With External Collector Or Support Means Patents (Class 604/331)
  • Patent number: 8795258
    Abstract: The urisheath provided here includes an element of thin material (a strip) that allows at least two lengths of it to run in a parallel fashion down either side of the sheath. The is obtained by injection molding the strip in liquid silicone in the silicone injection molding process for the urisheath, either by one, two or more component injection molding. The injection molding takes place in an injection molding form for a urisheath with a cavity for the body portion and a cavity for the strip portion wherein the cavity for the body portion is connected to the cavity for the strip portion creating an attachment zone between the strip and the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Lindenskov Nielsen, Johan Christiansson, Peter Persson
  • Patent number: 8764716
    Abstract: A kit for collecting stool, comprising an adapter (1) for connecting the anus or a perianal stoma of a user to a peripheral device, said adapter comprises a flexible adhesive plate (2) having first through going hole, a flexible tube (3) extending from a first opening (11) to a second opening (12) and a first flexible coupling plate (4) having a second through going hole, wherein the flexible tube is attached to the flexible adhesive plate in an area surrounding the first opening and the flexible tube is attached to the first flexible coupling plate in an area encircling the second opening, allowing fluid communication from the first through going hole to the second through going hole through the flexible tube, and a peripheral device (20, 60) for coupling to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Claus Bo Voege Christensen, Peter Kragh, Anders Bach, Michael Hansen, Esben Stroebeck
  • Patent number: 8736455
    Abstract: A fluid volume alarm system is presented. The alarm system has a container for storing fluid, and alarm module coupled to the container for notifying a user or observer that the fluid within the container has reached a predetermined level. The container has at least one exterior wall and defines an interior volume for at least temporary storage of fluid. In one aspect, there are at least two electrodes disposed on an interior portion of the exterior wall of the container and positioned at a position thereon an interior portion of the exterior wall corresponding to a predetermined fluid level at which it is desirable to receive an alarm. The system also has an alarm module configured to alert the practitioner that the fluid has met or has exceeded the predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Todd A. Linsenmeyer, Joseph V. DiTrolio, Dorothy F. Linsenmeyer
  • Patent number: 8721595
    Abstract: A suction wand for use during a surgical operation involving cutting of bone which yields bone debris, the wand comprising a suction conduit, a suction tip, and a positive pressure conduit for directing gas toward the suction tip to expel debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Stiehl Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James B. Stiehl, Kurt R. Stiehl
  • Patent number: 8672910
    Abstract: An external urinary incontinence aid in the form of a pelvic floor support sling has three components. A belt or girdle encircles the patient at or above the waist. An X-shaped elastic cross strap has hook/loop fastener strips at its ends to attach removably to the outer surface of the girdle, and hook/loop material at the crossing or intersection. A pressure block or pad is attached removably to the crossing portion of the cross strap, and presses against the perineum or pelvic floor, applying pressure to occlude the urethra and prevent or reduce involuntary leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8668683
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a urinary catheter collection system comprising a urinary catheter, a collection bag neck, and a collection bag body. The invention particularly relates to a urinary catheter collection system having a detachable bag body, which allows a user the option to detach the collection bag body from the collection bag neck so that urine may drain from the catheter into a suitable container, such as a toilet, preventing the user from having to empty or dispose of a used urine collection bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medical Technologies of Georgia, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Golden
  • Patent number: 8663181
    Abstract: A disposable urine bag device includes a bag having an open top; and two cuff-like supporting members formed on two sides of the open top of the bag, wherein two fingers are allowed to insert into the supporting members to position the bag and adjust size of the open top of the bag. Moreover, a zipper is provided just below the open top of the bag for sealing the bag. Hence, after use an individual may seal the bag for disposal in an environment without the provision of public toilet. Further, an opening is provided on a sidewall of the bag for urine drainage. A woman may urinate by means of the disposable urine bag device while in standing position. Furthermore, a valve is mounted on the opening so that collected urine may drain via the valve. The collected urine may be used for health examination by hospitals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kuo-Huang Yang
  • Patent number: 8579873
