NL1036664C2 - Device for supporting a lime. - Google Patents

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NL1036664C2
NL1036664C2 NL1036664A NL1036664A NL1036664C2 NL 1036664 C2 NL1036664 C2 NL 1036664C2 NL 1036664 A NL1036664 A NL 1036664A NL 1036664 A NL1036664 A NL 1036664A NL 1036664 C2 NL1036664 C2 NL 1036664C2
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Stefan Harmers
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F5/00Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices; Anti-rape devices
    • A61F5/37Restraining devices for the body or for body parts, e.g. slings; Restraining shirts
    • A61F5/3761Restraining devices for the body or for body parts, e.g. slings; Restraining shirts for attaching the limbs to other objects
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F5/00Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices; Anti-rape devices
    • A61F5/01Orthopaedic devices, e.g. splints, casts or braces

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DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING A LIME

The invention relates to a device for supporting a limb, comprising at least one body with an opening formed therein for receiving the limb to be supported. Such a device is known from DE 29 47 858 Bl.

There are many situations in which it is desirable to support a part of the human body, in particular one of the limbs. For the healing of wounds, it is often necessary for the affected limb to be held up horizontally or even slightly, in order to prevent excessive blood pressure at the site of the wound. This is especially true when a patient is lying or sitting.

Heretofore, to support an injured limb of a patient, use is often made of a hoist placed above a bed in which the patient is lying. The injured limb, for example a foot or leg in a plaster cast, is then attached to the hoist and brought to the desired height. This known method has the disadvantage that a substantial investment is required for the hoist and surrounding bed construction, so that it can generally only be used in a hospital. Partly because with this method the patient is dependent on a caregiver. Moreover, when using a hoist, the patient is forced to remain on his / her back. However, many people cannot sleep or hardly sleep on their backs, which is not conducive to the healing process.

Furthermore, it is known, in particular in the home situation, to support an injured limb by placing a pillow or other object with a certain thickness underneath. This has the disadvantage that there is not always a pillow or other; '7 6 6 6 4

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An object is available that has exactly the right thickness to keep the injured limb at the desired height. In addition, there is a risk that the limb will come off the cushion when the patient moves or reclines.

From the aforementioned patent specification DE 29 47 858 B1 an aid is known for preventing the feet of a child from lying flat on a mattress, and thus being directed outwards when the child is lying on his / her belly. A first embodiment of this aid consists of two rings of plastic foam, which are slid around the ankles of the child. These rings have such a thickness that the toes of the child remain free from the mattress. In a second embodiment, instead of rings, use is made of blocks which have a recess in their upper edge, and bands to secure the ankles in the recesses.

The first embodiment of this known aid has the disadvantage that it must in fact be made to measure for each child, because the rings have to be slid over the feet around the ankles. And in the second embodiment of the known aid, the child can no longer turn around after placing the ankles in the blocks.

The invention now has for its object to improve a device of the above-described type such that the disadvantages mentioned do not occur, or at least to a lesser extent. According to the invention this is achieved in that the body has an open cross-section with at least one slit extending radially from the opening to a peripheral part thereof. By further opening the gap, a limb to be supported can simply be placed in the opening in the body.

In order to prevent the device from coming loose when a user moves, it preferably has means for attaching the body to the limb to be supported. A structurally simple solution is then realized when the fixing means are adapted to close the open cross-section. The fastening means preferably comprise at least one tensioning member extending over the gap, with which the body can be tensioned sufficiently tightly about the limb to be supported. In order to ensure optimum limitation of the limb in the device, it is preferable that the gap widens in a radial direction from the opening to the peripheral part. The sides of such a wedge-shaped gap come to lie flat against each other during the closing process.

In order to ensure optimum support, even when the user is moving, the body preferably has a substantially rotationally symmetrical circumferential shape, in particular a ring shape. A particularly uniform support is thereby achieved if at least a part of the body has a conical contour. With a slightly raised position of the supported limb 20, the conical circumference of the body then rests on a substrate for almost its entire length.

