And Wheels Or Free Traveling (e.g., Gurney Or Convertible Wheelchair Type) Patents (Class 5/86.1)
  • Patent number: 10813805
    Abstract: In a standing-up motion assist system for assisting a care receiving person, a care belt includes a first holder that holds a neck part or a back part of the care receiving person, a second holder that holds a lumbar part of the care receiving person, a third holder that connects the first holder and the second holder and holds armpits of the care receiving person, a second connector located at a chest of the care receiving person, and a first connector that connects the first holder and the second holder. A pulling mechanism is connected to the second connector and pulls the second connector. A controller controls the pulling mechanism so as to pull the second connector in a forward and upward direction with reference to the care receiving person, and, thereafter, pull the second connector in a backward and upward direction with reference to the care receiving person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuko Tsusaka, Yudai Fudaba
  • Patent number: 10813810
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assisting persons from a lying position to a sitting position comprises a mechanical support support board for supporting a body of the person while lying in bed. An extension of the support board reaches away from the bed to accommodate the legs and thighs of the person. The support board is pivoted and tilted upwards in order to move the person from a lying position to an upright and sitting position. The support board assists caregivers with lifting a patient in and out of bed while minimizing both risk of injury to the caregiver and physical and emotional discomfort to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Lever Up
    Inventor: Marc A. Guillet
  • Patent number: 10688001
    Abstract: A standing motion assist system includes a care belt including a holding mechanism including a holder that holds a back and both armpits of a care-receiver, and a connector that is connected to the holding mechanism; a rotational force applying mechanism that is connected to the holding mechanism and that rotates a front lower part of the holder upward and a rear upper part of the holder downward about a rotation axis extending through both armpits; a traction mechanism that is connected to the connector and pulls the connector; and a controller that controls the rotational force applying mechanism and the traction mechanism so that, after the traction mechanism has started the pulling motion, the rotational force applying mechanism rotates the holder at the same time as the traction mechanism pulls the connector forward and upward, and subsequently the traction mechanism pulls the connector upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuko Tsusaka, Yudai Fudaba
  • Patent number: 10238565
    Abstract: A device, for grasping a limp body, such as a paraplegic or a quadriplegic patient (19), and transferring the body to another location or moving it into a different position, comprises two pivotally connected sections (12,13), one positioned to grasp the torso portion (18), the other the pelvic one (17). The sections can be kept in line with each other or pivoted toward each other to place the patient in a seated position. Each section comprises an upper frame (14) from the opposite longitudinal edges of which extends a pair of articulated grasping members positioned to move astride the torso or pelvis of the patient. The members include series of transversal cantles which can be directed to curl inwardly toward each other and securely enwrap and grab the load. The frame and the supported patient can then be hoisted, moved and deposited into a supine or seating position. Each member includes a series of successively hinged segments tilted by pulling cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Anton K. Simson
  • Patent number: 10045898
    Abstract: Provided is a robot which is easily operated and with which it is possible for a caregiver to transfer a person alone. A robot (R) provided with a traveling unit (M1), a hoisting unit (M2) provided to the traveling unit (M1), a tilting unit (M3) provided to the hoisting unit (M3), an operating unit (M4) provided to the tilting unit (M3), and a pair of arms, wherein: the tiling unit (M3) has a main tilting unit and an auxiliary tilting unit provided to the main tilting unit; and the auxiliary tilting unit has auxiliary tilting members which are provided to both ends of the main tilting member on the main tilting unit, holds the arms, and can rotate freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MUSCLE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Tamai, Satoshi Tamai
  • Patent number: 10004650
    Abstract: A patient treatment system includes one or more automated patient transporters configured to move a patient from a preparation area to one of a plurality of alternative treatment areas, and to position the patient relative to a therapeutic radiation beam. Both transportation of the patient and positioning of the patient are optionally performed while the patient is secured to one of the patient transporters. A control system may be used to both position and transport the patient responsive to a patient treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy E. Guertin, Marcel R. Marc
  • Patent number: 9913772
