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Publication numberUS3080865 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date12 Mar 1963
Filing date17 Jun 1960
Priority date29 Jun 1959
Publication numberUS 3080865 A, US 3080865A, US-A-3080865, US3080865 A, US3080865A
InventorsVincent Samuel Anderson
Original AssigneeVincent Samuel Anderson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for obviating or mitigating the medical condition known as incontinence of urine
US 3080865 A
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March 12, 1963 s. DEVICE FOR OBVIATING Filed June 17, 1960 A VINCENT 3 080,865

OR MITIGATING THE MEDICAL CONDITION KNOWN AS INCONTINENCE 0F URINE 5 sheets-sheet 1 Inventor 7 64/1405! A/mmsv/v Vm/cnvr A tlorney March 12, 1963 s. A. VINCENT 3,080,865 DEVICE FOR OBVIATING OR MITIGATING THE MEDICAL CONDITION KNOWN AS INCONTINENCE OF URINE Filed June 17, 1960 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 A ttorney March 12, 1963 s. A. VINCENT 3,030,865

DEVICE FOR osvmms OR MITIGATING THE MEDICAL CONDITION KNOWN AS INCONTINENCE OF URINE I Filed June 17, 1960 5 Sheets-Sheet 3 qzwd A Home y March 12, 1963 C Filed June 17. 1960 S. A. VINCENT DEVICE FOR OBVIATING ONDITION KNOWN AS INCO OR MITIGATING THE MEDICAL NTINENCE OF URINE 5 Sheets-Sheet 4 By Attorney March 12, 1963 s. A. VINCENT 3,080,865

DEVICE FOR OBVIATING OR MITIGATING THE MEDICAL CONDITION KNOWN AS INCONTINENCE 0F URINE Filed June 1'7. 1960 5 Sheets-Sheet 5 I n 0 en I o r (944/054 #wmrm V/nmr/ Attorney Unite States 3,080,865 DEVICE FOR OBVIATING R MITIGATING THE MEDICAL CONDITION KNOWN AS INCONTL NENCE OF URINE Samuel Anderson Vincent, 11 Myrtlefield Park,

Belfast, Northern Ireland Filed'June 17,-1960, Ser. No. 36,844 Claims priority, application Great Britain June 29, 1959 4 Claims. (Cl. 128- -98) This invention relates to a device for obviating or mitigating the medical condition known as incontinence of urine (hereinafter and in the claims referred to simply as a device for the purpose aforesaid) The present invention is a device for the purpose aforeatent C) for example it may be in the form of aspringy, substantially n'gid strip of metal or synthetic plastic material.

Preferably, however, the pad is an inflatable balloon and the pressure-applying means is a manually-actuatable pump connected to the balloon by, a suitable conduit;

The pad and pressure-applying means are, preferably, attached means of a rigid mounting carried by a suitable harness to permit them to be secured on the patients body in such a Way that pressure is transmitted from a wide area at, and below, the patients waist directly to the perineum and ischio-rectal area without exerting pressure elsewhere.

Embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanyingdrawings, in which: t it 1 FIG. 1 is a view of the device;

FIGS. 2 and 3 are respectively front and back views of the device in operative position on a patient;

FIG. 4 is a side elevation of the device with the harnes V omitted; i

FIG. 5 is a plan view of the pad mounting; FIG. 6 is a side elevation of an alternative form of pad; FIG. 7 is another form of device; and FIG. 8 is aside elevation of yet another form of device. Referring to FIGS. 1 to 5 of the drawings, the device comprises a body harness 10 consisting of, two non-stretchable side portions 11 interconnected at the front and back by a strap or belt portion 12, the front belt portion 12 (FIG. 2) is in the loosened position. The side portions 11 are shaped as indicated at 13 snugly to fit the patients iliac crests. The belt portions 12 are adjust-ably fastened by buckles or'slides 14. The harness 10 is formed of any suitable non stretchab-le material, for example fabric,

leather, synthetic plastic or combinations thereof.

