With Hook And Loop Type Fastener Patents (Class 5/922)

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Bedclothing (Class 5/923)
  • Patent number: 8950022
    Abstract: A mattress-bearing hospital bed comprises a hospital bed body on which a plurality of hook-and-loop fasteners are installed and a mattress structure which comprises a silicone layer with straight grooves thereon, a polyurethane film covering the silicone layer, and a velvet fabric layer whose one surface is melt to the plane bottom of the polyurethane film covering the silicone layer and other surface contacts the hospital bed body by means of the hook-and-loop fasteners in order to attach the mattress structure to the hospital bed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Hui-Mei Chen
  • Patent number: 8671480
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pillow system. The pillow system comprises a pair of compressible, shape-sustaining pillows. One pillow is wedge-shaped with a knife-edge on its inner side. The second pillow has a broad flat bottom, so that it can maintain an upright position when standing alone, and an inwardly curved top. The system includes a connecting strap by which one of the pillows is removably and adjustably connected to the other. In this way, the distance between the pillows can be changed to suit the size of the user. When joined by the strap, the pair of pillows provides both back and abdominal support for a pregnant woman or can be used as back support for a sleeping infant. The second pillow with its curved top performs well as a nursing pillow or as a lap tray for an adult or child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8429773
    Abstract: Suspender-type strap members for securing sheets and bedding to mattress and the like. The ends of the strap members have fasteners for securing the strap members to the sheet or bedding. The strap members can also be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Sal Herman
  • Patent number: 8239985
    Abstract: A towel with one or more recessed pockets is disclosed. A first peripheral edge spans from a first corner of the towel to a second corner of the towel. A second peripheral edge spans from a third corner of the towel to a fourth corner of the towel. The second peripheral edge is positioned generally opposite the first peripheral edge of the towel. A first recessed pocket includes a first set of openings is disposed on and coextensive with the first peripheral edge. A second recessed pocket includes a second set of openings disposed on and coextensive with the second peripheral edge. A first liner covers an interior surface of the first recessed pocket. A second liner covers an interior surface of the second recessed pocket. The first and second liner each comprise rounded interior corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Joshua P. Christensen, Michael G. Ware
  • Patent number: 7954188
    Abstract: A furniture attachment system is described. Embodiments of the furniture attachment system comprise a highly adjustable interface that is readily adapted to hold, store, or secure items of highly varied size and shape at a convenient location proximate a bed or other piece of furniture. In use, the present invention holds, stores, or secures items at beside, or beside other furniture, by securing the items to a bed or other furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventors: Steven C. House, Jennie House
  • Patent number: 7757321
    Abstract: A system of modular, detachable cushions having surfaces containing hook and/or loop fasteners that fasten to mating loop, open weave or hook surfaces to define adjustable, conformal contoured support surfaces at user contact surfaces and appliances producing fatigue and/or abrasion (e.g. automotive seats, chairs, compartment walls, desks, footwear, helmets, tools etc.). The cushions can include air, elastomer, fabric, fiber, foam, liquid, gel, and/or rubber cushioning materials or combinations thereof arranged in envelopes, pads, cavities or tiered assemblies. The cushions include surfaces fitted with one or more layers of cushioning materials or envelopes of cushioning material and one or more regions of fastener materials that mate with interconnecting fasteners at the contact surface or appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Nathaniel Calvert
  • Patent number: 7636962
    Abstract: An apparatus has a collapsible base that assumes a deployed position and a collapsed position where the base has a smaller size than in the deployed configuration. A surface is removably attached to the base. The base includes a frame system that includes a plurality of struts that are hingedly connected to each other. The surface can be used as a sleeping surface, a table top, a game surface, or for other similar purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 7627916
    Abstract: Pillows for attachment to a neckstrap are disclosed. Such pillows are particularly suitable for any activity where one's head must be tilted back or involving overhead viewing, such as birdwatching, stargazing, air show viewing, or any other aerial viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: Virginia P. Gielow
  • Patent number: 7621005
    Abstract: A bed-like apparatus particularly for use at the beach comprising a large rectangular padded section with an integral pillow is herein disclosed. The pillow section can be rolled and secured with fasteners into a large torus-shaped roll allowing a user to lie in a prone position comfortably. The apparatus comprises a water-resistant material affixed to a lower surface and a terrycloth type material along a top surface similar in size to a beach towel, further comprising an integral pocket and a beverage holder. A carrying handle and straps are used for ease of transportation while providing a large water-resistant storage compartment along an external surface for storage of sunscreen, food, books, refreshments, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Lillian Harvey
