With Separate Fecal Receiving Compartment Patents (Class 604/348)
  • Patent number: 10687676
    Abstract: A microgravity urine collection apparatus may include a bellows defining an internal chamber having a selectively adjustable volume. The bellows may include an inlet and an outlet. The microgravity urine collection apparatus may further include a first valve coupled to the bellows and configured to selectively control fluid flow through the inlet. The microgravity urine collection apparatus may also include a second valve coupled to the bellows and configured to allow fluid flow out of the bellows via the outlet and prevent fluid flow into the bellows via the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas J. Stapleton
  • Patent number: 9095476
    Abstract: Described here are body liners and methods for treating accidental bowel leakage using one or more body liners. The body liners may be formed from one or more liner layers and in some instances may comprise one or more adhesive regions to connect the body liners to the skin of a wearer. The body liners may be configured to absorb fluid, and may selectively distribute fluid relative to the body liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Butterfly Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Blasius Brezoczky, Karl Patrick Ronn, Kelly Lewis Brezoczky, Elizabeth Hodge Ronn, Steven B. Gold
  • Patent number: 8979814
    Abstract: Described here are body liners and methods for treating accidental bowel leakage using one or more body liners. The body liners may be formed from one or more liner layers and in some instances may comprise one or more adhesive regions to connect the body liners to the skin of a wearer. The body liners may be configured to absorb fluid, and may selectively distribute fluid relative to the body liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Blasius Brezoczky, Karl Patrick Ronn, Kelly Lewis Brezoczky, Elizabeth Hodge Ronn, Steven B. Gold
  • Patent number: 8869799
    Abstract: A male contraceptive device includes a condom-like sheath that is placed over the male genital member and has a flavorful formulated solution disposed inside the distal tip. The distal tip is operable to release, eject, or secrete the formulated solution during male ejaculation. The condom-like sheath is shaped to elastically conform to the elongated shape of a male genital member. The sheath has an open proximal end for receiving the male genital member and a distal end that has a distal tip that is selectively closed. The distal tip defines a reservoir containing an ingestible flavored solution and is operable to permit the release of a composition of the flavored solution and any seminal fluid that has entered the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Linda Levy
  • Patent number: 8821466
    Abstract: Described here are body liners and methods for treating accidental bowel leakage using one or more body liners. The body liners may be formed from one or more liner layers and in some instances may comprise one or more adhesive regions to connect the body liners to the skin of a wearer. The body liners may be configured to absorb fluid, and may selectively distribute fluid relative to the body liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Butterfly Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Blasius Brezoczky, Karl Patrick Ronn, Kelly Lewis Brezoczky, Elizabeth Hodge Ronn, Steven B. Gold
  • Patent number: 8813752
    Abstract: A male contraceptive device includes a condom-like sheath that is placed over the male genital member and has a flavor-infusing agent disposed within the distal end. The distal end is operable to release, eject, or secrete the flavor-altered semen during male ejaculation. The condom-like sheath is shaped to elastically conform to the elongated shape of a male genital member. The sheath has an open proximal end for receiving the male genital member and the distal end has a distal tip that is selectively closed. The distal tip defines a reservoir containing the flavor-infusing agent and is operable, upon pressure of seminal fluid entering the reservoir, to cause the flavor profile or characteristic of the seminal fluid to be altered and to permit the release of the seminal fluid that has entered the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Linda Levy
  • 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: 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: 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: 8439885
    Abstract: A disposable diaper is provided, including an absorber, a top sheet disposed to cover the upper surface of the absorber and at least partially formed of a liquid permeable material, a back sheet disposed to cover the lower surface of the absorber and formed of a liquid impermeable material, and a skin contact sheet disposed above the top sheet and formed with a stool passing opening capable of passing a stool therethrough. The stool passing opening is formed into such a shape that a posterior region posterior to a centerline in the anteroposterior direction of the stool passing opening is smaller in the opening area than an anterior region anterior to the centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Oji Nepia Co., Ltd., Oji Paper Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsushi Sakano, Izumi Tashiro, Katsuhiko Sugiyama, Kahori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8395015
