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Title:
DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT WRIST BAND
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band is disclosed in the form of a tubular shaped band to be worn on the wrist and forearm to absorb liquid. The absorbent wrist band comprises an absorbent assembly; a liquid-permeable top sheet, a liquid-permeable back sheet, and a liquid absorbent core disposed there between. The longitudinal edge is adapted to be ruptured for ease of disposal. Further comprising expandable and contractible cuff members circularly extending along the perimeter of wrist and arm holes.


Inventors:
Hinds, Sheryl Ann (Rowlett, TX, US)
Beaty, Melissa Sue (Carrollton, TX, US)
Application Number:
11/955186
Publication Date:
06/18/2009
Filing Date:
12/12/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41D20/00
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Sheryl, Hinds (5521 FLAMINGO DRIVE, ROWLETT, TX, 75089, US)
Claims:
What we claim as our invention is:

1. A disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band, in the form of a tubular shaped structure, to be worn over the wrist and forearm, wherein each end of said absorbent wrist band includes absorbent, expandable and contractible elastic cuff members with a fluid absorbent assembly extending between said elastic cuff members.

2. The fluid absorbent assembly as defined in claim 1, comprises a liquid-permeable top sheet, a liquid-permeable back sheet, and a liquid absorbent core disposed between said top sheet and said back sheet, respectively.

3. The fluid absorbent assembly defined in claim 2, wherein said liquid-permeable top sheet, liquid-permeable back sheet, and liquid absorbent core comprises materials that are preferably thin, preferably retentive absorption, non-bulky, and breathable.

4. The absorbent wrist band as defined in claim 1, further comprises a respective, longitudinal edge that is bonded together with a suitable adhesive used in an adequate manner, forming a joint adapted for rupture for ease of disposal of said absorbent wrist band, whereas the start points of rupture are located at either end of the longitudinal joint.

5. The absorbent wrist band as defined in claim 1, comprises elastic cuff members that circularly extend along the perimeter of said wrist and arm holes, said elastic cuff members are expandable and contractible, and have equal in size expandable and contractible cuff openings, so there is no discrepancy in the performance or view of said absorbent wrist band.

6. The fluid absorbent assembly as defined in claim 2, comprises a liquid-permeable top sheet adapted to face away from wearer's skin in use, a liquid-permeable back sheet adapted to face toward wearer's skin in use, and a liquid absorbent core disposed between said top sheet and said back sheet, whereas both sides of said absorbent wrist band are absorbent.

7. The expandable and contractible elastic cuff members as defined in claim 5, comprise a liquid absorbent material that directs moisture to the inner absorbent core.

8. The elastic cuff members as defined in claim 5 are adhered to said absorbent wrist band along the edges of said wrist and arm holes and when contracted, form wrist and arm hole gathers, respectively.

9. The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band should comprise of a type of adhesive used in an adequate manner for joining the liquid-permeable top sheet, liquid-permeable back sheet, liquid absorbent core, elastic cuff members, and longitudinal joint.

10. The tubular shaped structure as defined in claim 1 is open at both ends for receiving a hand, wrist, and forearm of a wearer.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

A Disclosure Document describing this Invention was filed on Mar. 29, 2006, and assigned #597905.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISC APPENDIX

Not Applicable

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

The idea of our invention came about while sitting at our dinner table eating, when I noticed our 1½ year old granddaughter enjoying watermelon and green beans. All of the juice from each piece of food that she picked up to eat was running down her arm and dripping on to her clothing and on to the chair. Her bib absorbed what was dripping off of her chin, but there was nothing there to absorb the drips that ran past her hand and down to her elbows, except for her clothing, or in some cases, ran down her stomach and then on to her diaper. I noticed how uncomfortable this could be. I then discovered that there isn't anything on the market that pertains to this problem. My daughter and I realized how necessary and convenient an absorbent wristband would be for all of the parents and children. We've since realized how handy it would be to have a child wear this while painting and doing art projects.

