Disposable Receptacle Liner Patents (Class 4/655)
  • Patent number: 10058218
    Abstract: A disposable facial hair grooming sink liner and wipe for collecting shaved hairs over a sink when a person is shaving or cutting facial, head, or other bodily hair over the sink. The disposable facial hair grooming sink liner and wipe includes an absorbent biodegradable liner having a liquid composition saturating a body of the absorbent biodegradable liner. Also included is a liner package useful for retaining the absorbent biodegradable liner when in a folded-condition. The liner package may be ripped open by a user and the absorbent biodegradable liner may be unfolded and deployed about and around the sink and is useful for collecting shaved hairs for easy and environmentally friendly disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Purvis
  • Patent number: 9883775
    Abstract: The beard-grooming clean up sheets involves a sheet member with a domed recess thereon. The domed recess is adapted to be positioned over a faucet of a sink in order to divert hair trimmings associated with personal grooming away from the faucet. Moreover, the domed recess is an adjunct of the sheet member. The sheet member is generally planar, and is adapted to be draped over the sink. Both the domed recess and the sheet member are surrounded with a plurality of sheet armatures that span outwardly with respect to the domed recess and the sheet member. The plurality of sheet armatures are adapted to engage counter surfaces surrounding the faucet and the sink. Moreover, adhering members is provided on a bottom surface of two opposing ones of the plurality of sheet armatures. The adhering members is adapted to temporarily secure the sheet member in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Danny Molezion
  • Patent number: 9493934
    Abstract: A foldable sink cover is presented. The sink cover comprises a foldable substrate having a base section and at least one foldable section in mechanical communication with the base section, wherein the foldable substrate is capable of being unfolded to cover a sink, and capable of being folded for storage when not being used to cover a sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: THE MATTE LLC
    Inventors: Melissa Clayton, Michael Clayton
  • Patent number: 9339149
    Abstract: The food preparation assembly for preventing cross contamination includes a liner that is positionable in a sink. The liner may contain a food item. The liner is discarded after the food item is removed from the liner or the food item and liner are discarded together. A lip is coupled to the liner. A pad is coupled to the liner. The pad may absorb a fluid. A drain aperture extends through the liner. The drain liner is aligned with a drain in the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Nancy Leonard-Gardiner
  • Patent number: 9179804
    Abstract: A sink towel for being disposed about a bathroom, restroom or washroom sink bowl for absorbing water that may be inadvertently or accidently splashed with water upon a surrounding counter top. The towel is comprised of natural or synthetic, water absorbent material which may include paper, cloth or fabric, and is preferably formed of cotton or terry cloth. One or more pockets are included for storing personal items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, and/or small containers of medicine, shampoo, perfume, or similar items. The towel includes weights or weighted material for holding the towel in place over the sink bowl and also permit the towel to be folded for travel and for hanging on a hook for storage and/or drying between uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Gwendolyn May
  • Patent number: 9080322
    Abstract: A sink cover is provided with a domed portion to accommodate conventional sink fixtures and allow the cover to lay in a generally planar attitude in use. The perimeter of the cover includes folded portions to capture and retain loose hair that falls onto the cover during use. The cover is preferably formed of thin water-resistant paper to enable compact packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Leonardo G. Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 9015877
    Abstract: A splash guard designed to protect the gap between the back of a sink and the adjoining wall or mirror. The guard has an upper edge and a lower edge. There upper edge is attached to the mirror, preferably through the use of suction cups. The lower edge is provided with a bendable bar which a user can bend—using hand strength—into any desired shape. The bendable bar is bent into a shape which conforms the lower edge of the guard to the posterior sink geometry. The lower edge is then placed immediately behind the posterior sink geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Carla Elizabeth Litwhiler
  • Patent number: 8763174
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Footsiebath, LLC
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinkur, Michael Vinokur
  • Publication number: 20130167295
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Footsiebath LLC
    Inventor: Footsiebath LLC
  • Patent number: 8387175
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Footsiebath LLC
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinokur, Michael Vinokur
  • Patent number: 8104114
    Abstract: Embodiments of a disposable liner that is disposed in a cavity of a basin are disclosed. In one embodiment, a disposable liner that is disposed in a cavity of a basin includes sidewalls that are designed to adapt to the contours of the cavity of the basin and a bottom wall that is attached to the sidewalls and includes a drainage hole that is aligned with the drainage hole of the basin. The disposable liner further includes a cover that seals the drainage holes, preventing water from draining out of the disposable liner through the drainage hole. The cover includes an elongated tab that extends to a top edge of at least one of the side walls. The elongated tab is designed to facilitate peeling the cover off the disposable liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 8088468
