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Footboard Foot Prop

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245557D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-16
Document File: 7 page(s) / 382K

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Abstract

Relates to a person-support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a footboard used for resting the feet of a person supported on the person-support apparatus, wherein the footboard is configured to be coupled to a person support-apparatus in more than one configuration. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law

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Footboard Foot Prop

    This disclosure generally relates to a person-support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a footboard used for resting the feet of a person supported on the person-support apparatus, wherein the footboard is configured to be coupled to a person support-apparatus in more than one configuration.

     A person-support apparatus used in a healthcare facility may be an articulating structure equipped with a footboard. The articulating nature of the person-support apparatus allows it to support the person in multiple forms, such as in a bed form or a chair form. When the person-support apparatus is in the bed formation, the footboard acts as a support at one end of the person-support apparatus. It may also be used to provide certain forms of therapeutic treatment to the person. When the person-support apparatus is in the chair formation the footboard acts as a foot rest for the person.

    This disclosure describes a footboard configured to be coupled with the person- support apparatus in more than one configuration. This capability of the footboard may allow it to function as a foot rest for multiple patients of different height. The foot board comprises a plane surface and a convex surface opposite to the plane surface, wherein the convex part of the convex surface bulges away from the plane surface. The footboard is configured to be coupled with the person-support apparatus with any of the two surfaces facing the person supported by the person-support apparatus.

    Person-support apparatus 100 along with a footboard 110 coupled to the person- support apparatus 100 is shown in Fig.1 and Fig.2. The person-support apparatus 100 is shown to be in the chair formation in these figures. The-person support apparatus 100 includes a frame 120, an articulating section 130, a mattress 160 supported on the articulating section 130, and a coupling mechanism (not shown). The articulated section 130 of the person-support apparatus 100 can be further divided into a back support (not shown in the fig.), a seat 130a, and a foot support 130b.

    A perspective view of an illustrative footboard 110 to be used with a person- support apparatus 100 is shown in Fig. 3 and Fig.4. The footboard 110 comprises of a

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plane surface 140 and a convex surface 150. The plane surface 140 of the footboard comprises a slot with a handle 170. The handle 170 is used to manage the footboard 110. It may also be used by a caregiver to hang sequential compression devices or other similar medical equipment. The convex surface 150 of the footboard 110 has a cavity 180 to accommodate the mattress 160, when the footboard 110 is coupled with the convex surface 150 facing the person-support apparatus 100.

    When the person-support apparatus 100 is in the bed formation both surfaces of the footboard 110 may act as a support or provide therapeutic treatment. Similarly, both surfaces act as a foot rest,...