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Fb. 5, 1952 v, BELCHER 2,584,249
COLOSTOMY APRON- Filed April 12, 1949 2 SHEETS-SHEET 1 Fig.1 i 9/ INVENTOR ZZiJIgZ DZ G a-Bezcber ATTORNEYS Feb..5, 1952 v. G. BELCHER 2,584,249
' COLOSTOMY APRON Filed April 12, 1949 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2 INVENTOR Uiginz'a GBeZcher ATTORNEYS Patented Feb. 5, 1952 7 QOLOSTOMY #APRON ,an nia, en anmptu v- Application April 12, 1949, ser a1 norm-woe Q1a.ims. (01212 -1353) -Thisiinvention is-di-rected to, and it is an object toprv ide,-a-novel colostomy apron for use in connection with the elimination by patientswho have undergone a colostomy operation; the function-of the apron beingtoenable the patient to. conveniently evacuate through the :colostomy opening either-after having taken an enema, or otherwise,.-and to have the materialso eliminated discharged readily into I the toilet -or other receptaclein-a manner to-prevent any of such material getting outside-oftheapron.
A-nother object-of the invention is to provide a- -eolostomy apron which 0om prises, generally, a funnel-like material receiving apron V oflight weight, flexible, waterproof material adapted to connect adjacent the-top to the patients body and to .engage --at-- the bottom in atoilet or other receptacle. I
A -iurther object-of-theinvention is to provide a colostomyapron,- as above, whose design makes it readily adaptable to, and usableby, patients who have had various typesof colostomy operations.
-An additionalobiect of the invention is to I provide a colostomyapron which is washable,;or
can be immersed in a solution for cleaning and disinfecting purposes without injuring the apron. -A- still furth'erobject of the' invention is-to provide a colostomy apronwhich can be folded into-a s mall rcompa'ct bund-le for carrying in an envelope-or the like.
' -It is-alsoanobiectof the invention to-provide a colos-tomy apron which is simple-in design, and capable of ready and economical --manufacture.
Still a further object of the invention is to provide apractical and relable colostomy apron, and one whicnwill be, exceedingly effective for the purpose for which it is "designed.
'HI-hese obj ectsearei. accomplished by. means. .of such structure and relative arrangementiof .parts as will fullygqppean bya--perusal;of the iollowing specification and claims.
Fig l is a side elevation, partlylubroken; away, otthe colostomy apron in use; the-representation ofithe patient being-fanciful. I
-Fig.--2- is a top plan view-of-theapron in use,
' as in'Fig. 1. v
Fig. 3 is a rear view of the apron, detached.
Fig. 4 is a cross section on line 4-4 of Fig. 3.
Referring now more particularly to the characters of reference on the drawings, the device comprises a material receiving apron I of funnellike configuration, i. e. in the shape of an in- 7 2 verted truncated cone; ,such apronhaving a relatively large peripherals ezgtenmatvthato and being wmanufactured ,of .la :li htw i gi water-proof material, such as a rubberized 9th or. plasticsheet material. 7
.At its 1 lowerwend z the f,unne1 -.l1ke aap qn r s formed with a relatively short cufi 2 which glifl is: .of;-=doublei thickness materiah pnol h liwilfi elf inforced so. that'zit, is .SQmQWha-tLSti -fiened.
..At& the: ,top and iront thereof the iunnel like material receiving, apron; I; isziormed, with; a pair oft-relativelyv widely. spaced. tievstrlngsfi ado-m todencircle about; thewwa-istl-of i=a- .patient- .and;;,to tie at the-.back,;as aiz:4.
.-Additionally,. at.= the iront.:- thcr.eof, and-laterally outwardly.of-.--the tie;stringsfisthepapm includes .anothenpair x91 spaged ,tie strings t adapted tooextend. upwardly.-,over.-,=the houlders of the patient and .to tieb'ehindjthesnecknasi at; 6.
At the back thereof theJaprOmIs-HisJOImM with a .pocketFL-which is .openat the bottom; t lower end of -said .pocketnbeing lsoxne distance above theeufhl. .tA. .pair. .of relatively short-tie strings .8. .areattachedeatra common point tdthe.
regard to the: locationsof the colos'tomynpening:
the tie strings 3. .being tiedabout the :waist,- and the: :tie strings i=5 ,2 being; itieduaboutithe. neck, as previously -described. c
-.-The apron: L depends-1 into :the toiletabowl; H v;
the cuff' 2- .tendmgttolholda the; lower, portion of the apron: in: proper. position; in. saida-bo'wl.
The pocket: Lnga'ges' .over the upturned; toilet seat- L -whereby to maintain the backportiontof the colostomy; apron: ll atia eproperfheight; there being a i snapiastenerz -l .3 .whieh ldetachablytcom necta the-front andLbacK pQrtions of -"the pocket prevent saidL-pocket: slippingtupwardly.
