With A Hoisting, Lifting, Elevating, Or Raising Device (e.g., Hydraulic System) Patents (Class 5/83.1)
  • Patent number: 9731628
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a base, a seat rotatably disposed on the base, a sensor, and a processor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the seat relative to the base and output a displacement signal representing the angular displacement. The processor is programmed to receive the displacement signal and deploy at least one passive safety device based at least in part on the angular displacement represented by the displacement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy, Saeed David Barbat
  • Patent number: 9498696
    Abstract: A treadmill body support apparatus is provided to assist users in standing, walking and running on a treadmill surface and exercising safely on the treadmill surface with freedom of vertical and lateral gait movement. The treadmill body support apparatus can be used by disabled and impaired users that require movement of the user to and from the treadmill surface from a mobility aid such as a wheelchair and adjustable weight-bearing support and balance support while exercising safely on the treadmill surface with freedom of vertical and lateral gait movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Eli Razon
  • Patent number: 9463122
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a wheeled lifting device that is configured for positioning between an extended configuration and a retracted configuration and adapted for attachment to a wheeled or non-wheeled device. In the extended configuration, the wheeled lifting device is configured to allow for multi-directional movement of the wheeled or non-wheeled device. The wheeled lifting device may include an extension mechanism and at least one multi-directional wheel, where the extension mechanism is configured to move the wheeled lifting device between the retracted configuration and the extended configuration. The extension mechanism can include a mechanical mechanism, a hydraulic mechanism or a pneumatic mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Pirone, Thomas A. Pirone
  • Patent number: 9370458
    Abstract: A personal lifting includes a housing that may be positioned on a support surface. The housing is divided into an upper half and a lower half of the housing. A motor is coupled to the lower half of the housing. A pump is coupled to the lower half of the housing and the motor. A scissor lift is coupled between the top and bottom halves of the housing. A piston is coupled between the bottom half of the housing and the scissor lift. The piston urges the scissor lift in a lifting position. The scissor lift may lift a user lying on the upper half of the housing. The piston urges the scissor lift in a lowering position. A handle is coupled to the top half of the housing. An actuator is coupled to the handle and the motor. The actuator actuates and de-actuates the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Donald Wem
  • Patent number: 9320667
    Abstract: A method of transferring a patient from a first resting surface to a second resting surface includes inserting a corrugated sheet into a channel formed between the patient and the first resting surface, extending a portion of the sheet between the patient and the first resting surface to under the patient's feet, extending a portion of the sheet between the patient and the first resting surface to under the patient's head, and pulling laterally on the sheet to slide the sheet from the first resting surface to the second resting surface thereby transferring the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Nottingham Spirk Design Associates
    Inventors: Jason Tilk, William Rabbitt, Rebecca Blice
  • Patent number: 9254234
    Abstract: A robotic strong arm (RSA) for assisting in the transfer of a person from a first surface to a second surface, comprising: first and second members, wherein in each member comprises a prismatic joint having first and second ends and comprising inner and outer shells and a motor for powered linear movement of the outer shell with respect to the inner shell; a first powered joint interconnecting the second end of the first member with the first end of the second member, wherein the first powered joint provides movement of the second member with respect to the first member; wherein the first end of the first member is attached to a rotatable base and wherein the rotatable base is movably attached for powered movement along a component associated with, and extending around at least a portion of a periphery about, the first surface; and a computer controller for controlling movements of the outer shells, first powered joint, rotation of the rotatable base and movement of the rotatable base and RSA along the compon
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignees: University of Pittsburgh—Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education, The United States of America as Represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs, UPMC
    Inventors: Rory A. Cooper, Garrett G. Grindle, Mark McCartney
  • Patent number: 9233033
