Title:
Modular mattress apparatus
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A mattress comprises a cover defining an interior region, a first foam section located in the interior region of the cover, and a second foam section located in the interior region of the cover adjacent the first foam section. The first foam section includes a first angled surface and the second foam section includes a second angled surface configured to abut the first angled surface.



Inventors:
Henley, Alan W. (Summerville, SC, US)
Stolpmann, James R. (Charleston, SC, US)
Application Number:
09/951294
Publication Date:
03/14/2002
Filing Date:
09/11/2001
Assignee:
HENLEY ALAN W.
STOLPMANN JAMES R.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47C27/00; A47C27/14; (IPC1-7): A47C17/00
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Primary Examiner:
TRETTEL, MICHAEL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Hill-Rom) (Indianapolis, IN, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A mattress comprising: a cover defining an interior region; a first foam section located in the interior region of the cover, the first foam section including a bottom surface, a first end wall extending generally perpendicular to the bottom surface of the first foam section, and a first angled surface extending transverse to the first end wall; and a second foam section located in the interior region of the cover adjacent the first foam section, the second foam section including a bottom surface, a second end wall extending generally perpendicular to the bottom surface of the second foam section, and a second angled surface extending transverse to the second end wall, the first angled surface being configured to abut the second angled surface.

2. The mattress of claim 1, wherein the mattress has a head end and a spaced apart foot end defining a length dimension and spaced apart first and second sides defining a width dimension, the first foam section having a width dimension substantially equal to the width dimension of the mattress, and the second foam section having a width dimension substantially equal to the width dimension of the mattress.

3. The mattress of claim 1, further comprising a foam base located in the interior region of the cover below the first and second foam sections.

4. The mattress of claim 3, further comprising a plurality of fasteners configured to couple the first and second foam sections to the foam base.

5. The mattress of claim 1, further comprising a shear cover configured to be located over the first and second foam sections, the shear cover having a low coefficient of friction.

6. The mattress of claim 1, wherein the second foam section includes a third end wall extending generally perpendicular to the bottom surface of the second foam section, and a third angled surface extending transverse to the third end wall, and further comprising a third foam section located in the interior region of the cover adjacent the second foam section, the third foam section including a bottom surface, a fourth end wall extending generally perpendicular to the bottom surface of the third foam section, and a fourth angled surface extending transverse to the fourth end wall, the third angled surface being configured to abut the fourth angled surface.

7. The mattress of claim 1, wherein at least one of the first and second foam sections includes a central foam portion and side foam portions extending along opposite sides of the central foam portion, the side foam portions having a density greater than the central foam portion.

8. The mattress of claim 1, wherein at least one of the first and second foam sections includes a top surface formed to include a plurality of transversely extending notches.

9. The mattress of claim 1, wherein the mattress has a head end and a spaced apart foot end defining a length dimension and spaced apart first and second sides defining a width dimension, the first and second foam sections each having a central foam portion and first and second side foam portions coupled to and extending along opposite sides of the central foam portion, the first and second side foam portions each having a firmness greater than a firmness of the central foam portion so that the first and second side foam portions of the first and second foam sections cooperate to define first and second borders extending along the first and second sides of the mattress, respectively, between the head end and the foot end of the mattress.

10. The mattress of claim 1, wherein the first angled surface is configured to overlap the second end wall.

11. A mattress comprising: a cover having an interior region, a head end, and a foot end; a foot foam section located adjacent the foot end of the cover, the foot foam section having a bottom surface and a head end formed to include a first angled edge surface configured to extend at a non-perpendicular angle relative to the bottom surface of the foot foam section; a head foam section located adjacent the head end of the cover, the head foam section having a bottom surface and a foot end formed to include a second angled edge surface configured to extend at a non-perpendicular angle relative to the bottom surface of the head foam section; and a seat foam section located between the foot and head foam sections, the seat foam section having a bottom surface, a foot end formed to include a third angled edge surface, and a head end formed to include a fourth angled edge surface, the third and fourth angled edge surfaces each being configured to extend at a non-perpendicular angle relative to the bottom surface of the seat foam section, the first angled edge surface being configured to abut the third angled edge surface and the second angled edge surface being configured to abut the fourth angled edge surface.

