Hill-Rom has been granted a patent for a sling bar assembly that allows variable positioning of a sling. The assembly includes multiple sling hooks and opposing sling bar members that can be locked or unlocked for movement. The design enables easy and secure lifting of patients. GlobalData’s report on Hill-Rom gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Hill-Rom, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hill-Rom's grant share as of February 2024 was 66%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Adjustable sling bar assembly for patient lift

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hill-Rom Holdings Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918527B2) discloses a sling bar assembly designed for use in subject support lifts. The assembly comprises a lift engagement member for connection to the lift and two sling bar members - each equipped with a sling hook at one end and a cavity with slots. The second sling bar member features an engagement member that can be positioned within the slots of the first sling bar member, allowing for lateral movement restriction when engaged. The design enables the sling bar members to slide along the lift engagement member while controlling their movement relative to each other.

Furthermore, the patent details the repositioning capability of the sling bar members between locked and unlocked positions, where the engagement member's placement within the slots determines the restriction of lateral movement. The assembly also includes additional features such as engagement members and cavities with guide portions and slots in both sling bar members, facilitating controlled movement in the lateral direction. The design ensures secure and adjustable positioning of the sling bar members, enhancing the functionality and safety of subject support lifts.

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