Receptacle Structured For Collecting Urine From Human Female Patents (Class 604/329)
  • Patent number: 5125118
    Abstract: A urine specimen collection device is presented for providing contaminant-free samples from female donors. The device includes an upper conduit which is placed within the interior genital region of a female patient. The specimen provided is delivered through the conduit into a releasable collection container attached therebelow. As a result of the interior placement of the conduit within the female, a contaminant-free sample is obtained for greater urinalysis accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Edwin J. Green
  • Patent number: 5087251
    Abstract: A one wall of a plastic urine bag is extended as a broad sheet terminating in a rolled-over belt loop. The belt loop is threaded by a fabric belt, which is secured about a patient's waist, permitting the urine bag to hang in the area of the patient's leg. The fabric belt has Velcro.RTM. "loops" entirely upon its surface and is fastened by a tab of Velcro.RTM. "hooks". The catheter is taped to the broad sheet. A lower port of the urine bag has a valve for gravity drainage of collected fluids. The unitary urine bag and support harness in combination with the belt is low cost, sanitary, comfortable for patient use, easy of assembly, tamper resistant, and entirely disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Inventors: Arnold M. Heyman, Paul Choksi
  • Patent number: 5084036
    Abstract: A device is disclosed to facilitate self-catheterization in women who have an atonic bladder. The device comprises a body portion for insertion in the vagina, a locating member which lies substantially at right angles to the body portion and is intended to engage against the outside of the vagina, and a handle member on the locating member. The body portion has or is associated with a passageway one end of which is intended to engage against the mouth of the urethra and the other end of which is intended to receive the leading end of a catheter which can thus be guided into the urethra to facilitate self-catheterization. A locating and measuring device for use in the construction or selection of the self-catheterization device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Inventor: Tomas P. Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 5074855
    Abstract: A device for controlling urinary incontinence in a human female, comprising a resilient pad, configured to seal against and occlude the urethral meatus of the user. The pad includes a base that is adapted to seat against the vestibule of the user's vulva, anteriorly of the vaginal orifice, thereby covering the urethral meatus. An adhesive is provided on the base to seal against and occlude the urethral meatus, and to retain the pad in place against the vestibule. The pad has lateral edges that fit inside the labia minora of the user, to aid in retention of the device. The surface of the pad opposite the base is formed into a longitudinal stiffening ridge that extends into the interlabial space. A handle is attached to the ridge to facilitate removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Advanced Surgical Intervention, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rosenbluth, Jay A. Lenker, George R. Greene
  • Patent number: 5053027
    Abstract: The present invention provides a urine collection device for use by a female having a reservoir for receiving and temporarily collecting urine originating from the female. The reservoir includes a first opening end for insertion within the confines of the labia minor of the female such that the first opening end surrounds the urethral orifice of the female and is positioned between the clitoris and vaginal orifice of the female. The reservoir also includes a second opening end which is spaced from the first opening end and forms a passageway for draining urine from the reservoir. The first opening end of the reservoir is elliptic in shape and includes a protruding rim for forming a seal between the first opening end and the tissue surrounding the urethral orifice of the female. The invention further provides a unique waist belt and urine collection bag for use with the urine collection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventor: Frank A. Manfredi
  • Patent number: 5049144