When the limb to be supported is a leg, the radial distance from the opening to the circumference of the body is preferably at least equal to the length of a part of a foot extending in front of the leg. The foot is thus kept free from the surface, for example a mattress, under all circumstances, while the foot also remains free from, for example, a blanket when the user is lying on his / her back.

In order to distribute the pressure on the limb to be supported as evenly as possible, the opening preferably has a shape adapted to the limb. This can be realized in a simple manner if the opening has a longitudinally decreasing cross-section. In the case of a body with a conical circumference, it is then preferable that the largest diameter of the opening is on the side of the top of the conical shape of the circumference.

Thus, the internal and external form of device compensate for the natural form of the limb to be supported, which usually runs relatively thinly.

The body is preferably made of a resiliently deformable material, so that it springs back after being folded open on the gap. Moreover, such a resilient deformability is also pleasant for the person wearing the device, even when used. The desired formability and resilience can be achieved in a simple manner when the body is made of plastic, in particular foamed plastic, more in particular polyurethane foam. Moreover, the device can be manufactured in such materials at relatively low costs in virtually any desired shape, while it is also durable and will hardly wear.

The polyurethane foam is preferably provided with a coating. The foam body then remains free of moisture and bacteria, and the device can then be easily cleaned, so that it is suitable for lending or renting out, for example.

For hygienic and / or aesthetic reasons, the device can advantageously be provided with an exchangeable cover arranged around the body. In the case of lending or renting out, in the meantime only the cover needs to be cleaned, while moreover a user can thus adjust the appearance of the device to his / her taste.

The invention is now elucidated on the basis of a number of examples, wherein reference is made to the appended drawing, in which: 5

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of the device according to the invention,

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 1 in use, FIG. 3 is a side view of an alternative embodiment of the device during use, and

FIG. 4 shows a longitudinal section of the device of FIG. 3.

A device 1 for supporting a limb, here a leg B, comprises a body 2 with a through-going opening 3 for receiving the leg B (fig.

1, 2). The body 2, which is formed from coated polyurethane foam in the example shown, has a rotationally symmetrical peripheral shape. In the embodiment 15 shown, the body 2 forms a ring. This ring has an open cross-section, with a slit 4 extending in radial direction from the opening 3 to the circumference 5. The slit 4 here is wedge-shaped, in the sense that it becomes wider from the opening 3 to the circumference 5.

The device 1 is further provided with means 6 with which the body 2 can be attached to the leg B to be supported. These fastening means 6, which are adapted to close the open cross-section of the ring 2, here comprise a tension band 7 which extends around the annular body 2 and over the gap 4. This tension band 7 is provided with a two-part closure 8, 9, in the example shown a snap closure, wherein one of the closure parts 8, 9 is arranged displaceably on the relevant end of the strap 7.

The leg B is placed in the device 1 by first opening the closure 8, 9 and then pulling the gap 4 wide open, whereby the annular body 2 is deformed. The device 1 can then be slid around the leg B, whereafter the closure 8, 9 can be closed and the strap 7 can be tightened. The end faces 10 of the body 2 thereby come to lie against each other over their entire surface, as a result of the wedge shape of the slit 4. The user can now sit or lie down as desired, with his / her leg B supported under all circumstances. is made by the device 1. Because the material of the body 2 is an elastic plastic foam, the device 1 is light and soft to the touch.

The thickness of the annular body 2, i.e. the radial distance R from the opening 3 to the circumference 4, is at least as great as the protruding length of a foot V of the user (Fig. 2). As a result, the toes of the user always remain free of, for example, a mattress, if the user is lying on his / her stomach, or a blanket that has been laid over leg B.

In an alternative embodiment of the device 11, the periphery 14 has a truncated cone shape (Fig. 3). This embodiment is longer than the above-discussed embodiment, and thus offers a larger support surface. For optimum attachment to leg B, this embodiment therefore has two straps 17 with closures 18, 19.

