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Display Unit for Person Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245485D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-11
Document File: 7 page(s) / 101K

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Abstract

Relates to a display unit for a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to mounting of the display unit on on the person support apparatus to improve visibility of the alert messages on the display unit. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Display Unit for Person Support Apparatus

This disclosure generally relates to a display unit for a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to mounting of the display unit on the person support apparatus to improve visibility of the alert messages on the display unit.

Often, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. These person support apparatuses are required to support a person (patient) under medical assistance. A person support apparatus sometimes includes a deck, a plurality of side-rails, a head board, a foot board, and an interface system. The interface system facilitates the patient to select one or more functional items associated with the person support apparatus. The functional items may include, but one not limited to, deck raising, HOB angle adjustment, and/or, deck tilting. In addition, the interface system can display a number of alert messages required to be read by the patient. For example, the alert messages can include notification, or status of a nurse call, a bed exit, and/or the like. In some person support apparatuses, the interface system is mounted on one of the side-rails of the person support apparatus to facilitate easy access to the patient, when required. In this position, the interface system serves the function of facilitating the patient to select one or more functional items associated with the person support apparatus. However, it may be cumbersome for the patient to view those alert messages displayed by the interface system.

One embodiment of this disclosure generally relates to a person support apparatus. The person support apparatus can include a main frame, a deck, a footboard, and a display unit. The main frame can include a head end section, a foot end section, a first edge section, and a second edge section. The first edge section and the second edge section extend between the head end section and the foot end section. The deck is structured and arranged on the main frame and includes an interior region defined within the head end section, the foot end section, the first edge section, and the second edge section of the main frame. The footboard is attached to the foot end section of the main frame and extends in a perpendicular direction relative to the main frame. The display unit is installed on the footboard of the person support apparatus while facing the head end section of the main frame. The display unit is adapted to operate in one of: a caregiver message mode and a patient message mode. In the caregiver message mode, the display unit displays a first message functional item. In the patient message mode, the display unit displays a second message functional item. Each the first message functional item and the second message functional item of the display unit is visible through the interior region of the deck.

A perspective view of one illustrative embodiment of a person support apparatus 100 is shown in FI...