    Abstract: A protective cover for lining one or more edges of an undermount sink is provided. The protective cover has a means for removably attaching the cover to one or more interior ledges of the countertop adjacent to one or more sides of the sink, and is formed of a pliable material such as vinyl. In one embodiment, the protective cover is shaped to protect the edge of the countertop adjacent to the sink, without means for attachment to the countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony Michael Maggio
  • Patent number: 8028380
    Abstract: A method for easy holding of a trash bag in a container: It consists of at least one retainer set and a container having an open end. Each retainer set consists of at least two magnetically coupled pieces which can engage or disengage with each other, with one of the two pieces attached rigidly to an outside portion of the container. Place a portion of a trash bag inside the container with the outside portion of the trash bag folded down along the trash can wall. Engage the two magnetically coupled pieces to fold part of the trash bag around them. The folding(s) reduces the force needed to hold the trash bag in place at the coupling portion of the two retainer pieces. The apparatus can be easily operated with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Bo-Yang Lin
  • Publication number: 20110219536
    Abstract: A one-time use disposable liner for hospital wash basins to decrease the cross-contamination that currently exists. The liner has a plastic portion and an elastic portion to elastically secure to the sidewalls of a basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Juliet McGriff
  • Patent number: 7951292
    Abstract: A sink filter device for placing inside a sink bowl of a sink or a shower or tub comprising a first sheet; a second sheet atop the first sheet; and a plurality of pores disposed throughout the first sheet and throughout the second sheet. In some embodiments, the pores are between about 50 ?m to 5 mm in diameter. The second sheet is oriented atop the first sheet such that the pores in the second sheet are slightly aligned with the pores in the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: David De La Torre
  • Publication number: 20100325791
    Abstract: A drape for maintaining a sanitary surface. The drape is made of a semi-rigid sheet of material. The semi-rigid sheet includes at least one temporary attachment point. The temporary attachment point is disposed on substantially a first edge of the semi-rigid sheet. Additionally, the semi-rigid sheet includes at least one lip. The lip is formed by a portion of the semi-rigid sheet. The lip is disposed at a second edge of the semi-rigid sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Ivan Davidowitz
  • Patent number: 7854230
    Abstract: A medical instrument thermal treatment system according to the present invention is in the form of a stand including a thermally treated tray to thermally treat medical instruments. The stand includes a frame to support the tray, while a drape including a sensing device is disposed over the tray to form a drape container or receptacle within the tray for collecting a sterile medium. The tray is thermally treated to heat the sterile medium in order to warm medical instruments or other medical items placed in the tray. The sensing device provides a signal to the system indicating the presence of liquid and/or leaks within the drape container to facilitate control of system operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: O.R. Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, David Hendrix
  • Patent number: 7685654
    Abstract: A disposable sanitary protector for sink basins is provided in the form of a generally rectangular cover with two non-parallel low-tack adhesive strips on the underside, one of each strip being on the underside of the cover near the left and right edges. The non-parallel low-tack adhesive strips increase the probability of engaging the rim of sinks with either a curved or linear shape at the sides of the sink. An optional perforated slit is provided to allow a portal for the faucet assembly to protrude. A second differently sized backup slit is provided in the event the first slit tears. The cover is made of fabric, paper, plastic or a like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Rahman Levi Jones
  • Patent number: 7661149
    Abstract: A cape for protecting a user and a utility such as a sink or a tub from damage by chemical or biological waste generated during personal care procedures by seamlessly covering both while being attached to both the user and the utility. The cape including a neck portion adapted to be secured to the user at a neck. The cape further including an outer edge spaced from the neck portion to cover the user and extend over the sink, a plurality of holes formed in the cape to adapt to the sink and a connector to hold the cape on the sink. The connector may be a magnet fastener, a drain ring to secure the cape to the drain hole, adhesive backed tape or hook and loop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventors: Chikezie Ottah, Kenneth Ottah, Chika Ottah
  • Publication number: 20090271922
    Abstract: Embodiments of a disposable liner that is disposed in a cavity of a basin are disclosed. In one embodiment, a disposable liner that is disposed in a cavity of a basin includes sidewalls that are designed to adapt to the contours of the cavity of the basin and a bottom wall that is attached to the sidewalls and includes a drainage hole that is aligned with the drainage hole of the basin. The disposable liner further includes a cover that seals the drainage holes, preventing water from draining out of the disposable liner through the drainage hole. The cover includes an elongated tab that extends to a top edge of at least one of the side walls. The elongated tab is designed to facilitate peeling the cover off the disposable liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 7559096
