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Publication numberUS3878849 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 22, 1975
Filing dateDec 17, 1973
Priority dateDec 17, 1973
Publication numberUS 3878849 A, US 3878849A, US-A-3878849, US3878849 A, US3878849A
InventorsClara L Muller, William F Muller
Original AssigneeClara L Muller, William F Muller
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Surgical tube supporter
US 3878849 A
Abstract
A therapeutic appliance is provided for holding a tube, or the like, along a patient's body. An elastic strap has adjustable fasteners at either end and a high friction layer along one face for frictionally engaging the patient's skin so that the elastic strap may be relatively loosely secured about the body with no appreciable constriction thereof. A tube receiving retainer is secured to the strap for releasably holding a catheter drainage tube, or the like. The retainer is a short length of strap similar to the body embracing strap and has one end sewed to the main strap with adjustable fasteners at either end so that the high friction layer may frictionally hold the tube while the elastic exerts little force against the tube.
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United States Patent Muller et al.

[451 Apr. 22, 1975 SURGICAL TUBE SUPPORTER [76] Inventors: Clara L. Muller; William F. Muller, both of Lot 1003, 14099 S. Belcher Rd., Largo, Fla. 33540 [22] Filed: Dec. 17, 1973 [21] Appl. No.: 425,137

[52] US. Cl l28/349 R; 128/D1G. 26; 128/133 [51] Int. Cl A6lm 25/02 [58] Field of Search..... 128/D1G. 26, 133, 169-171, 128/327, 349 R, 348, 350 R, 351

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,669,231 2/1954 Fisher 128/133 3,086,529 4/1963 Munz et al 128/327 3,726,279 4/1973 Barefoot et a1. 128/327 3,726,280 4/1973 Lacount 128/349 R 3,765,421 10/1973 Poprik 128/349 R Primary Examiner-Dalton L. Trulock Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Robert F. Ruemeli 57] ABSTRACT A therapeutic appliance is provided for holding a tube, or the like, along a patients body. An elastic strap has adjustable fasteners at either end and a high friction layer along one face for frictionally engaging the patients skin so that the elastic strap may be relatively loosely secured about the body with no appreciable constriction thereof. A tube receiving retainer is secured to the strap for releasably holding a catheter drainage tube, or the like. The retainer is a short length of strap similar to the body embracing strap and has one end sewed to the main strap with adjustable fasteners at either end so that the high friction layer may frictionally hold the tube while the elastic exerts little force against the tube.

10 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures SURGICAL TUBE SUPPORTER This invention relates to a therapeutic appliance and, more particularly, to an appliance for securing a tube, or the like, along a patients body.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION It is often necessary to support or retain catheter drainage tubes, I.V. tubes, or the like, along the patients body. This can be done by simply holding the tube in place with adhesive tape, or with gauze wrapped around the tube and the patients leg or arm, or by various commercial appliances. One such appliance, a CATHETER SUPPORT, is shown in a patent, U.S. Pat. No. 3,726,280, in which an elastic band is secured about the patients thigh and has an end portion for clamping a portion of the catheter tube itself to the thigh. A major difficulty with this type of appliance is the likelyhood of constricting the thigh. Also, with the tube connection at the attaching end, the catheter tube is likely to be disturbed when adjusting the strap. Also, movement of the legs may interfere with the strap connectors.

Other patents of a somewhat related nature include U.S. Pat. No. 3,730,187, U.S. Pat. No. 3,019,791, U.S. Pat. No. 2,669,231, and U.S. Pat. No. 2,133,130. Other patents known to applicant include U.S. Pat. No. 3,752,158, U.S. Pat. No. 3,273,563, U.S. Pat. No. 3,146,778, U.S. Pat. No. 3,086,529, and U.S. Pat. No. 3,049,123.

It is a primary object of this invention to provide a new and useful therapeutic appliance. Another object is provision of a new and useful therapeutic appliance for securing a tube, or the like, along a patients body.

More specifically, it is an object of this invention to provide a new and useful therapeutic appliance for securing a tube, or the like, along a patients body, the appliance including an elastic strap having a high friction layer on one face for engaging the patients skin so that the strap may be relatively loosely tightened about the patients body without appreciable constriction of the body. A related object is provision of a retainer in the form of a strap secured at one end to the main strap and having a high friction layer for frictionally holding the tube while applying relatively little force to the tube when the free end of the strap is releasably secured to the fixed end. Longitudinally extending ribs are preferably formed in the high friction layer for increasing its frictional holding capacity and keeping the main strap from moving along the patients body. Both the main strap and the tube retainer are preferably provided with adjustable fasteners such as the conventional Velcro fasteners.

