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Oct. 2, 1934. l.' HEYMAN SANITARY BANDAGE Filed Jan. 1'? ,'1955 @VE TOR ATTORNEY Patented ct. 2, 1934 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 1,975,457 SANITARY BANDAGE y y Irving I. Heyman, Union, N. J. i Applicatien January 17, 193.3, serial No. 652,108
1 Claim. (o1. 12s-29o) l This invention relates particularly tobandages having means for preventing moisture from seeping through the bandage, and the invention has especial application to catamenial bandages.
5 Bandages have been proposed including a casing, holder, shield, or pouch in which is arranged a sanitary absorbent pad, the pad being secured in the casing vor holder by buttoning or tying the pad to the holder, or slippingv the ends of the pad through slits or openings in the holder. In some instances the holder has means for directly connecting the holder to a band or belt for securing the bandage on the body, while in other cases the ends of the pad are directly secured to such a band or belt or are tied around or otherwise attached tothe partof the body where the bandage is required.
These known bandages are objectionable in the difficulty encountered in securing and maintaining the pad in proper relation to the holder or shield, and/or in the bulkiness of the holder, and/or in the difficulty in attaching the bandage to a belt or to the body, and/or in the difficulty in keeping the holder in sanitary condition.
It is extremely desirable, especially in catamenial bandages, that the holder or shield so retain or protect the pad that moisture shall not escape from the holder and so that the pad shall not become exposed for 'contact with the clothing.I and it is important that the bandage shall be soft, flexible and of minimum bulk so as to be comfortable to the wearer and accurately conform to the body. It is also'highly desirable that the `pad be easily and quickly removable from the holder or shield with a minimum of handling, and that the holder or shield can be easily cleansed.
The prime object of my invention is to provide a bandage of the general character which shall embody novel and improved features of construction so as to obviate said objections to known bandages and to have all of the foregoing desirable advantages and characteristics.
Another object is to provide a4 holder for a pad which is formed of a single strip of moistureproof material such as thin rubber, which is folded upon itself and has its longitudinal side edges at its ends secured together to form tubular end portions and the intermediate portions of said conform to the body and a pad within said holder so as to prevent moisture from escaping from the pad and to prevent contact of the pad with the clothing of the wearer; to provide such a pad holder which shall be inexpensive; and to obtain other advantages and results as will be brought out by the following description.
Referring to the accompanyingl drawing in which corresponding and like parts are designated throughout the several views by the same reference characters,
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a sanitary bandage embodying my invention, 'showing the same attached vto a supporting belt.
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the pad holder or shield embodying my invention.
Figures 3 and 4 are transverse vertical sectional views on the respective lines 3-3 and 4-4 of Figure 1, and
Figure 5 is a fragmentary perspective View of one end of a pad holder showing a modified form of the invention.
Specifically describing the illustrated embodiment of the invention, the reference character A designates a holder or shield which is formed of an approximately rectangular sheet 1 of moisture proof material preferably rubber. When the holder is formed of a thin rubber sheet the edges are preferably reenforced for example by a binding strip 2, preferably of rubber, embracing the edges of the sheet.
In making the holder A, the sheet 1 is folded along substantially its longitudinal median line with its longitudinal edge portions 3 substantially coincident'. and secured together at their ends, as
indicated at 4. As shown, said edge portions are arranged in abutting or superposed relation at their ends and are secured together by a suitable cement. The longitudinal edges of the sheet intermediate their ends are unconnected. The holder so formed has tubular end portions 5 and an opening 6 between said tubular portions and the intermediate portions of the longitudinal edges of the sheet.
With the holder A cooperates an absorbent pad 7 to form a bandage. The padl may be of known construction, and is shown as comprising a Wad 8 of soft absorbent material which is wrapped in a strip of gauze 9. The main portion or wad 8 of the pad is preferably of a length somewhat greaterthan the distance between the tubular end portions 5, although it may be shorter, and the gauze projects beyond the ends of the main portion to provide reduced end portions 11. The main portion 8 has a width to fit Within the holder between the longitudinal edges of the strip'. In use of the bandage, the pad 7 isgplaced in the holder A by inserting the main portion 8 through the opening 6 and then threading the ends 1l of the pad through the respective tubular portions 5 of the holder as shown in Figures 1, 3 and 4, after which the'bandage may be applied to the body.
Where the invention is embodied in a catawrapped around a part of the body and the endsn 11 secured together, or the Wise secured in position..
It will be observed that the main portion ofthe .pad is exposed through 'the opening 6 of the holder to contact with the body, and when tension is applied to the ends 11 of the pad as when the bandage is secured on the body, the holder is stretched. and the edges thereof 'at the opening 6 are curved inwardly around the pad to securely hold it and prevent escape of moisture between the pad and the holder, as shown in Figures 1 and 3.
The construction of the holder is simple and inexpensive due to the use of a single piece of sheet material having its edges secured together,
bandage may be otheras shown and described. The holder is sanitary.
the wearer against contact Wi'th'the pad, and the pad and holder are securely held against relative displacement. The bandage is inexpensive, soft, flexible, of minimum bulk, and will accurately conform to the body so as to be comfortable to the wearer; ythe pad 7 canbe easilyY and quickly applied to and detached from the shield.
To avoid the exterior projections on the tubu-e lar portions 5 formed by the end parts ofthe longitudinal edge portions of the strip 1 where said edge portions are secured together as .shown in Figures 1 and 2, I may turn the longitudinal edge portions at their ends inwardly toward the fold of the strip before securing them together, as indicated at 15 in Figure 5ofv the drawing. This construction is somewhat more expensive to manufacture than that shown in Figure 2, but may be more desirable' in some cases I am aware of Patent No. 1,217,014 dated Feb. ruary 20, 191? and do not desire to be understood