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to wheelchair systems for transporting a mobility-challenged passenger onto an aircraft and transfer that passenger into an aircraft seat. The implementations include systems with lift systems, belt systems, and/or transfer ramps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dane Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Johnson, Andrew Dvorak
  • Patent number: 9901504
    Abstract: An appliance for use in supporting a woman during the first stage of labor including: a seat portion; a generally horizontal ledge portion is located at a height which is higher than the seat portion and extends across the width of the seat portion; a footrest is located at either side of the ledge portion; and wherein the footrests are located beneath the ledge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Marie Colette Lamberton
  • Patent number: 9694717
    Abstract: A system for adjusting a position of a wheelchair occupant includes a sensor configured to generate sensor data based on the position of the occupant, an adjustment system coupled to a support point on the wheelchair and configured to be coupled to a support point on the occupant's clothing, and a processing circuit. The adjustment system is configured to extend and retract at least one adjustment element to adjust the position of the occupant, and the processing circuit is configured to determine the position of the occupant in the wheelchair based on the sensor data and adjust the adjustment element based on the determined position of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9499069
    Abstract: A system for adjusting a position of a wheelchair occupant includes a sensor configured to generate sensor data based on the position of the occupant, an adjustable cable system coupled to a support point on the wheelchair and configured to be coupled to a support point on the occupant's clothing, and a processing circuit. The cable system is configured to extend and retract at least one cable to adjust the position of the occupant, and the processing circuit is configured to determine the position of the occupant in the wheelchair based on the sensor data and adjust the cable based on the determined position of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9427374
    Abstract: A therapeutic walking trainer for improving the ability to walk, in particular for re-learning the ability to walk, with an upper frame, which has a torso-free body holder and provides forward support, and with a lower frame, which is connected to the upper frame by means of at least one supporting bar and has a number of rollers. To compensate for a torque acting on the vertical axis, the rollers are at least four in number, with at least one of the rollers, preferably exactly two of the rollers, being formed as drivable rollers. In addition, the invention relates to a combination of a therapeutic walking trainer with a motor-free treadmill, and the at least one supporting bar is connected to the lower frame via an elastic lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: medica-Medizintechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Otto Hoebel
  • Patent number: 9408766
    Abstract: A patient transport vehicle including lower chassis mounted on wheels in the bed supported by a column mounted on the lower chassis. A lift cart is supported by towers mounted on the lower chassis with a section configured to rise out from the top of each tower. A lift cart actuator is utilized to raise and lower the inner section of each tower thereby raising and lowering the lift cart. A swing mechanism is mounted on the lift cart with a swing actuator to control its movement. Two or more hangers are attached swing mechanism and utilized to support a patient wrapped in a patient support pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Jorge Horacio Capilla
  • Patent number: 9254233
    Abstract: An apparatus to lift persons includes: a base; wheels attached to the base; a vertical assembly including a fixed subassembly and a traveling subassembly; a mechanism such as an actuator that powers vertical movement of the traveling subassembly; a fork system attached to the traveling subassembly and comprises a pair of forks; and a substantially flat seat plate that is removably attached to the fork system and includes a pair of channels along opposite sides of the seat plate. The seat plate is removed from the fork system, placed onto the floor, and is then mounted by a person. The seat plate is reattached to the fork system by inserting the forks into the channels, and the actuator is activated to lift the person from the floor. The base and fork system may be pivotally attached to the fixed subassembly and traveling subassembly, respectively, so that the apparatus is collapsible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Schy
  • Patent number: 9254232
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: REVAC APS
    Inventors: Mogens Hjort, Jimmy Grotner, Henrik Hjort
  • Patent number: 9248062