    Abstract: An absorptive article in which a terminal section of a sensor is less likely to be damaged in production, packaging, and transportation. An output terminal (115) of a sensor member (110) is placed at a side end of a front edge (180) of a urine pad (100). The side end of the front edge (180) is constructed only from a front face sheet (105) and a rear face sheet (106). The front face sheet (105) and the rear face sheet (106) are not joined together and are separably arranged. When the urine pad (100) is not in use, the output terminal (115) is covered by the front face sheet (105) and the rear face sheet (106). In use, the front face sheet (105) and the rear face sheet (106) are separated in the thickness direction and the output terminal (115) of the sensor member (110) is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Wada, Miou Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8298201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an in situ cleanable filter for an ostomy appliance comprising a pathway for leading gases to a vent in an ostomy bag and a protective element contained in said pathway to prevent solid or semi-liquid waste from blocking the pathway where a channel or compartment formed by liquid impermeable layer(s) is defining at least part of the pathway and at least a part of said compartment or channel contain a protective element of an open celled compressible material having a memory and having a pore size of at least 60 PPI, said protective element extending in the same direction as the gas flow within the channel or compartment, said channel or compartment having an opening providing access to the pathway from the interior of the bag, said pathway having another opening being connected to a vent in the ostomy bag, optionally via a deodorizing filter. The invention relates to an ostomy appliance comprising a filter as above and a method for emptying and cleaning the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Lasse Skoett Albrectsen
  • Patent number: 8277427
    Abstract: A fecal management device suitable for attachment directly to the perianal skin between the buttocks of the wearer. The device utilizes an optimised adhesive wafer in order to securely attach the device to the skin of the wearer so that the device is maintained in position for the entire period of wear, including circumstances or periods of wear during which the wearer is active, i.e. not bedridden. In addition the fecal management device of the present invention has the ability for easy application of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Edvardsen, Danuta Ciok, Michael Hansen, Esben Stroebech
  • Patent number: 8075540
    Abstract: A bowel management system includes a rectal catheter; and at least one physiologic sensor. The rectal catheter has a portion in contact with a patient's body internally thereof during use of the system, to thereby determine a preselected physiologic parameter of a patient having the rectal catheter inserted into the patient's bowel. The position of the sensor relative to the rectal catheter portion is such that the sensor is disposed in close proximity to the internal tissue of the patient, or within the fecal flow, when the bowel management system is place for use within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter M. von Dyck, John S. Minasi, James G. Schneider, Nick Martino
  • Patent number: 7993314
    Abstract: An absorbent article, such as an incontinence shield, diaper, pant-diaper, belt diaper or the like, includes a topsheet, a backsheet and an absorbent core placed therebetween. The absorbent core has two longitudinal edges, and a front and a rear transverse edge, wherein the rear transverse edge possesses a recess with at least one pair of opposing edges. The recess forms a pocket for receiving and storing faeces, wherein the pocket's extension is defined by the edges of the recess. The article provides a simple, practical and cheap solution for handling of faeces without obviously compromising the liquid absorption properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Asp, Marie Johansson, Filip Jansson
  • 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: 7815618
    Abstract: A closed drainage system for irrigating colostomy bags wherein the bag is irrigated and cleaned while in its operable position associated with the person. More specifically, the invention mounts a manifold within the colostomy bag with an access to a water pressure from outside, the manifold providing a spray dispersion of fluid, or water preferably, at the top of the bag and gravity then drips it down through the bag and out the open bottom, preferably with the residue of the bag being washed out by the water and passing into a toilet where the user flushes the bag to completion of cleaning with all residue from the bag passing into the toilet. A water source from the toilet itself, or other suitable water supply, provides the pressured water to the manifold inside the top of the colostomy bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Schena, Blaine M. Schena