    Abstract: A soaking apparatus utilizing a soaking basin and a disposable liner configured to fit within the basin cavity. The basin is comprised of a material layer formed to define an integral floor and a peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The basin floor and peripheral wall together define the boundary of a basin cavity. An elongate protrusion protrudes from the floor into the basin cavity between left and right foot areas. The liner is comprised of a thin (e.g., 3-12 mils) material layer formed to define an integral floor and peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The liner floor and peripheral wall are dimensioned to closely nest within the basin cavity. The liner floor also defines left and right foot areas spaced by a protrusion projecting into the liner cavity. The underside of the liner protrusion forms a concave recess for accommodating the basin floor protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Vladimir Zolotnik
  • Publication number: 20090094739
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinokur, Michael Vinokur
  • Publication number: 20090044330
    Abstract: An invention is provided for a spa chair pedicure basin sanitation liner that allows a user to enjoy the water agitation benefits of a water based pedicure foot massage while preventing infection from reused basin water. The liner includes a bottom portion and a plurality of sidewalls attached to the bottom portion. The bottom portion and the plurality of sidewalls define an inner volume, which is capable of containing a liquid, such as water, filled up to a particular liquid level. Disposed within the inner volume, is gas piping that defines a gas-carrying conduit. The gas piping includes a plurality of openings through which gas can pass into the inner volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Lan Van Ta
  • Publication number: 20080295244
    Abstract: Embodiments of a disposable liner that is disposed in a cavity of a basin are disclosed. In one embodiment, a disposable liner comprises: sidewalls that are design to adapt to the contours of the cavity of the basin; and a bottom wall that is attached to the sidewalls and includes a drainage hole that is aligned with the drainage hole of the basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Publication number: 20080201840
    Abstract: An article of manufacture for Shave-N-Go disposable sink cape with Biodegradable material, Install in seconds, Easy and fast to use, and Saves time. A biodegradable, disposable bathroom sink cape for use with a bathroom sink to which the cape lay inside of the sink, overlapping the counter top and having flaps covering the faucet knobs for the purpose of dry use as a of function to catch hair from shaving with a electric razor, beard trimmer or clippers. Further, the cape is specially designed with a perforated slit so that the faucet neck protrudes through the cape assembly to position the cape as the flaps cover the faucet knobs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Bernard McKeith Hill
  • Patent number: 6886191
    Abstract: A soaking apparatus utilizing a soaking basin and a disposable liner configured to fit within the basin cavity. The basin is comprised of a material layer formed to define an integral floor and a peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The basin floor and peripheral wall together define the boundary of a basin cavity. An elongate protrusion protrudes from the floor into the basin cavity between left and right foot areas. The liner is comprised of a thin (e.g., 3-12 mils) material layer formed to define an integral floor and peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The liner floor and peripheral wall are dimensioned to closely nest within the basin cavity. The liner floor also defines left and right foot areas spaced by a protrusion projecting into the liner cavity. The underside of the liner protrusion forms a concave recess for accommodating the basin floor protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Vladimir Zolotnik
  • Patent number: 6772800
    Abstract: A pedicure basin liner system, for preventing transmission of pathogens between pedicure clients when using a common pedicure basin. The pedicure basin has side walls, a bottom portion, and a top lip, which together define an interior volume capable of containing and supporting a quantity of water during a pedicure procedure. To prevent the water from actually contacting the basin while allowing the basin to support the weight of the water, the basin is covered with a liner that is shaped to fit closely within the basin against its bottom portion and side walls, and extend over the top lip. The liner is subsequently filled with water and the basin supports the weight of the water while remaining isolated from the water. After the pedicure procedure is performed, the water and the liner are disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Maria Garcia
  • Patent number: 6609258
    Abstract: A kit for a parts washer includes a flexible bag adapted to fit inside the parts washer, and a fastener to hold an open end of the flexible bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Clements Thomsen Industries, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Richard L. Clements
  • Patent number: 6255627
    Abstract: A thermal treatment system warming basin for warming a sterile liquid or medium includes a heating pad disposed on the exterior surface of the basin floor in various configurations (e.g., spiral, ‘I’, ‘X’ or serpentine configurations, multiple heating pad segments disposed about the basin floor, etc.) to prevent damage to a sterile surgical drape placed over the system when objects are placed within the basin. The configurations cover a portion of the basin floor to permit the basin to absorb thermal energy that may otherwise be absorbed by and cause damage to the drape. In addition, a thermal treatment system and corresponding sterile surgical drape may include a variety of mechanisms to ensure sterility of a sterile liquid within a basin. In particular, the drape may include a reflective material segment to reflect infrared light emitted from an infrared light source toward a detector to indicate the proper positioning and/or presence of the drape on the thermal treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: O.R. Solutions, INc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, Calvin Blankenship
