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Publication numberUS2908273 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 13, 1959
Filing dateNov 7, 1956
Priority dateNov 7, 1956
Publication numberUS 2908273 A, US 2908273A, US-A-2908273, US2908273 A, US2908273A
InventorsJohn T Huston
Original AssigneeJohn T Huston
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Power vaginal irrigator
US 2908273 A
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Oct. 13, 1959 J. T. HUSTON POWER VAGINAL IRRIGATOR Filed Nov. 7, 1956 FIE-.2

INVENTOR.

POWER VAGINAL IRRIGATOR 7 John T. Huston, Napoleon, Ohio Application November 7, 1956, Serial No. 620,966

' 11 Claims. c1. 12s-2s1 .This invention relates to fluid mechanisms and more particularly to a vaginal irrigator having a power driven pump, a mixing mechanism and a controlled heating element.

Thepresent vaginal irrigating mechanisms are provided with a hand operated pump arrangement for forcing the irrigating fluid into the vagina. The pump that forces the irrigating fluid into the vagina is used to Withdraw the fluid from the vagina or else the fluid is allowedto spill or flow out of the vagina by gravity. My improved vaginal irrigator forces the fluid into the vagina means of a power operated pump and discharges the fluid into a disposal'reseivoir. In this way a'continuous flow is provided during the entire irrigating process. The, present type of vaginal irrigators does'not provide mixing and automatic temperature control mechanisms.

My npyvel'vaginal irrigator provides a mixing device that 7 thoroughlygmixesthe irrigating fluid and also provides ameans for heating and automatically controlling the temperature of the irrigating fluid. Furthermore the present type of vaginal irrigators are adapted'to be used whilethe patient is in a sitting or standing position. My new vaginal irrigator can, be used while the patient is in; a sitting, standing or prone position. Medicalauthorities tod y claim that a prone position is the proper position during vaginal'irrigation.

Sttes atent Figure 1 is a diagrammatic representation of one form of my novel power vaginal irrigator.

Figure 2 is a front elevation of one form of my novel power vaginal irn'gator located in a suitable cabinet.

Figure 3 is a diagrammatical representation of an other embodiment of my novel power vaginal irrigator.

Referring more particularly to the drawings the supply reservoir 3 is adapted to hold a supply of suitable irrigating solution. A heating element 4 is located under liquid level in the supply reservoir 3. A thermostatically controlled switch unit 5 is also located in the supply reservoir 3 under liquid level. The thermostatically controlled switch unit 5 is connected in series with the electrical heating unit 4 and is adapted to maintain the irrigating solution at the desired temperature if the solution is not used as soon as it reaches the desired temperature. A motor 6 operates the supply pump 7 and also the mixing vanes 53 which are secured to the drive shaft 9. A fluid supply passageway 10 extends from the proximity of the bottom of the supply reservoir 3 to the supply pump 7. A fluid pressure supply passageway 11 extends from the outlet side of the supply pump 7 to the syringe nozzle 12 and terminates in the syringe nozzle outlet openings 13. A pressure control valve 14 is located in the pressure fluid supply passageway 11 and is adapted to control the pressure of the irrigating solution to the pump 13 which is operated by the motor 19.

Oneofn-the'objects of my novel vaginal im'gator is to V a provide a vaginal irrigator that is power operated.

-Another'object of my novel invention is to provide a vaginal irrigator that provides a continuous flow of irrigating fluid through the vagina during the entire irrig tina period.

AnQther object of my invention is. to provide a means for. discharging the irrigating fluid from the vagina and also dispose the fluid without'soiling the surroundings. ;..-Ano,t herobject is to. provide a vaginal irrigator' that automatically mixes the irrigating fluidbefore it enters the vagina. I

Another object'of' my novel invention is to provide a vaginal irrigator that heats-and automatically controls the temperature of the irrigating solution. I v Another object of my invention is to provide a vaginal irrigator. that can be used while the person is. in a prone position.-.; 7

Another object of my invention is to. provide a vaginal irrigator in which the solution can be prepared'beforehandiand storedso that when-it is desired to use the irrigating solution the power is turned on and the irrigating-solutionis ready for use as soon asthe solution and the annexeddrawings wherein:

the spr n e syringe nozzle 12. A shut off valve 15 is also located in the pressure fluid supply pressure passageway 11. A fluid discharge passageway 17 extends from the discharge openings 16 in the syringe nozzle 12 to the disposal A shut off valve 2! is located in the fluid discharge passageway 17. A disposal fluid passageway 21 extends from the disposal pump 18 to the disposal reservoir 22. A manually operated switch 23 is located in the power line leading to the motor 6. The heating unit 4 is also turned off and on by the manually operated switch 23. The motor 19 may be controlled by the switch 23 or an independent switch may be provided.

