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May 13, 1947. H. C. STRATTON PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR THERAPEUTIC IRRIGATION Filed Oct. 18, 1944 Patented May 13, 194"' PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR THERAPEUTIC IRRIGATION Harry 0. Stratton, Maiden, Mass., assignor to Stratton Specialties, Malden, Mass, a voluntary association Application October 18, 1944, Serial No. 559,318
1 Claim. 1 My invention relates to apparatus for therapeutic irrigation, and particularly to such apparatus adaptable for the irrigation of the bladder. In the case of an operation on the prostate gland, irrigation is required for a time and must be administered to cause the least disturbance or adjusting and securing of tubes, as the irrigation may be administered the patient either in bed or sitting beside the bed, and all liability of leakage is eliminated, as the apparatus requires only to be swung into position and secured ready for instant use, with a minimum of adjustment or disturbance of the patient. When the irrigation is completed the whole apparatus may be swung under or away from the bed, permitting immediate care for the comfort of the patient.
One object of my invention is to provide a, portable apparatus of this character that may be quickly attached to the bed post and operated with facility, and that can be swung under or away from the bed when not in use, permitting freedom for the care of the patient.
A second object is to provide an apparatus of this character that may be used for the irrigation of the bladder, the colon, or other similar irrigation.
A further object is to provide an apparatus of this character that is self-contained, light in weight, of simple construction, and which may be readily transferred to other beds if required.
My invention consists in the novelt of construction and combination of elements to attain my objects, as described and illustrated in the accompanying specification and claim, and the drawings forming a part thereof.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a pref rred embodiment of my invention, partially in section for clarity.
Fig. 2is a plan view on line 2--2, Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is an enlarged plan view of the support clamp for the supply liquid container.
Fig. 4 is an enlarged plan View of the support for the waste receptacle.
Fig. 5 is an enldrged sectional elevation of the three way element to which the supply and Waste tubes, and the tube to the catheter are attached.
Fig. 6 is an enlarged sectional fragment showing the shut ofi lever for the supply tube in action.
Fig. 7 is a plan View of same.
Fig. 8 is a section on line 8-8, Fig. 6.
Referring to the drawings,
The standard I0 is of tubing secured to the bed post A (shown in broken lines), by clamps I I, I2, here shown as two elements, l3, l4, clamped together on the tubing and the bed post by a clamp screw l5, and the wing nut I6. On the standard I0 is journaled the bracket ll, axially and arcuately adjustable, and secured in adjusted position by the clamp screw l8 and thelever nut Hi, the bracket being slotted as shown at l9" to permit the screw to function to bind the bracket to the tube in adjusted position.
The bracket I! comprises the hub I9, the upper member 20 extending therefrom, the brace 2|, and the brace extension 22, to the end of which, 48, is secured the support 23 for the waste receptacle 24. The member 20 is formed from tubing cut away at 25, 26, 2! forming a channel in which the flexible tube 28 is supported, the bridges 29 serving to retain the tubing in the channel against accidental displacement, The liquid supply container 30 is supported in the holder 3| by means similar to the clamps ll, [2, the clamp members being preferably formed with yielding blades 32, 33, separated at their outer ends to permit the neck or the container to press them apart without disturbing the adjusted position on the standard, and to support the container as at 34, the screw 35 and wing nut 35' serving to clamp the holder to the standard [0, as the container is placed.
A similar screw 32 and wing nut 33' operate to tighten the holder about the neck of the container, the clamp members being slotted to permit the release of the screw when the container is mounted therein. The nipple 36 is integral with the container and the tube 28 engages this nipple and extends downwardly into the channeled member 20, engaging one branch of the three way element 38 at 31. This element may be :formed from plastic, glass or other material which is not affected by any liquid that may be used for irrigation. To a second branch 39 of the ele ment 38 is attached the tube 40, connecting with one branch 4! of the T element 42, which is supported in the channel element 20 near its end, extending through the channel at 43, to which extension is connected the flexible tube 44 extending downwardly into the waste receptacle 24, supported in the holder 23 of similar character to the holder 3|, but differing in that the blades 46, 41 are rigidly secured at 48 to the brace extension22t Thethirdbranch of the T element extendsupwardly serving as a vent. To the third branch of the element 38 at 50 is attached the flexible tube 51, a portion of which only'is shown, and to this tube at its other'end, is attached the catheter not shown, through which the irrigation liquid is introduced into the bladder or other organ, and 'as'Will-be explained, through which the waste liquid is discharged: into the waste receptacle.
