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Publication numberUS2174870 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 3, 1939
Filing dateNov 6, 1936
Priority dateNov 6, 1936
Publication numberUS 2174870 A, US 2174870A, US-A-2174870, US2174870 A, US2174870A
InventorsDaniels Amy J
Original AssigneeDaniels Amy J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hospital equipment
US 2174870 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Get. 3, 1939. A. J. DANIELS HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT original Filed Nov. 6, 193e (will Rm O ww MJ,

ATTORNE Patented Oct. 3, 1939 HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT Amy J. Daniels, Palmer, Mass.

Application November s, 1936, serial No. 109,524

Renewed March 13, 1939,

3 Claims.

This invention relates to improvements in hospital equipment and has particular reference to a new and novel `conveyor and method of making the same.

One of the principal objects of the invention is to provide a mattress conveyor whereby the mattresses may be quickly and easily removed from the sick bed and conveyed to be exposed to the sunshine and fresh air.

. Another object is to provide a conveyor of the character described having one of its side portions which may be lowered so that the mattress may be slid from the bed on to the lowered side portion where it may be easily raised and held in an upright position in the conveyor.

Another object is to provide means for use in airing mattresses whereby the mattress will be supported so that it will have full exposure to the sunshine and fresh air and so that it may be easily brushed and cleaned.

Another object is to provide simple, efficient and economical means and method of forming mattress conveyors.

Further objects and advantages of' the invention will become apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing and it will be apparent that many changes may be made in the details of construction, arrangement of parts and method shown and described without departing from the spirit of the invention as illustrated in the accompanying claims.

I, therefore. do not wish of Fig. II;

Fig. IV is a sectional View taken on line IV'-IV of Fig. I; and

Fig. V is a sectional view taken on line V-V of Fig. I.

It is common vpractice in hospitals, after a patient leaves the sick bed, to expose the mattress to fresh air and sunshine prior to assigning the bed to the next patient. No particular means, as far as has been known in the past, has been provided whereby the mattresses may be conveyed and supported during their exposure to fresh air and sunshine.

In many instances in the past, it

(ci. 2li-2s) has been the duty of the nurses of the hospitals to carry the mattresses out on to the sun porches where they were either laid on the ooring of the porches or overthe porch banisters. This procedure did not Yonly fail to properly expose the mattresses to. fresh air and sunshine but in many instances they became dusty and dirty due to dust collections, etc., on said banisters or porch flooring.

One of the prime objects, therefore, of the present invention is to provide means for avoiding the undesirable defects in handling and airing mattresses whereby the mattresses may be conveyed from the bedside to the sun porches or location of exposure of the mattresses to air and sunshine by a single individual.

Referring more particularly to the drawing wherein like characters of reference designate like parts throughout the several views the device embodying the invention comprises a pair of end members I having a central transverse portion 2 and depending end caster supports 3. The central transverse portions are connected by a pair of brace bars 4 which extend from one end to the other and which are secured adjacent their ends to said transverse portions 2 by threaded connections, welding, brazing or other suitable means. A suitable ooring 5 is attached to the brace bars Il by screws or other suitable connecting means 6 as illustrated in Figs. I to IV.

In this particular instance the end members I are preferably formed of hollow pipe material bent adjacent its ends to form, the hollow depending members 3 in which the shank of the casters 26 are adapted to be fitted.v The central transverse portion 2 also provides a support for the side members 'I and 8. The side member 'I is hingedly attached at 9 to upstanding lugs I0 welded or otherwise secured to the transverse portions 2 of the end members l. This side member comprises a main frame formed of hollow pipe material which is so bent as to form a centrai transverse portion II and depending side portions I2. The central transverse portion II is provided with a plurality of openings in which the ends of the vertically extending intermediate bar members I3 are tted. The openings are formed only in the lower side of the intermediate portion so that when the ends of the vertically extending bar members I3 are fitted in said openings, they will engage the upper solid wall of said intermediate portion.

A suitable brace rod Ill formed of hollow pipe material is adapted to extend from one depending side p ortion I 2 to the other adjacent the hinge connections 9. This portion I4 is also formed with a plurality of spaced openings I5 in which the lower ends of the vertically extending bar members I3 are adapted to be fitted. (See Fig. V.) The brace rod I4 when secured to the depending side portions I2 is adapted to hold the vertical bar members I3 in place in the various openings in said member I4 and in the transversely extending portion II. The brace rod I4 is secured to the side portions I2 by suitable connecting bolts I6 or by welding, brazing or other suitable means. In instances wherein connecting bolts are used the end of the brace rod I4, as shown in Fig. III, is preferably provided with a plug I'I having a threaded bore I8 for receiving the connecting bolt.

