Abstract: For any ostomy appliance, a body-side ostomy member includes a medical grade adhesive pad and a coupling having one part captive to but telescopically slidable relative to another part to provide access for the fingers or thumb of a wearer beneath a lateral flange of the coupling, when the parts are spaced from one another.This allows an ostomy coupling to be secured together without applying undue pressure to the sensitive body area of the wearer.
Abstract: A pair of incontinence pants or briefs includes a pocket located in the crotch region and defined by an outer wall of a liquid-impermeable material which is longer than it is wide and an inner wall of like material whose edges define a substantially oval hole. A portion of the inner wall overlaps, but it not connected to another thereof and the edges are crossed over one another at one end of the pocket.
Abstract: An integrally formed single piece loop ostomy appliance includes a central rod portion, a cross piece transverse to the rod portion at one end, and a displaceable end piece at the other end, displaceable between a first position which extends in the same general direction as the rod portion and a second position transverse to the rod portion. The end piece comprise a catch disposed to be in locking engagement with a recess in the rod portion when the end piece is moved to the second position. The end piece further comprises first and second spaced apart walls partially forming an aperture and adapted to be squeezed toward one another to release the catch from the recess. The loop ostomy appliance is preferably made of plastic, e.g. polypropylene.
Abstract: A gas filter suitable for an ostomy bag comprises a pad impregnated with a deodorizing agent (e.g., activated carbon) and made of any open cell plastic foam material which is laminated together with a first microporous membrane. A layer of water repellent material is applied on the surface of the first microporous membrane other than the surface to which the foam pad is attached. The layer is sufficiently thin so that gas flow through the microporous membrane is not blocked.
Abstract: A non-return valve assembly particularly for an incontinence device, includes a least three layers, the layers being secured together, the first layer being a sheet or film of perforated material, and the second layer is a sheet or film of material having cuts therein defining an array of flap valves. The third layer is a material having holes therein, each hole being in registry with an associated flap valve and being of a size to accommodate the flap of said valve. The flap valves may be arranged in a regular rectangular array and each flap of a valve is defined by three cuts in the sheet material, the cuts constituting three sides of a rectangle so that the flap of the valve can pivot out of the plane of the sheet material generally about a notional axis formed by the fourth side of the rectangle.
Abstract: A tap or valve comprising a first tube and a second tube with a flexible elastic coupling between said tubes to allow fluid passage between said tubes when said tubes are substantially coaxially aligned and to allow displacement of one of said tubes relative to the other in order to close said fluid passage. The tap or valve is primarily intended for use with wire drawings tubing or intravenous drip tubing. The tap or valve further comprises means for releasably locking the tap or valve in the closed position.
Abstract: A two part coupling for joining an ostomy bag to a pad or to a faceplate is characterized in that the two cooperating coupling parts are held together in a detachable manner by magnetic force.
Abstract: A tube closure device for closing a flexible tube has a first member having a tube portion for insertion into an end of the flexible tube, and a second member hinged to said first member and having means for securing the flexible tube to the second member. It also has a latch for releasably holding said first and second members in a hinged together "closed" position, and a plug for closing the tube portion of the first member when it is in its closed position.
Abstract: The tap or valve is made up of a first tube and a second tube which may be located about a common axis. Each of the tubes has a portion of its wall extending around only a part of its periphery, cut away. One of the tubes is rotatable between an "open position" in which the apertures wholly or partly overlap and a "closed position" in which the apertures are overlapped by a portion of the tube.
Abstract: A female incontinence device having a pair of deflectable walls defining a groove at the periphery of the device intended to contact the wearer. The device as seen in plan has a waisted or 8-shaped configuration and the deflectable walls as seen in side elevation have sealing edges each of which is constituted by a pair of continuous curves, one on each side of the central longitudinal axis of the device and which extend from a high point at the front of the device to a high point at the rear of the device. An undercut region is located beneath the deflectable walls to limit any splashing of discharged urine. A gasket or adhesive material can be disposed within the groove.
Abstract: A coupling for joining a pad or dressing to an ostomy bag includes coupling elements each of closed loop form, usually circular to define a stoma aperture therein, the body side element being constructed so that it can be fixed to the pad or dressing and the bag side element being constructed so that it can be fixed to one wall of an ostomy bag. The body side element includes an inner wall which continuously encircles the aperture and a series of projecting members uniformly radially spaced from the inner wall and located in an array which surrounds the inner wall. The bag side element includes a rib member encircling the aperture for making sealing engagement, when the coupling elements are joined, with the outer surface of the inner wall. The coupling also has an annual ring which is constructed to be snap-fitted to the body side coupling element to extend radially outwardly therefrom.
Abstract: A drainage bag includes front and rear walls of plastics material and is combined with a support. The walls are welded together along their top edges in such a way as to define a plurality of linearly-spaced through holes which do not communicate with the interior of the bag. These holes are capable of accepting hooks or studs on a support (or hanger) separate from the bag. The support has spaced hooks or studs constructed to be respectively received in the holes.The hanger may be molded in one piece of synthetic plastic.
Abstract: A drainage bag having one wall of substantially rigid liquid-impermeable material and a second wall of flexible liquid-impermeable material secured thereto to define a container. The rigid sheet has at least two apertures with an inlet fitting fixed to one and an outlet fitting fixed to the other. The bottom portion of the rigid sheet extends below the lower edge of the flexible wall to provide a drip tray.
Abstract: A female incontinence device comprising an external resilient pad that makes sealing engagement with the user's anatomy that is external to the labia majora and a funnel having a rim dimensioned to engage that portion of the user's anatomy immediately surrounding the meatus of the urethra. The funnel is mounted to the pad, formed as part of the pad, or dimensioned to fit through an opening in the pad.