A cost-effective patient transport apparatus to and from a patient bed to a bathtub that assists nurses in lifting and carrying patients to and from a hospital bed to a bathtub

US 9,248,065 B1

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Background Art

Lifting helpless bedridden patients with permanent or temporary loss of mobility from their beds to a bathtub for bathing is important because such patients need regular sanitary cares to avoid skin sores and infections, especially when they are lying for a long period of time on their backs. Unhygienic patients often exacerbate their conditions and threaten other patients and the environment of the hospital in general. This problem is especially true in hospitals of third world countries. Therefore, there is a need for regular moving and bathing of patients.
The act of lifting a patient out of the bed is strenuous especially when the patient is heavy. Usually, nurses use a draw sheet whereupon a patient rests to help in turning and lifting the patient onto a hospital cart. However, moving a patient using this method can be dangerous because the nurses can slip their grasps of the bed sheet and drop the patient especially when the patient is heavy. As such, injuries to the nurses may occur. Furthermore, hospital carts are cumbersome and require a lot of space to store them.
The above described problems are especially true when patients are cared for at home. Some patients stay at home and under the care of loved ones. The difficulties of moving a patient from a bedroom to a bathroom are significantly exacerbated. Every time, especially at night without a nurse present, the patient needs to be cleaned and bathed, the loved ones at home would have a lot of problems taking care of that patient.
In addition to the lift mechanism, the frame has a carriage mechanism which can carry a lifted patient beyond the side or the end of the bed. The patient can also be lifted from the bed, and the patient is transported to other locations in the hospital without severe physical handling. A cart is used to bath a patient. A drain pan is placed under the patient to catch bath water and return the water to a drain water tank on the cart.
Fuller’s support frame has complex design and is usually expensive. Moreover, such support frame still requires transporting patients by means of a wheel chair or a hospital cart which does not have the capability to lift and place that patient into a bathtub. Nurses still need to physically lift that patient and carry him or her over into a bathtub.

Therefore what is needed is a cost-effective patient transport apparatus to and from a patient bed to a bathtub that assists nurses in lifting and carrying patients to and from a hospital bed to a bathtub. Furthermore, what is needed is a patient transport apparatus that can reach under hospital beds in order to reach to patients and lift them out of bed without physical handling from nurses. Yet, what is needed is a patient transport apparatus that can place patients right into a bathtub without physical lifting from nurses. Finally, what is needed is a patient transport apparatus that is compact and conveniently stored away without occupying a large space either in a hospital or at home.

 

Summary of the invention

Accordingly, an objective of the present invention is to provide a patient transport apparatus is disclosed that includes: a base with caster wheels, a double scissor truss, mounted on the base, retracted and extended vertically by the operation of a base crank handle, and a hoisting assembly positioned atop of a support frame member. The hoisting member further includes winch handles connected to a set of pulleys which are connected to cables and a fabric sling for supporting a patient. The hoisting assembly is configured to move along the support frame member by means of wheels installed on the bottom side of the frame member so that the fabric sling can reach out to the patient. A telescoping support pole, connected to the front of the support frame member, designed to freely rotated and to lean against either the bed or the bathtub in order to provide balance to the apparatus.
Another objective of the present invention is to provide a cost-effective patient transport apparatus that frees nurses from lifting and carrying patients to and from a hospital bed to a bathtub.
Yet another objective of the present invention is to provide a patient transport apparatus that can go under hospital beds in order to reach to patients and lift them out of bed without the need of physical handling from nurses.
Yet, another objective of the present invention is to provide a patient transport apparatus that can place patients right into a bathtub without the need of physical lifting from nurses.
Yet another objective of the present invention is to provide a patient transport apparatus that is compact and conveniently stored away without occupying a large space either at home or in a hospital.
These and other advantages of the present invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after having read the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments, which are illustrated in the various drawing and figures.

 

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