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Weighing System for Person Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245809D
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-11
Document File: 7 page(s) / 187K

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Abstract

This disclosure generally relates to weighing systems for a person support apparatuses. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to wireless pressure sensors in weighing systems, to determine weight of a subject. This disclosure generally relates to weighing systems for person support apparatuses. The person support apparatus of one embodiment includes a deck section and a person support surface. The person support surface is adapted to support a subject. The weighing system includes at a lest one pressure sensor and a control system. The at least one pressure sensor is positioned between the deck section and the person support surface of the person support apparatus. The at least one pressure sensor has a radio-frequency (RF) module. The control system is wirelessly connected to the RF module of the at least one pressure sensor. The RF module generates a pressure data corresponding at least a portion of a weight of the subject wirelessly transmit the pressure data to the control system. The control system is adapted to wirelessly receive the pressure data from the RF module of the at least one pressure sensor and calculate the weight of the subject, corresponding to the pressure data received form the RF module of the at least one pressure sensor. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Weighing System for Person Support Apparatus

This disclosure generally relates to weighing systems for a person support apparatuses. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to wireless pressure sensors in weighing systems, to determine weight of a subject.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. A person support apparatuses is adapted to support a person under medical assistance (patient). A person support apparatus generally includes a person support surface positioned over a deck section. Moreover, the person support apparatus is adapted to perform a multiplicity of functional items, such as head of bed angle inclination, deck height adjustment, and/or similar functions. Some of these functions associated may operate corresponding to a weight of the patient supported by the person support apparatus. Therefore, the person support apparatus is generally equipped with a weighing system to determine the weight of the patient supported by the person support apparatus. The weighing system generally include a multiplicity of pressure sensors positioned between the deck section and the person support surface and a control system positioned proximal to the person support apparatus. In conventional weighing system, the pressure sensors are electrically connected to control system, with use of a number of electrical wires. A wired connection between the pressure sensors and the control system facilitates measurement of the weight of the person. With prolonged and continuous operations, the wired connection could be damaged, resulting in a less than optimal operation. Therefore, there exist a scope of improvement in the weighing system.

This disclosure generally relates to weighing systems for person support apparatuses. The person support apparatus of one embodiment includes a deck section and a person support surface. The person support surface is adapted to support a subject. The weighing system includes at least one pressure sensor and a control system. The at least one pressure sensor is positioned between the deck section and the person support surface of the person support apparatus. The at least one pressure sensor has a radio-frequency (RF) module. The control system is wirelessly connected to the RF module of the at least one pressure sensor. The RF module generates a pressure data corresponding to at least a portion of a weight of the subject and wirelessly transmit the pressure data to the control system. The control system is adapted to wirelessly receive the pressure data from the RF module of the at least one pressure sensor and calculate the weight of the subject, corresponding to the pressure data received from the RF module of the at least one pressure sensor.

A perspective view of one embodiment of a person support apparatus 100 is shown in FIG. 1. The person support apparatus 100 generally includes a deck section 102 and a person support surface 104. The person...