Accession Number : ADA327026

Title :   A Prototype Urine Collection Device for Female Aircrew,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Bisson, Roger U. ; Delger, Karlyna L.

PDF Url : ADA327026

Report Date : 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : Women are gaining increased access to small military cockpits. This shift has stimulated the search for practical urine containment and disposal methods for female aircrew. There are no external urine collection devices (UCD) for women that are comfortable, convenient, and leak free. We describe a prototype UCD that begins to meet this need. Materials used to make custom aviator masks were adapted to mold a perineal mask. First, a perineal cast (negative) was used to make a mold (positive) Next, a perineal mask made of wax was formed to fit the positive mold. Finally, a Soft, pliable perineal mask was fabricated using the wax model as a guide. The prototype was tested for comfort, fit, and leakage. In the sitting position, less than 5 cc of urine leakage occurred with each 600 cc of urine collected. Comfort was mbstly satisfactory, but ambulation was limited and the outlet design could lead to kinking and obstruction. We concluded that a perineal mask may serve as a comfortable and functional external UCD acceptable for use by females in confined environments. Changes are needed to improve comfort, fit, and urine drainage. Integration into cockpits, pressure suits, chemical defense gear, and environments where access to relief facilities is restricted is planned.

Descriptors :   *CONTAINMENT(GENERAL), *MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, *URINE, *CONFINED ENVIRONMENTS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, COCKPITS, FLIGHT CREWS, PILOTS, PROTOTYPES, DRAINAGE, CHEMICAL WARFARE, ACCESS, DISPOSAL, WOMEN, COLLECTION, GEARS, MASKS, FEMALES, MOLDS(FORMS), SNAILS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE