Patents

Absorbent article having improved fecal storage structure

February 28, 2004

1. An absorbent article having a first waist region, a second waist region opposed to the first waist region, a crotch region disposed between the first waist region and the second waist region, a longitudinal centerline, a lateral centerline, a pair of longitudinal edges and a pair of end edges, the absorbent article further comprising: a topsheet, a backsheet joined with the topsheet; an absorbent core disposed between at least a portion of the topsheet and the backsheet; an acceptance element having an effective open area of at least about 30% and an Acceptance Under Pressure value of greater than about 0.70 grams of a viscous fluid bodily waste per square inch of the acceptance element per milliJoule of energy input; and a storage element disposed between at least a portion of the acceptance element and the backsheet, the storage element having a compressive resistance of at least about 70% and a Storage Under Pressure value of greater than about 0.70 grams of the viscous fluid bodily waste per square inch of the storage element and the storage element comprising a fibrous looped material and a macroporous compressible member including a macroporous polyurethane/polyester reticulated foam member, wherein the acroporous compressible member is disposed between at least a portion of the acceptance element and at least a portion of the fibrous looped material.

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