US 2864369 A
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Dec. 16, 1958 T. F. mcsRRo 2,864,369
URINE BAG Filed April. 2, 1956 I N V EN TOR. fi/a/ww ADI/020014 United States Patent This invention relates to urine bags of the type to'be worn by a male person to collect involuntarily discharged I urine and also relates to the method of wearing such urine bags.
An object of my invention is to provide a new and improved urine bag of simple and inexpensive construction and operation which may be comfortably'worn by. a male person.
Another object of my invention is to provide a novel urine bag which, when worn by a male person will positively retain all of the fluid therein and will not permit leakage of the fluid even though the user may raise his legs and feet to elevated positions and be otherwise physically active.
A further object of my invention is the provision of a new and novel urine bag constructed. in such a manner that a fluid-tight seal is made and maintained between the bag and the groin of a male person without causing discomfort or binding of the genitals.
A still further object of my invention is the provision of a new and novel method of applying a urine bag to a persons body in such a manner that it will be maintained in a comfortable and operative position for long periods of time so that the person may carry on his normal pursuit of physical activities without necessitating readjustment of the bag on his person.
These and other objects and advantages of my invention will more fully appear from the following description made in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein like reference characters refer to similar parts throughout the several views and in which:
Fig. l is a rear elevation view of the invention with the mounting belt partly broken away;
Fig. 2 is a side elevation view of the invention, partly in vertical section and shown in the manner in which the invention is to "be worn by a person; and
Fig. 3 is a detail section view taken substantially on a vertical plane as indicated at 3--3 of Fig. 1.
, It should be specifically noted that in the form shown,
the bag is formed without any scams or stitching of any kind and therefore there will be no leakage of water or urine through the bag side walls. The bag receptacle has an upper edge 12 which may be formed with a small bead. The forward portion 13 of the upper edge 12 is disposed well above the rear portion 14 thereof. It will be noted that the upper edge 12 is smooth and continuous even though the forward portion 13 is disposed well above the rear portion 14 and the upper edge 12 at the side 2,864,369 Patented Dec. 16,, 1.958
portions 15 slopes smoothly downwardly in a continuous curve. The forward and rear portions 13 and 14 are vertically'disposed with respect to ea h other so thatthe forward portion 13 will comfortably fit and sealingly engage the lower abdominal portions or groin of the persons body immediately above the genitals, and that the rear portion 14' will'simultaneously comfortably and sealingly engage and lit the body portions adjacent to and immediately behind the scrotum. The 'side portions 15 of the upper edge will likewise comfortably and sealingly engage and fit the portions of the body immediately adjacent and on opposite sides of the genitals without engaging the persons leg, whereby to prevent chafing.
The bag receptacle 11 is provided with means for venting air into and out of the bag interior and in the form shown, such means include a pair of venting elements 16 and 17 which may be crimped into the rubber material and which are positioned immediately below the forward portion 13 of the upper edge 12. The venting elements 16 and 17 are provided with a. multiplicity of minute air vent'apertures 18. The venting elements 16 and 17 are so positioned as to permit adequate circulation of air as the bag is successively deformed due to movements of the person, so that the humidity will not be uncomfortably high in the area of the genitals and the bag may therefore be worn continuously for long periods of time.
It should also be noted that in the form of the invention shown, means are provided for positively sealing the upper portion of the bag receptacle against the body portions of the person. Such means comprise a plurality of substantially continuous flanges 19 which are formed integrally of the receptacle side wall and which extend inwardly toward the bag interior in a position adjacent to and below the upper edge 12. The flanges 19 provide a multiple seal around the upper periphery of the urine bag for positively preventing escape of liquid over the bag upper edge.
