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Handheld Control Device for a Person Lift Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245820D
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-12
Document File: 8 page(s) / 158K

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Abstract

This disclosure generally relates to handheld control devices for person lift apparatuses. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a handheld control device with an integrated vibratory element. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Handheld Control Device for a Person Lift Apparatus

This disclosure generally relates to  handheld control devices for  person lift apparatuses. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a handheld control device with an integrated vibratory element.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person lift apparatuses, to lift a person under medical assistance (patient). One such lift apparatus is a stand-alone lift apparatus.  The stand-alone lift apparatus is used to lift and transfer the patient from one person support apparatus to another person support apparatus. The standalone lift apparatus includes a handheld control device that provides an interface between a user and the standalone lift apparatus, to control a number of operations associated with the standalone lift apparatus. The operation of the standalone lift apparatus may include such as but not limited to a lift up function, a lift down function, a move forward function, and/or a move forward function.  In addition to the handheld control device, the standalone lift apparatus includes one or more electronic device that generates an alert signal corresponding to a breach of a functional item associated with the one or more electronic device.  For example, the standalone lift apparatus includes a battery unit that supplies electric power to various other components of the standalone lift apparatus, such as but not limited to, a lift actuator, a propulsion actuator, and/or the like.  After prolonged and continuous usage, the battery unit may run out of electrical power and the battery unit generates the alert signal corresponding to the electrical power reaching below a threshold value. 

Furthermore, the standalone lift apparatus include an alert system that receives the alert signal from the electrical device of the standalone lift apparatus and sends an alert signal to a caregiver.  Conventionally, the alelrt signal is an audible signal that alerts the caregiver to adopt certain suitable corrective measures. However, the audible form of wakeup signal may disturb the patient, as well.  This results in a discomfort to the patient supported by the standalone lift apparatus. Therefore, there exists a need of improvement in the alert system to apprise the caregiver about an alert situation.

The disclosure generally relates to handheld control devices for person lift apparatuses. In one embodiment person lift apparatus includes one or more electronic device. The one or more electronic device is adapted to generate an alert signal corresponding to a breach of a functional item associated with the electronic device. The handheld control device includes a housing, a transceiver unit, and a vibratory element. The controller is disposed within the housing and is operatively connected to the electronic device. The transceiver unit is adapted to generate an actuation signal upon a receipt of the alert signal from the one or more electronic d...