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot may include a support frame, a pair of front legs, a pair of back legs, and a cot actuation system. The pair of front legs may be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each front leg includes at least one front wheel. The pair of back legs may be slidingly coupled to the support frame. Each back leg includes at least one back wheel. The cot actuation system includes a front actuator that moves the front legs and a back actuator that moves the back legs. The front actuator and the back actuator raises or lowers the support frame in tandem. The front actuator raises or lowers the front end of the support frame independently of the back actuator. The back actuator raises or lowers the back end of the support frame independently of the front actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. Valentino, Matthew Palastro, Zhen Y. Shen, Timothy R. Wells, Timothy Paul Schroeder, Joshua James Markham, Robert L. Potak
  • Patent number: 9222498
    Abstract: A patient lift connector for attaching and detaching a patient lifting bar to a load supporting member in a patient lifting system is described. The connector includes a connector body including a connecting block configured to be fixedly attached to the patient lifting bar. The connector also includes a pin holder coupled to the load supporting member and configured to be inserted through the connector body and into the connecting block, and an attachment latch secured to the connector body and configured to move between an open position and a closed position within the connector body. When the attachment latch moves from the closed position to the open position, the pin holder is allowed to be inserted into the connecting block and thereby allow the lifting bar to be attached to the load supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ArjoHuntleigh Magog, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Michel Corriveau, Denis-Alexandre Brulotte
  • Patent number: 9207133
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed comprising a platform operable to support a human. The apparatus also includes at least one cable suspending the platform. The apparatus also includes an elongation sensor engaged with the at least one cable. The elongation sensor is operable to emit a signal in response to elongation of the at least one cable. A method of using the apparatus is also disclosed. The method includes the step of positioning the platform adjacent to one of a machine and a path along which the machine moves. The method also includes the step of detecting a mass on the platform by emitting the signal from the elongation sensor in response to elongation of the at least one cable. The method also includes the step of disengaging the machine in response to the detecting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Cleveland Electric Laboratories Co.
    Inventors: Mike McNeilly, James Richardson, Don Way
  • Patent number: 9089461
    Abstract: The present inventions relate to a mobility and comfort auxiliary bed apparatus, and in particular to a modular and free-standing apparatus that is customizable with many components. In one embodiment, two spaced apart and parallel frame bars are provided, each with opposed vertical risers and a longitudinal rail that is positionable over a bed. An overhead grip such as a trapeze bar may be movably supported by the frame bars. A balance pole may be provided and be adjustably connected to both frame bars laterally and longitudinally. Assist rails and night stands may be further provided, and may be supported by one or more centrally located longitudinal supports underneath the bed. The present invention can be fixed to the bed and may be adjusted in width, length and mattress height to accommodate many components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph P. Vosters
  • Publication number: 20150128341
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing automatically turning and lifting patients to prevent or treat wounds caused by patient immobility, including, for example, decubitus ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores. A patient turning and lifting device may comfortably and securely bracket the torso of the patient, with the use of a support structure, without bracketing of the patient's arms. In some embodiments, the device may be configured to imitate the movements of a healthy person during sleep. The device may do so by slowly and gently rolling the patient from side to side, according to one or more predetermined sequences of inflation and deflation of inflatable turning bladders positioned below the support structure, thus keeping the patient from remaining in one position for too long. The one or more predetermined sequences may be selected or modified based on sensors monitoring the device and/or patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Hendrik Kuiper, Brian Kamradt
  • Patent number: 9015880
    Abstract: A manual transfer vest which aids in compensating for fatigue, pain, loss of strength, mobility, and energy in the daily life of a patient or individual/caregiver assisting the patient. It comprises soft, lightweight, and preferably washable material that enwraps the patient's torso, and also has at least two vertically-extending and non-adjustable hand-grip lift components with sturdy and durable construction and attachment. In most embodiments, six hand-grip lift components are used, with two upper front hand-grips preferably situated bilaterally in the clavicle/upper chest area of the patient, or the shoulder area, two lower front hand-grips situated bilaterally in the abdominal/mid-section area of the patient, and two upper back hand-grips located near the shoulders. For vest durability during repeated patient lifting, reinforcement lining material is also secured to the front exterior of the vest diagonally below hand-grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Peggy S. Cauthen, Cathy J. Foster
  • Publication number: 20150107020
    Abstract: Disclosed is a patient lift system having a sling bar with an inductively charged integrated scale. The lift system comprises a lift apparatus, a lift strap connected at a first end to the lift apparatus, a sling bar connected to a second free hanging end of the lift strap, the sling bar having a scale with a tension load cell integrally disposed therein for measuring forces applied thereto and a power source electrically connected to the scale to provide power to the scale and load cell. An accelerometer is disposed within the sling bar to determine a tilt angle of a lift axis of the load cell relative to a vertical direction of gravitational force. Programming stored in a processor of the integrated scale calculates an accurate weight of an active load suspended from the sling bar, based on the determined tilt angle and the measured force on the load cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: LIKO RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Mattias Andersson, Nils Anders Joakim Eriksson, Jean-Bernard Duvert, Philippe Kaikenger
  • Patent number: 9009886
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting a person to move from a seated position on a seat to a standing position and vice versa. The apparatus includes a base, an actuator arrangement, and a torso support. The torso support has a main engagement surface for engaging the chest of the person. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support over a range of vertical and horizontal positions in a direction substantially perpendicular to the main engagement surface. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support in the vertical range of positions independently of the horizontal position of the torso support. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support in the horizontal range of positions independently of the vertical position of the torso support. The apparatus also includes a rotational actuator connected to the torso support for rotating the torso support about a substantially horizontal pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Revac ApS
    Inventors: Mogens Hjort, Jimmy Grotner, Henrik Hjort
  • Patent number: 8997276
    Abstract: The present invention provides a patient lift for transferring a person from a hospital bed to another patient support structure. The patient lift includes a mast, a boom, a stabilizer leg, and a coupler leg adapted to couple to the hospital bed. The boom is mounted to the top of the mast, and extends outwardly from a central vertical axis of said mast. In one aspect, the boom may rotate independently of the stabilizer leg about the central vertical axis while above the hospital bed and while within an angular distance of a side of the hospital bed. Once the boom moves past the angular distance, the boom and stabilizer leg may begin to rotate together about the central vertical axis. In another aspect, the boom is capable of being positioned in a stowed position above a footboard of the hospital bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Martin W. Stryker, Cory P. Herbst, Jeffrey L. Lewandowski, Scott Davis
  • Publication number: 20150074903
    Abstract: The patient transfer acts as a combined sling and bed cover and includes a substantially rectangular sheet portion of a size to fit over a standard bed mattress and to which are attached a plurality of straps for coupling to a hoist. The patient transfer sheet is preferably made of a single-layered material which is breathable, strong and soft. The patient transfer sheet can act as a sling for transportation/repositioning of a patient as well as a replacement bed covering to replace conventional bed linen. The patient can thus be transported onto a bed without needing to remove the patient from the sling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: ARJO HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Eva BERG, Anette LINDELL, Emma OLSSON
  • Patent number: 8978905
    Abstract: Rail-mounted lift systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, the lift system includes a rail having at least one conductor positioned on an upper interior surface of the rail. A carriage may be slidably disposed in the rail for relative movement to the rail. The carriage generally includes a carriage body, at least one pair of support wheels rotatably coupled to the carriage body and slidably engaged with the rail, and a conductor truck comprising at least one conductive roller rotatably attached to the conductor truck. The conductor truck may be mounted to the carriage body with a biasing member upwardly biasing the conductive roller into rolling engagement with the at least one conductor. A lift unit may be coupled to the carriage body and includes a motor paying out and taking up a lifting strap. The lift unit is electrically coupled to the at least one conductive roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Robert Bergenstr{dot over (a)}le, Mattias Andersson
  • Publication number: 20150059086
