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Publication numberUS3336926 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 22, 1967
Filing dateMar 23, 1965
Priority dateMar 23, 1965
Publication numberUS 3336926 A, US 3336926A, US-A-3336926, US3336926 A, US3336926A
InventorsGresham Virginia D
Original AssigneeGresham Virginia D
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Male urinary drain with applicator
US 3336926 A
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g- 22, 7937 v. D. GRESHAM 3,336,926


United States Patent 3,336,926 MALE URINARY DRAIN WITH APPLICATUR Virginia D. Gresham, 84-12 35th Ave, Jackson Heights, N.Y. 11372 Filed Mar. 23, 1965, Ser. No. 442,tl01 10 Claims. (Cl. 128-295) This invention relates to urinary drains for bed-ridden patients, and relates more particularly to a novel construction for a male urinary drain.

Objects and advantages of the invention will be set forth in part hereinafter and in part will be obvious herefrom, or may be learned by practice with the invention, the same being realized and attained by means of the instrumentalities and combinations pointed out in the appended claims.

The invention consists in the novel parts, constructions, arrangements, combinations and improvements herein shown and described.

The accompanying drawings, referred to herein and constituting a part hereof, illustrate one embodiment of the invention, and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention.

Of the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a view in side elevation of a preferred embodiment of the male urinary drain of this invention;

FIG. 2 is a part sectional view in side elevation of the embodiment of FIG. 1, the view showing also the arrangement of the parts in the initial stage of the application of the device to the patient;

FIG. 3 is a part-sectional view in side elevation of the embodiment of FIG. 1, showing the arrangement of the parts in a later stage of the application;

FIG. 4 is a part-sectional view in side elevation of the embodiment of FIG. 1, showing the arrangement of the parts in the final stage of the application;

FIG. 5 is a view in section taken along the line 5-5 of FIG. 4; and

FIG. 6 is a view in section taken along the line 6- 6 of FIG. 1 and indicating in dash-dot lines an expanded condition of the device of FIG. 1.

It is among the objects of this invention to provide a male urinary drain that may be applied to a bed-ridden male by any one using practical judgment and consideration and without the need for special medical training; that will lessen the number of occasions when catheterizing of a bed-ridden male with all of its attendant pain and discomfort and with its dependency on trained medical personnel, must be practiced; that will subject the wearer to a minimum of discomfort; that will be proof against leakage under practically all conditions of normal usage and thus obviate urine irritation and consequent bed sores; and that will be of simple and inexpensive construction so as to have a low cost of manufacture and so as to make frequent disposal and replacement of the urinal an economically feasible practice.

Other and further objects of this invention will appear from the following description, the accompanying drawings and the appended claims.

Referring now more particularly to the accompanying drawings, a thin'walled, highly flexible elongated, expansible urine receptacle 1 is provided at one end with a tubular penis sheath 2'and at the other with a bulbous retainer 3 to be described more fully hereinafter. A urine drain 4 leads from the retainer 3, and accordion-type folds 5 are provided at opposite sides of the receptacle 1. The folds 5 extend lengthwise of the receptacle and permit of a degree of circumferential expansion of the receptacle, as indicated by dash-dot lines in FIG. 6, and thus enable temporary enlargement of receptacle volume should there be urine from the receptacle.

a temporary interruption of drainage of The receptacle 1, sheath 2, retainer 3, and drain 4 are, preferably, integral with each other and may be molded or otherwise fabricated as a unit.

The receptacle 1, sheath 2 and retainer 3 are made of any suitable flexible material, preferably soft natural rubber or latex because of its elasticity and because it will not harm the skin. Moreover, the use of soft natural rubber also permits of steam sterilization, if reuse is desired.

The drain 4 may be made of the same material as is used for the receptacle and of the same weight and thickness. The drain may be of any suitable length convenient for leading from the bedridden patient to a suitable collecting receptacle (not shown) positioned at a lower level than the bed-ridden patient. Preferably, the drain 4 is of greater wall thickness than the receptacle 1 so as to ensure against rupture, and possible leakage, in normal use.

The urine receptacle 1 as here preferably embodied comprises base-abutting frusto-conical sections increasing in diameter from a minimum at the juncture 6 of the receptacle with the sheath 2 to a maximum at the abutting bases 7 of the frusto-conical sections and thereafter decreasing in diameter to its juncture 8 with the inner end of the bulbous retainer 3. The juncture 8 is preferably in the form of an inwardly exending tongue. Thus,

the receptacle 1 is of a configuration to provide a relatively large internal cavity 9 for the containment of urine voided by the patient and pending gravity drain-age thereof from the cavity through the drain 4.

The cavity 9, by reason of its relatively large volumetric capacity, also enables manipulation therein of a sheath applicator member 10 disposed in the cavity lengthwise thereof.

The applicator member 10 is of generally U-shaped configuration to provide a pair of tong arms 11 and 12 which diverge slightly outwardly from each other and are sprung at one pair of corresponding ends to a bulbous head portion 13. The bulbous head portion is of a diameter to be received within and snugly engaged by the bulbous retainer 3 of the receptacle 1 as will be more fully described hereinafter. The member 10 is constructed of a light-weight metal or plastic offering stiffness coupled with strength to achieve a tong action of the arms without breakage.