12. The mattress of claim 11, further comprising a foam base located in the interior region of the cover below the foot, head and seat foam sections.

13. The mattress of claim 12, further comprising a plurality of fasteners configured to couple the foot, head and seat foam sections to the base.

14. The mattress of claim 11, further comprising a shear cover configured to be located over the foot, head and seat foam sections, the shear cover having a low coefficient of friction.

15. The mattress of claim 11, wherein at least one of the foot, head and seat foam sections includes a central foam portion having a top surface formed to include a plurality of transversely extending notches.

16. The mattress of claim 1, wherein at least one of the foot, head and seat foam sections includes a central foam portion and side foam portions extending along opposite sides of the central foam portion, the side foam portions having a density greater than the central foam portion.

17. The mattress of claim 1, wherein the mattress has a head end and a spaced apart foot end defining a length dimension and spaced apart first and second sides defining a width dimension, the foot, head and seat foam sections each having a central foam portion and first and second side foam portions coupled to and extending along opposite sides of the central foam portion, the first and second side foam portions each having a firmness greater than a firmness of the central foam portion so that the first and second side foam portions of the foot, head and seat foam sections cooperate to define first and second borders extending along the first and second sides of the mattress, respectively, between the head end and the foot end of the mattress.

18. The mattress of claim 1, wherein the second and third angled surfaces are configured to overlap the first and fourth end walls, respectively.

19. A mattress apparatus comprising: a cover having an interior region and a bottom surface; a mattress core located in the interior region of the cover; at least one pocket formed on the bottom surface of the cover; and a magnet located in each of the at least one pockets.

20. The apparatus of claim 19, wherein the mattress core includes foam base having a head end and a foot end, a foot foam section located adjacent to the foot end of the base, a head foam section located adjacent to the head end of the base, a seat foam section located between the foot and head foam sections, and a plurality of fasteners configured to couple the foot, head and seat foam sections to the base.

Description:

BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0001] This application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/334,984, filed Jun. 17, 1999, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,286,166, which claims the benefit of U.S. provisional application Ser. No. 60/089,819 filed Jun. 19, 1998.

[0002] The present invention relates to a mattress for supporting a body. More particularly, the present invention relates to a modular foam mattress apparatus which provides a pressure reduction surface for supporting a body.

[0003] The present invention includes a mattress having a plurality of foam components located between a bottom cover and a top cover. The mattress includes a plurality of modular foam sections which allow easy replacement of modular components, as necessary. The top and bottom cover are coupled together by a wraparound zipper which allows a caregiver to choose an appropriate type of cover for particular clinical and financial needs.

[0004] Additional features and advantages of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon consideration of the following detailed description of the illustrated embodiments exemplifying the best mode of carrying out the invention as presently perceived.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0005] FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of one embodiment of the modular foam mattress of the present invention;

[0006] FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating securement of a fire barrier around the foam components of the mattress;

[0007] FIG. 3 is a top plan view illustrating a bottom cover;

[0008] FIG. 4 is a side elevational view of the bottom cover of FIG. 3;

[0009] FIG. 5 is an enlarged view illustrating formation of a corner of the lower cover;

[0010] FIG. 6 is an enlarged view illustrating a magnet pocket formed in the bottom cover;

[0011] FIG. 7 is a top plan view of a magnet configured to be inserted into the magnet pocket of the bottom cover;

[0012] FIG. 8 is a side elevational view of the magnet of FIG. 7;

[0013] FIG. 9 is an end view of the magnet of FIGS. 7 and 8;

[0014] FIG. 10 is a top plan view of a foam base configured to be situated over a bottom surface of the bottom cover;