The supply reservoir 3 is kept charged with sufficient irrigating solution for one irrigating process so that when it is desired to use the irrigating solution it is merely necessary to turn on the switch 23.

When it is desired to use my novel power vaginal irrigator the switch 23 is turned on. The heating unit 4 will then heat the irrigating solution. At the same time the agitator vanes 8 mix the solution so that the entire solution in the supply reservoir 3 is at a uniform temperature and consistency. The thermostatically controlled switch turns oif the heating element 4 as soon as the irrigating solution reaches the proper predetermined temperature. The irrigating solution is then ready for use. 'If the patient is not ready to use the irrigating solution when it reaches the predetermined temperature the thermostatically controlled switch retains the temperature of the irrigating solution at the predetermined temperature'until the patient uses the irrigating solution.

During the heating and mixing period the shut off valve 15 is closed so that the irrigating fluid can not flow to thesyringe nozzle 12. When or after the irrigating solution reaches the proper temperature the syringe nozzle 12' is inserted in the vagina preferably While the patient is in aprons position. The shut off valves 26 and 15 are opened and the motor 19 is turned on to operate the pump 13. The supply pump 7 then draws irrigating solution from the supply reservoir 3 through the fluid vagina through the dischargeppenings 16 of; the. Syringe supply passageway 10, and forces it through the fluid. pressure supply passageway 11 and through the syringe. outlet poses..- The disposal pump 18 draws the fluid from. the

nozzle 12 through the fluid discharge passageway 17 and openings 13 into the'vagina for irrigationzput-Q discharges the fluid into the disposal reservoir 22 through disposal fluid passageway 21. The supply reservoir contains suflicient irrigating solution for one operation. When all of the irrigating solution isdrawn from the supply reservoir 3 the motor'6 is turned off. As soon as the disposal pump has drained all of the fluid from the vagina the motor 19 is turned off. The nozzle 12 may then be removed from the vagina without soiling or wetting the surroundings.

' The pump 7 may be allowed to operate for a short time after all of the solution is drawn from the supply reservoir 3. The supply pump 7 will then pump air through the system and thereby remove any traces of irrigating fluid that may remain in the vagina.

' Figure 2 shows my novel power vaginal irrigator installed in a suitable cabinet 24. With this arrangement my novel power irrigator may be kept in a bed room and have the appearance of a nice piece of furniture. A supply reservoir 25 provided by the fluid container 27 is located in the compartment 26. A powered pump unit 28 is supported on the fluid container 27 by means of the brackets 29. The power pump unit 28 comprises a motor or power unit 3%, a disposal pump 31 and a supply pump 32. An agitator 33 is operated by the power unit 30. A heating unit 34 is located in the reservoir 25 and is controlled by the thermostatic switch 35. A fluid supply passageway 48 extends from the proximity of the bottom of the reservoir 25 to the inlet side of the supply pump 32. A fluid pressure passageway 36 extends from the outlet side of the supply pump 32 to the syringe nozzle 37 and terminates in the nozzle outlets 38. A fluid discharge passageway 39 extends from the discharge openings 43 of the syringe nozzle 37 to the inlet side of the disposal pump 31. A fluid disposal passageway 40 extends from the outlet side of the disposal pump 31 to the disposal reservoir located in the compartment 42. A pressure control valve 44 is located in the fluid pressure passageway 36 to avoid excessive pressures at the nozzle outlets 38. A shut off valve 45 is located in the fluid pressure passageway 36 and is used to prevent or permit the flow of irrigating fluid in the fluid pressure passageway 36. The shut oflf valve 46 is used to open and close the fluid discharge passageway 39.

The reservoir 25 is kept filled with a suitable irrigating solution so that it is ready for use when desired. When it is desired to use the power vaginal irrigator the manually operated switch 47 is closed thereby energizing the heating unit 34 and the motor 30. The agitator 33 is operated by the motor thereby mixing the irrigating solution in the supply reservoir 25 so that a uniform temperature is maintained throughout the reservoir 25 and at the same time providing a homogenous solution. When the proper predetermined temperature is reached the heating element 34 is automatically turned ofi by thermostatic switch 35. The irrigating solution is then properly heated and mixed and is ready for use. The supply pump 32 is of a type that produces a small pressure head while the fluid pressure passageway 36 is closed by the shut off valve 45.