    Abstract: Provided is a bladder drainage aid which attaches to the end of Foley Catheter and removes the need for a catheter bag. In a preferred embodiment, the device is a spring-loaded valve with an inflow tube and an outflow tube. The inflow tube connects to the external end of a catheter. The outflow tube can be aimed by the patient. When pressed, the valve opens, allowing the fluid to flow there through. When released, the piston of the valve cuts off fluid flow. The valve cap allows ease of use and the device can be operated with two fingers of one hand. The patient can wear the drainage aid discretely and empty the bladder directly and discretely, such as into a toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: Lennox Hoyte
  • Patent number: 8529529
    Abstract: A placental blood extractor consists of an outside box having plurality of plastic bags for compressing the placenta and mounted to the top of the box. The lower part of the box has possibility to use several different circularly movable plates for mechanically facilitating the flow of the blood in the collecting veins on the fetal side of the placentas toward the central main umbilical cord vein. The box has an opening in the central lower part of the box and the lower area mechanical tray for the umbilical cord to exit the box. Blood is collected from umbilical cord and is to be collected into commercial collection bags. The area of the bag for collection of blood may be under negative pressure to facilitate the collection of blood but also gravity force may be used for that purpose. Both, the first part with the compression chambers as well as the second part, the Collector of Blood have pumps and manometers controlled by computer in their operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Branimir L. Horvat, Nevenka Horvat, Wayne G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8518003
    Abstract: A personal disposable sanitary toilet system including a primary containment bag and a secondary containment bag formed of sheet-like liquid impermeable material. The primary containment bag is funnel-shaped with a pair of straps formed in the upper periphery for use in securing the bag around one's waist. The top of the primary containment bag has an extended front portion which is adapted to be passed between the legs and cover the genitals for sanitary, splatter-less relief. The lower end provides a waste containment area that may include a hydrophilic compound for absorbing liquid waste and/or effervescent agents and waste control ingredients. The primary bag may be closed and stuffed into the secondary containment bag which is attached to and surrounds the lower end portion of the primary bag. The top edge of the secondary containment bag has a seal that is closed after the primary bag has been stuffed inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory J. Ledo
  • Patent number: 8512313
    Abstract: A valve for controlling fluid flow through a flow passage. The valve includes a tubular valve body defining a longitudinal axis and having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The valve body defines first and second valve ends and a tip portion is supported on the valve body and located at the second valve end. A cap member is supported on the valve body and includes a closed end formed by an end wall having an aperture for receiving the tip portion. The aperture includes a lip portion surrounded a groove on an interior of the cap member to facilitate a pressure seal between the aperture and the tip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Urological Products
    Inventors: Gordon Edgar Atkinson, Mitchell Wade Yadven, Jeffrey Wayne Hale
  • Patent number: 8480833
    Abstract: An intravaginal device has a fluid storage element and at least one fluid transport element in fluid communication with the fluid storage element. It is produced by providing an individual sheet of material having properties useful to move bodily fluids, attaching the individual sheet to a substantially cylindrical fluid storage element to form the at least one fluid storage element, folding the fluid storage element, and packaging the resultant device. The at least one fluid transport element is capable of extending radially away from the fluid storage element during use. The invention also includes alternative methods of forming the intravaginal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Curt Binner, Samuel C. Carasso, David J. Chase, Erin Marsee, Tara Glasgow, David L. Kimball, Julia K. Iris, Tony C. Ng
  • Patent number: 8454569
    Abstract: There is disclosed a catheter assembly comprising a catheter and a receptacle. The receptacle has an elongate pocket, for accommodating at least an insertable end of said catheter, a urine collection bag, having a width extension wider than a greatest width of said elongate pocket, and at least two tab areas on at least one tab are arranged at the periphery of the urine collection bag on opposite sides of said bag. Further, in a storage state, said elongate pocket is folded over said urine collection bag, and lateral parts of said urine collection bag extending outside said elongate pocket are folded towards each other over said elongate pocket, said lateral parts being dimensioned to overlap each other in the folded disposition, and wherein said tab areas are arranged on said lateral parts and are attached to each other, in at least one point of attachment, to releasably maintain said catheter assembly in a folded disposition during storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Astra Tech AB
    Inventors: Kristina Kull-Osterlin, Ian Matthews, Peter Risberg
  • Patent number: 8449511
