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Publication numberUS3765421 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 16, 1973
Filing dateMar 10, 1972
Priority dateMar 10, 1972
Publication numberUS 3765421 A, US 3765421A, US-A-3765421, US3765421 A, US3765421A
InventorsJ Poprik
Original AssigneeJ Poprik
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Holders for surgical tubes
US 3765421 A
Abstract
A device for securing a small-diameter surgical tube, such as a catheter tube and the like, to the limb of a human, comprising an elongated fabric strap adapted to be wound like a bandage transversely around the human limb. An elastic strip is secured to one end of the strap and carries one part of a snap fastener which is adapted to engage with a selected one of several complementary snap fastener parts. The strip carries a small loop through which the tube extends.
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United States Patent [1 1 Poprik [451 0a. 16, 1973 [54] HOLDERS FOR SURGICAL TUBES 3,509,875 5/1970 Richter 128/78 [76] Inventor: John Poprik, lOOO Hollywood NE,

warren, Ohio 444 3 Primary Examiner-Dalton L. Truluck Filed Mar 10 1972 Attorney-Michael Williams [21] Appl. No.: 233,517 ABSTRACT A device for securing a small-diameter surgical tube, 128/349 Lia 3 52; such as a catheter tube and the like, to the limb of a [58] Fieid 49 R 350 R human, comprising an elongated fabric strap adapted 28/351 224/26 to be. wound like a bandage transversely around the 72 human limb. An elastic strip is secured to one end of the strap and carries one part of a snap fastener which [56] References Cited is adapted to engage with a selected one of several complementary snap fastener parts. The strip carries a UNITED STATES PATENTS small loop through which the tube extends. 3,160.58 l2/l964 Rayhart 128/349 R 3,161,199 12/1964 Shaw 128/348 3 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures HOLDERS FOR SURGICAL TUBES BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY Surgical tubes are widely used to either introduce fluids, into, or drain fluids, from the human system. Such tubes may be used for intravenous feeding or for draining fluids from areas that have required surgery. Catheter tubes for example, are commonly used to drain the human bladder. The matter of holding the tube to a limb has always presented a problem since if the tube is not securely held, considerable discomfort is suffeted.

A prior method of securing such tube consisted of taping the tube to the limb, but this is not highly regarded since the tape frequently came loose, or if it did stick, it irritated the skin.

Various other tube holding constructions have been proposed, but none is as simple, and yet as efficien'nas the holder of my invention which is as easy to install as a common bandage.

Briefly, my invention provides an elongated fabric strap that is adapted to be wound around the limb of a human, with an elastic strip stitched to'one end, the strip having snap-fastener engagement with the strap to provide a bandage-type device of adjustable size. A small loop is connected to the strap to pass the surgical tube and the entire construction is such that nothing but clean, sterilized fabric will be in engagement with the skin of the wearer. The improved holder is made of materials which will withstand washing and sterilization, so that the holder may at all times be maintained in clean, sterile condition.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING In the drawing accompanying this description and forming a part ofthis specification, there are shown, for purpose of illustration, two embodiments which my invention may assume, and in this drawing:

FIG. 1 is a fragmentary perspective view of the leg of a human, showing my improved tube holder in position,

FIG. 2 is an enlarged perspective view of the tube holder, with parts in disconnected relation, 1

FIG. 3 is a sectional view corresponding generally to the line 3-3 of FIG. 2, and

FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 2 but showing a slightly different version of the improved tube holder.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT As shown in FIGS. 1 through 3, my improved surgical tube holder comprises an elongated flexible strap 10, preferably formed of cotton fabric. The strap is formed of two similar lengths which are stitched together at their margins by stitching shown at 11, to provide an inner length 12 and an outer length 14.

An elastic strip 15 has one end stitched to an end of the strap 10, as by stitching 11a. The strip 15 is formed like a garter support, and includes a loop portion 16 having an adjustment slider 17 to vary the length of the loop. A metal connector 18, of closed loop shape, connects the elastic loop with a fabric tab 19 to form the opposite end of the strip 15. One part 20 of a standard snap fastener is connected to the tab 19 and this part is adapted to engage with a selected one of several complementary snap fastener parts 21 carried by the outer length 14 of the strap 10.

Thus, as shown in FIG. 1, the strap 10 may be wound transversely about the limb of a human to a size to closely receive the latter, and the elastic strap 15 stretched so that its snap fastener part will be in position to engage a complementary snap fastener part on the strap 10..In use, the elastic strip 15 overlies the strap 10 and all metal parts are held out of engagement with'the skin of the user by the inner length of fabric 12.

A small loop 21 is provided to receive and pass the surgical tube T and in the present embodiment this loop is formed by a small fabric flap 22 which has one end stitched to the outer fabric length 14 and has one part 23 of a standard snap fastener connected to its free end. A complementary part 24 of the snap fastener is connected to the outer fabric length 14. It will be noted that the flap 22 is connected to the length 14 at a slight angle to the longitudinal axis of the latter, to provide a better grip on the tube T.

DESCRIPTION OF OTHER EMBODIMENT In some instances, a wider bandage is preferred, particularly where there is considerable flexing of the muscles of the limb, in order to more firmly secure the tube holder against slipping along the limb, and the construction of FIG. 4 is designed for this purpose. However, the concept is identical to that shown in FIGS. 1 through 3, except that the flexible strap 10.1 is wider than the strap 10, and two elastic strips 15.1 are provided for cooperation with a double row of snap fastener parts 21.1.

I claim:

1. A device for securing a surgical tube to a body member comprising:

a strap offlexible material to be wound around the member, said strap including inner and outer strip lengths secured together to form a double layered construction,

an elastic strip connected to and extending from one end of said strap and carrying a snap fastener portion thereon,

a plurality of complementary snap fastener portions on said strap in spaced relation along its length inwardly of the other end thereof thereby to accommodate body members of varying sizes,

said plurality of fastener portions being affixed to said outer strip length only of said strap and in overlying relation to said inner strap length, thereby preventing contact thereof with said body member, and, 20

a fabric flap affixed to said strap exteriorly thereof defining a loop providing an opening to receive and support a surgical tube, said flapbeing affixed to said strap at a slight angle to the longitudinal axis thereof, thereby to afford a better grip on said sur gical tube.

2. The device of claim 1 wherein said fabric flap has one end stitched to said outer strap lngth at an angle thereto and having a snap fastener portion at its other end, and said outer strap length has a complementary snap fastener portion therefor in overlying relation to said inner strap length.

3. The device of claim 1 wherein said elastic strip is looped and is provided with an adjustment slider to vary the loop length, with said snap fastener portion portions are engaged.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification604/179, 128/DIG.260
International ClassificationA61M25/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61M2025/0206, A61M25/02, Y10S128/26
European ClassificationA61M25/02