The syringe nozzle 37 is then inserted in the vagina preferably while the patient is in a prone position. The shut off valves 45 and 46 are opened. The irrigating solution is then drawn from the supply reservoir 25 through the fluid supply passageway 48 and is forced through the fluid pressure passageway 36, out of the syringe nozzle outlets 38 into the vagina. The fluid circulates through the vagina producing a cleansing and washing action. The fluid is drawn out of the vagina through the nozzle discharge openings 43, through the fluid discharge passageway 39 by the disposal pump 31. The disposal pump 31 forces the fluid through the fluid disposal passageway 40 into the disposal reservoir 41. The supply pump 32 continues to force irrigating solution through the described path until the supply of irrigating solution in the supply reservoir is exhausted, thereby 4 thoroughly irrigating the vagina. During this time the disposal pump 31 is drawing fluid from the vagina. The switch 47 may be opened as soon as the supply of irrigating solution in the supply reservoir is exhausted and thereby stop the process or the pumps may be allowed to operate a short time after the solution in the supply reservoir 25 is exhausted thereby pumping air through the system and thoroughly drain the vagina to avoid wetting or soiling of the surroundings when the syringe nozzle is removed from the vagina. When the syringe nozzle 37 is removed from the vagina it may be placed in the compartment 49 for storage. The fluid in the disposal reservoir 41 may be disposed of at any convenient time after the irrigating operation. The supply reservoir 25 is preferably charged or filled with a new supply of irrigating solution at the earliest convenience so that the unit will be ready for service when desired.

The fluid passageways 36 and 39 consist of rubber or other suitable flexible tubing and are of suflicient length to reach from the power irrigating unit to the patient. The power unit 28 is supported on the supply reservoir container 27 by means of the brackets 29 and may be lifted therefrom for cleaning or refilling the fluid container 27. The cabinet 24 may be provided with doors (not shown) thereby making the unit appear as a neat piece of furniture.

It will be noted that if the supply reservoir is kept filled with irrigating solution the device is ready for use at any time. The only waiting period necessary is the time required to heat the irrigating solution. The unit may be turned on in advance and thereby eliminate any waiting period.

Figure 3 discloses a modification of my device. In this arrangement a heating element 50 is controlled by the thermostatic switch 51. The heating element 50 and the thermostatic switch are located below liquid level in the supply reservoir 52. A supply pump is operated by the motor 54. A fluid supply passageway 63 extends from the proximity of the bottom of the supply reservoir 52 to the inlet side of the pump 53. A pressure fluid passageway 55 extends from the outlet side of the supply pump 53 to the syringe nozzle 56. A three way valve is located in the pressure fluid passageway 55. A return fluid passageway 58 extends from the three way valve 57 to the supply reservoir 52. The pressure fluid passageway 55 terminates in the nozzle outlet openings 59 of the syringe nozzle 56. The discharge openings in the syringe nozzle 56 are connected to the disposal fluid passageway 61 which extends to the disposal reservoir 62. In the arrangement shown in Figure 3 the heating unit 50 and the supply motor 54 may be operated by the same switch (not shown). The fluid supply reservoir is preferably kept filled with irrigating solution. When it is desired to use the power vaginal irrigator the heating element 50 and the motor 54 are turned on. The three way valve 57 should be so adjusted that the supply pump 53 forces the fluid to return to the supply reservoir through the return fluid passageway 58. While the heating unit 50 is heating the irrigating solution in the supply reservoir 52 the pump '53 is drawing fluid from the supply reservoir 52 through the fluid supply passageway 63 and forcing the fluid through the pressure fluid passageway 55 to the three way valve 57 and then through the fluid return passageway 58 and back into the supply reservoir 52. This circulation of fluid agitates the irrigating solution in the supply reservoir 52 so that the entire supply of irrigating solution has a uniform temperature and consistency. When the irrigating solution in the supply reservoir reaches a predetermined temperature the thermostatic switch 51 turns oh? the heating element and the solution is ready for use. The syringe nozzle 56 is inserted in the vagina preferably'while the patient is in a prone position. The three way valve is then adjustedso that the irrigating solution flows through the pressure fluid passageway 55 and out of the nozzle outlet openings 59 and into the vagina. The fluid eirculates in the vagina and then leaves the. vagina through the discharge openings60 and flows through the disposal passageway 61 to the disposal reservoir 62. The, disposal reservoir 62 is placed below the level'of thev syringe nozzle 56 thereby causing the fluid to flow by g 'ravity ffdm the vagina to the disposal reservoir 62 The force of gravity is augmented by the slight pressure created in the vagina by the supply pump 53 to discharge the irrigating solution from the vagina. When the irrigatifig'solution in the supply reservoir 52 is exhausted the unit maybe shut 'ofl or it may be allowed to operate foi' .a short period to pump air through the system to completely drain the vagina.

