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1. (WO2017182773) LOAD-DETERMINING PATIENT CEILING-HOIST CARRIAGE, BED APPARATUS, PATIENT SUPPORT COUPLING AND LOAD CELL

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/182773    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/051021
Publication Date: Fri Oct 27 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Thu Apr 13 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61G 7/10
A61G 7/05
Applicants: JOERNS HEALTHCARE LIMITED
Inventors: WESTWOOD, Christopher Steven
Title: LOAD-DETERMINING PATIENT CEILING-HOIST CARRIAGE, BED APPARATUS, PATIENT SUPPORT COUPLING AND LOAD CELL
Abstract:
A patient support coupling (10) for a patient support device (100) is provided which comprises a first coupling member (12) having a first aperture (22) therethrough, a second coupling member (14) having a second aperture (34) therethrough, the first coupling member (12) being displaceable relative to the second coupling member (14). A disc spring element (16) is positioned between the first and second coupling members (12, 14), and a connector element (20) is provided which is receivable through the first and second apertures (22, 34) so as to maintain an axial alignment of the first and second coupling members (12, 14). A load cell including a patient support coupling (10), a load-determining patient support device, such as a patient ceiling-hoist carriage (100), and a method of determining a load applied to a load-determining patient support device (100) are also provided.