The respect tong arms are of arcuate, or substantially arcuate configuration in planes transverse to the longitudinal axis of the member 10 so as to provide opposed generally arcuate inner surface portions 14 and 15 throughout the length of the arms. The member 10 is also necked down circumferentially at the juncture of its arms with the head portion 13 to provide a discontinuous annular groove 16. The groove is of a diameter such that with the bulbous head portion 13 of the member 10 inserted in the bulbous retainer 3 of the receptacle as shown in FIG. 4 the annular tongue 8 of the receptacle will be seated in the groove 16 and serve releasa-bly to fix the member 10 against accidental axial displacement.

An opening 17 is formed in the head portion 13 con centric with the longitudinal axis of the member for the passage of urine from the head portion into the drain 4.

The sheath 2 is preferably of uniform diameter from end to end and may be of various sizes both as to diameter and length to suit the usage intended.

The operation and use of the device is as follows: The receiver-adapter member 10 is manipulated by the operator, whether patient or attendant, from outside of the receptacle 1 into the position within thecavity 9 shown in FIG. 2. With the free ends of the tong arms 14 and 15 located at the inner end of the sheath 1 and with the arms held between the operators thumb and forefinger, the sheath 2 is manipulated from the position shown in FIG. 2 into the interior of the member 10 so as to be wholly within the cavity as is depicted in FIG. 3. In this position the outer-surface of the sheath 2 lines in closely adhering engagement with the arcuate inner surfaces 14 and 15 of the tong arms 11 and 12. The penis is then inserted into the interior of the sheath until the outer end of the receptacle 1 abuts the patients body (not shown). At this point, the member 16 may be given a slight twistrelative to the receptacle 1 to impart to the sheath 2 a correspondingly slight twist on the penis. This slight twist serves to impart a circumferential gathering to the sheath at the juncture 6 with the receptacle and to cause the sheath to conform to and closely engage the penis throughout substantially its entire length, thereby to minimize further the possibility of any leakage of urine between sheath and penis from the cavity 9.

The member 11 is now manipulated to spread apart the tong arms 11 and 12 and thus enable the member 19 to be withdrawn and moved longitudinally of the receptacle. This movement is continued until the bulbous head 13 is completely inserted in and encased by the retainer 3 as is depicted in FIG. 4. Accidental dislodgement of the member 11) from this position is prevented by the gripping action of the annular tongue 8 of the receptacle in the annular groove 16 of the member 10.

It will be apparent from the showing of FIG. 4 that urine voided by the patient into the receptacle 1 may flow freely under gravity through the opening 17 in the member 10 into and through the drain 4. The latter leads to a suitable collecting vessel (not shown) as noted above.

Should urine not be conducted away as rapidly as desired either because of the position of the patient or because of kinking of the drain 4, or for any other reason, the accordion folds 5 of the receptacle 1 will permit of expansion of the receptacle and of accumulation of urine to a more or less limited degree pending clearance of the drainage system.

It will be apparent from the foregoing that there has been provided a greatly improved male urinary drain that encourages natural urination by bed-ridden male patients and which is particularly adaptable for use by them because its application does not require the exercise of any medical skill and because it keeps the bedding dry and thereby prevents urine irritation, bed sores and general discomfort.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:

1. In a male urinary drain adapted for attachment to the penis, the combination comprising: a receptacle of a pliable relatively thin elastic material providing a cavity for receiving urine, said receptacle having spacedapart openings; a hollow applicator member in said cavity having an apertured head portion; a penis sheath portion of a relatively thin elastic material extending outwardly from said receptacle at one of said openings; an applicator retainer for said applicator member extending outwardly from said receptacle at the other of said openings; and,

a drain leading from said retainer, said penis sheath being foldable inwardly on itself through said one opening into said cavity, and said hollow applicator member being positionable in said cavity in axial alignment with said one opening, and said hollow applicator member also being positionable in said cavity in axial alignment with said other opening, for insertion of said apertured head portion through said other opening into the interior of said retainer.

2. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 1, said penis sheath, said applicator member retainer and said drain being integral with said receptacle.

3. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 1, said applicator member comprising a pair of tong arms extending from said apertured head portion in opposing relation to each other, said arms being spaced apart a dis tance equal to at least the diameter of said penis sheath and each having a curved inner surface portion for engaging said penis sheath when folded into said cavity.

4. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 1, said receptacle having accordion folds in at least one of its side walls.

5. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 1, said openings being coaxially aligned at opposite ends of said receptacle.

6. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 3, said receptacle having an annular tongue at its juncture with said retainer, and said applicator member having an annular groove at the juncture of said tong arms with said head portion.

7. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 1, said receptacle comprising a pair of axially aligned conical sections united at their bases, and said receptacle having its minimum diameter at its juncture with said penis sheath and its maximum diameter at said bases.

8. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 1, said penis sheath being of uniform diameter from end to end.

9. In a male urinary drain as claimed in claim 1, said applicator member retainer and said apertured applicator head portion being of bulbous shape and wherein said other opening is of lesser diameter than said apertured applicator head portion.

10. In a male urinary device as claimed in claim 9, said applicator head portion having an end drainage aperture.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,510,249 6/1960 Penksa 128294 3,298,369 1/1967 Pirie l28285 FOREIGN PATENTS 135,458 11/1933 Austria.

RICHARD A. GAUDET, Primary Examiner.

C. F. ROSENBAUM, Examiner.

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U.S. Classification604/349, D24/112
International ClassificationA61F5/453, A61F5/451
Cooperative ClassificationA61F5/453
European ClassificationA61F5/453