    Abstract: In some implementations a non-transitory storage device having a multi-sensory-recognition engine stored thereon is coupled to a microcontroller, a device-controller for an electrical device that is wirelessly coupled to the microcontroller, and at least one of a plurality of sensors is operably coupled to the microcontroller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Altorr Corporation
    Inventor: Bradford A. Clough
  • Patent number: 8966685
    Abstract: Apparatuses for assisting patient movement to/from a gurney to/from a patient handling system are provided. In one embodiment, a bariatric overlay is provided that includes a flexible top pallet and a rigid bottom pallet. A bladder resides between the flexible top pallet and the rigid bottom pallet. When actuated, the bladder expands and props up the flexible top pallet. The flexible top pallet, rigid bottom pallet, and bladder are made of a material translucent to an imaging modality. In various embodiments, the shape of the rigid bottom pallet is similar to the shape of a scanning bed of the patient handling system. For example, when the shape of the scanning bed is concave the rigid bottom pallet is concave in shape also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ansgar Graw, Way Moy
  • Patent number: 8966678
    Abstract: A lift apparatus used for lifting and moving a person or object. The apparatus has a frame, wheels, a lift mechanism, a lift rod, an overhead support arm movable to a laterally extended position on a selected side of the apparatus, a rotatable head, a collar that is vertically movable along the head, an outrigger support with a bar pivotably affixed to the base frame and rotatable to the selected side of the apparatus, and an locking mechanism for retaining the bar on the side of the apparatus. A hanger on the overhead arm supports a load. A control system controls the lift mechanism. When the bar extends onto the selected side of the apparatus and the collar is in a predetermined vertical position along the head, the control system activates the lift mechanism and the overhead support arm is rotatable only to the selected side of the lift apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Mogens Jessen
  • Publication number: 20150047121
    Abstract: A patient transfer sheet acts as a combined sling and bed cover and includes a substantially rectangular sheet portion of a size to fit over a standard bed mattress and to which are attached a plurality of straps for coupling to a hoist. The patient transfer sheet is preferably made of a single-layered material which is breathable, strong and soft. The patient transfer sheet can act as a sling for transportation/repositioning of a patient as well as a replacement bed covering to replace conventional bed linen. The patient can thus be transported onto a bed without needing to remove the patient from the sling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Arjo Hospital Equipment AB
    Inventors: Eva Berg, Anette Lindell, Emma Olsson
  • Publication number: 20150030185
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some multisensory implementations, a patient-lifting-device is controlled by voice recognition, keyboard text input, synaptic control and/or tongue tactile input commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Bradford A. Clough
  • Patent number: 8935814
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for lifting a patient is disclosed to include a base with wheels on the back side and casters on the front side; a pair of extendable legs extended or withdrawn from the frontal side of the base to maintain balance when lifting a patient; vertical masts connected to a three-prong hanger; three durable cables used with a sling assembly to lift the patient; a foldable chair provides temporary rest for the patient on the patient lift; and a control panel having a micro-controller for remotely controlling the patient lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Ton Duc Thang University
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Diep Tu
  • Patent number: 8914920
    Abstract: A patient lift including a boom a spreader bar, and a friction coupling for securing the boom and the spreader bar. The friction coupling may include two friction washers disposed against respective inner faces of the boom. Two compression springs are disposed abutting the friction washers with a spreader bar support member in between. The compression springs urge the friction washers against the inner faces of the boom end. The spreader bar does not swing when the lift is moved without load. Also, the friction coupling reduces the swing of the patient, when transferred in the lift. This makes the lift easier to maneuver for the caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: ARJO Hospital Equipment AB
    Inventor: Therese Niklasson
  • Patent number: 8904577
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving a limb of a bedridden person having a pulley secured above said bedridden person, a cable supported and arranged for movement about the pulley, and a substantially “T” shaped member consisting of a first longitudinally arranged member having a first end and a second end, where the first end is removably secured to the cable, and a second laterally arranged member secured transversely to the second end of the first member, where the first longitudinally arranged member is arranged perpendicularly to the second laterally arranged member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Michael P. Osika
