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United States PatWlt  [ii] Patent Number: 5,452,807
Foster et al.  Date of Patent: Sep. 26, 1995
 ACCESSORIES FOR PIVOTED POWER COLUMN
 Inventors: L. Dale Foster, Brookville, Ind.;
Timothy A. Kappers, Cincinnati, Ohio;
Cecil R. Lohrey, Brookville, Ind.
 Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc., Batesville, Ind.
 Appl. No.: 107,528
 Filed: Aug. 17, 1993
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 995,207, Dec. 22, 1992, Pat. No. 5,284,255, which is a continuation of Ser. No. 743,215, Aug. 9, 1991, Pat. No. 5,186,337.
 Int. CI.6 A47F 7/00
 U.S. CI 211/26; 211/168; 248/131
 Field of Search 211/26, 88, 168,
211/190; 248/131, 145, 289.1; 128/205.26, 897; 600/22, 21; 5/658, 503.1; 137/561 A;
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Primary Examiner—Blair M. Johnson
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Wood, Herron & Evans
A power column is a hollow post having six vertical walls and is mounted between horizontal arms pivoted to the floor and ceiling respectively. The pivotal axis for the arms passes through the head end of a hospital bed, enabling the power column to swing from one side of the bed to the other. The electrical outlets are on two walls separated by a front wall so that one or the other of the walls is easily accessible whether the power column is on either side of the bed. Lateral horizontal rails are pivotably mounted on either side of the column. The height of the rails is adjustable. The rails contain one or more gas outlets which are laterally adjustable on the rail and can carry other accessories that are laterally adjustable. The other accessories which can be mounted on the rail include a shelf and a saddle basket each of which are clipped onto the rail and mounted in a cantilever manner. Additionally, a storage basket can be suspended from the rail and clipped to the underside thereof. The position of the rail is adjustable and a knuckle-type joint connecting the rail to a pole mounted on either side of the column has a groove into which the hose for feeding the gas outlet is seated. The knuckle joint permits the hose to pay in and out as the rail and attached gas outlet are re-positioned. The pole is mounted for both pivotal and vertical movement relative to the column.
8 Claims, 11 Drawing Sheets