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Publication numberUS2243422 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 27, 1941
Filing dateMay 11, 1938
Priority dateMay 11, 1938
Publication numberUS 2243422 A, US 2243422A, US-A-2243422, US2243422 A, US2243422A
InventorsHollander Herbert E, Lewis Edwin A
Original AssigneeHollander Herbert E, Lewis Edwin A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Finger bandaging unit
US 2243422 A
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- May 27, 1 941. H. E. HOLLANDER ETAL ,2

FINGER BANDAGING UNIT Filed May 11, 1938 HW" H INVENTORS W 6.154200%! 4 c MEL-Y At ATTORNEYS Patented May 27, 1941 FINGER BANDAGING UNIT Herbert E. Hollander and Edwin A. Lewis,

New York, N. Y.

Application May 11, 1938, Serial No. 207,229


This invention relates to finger bandaging means and more particularly to a unitary structure arranged to afford a surgical bandage for a finger. An important object of the invention is to provide an improved bandaging device of the stated character, which is not only of a simple and inexpensive construction, but is adapted to be applied readily and expeditiously by physicians, nurses or others, or even by the wearer himself. Experience, for example, has demonstrated that to bandage a finger with ordinary gauze tape is always a difficult and often an unsatisfactory task. It is not only hard to wind the gauze efiectively and securely around the finger, but trouble is almost invariably encountered in holding the bandage in place, particularly without the use of a cumbersome, ventilation-impairing and often painful cot or sheath. In recent years, moreover, these difiiculties have been enhanced with the improvement in the softness and quality of gauze generally available on the market. That is, although the softer grades of gauze are more comfortable and are preferable from a surgical or medical standpoint, they are even more difi'icult to use and keep in place on a finger, than the somewhat less soft varieties customarily employed some years ago.

Further objects of the invention are not only to overcome the diificulties just explained, but also to provide a finger bandaging unit which will completely and effectively bandage an entire finger; likewise to provide such a unit which includes cooperating securing means that may be readily applied by the user to keep the bandage in wrapped relation about the finger and to hold it in place on the finger; and further to provide a finger bandaging unit satisfactorily adapted for manufacture and sale with its bandaging surface impregnated with any one of a number of medicating compositions.

Other objects and advantages include those which are hereinafter stated or apparent or which are incidental to the invention, the nature of the latter being conveniently explained by reference to the following description and accompanying drawing of a presently preferred embodiment, set forth by way of example.

In the drawing- Fig. 1 shows a plan view of the rear face of the unit;

Fig. 2 shows the opposite face of the unit as the latter is about to be applied to bandage a finge Fig. 3 shows an intermediate stage in the application of the bandage to a finger; and

Fig. 4 shows the unit applied and retained in wrapped relation on a finger.

Referring particularly to Figs. 1 and 2., the unit includes a fiat member of soft, permeable fabric, which conveniently comprises a laminated gauze pad, for example consisting of six or seven layers of surgical gauze. This member or pad has a substantially rectangular body part which may consist of a central or backing portion l0' and adjacent side portions ll, l2; the upper corner edges of the latter being conveniently rounded, as shown, to avoid bunching when wrapped in the manner hereinafter described. Preferably integral with the pad, and extending from an edge of its rectangular body part-for instance, from an end of the center portion Illan elongated tab l3, of the same bandaging fabric, is provided. Adhesive securing means are carried by the rear surface of the pad, and may advantageously comprise an upper strip of adhesive tape l4 having free ends l5, l6, respectively, extending beyond the side portions l l and I2 near the top edge of the body part; and also a lower strip of adhesive tape l1, having free ends l8, l9, respectively extending beyond the side portions ll, l2 near the bottom of the pad.

To facilitate packaging, and also handling,

both by manufacturer and user, the exposed adhesive surfaces of the free ends of the adhesive tapes l5, l6, l8 and I9, may be covered with protective strips of stiffened gauze or other readily removable stiff fabric. Such strips are shown respectively at I511, and lQa, in Fig. 2, and partly cut away at lSa to reveal the underlying adhesive surface of tape 5. It will be understood that these supplementary covering or protective strips may be easily pulled off by. the user when the adhesive is actually to be fastened in place.

