Hoistline Attachable Load Supporting Frame And Sling Or Flexible Patient Surrounding Device (e.g., Stretcher Bottom) Patents (Class 5/89.1)
  • Patent number: 9456944
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HUNTLEIGH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Eva Berg, Anette Lindell, Emma Olsson
  • Patent number: 9433548
    Abstract: A person support device comprises a body support, a first support loop, and a second support loop. The body support is configured to support at least a portion of a person. The first support loop is coupled to the body support and extends there from a first distance. The second support loop is coupled to the body support and is overlappingly coupled along a portion of the first support loop. The second support loop extends a second distance from the body support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Liko Research & Development AB
    Inventors: Elin Dovervik, Catherine Ringbjer, Hanna Youngstrom, Anders Eriksson, Mattias Andersson
  • Patent number: 9173789
    Abstract: An emergency drag stretcher is disclosed that combines a base panel formed of a flexible sheet material and a harness. The harness securely restrains an individual and holds the base panel against the individual, allowing the individual to be dragged or vertically lifted using the emergency drag stretcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: MFT Internal Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Haskell, Thomas J. Fee, Michael P. Harty
  • Patent number: 9107789
    Abstract: An improved patient transfer and toileting sling comprising an additional flap 3 fabric and adjustment strap 4. The additional fabric and adjusting means allows for enhanced security during transfers and can be easily and quickly removed to facilitate access to patient's clothing during toileting. Adjustment buckles 6 allow the sling to be secured and fitted around a patient's bottom for enhanced comfort and security during transfers. They can also be used to secure the additional flap 3 fabric up and out of the way during toileting to allow for improved access to a patient's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Alexander Brandorff, Catherine Susan Brandorff
  • 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: 20150052681
    Abstract: A transfer sling comprises (a) a sling body portion including: (i) a plurality of positioning straps to promote patient position adjustment, and (ii) a commode opening for toileting activities; and (b) a pair of protection straps generally disposed on opposite sides of the commode opening, the protection straps extending laterally across the width of the commode opening and adapted to receive opposite ends of an absorbent incontinence sheet positionable between the protection straps to fully cover the commode opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Crescia Hagler
  • Publication number: 20150052680
    Abstract: An improved patient transfer and toileting sling comprising an additional flap 3 fabric and adjustment strap 4. The additional fabric and adjusting means allows for enhanced security during transfers and can be easily and quickly removed to facilitate access to patient's clothing during toileting. Adjustment buckles 6 allow the sling to be secured and fitted around a patient's bottom for enhanced comfort and security during transfers. They can also be used to secure the additional flap 3 fabric up and out of the way during toileting to allow for improved access to a patient's clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Alexander Brandorff, Catherine Susan Brandorff
  • Patent number: 8959682
    Abstract: A disposable transporter that is absorbent, portable, and lightweight, and having sufficient strength to carry an injured soldier or medical patient is provided. The transporter has a backing substrate, an absorbent body, and a gripping device in an edge formed by the backing substrate. The absorbent body absorbs a large amount of body fluids, and can have an active agent that reduces contamination, infection, and odor. A transporter kit that encloses the transporter in a case for ease of storage and transport is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Paper-Pak Industries
    Inventors: Ronald Jenson, Richard Beu, Sayandro Versteylen
  • 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: 8910325
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus for a lift system is disclosed. The apparatus includes a) a motor adapted for providing a lifting force, b) at least one connector operatively connected to the motor, the connector adapted for connecting a load-bearing component to the motor, c) an information receiver for receiving a load limit information about the load-bearing component, d) a motor controller electrically coupled to the motor and the information receiver, wherein the motor controller is adapted to limit the lifting force of the motor based on the load limit information received by the information receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ArjoHuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Marie-Lou Joncas, Dennis-Alexandre Brulotte
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140250591
    Abstract: A transporting and lifting device for handicapped person includes a seat attached to a carrier for supporting a user, a front sling coupled to the front portion of the carrier and a rear sling coupled to the rear portion of the carrier for hanging and lifting and elevating the carrier and the user. The carrier includes an anchoring device attached to front portion of the carrier for connecting to the front sling with a hanging strap, and another anchoring device attached to rear portion of the carrier for connecting to the rear sling with a back board. A retaining strap is coupled to the rear sling for engaging with the user and for stably retaining the user to the rear sling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: SPORTS ART INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hai Pin KUO
  • Patent number: 8800076
    Abstract: A transfer belt for assisting in moving patients includes a transfer belt, a mechanism to retract the belt into a compact unit and a mechanism to fix the belt in a fixed loop around a patient at the size desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Bryan Jeffrey Ophaug, Kristen Joanne Erickson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140182059
