Patent Number: 6,167,731

Title: Disposable surgical gown with single-ply knitted wrist cuffs and method of producing same

Abstract: A novel method of fabricating surgical gowns basically comprises the steps of fabricating main body robe portions for the gowns, each having a pair of arm sleeves terminating at respective wrist openings, knitting on a circular knitting machine a plurality of discreet individual annular cuff blanks for the gowns, and affixing, e.g., by sewing, one cuff blank to each sleeve of each robe portion in surrounding relation to the sleeve's wrist: openings. According to the invention, each cuff blank is knitted to have an annular main cuff body portion entirely of a single ply knitted construction, with an annular turned welt integrally knitted with one end of the cuff body. The material and fabrication costs associated with disposable surgical gowns and like medical garments may thereby be significantly reduced.

Inventors: Lopez; Francisco G. (El Paso, TX), Farrell; Roscoe M. (Pittsboro, NC), Euliss; Melvin (Burlington, NC)

Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Medical, Inc.

International Classification: A41D 13/12 (20060101); A41D 27/10 (20060101); A41D 27/00 (20060101); D04B 1/22 (20060101); D04B 1/24 (20060101); A41B 007/04 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018