US 11,051,999 B2
Patient support apparatuses with navigation and guidance systems
Michael Joseph Hayes, Kalamazoo, MI (US); Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Kalamazoo, MI (US); Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Kalamazoo, MI (US); Aaron Douglas Furman, Kalamazoo, MI (US); Jonathan David Campbell, Scotts, MI (US); Thomas Alan Puvogel, Kalamazoo, MI (US); James K. Galer, Byron Center, MI (US); and Jason A. Vanderplas, Kalamazoo, MI (US)
Assigned to Stryker Corporation, Kalamazoo, MI (US)
Filed by Stryker Corporation, Kalamazoo, MI (US)
Filed on Aug. 23, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/549,541.
Application 16/549,541 is a continuation of application No. 15/185,067, filed on Jun. 17, 2016, granted, now 10,406,045.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/182,911, filed on Jun. 22, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2019/0374411 A1, Dec. 12, 2019
Int. Cl. A61G 1/02 (2006.01); A61G 7/015 (2006.01); A61G 1/013 (2006.01); A61G 7/05 (2006.01); A61G 7/018 (2006.01); G05D 1/02 (2020.01); B60K 31/00 (2006.01); G01C 21/20 (2006.01)
CPC A61G 1/0281 (2013.01) [A61G 1/013 (2013.01); A61G 1/02 (2013.01); A61G 1/0275 (2013.01); A61G 7/015 (2013.01); A61G 7/018 (2013.01); A61G 7/05 (2013.01); A61G 7/0528 (2016.11); B60K 31/0008 (2013.01); G01C 21/206 (2013.01); G05D 1/0223 (2013.01); G05D 1/0248 (2013.01); G05D 1/0289 (2013.01); A61G 2203/22 (2013.01); G05D 1/024 (2013.01); G05D 1/0257 (2013.01); G05D 2201/0206 (2013.01); Y10S 901/01 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
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1. A patient support apparatus system comprising:
a server adapted to communicate alerts to mobile electronic devices carried by personnel; and
a patient support apparatus comprising:
a frame;
a plurality of wheels;
a support surface supported by the frame and adapted to support a patient thereon;
a patient presence detector adapted to detect whether or not a patient is present on the support surface;
a wireless transceiver for communicating with the server;
a drive subsystem adapted to operate in an autonomous mode and a manual mode, the patient support apparatus being driven and steered autonomously when in the autonomous mode, and the patient support apparatus being at least steered manually when in the manual mode; and
a control system in communication with the patient presence detector, the drive subsystem, and the wireless transceiver, the control system adapted to transmit to the server a message indicating whether or not the patient is currently present on the support surface or not.