    Abstract: A hoist apparatus for use with a hoist for lifting a load is described. The hoist apparatus includes an elongate load bearing member having a longitudinal axis and at least two support points spaced apart along the longitudinal axis. An intermediate support member includes a hoist connection element for connecting the intermediate support member to a hoist, and at least first and second support point connection elements each connecting the intermediate support member to a respective support point of the elongate load bearing member. The first support point connection element is spaced a first distance from the hoist connection element, and the second support point connection element is spaced a second distance from the hoist connection element. Adjustment means adjusts at least one of the first and second distances so as to adjust the orientation of the longitudinal axis of the elongate load bearing member relative to the horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Arjo Hospital Equipment
    Inventor: Jorgen Jonsson
  • Patent number: 8671475
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an example patient movement apparatus and methods for its use enable an EMS crew to load a patient disposed in an ambulance chair and/or in an ambulance stretcher into an ambulance, unload the patient from the ambulance, and otherwise move the patent within the ambulance, for example, from the ambulance chair to the ambulance stretcher. The patient movement apparatus may comprise a patient cradle in which a patient is wrapped, a loading ramp that spans between ground level and the level of the floor of the rear of the ambulance, a winch secured within the rear of the ambulance and having a retractable winch cable, an articulating arm secured within the rear of the ambulance and having a pulley to accommodate the winch cable, and/or one or more cable guides secured within the rear of the ambulance and that accommodate the winch cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Yevgeniy Radzinsky
  • Patent number: 8607378
    Abstract: A caregiver assist device for use with a patient support apparatus is disclosed. The caregiver assist device including a support structure, a boom, a helper belt, and a constant force spring assembly. The boom extends from the support structure over the patient support apparatus. The helper belt is supported along the boom and has a first end and a second end. The constant force spring assembly includes a constant force spring coupled between the support structure and the first end of the helper belt so that a constant counterbalancing force is applied to the helper belt in response to a patient force being applied to the second end of the helper belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua J. Moriarity, Thomas K. Skripps, Andrea L. Lewis, Peter A. Rankis
  • Patent number: 8572774
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving a limb of a bedridden person, including a substantially “T” shaped member including a first member having a first end and a second end and a second member secured transversely to the second end of the first member, a pulley secured above the bedridden person, and, a cable secured to the first end of the first member, the cable supported and arranged for movement about the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Michael P. Osika
  • Patent number: 8566977
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress-sling having an inflatable torso support pad, a first leg extending out from a first portion of the inflatable torso support pad, and a second leg spaced from the first leg and extending out from a second portion of the inflatable torso support pad. The legs include straps attached to their inner and outer seams so as to facilitate lifting of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Woodlark Circle, Inc.
    Inventor: David T. Davis
  • Patent number: 8549679
    Abstract: A personal lifting device includes a housing that carries first, second, third and fourth lifting mechanisms. First, second, third and fourth lift lines are connected to the respective lifting mechanisms. Further, the device includes a controller for selectively operating the first, second, third and fourth lifting mechanisms whereby the first, second, third and fourth lifting lines are independently extended and retracted as desired to lower and lift a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Jary Edward Tindall
  • Patent number: 8499379
    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 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ota, Masaru Ryumae, Keiichi Sato, Shin Sano, Srinidhi Kaushik
  • Publication number: 20130167847
    Abstract: Described are surgical drapes and system with universal application to heavy equipment useful in operating room environments. Surgical drape systems of the invention are particularly capable of covering patient support machinery such as hoists, lifts, and slings, whether the equipment is mobile or stationary, or configured as a floor-based or as an over head support/lifting system. The drapes of the current invention provide for protecting the equipment from exposure to surgical biohazard waste e.g.; blood or body fluids, as well as providing the ability to use equipment that is otherwise not presently allowed to enter into an operating room because of the impossibility to render such equipment sterile. The drapes further allow for the holding, lifting and positioning of the patient whole body or limbs while maintaining sterility during prepping and surgical procedures. Also included are support slings for use with the drapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Kurk Anthony Rogers
  • Patent number: 8468623
    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 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Richard A. Patterson, Roy M. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20130152304
