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Dec. 4, 1962
Filed Nov. 17. 1960
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Patented Dec. 4, 1962
Emile J. Huber, 8Z4 Shihley Ava, Park Ridge, Ill.
Filed Nov. 17, 1960, Ser. No. 69,?”
1 (Jiairn. (Cl. 4-112)
bend inwardly to form a ?ange in the manner of the re
mainder of the edge.
The bed pan liner forming the basis of this invention
is shown in plan view at ‘10‘ in FIGURE .3. The liner
is generally pear-shaped, with a major portion 11 of sub
stantially circular con?guration and a lip or tongue 12
This invention relates in general to a hospital or nurs
ing aid and more particularly to ‘a new and improved bed
pan liner.
The conventional bed pan is normally cleaned by a 10
generally tissue-like quality, having substantial wet
‘pan. The nurse must wear rubber gloves for protection
against contamination and disease as he or she performs
tab, which remains uncut, extends generally transversely
extending therefrom. The liner is formed of a paper of
strength. Such wet strength papers are manufactured by
many leading paper manufacturers such as Kimberly
nurse, nurse’s aid, orderly or other hospital attendant in
Clark of Neenah, Wisconsin. By wet strength is meant
a time-consuming and distasteful operation after it has
that the paper substantially retains its strength or resist
been used by a patient. This cleaning is ordinarily per
ance to tear as it becomes wet through the absorption of
formed with the aid of ?ushing equipment, which in some
water and other liquids.
instances might be an ordinary water faucet, and brushes 15
The liner 10 has a tab 13 die cut in the tongue 12 in
which facilitate the removal of wastes adhering to the
the manner shown in FIGURE 3. The base 14 of the
of the tongue portion 12 such that the free end of the tab
this operation.
extends in a direction opposed to that in which the tongue
It will be obvious that in normal hospital operations,
12 extends. The signi?cance of this construction will be
these unpleasant cleaning operations must be performed
explained in the discussion of use and operation of this
innumerable times each day. If, for medical reasons, the
stool must be saved for laboratory analysis or otherwise,
Detachable tabs 16 and #17 are shown attached in off
the task of the nurse is made substantially more dii?cult.
set positions to the sides of the main portion 11 of the
In addition to the already time-consuming and unpleasant 25 liner 10. The tabs 16 and 17 are separated from the
task confronting her in merely cleaning the pan, special
main portion 11 of the liner by slits 18 and 19 cut in
care must be used to preserve a specimen for the analysis.
the paper. These slits 18 and 19 make the tabs easily
Accordingly, it is a primary object of this invention to
detachable from the liner itself. Tabs 16? and 17 are
provide a new and improved bed pan liner.
utilized in adapting the liner for use in a dispenser and
Another object is to provide an inexpensive and dis
actually form no part of this invention, being shown
posable bed pan liner.
merely to illustrate the manner in which it is adapted for
Yet another object is to provide a bed pan liner which
such use. As will be seen in FIGURE 1, the tabs 16 and
is simple in construction and can be stored in limited
17 tear off when the liner is pulled from such a dispenser
space or readily adapted for use in a dispenser.
leaving a regular edge contour on the major portion ‘11
Still another object is to provide a bed pan liner which 35 of the liner.
has extensive wet strength yet which is sufficiently tissue
FIGURES 1 and 2 illustrate the position of the liner
like to ?ush down an ordinary toilet.
as it lies in the ‘bottom of bed pan 1. As is best seen in
Still another object is to provide a bed pan liner which
FIGURE 2, the major portion of the liner and part of the
is easily inserted in and removed from the pan yet which
tongue lie ?at on the bottom of the pan while the end of the
is held properly in place during use.
tongue extends upwardly over the edge 8 of mouth 7.
Another object is to provide a bed pan liner which
The liner is held in position, and the tongue in such rela
eliminates the need for the distasteful and time-consum
tion that it extends out of the mouth of the bed pan, by the
ing cleaning operations heretofore necessary with bed
tab 13 which is pulled back in the manner shown in
pans of this type.
FEGURE 2 and extends outwardly over the edge 3 of the
A further object is to provide a bed pan liner which
facilitates retaining the stool for pathological study or
the like.
Still another object is to provide a bed pan liner which
eliminates the need for brushes, rubber gloves, extensive
plumbing or ?ushing installations and the like heretofore
found necessary in the cleaning of bed pans.
These and other objects of this invention will be readily
apparent in the following speci?cation and claim wherein
like reference numerals identify like parts throughout.
The invention is illustrated more or less diagrammati
cally in the drawings wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective View showing a bed pan
The use and operation of this invention are as folows:
As has been previously set out, the paper from which
the bed pan liner forming the basis of this invention is
made is tissue-like and possesses extensive wet strength.
