|Publication number||US20090032017 A1|
|Application number||US 11/832,628|
|Publication date||Feb 5, 2009|
|Filing date||Aug 1, 2007|
|Priority date||Aug 1, 2007|
|Also published as||US7481223|
|Publication number||11832628, 832628, US 2009/0032017 A1, US 2009/032017 A1, US 20090032017 A1, US 20090032017A1, US 2009032017 A1, US 2009032017A1, US-A1-20090032017, US-A1-2009032017, US2009/0032017A1, US2009/032017A1, US20090032017 A1, US20090032017A1, US2009032017 A1, US2009032017A1|
|Original Assignee||Nello Batistelli|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Classifications (11), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to patient worn oxygen systems and in particular to a headband for managing oxygen lines worn by a patient.
Various physical conditions motivate or require an increased oxygen supply to a patient. In less severe cases, an oxygen mask is not required, and the increased oxygen is provided by a nasal cannula connected to oxygen tubes and worn in or near the entry to the nasal passages. Unfortunately, such tubes may cause discomfort and make sleeping difficult. Further, the tubes are often worn over the ears, along the sides of the face, and under the chin, and cause blisters, irritation, sores, etc.
Although when using known apparatus, the tubes may be initially positioned to provide an adequate oxygen supply and comfortable wearing, unfortunately, one or both tubes often move away from the nasal passages during sleep and result in an inadequate supply of oxygen. Such oxygen reduction may hinder a patient's recovery or even put their life at risk. Further, such oxygen leak over a period of time may result in an oxygen rich environment, especially in a small room. An oxygen rich environment creates a fire risk, and a patient requiring oxygen, and somewhat deprived of oxygen, would find it very difficult to deal with the potential fire.
Additionally, known patient worn oxygen systems are highly visible and often make a patient self conscious.
The present invention addresses the above and other needs by providing a personal oxygen supply tubing management system which includes a headband for positioning and grasping the oxygen supply tubing and position a nasal cannula near a patient's nasal passages. The headband includes a rear tubing entry point, a curved path for grasping the tubing to prevent sliding, and an exit over a patient's ears. The curved path is created by a flap which resides over the tubing and by obstructions between the flap and the headband which prevents the tubing from assuming a straight path and from moving with respect to the headband. For example, the obstructions may be four mutually offset snaps forcing the tubing to assume a curved path to navigate past the snaps. The present invention thus prevents blisters, irritation, and sores resulting from movement of the oxygen tubes, and prevents the nasal cannula from moving away from the entry to the nasal passages. The headband may be worn as a headband alone or may be a headband of a cap or hat. Integrating the oxygen supply tubing management system into a cap, for example a common base ball cap, provides a degree of concealment and reduces or eliminates the embarrassment a patient may experience when wearing an oxygen supply.
In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there are provided oxygen tubes for a personal oxygen supply and headwear for carrying the oxygen tubes. The oxygen tubes and headwear include a nasal cannula, a right oxygen tube connecting an oxygen source to the nasal cannula, a left oxygen tube connecting the oxygen source to the nasal cannula, and a headband. The headband resides around a wearer's head and has a headband front and a headband rear. A right flap resides on a right inside rear portion of the headband and a left flap resides on a left inside rear portion of the headband. At least three snaps hold each flap in position. A right path is provided to carry the right oxygen tube under the right flap and includes a right tube entry towards the headband rear and a right tube exit towards the headband front. A left path is provided to carry the left oxygen tube under the left flap and includes a left tube entry towards the headband rear and a left tube exit towards the headband front. The snaps force the tubes to assume a curve along the paths, thereby holding the tubes.
In accordance with another aspect of the invention, there are provided oxygen tubes for a personal oxygen supply and a cap for carrying the oxygen tubes. The oxygen tubes and cap include a cap top for covering a wearer's head, a cap headband for carrying the cap on the wearer's head and having a headband front and a headband rear, a nasal cannula, and right and left oxygen tubes connecting an oxygen source to the nasal cannula. The cap headband includes a right flap residing on a right inside rear portion of the headband and a left flap residing on a left inside rear portion of the headband. At least three snaps hold each flap in position. A right path is provided for the right oxygen tube under the right flap and includes a right tube entry towards the headband rear and a right tube exit towards the headband front. A left path is provided for the left oxygen tube under the left flap, the left path including a left tube entry towards the headband rear and a left tube exit towards the headband front. The snaps force the tubes to assume a curve along the paths, thereby holding the tubes.
The above and other aspects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more apparent from the following more particular description thereof, presented in conjunction with the following drawings wherein:
Corresponding reference characters indicate corresponding components throughout the several views of the drawings.
The following description is of the best mode presently contemplated for carrying out the invention. This description is not to be taken in a limiting sense, but is made merely for the purpose of describing one or more preferred embodiments of the invention. The scope of the invention should be determined with reference to the claims.
A first headband 10 a according to the present invention is shown in
In order to better hold the tubes 20L and 20R, the headband 10 a according to the present invention includes a left flap 14 a and a right flap (not shown) opposite the left flap 14 a, both flaps reside inside and towards the rear 13 of the headband 10 a. The flap 14 a is detachable and is preferably held in place by four attachments 12 a-12 d. The attachments 12 a-12 d are preferably positioned to hold the flap 14 a in place and to allow a wearer to adjust the paths of the tubes 20L and 20R to force the tubes to curve, thereby resisting sliding of the tubes.
The attachments 12 a-12 d further allow the flap 14 a to be detached or lifted away from the headband 10 a to allow the tube 20L to be installed into a passage under the flap 14 a. Preferably, the flaps are either totally detachable from the headband, or permanently attached along only one edge. Because the oxygen tubes are generally provided as a single unit, it is important to be able to route the tubes without having to thread the tubes through a passage. The attachments may be snaps, patches of VelcroŽ fastener material, or the like, and are preferably snaps. The right flap is held as described for the left flap 14 a.
The attachments 12 a-12 d of the headband 10 a are arranged with the first attachment 12 a positioned high and toward the rear of the flap 14 a, the second attachment 12 b positioned low and ahead of the first attachment 12 a of the flap 14 a, the third attachment 12 c positioned at a medium height and ahead of the second attachment 12 b of the flap 14 a, and the fourth attachment 12 d is positioned high and at a forward end of the flap 14 a ahead of the third attachment 12 c. While a particular arrangement of the attachments is described in
A detailed view of the left oxygen tube 20L forced into a curved shape by fasteners 17 a-17 d is shown in
Another embodiment of a headband 10 b according to the present invention is shown in
The flap may alternatively be permanently attached to the headband along a top, bottom, or rear edge and held in place by detachable attachments, for example, snaps, patches of VelcroŽ fastener material, or the like.
A cap 30 according to the present invention and including a headband carrying the tubes 20L and 20R is shown in
While the invention herein disclosed has been described by means of specific embodiments and applications thereof, numerous modifications and variations could be made thereto by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention set forth in the claims.
|U.S. Classification||128/201.22, 128/207.18|
|International Classification||A62B7/00, A62B18/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S128/26, A42B1/24, A61M16/0683, A61M16/0666|
|European Classification||A42B1/24, A61M16/06L, A61M16/06S|
|Aug 25, 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: BATISTELLI, DAVID P, MR., CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:BATISTELLI, NELLO, MR.;REEL/FRAME:021437/0421
Effective date: 20080819
|Sep 10, 2012||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jan 27, 2013||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Mar 19, 2013||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20130127