Abstract: A drain guard, for use in sinks having a drain, a bottom wall and a side wall, wherein the drain guard includes a screen for holding debris away from the sink drain. A seal, which abuts sealingly against the sink side wall, is disposed between the screen and the sink side wall to prevent debris from passing between the side wall and the screen, the seal and the screen being fixed in a frame which holds the screen a predetermined distance from the sink bottom. The frame includes a pair of arched bands which are useful as handles for moving the drain guard into, and out of the sink. In addition, the arched bands of a sink installed drain guard support heavy pots and other utensils away from the screen.
Abstract: A bathtub cushion is formed of a resilient material, such as a closed cell plastic foam. The cushion covers the interior of the bottom of the tub, extending upwardly to cover the interior walls of the tub and the edges or rim of the tub. The cushion may be formed as a sheet of uniform thickness, on the order of one to two inches thick, or may alternatively be formed with a thinner bottom portion and thicker upper walls and upper edge, to better cushion any impact of a bather who might slip in the tub. The cushion is removably secured within the tub by suction cups disposed about the entire tub contact surface of the cushion, and includes drainage grooves formed in the upper surface of the bottom portion to facilitate drainage. The cushion may also include a head rest, which may include a radio, cassette deck, or other audio system therein, as desired.
Abstract: An insert is provided for a wash basin in which the insert is previously molded from a sheet of plastic material so as to cover the inner section of the bowl and a part of the upper surface of the top wall surrounding the bowl. The insert has a drain opening aligned with the drain opening of the bowl and an overflow opening aligned with the overflow opening of the bowl. A drain fitting the connection to a drain line has a pipe extending from the drain opening of the insert into the drain opening of the bowl and a flange at the top of the pipe engaging an upper surface of the insert. An overflow fitting has a pipe portion extending through the overflow opening of the insert opening of the bowl with a flange inside the insert. The pipe portion has a length that it projects through the overflow opening of the bowl to an area just behind the outer surface of the bowl and a strip of flexible material of L-shaped to cross section which is bent around the overflow opening.
Abstract: The present invention teaches a disposable hydrotherapy tank liner formed of a fluid impervious sheet material. The liner is secured to the upper rim of a hydrotherapy tank by means of any suitable fastener such as a plurality of clips. The liner is adapted to occupy the interior of the tank and serves to isolate the interior surface of the tank from contact with hydrotherapy fluids. The liner utilizes a pull strip or rip cord assembly to open a liner drain hole so that the therapist may avoid contact with the hydrotherapy fluids. Further, an adhesive applied to the exterior of the liner and surrounding the liner drain hole removably secures the liner to the bottom of the tank adjacent the tank drain hole to aid in preventing fluids from contacting the floor of the tank during draining.
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.
Abstract: An open bottom shower wall liner, adapted to be removably placed over the walls above a tub or the walls of a shower stall, which uses a structurally rigid contained framework, collectively formed from an "L-shaped" bottom reinforcing member which is rigid and one or more three-dimensional corner members which are structurally strong, and where, said structurally rigid contained framework is attached to a limp and flimsy, elastic and extensible polyolefin film.
Abstract: An improved bathtub or shower enclosure designed to prevent injury to the user in the event of a slip and fall accident or the like. The tub or shower stall floor and walls and water control fixtures are constructed or lined with a thin exterior layer of a resilient material to absorb the shock of a person falling and thereby preventing injury to that person. The floor of the tub or stall includes non-slip material on the surface of or formed into the resilient material. For an initial installation, a shell of the resilient material with non-slip material on the exposed floor or bottom surface is supported by a frame work constructed of rigid material such as wood or the like. For the after market, a liner of resilient material with non-slip material thereon is fitted over the existing bathtub or shower stall surfaces and over the water control fixtures and is fixedly attached thereto.
Abstract: A plumbing fixture for installation in restrooms that enables female individuals to urinate from a standing position. An elongate flexible hose has a urine collecting funnel at one end and the other end communicates with a bowl of the fixture. A sanitary liner is received by the rim of the funnel so that the funnel does not contact the body of the user. The liner is knocked off the funnel after use by a passive ejector arm when the funnel is suspended between a pair of hanger arms. The hanger arms each include a pair of arm members that guide and receive the funnel. Also, the fixture includes a trough formed in an upper portion of an inside surface to direct flushing water supplied to the fixture onto the suspended funnel for cleaning.
