NL1023249C2 - Urine wipe for use in mens toilets, made from material which disintegrates in urinal after no more than two flushes - Google Patents

Urine wipe for use in mens toilets, made from material which disintegrates in urinal after no more than two flushes Download PDF

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NL1023249C2
NL1023249C2 NL1023249A NL1023249A NL1023249C2 NL 1023249 C2 NL1023249 C2 NL 1023249C2 NL 1023249 A NL1023249 A NL 1023249A NL 1023249 A NL1023249 A NL 1023249A NL 1023249 C2 NL1023249 C2 NL 1023249C2
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F13/00Bandages or dressings; Absorbent pads
    • A61F13/15Absorbent pads, e.g. sanitary towels, swabs or tampons for external or internal application to the body; Supporting or fastening means therefor; Tampon applicators
    • A61F13/45Absorbent pads, e.g. sanitary towels, swabs or tampons for external or internal application to the body; Supporting or fastening means therefor; Tampon applicators characterised by the shape
    • A61F13/47Sanitary towels, incontinence pads or napkins
    • A61F13/471Sanitary towels, incontinence pads or napkins specially adapted for male use
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F13/00Bandages or dressings; Absorbent pads
    • A61F13/15Absorbent pads, e.g. sanitary towels, swabs or tampons for external or internal application to the body; Supporting or fastening means therefor; Tampon applicators
    • A61F13/15203Properties of the article, e.g. stiffness or absorbency
    • A61F13/15211Properties of the article, e.g. stiffness or absorbency soluble or disintegratable in liquid
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61LMETHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES
    • A61L15/00Chemical aspects of, or use of materials for, bandages, dressings or absorbent pads
    • A61L15/16Bandages, dressings or absorbent pads for physiological fluids such as urine or blood, e.g. sanitary towels, tampons
    • A61L15/42Use of materials characterised by their function or physical properties
    • A61L15/62Compostable, hydrosoluble or hydrodegradable materials

Abstract

The wipe (8, 17, 19) is made from a moisture absorbent material which will disintegrate after no more than two flushes in a urinal so that it is completely flushed away. An independent claim is also included for an assembly comprising two or more of these wipes releasably joined together.