'Io form the hinge connection the end of the depending side portions I2 are preferably fiattened, as illustrated in Fig. I, and are provided with an opening adapted to be alignedkwith a suitable pivot opening in the lugs III to receive a suitable pivot pin, bolt, or other means to complete the hinge connection.

The side member 8 is formed in a manner similar to the side member 1 except that it is rigidly attached adjacent the lower ends of its depending side members I9 to the transversely extending portions' 2 so that it will be rigidly supported in an upright position. The only difference between the side members 1 and 8 is that the side member 'I is hinged so that it may be folded downwardly, see Fig. II. This is so that it may be rested on the side 20 of the hospital bed, whereby the mattress, such as illustrated at 2I,.may be slid from the bed on to the side member 'I, whereby it may be swung upwardly to an upright position with said side member, as illustrated by the dotted lines in Fig. II, so that its lower end will rest on the floor portion 5.

A suitable latch member 22 pivoted at 23 to one of said side members I or 8 so that it may be hooked over a suitable connecting lug 24 formed on the other side member, is adapted to hold said side members in definite spaced relation with the mattress therebetween. In this manner,-the mattress may be rolled from the bedside for exposure to fresh air and sunshine. It is to be noted that the mattress is held in a flat upright position whereby the entire sides of the mattress may be exposed to the sunshine and fresh air. By supporting the mattress in an upright position it may be easily brushed and cleaned prior to assignment to the next patient.

The device is very simple and light in weight so that it may be handled by a single individual and is so constructed that the mattress may be easily placed in the conveyor or be removed therefrom.

From the foregoing description it will be seen that simple, eicient and economical means have been provided for accomplishing all of the objects and advantages of the invention.

Having described my invention, I claim:

l. In a device of the character described, a pair of end members each having hollow downwardly extending, floor engaging caster supports, means connecting said end members, a floor member secured to said means, a pair oi side frame members attached adjacent their opposed ends to said end members in spaced relation with each other, one of said side frame members being rigidly attached and supported in an upright position and the other of said side frame members having a hinge connection to said end members whereby it may be moved from a position substantially parallel to the other of said side members outwardly to substantially a horizontal position, and each of said frame members being formed of rod-like means bent to form the top and sides of said frames, a brace bar connecting the sides radjacent the free ends thereof and a plurality of spaced bars secured adjacent one end thereof to the top of the frame and adjacent their opposite ends to the brace bar, means connecting said side frame members for normally holding them in an upright spaced parallel relation with each other.

2. In a device of the character described, a base comprising a pair of end members each having downwardly extending floor engaging supports and iioor-like `means intermediate said end members, a pair of side frame members attached adjacent their opposite ends to said base in spaced relation with each other, one of said side frame members being rigidly attached and suported in an up-right position and the other of said side frame members having a hinged connection to said base whereby it may be moved from a position substantially parallel to the other o-f said side members outwardly to substantially a horizontal position, each of said side frame members being formed of bar-like means constituting a transversely extending top bar-like portion and substantially vertically extending side portions, a brace bar connecting the side portions at points substantially spaced from the transversely extending top bar-like portion and a plurality of spaced bars secured adjacent one end thereof to the top bar-like portion and adjacent their opposite ends to the brace bar, and means connecting said side frame members for normally holding them in an upright spaced substantially parallel relation with each other.

3. In a device of the character described, a base comprising a pair of end members each having downwardly extending floor engaging portions with supporting means intermediate said end members, a pair of side frame members attached adjacent their opposite ends to said base in spaced relation with each other, one of said side frame members being rigidly supported in an upright'l position and the other of said frame members having a hinged connection to said base whereby it may be moved from a position substantially parallel to the other of said side members outwardly to substantially a horizontal position, each of said side frame members being formed of bar-like means constituting a transversely extending top bar-like portion and substantially vertically extending side portions, a brace bar connecting the said portions at points substantially spaced from the transversely extending top bar-like portion and a plurality oi spaced bars secured adjacent one end thereof to the top bar-like portion and adjacent their opposite ends to the brace and means connecting said side frame members for normally holding them in an upright spaced substantially parallel

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Classifications
U.S. Classification211/28, 280/651, 280/79.3
International ClassificationA61G7/00, A61G7/08
Cooperative ClassificationA61G7/08
European ClassificationA61G7/08