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Publication numberUS3727244 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 17, 1973
Filing dateOct 1, 1970
Priority dateOct 1, 1970
Publication numberUS 3727244 A, US 3727244A, US-A-3727244, US3727244 A, US3727244A
InventorsD Collins
Original AssigneeJones Zylon Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dry closet urinal
US 3727244 A
Abstract
A dry closet urinal suitable for male or female use and comprising a unitary, plastomeric, hollow body closed at one end and having a neck extending from the other end. The neck terminates in a mouth of ovular shape and the neck is resilient and capable of being deformed manually so as to facilitate use of the urinal where a rigid obstruction, such as a traction or body cast, interferes with normal use of the urinal. Upon release, the neck tends to return to its normal shape and thus provides a body seal.
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United States Patent 1191 Collins A r. 17 1973 [54] DRY CLOSET URINAL 3,259,920 7/1966 Voller ..4 110 2,582,398 1/1952 Siegenthal ..4/110 [75] Inventor gigs Comm west Lafayette 805,312 11 1905 Meinecke ..4 110 [73] Assignee: Jones-Zylon, Inc., West Lafayette, FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 100,854 1/1899 Germany ..128/295 [22] Filed: Oct. 1, 1970 Primary Examiner-Henry K. Artis [2]] Appl' 77185 Attorney-Team, Teare & Sammon [52] US. Cl ..4/110, 128/295 [57] ABSTRACT 51 I t. C]. ..E03d 13 00 E g of Search 4/1 10 l 1 1 A dry closet urinal suitable for male or female use and I295 comprising a unitary, plastomeric, hollow body closed at one end and having a neck extending from the [56] References Cited other end. The neck terminates in a mouth of ovular shape and the neck is resilient and capable of being UNITED S AT S AT S defonned manually so as to facilitate use of the urinal 2 815 511 12/1957 Friedman et a1 ..128/295 x where a figid obstruction Such as a tractim 3:030:636 4/1962 Evans ..4/110 Cast, interferes with normal use Of the urinaL p 3,422,463 1/1969 Lowry ..4/110 release, the neck tends to return to its normal shape 241,863 5/1881 Hopkins 1 ..4/ 1 10 and thus provides a body seal. 3,473,172 10/1969 Friedman et a1. ..4/110 3,471,869 10/1969 Sega] ..4/1 10 2 Claims, 3 Drawing Figures PATENTEDAPR1 H '3', 727. 244

lNVENTOR.

DELMAS E. COLLINS BY -711Mb, Zea-(41W DRY CLOSET URINAL BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to a dry closet urinal which is suitable for male or female patients. Dry closet urinals heretofore used have mainly comprised relatively rigid articles, the proper use of which has been restricted whenever a patient is rendered immobile as by tractions or body casts.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention embodies a dry closet urinal which is suitable for both male and female use. In the preferred form, it comprises a hollow plastomeric body which is closed at one end and which has a neck projecting from the other end. The neck projects from the body in the same general direction as the body but is off-set from the centerof the body and is provided with a handle which is also made of plastomeric material and is attached adjacent the connection of the neck to the body. g

The neck is ovular in cross-sectional shape throughout its length and terminates in a mouth. Moreover, the neck is resilient adjacent the mouth, so that it may be compressed manually to permit use where a body cast or traction would tend to prevent the use of rigidly constructed urinal. When released the neck expands and creates a body seal.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In the drawings, FIG. 1 is a side elevation of a dry closet urinal embodying the present invention; FIG. 2 is a side elevation of the urinal; and FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the urinal.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated as having a body 10, a neck 11 and a handle 12 which are made of plastomeric material, such as polyethylene. The neck and body are molded as a unitary structure and the handle may also be molded as a unitary structure with the body and neck, or the handle may be molded as a separate structure and then connected to the body in any suitable well known manner.

In the preferred form, the body has a container portion formed by a bottom wall 15, a front wall 16, a back wall 17 and side walls 18 and 19, respectively. The end 20 of the body is joined to the neck which, as shown in FIG. 1, is offset from the mid-portion of the body so as to provide a liquid receptacle whenever the urinal is used in a horizontal position.

The neck of the urinal is resilient adjacent the mouth so that it may be readily, manually compressed as shown by the dot-dash lines 1 1A in FIG. 3, whereby the urinal may be used wherever a rigid structure, such as a leg cast or traction equipment, interferes with normal use of a urinal, and whereby the neck will expand, when released, and form a leg seal. An embossed circle 35 on each side of the neck provides a positive grip during placement of the urinal.

The material of which the body is made is translucent, thus enabling a quick determination to be made of the volume of liquid in the urinal. For such purpose,

suitable gradations and indicia, indicated at 25, are embossed on the front wall of the body as shown in FIG. 1.

The handle 12 is shown as an L-shaped member and as being attached at 30 to the urinal adjacent the point of connection between the body and the neck and adjacent the side 19. Such construction facilitates cleaning of the urinal as well as balance of it while it is being transported.

I claim:

1. A dry closet urinal of the type for use by a person having immovable body parts or rigid obstructions attached to their bodies comprising,

a hollow, elongated body portion which is open at one end and closed at the other end,

said body portion being of a unitary, one-piece construction including an integrally formed neck portion adjacent the open end thereof for engagement with said immovable body parts or said rigid obstruction during use of said urinal by said person,

said body portion having at'least one substantially flat longitudinal side wall for supporting said urinal therein, said neck portion being offset from the flatside wall of said body portion and merging with the opposite side of said body portion,

said neck portion sloping away from the axis of said body portion at an obtuse angle and flaring outwardly from said body portion and terminating in an open mouth,

said neck portion being of a generally ovular C0nfiguration to generally conform. to the body parts of said person,

said neck portion being made of a plastomeric material being generally resilient and deformable so as to enable manual deformation thereof adjacent said mouth to generally any configuration defined by said body parts and/or said rigid obstruction during engagement therewith to facilitate use and so as to be capableof expanding when released to provide a leg seal with the body of said person or said rigid obstruction when in use, and an elongated handle extending alongside said body portion and spaced in relation therewith being attached to said body portion adjacent the end of said neck portion remote from said open mouth and opposite to the flat side to facilitate and enable selective, manual deformation of the configuration of said neck portion adjacent said open mouth to the configuration defined by said body parts and/or said rigid obstruction and enable placement of said open mouth into tight sealing engagement with said body parts and/or said rigid obstruction.

2. A dry closet urinal in accordance with claim 1, including finger grip embossment elements disposed on opposite sides of said neck portion adjacent said open mouth for positive gripping contact with the fingers of said person to enable selective, manual deformation of the configuration of said neck portion adjacent said open mouth to conform the configuration thereof to that defined by said body parts and/or said rigid obstruction to enable placement of said open mouth into tight sealing engagement with said body parts and/or said rigid obstruction.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification4/144.3, 604/347, D24/122
International ClassificationA61G9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61G9/006, A61G2200/12
European ClassificationA61G9/00U