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Bladder Monitoring System for Person Support Surface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245484D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-11
Document File: 9 page(s) / 220K

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Abstract

Relates to a bladder monitoring apparatus in a person support surface. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to an bladder monitoring apparatus that records, corrects, and delivers, a pressure data associated with bladders in the person support surface.

Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Bladder Monitoring System for Person Support Surface

This disclosure generally relates to a bladder monitoring apparatus in a person support surface. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to an bladder monitoring apparatus that records, corrects, and delivers, a pressure data associated with bladders in the person support surface.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. Person support apparatuses generally include a person support surface to accommodate a patient. In certain situations, the patient might feel uncomfortable while occupying the person support apparatus.  It may happen that the person support surface has an unevenly structured outer layer or uneven pressures over which a patient is positioned.  

The present disclosure generally relates to a bladder monitoring system for a person support surface that has a plurality of bladders. The system includes at least one pressure transducer connected to each of the plurality of bladders and configured to generate a pressure signal associated with a pressure condition within at least one of the plurality of bladders. A multiplexer is connected with the at least one pressure transducer and configured to periodically transmit a pressure signal relative to a pressure condition within each of the plurality of bladders. Further, a controller is configured to receive the pressure signal from the multiplexer and process the signal to a readable data. A data logger is connected to the controller that receives the readable data and log the readable data. Further, a pressure adjuster connected with the controller and configured to perform a corrective action if the readable data breaches a predefined pressure threshold data.

A bladder monitoring system 100 is depicted in FIG. 1. The bladder monitoring system 100 is incorporated into a person support surface 102 of a person support apparatus 104. The person support surface 102 includes a plurality of bladders 106, although an extension of the application is contemplated when the person support surface 102 solely incorporates a singular bladder 106. The bladder monitoring system 100 includes at least one pressure transducer 108, a multiplexer 110, a controller 112, a data logger 114, and a pressure adjuster 116.

The pressure transducer 108 is in this illustrative embodiment, configured as a series, or is set as a plurality of units, as shown. However, for ease of reference, the pressure transducer 108 may be referred to as a singular pressure transducer 108 alone. This is set in fashion so as to have an arrangement that defines a pressure transducer 108 arranged with each of the bladders 106. In this manner, it is possible to deduce a pressure condition within the bladders 106 and the pressure transducer 108 is set to determine the particular pressure condition within the bladders 106.

The pressure transducer 108 can be one among the commonly available pressure transducers or...