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Title:
SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR SEATED PATIENT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2000/023027
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A patient support (1) which provides access to the spinal area of a patient. The support can be secured alongside a bed or operating table via link (18). The support includes a main limb (2) and a pivoted brace (4). The sternum support (23) includes a facial support (24) and a crossbar (22) to support the patient's arms.

Inventors:
Dixon, Barry James (4 Anglers Esplanade Runaway Bay, QLD 4216, AU)
Application Number:
PCT/AU1999/000890
Publication Date:
April 27, 2000
Filing Date:
October 15, 1999
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Best, Ken (4 Anglers Esplanade Runaway Bay, QLD 4216, AU)
Dixon, Barry James (4 Anglers Esplanade Runaway Bay, QLD 4216, AU)
International Classes:
A47C9/00; A61B19/00; A61G7/07; A61G13/12; A61G15/02; A61G15/12; A61G15/00; (IPC1-7): A61G7/07; A61G15/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CULLEN & CO. (Level 26 239 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4000, AU)
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Claims:
CLAIMS:
1. Apparatus for providing supplementary support to a patient in a sitting position the support comprising; (a) a main limb having an elongate upright and a footing, (b) a brace having an elongate upright and a footing said brace being pivotably connected to the main limb and adapted to provide support for the main limb when it is erected on a surface, and (c) a rest for receiving and providing support to a patent's upper body, the arrangement and construction being such that when the support is erected and placed adjacent to a patient in a seating position the patient can lean forward and be provided with bodily support.
2. A patient support as claimed in claim 1 wherein the main support arm of the brace is provided with adjustable engagement means which can be adjusted for engagement beneath a horizontal member of a bed.
3. A patient support as claimed in claim 1 including means by which the pivotable connection between the brace and the upright can be locked.
4. A patient support as claimed in claim 2 wherein the engagement means is pivotably and telescopically mounted on the brace.
5. A patient support as claimed in claim 1 wherein the footing of the brace is provided with ground wheels or rollers.
6. A patient support as claimed in any one of claim 1 wherein the footings of the main limb and brace extend to either side of the uprights thereof.
7. A patient support as claimed in any one of claim 1 wherein the upright of the main support is provided with a plurality of crossbars to provide support for a patient's feet and/or for use as handle bars.
8. A patient support as claimed in claim 7 wherein the positions of the crossbars on the main support are adjustable.
9. A patient support having a rest comprising a crossbar and a sternum support mounted centrally of the crossbar.
10. A patient support as claimed in claim 9 including a facial support/receptacle mounted on the crossbar in a position opposite sternum support.
11. A patient support as claimed in claim 10 wherein the facial support receptacle is able to pivot with respect to the crossbar.
12. A patient support as claimed in claim 11 wherein elements of the rest are padded and upholstered.
Description:
SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR SEATED PATIENT TECHNICAL FIELD This invention relates to a patient support apparatus for use in conjunction with a bed, chair, stool or operating table.

BACKGROUND ART The present method of administering treatments such as an epidural to a patient is most unsatisfactory and is in general in conflit with hospital policies of non-manual contact and lifting.

Present epidural procedures require the patient to sit on the edge of the bed or operating table, lean forward into the hands of a wardsperson while the qualified medical practitioner administers the epidural from across the bed. The procedures are traumatic for the doctor, the patient and the wardsperson for obvious reasons.

The wardsperson may be male or female, large or small, as can be the patient. A small wardsperson could not be confident of safely supporting a large patient during this dangerous procedure.

It is also very difficult to ensure adequate curvature of the lumbar spine during epidural, spinal, endoscope procedures, while being held by a wardsperson.

An object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus for providing supplementary support to a patient undergoing a variety of procedures from a seated position.

Further objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the ensuing description which is given by way of example only.

DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION According to the present invention there is provided apparatus for providing supplementary support to a patient in a sitting position the support comprising; (a) a main limb having an elongate upright and a footing, (b) a brace having an elongate upright and a footing said brace being pivotably connected to the main limb and

adapted to provide support for the main limb when it is erected on a surface, and (c) a rest for receiving and providing support to a patient's upper body, the arrangement and construction being such that when the support is erected and placed adjacent to a patient in a seating position the patient can lean forward and be provided with bodily support.

The main support arm of the brace can be provided with adjustable engagement means which can be adjusted for engagement beneath a horizontal member of a bed.

Means can be provided by which the pivotable connection between the brace and the upright can be locked.

The engagement means can be pivotably and telescopically mounted on the brace.

The footing of the brace can be provided with ground wheels or rollers.

The footings of the main limb and brace can extend to either side of the uprights thereof.

The upright of the main support can be provided with a plurality of crossbars to provide support for a patient's feet and/or for use as handle bars.

The positions of the crossbars on the main support can be adjustable.