[0015] FIG. 11 is a side elevational view of the foam base of FIG. 10;

[0016] FIG. 12 is a top plan view of a foot section foam module;

[0017] FIG. 13 is a sectional view taken through the foot section foam module of FIG. 12;

[0018] FIG. 14 is an end view of the foot section module of FIGS. 12 and 13;

[0019] FIG. 15 is a top plan view of a back or seat section foam section module;

[0020] FIG. 16 is a sectional view taken through the seat section foam module of FIG. 15;

[0021] FIG. 17 is an end view of the seat section foam module of FIGS. 15 and 16;

[0022] FIG. 18 is a top plan view of a head section foam module;

[0023] FIG. 19 is a sectional view taken through the head section module;

[0024] FIG. 20 is an end view of the head section module of FIGS. 18 and 19;

[0025] FIG. 21 is a bottom plan view of a shear cover configured to be situated over the foot section module, the seat section module, the head section module and the foam base;

[0026] FIG. 22 is a side elevational view of the shear cover of FIG. 21;

[0027] FIG. 23 is a side elevational view of a top cover;

[0028] FIG. 24 is an end view of the top cover;

[0029] FIG. 25 is an enlarged view illustrating R.F. welded seams which form corners of the top cover;

[0030] FIG. 26 is a bottom plan view of the top cover; and

[0031] FIG. 27 is an enlarged view illustrating further details of the zipper and R.F. weld seal of the top cover.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0032] Referring now to the drawings, FIG. 1 illustrates a modular foam mattress 10 including a bottom cover 12, a foam base 14, a foot foam section 16, a back or seat foam section 18, and a head foam section 20. A fire sock or barrier 22 is configured to surround the foot section 16, seat section 18, head section 20 and base 14. A shear cover 24 is configured to be situated over the fire barrier 22, the foot section 16, seat section 18, head section 20 and base 14. A top cover 26 is configured to be coupled to the bottom cover 12 to form the mattress 10.

[0033] FIG. 2 is a bottom view illustrating installation of the fire barrier 22 over the base 14, foot section 16, seat section 18, and head section 20. Fire barrier 22 includes an open end 28 configured to permit the fire barrier to slide over the other components. FIG. 2 illustrates the foot end 30 of the fire barrier 22 which is folded under the foot section 16 and closed as shown. The fire barrier 22 illustratively is closed with spaced apart safety pins 32.

[0034] Further details of the bottom cover 12 are illustrated in FIGS. 3-6. Bottom cover 12 includes a bottom surface 34 and upstanding side walls 36. A zipper 38 is coupled around the side wall 36 as illustrated in FIG. 4. Illustratively, the bottom cover 12 is made from a vinyl material. Handles 40 are coupled to the side wall 36 of bottom cover 12 to facilitate placement and positioning of the mattress 10.

[0035] FIG. 5 illustrates details of a corner of bottom cover. Cover 12 is illustratively sewn along lines 35 and 37 to form the corner.

[0036] Bottom cover 12 is also formed to include a pair of magnet pockets 42 formed near foot end 44. The magnet pocket 42 is illustrated in further detail in FIG. 6. The magnet pocket 42 includes first and second spaced-apart sections 44 and 46 which are R.F. welded to the bottom surface 34 of bottom cover 12. An opening 48 is formed for receiving a magnet 50.

[0037] The magnets 50 are best illustrated in FIGS. 7-9. Magnets 50 include a magnet body 52 and a back-up plate 54. The back-up plate 54 is illustratively zinc or galvanized plated. The back-up plate is bonded to the magnet by a suitable adhesive. A magnet 50 is configured to be inserted into each pocket 42 as illustrated in FIG. 1. Illustratively, the magnets 50 at foot end 44 aid in sheet retention and reduce mattress slippage.