    Abstract: A cot can include a support frame that extends between a front end and a back end. A front leg and a back leg can be slidingly coupled to the support frame. A front actuator can be coupled to the front leg and slide the front leg to retract and extend the front leg. A back actuator can be coupled to the back leg and slide the back leg to retract and extend the front leg. One or more processors can execute machine readable instructions to receive signals from one or more sensors indicative of the front end of the cot and the front leg. The one or more processors can actuate the back actuator to extend the back leg to raise the back end of the cot, when the front end of the cot is supported by a surface and the front leg is retracted a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 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: 9248065
    Abstract: A patient transport apparatus for transport between a patient bed and a bathtub is disclosed that includes: a base with caster wheels, a double scissor truss, mounted on the base, retracted and extended vertically by the operation of a base crank handle, and a hoisting assembly positioned atop of a support frame member. The hoisting member further includes winch handles connected to a set of pulleys which are connected to cables and a fabric sling for supporting a patient. The hoisting assembly is configured to move along the support frame member by means of wheels installed on the bottom side of the frame member so that the fabric sling can reach out to the patient. A telescoping support pole, connected to the front of the support frame member, designed to freely rotated and to lean against either the bed or the bathtub in order to provide balance to the apparatus when transporting the patient from the bed to the bathtub and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ton Duc Thang University
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Diep Tu
  • Patent number: 9173800
    Abstract: A device for assisting parturition, which device can be used to practice delivery, in birth training, in delivery, and in post natal and other rehabilitation. The device includes a body part and a seat part for the woman in labor. In the seat part there is a cut-out for the exit of the baby. The seat part is connected to the frame part, and in the device there are support elements which the woman in labor can grip, and on which she can lean in various delivery positions. The seat part is attached to the body in such a way that the cut-out faces away from the body and the elements for attaching to the body are between the body and the seat part. The seat part can be turned laterally relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: RELAXBIRTH OY
    Inventor: Eija Pessinen
  • Patent number: 9132763
    Abstract: An loading and unloading system is described that allows a load to be loaded and unloaded to and from the bed of a vehicle on which the loading and unloading system is mounted. The loading and unloading system is affixed to a vehicle bed and includes an enclosure providing structural support for the lifting mechanism and shelter for cargo security and protection. The lifting mechanism, in conjunction with the enclosure structure, loads or unloads cargo that is secured to a lifting platform using vertical linear motion as well as horizontal linear motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Garry Alexander Gowans
  • Patent number: 9114047
    Abstract: Embodiments of a roll-in push cot may comprise a support frame comprising a pair of lateral sides extending between a front end and a rear end, and a pair of slidable tracks disposed in the lateral sides; a pair of leading legs and a pair of trailing legs pivotally connected to the support frame; a front carriage member slidingly disposed within the pair of slidable tracks at the front end of the support frame, and a mechanical loading system coupled to the support frame and connecting the pair of leading legs with the pair of trailing legs, wherein the mechanical loading system comprises a front actuator disposed on the support frame in the motion path defined by the front carriage member, such that movement of the front carriage member triggers the front actuator and thereby initiates the release of the trailing legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Magill, Kemal Burc Oz, Andrew Karth
  • Patent number: 9027182
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a functional table for patient transportation, including: a patient supporter which supports a patient laid thereon and allows the patient to be horizontally slidably transported, with its both sides being changed in their angle with respect to a vertical axis of the patient; a support frame which is located in the central bottom of the patient supporter and allows the patient supporter to be vertically moved; a base frame which is connected to the bottom of the support frame and supports the whole of functional table; and at least three transporting wheels which are connected to the base frame and allow the functional table to be freely moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Keimyung University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Moo Seong Cho, Jae Young Bae
  • Patent number: 9021634