  • Patent number: 7614100
    Abstract: A two ply ground cover comprising a top acrylic rug layer and a bottom canvas layer having a strap retainer fastened to the bottom side with straps extending therefrom and a handle fixed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventors: Wendy Barrington, Tom Barrington
  • Patent number: 7614691
    Abstract: A support cushion that is designed to allow an individual to sit in an upright position for a long period of time and also to serve alternatively as a neck pillow if needed. The cushion is designed to be compact and lightweight and to be easily stored when not in use. The support cushion includes a padded seat, a backing attached to the padded seat, and a tube pillow capable of being removably attached to the backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Frances L. Schmitz
  • Patent number: 7578013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a body support pillow made and contoured to promote side lying to reduce snoring and negate the consequences of sleep apnea and symptoms. It consists of a body support pillow with integrated, semi-rigid yet flexible support for a person's head, back, and legs while lying on their side thereby encouraging either left or right side position sleeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Somnaform Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Aikman
  • Patent number: 7571504
    Abstract: A cushioning device includes a base support, and a number of cushioning members selectively and changeably attached onto the base support and selectively arranged to various structure by the users themselves. The cushioning members each may include such as a hexagonal cross section and arrangeable to various patterns, and each may include one or more perforations for air circulating purposes. The cushioning members may be attached to the base support with such as a hook-and-loop fastening device. The base support includes a pattern for engaging with the cushioning members and for allowing the cushioning members to be arranged to the predetermined positions according to the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Chun Fu Kuo
  • Patent number: 7546652
    Abstract: A standard child swing apparatus with a holder for supporting a baby on its abdomen. A vibration unit is also included within the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventors: Michelle Maloof, Mark C. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7490909
    Abstract: A pillow includes a washable L-shaped body that has longitudinal and latitudinal regions. The longitudinal region is abutted against a lateral edge of an infant car seat such that the latitudinal region protrudes inwardly towards the car seat center. The latitudinal region has a medially disposed end provided with an arcuate top edge curving upwardly away from a latitudinal region bottom edge, forming a curvilinear lip that is spaced from the top edge and the longitudinal region affixing mechanisms. A mechanism is included for affixing the longitudinal region to the car seat such that the latitudinal edge can bias towards and away from the back rest, adjusting a location of the lip. A mechanism is included for affixing a longitudinal region top edge to a car seat rear side, allowing the body to be freely positioned along x-, y- and z-axes while remaining affixed to the car seat rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventors: Dale L. Haggman, Lisa R. Haggman
  • Patent number: 7437784
    Abstract: A mattress cover envelops a mattress in order to protect the mattress during moving and storage and has a body member that has a pair of faces joined by left and right side portions and a bottom portion forming an interior space with closed bottom, closed sides, and an open top. A flap extends upwardly from one of the faces and is releasably attachable to the other face in order to provide closure to the cover once a mattress is held therein. Side flaps extend from each side portion to provide added protection to the mattress. A strap extends along the bottom and up a section of each side portion. Loops on the ends of the strap provide carrying handles for the movers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Steven Turnipseed
  • Patent number: 7356861
    Abstract: An infant support cushion to provide a safe and secure environment for containment and retainment of an infant in a sitting position. The support cushion is provided with a resilient foam cushion body with a child receiving opening centrally therein and a contoured extremity receiving portions defined by an access opening inwardly from its perimeter front edge surface by oppositely disposed extending cushion arm portions. Interlinking fastener elements maintain the arm portions in an engaged closed position maintaining corresponding central opening therewithin and contoured extremity receiving portions for the infant's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Paul Pagano
  • Patent number: 7340788
    Abstract: A method for increasing the firmness of a pillowtop or any other soft mattress. The method includes providing a rectangular sheet of cotton fabric material having hook fasteners on one end and loop fasteners on an opposite end to attach the sheet of material around the mattress. The firmness of the mattress is increased by tightly wrapping the sheet of material around the mattress using the fasteners. The sheet of material is sized appropriately to fit entirely around the mattress with overlap. Preferably, the sheet of material is sized and manufactured for wrapping longitudinally around the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Christine M. Traub
  • Patent number: 7340787