Abstract: A bathtub and shower liner ensemble comprised of thin, flimsy, disposable, sterile, contoured, impervious, plastic film sheers, with a bottom mat-like sheet secured to bathtub or shower basin to provide cushion and comfort. The entire liner assembly is compressed to form a single, thin, flexible, chaise lining, which is contoured to fit removably into the bathtub on the bottom, sides, ends, and top surfaces. The chaise-liner is removed through the process of peeling, where thin, film sheers, are individually peeled from the top, until the bottom mat-like sheet is peeled off the tub surface. This removal process, strips away all accumulated dirt and bacteria, and introduces a new, sterile surface. Conventional time and effort required to clean and sterilize are virtually eliminated. Each disposable, film sheer is water-tight and non-toxic, which serves as protection against the transmission of disease or infection.
Abstract: A portable splash and overspray guard has a substantially oval shape and includes a surrounding wall structure for catching and transporting accumulated waste fluids. The splash and overspray guard may be adhesively attached to a toilet seat for use with a toilet.
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.
Abstract: This invention relates to a novel toilet bowl protector which fits as a skirt around a toilet bowl. A removable toilet bowl protector comprising: (a) a flexible waterproof sheet which is adapted to cover the exterior surfaces of a toilet bowl and which has a hole in the central area thereof, the periphery around the hole being adapted to fit about the upper rim of a toilet bowl; and (b) attachment means for enabling the periphery around the hole to be releasably attached to the upper rim of the toilet bowl.
Abstract: A toilet tank cover and method of installation, the cover including a frame to surround an existing toilet tank, brackets for mounting the frame onto the tank, and an actuator for flushing the toilet which replaces the existing flush handle. The frame preferably includes a removable lid to permit access to the interior of the tank. The actuator includes a chain which may be attached to the flush valve and which may be operated from outside of the frame. Preferably, a return spring is provided to return the chain to its normal position and allow the valve to close after the toilet is flushed.
February 20, 1990
Date of Patent:
July 2, 1991
Gaylan Industries, Inc.
Richard W. Wood, Jr., Don R. Harris, deceased
Abstract: A magnetic fastening device for releasably attaching a shower liner to a shower wall comprising a wall mounting member having a back flat portion adapted for attachment to a shower wall, bearing a node or hook directed away from the member into the shower area and the upper front portion sloping toward the rear of the member and in the direction of the shower wall along with an unmounted member for mating with the wall mounting member bearing an aperture to receive the protruding node or hook on the wall mounting member, and its upper portion sloping toward the shower wall to closely mate with the mounting member; the wall mounting and unmounted members being magnetically attracted one to the other. A kit can be made comprising this magnetic fastening device with a shower liner.
Abstract: A bathtub liner comprising a bottom panel, two lateral panels and an end panel, the panels having a non-slip surface. The lateral panels are substantially rigid and attach to the tub walls by suction cups. Affixed to the lateral panels are support members or handles. The support members are detachable. The support members may also be detachably affixed to the bottom panel.
Abstract: A bed with an integrated commode includes a mattress (10) and bed frame with a hole (26) disposed therein. The hole (26) is operable to receive the outer peripheral edge of the commode seat (14). A sanitary insert (12) is provided which has an upper surface (24) that is disposed over the mattress (10) or moisture-proof mattress cover and attached thereto by a hook and loop type attachment device (28). The sanitary insert (12) extends downward into the interior of the bowl with a downward extending portion (30). A commode seat (14) is operable to be disposed on the upper surface of the rim (22) and hold the sanitary insert (12) therein. The seat (14) has a splash guard (16) that extends from the interior surface thereof downward into the bowl.