    Abstract: The ostomy receiving bag comprises a front wall (2) and a rear wall and has a top end and a bottom end. The top end of the rear wall is provided with an inlet to receive a stoma, and one wall is provided with at least one first half of a fixation pair (A), and the same effective wall after closure of the bag, if available, is provided with at least one second half of a fixation pair (B), such that when the first half and the second half of the fixation pair are attached, the volume of the receiving bag is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Birthe Vestbo Andersen, Soeren Hansen
  • Patent number: 8308726
    Abstract: A system to minimize fluid turbulence inside a tissue cavity during endoscopic procedures. A body tissue cavity of a subject is distended by continuous flow irrigation using a solenoid operated pump on the inflow side and a positive displacement pump, such as a peristaltic pump, on the outflow side, such that the amplitude of the pressure pulsations created by the outflow positive displacement pump inside the said tissue cavity is substantially dampened to almost negligible levels. The present invention also provides a method for accurately determining the rate of fluid loss into the subject's body system during any endoscopic procedure without utilizing any deficit weight or fluid volume calculation, the same being accomplished by using two fluid flow rate sensors. The present invention also provides a system of creating and maintaining any desired pressure in a body tissue cavity for any desired cavity outflow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Atul Kumar, Alka Kumar
  • Patent number: 8235956
    Abstract: Packaging for an extra-labial fluid voiding apparatus includes a tube having a cylindrical wall, a closed end, and an open end. The cylindrical wall and closed end define a cavity that can contain the voiding apparatus. The cylindrical wall is pliable and has an inner diameter. A cap is adapted to respectively close and open the tube at the open end. The cap has an end plate with an annular flange extending therefrom. The annular flange is rigid and has an outer diameter. The annular flange is insertable into the cavity at the open end of the tube and within the inner diameter of the cylindrical wall. The outer diameter of the flange is larger than the inner diameter of the cylindrical wall to a degree such that the outer diameter and the inner diameter are engageable in a press-fit arrangement, when the cap is connected to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: FemMed, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Block
  • Patent number: 8226621
    Abstract: The urine collection bag support belt (10) supports urine bags (B) beneath clothing or when sleeping. The support (10) includes a waist cincture (12) having opposed first and second ends (18, 20) and a central portion. At least one releasable fastener (14, 16) is provided for releasably securing the first end (18) to the second end (20) in order to secure the cincture (12) to the waist. At least one strap (22) is attached to the central portion of the belt (12) and extends downward. The strap (22) is adapted for releasably supporting the urine bag (B). In addition, at least one elongated strip is secured to the belt (12) that supports the tubing (T) connected to the urine collection bag (B) by retaining a serpentine portion of the tubing (T) against the waist cincture (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Vicki C. Timmons
  • Patent number: 8066009
    Abstract: A perianal support device is provided that is configured to inhibit the formation and/or progression of tissue damage in the perianal region of the body. A method is provided to apply the perianal support device to patients during childbirth to inhibit the formation and/or progression of tissue damage in the perianal region of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Plexus Biomedical, Inc
    Inventors: David D. Blurton, Hai Trieu
  • Patent number: 8007482
    Abstract: An ostomy bag with a filter assembly having a gas filter and a pre-filter for preventing or delaying solid/semisolid matter and liquid from reaching the gas filter. The pre-filter is at least substantially flat and comprises a number of constrictions, such as ribs extending along and between two inner surface parts of the channel. These constrictions/ribs form narrower and wider passages where the gas may more quickly pass a narrow passage and where the wider passages tend to receive and hold the liquid, solid matter and semisolid matter. At least a part of the constrictions may be provided in a random pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Bjarne Worsoee
  • Patent number: 8007483
    Abstract: An ostomy bag with a filter assembly having a gas filter and a pre-filter for preventing or delaying solid/semisolid matter and liquid from reaching the gas filter. The pre-filter is at least substantially flat and comprises a number of constrictions, such as ribs extending along and between two inner surface parts of the channel. These constrictions/ribs form narrower and wider passages where the gas may more quickly pass a narrow passage and where the wider passages tend to receive and hold the liquid, solid matter and semisolid matter. At least a part of one of the surfaces may comprise an interactive agent adapted to interact with the fluid passing through the gas channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Bjarne Worsoee
  • Patent number: 7981099
