Processing

Please wait...

Settings

Settings

1. US20160125728 - PATIENT ALARM SYSTEM AND DEVICE THEREFOR

Note: Text based on automatic Optical Character Recognition processes. Please use the PDF version for legal matters

Claims

1. An activation device for a patient alarm system, the activation device comprising:
a resiliently deformable bladder defining an internal volume; and
a pressure switch in fluid communication with the internal volume and connected to an alarm system;
whereby squeezing the resiliently deformable bladder operates the pressure switch, which activates the alarm system.
2. The activation device according to claim 1, wherein the resiliently deformable bladder is shaped to fit within a user's hand.
3. The activation device according to claim 2, wherein the resiliently deformable bladder has at least a portion which is substantially cylindrical.
4. The activation device according to claim 2, wherein the resiliently deformable bladder has at least a portion having an elliptical cross-section.
5. The activation device according to claim 1, wherein the resiliently deformable bladder has a first end and a second end, and tapers towards the second end.
6. The activation device according to claim 5, wherein the second end is rounded.
7. The activation device according to claim 1, wherein the resiliently deformable bladder has at least one finger grip.
8. The activation device according to claim 7, wherein the at least one finger grip comprises an indented groove.
9. The activation device according to claim 8, wherein the resiliently deformable bladder defines a longitudinal axis, and wherein the indented groove of the at least one finger grip is arranged parallel to the longitudinal axis.
10. The activation device according to claim 1 further comprising feedback means connected to the pressure switch, whereby operating the pressure switch activates the feedback means, providing feedback to a user.
11. The activation device according to claim 10, wherein the feedback means remains active for a predetermined time period after operating the pressure switch.
12. The activation device according to claim 10, wherein the feedback means is a light emitting device.
13. The activation device according to claim 12, wherein the light emitting device is arranged within the resiliently deformable bladder, and the resiliently deformable bladder is at least partially transparent, thereby allowing light to be emitted therethrough.
14. The activation device according to claim 1 further comprising a housing having an engaging portion for releasably engaging the resiliently deformable bladder.
15. The activation device according to claim 14, wherein the housing further comprises a retaining portion for retaining the pressure switch.
16. The activation device according to claim 1 further comprising a wireless signal transmitter, and whereby operating the pressure switch activates the wireless signal transmitter and transmits a wireless signal.
17. A patient alarm system comprising:
an activation device having an engaging portion, and a pressure switch;
a resiliently deformable bladder; and
the pressure switch integrated with an alarm system;
whereby, in use, the resiliently deformable bladder is engaged with the engaging portion and squeezed, thereby operating the pressure switch and activating the alarm system.
18. The patient alarm system of claim 17 further comprising a plurality of resiliently deformable bladders, each resiliently deformable bladder having a different shape or dimensions, whereby, in use, a user selects a preferred resiliently deformable bladder and engages the preferred resiliently deformable bladder with the engaging portion.
19. The patient alarm system of claim 18, wherein each of the plurality of resiliently deformable bladders have the same shape and are scaled to have different dimensions.
20. The patient alarm system of claim 17, wherein the resiliently deformable bladder is a bespoke shape configured to fit within a user's hand.