    Abstract: Pubovaginal appliances for the collection of urine from women suffering from incontinence includes a pad configured to engage the pubic region. A bifurcated support body extends posteriorly along the contour of the perineum and terminates in a pair of flexible rods which are bent or carried anteriorly and which diverge caudally. Each rod carries a cylinder or insert proportioned to be received together in the vaginal cavity and are biased by the rods toward the pad to provide a self-holding force for the appliance between the pubis and vagina. A urine deflecting hood and collection cup are carried on the body at the opening formed by the bifurcation, and the hood is urged into contact with the wearer. Two embodiments are described. One has a funnel adopted for connection to a collection bag and the other has an access door for insertion and removal of absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: Hugh W. Payton
  • Patent number: 5045078
    Abstract: A catheter guide for use in female intermittent self-catheterization to assist in guiding a catheter into the urinary meatus. A hand held guide has a vaginal insert portion joined to a guiding portion at an angle. There is at least one guide hole in the guiding portion which is alignable with the meatus when the insert portion is in the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Inventor: Linda R. Asta
  • Patent number: 5045079
    Abstract: A cylindrical sponge tampon, soaked in water and then placed in the vagina, supports the urethra to prevent leakage during active movement. The sponge tampon is typically 34 mm in diameter and 60 mm in length when wet and supports a minimum of 0.28 kg (0.5 lb) weight when squashed to half its diameter and not greater than 4.54 kg (10 lbs) per 60 mm length. The preferred material is a formalized polyvinyl alcohol sponge which is a medically proven material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Prosthex Limited
    Inventor: Hazel R. West
  • Patent number: 5004463
    Abstract: A permanent receptacle for collecting urine from women comprises a tray (2) and an oblong bevelled funnel (5) which co-operates with the urethra; the tray has a raised lip (4) conformed to surround the female organs, inside which is located said funnel (5) surround by a gutter (10) and, on one side only by a basin (12); the funnel (5) and the gutter (10) communicate with a collecting enclosure adjacent to the tray. The collecting enclosure has emptying means associated with a pumping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Kilrush Limited
    Inventor: Pierre Nigay
  • Patent number: 5002541
    Abstract: A device for detecting the presence of urine at the genital region of an individual and removing and storing the urine. The device includes an external urine collecting vessel which is supported at the genital region to contain the urine within the vessel. Liquid sensors are contained within the vessel for detecting the presence of urine and automatically activating a pump to draw the urine through a tubing to a temporary storage chamber. A liquid impermeable liner is place within the collecting vessel for improved hygiene and for directing the urine away from the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Assignee: Martin and Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Michael Conkling, Glen W. Ediger, Gary P. Israel, Richard E. Ten Eyck
  • Patent number: 4986823
    Abstract: A urinary device for human females includes a body of flexible material having a pair of first and second angularly related limbs for insertion into the vagina and a collector extending externally of the vagina with a central opening over the urethral meatus. A collection tube for guiding urine away from the body is attached to the collector. An applicator is provided for some embodiments, while other embodiments are shaped for manual insertion. Various shapes and angles of the body are shown as are different angles of the collection tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Inventors: Verne M. Anderson, Laurence A. Levine
  • Patent number: 4937890
    Abstract: A flat-folded expandable urinary aid for use by females which allows them to urinate from a standing position has an elongate flat-folded tubular portion terminating at an outlet end and a flat-folded funnel-shaped portion extending outwardly and rearwardly from the opposite end of the tubular portion terminating at an inlet end. The tubular portion and funnel-shaped portions are formed by a pair of opposed planar side walls hinged together from the inlet end to the outlet end along their top and bottom longitudinal edges. The side walls of the funnel-shaped portion are scored or creased along a pair of lines converging angularly from the juncture of the funnel-shaped portion with the tubular portion to intersect at a point approximately one-half the length of the funnel-shaped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventor: Jose J. Tafur
  • Patent number: 4936838