Furthermore, in this embodiment, the shape of the opening 13 is adapted to the shape of the leg B, in the sense that the opening 13 tapers (Fig. 4). The wider part of the opening 13 then serves to receive the calf of a user, while the narrower part receives the ankle. The tapered course of the opening 13 is thus opposite to the conical shape of the circumference 14; the largest cross-section of the opening 13 is on the side of the top of the cone.

Although the invention has been explained above on the basis of two examples, it will be clear that this 7 is not limited thereto. For example, the body could have a different shape than the ring or cone shown. In addition, several gaps could be provided, so that the body would be composed of a number of segments 5 to be connected to each other. Other materials could also be used, possibly even several different materials. Furthermore, other closing systems could be used, for example with Velcro. The locking systems could be integrated in the body. Furthermore, the body could be accommodated in a removable cover.

The scope of the invention is therefore solely determined by the following claims.

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Claims (15)

  1. CLAIMS 1. Device for supporting a limb, comprising at least one body with a through opening for receiving the limb to be supported, characterized in that the body has an open cross-section with at least one radially from the opening to a circumferential portion thereof.
  2. 2. Device as claimed in claim 1, characterized by means for attaching the body to the limb to be supported.
  3. Device as claimed in claim 2, characterized in that the fixing means are adapted to close the open cross-section.
  4. Device as claimed in claim 3, characterized in that the fixing means comprise at least one tensioning member extending over the gap.
  5. 5. Device as claimed in claim 2 or 3, characterized in that the gap widens in radial direction from the opening to the circumferential part.
  6. Device as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the body has a substantially rotationally symmetrical circumferential shape, in particular a ring shape.
  7. Device as claimed in claim 6, characterized in that at least a part of the body has a conical circumference.
  8. 8. Device as claimed in claim 6 or 7, characterized in that the limb to be supported is a leg, and the radial distance from the opening to the circumference of the body is at least equal to the length of a leg extending in front of the leg part of a foot. t 0 36 6 6 4
  9. Device as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the opening has a shape adapted to the limb to be supported.
  10. Device as claimed in claim 9, characterized in that the opening has a cross-section decreasing in the longitudinal direction.
  11. Device as claimed in claims 7 and 10, characterized in that the largest cross-section of the opening is on the side of the top of the conical shape of the circumference.
  12. Device as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the body is made of a resiliently deformable material.
  13. 13. Device as claimed in claim 12, characterized in that the body is made of plastic, in particular foamed plastic, more in particular polyurethane foam.
  14. Device according to claim 13, characterized in that the polyurethane foam is provided with a coating.
  15. 15. Device as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized by an exchangeable cover arranged around the body. 1036664
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US3903878A (en) * 1974-11-04 1975-09-09 Donald C Spann Device for supporting a limb and associated extremity
US4104746A (en) * 1976-06-16 1978-08-08 Goetz Verena M Foot cradle
US4982745A (en) * 1989-01-17 1991-01-08 Shields Jack C Self-elevating limb support
US6186967B1 (en) * 1997-12-18 2001-02-13 Frank Messina Elevation support for a limb
US7188382B1 (en) * 2004-12-13 2007-03-13 Taylor Eleanor L Ankle bolster

Patent Citations (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3903878A (en) * 1974-11-04 1975-09-09 Donald C Spann Device for supporting a limb and associated extremity
US4104746A (en) * 1976-06-16 1978-08-08 Goetz Verena M Foot cradle
US4982745A (en) * 1989-01-17 1991-01-08 Shields Jack C Self-elevating limb support
US6186967B1 (en) * 1997-12-18 2001-02-13 Frank Messina Elevation support for a limb
US7188382B1 (en) * 2004-12-13 2007-03-13 Taylor Eleanor L Ankle bolster

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