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Method of Alerting User during Ingress and Egress from Person Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245819D
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-12

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Abstract

This disclosure generally relates to methods of alerting a user corresponding to at least one of an egress event and an ingress event from a person support apparatus. The method of one initiates with receiving a maximum height value as an input from the user. Thereafter, a height of a deck of the person support apparatus relative to a floor surface, is determined. Once determined, the height of the deck is compared with the maximum height value. Further, a comfort signal is raised, if the height of the deck section is lower than the maximum height value. Additionally, an alert signal is raised, if the height of the deck exceeds the maximum height value. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Method of Alerting User during Ingress and Egress from Person Support Apparatus

This disclosure generally relates to methods of alerting a user during egress and ingress from the person support apparatuses. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to the methods of alerting the user during egress and ingress, corresponding to a height of the person support apparatus.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. The person support apparatus is adapted to support a person under medical assistance (patient). In addition, the person support apparatus performs a multiplicity of functional items, such as but not limited to, raising and lowering a deck of the person support apparatus, articulating the deck of the person support apparatus, and/or propulsion of the person support apparatus. In certain situations, such as transferring the patient to an examining room, the patient may require to egress from or ingress to the person support apparatus. In such situations, the person support apparatus is articulated and the patient may egress and ingress from a foot side of the person support apparatus. Furthermore, there may be situations, such as, the person support apparatus being maintained at a relatively greater height. In those situations, the person support apparatus may be, at a less than optimal position for ingression and egression from the person support apparatus.

This disclosure generally relates to methods of alerting a user corresponding to at least one of an egress event and an ingress event from a person support apparatus. The method of one embodiment initiates with receiving a maximum height value as an input from the user. Thereafter, a height of a deck of the person support apparatus relative to a floor surface, is determined. Once determined, the height of the deck is compared with the maximum height value. Further, a comfort signal is raised, if the height of the deck section is lower than the maximum height value. Additionally, an alert signal is raised, if the height of the deck exceeds the maximum height value.

A perspective view of one embodiment of a person support apparatus 100 is shown in FIG. 1. The person support apparatus 100 is adapted to support a person under medical assistance (patient). The person support apparatus 100 includes a main frame 102, a deck section 104, four side rails 106, and an alert system 108.

The main frame 102 is a base structure of the person support apparatus 100 that supports various other components of the person support apparatus 100. For example, the main frame 102 is adapted to support the deck section 104 of the person support apparatus 100.

The deck section 104 is structured and arranged over the main frame 102 that supports the person under medical assistance (patient). The deck section 104 includes a head portion 110, a back portion 112, and a leg portion 114. The back portion 112 is disposed between the head portion 110 an...