US 3309008 A
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-March 14, 1967 c. M. HUCK 3,309,008
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March 14, 1967 c. M. HUCK 3,309,008
BEDSIDE AND PORTABLE DRAINAGE COLLECTOR Filed June 25, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR (31mm in ch LLL United States Patent ()filice 3,309,008 Patented Mar. 14, 1967 3,309,008 BEDSIDE AND PORTABLE DRAINAGE COLLECTOR Charles M. Huck, 109 Chestnut St., Bound Brook, NJ. 08805 Filed June 23, 1964, Ser. No. 377,218 3 Claims. (Cl. 229-62) This invention relates to a bedside and portabl drainage collector for human body fluids such, for instance, as result from catheterization, and has for an object the provision of such a collector that is adaptable to operative positioning by support from the bed frame or an adjacent floor stand, or for carrying by the user if the latter is ambulatory.
Another object is to provide such a drainage collector the bag portion of which is composed of exceptionally thin transparent flexible material, which is formed with a mouth at one side of its top, and is securely adhesively attached, front and back, to a relatively stiff folded header, composed of cardboard or the like, which latter includes a bendable tab that normally cooperates with a fixed mating portion of the header for embracing the mouth and may be manually pulled to open the mouth for the insertion of a drainage tube; the header also embodying a cut out opening which serves the double purpos of receiving supporting lugs or the like connected to a bed frame or a floor stand, as well as constituting a hand hold for manipulating or carrying the collector when removed from the bed or stand.
Another object is to provide such a drainage collector which may be disposed in flat condition with a plurality of like articles for storage or shipment, while the fact that the header affords widely distributed support to the collector bag portion permits the latter to be composed of very thin flexible material as above mentioned.
Another object is to provide such a drainage collector that efliciently fulfills all the above named objects as well as others which are inherent in its features.
A practical embodiment of the invention is represented in the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 represents a plan view of the drainage collector bag portion laid fla-t;
FIG. 2 represents a plan view of the cardboard header unfolded;
FIG. 3 represents a detail end view, partly in section, of the folded header and upper portion of the drainage collector bag in position to be adhesively united by closing pressure on the header;
FIG. 4 represents a perspective, broken detail view of the header fastened to the collector bag; and
FIG. 5 represents the united parts supported in an operative position with respect to a drainage tube.
In brief summary, the invention contemplates a drainage collector with its bag portion composed of a suitable thin, transparent flexible plastic such, for instance, as polyethylene, having front and back members adhesively sealed together in a well understood manner preferably along all sides (if made of flat stock) or along two or three sides (if made of tubular or folded stock) leaving, however, an unsealed opening near or at one side of the top. The upper portion of the bag, excepting the opening, is tightly clasped between a folded header composed of some comparatively stiff material, such as cardboard, that is firmly secured in position by the use of any well known and suitable adhesive which responds to pressure, alone or with heat. If desired the whole top of the bag may be left unsealed as it will be clasped together by the header. The header is formed with two, front and back, laterally projecting tabs at the opening, the back tab being fixed and the front one folda'ble or bendable forwardly with the result that the opening may remain closed when the two tabs are in parallelism but be opened by the mere pulling or bending of the front one forwardly due to the fact that the tabs are adhered respectively to the front and back of the collector bag. As previously noted, the header is fashioned with a cut-out serving to hang the collector or as a hand hold, while the front surface of the collector bag may be calibrated in any desired manner so that the quantity of liquid therein may readily be observed.
Turning now to the drawings, the bag portion of the collector is denoted generally by the numeral 1 and its mouth 2. The front surface of the bag is shown to be calibrated by markings imprinted thereon as indicated generally by 3. The unfolded header comprises a front portion 4, with its bendable tab 5, and a rear portion 6 with its fixed tab 7, one or both of which portions may be coated on one side with an appropriate pressure susceptible adhesive, as represented at 8 and 9. The tab 7 preferably terminates a short distance (e.g., one inch) from the edge of the bag while the tab 5 extends to or beyond the edge of the bag, and the adhesive covers the whole of the surface of the tab 7 but only that portion of the tab 5 which is co-extensive with the tab 7, so that a slight pulling of the tab 7 forwardly will serve to open the mouth 2. It is practical to make the fixed tab 7 the same length as the tab 5 but, to accomplish the opening of the mouth 2 by pulling forwardly the tab 5, it is necessary that the adhesive on the two tabs be co-extensive so that the extremity of the tab 5 is left free for movement independently of the tab 7.
When assembling these members, the header is folded, as shown in FIG. 3 to embrace the upper portion of the collector bag, with the adhesive coated sides facing each other and in position to contact the front and back of the bag when pressed there-against into the final position illustrated in FIGS. 4 and 5, with the front portion 4 and part of its bendable tab 5 adhering to the front of the collector bag, while the rear portion 6 of the header and the whole of its fixed tab 7 adhere to the back of the collector bag unless it is made of the same length as the tab 5.
In this condition, the complete article may be hung by its cut-out 10 on any available means such, for instance, as the bed frame carried lugs 11, 11, of FIG. 5, and its mouth 2 be readied for the reception of a drainage tube 12 by bending slightly forwardly the tab 5, as also shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, or on occasion the drainage collector may be carried along by the use of the cut-out 10 as a hand hold.
If desired, the front of the header may be marked for the entry of the name and room number of a patient as shown in FIG. 2.
The provision of the bendabl tab 5 and its actually or functionally shorter operatively mating fixed tab 7 is regarded as an outstanding feature of this invention due to the extraordinary economy in production, and simplicity in use, there being no fastening devices involved but merely the manual bending of the tab 5 forwardly or rearwardly for opening and closing the mouth 2. This also causes the article to lend itself to compact packaging in quantity within a sterile container for shipment. Furthermore, the cut-out 10, serving as a hand hold, makes the bag conveniently portable (as for emptying the contents) when it is not supported on a floor stand or bed rail supporting means.
It is to be understood that various changes may be made in the form, construction, material and arrangement of the several parts without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention; and, hence, I do not intend to be limited to details herein shown or described except as the same are included in the claims or may be required by disclosures of the prior art.
What I claim is:
1. A drainage collector for human body fluids comprising, a bag portion composed of a double thickness of thin flexible transparent material completely closed ,at all edges, except at one part of its top to constitute a mouth for the entry of a drainage tube, together with a header composed of a folded relatively stiff material that is adhered to the top of the front and back of the bag portion,
said header having two laterally projecting tabs, one being bendable and adhered in part to the front of the mouth for opening the ,same and the other being fixed, shorter than the bendable one, and adhered to the backof the mouth for cooperating with the front tab in the opening motion.
2. A drainage collector as defined in claim 1, in which the bag is rectangular.
,3. A drainage collector as defined in claim 2, in which 4 the header is formed with a cut-0ut that serves the double purpose of a hanger and a hand hold.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,961,382 6/1934 Nunes 1- 229-6S 2,003,697 6/1935 Poppe 229-44 2,188,039 1/1940 Farmer 229-66 2,219,198 10/1940 Reineman 229-62 2,446,308 8/1948 Smith 229--63 2,722,367 11/1955 Verlin 229 -54 3,186,409 6/1965 Bartz 229-62 FOREIGN PATENTS 469,478 3/1952 Italy.
JOSEPH R. LECLAIR, Primary Examiner.