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United States Patent Application 20170252202
Kind Code A9
SANCHEZ; ROBERT A. ;   et al. September 7, 2017

CONTAINER FOR COLLECTING LIQUID FOR TRANSPORT

Abstract

A container for collecting liquid for transport, comprising: a web of flexible porous material defining at least a portion of a chamber in which liquid can be collected for transport. The chamber is configured to receive a tube in a position within the chamber that enables the tube to transport liquid from the chamber while the liquid collects within the chamber upon being drawn through the web when a partial vacuum is applied within the chamber via the tube. The porous material comprises a web of spun plastic fibers, such as spun polyester fibers. In one embodiment, the web of spun plastic fibers is configured to define an elongated portion of the chamber. In another embodiment, a backing of non-permeable material covers a portion of the web and is so combined with the web as to further define the chamber.


Inventors: SANCHEZ; ROBERT A.; (FALLBROOK, CA) ; NEWTON; RAYMOND JOHN; (BONSALL, CA)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

PureWick Corporation

EI Cajon

CA

US
Assignee: PureWick Corporation
El Cajon
CA

Prior Publication:
  Document IdentifierPublication Date
US 20170143534 A1May 25, 2017
Family ID: 1000002818464
Appl. No.: 14/952591
Filed: November 25, 2015


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
62084078Nov 25, 2014

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: A61M 1/0019 20130101; A61F 5/4404 20130101
International Class: A61F 5/44 20060101 A61F005/44; A61M 1/00 20060101 A61M001/00

Claims



1. A container for collecting liquid for transport, comprising: a web of flexible porous material defining at least a portion of a chamber in which liquid can be collected for transport; wherein the chamber is configured to receive a tube in a position within the chamber that enables said tube to transport liquid from the chamber while said liquid collects within the chamber upon being drawn through the web when a partial vacuum is applied within the chamber via said tube; wherein the porous material comprises a web of spun plastic fibers.

2. The container according to claim 1, wherein the web of spun plastic fibers is configured to define an elongated portion of said chamber.

3. The container according to claim 2, wherein the web of spun plastic fibers are in a flexible sheet that is so flexed that opposite sides of the sheet are held together to define said elongated portion of said chamber.

4. The container according to claim 1, further comprising; a backing of non-permeable material covering a portion of the web and so combined with the web as to further define the chamber

5. The container according to claim 1, wherein the spun plastic fibers include spun polyester fibers.

6. The container according to claim 2, wherein the spun plastic fibers include spun polyester fibers.

7. The container according to claim 3, wherein the spun plastic fibers include spun polyester fibers.

8. The container according to claim 4, wherein the spun plastic fibers include spun polyester fibers.
Description



CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] This application is a continuation-in-part of co-pending U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/084,078 filed Nov. 25, 2014.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The invention generally pertains to a container for collecting liquid for transport and is particularly directed to a container that can be used to so collect a liquid, such as urine, from the body of a person or an animal that the liquid can be readily transported from the container as the liquid is being collected.

[0003] A container for collecting urine and transporting the collected urine voided from a person's body is described in U.S. Pat. No. 8,287,508 to Robert A. Sanchez. The container described in said patent is made of plastic or some other material and defines a chamber for collecting urine. The container is closed, except for having an array of openings through which urine can be drawn into the chamber for collection and at least one outlet port through which urine can be drawn away from the chamber by a transport tube inserted into the chamber. The exterior of the container is configured for enabling a moisture-wicking article to be secured over the array of openings and for enabling the secured moisture-wicking article to be disposed in contact with the region of a female body surrounding the urethral opening. A vacuum pump is attached to the transport tube in order to create a partial vacuum in the chamber in order to draw urine into the chamber for collection of the urine and in order to draw the collected urine away from the chamber.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The invention provides a container for collecting liquid for transport, comprising: a web of flexible porous material defining at least a portion of a chamber in which liquid can be collected for transport; wherein the chamber is configured to receive a tube in a position within the chamber that enables said tube to transport liquid from the chamber while said liquid collects within the chamber upon being drawn through the web when a partial vacuum is applied within the chamber via said tube; wherein the porous material comprises a web of spun plastic fibers.

[0005] In one exemplary embodiment, the web of spun plastic fibers is configured to define an elongated portion of said chamber.

[0006] In another exemplary embodiment, a backing of non-permeable material covers a portion of the web and is so combined with the web as to further define the chamber.

[0007] The present invention is particularly useful for persons or animals during various circumstances. These circumstances include a condition such as incontinence or a disability that limits or impairs mobility. These circumstances also include restricted travel conditions, such as sometimes experienced by pilots, drivers, workers in hazardous areas, etc. These circumstances further include collection of urine for monitoring purposes or clinical testing.

[0008] Additional features of the present invention are described with reference to the detailed description.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

[0009] FIG. 1 is a plan view of one exemplary embodiment of a container according to the invention, with an interior chamber being shown by dashed lines.

[0010] FIG. 1A is a sectional view of the container shown in FIG. 1, taken along line 1a-1a in FIG. 1.

[0011] FIG. 2 is a plan view of a variation of the one exemplary embodiment of a container according to the invention.

[0012] FIG. 2A is a sectional view of the container shown in FIG. 2, taken along line 2a-2a in FIG. 2.

[0013] FIG. 3 is a plan view of the one exemplary embodiment of a container according to the invention, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, with a moisture wicking material being wrapped around the container and a liquid transport tube inserted within the chamber of the container.

[0014] FIGS. 4A, 4B and 4C are respectively front, rear and side views of a first portion of another exemplary embodiment of a container according to the invention in combination with a liquid transport tube.

[0015] FIG. 5 illustrates the portion of the container shown in FIG. 4C in combination with a backing to further define a chamber within the container.

