DISPOSABLE HOSPITAL GOWN
A disposable hospital gown is provided having a main body and a pair of sleeves. Integrally formed with the hospital gown is a disposable wrapper that is particularly positioned or placed such that the gown can be rolled or folded into a bundle, after which the disposable wrapper is reversed and in the process of reversing the disposable wrapper, the bundled gown is stuffed or placed into the reversed disposable wrapper for disposal. The disposable hospital gown is suitable for use as an isolation hospital gown, a surgical gown, or a patient disposable gown.
The present application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/533,383 filed Jul. 31, 2009 entitled “Disposable Isolation Hospital Gown.” The content of this application is expressly incorporated herein by reference.FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to gowns, and more particularly to a disposable hospital gown.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Disposable hospital gowns are well known. They are worn by doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers, hospital workers and visitors in hospitals and healthcare facilities in the course of treating or handling patients with serious contagious diseases, infections, potential infections or compromised immune systems. One of the concerns with disposable hospital gowns is that the removal of a gown from a person will spread germs, bacteria and other infections that might affect the person wearing the gown or other people in and around the gown and carried to later infect others the individuals come in contact with, Generally, no matter how much care is exercised in the conventional handling of a disposable hospital gown, there is a chance that contamination found on the exterior of the gown will spread.
There has been and continues to be a need for a disposable hospital gown that can be discarded and disposed of in such a fashion that substantial risk of spreading contamination, infections, etc. is avoided.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention is a disposable hospital gown that includes an integral one or two part disposable wrapper. Once the gown has been used or exposed to infection or contamination, the hospital gown is rolled or folded into a bundle and wrapped in the integral disposable wrapper.
The present invention also entails a method of disposing of a disposable hospital gown by folding or rolling the hospital gown into a bundle and reversing an integral disposable wrapper that forms a part of the gown and wherein in the process of reversing the disposable wrapper, the bundled gown is placed or stuffed in the reversed disposable wrapper.
The present invention also entails a disposable hospital gown that includes donned gloves or gloves that are integral with sleeves of the gown or tethered to the gown. This enables the gloves to be removed from the hands as the gown is being removed from a person such that the gloves can be contained within the bundle and placed inside the disposable wrapper. In addition, the disposable gown includes folding seams or lines formed vertically across the front of the gown. These folding seams or lines facilitate the folding and bundling of the gown for disposal.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent and obvious from a study of the following description and the accompanying drawings which are merely illustrative of such invention.
With further reference to the drawings, a disposable hospital gown is shown therein and indicated generally by the numeral 10. Hospital gown 10 can be constructed of various materials such as conventional materials that are typically used in the construction of hospital gowns, especially disposable isolation hospital gowns, disposable surgical gowns, or disposable patient gowns that are exposed to contamination. Hospital gown 10 includes a main body indicated generally by the numeral 12 and a pair of long sleeves 14 that project from the upper portion of the main body. Main body 12 includes two basic areas, a front area 12A and a back area 12B. Front area 12A is particularly shown in
Continuing to refer to the gown 10, there is provided a neck opening 16 that extends around an upper portion of the main body 12. Further, adjacent the edges 18 of the back area 12B, there is provided one or more fasteners for securing the back area portions together when the gown 10 is worn by a person.
Gown 10 includes an integral disposable wrapper indicated generally by the numeral 30. Disposable wrapper 30 is secured to and forms a part of the gown 10. Note in the preferred embodiment the particular location of the disposable wrapper 30. It is placed about the lower portion of the front area 12A. As illustrated in
Disposable wrapper 30 is pliable, non-permeable, and in one embodiment is comprised at least in part of plastic material. Disposable wrapper 30 can be secured or integrated into the gown 10 in various ways. For example, the disposable wrapper 30 can be glued or stitched into the gown 10. In one embodiment, a portion of the front area 12A can also serve as a side or surface of the disposable wrapper 30.
Secured to the side or panel 30A of wrapper 30 is a tab 30C. Tab 30C can be utilized to maintain the disposable wrapper 30 closed while the gown 10 is worn. In addition, and as discussed hereafter, tab 30C is utilized to close the disposable wrapper when the gown 10 has been wrapped therein.