  • Publication number: 20140325755
    Abstract: This invention relates to a body lifting device for use in combination with a bed. Conducting tubes are disposed at a side of the bed and near a patient's shoulder, hip, and knees, and is supported by the bed. Lifting rods are disposed each into one of the conducting tubes. The upper ends of the lifting rods are fixed to a lifting handle of a lifting mechanism. During use, the lifting mechanism or a fabric is placed under the patient; a driving mechanism pushes up the lifting rods to lift the patient. Thus, it's convenient for a nurse to replace bedding and take a bath for the patient. Also, it's beneficial for keeping air flowing through under the patient and avoiding bedsores. The body lifting device in combination with a bed solves a series of problems in elderly and patient care, makes elderly and patient care easier, and provides overall care for the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Hanzhong HE
  • Patent number: 8875322
    Abstract: Robotic posture transfer assist devices for assisting a posture transfer of a patient in a bed may include a device body, a stabilizer coupled with the device body and the bed, and at least one robotic arm having a plurality of degrees of freedom, wherein the robotic arm may be coupled with the device body. Robotic posture transfer assist devices may further include an end-effector removably coupled with the robotic arm, a controller module that provides a control signal to the robotic arm to control a movement of the robotic arm about the plurality of degrees of freedom, and a user input device that provides a command signal to the controller module to command the movement of the robotic arm, wherein the control signal provided by the controller module corresponds with the command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ota, Masaru Ryumae, Keiichi Sato, Shin Sano, Srinidhi Kaushik
  • Patent number: 8856981
    Abstract: A stability controlled assistive lifting harness apparatus is provided which includes a frame, an actuator attached to said frame, a lifting harness configured to support a user and to be raised and lowered by said actuator, said lifting harness being provided with at least one surface pressure sensor located within the lifting harness which measures a force applied to a user by the lifting harness, a harness tension sensor which measures a force applied to the lifting harness by said motor, and a controller which receives outputs from said surface pressure sensor and said harness tension sensor and controls operation of said actuator based on the outputs of the surface pressure sensor and the harness tension sensor. The controller controls operation of the actuator from moving a user between said positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: University of Detroit Mercy
    Inventors: Nassif E. Rayess, Sandra A. Yost, Obafemi Osunfisan, Raymond Slowik, Mark Fazi
  • Patent number: 8850636
    Abstract: A mobility device with sit and stand assist for providing disabled individuals with the ability to rise from a sitting position and move about without the aid of an assistant. The mobility device with sit and stand assist generally includes a motorized and steerable Drive Carriage Assembly, a Trailing Cart Assembly attached to the Drive Carriage Assembly, an Outrigger Assembly attached to the Trailing Cart Assembly, a Lift Arm Assembly attached to the Outrigger Assembly, a Lift Arm Locking Bolt Assembly attached to the Lift Arm Assembly, a Knee Brace Assembly attached to the Trailing Cart Assembly, a Control Assembly attached to the Lift Arm Assembly, and a User Connection Group comprised of various components designed to enable the user to comfortably connect himself/herself to the Device such that the user might be able to utilize and benefit from the Device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: David C. Gray
  • Publication number: 20140289958
    Abstract: An apparatus and procedure for disabled, impaired or handicapped persons in reaching or maintaining a standing or partially standing position. The apparatus includes a knee support and a movable torso support that is operatively connected to an actuator arrangement. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support in a vertical range of positions independently of the horizontal position of the torso support and in a horizontal range of positions independently of the vertical position of the torso support. The user engages the torso support during the raising movement during which the torso support moves simultaneously forward and upward until the person has reached a position in which he is substantially standing whilst leaning forward over the torso support (and vice versa for the lowering procedure). The torso support can also be rotated during the movement. The apparatus is provided with an identification system for identifying the person to be assisted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Revac ApS
    Inventors: Mogens Hjort, Jimmy Grotner, Henrik Hjort
  • Publication number: 20140289959