    Abstract: A person support device comprises a body support, a first support loop, and a second support loop. The body support is configured to support at least a portion of a person. The first support loop is coupled to the body support and extends there from a first distance. The second support loop is coupled to the body support and is overlappingly coupled along a portion of the first support loop. The second support loop extends a second distance from the body support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Elin Dovervik, Catherine Ringbjer, Hanna Youngstrom, Anders Eriksson, Mattias Andersson
  • Patent number: 8438677
    Abstract: A patient lift includes a base and a mast extending from the base. The patient lift also includes a first elongated leg having a first longitudinal axis extending from the base. A first caster assembly is mounted for pivotal movement relative to the first elongated leg about a first carriage axis. The first caster assembly includes a first caster truck and a plurality of first assembly casters mounted to the first caster truck. The patient lift also includes a second elongated leg having a second longitudinal axis extending from the base. A second caster assembly is mounted for pivotal movement relative to the second elongated leg about a second carriage axis. The second caster assembly includes a second caster truck and a plurality of second assembly casters mounted to the second caster truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Joerns Healthcare, LLC
    Inventor: Melvin C. Biersteker
  • Patent number: 8407831
    Abstract: A patient positioning apparatus comprising a base, a support column, at least one positioning arm on the support column capable of being positioned over a bed and having a buckle and strap capable of securing to a patient support with a receiving buckle so that a patient can be partially or totally suspended when an adjustable bed is lowered. The apparatus further comprising a telescoping support column and horizontal support for holding a first and second positioning arm. The positioning arms further comprising locking pivots for extending and retracting. Patient repositioning is effectuated by positioning the arms over a patient, extending straps with buckle inserts into receiving buckles on a fabric gripper secured to bed linens. A patient positioning apparatus can further be mounted to either a ceiling or a wall or can comprise a swiveling support column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ergonurse, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth White, Andrew Michael Rosenvell, Stefano Demartin, Joshua Robert Oldham, Jason Thomas Silvenis, Gerrit Tennyson Larsen, Bret David Nicholson
  • Patent number: 8402576
    Abstract: The invention relates to a patient lifting frame for use with an invalid hoist for lifting and supporting an invalid patient. Such a lifting frame can be used in conjunction with a wheeled or overhead mechanical or electrical hoist unit, to assist nursing staff, healthcare staff or carers in lifting and moving disabled patients. This lifting frame may also be used in many different areas to carry able bodied people in safety for operations such as air sea rescue service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Life Lift (Medical Products) Limited
    Inventor: Simon Christopher Dornton Walker
  • Patent number: 8397320
    Abstract: The patient lifting device includes a transverse beam that supports a movable lift assembly to move a patient relative to at least one of a bed or chair. The transverse beam spans between a pair of support structures and allows the lift assembly to move horizontally along the transverse beam to move the patient horizontally relative to the bed or chair. At one of the transverse beam ends, the lift assembly contacts a charging station. The charging station charges a battery, that is carried by the lift assembly, to power the lift assembly. The lift assembly is powered to move a patient vertically upward and downward. A power source is electrically coupled to the charging station to provide electrical power to charge the battery of the lift assembly through the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Guido Capaldi
  • Patent number: 8381332
    Abstract: A rigid sling system is provided to ease the lifting of a disabled person by sliding its constituent sections under the subject as opposed to lifting the disabled person into the sling. This sling system is comprised of two sections, a right section and a left section. A right side main frame and its appropriate straps, a back connector, a right leg support, and a front connector with its appropriate straps are constituent members of the right section of the sling system. A left main frame and its appropriate straps, a left leg support are constituent members of the left section of the sling system. The two sections interlock via the connectors and configure to become engaged to a person lifting the sling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Mohammad Fakhrizadeh
  • Patent number: 8336133
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention comprises a multi-functional patient transfer device for transferring mobility-impaired patients. In one embodiment, the multi-functional patient transfer device includes a lift cart and one or more lift components. The lift components may attach to the lift cart and/or other lift components. The lift components may include frontal bars, a tabletop, a central arm, lifting forks, a hoist, a knee blocker, footrests, a transfer chair, detachable handles, and/or safety cushions. Embodiments of the present invention may include one or more patient interfaces. The patient interfaces may attach to the lift cart and/or one or more lifting components. The patient interfaces may include slings, chairs, straps, harnesses, and/or transfer sheets. In one embodiment, the patient interfaces may include foldable panels. In one embodiment, the patient interfaces may include a buttock/link support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Technimotion, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Palay, William E. Burak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8321972
