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Publication numberUS3438067 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 15, 1969
Filing dateApr 27, 1967
Priority dateMay 3, 1966
Publication numberUS 3438067 A, US 3438067A, US-A-3438067, US3438067 A, US3438067A
InventorsBarbara Joan Saunders
Original AssigneeSaunders Barbara J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hospital beds
US 3438067 A
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April 1969 B. J. SAUNDERS 3,438,067

HOSPITAL BEDS Filed April 27, 1967 Sheet of 4 April 1969 B. J. SAUNDERS 3,438,067

HOSPITAL BEDS Filed April 27, 1967 Sheet 3 of 4 F|G.2. FIG 3 April 15, 1969 B. .1. SAUNDERS 7 HOSPITAL BEDS Filed April 27, 1967 Sheet 3 of 4 L- FIGA.

April 15, 1969 B. J. SAUNDERS 3,438,067

HOSPITAL BEDS Filed April 27, 1967 Sheet 4 of 4 SHE-"- 35 FIG.6.


FIG.8. i 3| [3 United States Patent 3,438,067 HOSPITAL BEDS Barbara Joan Saunders, Mill House, Cricket Hill, Yateley,

near Camherley, Surrey, England Filed Apr. 27, 1967, Ser. No. 634,258 Claims priority, application Great Britain, May 3, 1966, 19,388/66; July 8, 1966, 30,723/66 Int. Cl. A61g 7/10; A47c 31/00 US. Cl. -68 12 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention is a hospital bed which has been devised with the object of saving the time and labour of hospital staff by permitting certain movements and tasks to be performed by the patient himself without calling for assistance.

The invention accordingly consists in a hospital bed having vertically movable side rail frames, which are interconnected by horizontally spaced webs intended to overlie the bed mattress for supporting the patient and power operated means for raising and lowering the side frames and the webs between lowered, raised and intermediate positions.

Preferably the power operated means is controllable by the patient or a member of the hospital staff. In this way more seriously ill patients are enabled to be lifted from and lowered back onto the mattress under their own or outside control. It will be appreciated that this facility considerably simplifies bed making, and the handling of bed pans and other hosptial and nursing equipment.

When the lower part of the torso only is to be raised and lowered two fiat webs, made of material such as nylon, are employed, the centre of one web being about 8" above the patients excretory organs towards the head while the centre of the other web is the same distance below the excretory organs towards the feet. The webs may be about .01 thick and about 6" wide leaving a space of about between their adjacent edges. The available vertical motion of the side rail frames is about 17 and the tension in the webs is such that this will sufiice to lift the patients buttocks about 6" clear of the mattress when the frames are fully raised. In this position the nurse, or the patient himself if he is well enough, can insert a bed pan. Since the patients weight is not borne by the pan, the latter can be of lightweight construction and could be made of disposable material. It should preferably be detachably secured, as by means of a hook or the like, to the side rail accessible to the patient.

To permit raising of the whole of the patients body from the mattress, e.g. for bed-making, two additional webs are provided, namely a narrow one below the ankles and a wide one under his head. Where a patient cannot be rolled over in a bed this constitutes in addition a medical advantage.

According to a further feature of the invention a safety coupling may be incorporated between the power operated means and the side frames to obviate the possibility 3,438,067 Patented Apr. 15, 1969 of a patients limb becoming trapped when the side frames move downwardly below mattress level. Also according to another feature of the invention means may be provided for weighing the patient whilst suspended upon the webs. This is a particular convenience in cases where it can be vital to detect an increase or decrease in weight of a patient who is too ill to be moved. Where, as is convenient, the side rail frames are raised and lowered under the control of suspension chains or cables the weighing means may be actuated by a member which is movable in response to load variations of the drive from an electric motor to drums on which the suspension chains or cables are wound.

One particular and at present preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:

FIGURE 1 is a general view of a stripped hospital bed with certain components schematically shown;

FIGURE 2 is an end elevation of half of an end frame assembly;

FIGURE 3 is a transverse section through an end frame assembly as shown in FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 4 is a diagrammatic view showing two of three alternative side rail positions;

FIGURE 5 is a diagrammatic view showing the third (raised) alternative position of the side rails and a patient supported by the webs;

FIGURE 6 shows a drive transmission in vertical section;

FIGURE 7 is a section on line VII-VII of FIGURE 6; and

FIGURE 8 shows a switch control gear.

