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1. (WO1999004721) TEAR-AWAY SURGICAL DRAPE

Pub. No.:    WO/1999/004721    International Application No.:    PCT/US1998/015452
Publication Date: Fri Feb 05 00:59:59 CET 1999 International Filing Date: Wed Jul 29 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: A61B 19/08
Applicants: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
Inventors: DOWDY, Richard, C.
Title: TEAR-AWAY SURGICAL DRAPE
Abstract:
A tear-away surgical drape is provided by the present invention. The drape has a fluid absorbent pad attached to the upper surface of an underlying base sheet. The drape has an opening, or fenestration, therein through which the operation is to be performed. The absorbent pad has a score line in it which extends from an edge of the pad to the fenestration so that it, like the tear-away material forming the base sheet, may be easily torn away after surgery. The present drape is particularly useful when it is necessary to leave a tube, catheter, or other apparatus attached to the patient after the surgery. The tear-away aspects of the drape allow it to be removed without disturbing the attached apparatus.