    Abstract: A personal assistive device that can be installed onto a mattress, preferably a standard hospital bed mattress, to provide handles on the opposing sides of the mattress that may be grasped by a person getting into or out of the bed to ease the transition in or out, or by a person lying in the bed to reposition his or her body while remaining in the bed. The assistive device is a fabric construction that is adapted to be easily and removably installed onto directly over the sheet and other mattress coverings such as a mattress pad on a standard hospital bed mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventors: Emmet Elziver Willard, Jane Leigh Willard
  • Patent number: 7331074
    Abstract: An inflatable pad assembly includes a connecting unit for interconnecting pivotally and detachably first and second inflatable pads such that the second inflatable pad is operable so as to pivot relative to the first inflatable pad between a first position, where one of opposite first and second sides of the first inflatable pad abuts against one of opposite first and second sides of the second inflatable pad, and a second position, where the second inflatable pad is superposed on the first inflatable pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Hsin-Tasi Wu
  • Patent number: 7305728
    Abstract: Two identical support cushions are flexibly joined to provide ergonomic support to a person having to perform physical activities in a supine position, often in confined spaces, such as a plumber lying on his back under a sink inside a cabinet with the lower part of the body being positioned on the room floor and the upper part of the body being positioned on the raised floor of the cabinet. The lightweight and rugged support cushions can be easily configured into a valise-like rectangular shape for easy carrying utilizing integrated handles. In addition, a plurality of lamps is enclosed within the support cushion, the lamps comprising light diffusing lenses and the lamps being spatially aligned to provide illumination with minimum shadow creation of the space in front of the supported person, such as a plumber working under a sink in a cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Mark A. Schlieps
  • Patent number: 7287289
    Abstract: Patient support pads that form a part of conventional surgical tables are removed and replaced with pads that provide three dimensional volumetric pressure redistribution. The pads are releasably secured in overlying relation to conventional frame cushions that overlie the frame of a surgical table. Three pads are provided, one each for the head, torso, and foot section of the table so that the articulation of the table is not compromised by the pads. The pads not only prevent or inhibit the formation of decubitus ulcers during surgery but also provide therapeutic, curative treatment of the patient's dermis and epidermis by redistributing pressure without distorting or compressing soft tissue. A dual hose bifurcated manifold system connects each inflated pad to its contiguous inflated pad so that pressure applied in any one section of the surface is transmitted and redistributed over all of the inflated pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Mark Hagopian
  • Patent number: 7254849
    Abstract: A swaddling blanket serves to tightly wrap and enclose a young baby in a sheet of fabric to calm and soothe it. A swaddling blanket is a three-sided blanket that contains a pouch in the middle in which to contain the infant. The second portion of the blanket crosses over the front of the infant's torso, then is placed through a slit in the first portion of the blanket, and secured to the back of the blanket by cooperating hook and loop fasteners. The third portion of the blanket then crosses over the front of the infant's torso and chest, wraps around the entire body of the infant and is secured in the front by additional hook and loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Go Mama Go Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Georgia Gabrielle Fiebrich, Catherine Nora Hall
  • Patent number: 7251846
    Abstract: A harness for positioning and securing an infant to a reflux wedge. The harness includes a crotch support having a front flap and a rear flap connected to each other by a transverse section. Two straps extend upward from the rear flap. An infant is placed in the harness and secured to the reflux wedge. The infant's position (up or down) on the surface of the reflux wedge is fully adjustable. The straps are affixed to a horizontal slit found in the main body of the reflux wedge by hook and pile material. The straps are attached to each other by a material section. The harness prevents the infant from slipping down the slope of the wedge. The unique design of the wedge and harness allows for either prone or supine positioning of the infant. Infant shoulder protraction is facilitated in either the prone or supine position when the infant rests within the harness attached to the wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignees: CR Enterprises, LLC, RP Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Robynne R. Elkin, Craig Troop
  • Patent number: 7213281
    Abstract: An infant positioner and positioning system, and methods of use and manufacture, are disclosed for preventing SIDS, plagiocephaly, torticolli, or suffocation from regurgitation. The device and system includes an infant positioner with a concave back support and abdominal support for positioning an infant on its side. A position marker can also indicate how to position the infant within the infant positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California
    Inventors: Ricardo Hahn, Raymond Peck, Lynda Marie Knox
  • Patent number: 7146666
    Abstract: A seat cushion includes a cushion base, a pressure-distributing medium, and a cover. The base supports the pressure-distributing medium. The cover has a pocket for receiving the pressure-distributing medium and covers the base and the pressure-distributing medium therein. A method for carrying the pressure-distributing medium in a personal mobility vehicle cushion comprises the steps of providing a cushion cover having a pocket, inserting a pressure-distributing medium in the pocket, and inserting a base in the cover so that the pressure-distributing medium is positioned above the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical HHG Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Christofferson, Thomas J. Whelan
