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United States Patent m
[ii] 4,284,079  Aug. 18,1981
 METHOD FOR APPLYING A MALE INCONTINENCE DEVICE
 Inventor: Edwin L. Adair, 191 E. Orchard, Littleton, Colo. 80123
 Appl. No.: 52,865
 Filed: Jun. 28,1979
 Int.C1.3 A61F5/44
 U.S. CI 128/295; 128/760;
 Field of Search 128/294, 295, 760, 767;
4/144.1, 144.2, 144.3; 138/99; 285/293, 423, 373, 419, DIG. 16
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
2,305,453 12/1942 Martos 128/156
2,448,938 9/1948 Wayne 128/294
3,037,508 6/1962 Friedman 128/294
3,677,225 7/1972 Czirely 128/294
3,788,324 1/1974 Lim 128/295
3,951,141 4/1976 Kopelowicz 128/294
4,119,094 10/1978 Micklus et al 128/294
4,187,851 2/1980 Hausor 128/295
4,202,335 5/1980 Gold 128/295
Primary Examiner—Robert W. Michell
Assistant Examiner—J. L. Kruter
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Sheridan, Ross, Fields &
A male incontinence device is provided including a flexible, thin sheet including a rim positioned along the outer edge of the sheet and a covering layer overlying the space within the rim. The rim comprises a first surface and a second surface with a foam layer connected therebetween. The rim also includes an inner and outer periphery. Portions of the inner periphery are positioned in the coronal sulcus of the penis. A drainage tube is placed adjacent the urethra opening. Portions of the rim, togehter with the covering layer, are folded over the head of the penis. Portions of the rim are joined together along the first surface thereof to tightly secure the device and drainage tube to the penis so that the escape of urine, other than through the drainage tube, is greatly minimized.
2 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures
U.S. Patent Aug. 18, 1981 Sheet 1 of 2 4,284,079
U.S. Patent Aug. 18, 1981 Sheet 2 of 2 4,284,079
METHOD FOR APPLYING A MALE
FIELD OF INVENTION 5
This invention relates to male incontinence devies and, in particular, to a male incontinence device fastenable along the coronal sulcus of the penis of the male.
BACKGROUND ART 10
Various male incontinence devices are disclosed. Many of these devices use a tube or a condom-shaped piece to surround the penis. In U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,835,857 and 3,863,638 to Rogers, II, et al., a sheath is integrally J5 joined to a conical portion to surround the penis head and portions of the penis shaft. In U.S. Pat, No. 2,789,560 to Weimer, a cap having an opening and a nozzle inserted into the opening is disclosed. The cap surrounds the penis head while a sheath is connected to 20 the cap and the penis. Infant urine collectors utilizing foam pads underlying adhesive surfaces for attachment near the penis are shown in U.S. Pat. No. 3,340,876 to Hill and U.S. Pat. No. 3,406,690 to Iget, et al. Many of the condom-like devices are irritating to the penile skin 25 and cannot be worn for long periods of time because of the increasing discomfort. Occasionally, these devices do impede some of the blood flow through the penis. Male incontinence devices are also of a type which use a leg bag collector in combination with a condom over 30 the penis and a drainage tube attached therebetween. Often times, the urine contacts the penile skin causing severe excoriation and maceration to the penis.
DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION
In accordance with this invention, a male incontinence device and method for applying the device to the penis is provided. The device includes a generally flat, thin sheet or film having a rim. The rim has a first surface and a second surface with a covering layer at- 40 tached to the second surface. Portions of the rim are seated in the coronal sulcus of the penis. Remaining portions of the rim are joined together around the head of the penis while a drainage tube is held in the device adjacent the urethra to receive urine. 45
More particularly, a device is provided to be worn by a male patient who is unable to control his urination, and also has application as a condom. The device includes a ring having a first and a second adhesive layer with a layer or foam therebetween. A thin, covering 50 layer covers the space formed within the ring and is attached to the second adhesive layer which overlies a second surface. A first surface is coated with the first adhesive layer overlying which is a release backing. In operation, the release backing is removed and portions 55 of the ring are seated in the coronal sulcus which is located between the penis head and the shaft of the penis. An end of a drainage tube is positioned adjacent the urethra opening. Subsequently, the device is folded so that remaining portions of the ring are joined to- 60 gether along the second adhesive layer thereby securing the device and the drainage tube to the penis. Alternatively, the device may be held on the penis without the drainage tube. In such an application, the device is of a larger size to hold the fluid therein. When the device 65 acts as a condom without the drainage tube connected, it is of a relatively smaller size to fit about the penis head and block the passage of the male sperm.
In light of the foregoing, a number of worthwhile advantages are readily apparent. An incontinence device is provided to prevent the passage of fluid therethrough while connected adjacent the head of the penis. In a first embodiment, the device holds a drainage tube adjacent the urethra opening to receive the urine and carry it to a receptacle. In a second embodiment, the device itself holds the urine since the discharge tube is not attached. This is particularly useful when fluid leakage from the urethra is minimal so that, upon becoming filled with fluid over a period of time, the device is discarded and replaced. In a third embodiment, the device acts as a condom to prevent the passage of male sperm. Generally, the device is tightly secured to the penis along the coronal sulcus so that impairment of the blood supply to the penis head is greatly minimized. The device provides a tight seal to prevent the passage of urine onto the penile skin thereby virtually eliminating the excoriation and maceration thereof. Discomfort to the wearer of the incontinence device over a long period of time is also greatly minimized. Furthermore, the device is easily manufactured while being quickly and efficiently attached to the penis. Additionally, the device of this invention is readily disposable since it is inexpensively made. Additional advantages of this invention will become readily apparent when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the incontinence device having a generally circular shape;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the incontinence device having a generally hexagonal shape;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the incontinence device attached at the coronal sulcus with a drainage tube extending therefrom;
FIG. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary, lateral section, taken along line 4—4 of FIG. 1, showing details of the rim;
FIG. 5 is a lateral section, taken along line 5—5 of FIG. 3, showing details of the incontinence device attached to the penis with a drainage tube extending therefrom; and
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the incontinence device attached at the coronal sulcus showing fluid contained therein;
FIG. 7 is a frontal view of the incontinence device showing details of the incontinence device attached to the penis and holding fluid therein; and
FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the incontinence device showing the device acting as a condom.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
In accordance with the present invention, a device is provided which is of benefit to a male unable to control the flow of urine from his urethral passage as well as for use as a condom. As depicted in FIG. 1, a generally thin, flat, flexible, circular sheet or film 10 is provided. Sheet 10 includes a rim or peripheral edge 12 in the form of a ring provided along the edge of the sheet 10. Rim 12 includes a first surface 14 and a second surface 16. Interposed between first surface 14 and second surface 16 is a foam layer 18, as shown in FIG. 4. Foam layer 18 is preferably made of a soft, closed cell foam having a thickness of 1/16 inch to J inch. Rim 12 further includes an inner or first periphery 20 and an outer or second periphery 22. A first adhesive layer 24 is applied