Patent Number: 6,168,584

Title: Spacers for use in disposable absorbent articles and disposable absorbent articles having such spacers

Abstract: A spacer for use in a disposable absorbent article. The spacer is symmetric about a longitudinal axis and has two transversely oriented springs generally orthogonal to the longitudinal axis. The transversely oriented springs have different spring rates, so that transverse compression caused by the wearer's thighs may be readily accommodated, yet the spacer remain open to receive fecal material. The spacer may be advantageously used in a disposable absorbent article having a void space between the topsheet and the core, and maintain this void space under the weight of the wearer.

Inventors: Allen; Patrick Jay (Cincinnati, OH), Sims; Bret Alan (Ft. Collins, CO)

Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company

International Classification: A61F 13/15 (20060101); A61F 13/56 (20060101); A61F 013/15 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018