  • Patent number: 7117553
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for an infant support apparatus that can be used to support an infant and can permit an infant to develop motor skills and musculature. A support mat in one aspect can have first and second ends and a bolster around which the support mat can be overwrapped to form a head portion. The head portion can be removably attachable to the support mat. The support mat can be adjustably extended and retracted in length to accommodate for infant growth. A foot portion can be positioned opposite the head portion and can be used for engagement by lower extremities of an infant. The head portion can be of any suitable shape, such as for example, the shape of a cylinder, an hourglass, a wedge, or a modified wedge shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventors: Amy D. Fairchild, Brenda T. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7107639
    Abstract: An infant support apparatus for supporting an infant lying prone on its torso, configured to aid in soothing the infant and to aid in relieving and reducing the infant's gas pains. The infant support apparatus supports the head of the infant, the torso of the infant, and the legs of the infant such that the infant's head is elevated above its torso and its legs. The infant support apparatus is optionally fire retardant and fire resistant and includes a removable washable cloth cover. Retaining straps are used for holding the infant on the support apparatus. The infant support apparatus is shaped to conform to an underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph F. Taricani
  • Patent number: 7093898
    Abstract: An air-pressure applying assembly for a seat, having an occupant holding portion, for selectively applying a desired pressure to the body of a seat occupant. This assembly includes an air-bag assembly, an air-pressure source, an inlet-conduit assembly, an exhaust valve assembly, and a control assembly. The air-bag assembly is removably mountable to the seat occupant holding portion. The inlet-conduit assembly is in fluid communication at one end to the air-pressure source and at another to the air-bag assembly. The exhaust valve assembly is in fluid communication at one end to the inlet conduit assembly and has an air-outlet at the other end. A control assembly is linked to the air pressure source and to the exhaust valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Julio Oswaldo Ladron De Guevara
  • Patent number: 7086106
    Abstract: An improved stretcher pad and method of use thereof, wherein the improved stretcher pad comprises a cushioned pad with wing members extending therefrom, and wherein the wing members comprise pockets dimensioned to receive the side rails of a stretcher or gurney. Once inserted into the wing members, a side rail can be folded to form a bridge support between the stretcher and/or gurney and a patient's bed or other surface upon which the patient reposes. A removable, adjustable pillow is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Celento Hairston
  • Patent number: 6971133
    Abstract: An air mattress apparatus includes a first mattress section which contains a number of first flotation-bottle-reception chambers which are separated from each other by first stitches. First mattress section closure means enable access to inside the first flotation-bottle-reception chambers. First flotation bottles are received in the first flotation-bottle-reception chambers through the first mattress section closure means. A second mattress section is connected to the first mattress section. The second mattress section contains a number of second flotation-bottle-reception chambers which are separated from each other by second stitches. Second mattress section closure means enable access to inside the second flotation-bottle-reception chambers. Second flotation bottles are received in the second flotation-bottle-reception chambers through the second mattress section closure means. The air mattress apparatus can be used as a floating raft on water or as an air mattress on land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Ronald A. See
  • Patent number: 6859964
    Abstract: A cushion construction includes a center cushion portion having superposed top and bottom cushions and a plurality of peripheral cushions, each formed from two fabric layers with a filling therebetween. An insert end of each peripheral cushion is inserted between the top and bottom cushions with the outer end exposed beyond such that all of the peripheral cushions can be arranged in an assembled condition at positions around the outer edge of the center cushion portion with the outer ends exposed to simulate petals of a flower. Patches of hook and loop fastening materials fasten each peripheral cushion between the top and bottom cushions and allowing release of the peripheral cushions and the center cushion portion for individual use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Makenzie Rae Arnott
  • Patent number: 6842925
    Abstract: A support pillow for supporting an infant during nursing, comprises a generally U-shaped base having two free ends, a top surface and a bottom surface, and two infant securing straps attached to the base. The straps are adapted to be wrapped over an infant resting on the top surface of the base and be removably connected to each other to secure the infant on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventors: Marilou Owens, Jill Shaneman
  • Patent number: 6834405