The device also comprises amounting 15 adapted for location between the patients legs as shown in FIGS. 2

mounting 15 is attached to the body harness 10 by straps 19 rivetted to the mounting 15 at locations 20 and adjustably secured to the side portions 11 of the harness 10 by buckles or slides 21. p g

It is to be noted that the buckles or slides 14 and 21 are pivotally secured on the side portions 11 of the harness 10 to permit adjustment of the device while on the patients body Without putting any strain either on the device or the patient.

The device further comprises a pad in the fiorm of an inflatable balloon 22 formed of any suitable material and disposed on top of the central portion 17 towards the rear buttock portion 18 of the mounting 15. The balloon 22 has-attached thereto at its bottom a rubber conduit 23 which passes through a through-aperture 24 in the mounting 15 and which has attached at its other end a simple pump 25. The pump 25 comprises a metal conduit 26 attached to the rubber conduit 23 and mounting a manually-operable air release valve 27, and a manually compressible pumping bulb '28 attached to the metal conduit 26. t

The device is mounted on a patient by a skilled person as shown with the balloon 22 disposed at .the patients perineum and isicho-rectal area. It will be appreciated that by compressing the bulb 28 the balloon 22 will be inflated thus applying pressure to the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area to elevate the perineum and ischiorectal area relative to the remainder of the pelvis.

In fitting the device on the patient the forked portion 16 of the mounting 15 should project slightly in front of the patient otherwise the patien-ts'jlarge tendons would be put under strain due to the fact that the straps 19 would be disposed under the patients body whereas in the present instance the rigid forked portion 16 is below the tendons.

With the above described device on a patient it is possible to introduce into the pump pneumatic system a manometer, which can be used as a diagnostic instrument, so that various readings could be taken at different pressures and under different physical circumstances, for example with the patient coughing, standing, sitting or tilting.

It willalso be appreciated that the bulb '28 can be 10- cated'at the patients waist thus permitting himeasily and readily to apply or decrease thepressure exerted by the balloon, for example when it is desired to pass urine.

The pad may instead of beinginflatable be pneumatic or it may be solid but resilient as shown in FIG. 6. The pad 29 in this case is formed of a series of rubber or other elastomer laminations 30 suitably interconnected and covered with a coating of latex rubber 31.

diiferent shapes depending on the condition and the incapacitance of the patient concerned.

It is considered that two or three sizes of harness will permit the device to be fitted to all sizes of patients.

Referring to FIG. 7, the device comprises an adjustable and releasable body harness 32 adapted to be attached around apatients waist. A springy, substantially rigid metal or synthetic plastic strip 33 is attached to the body harness 32 and following closely the contour of the patients body, extends downwardly and inwardly terminating at---a location adjacent the patients perineum.

The strip 33 mounts at its lower end a solid pad 34 which is arranged at the patients perineum, the strip 33 subjecting the pad and consequently the patients perineum to a predetermined pressure. The pad 34 may also, if necessary, extend to the patients anus. v

In a modification of the device shown in FIG. 7 the pad is not solid but is in the form of an inflatable balloon having attached to it a simple pump as shown in FIG. 4 and comprising a conduit, a release valve and .a bulb reservoir, the latter being arranged at the patients waist. With this arrangement it is possible to permit deflation of the balloon in certain circumstances, for example the passage of urine, and the balloon can then be pumped up to the required pressure. The deflation and pumping must, however, be done by a skilled person in the majority of cases, in the first instance in order to train the patient in the correct use of the device.

Referring now to FIG. 8 there is shown a device especially suitable for use with elderly patients Who are capable of sitting. It comprises a lectern or table 35, a chair 36, and a solid pad 37 disposed on the chair 36 at a location whereat a sitting patients perineum and possibly anus would be disposed. A cord or the like 38 is attached to the back of the chair 36 and to one end of the pad 37. The pad 37 has attached to its other end a cord or the like 39 which passes over a pulley wheel 40 mounted on the lectern 35 and which is releasably attached to a bracket 41 on the lectern 35.

It will be appreciated that if a patient is sitting on the chair and the cord 39 is pulled, pressure will be exerted by the pad 37 on the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area.

In a modification of the device shown in FIG. 8, the seat of the chair 36 is shaped to conform with the patients buttocks, that is it is shaped similarly to a tractor seat.

