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DIRECT ACCESS HOME SCREENS FOR PERSON SUPPORT APPARATUS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245284D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-25
Document File: 6 page(s) / 244K

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Abstract

Relates to a Graphical User Interface (GUI) equipped on person support apparatuses. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to accessing specific features on a GUI home screen.

Steve Hankins shankins@schiffhardin.com 415-901-8756

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Direct Access Home Screens for Person Support Apparatus

This disclosure generally relates to a Graphical User Interface (GUI) equipped on person support apparatuses. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to accessing specific features on a GUI home screen.

A healthcare facility is generally equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. Manipulating positions of person support apparatuses, setting alarms, are examples of operations usually involving navigation and interaction with a user interface. Such user interfaces are generally installed into a user module mounted on the person support apparatus.  Current operations involving a person’s exit, or for seating a person upright, are relatively slow and tedious as setting an operation includes toggling through the GUI and juggling through multiple screens and options. Certain alternatives include the use of a secondary screen, which, increases the system’s complexity. Servicing and repairing those provisions imparts additional costs.

The disclosure relates in general to a person support apparatus configured to support a person. The person support apparatus has a controller that receives an input signal from the user module to execute a number of functions of the person support apparatus. To this end, the person support apparatus includes a user module having an input interface with a visual display to graphically display a number of inputs.  Having received the input request, the user module generates a corresponding input signal that initiates execution of at least one function by the controller. More specifically, the access points provide direct accessibility to execute the person support apparatus’ at least one function.  The inputs on the user module allow for varying articulation of the person support apparatus.

A person support apparatus 100 is explained herein with reference to FIG. 1. The person support apparatus 100 is configured to support a person under medical.  The person support apparatus 100 includes a deck 102, a number of side rails 104, a user module 106, and a controller 108.

The deck 102 is a base frame of the person support apparatus 100, on which are mounted the number of side rails 104 for effectively supporting a person under medical assistance. The deck 102 may be articulated for different nursing and/or medical requirements. These deck articulations may include, but are not limited to, raising of deck, lowering of deck, adjusting a head angle, and facilitating a patient exit.

The controller 108 of the person support apparatus 100 is configured to provide signals one or more deck articulations. The controller 108 operatively connects to the user module 106 and couples to the deck 102. The controller 108 receives an input signal from the user module 106 and then performs one or more of the number of functions based on the input signal. The controller 108 may include a memory where data related to different functions may be sto...