The] circulating of the irrigating fluid in this arrange mentbefore i the irrigation process begins serves a twofold pii? use as it provides suflicient agitation so that the entire ir gating solution in the supply reservoir has the same temperature and consistency and at the same time the pump and a large portion of the fluid passageways are heated in the same temperature as the irrigating solution. Consequently when the irrigation process is started a properly heated mixture will immediately be provided.

From the above description it is apparent that my novel power irrigating device has many advantages over the present vaginal irrigators. My novel power vaginal irrigator is provided with a fluid supply reservoir which can be kept filled 'soth'at' the device is always ready for use. 'My rrovelpower' vaginal irrigator automatically heats and mixes the irrigating solution. My novel device is also adapted to be used while the patient is in a prone position. My novel device also prevents the irrigating solution from being overheated and at the same time it keeps the solution at the proper temperature if it is not used as soon as the proper temperature is reached.

While I have described several embodiments of my invention it is apparent that many modifications: in construction, combination and arrangements of the various parts can be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of my invention.

Having thus described my invention what I claim is:

1. A power vaginal irrigating device of the type described comprising a supply reservoir open to atmosphere and adapted to contain irrigating solution, a vaginal syringe nozzle, a fluid passageway exteding from said reservoir to said syringe nozzle, a power operated pump located in said fluid passageway adapted to transmit said irrigating solution from said supply reservoir to outlet openings in said syringe nozzle, a disposal reservoir and a disposal fluid passageway extending from said syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoir adapted to transmit fluid from discharge openings in said syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoir.

2. A power vaginal irrigating device of the type described comprising a supply reservoir open to atmosphere adapted to contain irrigating solution, a thermostatically controlled heating unit located in said reservoir, a vaginal syringe nozzle, a fluid passageway extending from said supply reservoir to said outlet openings in said syringe nozzle, a power operated pump located in said fluid passageway adapted to transmit said irrigating solution from said supply reservoir to outlet openings in said syringe nozzle, a disposal reservior and a disposal fluid extending from discharge openings in said syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoir adapted to transmit fluid from said discharge openings in said syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoir.

3. A power vaginal irrigating device of the type described comprising a supply reservoir open to atmosphere adapted to contain a supply of irrigating solution, a thermostatically controlled heating unit located in said supply reservoir, a vaginal syringe nozzle, a power operated pump, a suction fluid passageway extending from said supply reservoir to said pump, a pressure fluid passageway extending from said pump to outlet openings in said syringe nozzle, 9. shut olf valve located in said pressure fluid passageway, a disposal reservoir and' a disposal fluid passageway extending from discharge open ings in said syringe nozzle to said discharge reservoir.

4. In a power vaginal irrigating device of the type described comprising a supply reservoir adapted to store sufli'cient irrigating solution for one irrigating operation, a thermostatically controlled heating unit located below liquid level in said supply reservoir, a means adapted to agitate saidirrigating solution operated by a power driven pump, a fluid supply passageway extending from said supply reservoir to said pump, a vaginal syringe nozzle, a fluid pressure passageway extending from said pump to outlet openings in said vaginal syringe nozzle, a disposal reservoir anda disposal fluid passageway extending from discharge openings in said syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoir,

5. A power irrigating device of the type described comprisinga supply reservoir open to atmosphere adapted to retain irrigating solution, a thermostatically controlled heating unit adapted to heat said irrigating solution, a means dapted to agitate said irrigating solution, a power operated pump, a fluid supply passageway extending from said supply reservoir to said pump, a vaginal syringe nozzle, a' fluid passageway adapted to trans mit irrigating solution from said pump to outlet openings in said vaginal syringe nozzle, a shut off valve adapted to control the flow of said irrigating solution to said nozzle, a disposal reservoir and a fluid passageway extending from discharge openings in said nozzle to said disposal reservoir.