    Abstract: A female external urine collection device has a moulded plastics tray that supports an insert or a planar top with an upper surface that contacts the wearer. The upper surface is shaped with an annular wall that engages around the vulva and an opening with a urine-resistant surface within the wall. The opening communicates with an outlet orifice in the tray so that discharge of urine is contained within the wall and flows to the outlet. A longitudinal ridge extends posteriorly of the wall and is located between the buttocks of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Smiths Industries Public Limited Company
    Inventors: David E. Cross, Elizabeth M. Thurston
  • Patent number: 4911698
    Abstract: An intra-labia urinary collection device for obtaining a "clean-catch" urine specimen. The device is a hollow, oval body of rigid plastic having an upper wall with a front recess and oval opening positionable for receiving uncontaminated urine from the urethral opening. The upper wall further includes opposing side and rear recesses which meet at a raised central plateau to form a closed projection which fits in the vaginal opening. The rear recess engages the vestibular tissue rearwardly of the vaginal opening to seal the device in position and prevent contamination of the urine specimen by bacteria, cells or fluids from the vagina or anus. An enlarged hollow chamber is formed by vertical sidewalls at the widest section of the body which allows the device to handle a high rate of urine flow without leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Dale Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert H. Wapner
  • Patent number: 4904248
    Abstract: This invention pertains to both an apparatus and a method for constructing and using an incontinent female urine collection device. A molding of a partly resilient material and having a cup-shape and a stepped bore in said receptacle, is provided. Several attachment configurations to receive and retain a resilient, soft, compliant outer-rim portion are shown. This rim portion is secured to a lip edge of the molding by adhesive and the like to provide a fluid-tight seal when this device is mounted in the folds of the user's labia. A first length of tubing is secured in a formed stepped bore as by adhesive and/or the like. The discharge end of this tubing is connected to a second tubing conductor leading to a urine collection receiver. A vent in this conductor is provided to prevent air binding. A panty garment having elasticized properties is made with a reinforced aperture sized to accept and retain the first length of discharge tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Sherwood Medical Company
    Inventor: Vincent L. Vaillancourt
  • Patent number: 4846817
    Abstract: The invention provides a urinary device which can be used with comfort and safety when walking, as well as when sitting or reclining, and is characterized as comprising an externally applied support device, and a periurethral adapter which acts as an outflow tract or conduit, said device and adapter being interconnected so as to permit vertical or up and down adjustments of the adapter relative to the urinary meatus of the wearer and also permits in and out changes or adjustments in the position of the periurethral adapter, thus enabling the adapter to be positioned and maintained in contract with the urinary meatus. The periurethral adapter is characterized by a pair of laterally spaced flanges which lie between the labia minora, and in which the posterior vertically extending surfaces of the flanges which are received between the labia minora and engage the urinary meatus, are positioned to assist in preventing leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignees: Virginia Cleland, Barbara Pieper
    Inventors: Robert H. Mohr, Barbara Pieper
  • Patent number: 4846818
    Abstract: A device for alleviating problems associated with urinary incontinence in female patients that has an external, magnetically retained, elastically expandable receptacle which includes a rim that can be formed to fit between the labia of a female circumscribing the urthra outlet with a rear portion inserted in the vagina using magnetically attractable elements implanted at the foward portion of the labia. The set of implanted elments mate with a set of elements mounted on the receptacle rim and the sets of elements are magnetically attractable to each other. Suitable sealing jels can be used around the edges of the rim. The receptacle includes an anterior collection cylinder, which is folded when empty and which is sufficiently expandable so that it will unfold and hold voided volumes adequately to permit rapid voiding without causing pressures that break the seals of the rim. The collection cylinder can be drained when convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Conceptus, Inc.
