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June 7', 1938.
Filed June 15. 1936
. Patented June '-7,' 1938' I ‘
. $223121
elixir; ?lling’ 1:21:32?’ 1:32:42;
.5 claims. .(ci. 150-21)
This invention relates to devices which are in- -.
tended. to be applied to a part of the human body
or to any article to cool the same by removing
heat therefrom,
By the present inventionit is proposed to pro-
vide a‘ hollow impervious receptacle or container
. having a substantial'quantity of a liquid sealed
therein, which container may be placed in a refrigerator or other cooling; device to freeze the
1o entrapped liquid. This device may then be applied to the body part, or articlev to be cooled, and
being relatively colder than the part- or article
to be cooled, will remove heat therefrom and cool
and maintain cold'the. part orarticle to ‘which
15 it is applied. While devices of this general type
have been-‘heretofore proposed, the novel con,struction of the container according to the pres> ent invention provides considerable advantages
‘ Fig. 4 is a view taken on the line 4-4’ of Fig.
3, and
Fig. 5 is a view taken on the line 15-1-5 of Fig.
1 and showing a further form which the inven~
tion may take.
According to this invention, I propose to pro
videa sealed container which is preferably formed
of ?exible, impervious material, preferably rub
her, and'in which is sealed a quantity of 'a'liquid,
such as water, which may be frozen'in such an
ordinarily-available 1' cooling device as a house
hold refrigerator by placing the entire device
within the refrigerator. Such a cooling ap
pliance is illustrated generally in Fig. 1 and it will
be seen that the same may be formed, if desired;
of two substantially ?at open-sided receptacle
members I, 2 disposed in face-to-face engagement
and united by vulcanizing or otherwise attaching
over prior art constructions.
It is an object of this invention to provide a
their meeting edges. As illustrated in Fig. 1
these members may have formed, about the free 20
cooling appliance of the type described which will
edges thereof, ?anges 3, 4 which abut when the
be so constructed as to permit it, when the en' trapped liquid is frozen, to be bent to conform to
any part or article which it is desired to cooland
'25 to which the cooling device may be applied.
two members are brought together‘ and which
may be. united. in the manner described to
thereby provide a hollow container which is
formed of impervious, preferably ?exible ' ma- 25“
Another object is to provide a cooling device
of the type described which will be provided interiorly with means aboutwhich the ice will be
frozen and which, when the device is bent to
30 adapt it to a body part or article to be cooled,
terial. A quantity of a liquid, preferably water,
is put into this container before the sealing oper
ation, this quantity of water being preferably
less than the volume of the container in order to
prevent any possible rupture of the container 30
' will cause the ice to be broken into small and
relatively uniform pieces which will be so disposed within the device as not to present any
bumps or protruding edges.
It is also an object of the invention to provide
-a- cooling appliance of the type described which
may be easily and cheaply manufactured and
‘which will be strong and rugged in construction.
Other objects and features of novelty will be
when the included liquid is frozen.
It willbe ap
parent that the method of inserting the liquid
into the appliance forms no part of the inven
tion, and the liquid may, if desired, be injected
into the container after the sealing operation has 35
been performed. It has been found that the best
results are obtained by removing a substantial
part of the air from the container before sealing
the same, as the presence of a substantial amount
40 apparent from the following description and the of air within the container retards the freezing 4o
annexed drawing, it being clearly understood, of the water therein.
however, that the invention is not limited in any
One form which my invention may take is il
way by suchv description and drawing, which are ‘lustrated in Fig. 2 and, referring to this ?gure,
illustrative only, or otherwise than by the ap- it will be seen that means are provided for pre
45 pended claims.
venting the formation of a solid mass or sheet 45
Referring to the drawing, in which similar reference numerals refer to like parts,
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a cooling-appliance which may be formed according to the
50 present invention;
Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view taken on the
line 2--2 of‘Flg. 1 and showing one form which
the invention may take;
vFig. 3 is‘ a- view, similar to'Fig. 2, and showing
55 a modi?ed form of the invention;
of ice within the receptacle. Such means com
prise,» in this form of. the invention, a plurality
of posts or studs 5, which are preferably formed
integrally with and of the same material as one
of the outer walls of the receptacle, and which 50'
extend from such wall toward the opposite wall
and into the interior of the" container. These
posts or studs may be of any desired thickness or
shape and, inthis form of the invention, are of
such a length that they extend approximately to 55
the opposite wall of v‘ the'icontainer'and may be cooling device, ,it Mil be apparent that it may”
regularly ‘or irregularly spaced on the wall from - be used as a heating pad by applying heat there!
which they‘ extend. It is preferred that the posts 3 to instead of; cooling the appliance. ‘ Also, while
. or studs be'spaced over substantially-the entire
\the- devicedescribed is particularly adapted for
area of the container so that no considerable_por-'
therapeutic uses, it will be apparent that it ‘may
be employed whenever it is desired to cool any
article,ifoodstu? or other material, and while
tion of the area thereof will be without such
posts or‘studs.
In the form of the invention illustrated in Fig.
3 'each of the’rwall members i, 2 is? provided with
10 studs or postsj, ‘I, the studs carried by one wall,
extending toward the‘ studs carried by the other
wall. These s u s- are preferably formed of- such
certain of the claims may refer to the inven
tion as a therapeutic device it will be understood
that this term is descriptive only and is not to 10
be construed as placing any limitation on the.
scope of they claims.
length'that thy do not overlap each other,_al
though they may, if desired, be of such length
. It may be found to be desirable to form-the
container of the invention as a single unitaryv
not overlap each other, as illustrated in Fig. 3.
