Apparatus and methods for receiving discharged urine

  • US 10,390,989 B2
  • Filed: 09/08/2016
  • Issued: 08/27/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/19/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method comprising:

  • disposing in operative relationship with the urethral opening of a female user a urine collecting apparatus that includes;

    a fluid impermeable casing having a fluid reservoir at a first end, a fluid outlet at a second end, and a longitudinally extending fluid impermeable layer coupled to the fluid reservoir and the fluid outlet and defining a longitudinally elongated opening between the fluid reservoir and the fluid outlet;

    a fluid permeable support disposed within the fluid impermeable casing with a portion extending across the longitudinally elongated opening, wherein the fluid permeable support is distinct from and at least proximate to the fluid reservoir;

    a fluid permeable membrane disposed on the fluid permeable support and covering at least the portion of the fluid permeable support that extends across the longitudinally elongated opening, so that the fluid permeable membrane is supported on the fluid permeable support and disposed across the longitudinally elongated opening;

    a tube having a first end disposed in the fluid reservoir and extending behind at least the portion of the fluid permeable support and the portion of the fluid permeable membrane disposed across the longitudinally elongated opening and extending through the fluid outlet to a second, fluid discharge end,the operative relationship includes the longitudinally elongated opening being adjacent to the urethral opening;

    allowing urine discharged from the urethral opening to be received through the longitudinally elongated opening of the longitudinally extending fluid impermeable layer, the fluid permeable membrane, the fluid permeable support, and into the fluid reservoir; and

    allowing the received urine to be withdrawn from the fluid reservoir via the tube and out of the fluid discharge end of the tube.

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