    Abstract: A high performance flatus gas filter assembly, and a body waste collection pouch with which it may be used, along with a method for making such an assembly, are disclosed. The assembly includes a filter pad having first and second layers of deodorizing filter media with an imperforate gas and odor barrier layer sandwiched therebetween for blocking the direct flow of gases between the opposing inner faces of the filter layers. An envelope of liquid and gas impermeable material defines a chamber for enclosing the pad. The envelope has walls with first and second openings communicating with central portions of the first and second filter layers, and defines a peripheral space about the pad to permit the outward flow of flatus gases from the peripheral edge surface of one of the filter layers inwardly into the peripheral edge surface of the other of the filter layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventor: Donncha R. Butler
  • Patent number: 7931630
    Abstract: Multi-functional urine collection devices, embodiments of which can include a self-expanding container having a receptacle for receiving urine from the tubing, a pump for moving urine through the tubing and into a receptacle, extendable tubing that may be shortened and/or lengthened, and/or one or more meters for monitoring, measuring, transmitting or storing a characteristic from the urine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasu Nishtala, Warren F. Taylor, Robert M. Hine
  • Patent number: 7850668
    Abstract: A collecting bag for an ostomy appliance, said collecting bag having a front wall and a rear wall, the rear wall having an opening through which waste material may enter the collecting bag, and wherein a manipulation pocket is defined in the front and/or the rear wall of the collecting bag, said manipulation pocket extending into the collecting bag and comprising transfer means adapted to sealed transfer of mechanical movement from the surroundings to the interior of the collecting bag. The sealed transfer of movement can be used to open a passage inside the collecting bag such that flatus gasses may pass through a deodorizing filter, which prior to opening of the passage is protected such that it is not contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Bjarne Worsoee
  • Patent number: 7833169
    Abstract: A device and method for collection of a urine sample is disclosed which comprises a channel, an opening in the channel, and a collector associated with the opening. The channel is formed so that urine can flow through it from a first end to a second end thereof. The opening is provided in the channel at a point between the first and the second ends thereof. The collector is associated with the opening in the channel to be able to receive urine therein. In one embodiment, a member can cover the opening to permit urine to pass through it after contact with urine. Specifically, the member may dissolve or otherwise permit urine to pass through the opening after a period of time to test a urine sample which is not from the initial flow of urine to avoid bacteria contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventor: David Hannon
  • Patent number: 7722584
    Abstract: An automatic urine collection apparatus includes a collection container for accumulating urine transferred from a urine receiver through a tube and a main body for supporting the collection container, wherein the main body includes a suction pump for sucking the urine received by the urine receiver and carrying the urine to the collection container, a mass sensor for measuring the urine accumulated in the collection container, a control board for calculating a volume of the urine based on the measured mass of the urine, and an indicator for indicating the calculated volume of the urine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tanaka, Ryosuke Miyagawa, Yoshikazu Ishitsuka, Hiroshi Koizumi, Shigeharu Sayama
  • Patent number: 7699824
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adapter attached to a human or animal body at a stoma, a detachable lid on the adapter, and a connector for connecting an ostomy bag to the adapter. The adapter includes a protruding section extending from the stoma, and a member for mounting a detachable lid onto the end of the protruding section. The adapter and lid are arranged such that the lid can be slid onto and off the adapter in a direction relatively perpendicular to the axis of the protruding section of the adapter. The connector is arranged to connect the ostomy bag to the adapter and to slide the lid off the adapter. In this way, there is no risk of odors or waste leaking from the adapter or the ostomy bag while the bag is being connected to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Ostomycure AS
    Inventors: Robert Axelsson, Thomas Arnerdal, Johan Rinman, Anette Johnsson
  • Patent number: 7678091
    Abstract: A colostomy bag provided with a stoma ring, a gas outlet and an external deodorizing filter in which a vertical baffle is provided intermediate the stoma ring and the gas outlet and extending from the upper marginal wall of the bag and a level slightly below the lowest point of the stoma ring. The baffle is designed to prevent feces from being squeezed sideways and upwardly into the gas outlet and clogging it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Charles W. Longstaff
  • Patent number: 7673633
    Abstract: A perianal support device is provided that is configured to inhibit the formation and/or progression of tissue damage in the perianal region of the body. A method is provided to apply the perianal support device to patients during childbirth to inhibit the formation and/or progression of tissue damage in the perianal region of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Plexus Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Blurton, Hai Trieu
  • Publication number: 20090281456
