Title:
Digit bandage
United States Patent 2253108


Abstract:
This invention relates generally to the class of surgery and pertains particularly to improvements in bandages. In the art of bandaging wounds, considerable skill is required for bandaging or covering particular portions of the body so that such bandage will remain in position, and this applies...



Inventors:
Casey Jr., William D.
Application Number:
US31005239A
Publication Date:
08/19/1941
Filing Date:
12/19/1939
Assignee:
William, Jenkins R.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
24/DIG.11, 604/308
International Classes:
A61F13/10
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Description:

This invention relates generally to the class of surgery and pertains particularly to improvements in bandages.

In the art of bandaging wounds, considerable skill is required for bandaging or covering particular portions of the body so that such bandage will remain in position, and this applies especially to the bandaging of the ends of the fingers. It is well known that injuries to the finger tips are extremely difficult to effectively bandage or cover so that such bandage will remain in place and at the same time give the necessary protection to the wound.

The present invention has for its primary object to provide a novel type of bandage which is designed primarily for application to the end of a finger and which is so designed that it may be easily and quickly applied and will stay in place and give the desired protection to the part.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved bandage which is so formed that it may be employed to cover the end of a finger and to encircle and protect the top, inner side and lateral sides of the finger also, such bandage being formed in a single piece but divided in two portions, one of which is employed for covering the end of the finger and the other for encircling and protecting the sides, inner side and top thereof.

The invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing forming part of this specification, with the understanding, however, that the invention is not to be confined to any strict conformity with the showing of the drawing but may be changed or modified so long as such changes or modifications mark no material departure from the salient features of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.

In the drawingFig. 1 is a view in perspective of a bandage constructed in accordance with the present invention, such bandage being of the type having a gauze covered portion and portions carrying adhesive so that its application to the injured member may be easily accomplished.

Fig. 2 is a view illustrating in perspective the positions of the several parts of the bandage in the course of applying it to an end of a finger.

Fig. 3 illustrates the first step in the application of the bandage to a finger.

Fig. 4 illustrates the bandage completely applied to a finger.

Referring now more particularly to the drawing, the numeral I designates as a whole the finger bandage embodying the present invention and as is shown, this bandage is formed in a single piece and as an elongated strip. This strip of material of which the bandage is formed may be of the usual fabric either plain or waterproofed, which is employed for the manufacture of adhesive tape, and one side of the strip is covered with a suitable adhesive and at its transverse center it has secured to the adhesive face a sterile gauze pad 2, which is applied over the wound. In accordance with the present invention, the bandage is divided into a major longitudinal portion 3 and a minor longitudinal portion 4, these portions being in substantially parallel relation and integrally joined at the transverse center of the bandage, as indicated at 5. The central connecting portion between the major and minor portions is relatively narrow, as shown, so that each portion has end wings which are separate from the wings of the adjacent portion and the end wings of the major portion 3 are indicated by the numeral 6, while those of the minor portion are indicated by the numeral 7. The minor portion 4 of the bandage is of materially less length than the major portion so that the ends of the wings 7 terminate short of the ends of the wings .6. In addition, the edges of the wings 6 nearest the wings 7 of the minor portion are slightly longitudinally arcuate, as indicated at 8, so that the outer ends of the wings of the major portion are of increased width. This provides for additional coverage of the surface of the finger over which the ends of the major portion wings lie. The strip is provided on its transverse center with apertures 9 which permit air to pass through the strip and to reach the wound through the gauze pad 2, thus facilitating healing of the wound.

In the use of the bandage, the transverse central part of the minor portion 4 Is placed against the end of the finger, as shown in Fig. 3, and the wings 7 are then folded in to extend along the inner and outer sides of the finger, as is also shown in this figure, and to assume the positions in which they are shown in Fig. 2. The attachment of the minor portion to the finger is made, where it is desired that the major part of the gauze pad 2 be brought into position over the top of the finger or over the finger nail, so that the end of the finger nail engages against the narrow portion 5 which joins the major and minor portions of the bandage together. This permits the transverse central part of the major portion with the attached gauze pad to be folded down upon the top of the finger so that this central part of the strip will extend transversely of the nail.

The wings 6 of the major portion will then be in position to be folded around the finger, being first turned down in the manner illustrated in Fig. 2, and then brought into overlapping relation across the side or face of the finger opposite the side against which the major portion of the gauze pad 2 is positioned. The wings 7 of the minor portion will thus be securely bound against the sides of the finger by the wings of the major portion and these latter wings will be secured one to the finger and the other one across the top of the first one so that they will combine with the wings of the minor portion and the intermediate part of the minor portion to form a bandage in the shape of a finger cot.

While in the description of the application of this bandage and in the illustration the bandage has been set forth as having the major part of the gauze pad applied to the top or nail of the finger, it will be understood that if the injury is upon the inner side of the finger, the position of the bandage will be reversed from that in which it is shown in Figs. 3 and 4, so as to bring the major part of the gauze pad against the inner side of the finger instead of over the nail. It will also be understood that the present bandage may be effectively used upon a toe as well as upon a finger.

What is claimed is: 1. A digit bandage of the character stated, comprising an elongated strip of material having an adhesive coating over one face, said strip being cut longitudinally from each end and at one side of the longitudinal center to a point in close proximity to the transverse center of the strip to divide the strip into a major portion and a minor portion, the said portions being integrally connected at the transverse center of the strip, the part of each of said portions lying on either side of the connection forming attaching wings and the wings of the minor portion being of less length than those of the major portion. 2. A digit bandage of the character stated, comprising two elongated portions of material disposed in parallel edge to edge relation, one of said portions being of greater width than the other portion and said portions being joined together at their transverse edges, the adjacent edges of the two portions being in spaced relation and that edge of the portion of greatest width lying nearest the other portion being longitudinally arcuate, the portion of narrower width being of less length than the other portion, and a gauze body disposed across and secured to the transverse centers of the two portions.

WIAM D. CASEY, JR.