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Communication System for Person Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245449D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-10
Document File: 6 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

Relates generally to a person support apparatus and more specifically to a communication system associated with the person support apparatus.

Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Communication System for Person Support Apparatus

The present disclosure relates generally to a person support apparatus and more specifically to a communication system associated with the person support apparatus.

Generally a medical facility is equipped with a plurality of person support apparatuses. A system is required to monitor the data associated with the person support apparatus, such as, availability, condition, position and the like of a person support apparatus. The communication system of this disclosure facilitates communicating data associated with the person support apparatus to a centralized location.  For the purposes of this disclosure, the term “bed data” shall mean all data associated with, a person support apparatus, including data relating to the operation of the patient support apparatus, data relating to the patient supported by the patient support apparatus (even if the device generating this data is a stand-alone device that is not integrated with the patient support apparatus), and data relating to or associated with other devices that are in proximity or otherwise associated with the patient support apparatus or associated with the patient.

A communication system for tracking a person support apparatus is provided. The communication system includes a primary module and a secondary module. The primary module may be positioned in a relative vicinity to the person support apparatus. The primary module includes a first radio frequency (RF) unit and an infrared ray (IR) emitter. The IR emitter is configured to transmit an IR signal. The secondary module is mounted on the person support apparatus and includes a second RF unit and an IR receiver. The second RF unit maybe in communication with the first RF unit. The IR receiver is configured to receive the IR signal from the IR emitter as long as the secondary module remains in the relative vicinity of the primary module. Beyond the relative vicinity, the IR receiver ceases to receive the IR signal from the IR emitter.  The communication system is configured to cease the communication between the first RF unit and the second RF unit when the IR receiver ceases to receive the IR signal from the IR emitter.

FIG. 1 shows a schematic diagram of a communication system 100 for tracking a person support apparatus 102. The communication system 100 is configured to track and update the status associated with the person support apparatus 102. The communication system 100 includes a primary module 104 and a secondary module 106. The primary module 104 is positioned in a relative vicinity to the person support apparatus 102 and includes a first RF unit 108 and an IR emitter 110. Similarly, the secondary module 106 is mounted on the person support apparatus 102 and includes a second RF unit 112 and an IR receiver 114. It should be noted that it is within the scope of the present disclosure for primary module 104 to include IR receiver 114 and secondary module 106 to include IR em...