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Foldable Siderail for Person Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245489D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-11
Document File: 8 page(s) / 82K

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Abstract

Relates to a siderail for a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a siderail articulation mechanism. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Foldable Siderail for Person Support Apparatus

    This disclosure generally relates to a siderail for a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a siderail articulation mechanism.

    Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. These person support apparatuses include a number of siderails attached along edges of the person support apparatus. Siderails provide safety to a patient, while the patient uses the person apparatuses. In certain situations, such as during a patient transfer, siderails may be required to be removed or folded away to allow a patient ingress and/or egress.

    Therefore, a siderail articulation mechanism is generally provided to move the siderail from a raised position to a collapsed position. Conventionally known siderail articulation mechanisms are generally complex in their design, and their affiliated structures are subject to improper packaging when stacked away. Also, those structures may occupy considerable space while executing an articulation operation. This, in turn, may affect space restrictions for the person support apparatus, resulting in inefficient utilization of an available floor space on which the person support apparatus is deployed.

         The disclosure relates in general to a siderail articulation mechanism for a siderail of a person support apparatus. The siderail is configured to move between a collapsed position and a raised position and includes a pair of connection receiving portions. The siderail articulation mechanism includes an elongated frame portion, a pair of first articulation arms, a pair of articulation members, a pair of second articulation arms, an articulation bracket, and an elongated member. The elongated frame portion defines a first end portion and a second end portion, which includes a pair of first brackets fixedly connected thereto. The elongated frame also defines a middle portion having a pair of second brackets.

    Each of the pair of first articulation arms has a first arm end, and a second arm end opposite to the first arm end. The first arm end is pivotally and correspondingly coupled to the pair of first brackets.

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     Further, each of the articulation members defines a first member end and a second member end. The first member end is pivotally and correspondingly coupled to the second arm end of the pair of first articulation arms.

    Furthermore, each of the second articulation arms defines a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally and correspondingly coupled to the second member end of the pair of articulation members. The second end of each of the pair of second articulation arm is pivotally and correspondingly coupled to the pair of connection receiving portions of the siderail. The siderail includes a projected portion, having a farther end remote from the siderail. The projected portion is substantially structured at the middle...