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Care Giver Pendant for Person-Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245446D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-10

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Abstract

Generally relates to a man machine interface for a person-support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a pendant for the person-support apparatus to enable egress of a person supported on the person-support apparatus. Steve Hankins Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila shankins@rshc-law.com 415-572-5748

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Care Giver Pendant for Person-Support Apparatus

This disclosure generally relates to a man machine interface for a person-support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a pendant for the person-support apparatus to enable egress of a person supported on the person-support apparatus.

A healthcare facility may be equipped with multiple person-support apparatuses. A typical person-support apparatus may be equipped with a motorized aid device that can be actuated for articulating the person-support apparatus from a flat bed position to a chair position. The motorized aid device for articulating the person-support apparatus may be controlled using an interface. The interface may be installed on any one of the side rails present on the left side or the right side of a headboard of the person-support apparatus. Therefore, a caretaker is required to be present on the side of the person-support apparatus to operate the interface.

This disclosure relates, in general, to a person-support apparatus and, more particularly, to attachments or accessories for use with the person-support apparatus in the healthcare industry. The present invention relates to the person-support apparatus that includes a pendant for articulating and indicating a position of a deck assembly of the person-support apparatus. The pendant is configured to act as a mobile device for the person-support apparatus. The pendant further allows a caretaker to have a direct access to a person supported on the person-support apparatus and to information related to the deck assembly of the person-support apparatus.

 An illustrative view of a pendant 100 for a person-support apparatus is shown in Fig.1. The pendant may include a housing 102, a set of manual buttons 104, a control circuit 106, an electric cable 108, and a visual display 110.

 The housing 102 may include a front cover and a back cover where the front cover may be coupled with the back cover. The housing 102 is sized to be held in a caretaker’s hand, and it is configured to accommodate all the components of the pendant 100 for the person-support apparatus. In some embodiments, the housing 102 may be coupled to a side rail via a coupler such as a hook, bracket, or strap that extends from the back of the housing 102. In other embodiments, housing 102 includes a portion that is shaped for receipt in an opening or slot provided in the side rail. In some embodiments, the housing 102 includes a spring loaded latch that pivots and helps to retain a pendant in a slot of the side rail. In other embodiments, the latch is omitted such that the housing 102 is sized and shaped to have a snap fit within the opening of the side rail. When the caretaker wishes to use the pendant, the caretaker typically detaches the housing 102 from the side rail and holds the housing 102 in his or her hand during use. However, it is evident to a person with ordinary skill in the art, that the pendant 102 may be used whil...