US 1942422 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Patented Jan. 9, 1934 DOUCHE DEVICE Daisy B. Hanna, Indianapolis, Ind.
Application June 17, 1931. Serial No.
(Cl. 12S-241) 1 Claim.
This invention relates to a douche device for directing a stream of water, vapor or other fluid into a particular cavity of the human body, and the main object of the present invention is to provide ecient means for thoroughly cleansing that cavity and conducting away the fluid after it has served its purpose.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a member especially adapted, by its shape and construction, to be inserted in the external opening of or entrance to the genital canal of the human female, and to provide close contact with the exterior body surface surrounding said opening, to prevent the escape of fluid except through said insertable member which is adapted to provide for the free outflow of said fluid after having served its cleansing purpose. y
It is also an object to provide means for conducting this spent iiuid away from said insertable member without danger of escape thereof in other ways, and a further object is to provide a spray member especially adapted for co-operation with said insertable member, to be carried and directed by said member for properly directing a spray of cleansing fluid into the cavity to be cleansed, and which spray member is adapted to be moved to project the same a further or lesser distance into the genital canal so that the spray will reach and cleanse all parts thereof.
With the above and other ends in view, the inverition consists in the matters hereinafter set forth and more particularly pointed out in the appended claim, reference being had to the accompanying drawing in which- Figure 1 is a vertical section through a device illustrative of an embodiment of the present inventin;
Fig. 2 is a front end elevation of the same with a spray7 tube shown in Fig. 1 removed;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view similar to that of Fig. l and showing a modified construction, and
Fig. 4 is a front end elevation of Fig. 3.
The device comprises a body 1, preferably formed of sheet metal or any other suitable material providing thin walls, and of oval configuration in end elevation with the rear side wall drawn laterally outward from the body to provide an elongated conical projection or irrigator 2 formed substantially circular in cross-section with its wall curved toward the end of the cone where it merges into the peripheral portion of this side of the body, and with the outer end portion of said conical projection or irrigator contracted slightly to provide a smooth rounded end portion 3 which is formed with an end opening 4 and a plurality of lateral openings 5 of any desired size and shape.
As stated, said body 1 is preferably of oval shape in end elevation, the front wall 6 thereof being formed adjacent the upper end of the body, with an opening 'l and adjacent its lower end with a projecting nipple 9. This body, in the formation thereof may be stamped out and formed in suitable dies, and the edges of the two parts brought together and welded forming an outwardly projecting peripheral seam 8. The peripheral edge wall 10 of this body thus provided with this outwardly projecting seam, may also be corrugated, as at 11 so that a soft flexible elastic band or pad 12 of rubber or other suitable material ap- 70 plied over this edge of the body will be engaged by these corrugations and seam to assist in holding the band in place, said band being elastic to stretch over said edge of the body with the comparatively thin side edge 13 of the band con- 75' tracted to lie snugly against and extend inwardly for a short distance upon the peripheral portion or base of the wall forming the conical irrigator 2. The center or that portion of said band or pad intermediate itsside edges which lies directly upon and covers the peripheral wall 10 `of the body, is preferably thickened somewhat to pro' vide a comparatively soft, yieldable pad held firmly in place by the edge portions of the band which extend inward over the edges or angles of the body, and also held by the engagement of the pad portion of the band with the corrugations 11 and seam 8 of the wall 10.
A flexible spray tube 14, also of rubber or other suitable material is inserted into the body through 9o" the opening 'l in the front end wall 6, and at its outer end is provided with a detachable nipple 15 for the application thereto of any suitable tubing for conducting fluid to the spray tube and into and through a spray nozzle 16 formed on 95 or applied to the inner end of said spray tube, said nozzle being curved and contracted toward its outer end to form, in a measure, a continuation of the contracted end of the irrigator 2 through the end opening 4 in which said nozzle extends. This 100 nozzle is provided with a plurality of small spray openings 16 for the escape of the fluid, and to form a spray for irrigating the part of the human body to be cleansed.
The construction shown in Figs. 3 and 4 is sub- 105 stantially the same as the construction shown in Figs. 1 and 2, with the exception that the body 1 instead of being a closed body, is provided with a large opening in its front end wall 6, which opening is closed by a detachable closure or door 17 held in place in any suitable manner as by thumb screws 18 having stems 19 passing through openings in the door and screw-threaded at their inner ends to engage screw-threaded openings in bars 20 extending across the body within the interior thereof. To make a tight joint between the edges of this door and the edges of the opening in the body, a gasket 2l of suitable material and of L-shape in cross-section is inserted over the edges of the door opening.
A further diiference lies in providing a comparatively deep groove 22 in the body 1 to receive a part of and assist in holding the band 12 in place.
Huid isthus it will-flow into the body 1 through the openings has performed its cleansing function.
As the spray tube 14 is iiexible and freely movable'through the openings 4 and 7, the spray nozzle 16 may be projected to a greater or lesser distance into the genital canal beyond the end of the irrigator 2, as found desirable, and when not in use, this spray tube may be easily pulled out of the device and cleansed, leaving the body l and its integral irrigator 2, open for free flushing. There the device is provided with the removable door 17, its interior is made accessible for cleansing if found necessary, but usually this is not necessary as the entire interior and exterior same.
Obviously other changes may be made in the construction, Without departing from the scope of the invention as indicated by the appended claim.
Having thus fully described my invention, What I claim isz* f A douche device comprising a hollow body formed of thin sheet metal and of oval configurationk in end elevation, one wall of said body being formed outwardly into conical form to provide a hollow conical irrigator having an opening therein at its apex, said cone being located centrally of the wall of the body and merged into the pesaid wall, said body having a substantially flat side Wall at its side opposite Y and said flat side wall being formed with an opening adjacent the upper end of the wall and cut away throughout a major portion there-