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1. WO2000033773 - APPAREIL POUR INCONTINENT

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CLAIMS

1. An incontinence appliance comprising a reservoir for the temporary containment of urine, means for removably connecting the reservoir to the user's urethra, and means for enabling voiding of the reservoir; characterised in that the reservoir is of substantially flat form and includes means to prevent excessive free movement of urine within the reservoir.

2. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1 , further characterised by means to provide a warning to the user when the reservoir is approaching a full condition.

3. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 2, wherein said means produces and audible warning.

4. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 2, wherein said means provides a visual warning.

5. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 2, wherein said means provides a tactile warning.

6. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1, wherein said reservoir comprises a length of lay-flat tubing deployed within a garment to be worn by the user thus to lie across the wearer's abdominal region.

7. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1 or Claim 2, including a pump connectable via a feed tube to the user's urethra, and to the reservoir for directing urine from the urethra into the reservoir.

8. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 7, wherein said pump is electrically motor driven.

9. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 7, wherein the pump is an electro-magnetic pump.

10. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 7, including a rechartable battery for driving the motor.

11. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 7, including a moisture sensor adapted to control operation of the pump.

12. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 2, wherein said warning device includes a volumetric flow meter adapted to sense the quantity of urine flowing into the reservoir and to provide an electrical signal to be transmitted to the warning device.

13. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1 , wherein the reservoir includes an upper chamber having one or more vertical ducts extending therefrom each in communication with a series of bubble compartments, all in communication with a drainage duct.

14. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 13, wherein the reservoir includes a common lower chamber to receive urine separately from said bubble compartments.

15. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1 , wherein the reservoir comprises a continuous tube communicating with a plurality of in-line bubble compartments.

16. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 2, including electronic circuitry including means to control operation of the pump and the full-condition warning means.

17. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1 , including means to enable a sample of urine to be extracted from a part of the appliance.

18. An incontinence appliance according to any preceding claim, wherein the reservoir is provided as a component removable from the remainder of the appliance.

19. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1 , wherein the means for removably connecting the reservoir to the user's urethra is an external anchor.

20. An incontinence appliance according to Claim 1, wherein the means for removably connecting the reservoir to the user's urethra is a catheter.