    Abstract: A stretcher including an upper frame for mounting a lifter thereon, a front leg pivotably attached to the upper frame, a rear leg pivotably attached to the upper frame, a fixed caster attached to one end of the front leg, a swivel caster attached to one end of the rear leg, and an auxiliary swivel caster attached to the front leg, wherein the upper frame is vertically adjustable by folding the front and rear legs relative to the upper frame, and wherein the auxiliary swivel caster is positioned relative to the fixed caster such that the auxiliary swivel caster is in contact with the ground when the upper frame is fully lowered and the front leg is folded away from the rear leg, and the auxiliary swivel caster is out of contact with the ground when the upper frame is fully lowered and the front leg is folded toward the rear leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Matunaga Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Goto, Noriyuki Matunaga, Shigeyuki Matunaga
  • Patent number: 9010779
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an elderly assistance apparatus comprises a frame, wheels, and a lever mechanism. The lever is comprised of caregiver leverage handles, patient lifts, and a fulcrum. In another embodiment the elderly assistance apparatus may comprise patient stabilizers. In one embodiment, the stabilizers are mounted crutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Carl Palmer
  • Patent number: 9004508
    Abstract: In a movable bed composed by combining a bed main portion and a wheelchair, the wheelchair has chair back bottom rails having cutout portions in a chair back bottom, and a chair back guide portion installed rotatably about a rotation point with respect to a chair base portion, the chair back guide portion having sliding portions engaged with the chair back bottom rails so as to be slidable and arranged to be disengageable from the chair back bottom rails by being located in the cutout portions, and in a fourth state (flat posture), the sliding portions are located in the cutout portions, the chair back guide portion and the chair back bottom are disengaged so as to be separable from each other, and a back lifting posture of the bed main portion and the chair back bottom can be performed over the entire width of the bed, whereas in a first state (chair posture), the sliding portions are engaged with the chair back bottom rails and can slide along the chair back bottom rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shohei Tsukada, Hideo Kawakami, Tohru Nakamura, Ryuichi Ueda
  • Patent number: 8990975
    Abstract: A user assistance apparatus and system is disclosed. The apparatus and system may include a base and a platform rotatably positionable about the base. A lift assist chair may be disposed upon the platform, and handrails may be attached to the platform such that the handrails rotate with the platform. The handrails extend from the platform to define an entry, and the handrails are configured to assist a user as the user passes between the entry and the lift assist chair. Fixtures may be disposed in a generally curved arrangement to cooperate with the entry as the platform is rotatably positioned about the base. Related methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Jerrell W. Harden, Russell J. Harden
  • Patent number: 8990982
    Abstract: Latching motion transfer arrangements may be used to raise an object up and out of the engagement with the ground or other support surface and to lower the object back onto the ground or other support surface. In one exemplary embodiment, the mechanism is caused to lift and latch by applying force in a first direction, a first time, and is caused to release and lower by applying force in the first direction, a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki, Michael A. Gregory
  • Publication number: 20150059087
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aid device for raising, rotation and transfer of a user, comprising a holder for receiving a strap connected to a belt which is worn by the user. The aid device comprises a base plate, for placement of the feet of the user, and a supporting device that is connected to the base plate, for supporting the user during the raising, rotation and/or transfer. The supporting device comprises a ladder portion having at least a first and a second graspable rung for aiding the user during the raising, rotation and/or transfer. It further comprises a holder for releasably holding a strap connected to the user. The holder projects from the first graspable rung towards the second graspable rung such that a gap is formed between a projecting end of the holder and the second graspable rung.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: HANDICARE AB
    Inventor: Åsa Brännström
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8950776
    Abstract: In a bed including a wheelchair and a bed main body portion, the wheelchair has a seating bottom portion composed of bendably coupling a plurality of divided members. A chair bottom support member supports the seating bottom portion, the chair bottom support member changing a shape of a leg bottom part in conjunction with inclination of a back bottom part. A chair base portion fixes the chair bottom support member. Front casters are provided in the chair base portion, the front casters being capable of freely changing direction. Both side wheel bottom support members are axially supported on the chair base portion. Rear casters are provided at one end of the both side wheel bottom support members, the rear casters being capable of freely changing direction. Traveling wheels are provided at the other end of both side wheel bottom support members, whose traveling direction is fixed to a straight-moving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shohei Tsukada, Yohei Kume, Hideo Kawakami, Tohru Nakamura, Toshihide Ueda
