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Title:
PACKING SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL DISPOSABLE GLOVES WITH THE METHOD FOR EXTERNAL EXTRACTION REDUCING CONTAMINATION
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/148288
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The method of protecting the protective gloves against contamination consists in placing at least one glove (2 of Fig 1) in the container (1 of Fig 1) made of waterproof material, preferably plastic, which is then sealed, whereas the cuff of at least one glove (2 of Fig 3) is placed in the immediate vicinity of the glove removal hole (7 of Fig 1), so that after detaching the closure, the glove (2 of Fig 1) is gripped by the cuff. The container and the system used to implement this method is also the subject of the invention.

Inventors:
DOROTA, Ressel (6761E. Grand View Lane, Apache Junction, AZ, 85119, US)
Application Number:
US2018/017235
Publication Date:
August 16, 2018
Filing Date:
February 07, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
DOROTA, Ressel (6761E. Grand View Lane, Apache Junction, AZ, 85119, US)
International Classes:
A41D19/015; A61B42/10; A61B42/40; A61B42/50; A61B50/20; B65D83/08; B65D85/18
Foreign References:
GB2510428A2014-08-06
GB2528242A2016-01-20
GB2519839B2015-09-30
US20140061220A12014-03-06
US20030116580A12003-06-26
US20160143490A12016-05-26
US20120298689A12012-11-29
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Claims:
Patent Claims

1. A method of protecting disposable gloves against contamination, characterized in that at least one glove (see 2 of Fig 1) is placed in a container (1 of Fig 1) of a waterproof material, preferably of a plastic, which is then tightly sealed and where the cuff of at least one glove (2 of Fig 3) is placed in close proximity of the opening hole (7 of Fig 1) for extracting gloves such that after opening the closing seal the glove (2 of Fig 1) is first touched at the cuff (2 of Fig 3).

2. Method according to claim 1 is special and characterized in that the internal surface of the container (1 of Fig 1) is coated with a biocidal substance.

3. Method according to claim 1 or 2 is special and characterized in that the container (1 of Fig 1) with at least one glove (2 of Fig 1) is attached to a rack, tilted at an angle relative to the ground, such that the opening hole (7 of Fig 1 ) for extracting gloves is oriented downwards.

4. Container for disposable gloves is special and characterized in that it has an opening hole (7 of Fig 1) for extracting gloves where such a hole is protected with a tight closing seal mechanism (9 of Fig 1) and at least one glove (2 of Fig 1) is placed in the container (1 of Fig 1 ) in such a manner that its cuff is in close proximity of the opening hole (7 of Fig1) for extracting gloves.

5. Container according to claim 4 is special and characterized in that the region of the opening hole (7 of Fig 1), for extracting gloves, is coated with a biocidal substance.

6. Container according to claim 5 is special and characterized in that its interior is coated with a biocidal substance.

7. Container according to any of the claims 4 to 6 is special and characterized in that it is made of a waterproof material, preferably and advantageously of a plastic.

8. Container according to any of the claims 4 to 7 is special and characterized in that it is in the shape of a bag with a seal (3 and 4 of Fig 1) at the top and bottom parts and where the seals (3 and 4 of Fig 1) have perforations (5 and 6 of Fig 1) to enable the container to be attached to the rack.

9. Container according to any of the claims 4 to 8 is special and characterized in that the opening hole (7 of Fig 1) for extracting gloves is protected with a closing mechanism (9 of Fig 1) which can be opened and closed multiple times.

10. System of dispensing disposable gloves is special and characterized in that it comprises at least one container (1 of Fig 1) with at least one glove (2 of Fig 1) and a rack for attaching the container, where the container is in the shape of a bag sealed at the top and at the bottom, and is attached to the rack where both the top part and the bottom part of the bag are attached to the rack such that the bag is stretched between the fixing points, and the container (1 of Fig 1) has a tightly closed and sealed opening hole (7 of Fig 1) for extracting gloves where the glove cuff (2 of Fig 3) is located in the immediate proximity of the opening hole (7 of Fig 1) for extracting gloves.

11. System according to claim 10 is special and characterized in that the container attached to the rack is tilted relative to the ground at an angle (a of Fig 2) that is less than 90 degrees.

12. System according to claim 1 1 is special and characterized in that the angle (a of Fig 2) is preferably between 30 and 50 degrees.

