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Jan. 14, 1969 v. D. GRESHAM 3,421,507
MALE URINARY DRAIN Filed Dec. 5, 1965 FIGA F165 INVENTOR.
VIRGINIA D. GRESHAM ATTORNEYS.
United States Patent 3,421,507 MALE URINARY DRAIN Virginia D. Gresham, 84-12 35th Ave., Jackson Heights, N.Y. 11372 Filed Dec. 3, 1965, Ser. No. 511,434 US. Cl. 128-295 Int. 'Cl. A61f 5/44 9 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention relates to urinary drains for bed-ridden patients, and relates more particularly to a new and improved male urinary drain and applicator means therefor which is of utility especially for home bed-ridden male patients.
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 inst-rumentalities 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 this invention, and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention.
It is an object of this invention to provide a male urinary device combining a highly flexible and soft urine receptacle for direct attachment to the male urinary organ, together with new and improved means for effecting the application of the receptacle to the same.
It is among the objects of this invention to provide a new and improved male urinary drain that may -be ap plied to a bed-ridden male by anyone 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 patient 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 physical discomfort; that will be proof against leakage under practically all conditions of normal usage and thus obviate urine irritation and consequent bed sores; 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 drain, an economically feasible practice; and that may be sold by the local drug store for use by home bed-ridden male patients.
Other and further objects of this invention will be apparent from the following description, the accompanying drawings and the appended claims.
In the accompanying drawings which form part of the instant specification and are to be read in conjunction therewith and in which like numbers refer to like parts throughout the several views:
FIG. 1 is a part-sectional view in side elevation of a presently preferred embodiment of urinary receptacle in accordance with this invention;
FIG. 2 is a part-sectional view in side elevation of the receptacle of FIG. 1 in association with the novel applicator means of this invention, the view showing the rela- 3,421,507 Patented Jan. 14, 1969 tionship of the several associated parts in an initial manipulative stage preparatory to actual application of the receptacle to the patient;
FIG. 3 is a part-fragmentary view corresponding generally to that of FIG. 2, but showing the associated parts in a later stage but still preparatory to the application;
FIG. 4 is a view in elevation of the contour ring forming part of the applicator means depicted in FIG. 2;
FIG. 5 is a view in end elevation of the tubular applicator member of the applicator means depicted in FIG. 2; and
FIG. 6 is a view in side elevation of the tubular applicator member depicted in FIG. 5.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, a thin-walled, highly flexible, elongated, eXpansi-ble urine receptacle 1 is provided at one end with a tubular penis sheath 2 and at the other with a urine drain hose 3 which is preferably integral with the receptacle.
Accordion-type folds 4 are provided length-wise of the receptacle preferably throughout the entire circumferential periphery thereof. The folds permit of a degree of circumferential expansion of the receptacle, and thus enable temporary expansion of receptacle volume should there be a temporary interruption of drainage from the receptacle through the drain hose 3.
The receptacle 1 with its sheath 2, and drain hose 3 are, preferably, integral with each other, and may be molded or otherwise suitably fabricated as a unit. The receptacle 1 with its sheath 2, is made of any suitable flexible, leak-proof material, preferably soft natural rubher 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 re'use is desired.
The drain hose 3 may be made of the same material as is used for the receptacle and be of the same weight and thickness. It may be of any suitable length convenient for leading from the bed-ridden patient to a suitable collecting receptacle (not shown) for gravity drainage. Preferably the drain hose 3 is of greater wall thickness than the receptacle 1 so as to ensure against rupture, and possible leakage, in normal use.
The receptacle 1 is of a configuration to provide a relatively large internal cavity 5 for the containment of urine voided by the patient and pending gravity drainage thereof from the cavity through the drain hose 3.
The sheath 2 is of cylindrical configuration in crosssection. It is of a length L (FIG. 1) such that by folding the sheath inwardly axially of itself from its outer (free) end toward its inner (receptacle) end, there is provided a double-walled attachment portion 6 consisting of an inner wall portion 7 and an outer Wall portion 8, as is depicted in FIG. 2. The attachment portion 6 is adapted to be applied over and to closely circumferentially adhere to the penis, with the free end 9 of the attachment portion 6 in abutting or substantially abutting engagement with the patients body. Advantageously, the attachment portion 6 may be approximately one (1) inch in length but may be longer if desired. It will be understood also that the overall length L and diameter of the sheath 2 may be of any suitable dimensions having regard to the patient.
For the purpose of applying the receptacle 1 by the attachment portion 6 to the penis of a bed-ridden patient, there is also provided in accordance with this invention, applicator means consisting of a contour or roll-up ring 10 and a tubular applicator member 11. Both the ring 10 and the member 11 have the same inner diameter which is the same as, or is slightly larger than, the outer diameter of the sheath 2. Thus, both ring and member may each be fitted readily axially over the sheath 2 and, moreover, by reason of the thinness and high degree of flexibility ofthe material of the receptacle and its sheath, both the ring and the applicator member may contain and be passed along the receptacle from end to end thereof and be removed axially from the receptacle along the drain hose 3.