    Abstract: A lifting belt comprising a waist belt and a detachable right and left leg strap is described. The lifting belt allows for quick and easy lifting of a person that has fallen, or is otherwise incapacitated. The lifting belt is configured with a plurality of lifting handles on the waist belt. The plurality of lifting handles allows a after to choose a handle that is in a suitable location for them to reach. The lifting handles are made of a woven fabric attached to the waist belt and a daisy chain configuration on the leg straps, so they are not uncomfortable to the fallen person. The lifting belt is adjustable in size, whereby an attachment device can connect a leg strap or waist belt by an end loop, daisy chain loop, or lifting handle. In one embodiment, the left and right leg straps are a different design, such as different colors, to allow for quick identification and coordination between lifters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Diane Lou Vetter
  • Patent number: 8281430
    Abstract: An extraction and transfer sling facilitating lifting of an injured, incapacitated, or person of interest for any reason that may be warranted by emergency services or assistance. The sling has several embodiments each capable of supporting a thigh, buttocks, and back region of a person being lifted. Additionally the sling can include shoulder, head, and leg including foot support for transporting a lifted person from one location to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Bill Harold Hough, Chad Scott Frazier, Laura Jean Frazier
  • Patent number: 8250687
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for lifting and transporting patients. The apparatus may include a base frame, a central frame, a knee pad, and a boom configured to pivot relative to the central frame. The knee pad may have a guide and a rail configured to travel within the guide to allow positioning and adjustment of the knee pad relative to the central frame. The guide may be configured to selectively secure the rail at any location within an adjustment range of the knee pad. The boom may have at least one hook portion for attachment of a device for holding the patient during lifting. The hook portion may include a hook formed from a curved portion of a central member and a clip attached to the curved portion and movable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Frances Spidare, Russell Pizzuto, John Owens, James Zhou, Roger Wang, Richard Li, Kenneth Chapman, Chris Jaeger
  • Patent number: 8250685
    Abstract: A body wrap for quick lifting and transport of a patient's body or provide assistance to a patient or accident victim in standing or securing an injured limb during transport in a wheelchair, comprising a flexible canvas wrap that is placed and secured around parts of the body and where the supporting wrap has flexible handles that permit the wrap to be grasped and lifted by one or more attendants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Lindsay Kocet
  • Patent number: 8214945
    Abstract: The invention relates to a patient lifting frame for use with an invalid hoist for lifting and supporting an invalid patient. Such a lifting frame can be used in conjunction with a wheeled or overhead mechanical or electrical hoist unit, to assist nursing staff, healthcare staff or carers in lifting and moving disabled patients. This lifting frame may also be used in many different areas to carry able bodied people in safety for operations such as air sea rescue service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Life Lift (Medical Products) Limited
    Inventor: Simon Christopher Dornton Walker
  • Patent number: 8161583
    Abstract: A bed turning composite dual pad system to facilitate the care of a patient used in changing their position on a bed while providing clear access to their backside as required. A base pad is positioned under a patient with a centrally aligned longitudinally offset contoured opening within allowing the caregiver to easily turn and roll a patient with the base pad for ease of care access position. An adaptable absorbent cover pad is removably affixed over the contoured opening on the underside of the base pad for liquid containment management if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Lynn Palen
  • Publication number: 20120060277
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an example patient movement apparatus and methods for its use enable an EMS crew to load a patient disposed in an ambulance chair and/or in an ambulance stretcher into an ambulance, unload the patient from the ambulance, and otherwise move the patent within the ambulance, for example, from the ambulance chair to the ambulance stretcher. The patient movement apparatus may comprise a patient cradle in which a patient is wrapped, a loading ramp that spans between ground level and the level of the floor of the rear of the ambulance, a winch secured within the rear of the ambulance and having a retractable winch cable, an articulating arm secured within the rear of the ambulance and having a pulley to accommodate the winch cable, and/or one or more cable guides secured within the rear of the ambulance and that accommodate the winch cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Yevgeniy Radzinsky
  • Publication number: 20110277237
    Abstract: A rigid sling system is provided to ease the lifting of a disabled person by sliding its constituent sections under the subject as opposed to lifting the disabled person into the sling. This sling system is comprised of two sections, a right section and a left section. A right side main frame and its appropriate straps, a back connector, a right leg support, and a front connector with its appropriate straps are constituent members of the right section of the sling system. A left main frame and its appropriate straps, a left leg support are constituent members of the left section of the sling system. The two sections interlock via the connectors and configure to become engaged to a person lifting the sling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Mohammad Fakhrizadeh
  • Patent number: 8056164
