Title:
Medical buddy sack
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The medical sack is lightweight, simplified in design and construction, and able to store therein a variety of personal and medical items of a user during the work shift within a medical environment. The medical sack evenly distributes the weight of the items stored therein upon the back of the user permitting easy access for quick retrieval.



Inventors:
Gilham Callahan, Brenda Joyce (Richmond Hts, OH, US)
Application Number:
12/004997
Publication Date:
07/24/2008
Filing Date:
12/26/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45F4/02
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Primary Examiner:
LARSON, JUSTIN MATTHEW
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Brenda Gilham (Richmond Hts., OH, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A medical sack comprised of a rectangular container and first and second straps attached thereto. The container consists of a front sidewall, opposed rear sidewall, first and second opposed lateral sidewalls, and a bottom sidewall. The sidewalls enclosed an interior storage space, which is accessed by a top opening of the container. Two button holes each are located medially within the front and rear sidewalls of the container at the upper ends thereof adjacent to the top opening of said container.

2. A medical sack of claim 1 the first and second straps are defined by respective first and second opposed ends. A button is attached to the second end of each strap. The first strap is attached at the first end thereof to the rear sidewall of the container at the lower end thereof, and the second strap is attached at the first end thereof to the rear sidewall of the container at the lower end thereof. The second ends of each strap are releasably attached to the rear and front sidewalls of the container by means of the buttons being inserted into cooperating button holes.

3. A medical sack of claim 1 a series of pockets with detachable openings are located on the inside surfaces of the front or rear sidewalls of the container or combination thereof. The container and straps are fabricated of material that is lightweight, durable, flexible, and resistant to moisture, such as woven textile materials, plastic, rubber, composite materials, and the like. A user can insert a variety of the aforementioned items and devices into the interior of the medical sack for storage and transport during a work shift within a medical environment.

4. The medical sack of claim 1 is worn upon the shoulders and back of a user in the manner of a knapsack. More particularly, a first arm of a user is inserted through the loop of the first strap when the first strap is releasably attached at the second end thereof by means of the button located thereon occupying the cooperating button hole in the rear sidewall of the container and then the cooperating button hole in the front sidewall of the container. A second arm of the user is inserted through the loop of the second strap when the second strap is releasably attached at the second end thereof by means of the button located thereon occupying the cooperating button hole in the rear sidewall of the container and then the cooperating button hole in the front sidewall of the container.

5. The medical sack of claim 1 the opening of the container is compressed or otherwise reduced in size by buttons located at second ends of the straps occupying cooperating button holes and causing the rear and front sidewalls to make contact at top ends thereof, thus closing the opening of the container. The contents stored within the interior of the container are prevented from falling or spilling out from the interior of the container of the sack if and when the user bends over or otherwise does not maintain the back and medical sack in an upright position. As needed, the user can quickly locate and retrieve the contents stored within the container or any of the pockets.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This version of the invention is concerned with the field of devices for storing and transporting personal items in a medical environment. More specifically, this version of the invention is concerned with a sack that is worn by medical personnel to store and transport items that would otherwise be located in a laboratory coat or similar garment.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

While on duty, a user will insert a variety of items within these pockets for storage and transport, such as vials of pills, syringes, portable diagnostic equipment and devices, medical records, keys, currency, and the like. Inevitably these pockets soon reach capacity, and the contents stored therein cause a variety of problems for the user. The weight and bulk of these items will, over extended periods of duty, exert considerable strain and pressure upon the back and shoulders of the user, leading to muscle and tissue fatigue and long term injury.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A further object of the invention is to provide a medical sack that is comprised of a hollow container with top opening, a first strap, and a second strap, said straps attached at first ends thereof to the rear sidewall of the container at the lower end thereof and releasably attached at second ends thereof to the rear and front sidewalls of the container at the upper ends thereof. A final but very significant object of the invention is to provide a medical sack a user can wear to store and transport various personal and medical items that would otherwise be located in a laboratory coat or similar garment, thus evenly distributing the weight of such items while being transported and providing quick and easy access to such items.

For a better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, references should be made to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there is illustrated a preferred embodiment of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The foregoing and other objects, features and advantages of the invention will become more fully understood from the following description of the preferred embodiment of the invention as illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters refer to the same parts throughout different views. The drawings are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the invention.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a medical sack in accordance with the present version of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of a medical sack in accordance with the present version of the invention.

FIG. 3 is a front elevation view of a medical sack in accordance with the present version of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring now to the drawings and, in particular, to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 wherein there are illustrated a typical embodiment of the medical sack 10. The present version of the invention 10 consist of a hollow container 12 with top opening, a first elongate strap 14 attached thereto, and a second elongate strap 16 attached thereto.

The container 12 is comprised of a front sidewall 18, an opposed rear sidewall 20, a first lateral sidewall 22, an opposed second lateral sidewall 24, and a bottom sidewall 26. The sidewalls 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 enclose an interior storage space 28, which is accessed through a top opening 30. Two button holes 32 are located medially in the front sidewall 18 adjacent to the top opening 30 of the container 12, and two button holes 34 are located medially in the rear sidewall 20 adjacent to the top opening 30 of the container 12.

The container 12 and first 14 and second 16 straps are fabricated of material that is lightweight, durable, flexible, and resistant to moisture, such as woven textile materials, plastic, rubber, composite materials, and the like.

The first strap 14 is defined by a first end 36 and an opposed second end 38 with button 40 attached thereon. The first strap 14 is attached at the first end 36 thereof to the rear sidewall 20 of the container 12 at the lower end thereof. The second end 38 of the first strap 14 is releasably attached to the container 12 by inserting the button 40 located at the second end 38 of the strap 14 into the cooperating button hole 34 of the rear sidewall 20 of said container 12 and then into the cooperating button hole 32 of the front sidewall 18 of said container 12.

The second strap 16 is defined by a first end 42 and an opposed second end 44 with button 46 attached thereon. The second strap 16 is attached at the first end 42 thereof to the rear sidewall 20 of the container 12 at the lower end thereof. The second end 44 of the second strap 16 is releasably attached to the container 12 by inserting the button 46 located at the second end 38 of the strap 16 into the cooperating button hole 34 of the rear sidewall 20 of said container 12 and then into the cooperating button hole 32 of the front sidewall 18 of said container 12.

In this manner, the buttons 40, 46 of respective straps 14, 16 occupy cooperating button holes 34, 32 and close the opening 30 of the container 12, thus preventing any items stored therein from falling out of the interior 28 during use and transport of the medical sack 10.

Referring to FIG. 3, therein illustrated is the front of the medical sack 10. A series of pockets is located within the interior 28 of the container 12 for storage of individual items, such as vials of pills, syringes, portable diagnostic equipment and devices, medical records, keys, currency, and the like. In this version of the invention 10, these pockets (shown in phantom line) consist of a first rectangular pocket 48 with detachable opening 50, a second rectangular pocket 52 with detachable opening 54, a third rectangular pocket 56 with detachable opening 58, and a fourth rectangular pocket 60 with detachable opening 62. These pockets 48, 52, 56, 60 can be located on either the inside surface of the front sidewall 18 or rear sidewall 20 of the container 12 or a combination thereof.

During use, a user positions the medical sack 10 on their shoulders and back in the manner of wearing a knapsack or sack of similar construction. An arm of user is inserted into the loop formed by the first strap 14 when the second end 38 of the strap 14 is releasably attached to the top of the rear 20 and front sidewalls 18 of the container 12 as described previously. Another arm of the user is inserted into the loop formed by the second strap 16 when the second end 44 of the strap 16 is releasably attached to the top of the rear 20 and front sidewalls 18 of the container 12 as described previously. The medical sack 10 is thus positioned medially upon the upper back of the user over and between the shoulder blades. In this manner, the weight of the items stored therein is evenly distributed upon the body and back of the user, greatly reducing muscle and tissue fatigue and the chance of long-term injury.

The opening 30 of the container 12 is closed or otherwise reduced in size by means of the second ends 38, 44 of respective straps 14, 16 being releasably attached to the top ends of the rear 20 and front sidewalls 18 of the container 12 as described previously. More particularly, respective buttons 40, 46 occupy cooperating button holes 34, 32 of the rear 20 and front 18 sidewalls of the container 12 causing the rear 20 and front 18 sidewalls to make contact at top ends thereof, thus closing the opening 30. In this manner, any contents stored within the interior 28 of the container 12 are prevented from falling or spilling out of the interior 28 of the container 12 of the sack 10 should the user bend over or otherwise not maintain the back and medical sack 10 located thereon in an upright position. As needed, the user can quickly locate and retrieve the contents stored within the interior 28 of the container 12 or any of the pockets 48, 52, 56, 62.

While this version of the invention has been illustrated and described in detail in the drawings and foregoing description, the same is to be considered as illustrative and not restrictive in character, it being understood that only the preferred embodiment has been shown and described and that all changes and modifications that come within the spirit of the version of the invention are desired to be protected. With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention.





 
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