This invention, unlike other inventions that require assembly, that are torn off of a roll or towel sheet, then attached by fasteners, is by far, in respect, more convenient, because it is intended to be produced as a ready to wear article that can quickly and easily be applied and removed by any individual. It can be for household use, child care facilities and eating establishments, or used in schools or at home while painting or doing art projects.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF INVENTION

In view of the problem that has been described above, it is the object of the present new invention to provide a disposable, tubular shape, pull-on, absorbent wrist band with a fluid absorbent assembly to be worn over the wrist and forearm. The absorbent wristband is intended for use to absorb drips and spills while eating, drinking, painting, or the like. The band is intended to be disposable and can easily be applied and removed for disposal at any time, even by a small child. The band can be pulled on or off over one's hand or torn off at the longitudinal edge that is bonded together forming a joint, adapted to be ruptured for ease of disposal.

The absorbent wrist band can be worn by children, people with special needs, or any other individual as needed. The absorbent wristband could be made in different sizes, or one size fits all. The absorbent wrist band is intended to be worn with either cuff at either end, so there is no discrepancy in the performance or view of said absorbent wrist band.

The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band should comprise of, but not limited to a material that is breathable, preferably thin, with a liquid absorbent assembly that promotes comfort and softness to the wearer.

The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band should comprise of an absorbent assembly, comprising a liquid-permeable top sheet, a liquid-permeable back sheet with a liquid absorbent core, preferably liquid retentive, thin in structure, disposed there between said top sheet and said back sheet.

The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band should comprise of a type of construction where as the embodiment is not, and does not become bulky before and during use.

The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band should comprise a liquid-permeable top sheet, liquid-permeable back sheet, and a liquid absorbent core adhered to expandable and contractible substrate elastic cuff members, located at both arm holes, that encircle the wearer's wrist and forearm, respectively.

The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band should comprise of a type of adhesive used in an adequate manner for joining the liquid-permeable top sheet, liquid-permeable back sheet, liquid absorbent core, elastic cuff members and longitudinal joint.

The expandable and contractible cuff members are comprised as having equal in size expandable and contractible cuff openings at both arm holes, respectively.

The expandable and contractible cuff members are intended to absorb liquid and direct the liquid to the inner absorbent core, keeping wetness away from the wearer's skin.

The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band is intended to comprise a liquid-permeable top sheet adapted to face away from the wearer's skin in use; a liquid-permeable back sheet adapted to face toward the wearer's skin in use; a liquid absorbent core disposed between said top sheet and said back sheet, so as to absorb liquid from both sides, keeping skin dry, not trapping the liquid against the skin.

The embodiment of said absorbent wrist band is intended to comprise a unisex decorative liquid-permeable top sheet, or the like, in color(s), design(s), or pattern(s) to enhance the appearance of said absorbent wrist band, making it attractive and fun to wear.

The decorative element described above, may be, for example, a picture of any popular or non-popular character(s), new or in existence, letter(s) or symbol(s), pattern(s) or design(s), or combination of at least two thereof. The manner of displaying this element may be in a one-dimensional, two-dimensional, or three-dimensional manner. The decorative element may be multiple-colored or single-colored. The absorbent wrist band may also be produced plain, with no decorative element.

The said disposable, absorbent wrist band is intended to be convenient, easy to use, and cost efficient.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a view showing the appearance of the disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band as claimed;

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the absorbent wrist band as viewed from the side that faces toward the wearer's skin in a state where the disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band is spread;

FIG. 3 is a view of the absorbent wrist band as viewed in its wearable state, with joints (to be ruptured) in their bonded state;

FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view showing the absorbent wrist band of FIG. 2.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Details of a disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band according to this invention, will be more fully understood, but not limited to the description given herein in reference to the accompanying drawings.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band in a state where the disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band is spread in view of the side that faces toward the wearer's skin.

FIG. 3 is a view showing an appearance of the disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band that is in it's wearable state with the longitudinal edge, bonded, forming a joint, adapted to be ruptured for disposal.