6. A power vaginal irrigating device of the type described comprising a supply reservoir open to atmosphere and adapted to store irrigating solution, a vaginal syringe nozzle provided with outlet and disposal openings, a fluid supply passageway extending from said supply reservoir to outlet openings in said vaginal syringe nozzle, a power operated pump located in said fluid supply passageway, a disposal reservoir and a disposal fluid passageway extending from said vaginal syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoir.

7. A power operated vaginal irrigating device of the type described comprising a supply reservoir open to atmosphere and adapted to store irrigating solution, a vaginal syringe nozzle, a fluid supply passageway extending from said supply reservoir to said vaginal syringe nozzle, a power operated pump located in said fluid supply passageway and adapted to pump fluid therethrough, a shut off valve located in said fluid supply passageway, a pressure control valve located in said fluid supply passageway between said pump and said nozzle, a disposal reservoir and a fluid disposal passageway extending from. said nozzle to said disposal reservoir.

8. A power operated irrigating device of the type described comprising an irrigating solution reservoir adapted to store solution, a thermostatically controlled heating unit in said reservoir adapted to heat said solution, a fluid supply passageway extending from said reservoir to a power operated pump, a pressure fluid supply passageway extending from the discharge side of said pump to a vaginal nozzle, a three way valve located in said pressure fluid supply passageway, a return fluid passageway extending from said three way valve to said supply reservoir and a disposal fluid passageway extending from said vaginal nozzle to a disposal reservoir.

9. A power operated irrigating device of the type described comprising a supply reservoir adapted to store irrigating solution, a thermostatically controlled heating unit located in said supply reservoir adapted to heat said irrigating solution to a predetermined temperature and also adapted to retain the temperature of said irrigating solution at the predetermined level for any desired period, a fluid supply passageway extending from said supply reservoir to a vaginal syringe nozzle, a power operated pump located in said fluid supply passageway adapted to pump said irrigating solution therethrough, a three way valve located in said fluid supply passageway between said "power operated pump'and said vaginal syringe n'ozzlefafluid return passageway extending from said threeway valve to said supply reservoir, said three way valve adapted to prevent the flow of-irrigating solution from said pump, to direct the flow of said irrigating solution to said vaginal syringe nozzle orvto direct the flow of said irrigating solution through said fluid return passageway back to said supply reservoir'andthereby agitate said irrigating solution in said supply reservoir, and a disposal fluid passageway adapted to' transmit fluid from said vaginal syringe nozzle to a disposal ICSETVOII'.

I 10. A power operated irrigating device of the type described comprising an opensupply reservoir adapted to store prepared irrigating solution, a thermostatically controlled heating unit located in said supply reservoir adapted to heat said irrigating solution to a predetermined temperature and retain said predetermined temperature for a desired period, a fluidsupply passageway extending from said supply reservoir to a vaginal syringe nozzle, a power operated pump located in said fluid supply passageway adapted to pump said irrigating solution therethrough, a means adapted to agitate said irrigating solution during the heating period, a valve located in said fluid supply passageway adapted to permit or prevent the flow of said irrigating solution to said yaginal syringe nozzle, a disposal reservoir and a disposalfluid passageway adapted to transmit fluid from .said vaginal syringe nozzle to said disposal 'reservoir.. v

v11. A power operated irrigating device'of the type described comprising a supply reservoir, adapted to store prepared irrigating solution, a thermostatically controlled heating unit located in said supply reservoir adapted to heat said irrigating solution to a predetermined temperature and retain said predetermined temperature for any desired period, a fluid supply passageway extending from said supply reservoir to a syringe nozzle, at power operated pump in said fluid supply passageway adapted to pump fluid therethrough, an agitating means adapted to agitate said irrigating solution in said supply'reservoir during predetermined periods, a valve in said fluid supply passageway adapted to permit or prevent the flow of said irrigating solution to said syringe nozzle, a disposal reservoir, a disposal fluid passageway adapted to transmitifluid from said syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoirand' a means adapted to cause said fluid to flow from said syringe nozzle to said disposal reservoir.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification604/35, 604/114, 604/902, 604/151
International ClassificationA61M3/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61M3/0258, A61M2205/3653, Y10S604/902
European ClassificationA61M3/02D8B