Abstract: An apparatus for rolling elongated tubular fabric surgical drapes and the like comprising an arrangement of at least four opposed drive belts mounted on a support frame for receiving an open end of the tubular article engageable with longitudinal runs of the belts to propel the article along the frame and into engagement with a second set of belts having longitudinal runs disposed at acute angles with respect to the direction of the runs of the primary drive belts. Propulsion of the end of the article along the primary drive belts and into engagement with the secondary drive belts results in forming the article into a toroidal rolled configuration. A support frame for the primary drive belts is mounted on a linear actuator which provides for movement of the support frame with respect to the secondary drive belts in response to operation of a control circuit to complete the rolling process.
Abstract: Sterile tubular drapes of various diameter pre-cut to desired lengths, rolled for immediate application and packaged in sterile containers for ready use. The drapes may include pull straps rolled concentrically with the rolled wall of the drape to assist in rapid application of the drape to the patient's limb. The drapes may also include adhesive strips for attaching the drape to the patient.