US 2789560 A
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P. WEIMER INCONTINENCE PROTECTOR April 23, 1957 Filed Oct. 2
United States Patent INCONTINENCE PROTECTOR Paul Weimer, New York, N. Y.
Application October 2, 1953, Serial No. 384,015
3 Claims. (Cl. 128295) The present invention relates to sanitation devices, and particularly to an incontinence protector for use by males, such as afflicted adults and young children who are unable to control urinary discharge. This application is a co-ntinuation-in-part of my earlier filed application Serial No. 275,351, filed March 6, 1952, and now abandoned.
The many and varied applications for incontinence protection are well understood, including protection of ambulatory male persons against wetting clothes, the prevention of hospitalized patients from soiling bed garments with the incident health hazards and possibility of developing bed sores, and the widespread utility in the care of male babies.
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide an incontinence protector adapted to one or more of the aforesaid uses. Specifically, it is within the contemplation of the invention to provide a simple, yet entirely efiective incontinence device which may be attached by simple manual manipulation with minimum risk of physical discomfort to the wearer.
The many advantages, features and applications of devices constructed according to the present invention will ecome apparent upon reference to the following detailed description of several illustrative embodiments when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing wherein:
Fig. l is an exploded sectional view of one form of incontinence protector embodying features of the present invention;
Fig. 2 is an assembled view in section showing the incontinence protector of Fig. l as applied to the male organ preliminary to final assembly thereon, the final position being illustrated by the broken lines;
Fig. 3 is an elevational view, with parts sectioned for clarity, showing a modified form of incontinence protector according to the invention;
Fig. 4 is a sectional view showing the incontinence protector of Fig. 3 as applied to the male organ.
Fig. 5 is an elevational view with parts sectioned, showing a still further incontinence protector embodying features of the present invention; and
Fig. 6 is a sectional View showing the incontinence protector of Fig. 5 as applied to the male member.
Referring now specifically to the drawings, it will be appreciated that the incontinence protectors of the present invention each comprise a hollow cap of substantially rigid material which is shaped to be conformed about the forward end of the male organ and has an integral nozzle for attachment to a relief tube, in turn leading to an appropriate relief container. An elongated tubular sheet of elastic material is affixed to the hollow cap and extensible over the male organ to form a leakproof seal therewith, the hollow cap being conformed about the forward end of the male organ. The provision of the hollow cap assures adequate protection of the forward end of the male organ and facilitates the extension of the elastomer tubular sheet into sealing relation with the male organ.
Referring now specifically to the embodiment illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2, there is shown a protective cap 10 which is cup-shaped and formed of an appropriate rigid material, such as molded plastic. The cap 10 terminates at one end in an open mouth 12 in the form of an annular rounded shoulder and at the other end in a depending integral nozzle 14 having an enlarged end 14:11 over which a suitable relief tube 17 may be extended and secured, as seen in Fig. 2.
Conformably received within and lining the hollow cap 10 is a tubular insert 16 of elastomer material having a central opening 16a registering with the passage of the relief nozzle M. The insert is of tubular configuration and in addition to forming a cushioning lining coextensive with the inner surfaces of the cap 10, in some instances provides a better fit between the protector and the male organ. It can be appreciated upon inspecting Fig. 2 that the insert 16 is of a length somewhat longer than necessary to line the inner surfaces of the cap 10, the end-adjacent section 16b being folded over the shoulder l2 and cushioning the same against direct contact with the male organ during insertion thereover of the cap.
Fixed on the cap it) and extensible in relation thereto is a tubular sheath 18 of rollable elastomer material, such as of latex. The sheath 18 includes an opening 18:: through which the nozzle 14 may be extended, a supporting section 1812 being stretched over the outer surfaces of the cap and the folded back section 16b of the insert to provide an integral assembly. In some instances, supplementing the frictional force holding the sheath 18 on the cap it), it may be desirable to additionally employ an appropriate adhesive.
The manner of applying the incontinence protector of Figs. 1 and 2 will be appreciated upon an inspection of Fig. 1 and accordingly further description will be dispensed with. It is to be appreciated that the extensible sheath 1%, when unrolled, as illustrated by the broken lines, will provide a circumferential area seal to the male organ and thus preclude leakage. Further, ready assembly is facilitated since the sheath is brought into coaxial relation with the male organ upon insertion of the forward end of the male organ into the cap or cup 10, as illustrated.
In Figs. 3 and 4, there is shown a modified form of the invention, in which the lining 16 has been omitted, and the ro-llable sheath 18 may be replaced by a foldable type sheath 20 including a supporting section 20a joined to a seal-forming section 2% by a hinge section 20c. The supporting section 20a is secured about the outer periphery of the cap 10' by provision of a suitable adhesive or the like such that the section 200 of the reduced thickness of the supporting section 20:: is free and provides a hinge connection to the seal-forming section 20b, seen to be of increased thickness as compared to the supportting section 20a. Upon inspecting Fig. 4 it will be noted that the seal-forming section 26 upon being brought into contact with the male organ forms a substantial continuation of the cap 10 and provides an effective area seal with the male organ. It is to be expressly understood that an insert similar to that described in conjunction with Fig. 1, serving as a cushioning and adapting member, may be employed in the embodiment illustrated in Figs. 3 and 4.
Reference will now be made to Figs. 5 and 6, wherein there is shown a still further embodiment of the invention in which a modified sheath is employed in conjunction with the hollow cap previously described. Specifically, on the hollow cap 10 there is supported a sheath 22 which includes a supporting section 22a, :1 connecting section 22b, a seal-forming section 22c of increased thickness and an integral ring-like gripping section 22d. It is to be noted that the ring 22a is joined to the sealing section' 22c by an outwardly flared connecting section 22e of the special configuration to facilitate grasping of the ring 22d in moving the sheathfrom the retracted position of Fig. to the operative position of Fig. 6.
While in accordance with the provisions of the statutes, I have illustrated and described the best forms of embodiment of my invention now known to me, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that changes may be made in the form of the article disclosed without departingfrom the spirit of my invention as set forth in the appended claims and that in some cases certain features of my invention may be used to advantage without a corresponding use of other features.
What I claim is:
1. An incontinence protector comprising a hollow cup of substantially rigid material shaped to be conformable about the forward end of the male organ and having an integral'nozzle adapted for attachment to a relief tube, and an elongated tubular sheath of elastomer material fixed to said hollow cap and extensible over the male organ to form a leak-proof seal therewith, said tubular sheath including a first section extended over said hollow cap, and a second section hingedly connected to said first section and movable between an extended position in relation to the male organ and a retracted position folded back upon said hollow cap, said second section being of increased thickness as compared to said first section.
2. An incontinence protector comprising a hollow cap of substantially rigid material shaped to be conformable about the forward end of the male organ and having an integral nozzle adapted for attachment to a relief tube, and an elongated tubular sheath of elastomer material fixed to said hollow cap and extensible over the male orand an elongated tubular sheath of elastomer material fixed to said hollow cap and extensible over the male organ to form a leak-proof seal therewith, said tubular sheath including an intermediate section for providing a peripheral contact with the male organ and terminating in an integral ring to be grasped in extending said tubularsheath, and an outwardly flared connecting section joining said integral ring to said intermediate section, said ring being adapted to be manually grasped and manipulated through a predetermined thrust in extending said sheath over the male organ.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,476,375 Kent July 19, 1949 FOREIGN PATENTS 215,554 Germany Oct. 30, 1909