US 2235986 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
B. L. ELLINGSON 2,235,986
BASIN HOLDER Filed June 12, 1939 Z-m Y'QAJ wag/A4.
Patented Mar. 25, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 3 Claims.
This invention relates to devices for supporting basins and like utensils in positions for handy and convenient use, the article havingbeen designed primarily for hospital use. In the operating rooms of hospitals it is customary practice to provide a basin or like receptacle for soiled sponges, instruments, specimens, etc., discarded by the surgeon during an operation. Such basin has heretofore usually been disposed on the floor or on a stand at a point so remote from the op: erating table as to require the surgeon to shift his vision from the field of operation when discarding a sponge, bandage, or the like in the receptacle.
One object of this invention has been to provide a holder for a basin or receptacle of this character that may be removably mounted on and supported by the operating table itself to hold the basin in a most accessible and convenient position for use within reach of the surgeon and his assistants without resting on the patient, and that will retain its place on the table even when the latter is tilted to support the patient in the Trendelenberg or shock position wherein the foot end of the table is higher than the head end.
Another object of the invention has been to provide a basin holder usable not only in the manner and for the purpose above described, but, by simple inversion, capable of use at the bedside of a patient for giving the latter a sponge bath without requiring the use of a tab-1e or stand to support it, the structure being such that its base member, when so used, can be inserted and r clamped between the bed bottom spring and the mattress so as to securely support the basin at a convenient height directly over the bed.
Another object of the invention has been to provide a basin holder of the character above described of very simple and inexpensive construction and light weight, and capable of being easily transferred by hand from one field of use to another.
Still other objects and attendant advantages of the invention will be apparent to physicians, nurses and other hospital attendants from the following detailed description of a practical and preferred embodiment thereof shown in the accompanying drawing, in which- Fig. 1 is a perspective elevation of the basin holder in the position in which it is mounted on the operating table.
Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1 on a reduced scale, omitting the table clamp and showing the integral one-piece structure of the two rings and their connecting standard.
coaxial character of the two rings.
Fig. 4 is a side elevation, showing the holder (or. 248--226) l z I mounted on the elevated foot end of an operat- ,5
ing table. a Fig. 5 is a side elevation of the holder inverted,
and showing its mode of application to a bed.
standard connecting said rings, said standard preferably comprising a straight vertical section l2 and short horizontal arms l3 and I4 continuous with the ends of said vertical section and rings. This produces the structure shown in Fig. 2. To strengthen andrigidify the structure the two ends of the portions forming the rings Ill and II are Welded or, brazedto each other as shown at l5 and [6 at the junctions of the arms l3 and M with the rings. By reference to Fig. 3 it will be observed that the base ring II is of, somewhat larger diameter than, and is co-axial with, the upper basin holding ring I ii.
The structure thus far defined, when used in connection with surgical operations, is designed to be supported on the operating table where the basin (indicated by dotted lines at B in Fig. 4) may be supported directly above the feet of the patient. For this purpose there is connected to the base ring I l a clamp or hook designated as an entirety by IT. This clamp is conveniently and cheaply made from a single length of pliable rod or heavy wire stock bent into horizontal U-shape most clearly shown in Fig. 1, the ends being welded or brazed at Hi to the ring H. In applying the basin holder to the operating table T, this clamp or hook I! is pressed over the lower edge of the table, as shown in Fig. 4, so that it not only removably attaches the device to the table, but, when the foot end of the table is tilted upwardly, as in a shock position of the patient, it prevents the basin holder from sliding downwardly on the table. It will be observed that the width of this clamp is substantial, being approximately equal to one-half the diameter of the ring II to which it is attached. This effectively prevents any lateral swinging movement of the hold er to one side or the other when mounted on the table.
As hereinbeiore stated, this article is not only useful in the operating room, but, being light and readily portable, when not in service in the operating room it may be transferred to a patients room and used as a basin holder for giving the patient a sponge bath. This use of the device is illustrated in Fig. 5, wherein it will be seen that the device is simply inverted and the smaller ring i0 is inserted between the bed spring l9 and the mattress 20, a somewhat larger bath basin B being supported horizontally in and by the ring H, the functions of the two rings in this use of the device being reversed relatively to their functions when used on the operating table.
While the invention is not intended to be limited to a structure made wholly of bent rod or wire stock, the use of such material enables the article to be made at a very low cost, and such material therefore is preferably employed in its manufacture. Aside from its double function in the operating room and in the patients room, in both situations it securely supports the basin in the most advantageous positions for the physician and the nurse.
Among the advantages of the invention I may mention the following:
1. The receptacle may be within easy reach of the surgeon and his assistants without resting on the patient. It enables them to discard soiled sponges, instruments, bandages and the like without taking their eyes from the incision.
2. The holder will support a receptacle of sufficient size so that it will not untidily overflow.
3. The holder is not adapted to merely one type of operating table, but can be used on any type of table.
4. The basin holder can be used on the operating table in any position or location where the operation would necessitate having a receptacle Within easy reach of the surgeon and his assistants.
5. The holder may be draped with the same sterile drape that covers the patient thereby becoming a sterile receiver for a sterile basin.
6. The basin holder mounted on the table does not take extra space in the operating room.
I have herein shown and described the best and most practical form of the invention which I have thus far designed, but modifications in the details of structure and arrangement may be resorted to within the purview and coverage of the claims.
1. A basin holder of the character described, comprising an upper basin supporting ring, a lower base ring, a standard outwardly offset from and connecting said rings, and a clamp connected to said base ring and underlying said standard for removably mounting said holder on an operating table.
2. An embodiment of the structure defined in claim 1, wherein the clamp is a U-shaped memher having laterally spaced arms at their ends welded to the base ring.
3. An embodiment of the structure defined in claim 1, wherein the clamp is a U-shaped member having laterally spaced parallel horizontal arms at their ends Welded to the base ring, and has a Width approximately equal to one-half the diameter of the base ring.
BERTHA L. ELLINGSON.