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June 5, 1962
1.. STAIGER
3,037,214
TRAY ATTACHMENT FOR A PATIENT’S BED '
Filed Nov. 7, 1960
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United States Patent 0 Nice
3,037,214
Patented June 5, 1962
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the down-turned ?ange 15 of the lower shelf 13v by rivets
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19, or other suitable fastening means.
TRAY ATTACHMENT FOR A PATIENT’S BED
As ,to the brackets 16, they have su?icient height to
bridge across and abut the spaced top ‘and bottom rails
10 and 11, respectively. Each bracket 16 has a concaved
saddle 2'0 fashioned therein (see FIGURES 3 and 5),
Leo Staiger, Box 350, Merced, Calif.
Filed Nov. 7, 1960, Ser. No. 67,655
3 Claims. (Cl. 5-92)
and these saddles are positioned to embrace one side
The present invention relates to improvements in a
of the top rail 10 of the patient’s bed. The upper shelf
tray attachment for a patient’s bed. It consists of the
12 is provided with an extension 21 thereon, which over
combinations, constructions and arrangement of parts, as
hereinafter described and claimed.
10 lies ‘and extends beyond the upper sections of the brackets
16 for projecting over and engaging with the opposite side
It is proposed in this invention to provide a tray at
of the top rail 10. This extension is formed with a
tachment for a patient’s bed, which may be readily se
depending ?ange 22 spaced laterally from the upper sec
cured to the side rails of the bed, and which will provide
tions of the brackets 16 to de?ne clamps B for removably
adequate shelving space for supporting various articles
within convenient reach of the patient.
Moreover, it is proposed to provide a tray attachment
for a patient’s bed which is so constructed that various
containers, such as urinals and water bottles, may be
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engaging with the top rail 10, thereby supporting the
shelves 12e-—13.
The extension 21 and its depending
?ange 22 have substantially the same longitudinal length
~as the upper shelf 12 so as to provide a ?rm support for
placed thereon and held against accidental displacement.
the shelves 12‘--13, when mounted on the rails 10-11
A further object of the invention is to provide a tray
attachment for a patient’s bed, which is simple in con
of the patient’s bed.
struction, durable and e?icient for the purpose intended,
extension 21 projects directly from the shelf 12 and is
Particular attention is directed to the fact ‘that the lateral
con?ned therebelow so as to leave the top surface of
and attractive in appearance.
the shelf 12 unobstructed by the extension 21 and its
Other objects and advantages will appear as the spec
i?cation proceeds. The novel features of the invention 25 depending ?ange 212. This arrangement will materially
facilitate the cleaning of the top surface of the upper
will be set forth in the appended claims.
Drawings
For a better understanding of the invention, reference
should be had to the accompanying drawing, forming part
of this speci?cation, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of my tray attachment
shelf.
It will be apparent from FIGURES 3 and 5 that the
saddles 2.0 and the depending ?ange 22 embrace the op
posite sides of the top rail 10 to thereby resist accidental
upward movement of the tray attachment A relative to
the bed rails 10—1.1. This is an important structural
feature. Moreover, the lateral extension 21. and its de
pending ?ange ‘22 are resilient, whereby the ?ange 22
FIGURE 2 is a front elevational view thereof;
FIGURE 3 is an end elevational view, as seen from 35 may be snapped over the top rail 10 and the shelves
for a patient’s bed;
the vertical plane III—III of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged longitudinal sectional view
taken along the irregular line IV-—IV of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 5 is a transverse sectional view taken along
the vertical plane V—V of FIGURE 2; and
FIGURE 6 is an end elevational view of a modi?ed
form of a tray attachment for a patient’s bed.
While I have shown only the preferred forms of the
invention, it should be understood that various changes,
12—-13 and the brackets 16 may be slid lengthwise along
the bed rails 10—111 so as to bring the shelves in desired
position relative to the patient.
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As clearly shown in FIGURES 1 and 2, openings C and
D have been fashioned in the upper shelf 12, but I do not
wish to be limited in the number of such openings that
may be provided. The opening C has a depending mar
ginal ?ange 23 extending circumferentially therearound,
and this opening is shaped to receive a conventional
urinal container E, the bottom of which will rest on the
or modi?cations, may be made within the scope of the 45
annexed claims without departing from the spirit thereof.
Detailed Description
Referring -to the ‘drawing, there has been provided a
tray attachment designated generally at A, which is
adapted to be positioned alongside a patient’s bed, with
the ‘tray attachment being supported on top and bottom
side rails 10 and 11, respectively, of the bed. Thus the
tray attachment A will be within convenient reach of the
patient occupying the bed.
In its structural features, the tray attachment A pro
vides upper and lower shelves 1‘2 and 13, respectively,
which are arranged in spaced and substantially parallel
relation with one another. Moreover, a rear wall 14 may
be formed integrally with the upper and lower shelves;
and, also, a down-turned ?ange 15 may be fashioned on
the front portion of the lower shelf 13.
For the purpose of mounting the tray attachment A
on the patient’s bed, a pair of spaced~apart and sub
stantially upright brackets 16 are secured to a front lateral
side of each shelf, these brackets being disposed adjacent
to opposite ends of the shelves 12 and 13'. It will be
noted that rivets 17, or other suitable fastening means,
secure horizontal lugs 18‘ at the tops of the brackets 16
to the underneath surface of the upper shelf 12 (see
FIGURES l and 3—5). The brackets 16 are secured to
lower shelf 13 (see FIGURE 2). Of course, the shape
of the opening C may be changed so as to accommodate
other shapes of urinals.
With particular reference to FIGURES 1 and 2, it will
be observed that the opening D is provided with a de
pending marginal ?ange 24 that extends circumferentially
therearound. A stirrup F de?nes a pair of spaced legs 25
having their upper ends secured by rivets 26, or other
suitable fastening means, to the depending ?ange 24.
