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They Invented What? (No. 44)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 26, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,505,207:  Character distinguishing sized blood pressure cuff system.

  pressurecuff

We claim:

1. A series of blood pressure cuffs of predetermined known serial sizes; each cuff comprising, at least in part, an inflatable bladder having at least one port for inflation and deflation thereof, attachment means provided on the cuff to permit its attachment about the limb of a patient through circumferential wrapping of the limb of the patient, at least two indicators of size on the cuff, a first size indicator being a sequential indication and a second indicator being a size indication provided by predetermined caricatures representing subjects of different size present on the cuffs wherein the second indicator is a series of animal depictions and the animals depicted increase in size as the cuff size increases in size, each of the animals depicted belonging to a different species.

2. The blood pressure cuff according to claim 1 wherein the first indicator is sequential numbering of the blood pressure cuffs.

3. The blood pressure cuff according to claim 1 wherein said first indicator is sequential lettering from the Arabic alphabet.

4. The blood pressure cuff according to claim 1 wherein the animal depictions comprise in part a rabbit, a bird and a dinosaur.

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