  • 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: 7503911
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article includes a holder member which is composed of a front waist region, a rear waist region and a crotch region and a bodily discharge receiving member. The holder member is formed with a through-hole in the crotch region while the receiving member has a protrusion adapted to be inserted into the through-hole from the outer side of the wearing article and to define a concavity which can receive and retain bodily discharges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Mishima, Taiji Shimakawa, Kaiyo Nakajima, Tomoko Sugito
  • Publication number: 20070239132
    Abstract: An absorbent wearing article includes a liquid-absorbent structure and an excrement receiving structureghaving a plurality of passages defined by flexible walls formed from flexible sheets and disposed along a liquid-absorbent surface of the liquid-absorbent structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Applicant: UNI-CHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka MISHIMA
  • Patent number: 7160280
    Abstract: A diaper with an integral feces receiver. This receiver is connected to the interior of the diaper by an oval opening. The walls of the receiver are undercut so that the cross-section expands as the fecal matter moves from the opening downward. A thickened supporting section is provided around the receiver so that the user's weight will not force the solid material out of the receiver and back into the interior of the diaper. The fecal matter is thereby contained within the receiver and away from the user. A layered version is shown, in which the diaper's structure is built from a series of stacked cross sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Brenda Lee Bailey
  • Patent number: 6960197
    Abstract: Absorbent pants having a waist opening, two leg openings, and a waterproof outer barrier layer, which is arranged outside the pants layer. The pants layer has a surface area which is greater than that of the outer barrier layer and is joined in parts with itself or includes a device for enabling it to be joined in parts with itself, so that during use of the pants it alone constitutes the waist opening and the leg openings of the pants, and that the load-bearing parts of the pants and all of the parts lying against the body of the user are formed only from the pants layer. The pants are also elastic, where the outer barrier layer is essentially inelastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Anders Gustafsson, Urban Widlund
  • Patent number: 6939332
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a collection device that can be carried by disabled persons, comprising a section of duct, destined to be connected to the rectum of the person, an expansible container, connected to said section of duct, and a shutter device interposed in the aforesaid section of duct and controlled by actuator means, for example shape-memory or electromagnetic means, activated by the signal of a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Piero Perlo, Gianfranco Innocenti, Stefano Alacqua
  • Patent number: 6920646
    Abstract: A chemical/biological hazard protection suit has two pants legs which extend to a midsection below waist level. An opening in the midsection defines an outlet from the suit interior. A waste collector has an upper segment which is fixed to the midsection and which adjoins an intermediate segment which is in turn connected to a waste receptacle. A first seal is between the upper segment and the intermediate segment, and a second seal is between the intermediate segment and the waste receptacle. A region of weakened material encircles the intermediate segment between the seals. A wearer discharges waste through the outlet and past the two open seals into the receptacle, whereupon both seals are closed, and the receptacle is detached from the upper segment, leaving both the receptacle and the suit sealed. Prior to use, the waste receptacle may be retained within a pocket on one of the pants legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: LineWeight LLC
    Inventors: Caleb Clark Crye, Gregg M. Thompson, Eric Owen Fehlberg
  • Publication number: 20040019337
    Abstract: An insert for use together with an absorbent article such as a nappy, an incontinence product, a sanitary towel, a panty liner or the like. The insert has an first side, a second side and an essentially non-urine-absorbing spacer element adapted to keep a portion of the absorbent article at a distance from the skin of a wearer during use. The insert also includes an essentially non-urine-absorbing liquid-permeable retaining layer located against the spacer element, the retaining layer being capable of retaining feces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Barbro Moberg-Alehammar, Anna-Gerd Doverbo
  • Patent number: 6558472
    Abstract: A cleaning device for the anus including a cylindrical portion comprised of a flexible material. The cylindrical portion has an open upper end, a closed lower end, and a cylindrical side wall therebetween. The closed lower end is concave defining a central alignment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Steven Tung