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for collecting amniotic fluid from the uterus. In order to collect the amniotic fluid from the uterus through the external orifice of the cervix of a pregnant woman, an amniotic fluid collecting unit is adapted to bring a mouth, which is foldably formed at the upper end of an amniotic fluid collecting bag, into close contact with an end of the external orifice of the cervix. Thereby, the apparatus not only significantly decreases the risk occurring when a needle is directly inserted into the uterus in order to carry out the amniocentesis (amniotic fluid testing), but also eliminates pain and anxiety caused by the direct insertion of the needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: SNU R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Joong Shin Park, Bo Hyun Yoon, Jong Kwan Jun
  • Patent number: 7601143
    Abstract: A lesion or fistula isolating bag, the bag defining a first chamber having a closeable entrance and a second chamber for application to a lesion or fistula and wherein access to the second chamber is made through the first chamber via a valve, the valve being arranged to inhibit passage of fluid from the second chamber to the first, and to allow said access from the first chamber to the second, the bag further comprising a closure for said closeable entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: T.G. Eakin Limited
    Inventor: Thomas G. Eakin
  • Patent number: 7476219
    Abstract: The invention relates to an external female incontinence device. The device comprises a flexible elastic strip having an opening in the strip, a fluid collection means surrounding the opening on one face, the strip and opening are sized and shaped so that when stretch fitted over the external urogenital organs the labia minor extends through the opening and a fluid tight fit between the upper face of the strip and the flesh surrounding the labia minora is formed. The device may further comprise a waistband for attachment of the device and to assist in maintaining a positive tension to press the device against the flesh surrounding the labia minora.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Oumeima Ben Youssef
  • Patent number: 7470263
    Abstract: An ostomy system for receiving bodily waste having a gas impermeable outer bag and a water impermeable inner bag enclosed within the outer bag, as well as a coupling system for attaching the bag to the body of a patient and for securing the outer bag in relation to the inner bag. The coupling system defines an orifice to enable bodily waste to be received by the inner bag and includes a barrier for preventing liquids and solid particles from passing from the inner bag to the outer bag, at least part of the barrier being permeable to flatus gasses. The barrier may be in the form of a foam. The outer bag has an outlet with a flatus filter for releasing flatus gases from the outer bag. An inner bag is provided, which maintains its physical integrity, e.g. its buoyancy, upon immersion in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Esben Strobech
  • Patent number: 6922852
    Abstract: A plastic film bag serves as disposable urine collection device especially suitable for female use. The bag has a resealable top opening. Adjacent the top opening along opposed long sides are two tubular members with an end aperture dimensioned for insertion of a finger into each tubular member. When the bag is mounted on two fingers, the fingers can hold the bag open and press the bag against the body on either side of the urinary orifice. In this position, the user can void into the bag without mishap. The device may be used by inserting the bag mounted on the fingers of one hand inside the panties. The device may be formed from a thin plastic film. A grasping tab is connected to the aperture and extends away therefrom adapted to facilitate entrance of the finger into the member. The aperture may be provided with a stiffer annular element to further facilitate insertion of the finger into the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Alvin S. Blum
  • Patent number: 6592560
    Abstract: A feminine care device for collecting urine including a reservoir defining a recess for receiving urine. The reservoir has a rim and flange configured for periurethral sealing and adhesion to the labia minora, respectively. A tab depends from the reservoir for engagement and adhesion to the anterior vaginal wall. A drain for selectively draining urine from the reservoir is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Daniel R. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20030065289
    Abstract: An abdominal tube band for holding medical tubes attached to a patient including a substantially rectangular fabric band having dimensions that permit the band to be releasably connectable when fitted around a human body, a pocket positioned within the band for receiving medical tube ends extending from the patient's body, and fastening means for releasably securing the band in position connected to opposite ends of the band such that when the band is fitted around a human body the opposite ends of the band will overlap for engaging the fastening means and the pocket is positioned proximal to the medical tube ends, thereby providing a comfortable tube holder that is independent of any patient garment but that provides adequate support and protection of the medical tubes and their insertion region within the patient's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventor: Joan Clayton
  • Patent number: 6537262