In general the drawings show the invention as it could be incorporated in a generally conventional form of hospital bed such as that for instance disclosed in US. patent specification No. 3,081,463 and which is power operated for adjusting the height and angular position of the rectangular horizontal base of the bed frame. Power operation is by means of a motor located beneath the base frame.

FIGURE 1 shows a simplified form of such a bed having in particular a spring and mattress supporting rectangular base frame 1, a pair of end frames 2 mounted on castors and vertically movable side frames 3.

As shown in FIGURES l, 2 and 3 there is clamped upon each end frame 2 an end frame assembly 4. Each such end frame assembly principally comprises an inverted U-shaped channel section element 5 having upper and lower slotted lugs 6, 7 respectively which engaged upon the adjacent end frame 2 or projections thereon. Each element 5 at each upper corner houses a pair of parallel rotatable sheaves 8, and a similar sheave 9 is similarly mounted at the bottom of each limb of each element 5.

The sheaves of each end frame assembly support between them' a pair of steel wire cables 10, 10a which are anchored at one end to winch drums 11, 12 respectively and cross one another at the top of the element 5. There is a pair of such drums at each end of the bed below the base frame 1 and keyed to drive shafts 13. The drive shafts would of course be supported in suitable bearings (not shown).

The opposite non-anchored end of each cable 10, 10a is attached to a side frame lifting or control Weight 14 which, as shown most clearly in FIGURES 1 and 3, is engageable with the notched end of a side frame top rail 15 for the purpose of raising and controlling the lowering of the side frame.

As shown in FIGURE 1 each side frame has a fixed pair of vertical bars 16 at the head end of the bed and 3 two vertical 'bar assemblies 17 which are adjustably mounted for horizontal movement along the side frame.

Associated with each pair of fixed bars 16 and with each vertical bar assembly 17 is a web suspension linkage comprising a pair of rollers 18 engaging the bars and carried on a suspension plate 19. The suspension plate has perforated side lugs at its inward end which serve to receive a detachable pin 20 which extends through the looped end of a nylon web 21 having the characteristics already mentioned. The horizontal adjustability of the vertical bar assemblies enables the associated webs to be located as required beneath patients of different size. Normally these webs will support the patients buttocks and ankles.

The side frames 3 and the associated webs 21 are movable between three alternative positions as illustrated in FIGURES 4 and 5.

The left side of FIGURE 4 shows the lowered position permitting entry and exit from the bed by the patient. The side frames have dropped by gravity under the control of the weights 14 and since the webs 21 are short and rest upon the bed mattress 22 the latter constrains the suspension linkages to ride up the side rail bars.

The right side of FIGURE 4 shows the intermediate position wherein as a result of raising the weights 14 the side frames have been lifted to an intermediate or guard position in which the bottom side frame rail 23 is level with the bottom of the mattress, the webs 21 continuing to rest upon the latter. It should be noticed that the suspension linkage rollers now engage the bottom side frame rail 23.

FIGURE 5 shows the raised position of the side frames and the associated components wherein the webs 21 with a patient supported thereon have been raised a distance of the order of 6 inches.

FIGURES 6 and 7 illustrate the mode of transmitting a power drive from an electric motor 24 (FIGURE 6) to the winch drums 11, 12 (FIGURE 7). The motor driving shaft carries a pinion 25 engaging a gear 26 on a shaft 27 to drive a worm 28 at reduced speed. The worm 28 drives a worm gear 29 which dips into an oil sump in the gear casing 30 and is keyed to the winch drum shaft 13.

The gear casing 30 has a separate compartment which houses a reduction gear comprising a pinion 31 on shaft 13 and a gear wheel 32. The gear ratio is such that gearwheel 32 turns through 280 between extreme rotational positions of the drum shaft 13.

The gearwheel 32 has on one face a pair of pins 33 spaced at a 180 interval for the purpose of operating at the ends of its angular travel one or other of a pair of microswitches 34 which are effective to switch off the electric motor 24.

The electric motor is fitted with a reversing switch accessible to a nurse and a patient and will normally run in an up or down direction when switched on until the microswitches (limit switches) 34 are engaged.