As shown in FIG. 2, the disposable, absorbent wrist band comprises a liquid-permeable top sheet 12 adapted to face away from the wearer's skin; a liquid-permeable back sheet 13 to face toward wearer's skin; a liquid absorbent core 14 disposed between said top sheet 12 and back sheet 13.

As shown in FIG. 2 the disposable, absorbent wrist band 1 comprises elastic cuff members 15, shown by the double broken lines, adhered in respect, along the edges of said wrist and arm holes 1A and 1B.

As shown in FIG. 2 the disposable, absorbent wrist band 1 comprises a longitudinal joint 16, when joined in wearing state FIG. 3 can be ruptured for ease of disposal.

As shown in FIG. 2 and FIG. 4 of disposable, absorbent wrist band 1, the top sheet 12 and the back sheet 13 are made of a liquid-permeable material that immediately catches liquid and moves the liquid into the absorbent core 14. From the viewpoint of comfort to the wearer, it is preferable that a material that is breathable and soft is used as said top sheet 12 and said back sheet 13.

As shown in FIG. 2 and FIG. 4 of disposable, absorbent wrist band 1, the absorbent core 14 rapidly absorbs and retains liquid passing through said top sheet 12 and back sheet 13.

As shown in FIG. 2 of disposable, absorbent wrist band 1 the liquid absorbent core 14 is shown by the thick broken line. In the plan view the absorbent core 14 has a rectangular form. The top sheet 12 and the back sheet 13 are also in rectangular form, adhered to the absorbent core 14 by a suitable adhesive or the like, respectively.

As shown in FIG. 2 of disposable, absorbent wrist band 1, the longitudinal joint 16 is shown in its un-bonded state.

FIG. 3 is a view showing the appearance of the disposable, pull-on, absorbent wrist band 1, in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention, in its wearable state.

As shown in FIG. 3 the elastic cuff members 15 are shown in their contractible state. The elastic cuff members 15 are intended to expand and contract, having equal in size cuff openings, that circularly extend along the perimeter of said wrist holes and arm holes 1A and 1B.

As shown in FIG. 3 the liquid-permeable back sheet 13 is adapted to be worn facing toward wearer's skin, said back sheet 13 extends between and adhered, respectively to said cuff regions 15.

As shown in FIG. 3 the liquid-permeable top sheet 12 is adapted to be worn facing away from wearer's skin, said top sheet 12 extends between, and adhered, respectively, to said cuff regions 15.

As shown in FIG. 3 of disposable, absorbent wrist band 1, the longitudinal joint 16 is shown in its bonded state. The start points of rupture 2A and 2B, are shown at the cuff members 15, located at the ends of said longitudinal joints 16.

As shown in FIG. 3 of disposable, absorbent wrist band 1, the inside edge of the inner-disposed absorbent core 14 is shown at marks 3A and 3B.

The exploded view in bracket 100, as shown in FIG. 4 of disposable, absorbent wrist band 1, the liquid-permeable sheets 12 and 13, and absorbent core 14, are placed upon in the order indicated and bonded one to another in regions of these sheets and core overlapping one to another. The top sheet 12 and back sheet 13 are provided on their inner surfaces with the elastic cuff members 15 attached thereto. The absorbent core 14 is bonded to the inner surfaces of the top sheet 12 and the back sheet 13 respectively, by a means of desirable adhesive (not shown) so as to connect the sheets to each other. The longitudinal joint 16 is located at opposite ends of cuff members 15, to be bonded, in respect, with a desirable adhesive (not shown) that can be ruptured for ease of disposal in its wearable state, FIG. 3.

From the foregoing statements, summary, and description in accordance with the present invention, it is understood that the same are not limited thereto, but are susceptible to various changes and modifications as known to those skilled in the art and we therefore do not wish to be limited to the details shown and described herein, but intend to cover all such changes and modifications which would be encompassed by the scope of the appended claims.