To make this possible it is necessary to employ means for interrupting the flow of irrigation liquid, first from the supply container through the tube 28, element 38 and tube 44 to the waste receptacle 24, to permit the liquid to flow through the catheter; then to interrupt the flow through the tube 28 to the element 38, releasing the shut off to the waste receptacle 24, to permit the liquid to flow backward through the catheter, the .tube 5|, the element 38, tubes 40 and 44, to the waste receptacle 24. This I accomplish "by means of two shut 01f elements,-.one .being positioned pivotally in the walls of .thechanneledelement 20 and. over the tube 28, the other similarly positioned. over the tube as at 53-, each adapted to be operated :to compress and close respective tubes; These shut off elements are similar, and ardescriptionof the one operative to close the tube 28 will apply to the other which is modified as will beexplained. The element operating on the tube 28 is formed from wire and comprises a. loop 54, a trunnion 55 on one side of the loo-p and: a journal 52 on the other side, the journal being extended .andbent to form a lever 56 by means of which the loop may be operated to compress the tube 28.- This element is assembled above the-tube, the trunnion end being inserted into-a perforation in onewall of the channeled element 28, the-loop being pushed through until the journalportionbears in the perforation; the trunnion is then sprun into a corresponding perforation in .the opposite wall of the element .20. The .lever 56 is formedwith. a hook 51 at its outer-end, adapted to hook-over the wall of the element.20 at '58, when the element .is.operated tointerrupt theflow of liquid .throughthe tube 28, Theelement ,60 positioned at53 is similar in construction. and operation, with the difference that. the hook is omitted andthe element is onerative .tosh'ut. off the flow of liquid through the tube.40 only as lcngas it is held in position duringthe period required for irrigation, the flow through the tube 28 then being interrupted as described, the element at 53 operated by the. lever 60-being released,thus-opening the tube 40 for the discharge of the liquid into th waste receptacle..
.Thewperation of the apparatus is as follows:
Before fillingthe irrigation liquidcontainer, the tube 28=therefromis shutoff by rotating the lever 5B and hooking over the wall'of the channeled element at 58. The bracket l'l is'then swung into position for administering the irrigation, adjusted to the proper height, and secured in'such position by tightening the lever nut I8.
The catheter is then inserted, the tube 40 leading to the waste receptacle is closed and held closed, and the tube 28 from the supply container is opened by releasing the hook from the wall of the element 20, permitting th irrigation liquid to flow through. intermediate connections to and through the catheter. When irrigation is completed the tube 28 is shut off as hereinbefore described, the element shutting off the tube 40 is released, and the waste liquid from the irrigation flows backward through the catheter and intermediate connections to the waste receptacle. The catheter being withdrawn, the bracket is swung away from the patient, and into such position as may be desired, under or away from the bed.
While I have described and illustrated a preierred embodiment of my invention, I do not confine myself to this form, as modifications may be made within the scope of the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention,.I'c1aim:
A portable apparatus for therapeutic irrigation comprising in combination, a standard; means for detachably securing the standard to a bed post; a container for irrigation liquid removably supported on .the standard; a bracket comprising a hub journaled on th standard, axially and arcuately adjustable thereon, a channeled member extending from the bracket, a brace from the hub to the channeled member having a downward extension; a waste receptacle removably supported by the brace extension, in operative relation to the end of the channeled member; a flexible tube connecting with and dependent from the irrigation liquid container, and supported by and retained in the channeled member; a three way element supported in the channeled member, to one branch of which is connected the said tube, to the second branch of which is attached a tube to which a catheter may be attached, and a thirdtube connecting the third branch of the element'with one branch of a similar element; a tube from a second branch of this latter element connecting with the waste receptacle, the third branch serving as a vent; means hinged in the opposite walls of the channeled member, operative to interrupt the 'flow of liquid from the irrigation'liquid supply'container; and similar means for interruptin 'the flow of liquid to the waste receptacle.
HARRY C. STR'A'I'TON.
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