    Abstract: An apparatus and procedure for disabled, impaired or handicapped persons in reaching or maintaining a standing or partially standing position. The apparatus includes a knee support and a movable torso support that is connected to an actuator arrangement. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support in a vertical range of positions independently of the horizontal position of the torso support and in a horizontal range of positions independently of the vertical position of the torso support. The user engages the torso support during the raising movement during which the torso support moves simultaneously forward and upward until he is substantially standing whilst leaning forward over the torso support (and vice versa for the lowering procedure). The torso support can also be rotated, independently of the vertical and horizontal position of the torso support. The apparatus is provided with a load sensing system monitoring self-participation of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Revac ApS
    Inventors: Mogens Hjort, Jimmy Grotner, Henrik Hjort
  • Publication number: 20140289961
    Abstract: A lift apparatus has a frame with open sides and a web assembly slidably retained along the sides which extends from one end of the frame to the other. While the web assembly is retracted, the frame moves to pass around a mobility-impaired individual and rest against the surface supporting the individual. The web assembly is then extended to move underneath or behind the individual, providing lifting support. The frame is configurable for orientations ranging continuously between horizontal and upright sitting. The web assembly has an upper web contacting the individual, a lower web contacting the support surface, a strength layer carrying the individual's weight, and a roller nose bar assembly which is pulled to extend the web assembly. A hand-held power tool can drive the web assembly, adjustment of inclinations of the back and leg sections of the frame, and vertical motion of the lift arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Richard A. Patterson, Roy M. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20140289960
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting a person to move from a seated position on a seat to a standing position and vice versa. The apparatus includes a base, an actuator arrangement, and a torso support. The torso support has a main engagement surface for engaging the chest of the person. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support over a range of vertical and horizontal positions in a direction substantially perpendicular to the main engagement surface. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support in the vertical range of positions independently of the horizontal position of the torso support. The actuator arrangement moves the torso support in the horizontal range of positions independently of the vertical position of the torso support. The apparatus also includes a rotational actuator connected to the torso support for rotating the torso support about a substantially horizontal pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Revac ApS
    Inventors: Mogens Hjort, Jimmy Grotner, Henrik Hjort
  • Publication number: 20140259390
    Abstract: A transport device for assisting in the movement of patients, the transport device consisting essentially of a frame that includes a seat portion having a back edge and a back support portion having a bottom edge joined upright to the back edge of the seat portion, each portion being a planar, rigid material, and having a plurality of lift openings disposed through the seat portion and the back support portion, along each side edge and the top edge of the back support portion. The seat portion can have a seat opening in the general shape of a toilet bowl opening, and a removable covering plate configured to be removably placed over the seat opening. A comfort pad can be attached with mechanical fasteners to the top surface of the covering plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Denver COUCH
  • Publication number: 20140259391
    Abstract: A patient lift system includes a lift housing, a base lift strap having a first end coupled to a lift housing and a second end coupled to a sling bar. The base lift strap is infection controlled. In one embodiment, a protective sleeve covers the base lift strap, wherein the protective sleeve has a first end and a second end. In another embodiment, the base lift strap is chemically treated to provide infection control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Roger KARLSSON, Mattias ANDERSSON, Lars EKLOF, Laetitia GAZAGNES, Josh SHENK
  • Patent number: 8832875
    Abstract: A transfer assist apparatus includes: an arm portion that has a first joint and a second joint; a holder portion linked to the arm portion; a manipulation handle for manipulating the position and the posture of the holder portion; a first drive mechanism that drives the first joint; a second drive mechanism that drives the second joint; and a control portion that controls the first drive mechanism and the second drive mechanism so that the posture of the holder portion is maintained in a predetermined acceptable range, based on information that is input from the manipulation handle, and angle information regarding the first joint and the second joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Odashima, Takuma Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8813276
