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Patient Position Monitoring System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245603D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-21
Document File: 7 page(s) / 208K

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Abstract

Present disclosure relates generally to a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the present disclosure relates to a patient position monitoring system for a person support apparatus.

Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Patient Position Monitoring System

The present disclosure relates generally to a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the present disclosure relates to a patient position monitoring system for a person support apparatus.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. These person support apparatuses are configured to support a person (patient) under medical guidance. Sometimes, the person support apparatus can be manipulated to achieve both, a conventional bed position, that is, a horizontal position with a horizontal support surface, and a chair position, that is, an upright position. In the upright position, the feet of the patient may be on or adjacent to the floor and the head and back of the patient supported above a seat formed by the person support apparatus.

Person support apparatuses such as hospital beds often have features adapted to provide comfort to the patient, as well as to assist the caregiver in positioning and transporting the patient. A typical person support apparatus may include a deck to which is mounted a support surface.  Such person support apparatuses may include articulating sections to allow the patient to be placed in a variety of pre-determined positions, for comfort of the patient and to assist the caregiver in caring for the patient. The person support apparatuses may also include electronic displays to indicate the status of the various features, such as brake status, siderail position, deck height, and the like. Further, the person support apparatuses may include additional medical device and therapy capabilities that may be very useful in assisting caregivers and providing improved comfort to patients.

            When the patient is required to stay in the person support apparatus at a hospital or other patient care facility, it is desirable for the caregiver to monitor the presence, absence, and location of the patient on the support surface and to monitor the patient's activity level. The caregivers within a hospital or other patient care facilities are continuously responsible for more and more activities. One of these activities is monitoring patients who need to be restricted to the bed or patients that are at a risk of falling or aggravating injuries, if they exit the person support apparatus. The patients having certain patient profiles, such as confusion, weakness, or disorientation, maybe more likely to be injured or re-injured if they exit the person support apparatus. Patients with certain types of medical conditions therefore may require monitoring of both their presence on the bed and their location and position on the support surface. Hence, there is a need to detect the situations when the patient is in an unfavorable position and thereafter, alarm the caregiver when the patient moves out of a preferred position on the person support apparatus.  However, some patients are allowed by doctor's orders, to move...