupled with the air source and a plurality of air outlets. A plurality of control modules are each attachable to a respective one of the plurality of air outlets. Each control module includes at least one valve and includes a control unit communicating with the communication interface. The control modules effect inflation and deflation of air cells in the support surface via the valves based on a signal from the communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Anodyne Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Genaro, Lydia B. Biggie, Marco A. Paez
  • Patent number: 7779496
    Abstract: A bed comprises a bed frame and a bed deck supported by the bed frame. The bed deck comprises a step deck, including a lower deck, an upper deck, a side wall connecting the lower deck to the upper deck, and a recess defined by the lower deck and the side wall. The side wall at least partially surrounds the recess. A mattress comprises a safety mattress extending across the lower bed deck and having air cells including air cells resting on the upper bed deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Joerns LLC
    Inventors: Robert Crousore, John R. Laverack, Douglas B. Winner
  • Patent number: 7735164
    Abstract: A disposable patient transfer mattress includes a rectangular top sheet, a rectangular bottom sheet, internal baffles, and a receptacle configured to receive a connector for supplying air to inflate the mattress. The bottom sheet corresponds to the top sheet, and the periphery of the bottom sheet is joined to the periphery of the top sheet. The internal baffles extend between the top sheet and the bottom sheet. Each baffle is a rectangular sheet with first and second parallel edges, and each baffle is joined to the top sheet along the first edge and to the bottom sheet along the second edge. The bottom sheet has a plurality of holes configured to provide a continuous cushion of air under the mattress when the mattress is inflated. The top sheet, bottom sheet, and internal baffles are made of fabric backed with a thermally weldable material, where the thermally weldable material faces the interior of the mattress for facilitating thermal welding of the baffles to the top surface and the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Smart Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Patrick
  • Patent number: 7712171
    Abstract: A patient support including turn assist, low air loss or integrated lateral transfer. The patient support is adapted to support a bariatric patient and includes a turning bladder for turning or assisting in turning a bariatric patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary Butler
  • Patent number: 7685658
    Abstract: A body support such as a cushion, mattress, chair or the like has at least one inflatable air chamber. A pressure sensor senses interface pressures at different locations on a surface of the air chamber. Indicators derived from the interface pressures indicate the onset of a trend toward bottoming out. A controller controls air pressure within the air chamber based at least in part on values of the indicators. The controller may be implemented as a state machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Nitta Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Lokhorst, Colin Clarke
  • Patent number: 7685662
    Abstract: A pneumatic control valve and power reserve in the form of pressurized gas in a pressurization chamber, for elastically deforming a diaphragm without closing off two admission (2) and respectively discharge (3) orifices of said valve and able to place the opening of the valve by depressurization of said pressurization chamber 5 is disclosed. The valve may be used for total and rapid deflation of a therapeutic mattress having a plurality of compartments that are inflated with air, including at different pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Industries SA
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Viard
  • Patent number: 7681269
    Abstract: A unique support surface that provides a controllable inflation system, and a turning bladder structure for turning a patient quickly for the application of a nursing protocol. The support surface includes air cell arrays and turning bladders which are used to turn the patient in either direction under control of the medical practitioner. The air cell arrays can be arranged longitudinally or laterally. The multiple turning bladders are preferably formed with a unique butterfly shape that minimizes the amount of air required to inflate, which then results in high-speed turning of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Anodyne Medical Device, Inc.
    Inventors: Lydia B. Biggie, John Gillis
  • Publication number: 20090217460
    Abstract: This disclosure describes certain exemplary embodiments of a patient support having a plurality of vertically-oriented on substantially can-shaped inflatable bladders. In one embodiment, the patient support includes a support layer positioned above the vertical bladders. In another embodiment, the patient support includes a high air loss device. In still another embodiment, the patient support includes a pneumatic device located within the patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventors: John A. Bobey, Gregory W. Branson, Rebecca A. Ginther, Reza Hakamiun, Charles Lachenbruch, Jonathan H. Mueller, Sohrab Soltani, Bradley T. Wilson, Stephen L. Douglas, Kenith W. Chambers, Rachel H. King, Eric R. Meyer, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Richard B. Stacy, Thomas Uzzle