Description

Absorbent element for absorption of urine
The invention relates to a liquid-absorbing element for absorption of urine. The invention also relates to an assembly of a plurality of absorbent elements. The invention further relates to a method for removing urine.
The presence of urine residues after urination can have various undesirable consequences, such as the spreading of unpleasant odor, the staining of clothing 10 and, moreover, is unsanitary. A well-known and effective solution to this problem is the removal of urine residues after urination using an absorbent element such as a piece of toilet paper. Partly for this purpose, toilet paper is generally available on toilets. After use, toilet paper is usually thrown into the toilet to be discharged through the drain of the toilet. Conventional toilets have a device that flush urine, faeces and / or toilet paper through a drain to a sewerage system or reservoir with the help of a quantity of water from the collection section of the toilet.
On many men's toilets, particularly in public places such as 20 catering outlets, train stations and airports, part of the toilets is often designed as urinal. A urinal differs from a conventional toilet in that a conventional toilet can collect and remove urine and other stools, while a urinal is normally designed exclusively for the collection and discharge of liquids such as urine. Urinals are usually provided with a drainage capacity that is smaller than the drainage capacity of a toilet.
A drawback of using a urinal is that it does not have the ability to remove urine residues, other than by using gravity and mass inertia.
The invention has for its object to provide a liquid-absorbing element for absorption of urine with which it becomes possible to remove urine residues in an improved manner near a urinal.
To this end, the invention provides a liquid-absorbing element for absorption of urine, wherein the absorbing element is at least partially made of a liquid-absorbing material, wherein the absorbing element is made of a material which disintegrates into flowing water in a urinal in such a maximum of two rinses that the absorbent element is removable by the discharge of an H urinal. The desired degree of disintegration is partly dependent on the size of the H discharge channels of the discharge of the urinal, as well as the flow rate and H amount of the flushing water used per flush. As a rule, an H degree of disintegration in which the absorbent element is disintegrated into parts with areas smaller than 1 cm will be able to be removed without problem under the influence of flowing water through the drain of the urinal. Conventional toilet paper will usually remain at least partially in the urinal in conventional urinals after two flushes, which entails a risk of blockage of the urinal.
Furthermore, the absorbent element must be capable of absorbing a few drops of urine without disintegrating so rapidly under the influence of these drops that it is inconvenient for the user.
It is advantageous if the absorbent element disintegrates sufficiently within one rinse to be drained without problems by the drain of the urinal, whereby blockage of the drain and / or the urinal by the absorbent element or parts thereof is prevented.
In order to facilitate the removal of objects accumulating in the urinal, and potentially leading to clogging I, some urinals are provided with dirt collection devices, such as described, for example, in Swiss I patent application CH 625 952 A5. However, such dirt collection devices can also become clogged under heavy load, which can lead to at least partial blockage of the discharge of fluids from the urinal. These dirt collection devices are intended to retain solid objects, while liquids can pass relatively unimpeded. For urinals equipped with a dirt collection device, the passageways in the dirt collection device to the drain of the urinal may in some cases be so small that a higher degree of disintegration
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from parts of the absorbent element to parts with a maximum area of 1 mm is desirable for trouble-free removal of the absorbent element.
In order to prevent the aforementioned blockage of the discharge of a urinal, it is advantageous that the absorbent element is at least partially made of water-disintegratable paper, as described, for example, in US 5,935,384. Normally I toilet paper, under the influence of water in the sewerage system, first gradually breaks down into pieces, and eventually over time into fibers. It will be clear that the relatively slow disintegration of conventional toilet paper causes problems when used in urinals. In order to obtain an absorbent element that is suitable for trouble-free discharge via urinals, it is necessary to use the materials that differ considerably in material properties from conventional toilet paper, such that the material disintegrates considerably faster under the influence of (moving) water than the toilet paper as it is normally used.
It is advantageous if the absorbent element can be manufactured at least in part from water-soluble paper. Water-soluble paper does not only disintegrate into small parts under the influence of water, but ultimately dissolves completely in water. The I dissolution process takes place faster than the disintegration of conventional toilet paper in I water. Such a paper is described in US 3,859,125, and consists for a considerable part of carboxymethyl cellulose and salt forms thereof, and optionally also contains polyvinyl alcohol and / or polyvinyl acetate. This property can be influenced by the precise composition of the paper, for example the type and amounts of ingredients and additives used, as further described in US 3,859,125. It is possible to reduce the dissolution time of a piece of water-soluble paper to a few seconds. It is also possible to assemble the absorbent element from water-soluble paper in combination with another type of paper, such that by dissolving the water-soluble paper the absorbent element quickly disintegrates into pieces that are small enough to cover the discharge openings of pass the urinal without any problems.
In a special embodiment variant, it is possible to provide an absorbent element with visual information. Examples are imprint, surface relief, and the execution of the absorbent element in certain recognizable forms. The visual information may, for example, contain an advertising message. In addition, it is conceivable that disintegrating and / or dissolving the absorbent element during flushing in the urinal can lead to surprising visual effects.
H To enhance the use of the absorbent element, the absorbent H element can be provided with a fragrance. This could include H perfume scents, but also fresh, hygienically smelling scents such as H 5 lemon scent.
Because the absorbent element will generally come into contact with the hand during use, it is advantageous to provide the absorbent element with a disinfectant. This H makes the use of the absorbent element more hygienic in that infection and spread of microorganisms is prevented by the disinfectant. A useful disinfectant is, for example, glycerol.
For a further pleasant use of the absorbent element, the absorbent element can be provided with a skin-care agent, such as for instance a cream or oil with moisturizing or skin-softening properties.
For efficient storage and use of several absorbent elements, it is useful to detachably connect the absorbent elements to each other. This is possible, for example, by stacking a plurality of absorbent elements, so that they can for instance be placed in a holder. It is also possible to store the absorbent elements in the form of a roll, wherein the axis of the roll can be provided with points of engagement for a roll holder. One possibility is to interconnect the absorbent elements through a weakened zone in the assembly, such as for example a perforated edge, or by means of a folding construction.
The invention also provides a method for removing urine using an absorbent element after urination in a urinal comprises the following processing steps: A) incorporating the urine to be removed with a liquid-absorbing element, assuming that only a few drops of urine should be removed so that the absorbent element remains substantially intact, B) throwing the urine-containing liquid-absorbing element into a urinal, the absorbent element possibly already coming into contact with water and starting to dissipate and C) flushing the urinal in which the disintegrated urine-containing liquid-absorbing element is discharged, the movement of the flushing water contributing to the dissolving of the absorbing element, which is thereby reduced to small pieces which trouble-free the discharge of the urinal able to pass through and finally discharged in a fully dissolved state to, for example, a sewage system. With this method it is possible to remove urine residues in an effective and simple and hygienic manner with the aid of an absorbent element. The absorbent element can easily be thrown into the drain of the urinal after use.
The invention is further elucidated on the basis of a few non-limitative exemplary embodiments in the following figures. Herein: figure 1 shows a typical use situation in which absorbent elements according to the invention are offered to a user, figures 2a and 2b a holder with an assembly of stacked absorbent elements, each provided with an advertising print, respectively in vertical and horizontal orientation, figure 3 a holder with a roll-shaped assembly of absorbent elements, wherein the absorbent elements are provided with advertising print and mutually connected by means of a weakened zone, figure 4a is a perspective view of a dispenser provided with a stacked assembly of absorbent elements according to the invention and figure 4b shows a view on a cross-section through the dispenser according to figure 4a, wherein it is visible that the absorbent elements mutually engage one another by means of a folding construction.
Figure 1 shows a typical men's toilet, for example in a public place, in which a series of urinals 6 is arranged in a row. Each urinal 6 is provided with a water supply 1, an activation button 2 with which a flush can be started, and a drain 3 with which the flushing water is discharged. Next to the urinals, holders 4 are placed which, after urination, enable the user 5 to take up an absorbent element by a simple hand movement, in order to subsequently remove residual drops of urine with the absorbent element. The absorbent element can simply be thrown into the urinal 6 after use, in order to subsequently remove it with a rinse. The figure shows three different holders 4 for absorbent elements.
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H Figures 2a and 2b show a holder 15 in which an assembly of stacked H-absorbing elements 8 can be placed from above in vertical orientation (Figure 2a) or horizontal orientation (Figure 2b). A recess 7 on the front side of the holder 15 makes it possible to get a grip on an absorbent element 8 with a finger, whereby a single absorbent element can easily be taken out of the holder 15. The advertising message on at least one of the absorbent elements 8 is always visible.
Figure 3 shows an assembly 16 of absorbent elements 17 arranged on a roll. Here, the absorbent elements 17 are mutually connected to a weakened zone, which makes it possible to tear off a single absorbent element 17 with a simple lateral hand movement. The absorbent elements 17 are provided with visual information, for example advertising messages, which are placed on the absorbent elements 17 such that they are directed towards the user.
Figure 4a shows a holder 18 in which a stacked assembly of absorbent elements 19 is accommodated which are mutually connected by means of a folding construction. Figure 4b shows in a side section how the absorbent elements 19 are folded. When the front absorbent element 19 is taken out of the holder 18, the next structure 19 simultaneously pulls the next element 19 partially out of the dispensing opening 11, a plate 12 provided with a spring 13 engaging the rear wall 14 of the holder 18 pushes the absorbent elements 19 towards the dispensing opening 11.

