US 2522056 A
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N. B. OBRIEN Sept. 12, 1950 TRUSS 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed March 26, 1947 INVENTOR.
Wellz'e Brennan 0272 6 77 ATTD R N EYE Sept. 12, 1950 N. B. O'BRIEN TRUSS 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed March 26. 1947 ill! - INVENTOR. 449 Z Z 219 Bre rmaz n OBrz'en n n H AITEI RN EYE Patented Sept. 12, 1950 UNITED} STATES. I Tem 2522,056 'rnuss' NellieBrennan GBriemMarshall, Mich. ApplicationMarch 26, 1947. Serial N... "137,239
This invention relates to rupture belts and to the cushion elements therefor.
r'It is an object-of the present invention to pro vide a rupture belt which has a: V-dipped'portion extending. into the area of therupture and to which the cushions are attached and wherein adequate straps are provided to extendaround the inner side of the leg "to sufficiently holdthe portion in itsdownwardly extended position over the rupture.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a cushion or pad which fitsoverf the ruptured area wherein the pad will be thicker on the inner side than on the outer side and at its lower end in order to better support the ruptured area and wherein the pad will have a swivel connection with the strap so as to readily adapt itself over the ruptured area.
For other objects and for a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a front elevational view of my rupture belt with a single pad applied to one rupture.
Fig. 2 is a front elevational view of my rupture belt with two pads applied to the same and showing the V-dip portion reaching downwardly.
Fig. 3 is a rear elevational view of the pad.
Fig. 4 is a front elevational View of the pad looking upon the soft material thereof.
Fig. 5 is a front elevational view of the supporting piece for the pad.
Fig. 6 is a side elevational view of the supporting piece.
Fig. 7 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 1-1 of Fig. 4 and looking in the direction of the arrows thereof and through the completely assembled pad.
Fig. 8 is a front elevational view of the supporting piece of the pad which is used at the left side of the body.
Referring now particularly to Fig. 1, there is shown my rupture truss as applied to a single rupture. This rupture truss comprises a belt 50 of elastic material adapted to surround the body. The ends of this belt are connected to take-up buckles II and I2 respectively and these buckles are fastened by connecting members I3 and I4 respectively to an angle shaped clamping plate I5 which fixes the ends of the belt ID to a pad Hi. It will be noted that clamping plate I5 is so cut and that the connecting members l3 and 14 are so connected to the same that the belt will be V-dipped downwardly in the front and Over the 1Claim.. (01. 128- 96) rupture. Thebelt thus permits'the pad to reach down to the rupture no matter how low it is and yet permits the belt to be extended'high about the back of the person so that it will not-slide down over the hips as is customary with belts which do not have this V-dipped portion. I A legstrap I8is connected to the pad and is" extended down along the inner side of the le and upwardly to the back for connection with the belt) as indicatedat l9." I I Referring now particularly to Fig. 2, there'is: shown my beltadapted tos'upport two ruptured areas located at opposite sides of the body. The" belt ID of elastic material may be used at both rupture areas and are connected by connect ingmembers 2| and22 respectively topads 23' and 24 locatedat opposite sides of the body. Between the pads there is connected astrip 25 for preventing the separation of the pads from each other. The connecting members 2| and 22 unite with the pads in such a manner as to permit the belt arrangement to dip downwardly so that the pads 23 and 24 can respectively reach low ruptured areas. Elastic straps 2B and 21 respectively extend from the pads 23 and 24 along the inner side of the legs to hold the pads down in place. These straps connect to the raised portions of the belt ID as indicated at 23.
Referring now particularly to Figs. 3 to 8, there is shown the construction of the pad elements. A single element is provided with a backing member 3! preferably formed of hard rubber and has an annular groove 32 extending around its edge into which a cover 33 is extended to be retained over padding material 34. Wire 35 is wound into the groove 32 whereby to retain the cover 33. To further fix the cover there is extended a metal casing of cup shape as indicated at 36 onto the rear of the backing member 3|.
In order that the padding material 34 will be sufficiently raised at the inner and bottom sides of the same, there is provided a shim 31 of tapered formation which is fixed to the backing member 3!. This shim is relieved so as to permit center 33 of the cover 33 to be drawn inwardly so as to provide a recess 39 in the center of the pad. The center of the cover 33 is retained by a wire 4|. The ruptured area can swell into the recess 39 so that the pad will have a better grip thereupon.
The cup-shaped casing 36 is secured to the backing member 3| by screws 42. The clamping plate I5 is preferably connected to the pad element so that the pad element can rotate relative thereto. A screw 43 is extended through a sleeve 44 which passes through the clamping plate I 5 and enters the backing member 3|. The pad can thus rotate relative to the clamping plate l5.
In the bottom end of the backing member 3| is a slot 45 into which a leg strap H3 or 21 for the belt [I] can be extended and secured by a screw 46.
It will now be apparent that the individual pads can be well adjusted over the ruptured area no matter how low the same may be upor-ithe front of the body and that inasmuch as these pads can swivel relative to the clamping plate 15 they can be readily adjusted so as to locate a raised portion of the pad at the lower part of the ruptured area and that there wilt be provided a raised portion of the pad at the inner side of the ruptured area.
While various changes can be made in the detailed construction, it shall be understood that such changes shall be within the spirit and scope of the present invention, as defined by the appended claim.
In a rupture truss, the combination which comprises an oval-shaped hard rubber backing member having an annular groove in the peripheral edge and a slot extended inwardly from one end and spaced from the rear surface thereof, an arcuate shim having a beveled outer surface adjustab'ly mounted on the face oi said backing member, a flexible cover positioned over the face of said backing member, a wire for clamping the edge of the cover in the groove of the backing member, means drawing the center of the said cover inwardly toward the face of said backingmember, padding providing filling.
material between the cover and face of the backing member, a cup-shaped metal casing covering the rear surface of the said backing member and extended over the edge covering the groove with the cover-retaining wire therein, an angular-shaped clamping plate pivotally mounted on said backing member through the said metal casing, a belt having buckles in the ends thereof formed to be positioned around the hips of a patient. said buckles being attached to the ends of the said angular-shaped clamping plate and with the forward side of the belt in which the said clamping plate is positioned extended downwardly, and a strap with one end extended into and secured in the slot in the end of the backing member and with the other adjustably connected to the belt, saidstrap being adapted to extend around the thigh of a patient on which the belt and pad are positioned.
NELLIE BRENNAN OBRIEN.
REFERENGES CITED The following references are or record in the file of this patent.
UNITED sures PATENTS Great Britain Aug. 4, 1927