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Alarm Status Indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000197411D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-08
Document File: 6 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

This disclosure relates generally to a person-support apparatus, such as, a hospital bed. More particularly, but not exclusively, one illustrative embodiment relates to a system present on the person-support apparatus that can report the status of alarms present on the person-support apparatus using a multicolor illumination source. Alan S. Einhorn, Esq. 2806 Salem Drive Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 aselaw@comcast.net 609-841-0266

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ALARM STATUS INDICATOR

    This disclosure relates generally to a person-support apparatus, such as, a hospital bed. More particularly, but not exclusively, one illustrative embodiment relates to a system present on the person-support apparatus that can report the status of alarms present on the person-support apparatus using a multicolor illumination source.

    In a hospital, patient safety and patient comfort can be important concerns. As such, hospital beds can be equipped with multiple alarms, such as, a head of bed angle alarm, out of bed alarm, or remind me, or other information. These alarms can be provided in audio, visual or any other form located either on the bed or near the bed. While various person-support apparatuses have been developed, there is still room for development. Thus a need persists for further contributions in this area of technology.

    The disclosure provides a reporting system which can allow the status of alarms present on a person-support apparatus to be indicated by a multicolor illumination source. The system can include a controller and the multicolor illumination source. The multicolor illumination source can be present on the icons or buttons present on a user interface of the person-support apparatus. The multicolor illumination source can be configured to illuminate a light of different color based on the status of alarms.

    The block diagram of a reporting system 10 installed on a person-support apparatus (not shown) according to an embodiment of the disclosure is shown in the Fig. 1. The reporting system 10 can include a multicolor illumination source 12 and a controller 14. The controller 14 can receive inputs from an alarm system 16 present on the person-support apparatus. It should be appreciated that the system 10 can also be configured to operate with a plurality of alarm systems 16 present on the person-support apparatus as shown in the block diagram of Fig. 1. The plurality of alarms 16 can include a head of bed (HOB) angle alarm, an out of bed alarm, a remind me alarm, or any other alarm. The controller 14 can be operatively coupled to the alarm systems 16 and the multicolor illumination source 12. The controller 14 can be configured to interpret the present status of the plurality of alarms 16 and can send a notification to

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corresponding icon 18 or button 18 present on a user interface 20 of the person-support apparatus.

    The multicolor illumination source 12 can be present on / behind the button 18. The button 18 can be present on the user interface 20. It should be appreciated that the button 18 can also be present at any other location on the person-support apparatus or any other place accessible to the caregiver. The color of light emitted by the multicolor illumination source 12 can give the status of the alarm 16 present on the person-support apparatus.

    The multicolor illumination source 12 can illuminate different colors depending upon the status of...