Abstract: A sink mat is set forth wherein the mat is of a generally rectangular configuration formed of laminated polymeric layers. The layers are mechanically or adhesively secured together to capture coil springs therein. THe coil springs are formed in a plurality of circular patterns originating from the center of the mat to cushion and absorb impact when positioned. Furthermore, a plurality of bendable elongate wires are captured within spaced peripheral positions within the laminated layers to enable deformation and recontouring of the mat to accommodate variations in associated sink contours.
Abstract: An apparatus for collection of fecal matter designed to operate efficiently in a zero gravity environment. The system comprises a waste collection area within a body having a seat opening. Low pressure within the waste collection area directs fecal matter away from the user's buttocks and prevents the escape of undesirable gases. The user actuates a piston covered with an absorbent pad that sweeps through the waste collection area to collect fecal matter, scrub the waste collector area, press the waste against an end of the waste collection area and retracts, leaving the used pad. Multiple pads are provided on the piston to accommodate multiple uses of the system. Also a valve allows air to be drawn through the body, which valve will not be plugged with fecal matter. A sheet feeder feeds fresh sheets of absorbent pad to a face of the piston with each actuation.
April 7, 1987
Date of Patent:
October 3, 1989
The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
William E. Thornton, Jr., Henry B. Whitmore
Abstract: A bathtub spout cover includes a plurality of inflatable side compartments joined along their edges to form a protective sleeve and an inflatable end compartment closing one end of the protective sleeve. An opening in the protective sleeve permits discharge of water from the bathtub spout. A removable tear-out strip in the protective sleeve provides access to a shower control knob on the bathtub spout. Preferably, the cover is made by sealing together sheets of plastic material. An inflation port permits the cover to be inflated by mouth.
August 13, 1986
Date of Patent:
December 1, 1987
Safety 1st, Inc.
Michael Lerner, Michael Bernstein, Robert Selame
Abstract: A disposable sitz bath for use with a conventional toilet is formed by two sheets of a water impervious, pliable material bonded together on three sides to form a pouch. One corner of the fourth open side of the pouch is excised diagonally to form an overflow drain for the pouch. The sitz bath is designed such that when portions of the pouch adjacent the open side thereof are stretched about the rim of a toilet bowl, it will be retained thereon without the use of fasteners or adhesives. The pouch, when filled with a medicinal fluid, substantially fills the bowl of the toilet, causing the water within the toilet to be automatically flushed. In use, any overflow of fluid from the pouch flows out of the overflow drain and is retained in the toilet.
Abstract: An integral sheet of plastic material is shaped to conform to the bottom, sides, vertical one end and sloping other end of a bathtub. The upper edges of the sheet extend beyond the upper edges of the bathtub so that the depth of the liner is greater than the depth of the bathtub thereby lessening the risk of water splashing over the edge of the bathtub. The liner includes a drain opening in its floor positioned to overlie the bathtub drain opening so that water can be drained from the liner. An open ended cylindrical container is provided to store the liner when not in use.
Abstract: An improved seat shower for facilitating the care and treatment of patients in a clean shower environment, including a framework of such a height as to permit 360.degree. access to the seated patient, and a plurality of adjustable shower nozzles positioned about the seating area. Clean, disposable plastic liners are draped over the framework and base to maintain aseptic conditions.
June 6, 1983
Date of Patent:
January 28, 1986
Hospital Therapy Products, Inc.
Timothy J. Roberts, Thomas J. Roberts, Jr., Thomas J. Roberts, Sr., Robert P. Marinier, Jr.
Abstract: An insulating liner for a water closet tank that has a restricted top opening is disclosed. In one embodiment, the liner is generally rectangular in horizontal cross section so as to define two opposed sets of liner side walls, and one set of the liner side walls converges inwardly and upwardly from a bottom wall of the liner. The liner is formed of a flexible and resilient material so that the liner can be collapsed for insertion into the tank through the restricted tank top opening, and then can be released to resiliently return to its normal configuration where it bears against the interior of the tank side walls.