    Abstract: A securing mechanism for securing an infant in the supine position includes a supporting pad having a top surface for supporting said infant in the supine position, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. The securing mechanism further includes a securing harness for securing said infant to said supporting pad, said securing harness being secured onto said infant's body, said securing harness including a securing pad for covering part of the back side of said infant's body, said securing pad being attached to said top surface of said supporting pad for securing said infant to said top surface of said supporting pad in the supine position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Edward Allen Hillstead
  • Patent number: 6782572
    Abstract: A multi-use pillow including a body member of generally cylindrical geometry having at least two elongated flat attachment strips, each preferably comprising a loop fastener material on one surface of the strip and having a smooth surface on the opposite side surface of the strip, and being attached to the outer surface of the body member with their respective loop-bearing surface exposed outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Luther Eugene Jones
  • Patent number: 6754924
    Abstract: A maternity support system, comprising a first element and a second element connected to the first element. The first element and the second element are positioned and arranged with respect to each other for a maternity support use, such as supporting an expectant mother's body during pregnancy, supporting a caregiver feeding an infant, supporting an infant during feeding, and supporting an infant learning to sit. The elements may either be integrally formed as a unitary pad, or may be removably attached to each other using a connector, such as VELCRO hook and loop fasteners, for example. In a preferred embodiment, the elements comprise pillow covers adapted for receiving a conventional bed pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventors: Judy A. Brady, Edie C. Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20040060117
    Abstract: An inflatable body support apparatus is provided wherein the apparatus comprises a base pad; at least two inflatable supports having an inflation valve, the first support being an abdominal support and the second support being a back support; and a means for attaching the first and second supports onto the base pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Chi T. Chan
  • Patent number: 6711770
    Abstract: A support pillow for supporting an infant during nursing, comprises a generally U-shaped base having two free ends, a top surface and a bottom surface, and an infant securing strap attached at at least one end to the base. The strap is adapted to be wrapped over an infant resting on the top surface of the base. The strap is removably securable to secure the infant on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventors: Marilou Owens, Jill Shaneman
  • Patent number: 6687935
    Abstract: A mattress (900) provides a user with three-dimensional firmness zoning, the mattress (900) cooperating with a mattress shell (720). The mattress (900) includes a plurality of longitudinally spaced, transversely extending resilient blocks (910) being independently movable relative to one another, an inflatable bladder (914) positioned to lie upon the top side of at least one of the blocks (910), and a topper (912) positioned to lie upon the inflatable bladder (914), the topper including opposite ends configured for attachment to the shell (720).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, James R. Stolpmann, Roger D. Dalton, Steven R. Westerfeld
  • Patent number: 6641221
    Abstract: An improved head and neck support pillow is presented that is light-weight, washable, and can be attached to a standard child's safety seat. The pillow is designed to support a child's head and neck while the child is in the seat and the vehicle is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Maribel Kastlunger
  • Patent number: 6574810
    Abstract: A seat for supporting an infant which may be configured to resemble a flower. The seat may also be used as a pet bed. The seat includes a center portion upon which the infant is seated with one or more side supports extending outwardly therefrom to substantially surround the infant. The side supports may be configured to resemble the petals of a flower (e.g., a rose, a daisy, a black-eyed susan, a sunflower, etc.) with the center portion being the center part of the flower. The seat is especially useful for an infant that cannot yet support themselves in a sitting-up position by stopping them from fully tipping over in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Anita J. Mangiaracina
  • Patent number: 6560793
    Abstract: A draw sheet with low friction underside surface and removable sturdy body straps attached to draw sheet upper surface by means of reusable fasteners to be positioned under a patient in a convalescent bed. A grip dowel positioned through opposing side sleeves of the draw sheet to allow one-handed turning of a patient by a care giver. The body straps secure the patient in a side rest position by attachment to the side rails of the bed. The draw sheet is detachable from the body straps to reveal the torso of the side rest secured patient. Body strap ends stays may be individually disengaged from the bed rails and to obtain greater access to the upper or lower torso of the patient. If so capable, the patient may disengage the body straps from the bed rails to return to a back rest position. Additionally, grip dowels positioned in pull strap sleeves flanking the patient's head and neck may be used to longitudinally position the patient in bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Lucinda B. Walker
  • Patent number: 6553590