  • Patent number: 8935815
    Abstract: An operating table comprises a patient support carried by a column, wherein the column has a foot having at least two base arms which are arranged next to one another and which extend with variable spacing in the longitudinal direction of the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Berchtold Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Silvio Marugg
  • 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: 8914924
    Abstract: A patient support includes a patient support surface, a fluid movement system provided at the patient support, a port mounted at the patient support in selective fluid communication with the fluid movement system, and a device selected from the group consisting of an inflatable device, a conduit, an air operated device, an actuator, a ventilator, and a chamber, with the port adapted for coupling to the device for delivering fluid to the device from the fluid movement system when the device is coupled to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Stryker, Kevin Conway, Scott Davis
  • Patent number: 8910326
    Abstract: An improved wheelchair lift-transfer device provides capabilities for a patient or caregiver to independently control the wheelchair and lift functions to elevate and move about safely. The patient can use a handheld wireless remote control and summon their wheelchair lift-transfer device from across the room, to their bedside, then independently transfer into the device and then drive it about in their home, raising and lowering their body as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Harold Robert Wilson
  • Patent number: 8898830
    Abstract: A patient support and transport system for a multi-modality medical suite includes a track system with one track in one room aligned with another track in another room. A support carriage coupled to the track system and configured to move between the two rooms. A duplex socket interface module attached to the support carriage and flexible raceway including a first conduit management system coupled to the support carriage and configured to automatically couple with and decouple with the duplex socket interface module. A second conduit management system is coupled to electrical and data ports and include a conduit interface module configured to automatically couple with and decouple with the duplex socket interface module. The patient support and transport system also includes a vertical support member coupled to the support carriage and a support assembly coupled to the vertical support member configured to selectively articulate a patient bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Medtrak Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen G. Hushek
  • 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: 8863331
    Abstract: Embodiments of a height adjustable emergency roll-in cot comprise a cot support frame comprising having a leading end, a trailing end, and a pair of opposing side frame members disposed between the leading and trailing ends, a pair of wheeled front legs slidingly coupled to the cot support frame via a slideable front transverse support member, and a pair of wheeled back legs slidingly coupled to the support frame via a slideable back transverse support member, wherein the slideable front transverse support member, the slideable back transverse support member, or both include a pair of locking pins (90, 92).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Vittorio Valentino, Bryan Robert Keller
  • Patent number: 8856989
    Abstract: A stretcher includes a patient support, a base, a plurality of support members supporting the patient support relative to the base, which are adapted and arranged to raise or lower the base relative to the patient support, and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is actuatable between a locked position wherein the locking mechanism locks the support members at a fixed height and an unlocked position wherein the support members are released from being locked at the fixed height so that the base or the patient support may be moved relative to the other. Further, the locking mechanism is configured to provide a stop for the support members and absorb energy from the support members are release and the support members engage the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Cliff Lambarth, Steve Knipfel, Jason Kneen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8845264
    Abstract: A bed transport and utility dolly comprising two or more supports which removably attach at the head and the foot of an adjustable bed. The dolly provides bed transport in a taller and thinner form and allows easy movement through doorways and safe navigation of hallways. The present art apparatus and method of use utilizes the ability of an adjustable bed to substantially retract the bed support arms or legs whereby the transport and utility dolly retains the weight of the bed and allows rotation of the bed into a taller and thinner form before transport, all without the use of specialty tools or extra dollies. Each support comprises a frame with a pivotally attached swing arm having one or more bed couplers with quick release mechanisms which removably attach to the frame or other structurally supportive portion of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: NOA Medical Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig P. Kubiak, Michael W. Megown