In order to prevent the toilet seat 12 from fall- By enema, or otherwise, the material is eliminated through the colostomy opening into the material receiving funnel-like apron I, and in turn is carried to the toilet bowl H for disposition. When the passing of material has been completed, the apron is then flushed on the inside with water, or with any other solution desired; the apron then being removed from the patient v N Thereafter, such apron is detached from the toilet and cleansed or disinfected in any suitable manner.
The described colostomy apron represents an innovation and advance in the method and means of handling elimination from colostomy patients. Known practices do not'embodyany mechanical means whereby themateri-al or; secretions from a colostomy patient are confined within a funnel-like material receiving apron, and carried thereby directly to the toilet bowl or other receptacle for disposition. I
The described apron greatly facilitates the handling I of the elimination by a colostomy patient.
When not in use the apron can belfolded into a small compact bundle for carrying in a bag or envelope.
From the foregoing description it will be readily seen that there has been produced such an article of manufacture as substantially fulfills theobjects of the invention, as set forth herein.
-While this specification sets forth in detail the present and preferred construction of the article of manufacture, still in practice such deviations from' such detail may be resorted to. as do not form' a departure'from the spirit of the inven-- tion, as defined by the appended claims. -Having thusdescribed the invention, the following-is claimed as new'anduseful, and upon which Letters Patent are desired: 1. A colostomy device comprising a material receiving apron .of funnel-like shape adapted to extend at the lower end into the bowl of. a toilet, means adapted to .detachablysecure the apron at the front and top closely to the waist of a patient seated facing said toilet bowl,'and means adapted to. detachablysecure the apron at the back to the toilet above the bowl; said last named means including atie string.
2."A.:c olostomy device comprising a material receivingapronsof funnel-like shape, adapted to extend atthelower end into .the bowl of a toilet, means adapted. to detachably secure the apron at :thenfront and :top closely tov the waist. of a patientseated facing saidi-toiletsbowhand means adapted to detachably secure. the apron at the backtothetoilet above the bowl; said last named means including a downwardly openin pocket on'the back of the apron for engagement over the toilet seat when in upstanding position.
3. A colostomy device comprising a. material receiving apron of funnel-dike shape adapted to extend at the lower end into the bowl of a toilet, means adapted to detachably. secure the apron at the. frontpandxtop closely to the waist of. a. patient seated facingsaid toilet bowl, and means adaptedto' detachablysecure the apron at the back to .the toilet .above the .bowl; said last 4 named means including a downwardly opening pocket on the back of the apron for engagement over the toilet seat when in upstanding position, and a tie string on the apron at the back for tying to the flush handle of the toilet.
4. A colostomy device comprising a material receiving apron of funnel-like shape adapted to extend at the lower end into the bowl of a toilet, means adapted to detachably secure the apron at the front and top closely tothe waist of a patient seated facing said toilet bowl, and means adapted to detachably secure the apron at the back to the toilet above the bowl; said last named meansincluding a downwardly opening pocket on the back of the apron for engagement over the toilet seat when in upstanding position, there being a snap fastener adapted to couple between the front and back parts of the pocket through said toilet seat.
5. A colostomy device comprising a material receiving. apron of funnel-like shape adapted to extend at the lower end into thebowl of a toilet, means adapted to detachably secure the apron at the front and top closely to the waist of a patient seated facing said toilet bowl, and means adapted'to detachably, secure the apron at the back to the toilet, above the bowl; said last named means including a downwardly opening pocket on the back of the apron for engagement over the toiletseat when in upstanding position, 'there being asnap. fastener adapted to couple between the front and back parts of the pocket through said toilet seat, and a tie string onthe apron at the back for tying to the flush handle of the toilet.
6. A colostomy device comprising a material receiving apron of funnel-like shape adapted to extend at the lower end into the bowl of a toilet, said apron being formed of fiexible, water-proof material and having a relativelyzlarge peripheral extent at the top, a relatively stiff cuff at the lower end of the apron, a plurality of tie strings on the apron at the front adjacent the top, and a pocket on the apronatthe back, said pocket opening downward and terminating above the cuff.
p, '7. A colostomy device comprising a material receivin apron of funneldike shape adapted to extend at the lower endinto the bowl of a toilet, means adapted to detachably secure the apron at the front and top closely; to' the waistof' a.
patient seated5 facing saidtoilet bowl, and strings attached to thelback of the apron and adapted to be detachably secured to the toilet above the bowl and above the seat.
VIRGlNlA G. BELCHER.
" REFERENCES CITED" The following references are of record in the file. of this. patent:.
' UNITED STATES PATENTS Welch June 21, 1949