04212301 is referenced by 93 patents and cites 8 patents.

A digital tampon of unitary construction made of absorbent material capable of being compressed to self-sustaining form. A portion of the material is compressed to a rod-like shape to provide a rigid central support for the remaining relatively uncompressed portion which originates at the top of the rigid central support and is draped downwardly to surround and extend past the lower terminus of the support to form a finger receiving pocket at the tampon base. During insertion the rigid central rod provides positive support to the softer outer portion, while the portion of the tampon surrounding the finger protects the finger from contact with menstrual fluid. After insertion the finger can easily spread the draped over portion to better deploy and position the tampon within the body.

Title
Digital tampon
Application Number
5/933165
Publication Number
4212301
Application Date
August 14, 1978
Publication Date
July 15, 1980
Inventor
Russell L Johnson
Weyauwega
WI, US
Agent
Howard Olevsky
William D Herrick
Assignee
Kimberly Clark Corporation
WI, US
IPC
A61F 13/20
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