The rest can comprise a crossbar and a sternum support mounted centrally of the crossbar.

The apparatus can include a facial support/receptacle mounted on the crossbar in a position opposite sternum support.

The facial support receptacle can pivot with respect to the crossbar.

Elements of the rest can be padded and upholstered.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Aspects of the present invention will now be described with

reference to the accompanying drawings in which; Figure 1 is a rear perspective view of apparatus according to the present invention, and Figure 2 is a front perspective view of the apparatus of figure 1, and Figures 3 and 4 are front and side views of the apparatus of figure 1, and Fiqures 5 and 6 are side and front views of the rest for the apparatus of figure 1, and Figures 7 and 7 (e) are schematic drawings showing various modes of use for the apparatus of the present invention.

With respect to the drawings apparatus according to he present invention comprises a main limb generally indicated by arrow 1 having an elongate upright 2 and a footing 3, a brace generally indicated by arrow 4 which has an upright 5 and a footing 6 and a rest generally indicated by arrow 7 for providing support for a patient's upper body parts.

The footing 3 of the limb 1 can be cylindrical tube having opposed ends 8 extending to either side of upright 2.

The upright 2 which can be manufactured from metal tubestock mounts a plurality of cross-bars generally indicated by arrow 9. One crossbar 9a can be fixed and two others 9b are adjustable on the upright 2.

As will be explained later the crossbars 9 can be used either as footrests or as handle bars.

The adjustable crossbars 9b can be fitted to a collars 10 having threaded locking members 11.

The upright 5 is adapted to act as a brace for the upright 2 and is pivotably connected to the upright by a pivot arrangement 12. When the apparatus is correctly positioned the pivot connection can be locked using a locking device such as an allen key (not shown).

The footing 6 of the upright 5 extends to either side of the upright 5 and can be provided with wheels or rollers 13.

The upright 5 mounts adjustable engagement means generally

indicated by arrow 14. The engagement means 14 is slidable and lockable on the upright 5 and comprises a collar 15 and a lock 16. Forks 17 extend from the collar 15 and mount a telescopic arm 18.

The degree that the arm 18 extends is adjustable and the arm 18 can be locked in position by a locking device 19.

In use the engagement means 14 can be set at an angle beneath the rail of a bed or operating table with the contact position ensuring that the apparatus cannot roll away from the bed or table. Means such as allen keys (not shown) may be used to lock arm 18 at a set incline.

The rest 7 can be adjustably mounted on the end of the upright 2 and locked in position by a locking device 20. The rest has a shaft 21 which can telescope within the upright 2.

The rest 7 has a crossbar 22, a sternum support 23 and a facial support/receptacle 24 and all elements of the rest can be padded and upholstered for the comfort of users.

The sternum support 23 is a substantially L-shaped appendage to the crossbar 22.

The facial support 24 is provided with a face opening 25. The facial support 24 is able to pivot with respect to the sternum support. A pivoting action can be achieved by using an internal hinge (not shown) or by virtue of the resilience of the material from which the core or body of the rest 7 is manufactured.

The shape and configuration of the rest is designed to provide due comfort to female patients and provides space to either side of the sternum support for the patient's breasts. Because the sternum support extends some way towards the patient position adequate space is provided between a patient and the upright 2 to accommodate the stomach of a pregnant female patient.

Figures 7 to 7 (e) are schematic drawings showing various modes of use of the apparatus of the present invention.

In figure 7 the patient 26 is seated on a support 27. The patient's arms extends over crossbar 22 of the rest 7 and the crossbar 9 is

gripped. The patient's chest is hard against the sternum support 23 and the patient's feet 26b rest on crossbar 9b. The patient's upper body is leaning towards the apparatus.

In figure 7a a similar position to that of figure 7 is assumed by the patient and in this instance the patient's face is engaged with facial support 24 and the patient's back is on a steeper incline.

In figures 7 (b) the patient's arms are beneath the crossbar 22, are crossed over and grip the crossbar 9.

In figure 7 (c) the patient's arms extend over the crossbar 22 and grip crossbar 9.

In figure 7 (d) the patient's arms 26a extend over the crossbar 22 and a cross-over grip is employed.

In figure 7 (e) the patient's arms 26a extend over the crossbar 22 and the feet 26b are not in contact with crossbar 9b.

The present invention provides a stable, strong, multiple adjustable, total support system for all sizes of patients. By virtue of its multiple adjustments, the apparatus ensures all patients position themselves with adequate curvature of the lumbar spine for ease of procedures. The apparatus is adjustable to fit all hospital beds and operating tables. The invention has a scope for many uses including, but not limited to: Epidural procedures Spinal treatments Endoscopy Maternity care Aspects of the present invention have been described by way of example only and it should be appreciated that modifications and additions may be made thereto without departing from the scope thereof as defined in the appended claims.