US 2002931 A
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May 28, 1935.
-M. A. BOWMAN COLOSTOMY BELT Filed Dec. 26, 1931 Patented May 28, 1935 UNITED STATES 2,002,931) V COLOSTOMY-BELT 7 Myrtle A. Bowman, Rochester, Minn.- Application December 26, 1931, Serial No 5589.388
8 Claims. (oi-128.483)" 1 e Figure 4 illustrates the belt open and laidout My invention relates to a colostomy belt for use-by persons who have had a colostomy operation so that the belt may be worn toprotect the wearer and to provide a means for a support for the colostomy.
My'colostomy belt is designed to lie normallyfiat against the abdomen of the wearer with a pocket portion which is reinforced about the margin of the same and having a central portion adapted to expand and contract to shape the same to the body and to permit the same to expandto receive fecal matter into the pocket without draining from the belt or pocket while the same is being worn or in use.
It is important that the colostomy belt lie as fiat and close to the body as possible so as not to be bulky or add materially to the thickness of the clothing over the body ofthe wearer. Therefore my colostomy belt has a material advantage over others which have been designed for use heretofore or over other appliances or medical belts used for'colostomies. h
It is important that the pocket of my colostomy belt be removably supported on the-body of the belt and when in operative position that it is smooth and held without wrinkling to the body of the belt which supports the pocket. The pocket -and-the belt are flexible in the central portion of'the pocket while the outer marginal edge of the pocket is reinforced to provide a strong holding means which lies firmly against the body of the wearer. This holds the colostomy pocket so that it can be worn flat over the abdomen of the wearer and the pocket which is made of a pure grade of rubber or other suitable moisture proof material, may be changed readily or may be replaced by a new pocket whenever it is desired;
These features and other detailswill be more fully described and set forth in the specification and claims. a
In the drawing forming a part of this specification virtually flat.
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Figure 6 is a detailshowing another form of attaching the 'colostomy'pocket to the body of the belt proper.v I 7 The colostomybeltA is provided. with a body portion I0 formed of webbing or other suitable flexible material; which may be of a woven-type with a reinforced body portionladapted ,to 'fit about the body. The frontportion H of the'belt A is considerably wider than the rear portion 12, so as to' provide a widerportion extending over the abdomen. The rear portion [2 may be provided' with lacing l3 and an overlapping; flap H on the inside which protects the body from the lacing." This lacing permits the belt to beadjusted within certain limits to different sizes, so as to, fit the abdomen. v
The belt A is in a band-like formation so as to extend about the bodyof the wearer andby shaping the same with the wider portion H at the front and the narrower portion [2 at the back, the belt A will fit around the body withthe narrow portion over the small of' the back, and the wider portion held in position over the abdomen. It is desirable to form the belt Ain a manner so that it may be used for the right or left side and usually the belts should be designated as 'for which side it is to be used. However, the colostomy may be positionedsomewhat centrally of the abdomen and then the belt can be'adju'stedac- 'cOrdingIyLf The body portion IO of the belt may be formed of reinforced elastic material so that it willgive to the shape of the body and will also be held snugly to the same when on the wearer and may ing'portions' are not in any sense a rigid or stay portion, but are flexible as textile elastic ma- ,terial is made so as to fit closely to the body.
- Thebelt A is provided with ends l6 and I1 which are adapted to be held by suitable fasteners l8 to close the belt over thef' abdomen. The fasteners I8 may be of any suitable nature, such as snap fasteners, and are anchored in the reinforced ends IB and I1.
, The colostomy belt A is provided with a fecal pocket B, made of pure, thin rubber sheathing,
is a section rr-the line 5-5 of Figor other suitable material, which is formed of a similar shape as one side of the front of the body I of the belt A and is sufllciently loose to stretch to fit the body of the wearer when the belt. A is on the body. The pocket B is provided with marginal reinforcing strips l9 to provide a marginal binding for the rubber sheathing 20 to make the pocket B with a marginal reinforced edge which is of a flat nature so as to lie fiat with the body portion of the belt A. The marginal reinforcing of the pocket B may extend entirely about the pocket and the thickness of these strips is just sufficient to provide a shoulder-like portion 2| extending marginally around the entire pocket B or along the longitudinal edges of the pocket. This performs the important function of providing a slight offset along the edge of the pocket i when the same is worn against the abdomen, so. that no leakage or seepage will take place in wearing the colostomy belt A over, the colostomy.