[0038] The foam base 14 is best illustrated in FIGS. 10 and 11. Illustratively, foam base 14 is made from a polyurethane foam having an ILD of about 35 to about 40, with a support factor of about 2.0 MIN. The density of base 14 is about 1.8 to about 1.9 PCF. Base 14 includes a top surface having Velcro material fastening sections 58 adjacent head end 60 and foot end 62. Larger Velcro sections 64 are coupled to top surface 56 of base 14 as shown in FIG. 10. It is understood that other fastening means may be used instead of Velcro sections 58 and 64. Base 14 further includes notched sections 66 formed in a bottom surface 68 to permit insertion of bed exit detection strips across the width of the mattress 10. Velcro sections 58 and 64 are used to couple the foot section 16, seat section 18, and head section 20 to the base 14 as discussed below.

[0039] The modular foot foam section 16 is illustrated in FIGS. 12-14. Foot section 16 includes outer perimeter foam sections 70 extending along opposite sides of the foot section 16. Velcro material 72 is coupled to the four corners of foot section 16 on perimeter foam sections 70 as illustrated in FIG. 12. Velcro material 72 is configured to be coupled to Velcro material 58 adjacent foot end 60 of base 14 and to a portion of Velcro material 64 adjacent foot end 60.

[0040] Side perimeter foam sections 70 illustratively are made from a polyurethane foam material having an ILD of about 35 to about 40 and a support factor of about 2.0 MIN. Illustratively, perimeter foam sections 70 have a density of about 1.8 to about 1.9 PCF.

[0041] Foot section 16 includes a bottom base 74 extending from foot end 76 to head end 78 of foot section 16. Base 74 is illustratively made from a high resiliency polyurethane foam material having an ILD of about 11 to about 15 and a support factor of about 2.4 MIN. The density of base 74 is illustratively about 1.9 MIN. PCF.

[0042] A heel section 80 is located on top of base 74 adjacent foot end 76 of foot section 16. Illustratively, heel section 80 is a high resiliency polyurethane foam material having an ILD of about 7 to about 10 and a support factor of about 2.4 MIN. The density of heel section 80 is about 1.5 to about 1.6 PCF.

[0043] A calf section 82 is located on top of base 74 adjacent heel section 80 at the head end 78 of foot section 16. Calf section 82 includes an angled edge surface 84 as best shown in FIG. 13. Illustratively, calf section 82 is made a high resiliency polyurethane foam material having an ILD of about 17 to about 21 and a support factor of about 2.4 MIN. Calf section 82 illustratively has a density of about 2.25 to about 2.5 PCF. All the foam components of foot section 16 are bonded together with suitable adhesive.

[0044] The seat foam section 18 is best illustrated in FIGS. 15-17. Seat section 18 includes perimeter foam sections 90 having Velcro material 92 coupled to a bottom surface at the locations indicated in FIG. 15. Velcro material 92 is configured to be coupled to inner portions of Velcro material 64 at the center of base 14 illustrated in FIG. 10. Perimeter foam sections 90 are made of the same type of material as perimeter foam sections 70 discussed above.

[0045] Seat section 18 further includes a central foam portion 94 having cut or notched portions 96 extending transversely across its top surface 98 as best illustrated in FIG. 16. Seat foam section 94 includes a first angled section 100 extending outwardly away from foot end wall 102 and a second angled portion 104 extending outwardly away from head end wall 106. Angled surface 100 is configured to abut angled edge surface 84 of foot section 16.

[0046] Center foam section 94 is illustratively formed from a high resiliency polyurethane material having an ILD of about 23 to about 27 with a support factor of about 2.4 MIN. The density of seat foam section 94 is about 2.25 to about 2.5 PCF. All the foam components of the seat section 18 are illustratively securely bonded together with a suitable adhesive.

