US 3645023 A
An identification combination comprising a band adapted to be fitted about the wrist, leg, neck or the like of a patient or about an object and further including a tether strap attached to or adapted to be attached to an encodable identification device and to the band so that the identification device can be held away from the patient for transfer of information therefrom without removing the identification device from the patient.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent Larson [451 Feb. 29, 1972  PROVIDING IDENTIFICATION  lnventor: Roger V. Larson, Murray, Utah  Assignee: Bio-Logics, lnc., Salt Lake City, Utah  Filed: Sept. 15, 1969  App]. No.: 858,039
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1,874,984 8/1932 Hanskat "40/21 C X Alonso...
3,019,635 2/1962 Kling ..63ll 3,027,665 4/l962 StJohn ....40/2l C 3 ,059,359 10/ l 962 Goldammer .40/21 C Primary Examiner-Robert W. Michell Assistant Exan'tiner-Wenceslao J. Contreras Attorney-Lynn G. Foster  ABSTRACT An identification combination comprising a band adapted to be fitted about the wrist, leg, neck or the like of a patient or about an object and further including a tether strap attached to or adapted to be attached to an encodable identification device and to the bandso that the identification device can be held away from the patient for transfer of information therefrom without removing the identification device from the patient.
1 Claim 6 Drawing Figures Patented Feb. 29, 1972 IN VENLTOR. ROGER v LARSON ATTORNEY PROVIDING IDENTIFICATION BACKGROUND 1. Field of Invention The present invention relates generally to the identification of persons and objects and more particularly to a novel identification combination where an identification device is suspended upon a wrist or like band by use of a tether strap.
2. The Prior Art The prior art of which I am aware primarily relates to the provision of wrist and like bands wherein the informationbearing portion becomes totally separated from the patient when taken off the wrist.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION The present invention provides an identification combination comprising a band to be fastened about a subject to be identified, an information-bearing identification-device and tether structure by which the identification device is joined to the band for holding remote from the band for transfer of information form the band or reading of the band.
It is a primary object of the present invention to provide a novel identification system.
It is another significant object of the present invention to provide a novel identification combination suspending an identification device from a band by tether structure.
These and other objects of the present invention will become more fully apparent from the following description and appended claims, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. I is a perspective representation of one presently preferred identification combination according to the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a perspective representation of the identification combination of FIG. I shown in its fastened position about the wrist of a patient with an identification device suspended from the tether, the wrist being shown in phantom lines;
FIG; 3 is a cross section taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2;
FIG; 4 is I a fragmentary perspective representation of another manner in which the tether strap of FIG. I may be associated with an identification device;
FIG. 5 is a perspective representation of a second presently preferred identification combination according to the present invention; and
FIG. 6 is a perspective representation of an identification combination according to the present invention installed upon the wrist of a person with an identification device suspended from the band upon a tether, the identification device being stored in a pocket carried by the band.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENTS structure including a band 22 and a fastener 24, and identifi cation structure including a tether strap 26.
While the band may be of any suitable type, that which is illustrated and identified as 22 comprises a tube 28 having top and bottom flat surface 30 and 32. The illustrated tube 28is preferably formed of an easily elongated plastic materialsuch 5 as polyvinyl chloride and is reinforced by a strip 34 disposed within the tube and preferably formed of a dimensionally stable plastic such as Mylar.
Near one end, shown at the right, the flattened tube 28 and the reinforcing strip 34 are tightly secured between the flanges 37 of-a rivet 38 so that the tube and strip cannot be removed from the fastener at 24 without destroying the identification combination 20.
The central cylindrical portion 40 of the rivet joins the bottom jaw 50 of a closable clamp also comprising a top jaw 52. The clamp comprising jaws 50 and 52 is conventional as are the flattened tube 28 and the reinforcement 34. The tether strap 26 is preferably also of dimensionally stable plastic such as Mylar'and is secured near one end, as shown at the right in FIG. 1, to the rivet 38.
In use, the identification combination of FIGS. 1-3 is associated with an identification device 60 (FIG. 2). The association is accomplished by looping the free end 62 through a slot 64 near one transverse edge of the identification device 60, looping the band 22 about the object to be identified, as for example-the wrist 66 (FIG. 2), preferablyin a direction opposite to the looping of the tether strap 26. Thereafter, the tether strap 26 near its free end 62 is positioned between the jaws 50 and 52 of the clamp and the band 22 near its free end 68 is positioned between the same jaws. Next, the jaws are closed one upon the other to achieve the state illustrated in FIG. 3. In this state, the band is held tightly in its looped position as is the tether strap and the identification device 60 which contains encoded orencodable sites is suspended from the band structure but can be positioned remotely therefrom for reading and transferring information from the identification device.
Preferably, a tubular pocket 70 illustrated in FIG. 2 as being open at both ends is fitted essentially concentrically about the band 22 prior to the looping of the band. Thus, the pocket 70 will rest at a given location adjacent the subject to be identified and receives the suspended identification device 60 when it is not in use. See especially FIG. 6, which shows the compact relation of the components of the identification combination 20 about the wrist ofa patient when in the nonuse period.
In lieu of looping the free end 62 of the tether strap 26 through the slot 64 in the identification device 60 and attaching the tether strap 26 near the free end 62 at the fastener 24, the tether may be looped through the slot 64 and attached to itself near the free end 62 by means of suitable fasteners such as the rivet 72, illustrated in FIG. 4.
Reference is now made in detail to FIG. 5 which illustrates band structure identical to that previously described in conjunction with FIGS. 1-3, as well as the pocket 70. Hence, no further description need be made at this juncture concerning the band-structure and the pocket.
The identification combination of FIG. 5 differs from the identification combination 20 previously described in that the identification device 60 is suspended by a looped tether strap 26a. Preferably, the looped tether strap 26a is perforated near each end and secured to the body 40 of the rivet 38 prior to the crimping of the rivet to form opposed heads during initial fabrication of the combination 80. Otherwise, the tether strap 26a can be substantially identical to the previously described tether strap 26.
Thus, with thecombination 80 fabricated as illustrated in FIG; 5, installation around the subject .to be identified is simply accomplished by looping the band 22 upon itself through the fastener 24 following which the jaws 50 and 52 of the clamp are closed to insure an inseparable association between the subject to be identified and the identification combination 80. The'combination 80, when fastened upon the subject to be identified, appears andfunctions as the identification combination 20.
The invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof. The present embodiments are, therefore, to be considered in all respects as illustrative'and not restrictive, the scope of the invention being indicated by the appended claims rather than by the foregoing description, and all changes which comewithin the meaning and rangeof equivalency of the claims are therefore to be embraced therein.
What is claimed and desired tobe secured by United States Letters Pat ent is:
1. An identification combination for a health care patient and retain the looped free end when the jaws are closed comprising: whereby the other, end of the band is held in the looped band structure for securing the combination to the health position;
care patient comprising a flexible nonmetallic band of anidentification device;
synthetic resinous material comprising tw f e end nd 5 an elongated flat tether of synthetic resinous material secured to said band at the one end of the band by said portion of the fastener unit and spanning between said band and 'said identification device, the tether being looped through an aperture in the identification device, with both ends of the tether being permanently anchored to said portion of the fastener unit so that the device may be held away from the band while secured thereto; and
a flat receptacle slidably carried by'said band for receiving and storing the identification device.