    Abstract: An upright female urine collector having a horizontally accordion pleated rectangular shaped urine collection receptacle with a tube outlet, the tube housing a manually operated two way valve disposed to direct urine flow either to a sample reservoir containing a chemical reagent test strip or to a urine sample collector. The two way valve can be spring activated or can be hand turned for instant urine flow redirection. In an alternate embodiment, an upright female urine collector has a urine collection receptacle modified to retain the chemical reagent test strip in a trench with exit means for quick test results observation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Garey Thompson
  • Publication number: 20020173758
    Abstract: An apparatus designed to empty a urinary drain bag having a battery powered wireless remote transmitter that activates a wireless remote controlled receiver relay connected to a battery powered solenoid operated pinch valve that is attached to a flexible drain tube, attached to an outlet of a urine drain bag to an “on” position, allowing the bag to drain for a designated period of time after which time the solenoid returns to a closed or “off” position, stopping the draining of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Howard Anthony Whiting
  • Patent number: 6428521
    Abstract: A female external catheter device collects and then channels urine away from the human body to a collection drain. The device minimizes urinary track infections, nosocomial infections and reduces a patient's risk of infection complications. The device also reduces usage of indwelling urinary catheters. It is characterized by a ladle-like geometry in which the spoon thereof is an intra-labial collection cup and the handle is a hollow neck and nob that is secured within the vagina. Apertures with the nob enable venting of vaginal fluids thru a fluid egress channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Droll
  • Publication number: 20020087130
    Abstract: An external urinary catheter for the relief of male urinary incontinence is provided. The catheter comprises a contact member which is adapted to be engaged with at least the extreme portion of a penis, said contact member being connected to a discharge conduit via an opening in the distal end section of the contact member. The catheter is provided with an aperture. A membrane, which is capable of selectively passing gases but retaining urine, is fastened to the surface surrounding the aperture. The membrane is at least partly protected by a shield. At least one vent for allowing gases to be in substantially unhindered contact with the external surface of the membrane is arranged in the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventors: Signe Uhre Guldfeldt, Henrik Lindenskov Nielsen, Allan Tanghoj
  • Patent number: 6350256
    Abstract: A device for collecting body waste. The device has a bag with an aperture to allow entry of body waste. A flange permits the device to be attached to the body of a wearer. Upstanding from the flange is a projection for sealing against the body of the wearer. The projection is resiliently deformable to promote comfort and better sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Co.
    Inventors: Gianfranco Palumbo, Vincenzo D'Acchioli
  • Publication number: 20010037098
    Abstract: A feminine care device for collecting urine including a reservoir defining a recess for receiving urine. The reservoir has a rim and flange configured for periurethral sealing and adhesion to the labia minora, respectively. A tab depends from the reservoir for engagement and adhesion to the anterior vaginal wall. A drain for selectively draining urine from the reservoir is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventor: Daniel R. Snyder
  • Patent number: 6296627
    Abstract: A urine collection system for use by a person using a float tube comprises a flexible pouch housing a urine collection reservoir in fluid communication with the person. The pouch defines first and second openings, one for receiving a tube connected to the urine collection reservoir that is coupled to the user with a condom catheter and a second for receiving a drainage valve for conveniently emptying urine from the reservoir. A unidirectional valve is associated with the tube for preventing urine from exiting the reservoir while allowing urine to freely enter the reservoir. The pouch is preferably placed outside the float tube at or above the water level so that water pressure does not affect the operation of the urine collection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Richard L. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20010005782
    Abstract: An external urinary catheter assembly for the relief of male urinary incontinence comprises an inner member (1), which is arrangeable, in use, under the foreskin (6) of a penis and has in its distal end a discharge conduit (5) for connection with a hose, and an outer holder member (8) for circumferential engagement, in use, with the external side of the foreskin (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: June 28, 2001
    Inventors: Allan Tanghoj, Henrik Lindenskov Nielsen, Signe Uhre Guldfeldt
  • Patent number: 6186990
    Abstract: A collection device for human bodily fluids includes an expandable, liquid permeable and insoluble pouch containing a proper volume of hydrophilic material. This hydrophilic material allows quick absorption of such fluids and turns into gelled material. The gelled material is then trapped inside the pouch preventing possible spill and back flow. The hydrophilic material with a proper volume only allows expansion up to the predetermined size of the pouch without the pouch breaking up into fragments. This pouch may be made of different shapes and materials in order to fit in different types of human bodily fluid collection devices and reduce possible leakage and back flow. The hydrophilic material can be a polymer and may have antibacterial properties to reduce bacteria growth. A one-way valve, snap-fit seal, or screw-on cap may be added for further enhanced prevention of leakage and back flow. The versatility of this pouch helps speeding up manufacturing processes and reducing overall production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Reachgood Industrial Company