The side rail frames may be arrested in the intermediate or guard position, which may need to be adjusted from time to time, by manually operating a motor control switch at an appropriate moment. Preferably however, provision is made for automatically switching off the motor when the ascending or descending side frames are at a preselected level. This can readily be done by selective operation of a third microswitch which can be operated by a pin adjustably located in a member which turns slowly in synchronism with the winch drum shaft. It should be apparent to persons skilled in the art that many other devices could be used for stopping the side rail frames at different levels when required as an alternative to allowing a full rise or fall of the side rail frames.

Referring now to FIGURE 6 there is shown at the left of the casing 30 an hydraulic fluid cylinder 35 connected by a pipe 36 to a pressure sensitive gauge (not shown) calibrated in units of Weight. The left end of the worm shaft 27 engages an end face of a plunger (not shown) Lil in the cylinder 35. There is some end float in the shaft 27 and in consequence when the motor drive transmission is operative in a lifting direction there arises a force tending to cause endwise displacement of the shaft 27 proportional to the loadthat is to say the weight of the patient. This displacement is transmitted to the plunger and the resultant hydraulic pressure rise is recorded in terms of weight on the gauge.

It should be appreciated that since there is no positive connection between the side rail frame and the wire cables or weights there is no possibility of a patient becoming seriously injured by trapping of a limb between the upper and/ or lower side rails when lowering occurs. If necessary, rollers may be fitted to the ends of the side rail frames to prevent the possibility of accidental jamming. Means will normally be provided for adjusting the length of the wire cables.

I claim:

1. A hospital bed comprising a horizontal base frame containing a mattress; a pair of end frames and a pair of side rail frames vertically movable between said end frames; a plurality of horizontally spaced webs interconnecting said side rail frames for supporting a patient from the mattress; and mechanical means for raising and lowering the side rail frames and the webs between a lowered, a raised and an intermediate position.

2. A hospital bed comprising a horizontal base frame containing a mattress; a pair of end frames and a pair of side rail frames vertically movable between said end frames; a plurality of horizontally spaced webs interconnecting said side rail frames for supporting a patient independent of said mattress; cables associated with said end frames; and mechanical means for actuating said cables for raising and lowering said side rail frames and said webs between lowered, raised and intermediate positions.

3. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 1 and having means operated in response to the load on said mechanical means when a patient is supported upon said webs for indicating that patients weight.

4. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 1 in which said side rail frames have vertical bars and said spaced webs are attached to suspension means movable along said vertical bars.

5. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 1 in which said side rail frames each have at least one horizontally adjustable vertical bar assembly and suspension means by which an end of a web is coupled thereto.

6. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 1 in which said mechanical means is power operated and driven by an electric motor and includes control gear for automatically stopping the motor when said predetermined raised, lowered or intermediate position of said side rail frames is reached.

7. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 1 including a safety coupling between the raising and lowering mechanical means and the side rail frames.

8. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 2 in which said end frames are of inverted U-shape channel section and said cables are contained within said channel.

9. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 2 in which said cables terminate in weights which are engageable with said side rail frames for lifting and controlling the lowering of said rail frames.

10. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 2 which further comprises power operated winches for winding said cables to raise and lower said side rail frames, said winches are carried on a shaft extending beneath the base frame and constitutes an output shaft of a reduction gearbox driven by an electric motor.

11. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 10 in which the operation of said electric motor is controlled by a switch gear actuated by presettable means in said reduc tion gear box.

12. A hospital bed as claimed in claim 4 wherein said 5 6 suspension means tensions said webs downwardly across 2,655,667 10/1953 Burkert 561 said mattress in both the lowered and intermediate posi- 2,372,683 2/1959 R i h t t 1, 5 -63 tions of said side rail frame. 3,302,219 2/1967 Harris 5-81 X References Cited 5 CASMIR A. NUNBERG, Primaly Examiner. UNITED STATES PATENTS 962,380 6/1910 McMohan 5-84 CL 1,698,754 1/1929 Gadbois 5-83 5-11, 85, 331

2,504,324 4/1950 Goldstein 5--11X

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U.S. Classification5/612, 5/11, 5/425
International ClassificationA61G7/05, A61G7/10, A47C21/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61G7/1046, A61G7/1055, A61G7/108, A61G2200/32, A61G7/1015, A47C21/00
European ClassificationA47C21/00, A61G7/10N2, A61G7/10T6, A61G7/10S6, A61G7/10Z8