The pad itself, or particularly the inner or front face thereof (partly exposed in Fig. 2), may be impregnated with any suitable medicating composition, such as an antiseptic composition or compositions specially designed for the treatment of various injuries or conditions requiring medication. Among others, the following are noted as examples of such compositions, any one of which may be satisfactorily preimpregnatedin the unit during manufacture, so that the subsequently bandaged finger will be benefited in accordance with the recognized properties of the composition:

Tannic acid powder Epsom salts Sodium bicarbonate Boric acid Mercurochrome A convenient manner of applying the unit is shown in Figs. 2 to 4 inclusive. Referring first to Fig. 2, the finger 20 to be bandaged is first placed along the center portion Ill of the pad. The tab I3 is then folded down over the end of the finger and along the opposite side of the latter so as to occupy the position indicated in into holding relation with the inner surface of; the unwrapped side portion II; this effectively.

holds the upper part of side portion'llin place for the further wrapping, to be described, At

the same time, the lower free tab of adhesive I9 I can be brought down and pressed into securing engagement with an adjacent part of the hand, for example, the upper part of the palm. The other side portion H is next wrapped around and over the portion I2, as shown in Fig. 4, and the remaining upper strip of adhesive tape I5 is drawn snugly around and into engagement with the outer surface of the wrapped bandage, so as to hold the unit in wrapped relation near the end of the finger. At the bottom of the bandage the other remaining adhesive tab I 8 is pressed into attachment with an adjacent part of the hand, such as the palm, as shown; and the entire unit is now firmly wrapped in bandaging relation about the entire finger and there securely fastened in place, as illustrated in Fig. 4.

It will thus be seen that the unit affords an especially effective and convenient arrangement for bandaging a finger, avoiding cumbersome and unwieldy wrappings of gauze tape, and admirably satisfying the objects of the invention as hereinabove set forth. It is particularly noteworthy that the unit may, if desired, be applied by the wearer himself, using only his free hand-- in contrast to the well-known impracticability of trying to bandage a finger with ordinary gauze tape, using only one hand. The unit, moreover, is such that it can be easily manufactured and sold in large quantities, and it is attractive to medical persons and laymen alike. The manufactured unit can, of course, be sterilized by the maker, and easily packaged to keep its sterilized condition until use; and it will also be understood that it may be made in a number of standard sizes, to fit all sizes of fingers (including thumbs).

Because of the ease with which the bandage may be applied and removed, it can be replaced as often as necessary for the most exacting 5 medical requirements. Furthermore, under ordinary circumstances, there is no need for any supplementary cot or sheath as is ordinarily required to hold a finger bandage'in place; indeed there will usually be no occasion to employ such wrapped in over the gauzetab Ill. The adhesive tab on the subsequently wrappedside will serve satisfactorily to hold the bandage in wrapped relation at the top (the arrangement and wrapping being the same as in the drawing except that one tab, e. g., tab it, is omitted), and the omission of the inner wrapped adhesive tab avoids bulkiness within the bandage.


It will be generally understood that the invention is not limited to the specific embodiments herein shown and described, but may be carried out in other forms without departure from its spirit as defined by the following claims.

We claim:

1. A finger bandaging unit comprising a gauze pad having a substantially rectangular body and a tab portion extending from one edge thereof, whereby the pad may be wrapped around the finger with the tab portion passing over the end of the finger and retained beneath overlapped side edges of the body, and adhesive-surfaced securing means carried by said pad and having a plurality of spaced free ends to be secured respectively to the surface of the pad and to an adjacent part of the hand, for holding the unit in wrapped relation on the finger.

2. A finger bandaging unit comprising wrapping means of permeable fabric having a body member to be wrapped around a finger with its side ends in overlapped relation, and a tab member extending from the top of the body portion and adapted to be passed over the end of the finger and retained beneath the overlapped side ends of the body member, and securing means carried by the wrapping means and including adhesive means to be attached by the user, for holding the member in wrapped relation on the finger.

3. A finger bandaging unit comprising a flat member of soft fabric having portions respectively defined for wrapping over the end and about the sides of a finger, and securing means carried by said member and including adhesive means to be attached by the user, for holding the member in wrapped relation on the finger.

4. A finger bandaging unit comprising a flat member of soft permeable fabric comprising a back portion, an elongated tab extending from one end of the back portion, and side wrapping portions extending from the sides of the back portion, and securing means including a. pair of adhesive tapes having free ends for attachment by the user, and carried by the first mentioned member with the free ends respectively extending {mm the edge of a side portion in spaced relaion.

, 5. A finger bandaging unit comprising a single continuous fiat member of laminated soft absorbent fabric, having a body portion to be wrapped around a finger with its side ends in overlapped relation, and a tab portion which extends integrally from the top edge of the body portion and which is adapted to be passed over the end and along, the side of the finger and retained along the latter beneath the wrapped body portion, said member having its finger-abutting surface impregnated with a medicating composition, and securing means carried by said member and including free portions of adhesive tape respectively extending from each side end of the body portion and respectively near the top and bottom edges of the latter, whereby the tape portions near said top edge may be aflixed to the surface ofthe member to hold the upper part of the same in wrapped relation, and the tape portions near said bottom edge may be affixed to the hand to hold the member in wrapped relation at I its lower part and on the finger.


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U.S. Classification602/58, 604/304
International ClassificationA61F13/10
Cooperative ClassificationA61F13/105
European ClassificationA61F13/10H2