13. System according to claim 10 or 1 1 or 12 is special and characterized in that the opening hole (7 of Fig 1) for extracting gloves is oriented downwards towards the ground.

14. System according to any of the claims 10 to 13 is special and characterized in that it uses a container according to claims 4 to 9.

Description:
PACKING SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL DISPOSABLE GLOVES WITH THE METHOD FOR EXTERNAL EXTRACTION REDUCING CONTAMINATION

This invention relates to a method of packing and dispensing disposable gloves and includes the new container and the system for carrying out this method.

Disposable gloves are used in many fields and it is in medicine and diagnostics that the necessity of preserving them in an aseptic state is particularly essential. Studies carried out at American hospitals and clinics show that on average at least 50% of disposable gloves used by personnel are contaminated and in the case of gloves extracted from boxes placed close to water sources this share reaches 75%. Use of gloves often gives a false sense of safety which also results in the personnel not recognising the necessity of careful disinfection of the hands or the necessity of careful drying of the hands before inserting hands into the boxes that contain the gloves. From the description of Patent US6708841 B2 there is known a wall-mountable glove dispenser into which a box of gloves is placed which enables dispensing of gloves.

From the description of Patent US7063233B2 there is known a glove dispenser which enables one-off dispensing of a selected number of gloves.

From the description of Patent US5044494A there is known a packaging case for packing either left-hand or right- hand gloves.

From the description of Patent US7699189B2 there is known a glove dispenser in which gloves are tilted towards the opening through which they are dispensed to facilitate the extracting of each glove. The dispenser is configured in such a manner that a portion of the glove protrudes from the opening making it easier to grip and pull out.

From the description of Patent US4844293A there is known a box for thin disposable gloves where the design of the box makes it possible to pull out single gloves. From the description of Patent US5655682 there is known a system of dispensing products consisting of a package of disposable plastic sheets that can be removed from the package one at a time to unpack the articles, e.g. gloves.

From the description of Patent US5816440 there is known a system of dispensing disposable gloves where it is only the cuff of a single glove that protrudes from the dispensing hole and extracting one glove results in pulling the cuff of the next glove outside.

From the description of Patent GB2495023 there is known a glove dispenser where gloves are pushed upwards to facilitate taking them out of the pack. Gloves are arranged in such a manner that they can be taken out by touching only the cuff.

None of the solutions described above protect the packed gloves in a sufficient manner nor is it easy to implement packaging in mass production.

This invention provides and shows that it is possible to develop a solution with less disadvantages of the systems known from the prior art and which can more easily accommodate automated mass production packaging.

This new method of protecting disposable gloves against contamination is special and characterized in that at least one glove is placed in a container of a waterproof material, preferrably of a plastic, which then closes tightly and where the cuff of at least one glove is positioned near the opening hole for extracting gloves.

The internal surface of the container is coated with a biocidal substance.

The container for at least one glove is attached to a rack tilted at an angle relative to the ground where the opening hole for extracting gloves is oriented downwards and towards the ground.

The container for disposable gloves according to this invention is special and characterized in that it has an opening for extracting gloves where the opening is protected with a tight closing seal mechanism and at least one glove is placed in the container in such a manner that its cuff is near of the opening used for extracting gloves.

The area of the opening hole for extracting gloves is coated with a biocidal substance. And the inside of the container is coated with a biocidal substance.

The glove container is made of a waterproof material which is preferably of a plastic.

The container is in the shape of a bag with permanent seals at the top and bottom parts and the exterior portion of the seals are perforated to enable attaching the container to the rack.

The dispensing system for disposable gloves according to this invention is special and characterized in that it comprises at least one container with at least one glove as well as a rack for attaching the container. The container is in the shape of a bag sealed at the top and bottom and is attached to the rack where both the top part and the bottom part of the bag are attached to the rack such that the bag is stretched between the fixing points. The container has a tightly closed and sealed opening hole, for extracting gloves, and where the glove cuff is in the immediate proximity of the opening hole.

The container attached to the rack is tilted in relation to the ground at an angle less than 90 degrees horizontal to the ground. It is advantageous when this angle is in the range between 30 and 50 degrees.

This invention has the opening hole for glove extracting oriented downwards.