    Inventors: Loren R. Keldahl, Dale C. Lindquist
  • Patent number: 4846819
    Abstract: An essentially leak proof urine collection device to be worn by a female which can be easily and comfortably positioned. The device is basically a receptacle, essentially semi-ovoid in shape, having an ovoid-shaped opening defined by a rim portion to which is attached an encapsulated deformable polymer gel ring which, when in use, substantially conforms itself to the contours of the vulvar tissue contacted by the gel, thus forming an essentially leak proof seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Sherwood Medical Company
    Inventor: Kathleen Welch
  • Patent number: 4822347
    Abstract: An incontinence device for females is intended for long term wear. It includes a tubular sheath integral with a funnel and a urine-conducting pipe. The sheath is secured to a pad of adhesive material having a central hole leading into the interior of the sheath. The pad is dimensioned so that it can be stuck to the skin of the wearer in the region immediately surrounding the urethral orifice (meatus).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: E. R. Squibb and Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Morag M. MacDougall
  • Patent number: 4813943
    Abstract: The present application discloses a wearable urinary incontinence collector. It consists of a pair of bags designed and shaped to be worn on the inside thighs of an individual appropriately strapped to the legs. A frontal web covers the groin area and supports the bags in connection with a suitable array of straps. The arrangement is virtually leak-proof and inconspicuous when worn while standing, sitting, or lying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Inventor: Samuel C. Smith
  • Patent number: 4799928
    Abstract: An incontinence device for a female user includes a drain tube having a mouth opening, and a vestibulo-vaginal insert extending upwardly from the rear of the mouth opening. The insert is of resilient flexible material expansible laterally in use within the vagina of the user, away from a medial plane. This ensures that the mouth opening of the drain tube is held in register with the urethral meatus of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Femlib Medical Devices (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Ivan P. Crowley
  • Patent number: 4795449
    Abstract: A female urinary incontinence device including a periurethral cup having a neck portion with laterally outwardly facing adhesive surfaces for sealingly engaging the inwardly facing surfaces of the labia minora (also the labia majora) to provide an effectively sealed flow path for urinary outflow into a collection receptacle. In a preferred embodiment, a second adhesive zone is also provided along the rim of the cup for sealing engagement with the periurethral floor. A one-way valve and a vent are also included to prevent backflow, protect the adhesive seals, and provide vacuum relief even at low urinary flow rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventors: Barry L. Schneider, Joseph S. Tokarz
  • Patent number: 4784654
    Abstract: An improved female urinary appliance is disclosed. The appliance includes a mouth surrounding a urine-receiving cavity, and a drainage channel. The mouth is adapted to be positioned within the labia folds of the user, in contact with the vestibular tissue around the meatus and held in place by gentle vacuum. A valve is preferably used in combination with the appliance, and includes an inlet and an outlet, for maintaining a preselected vacuum condition at the valve inlet and a predetermined pressure condition at the valve outlet is disclosed. In preferred use, the drainage channel is suitable connected in spaced relation to the valve inlet. The valve contains a flow control element adapted to control flow of urine from the cavity. While the mouth is held against the vestibular tissue by gentle vacuum, urine flowing through the appliance and valve entrains gas present in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Beecher
  • Patent number: 4769858
    Abstract: A urinal bottle having a unique head that includes a deformable bellows which defines the mouth. The head also includes two finger stalls located on its rear face that cooperate with the bottle's handle. In use, and in response to manual pressure drawing the head section against a female user's vaginal area when the bottle is positioned between the user's legs, the bellows aids in positioning the mouth against and around the vaginal area for minimizing leakage when the user urinates into the bottle as she lies in a prone position. The finger stalls cooperate with the bottle's handle, one of the female user's hands holding the bottle by the handle and the other of the user's hands making use of the finger stalls, in order to draw the bottle's head against her vaginal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: Jung Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Gamm, Paul K. Meunchen, David P. VanSice
  • Patent number: 4756029
    Abstract: A feminine urinary device which permits women, both adults and children, to urinate in a standing position. The urinary device is a disposable substantially flat flexible pad having a hingedly attached flap with expandable side walls to permit the flap to move from a collapsed flat configuration downwardly to an open expanded configuration, forming a conduit for the passing of urine when the pad is held firmly in place by the user and the conduit is aligned with the opening of the urethra. The urinary device can also be constructed by forming an aperture in the pad and attaching thereto an expandable spout to form the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventors: Ron Zieve, Terri Zieve
