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US5087255: Absorbent article having inflected barrier cuffs

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Bret A. Sims ·
Assignee(s) The Procter & Gamble Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Steven W. Miller ·
Primary Examiner Richard J. Apley ·
Assistant Examiner Rachel M. Healey ·
Application Number US7561475
Filing date 08/01/1990
Issue date 02/11/1992
Predicted expiration date 02/11/2009
U.S. Classifications 604/385.1  · 604/385.2  ·
International Classifications A61F 1300  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604385.1;385.2 ·
Related U.S. Application DataThis is a continuation of application Ser. No. 288,045, filed on Dec. 21, 1988, now abandoned.
6 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

An absorbent article having an inflected barrier cuff which promotes better containment and fit. The absorbent article comprises a liquid pervious topsheet; a liquid impervious backsheet; an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet and the backsheet; a barrier cuff positioned adjacent each longitudinal edge of the absorbent article and having a proximal edge and a distal edge; spacing means for spacing the distal edge away from the liquid-receiving surface (topsheet) of the absorbent article; first closing means for securing the distal edges inboard of the proximal edges in a first waist region; and a second closing means for securing the distal edges outboard of the proximal edges in a second waist region. Because the distal edge is secured both inboard and outboard of the proximal edges, the barrier cuff is inflected such that the flipped out portion of the barrier cuff provides a gasketing action about the buttocks of the wearer to contain exudates and to provide a snug fit while the stand-up portion of the barrier cuff provides a channel to contain, restrain and hold body exudates.

Independent Claims | See all claims (6)

  1. 1. A unitary disposable absorbent article having a first waist region, a second waist region, a crotch region disposed between said first waist region and said second waist region, longitudinal edges, and end edges, the disposable absorbent article comprising:a liquid pervious topsheet;a liquid impervious backsheet associated with said topsheet;an absorbent core positioned between said topsheet and said backsheet, said absorbent core having side edges and waist edges;a side flap extending outwardly from each side edge of said absorbent core in at least the crotch region;a barrier cuff disposed adjacent each longitudinal edge of the absorbent article, each of said barrier cuffs having a proximal edge and a distal edge, said proximal edge being joined to said side flap;spacing means operatively associated with said barrier cuff for spacing said distal edge away from said topsheet of the absorbent article;first closing means for securing a portion of said distal edge of said barrier cuffs to the absorbent article inboard of said proximal edge and over said absorbent core, said first closing means being disposed in said first waist region of the absorbent article in a first closure zone which first closure zone is disposed inboard of said side flap and over said absorbent core; andsecond closing means for securing a portion of said distal edge of said barrier cuffs to the absorbent article outboard of said proximal edge, said second closing means being disposed in said second waist region of the absorbent article in a second closure zone.wherein said barrier cuffs are inverted in said second waist region relative to said first waist region; andfastening means for securing the absorbent article on the wearer, said fastening means being positioned in said second waist region of the absorbent article which fastening means is secured to said distal edge of said barrier cuff and secures said distal edge to said topsheet to provide the absorbent article with a closure around the circumference of the wearer's waist and an effective means for anchoring the distal edge of the barrier cuff at the top of the wearer's leg which utilizes the same forces utilized to secure the article on the wearer to also provide the barrier cuff with a snug contoured fit around the wearer's buttocks.

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U.S. Patent Documents

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Foreign Patent Documents

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GB2196834AMay 1988
GB2197181AMay 1988

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