  • Patent number: 6527755
    Abstract: A feces control device includes a tubular member in which an inflatable balloon is positioned on one interior sidewall for closing the passageway to movement of feces when the balloon is expanded and allowing flow when the balloon is contracted against the sidewall to which it is attached. A second balloon on the inner end of the tubular member when inflated presses against the inner end of an umbrella mounted on the inner end of the tubular member thereby expanding the umbrella to a radially outwardly and forwardly extending sealing position in the stoma or rectum. When the umbrella balloon is deflated, the umbrella memory causes it to collapse to a position coaxial with the tubular member. Inflation passageways in the sidewall of the tubular member may include tube portions for inflating the balloons or removing the device from the rectum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Fouad A. Salama
  • Publication number: 20030028161
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that allows a caregiver to attach and then, when necessary, dispose of a bag that collects a patient's urine. The bag has an orifice surrounded by an elasticized portion that allows the penis to be inserted and then maintained in position. In the first embodiment of the invention, the bag is held by an adhesive or other type of attachment means to the outside of a diaper-like garment that includes an absorbent inner liner. In the second embodiment, the bag is kept and held inside a standard-type male undergarment (boxers or briefs). In the third embodiment, the bag is held in position outside the typical undergarment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Cecilia Carballo
  • Patent number: 6458116
    Abstract: Pants that include a pair of outer sheets, and an inner sheet folded along a transverse center line, and disposed between lower parts of the respective outer sheets. Each of the outer sheets has upper and lower end portions extending in a transverse direction and front and rear side edge portions extending in a longitudinal direction while the inner sheet has lower end portions extending below the transverse center line in the transverse direction and a panel in the vicinity of the transverse center line. The inner surfaces of the respective outer sheets are bonded to each other in the vicinity of upper portions of the front and rear side edge portions thereof while the inner surfaces of the respective outer sheets are bonded to the inner surface of the inner sheet in the vicinity of lower portions of the front and rear side edge portions as well as in the vicinity of the front and rear side edge portions of the inner sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michiyo Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20020128623
    Abstract: A disposable, undergarment-like panty/brief for collection and retention of fecal matter. The disposable, undergarment-like panty/brief of this invention comprises a waist band equipped with a draw-string, a back portion or panel, a front portion or panel, a seat/crotch/sump. Each of the back portion or panel and front portion or panel is attached at its corresponding top margins to the waist band and further cooperate with each other at each of its corresponding lateral margins, so as to generally define leg openings in the undergarment-like brief or panty. The front and back portions or panels also cooperate with each other at each of its corresponding bottom margins to define an extended crotch or seat. The extended sump is configured to remain remote from the buttocks of the wearer and thereby provides a container for the collection of human waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas Kehoe
  • Patent number: 6375643
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a single use undergarment for use by neonatal, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients for the purposes of obtaining a measured sample of either fecal or urine material. Such devices are needed in order to gather fecal and urine samples in a safe, non-invasive manner without the assistance of medical professionals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventors: Kerry Moorhead, John Berry, Byron Conner
  • Patent number: 6293937
    Abstract: Trunks-type disposable pants that include a pair of inner sheets and a pair of outer sheets. The inner sheets have cutouts depressed from the upper ends toward the lower ends and liquid-absorbent panels attached to opposed surfaces of the inner sheets in the vicinity of the respective cutouts. The opposed surfaces of the inner sheets may be bonded together by means of bond lines extending in parallel to the cutouts and partially extending below the liquid-absorbent panels. Opposed surfaces of the inner sheets and the outer sheets are bonded together along the front and rear side portions of these sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Michiyo Matsushita, Takeshi Hanajiri
  • Patent number: 6238378