The applicator member 11 is of generally tubular configuration and is made, preferably, of hard polyethylene or other suitable rigid polymeric resin material, although it may be made of hard rubber or of aluminum or other metal so long as the material possesses an adequate degree of stiffness and strength to prevent distortion and breakage of the applicator member in handling and in use.
The applicator member 11 is preferably provided exteriorly and intermediate its ends with an integral circumferential flange portion 12. The flange portion 12 serves to divide this member into a relatively narrow ledge portion 13 at the outer end of the member and a relatively wide ledge portion 14 at the inner end. The latter portion is adapted to provide an adequate circumferential surface area for engagement by the fingers of the attendant in applying the receptacle to the patient, all as will be more fully described hereinafter.
The contour or roll-up ring is fashioned from soft rubber, preferably, or from another suitable soft, resilient, smooth flexible material. If desired an annular coil spring of fine steel wire, may be employed. The ring 10 provides a base or core upon which the outwardlyextending attachment portion 6 of the sheath is adapted to be rolled and, when rolled, be set on the relatively narrow ledge 13 of the applicator member, preparatory to application of the receptacle 1 to the patient. To this end therefore, the attendant first slips the applicator member 11 axially over the free end of and along the attachment portion 6 and, thence along the receptacle per se for a suflicient distance until the attachment portion 6 is fully uncovered by the applicator member, as is depicted in FIG. 2.
The ring 10 is thereafter slipped axially over the free end of the attachment portion. The attendant then proceeds manually to roll up the double-walled attachment portion 6 onto the ring, the ring in so doing being moved from left to right as viewed in FIG. 2. As a final step, the ring 10 with the double-Walled attachment portion spirally wound in a roll 10 thereon, as is depicted in FIG. 3, is radially stretched manually in obvious manner sufliciently to be seated temporarily on the narrow ledge 13 of the applicator member 11 and against the annular flange 12 which serves as a stop.
' Application of the receptacle to the patient may now be manually effected. To this end, the attendant grasps the member 11 by the relatively wide ledge portion 14 and manipulates the applicator member axially over the patients penis until the outer end of the member 11 and hence the roll 10', is disposed approximately one (1) inch from the patients body. At this point, the roll 10' is manually unrolled off the ledge 11 and along the penis toward the patients body. When completely unrolled, the attachment portion will thus have been brought into closefitting, leak-proof engagement over its entire length and throughout its circumferential periphery, with the inner end of the patients penis. The applicator member 11 and the ring 10 may then be freely manually backed off axially individually over and along the receptacle 1 and its drain hose 3, and retained for re-use.
It will be apparent that urine may now be voided by the patient into the receptacle 1 and may flow freely under gravity from the receptacle through the drain hose 3 to a suitable collecting vessel (not shown) as noted above.
It will also 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 home bed-ridden patients because its application in the home 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.
What is claimed is:
1. A male urinary drain comprising, in combination, a urine receptacle made of a liquid impervious, thin soft, flexible material, said receptacle having means extending therefrom for draining the receptacle cavity and also having an elongated, thin-walled tubular, flexible sheath portion extending therefrom, said sheath portion when in its axially extended state terminating in an open outer end, folded axially inwardly on itself to provide a double walled roll-up portion having an open outer end; a rigid tubular applicator member for circumferentially enclosing said sheath portion in axially spaced relation to the open outer end of said roll-up portion; and, a soft, radiallyexpansible contour ring circumferentially enclosing said roll-up portion at its outer end, and thereby providing for spirally winding said roll-up portion from its open outer end onto said applicator member.
2. A male urinary drain in accordance with claim 1 in which said tubular applicator member is provided with a circumferentially-extending flange intermediate its ends, said flange serving as a stop for said roll-up portion when spirally wound on said contour ring.
3. A male urinary drain in accordance with claim 2 in which said tubular applicator member is divided axially by said flange into a relatively narrow ledge portion on which said roll-up portion is adapted to be seated when spirally wound on said contour ring, and into a relatively Wide ledge portion for manipulating said applicator memher.
4. A male urinary drain in accordance with claim 1 in which said sheath portion is made of soft natural rubber.
5. A male urinary drain in accordance with claim 1 in which said drainage means is a flexible rubber hose.
6. A male urinary drain in accordance with claim 5 in which said receptacle, its sheath portion and said flexible rubber hose are integral with each other.
7. A male urinary device in accordance with claim 1 in which said contour ring is a soft rubber ring.
8. A male urinary device in accordance with claim 1 in which said receptacle is provided with accordion folds for expansion of the receptacle cavity in use.
9. A male urinary device in accordance with claim 1 in which said double walled sheath portion is of a length to extend axially outwardly of said applicator member a distance of at least one (1) inch prior to being wound on said contour ring.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,670,736 3/ 1954 Dunkelberger 128-294 2,789,560 4/ 1957 Weimer 128295 2,816,551 12/1957 Raiche 128-295 3,203,420 8/1965 Lockhart 128295 3,339,551 9/ 1967 Stoutenburgh 128295 FOREIGN PATENTS 215,554 10/ 1909 Germany.
CHARLES F. ROSENBAUM, Primary Examiner.