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US4738677: Absorbent article having a containment pocket

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Inventor(s) John H. Foreman ·
Assignee(s) The Procter & Gamble Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Steven W. Miller ·
Primary Examiner Rosenbaum; C. Fred ·
Assistant Examiner Denise Whelton ·
Application Number US6917452
Filing date 10/10/1986
Issue date 04/19/1988
Predicted expiration date 10/10/2006
U.S. Classifications 604/385.R  · 604/378  ·
International Classifications A61F 1316  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604378;385.1;385.2;381;382;389 ·
9 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

An integral disposable absorbent article such as a diaper provided with an absorbent core; a liquid impervious backsheet; a first barrier cuff disposed adjacent each longitudinal edge of the absorbent article and each having a first proximal edge and a first distal edge; a spacing means for spacing the first distal edge of each of the first barrier cuffs away from the liquid-receiving surface of the absorbent article; and a second barrier cuff disposed adjacent at least one and preferably adjacent each of the end edges of the absorbent article and having a second proximal edge and a second distal edge, the distal edges of the barrier cuffs overlapping at corner points to form a containment pocket. The spacing means preferably comprises a spacing elastic member that extends longitudinally along the first distal edge beyond the second distal edges. Closing means secure together the first distal edges and the second distal edges adjacent the corner points so as to space both the first and second distal edges away from the liquid-receiving surface of the absorbent article. The containment pocket has channels that are formed between the proximal edges and the distal edges because the distal edges of the barrier cuffs are spaced away from the liquid-receiving surface so as to restrain, contain, and hold body exudates.

Independent Claims | See all claims (9)

  1. 1. A unitary disposable absorbent article comprising:an absorbent core having a garment surface, a body surface, side edges, and waist edges;a liquid impervious backsheet positioned adjacent said garment surface of said absorbent core;a side flap extending outwardly from and along each side edge of said absorbent core;a flap elastic member operatively associated with each of said side flaps to thereby form gasketing cuffs;a first barrier cuff disposed adjacent each of said gasketing cuffs along the longitudinal edges of the absorbent article, each of said first barrier cuffs having a first proximal edge and a first distal edge;a second barrier cuff disposed adjacent each end edge of the absorbent article, each of said second barrier cuffs having a second proximal edge and a second distal edge,said first distal edges and said second distal edges overlapping at at least four corner points to form a containment pocket around the entire periphery of the absorbent article;a spacing elastic member operatively associated with each of said first barrier cuffs for spacing said first distal edges away from the liquid-receiving surface of the absorbent article, wherein each of said spacing elastic members extend longitudinally along said first distal edge beyond said second distal edges; andclosing means disposed adjacent each of said corner points for securing together said first distal edges and said second distal edges so as to cause both said first barrier cuffs and said second barrier cuffs to stand up and to be spaced away from the liquid-receiving surface of the absorbent article by said spacing elastic members.
  2. 2. A unitary disposable absorbent article having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region, said absorbent article comprising:an absorbent core having a garment surface, a body surface, side edges, and waist edges;a liquid impervious backsheet secured to and positioned adjacent said garment surface of said absorbent core;a side flap extending outwardly from and along each side edge of said absorbent core in at least the crotch region;a flap elastic member operatively associated with each of said side flaps to thereby form gasketing cuffs;a first barrier cuff disposed adjacent each of said gasketing cuffs, each of said first barrier cuffs having a first proximal edge and a first distal edge, each of said first proximal edges disposed inboard of said flap elastic member in at least the crotch region;spacing means operatively associated with each of said first barrier cuffs for spacing said first distal edges away from the liquid-receiving surface of the absorbent article, wherein said spacing means comprises a spacing elastic member, each of said spacing elastic members extending longitudinally along said first distal edge beyond said second distal edges;a waist flap extending outwardly from and along each waist edge of said absorbent core;a waist flap extending outwardly from and along each waist edge of said absorbent core;a second barrier cuff disposed adjacent each end edge of the absorbent article, each of said second barrier cuffs having a second proximal edge and a second distal edge, said second proximal edges disposed outboard of said waist edges of said absorbent core,said first distal edges and said second distal edges overlapping at at least four corner points to form a containment pocket around the entire periphery of the absorbent article; andclosing means positioned adjacent each of said corner points for securing together said first distal edges and said second distal edges so as to cause said first barrier cuffs and said second barrier cuffs to be spaced away from the liquid-receiving surface of the absorbent article by said spacing means.

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