Patents Assigned to Biomedical Engineering Associates, Inc.
  • Patent number: 4222384
    Abstract: An improved Foley-type urethal catheter is formed from silicone rubber. The tip of the catheter is molded in one integral piece to include drainage eyes and a rearwardly extending balloon portion. The rubber of the balloon portion is substantially more elastic than the tip. The trailing portion of the catheter includes an elongated tubular body attached to and extending rearwardly from the tip and to which the rear end of the balloon portion of the tip is attached. A drainage lumen extends from the tip through the body to the trailing end of the catheter and a plurality of inflation lumens also extend through the catheter body from the inflatable balloon portion to the trailing end of the body. The elongate catheter body is formed from an inner tube and an outer, surrounding sleeve to enable the stiffness of the catheter to be controlled carefully during manufacture. The sleeve and inner core of the catheter and rear end of the balloon are joined in a shoulderless, smooth construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Assignee: Biomedical Engineering Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: William Birtwell