This is important because the nature of this structure of the pocket B provides a means of forming a colostomy belt of a very desirable nature having all of the advantages of fittingclosely to the body and not being bulky or uncomfortable to wear. In fact, I have foundthat the wearers of my belts find them to be so comfortable that they hardly realize that they have them on after nre" 6, by means of suitable lacing 24 extending through openings 25 formed in the marginal edge of the body) where the pocket B fits and in the marginal reinforced edge IQ of the pocket B. I
In this manner I provide a colostomy belt A wherein the water proof portion of the belt which forms the pocket vB may be readily ra moyed or replaced 'andfyet having .a fiat thin .nature, fitting closely to the body and providing a means 'of protecting the [wearer over the colostomy so, that. the greatest comfort .may be affordedto the wearer under these conditions. The'pocket B mayexpand centrally thereOL to provide a receiving meansforffecal matter, and
-the'fact thatlthe body I0 of the' belt A is of an elastic material permits, the same toexp'and at the desired point or centrally of the pocket .13.
The remainder of the belt lies flat and firm to the body in a very desirablemanner.
In accordance with the patent statutes I have described the principles of my colostomy blt'and while I have'illustrated a. particular form and construction thereof, I desire to have fit" understood that, the same is only illustrativeof the best embodiment and that the invention should be interpreted within the scope ofthe following claims.
' Iclaiml v V a 1 A'colostomy belt including,a bandelikebody portion, having'means for closing the same over the abdomen. of the wearer, a narrowrear p'qr tion adapted to'iitjover the small of the back, the body of said belt having an elastic expandable ,natura'a detachable moisture proof sheet' 'like pocket extending over aportion of theinner face edge formed onsaidpocket.
of said belt, having marginal reinforcing slightly less flexible than said belt body thereabout to provide a colostomy pocket therein and means loosely connecting said pocket to saidbelt.
2. A colostomy belt including, a band-like body portion having a narrow portion at the rear and a wider abdominal portion in the front, means for securing the ends of said belt together, a removable colostomy rubber sheet-like pocket supported entirely extending over the inner surface of said belt and foldable attaching means on said pocket for securing said pocket to said body portion.
3. A colostomy belt including, a band-like body portion, a removable moisture proof colostomy pocket held extending over a portion of the inner surface of said belt, and means loosely connect- ;ing said pocket to said belt the central portion of said pocket and the body of said belt being formed of an elastic material and a less flexible 4. A colostomy belt comprising, .an abdominal band-like body, a flexible removable moisture proof sheet-like colostomy pocket, means for sup,-
porting the same, and less flexible marginal reinforcing meansextending about said pocket to strengthen and to provide a shoulder about the margin of said pocket. I I
5. A colostomy belt adapted to lie flat over the abdomen of the wearer having a band-like body portion formed. of elastic material, a sheet-like elastic colostomy pocket formed of moistureproof material, means for loosely supporting said pocketrernovable to the inner surfaceof said body, and marginalreinforcing means extending about said pocket having an elastic nature with a greater resistance againststretching than the sheet-like body of said pocket to permitthe body of said pocket to expand freely whilethe margin will expand only under greater force, thereby.
portion, and a flat flexible resilient water proof removable colostomy pocket carried by said belt.
7. A colostomy belt including, a band-like body adapted to encircle the body of the wearenmeans for adjusting the length of said body, means for detachably securing the ends thereof separate from said adjusting means, a detachable moisture proof flexible sheet-like colostomy pocket adapted to lie normally flat with said body secured to overlie a portionof the inner surface of said body and means on said pocket securable to the outer side of said body for holding said pocket to said body.
8. A colostomy belt havinga nature to lie normally flat against the abdomen of the .wearer, a removable moisture proof sheet-like colostomy pocketextending entirely on the inner surface