  • Patent number: 4747166
    Abstract: A urine aspiration system for the management of urinary incontinence comprising an absorptive pad adapted to temporarily receive and retain urine until it is drawn from the pad by an associated vacuum source. The pad comprises an absorptive core encased within a covering of hydrophobic material such as polyethylene sheet material. The upper cover sheet of the casing has a myriad of perforations to render it permeable to liquid, while the lower backing cover sheet is impermeable. Tubing from the vacuum source is coupled to a central opening of the pad so that urine may be readily drawn out of the pad when the vacuum source is activated, leaving the outer covering of the pad feeling dry and comfortable to the patient. A collection vessel is mounted between the vacuum source and the pad to collect the urine drawn from the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Inventor: David H. Kuntz
  • Patent number: 4713065
    Abstract: A urine incontinence device particularly for women is provided having an elongated urine receiving element made from elastic material. The receiving element is open on one side for receiving urine, and attached via a tube to a collection receptacle. The open side of the receiving element contains an inset body of moisture absorbing material. The inset body is provided with a peripheral edge portion which overlies the circumferential edge of the receiving element to separate the receiving element from a patient. The inset body has a plurality of protuberances which extend into receiving element to aid in pumping liquid to the collection receptacle upon movement of the legs of an associated patient to squeeze fluid from the inset body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Mandhy Products B.V. Cuyk
    Inventor: Hubertus H. M. Koot
  • Patent number: 4690677
    Abstract: A urine collection system for females comprised of a soft, flexible, sealing member forming a seal around the external urethral ostium, by conformation to and adhesion to the tissue surface. A conduit, or drain, passes through the sealing member leading to collection and storage means for the urine. A positioning or orientation member is provided to achieve alignment of the conduit lumen through the sealing member with the urethral orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Daltex Medical Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Erb
  • Patent number: 4681572
    Abstract: A female urinary incontinence device including a periurethral cup, an external pad, and an elastic tubular bellows extending therebetween, as well as associated elements for holding the device in place and for collecting urine flowing therethrough. The periurethral cup is molded in one piece soft compressible material and has walls of substantial thickness providing smoothly rounded surfaces for sealingly contacting surfaces of the periurethral floor and vaginal introitus. One wall portion of the cup curves upwardly to define a resilient urine-deflecting protuberance received within the vaginal introitus. The device also includes a conduit for directing urine to a collector, a valved port for allowing air to enter the system within the external pad to prevent the development of relative negative pressure within that system, and a vent for allowing gas to escape from the collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph S. Tokarz, Marvin E. Jensen
  • Patent number: 4681573
    Abstract: An oblique conical like urinary device for a standing female to direct a stream of urine a comfortable distance away from the body made of a temporarily fluid resistant material. The device may be erected from a flat blank which may be curved or creased or folded and in some instances sealed. Some embodiments of the device also include outwardly extending flaps on the rear edges and handles projecting from the top of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Aplex Corporation
    Inventors: Lore H. McGovern, Alix A. Moore
  • Patent number: 4631061
    Abstract: A shallow collection vessel with liquid sensors and a resilient lip allows air around the genital-urinary area when not activated. Liquid urine in the vessel causes the sensors to activate a vacuum pump drawing the lip against the body of the user for a liquid tight seal and pumping the urine from the vessel through a tube and one-way valve to a temporary storage tank. Close and random spacing of the sensors creates a very sensitive device activated when the device is in any spacial orientation which might cause urine to contact the body by a minimal amount of urine, effecting the vacuum pump to remain active evaporating the urine within the vessel until the vessel is substantially dry. Paired electrical contacts or paired fibre optic elements are alternate liquid sensor means. Liquid level indicators within the tank signal a desired level for emptying and cause the pump to shut off upon reaching a dangerously full level. A condensation collecting trap keeps liquid out of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Inventor: Frank D. Martin
  • Patent number: 4626249
