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Adjustable Side rail Assembly for Person Support Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247551D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-15
Document File: 9 page(s) / 707K

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Abstract

Relates to a side rail assembly for a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a height adjustment of the side rail assembly of the person support apparatus.

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Adjustable Side rail Assembly for Person Support Apparatus

This disclosure generally relates to a side rail assembly for a person support apparatus. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a height adjustment of the side rail assembly of the person support apparatus.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of person support apparatuses. Person support apparatuses are adapted to support a person under medical assistance (patient).  Typically, a number of side-rail assemblies are attached to the sides of person support apparatus.

Conventional side-rail assemblies are fixedly attached to a main frame of the person support apparatus. Fixed side-rail assemblies might restrict a caregiver when providing care to the patient. Some side rail assemblies are removably attached to person support apparatuses. When required, such side-rail assemblies are removed from the person support apparatus and temporarily kept on the facility’s floor to accomplish an applicable task, such as to transfer the patient. However, this is time-consuming and may cause the side-rail assemblies to be misplaced. Moreover, during side rail detachments procedures, there exists a possibility of mishandling and misjudging movements of the side-rail assemblies, which may lead to increased chances of injuring the patient and the caregiver. Therefore, there exists a scope of improvement in the design of the side-rail assemblies.

The disclosure generally relates to a side rail assembly for a person support apparatus. In one illustrative embodiment, the side rail assembly includes a side rail mount, a side rail, and a lock assembly. The side rail mount is removably attached to a deck of the person support apparatus. The side rail mount includes at least one vertical member. The side rail is slideably attached to the at least one vertical member of the side rail mount. The side rail is adapted to slide in a vertical direction. The lock assembly is adapted to lock the side rail on the vertical member. The lock assembly includes at least one rod member and an actuating mechanism. The actuating mechanism is operably coupled to the at least one rod member and is adapted to switch the at least one rod member between an extended position and a retracted position. In the extended position, the at least one rod member engages with the at least one vertical member of the side rail mount and restricts the movement of the side rail. In the retracted position, the at least one rod member disengages from the at least one vertical member of the side rail mount and allows the side rail to slide vertically along the length of the vertical member.

A perspective view of illustrative embodiment of a person support apparatus 100 is shown in FIG. 1. The person support apparatus 100 is generally a medical bed installed in a hospital or a healthcare facility. The person support apparatus 100 is adapted to support a person under medical assistance (patient). The...