The pulling of gloves from the container does not require inserting the hand inside the container and the force of gravity both facilitates extracting the glove and helps prevent impurities and water from getting inside the container and thus the risk of contaminating the gloves inside the container is reduced.

In one container there can be one glove or there can be more than one glove. The cuff of each glove is placed in the immediate proximity of the opening hole for extracting gloves so that the user extracting a glove only grips the cuff and does not touch the other parts of the glove. The opening hole for extracting gloves is sealable. The closing mechanism can be any closing mechanism known, such as glue-covered film, enabling the hole to be opened and closed multiple times.

The system can comprise more than one container stretched between the racks. The container is inclined to the horizontal at an angle less than 90 degrees. It is most advantageous when the angle is between 30 and 50 degrees. Such an inclination is optimal as it facilitates the pulling of gloves from the container. In this system, all gloves can be pulled out one at a time in a manner that reduces the risk of the glove being contaminated. The person extracting a glove only touches it with a bare hand at the cuff and after donning it on they can extract another glove and done it on the other hand. Gloves should be packed in such a manner that the cuff of each one of them should be at the height of the opening hole for extracting them. For gloves that differ from each other depending on whether they are intended for the right or the left hand, they should be packed alternately, or separate containers for right-hand gloves and for left-hand gloves can be used. The container being made of plastic is designed to enable the coating of its internal surfaces, including the area of the opening hole, with biocidal substances, which additionally reduces the hazard of the gloves getting contaminated by microbes.

The rack for attaching containers is comprised of hooks on which to hang the containers. For this reason containers should have perforations where the hooks can be placed. It is also possible to use other types of attachments such as clips or clamps. The attachments (including hooks) are connected to the rack by means of a spring or another elastic connector. The rack for containers can be a rigid structure and can also be foldable.

The rack can be mounted on a wall or on a special stand. The rack is attached in such a manner that the container should be at an angle less than 90 degrees relative to the ground.

This glove removal invention and glove container invention together form a solution that enables more safe dispensing of disposable gloves in a manner that helps protect them from contamination. Due to this the risk of hospital infections, and/or diagnostic errors, resulting from glove contamination will be reduced.

The object of the invention is shown in example drawings where Fig. 1 presents the container for gloves, Fig. 2 presents the container for gloves attached to the rack, Fig. 3 presents the manner of extracting gloves from the container, and Fig. 4 presents a foldable rack for containers.

Example, using Fig 1 as reference:

The container (1 ) for disposable gloves (2) is made of a waterproof material which is advantageously of a plastic. Inside the container there are disposable gloves (2). The top part of the container (1) is sealed by means of a permanent seal (3) and the bottom part of the container (1 ) is also sealed by means of a permanent seal (4). These permanent seals (3 and 4) have perforations (5 and 6). In the top part of the container (1 ) there is an opening hole (7) for extracting the glove(s) (2). The external surface of the container (1), in the immediate proximity of the opening hole (7), is coated with glue (8) where to film (9) covering and securing the opening hole (7) is attached. Glue (8) is a type of glue which enables film (9) to be opened and closed multiple times. Vertical pillars (10) of the rack have the container (1 ) attached in such a manner that the ends of the poles are placed in the perforations (5). Container (1 ) rests on the horizontal bracket (1 1 ). At the bottom part of the rack there is a horizontal bracket (12) connected to the pillars (10). There are hooks (13) attached to bracket (12) through springs (14). The hooks (13) pass through the perforations (6).

At Fig 2 and 3 please see that the container (1) is attached to pillars (10) which are tilted at an angle (a) relative to the ground. The top part of the container (1 ) is attached to the pillars (10) and the bottom part (of the container) is attached to the bracket (12) by means of a system of hooks (13) with springs or elastic (14). The force of gravity (G) helps a glove to move freely downwards. The container is stretched on the rack and it is acted on by a force of tension (T). When a glove (2 Fig 3) is pulled out of the container the container is additionally acted on by a force (F2 Fig 2) and at the same time a force (F1 ) generated by the springs (14).

At Fig 4 please see that the rack for attaching containers consists of vertical poles (10) and horizontal brackets (1 1 and 12). The bottom horizontal bracket (12) has hooks (13) attached to it on springs or elastic (14). The rack is reinforced with diagonal brackets (15) which are connected to the poles (10) by means of hardware connectors (16).