    Abstract: A bodily waste evacuation system, particularly adapted for use with an immobile patient, generally comprises a pair of shorts, or other like undergarment-type apparel, and a collection and storage unit in operable and fluid communication with the shorts. The shorts are provided with a plurality of connecting tubes for the removal of bodily wastes and a plurality of connecting tubes for the supply of cleansing liquid and drying air. The collection and storage unit generally comprises a plurality of removable chambers. Each chamber is in fluid communication with the shorts via the connecting tubes. A plurality of separate chambers are utilized for storing waste, liquid waste, and the cleansing fluids. A vacuum operated waste collection system is included, as well as a source of drying air to be diffused upon the patient. There is also a means for heating the cleansing liquid and/or the drying air so that it is assured to be at a desired temperature for patient comfort and increased drying efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Francisco Perez
  • Patent number: 6190369
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article, such as a diaper, comprising a medium viscosity feces storage material having an improved ability to store in particular medium low viscosity feces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gianfranco Palumbo, Vincenzo D'Acchioli
  • Patent number: 6146368
    Abstract: A diaper to eliminate bed sores includes a front section, a back section and a middle section extending longitudinally between the front section and the back section. The middle section includes a liquid-permeable inner sheet, a liquid-impermeable outer sheet aligned with and secured to the inner sheet, and an absorbent body disposed between the inner sheet and the outer sheet. The middle section includes an aperture extending through the inner sheet and the absorbent body and the outer sheet and having a thickened portion completely surrounding the aperture. The aperture is adapted to be located over a bed sore on a body of person with the middle portion disposed between legs of the person and the front section disposed in front of the person and the back section disposed in back of the person and attached to the front portion when the diaper is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Lynn LaPointe
  • Patent number: 6132409
    Abstract: A personal care article for preventing exudates from contacting the body of a user comprises a substrate including an extensible bodyside liner layer, and an aperture support structure limiting extensibility of the bodyside liner layer along the length of the aperture support structure. One support band of an aperture support structure runs through the gluteal fold between the buttocks of a user. The aperture support structure positions an aperture in the bodyside liner layer in the gluteal fold of a user, in alignment with the anus, so that fecal material enters a containment receptacle upon leaving the anus. In another embodiment, the personal care article can include a comfort stretch layer comprising an elastomeric, hot melt, pressure-sensitive adhesive located between a bodyside liner layer and an outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Eugene Vogt, Paul John Serbiak, Barbara Oakley Sauer
  • Patent number: 6110159
    Abstract: A device for disposing excrement comprising: a diaper cup 1 for enveloping a lumbar/gluteal region of a human body; and a device body C connected to the diaper cup 1 for supplying washing water to the inside of the diaper cup and for sucking excrements and sewage from the inside of the diaper cup 1. The device body C includes: a suction motor 21 for establishing a vacuum to suck the excrements and the sewage; a water supply pump 5 for supplying the washing water; and a sequencer 12 for controlling the suction motor 21 and the water supply pump 5. The sequencer 12 includes intermittent drive means S4 to S8 or S24 to S29 for controlling the drive of the water supply pump 5 by setting time parameters according to the sense signals of the feces sensor 109 and the urine sensor 114.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Niles Parts Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Tsujita, Kiichi Komatsu, Hisashi Yamatoya
  • Patent number: 5820620
    Abstract: A garment for use with an absorbent product such as sanitary napkins and cloth or disposable nappies or pads for babies and incontinent children and adults is disclosed. The garment is adapted to fit around the crotch of a user to hold the absorbent product against the user. The garment includes a layer (3) of liquid-resistant or liquid-impervious material to contact the outer surface of the absorbent product to minimize leakage of body fluids. The layer (3) is characterized by darts (15) extending along the sides of the garment that define leg openings to minimize lateral movement of the absorbent product with respect to the garment and to form wet guards to minimize leakage of body fluids through the leg openings. In a preferred embodiment the garment also includes hook and loop fasteners (13) to releasably hold the garment around the waist of the user which are arranged so that the fastening is to the rear of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Susan Margaret Allison-Rogers
  • Patent number: 5741239