    Abstract: Systems and methods for turning a bedridden patient are described. A turn sheet system for turning a patient in a bed includes a bottom sheet having a first length and a first width configured and dimensioned to overlie the bed. A top sheet having a second length and a second width is fixed to the bottom sheet along a location extending intermediate of the second width and along a majority of the second length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Laura W. Lee, Alexander V. Stronko, Taylor R. Blake, Tina Ansari, Jemshaid Shams
  • Publication number: 20140223660
    Abstract: A person lift device for safe transfer of bariatric persons includes a movable trolley, a support being rotatably suspended from the trolley and two motor devices for lifting and lowering of person, wherein the motor devices are coupled to the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: HANDICARE AB
    Inventor: Andreas Bolin
  • Patent number: 8793822
    Abstract: A patient lifting and transfer device is shown which includes a pair of vertical columns having a horizontal bar connected between the two columns. There is provided a mobile support that is rotatively mounted to the lower portion of each vertical column. Each mobile support is elongated and rotatable from a first position where the elongated mobile support extends generally perpendicular to the horizontal bar to a second position where the mobile supports extend generally parallel to the horizontal bar. In the second position, the patient lifting and transport device is relatively narrow and can be moved through close quarters and also stored in relatively small areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: American Sling and Lift Company, LLC
    Inventors: Willis E. Martin, Rodney Barr
  • Patent number: 8789219
    Abstract: A lift apparatus has a frame with open sides and a web assembly slidably retained along the sides which extends from one end of the frame to the other. While the web assembly is retracted, the frame moves to pass around a mobility-impaired individual and rest against the surface supporting the individual. The web assembly is then extended to move underneath or behind the individual, providing lifting support. The frame is configurable for orientations ranging continuously between horizontal and upright sitting. The web assembly has an upper web contacting the individual, a lower web contacting the support surface, a strength layer carrying the individual's weight, and a roller nose bar assembly which is pulled to extend the web assembly. A hand-held power tool can drive the web assembly, adjustment of inclinations of the back and leg sections of the frame, and vertical motion of the lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Richard A. Patterson, Roy M. Patterson
  • Patent number: 8783709
    Abstract: The apparatus of the present disclosure is an improvement on known wheelchairs and other known devices for transporting elderly, infirm, injured, handicapped, disabled, or otherwise mobility-impaired individuals. The present disclosure provides a seat that is adjustable in height, tilt angle, and orientation, relative to the supporting surface and frame of the apparatus. In some embodiments, the height adjustment is provided via a hydraulic lift cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Karl H. Westermann, Mary Kay Schitton
  • Patent number: 8763176
    Abstract: There is disclosed a lift device including a base frame; a main frame comprising a fixing member longitudinally formed in an up and down direction, coupled to the base frame, and a movable member movably provided in an up and down direction; a bed unit connected to the movable member, positioned in front of the main frame; a operation unit having an end connected to the movable member or the bed unit and the other end extended forwardly, with a ring-shaped operation control part provided in the other end thereof to put a user's finger thereon; and a driving unit to move the movable member upwardly based on input of the operation control part, wherein the operation control part comprises an upper input means positioned in an inner top surface thereof to upwardly move the movable member based on an input signal and a lower input means position in an inner bottom surface thereof to downwardly move the movable member based on an input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Do Hyung Lim, Kyeoung Jin Chun
  • Publication number: 20140150178
    Abstract: A system for turning a person from a supine position to a prone position and vice versa includes opposing patient support platens each coupled to a corresponding end of a first and a second COG assembly, the first and second COG assemblies each coupled to a corresponding one of a pair of spindles, each one of the spindles disposed on a corresponding lift column. In yet another embodiment, registration plates, coupled to the system, conveniently align the attachment mechanisms of each COG assembly with distal ends of one or more platens. The registration plates allow for medical staff to align the system so that it straddles the operating table with the attachment mechanisms of the COG assembly in alignment with platen tubes (or other complimentary attachment mechanisms) located at the distal ends of the anterior platen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Lewis Sharps, Alan Dean Romig
  • Publication number: 20140143951
