|Publication number||US20060130238 A1|
|Application number||US 11/180,900|
|Publication date||Jun 22, 2006|
|Filing date||Jul 12, 2005|
|Priority date||Jul 16, 2004|
|Also published as||CA2511857A1, CA2512404A1, US20060130239, WO2006010160A2, WO2006010160A3|
|Publication number||11180900, 180900, US 2006/0130238 A1, US 2006/130238 A1, US 20060130238 A1, US 20060130238A1, US 2006130238 A1, US 2006130238A1, US-A1-20060130238, US-A1-2006130238, US2006/0130238A1, US2006/130238A1, US20060130238 A1, US20060130238A1, US2006130238 A1, US2006130238A1|
|Original Assignee||Robyn Smith|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (8), Classifications (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a non-provisional patent application that claims priority to Provisional Patent Application No. 60/588,678 filed on Jul. 16, 2004, entitled, “Bed Side Rail Method and Apparatus,” which is incorporated herein by reference thereto.
In general, bedside support devices am provided to assistance to patients or other individuals in need of a certain amount of support when getting out of bed or repositioning themselves. Many of the prior art devices have a static portions that are rigidly attached to the central lateral portion of a bed or adjacent structure which often times places a patient in peril in the event she is wedged between the static rigid portions and the lateral region of the bed. It is therefore in objective to provide a bedside rail support that is adapted to allow a handle region which repositions laterally and provides sufficient vertical support to the patient so she can reposition herself to a sitting position and stand with a certain amount of assistance from the bedside support device.
The bedside support device 20 as shown in
With the foregoing in mind, there will first be description of the mechanical components of one form of the bedside support device 20 with reference to
As shown in
The pivot attachment member 26 in one form is a tubular sleeve 40 having an internal bushing or bearing to provide rotation substantially about a vertical axis. The internal bushing or bearing provides an internal cavity adapted to receive the lower portion of the base region 60 of the support bar 24. As shown in
As shown in
Essentially, the base region 60 and handle region 62 are fixedly connected at a joinder portion 64. In a preferred form of manufacture, the regions 60 and 62 are of a single piece of metal that is that substantially at a ninety-degree angle from one another, however other angle relationships can be employed. Further, the lower portion of the base region as mentioned above is adapted to extend through the open chamber region of the pivot attachment member 26 to provide a limited rotational movement therein.
In one farm, the resistance of the rotation about a vertical axis can be provided to dampen the rotational movement of the handle region 62. This can be accomplished by having a sleeve that is constricted to provide circumferential friction about the base region 22. This could be advantageous where it is desired to have a handle region 62 that repositions with a certain degree of resistance to provide some stability but will reposition in the event the patient falls off the bed and requires a safety limitation to fall freely without being pinched or strangled by any fixed open perilous gaps.
Now referring to
Now referring to
If the patient feels that she can travel away from the bed, she can reposition the handle region 62 to a fully extended lateral position as shown in
Of course various modifications and alterations can be performed without departed from the spirit scope of the invention.
From the foregoing, it will be appreciated that specific embodiments of the invention have been described herein for purposes of illustration, but that various modifications may be made without deviating from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not limited except as by the appended claims.
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