[0016] FIG. 6 illustrates the other exemplary embodiment, with a moisture wicking material being wrapped around the container shown in FIG. 5 and a liquid transport tube inserted within the chamber of the container.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0017] Referring to FIGS. 1 and 1A, one exemplary embodiment of a container 10 according to the present invention includes a web 12 of flexible porous material defining at least a portion of a chamber 14 in which liquid can be collected for transport. The web 12 of spun plastic fibers is configured to define an elongated portion of the chamber. Preferably, the container 10 is formed to have a tubular shape. The exterior shape of the container may be cylindrical or non-cylindrical.

[0018] The chamber 14 is configured to receive a tube in a position within the chamber 14 that enables the tube to transport from the chamber 14 liquid that is collected within the chamber 14 upon the liquid being drawn through the web 12.

[0019] FIGS. 2 and 2A show a variation of the one exemplary embodiment that is shown in FIGS. 1 and 1A. In this variation, a container 20 includes web 22 of spun plastic formed in a flexible sheet 23. The web 22 is then formed to have a tubular shape by flexing the sheet 23 so that opposite sides of the sheet 23 are held closely together, or meet as shown at 24, to define an elongated chamber 26. The opposite sides of the sheet 23 are held together by adhesive bands 28, or by other means, such as glue, or by compression created by a moisture-wicking article wrapped around the perimeter.

[0020] The container 20 is configured and sized to receive a moisture-wicking article over the flexed sheet 23 and to be able to dispose the received moisture-wicking article 20 in contact with a region of the body surrounding the urethral opening.

[0021] Referring further to FIG. 3, a moisture wicking material 30 is wrapped around the container 10, 20 and a liquid transport tube 32 is inserted within the chamber 14, 26 of the container 10, 20. In an alternative version related to the variation shown in FIGS. 2 and 2A, the moisture wicking material 30 is attached to or sprayed onto one side of the web 22 prior to the sheet 23 being flexed in order to define the elongated chamber 26.

[0022] The transport tube 32 is inserted through an outlet port at one end 34 of the container 10, 20 to a position within the chamber 14, 26 that enables the tube 32 to transport liquid collected within the chamber 14, 26 upon the liquid passing through the web 12, 22.

[0023] The other end 36 of the container 10, 20 is closed. The transport tube 32 is coupled to a vacuum pump, which can be used to create a partial vacuum in the chamber 14, 26 of the container 10, 20 to enable the tube 32 to transport liquid from the chamber 14, 26 while the liquid collects within the chamber 14, 26 upon being drawn through the web 12, 22 when the partial vacuum is applied within the chamber 14, 26 via the tube 32.

[0024] Referring to FIGS. 4A, 4B, 4C and 5, another exemplary embodiment of a container 40 according to the present invention includes a porous flexible web 42 of spun plastic fibers and a backing 43 (as shown in FIG. 5) of non-permeable material covering a portion of the web 42.

[0025] The transport tube 45 is secured to the web 42, as shown in FIG. 4C. In this embodiment, an adhesive tape 46 is used to secure the transport tube 45 to the web 42. In other embodiments, the transport tube 45 is secured by other means.

[0026] The backing 43 is so combined with the web 42 as to define a portion of a chamber 44 in which liquid can be collected for transport, as shown in FIG. 5. The chamber 44 is configured to receive a transport tube 45 in a position within the chamber 44 that enables the tube 45 to transport liquid collected within the chamber 44.

[0027] The transport tube 45 is secured to the web 42, as shown in FIG. 4C. In this embodiment, an adhesive tape 46 is used to secure the transport tube 45 to the web 42. In other embodiments, the transport tube 45 is secured by other means.

[0028] Referring further to FIG. 6, the container 40 is configured and sized to receive a moisture-wicking article 47 over the web 42 and to be able to dispose the received moisture-wicking article 47 in contact with a region of the body surrounding the urethral opening.

[0029] The moisture-wicking material 47 is wrapped around the container 40, which has the liquid transport tube extending from the chamber 44 of the container. The transport tube 45 extends through an outlet port at one end 48 of the container 40 to a position within the chamber 44 that enables the tube 45 to transport liquid collected within the chamber 44. The other end 49 of the container 40 is closed. The transport tube 45 is coupled to a vacuum pump, which can be used to create a partial vacuum in the chamber 44 of the container 40 to enable the tube 45 to transport liquid from the chamber 44 while the liquid collects within the chamber 44 upon being drawn through the web 42 when the partial vacuum is applied within the chamber 44 via the tube 45.

[0030] Preferably, the spun plastic fibers include, and may consist of, spun polyester fibers, such as contained in a scouring pad. Polyester fibers are preferred because of their characteristic of not retaining undesirable odors. In alternative embodiments, the web is made of some other type of fibers.

[0031] For a female, the secured moisture-wicking article 20 is placed between the legs or labia and held snugly against the external urethra by pressure or friction from the user's body, by the pressure of the legs or by such means as an undergarment, elastic strips and/or adhesive tape. For a male, the secured moisture-wicking article is secured around the penis.

[0032] Different embodiments of a container for a urine collection device according to the invention are configured for use by both females and males, for both adult and pediatric applications, and for veterinary applications involving animals of different species and sizes.

[0033] The benefits specifically stated herein do not necessarily apply to every conceivable embodiment of the present invention. Further, such stated benefits of the present invention are only examples and should not be construed as the only benefits of the present invention.

[0034] While the above description contains many specificities, these specificities are not to be construed as limitations on the scope of the present invention, but rather as examples of the preferred embodiments described herein. Other variations are possible and the scope of the present invention should be determined not by the embodiments described herein but rather by the claims and their legal equivalents.

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