    Abstract: An elongated horizontal conduit is provided having one open end and an upwardly opening and upwardly projecting receiver at its other end. The receiver is elongated longitudinally of the conduit and includes a pair of opposite side walls interconnected at their opposite ends by integral end wall portions. The side walls closely oppose each other and control structure is provided whereby the mid-portions of the upper marginal edges of the side walls may be bowed outwardly. The control structure is operable from adjacent the open end of the conduit and the latter functions not only to drain off liquids received by the receiver, but also as a handle for properly positioning the receiver relative to a point of discharge of liquid to be received by the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventor: Oliver R. Hamey
  • Patent number: 4615692
    Abstract: A portable catheter for use by females suffering from urinary incontinency. A short catheter is held in place extending a short distance into the urethra by means which permits the wearer substantially full freedom of movement. A relatively stiff shield is fastened to an undergarment in a manner holding the shield in position adjacent to the wearer's urethral and vaginal openings. A plug means is fastened to the shield in a manner permitting it to be inserted into the vagina to help hold the shield in position. The generally tubular catheter includes locking washer means riding in a slot in said shield allowing the spacing between the catheter and vaginal plug to be varied to accommodate varying physical dimensions. A drain plug extends from the external end of the catheter to drain urine to a conventional collection bag which may, for example, be secured to the user's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Inventors: Joseph J. Giacalone, Joseph S. Giacalone
  • Patent number: 4610675
    Abstract: A device for collecting fluid discharged from female organs. The device includes a flexible pad having an elongated central opening to register with the female pudendum. Ridges are formed on the inner surface of the pad, on either side of the opening, and are adapted to exert pressure on the area bordering the labia majora to urge the labia to an open condition. Corresponding edges of the ridges at one end of the pad are spaced apart to provide a gap to receive the clitoris, while corresponding ends of the ridges at the opposite end of the pad are connected together at a junction which is adapted to engage the navicular fossa. In one form of the invention, in which the device is utilized to collect urine, a bag or receptacle is connected to the opening in the pad and the lower end of the receptacle defines an outlet that is connected through a conduit to a vacuum pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Inventor: David Triunfol
  • Patent number: 4608046
    Abstract: A urinary aid for use by females includes a flat-folded tube having an end insertable between the labia. The tube is expandable by light hand squeezing to open the inserted end of the tube to a urine-receptive configuration which spread the labia and in which the device may be pressed against the uninary meatus. In one non-reuseable embodiment of the invention, the tube is provided with a thin coating which is temporarily water resistant but which is degradable. In another embodiment of the invention, the device is reuseable. In all embodiments, the device may be considered as disposable because of its low cost of manufacture. The device may be manufactured using simple and economical manufacturing procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Inventor: Keivan Towfigh
  • Patent number: 4583983
    Abstract: A noninvasive urinary drainage device is described which includes a urethral tube with a slanted upper end shaped to seal against the urethral area of a female user. This tube serves to support two stacked discs, each of which is flat, plate-like, and flexible. These two discs are configured to mechanically engage the labia minora and majora of the user. The lower end of the urethral tube is secured to a drainage tube adapted to conduct urine away from the user into a suitable receptacle. The urethral tube is held in place on the user by means of a pad which is provided with an indentation shaped to receive the larger of the two discs. This pad is formed of an absorbent material and can, for example, be held in place by means of a suitable belt. The ends of the pad are formed by an elastic net which supplies a gentle, even pressure holding the urinary drainage device in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Inventors: Carol J. Einhorn, Joann Stegmaier
  • Patent number: 4568339
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Craig Medical Products, Limited
    Inventor: Peter L. Steer
  • Patent number: 4563183
    Abstract: Disclosed is a female external catheter which includes an intralabial flange with an adhesive body on one side and an outwardly extending urinary tube on the other side. The adhesive body is adapted to adhere to and seal with the tissue of the vestibule of a female patient around the urethral meatus and vaginal introitus and occlude the introitus. The urinary tube has a bore that extends through the flange and adhesive body to surround the urethral meatus and isolate it from the introitus. A vent is provided for venting the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Inventors: Patricia M. Barrodale, Mary A. Young, Joan H. Humphreys, James M. Lowrey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4528703