    Abstract: An infant support pillow having an outer concentric curved periphery and an inner curved boundary, the inner curved boundary being provided with a fabric body wrap comprising a T-shaped member having a fabric leg extending longitudinally therefrom and having transversely extending straps attached at right angles thereto, the fabric leg being adjustable in length and the transversely extending straps being attachable in various positions to an underside of the support pillow to form a seat in which an infant can be placed, the dimensions of which seat may be adjusted to accommodate infants of various sizes, the outer concentric curved periphery and inner curved boundary forming a pair of interconnected curved arms which are adjustable inwardly and outwardly with relation to a central circular opening formed by the inner curved boundary to permit the diameter of the central circular opening to increase or decrease, thereby causing the body of an infant to be elevated in a reclining position or, alternatively, c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 6484335
    Abstract: A pillow apparatus includes a pillow unit which includes a first pillow end and a second pillow end which are situated along a longitudinal pillow axis. The pillow unit also includes a front pillow face and a rear pillow face. A first strap is connected to the first pillow end, and a second strap is connected to the second pillow end. The pillow unit can include a pillow housing and a pillow cushion retained in the pillow housing. A pocket assembly is connected to the pillow unit. The pocket assembly includes a zipper or Velcro fastener. The pocket assembly is connected to the rear pillow face. Each of the first strap and the second strap includes a respective strap length first connector and a strap length second connector. The first strap and the second strap are connected to the respective pillow ends by respective strap-mounted connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Tony Gilbert
  • Patent number: 6473923
    Abstract: An infant positioner positions an infant in a supine position for sleeping and reduces the risk of developing positional plagiocephaly. The infant positioner includes a mat for supporting the torso of an infant. A first body pillow is attached to the mat, and a second body pillow is attached to the mat in spaced relationship with the first body pillow. A head positioner is attached to the mat for supporting the head of the infant lying supine on the mat between the first and second body pillows. The head positioner has at least one upper surface that slopes transversely such that the infant's head is caused to rotate to the side while sleeping in the supine position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Mariann C. Straub
  • Patent number: 6421857
    Abstract: A liner which is attachable to an infant bed of the type having side walls to prevent the infant from falling out of the bed, the liner having one or more breathable side walls which, in use, extend about the inside walls of the bed, an open top, top attachment means to attach the liner to an upper part of the side walls of the bed, a generally open bottom, and bottom attachment means to attach the liner to a bottom part of the bed and/or the bed mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventors: Susan L. Whatman, Tracey L. Blanch
  • Patent number: 6415466
    Abstract: A pocket pillow shape comprises a shape having a plurality of pockets on a reverse side thereof for the insertion of particular pillows. The pillows comprise a head pillow and side pillows spaced from one another and base pillows spaced from the head pillow defining a sleeping space therebetween. The side pillows comprise one or more contoured pillows while the base pillows comprise crescent shaped pillows which may be added or subtracted depending upon the elevation desired or the size of an individual located within the sleeping area. The contoured pillows may comprise a plurality of shaped strips having Velcro® or hook and loop fasteners to attach to one another to achieve a predetermined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Elene Laiso
  • Patent number: 6360387
    Abstract: A support pillow for elevating the hips of a woman after sexual intercourse to facilitate entry of sperm into the uterus, the pillow including a generally wedge-shaped resilient body having a pair of generally triangular side surfaces, a sloping generally rectangular hip support surface extending between the sloping upper edge of the triangular side surfaces, a generally rectangular flat bottom surface, a rear surface connected generally perpendicular to the rear edge of the flat bottom, the wedge-shaped resilient body having a wedge-shaped piece of rigid material therein, the wedge-shaped resilient body having a soft cover thereon, the cover having a strap on each side thereof for grasping by the hands of user to position the pillow beneath the hips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Mirchana S. Everhart
  • Patent number: 6301729
    Abstract: A crib safety sack made of thin blanket fabric is provided. The sack is pocket-shaped to cover an end of a crib mattress. The top panel of the sack secures an infant in a back sleeping position on the surface of the crib mattress, which is the sleeping position recommended by experts for the prevention of SIDS. The sack acts as a blanket and also as a safety restraint keeping the infant securely in position through gentle force. The sack may be reversible, in that either a top or bottom panel of the sack may be positioned on top of the mattress. The sack preferably has at least one flap providing easy access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Hotel & Leisure Living Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Maureen Hall
  • Patent number: 6253398
    Abstract: A mattress cover, for covering a standard mattress, having a major portion and a minor portion. The major portion has a major pocket which defines a rectangular volume. The minor portion has a minor pocket which defines a rectangular volume. The major pocket and minor pocket are separated by a three edge split and are joined by a top sheet. One side of the mattress is inserted into the major pocket, and then the minor portion is pulled over the opposite portion, fully encasing the mattress therein. Fastener material joins the major and minor portions to keep the cover securely in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Kelly Yim