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  1. Liquid-absorbing element for urine absorption, wherein the absorbing element is at least partially made of a liquid-absorbing material, wherein the absorbing element is made of a material that disintegrates into flowing water in a urinal in a maximum of two flushes in such a way that it absorbs element is removable by the drain of a urinal.
  2. 2. Liquid-absorbing element according to claim 1, characterized in that the absorbent element is made of a material that disintegrates in flowing water in a urinal in at most one flush such that the absorbent element is removable by the discharge of a urinal.
  3. 3. Liquid-absorbing element as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the absorbing element is at least partially made from water-disintegratable paper.
  4. 4. Absorbent element as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the absorbent element is at least partially made of water-soluble paper.
  5. Absorbent element according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the absorbent element is at least partially made of water-disintegratable polymer. 25
  6. An absorbent element according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the absorbent element is provided with visual information.
  7. 7. Absorbent element as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the absorbent element is provided with fragrance.
  8. An absorbent element according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the absorbent element is provided with a disinfectant. Η
  9. Absorbent element according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the absorbent element is provided with a skin care agent.
  10. An assembly of absorbent elements according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the assembly consists of at least two usage units which are releasably connected to each other.
  11. An assembly according to claim 10, characterized in that the usage units are arranged substantially stacked.
  12. An assembly according to claim 10, characterized in that the assembly is substantially in the rolled-up state.
  13. 13. Method for removing urine comprising the processing steps: A) taking up the urine to be removed with a liquid-absorbing element, IB) throwing the urine-containing liquid-absorbing element into a urinal, and IC) flushing out the urine the urinal in which the disintegrated urine-containing liquid-absorbing element is discharged.
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