  • Patent number: 6223362
    Abstract: A sink apron for absorbing excess water from bathroom sink counters comprising of a towel-like material 24 attached by adhesive or stitches 32 to a layer of light-weight rubber base 26. The sink apron encircles the washbasin in the shape of a semi-oval and is separable into two pieces to provide customization to any sink size. The sink apron easily detaches and reattaches using hook-and-loop fasteners 28, 30 sewn on opposing ends of the pieces. For sinks wherein the sink fixture is built outside of the washbasin, the sink apron comprises of a hole 22 to allow the apron to encircle the sink fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Betty Bei Liang
  • Patent number: 6091058
    Abstract: A thermal treatment system warming basin for warming a sterile liquid or medium includes a heating pad disposed on the exterior surface of the basin floor in various configurations (e.g., spiral, `I`, `X` or serpentine configurations, multiple heating pad segments disposed about the basin floor, etc.) to prevent damage to a sterile surgical drape placed over the system when objects are placed within the basin. The configurations cover a portion of the basin floor to permit the basin to absorb thermal energy that may otherwise be absorbed by and cause damage to the drape. In addition, a thermal treatment system and corresponding sterile surgical drape may include a variety of mechanisms to ensure sterility of a sterile liquid within a basin. In particular, the drape may include a reflective material segment to reflect infrared light emitted from an infrared light source toward a detector to indicate the proper positioning and/or presence of the drape on the thermal treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: O.R. Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, Calvin Blankenship
  • Patent number: 5991942
    Abstract: A sink and drain protector and rubbish collector for protecting the surface of a sink. The protector includes a plastic rectangular sheet having a perforated slit therein such that a faucet on the sink protrudes through the slit when the protector is placed in the sink basin. Further, the protector extends over an upper surface of the sink and partially covers an outer surface of the sink which depends from the upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Crystal Neal
  • Patent number: 5816252
    Abstract: A sterile surgical drape for use with a system for thermally treating a sterile medium is accomplished by a drape including liquid sensitive material that changes color upon contact with liquid to indicate the presence of a leak. The liquid sensitive material may be placed between the drape and a receiving basin or affixed to the drape in the form of indicia symbolically directing placement of the drape over the system. The system may include a single basin and be of the type that either thermally cools or heats the sterile medium, or the system may include a plurality of basins with each basin either thermally cooling or heating the sterile medium. The drape typically includes liquid sensitive material affixed thereto in the form of various indicia indicating which portions of the drape are placed over the corresponding portions of the thermal treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: O.R. Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann
  • Patent number: 5687434
    Abstract: A portable wash station, comprising an outer water tank, a flexible inner water tank secured within the outer tank, and a sink basin affixed atop the outer tank including at least one sink, one water faucet for dispensing water from the outer tank and one drain for draining water from the sink into the inner tank. The flexible inner tank has an associated volume that expands as the water is dispensed from the outer tank and into the flexible inner tank, that contracts as the water is removed therefrom, and that is subjected to minimal hydraulic pressure from the water dispensed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: PolyJohn Enterprises Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Leach Tagg
  • Patent number: 5524643
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for preventing damage to drapes and to heating and cooling mechanisms used in conjunction with apparatus for containing and thermally treating sterile liquid, and to preserving the sterile field when using such apparatus. A surgical drape is combined with a sensor, preferably attached to the drape, to detect whether or not liquid is present in a drape container conforming to a heating/cooling basin. An alternative embodiment employs sensors at opposite surfaces of the drape to measure conductance and, thereby, leakage through the drape. A microprocessor in each embodiment receives a signal representing, for example, an electrical conductance measurement from the sensors and determines if liquid is present, or alternatively if the conductance is sufficient to represent the presence of a leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: O.R. Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Mark Licata
  • Patent number: 5435322
    Abstract: There is provided an operating room ring stand basin liner/drape which includes a plastic sheet having a tough middle portion formed in the shape of a ring stand basin for lining the inside of the basin and a drape portion attached to the formed portion so that the drape portion covers the legs of the ring stand. The sheet maintains a sterile field around the ring stand and basin and is disposed of after use so that there is no need to sterilize the basin after each use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Scherer Healthcare Ltd.