The method or process described above and shown in
After the gown 10 has been placed in the general configuration shown in
The folding or rolling of the gown is continued as shown in
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Eventually, the gown is folded or rolled to a point where a bundle is formed. The bundled gown is shown in
This wrapper forms an additional line of defense, as it creates a barrier helping to guard against the transmission of possible infectious agents, such as but not limited to, staphylococcus aureus and methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) etc., which can be spread on contact.
To facilitate the folding or rolling of the gown into the bundle, the outer surface of the main body 12 and sleeves 14 could be a different color from the inner surface of the main body and sleeves. In addition, the gown 10 can be provided with indicia that facilitates and makes the folding or rolling of the gown into a bundle easier. That is, indicia or lines can be drawn or provided on the gown to indicate the appropriate position of portions of the gown during various stages of the rolling or folding process.
In the embodiment illustrated, there is one tab 30C for closing the formed pouch or container. It is understood and appreciated that there can be a plurality of tabs and, indeed, there can be provided a closing device formed in the disposable wrapper or formed in conjunction with the gown that will provide a generally airtight seal when the pouch is closed.
In most cases, persons wearing the gown 10 will also have gloves. These gloves can be removed prior to removing and folding the gown 10 into the bundle. In the alternative, the gloves can be removed during the process of removing the sleeves 14. It should also be noted that waist ties that might be used with the gown should be of a length such that they cannot hang below the gown. It should also be noted that any process of removing the disposable gown that folds or rolls the gown into the wrapper and adheres to hospital protocol (where the wearer does not have contact with the contaminated portion) is acceptable.
It is appreciated by those skilled in the art that the gown 10 can assume various designs and styles. However, the use of the integral disposable wrapper 30 and the general method or process of disposing of the gown will remain the same. The basic method or process of forming the disposable hospital gown into a bundle and containerizing the disposable gown in a disposable wrapper will remain the same.ALTERNATIVE DESIGN FOR THE DISPOSABLE HOSPITAL GOWN
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The alternative design for the hospital gown also envisions the use of a light adhesive in order to secure the back edges of the gown together. A light adhesive can be sprayed or applied to selected areas along the rear edges of the gown back such that the rear edges can be overlapped at selected areas and easily secured together because of the presence of the light adhesive. In the embodiment illustrated in
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Another feature of the alternative design is that the gown 10 is designed to be worn and used in conjunction with disposable gloves. The alternative design envisions that gloves will be worn by healthcare professionals while the gown is being worn. The alternative design envisions in one embodiment a pair of gloves 80 being integral with the sleeves 14 of the gown or being tethered to the gown. In
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There are numerous options or alternative ways to roll and package the disposable gown. For example, reference is made again to
The present invention may, of course, be carried out in other specific ways than those herein set forth without departing from the scope and the essential characteristics of the invention. The present embodiments are therefore to be construed in all aspects as illustrative and not restrictive and all changes coming within the meaning and equivalency range of the appended claims are intended to be embraced therein.
1. A disposable hospital gown adapted to assume a wearing configuration and a disposable configuration,
- the disposable hospital gown in the wearing configuration comprising: a main body; a pair of sleeves extending from the main body; the main body having a front area, a back area, and including an inner surface and an outer surface; a pliable disposable wrapper for receiving and holding the hospital gown secured on the inner surface of the main body of the gown about a lower portion of the front area of the main body; the disposable wrapper in the wearing configuration including an outer surface and an inner surface;
- the disposable hospital gown in the disposable configuration comprising: a bundle formed by the hospital gown wherein the sleeves are contained in the bundle; at least a portion of the back area is folded over the outer surface of the front area; wherein the back area and the front area form a part of the bundle; and the disposable wrapper assuming an inside-outward orientation wherein the inside-outward orientation of the disposable wrapper forms a pouch that receives and holds the bundle and wherein the inner surface of the disposable wrapper becomes an outer surface of the pouch and wherein the outer surface of the disposable wrapper becomes an inner surface of the pouch.