THE INVENTION IN BRIEF The invention is, in brief, directed to a therapeutic appliance in the form of an elastic strap which may be adjustably tightened about a portion of a patients body, such as the thigh, the strap having a high friction layer on one of its faces for engaging the patients skin so that the strap may be relatively loosely secured about the thigh while being firmly retained thereon by the high friction layer. A retainer for a tube, or the like, is secured to the strap and has adjustable fastener means for holding a tube. The retainer is also preferably in the form of a strap similar to the main strap and having a high friction layer so that the tube may be firmly held in place without exerting a high constrictive force on the tube. The retainer strap is preferably obliquely secured to the main strap for convenient positioning a catheter drainage tube extending, in typical manner, from a catheter tube to a container.

Additional objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a fragmentary perspective view of a preferred embodiment of a catheter strap secured about a patients thigh with a retainer holding a catheter drainage tube;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged, foreshortened view of the inner face of the strap when removed from the patients thigh, with the drainage tube indicated in phantom lines;

FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 but of the outer face of the strap;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary sectional view, taken generally along the line 4-4 in FIG. 3, showing the tube retainer in closed position holding the tube;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged, fragmentary view of the outer face of the strap with the tube retainer in open position to receive the tube.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENT Referring to the drawing, FIG. 1 shows an elastic strap 10 secured about the thigh of a patients body and having a retainer 12 holding a catheter drainage tube 14 in place across the patients thigh. An inner end of the tube is connected in typical manner with the outer end of a typical urinary catheter l6. Retainer 12 is preferably obliquely secured to an outer face 18 of the strap, at an angle generally as indicated in the drawings, so that the outer end of the drainage tube 14 may be conveniently placed across the thigh of the patient with the inner end of the drainage tube 14 and the catheter 16 slack to avoid pulling on the catheter as the patient moves about.

The illustrated embodiment of the strap 10 includes an elastic fabric portion 20, an inner face 22 thereof having a high friction layer 24 laminated thereon for preventing slipping of the strap 10 on the patients thigh so that only very slight tension is required in holding the strap, thus preventing constriction of the leg.

The strap 10 may be of any suitable material such as a commercially available material normally used for waistbands and the like in womens apparel, and manufactured by United Elastic Company, Division of .I. P. Stephens and Company, Inc:., New Haven, Conn., Model Number 7-4253 WR width 2l-Rl, for example.

Opposite ends of the strap 10 are provided with releasable and adjustable fasteners, such as cooperating Velcro fasteners 26 having parts stitched, as at 28, to opposite ends of the strap 10. More particularly, one end of the inner surface 22 of the strap 10 has a relatively short Velcro piece 30 secured thereto, and the outer face 18 of the other end of the strap 10 has a relatively long piece of Velcro 32 (approximately 4 inches) secured thereto to permit adjustment of the strap around the patients thigh while effectively preventing contact of the Velcro piece 30 with the patients skin. While the surface of the high friction material 24 is available in several patterns, the preferred material has longitudinally extending ribs which cause less abrasion of the patients skin than transverse, diagonal or crisscross configuration. Stitching 28 also secures a label 33 to the out face 18 of the strap 20 opposite the Velcro piece 30.

The drainage tube retainer 12, as shown best in FIGS. 4 and 5, is preferably made of the same material as the strap 10 and has an inner face 34 with a high friction layer 36 having longitudinally extending ribs, as previously described, for gripping the tube 14 with the ribs transverse the longitudinal axis of the tube I4, to better hold the tube in position. The drainage tube 14 is positioned across the open retainer l2 (FIG. whereupon the free end of the retainer 12 is folded across the tube 14 and the Velcro fasteners 38 engaged to hold the tube in place, as shown in FIG. 4. Only a very small amount of force is required against the tube 14 to hold it in place because of the friction layer 36 and its ribs. Stitching 40 secures the Velcro fastener 38 to the fixed end of the retainer 12 and also secures the retainer to the outer face 18 of the strap I0. Similarly, stitching 42 secures the other Velcro fastener 38 to the free end of the retainer 12.