    Inventors: Chen-Hsiung Chen, Hung Shou Li, Mike Deni Lin, Gary Lin
  • Patent number: 6183454
    Abstract: A urinary collection device for human females has a collecting basin with an oval inlet and a skirt around the outside of the oval inlet. A projection is provided from a short side of the oval inlet for insertion into the entrance to the vaginal opening to position the inlet about the urethral opening. A back of the collecting basin has a portion for receiving pressure to urge the inlet into a liquid tight seal against the user. The outlet of the collecting basin has a portion for connecting to a collecting tube which leads to a collecting reservoir. Some embodiments include a bellows between an outlet of the collecting basin and the portion for connection to the collecting tube. The bellows flexes to permit changes in angular orientation between the collecting basin and the collecting tube. An embodiment of the bellows may flex into a conical void within the back of the collecting basin to draw urine into the collection device upon unflexing, or expanding, of the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventors: Laurence Levine, Verne Anderson
  • Patent number: 6053905
    Abstract: A self-contained, self-lubricating catheter assembly is provided. A receptacle formed of two opposed flexible walls includes a main chamber and a lubrication chamber separated by a passage. A lubricant is provided in the lubrication chamber. A catheter is advanced from the main chamber through the lubrication chamber and picks up lubricant as it is passes through the lubrication chamber. A catheter grasping mechanism, located proximate the exit from the lubrication chamber, permits advancement of the catheter out of the receptacle and resists movement of the catheter back into the receptacle. The receptacle also includes one or more finger holes therethrough to allow the user to retain the receptacle on one or more fingers, thereby allowing the hand to more readily position the receptacle during use while advancing the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Tyco International (US) Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Daignault, Jr., Donald A. Coelho, Jr., Lee C. Burnes, James A. Walls
  • Patent number: 5957904
    Abstract: A female urinary collection device includes a receptacle pouch for collecting urine. The receptacle pouch includes a first area for securing adhesive strip to each buttock of a user to create a relatively rigid engagement of the device with the body. In the upper zone, there is a stretch loop and foam belt for securing the pouch around the waist. Inside the receptacle pouch, there is a reservoir of adsorbent material with a wick which exits the receptacle pouch through a tubing connected to an orifice in the receptacle. The receptacle pouch fits around the labia majora of the user. In some cases there are two outlets from the receptacle. The orifices are spaced from each other such that when a patient is lying on either one of her sides with the receptacle in place the one orifice would be relatively above the other thereby facilitating drainage of urine from the receptacle when the patient is lying on either one of her sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Marlan J. Holland
  • Patent number: 5941860
    Abstract: A fecal collector which comprises an elongated, flaccid pouch having an entrance end; an anchor attached to the pouch entrance end to anchor the entrance end in the lower bowel, and; a positioner attached to the pouch in spaced relation to the anchor O-ring, to remain outside the lower bowel and adjacent the body, for blocking tilting of the anchor in the bowel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Alton D. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 5911222
    Abstract: A liquid removal system having an interface device and a vacuum source are described. The interface device has a porous membrane with an entrance zone on one side. The vacuum source maintains a vacuum on the side of the membrane opposite the entrance zone when the membrane is wetted. Liquid which contacts the wetted porous membrane is removed from the interface device by the vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Inventors: W. Thompson Lawrence, Clair L. Strohl, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5840055
    Abstract: A disposable device for transfer of an active liquid into an intracorporeal cavity, having a central element able to contact the mucous membrane of an intracorporeal cavity; an absorbent peripheral element arranged around the central element that absorbs liquid; a temporary protective covering, that is sealed with respect to liquids, that prevents fluid communication between the peripheral element and the central element; an active liquid contained in the central element or the peripheral element; and a means for recovering the active liquid, which has circulated in the intracorporeal cavity, that is contained in the peripheral element or the central element, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Bernard Chaffringeon
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Sgro