  • Patent number: 8800081
    Abstract: A bed with a leg assembly coupled to a support link assembly by a joint, the joint comprising a slot having at least two paths. A support link assembly defining a length that automatically varies as the support link assembly moves relative to the leg assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki
  • 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: 8776289
    Abstract: There is disclosed a senior-friendly shower carrier comprising a bed; a housing part comprising a second housing, a first housing coupled to a lower portion of the bed to elevate to an upper portion of the second housing and a third housing that elevates to a lower portion of the second housing; a first elevating module comprising a driving motor having a shaft provided therein, a fixing part, a power transmitting part which transmits a rotational force of the shaft to the fixing part, and a moving part which elevates the first housing upwardly, moving along the rotation of the fixing part upwardly and downwardly; and a second elevating module comprising a driving motor having a shaft provided therein, a fixing part, a power transmitting part which transmits a rotational force of the shaft to the fixing part, and a moving part which elevates the third housing downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Cheol Woong Ko, Kyeoung Jin Chun, Soo Taek Kim, Deok Yeon Cho, Yeong Chan Kwak
  • Patent number: 8781677
    Abstract: High centering bases for hospital gurneys are disclosed. An example hospital gurney includes a sensor to detect a position of a foot pedal of the hospital gurney. The example high centering base includes a processor responsive to the sensor to create a movement instruction based on the position of the foot pedal. The example high centering base includes an actuator to move a first wheel based on the movement instruction, the first wheel located between a first end of the hospital gurney and a second end of the hospital gurney.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hospital Therapy Products
    Inventors: Timothy Roberts, Daniel Stout
  • Publication number: 20140189950
    Abstract: An electrically powered self propelled transfer accessible vehicle having a chair which can be vertically positioned by a lifting frame on the vehicle controlled by an operator of the vehicle to permit a disabled person to move from a wheelchair onto the vehicle chair and then repositioned for the disabled person to enter a ride or attraction at an amusement park or to receive physical therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: LLOYD L. ROBBINS
  • Patent number: 8756726
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame, a patient support coupled to the frame, a plurality of casters and a wheel coupled to the frame, a motor coupled to the wheel and operable to rotate the wheel to propel the patient support apparatus along a floor, and an electrical system comprising a controller configured to signal operation of the motor to rotate the wheel to propel the patient support apparatus along the floor. The electrical system further includes user inputs adjacent at least one end of the frame and adjacent at least one side of the frame. The user inputs including forward and reverse switches that are engaged to determine whether the patient support apparatus is propelled in a forward direction or a rearward direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Hamberg, Robert M. Zerhusen, Christian H. Reinke
  • Publication number: 20140165287
    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: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Mogens Jessen
  • Patent number: 8746710
    Abstract: A patient support has caster devices supporting a frame for movement in relation to a supporting surface. A lift supports an auxiliary wheel in relation to the frame. A shaft may be rotatable to drive the lift to move the auxiliary wheel between a deployed position and a retracted position. The shaft may rotate to control deployment and retraction of the auxiliary wheel. A sensor may control deployment and retraction of the auxiliary wheel. An element may provide a dampening effect when the auxiliary wheel encounters a raised surface and urge the auxiliary wheel into contact with the supporting surface when the auxiliary wheel encounters a lowered surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Linet Spol s.r.o.
    Inventor: Ladislav Schejbal
  • 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
  • Patent number: RE44884
    Abstract: An ambulance cot is disclosed and the ambulance cot has, if desired, a wheel supported base and a litter raisable and lowerable by a powered elevating mechanism oriented between the base and the litter. The ambulance cot also has wireless communication capability to facilitate communication between the ambulance cot and a loading system on an ambulance as well as facilitating wireless troubleshooting via a handheld wireless unit. The ambulance cot also has a longitudinally extendable head section. The ambulance cot also has several accessories, such as an accessory hook mounted to the underside of the fowler, and a collapsible pouch accessory fastened to the retractable head section and the litter frame as well as a pinch safety feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Clifford E. Lambarth