Abstract: A protective cover entirely of soft, deformable, cushioning material such as high density, closed cell foam rubber or plastic is of elongated, hollow tubular configuration with an outer imperforate, closed end, a cylindrical side wall, and an inner open end so that it may be sleeved over a water spout projecting over a bathtub to cushion the user in case of accidental contact or fall. The bottom of the cover is closed except for a water discharge opening in the cylindrical side wall near the closed end, for the passage of water from the spout tip. The closed end is extra thick and shaped as an animal head to appeal to youngsters. The bottom of the cylindrical side wall is longitudinally split to permit expansion over a spout.
Abstract: A disposable bedpan liner in accordance with one aspect of the invention includes an elongated liquid impervious flexible sleeve having oppositely disposed open ends. The mouth of the liner is defined at one end of such sleeve and has first handle means associated therewith to allow the mouth to be opened and brought into juxtaposition with the seat portion of a bedpan and to be closed after use by a patient. A second handle means is connected adjacent the other of the sleeve ends so that when the sleeve is folded over on itself and the first and second handle means are brought and held together, a purse-like structure is provided. The thus folded over sleeve forms a pouch for containing waste matter with release of the second handle means allowing the sleeve to unfold and the waste matter to pass outwardly through the above-noted other one of the open ends.
Abstract: A foldable tank for a bathtub in the nature of a plastic liner having an external frame that rests on the edges of the bathtub. A plastic sheet conforms to the interior surface of the tub and is held there by hydrostatic pressure when in use. The sheet is joined to the frame. A partition can be provided to compartmentalize the tank.
Abstract: A receptacle as provided for disposition upon a bed and includes a form retentive but foldable body constructed of water impervious material and defining a bottom wall extending between and from whose outer marginal peripherally continuous, integral and upwardly extending peripheral walls project.
Abstract: A bag constructed of biodegradable material in the form of high dry-strength and no wet-strength paper combined with water-soluble plastic material laminated to a portion of the exterior of the bag. The bag is of a size to receive a bedpan as specifically disclosed but it may also be of a size to receive an emesis pan or the like when inserted therein with the bag completely enclosing the pan to maintain the aseptic characteristics of a sterile pan by completely preventing any possible contact between the pan and the patient or excreta from a patient thereby eliminating the necessity of cleaning and sterilizing bedpans, emesis pans and the like which results in substantial saving of time, labor and cost of caring for a patient. The bag, after use, is easily separated from the pan and flushed into the sewer system through a conventional commode with the water soluble plastic being dissolved by the flushing water and the paper becoming disintegrated so that the plumbing system will not become clogged.
Abstract: Cross-contamination of the patients using the same sitz bath in a health-care institution is precluded by lining the bath with a disposable sheet of biologically-clean, flexible plastic film, thereby establishing a physical barrier to prevent any contact (and consequently a transmission path for bacteria) between the sitz bath and patient and between the bath and water. A plastic collar or grommet, which surrounds and extends through a drain opening in the liner, inserts into the bath's drain. Water may be run continuously into the lined sitz bath and drained out through the collared drain opening. To provide a predetermined water level in the sitz bath, a plastic standpipe is inserted into, and held by, the plastic collar.
Abstract: Cross-contamination of the patients using the same bathtub in a health-care institution is precluded by lining the tub, before it is filled with water, with a disposable sheet of biologically-clean, flexible plastic film, thereby establishing a physical barrier to prevent any contact (and consequently a transmission path for bacteria) between the bathtub and patient and between the tub and water. Openings are made along the liner's edges in order to hang the liner onto a series of hooks affixed to the three walls surrounding the tub, the hooks being appropriately shaped so that they can be used by the installer to pierce or puncture the liner to make the openings. The liner is merely draped over the front of the tub. Installation is expedited and made easier by providing a series of markers, such as printed rings, along the edges of the liner to designate the areas that should be pierced to achieve proper positioning and centering of the liner within the bathtub.
Abstract: An inflatable liner for a standard kitchen sink has a bottom, sides, and ends formed from contiguous inflatable ribs. The sides and ends are formed from horizontal ribs which extend above the level of the sink. An inflatable pillow with an air valve in its lower side extends from one end of the liner to rest on the sink top. A drain is formed in the end of the bottom of the liner opposite the pillow. The liner, when used with a sink, provides a tub for bathing infants.