    Abstract: A lift apparatus has a frame with open sides and a web assembly slidably retained along the sides which extends from one end of the frame to the other. While the web assembly is retracted, the frame moves to pass around a mobility-impaired individual and rest against the surface supporting the individual. The web assembly is then extended to move underneath or behind the individual, providing lifting support. The frame is configurable for orientations ranging continuously between horizontal and upright sitting. The web assembly has an upper web contacting the individual, a lower web contacting the support surface, a strength layer carrying the individual's weight, and a roller nose bar assembly which is pulled to extend the web assembly. A hand-held power tool can drive the web assembly, adjustment of inclinations of the back and leg sections of the frame, and vertical motion of the lift arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Richard A. Patterson, Roy M. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20140143952
    Abstract: A patient lift including a lifting member and a hoist assembly connected to the lifting member. The hoist assembly has an enabled state to move the lifting member between a raised position and a lowered position, and a disabled state wherein the hoist assembly cannot move the lifting member between the raised and lowered positions. An elongated switch member descends from the hoist assembly such that the switch member is reachable by an operator. Urging the switch member in a first direction in an axial sense along the length of the elongated switch member or a rotational sense about the length of the elongated switch member, places the hoist assembly in the enabled state or the disabled state. Urging the switch member in a second direction different from the first direction places the assembly in the other of the enabled state and the disabled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: ArjoHuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: André Trepanier, Olivier Custeau-Boisclair, Martin Faucher, Serge Lang, Stéphane Lebrun
  • Publication number: 20140137323
    Abstract: Described are various embodiments of a patient lift and positioning system, and adjustable components thereof. In one embodiment, a patient positioning interface is suspended from a patient support mechanism and used in positioning a thus supported patient in two or more positions. The interface comprises a legrest portion for supporting a lower body portion of the patient and a backrest portion pivotally coupled to the legrest portion for supporting an upper body portion of the patient. The interface further comprises a powered drive mechanism independently acting on each of the legrest portion and the backrest portion to independently adjust relative to one another a legrest and backrest angle of the legrest portion and backrest portion, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK
    Inventors: Geoffrey Roy FERNIE,, Adam Mathew SOBCHAK, Thomas Daniel SMYTH, Cesar Marquez CHIN, Tilak DUTTA
  • Patent number: 8726431
    Abstract: A patient repositioning system to move and fix a patient body and/or a limb of a patient body in any sequence of multiple operations with positive body or limb support at any angle of rotation or repositioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: David Sverdlik, Alla Sverdlik
  • Publication number: 20140115778
    Abstract: A lift apparatus for lifting a patient comprises a sling bar (60) adapted to have a sling (110) secured thereto, a controller (138) and a status indicator (160) responsive to the controller for indicating the status of at least one parameter associated with the lift apparatus. The associated parameters comprise height, speed, sling securement state, sling compatibility, and fault state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventor: Chun-Piaw NG
  • Publication number: 20140109312
    Abstract: A mobility device with sit and stand assist for providing disabled individuals with the ability to rise from a sitting position and move about without the aid of an assistant. The mobility device with sit and stand assist generally includes a motorized and steerable Drive Carriage Assembly, a Trailing Cart Assembly attached to the Drive Carriage Assembly, an Outrigger Assembly attached to the Trailing Cart Assembly, a Lift Arm Assembly attached to the Outrigger Assembly, a Lift Arm Locking Bolt Assembly attached to the Lift Arm Assembly, a Knee Brace Assembly attached to the Trailing Cart Assembly, a Control Assembly attached to the Lift Arm Assembly, and a User Connection Group comprised of various components designed to enable the user to comfortably connect himself/herself to the Device such that the user might be able to utilize and benefit from the Device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: David C. Gray
  • Patent number: 8701226
    Abstract: A patient hoist is provided on a trolley which tides along a track, with the hoist being powered by a conductor extending along the track. A contact carrier is loosely fit within the trolley, and it bears a contact which elastically biased against the track conductor, with die contact being in electrical communication with the hoist: The contact carrier is tree to laterally displace with respect to the trolley so that it (and its contact) follows the contour of the track, with the contact remaining in electrical communication with the track conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Arjohuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Michael Molinar, Michael Corriveau, Jocelyn Patry