US Patent No: 6,210,427

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Support apparatus with a plurality of thermal zones providing localized cooling

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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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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANYST PAUL, MN8969

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Arnold, Randall C Maplewood, MN 104 1518
Augustine, Scott D Bloomington, MN 194 4833
Iaizzo, Paul Anthony White Bear Lake, MN 13 335
Johnson, Paul Steven White Bear Lake, MN 8 242
Sparrow, Ephraim M St. Paul, MN 9 254

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3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (1)
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