    Abstract: A portable urinal for women comprises: a rigid cup-shaped member for receiving urine, having an upward projection at one end and a spout extending from the opposite end for discharging urine in a directable stream, side walls therebetween having recessed portions; a flexible membrane covering the recessed portions of the side walls and having an upper body-sealing rim; and, at least two braces spaced from one another and extending between upper rims of the rigid recessed side walls. The projection is effective for positioning the urinal and enabling urine to enter the cup-shaped member without body obstruction. The flexible membrane is effective for preventing leakage during use and for wiping urine traces from the body after use. The braces are effective for preventing body contact with urine in the cup-shaped member during use. The portable urinal has a particularly flat, slim profile enabling use while standing and while substantially clothed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Inventor: Richard J. Kraus
  • Patent number: 4496355
    Abstract: A one-piece external female urine collection device is disclosed. The device is adapted to be positioned within the labia folds of the user, and to be in contact with the vestibular tissue around the meatus defining the urethral opening. The device includes a generally ovoid and cup-shaped member, and has a generally centrally disposed bore opening so that urine can flow through the member and the device. The upper periphery of the member has a generally convexly curved exterior surface and a substantially continuously curved ridge extending upwardly therefrom defining upper portions of a cavity within the member. The upper periphery and the ridge define a generally adjacent pair of sealing surfaces. The inner surface is generally disposed farther upwardly relative to the outer. The adjacent surfaces permit the device to sealingly and continuously make contact with the female by engaging with the labia folds and the above-mentioned vestibular tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Hall, William H. Beecher
  • Patent number: 4492258
    Abstract: Sterile urine specimen collection is achieved by collecting the initial or forestream portion of a void in a chamber and then directing the midstream overflow into a specimen container in which the chamber is partially disposed. Overflow from the specimen container is drained to ambient or to an overflow container. This specimen container is selectively disengageable from the apparatus and can be sealed with a sterile cap which is secured to the apparatus in a sterile manner before it is deployed on the specimen container. Collection of the forestream and terminal portions of the void eliminates dripping from the unit when the specimen container is removed. When the terminal portion is drained to ambient, the drain tube is provided with a drip prevention structure. Void urine is received in a funnel having an oval entrance and a discharge spout which projects into the forestream chamber to a level above overflow holes defined in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1985
    Assignee: Whitman Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Lichtenstein, Vincent Vaillancourt
  • Patent number: 4484917
    Abstract: An external catheterization device and technique is disclosed that provides for increased safety, comfort and mobility. The device is constructed from four major elements, an adhesive surface, a pliable stabilizer, a main body and an outlet tube. The adhesive surface covers the subject side of the stabilizer and surrounds the inlet to the main body of the catheter. The stabilizer is formed of a material conformable to the subject and aids in placing the catheter. The main body of the catheter is formed to carry urine and vaginal discharge which is received through the inlet, to the outlet tube at which conventional drainage devices are attachable. The catheterization technique necessary for utilizing the external catheter of the present requires cleansing the entire urogenital area applying a suitable protective dressing, and pressing the adhesive surface of the catheter into a leak resistent, sealing relationship with the subject's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1984
    Assignee: The Dallas Venture
    Inventor: Gene D. Blackmon
  • Patent number: 4457314
    Abstract: A urine collection device and method for females comprising a cup-shaped receiving chamber provided with a flexible lip on the periphery thereof for sealing around the urethral orifice and a duct section leading to a section of flexible tubing. The flexible tubing which leads to a compressible collection reservoir. A two way anti-back flow mechanism is provided to prevent inadvertent flow of the collected urine out of the reservoir but which upon intentional compression by a user a specimen may be obtained by forcing fluid back through the anti-back flow valve. The receiving chamber and collection reservoir are mounted in a housing of soft absorbent material which is provided with an adhesive strip for securing the collection device to the undergarment of a female.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Assignee: Comfy Catch-A-Spec Company
    Inventor: Adrienne Knowles
  • Patent number: 4421511
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Assignee: Craig Medical Products Limited
    Inventors: Peter L. Steer, John V. Edwards