US 1431177 A
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INHALING DEVICE. APPLICATION FILED JUNE 6, 1919.
1,431,] 77, Patented ()Ct. 10, 1922.
5] vwemtoz Patented @ct 10), 1922.
' RICHARD PALMER, or 'rnAnncK, NEW JERSEY.
Application filed June 6,
T 0 all whom it may concern Be it known that I, RICHARD PALMER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Teaneck, in the county of Bergen and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Inhaling Devices, of which the following is a specification.
The present invention relates to improvements in inhaling devices, and particularly such devices adapted for insertion in the nose for use in the treatment of affections related to-the breathing processes, such for instance as asthma, catarrh or the like. The invention has for an object to provide such a device which will enable suitable. curative or alleviative medicaments to be reliably held therein and in a position as to permit breathing in a natural and unrestrained manner, that is, without any such impediments as would cause wheezing, and to this end I propose to provide separate medicament containing compartments, and independent breathing channels for the nasal passages so that the inhalation into each nostril will be independent. I further propose to enable a more thorough and intimate mixture of the-incoming air with the medicament so that the full benefit of the same will be obtained and also to regulate the passage of air into the nostrils in a manner as to permit of a gentle and thorough contact with the affected parts.
With these and other objects in view, an embodiment of my invention is shown in the accompanying drawings, and this embodiment will be hereinafter more fully described with reference thereto and the invention will be finally pointed out in the claims.
In the accompanying drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the manner of securing the device-to the nose of the patient;
Figure 2 is a vertical longitudinal sectional view through the device; Figure 3 is a vertical cross sectional view taken along the line-3-3 of Figure 2;
Figure 4 is a bottom plan view thereof; and
Figure 5 shows in side view the two halves which are joined tog ther by vulcanizing or the like to make up the complete device.
Similar reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several Fi res of the drawings.
fiferring to the drawings, the embodi- 1919. Serial No. 802,188.
ment of the invention she n therein comprlses a receptacle portion open to the atmosphere and partitioned by a transverse web 10 t form two compartments '11 and 12 at each side thereof extended upwardly into two horn-shaped portions 13 and 14 curved outwardly and converging toward their outlet ends 15 and 16. The device is preferably formed of rubber or other suitable material, the fiexibility and elasticity afforded by such material and the convergence of the horn-shaped portions permitting the device to be firmly, snugly and at the same time comfortably inserted into the nostrils.
Within the channels of the portions 13 and 14, there are provided, projecting from the opposite sides thereof, a series of alternately arranged baffles 17 formin a tortuous passage through the said mem ers so that air passing therethrough will not be drawn into the nostrils with full force but will be retarded to a certain degree and will therefore contact gently and soothingly with the affected parts.
Wads of absorbent cotton or other suitable material saturated with the medicament are inserted into the cpmpartments 11 and 12 and are securely held therein by the slight contraction of the openings as at 20, the said contraction forming a restriction to the compartments at one end, while the lowermost baffle 17 forms a restriction at the other end to confine the saturated cotton.
The device is preferably formed of two horn-shaped portions 10 and 10 of identical form as indicated in Figure 5, to facilitate manufacture, the said parts being vulcanized or otherwise suitably secured together.
With my improved device, the medicament may be placed therein so that the full benefit may be obtained therefrom, the snug fitting of the cotton wads in the separate compartments precluding the admission of false air and also preventing accidental dislocation. The patient may breath naturally, the independent tortuous passages functioning in effect as a continuation of the nasal passages, as distinguished from unrestricted tubes inserted in the nose, which would cause.
air to be drawn into the nasal passages in an accelerated and forceful current which would be both irritating'and harmful to the delicate membranous structure of the nose.
I have illustrated and described a preferred and satisfactory embodiment of my invention, but it will be obvious that changes may be made therein Within the spirit and scope thereof as defined in the appended 7 claims.
1. An inhaling device comprising a ring like structure split at one side to receive the nasal membrane and support the device in the nose, said ring like structure having an elongated opening in its outer Wall remote from said s lit and leading into the branches of t e ring like structure at opposite sides of the split, said opening providing a receptacle for a quantity ofmedicated absorbent and permitting the packing of the absorbent into the outer ends of said branches, said ring like structure also having a transverse partition in its side opposite said s lit and intermediate said opening to provi e separate compartments for said branches and insure equal distribution of the absorbent and an equal feeding of air and medicament to the separate branches, and said branches provided'with alternately arranged bafiles therein forming a tortuous passage adapted to control and admix the air and medicament drawn into the nostrils.
2. An inhaling device comprising a yieldable body portion of substantially ring like structure, said bod portion being hollow and split transversely at one side for receiving and gripping the nasal membrane to support the device in the nose, said ring like structure having an opening in its outer Wall at the side remote rom said split to receive a medicated absorbent and to admit air therethrough to the opposite side RICHARD PALMER.