Because of the tissue-like character of the paper, it is, of
course, very thin and a great number of the liners can be
stacked in a minimum of space. When a nurse, for
example, desires to prepare a clean bed pan for a
patient’s use, a tissue will be taken from this supply, which
might be a dispenser of one form or another, and the
major portion 11 pressed down into the bed pan. Be
cause of the tissue-like quality of the paper, it easily adapts
itself to be inserted through the open top of the pan 1 and
having a bed pan liner inserted therein,
FIGURE 2 is a partial view in section of the mouth
conforms immediately to the shape of the pan while lying
of the bed pan showing its relation to the tongue of the 60 on the bottom thereof.
bed pan liner, and
In inserting the tissue liner into the pan in this manner,
FIGURE 3 is a plan view of the bed pan liner.
A conventional bed pan 1 is illustrated in perspective
in FIGURE 1. The bed pan 1 is generally a pear-shaped,
the nurse retains possession with one hand, .for example,
of the end of the tongue 12 and with one ?nger might
depress the tab 13 to overlie the upper edge 8 of the
dish-like container having upwardly extending walls 2. 65 mouth 7 of the pan. In readiness for use then, the liner
Walls 2 have ‘an inwardly extending ?ange 3 which pro
and bed pan combination would appear as it does in
vides a seat for the patient. In a well-known manner,
FIGURES l and 2 of the drawings. The liner rests ?at
this inwardly extending ?ange 3 narrows, as at 4 and 5,
against the ‘bottom of the pan while the tongue extends
when it approaches the narrow end of the pan to form
out of the mouth 7 in easily accessible position for the
a mouth 7. As best seen in FIGURE 2, the side wall 2
nurse to grasp it for removal.
adjacent mouth 7 has an upper edge 8 which does not
After the patient has used the bed pan containing this
liner, the nurse may grasp the end of the tongue 12 with‘
one hand while holding the bed pan with the other, for
example, and draw the liner up through the mouth of the
bed pan. Because of the wet strength of the tissue-like
paper, it does not tear as it is so drawn out of the bed
pen and consequently the contents which have been de
posited on the liner are drawn in toto from the pan. Due
also to the tissue-like quality of the paper, it is easily
vdrawn out of the mouth of the pan with the edges folding
up or otherwise adapting themselves to passage through
the constricted mouth.
When the liner and contents have been completely re
moved from the pan, they can be completely ?ushed down
a conventional toilet, for example. This is facilitated be
cause the paper is tissue-like in character and though it
possesses wet strength will readily absorb ?uid and
crumple. In the alternative, if a specimen is desired for
pathological study, the liner can easily be conveyed to
the laboratory facilitating such a study.
It will be readily seen that the pan, after the liner has
been removed in a manner hereinbefore described, can be
easily cleaned in the simplest of manner. Rinsing it out
with water and detergent is all that is necessary. No
rubber gloves are called for and the distasteful brush and
cleaning operations heretofore required are completely ‘
eliminated. A nurse can clean a bed pan in this manner
in a minimum of time and consequently save considerable
time during her working shift since the frequency of use
of bed pans in hospitals is obviously high.
For use in the home by private nurses or while a patient
is being cared for by his family, for example, it will be
obvious that a bed pan and liner combination such as
has been described will facilitate a cleaning operation
inexpensive to manufacture and in line with its adaptability
for use in dispensers may be stacked in packs of hundreds
while the packs remain relatively thin.
What has been described is a new and improved bed
pan liner which can be economically and easily used in
both hospital and home. The time and labor it saves, not
to speak of the distasteful character of the labor it
eliminates, together with its obvious simplicity make the
liner a long awaited aid to professional and private nurs~
The foregoing description is intended to be illustrative
only, however, and not de?nitive and the invention should
be limited only by the appended claim.
I claim:
A disposable liner adapted for use in a bed pan having
a generally pear-shaped con?guration with upstanding
sides having inwardly ?ared edges forming a seat, and a
mouth at one end without a ?ared edge, said liner being
?at over its entire area and having substantial wet strength
so as not to tear readily when wet, said liner having two
generally symmetrical halves, each half including a gener
‘ally rounded portion at each end, with the rounded portion
at one end being substantially larger than the rounded
portion at the other end such that both large rounded
portions form a surface which lies ?at on the bottom of the
bed pan, with each symmetrical half being angular and
slightly arcuate between the smaller and larger rounded
portions such that both smaller rounded portions combine
to form a tongue adapted to extend out of the mouth of
the bed pan, a tab cut in said tongue portion, said tab
adapted to lie over the upper edge of the side adjacent the
mouth of the pan and hold said liner in position in the bed
pan with the tongue extending therefrom.
easily performed in the home Without special equipment.
‘This, coupled with the fact that the simplicity of the liner
makes it inexpensive to buy in quantities, makes it obvious
that home use of the liner is extremely practical also.
The tissue-thin liner which is strong, Whether Wet or
dry, readily adapts itself for dispensing from a number
of well-known machines of varied construction. It is‘
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Abraham ____________ __ Aug. 23, 1921
Ebert _______________ __ Dec. 8, 1936
Bolton ______________ __ June 1, 1943
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