[0047] Details of head foam section 20 are illustrated in FIGS. 18-20. Head foam section 20 includes perimeter foam sections 110 extending along opposite sides of head section 20. Perimeter foam sections 110 are illustratively made from the same material as perimeter foam sections 70 and 90 discussed above. Foam sections 110 include Velcro material 112 coupled to corners of a bottom surface as illustrated in FIG. 18. Velcro material 112 is configured to be coupled to Velcro material 58 adjacent head end 62 of base 14 and a portion of Velcro material 64 nearest head end 62 of base 14.

[0048] Head section 20 includes a central foam section 114 having a top surface 116 formed to include a plurality of transversely extending cuts or notches 118 as best shown in FIG. 19. Illustratively, central foam portion 114 is made from a high resiliency polyurethane foam material having an ILD of about 17 to about 21 and a support factor of about 2.4 MIN. Density of central foam section 114 is about 2.25 to about 2.5 PCF. Central foam section 114 is formed to include an angled edge surface 120 adjacent foot end 122 of head section 20 which is configured to engage the angled surface 104 adjacent head end wall 106 of seat section 18.

[0049] The deep lateral cuts 96 and 118 in seat section 18 and head section 20, respectively, minimize pressure points on a body situated on the mattress 10. Illustrative pressure maps for the mattress 10 are illustrated in attached Exhibit A.

[0050] The modular components including foot section 16, seat section 18, and head section 20 are replaceable for appropriate body contouring. In addition, the modular foam sections may be replaced with multi-layered foam as discussed in attached Exhibit A describing the Comfortline® mattress “Basic” model.

[0051] It is understood that other types of fasteners may be used to secure the foot foam section 16, the seat foam section 18, and the head foam section 20 to the base 14. For instance, the Velcro fastening material on these sections may be replaced by snaps, ties, locator posts and apertures, or other suitable fasteners.

[0052] FIGS. 21 and 22 illustrate the shear cover configured to fit over the foam mattress components. The shear cover 24 includes a top surface 126, a side wall 128, and a bottom inwardly extending flap 130. RF welded seams are used to form the four corners of the shear cover 24. The shear cover 24 is configured to be located between the foam components and the top cover 26 to permit the top cover to slide easily over the foam components to reduce shear forces between the patient's body and the mattress and reduce the likelihood of sacral breakdown.

[0053] Shear cover 24 is formed from a material having a low coefficient of friction so that the mattress cover can slide relative to the foam core. As the mattress is articulated or as the patient moves, the shear cover 24 minimizes shear forces acting between the mattress cover the user's body. The shear cover may be made from a woven nylon or “parachute” material. Illustratively, the shear cover 24 is made from a polyurethane material such as Deerfield urethane PT6110S thickness 0.002. The polyurethane material provides an inexpensive shear material which reduces shear forces applied to the user's body situated on the mattress 10.

[0054] Details of the top cover 26 are best illustrated in FIGS. 23-27. Cover 26 includes a top surface 140 and a side wall 142, A zipper 144 is coupled to the side wall 142 to mate with zipper 38 of bottom cover 12. Illustratively, zipper 144 wraps entirely around the top cover 26 to facilitate removal and replacement of the modular components. Illustratively, the zipper 144 is RF sealed to the side wall 142 around the perimeter. FIG. 27 illustrates further details of the side wall 142 and zipper 144. A flap of material 146 extends downwardly past zipper 144 to reduce the likelihood that fluids will enter through zipper 144.

[0055] FIG. 25 illustrates formation of the four corners of top cover 25. The corners are RF welded near top surface 140 as illustrated by seam line 148 and downwardly from top seam 148 as illustrated by seam line 150 to form the corner and to reduce the likelihood that fluids will leak into an interior region of the mattress 10.

[0056] Illustratively, top cover 26 is formed from a stretchable polyurethane material which is resistant to fluids and chemical stains. The cover may also be formed from a soft nylon material having a smooth, low friction surface, if desired.

[0057] Although the invention has been described in detail with reference to certain illustrated embodiments, variations and modifications exist within the scope and spirit of the present invention as described and defined in the following claims.