Support apparatus with a plurality of thermal zones providing localized cooling

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6210427
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09473325

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An apparatus for supporting a human or animal body, while selectively cooling weight-bearing areas of the body in order to prevent or reduce damage from ischemia includes a cooling layer that is partitioned into a plurality of zones, and a surface disposed over the cooling layer to support the body. Each zone of the cooling layer is disposed for cooling a respective portion of the surface. Means are provided to selectively operate one or more zones of the plurality of the zones to cool a portion of the surface that receives pressure from a weight-bearing surface of the body being supported.

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3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANYST PAUL, MN8534

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Arnold, Randall C Minnetonka, MN 92 1851
Augustine, Scott D Bloomington, MN 175 5795
Iaizzo, Paul Anthony White Bear Lake, MN 13 404
Johnson, Paul Steven White Bear Lake, MN 8 293
Sparrow, Ephraim M St. Paul, MN 9 314

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