55 The stirrup F has a horizontal reach 27 disposed below
the upper shelf 12 but spaced above the lower shelf 13.
This reach is disposed to support a container G, for ex
ample a water bottle, which may be inserted into the
opening D. The stirrup F is arranged to permit articles
60 to be placed on the lower shelf 13 under the inserted
container G.
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As illustrated in FIGURES l to 4, inclusive, a pair of
end plates H are provided, one being arranged at each
end of the upper and lower shelves 12 and 13, respec
' tively.
Each end plate H has su?icient area to extend
from the adjacent bracket 16 to the rear wall 14, and
from the upper shelf 12 to the lower shelf 13, thereby
precluding displacement of articles over the ends of the
lower shelf. The end plates H are notched to conform
to the shape of the saddles 20.
Each end plate H has an upper ?ange 28 that is se
cured to the underneath surface of the upper shelf 12
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by the rivets 17 (or other suitable fastening means), pre
lower shelves arranged in spaced and substantially paral~
viously mentioned.
lel relation with one another, a rear wall and end walls
interposed between and connected to said shelves to en
Likewise, each end plate H has a
lower ?ange 29 which is anchored to the underneath sur
face of the lower shelf 13 by rivets 30, or other suitable
close said lower shelf at the ends and rear thereof, said
Moreover,
lower shelf having a downwardly extending ?ange formed
each end plate H has a vertical ?ange 31 that is secured
to the interior surface of the rear wall 14 by rivets 32,
integrally with the forward edge portion thereof; a pair
of spaced-apart and substantially upright brackets ex
fastening means (see FIGURES 2 and 3).
tending between said shelves and being rigidly secured
or other suitable fastening means (see FIGURE 3).
to said ?ange and arranged to overlie said end walls, said
It will be noted that the upper shelf 12 is fashioned
with a rear upstanding ?ange 33. This ?ange extends 10 brackets having su?icient height to bridge across and
abut spaced-apart top and bottom rails of a patient’s bed,
longitudinally of the upper shelf, and may be fashioned
said brackets and end walls de?ning an elongated opening
by folding the material between the upper shelf 12 and
for the lower shelf, ?anges formed integrally with the
the rear wall 14 (see FIGURE 5). The ?ange 33 is dis
forward and rear edges of said upper shelf and being of
posed on the lateral side of the upper shelf 12 that is
a length comparable to the length of said shelf, said rear
arranged away from the bed rails 10—11. In a like man
?ange being connected to said rear and end walls to de
ner, each end plate H has an upstanding ?ange 34 that
?ne an upstanding rim enclosing the ends and rear edge
projects above the upper shelf 12. The ?anges 33 and
of said upper shelf, said forward ?ange constituting a
34 coact to provide a rim around one side and both ends
of the upper shelf 12 so as to prevent articles from be
ing brushed or knocked off the upper shelf. The other
lateral side of the upper shelf 12, that is above the exten
sion 21, is left open so that the patient may reach arti
cles on this shelf with facility and ease.
The tray attachment A may be made from any suit
lateral extension which overlies and extends beyond the
upper ends of said brackets, said lateral extension being
formed with a depending ?ange spaced laterally from the
upper ends of the brackets and de?ning therewith clamps
for removably engaging the top rail of the patient’s bed
to thereby support the shelves.
When made of metal, a sheet of material
2. The tray attachment for a patient’s bed, as set forth
in claim 1; and in which the lateral extension and its de
may be shaped by following conventional shop practices
pending ?ange are resilient, whereby the depending ?ange
able material, such as stainless steel, aluminum, plastic,
or the like.
may be snapped over the top rail, and the shelves and
brackets may be slid lengthwise along the bed rails so
rear wall 14, the bottom shelf 13 and its down-turned 30 as to bring the shelves into a desired position.
3. The tray attachment for a patient’s bed, as set forth
?ange 15, all in a unitary structure. The brackets 16
in claim 1; and in which the upper shelf is fashioned
and end plates H may be fabricated, and then secured
with an opening into which a container may be inserted;
to the shelves in the manner previously described. Of
and a stirrup secured to the upper shelf; the stirrup hav
course, the entire tray attachment may be made in any
‘ ing a horizontal reach disposed below the upper shelf
desired color.
but spaced above the lower shelf; this reach being dis
In connection with the modi?ed form shown in FIG
posed to support the inserted container from below,
URE 6, the brackets 16’ are formed in rectangular sad
whereby articles may be placed on the lower shelf under
dles 20', while the extension 21 of the top shelf 12 has
the inserted container.
a straight ?ange 22' projecting vertically therefrom in a
downward direction. The saddles 20’ and the ?ange 22' 4:0
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
are designed to embrace a square or rectangular top rail
10’, while the lower ends of the brackets 16' rest against
UNITED STATES PATENTS
the square or rectangular bottom rail 11’ of the patient’s
1,226,231
Mack ______________ __ May 15, 1917
bed. The modi?ed end plates H’ are notched to conform
Beaird _______________ __ May 21, 1918
to the shape of the saddles 20'. Otherwise, the tray at 45 1,267,046
2,305,965
Henkel et a1. ________ __ Dec. 22, 1942
tachment A’ shown in FIGURE 6 is identical with the
to provide the upper shelf 12 with its extension 21 and
depending ?ange 22, the upstanding rear ?ange 33, the
tray attachment A previously described; accordingly, like
reference characters have been applied to corresponding
parts of the two embodiments.
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I claim:
1. In a tray attachment for a patient’s bed, .upper and
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2,909,175
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Black _______________ __ Sept.
Cogley _____________ __ June
Kinnear _____________ __ Oct.
Lambert _____________ __ Apr.
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