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Detachable Shrouds for Simple Reprocessing of Handheld Surgical Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245398D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 192K

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Abstract

When a handheld laparoscopic surgical device is reprocessed, the shrouds must be spread apart to separate them for cleaning and/or replacement. Current devices are usually assembled by press pins, or sonic welding, when disassembled these methods damage the shrouds and can be time consuming to remove. This concept improves device reprocessing because it:  Allows two plastic shrouds to be separated quickly without damage for reprocessing  Allows two halves to securely assemble together by hand on the assembly line, or at reprocessing location without special equipment or screws

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Detachable Shrouds for Simple Reprocessing of Handheld Surgical Device Summary

When a handheld laparoscopic surgical device is reprocessed, the shrouds must be spread apart to separate them for cleaning and/or replacement. Current devices are usually assembled by press pins, or sonic welding, when disassembled these methods damage the shrouds and can be time consuming to remove. This concept improves device reprocessing because it:

 Allows two plastic shrouds to be separated quickly without damage for reprocessing 
 Allows two halves to securely assemble together by hand on the assembly line, or at reprocessing location without 

special equipment or screws   

Description

The left and right clamshell shrouds are attached to each other with a molded in hook latch along their part line. One shroud has a boss with a hook feature, and the opposite shroud would have a latch feature to receive the hook. The hook would be long enough for the plastic material to flex out of the way of the latch when a tool is inserted in special access slot along the part line. This tool could be a common flat head screwdriver, or a special "keyed" tool that only the device reprocessor would have. This would have 2 primary benefits. It would allow a reprocressor of the device to easily separate the halves for cleaning the internals without breaking the 2 shrouds. Also, it would allow the halves to be snapped back together by hand without any specia...