    Abstract: A rubberized sealing ring has a flat smooth broad bottom sealing surface for sealing with and spreading the pressure over an area of the rectal mucosal tissue. A peaked top surface has a wide inwardly sloping face for funneling the fecal matter into a tapering funnel-shaped neck. The sealing ring compresses together in a linear shape for anal insertion and expands resiliently into a sealing ring inside the patient past the interior anal sphincter. An external receptacle connects to the neck for collecting excretions. The receptacle may be formed integrally with the neck and sealing ring or may be detachable. A gas release valve is built into the top of the receptacle. An enema tube may be inserted in the neck. A spring may be built into the center of the sealing ring. A coil spring, flat spring, or combination spring may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventor: Kevin J. Mulholland
  • Patent number: 5520669
    Abstract: A spring is imbedded in a collapsible rubberized ring with a flat broad bottom and peaked top having a wide inwardly sloping top face. The ring compresses together in a linear shape for anal insertion and expands out into a ring inside past the interior anal sphincter. A tapering funnel-shaped resilient neck connects the ring to an external receptacle to collect excretions. The receptacle may be formed integrally with the neck and ring or may be detachable. A gas release valve is built into the top of the receptacle. An enema tube may be inserted in the neck. Reinforcement on two opposing sides of the ring facilitates collapse of the ring by pulling on the neck for easy removal of the device from the patient. The spring may be a coil spring, a flat spring or a combination of the two. A slotted tube with a plunger and handle may be used to insert the compressed ring into the anal opening of a patient. The ring, neck, and receptacle are formed of a non-allergenic polymer such as Latex (TM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Kevin J. Mulholland
  • Patent number: 5462539
    Abstract: A protective incontinence hygiene pad of laminate construction for catheter patients who have urinary and bowel incontinence. The pad includes at least one peripheral notched area that premits a catheter tube to pass therethrough with sealable areas around the notch so that the device can be sealed to prevent the escape of both liquid and solid materials from the pad while it is being worn by the user. The notch has an adhesive tab or tape proximate its peripheral edges that secures the catheter within the notch, which helps stabilize the catheter in position while retaining the seal around the pad between the skin of the wearer and the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventors: Ella H. Herman, Frank Nelams, Joseph M. Hilbish
  • Patent number: 5139493
    Abstract: The present invention provides a closed, fluid-modulating receiving system for the conveyance, modulation, and collection of fluid matter from its source. The receiving system may be employed under both in vivo and inanimate use conditions for the collection and disposal of fluids which may be infectious, hazardous, or toxic in and of themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: Beth Israel Hospital Assoc., Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Hogan
  • Patent number: 5111831
    Abstract: A rollable condom having a retention periphery at the open end (28) of an elongated tubular sheath (20). The open end (28) is a discontinuous periphery that communicates with a discontinuous bead (22)at its edge. The periphery becomes discontinuous at a notch (34). A hole (32) is located opposite the notch (34) within the sheath wall (38) along the bead (22). The hole (34) has an indentation (24) which is centered on the hole (32) toward the closed end (30) of the sheath (20). Located within the sheath (20) is an inner seal (36) which communicates with and protrudes from the sheath wall (38) to extend forward toward the closed end (30) of the sheath (20) to form a circumference of smaller diameter than the tubular sheath (20). When the sheath (20) is fully unrolled onto the penis, and the scrotum is positioned through the hole (32), a retention periphery is created which provides support to the scrotum in achieving increased physical contact during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: David J. Foggia
  • Patent number: 5098755
    Abstract: Textured and embossed films are described which are usefully employed in the manufacture of condom articles. In one aspect, an elastic film is provided with an embossed pattern thereon comprising from about 1,000 to about 100,000 embossments per square inch of embossed surface. In another aspect, particularly advantageous in imparting extensibility characteristics to low elasticity or inelastic films, the film is textured with longitudinal and transverse fold lines defining respective longitudinal and transverse waveform profiles and comprising planar polygonal surface portions between and bounded by adjacent longitudinal parallel fold lines and adjacent transverse parallel fold lines, with from about 100 to about 100,000 polygonal surface portions per square inch of textured film surface. Corresponding methods for making such embossed and textured films are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventors: Albert C. Tanquary, Robert G. Wheeler