Means are also provided for securing the bag receptacle 11 to the 'body of the person. In the form shown such means include a continuous belt or band 20 constructed of elastic fabric of the type having a multiplicity of rubber strands formed therein. The opposite end portions 21 of the belt 20 are fixed to the upper portion of the bag receptacle below the forward portion 13 of the upper edge 12. The belt 20 should be worn in such a position that the band will extend substantially horizontally around the persons body as best seen in Fig. 2. Normally the band should overlie the buttocks in a position just above the largest portion thereof so as to restrict any tendency of the band to slide downwardly. When the band 20 is worn in this position, there is substantially no positive upward pull on the bag receptacle because of the characteristic shape of the lower abdominal portion of the persons body which is inclined upwardly and outwardly in a forward direction just above the forward portion 13 of the bag upper edge when worn as shown in Fig. 2. vAs a result, the bag receptacle !1'1 will be comfortably maintained in sealed relation against the body portions around the genitals without causing any binding or pulling by the upper edge rear portion 14 or the side portions 15. It will be seen that the band 20 should normally be positioned substantially below the ordinary belt indicated by letter B and shown in dotted lines, which is used to hold a persons trousers.
Means are also provided for restricting the free-movement or sloshing of liquid within the bag receptacle, and in the form shown, such means comprise a quantity of removable and replaceable highly absorbent material 22 which may comprise absorbent cotton or other pads of absorbent material. By virtue of the construction of ice.
the bag receptacle and the elastic band 2 0, the absorbent material 22 may readily and easily be replaced when necessary without necessitating the removal of the urine bag from the body of the person. The forward portion of the bag need only be moved outwardly from the persons body and the liquid-laden material 22 may be removed and fresh, dry material may be inserted.
It should be noted that when the urine bag is worn in the position and manner specified, the bag prevents leakage of any liquid material over the upper edge. Even when a person is sitting down with his legs elevated in a comfortable manner, as on a footstool, the upper edge portions and the flanges 19 maintain the liquid seal against the persons body. When the person again stands up the liquid seal still remains. Normally during a persons movements he does not bend over in a forward direction sufficiently far to cause liquid to run toward the forward edge portion 13 of the bag receptacle and therefore it is extremely unlikely there will be any leakage through the vent apertures 18 of the air vent elements. The person wearing this urine bag 10 may carry on his normal physical activities and be perfectly safe from any wetting due to spillage of liquid out of the bag. When the person undresses the urine bag can be readily and easily removed from his body by merely slipping the bag and belt downwardly and then merely stepping out of the belt. In a similar fashion the urine bag may be applied to his person by merely stepping into the circle of the belt and then pulling the belt and bag into operative position. The bag may be pulled into position in only a matter of seconds.
It will be seen that I have provided a novel urine bag of extremely simple but highly effective construction and operation which positively seals the liquid from spilling or wetting the persons clothing while he carries on his normal pursuits of physical activity and which is comfortable to Wear for long periods of time without necessitating readjustment of the bag.
It will, of course, be understood that various changes may be made in the form, details, arrangement and proportions of the parts without departing from the scope of my invention which consists of the matter shown and described herein and set forth in the appended claim.
What I claim is:
A urine bag for a male person, comprising an opentopped bag receptacle constructed of a continuous sheet of pliable rubber and being formed to converge inwardly and downwardly from the open top whereby the largest transverse area of the bag interior is at the open top, said bag receptacle having a smooth and continuous upper edge with a forward portion and a rear portion, said forward portion being disposed well above the rear portion of the upper edge, said bag receptacle having at least one substantially continuous inwardly projecting scaling flange adjacent the upper edge and extending around the bag, the forward portion of the upper edge and the sealing flange sealingly engaging and fitting the lower abdominal portions of the person immediately above the genitals and the lower rear portion of the upper edge and the sealing flange sealingly engaging and fitting the body portions adjacent to and behind the scrotum, whereby to prevent flow of liquid out of the bag receptacle, the bag having a plurality of minute air vent apertures positioned below the forward portions of the upper edge to be positioned in confronting relation with the lower abdominal body portions above the genitals, and means secured to an integral portion of the bag receptacle adjacent the upper edge forward portion and constructed and arranged for securing the bag receptacle to the persons body.
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