2. The disposable gown of claim 1 including a pair of laterally spaced apart fold lines formed on the front area of the main body of the gown, and wherein the fold lines facilitate folding right and left hand back portions of the gown across right and left portions of the front area.
3. The disposable gown of claim 2 wherein the fold lines include at least two fold seams with each fold seam being secured into the front area of the main body of the gown.
4. The disposable hospital gown of claim 1 wherein the wrapper includes two opposed side edges, and wherein the two opposed side edges taper generally downwardly and inwardly with respect to the gown so as to facilitate the folding of the gown.
5. A method of removing a disposable hospital gown and gloves from a person, and disposing of the disposable hospital gown and gloves, comprising the steps of:
- removing the gloves from the hands of the person wearing the hospital gown, and in the process of removing the gloves from the hands of the person, positioning the removed gloves inside the sleeves of the gown;
- removing the gown from the person;
- rolling or folding the removed gown into a bundle to form a bundled gown wherein the bundled gown includes the removed gloves held within the sleeves of the gown; and
- the disposable wrapper assuming an inside-outward orientation wherein the inside-outward orientation of the disposable wrapper forms a pouch that receives and holds the bundled gown and wherein the inner surface of the disposable wrapper becomes an outer surface of the pouch and wherein the outer surface of the disposable wrapper becomes an inner surface of the pouch.
6. The method of claim 5 wherein removing the gloves from the hands includes using a first hand to grab an opposite sleeve and an opposite glove at the same time, and pulling a second hand from the opposite glove resulting in the opposite glove being left within the opposite sleeve.
7. The method of claim 6 further including utilizing the second hand while contained within the opposite sleeve, to grab both the other sleeve and the other glove, and to hold the other sleeve and the other glove while the first hand is removed from the other glove such that the first hand is free from the glove.
8. The method of claim 5 wherein the gown includes a left sleeve and a right sleeve, and wherein the person wearing the gown includes a left hand inserted into a left hand glove, and a right hand inserted into a right hand glove, and wherein a right gloved hand is formed when the right hand is inserted into the right hand glove, and a left gloved hand is formed where the left hand is inserted into the left hand glove, and wherein the method includes:
- utilizing the right gloved hand to grip the left sleeve and the left hand glove at the same time, and withdrawing the left hand from the left hand glove, freeing the left hand, and leaving the left hand glove within the left sleeve;
- utilizing the freed left hand to grip the right sleeve and the right hand glove, and withdrawing the right hand from the right hand glove, freeing the right hand, and leaving the right hand glove within the right sleeve;
- utilizing the freed left hand and right hand to fold back portions of the gown over front portions of the gown; and
- folding or rolling the gown into a bundle with the left hand glove contained within the left sleeve and the right hand glove contained within the right sleeve.
9. The method of claim 5 wherein the gown includes a glove integral with each sleeve and extending from an end of each sleeve, or wherein the gown includes a pair of gloves tethered to the gown.
10. The method of claim 5 wherein the wrapper includes a pair of opposed edges, and wherein the edges are tapered inwardly and downwardly with respect to the gown.
11. A disposable hospital gown that is configured to be folded or rolled into a disposable bundle and in a disposable mode is contained within a wrapper that forms an integral part of the disposable gown, the disposable gown comprising:
- a main body;
- a pair of sleeves extending from the main body;
- the main body having a front area and a back area;
- a pliable disposable wrapper for receiving and holding the hospital gown secured to the main body of the gown about a lower portion of the main body; and
- wherein the disposable wrapper is reversible so as to assume and inside-outward orientation wherein the inside-outward orientation of the disposable wrapper form a pouch that receives and holds the bundled gown wherein the inner surface of the disposable wrapper becomes an outer surface of the pouch and wherein the outer surface of the disposable wrapper becomes an inner surface of the pouch.
12. The disposable gown of claim 11 including a pair of laterally spaced seams formed vertically on the main body of the disposable gown to facilitate folding or rolling the gown into a bundle.
13. The disposable hospital gown of claim 11 including adhesive means for securing portions of the gown together.
Filed: Feb 18, 2010
Publication Date: Feb 3, 2011
Inventor: Virginia Porowski (Raleigh, NC)
Application Number: 12/707,709