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ORGANIC AND ULTRA VIOLET ORGANIC LEDs FOR HOSPITAL BEDS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000185147D
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-14
Document File: 5 page(s) / 32K

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This disclosure relates generally to use of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) on hospital beds. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to the use of OLED for dual purpose, i.e., for displaying graphics and for disinfection and therapeutic purpose on bed surfaces. Contact for Licensing Information: Alan S. Einhorn, Esq. 2806 Salem Drive Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 aselaw@comcast.net 609-841-0266

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ORGANIC AND ULTRA VIOLET ORGANIC LEDs FOR HOSPITAL BEDS

    This disclosure relates generally to use of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) on hospital beds. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to the use of OLED for dual purpose, i.e., for displaying graphics and for disinfection and therapeutic purpose on bed surfaces.

    OLED is a type of light Emitting Diode (LED) that includes a series of emissive organic thin films placed between two conductors. The organic films can act as an electroluminescent layer. When a voltage potential is applied across the conductors, s bright light can be emitted by the organic layers. Unlike Light emitting Diodes (LEDs), OLEDs can be printed or can be sprayed on a surface in any shape or pattern, and can make OLED devices very thin and flexible. Additionally, OLEDs can be capable of displaying moving graphics and images in any colour. These properties of OLED make it usable for display purpose and various other applications. In the recent years, OLEDs are being used in various technological fields, but their use is not much explored in the hospitals. Currently, silkscreen graphics and other technologies are being used on bed surfaces for display purpose, but their use can be restricted when multiple colors and high flexibility is required. Thus, the high flexibility and availability in multiple colors can make the OLEDs highly usable on bed surfaces as compared to existing technologies. So, there is still room to explore the possible use of OLEDs in the hospitals. Thus, a need persists for further contributions in this area of technology.

    The disclosure describes the use of an OLED in hospitals for multiple purposes, in particular, on bed surfaces. An OLED can be used for displaying brand name or any feature of that surface on the bed surfaces. Since OLED displays are very thin and flexible, these displays can be conveniently used with various bed surfaces such as surface toppers, coverlets etc. Due to high flexibility, these displays can be fabricated into any shape and design according to the requirement. As OLEDs are available in multiple colors, hence, OLED displays can also enhance overall aesthetic value of the bed surface.

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    Further, the OLEDs can be used for disinfection and therapeutic purpose. According to the disclosure, the organic layer can emit light in ultra violet region, these OLEDs are referred as Ultraviolet organic Light Emitting Diode (UV OLED). As UV light can be used to kill harmful microorganism and micro-bacteria, therefore UV OLED can be attached to the bed surfaces and can be utilized for disinfection purpose. Additionally, UV light can also be used for various therapeutic treatments such as to treat fungal and bacteri...