    Abstract: An adjustable bed comprises a hospital bed frame chassis, an articulatable, multi-sectioned base platform mounted on the chassis, an adjustable patient support framework mounted on the base platform, and a patient support surface overlying the adjustable patient support framework and base platform. The adjustable patient support framework preferably includes two main parts: an adjustable torso support litter mounted on the articulatable torso-supporting section of the base platform; and an adjustable hip support litter mounted on the articulatable hip-supporting section of the base platform. Each of these support litters comprise a plurality of independently adjustable vertices or segments oriented at or near the periphery of the overlying patient support surface. Modulation of the patient support surface is accomplished through two conceptually distinct mechanisms—(1) articulation of the base platform and (2) movement of the vertices and/or segments of the adjustable patient support framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Bedlab, LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Rene Benzo, Mario Cesar Eleonori
  • Patent number: 7945975
    Abstract: An improved device for assisting a caregiver in lifting and moving a patient. The device comprises a unitary garment member having a front panel section, a rear panel section and an interconnecting central or middle panel section. The device further includes a plurality of integral, reinforced support straps that enhance the structural integrity of the garment member. The rear panel section includes two flap portions extending laterally on opposing sides of the rear panel section. The two flap portions can be pulled forward and attached to the front panel section whereby the device becomes a vest-type garment that completely surrounds the patient's torso. The improved patient assistance device includes a plurality of strategically positioned hand holds, which provide enhanced leverage enabling a caregiver to more easily assist a patient wearing the device to move from one position to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: SDS Medical Supply LLC
    Inventors: John A. Thomas, Phillip A. Clifford
  • Publication number: 20110016628
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for moving subjects is claimed in which a base structure has one or more rolling devices attached to facilitate moving of the apparatus. A stem structure rising from the base structure in turn supports a moveable support arm having a having pulley affixed to a distal end. A moveable lifting line capable of supporting a lifted subject ends in a fitting. A pulling mechanism is attached to the apparatus and operably coupled to the lifting line, whereby a subject secured to the fitting can be lifted and moved. In disclosed preferred embodiments, the portable apparatus for moving subjects is configured for lifting a subject without lifting movement of the support arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Russell P. Masterson, JR.
  • Patent number: 7836529
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for sensing when a person is disposed on or arises from a support that flexes or sags when a person is disposed thereon. Such supports include beds, supports for a mattress or a seat, such as a sling-type seat found on wheelchairs. In one embodiment, an assembly is positioned beneath the support and includes a sensor. The sensor indicates when tension on the assembly exceeds a certain amount which is indicative of sagging of the support. The assembly may be adjustable in length to maintain proper tension in the absence of sag. The sensor may be a switch that includes a plunger which operates against the bias of a biasing member which either completes or interrupts an electrical circuit in response to tension placed on the assembly due to sagging of the support. In another embodiment, the assembly may be at least partially elastic. In yet another embodiment, a strain gauge may be employed to detect stretching of the assembly due to sagging of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: AliMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian H. Cherubini, Jesse Drake
  • Patent number: 7836528
    Abstract: A medical linen is disclosed. The medical linen may include a base sheet with a slide surface attached to the base sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Mobility Plus LLC
    Inventor: Deryck G Nuckton
  • Patent number: 7802328
    Abstract: A hoist device for lifting persons, said hoist device comprising holding means (27); and a hoist sling comprising attachment means (37), said attachment means (37) being connectable to the holding means (27). Any of the attachment means (37) and the holding means (27) comprises a reference object (8), and any of the attachment means (37) and the holding means (27) comprises sensing means (7) configured to detect the reference object (8), for determining if the attachment means (37) are properly connected to the holding means (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventor: Hans Lingegard
  • Publication number: 20100229299
    Abstract: A patient lifting apparatus that includes a front and rear independently controlled cable lowering means so that a patient sitting in a sling suspended from the cables can be assisted out of the sling, or into the sling depending on the situation. This provides great, and safer, control of patient movement that otherwise provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Adam Thomas Lear
  • Patent number: 7761942
    Abstract: An adjustable bed comprises a hospital bed frame chassis, an articulatable, multi-sectioned base platform mounted on the chassis, an adjustable patient support framework mounted on the base platform, and a patient support surface overlying the adjustable patient support framework and base platform. The adjustable patient support framework preferably includes two main parts: an adjustable torso support litter mounted on the articulatable torso-supporting section of the base platform; and an adjustable hip support litter mounted on the articulatable hip-supporting section of the base platform. Each of these support litters comprise a plurality of independently adjustable vertices or segments oriented at or near the periphery of the overlying patient support surface. Modulation of the patient support surface is accomplished through two conceptually distinct mechanisms—(1) articulation of the base platform and (2) movement of the vertices and/or segments of the adjustable patient support framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Bedlab, LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Rene Benzo, Mario Cesar Eleonori