'the studs extending from opposite wall members
tion“ contemplates that a flat partition member
studs, it will be seen that they will extend into
posts extending therein. If desired, this studded
15 that; they overlap and extend from one face or bag. In this event the posts cannot easily: be is
formed on~the inner surfaces of the walls of the '
v; wall-into the other half or- portion" of the con
bagand, with such a construction, my inven
'_l tainer.
havingjposts or studs over substantially-the en
may be disposed opposite each other or may be , 'tire area of both sides thereof be‘ formed and‘be
inserted within the bag to thereby divide the
staggered with relation to each other.
_ Regardless of the length or disposition of the bag' into two flat portions each‘ having studs or _
the liquid entrapped within the container and,
25 when such liquid is frozen, willy-in effect, form
partition sheet may be formed of thin, bendable
sheet metalhas may be all portions of themes
holes in the ice and prevent the formation ofa ent, invention. '
While in the preferred form of .the invention
solid xmassor sheet. of-ice within the appliance
thereby permitting the ice to.be_ broken into 1 .,.-the studs form the means. fortinsuring that the '
small, regular pieces. In the preferred form of ice ‘within the container may be easily broken,
30 the invention the studs are arranged over the en- it'is also proposed that instead of the posts or‘
studs, the opposite inner walls of the container
tire area of the cooling appliance, and conse
quently the ‘ice which is formed therein is formed be provided with laterally-extendingvridges' or‘
.in only small connected masses which are easily alternate ridges and grooves, whereby the ice is
frozen intoalternate thick and thin portions and
broken apart. The entire appliance may, there
35 fore, be easily‘bent with the hands to any desired may -be- easilybroken. ‘ Such ridges may be 35
shape and aftérbeing-bent, the ice therein will i formed on the opposite sides of the partition sheet
be in small regular'pleces instead of being in - described above, in place of the studs thereon.
larger free, irregular-lllumps as in the usual ice _' While I have illustrated and described various
forms of my invention, it will be apparent to
.Intlie ‘embodiment of my invention disclosed those 'skilledin the art that the invention is sus
in FigiSgthe cooling appliance may take the same ceptible ofv other forms and modifications, and
form, and‘be constructed in the same manner that improvements may be made therein, all
as that disclosed in Fig. 1. In this" modification, without departing in any way from the spirit or
however, thezst'uds are omitted and the hollow scope of the invention, for the limits of which
interior‘ of the appliance is ?lled, or substantially
?lled, ‘with a sponge rubber element, or a plu
rality of smaller similar-elements. This sponge,
‘rubber member is saturated with a liquid, such
as water, preferably before being sealed within
'50 the appliance. When required, the cooling ap
pliance so formed may be placed within a re
frigerator or other cooling device and the en,
trapped liquid frozen. It will be apparent that
' the ice which will be formed within the appli
55 ance will be completely enmeshed with‘the sponge
rubber. This will effectually prevent the forma
tion of any large rigid mass of ice and will insure
that the ice formed within the appliance may be
reference must be had to the appended claims.‘
What is claimed is:
l. A therapeutical device, comprising a con
tainer adapted’ to contain a liquid, and a sponge
rubber member disposed within said container
and lying within the liquid within said container
and adapted to prevent the formation of large
masses of ice within said container when said
liquid is frozen, whereby said device may be easily
bent to ‘a desired shape.
2. A therapeutical device comprising a hollow
container formed .of flexible material and having
a quantity ,of a liquid contained therein, and a
memberclisposed within said container and com-'
easily broken, whereby the ‘coolingappliance ' prising‘a .?exlble mass which substantially fills
the space within said container and which is
60 may be easily and quickly bent to any desired
formcd with a large number of openings through
. It will be apparent that the'appliance, instead
of being formed oftwo connected members, may
be formed in any other manner and in any de
siredshape. Also, if desired, the twohalves'of
the container may be connected in some manner
whereby they may be separated, ‘either wholly or
partly. If such a construction is employed, the
container need only be ?lled with liquid when it
70 is to be used and at other times the liquid may
be removed therefrom. The appliance may also
be formed of any material other than rubber, as
While‘ it is primarily intended that the ‘appll-,
76 ance ‘hereinbefore described be employed as a
out whichlcommunicate with the exterior of said
member and within which the liquid within said
container is received, said member being adapted
to prevent the formation of large masses of’ ice 65
'within the containcr when the liquid therein is
frozen, whereby the device may bev bent to a
‘desired shape.
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3. A therapeutics] device comprising a hollow
container formed of ?exible material and’having 79/
a quantity of a liquid sealed therein, and a sep
arate member disposed within said container and
comprising a ?exible perforate mass which sub~
stantiaily ?lls the space within said container
and which‘v is formed with a large, number of, 75 I
openings throughout which communicate with
the exterior of said member and within which the
a _,
openings throughout which communicate with
the exterior thereoi- and within which the liquid
liquid within said container is received, said‘mem
her being adapted to prevent the iormation of
large masses of ice within the container when
the liquid therein is frozen, whereby the device
. within said container is received, whereby the
may be bent to a desired shape.‘
4. A therapeutical device comprising a hollow,
5, A therapeutical device comprising a hollow,
closed container formed of ?exible material and
having a quantity of a liquid contained therein,
and ,a plurality of perforate members disposed
within said container and which substantially
?ll the space within said container, each of said
members being formed with a large number of
liquid within said container, when frozen, will
form small, irregular masses of ice which may be
easily broken to permit the device to be bent to
a desired shape.
closed container formed of ?exible material, and
a ?uid-saturated sponge-like member disposed 10
within and substantially ?lling the space within
said container, the ?uid within said member
being adapted to be frozen.
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