In another modification, the seat conforms to the shape of a tractor seat and the cords, lectern and pulley are omitted, the pressure on the patients perineum being exerted by the pad due to the shape of the seat and the patients weight.

It should be appreciated that the above-described devices require skilled fitting and cannot be fitted by a layman, in the first instance.

It should also be appreciated that the pressure to be applied to the perineum of each patient is not always the same and varies from case to case so that here again it is essential that the devices be fitted by a skilled person, in the first instance.

Various modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention as defined in the accompanying claims.

I claim:

1. A device for treating incontinence of urine comprising a rigid mounting for location between a patients legs adjacent the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area, a pad carried by the rigid mounting for contiguous disposition with the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area, and harness means for supporting the rigid mounting in position on the patient, the harness means comprising a pair of side portions shaped to tit snugly the patients iliac crests to prevent pressure being applied to the patients abdomen, and adjustable suspension means interconnecting the side portions and rigid mounting for applying an elevating pressure to the pad and thereby to the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area to close the patients bladder outlet and prevent egress of urine therefrom into the patients urethra, the shaped side portions serving to provide a pressure counter to said elevating pressure over the patients iliac crests.

2. A device for treating incontinence of urine comprising a nigid mounting for location between a patients legs adjacent the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area, an inflatable pad carried by the rigid mounting for contiguous disposition with the patients perineum and ischio rectal area, means connected with the rigid mounting for inflating the pad and applying an elevating pressure to the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area to close the patients bladder outlet and prevent egress of urine therefrom into the patients urethra, and harness means for supporting the rigid mounting in position on the patient, the harness means comprising a pair of side portions shaped to fit snugly the patients iliac crests to prevent pressure being applied to the patients abdomen and to provide a pressure counter to said elevating pressure over the patients iliac crests, and suspension means interconnecting the side portions and rigid mounting.

3. A device for treating incontinence of urine comprising a rigid mounting of arched construction for location between a patients legs adjacent the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area, an inflatable pad carried by the rigid mounting for contiguous disposition with the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area, means connected with the rigid mounting for inflating the pad and applying an elevating pressure to the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area to close the patients bladder outlet and prevent egress of urine therefrom into the patients urethra, and harness means for supporting the rigid mounting in position on the patient, the harness means comprising a pair of non-stretchable side portions shaped to fit snugly the patients iliac crests to prevent pressure being applied to the patients abdomen and to provide a pressure counter to said elevating pressure over the patients iliac crests, and suspension means pivotally connected to the side portions and interconnecting the latter and the rigid mounting.

4. A device for treating incontinence of urine comprising a rigid mounting of arched construction for location between a patients legs adjacent the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area, an inflatable pad carried by the rigid mounting for contiguous disposition with the pa tients perineum and ischio-rectal area, means connected with the rigid mounting for inflating the pad and applying an elevating pressure to the patients perineum and ischio-rectal area to close the patients bladder outlet and prevent egress of urine therefrom into the patients urethra, and harness means for supporting the rigid mounting in position on the patient, the harness means comprising a pair of non-stretchable side portions shaped to fit snugly the patients iliac crests to prevent pressure being applied to the patients abdomen and to provide a pressure counter to said elevating pressure over the patients iliac crests, and suspension means pivotally connected to the side portions and interconnecting the latter and the rigid mounting, the inflating means comprising a conduit connected at one end with the pad, a manually-operable air pump connected with the other end of the conduit, and a manually-operable air release valve associated with the conduit.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 717,659 Clark Jan. 6, 1903 1,581,009 McSherry Apr. 13, 1926 1,790,801 Dickstein Feb. 3, 1931 1,837,483 Cecil-Reaney Dec. 22, 1931 2,2A9,298 Ratti July 15, 1941 2,493,406 Hicks July 3, 1950 2,602,444 Stanford July 8, 1952 2,649,086 Sluijter Aug. 18, 1953 FOREIGN PATENTS 9,955 Great Britain 1897 291,995 Italy Dec. 31, 1931

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Classifications
U.S. Classification128/98.1, 128/DIG.250, 128/118.1
International ClassificationA61F2/00, A23L2/82
Cooperative ClassificationA61F2/005, Y10S128/25, A23L2/82
European ClassificationA61F2/00B6D, A23L2/82