While the angular disposition of the retainer 12, as shown in the drawing, is desirable when the strap is to be secured to the right thigh of the patient, the disposition of the retainer 12 should be reversed if the strap is to be applied to the left thigh. To provide more universal applicability, the retainer 12 may be secured in a perpendicular position relative to the strap 10.

As shown in FIG. 1, the retainer 12 is preferably considerably closer to the Velcro fastener 30 on the inner face 22 of the strap 10, than it is to the Velcro fastener 32 on the outer face 18 of the strap, so that the free ends of the strap may be secured to each other proximate the outer, upper portion of the thigh with the re tainer 12 positioned generally as shown along the inner portion of the thigh.

The strap is devoid of any metal parts which may disturb the patient or possibly damage the drainage tube 14. Since the strap is washable it may be reused by the patient, and the strap may be provided in various lengths suitable for an individual patient.

While the invention has been described and illustrated with reference to a particular embodiment in a particular environment, various changes may be apparent to one skilled in the art and the invention is not to be limited to such embodiment or environment, except as set forth in the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

l. A therapeutic appliance for securing a tube, or the like, along a patients body member, the appliance comprising a flexible elastic strap for encircling the body member, fastener means spaced apart along the strap for releasably securing the strap about the body member, means in the form of a yieldable layer having a high friction surface extending along one face of the strap for effectively the entire length of the strap between the fastener means for firmly engaging the body member and retaining the strap in place along the body member with sufficiently light pressure exerted by the strap that there is substantially no appreciably constriction of the body member by the strap, said means further comprising a raised pattern on said surface for more secure engagement of the body member by the appliance, and means comprising a retainer operatively associated with the strap for receiving and retaining the tube.

2. An appliance as set forth in claim 1 in which the pattern comprises ribs extending longitudinally of the layer.

3. An appliance as set forth in claim 1 in which the retainer comprises a strap, means for securing the last said strap about the tube, and means in the form of a yieldable high friction layer on one face of the last said strap for engaging the tube and firmly retaining the tube in place.

4. An appliance as set forth in claim 1 in which the strap has opposite end portions, the fastener means includes cooperating fastener parts, one on each of said end portions, for releasably securing the strap about the body member, and the retainer is secured to the strap intermediate said end portions.

5. An appliance as set forth in claim 4 in which the retainer is secured to the strap substantially closer to one of the end portions than to the other.

6. An appliance as set forth in claim 5 in which the retainer comprises a second strap having opposite end portions, one secured to a face of the first said strap opposite said layer, cooperating fastener parts on the last said end portions for releasably securing the end portions to each other, and a yieldable high friction layer along one face of the second strap for receiving and firmly retaining the tube with a very small force applied to the tube by the second strap when the ends of the second strap are secured to each other.

7. An appliance as set forth in claim 6 in which the layers of the straps are pliable and have ribs extending longitudinally between the respective end portions thereof, and the fastener parts are adjustable for varying the forces applied to the body and to the tube.

8. An appliance as set forth in claim 7 in which said fastener parts are Velcro.

9. An appliance as set forth in claim I in which the strap has opposite end portions with cooperating fastener parts for securing the strap about the body, and the high friction surface is pliable and has ribs extending longitudinally between the end portions of the strap, and the fastener means is adjustable for varying the force applied by the strap to the body.

10. An appliance as set forth in claim I in which the fastener means has cooperating fastener parts spaced apart along the strap, and the retainer is secured to the strap closer to one of the fastener parts than to the

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Classifications
U.S. Classification604/179, 128/DIG.260
International ClassificationA61M25/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61M2025/026, A61M25/02, A61M2025/0206, Y10S128/26
European ClassificationA61M25/02
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Feb 6, 1984AS06Security interest
Owner name: CHAMCO, INC.
Effective date: 19840120
Owner name: M.L. ANGUS, INC., A FLA CORP.
Feb 6, 1984AS02Assignment of assignor's interest
Owner name: CHAMCO, INC., A FLA CORP.
Effective date: 19840120
Owner name: M.L. ANGUS, INC.
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Owner name: CHAMCO, INC., A FLA CORP.
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Effective date: 19840120
Owner name: M.L. ANGUS, INC., A FLA CORP.
Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:CHAMCO, INC.;REEL/FRAME:004219/0959