    Inventor: Lyman R. Marshall
  • Patent number: 5330811
    Abstract: A laminate cover member is provided for upgrading the appearance of a deteriorated drain hole or other surface of a sink or bath fixture. The cover member includes an upper layer which is resistant to corrosion and has an attractive visual appearance, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer, and a removable liner layer. The layers are diecut from stock laminate sheets. A preferred cover member, for upgrading the surfaces of a drain hole, has a metallized plastic upper layer, and is shaped with an outer annular portion that is adhered to the surface surrounding the drain hole, an inner annular hole, and a plurality of radial lines extending from an intermediate diameter to the inner annular hole, such that they can be bent downwardly to cover an inner part of the drain hole surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: Mark R. Buchalter
  • Patent number: 5153950
    Abstract: A flexible liner is arranged for positioning in a complementary manner within a bathtub cavity, wherein the liner includes a textured or roughened top surface to provide a frictional engagement surface for an individual directed within the bathtub. A modification of the invention includes a skeleton structure, including clamp members arranged for securement of the liner and further including a drain assembly arranged for permitting egress of water from the bathtub subsequent to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Johnny M. Sowers
  • Patent number: 5139833
    Abstract: A molded article having an embedded bracket, such as a whirlpool tub, the mold and a method of molding the article are disclosed. The article includes a rigid shell having a non-finish side and a finish side. The non-finish side is coated with a polymeric material. The polymeric material encloses a bracket and distributes the weight of an attached object, such as a whirlpool motor, over adjacent polymeric material. The bracket is affixed to the rigid shell in a spaced relationship and includes a surface for attaching to an object by attachment means such as a blind bolt. The bracket may also be affixed to the rigid shell by supports which are welded to the rigid shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: Karl G. Ohaus
  • Patent number: 5012537
    Abstract: An apparatus that is particularly useful in a hospital environment when cleaning bedpans and other objects which contain potentially dangerous materials. The apparatus comprises a generally transparent member that is provided with one or more openings for a person's arms, and means for mounting the member so as to locate the transparent member between the basin of the cleaning station and the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: Joanna L. Underwood
  • Patent number: 4934152
    Abstract: A surgical slush system for producing a sterile, semi-frozen slush from a sterile liquid. The system includes a slush generating unit having a cabinet with a plurality of louvres for air circulation, a basin at the top of the cabinet, a refrigeration means inside the cabinet for cooling the basin to a temperature below the freezing point of the sterile liquid, and a heating means for heating the basin to a temperature above the freezing point of the sterile liquid. A sterilized drape covers the basin. The drape is impervious to the sterile liquid and is sufficiently flexible to conform substantially to the interior shape of the basin with the sterile liquid being directly contained by the drape within the basin. An air filter in the form of a thin flexible sterilized sheet is fixed to and extends outwardly from the margin of the drape and is sized to extend over the louvres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Assignee: SaniServ Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Templeton
  • Patent number: 4351073
    Abstract: A safety net for use with a lavatory to catch small items inadvertently dropped into the lavatory. The safety net includes a piece of net material sized to extend completely across the lavatory bowl in both directions and to allow the net material to conform somewhat to the bowl. Rather rigid end pieces are fixed to the net material to hold the net in place. The end pieces may be hinged to allow the safety net to be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Nemo Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman E. Elsas
  • Patent number: 4324088
    Abstract: A refuse storage apparatus comprising a hopper having an opening, a frame mounted under the hopper cooperating with the opening to form a recess for receiving a pliable bag, and a sealer located adjacent the top of the recess for sealing at least an upper portion of the pliable bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Assignee: Tokyo Shibaura Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yamashita, Shoji Takagi
  • Patent number: D604813
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Neil A Morris