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Surgical leaflet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233976D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-06

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Abstract

The invention relates to a leaflet and in particular a folded surgical leaflet bearing information relating to surgical apparatus.

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Leaflet

The present invention relates to a leaflet and in particular a folded surgical leaflet bearing information relating to surgical apparatus.

It is generally known to provide printed information about surgical apparatus.  For example a printed sticker has been provided attached to an outer surface of a hinged transparent lid of a container for surgical apparatus.  An underside of the sticker bears illustrations showing use of an instrument held within the contained and which is viewable through the lid of the container when the container is opened to access the surgical apparatus.

It is relatively easy to provide printed information externally to a container for surgical apparatus as there is no need to deal with any issues that might arise from locating the printed information internally to the container.  However, when the information is provided externally to the container, there is a risk that the information will become detached from the container.  As discussed above, this can be partially addressed by sticking the information to the container, but then the information is less easy to view during use of the surgical apparatus as it is securely attached to the lid of the container and so cannot easily be handled or read by a surgeon or nurse.  Further, there is a risk that the sticker will be damaged during handling of the container and so some or the information lost or obscured.

Further, the amount of information that can be provided is limited by the size of the sticker which itself is limited by the size of the lid of the container to which it is adhered.  While information can be provided on both sides of the sticker, it is awkward to try and read the upper side of the sticker as this requires handling of the container which itself may still be holding further surgical items.  Also, there is not much space in the surgical filed during a surgical procedure and so handling of a container is difficult in constrained spaces.  Furthermore, handling the container to try and access information causes delays to the surgical procedure which should be avoided for safety or efficiency reasons.

Hence, it would be beneficial to be able to provide information relating to one or more items of surgical apparatus which is more easily useable during surgery.

A first aspect of the invention provides a surgical leaflet, comprising a foldable flat bearing printed information relating to a surgical apparatus on at least a first side, wherein the foldable flat includes a plurality of fold lines, along which the leaflet can be folded into a folded configuration in which a first graspable portion and a second graspable portion are presented to a user free from the remainder of the leaflet, and wherein the leaflet can be expanded into an unfolded configuration by a user pulling on the first graspable portion and the second graspable portion, and wherein the leaflet presents a greater viewable area in the unfolded configuration than in the folded...