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Access Control System for Person Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245488D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-11
Document File: 7 page(s) / 200K

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Abstract

Relates generally to an access control system for a person support apparatus and more specifically, but not exclusively, to the restricted usage of the access control system for the person support access.

Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Access Control System for Person Support Apparatus

The present disclosure relates generally to an access control system for a person support apparatus and more specifically, but not exclusively, to the restricted usage of the access control system for the person support apparatus.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. A typical person support apparatus generally includes a control system for controlling various functions associated with the person support apparatus. The functions may include head of bed (HOB) angle adjustment, bed articulation lock-out, bed exit, therapies, bed raising, bed lowering, activation and deactivation of alarm systems. Typically, the person support apparatus are equipped with graphical user interfaces or display screens the art. The graphical user interfaces of the person support apparatus may be touch screens that display icons which are used to control the above mentioned functions of the person support apparatus, or to display information of possible interest to caregivers concerning bed functions and features. The graphical user interfaces may be an integrated part of a control system, of the person support apparatus.

There are certain functions, such as bed articulation lock-out, bed exit, therapies, and the like, which are required to be executed or accessed only by the caregiver who is assigned to a particular person support apparatus. Currently, the caregiver may have access to functions and features of the control system without identity verification. This implies that a person, for example, a patient or patient’s family member, may also execute the above mentioned features. For example, the patient’s family member may turn-off the bed exit, start a therapy, deactivate an alarm, or turn off the lock-out feature. Hence, these features should not be accessible to unauthorized persons.  Various solutions have been developed in the past to resolve this problem but these remains room for improvement.

An access control system for a person support apparatus is provided. According to the present disclosure, the access control system includes at least one person identification device and at least one controller. The at least one controller is operably coupled to the at least one person identification device. The at least one controller is configured to determine whether the input matches a pre-determined identification data. When the at least one controller determines that the input matches the pre-determined identification data, the controller provides access to the person based on the input. Additional features will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon consideration of the following description.

FIG. 1 shows a schematic diagram of an access control system 100 for a person support apparatus 102. The access control system 100 is configured to monitor access and control of various functions associated with the person support apparatus 102. The funct...