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Publication numberUS3306287 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 28, 1967
Filing dateJan 2, 1964
Priority dateJan 2, 1964
Publication numberUS 3306287 A, US 3306287A, US-A-3306287, US3306287 A, US3306287A
InventorsLeon J Arp
Original AssigneeUniv Iowa State Res Found Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Infant supporting apparatus
US 3306287 A
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Feb. 28, 1967 L, ARP 3,306,287

INFANT SUPPORTING APPARATUS Filed Jan. 2, 1964 ,4. mm. 40%; flazwd United States Patent Ofiiice 3,306,287 INFANT SUPPORTING APPARATUS Leon J. Arp, Ames, Iowa, as ignor to Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc., Ames, Iowa, a corporation of Iowa Filed Jan. 2, 1964, Ser. No. 335,159 2 Claims. (Cl. 128-134) This invention relates to apparatus for supporting an infant, and, more particularly, to apparatus for supporting an infant during medical treatment.

It is an object of the invention to provide novel apparatus for supporting an infant during therapeusis such as respiratory augmentation. As such, this application is related to the co-owned, copending application of David L. Carlson, Serial No. 332,369, filed December 23, 1963.

Another object is to provide apparatus especially adapted to confine and support an infant in a plurality of different positions for medical treatment.

Other objects and advantages of the invention may be seen in the details of construction and operation set down in this specification.

The invention is explained in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a platform employed to support and confine an infant;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged sectional view such as would be seen along the sight line 22 of FIG. -1;

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of the platform of FIG. 1 but viewed from the underside and showing a pedestal mount therefor;

FIG. 4 is a schematic view of apparatus for augmenting the breathing of an infant, used in conjunction with the platform of FIGS. 1-3; and

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary sectional view of a modified form of the invention.

In the illustration given and with particular reference to the drawing, the numeral 19 designates generally a platform which includes a 16" x 24" flat panel 11 which may advantageously be constructed of a non-porous material such as metal or plastic for ready autoclaving. As seen in FIG. 3, the platform is equipped with a pedestal generally designated 12 which includes a base 13 and standard 14. Intersecting the standard 14 and the panel 11 is a ball and socket connection 15 equipped with suitable lock means 16 for maintaining the platform 10 in a desired angular position such as that seen in FIG. 3.

Upstanding from the platform panel 11 are a number of barriers employed to support and confine an infant lying on the platform 10. These barriers include the members 17 and 18 which are arranged to be on opposite sides of the infants head. Alternatively, a molded barrier may be employed for this purpose. Other barriers 19 and 20 provide the same function relative to the torso, while the transverse barrier element 21 serves, in effect, as a foot rest or stop. Each barrier element 17-21 is advantageously coupled to the panel 11 by means of brackets 22. Each bracket 22 includes a right-angled clip having a pair of elongated slots as at 23 and 24 to facilitate adjustment when secured in place by means of bolts 25 (see FIG. 2).

Additionally, the panel 11 is equipped with an upstanding bracket generally designated 26 which supports in pivotal cantilever fashion an L-shaped transverse rod 27 positioned so as to be above an infant supported on the panel 11. The rod 27 may be equipped with hose supports 28 and 29 which serve to support the hoses 30 and 3,306,287 Patented Feb. 28, 1967 31 connected to the nose mask 32 of the infant. A nose mask useful in connection with this apparatus can be seen in the co-owned, copending application of John B. Buck, Serial No. 351,182, filed Mar-ch 11, 1964, and now abancloned.

In operation, the barriers 17-21 are adjusted, i.e., positioned so as to substantially immobilize an infant and the hoses 30 and 31 are immobilized in the supports 28 and 29. As such, the hoses provide inhalation and exhalation paths to an augmentor 33 which is more fully described in the above-mentioned application of David L. Carlson. In FIG. 4, the augmentor 33 is seen to be coupled to an air or oxygen supply means as at 35 and an exhalation exhaust means at 34. The augmentor 33 is responsive to the initial inhalation of the infant to supply air under positive displacement to do the work of breathing and thus compensates for respiratory distress. This is not infrequent in premature infants who lack the strength to breathe when affected with a malady such as respiratory distress syndrome.

It will be appreciated that although one environmental use of the inventive platform has been outlined in detail, other therapeutic uses are available to the medical profession. Infants in particular are difiicult to support and confine, and the inventive construction thus can be utilized in other medical treatment such as X-rays. In the latter case, it is advantageous to cover the platform with lead.

In FIG. 5, it is seen that the platform 111 is equipped with an upstanding post 117 cooperating with a resilient cup-shaped member 118 to define a ball and socket joint to support and confine the infants head in place of the barriers 17 and 18. The cup 118 may advantageously be made of latex material and formed to fit the size and shape of the head of a particular infant.

While in the foregoing specification a detailed description of an embodiment of the invention has been set down for the purpose of explanation thereof, many variations in the details herein given may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

I claim:

1. In apparatus for use with infants, a platform equipped with upstanding barriers for confining the infant, said barriers including parallel members to support and confine the head of the infant and including separate members to confine the torso of the infant, bracket means upstanding from said platform, gas conduits supported by said bracket means for conveying gas to and from the nose of an infant on said platform, and pedestal means for supporting said platform, said pedestal means including adjustable connection means attached to said platform and selectively adjustable for tilting said platform.

2. The structure of claim 1 in which said barriers include a flexible head-holding member of general cup shape pivotally secured to said platform.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,215,834 11/1965 Tayrnan.

RICHARD A. GAUDET, Primary Examiner. C. F. ROSENBAUM, Assistant Examiner.

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U.S. Classification128/847, 128/DIG.260, 5/603, 128/870, 5/608
International ClassificationA61G13/00, A61B6/04
Cooperative ClassificationA61G13/00, Y10S128/26, A61B6/0421
European ClassificationA61B6/04A4, A61G13/00